Bucs girls track and field falls short against East Kentwood
The Grand Haven girls track and field team competed against O-K Red Conference foe East Kentwood at home Wednesday night, losing 81-56.
Despite the loss, Grand Haven turned in its best result against East Kentwood, a perennial track and field powerhouse, in 20 years. Gabby Hentemann led the charge for Grand Haven, winning both the 400- and 1,600-meter races. She helped the Buccaneers outscore East Kentwood 28-4 in distance events.
Hentemann won the 400 in dramatic fashion, edging out an East Kentwood sprinter in the final 100 meters to reach the finish line in 59.4 seconds.
Gina Marecek chipped in for the Bucs with a win in the 800-meter race and a third-place finish in the 1600-meter run. Jenna Ray won the 3,200-meter race, and Cam Constant also produced key points with a runner-up finish in the 300-meter hurdles, and a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
The boys fell by a final score of 79-58.
Grabbing first-place finishes for the boys were Mason Mahacek in the high jump (6-2); Andrew Ireland in the 3,200-meter run (10:32.42) and the 1,600 (4:49.41); the 400 relay team of Ethan Peters, Alex Kaufman, Collin Takas and Peirce Foster (44.43) and the 3,200 relay tea of Dominic Weatherwax, Aidan Martin, Carter Learned and Cole Rowden.
Other Bucs scoring included Seth Taylor, Joe Costello, Drew Dahlman, Eli Nelson, Brendan VanderMeer and Joe Brenton.
“I was really proud of how we competed against a really talented East Kentwood team,” said Grand Haven boys head coach Joe Nelson. “For our first meet out, we had a lot of guys perform very well. A two-win night for Andrew Ireland was a great start. Our 4x100 ran a 44.43, which is the third fastest time in Grand Haven history. We are starting off strong and feel we can still make many improvements. We are excited about our guys and how hard they are working.”
Lakers baseball loses late against Sparta
Spring Lake baseball lost 4-3 to Sparta on Wednesday after allowing four late runs.
The Lakers held a 3-0 lead through six innings, but Sparta fought back with four runs in the seventh inning. Isiah Lindsey started on the mound for Spring Lake, allowing four runs, two earned, off of three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He racked up 11 strikeouts while reaching his 105-pitch limit.
Sparta’s pitcher threw a no-hitter, but Spring Lake was still able to manufacture three runs. The Lakers fell to 4-3 with the loss.
Lakers tennis cruises past Grandville Calvin Christian
The Spring Lake girls tennis team defeated Grandville Calvin Christian 7-1 Wednesday night while coming from behind in two key matches.
Winning their matches for the Lakers were No. 1 singles player Jensen Hussey, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles player Taylor Duer, 6-3, 7-5; No. 3 singles player Maddy Duer, 6-0, 6-3; No. 1 doubles pair Adeline Sherman and Rachel Oostindie, 6-3, 6-0; No. 2 doubles pair Erin Burke and Zoe Walters, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 doubles pair Taylor Gates and Erika McSheehy 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; and the No. 4 doubles pair Abbi Perkins and Mahli Braak 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Laker softball sweeps Sparta
The Spring Lake softball team hosted O-K Blue Conference foe Sparta for a doubleheader Wednesday night, winning Game 1 3-0 and Game 2 16-4.
Game 1 was competitive throughout thanks to hot Spartan pitching and stellar defense.
Molly Poole put the Lakers on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, while Jenna Core sealed the deal with a 2-run homer in the third.
Leah Vaughan took the win from the pitching circle, giving up two hits and zero walks while striking out 12 in the complete game.
“They played great defense,” said Spring Lake head coach Bill Core. “Their pitchers threw well. We had some hard shots at them but they kept it competitive. It was a good thing Leah was dominant out there. We needed every one of those strikeouts.”
Game 2 was back to normal for the Lakers as they scored early and often for the 16-4 victory.
Vaughan took the win once again, this time giving up four runs (one earned) while striking out eight and walking zero.
Spring Lake ended the game with 16 hits. Poole racked up four hits for five RBIs, while Julliete Goldberg had three and Layni Wyns and Vaughan had two each.
“They threw a different pitcher that we were able to hit a little better,” Core said of Game 2. “They played phenomenal in the first game and the second game we hit their pitcher a little better, they started to throw the ball around on defense and it snowballed on them.”
The win improves Spring Lake to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in conference, marking their 80 consecutive conference victory.
They return to action today for a single game at Sparta.
Trojans golf shows improvement in conference play
The Fruitport boys golf team finished fourth in Wednesday night’s O-K Black Conference match at Lincoln Golf Course, shooting a 195.
The Trojans improved their overall score by nine strokes from their previous outing. Mona Shores won the event with a score 148, while Reeths-Puffer (156) and Jenison (161) finished second and third, respectively.
Logan Teitsma led the way for Fruitport by shooting a 4-over par 40 which placed him 10th overall. Corbin Grow shot a 47, Eli Covert fired a 53, and Brian Lee shot a 55 to round out the team score.
The Trojans next play in the Shelby Invitational on Monday.
Trojans baseball drops doubleheader against Mona Shores
Fruitport suffered an O-K Black Conference doubleheader defeat Wednesday against Mona Shores, losing games by scores of 4-0 and 10-8.
The Trojans mustered just two hits in the first game, but starting pitcher Jerod Avery kept them in contention by allowing just four runs, two earned, in six innings of work.
David Ross and Landon Doctor led the Trojans with two hits apiece in the second game. Fruitport was down 10-5 in the seventh inning but scored three runs in the final inning to put some pressure on Mona Shores.
Trojans tennis defeats Reeths-Puffer
The Fruitport girls tennis team defeated Reeths Puffer 8-0 Wednesday night with seven two-set victories.
Winning their matches for the Trojans were No. 1 singles player Trinity Busscher, 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 singles player Haleigh Winskas, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 singles player Olivia Parling, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 singles player Hannah Kelly, 6-0, 6-1; No. 1 doubles pair Emily Dirkse and Alison Blakeman, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 doubles pair Hannah Labash and Hope Busscher, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 doubles pair Katie Dirkse and Rowan Baird 6-3, 6-3; and the No. 4 doubles pair Julian Hawley and Delaney Shannon 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-3.