BUCS TENNIS ROUTS GRANDVILLE
The Grand Haven girls tennis team made short work of visiting Grandville on Wednesday, as the Bucs cruised to a 7-1 win in O-K Red Conference action.
Both teams struggled through 20 mph wind gusts, but the host Buccaneers gained the upper hand.
The No. 1 doubles squad of Lilja Plumert and Audrey Reus rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win to lead the Bucs, while No. 2 singles player Alyssa Yeager added a 6-3, 6-1 win to exit the court quickly.
The No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Slater and Laura Slocum added a 6-2, 6-2 win, followed closely by the No. 4 doubles team of Sara Hillburger and Sam Korecki, who scored a 6-1, 6-1 win.
At No. 1 singles, Kelsey Lansky had to battle in the first set but came through in the end for a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win. Grace Smit survived a marathon match at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 win, while the No. 2 doubles team of Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt came away with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win.
At No. 3 singles, Saige Sortman came up short despite a valiant effort, dropping a three-set match by scores of 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
As a team, Grand Haven improves to 6-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the O-K Red.
BUCS BASEBALL SPLITS WITH EK
The Grand Haven baseball team took on East Kentwood on Wednesday for an O-K Red Conference doubleheader. The Bucs took a narrow loss in Game 1 and responded in the nightcap with a shellacking of the Falcons.
Game 1: East Kentwood 4, Grand Haven 3
East Kentwood jumped out to an early lead in Wednesday's doubleheader, going up 2-0 after the first inning. Grand Haven tallied one run in the second, third and fourth innings to take the lead, but the Falcons rounded two in the fifth to finish off the scoring and secure the victory.
Owen Krizan pitched a complete game in the loss, throwing seven innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out eight.
Ryan Mattson led at the plate finishing 2-for-3. Jax Mast, Krizan and Alex Kapala each tallied an RBI, scoring Jarrett Prins, Hunter Brown and Tyler Harp.
Game 2: Grand Haven 11, East Kentwood 1
Grand Haven was eager to avenge the loss in the nightcap, putting up 11 runs in the first five innings to trigger a mercy victory.
The Bucs rounded three in the first inning, two in the second, three more in the third and one in the fourth before giving up their first run in the top of the fifth to make it a 9-1 ballgame. Two runs in the bottom of the fifth secured the mercy victory.
Mast took the win on the mound, throwing five innings and giving up one earned run on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
It took Grand Haven just nine hits to generate their 11 runs. Krizan and Hunter Brown each knocked two for the night, while Brown scored three times. Tyler Harp also scored three runs with just one hit.
Mast, Ashton Voorhees, Mattson, Kapala, Connor Worthington and Harp each tallied one RBI.
BUCS TRACK SPLITS DOUBLE DUAL
The Grand Haven track teams took on an O-K Red Conference double-dual meet Tuesday night, facing off with West Ottawa and East Kentwood.
The Buccaneer girls defeated the Panthers by a final score of 83-54, but fell to the Falcons 75-62.
Highlighting the evening were Jenny Ryan, Kassidy Burnside and Kate Criswell-North with a sweep of the 200-meter dash against West Ottawa, finishing in second (26.89 seconds), fourth (27.47) and seventh (28.05) place overall.
Ryan continued her stellar outing with a first-place finish in the 400 meters, clocking in at 1:01.50.
Gabby Hentemann and the distance crew performed well as usual, with Hentemann taking top honors in the 800 meters (2:20.01), just ahead of Abby Buitenhuis in second place (2:23.96), as well as first place in the 1,600 meters at 5:11.54, rounding out Grand Haven's individual victories.
The Bucs took home two relay titles, as well. Burnside, McKenna Keefe, Criswell-North and Ryan took home the 800-meter relay in 1:48.49, while Keefe, Buitenhuis, Hentemann and Ryan topped the 1,600 meter relay in 4:40.53.
In the field, Ella Beringer won the high jump with a leap of 5-02 and Keefe won the pole vault at 10-03.
Charlie Young won two events for the Grand Haven boys with top times in the 200 meters at 22.53 and the 400 meters at 49.60. Aaron Hughes and Kyle Eveland took second and third place in 52.66 and 53.83, respectively.
