BUCS VOLLEYBALL HOSTS FIRST-EVER TOURNAMENT
The Grand Haven boys volleyball team got their first taste of home competition Tuesday night as they hosted a quad round-robin tournament.
The Grand Haven blue team finished 2-1 with wins over West Ottawa (25-17, 25-10) and the Grand Haven blue team (25-18, 25-15) and a loss to the Carpe Diem club team (25-18, 25-15).
The Grand Haven gold team defeated West Ottawa, but fell to Carpe Diem and their intrasquad rivals.
Gavin Jonker led the blue team with 13 kills, ahead of Jake Thayer at 10 and Trent Perkins with five. Logan Naperalla and Tucker Beland led from the service line with seven aces apiece, while Beland tallied a team-high 21 assists.
For the gold team, Zach Lavercombe and Ethan Ball led a strong defensive effort, excelling in serve-receive, while Grant Ruster anchored an overpowering offensive effort at the net, according to blue team coach Bryan Chryst.
"It was really cool playing at home. The atmosphere was great," said Grand Haven head coach Jim Vantol. "It was a really nice crowd and a festive atmosphere, especially in the final match of the night which was GH gold vs. GH blue.
"It was also great to see West Ottawa there for their first go. They had a team of 20 guys and put it together in just a week. They played pretty well, respectable in every match and had a lot of fun.
"It really gave us a feel of what boys volleyball could be."
The Bucs return to the court for another home tournament on May 15 as they host a six-team tournament with two brackets and a crowned champion.
BUCS TENNIS EDGES CALEDONIA
The Grand Haven girls tennis team closed out their O-K Red Conference season with a 6-2 win over Caledonia on Tuesday.
First off the court with solid performances for the Bucs was the No. 2 doubles team of Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt (6-2, 6-2), followed by No. 3 singles player Saige Sortman (6-2, 6-1).
Next off the court was No. 1 singles player Kelsey Lansky (6-4, 6-2) and the No. 4 doubles team of Sara Hillburger and Sam Korecki (6-3, 6-4). After the 4-0 lead for the Bucs, things got tighter with a scrappy team from Caledonia. Grace Smit lost at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-4) and Alyssa Yeager lost a heartbreaker (6-2, 4-6, 7-6) at No. 2 singles.
The match came down to the No. 1 doubles team of Lilja Plumert and Audrey Reus, who battled in an up-and-down match to finally win in a third-set tiebreaker by a score of 6-4, 0-6, 7-6. The final match of the day was No. 3 doubles team of Ellie Slater and Laura Slocum, which also went into a third set with some very close play all the way through. The Bucs duo finally won after a two-and-a-half-hour marathon match, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
"Overall, this is a good result for us," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "It wasn't always the prettiest of matches, but Caledonia played very well in most flights and has improved a ton. I thought the girls, coming off an 8-0 loss to Rockford on Monday, did come back and not beat themselves as much as they did against Rockford. There are some bright spots and now we have three days of practice coming up to get ready for the conference tournament on Saturday at West Ottawa."
LAKER SOFTBALL STAYS UNBEATEN
The Spring Lake softball squad took another O-K Blue Conference sweep against Grand Rapids West Catholic on Tuesday. The Lakers scored home wins of 12-1 and 16-1.
GAME 1: Spring Lake 12, West Catholic 1 (five innings)
The Lakers wasted no time establishing control in the opener, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to cruise to the five-inning win.
Lauren Hellman led off the bottom of the first with the first of her two home runs. Leah Vaughan also belted a first-inning homer that helped break the game open.
Linsey Paggeot finished with three hits, while Hellman, Vaughan and Madelyn Nelson each added two.
Vaughan was the winning pitcher, scattering four hits and striking out seven from the circle in five innings of work.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 16, West Catholic 1 (four innings)
The Lakers completed the Tuesday sweep with a 16-1 win over the Falcons in four innings.
Paggeot led the Laker offense with four hits and four RBIs, while Nelson had three hits and four RBIs, and Hellman had three hits to go with three RBIs. Vaughan and Alicia Mumby each finished with two hits.
Lauren Somers got the victory from the circle.
Spring Lake is now 17-0 overall and 11-0 in the O-K Blue Conference.
