Here's a recap of this weekend's events.
BUCS BOYS XC TAKES TOP HONORS
The Grand Haven boys cross country team took top team honors at the Allendale Invitational on Saturday with 60 points, besting O-K Red rival Rockford with 77 points and Zeeland West with 89 points.
Dominic Weatherwax was the Division 1 race winner, passing five runners in the last 100 meters to the finish with a time of 16 minutes, 1 second. Weatherwax set a personal record by 20 seconds and finished narrowly ahead of teammate Andrew Ireland, who finished third overall with a time of 16:04.
"Dominic came out of the second pack like he was running the 100-meter dash and stepped ahead of the second-place runner right at the finish line to take first," said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. "It was an inspirational effort, and one I hope all of our guys can learn from. Andrew and Dominic are running great right now. Those two guys are a great one-two punch for us."
Cole Rowden finished 12th overall, setting a new personal record with a time of 16:27, followed by Kyle Eveland (24th) and Aidan Martin (25th), both with times of 16:57, rounding out the scoring for Grand Haven. Freshman Ben Pease was sixth for the Bucs with a personal record of 17:08 and Nathan Wolffiss capped off the varsity team with a 17:51.
Junior varsity: Grand Haven took top honors with 39 points, while Rockford finished second with 46 points and Forest Hills Northern finished third with 83 points. Junior Jared Franke finished third overall with a time of 17:42, while sophomore Christian Colvin finished seventh with a time of 17:47. Sophomore Zach Boersen finished eighth with a time of 17:57, while Jack Reus (18:03.9) finished 10th and Rowan Henderson (18:04.4) finished 11th.
"Overall, we had a very good day with 23 guys setting personal records," added Tarr. "Our junior varsity guys really stepped up with freshman Jon Tysman leading the way with a personal record of 17:45. It's been three years since we've had two freshmen in the 17's, giving us some needed depth as we enter the championship part of our season."
The team will run at Baldwin Middle School in Hudsonville on Tuesday for their second O-K Red Jamboree of the season. The Bucs will follow that up with a race Saturday at the Portage Invitational.
BUCS GIRLS FINISH THIRD
The Grand Haven girls cross country team finished third at the Allendale Invitational on Saturday with a score of 103 points. Rockford took top team honors with 46 points, while Forest Hills Northern finished second with 66 points.
Senior Gabby Hentemann finished third with a time of 18:31.8 to lead the Bucs runners, while senior teammate Kelsie McManus finished 17th with a time of 20:00.9. Junior Eden Traub (20:16.8) finished 24th, while freshman Alex Amores (20:40.2) finished 29th and freshman Hallee Bovee (20:40.8) finished 30th.
Junior varsity: Grand Haven finished second with a score of 57 points, while Forest Hills Northern took top honors with a score of 33 points and Rockford finished third with 70 points. Gabriella Amores (21:22.8) finished fifth, while Peyton Brill (21:27.6) finished sixth. Leah Huyler (21:49.7) finished 14th, while Abby Beatty (21:50.7) finished 16th and Brianna Jhamb (22:00.3) finished 19th.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
VANDERKOOI BREAKS OWN RECORD
The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Allendale on Saturday for a regional meet preview at the Falcon Invitational.
The meet featured a plethora of ranked teams across all four divisions. Twenty-nine teams took part in the races, with 10 large schools scoring in the Scarlet Division and the remaining 19 smaller schools (including WMC) scoring in the Falcon Division.
The unique aspect was that both divisions raced together by gender, so WMC raced against all 28 schools in the varsity races.
On the girls' side of the race, WMC finished sixth with 166 points. Hart took top team honors with 34 points, while Clare finished second with 78 points and Allendale finished third with 92 points.
WMC freshman standout Abby VanderKooi finished as the top performer in the Falcon Division with a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds. The time breaks VanderKooi's own school record that she set earlier this season.
"Individually, Abby VanderKooi won our division and was the second girl to finish in a close race with the top runner from Rockford, who is the defending state champion in Division 1," said WMC head coach Kevin Aardem. "Abby battled with her the entire way to run to a new WMC school record of 16:59."
Josie Aardema finished 32nd with a time of 20:28, while Sarah VanderKooi (20:31.5) finished 33rd. Ava Rotman set a new personal record with a time of 20:42.5 (41st), while Natalie Riksen (22:51.3) finished 64th.
