Five Things to Watch this Week

Tribune Staff • Oct 9, 2017 at 2:01 AM

The postseason is officially here for the boys tennis and girls golf teams, and that means the stakes have never been higher.

A subpar performance this week could mean curtains for potential title contenders, but high-pressure situations usually bring out the best in champions, which could mean big things for some local teams.

There will also be Senior Night celebrations, conference rivalries and much more this week that you won’t want to miss. So buckle your seat belts and get ready for a wild postseason.

Grand Haven water polo vs. Grandville

When: Today, 6 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven Aquatic Center

The Grand Haven boys water polo team will celebrate Senior Night tonight as they take on O-K Red Conference foe Grandville at home.

The No. 4-ranked Buccaneers are looking to end their regular season on a high note as they prepare for the postseason and a win at home in an emotional setting should bring out the best in the talented squad.

Seniors Mason Fritz and Grant Ruster will be players to watch for Grand Haven. Fritz is the team’s leading goal scorer, while Ruster anchors a stingy Bucs defense.

Other key seniors include: goalie Matt Beals (co-captain), Reilly Wisniewksi, Joshua Koorneef, Jordan DeVries, Matt Fahey, Brigham Thornock, Peter Clark, Adin Bohn, Seth Roffey and Garret Wise.

Grand Haven soccer vs. Rockford

When: Today, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

The Grand Haven boys soccer team will also be celebrating Senior Night tonight. The Buccaneers are coming off a conference road win over Hudsonville last week and would love nothing more than to beat a conference rival as they wind down the regular season and prepare for a potential playoff push.

Grand Haven will celebrate nine senior players at tonight’s game: Tavin Ardell, Noah VanOordt, Andrew Glockzin, Conner Lund, Eli Traub, Aaron Sutherland, Jarrett Prins, Trent Perkins and Jake Thayer.

The Buccaneers will play at Grandville on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season, before starting their postseason at Mona Shores next Tuesday.

Division 3 girls golf regional

When: Thursday, 8 a.m.

Where: Katke Golf Course

Teams: Spring Lake, Fruitport, Forest Hills Eastern, Alma, Belding, Big Rapids, Comstock Park, Coopersville, Fremont, Howard City Tri County, Ludington, Sparta and Whitehall

The Spring Lake girls golf team will begin its quest for a four-peat with a regional competition Thursday at Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids.

The Lakers will be favorites to come out on top of the field, but one bad day on the links and the three-time defending state champions might have to sweat out the final results in the club house.

Senior Madelyn Nelson has continually been the team’s top scorer, while junior Hannah Klein and sophomore Phoebe Saunders have also been key contributors for the Lakers. The team’s long-term success may depend on the play of their fourth and fifth golfers, as the team’s scorers have steadily improved since the beginning of the season.

If Spring Lake can play to their averages, they should have no problem advancing to the Division 3 state finals.

Division 1 boys tennis regional

When: Thursday, 9 a.m.

Where: Holland

Teams: Grand Haven, Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Union, Grandville, Holland, Holland West Ottawa, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo Central, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix and Rockford

The Grand Haven boys tennis team will wrap up its O-K Red Conference tournament this afternoon and then immediately turn their attention to the postseason.

The Buccaneers will see plenty of familiar faces at the Division 1 regional Thursday, as the majority of the participants will be O-K Red Conference opponents.

Sophomore Noah Bachmann at No. 1 singles, senior Riley Wilton at No. 3 singles, senior Spencer Sortman at No. 2 singles and Nathan Sexton at No. 4 singles will have a shot at winning their respective fields at the tournament.

Equestrian State Finals

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Midland County Fairgrounds

Teams: Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fruitport

The Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport equestrian teams will all be looking to win a state championship this weekend in Midland.

The Buccaneers will take on the Division B field, while Fruitport will take on the C Division and Spring Lake will take part in the D Division.

Grand Haven won their division at the regional competition with a total of 538 points, while Ludington finished second with 421 points.

Junior Ashlynne McKee posted five class wins and 119 points to lead the Bucs, while sophomore Paige Beland had just one class win, but garnered 114 points, and senior Cassidy Ryder accrued four class wins and 112 points, and sophomore Sara Sokoly posted four class wins and 88 points. Other riders adding to the point total were: Alexa Wolff with 52 points, Gabrielle Cates with 38 points and Hannah Smith with 15 points.

With eight C Division teams competing, Fruitport won a hard-fought battle with Gaylord and Traverse City St. Francis. The Trojans ended the meet with 321 points to take top honors, while Traverse City St. Francis came in second with 313 points.

Senior Sydney Bleich scored five class wins and 134 points to lead Fruitport, while senior Stephanie Beckley posted five class wins and 126 points and senior Danielle Hysell also added 61 points toward her teams total.

Spring Lake topped the seven D Division teams competing in their field by a very comfortable margin to also advance. Spring Lake ended the meet with 286 points, while second-place Johannesburg scored 222 points.

Senior Ava Hatton scored seven class wins and 144 points to lead the Lakers, while freshman Lucy Boeve scored six class wins and 142 points.

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