LAKER BASEBALL SPLITS WITH WEST CATHOLIC
The Spring Lake baseball team split their O-K Blue Conference doubleheader with Grand Rapids West Catholic on Tuesday. The Falcons took the opener 4-2, while the Lakers bounced back for a 10-0 win in the nightcap.
GAME 1: West Catholic 4, Spring Lake 2
Rylan Peets was the starting pitcher for the Lakers, going six and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits, one earned run and striking out six. David Rumptz took the loss, giving up three runs.
Isiah Lindsey went 1-for-3 from the plate with two RBIs, while Zach Keyser went 2-for-3.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 10, West Catholic 0
Isiah Lindsey went five innings, giving up three hits, two walks and no runs and struck out three to take the win from the mound for the Lakers.
Rumptz went 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, while Mason Holmes went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Keyser went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
TROJAN BASEBALL SPLITS WITH REETHS-PUFFER
The Fruitport baseball team split their O-K Black Conference doubleheader against Reeths-Puffer on Tuesday. The Trojans scored a 9-2 win in the opener, but dropped a 10-2 decision in Game 2.
GAME 1: Fruitport 9, Reeths-Puffer 2
Lucas Kleyn was the winning pitcher for Fruitport in the opener, going seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
Parker Tawney recorded three hits and had four RBIs to lead the Trojans from the plate, while Hunter Gannon and Nick Kleinheksel each had two hits and Jeremiah Bosse had two RBIs.
GAME 2: Reeths-Puffer 10, Fruitport 2
Carson Aerts picked up the win for Reeths-Puffer, going seven innings, striking out two and giving up four hits. Cole Aerts, Ledford, and Fredricks with each had two hits to lead Reeths-Puffer from the plate.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR BASEBALL SWEEPS MANISTEE
The Western Michigan Christian baseball squad swept Manistee in Lakes Eight Conference action Tuesday by a scores of 10-1 and 10-3.
GAME 1: WMC 10, Manistee 1
The Warriors were led by Jaxon Deur from the mound, who went five innings and struck out eight for the win.
Jake Moser led the Warriors from the plate with three hits, while Nick Moser, Michael Kamps and Cam Beisel each had two hits.
GAME 2: WMC 10, Manistee 3
The Warriors were led by Nathan VanderWeide, who went five innings and recorded four strikeouts for the win.
Tyler VanBeek, Jamo Goorman, Brant Zeerip, Jake Moser, Beisel and Kamps all had two hits for the Warriors from the plate.
"We started a little slow at the plate, but the second time through the order, we were squaring the ball up pretty well," said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. "I thought our pitchers, Jaxon and Nathan did a great job of throwing strikes tonight. Kamps, Zeerip and Casey Fink all pitched in relief and also did a great job. It was good to see the bats come alive tonight, especially with runners in scoring position."
WMC is 10-5 overall on the season.
WARRIOR SOFTBALL SWEPT BY MANISTEE
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team traveled to Manistee for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader Tuesday and dropped both games by scores of 16-1 and 15-0.
GAME 1: Manistee 16, WMCC 1
In the opener, Manistee jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to their 16-1 win in four innings. The lone WMCC run came in the third inning on an RBI double by Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC), who drove in Taylor Mosher, who had singled two batters earlier.
Bradford-Royle collected two hits to lead WMCC from the plate, while Mosher added one to lead the WMCC offense. Maria Sanocki (MCC) handled the pitching duties for WMCC and struck out three batters.
GAME 2: Manistee 15, WMCC 0
In the second game, it was Manistee with another big first inning once again, plating nine runs. After a scoreless second inning, Manistee finished the game with six runs in the third inning.
WMCC did not get a hit, but put two runners on base with back-to-back walks to Bradford-Royle and Sanocki. Sophie Hawke (WMC) did the pitching for WMCC and struck out two.
WMCC is now 5-10 overall and 1-4 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
"Today was tough for us," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "Coming out flat in both games and coming up against a team that makes good, solid contact made for two short games. We're battling some injuries and some batting slumps, which isn't unusual for the middle of the season. Those are things we need to work through as a team. We're ready to put this behind us and get ready for our other games this week."