Dominick Weatherwax took first in the 800 meters at 2:06.19, while Hughes, Timmy Kleyla, Young and Collin Takas took top honors in the 1,600-meter relay in 2:29.22.
Mason Mahacek won the high jump with a leap of 6-04 to round out the Bucs' event victories.
LAKER TENNIS GRABS CONFERENCE WIN
The Spring Lake girls tennis team traveled to Grand Rapids West Catholic for an O-K Blue Conference matchup Wednesday, taking home a 5-3 victory.
Picking up wins for the Lakers were Jensen Hussey at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-0); Taylor Duer at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-4); Lily Clare Winter at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-3); Rachel Oostinde and Adeline Sherman at No. 1 doubles(6-1, 6-4); and Taylor Gates and Erika MsSheehy at No. 4 doubles (4-6, 6-2, 6-2).
Erin Henderson lost at No. 1 singles (1-6, 3-6), along with Cameryn Veine and Eve Geschiere at No. 2 doubles (0-6, 0-6), and Erin Burke and Zoe Walters at No. 3 doubles (4-6, 6-4, 4-6).
The Lakers return to the court against Mona Shores today.
LAKER GOLF FINISHES SECOND
The Spring Lake boys golf team earned second-place honors at Quail Ridge Golf Course on Wednesday in O-K Blue Conference action.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central came away with a seven-stroke victory over the Lakers, despite an even-par 36 performance from Nick Krueger.
On Monday, the Lakers upended the Cougars by one stroke at Pigeon Creek for their second conference jamboree victory of the season. Krueger led the way for the Lakers with a one-under-par 34.
TROJAN TENNIS DISMISSES REETHS-PUFFER
The Fruitport girls tennis team took on O-K Black Conference rival Reeths-Puffer on Wednesday, dealing the Rockets an explosive 7-1 defeat with a sweep of the singles flights and a narrow loss at No. 4 doubles.
The Trojans didn't drop a set in the singles matches. Trinity Busscher took down Alivia Depies at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2; Haleigh Winskas downed Cami Dick at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1; Olivia Parling dismissed Melanie Lamrock at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2; and Hannah Kelly defeated Kassie Anderson at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2.
It was more of the same in the doubles flights, as all three winning teams finished their opponents off in two sets. Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse beat Jordan Ball and Carleigh Wilson at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-2; Rachel Weiland and Hannah LaBash defeated Grace Luker and Kayleigh Wilhelm at No. 2, 6-2, 6-4; Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman took No. 3 in a tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6; and Summer Woodring and Audrey Split dropped the only match of the night to Rachel Dobb and Shelby Palsrok at No. 4, 6-3, 7-5.
TROJAN TRACK TEAMS SWEEP
The Fruitport boys and girls track teams swept their O-K Black Conference tri-meet at Mona Shores on Wednesday.
The Fruitport boys team came away with 116 points to take top honors, followed by second-place Kenowa Hills (90) and third-place Mona Shores (68).
The Fruitport girls squad scored 128 points to best second-place Kenowa Hills (73) and third-place Mona Shores (69).
Brendan Deneen won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:50.86, while sophomore Ethan Flores added a win in the 110 hurdles with a personal best time of 15.92 seconds.
Flores would add a new personal best time in the 300 hurdles, as well, scoring a win in the event with a time of 41.55. Daniel Pavlich won the pole vault with a jump of 10-00.01 and Ryan Bytwerk added a win in the long jump with a leap of 20-06.5.
On the girls' side of the meet, Faith Clark won the 1,600 run with a time of 5:47.91, while Kallie Fehler added wins in the 100 (16.81) and 300 (50.65) hurdle events.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER EDGES LUDINGTON
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team hosted Ludington on Wednesday, defeating the Orioles to remain unbeaten in Lakes Eight Conference play, 1-0.
The lone goal of the match was scored by Emily Meyer, assisted by Adayla Liggett.
Ashley Lane recorded the shutout in goal.
"This was such a work-ethic game for our girls," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "We were limited tonight with another three players out with an injury. That is tough for an already young team. But, even with limited players, the team was able to pull out the win. We had a group of girls on the field with just a big heart.
