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Prep roundup: SL soccer downs West Catholic

Tribune Staff • Sep 16, 2017 at 1:35 AM

The Spring Lake boys soccer team took on O-K Blue Conference contender West Catholic on Thursday evening, taking a mercy victory, 8-0.

The Lakers netted an impressive five goals in the opening half, before triggering the mercy rule with three goals in the second half.

Malachi Mulder, Rob Hartliep and Max White led the way with two goals apiece, while Tommy Fine and Eli Denslow netted single goals of their own.

Adam Boes led a stalwart defensive effort in goal, anchoring the shutout.

The win improves the Lakers to 5-4-1 overall and 4-1 in the O-K Blue. They return to the pitch on Tuesday to take on Comstock Park in another O-K Blue battle.

SL golf takes narrow win

The Spring Lake girls golf team took on a non-conference invitational Friday hosted by East Kentwood at Gracewil Country Club, taking home a five-stroke victory with a total score of 351.

NorthPointe Christian finished second at 356, ahead of Coopersville at 380. Thornapple Kellogg’s ‘A’ team took third with a 384, while Allendale finished fourth at 408, just ahead od West Catholic with a 413. Belding carded a 416 for sixth place, while Comstock Park took seventh at 425, Forest Hills Eastern eighth at 436 and Thornapple Kellogg’s ‘B’ squad came in last with 439 strokes.

Madeline Nelson led the Lakers with a medalist finish at 77 strokes over the 18-hole round. Hannah Klein took fifth overall with an 84, ahead of Phoebe Saunders at 92. Alana Sprague carded a 98 ahead of Kate Galloway at 103 and Kayla Raschke at 106.

“We had way too many three-putts out there,” Spring Lake head coach George Bitner said. “They weren’t judging distance, or condition of the greens for a while. So that added up in their scores.”

As the season wears on, competition is heating up for the final few spots on the postseason squad for the three-time defending state champs.

“We have to have four shooting under 90 to have a chance at the state,” Bitner said. “Starting next week, we will have challenge matches and start comparing scores for those fourth, fifth and sixth spots.”

The Lakers return to the course on Monday for the West Catholic O-K Blue Conference Jamboree at Quail Ridge.

GH boys finish 16th

The Grand Haven boys cross country team took on the Spartan Invitational on Friday, finishing in 16th place out of 42 competing teams at Michigan State University’s Forest Acres East Gold Course. The team finished 13th out of the 39 competing Division 1 teams.

Jack Nicholson led the boys finishing 28th overall with a time of 16:11. Also scoring for the Bucs was Aidan Martin at 17:10, Andrew Ireland 1t 17:11, Cole Rowden at 17:32 and Dominic Weatherwax at 17:42.

“Our guys ran a great race in some very hot, humid temperatures,” Grand Haven head coach John Tarr said. “It was easily the hottest meet of the season and the times showed that. Despite the heat, we beat all of the teams in the O-K Red and in our Region today aside from Rockford, so things are looking good for us right now. I’m proud that our guys sucked it up and ran tough today.”

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven JV team finished seventh out of 55 teams. Nathan Wolffis (18:23) and Aaron Hughes (18:55) received medals.

The boys return to action at the first O-K Red Conference Jamboree on Tuesday at West Ottawa.

GH girls finish 14th

The Grand Haven girls cross country team also took on the Spartan Invite at Michigan State University, finishing 14th overall.

Gabby Hentemann led the way with a season best time of 18:45, finishing 16th overall. Emily Mattson (20:52), Kelsie Bovee (20:55), Meadow White (20:55) and Giovana Maracek (21:06) rounded out the scoring team for the Bucs.

“It was a warm day, so we knew going in we were just going to throw out times out and focus on competing in a warm meet an getting the experience of racing in a big competitive meet,” Grand Haven head coach Scott Przystas said. “The girls ran smart and beat a west Ottawa team that had beat us six days ago on their home course. I’m proud of how they handled the conditions and how they gritted it out.

“We will have our hands full on Tuesday for the first O-K Red Jamboree at West Ottawa, as the top five teams could be within a few points of each other. The girls will be ready and I look forward to watching them step up.”

WMC volleyball falls to Covenant Christian at home

The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team dropped a four-set match with Covenant Christian on Friday, 28-30, 23-25, 25-23, and 17-25.

Chloe Mitchell led the Warriors (11-14) with two aces, 35 assists, three blocks and 29 digs, while Madison Heiss added one ace and eight kills and Aubrey Goorman added 12 kills and five blocks.

“What a great night of volleyball at home for Warrior Weekend,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “We fell behind in the first set and came back at the end. Both teams had several game points and fought back. We came out on the short end, 28-30 in the first set, but the girls battled every point.

“The next two sets were the same, falling behind, but came back to tie it in the 20s. We came back in the second set and weren’t aggressive when we had the chance, coming up short, 23-25. In the third set, we were in the same exact situation, and we were aggressive at the end, giving us the 25-23 win.

“We struggled with a couple servers in the fourth set. We couldn’t get the comeback going, and we had earlier and fell short, 17-25.

“The team showed real grit tonight, battling for every point, no matter the situation. That is the type of play we need in the postseason and for the rest of the regular season. We had a ton of blocks and digs. The team defense is improving quite a bit. We just need to sharpen up our first two contacts on the ball and we will cross the next hurdle.”

The Warriors return to the court Tuesday at home versus Muskegon Catholic Central.

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