Bucs volleyball falls to Hudsonville
The Grand Haven volleyball team hosted No. 7 Hudsonville on Thursday night as they celebrated Staff Appreciation Night.
The atmosphere was celebratory, but the Bucs couldn’t get it done on the court, losing in four sets to the Eagles, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19.
After dropping Set 1, Grand Haven fought back to win Set 2 and pulled ahead in Set 3, taking a 24-18 lead before fumbling away the lead and failing to recover in Set 4.
“It was a great atmosphere in the gym tonight,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. “We saw a lot of things we have been working on come up. We struggled serving, but played really hard and showed some growth.
“We have to work on closing out close games. That was a big moment in Set 3. We made a few serving and hitting errors and couldn’t get a point when we needed to. That was a big moment, no doubt. In the fourth set, we came out and played well but ended up losing.”
Ashley Slater led the offense with 14 kills, just ahead of Sarah Knoll with 12. Ashlyn Hall racked up a team-high 39 assists and led the team in digs with 12, just ahead of Reilly Sweibert with 11.
Slater also led from the service line with five aces.
Grand Haven returns to action Saturday for the West Ottawa Invitational.
Buccaneer swim passed at Rockford
The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team took on Rockford on Thursday night, falling by a final score of 196-119.
The Bucs were without national standout Kathryn Ackerman, but there were a few athletes ready to fill the void.
Natalie Koetsier led the way, winning the 1-meter diving event with a score of 179.80. Ocean Veldhouse also took home top honors in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 28.76 seconds.
Alonna Clark racked up big points for the Bucs with a pair of runner-up finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.84) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.00).
The Grand Haven 400 freestyle relay team of Clark, Veldhouse, Mary Violet Springer and Georgia Basil ended the meet on a high note with a victory, clocking in at 3:52.05.
The Bucs will return to competition Thursday against Hudsonville.
Laker volleyball wins marathon over CC
The Spring Lake volleyball team traveled to Grand Rapids Catholic Central for an O-K Blue Conference matchup Thursday, winning over the Cougars in five sets, 25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-11.
Jenna Core led the Lakers with 15 kills, 18 digs and 10 blocks. Madeline Zenas delivered the offense with 47 assists and 10 kills, while anchoring the defense with 4 blocks and 17 digs.
Abbi Perkins chipped in with 11 kills and 12 blocks, while Megan VanderHeide and Julie Clover kept the Lakers alive with 14 digs apiece.
The win improves Spring Lake to 19-4-1 overall and 4-1 in the O-K Blue. They return to action Saturday at the Kellogsville Invite.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team lost to Catholic Central in three sets, 2-1, by scores of 25-22, 14-25 and 10-15. Kate Lewkowski led the way with three aces, four kills and nine digs.
Laker golf shines at Comstock Park
The Spring Lake girls golf team finished with a team score of 172 strokes at Scott Lake Golf Club in the Comstock Park Conference Jamboree on Wednesday.
Hannah Klein led the way with a 38, followed close behind by Phoebe Saunders at 39 and Alana Sprague at 42. The trip finished top-three overall. Rounding out scoring for the Lakers was Zoe Ruffing tallying a 53.
Trojan soccer pulls away for win
The Fruitport boys soccer team scored a 5-2 road win over Kenowa Hills on Thursday night in O-K Black Conference action.
The Trojans got off to a quick start in the fourth minute of the match, as Bryce Lanore found Logan Manciu, who ripped a left-footed shot past the Knights’ goalie to take a quick 1-0 lead. The Knights responded 10 minutes later to even the game at 1-1.
Fruitport took the lead back near the end of the first half, as Ryan Laus volleyed home a ball from 20 yards out off a throw-in from Manciu. The score remained 2-1 at the end of the first half.
Fruitport started quick in the second half, as Cam Schultz weaved through several Knight defenders and slotted a ball home to extend the Trojan lead to 3-1. Manciu extended the lead shortly after that, as he scored off a Shultz assist to take a 4-1 lead. The Knights scored late, but Lanore added an insurance goal off a Schultz assist to finish out the scoring.
Connor Hines had eight saves for the Trojans, who improve to 5-5-2 on the season and 3-2-1 in the O-K Black.
"We've been working hard on getting forward and improving offensively and there was a period of time tonight where I thought we looked really dangerous going to the net,” said Fruitport head coach Dan Hazekamp. “We had some great individual efforts tonight in the attacking third against a tough Kenowa team. It was a great step forward as we get ready for more tough O-K Black games."
The Trojans square off against Jenison at home Saturday.
Fruitport tennis falls to Coopersville
The Fruitport tennis team lost to Coopersville on Thursday by a final score of 7-1.
The No. 1 doubles team of Zander Beatty and Nick Kleinheksel took the Trojans’ lone win with a 6-3, 6-3 match.