Golf tops O-K Blue standings
The Spring Lake boys golf team took on their second O-K Blue Conference Jamboree of the year Tuesday, taking home their second win with 157 strokes.
Freshman Evan McDermott led the way with an even-par 36 at Quail Ridge Golf Course, followed by senior Evan Schock with a season-low score of 39. Nick Krueger carded a 40, while R.J. Lisman turned in a 42.
Chance Fry shot a 43 in support, while Dylan Lisman posted a 45.
The Lakers are now 2-0 in conference play and return to action today at Pigeon Creek Golf Course for the Allendale Jamboree.
“The weather finally cooperated and gave us great conditions today and the guys took advantage,” said Spring Lake head coach Ben Armey. “The season is going great and the guys are really stepping up. We are looking forward to continued success.”
Softball blasts Coopersville
The Spring Lake softball team played their second doubleheader in as many days Tuesday evening, hosting Cooperville for an O-K Blue Conference sweep.
Leah Vaughan dominated from the pitching circle in Game 1, picking up an 8-0 win. The senior struck out 15 batters with zero walks while scattering four hits. Jenna Core and Alicia Mumby each had two hits and scored two runs apiece.
Avery Flynn won Game 2 by a score of 12-2 in six innings with some relief help from Vaughan.
The Lakers totaled 15 hits in the game with four courtesy of Molly Poole, including a two-run home run, while Jenna Core just missed on a cycle with a home run, triple and double. Elyce Lindsey led off the sixth inning rally with a pinch-hit single before Haleigh Currier secured the mercy with a walk-off two-run single.
The wins improve Spring Lake to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They return to action Thursday at Coopersville for Game 3 of the series.
Track takes on West Catholic
The Spring Lake track and field teams ran against West Catholic on Tuesday. The girls took a 76-60 win, while the boys won 83-53.
West Catholic dominated the field events in the girls meet, but the Lakers got it done with depth in the running events.
Sophia Tilton, Lizzy Koratich, Reegan DeCator and Avery Hoekstra won the 800-meter relay, while Tilton, Bella Padula, Jessica Judge and Eva Tilton won the 1,600 relay and Lizzy Penrice, Kayle Purvis, Padula and Maggie Cooper won the 3,200 relay.
Individually, Taylor Rebone won the 100 hurdles (17.72); Hoekstra won the 100 (13.17), and the 200 (27.40); Cooper won the 1,600 (5:38.54); Padula won the 400 (1:07.07); Julia Bajt won the 800 (2:25.89); Judge won the 300 hurdles (52.24); and Penrice won the 3,200 (12:36.74).
Ben Hylen led Spring Lake boys, winning the 800-meter with a time of 2:06.22. He also claimed the 1,600-meter at 4:52.36, and he was a part of the winning 4X800 relay at 8:40.83, defeating second-place Grand Rapids West Catholic by over six seconds in that race.
Spring Lake dominated the 100-meter without winning the race, as Gabe Tardani finished second at 12.01, Steve Ready finished third at 12.12 and Jaden Barnes finished fourth that race at 12.16.
The Lakers also finished second, third and fourth in the 200-meter, with Jonah Schmuker, Jadon Barnes and Gabe Tardani finishing just behind West Catholic’s Jack Schichtel.
Ian Hill won the 3,200-meter for Spring Lake finishing with a time of 10:48.29. He narrowly edged out teammate Callen Carrier.
The Lakers earned another victory at 300-meter hurdles, with Nolan Tjapkes winning at 45.48.
Spring Lake swept all the relays Tuesday, with convincing wins in the 4X100 relay, the 4X200 relay, the 4X400 relay and the 4X800 relay.
Hunter Throop won shot put (39-06.50) and discus (97-07) for the Lakers, and Emmanuel Williams-Wilson earned a victory in the long jump at 19-02.50.
The Lakers return to action Saturday at Michigan State University for the Spartan Classic.
Softball doubles West Ottawa
The Grand Haven softball team traveled to West Ottawa for an O-K Red Conference doubleheader Tuesday night, winning Game 1 by a score of 16-1 and Game 2 by a score of 20-3.
Game 1 lasted just five innings as the Bucs plated three runs in the first, six in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and three in the fifth. The Panthers managed their run in the fourth.
