Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Oct 17, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The Spring Lake and Western Michigan Christian cross country programs clinched league titles Tuesday, while the Spring Lake and Fruitport volleyball teams, as well as the Spring Lake girls swim team, all competed in conference events.



The Western Michigan Christian boys cross country team scored 26 points to best Manistee (42 points) and Ludington (66 points) and the clinch the Lakes Eight Conference Championship on Tuesday at Orchard View High School.

Jack Zuidema (17:16.3) finished second overall to lead the Warriors, while Eli Rotman (17:28) finished third. Ben Garretson (18:29.5) finished fifth, while Pierce Newell (18:32.8) finished sixth and Tyler Gould (19:05.1) finished 10th to round out the team scoring group.

The Western Michigan Christian girls cross country team also captured the Lakes Eight Conference Championship on Tuesday, recording a 33 points to edge Ludington (41 points) and Manistee (55 points).

Freshman Abby VanderKooi continued to lap her competition, finishing with a time of 17:43.8, which was nearly three minutes faster than the second-place runner from Ludington. Senior Sarah VanderKooi finished third (20:55.2), while senior Josie Aardema (21:12.2) finished fourth. Freshman Ava Rotman (21:26.2) finished sixth, while sophomore Natalie Riksen (23:40) finished 19th to round out the scoring group for the Warriors.


The Spring Lake boys cross country team lapped the competition at the final O-K Blue Conference meet of the season Tuesday, recording 28 points to best second-place Sparta (44) and third-place Allendale (105).

Senior Ben Hylen took top individual honors to lead the Lakers, finishing with a time of 16 minutes, 20.05 seconds. Senior Andrew Hylen finished right behind his brother to take second place with a time of 16:20.39.

Senior Matthew Vanderwall finished fifth with a time of 16:59.01, while sophomore Callen Carrier finished ninth with a time of 17:10.53 and freshman Ian Hill finished 11th with a time of 17:25.73 to round out the team scoring group.

The Spring Lake girls cross country team scored 25 points to clinch the O-K Blue Conference championship on Tuesday in Sparta.

The Lakers bested Allendale (35) and Sparta (87) to secure the top spot in the final standings.

Spring Lake's pack mentality pushed the squad to the finish line, as the entire scoring five for the Lakers finished in the top eight. Junior Julia Bajt finished third overall with a time of 19:58.7, while freshman Allie Baker finished fourth (20:16.71), senior Elizabeth Penrice finished fifth (20:18.94), junior Anna Fedewa finished sixth (20:23.27) and junior Maggie Cooper (20:28.37) finished seventh.



The Spring Lake volleyball team hosted Grand Rapids Catholic Central for their final home match of the year, falling just short in the fifth set by scores of 20-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 9-15.

Spring Lake is now 29-7-1 overall and 7-4 in the O-K Blue Conference.

Jenna Core led the offense with 27 kills, while Abbi Perkins followed with 12 kills and Jencen Sabo had seven. Core and Kamryn Lewkowski kept the defense alive with 26 and 20 digs, respectively.

Julia Clover had 17 digs, while Lauren Cooper added 15. Taylor Colquitt and Perkins both added four blocks on the night, while senior Madeline Zenas delivered 51 assists and led the team in aces with two.

The Lakers will travel to Allendale on Thursday, where they compete in their last O-K Blue Conference match of the season.

Junior varsity: GRCC defeated Spring Lake, 2-0. The Lakers were led by Kate Lewkowski with three kills, seven digs and two service aces. Alicia Mumby added three kills and two blocks, while Taylor Duer and Julia Zonca each had four digs. The Lakers fall to 19-11-2 overall and 6-5 in the O-K Blue.


The Fruitport volleyball team took four sets to dismiss O-K Black Conference opponent Kenowa Hills on Tuesday night, winning by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19.

Kylie Oberlin led the team with 18 kills, ahead of Jordyn Carlyle with 11 and Rachel Paulsen with eight.

Carlyle and Trinity Busscher led from the service line with two aces apiece, while Busscher led the defense with 26 digs.

Kailey Carmean paced the offense with 27 assists, while Carlyle followed with 23.

The win improves the Trojans' record to 28-17 overall and 7-1 in conference play. They will return to the court Saturday for a conference double dual.


The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team dropped a non-conference match with Whitehall on Tuesday by scores of 25-10, 25-15, 26-24.

"It was Senior Night, and we will dearly miss our three seniors after this season," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "Each of them brings something special to our team. In the first set, we were ahead 6-5, then we were behind 9-20. Whitehall had a couple huge service runs in between those two scores that really hurt us bad.

"We hit the ball out, hit the ball into the block and gave them 15 of their 25 points without much effort from them. The second set was a little closer, but we still gave up several points without making them earn them. In the third set, we came out strong and had the lead most of the set. We were up 23-20 at the end and could not close it out. Whitehall is a very good team, and they came back to win 26-24. That third set was a great preparation for both teams at districts."

Claudia Kingma recorded six kills to lead the Warrior attack, while Chloe Mitchell added five kills and 18 assists. Anna Sytsema recorded four kills and two blocks, while Megan Heiss led the team in digs with nine, and Sydney Holtvluwer led the team in aces with one.

The Warriors are now 29-13-1 overall and will travel to Manistee on Saturday for the Lakes Eight Conference tournament.


The Spring Lake girls swim and dive team picked up a conference victory over Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Tuesday night, splashing to a final score of 105-80.

The Lakers did it in dominant fashion, winning 10 of 12 events with a school record and a slew of best times, to boot.

"This, by far, was our best meet of the year," said Spring Lake head coach Byron Kelly. "The girls came out tonight knowing that if they swam the way I knew they could, they would win, and swim well they did."

Lelia Kahler led the way with a pair of first-place finishes, the first in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 2.46 seconds and the second in school-record setting fashion, finishing the 500 freestyle in 5:25.01.

Two more Lakers took home double victories. Sara Mumby took home the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:01.82 and the 50 freestyle in 25.38, and Eliza Hulverson took the 100 freestyle in 55.82, and 200 IM in 2:18.28.

Ellie Higgs took top honors on the 1-meter board, finishing with a score of 192.82, and Sara Strauss finished atop the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:12.52.

Zoe Komar, Avery Flynn, Shalini, and Louise Vega also turned in best times.

The Lakers return to the pool next week for their final dual meet of the season at Forest Hills Central.

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