Here’s the latest news and notes for Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Western Michigan Christian athletics.
BUCS GOLF FINISHES SIXTH
The Grand Haven girls golf team started their season with a sixth-place finish at the Jenison Invitational on Friday at the Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State University.
The Bucs carded a team score of 404, while Hudsonville took top honors with a 349, Rockford took second with a 356 and Grand Rapids Christian took third with a 386.
Jamie Gretzinger and Cadee Constant each carded 98s to lead Grand Haven on the scorecard, while Ally Kingma added a 100 and Camryn Constant added a 108.
"Putting was our weak point today and for No. 4-6 girls, it was their first match," said Grand Haven head coach Roger Glass. "I think it was a bit of nerves for them today. Ally Kingma struck the ball well, as she avoided the deadly heather grass all day, which isn't an easy feat. We now have a solid week to work on things before O-K Red play begins on the 27th. It looks like Hudsonville will be the team to beat in our conference after a strong performance today."
LAKER GOLF FINISHES FOURTH
The Spring Lake girls golf team also competed at the Jenison Invitational on Friday and came away with a fourth-place finish in a loaded field of mostly Division 1 opponents.
The Lakers carded a 389 during the 18-hole event to finish just below the top three teams.
Senior Hannah Klein led the Lakers, carding an 85 to finish fourth overall. Junior teammate Phoebe Saunders added an 88 to finish ninth overall, while Alana Sprague added a 94 and Kate Galloway added a 122.
LAKER SOCCER BATTLES THE ELITE
The Spring Lake boys soccer team kicked off their season with an appearance at the Hudsonville Unity Christian Invitational tournament on Friday.
The Lakers struggled against the host Crusaders, dropping the opening contest of the day by a score of 5-1.
"Unity Christian is going to be one of the top three teams in the Division 3 field this year, and I don't think the game could have gone much worse for us," said Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen. "They scored in the first 30 seconds and ran off from there. We didn't respond well to adversity during that game, but I thought we bounced back well in the second game."
In the second contest of the day, the Lakers battled another top-tier opponent in Grand Rapids Christian. Spring Lake put up a much stronger fight in the contest but ultimately fell to the Eagles, 1-0.
"We got spanked a little bit in that first game, but we turned it around and played Grand Rapids Christian really tough," added Thelen. "We tightened up our play and I saw a lot of growth between those two games. Our passing wasn't clean in the first game, and we were tougher, went for the 50-50 balls more aggressively and showed that we can play with some quality teams when we play our style and don't get in our heads."
Ben Bush scored the Lakers lone goal of the day, which was assisted by Malachi Mulder.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIORS VOLLEYBALL FINISHES THIRD
The Western Michigan Michigan Christian girls volleyball team opened their season at the WMVOA Scholarship Tournament on Friday.
The Warriors came away with a 3-1-1 record and a third-place finish in the Gold Division.
The Warriors defeated Thornapple Kellogg (25-16, 25-18), Hopkins (25-18, 27-26) and Saranac (25-22, 10-25, 15-13), but split with Lansing Catholic (25-14, 16-25) and lost to North Pointe Christian (25-22, 20-25, 8-15).
Meghan Heiss led the Warriors in service points with 28 and aces with eight and also added 12 kills and 21 digs. Anna Negen led the team in kills with 16, while Alisha Leffring added 11 kills and six blocks. Chloe Mitchell led the team in assists with 35 and also added three blocks.
"It was a great first day of the Warrior volleyball season at MSA Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids for the WMVOA Invitational Tournament," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "After graduating five seniors from last year's team, we are really starting to click together as a new team in 2018. I was very proud of the team today, especially the amount of effort and enthusiasm they showed."