Hentemann, Young shatter school records

Tribune Staff • Apr 27, 2018 at 12:45 AM

Warmer weather and fierce competition brought out the best in two of Grand Haven's track and field standouts Thursday afternoon as seniors Gabby Hentemann and Charlie Young each shattered previous school record marks during their meet against Rockford at Grand Haven High School.

Young recorded a 48.67-second time in the 400-meter dash, breaking the previous mark of 49 seconds. The new personal best time gives him the top mark in the state across all divisions.

Hentemann clocked in with a time of 4:48.22 in the 1,600 run, besting the previous mark of 4:50.8 by almost two seconds.

"She ran a great race today," said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. "We set it up for her and Erica VanderLende of Rockford to both push each other in that event, and they both ended up breaking their respective school's record in the mile run.

"After the first two laps, Gabby really took off and I knew she was on pace to possibly break the record. Then, she ran a 1:09 in the last 400 meters to really finish strong. That was just an amazing race to watch and a fantastic accomplishment for Gabby.

"I knew she was going to break the mark at some point this season, but to do that so early in the season just shows you how much work she's put in over the offseason and how focused she's been with her training during this bizarre spring weather. A lot of credit goes to her distance coach, Melissa Richardson, too. She always has Gabby in the best possible mindset to compete and she's done a great job with her."

On the scoreboard, the Rams came away with narrow wins over the Bucs. The Rockford boys clipped Grand Haven by a score of 72-65, while the Rockford girls captured a 74-63 win over the Bucs.

On the girls' side of the meet, Jenny Ryan won the 200 dash with a time of 27.28 seconds, Abby Buitenhuis won the 800 run with a time of 2:20.51 and Emily Mattson won the 3,200 run with a time of 12:17.99.

Buitenhuis, McKenna Keefe, Ryan and Hentemann also won the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:14.64, while Meadow White, Kirbey Colella, Giovana Marcek and Marlie Fraser teamed up to win the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:18.33.

In the field, Sarah Knoll won the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 3.5 inches, Ella Beringer won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, and Keefe won the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet.

On the boys' side, Young also finished first in the 200 dash (23.21) and the 1,600 relay with Timmy Kleyla, Aaron Hughes and Kyle Eveland (3:32.35). Dominic Weatherwax won the 800 (2:05.78), while Jack Nicholson was first in the 3,200 (10:05.88).

Mason Mahacek had a personal best height winning the pole vault at 14 feet, while Drew Dahlman took first in the high jump at 6 feet.

"Our kids performed well tonight against a very good Rockford team," added Grand Haven boys head coach Joe Nelson. "We keep shaving off time and making gains as a program. Our distance crew is doing a great job and we are creating depth. We are happy with where we are and are looking forward to a great month of competition in May."


The Grand Haven girls soccer team took an O-K Red Conference beating Thursday night at the hands of Grandville, 5-1.

It was all Bulldogs early, as Grandville netted goals at the eight-, 12-, 14- and 27-minute marks to take a 4-0 lead at halftime. Grand Haven mustered just one shot on goal through the first half.

In the second, the Bucs dialed up the pressure, sending five shot attempts toward the Grandville keeper, who tallied five saves on the night. The Bucs netted their lone goal of the contest at the 58-minute mark courtesy of Alli Keyser, assisted by Sydney Thayer.

Grand Haven returns to the pitch on Monday as they travel to West Ottawa.



The Spring Lake softball team picked up another O-K Blue Conference victory Thursday night with a 4-0 win over Sparta, completing their three-game sweep of the Spartans.

Leah Vaughan took the win for the Lakers with 13 strikeouts, one walk and three hits in the complete game.

Madelyn Nelson led the hitting attack with three hits, while Linsey Paggeot tallied two RBIs. The victory extends Spring Lake's winning streak to 66 straight games and improves them to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in league play.

The Lakers return to the diamond today for a doubleheader against Division 3 No. 5 Calvin Christian. Spring Lake holds the No. 5 rank in Division 2.


The Spring Lake girls tennis team hosted Mona Shores for a non-conference bout Thursday night, tying the Sailors 4-4.

Bringing home Laker wins were Erin Henderson at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-4; Jensen Hussey at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2; Erin Burke and Zoe Walters at No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-3; and Taylor Gates and Erika McSheehy at No. 4 doubles, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Faltering for Spring Lake were Taylor Duer at No. 3 singles in an eight-game pro-set, losing 8-9 (2-10); Lily Clare Winter at No. 4 singles, 1-6, 1-6; Rachel Oostinde and Adeline Sherman at No. 1 doubles, 3-6, 4-6; and Kaylie Sneller and Cameryn Veine at No. 2 doubles, 1-6, 7-6 (7).

Spring Lake travels to Whitehall on Saturday to play in the Whitehall quad and returns to their home court on Monday to host Kellogsville.


The Spring Lake baseball team completed their three-game series with O-K Blue Conference foe Sparta on Thursday, dropping the single game, 2-1.

Connor Saxe took the start, throwing six innings and giving up two earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks. Mason Holmes led from the dish, finishing 2-for-3 with one run scored.


The Spring Lake girls track team came away with two double-dual meet victories this week with wins over Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Coopersville on Tuesday and over Grand Rapids West Catholic and Comstock Park on Thursday.

Julia Bajt led the way Thursday with four first-place finishes in the 100-meter dash (13.03), 200 meters (27.2), the 400 meter (1:03.7) and the 800-meter relay with teammates Sophie Tardani, Sophia Tilton and Caroline Loiseau (1:55.7).

Taylor Rebone added first-place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles (17.64), and the long jump (16-2). Maddy Windberg took top-honors in the 800-meter run (2:35) while teammate Anna Fedewa finished first in the 1,600 meters (5:56.8).

Windberg also led the 3,200-meter relay team of Jaynie Seylhower, Annie Cooper and Fedewa to a first-place finish. Finally, the Lakers' 1,600-meter relay team of Rebone, Sid Czinder, Madison VanEpps and Eva Tilton clinched the meet victory with a first-place finish.

The Lakers continue a busy week with their fourth meet in seven days at the Spartan Classic Invite today.



The Fruitport baseball team hosted O-K Black Conference foe Mona Shores on Thursday, falling to the Sailors by a score of 3-0.

Parker Tawney took the loss on the mound, throwing six innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out eight and walking one.


The Fruitport girls tennis team took on NorthPointe Christian in non-conference action Thursday night, tying the match 4-4.

Picking up wins for the Trojans were Trinity Busscher at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-2; Haleigh Winskas at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-0; Olivia Parling at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2; and Summer Woodring and Audrey Split at No. 4 doubles by default.

Losing for Fruitport were Hannah Kelly at No. 4 singles, 1-6, 6-4, 7-3; Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse at No. 1 doubles, 6-4, 6-2; Rachel Weiland and Hannah LaBash at No. 2 doubles 7-6 (5), 7-5; and Katie Dirske and Alison Blakeman at No. 3 doubles, 6-1, 6-1.


The Fruitport girls soccer team traveled to Reeths-Puffer on Thursday night to take on the Rockets, battling to a hard-fought scoreless tie in O-K Black Conference action.

Both teams created scoring opportunities throughout the contest but failed to capitalize. Madalyn Fett tallied 12 saves for the Trojans to preserve the shutout.

"I thought Madalyn kept us in the game and willed us to a tie," Fruitport head coach Jeannie McClain said. "She made a few saves tonight that not many people make. She's had a lot of good games over the years, but this may have been her finest performance."

Fruitport is now 3-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in league play. They return to action tonight for conference action at Kenowa Hills.

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