Laker spikers roll Allendale
The Spring Lake volleyball squad continued their tear through the O-K Blue Conference with a win over Allendale on Tuesday, 3-0.
The Lakers won with scores of 25-8, 25-7 and 25-19.
Jenna Core recorded 11 kills and six digs to lead the Lakers (22-4, 7-1 O-K Blue); while Lauren Hellman added nine kills, three blocks, five points and two aces; and Jencen Sabo added six kills, two aces, 13 points and seven digs.
Also adding key contributions for the team were: Carley Bench with eight digs; Madeline Zenas with four aces, 11 points, 32 assists and five digs; and Caitie Estep with seven digs and one ace.
“Our consistent passing lead to an effective offense tonight,” said Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis. “Many Lakers contributed in the match. Our serving was tough tonight and that took Allendale out of their offense, and we took advantage of that.”
The Lakers hosts Fruitport and Whitehall for a non-conference tri-meet Thursday at 5 p.m.
Junior varsity: the Spring Lake junior varsity team lost to Allendale in three games with the scores of 25-19, 14-25 and 9-15.
Megan VanderHeide recorded two aces, eight kills and seven digs to lead the Lakers (9-9-2, 2-6 O-K Blue Conference); while Madalyn Lisman had two aces and four kills; and Kate Lewkowski had three aces, three kills and three digs.
Lakers soccer team shuts out Sparta
The Spring Lake boys soccer team used their stingy defense and timely scoring habits to record a 3-0 shutout with over Sparta on Tuesday.
After a scoreless first half, Malachi Mulder, Matt Gagnon and Luke Bronold each scored a goal to help push the Lakers ahead for good and record the conference road win.
Clayton Glasgow made three saves in net to preserve the shutout win.
The Lakers host Coopersville on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
Spring Lake swim and dive falls to Jenison
The Spring Lake girls swim and dive team traveled to Jenison on Tuesday, falling to the Wildcats, 106-75.
Freshman Eliza Hulverson led the Lakers with a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 5.98 seconds.
Audra Bialik took home the Lakers’ only other individual win in 1-meter diving, turning in a season-best score of 232.85 points.
The Lakers’ third and final event victory came in the 400-freestyle relay, as Madi Miller, Josie Brown, Hulverson and Sara Mumby took home the gold in 3:55.45.
Bucs boys cross country finishes third
The Grand Haven boys cross country team couldn’t keep its footing atop the O-K Red Conference standings on Tuesday, as the Buccaneers recorded a third-place finish at the second conference jamboree of the season at the South Christian Athletic Field in Byron Center.
A week after finishing in first place, Grand Haven finished third overall with 62 points, while Hudsonville took first with 51 points and Rockford was second with 51 points. All three teams are now in a tie going in to the Conference Finals on Oct. 19 at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.
Senior Jack Nicholson led the Buccaneers with a third-place overall finish with a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds. He was followed by Andrew Ireland in ninth place with a time of 16:44, Aiden Martin in 10th place with a time of 16:45, Cole Rowden in 17th place with a time of 16:58 and Dominic Weatherwax with a time of 17:14.
Kyle Eveland (17:34) and Nathan Wolffis (17:54) finished up the varsity seven for Grand Haven.
“That’s life in the O-K Red Conference,” said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. “We had four good races and Hudsonville and Rockford had five good races. This conference is insanely competitive. The upside is that we still have a shot at the conference championship. Any one of these teams can win the conference finals to win the title outright.
“Jack, Andrew and Aiden kept us close and all three are in a good position to earn All-Conference honors, but we just didn’t put forth a total team effort today to push back our opponents, and that dropped us to third. I have faith in these guys, they’ll come around and we can do it.”
Haven girls finish fourth
The Grand Haven girls cross country team finished fourth at the second O-K Red Conference jamboree held at South Christian Athletic Park on Tuesday.
The Bucs recorded 91 points, while Caledonia was third (89), West Ottawa second (60) and Rockford took home the top honors (35).
Gabby Hentemann led the way for the Bucs with a second-place overall finish (18:20). Kelsie Bovee (16th, 20:04), Emily Mattson (19th, 20:08), Abby Buitenhuis (26th, 20:21) and Kelsie McManus (28th, 20:32) rounded out the scoring.
“Going in to the meet, the girls were seeded second after Saturday's breakout performance race at Allendale. This was a little bit of a letdown, and I think we let Saturday's improvements get to our heads,” said Grand Haven head coach Scott Przystas. “Gabby and Kelsie Bovee ran where they were supposed to, but we lacked having five girls with good races, which would have put us in the mix for first or second.
“We will regroup and refocus for Saturday's big meet at Portage, where eight of the top 10 teams in the state will be there. It will be a good experience and take us in to the championship part of our season.”
Junior varsity: in the junior varsity race, Grand Haven took top team honors with an impressive 29 points. Meadow White, Camryn Ross, Jenna Ray, Jenny Ryan and Eden Traub were the top five girls across the line for the Buccaneers.
Fruitport volleyball sweeps Reeths-Puffer
The Fruitport volleyball team took on cross-town rival Muskegon Reeths-Puffer on Tuesday, sweeping the Rockets in three sets, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-12.
Kylie Oberlin led the offense with 12 kills on the evening, ahead of Rachel Paulsen with eight and Jordyn Carlyle with seven.
Kailey Carmean facilitated the high-kill count for the Trojans with 33 assists, while Trinity Busscher anchored the defense with 25 digs, followed by Chloe Kern with nine, and Paulsen and Carmean tied at seven.
Carlyle led at the net with three blocks, while Paulsen, Oberlin and Carmean each recorded one. Carmean made it a complete game, leading the team from the service line with four aces.
Fruitport soccer falls to Grand Rapids Union
The Fruitport boys soccer team started strong, but couldn’t hold off a powerful Grand Rapids Union attack Tuesday night, as the Red Hawks rolled to a 5-0 win at home.
Union held a 2-0 halftime advantage and added three second-half goals to put the game out of reach. The Red Hawks outshot the Trojans, 19-4.
Connor Hines made 14 saves in goal to lead the Trojans (9-7, 7-3 O-K Black).
“We started well today, but lost control of the game and could never recover. We have no time to dwell on the performance, as we play Reeths-Puffer in 46 hours and the district tournament right around the corner,” said Fruitport head coach Greg Kobylak.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
Warrior spikers make short work of Orchard View
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad cruised past the Orchard View Cardinals on Tuesday night, 3-0.
The Warriors won with scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-18.
Anna Sytsema recorded eight kills to lead the Warriors (19-18-1, 3-1 Lakes Eight), while Rebecca TerHaar added five aces and six digs, Chloe Mitchell added 25 assists, and Abby Summerfield added 12 digs.
“Our ball control was strong in that first set, and we were able to attack at a high efficiency,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “Orchard View came back in the middle of the game, but we were able to get a late run to finish strong.
“In the next two sets, we were able to set the tone at the net and get some runs because of it. They had some strong serving that we were able to contain most of the time. They did have a few servers get some streaks in all three sets, but we limited them to three points or less.
“The girls have improved quite a bit over the last few weeks and it is all starting to gel more often. When it does, they are very fun to watch.”
The Warriors travel to Newaygo for a non-conference quad meet against Central Montcalm, Muskegon Catholic Central and Newaygo that starts at 5 p.m.