Laker tennis third at O-K Blue Championships
The O-K Blue-Silver Conference tennis tournament concluded Monday at NorthPointe Christian High School after inclement weather delayed the finish on Saturday.
The Spring Lake girls tennis team ended up third overall with 53 points. They finished behind NorthPointe with 60 points and champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central with 69 points.
No. 2 singles player Jensen Hussey took home her flight championship against a tough GRCC opponent in three sets. Hussey dropped Set 1, 4-6, then got off to a rough start in Set 2, trailing 1-5. She didn’t let up, fighting back for a 7-6 tiebreak win to tie the match. Neither girl would give up the third set, going point-for-point to a 10-8 victory by Hussey.
The victory caps an undefeated season for Hussey.
“I don’t really know what to say about Jensen,” said Spring Lake co-head coach Jodi Hussey. “She was pretty much out of the match with her opponent playing some tough tennis. But, she kept trying for each point and they started to add up. They fought tooth and nail on every shot. To have Jensen pull out this win leaves me speechless. She is relentless.”
Four Laker flights took home third-place finishes. No. 3 singles player Taylor Duer, No. 4 singles player Lily Clare Winter, the No. 3 doubles team of Erin Burke and Zoe Walters, and the No. 4 doubles team of Taylor Gates and Erika McSheehy.
No. 1 singles player Erin Henderson finished in fifth place, while No. 1 doubles pair Rachel Oostinde and Adeline Sherman took fourth and No. 2 doubles pair Kaylie Sneller and Cameryn Veine took fifth to round out the Laker finishes.
“These girls have improved greatly since the beginning of the season,” said Spring Lake co-head coach Karen Duer said. “They are playing much smarter tennis and have earned this. Regionals will be tough, but I feel they are ready."
Spring Lake returns to action at the regional tournament in Big Rapids on May 18.
Bucs tennis finishes fourth in O-K Red
The Grand Haven girls tennis team completed the O-K Red Conference tournament after inclement weather postponed play over the weekend.
The Bucs finished fourth in the tournament to secure fourth place in the overall standings. No. 6 West Ottawa won the tournament, ahead of No. 7 Rockford. Hudsonville took third.
No. 4 singles player Grace Smit led the way for Grand Haven, finishing third with wins over Rockford and Grandville, along with a third-place finish by No. 2 doubles pair Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt.
Kelsey Lansky took fourth place at No. 1 doubles, while the No. 3 doubles pair of Laura Slocum and Ellie Slater took fourth and Sam Korecki and Sara Hilburger finished fourth in the No. 4 doubles bracket.
Alyssa Yeager finished fifth at No. 2 singles, Saige Sortman finished sixth at No. 3 singles.
“The team competed hard and everyone did contribute to the team totals,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “I believe this result is going to make the team even more motivated at regionals on Thursday.”
Bucs JV soccer edges Mona Shores
The Grand Haven girls junior varsity soccer team defeated Mona Shores on Saturday, 1-0. Anna Lown scored the game’s lone goal.
Trojan softball sweeps Montague
Fruitport softball took on Montague in non-conference, doubleheader action Monday night, stealing a 10-9, 10-inning win in Game 1 and winning Game 2, 11-3.
GAME 1: Fruitport 10, Montague 9
The Trojans stole the extra-inning victory on an RBI double by Aurora Wilks in the top of the tenth inning.
Wilks took the win on the mound, throwing 10 innings, allowing 10 hits and eight runs while striking out six.
Kennedy Dykstra, Rachel Paulsen and Wilks all had multiple hits for Fruitport, with Paulsen connecting for a home run.
GAME 2: Fruitport 11, Montague 3
The Trojans plated seven runs in the fourth inning to control Game 2. The runs came from Tori Nash, Wilks and Heidi Braun.
Paulsen took the win throwing five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer downs Ludington
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team traveled north to Ludington on Monday for a Lakes Eight Conference clash, defeating the Orioles 2-0.
Jenna Houskamp powered the victory with two, unassisted second-half goals.
“We played a very slow first half, but the captains gave their all to motivate the team at halftime,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “It really made a difference as the players came out in the second half and really played with speed and passion.
“It was great to see the forwards and midfielders connecting better in the second half. There was much more creativity with the players playing off each other.”
The Warriors are now 7-9 overall and 5-1 in conference play. They return to action against Muskegon Catholic Central on Wednesday.
Warrior baseball splits with North Muskegon
The eastern Michigan Christian baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with North Muskegon on Monday, dropping Game 1, 3-2 and winning Game 2, 5-3.
GAME 1: North Muskegon 3, WMC 2
Jamo Goorman and Nathan VanderWeide led Warrior hitting in Game 1 with two each. Jaxon Duer pitched five scoreless innings in the loss. The Warriors held a lead into the final inning, where North Muskegon orchestrated a walk-off ending.
GAME 2: WMC 5, North Muskegon 3
VanderWeide picked up the win in Game 2, throwing four innings with three strikeouts. Goorman connected for two hits, while Nick Moser and Michael Kamps each had one.
“It was nice to bounce back and win Game 2 after losing the late lead in Game 1,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “We felt our defense let us down in Game 1.
“Jaxon Duer was great for us tonight on the mound. I brought him back in Game 2 with runners on in the sixth and he shut it down for us. He had eight strikeouts on the night in a total of six and one-third innings. Nathan also pitched fantastic tonight.”
The Warriors are now 12-6 overall.
WMC softball swept by Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian, Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team hosted Manistee for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader Monday, dropping both games by scores of 12-0 and 19-6.
GAME 1: Manistee 12, WMCC 0
Manistee broke open the game with six runs in the top of the third and secured their victory with a five-run fourth inning.
The WMCC offense was led by Maria Sanocki (MCC) with two hits and Kelcea Waller (WMC) and Hannah Pell (WMC), each with one hit. Sanocki and Sophie Hawke (WMC) shared time in the circle, striking out two.
GAME 2: Manistee 19, WMCC 6
Manistee opened Game 2 with a 10-0 lead through the first two innings. WMCC closed the gap to 10-5 after three innings. Manistee added three runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth before the game was called for darkness.
Leading the WMCC offense was Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) and Pell, each with two hits and one RBI. Also collecting hits were Abby Sweetman (WMC), Stephanie Weesies (WMC) and Taylor Mosher (WMC). Sweetman and Hawke split the pitching duties, striking out two.
“After some tough games last week, I was encouraged to see our offense put some runs on the board and hit the ball much harder than we did last week,” said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. “Manistee is a strong hitting team and had a number of timely hits. We have some work to do but I was encouraged by what I saw today, especially two scoreless innings each from Maria and Sophie. We’re looking forward to Muskegon and Orchard View this week.”