Bucs track sweeps Grandville
The Grand Haven boys and girls track teams traveled to Grandville on Tuesday for a double win over the Bulldogs. The girls scored a 91-46 victory, while the boys totaled 81-55.
Winning events for the girls were Iliana Watson in the 100-meter dash in 13.42 second, followed by Caydee Constant in second (13.58); Avery Keefe in the 400 at 1:02.87, followed by Meadow White in second (1:03.91); Abby Buitenhuis in the 800 (2:24.24); Giovana Marecek in the 1,600 at 5:36.39, followed by Jenna Ray in second (5:45.97), Kirbey Colella in third (5:51.39), Halle Bovee in third at 5:55.76, Abby Beatty in fifth at 6:07.99 and Brianna Jhamb in sixth at 6:09.61.
Cam Constant won the 300 hurdles in 48.0, while Sarah Knoll took the shot put in 38-4.5 and the discus in 116-2.
The Bucs won three of four relays as the 400 relay team of Caydee Constant, Natalie Koetsier, Iliana Watson and Kate Criswell-North clocked in at 52.86; the 800 relay team of Caydee Constant, Criswell-North, Watson and Cam Constant finished in 1:50.94; and the 3,200 relay of White, Colella, Fraser and Gabby Hentemann turned in a 10:22.46.
Winning events for the boys were Pierce Foster in the 100 at 11.64, followed by Alex Kaufman in second at 11.84, and Collin Takas in third at 11.98; Mason Mahacek in the 200 at 23.37, followed by Timmy Kleyla in second (23.82), Kaufman third (23.85), Ethan Peters fourth (23.92), Takas fifth (24.04), Seth Taylor sixth (24.20), Drew Dahlman seventh (24.22) and Eli Nelson eighth (24.34).
Taylor took the 400 in 52.49, followed by Brian Nicholson in second (53.82), Joe Walsh third (54.38), Keegan Aerts fourth (59.98), Andre Edmond fifth (1:00.00), Zach Stanhope sixth (1:01.19), and Stone Smith seventh (1:02.98).
Dominic Weatherwax won the 800 in 2:12.44, while Mason Mahacek took the high jump in 6-0, followed by Dahlman in second at 5-10. Mahacek also won the pole vault in 13-6, followed by Nelson in second at 13-6.
The Bucs finished 1-8 in the long jump with Foster first at 22-0.5, Dahlman second (19-1.5), Walsh third (17-11), Evan Schuster fourth (17-10.5), Kaden Jeske fifth (17-4.5), Carter Jones-Hirr sixth (16-2.5), Mike Baldus seventh (15-0.5) and Antwan Price eighth (15-0).
Grand Haven won three of four relays as the 400 team of Foster, Kaufman, Takas and Peters clocked in at 45.64; the 800 team of Peters, Kleyla, Takas and Mahacek finished in 1:34.00; and the 1,600 team of Nicholson, Walsh, Kleyla and Cal Coyne turned in a 4:36.10.
“We were excited to get many personal best performances going into the conference meet,” said Grand Haven boys head coach Joe Nelson. “Proud of our guys on how we performed and supported each other during the dual meet season. With 100 guys on the team, we really showed each other a lot of support and encouraged all kids at all levels. It has been really fun to see!”
The Bucs return to the track for the O-K Red Championship meet Friday at East Kentwood with the first event scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Bucs softball cruises past Rockford
Grand Haven softball dismantled Rockford on Tuesday, winning games of 15-0 and 14-0 in the home doubleheader.
Bucs ace Madison Shumaker tossed a no-hitter with four strikeouts, while also smashing a home run to help her cause. Kaelyn Stafford bashed two home runs in Game 1 with five RBIs overall.
In addition to their 11 hits in Game 1, the Bucs were also impressive in the field, lasting the entire game without committing a single error.
After tossing a no-hitter, Shumaker returned to the mound in Game 2 to throw a complete-game shutout.
The Bucs routed Rockford with 10 runs in the second inning. Stafford hit another home run in the first inning, and Baby Hang, Haley Aldred, Regan Riemersma, Skyler Covelli and Ashlyn Hall all contributed RBIs in the second inning.
“Today was as complete a day a ball club could have,” said head coach John Hall. “We pitched extremely well, we defended extremely well and we hit extremely well. When all three phases are working like that we can be very difficult to beat.
“The girls have so much energy right now and everyone gets involved. Stafford’s torrid all-State pace continued tonight but I was extremely proud of Gracie Vermurlen who was nearly smacked her first varsity home run. She keeps grinding in practice and takes advantage when she gets an opportunity.”
Bucs tennis falls to Rockford, Caledonia
With rain pestering Grand Haven’s girls tennis team all season, they were forced to play a double dual against Rockford and Caledonia Tuesday night in a big O-K Red Conference showdown.
The Bucs lost 8-1 to Rockford, but fought against Caledonia, losing just 5-4.
No. 4 singles Grace Smit earned Grand Haven’s lone win against Rockford, defeating her opponent 6-3, 6-4.