"The goal scored was a perfect example of a team coming together. We connected four perfect passes, ending on a great through ball by Adayla Liggett. She hit Emily Meyer in stride, who finished a perfect shot into the side-netting. We had worked on combination play during our last practice and the girls put it together.
"Ashley Lane was in goal and kept us in the game with some great play off her line. We were able to shut down their attack and prevent a lot of difficult shots on goals."
WARRIOR BASEBALL DOWNS RAVENNA
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took on Ravenna in a single game Wednesday night, leaving with an 8-2 victory.
Jaxon Duer took the win on the mound, throwing four innings with two strikeouts. Michael Kamps pitched two and two-thirds innings of relief.
Nick Moser, Tyler VanBeek and Jamo Goorman each tallied two hits, while Brant Zeerip scored two runs.
"Jaxon did a great job on the mound today, limiting Ravenna to a few hits," said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. "Kamps came in and threw well, as did Nathan VanderWeide who recorded the final out. We came out really strong offensively in the 1st inning, putting up 6 runs. We hit the ball hard all day, which was a great sign as we are going to be entering league play next week.
"Defensively, Cam Beisel, VanBeek, Zeerip and Jake Moser are playing at a very high level. Our outfield with Nick Moser, Goorman and Casey Fink are playing very tough and working together really well. We are looking forward to a very tough opponent in Orchard View on Friday at Marsh Field."
WARRIOR GOLF WINS CONFERENCE JAMBOREE
The Western Michigan Christian boys golf team carded a 183 to take top honors at Chase Hammond Golf Course on Wednesday.
Ludington came in second with a 186, followed by Manistee in third at 199, Muskegon Catholic Central in fourth at 232 and Orchard View in fifth at 260.
Dan Vanbiesbrouck led the Warriors with a 43, followed by Chandler Breit with an 85, Owen Alfree with a 46 and Travis Goodrich with a 49.
WMCC SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH SHELBY
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team split its non-conference doubleheader with Shelby on Wednesday at Western Michigan Christian High School.
The Warriors won a wild opener by a score of 18-17, but dropped the nightcap by a score of 9-3.
The opening game featured 35 runs scored, 28 hits (14 for each team), 22 walks and two home runs. When the dust settled, WMCC came out on top with an 18-17 walk-off victory.
Five times in the game, a team scored four runs in an inning, but it was a five-run seventh inning by Shelby that set up the dramatic win for WMCC.
Entering the final frame, trailing 16-12, Shelby put five runs on the board to take the lead. WMCC had scored in every inning except the second, received a lead-off walk in the seventh to Stephanie Weesies (WMC). Taylor Mosher (WMC) hit into a fielder's choice, which was followed by a walk to Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC). Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) reached on a dropped ball by the left fielder, loading the bases for Maria Sanocki (MCC).
Sanocki hit a sacrifice fly to left field, bringing home the tying run. Hannah Nestell (WMC) followed that with a ball to left field that was misplayed and Ter Haar crossed the plate with the winning run.
Kelcea Waller had three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run, to pace the WMCC offense from the plate, while Bradford-Royle, Sanocki, Hannah Pell (WMC), Weesies, and Mosher each had two hits. Sanocki, Weesies, and Mosher each drove in three runs, while Nestell drove in two.
Sanocki picked up the win, pitching all seven innings and striking out one.
In the second game, WMCC opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first, but Shelby responded with seven runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to take a 9-3 victory.
Weesies and Mosher each had a hit with Weesies also driving in two runs. Abby Sweetman (WMC) and Sophie Hawke (WMC) combined to pitch four innings, striking out three.
WMCC is now 4-4 overall on the season.
"The first game was a well-fought game and a fun game to be a part of," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "Every time we took a lead, Shelby came back and either tied it or got close. I was pleased with how the girls came back after Shelby took their first lead in the top of the seventh to get the walk-off win. They showed a lot of character on the field today.
"In the second game, we didn't have an answer for Shelby's offense. They have some strong hitters who can hit the gaps and put it over the fence. Overall, it was a good day with lots to build on. We had six hits and eight RBI from our No. 8 and 9 hitters in our line-up and Waller, a freshman, hitting a home run. We're looking forward to our first conference games later this week and next week."