BUCS SOCCER ROUTS GRANDVILLE
The Grand Haven boys soccer team easily dispatched O-K Red Conference rival Grandville 7-1 Wednesday night at Buccaneer Stadium.
The host Buccaneers took an early lead in the match and never looked back, getting goals from seven players along the way.
Gavin Jonker got the scoring barrage rolling at the 25:10 mark of the first half, while Charlie VanSingel added the second goal of the game at the 22:33 mark of the opening half.
Grand Haven didn't rest on their 2-0 halftime lead, however, and poured it on in the final 40 minutes, tallying five more goals.
Joe Walsh (18:19), Jaden King (17:04), Max Jerovsek (9:52), Cole Horist (8:30) and Jax Mast (3:01) all ripped shots past the Grandville keeper to put the game out of reach.
"As a team, we had a discussion about our performance tonight," said Grand Haven head coach Nick Tejchma. "We all agreed that we came out strong, but then, as the first half went on, we started to drift a bit. At the half, we all communicated that we need to build off the strong moments we had in the first half. Once we figured out our rhythm again and began to communicate and play as a whole again, it made it tough for Grandville to compete with us".
The Buccaneers improve to 4-1-1 on the season and 1-1 in league play. They return to the pitch Tuesday night, as they travel to Caledonia.
BUCS VOLLEYBALL FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The Grand Haven volleyball squad finished 4-1 at their End of Summer Bash on Wednesday, falling to Battle Creek Lakeview in the invitational championship match.
The Buccaneers defeated North Muskegon (25-15, 25-18), Zeeland East (25-12, 25-17) and Livonia Churchill (25-16, 14-25, 15-6) in pool play to start the event. In the semifinals, Grand Haven came away with a three-set win over Hamilton (25-10, 19-25, 15-6) to advance to the championship round.
In the title match, Battle Creek Lakeview came away with a 25-20, 25-22 win over the Buccaneers to capture the invitational championship.
Ashley Slater recorded 35 kills, nine aces, three blocks and eight digs to lead the Bucs (18-4); while Mackenzie Gross added 28 kills, nine aces, three blocks and 13 digs.
Also adding key contributions for the Bucs were: Sarah Knoll with 19 kills, six blocks and seven digs; Sam Boeve with 87 assists; Olivia McMullen with eight blocks and 13 digs; Baby Hang with 24 digs; Avolyn Lepo with 16 kills; and Ashlyn Hall with 26 digs and 11 assists.
The Buccaneers return to action Sept. 5 for a home quad event.
LAKER TENNIS FALLS TO NORTHPOINTE
The Spring Lake boys tennis team couldn't hold off visiting NorthPointe Christian on Wednesday, falling to the Mustangs by a score of 6-2.
At No. 1 singles, Eduard Lidke played a confident match and easily defeated his opponent by scores of 6-4, 6-1. Callum Saxe added an exciting win at No. 3 singles, defeating his opponent in a long three-set match. He lost the first set 1-6, but fought back to win the second set 7-6 (2) and third set 6-2.
The Lakers travel to Fruitport for their next non-conference match Sept. 5.
TROJAN VOLLEYBALL ROUTS CONFERENCE TRI
The Fruitport volleyball team had no issues rolling through their first O-K Black Conference event of the season.
The Trojans defeated Grand Rapids Union (25-10, 25-9, 25-19) and Kenowa Hills (25-14, 25-23, 25-18) in straight sets to improve to 12-4 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
Sydney Bol recorded 14 kills and 15 digs to lead the Trojans; while Kailey Carmean added 52 assists, 13 digs and eight kills; and Kennadi Dykstra had seven aces and 11 digs.
Maddie Wescott added five aces; Jordyn Carlyle chipped in with 11 kills and 16 digs and Trinity Busscher had a team-high 19 digs.
TROJAN TENNIS FALLS TO SPARTA
The Fruitport boys tennis team couldn't match a high-quality Sparta squad Tuesday, falling to the Spartans by a score of 6-1.
Alexander Leonard was the lone match winner for the Trojans at No. 4 singles, while
The No. 2 doubles team of Emma Fehler and Jenna Springstead fell in a tight match to Nashawn French and Elijah Reister of Sparta by scores of 6-2, 3-6, 7-2.