TROJAN VOLLEYBALL WINS GMAAs
The Fruitport volleyball team defended their Greater Muskegon Athletic Association Championship on Saturday with a 3-0 performance at Reeths-Puffer High School.
The Trojans defeated Whitehall (25-12, 25-21, 25-22) to win the championship, after defeating Montague (25-17, 25-17) and Reeths-Puffer (25-10, 24-26, 15-8) in bracket play.
Fruitport improves to 27-13 overall with the performance and captures the city crown for the third time in four seasons.
Trinity Busscher recorded six aces to lead the Trojans attack, while Rachel Paulsen added 28 kills and Kylie Oberlin added 22 kills and six blocks.
Jordyn Carlyle added 44 assists, while Busscher recorded a team-high 42 digs.
WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL COMPETES AT GMAAs
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team finished 2-2 at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city meet on Saturday at Reeths-Puffer.
WMC defeated Muskegon (25-8, 25-10) and Ravenna (25-20, 25-19), but dropped matches to Mona Shores (26-24, 25-23) and North Muskegon (25-21, 25-14).
"We had a strong day of competition at Reeths-Puffer," said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. "Two servers got some huge runs in the first set versus the Big Reds. The second set, we had some good rallies at the beginning of the set and pulled away in the middle. In the quarterfinals, Mona Shores served tough and stopped us from running our middle. They edged us out by two points each set. In the silver semifinal, we had a very scrappy Ravenna squad push us hard, but we pulled ahead at the end of both sets. We played the Norse in the silver final and lost in two.
"They passed better than us, and we really struggled with our blocking. The next time we play the Norse will be at districts on Halloween in Saugatuck."
Anna Sytsema recorded 33 kills and nine blocks to lead the Warriors, while Claudia Kingam and Rebecca TerHaar each added five aces; Chloe Mitchell added 33 assists and Meghan Heiss had 34 digs.
HAVEN CROSS COUNTRY FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The Grand Haven girls and boys cross country teams both finished runners-up at the Kent-Ottawa County Meet at the Gainey Athletic Complex in Grand Rapids on Saturday.
The Grand Haven boys finished second to Zeeland East (35 points) in the Ottawa County division with 59 points, while West Ottawa finished third with 90 points.
Times were slow on the course, as thick mud and wet long grass plagued the running lanes, but the boys managed to have three medalists in the top 10 runners.
Medalists included Nathan Wolffis, who took fifth for the boys with a time of 17:52, Jared Franke, who finished eighth with a time of 18:04 and Christian Colvin, who finished 10th with a time of 18:13.
Brody Houle came in 17th (18:39) and Zach Boersen came in 19th (18:40) to round out the scoring for the Bucs.
"This is a meet where we sort some things out for the championship season and give some of the younger guys a chance to lead," said Grand Haven boys head coach John Tarr. "Our guys ran tough today under some unexpectedly difficult conditions and we learned some things about all of them for the future."
The boys won the JV portion of the meet, taking the top three spots with Kurt LaBlanc (19:16), Chris Hudson (19:13) and Ryan Larson (19:18 ) leading the way. Luke Hosley with (9:29, fifth) and Luke LaMere (19:49, eighth) finished up the scoring for the team that scored a remarkable 19 points ahead of West Ottawa with 54.
The varsity team will be competing for the O-K Red Cross Country Championship on Thursday at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. The boys' varsity race is at 4 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 4:30.
In the girls' side of the race, the Grand Haven girls finished runners-up with 58 points, second to Hudsonville with 53 points.
Leading the way for the girls was Abby Buitenhuis, who finished as Ottawa County Champion with a time of 20:19. Eden Traub finished third with a time of 20:42, while Halle Bovee (15th, 21:45), Jenna Ray (18th, 21:55), and Marlie Fraser (20th, 22:00) rounded out the top five.
"The course was wet and soggy, so the times were pretty slow," said Grand Haven girls head coach Scott Przystas. "We rested a few of our top-five runners so that we could sort out our six and seven runners. The girls got out from the get-go and held their spots before they got to the super soft part of the course (3k). Abby looked great out front. She ran relaxed and in control the whole time. It was neat to see her out front.
"Eden had a great finishing 1k. She was able to maneuver around the mud and slop on the course and pass some girls. She handled the course well. Overall, the girls ran hard, and I couldn't be prouder of that. This is the fourth meet they have had to deal with less-than-ideal conditions, making times a little slow.
"It is hard mentally to run through that idea that they will place well but not come close to a PR. But the girls have adopted a "just right for us" mentality and that has helped them overcome any weather setback that may occur."
In the JV race, the girls took the top seven spots leading to a perfect 15 points. Madison Holub was the top finisher, followed by Gabby Amores, Abby Beatty, Allison Kelly and Hannah Moore.
The girls go up against five of the top 15 teams in the state Thursday at the O-K Red Conference Championship held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.
BUCS JV SPIKERS FINISHES 2-1
The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team finished 2-1 at Hudsonville on Saturday.
The Buccaneers defeated Rockford in the quarterfinals and Grand Rapids Christian in the semifinals, but fell to host Hudsonville in the finals.
Tessa Winkleman recorded 25 kills and nine blocks to lead the Bucs, while Ashlyn Pahl added 20 kills, 10 blocks and eight aces. Josie Mast recorded a team-high 27 digs and Olivia Lovett had a team-high 91 assists.