Buccaneer water polo drubs Grandville
The Grand Haven boys water polo team traveled to Grandville on Monday to take on the Bulldogs in their shallow/deep pool.
Shallow/deep pools pose an extra challenge for water polo players as one half of the playing field has to be in the shallow end of the pool. Field players still must tread in the shallow water and may not use the bottom of the pool to gain an advantage. The goalie in the shallow end may stand and jump off the bottom but are charged with defending a larger goal. All this typically gives an advantage to teams that are accustomed to playing in this unique environment.
The advantage made no difference Monday, as the Bucs picked up a 14-0 win.
Nick Wilson led the way with three goals, while Thomas MacDonald anchored the defense with five steals.
Mark Nordin and Wilson split time in the cage. Nordin recorded eight saves and one assist, while Wilson made six with one assist. Nordin capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a goal during his time playing in the field.
“Some of our guys have never played in that kind of pool,” said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. “It makes for some difficult moments when the opposing goalie can leap off the bottom to make steals and saves he wouldn’t normally be able to make. It cost us several shots due to poor timing.
“Generally, it was a solid win. You always hope the boys come away from a game learning something. I think we learned tonight that we can work together much better as a team.
“The defense was outstanding, but the offense, the score does not suggest this, was confused and we were unable to help each other make things happen. We really need better ball and position awareness. We worked on it last week and will work on it again this week.
The Bucs return to competition Wednesday at Zeeland.
Junior varsity: As Grandville only has enough players for one team, the Grand Haven JV team played the same team as the varsity, coming away with a 7-5 loss. Janos Kovach and Colin Kelly scored two goals each.
Laker golf conference meet postponed
The Spring Lake girls golf team was scheduled to make a run at another O-K Blue Conference championship Monday at the final O-K Blue Jamboree of the year at the Meadows Golf Course.
Rain postponed the contest to Oct. 4, with a start time of 9:30 a.m.
Freshmen volleyball falls in finals
The Spring Lake freshman volleyball team had a strong showing at the Fruitport Invitational Tournament on Saturday. They placed first in their pool, beating Reeths-Puffer 25-16, 25-6, and Grant, 25-22, 25-14 and Mona Shores, 25-8, 25-21.
The Lakers moved on to beat Hopkins, 25-17, 25-13, in the semifinals before falling to Whitehall 25-22, 25-23, in the finals.
Meah Bajt led the team with 43 service points, while Makenna Glombowski and Inex Allard each had 23.