Western Michigan Christian track teams sweep Division 4 regionals

Tribune Staff • May 19, 2018 at 12:17 AM

The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls track teams made it a clean sweep Friday night at Holton High School, as the Warriors took home both Division 4 regional championships.

The WMC girls scored 142 points to pull away from second-place White Cloud (113.5) and third-place Pentwater (72).

The Warrior boys took top honors with 115 points, followed by White Cloud (104) and Wyoming Potter's House Christian (101).

On the boys' side, the 800 relay team of Johnscott Finley, Seth VanderKooi, Tyler Somers and Solomon Waller took top honors in their event with a time of three minutes, 41.47 seconds.

Finley also finished second in the 400 dash (52.4) and was a member of the 400 relay team with Waller, Somers and Dirk Teeter that finished second (46.35).

Somers finished second in the 110 (16.04) and 300 hurdle events (42.51), while Eli Rotman finished third in the 1,600 (4:51.03) and Jack Zuidema finished third in the 3,200 (10:37.81). The 3,200 relay team of Daniel Plaisier, Rotman, VanderKooi and Zuidema took second (8:43.77) to close out the day for the Warriors.

On the girls' side, Sarah Vanderkooi took gold in the 1,600 (2:29.1), while teammate Josie Aardema took top honors in the 3,200 (12:47.49).

The duo teamed up with Ella Buursma and Emma Davis to win the 3,200 relay (11:44.68), while Vanderkooi also joined Buursma, Peyton Allen and Ellie DeKam to win the 1,600 relay (4:28.16).

DeKam finished second in the 400 dash (1:04.02) and was a member of the 400 relay team with Allen, Shantele Wilkinson and Kaitlyn Summerfield that finished runner-up (54.27).

Kylie Luhring finished second in the shot put (31-2.5), while Kylie Luhring finished third in the discus (98-02), Aubrey Goorman finished third in the high jump (4-8), Buursma finished third in the pole vault (6-6) and Meghan Heiss finished second in the long jump (16-1.5).


The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team traveled to Orchard View for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader on Friday. The Cardinals came away with wins of 15-0 and 8-5.

GAME 1: Orchard View 15, WMCC 0

In the opener, solid hitting by Orchard View and dominating pitching by Allie Tenhove led the Cardinals to a 10-0 lead after two innings and a 15-0 victory in the fourth inning.

WMCC was limited to just two hits in the game, one each from Hannah Pell (WMC) and Maria Sanocki (MCC). Sophie Hawke pitched for WMCC and struck out one.

GAME 2: Orchard View 8, WMCC 5

In the second game, the score was knotted at 1-1, when OV pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the third to open up a 4-1 lead. After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, WMCC took the lead in the fifth inning with four runs, highlighted by an RBI single by Pell.

Orchard View came back in the bottom of the frame with three runs to re-take the lead at 7-5. With another run in the sixth, the Cardinals went on to hold off a WMCC threat in the seventh with a game-ending double play to secure the win.

Sanocki, Abby Sweetman (WMC), Pell, Kelcea Waller (WMC), and Taylor Mosher (WMC) each recorded a hit for the Warriors, while Stephanie Weesies (WMC) drove in two runs. Hawke returned to the circle for the second game and pitched six innings, allowing three earned runs.

WMCC is now 7-15 overall and 1-8 in Lakes Eight Conference play.

"Orchard View is a strong team and one of the toughest opponents on our schedule," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "After dropping the first game, I was proud of how our girls came back in the second game and played one of their best games of the season.

"While the game result was a loss, there were lots of wins, including some spectacular defensive plays in the infield and outfield, a strong pitching performance from Sophie Hawke, and great at-bats against the two best pitchers we've seen all year. Sometimes games can't be measured by wins and losses. Today was one of those days, and that gives us good momentum as we head into the final games of the regular season."

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