Prep Roundup: Fruitport tennis wins O-K Black Championship

Tribune Staff • May 13, 2018 at 11:54 PM

For the second year in a row, the Fruitport girls tennis team is O-K Black Conference champions.

The Trojans scored 42 points to take top honors, while Mona Shores came in second with 37, Jenison came in third with 36, Reeths-Puffer came in fourth with 28, Kenowa Hills came in fifth with 13 and Grand Rapids Union came in sixth with 12.

Trinity Busscher led the way for Fruitport, winning the No. 1 singles flight, followed by Haleigh Winskas at No. 2 singles, Olivia Parling at No. 3 singles, Hannah Kelly at No. 4 singles and Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse at No. 1 doubles.

"The team played sound tennis in adverse conditions with multiple delays and cold weather throughout the day," said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. "We placed six teams in championship matches and won five of six flight championships. This was a noticeable improvement from the week before at the city tournament, where we had five championship matches and won only one match."

The No. 2 doubles team of Rachel Weiland and Hannah LaBash lost a narrow contest to Jenison in the No. 2 doubles championship match, while the No. 3 doubles team of Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman took third place and No. 4 doubles team of Summer Woodring and Audrey Split took fourth place.

"I liked the way we finished our championship matches this weekend, demonstrating what it takes to be successful at the end of the season. Our girls are focused and looking forward to preparing well and improving for regionals."



The Grand Haven girls soccer team got some revenge from last year's district finals, as the Buccaneers edged visiting Mona Shores 4-3 on Saturday night in non-conference action.

The Sailors would strike first, as Sarah Mikesell would rip a shot into the net four minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead for the visitors. Mona Shores would add another goal at the 26-minute mark to go up 2-0 on the Bucs.

Grand Haven would answer quickly as Jennifer Dear scored at the 33-minute mark of the first half to give the Bucs some positive momentum. Six minutes later, Miya Luckey would score on a header off an assist from Neala Wilson to tie the game at 2-2 at halftime.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Grand Haven would strike again, as Haiden Trowbridge passed the ball to Carley Wagasky, who scored on a 30-yard chip shot over the keeper to give the Buccaneers a 3-2 lead.

The Sailors would quickly strike back four minutes later, as Mikesell scored on a penalty kick after a hand-ball penalty on the Grand Haven keeper resulted in a quality scoring chance on the substitute keeper.

Grand Haven would score the game-winning goal with eight minutes remaining, when Trowbridge ripped a shot from the top of the box that scored past the Sailors' keeper.


The Grand Haven girls water polo team took on the regional field this weekend at East Grand Rapids, entering the tournament as the sixth seed.

The Buccaneers couldn't pull off the upset against third-seeded Grandville in the regional opener, falling to the Bulldogs in a 14-4 game.



The Spring Lake softball team traveled to Traverse City over the weekend and returned home with four victories. The Lakers dispatched Traverse City Central by scores of 17-3 and 7-3 on Friday and followed that up with a doubleheader sweep of Traverse City West on Saturday by scores of 5-0 and 14-2.


Game 1: Spring Lake 17, T.C. Central 3 (six innings)

All nine Spring Lake starters recorded a hit in the 17-3 rout of the Trojans. Linsey Paggeot led the way with four hits and four RBIs, including a three-run home run. Madelyn Nelson also had four hits and scored three runs, while Leah Vaughan and Molly Poole each had two hits, with Poole knocking in four RBIs.

Lauren Hellman belted her third home run of the year.

Leah Vaughan was the winning pitcher from the mound, while Lauren Somers pitched two innings in relief.

Game 2: Spring Lake 7, T.C. Central 3

Lauren Hellman, Leah Vaughan and Jenna Core each had two hits to help lead the Lakers to the 7-3 victory. Janna Ercole had a key fourth-inning RBI to help the Lakers pull away.

Vaughan was the winning pitcher from the circle, scattering four hits and striking out seven.


Game 1: Spring Lake 5, T.C. West 0

Spring Lake scored two runs in the first inning and sealed the victory with three runs in the seventh for a 5-0 win. Madelyn Nelson had two hits and scored two runs to lead the Lakers, while Linsey Paggeot had two hits and three RBIs.

Leah Vaughan was the winning pitcher from the circle, allowing two hits and striking out 12 in the shutout win.

Game 2: Spring Lake 14, T.C. West 2 (five innings)

The Spring Lake pounded out 21 hits in the five-inning mercy win to close out the weekend.

Jenna Core had four hits and four RBIs to lead the Lakers, while Lauren Hellman, Madelyn Nelson, Linsey Paggeot and Molly Poole each had three hits.

Lauren Somers was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and striking out three.

Spring Lake is now 22-0 overall on the season.

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