Bucs soccer knocks off Portage Central
The Grand Haven boys soccer team scored two second-half goals and held host Portage Central scoreless to record a 2-0 shutout win over the No. 2-ranked Mustangs on Saturday.
The game was a back-and-forth contest in the first half with both teams creating scoring chances, but weren’t able to connect.
Grand Haven broke the tie on a goal from Conner Lund at the 29:38 mark of the second half. The Bucs added to their lead with a second goal from Lund off a Mason Mahacek assist with 16:34 remaining.
Jake Thayer and Filiberto Juarez combined for the shutout.
Grand Haven improves to 9-3-2 on the season.
Grand Haven boys XC team takes top honors
The Grand Haven boys cross country team took top honors at the Falcon Invitational on Saturday at Allendale High School.
The Buccaneers scored 51 points to edge runner-up Forest Hills Northern (57) by six points. Rockford finished in third place with 71 points.
Less than 24 hours after being named Homecoming King, Grand Haven’s Jack Nicholson set a new school record with a time of 15 minutes, 30 seconds. Nicholson started the race with the leaders that included four of the top runners in the state and finished fourth overall and third in the Division 1 race.
Nicholson broke the record that was previously held by Joe Duff (15:32) set in 2010.
“When he entered the track, I knew he was going to be close to the record and so did he, but he really hammered out the last 100 meters to break the record,” said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. “This is quite an accomplishment for Jack, considering how great Joe was, and I’m glad we got this done, so we can focus on other things.”
On top of the record, Nicholson was ranked 38th in the state before Saturday, and is now ranked fifth with that time. The boys team also moved from 21st in the state to third in the hypothetical Division 1 state meet rankings.
And if that wasn’t enough for the Buccaneers, the top seven runners on the team set personal records to win the meet including Andrew Ireland (16:10), Aidan Martin (16:20), Dominic Weatherwax (16:21), Cole Rowden (16:28) and Jared Franke (17:27).
Nathan Wolffis (17:32) and Kyle Eveland (17:34) rounded out the varsity team.
“This was a huge day for us,” Tarr added. “We had 31 PRs on the team and now have 12 guys under 18 minutes. Before the race, I told these guys that they had to send a message that they are one of the best teams in the state, and they went out there and put it all together. We still have two conference meets and the regional to be truly great, but on Saturday, we gained a lot of confidence and momentum.”
Junior varsity: in the junior varsity race, Grand Haven’s Max Sepheshy (17:34), Caleb Borns (17:40) and Aaron Hughes (17:43) medaled for the team.
Freshmen: In the freshmen race, Zach Boersen (18:17), Rowan Henderson (18:30), Christian Colvin (18:32) and Zach Fraser (18:40) each earned medals for the Bucs.
Grand Haven girls finish runners-up
The Grand Haven girls cross country team finished with runner-up honors Saturday at the Falcon Invitational at Allendale High School.
The Buccaneers scored 77 points, while O-K Red Conference rival Rockford took top honors with 30 points and Forest Hills Northern finished third with 90 points.
Gabby Hentemann led the way for the Bucs with a second-place overall finish with a time of 17:57. Emily Mattson (11th) and Abby Buitenhuis (12th) finished with lifetime PR's of 19:02.0 and 19:02.4, respectively.
Kelsie McManus (24th) and Kelsie Bovee (28th) each had lifetime PR's, as well with times of 19:28 and 19:39.
“Saturday's weather conditions were about as ideal as they could have been,” said Grand Haven coach Scott Przystas. “Coming off of a week where we were training in 90-plus degree weather and high humidity, Saturday was low 40s and sunny. The girls responded well to our 10 days of training since our last competition.
“Gabby has been training really well and wanted to go after it today. She went out a little slower than we had planned, but stuck with the leaders through the first 2k. She still held on to run the fastest time in our program since 2008. Breaking 18 minutes was one of her top goals this season, and I think she has another gear we haven't seen yet.
“All of our varsity runners ran really well in the second mile. I thought each girl gained a few positions through 4k and ran strong. We have another month of the season and now the girls have another level to train at and really make a run at the conference and regional.”
Haven water polo finishes 3-0
The Grand Haven boys water polo team had to do a bit of shuffling this weekend, but made the most of the situation.
After their original tournament in Birmingham was canceled and the East Grand Rapids tournament was filled up, the Buccaneers traveled out to Chelsea for a three-game tournament on the east side of Michigan.
The Buccaneers made the most of their trip, going 3-0 at the event with wins over Saline (15-3), Grand Blanc (13-7) and Napoleon (10-4).