"The girls went into the race knowing that the boys had just run an incredible race and they were looking to try to match their performance level," added Aardema. "Secondarily, the front of the girls' race would put three of the top girls in West Michigan in the same race, at the same time."
WMC BOYS FINISH SIXTH
On the boys' side, the Western Michigan Christian boys cross country finished sixth with 157 points. Hart took top team honors with 90 points, while McBain finished second with 106 points and Saugatuck finished third with 111 points.
Eli Rotman finished 10th with a time of 16:44.9 to lead the Warriors, while Jack Zuidema (16:51.3) came in 16th place. Ben Garretson came in 38th place (17:37.3), while Pierce Newell came in 49th place (18:01.8) and Daniel Plaisier came in 54th place (18:11.5).
"Today had the ingredients needed for great performances," said WMC head coach Greg Gould. "We had cool and dry weather, we were running against top-level competition. The boys have all raced here at least a couple times before. They were very aware of how fast this course can be and today, it was in prime condition and the boys were rewarded for the last couple of strong weeks of practices.
"The level of competition pushed the entire varsity group to personal best times."
The Warriors head to Manistee on Tuesday to continue the Lakes Eight Conference schedule.
WARRIOR SPIKERS FINISH 3-2
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad traveled to the east side of the state for the Class C and D Showdown tournament.
The Warriors dropped their opening match to Harbor Beach (19-25, 26-24, 14-16), but bounced back with wins over Oakland Christian (25-20, 25-18), Charyl Stockwell (25-21, 19-25, 15-12) and Brown City (25-22, 26-24).
WMC would ultimately fall to Gabriel Richard (19-25, 19-25) in the semifinals.
Anna Sytsema recorded 35 kills and 11 blocks to lead the Warriors, while Claudia Kingma added 24 kills. Rebecca TerHaar led the team in aces with 10, while Alisha Leffring led the team in assists with 79 and also added 10 blocks and Meghan Heiss added 43 digs.
The Warriors are now 23-9-1 overall and will host Orchard View on Tuesday in Lakes Eight Conference action.
TROJAN SPIKERS FINISH 4-1
The Fruitport volleyball squad traveled to Byron Center on Saturday, finishing the day with a 4-1 record.
The Trojans defeated Covenant Christian (25-11, 25-16), Byron Center (25-15, 23-25, 15,11) and Grand Rapids Catholic Central (22-25, 25-21, 15-12) in pool play. Fruitport advanced past Covenant Christian in bracket play with a 25-13, 25-23, before falling to Hamilton (20-25, 24-26).
Jordyn Carlyle recorded five aces, 28 kills, 58 assists and 19 digs to lead the Trojans, while Rachel Paulsen added four aces, 34 kills and 41 digs. Trinity Busscher recorded six aces and 46 digs; Kennedi Dystra added three aces and 17 digs; Kylie Oberlin recorded 27 kills and 15 blocks; Sydney Bol added 16 kills and Jenna Vandervelde had 56 assists and 16 digs.
TROJAN BOYS XC WIN HOME INVITE
The Fruitport boys cross country team took top honors at their home invitational Saturday with 44 points. Grand Rapids West Catholic finished second with 51 points, while Montague finished third with 60 points.
Senior Brendan Deneen finished third with a time of 17 minutes, 12.3 seconds to lead the Trojans, while teammate Jon Wildey finished fourth with a time of 17:15.82. Senior Peyton Sharlow finished 10th with a time 18:20.48, while Cameron Weaver (18:45.4) finished 12th and Jaxon Deneen (18:54.02) finished 15th.
TROJAN GIRLS XC FINISH THIRD
The Fruitport girls cross country team finished third overall at their home invitational Saturday with 71 points. Grand Rapids West Catholic finished first with 49 points, while Montague finished second with 64 points.
Junior Faith Clark took top individual honors with a time of 20 minutes, 31.01 seconds to lead the Trojans, while Abigail Sykes (22:45.4) finished 11th. Analiza Sanchez finished 17th with a time of 23:14.5, while Madison Hawkins (24:11.2) finished 27th, Nadia Fuller (24:14.75) finished 28th and Kristen Lord (24:21.6) finished 29th.