Grand Haven Tribune: Thursday's Prep Roundup

Thursday's Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Oct 5, 2018 at 12:34 AM

It was a loaded slate of prep sports action Thursday, as soccer, volleyball, swimming, water polo and tennis teams all competed in important events.

Here’s a recap of how each team performed. 



The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team picked up a win over O-K Red Conference foe East Kentwood on Thursday night, 169-129.

It was no contest from the Falcons, as Grand Haven won 11 of 12 events in the pool.

Georgia Basil, Amelia Mitchell, Kathryn Ackerman and Brooke Zellman kicked things off with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 2 minutes, 0.41 seconds. Ellyn Skodack, Madison Rogers, Mary Violet Springer and Anna Ackerman took second place in 2:01.53.

Madelyn Hudson (2:11.84), Kirbey Colella (2:14.39) and Jessica Boyer (2:17.06) finished 1,2,3 in the 200 freestyle to widen the gap right off the bat.

Alonna Clark took a win in the 50 freestyle in 25.74, before the divers put on a dominant performance with a 1,2,3 finish. Clare Duplissis took first with 166.45 points ahead of Kirsten Dykstra (155.25) and Libby Werkman (152.85).

Anna Ackerman won the 100 butterfly in 1:09.30, before Zellman (59.42), Madlynn Lonnee (1:03.05), Kaylee Ireland (1:03.25) and Madison Rogers (1:04.51) swept the 100 freestyle, 1-4.

Kathryn Ackerman and Basil took 1-2 in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.38 and 5:28.64, respectively.

Colella, Rogers, Hudson and Kathryn Ackerman won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.70, ahead of Grand Haven's second-place team of Jessica Boyer, Kendall Hamm, Basil and Ocean Veldhouse in 1:49.40 and the third-place team of Boyer, Lexi Ireland, Zellman and Clark in 1:50.54.

After the relay, the Bucs began exhibition points to pad the total for East Kentwood, but the wins kept coming.

Springer won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.88, Clark won the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.55 and Kathryn Ackerman, Megan Dykstra, Hudson and Basil won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:57.11.

The Bucs return to the pool at home against West Ottawa on Thursday.


The Grand Haven boys water polo team sent off their seniors with a rivalry win in their final appearance at home Wednesday night.

The Bucs dismissed Zeeland by a final score of 12-8 in a competitive game throughout.

A slow start threatened to derail the festivities, but Grand Haven's veteran players responded heartily, taking a 6-2 lead heading into halftime, eventually pushing the gap to 11-2.

Zeeland was persistent down the stretch, closing the gap with a hot fourth quarter, but the Bucs' strong defense and team play led to a win.

Ethan Ball and Nick Wilson led the way as Ball netted four goals and Wilson swiped five steals.

Ball is joined by Mark Wilgenburg, Eli Vandenbrand, Mark Nordin, Aiden Latchaw, Matthew Marcus, Griffin Kelly, Jacob Klahorst, Jackson Hamm, Kyle Bush, and Curtis Colvin in graduation from the Grand Haven polo program this year. The class has extra meaning for head coach Bill Hamm.

"This was my first group of boys that I had for all four of their years, and it has been such a pleasure to be around them," Hamm said. "They went from being gangly, young boys to solid, intellectual and caring young men. We have five more weeks together and I am looking forward to them giving all they can to end their careers."

The Bucs return to action Monday on the road at East Grand Rapids.



The Spring Lake boys soccer team scored an 8-0 mercy rule win over Comstock Park on Thursday in O-K Blue Conference action.

The Lakers used six goal scorers on their offensive attack to put the game away and extend their win streak to four games.

Tommy Fine (two), Malachi Mulder(two), Charlie Parker, Josh Britton, Ben DesJardin and Liam Beck all scored goals for the Lakers.

Evan Ernst and Tommy Fine each recorded two assists, while Ben Bush, Parker, Armani Albiertas and DesJardin each had one assist.

The Lakers will play an early Saturday make-up game at Coopersville with kickoff slated for 9 a.m.



The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer squad scored a 3-0 shutout win over Orchard View on Thursday in Lakes Eight Conference action.

Neither team created separation in the first half, as the Cardinals defense forced a scoreless tie at halftime. In the second half, Hayden Hubers scored off a corner-kick assist from Isaac VanHoeeven to give WMC a 1-0 lead just 16 minutes into the half.

Charlie Alfree scored at the 68-minute mark to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead, while Brevin Byrne added an insurance goal to put the game away at 3-0.

"What a great game," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "We really need these type of games to get us ready for the MHSAA tournament. The score of this game does not indicate how tough it was to win. Orchard View played exceptionally well. With the win, we win our conference outright, but, more importantly, we were put under pressure for most of the night and the guys stood strong with another shutout. They found a way to score and it is hard to keep a team like OV off the scoreboard."

The top-ranked Warriors improve to 14-1-2 overall and 7-1 in league play. They will host No. 3-ranked Leland tonight in a non-conference showdown.

Junior varsity: WMC defeated Orchard View, 3-0. Rajbir Ghotra, Owen Alfree and Jamie Cho each netted single scores for the Warriors.


The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team finished with back-to-back wins in their road tri-meet at Muskegon Catholic Central on Thursday to go 2-0.

The Warriors defeated Ravenna by scores of 25-8 and 25-16 and added a comeback win over Newaygo by scores of 23-25, 25-9 and 15-8.

Anna Sytsema recorded nine kills, seven blocks and one ace to lead the Warrior attack, while Eden TenCate added eight kills and three blocks and Claudia Kingma added eight kills and 20 digs.

Alisha Leffring led the team in assists with 31, while Rebecca TarHaar and Meghan Heiss each added 17 digs.

"Ravenna has just come off some sicknesses and injuries, and we were able to capitalize on them having some kids in new positions," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "We served really well in the first set and were able to keep them a few points behind us most of the second set.

"Newaygo came out very strong with their serving and defense in the first set, and we almost came back to tie it at the end, but they edged us out. We had some big service runs and strong defense to keep them under 10 in the second set. The third set, we stayed ahead of them the entire game and worked hard on our passing and defense to create offense. This team has grit and they showed it again tonight."

WMC improves to 26-9-1 overall and heads to Ludington on Tuesday to determine first- and second-place seeding for the Lakes Eight Conference tournament on Oct. 20.


The Western Michigan Christian boys tennis team recorded a straight sweep of Kelloggsville on Thursday by a final score of 8-0.

At No. 1 singles, Christopher Newhouse recorded a 6-4, 6-0 win, while Tyler Newhouse added a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles. Jaxon Deur (6-0, 6-2) and Daniel Vanbiesbrouck (6-0, 6-0) also added impressive wins at No. 3 and 4 singles, respectively.

At No. 1 doubles, Silas Jeltema and Andrew Hill won 6-0, 6-0, while Michael Kamps and Alexander Miller added a forfeit win at No. 2 doubles. The No. 3 doubles team of Sean Kreiger and Jacob Tejchma and the No. 4 doubles team Son Pham and Jonas Jones also picked up forfeit wins for the Warriors.

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