Spring Lake girls golf wins another jamboree
The Spring Lake girls golf team took top honors at another O-K Blue Conference jamboree on Monday, this time at The Mines Golf Course.
The Lakers carded a 165 to edge second-place NorthPointe Christian by 10 strokes. Coopersville (180), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (193), Grand Rapids West Catholic (205), Allendale (212) and Sparta (272) rounded out the team scoring.
Madelyn Nelson finished with a 37 to lead the Lakers, while Hannah Klein added a 39, Phoebe Saunders had a 42, Alana Sprague had a 48 and Kate Galloway added a 52.
“We had some up-and-down performances,” said Spring Lake head coach George Bitner. “We had some great holes, but we also had four double bogeys and a few quadruple bogeys that brought our scores down a little bit.
“We just need to take more time between swings, get a few practice swings in and not rush our shots. We’ll continue to practice on our short game and approach shots. I think that’s the last step for us. If we can put that all together, we should be a decent team.”
SL boys soccer falls in narrow loss
The Spring Lake boys soccer team dropped a narrow 1-0 loss to Reeths-Puffer on Monday.
The Lakers played excellent defense throughout the game, but couldn’t solve the Rockets’ defense in order to answer back with a score of their own.
Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen had high praise for his sophomore goalkeeper after the game.
“Our goalkeeper, Clayton Glasglow, played very well to keep us in the game tonight,” he said. “Now, we turn our attention to Allendale on Tuesday for our Senior Night celebration.”
Grand Haven boys water polo edges East Kentwood
The Grand Haven boys water polo team edged regional opponent East Kentwood on Monday, 14-11.
The Buccaneers led 5-2 after the first period, 8-4 at half and 12-8 at the end of the third quarter.
“We faced a much improved East Kentwood team,” said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. “Their goalie was recently named Meijer Player of the Week, and they have an exchange student from Italy that has All-Regional skills, if not All State.
“We started quite well, scoring early and using a good pressing defense to take an early lead. Five different scorers were involved in that first period, keeping the Falcons off balance. The Falcons used a good strategy to get us in early foul trouble limiting playing time for senior Mason Fritz.
“That meant someone had to step up, and instead of stepping up, Grant Ruster flew up. He was active all game, in every facet of the game, darn near dominating every play. He led the team with four goals, 15 steals, and a defense that bottled up EK's stars. Senior keeper Matt Beals did a great job keeping us in the game with 14 saves. Our defense was not high energy in the second half, requiring Matt to face some active shooters.”
Junior varsity: Grand Haven defeated East Kentwood, 8-6. Freshman Thomas MacDonald recorded a hat trick and had eight steals on defense.
Grand Haven JV volleyball goes 2-1
The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team went 2-1 at their home quad on Monday. The Buccaneers recorded wins over Reeths Puffer (25-12, 25-10) and Fruitport (25-9, 25-19), but fell to West Ottawa (25-27, 25-19).
Carley Wagasky recorded 11 kills and four aces to lead the Bucs (20-14), while Ashlyn Pahl added nine kills, Jasmine Gard added seven aces, six kills and nine digs and Olivia Dault added 18 digs.