Madison Shumaker threw a complete game, giving up just three hits and one unearned run while walking one and striking out five batters.
Haley Aldred broke open the game in the first inning with a sac-fly RBI. The six-run second inning was driven by a single from Ashlyn Hall, a sac-fly by Kaelyn Stafford, a home run by Shumaker and an error on a ball hit by Baby Hang.
The Bucs hit three home runs on the day. Hang went deep in the third inning and Regan Riemersma went long in the fifth to go with Shumaker’s in the second.
Hall, Skyler Covelli, Riemersma, Hang and Stafford all managed multiple hits, while the defense didn’t commit a single error.
Game 2 finished even wider, with Grand Haven taking a 20-3 victory in three innings. The Bucs plated 11 runs in the first inning, one in the second and eight in the third to take the blistering victory.
Riemersma got the win, surrendering three runs in five hits with four strikeouts.
Grand Haven had 22 hits in the game. Aldred, Stafford, Hang, Hall, Covelli, Riley Rademaker and Erika Suchecki all had multiple hits, with Stafford and Aldred leading the way with four apiece.
The Bucs return to action Thursday at Rockford.
Baseball sweeps Panthers
The Grand Haven baseball team traveled to West Ottawa on Tuesday for an O-K Red Conference doubleheader, besting the Panthers by scores of 5-1 and 2-0.
Owen Krizan took the win in Game 1, throwing six and two-thirds innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Tyler Harp threw one-third of an inning in relief, striking out one.
The Bucs played a single run in the first, fifth and sixth innings while scoring two in the third to take the win. Jax Mast led the way at the dish with three hits and two runs scored, while Alex Kapala tallied two RBIs on three hits.
Kapala took the win in Game 2, while Harp picked up the save. Kapala threw six innings, giving up zero runs on seven hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Harp threw the final inning, giving up zero hits with one strikeout.
Two Grand Haven runs in the sixth inning made the difference.
Caleb King led with one RBI on one hit, while Ethan Prins logged the only multiple-hit performance.
The Bucs return to action Thursday at home to complete the series with West Ottawa.
Softball sweeps GR Union
The Fruitport softball team traveled to Grand Rapids for an O-K Black Conference doubleheader at Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday, winning both games by a score of 15-0.
Rachel Paulsen took the win in Game 1, while Cassie Kohnke took the win in Game 2.
The Trojans return to action Saturday at the Holland Invitational.
Tennis defeats NorthPointe Christian
The Fruitport girls tennis team traveled to NorthPointe Christian on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference matchup, coming away with a 5-3 victory.
Two of the Trojans’ three losses came via tiebreaker at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, while they swept the singles flights to secure the win.
The singles flights all took home two-set wins. No. 1 Trinity Busscher won 6-0, 6-4; No.2 Haleigh Winskas won 6-3, 6-3; No. 3 Olivia Parling won 6-1, 6-0; and No. 4 Hannah Kelly won 6-0, 6-1.
The No. 2 pair of Hanna Labash and Hope Busscher picked up the Trojans' lone win at doubles in two sets, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 1 Emily Dirske and Alison Blakemen fell 6-7 (1), 7-5, 10-6; No. 3 Katie Dirkse and Rowan Baird fell 6-2, 4-6, 10-2; and No. 4 Jillian Hawley and Ella Kestner fell 6-0, 6-1.
The victory improves their record to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. They return to action today hosting Jenison at 4:30 p.m.
Baseball sweeps GR Union
The Fruitport baseball team took on Grand Rapids Union for an O-K Black Conference doubleheader Tuesday, winning both games.
Game 1 came by a score of 6-2, while Game 2 was decided 4-1.
Jerod Avery got the win in Game 1, throwing five and two-thirds innings while giving up two runs (zero earned) while striking out eight. Jayme Woodring got the save, throwing one and one-third innings and striking out four. Luke Mitchell led at the plate with three hits, while David Ross had two and Landon Doctor scored two RBIs.
Brodie Boes threw four innings in Game 2, giving up one unearned run while striking out five. Jayme Woodring picked up his second save of the day, throwing one inning and striking out one. Jakob Carlisle, Nick Kleinhecksel and David Ross all reached base twice. Matt Lord tallied two RBIs.
The Trojans return to action Thursday at home to complete the series.