Thursday's Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Oct 12, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Golf and tennis regionals headlined Thursday’s prep sports action, while there was still plenty of swimming, volleyball and soccer events on the slate, as well.

Here’s a look at how each team performed. 



The Grand Haven girls swim and dive celebrated their senior class with a near-defeat of O-K Red Conference rival West Ottawa on Thursday, falling to the Panthers by a final score of 165-150.

The loss was filled with impressive swims for the home team as they picked up numerous individual state cuts, but West Ottawa's depth eventually bested them.

The Bucs kicked off the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, as Mary Violet Springer, Kathryn Ackerman, Annah Taylor and Ocean Veldhouse clocked in at 1 minute, 49.21.

Ackerman and Alonna Clark finished 1-2 in the 200 individual medley at 2:02.87 and 2:10.30, respectively, both picking up Division 1 state cuts. Ackerman's time was good enough to break Grand Haven's pool record in the event.

Veldhouse kept the party going with state-qualifying wins in the 50 freestyle at 24.42, and the 100 freestyle in 54.24. In between, Clark returned to the top of the podium in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.04.

Georgia Basil got involved with a state-qualifying win in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:08.96.

Ackerman, Clark, Veldhouse and Taylor then took a win in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:41.21 before Springer snagged a win in the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.19. Teammate Ellyn Skodack was just behind in second place at 1:01.10.

Ackerman followed with a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.67.

The meet concluded with a runner-up finish for the Bucs in the 400 freestyle relay as Clark, Basil, Skodack and Springer clocked in at 3:46.41.

The meet was the last at home for Maddie Lonnie, Tylee Knieper, Taylor, Anna Ackerman, Madison Smits, Brooke Zellman, Macey Crowell, Kirbey Colella and Natalie Koetsier.


The Grand Haven volleyball team got back on track with a three-set conference victory over East Kentwood, 26-24, 25-10, 25-19.

"We came out I'll say a little flat," said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. "Our passing wasn't great in the first set and it was a tight one. Kentwood tipped a lot of ball and kept us off balance.

"We settled down at the end of that set and took control of the match. I think we are realizing that we have to play with a lot of fire all the time. We seem to play better when we are loud and all in and we did a good job of that tonight and rolled the last two sets."

Ashley Slater led the offense with a team-high five service aces and 13 kills, ahead of Sarah Knoll and Mackenzie Gross with seven kills apiece. Samantha Boove generated the kills with 28 assists. Baby Hang led the defense with 16 digs, while Avolyn Lepo recorded three blocks.

The Bucs return to action Tuesday at home as they celebrate Senior Night with a conference match against Grandville.


The Grand Haven girls golf team carded a 421 to finish seventh at their Division 1 regional on Thursday at the Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

Traverse City West won the event with a 335, while Caledonia (358) and Hudsonville (359) finished second and third to also qualify for the Division 1 state meet.

Freshman Caydee Constant carded a 98 to lead the Bucs, while Ally Kingma (100), Avery Benthke (111) and Camryn Constant (112) rounded out the team scoring.


The Grand Haven boys tennis team finished fifth at their Division 1 regional meet at Hudsonville on Thursday.

Host Hudsonville won the event, followed by Rockford, West Ottawa and East Kentwood. The Eagles and the Rams will advance to the state meet, as the top two qualifying teams.

The Bucs finished ahead of Grandville, Caledonia, Kalamazoo Central, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, and Grand Rapids Union.

Junior standout Noah Bachmann won his first two matches at No. 1 singles, making the finals for a second straight year and qualifying for states individually. Noah beat East Kentwood and Hudsonville, but lost to the No. 1 seed and top 100 player in the nation from Kalamazoo Loy Norrix by scores of 6-3. 6-3.

At No. 2 singles, Mason Price won his first match against Grand Rapids Union and then took the first set against the No. 1 seed by a score of 6-4. Eventually, the senior lost in three sets.

The No. 3 singles player, Weston Taylor, had similar results. He first won a match against Caledonia in two sets against an opponent he had never beaten before. He then played the No. 1 seed from Hudsonville and started off hot, but did end up losing 6-3, 6-1.

Chris Akselberg at No. 4 singles also won his first match against Kalamazoo Central and ended up losing to the No. 1 seed from Hudsonville.

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Matt Bays and Josh Schmidt played No. 4 seed from East Kentwood in a very closely contested first set, but ending up losing. At No. 2 doubles, Ian Rant and Carter Prieditis won their first match and then played the No. 1 seed from West Ottawa. Although they competed well, they did lose in two sets.

