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Prep roundup: Lakers, Trojans run at Division 2 state meet

Tribune Staff • Jun 4, 2018 at 12:48 AM

The Spring Lake and Fruitport track and field teams took on the Division 2 track and field state championship meet Saturday in Zeeland.

The Fruitport boys took the highest team finish of the weekend, securing 14th place overall.

Ethan Flores led the way for the Trojans with a seventh-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, coming in at 15.43 seconds and a fifth-place effort in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 40.26.

Cameron Oleen finished in fourth place of the 400-meter dash at 49.91, and in 23rd place of the 800 in 2:06.35. Oleen also anchored Fruitport’s seventh-place 4x800 relay team of Brendan Deneen, Jon Wildey and Cameron Weaver for a total time of 8:07.46 and their 14th place 4x400 relay with Deneen, Weaver and Flores for a total time of 3:32.01.

Ryan Bytwerk took 11th in the long jump, coming in at 19-08.75 to round out the Trojan boy’s performance.

Kallie Fehler finished 10th in the 100 hurdles for the Fruitport girls, coming in at 16.17, and cracked the podium in the 300 hurdles, finishing seventh in 47.47.

The Lakers failed to push any runners onto the podium.

Ben Hylen finished 16th in the 1,600, coming in at 4:30.62, while Andrew Hylen took 17th in the 3,200 at 9:42.88.

Jason Keena rounded out the Laker boy’s trip to state with a 14th-place effort in the long jump, leaping 19-04.

For the Spring Lake girls, Caroline Loiseau just missed a spot on the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 100-meter dash at 12.70. Rebekah VanDeWeg also just missed a finals spot, coming in 11th of the 100 hurdles at 16.22.

The two joined Sophia Tilton and Sophia Tardani for an 11th-place effort in the 4x100 relay, stopping the way at 51.31.

Western Michigan Christian

Warrior baseball falls in finals

The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took on Holland Calvary in the district semifinals Saturday, winning 13-1, before falling to Muskegon Catholic Central in the district finals, 14-4 in five innings.

Michael Kamps was the winning pitcher in the semifinals, throwing five innings with seven strikeouts.

Nick Moser, Jamo Goorman and Nathan VanderWeide led the offense with two hits and three RBIs each.

“We played a great first game against Calvary. Michael Kamps pitched very well and we swung the bats great,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “In the finals, we hit the ball well, just right at someone. Give Catholic credit, they hit the ball hard and played very well in the field. Zeerip, Goorman and Nick Moser made some great plays in the outfield in the finals.

“I am very proud of how we didn't quit and fought all game with Catholic. We ended the season with a winning record, which is something for us to be proud of given our schedule and our youth. Jake, Tyler, Casey and Cam will be greatly missed next season on our team. They all have meant so much to our program over the past four years and will be very hard to replace.”

Warrior softball eliminated in semis

The Western Michigan Christian-Muskegon Catholic Central coop softball team’s season came to an up in the district semifinals Saturday as they fell to Montague, 14-3, in six innings.

The Warriors held a brief lead in the fifth inning before Montague used a 12-run sixth inning to blow the game open, highlighted by an inside-the-park grand slam.

WMCC received hits from Catherine Bradford-Royle, Rebecca Ter Harr and Stephanie Weesies. Sophie Hawke, Maria Sanocki and Abby Sweetman split pitching duties, combining for one strikeout.

“I was extremely proud of how we played today. When we took the lead in the fifth inning, I was so happy for our girls. They gave their all today and I couldn’t be happier,” said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. “Our pitching kept their batters off balance for the first five innings and our defense was excellent. In Montague’s big inning, they hit the ball hard and took advantage of some walks. I wish the season had ended differently for our seniors; they were all a big part of the team this year. It was an honor to coach this group of girls; they represented God and their schools well today. I want to thank the girls, the parents, and the coaching staff for making this an enjoyable season.”

WMCC finishes the 2018 season at 9-19 overall and 3-9 in Lakes 8 conference play.

Warrior track takes on Division 4

The Western Michigan Christian track and field teams took on the Division 4 championship meet at Hudsonville.

Johnscott Finley finished 13th in the 400 (52.39) and 14th in the 300 hurdles (42.53) Tyler Somers took 12th in the 110 hurdles (16.54).

Solomon Waller, Somers, Finley and Dirk Teeter ran to 17th in the 4x100 relay, while Finley, Seth VanderKooi, Somers and Waller took 14th in the 4x400.

Rounding out the Warriors’ relay effort, Andrew Plaisier, Eli Rotman, Vanderkooi and Jack Zuidema took 11th in the 4x800.

On the girl's side, Elli DeKam took 14th in the 400 (1:04.71), while Sarah Vanderkooi took 11th in the 800 (2:31.93).

Josie Aardema followed with a 20th-place effort in the 3,200 (12:59.04).

DeKam, Payton Allen, Shantele Wilkinson and Kaitlyn Summerfield finished 13th in the 4x100 relay in 53.64.

Vanderkooi, Ella Buursma, Allen and DeKam saved the best for last, taking ninth in the 4x400 relay in 4:23.11.

WMC soccer shut out by North Muskegon

The Western Michigan Christian girl soccer team took on undefeated North Muskegon in the district finals Saturday, falling 5-0.

The Norse had given up just one goal this season en route to their undefeated record. They led 2-0 at halftime before pulling away for the win.

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