Against Saline, Grand Haven jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to an easy win.
Matt Beals made 11 saves and added four steals to set the tone for the Buccaneers, while senior captain Mason Fritz added four goals and give steals.
“Our defensive effort was nearly back where we want it to be,” said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. “We applied pressure and came away with 16 steals. The offense was hot early and helped us open up a lead. Seven different scorers from the 12 different team members that took shots was more of what we are looking for on the offensive end of the pool.”
Against Grand Blanc, Grand Haven senior captain Joshua Koornneef led the way with three steals, while senior Grant Ruster added five goals on the attack.
“Grand Blanc started very tough, but our seasoned starters eventually found their counterattack and notched several fast break goals that led to Grand Blanc’s frustration and eventual fatigue,” added Hamm. “This game found six different scorers finding the back of the net, and eight different boys coming away with a steal on the defensive end.”
Against Napoleon, the Buccaneers were led by Fritz with three goals and six steals.
“Napoleon is a young team, and we were able to take advantage early on in the game off their mistakes,” Hamm continued. “All 17 team members got in the game with every one of them contributing with either a goal or a steal.”
The Buccaneers travel to Jenison today at 7 p.m.
Junior varsity: The Grand Haven boys junior varsity water polo team finished 2-2 to earn a fourth-place finish at Rockford on Saturday.
The Buccaneers beat Jenison (8-1) and Okemos (9-4), but lost to Hudsonville (8-5) and Zeeland (10-7).
Fruitport girls XC team wins home invitational
The Fruitport girls cross country team won their home invitational Saturday with a score of 45 points to edge O-K Black Conference rival Mona Shores (47) by two points and third-place Grand Rapids West Catholic (52) by seven points.
Faith Clark led the Trojans, placing second overall with a time of 20:43. Following close behind her was Sydney Bol (20:48), Kendra Johnson (22:16), Taylor Burke (23:16) and Abby Sykes (23:25). Clark, Bol and Sykes each recorded new personal best times at the race.
Fruitport boys XC team finishes runner-up
The Fruitport boys cross country team finished runner-up at their home invitational Saturday with a total score of 63.
The Trojans were edged by Jenison (61) by two points, but held off third-place Montague (94) by 31 points.
Senior standout Cameron Oleen placed first overall with a time of 16:49. Following Cameron was Brendan Deneen (17:45), Jon Wildey (18:10), Peyton Sharlow (18:36) and Cameron Weaver (18:52).
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WMC soccer wins Lakes Eight Conference title
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team wrapped up an outright share of the Lakes Eight Conference Championship on Saturday with a 9-1 rout of Orchard View.
The Warriors jumped out to a 6-1 halftime lead and added three goals in the second half for the mercy win.
Owen and Charlie Alfree, along with Adam VanHoeven, each scored two goals to lead the Warriors (15-1, 9-1 Lakes Eight), while Chandler Breit, Tyler Van Beek and John-Scott Finley each added one goal.
“This was another conference game and with the win, we wind up the Lakes Eight Conference Championship, outright,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “We treated this a game as a chance to win the conference, improve as a team and prepare for our next game. We play No. 3-ranked Leland next Friday night. The boys will have to bring all their energy for that contest.”
Junior varsity: Orchard View scored with five minutes left in the game to tie the Warriors, 1-1. Nick Moser scored the only goal for WMC.
WMC volleyball finishes 3-2 at Warren Showdown
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad finished 3-2 at Saturday’s Class C and D Showdown at Warren High School.
The Warriors lost to Charyl Stockwell (23-25, 9-25) and St. Louis (15-25, 16-25), but bounced back for wins over Shrine (25-17, 25-20), Huron Valley Lutheran (25-10, 25-9) and Inter-City Baptist (25-18, 25-17).
Chloe Mitchell recorded five aces, 73 assists and six blocks to lead the Warriors (18-18-1), while Anna Sytsema added six aces and 20 digs and Anika Eenigenburg added three kills.
“We had a good day in Warren at the Class C and D Showdown. We started off the day with No. 3-ranked Charyl Stockwell, and barely lost the first set, 23-25. We had a few passing breakdowns in Set 2. In the next match, we had honorable mention St. Louis, and they had two servers each get a small run on us.
“The rest of the day, our competition was down a notch from the first two matches, and we handled Shrine, Huron Valley Lutheran and Inter-City Baptist. Everyone contributed in the last three matches, and we left as Silver Division champions.”
The Warriors host Orchard View on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.