The No. 3 doubles team of Aashray Mandala and Brayden Rowley won their first match against Caledonia, then took on the No. 2 seeds from Rockford. They ended up playing two good sets, but did lose, 6-4. 6-2. The No. 4 doubles team of A.J. Koster and Tyler Degram beat their first opponents 6-0, 6-0 from Kalamazoo Central, but then lost 6-4, 6-1 to the No. 1 seed from West Ottawa in a close two-set match.

"I am very happy for the team overall," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "They competed hard and almost everyone improved on their scores or even outright beat players that they had not beaten before. Our No. 1 doubles team had lost very quickly to East Kentwood during the season, and they were just a couple points from winning the first set.

"Mason Price taking his opponent from Rockford to three sets and Weston Taylor beating his opponent from Caledonia were both very good results. The entire team came to play today and it showed. In some ways, we had good draws where we were able to get some points, but six of our flights ran into the No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in the second round, which made it tough on us.

"Noah Bachmann again proved he is one of the best players on this side of the state. His record of 25-2 at No. 1 singles is outstanding heading into the Division 1 state finals next weekend in Midland."



The Spring Lake boys soccer team played to a scorless tie against Allendale on Thursday in O-K Blue Conference action.

"We battled, but could not score on a mudder's track," said Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen. "Though we outshot them by a large margin, we could not uneven the score. Liam Beck, Porter Saunders, Gavin DeVowe, Evan Ernst and Aidan Parker helped secure a shutout on defense."

The Lakers finish second in the O-K Blue Conference, as they turn their attention to the postseason. Spring Lake hosts rival Fruitport at 6 p.m. Monday in the opening round of district play.



The Fruitport boys soccer team played to a 1-1 draw with Kenowa Hill on Thursday in their final O-K Black Conference match of the season.

The Knights got on the board midway through the second half scoring off a set piece. The Trojans responded immediately off the kickoff, as Kaleb Krueger found a sprinting Cam Schultz to even the game back at 1-1. The Trojans pressed but were unable to score the game-winning goal late.

Fruitport outshot Kenowa Hills 23-1in the game.

Coach Dan Hazekamp thought the result didn't match the effort.

"I didn't think we played poorly tonight," he said. "We did a lot of really good things against a solid Kenowa team but didn't get the result. They capitalized on one opportunity, and we lacked some composure in the attacking third and just couldn't push one across. I thought our back line played really well. We limited a good offensive team to one shot tonight. In the big picture, it doesn't change our approach at all for Monday. We need to clean up some details and prepare for a good Spring Lake team. We'll be ready."

The Trojans travel to Spring Lake on Monday, as they face the Lakers in the opening round of districts.



The top-ranked Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Mona Shores on Thursday in a non-conference road match.

Mona Shores scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. With five minutes remaining in the game, Brandon Fles broke the shutout with an unassisted goal to bring the game to its final tally.

"This is why we play these type of games at the end of the season," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "They are scheduled to get us to play faster. We have been playing slower teams and it was great to test our strength against a team that plays quick and fast. Out hats are off to them for their speed of play and ball movement in the first half. Their hard work and teamwork gave them a 2-0 halftime lead. This was only the second time in the season we allowed two goals.

"We wanted to win the second half and did, but not by the margin we needed to, obviously. We had constant pressure and great attacks into the final third. We could not finish, but we only had about two or three attacks in the first half. It was great to see the boys work hard and as a team to get us into the attack. I was very proud of the style we played in the second half. Two halves like that and we have a chance to go a long way in the tournament. We are ready to get the final games of the season underway."

Western Michigan Christian travels to Ravenna on Monday for the opening round of district play. Kickoff for that matchup is slated for 5 p.m.

JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC lost to Mona Shores, 2-1. The Warriors scored first on a goal by Joel McKay, but the Sailors came back with two goals for the win.


The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team took on Covenant Christian on Thursday night, falling in four sets by scores of 19-25, 25-11, 25-20, 25-23.

"We came out strong in the first set and were up 21-13 at one point," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "They started to come back and we finished it before it got too close. In the second set, Covenant had two huge service runs in the beginning with a couple small runs and we really struggled with our passing. The third and fourth were fairly close until halfway, and then we struggled with our first contacts later in each game. Covenant served well and we did not pass well."

Anna Sytsema led the offense with 14 kills on 35 attempts, while Sydney Holtvluwer led with three service aces.

Alisha Leffring led the team in assists with 19 and blocks with six, just ahead of Eden TenCate with five blocks. Claudia Kingma anchored the defense with 21 digs.

The loss drops the Warriors' record to 27-10-1 on the season.

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