WMC soccer downs Whitehall
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team took on Whitehall as part of their Warrior Weekend on Saturday, defeating the Vikings by a score of 2-0.
Andrew Rasmussen kicked off the scoring, finishing a pass from Brandon Fles. Hayden Hubers notched the second goal, assisted by Brevin Byrne.
“Today we struggled with scoring, but scored enough to win the game. We had some good attacks, but found it hard to finish today,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “We seemed to struggle connecting in the final third. But, Andrew (Rasmussen), Hayden Hubers and Charlie Alfree did a great job keeping pressure on Whitehall’s back line. In a game like this, a constant attack can be the best defense.”
The win caps a great week on competition for the Warriors who started the week with a 5-0 win over undefeated Orchard View, continued with a 3-0 win over Spring Lake and concluded with the Whitehall victory.
“Today was a very determined and aggressive effort,” Hulings said. “Only allowing one goal in three games this week says a lot about the quality of our defenders. Fles, Byrne, Joe Hain, Isaiah Visker and Brandt Zeerip did a great job. Jamo Goorman really controls the box and keeps most of our games clean.”
The Warriors return to the pitch to face Manistee in Lakes Eight competition Tuesday, followed by conference-leading Ludington on Thursday.
Junior varsity: The WMC JV soccer team defeated Whitehall 2-0 on Saturday. Owen Varnado and Sam VanderHeide scored for WMC with Ethan VanOrman recording the shutout in goal.
Warrior XC finishes runner-up
The Western Michigan Christian cross country teams took on the Oakridge Invite on Saturday during Warrior Weekend, both returning with second-place honors.
The boys team finished with 55 points, behind champion Sparta at 21. Jack Zuidema led the way with a second-place overall finish at 17 minutes, 31 seconds. Eli Rotman followed in eighth (17:36), ahead of Ben Garretson in 13th (18:30), Pierce Newell in 14th (18:32), Tyler Gould in 22nd (19:44), Daniel Plaisier in 32nd (20:29) and Caleb Croff in 38th (20:56).
"This meet turned out to be a great tune-up for the start of Lakes Eight competition next week,” said WMC head coach Greg Gould. “We have had great workouts over the last couple weeks while our racing schedule was a bit lighter, the schedule ramps up next week and we used today to get a hard effort in, but did not emphasize times or placement too much today. The entry of some cooler weather helped jump-start our performance level today."
The girls finished with 51 points, also behind Sparta who scored 32.
Abby Vanderkooi led the way with a first-place overall finish at 17:35, followed by Josie Aardema in third (20:55), Sarah Vanderkooi in fifth (21:09), Ava Rotman in 26th (23:31), Natalie Riksen in 29th (24:00), Emma Visker in 34th (25:32) and Chloe Kozal in 46th (40:52).
"It was great to race close to home so our athletes could participate in the activities of Warrior Weekend,” said WMC head coach Kevin Aardema. “We wanted to cap the last couple of strong weeks we have had in practice and in racing with a strong effort today. Much like the boys, we did not want to get too caught up in times and placements today. The ladies did a nice job of getting some work in without a maximum effort."
Both teams will kick off their Lakes Eight Conference schedule at Orchard View on Tuesday.
Laker volleyball tops Kelloggsville Invite
The Spring Lake volleyball team swept their trip to Kelloggsville on Saturday, finishing 5-0 to take the tournament title.
The Lakers’ wins came over Godwin Heights (25-9, 25-5), Martin (25-12, 25-9) and Allegan (25-21, 25-18) in pool play. The Lakers then went on to beat Allegan in the semifinals (25-14, 25-11) and Saugatuck in the finals (25-11, 25-17).
Jenna Core led the offense with 47 kills on the day, while Abbi Perkins added 21 and Taylor Colquitt added 13. Madeline Zenas controlled the offense with 103 assists and the net with five blocks. Julia Clover kept the defense alive with 26 digs and led the team, along with Lauren Cooper, from the service line as both notched eight aces.
Spring Lake is now 24-4-1 on the season and return to action Tuesday as they host Allendale to wrap up the first round of O-K Blue Conference play.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV finished in second place at the Mona Shores Invitational on Saturday. In pool play, they defeated Shelby (25-6, 25-16) and split with Hesperia (25-15, 19-25) and Sparta (21-25, 25-15).
In bracket play, the Lakers defeated Fruitport in the semifinals (20-25, 25-12, 15-9), before falling to Ludington in the finals (20-25, 25-12, 15-9).
Alicia Mumby led the team with 33 kills and 19 blocks, while Kate Lewkowski racked up 15 kills, 27 digs and five aces. Spring Lake is now 12-5-2 and 3-2 in conference.
Laker boys XC takes gold
The Spring Lake boys cross country team took top honors at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational on Saturday with a team score of 58. Grand Rapids Christian came in second at 64 points, while Otsego came in third at 69 points.
Ben Hylen took second place overall with a time of 16 minutes, 1.3 seconds to lead the Lakers, while Andrew Hylen came in third at 16:08.8. Ian Hill (17:07.6) came in 15th, while Matthew Vanderwall (17:13.8) came in 18th and Callen Carrier (17:15.3) came in 20th to lead the scoring group for Spring Lake.
Laker girls XC takes fifth
On the girls’ side of the event, Spring Lake finished fifth overall with a score of 106. Otsego took top team honors with 76 points, followed by Holland Christian (85), Grand Rapids Christian (101) and Allendale (105).
Julia Bajt finished 12th overall with a time of 20:08.4 to lead the Lakers, while Allie Baker (20:11.5) finished 14th; Anna Fedewa (20:13.8) finished 16th; Elizabeth Penrice (20:37.4) finished 24th; and Maggie Cooper (21:15.9) finished 40th to round out the team scoring for the Lakers.
Trojan soccer drubbed by Jenison
The Fruitport boys soccer team took on Jenison on Saturday morning, falling 5-0. A tight first half saw a 1-0 Jenison lead at halftime, but they found their scoring stride in the second half.
The Wildcats scored three times in the opening five minutes of the second half and added a late insurance goal to seal the deal.
Connor Hines had 10 saves in the net for the Trojans. They return to action against Mona Shores on Tuesday.
Trojan volleyball stumbles at Rockford
The Fruitport volleyball team had a tough day of competition Saturday as they took on the Rockford Invite, taking losses to Lakewood, Rockford and Grand Rapids Christian and defeating Forest Hills Central.
Lakewood and Forest Hills Central took care of business, downing the Trojans in two sets each, 25-12, 25-15 and 25-12, 25-23, respectively.
The Trojan’s battle with host Rockford was hard fought as the Rams took Set 1 25-20 and Fruitport Set 2, 25-20, before they fell in Set 3, 15-9.
Grand Rapids Christian had an opposite start, with Fruitport winning Set 1, 25-22 and dropping Set 2, 25-17, before falling once again in Set 3, 15-9.
Syndey Bol and Kailey Carmean led the day from the service line with five aces each. Kylie Oberlin led the offense with 25 kills, ahead of Jordyn Carlyle with 24.
Carlyle also led the team with three blocks, ahead of Oberlin and Carmean with two each.
Carmean took her customary spot atop the assist leaderboard, racking up all 79 for the team.
Fruitport returns to action Tuesday vs. Jenison.