BUCS SOCCER SHUTS OUT GRANDVILLE
The Grand Haven boys soccer team bounced back from a 1-0 loss to No. 4-ranked Midland Dow on Saturday with a 3-0 road shutout win over Grandville on Tuesday in O-K Red Conference action.
Junior Gavin Jonker one-timed a crossing pass from teammate Max Jerovsek at the 32-minute mark of first half. Jerovsek kept up his goal-scoring ways at the 3-minute mark of the first half, taking a pass from senior Joe Walsh and pushing the ball past the Grandville keeper.
Walsh got into the action at the 36:19 mark of the second half after senior Jack De Kleyn's clean shot from 20 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced directly to a net-crashing Walsh, who chipped the ball over the Grandville keeper.
At 23:30 in the second half, both coaches and the referees met at midfield and abandoned the match because of lightning in the area.
"We came out possessing the ball and kept that possession throughout the match," said Grand Haven Coach Nick Tejchma. "We capitalized when we needed on our opportunities and this ended our last regular season match on the road with a win".
Grand Haven improves to 5-2-2 in the O-K Red Conference and 7-3-2 overall. They return to Grand Haven on Thursday night with an important conference match against Caledonia.
BUCS GOLF FINISHES THIRD
The Grand Haven girls golf team finished third overall at the Rockford jamboree on Tuesday with a season-low team score of 179.
Caydee Constant finished fourth overall to lead the Bucs, shooting a 40, while her sister, Camryn Constant, shot a season-low 42 to finish fifth overall. Ally Kingma shot a 47, while Jamie Gretzinger rounded out the team scoring with a 50.
"Caydee has been playing great and it was nice to see Cam breakthrough and go low, as well," said Grand Haven head coach Roger Glass. "Ally Kingma continues to play well and Jamie Gretzinger is playing better than her scores show, so I believe it's just a matter of time before she shoots in the 40's.
"Avery Benthke has also been a nice surprise this week, shooting two consecutive 51's after being called up from the JV team. We finish the O-K Red regular-season jamborees at home on Thursday with a 2 p.m. tee-off. We definitely have a home-course advantage at Grand Haven Golf Course. Most teams are not used to the tight fairways off the tee, and we have really been driving the ball great. I am just really proud of these girls for their improvement efforts and the fun they have each day. Thursday, they will be playing for our honorary assistant coach Jacob Hartman, who has been instrumental at keeping the girls motivated."
LAKER SOCCER EDGES SPARTA
The Spring Lake boys soccer team scored a narrow 2-1 home win over Sparta on Tuesday in O-K Blue Conference action.
A handball on the Laker defense gave Sparta a penalty kick opportunity early on in the match. The Spartans converted the attempt and took an early lead that held throughout the first half.
Spring Lake showed plenty of grit in the second half, however, as Malachi Mulder and Charlie Parker both netted goals on assists by Eli Denslow and Tyler Van Dam to record the comeback win in front of their home crowd.
"The whole team worked hard, but Tommy Fine, Evan Ernst, and Liam Beck were stellar in the second half," added Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen after the match.
LAKER SPIKERS SWEEP ALLENDALE
The Spring Lake volleyball squad hosted Allendale on Tuesday in O-K Blue Conference action. The Lakers sweep the match in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19.
Jenna Core led the Lakers with 18 kills, while Madeline Zenas and Laney Peasley each added six kills and Abbi Perkins recorded five. Lauren Cooper kept the defense alive with 14 digs.
The Lakers are now 25-4-1 and 5-1 in the O-K Blue Conference.
Junior varsity: Spring Lake defeated Allendale, 2-1. The Lakers scored a three-set win over the Falcons by scores of 25-27, 25-20 and 15-8. The Lakers were led offensively by Kate Lewkowski and Alicia Mumby, who each had seven kills and two blocks. Taylor Duer had a team-high six service aces, while Kendra Kieft led the team in digs with nine and also had five kills. Spring Lake improves to 13-5-2 overall and 4-2 in the O-K Blue Conference.
LAKER SWIM TEAM FALLS TO JENISON
The Spring Lake girls swim team couldn't outrace their opponents from Jenison on Tuesday night, as the visiting Wildcats took a 111-70 win at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center.
Some great times were turned in by many swimmers including Louse Vega in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, Sara Strauss in the 100 breaststroke. and Anna Thuene in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.
"For the past two weeks, we've had many swimmers out because of illness. Today, we finally started to get most the team back, but we have a lot of work to do to build back the strength and endurance that was lost during those weeks", said Spring Lake head coach Byron Kelly.
TROJAN VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO JENISON
The Fruitport volleyball team dropped a narrow contest to O-K Black Conference rival Jenison on Tuesday by scores of 23-25, 25-17, 14-25, 25-16 and 9-15.
Rachel Paulsen recorded a team-high 17 kills, while Kylie Oberlin added 11 kills, four blocks and 22 digs. Jordyn Carlyle added 30 assists and 20 digs, while Trinity Busscher recorded a team-high 32 digs.
The Trojans are now 19-10 overall and 5-1 in the O-K Black Conference.
TROJAN SOCCER BLANKED BY MONA SHORES
The Fruitport boys soccer team couldn't keep pace with Mona Shores on Tuesday, as the Sailors scored a 4-0 win over Trojans in O-K Black Conference action.
The Sailors jumped out quickly behind three first-half goals to control the game. The Trojans attempted to battle back but were unable to find the back of the net. The Sailors added an insurance goal in the second half. Mona Shores outshot the Trojans 13-11 and Connor Hines had six saves for the Trojans.
Fruitport returns to action Thursday as it squares off against O-K Black leader Grand Rapids Union.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER KEEPS ROLLING
The top-ranked Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team kept rolling through the Lakes Eight Conference with a 3-0 win over Manistee on Tuesday.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half behind goals by Charlie Alfree off an assist by Hayden Hubers and Caleb Minasian off an assist by Isaiah Visker.
Alfree added his second goal of the game early in the second half off an assist by Isaac VanHoeeven.
This game was played at Manistee and ended five minutes into the second half due to lighting. We won 3-0 and are now 10-1-2 (5-1). This was a conference game.
The Warriors (10-1-2, 5-1 Lakes Eight) plays Ludington on Thursday.
"Hopefully, we can take back the lead for the conference," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "They beat us at home 2-1 earlier this season, and they tied Orchard View, so a win on their turf makes us the leader in the conference. We are hungry to avenge our only lost on the season."
WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS MUSKEGON HTS.
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad made short work of Lakes Eight Conference foe Muskegon Heights Academy on Tuesday, sweeping the Tigers by scores of 25-4, 25-6 and 25-6.
Esther Hartley and Meghan Heiss each recorded three kills to lead the Warriors, while Alisha Leffring added three digs and Taylor Folkema recorded 13 service points and 11 aces.
The Warriors (20-7-1) are back in action Saturday, as they compete at the Bluewater Sports Complex in Warren for the Beast of the East Class C and D Showdown.
"The top team in Division 3, Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central and the top team in Division 4, Plymouth Christian, will both be there, along with several other top C and D teams," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "This weekend will be a big test for us, especially with two players out."