Smit also won her match against Caledonia, cruising to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. No. 1 singles Lilja Plumert earned a 6-4, 6-1 win against Caledonia; No. 3 singles Alyssa Hatzel won 6-1, 6-0, and No. 5 doubles Holly Waite and Makayla Vanderzwaag won 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.
Bucs boys lax falls to Zeeland West
The Grand Haven boys lacrosse team had a tough outing at Zeeland West on Tuesday, falling 7-1.
The Bucs’ lone goal came in the fourth courtesy of Carter Prieditis. The Grand Haven defense held the score down and kept the game close into the fourth after a 3-0 halftime deficit. There, Zeeland scored three goals.
“It was a tough game,” said Grand Haven head coach Kyle Hitsman. “We came out flat and not ready to play. That’s on me.”
The Bucs return to action today hosting Traverse City St. Francis.
Laker baseball sweeps Comstock Park
The Spring Lake baseball team hosted Comstock Park for an O-K Blue Conference doubleheader Tuesday, winning Game 1, 2-0, and Game 2, 9-6.
Isiah Lindsey took the win in Game 1, throwing seven shutout innings while giving up one hit and three walks with eight strikeouts, pushing his record to 3-1. Jimmy Duer led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with one RBI. Grand VanSingel knocked one hit and scored one run, while Jack Leech recorded the Lakers’ final RBI.
Game 2 saw Zach foster take the start, throwing three innings to give up five unearned runs with six strikeouts and three walks. Grant Kieft threw four innings of relief to earn the win, giving up four hits, two walks and one earned run.
Lindsey led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, while Zach Keyser finished 1-for-2 with one run scored and Mason Holmes finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI.
The wins improve the Lakers’ to 12-5 overall and 6-2 in conference.
Laker track splits with Sparta
The Spring Lake boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Sparta on Tuesday for an O-K Blue Conference dual.
The girls took home an 81-54 win, while the boys fell 83-54.
Winning events for the girls were Avery Hoekstra in the 100-meter dash at 12.84 seconds, followed by Julia Bajt in second (12.93) and Sophia Tilton in third (13.86); Bajt in the 200 at 2679, followed by Hoekstra in second (27.82); Bajt in the 400 at 1:00.95, followed by Isabella Padula in second (1:04.00) and Hoekstra third (1:05.90; Elizabeth Penrice in the 800 at 2:34.46, followed by Anna Fedewa in second (2:34.91); Kayla Purvis in the 1,600 at 5:52.05 and Jessica Judge in the 300 hurdles at 49.63.
In the field, Taylor Rebone won the long jump in 14-6.
The Lakers swept the relays with the 400 team of Rebone, Judge, Sophia Tilton and Hoekstra clocking in at 55.57; the 800 team of Tilton, Lizzy Koratich, Padula and Reegan DeCator finishing in 1:54.80; the 1,600 team of Bajt, Judge, Tilton and Annie Cooper turning in a 4:24.13; and the 3,200 team of Allie Baker, Eva Tilton, Purvis and Penrice finishing in 10:41.58.
Winning events for the boys were Gabe Tardani in the 100 at 12.08, followed by Steve Ready ins second (12.09); Jonah Schmuker in the 200 at 24.43; Andrew Hylen in the 3,200 at 10:07.28; the 400 relay team of Ready, Schmuker, Jadon Barnes and Tardani in 46.39; and Schmuker in the long jump at 18-4.5.
The Lakers return to action Saturday for the O-K Blue Championship meet at Sparta.
Laker golf tops Lincoln
The Spring Lake boys golf team took home another O-K Blue Conference victory Monday with a jamboree win at Lincoln Country Club.
Chance Fry led the Lakers with a two-over-par 38, followed by Jack Ogden (39), Evan McDermott (40) and Dylan Lisman (40).
With just two conference jamborees and the 18-hole championship tournament left to play, Spring Lake has racked up 34 points to lead the conference, sitting four points ahead of West Catholic. The return to action at home Wednesday at Spring Lake Country Club.
Trojan tennis defeats Kenowa Hills
The Fruitport girls tennis team took on O-K Black Conference challenger Kenowa Hills on Tuesday, defeating the Knights 7-1 for their fourth win in conference play.
The singles flights dropped just one game total, as No. 1 Trinity Busscher, No. 2 Haleigh Winskas and No. 3 Olivia Parling all won 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 Hannah Kelly won her match 6-1, 6-0.
No. 1 doubles Emily Dirske finished on top, 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 Hannah Labash and Hope Busscher won 6-0, 6-1; and No. 3 Katie Dirske and Rowan Baird won 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles Jillian Hawley and Ella Kestner fell 6-1, 6-1.
“Almost all our flights moved through the match with sound play and good decision making,” said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. “This was our fourth conference win with an important match coming up with Mona Shores.”
Trojan baseball falls to Jenison
The Fruitport baseball team took on O-K Black Conference foe Jenison for a single game Monday, falling 8-1.
The Trojans mustered six hits in the game with Nick Kleinhecksel and Zander Beatty knocking multiple hits.