The No.8-ranked Grand Haven boys soccer team defeated No. 7-ranked Forest Hills Central on Saturday, 3-1.
Grand Haven got on the board first when Mason Mahacek took a smooth pass from Timmy Kleyla and found the back of the net with just four minutes into the first half. Forest Hills Central evened the score on a free kick with 7:36 left in the first half.
Conner Lund came out of the halftime break and scored just 40 seconds into the second half. At the 22:20 mark, Lund scored his second goal of the game off a Mason Mahacek assist to help the Buccaneers pull away for the road win.
Jake Thayer started in goal and Filiberto Juarez finished the game.
GH spikers finish 4-1
The Grand Haven volleyball squad finished 4-1 at the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday.
The Buccaneers defeated Kalamazoo Central (25-20, 25-23), Reeths-Puffer (25-17, 25-16), Traverse City West (25-23, 25-22) and Grandville (25-20, 17-25, 15-10), but lost to St. Joseph (24-26, 25-15, 7-15) in the quarterfinals.
Ashley Slater led the Bucs with 47 kills, three aces, five blocks and nine digs, while Olivia Boeve added 41 kills, four blocks and 19 digs and Ashlyn Hall recorded 102 assists, four kills and 18 digs.
Baby Hang had 34 digs and seven assists, Lauren Jonker added six blocks, 13 kills and six digs, Avery Strohmeyer added 10 kills and Reilly Sweibert had 15 digs.
Junior varsity: The Grand Haven junior varsity team went 3-1 at East Grand Rapids on Saturday. The Buccaneers defeated Forest Hills Central, East Kentwood and East Grand Rapids and dropped a match against Forest Hills Eastern.
Carley Wagasky recorded 17 kills and 16 digs to lead the Bucs, while Ashlyn Pahl and Jasmine Gard each added 11 kills. Reese Redder added six aces, Lexi Kallino had three blocks and Olivia Dault had 23 digs.
GH tennis finishes runner-up at FHE Invite
The Grand Haven boys tennis team defeated all three opposing teams at the Forest Hills Eastern Invitational on Saturday, but still managed to finish runner-up in scoring.
The Bucs finished with 16 points with 16 match wins, while host Forest Hills Eastern finished with 17 points to take top team honors.
The Bucs defeated Forest Hills Eastern (5-3), Spring Lake (6-2), and Coopersville (5-3) on the day in head-to-head matchups.
No. 1 singles player Noah Bachmann, No. 2 singles player Spencer Sortman, No. 3 singles player Riley Wilton and No. 4 singles player Nathan Sexton took home flight championship medals.
The No. 1 doubles duo of Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price finished runner-up in their flight.
“The team again was led by their singles flights with each one winning their flight,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “Nathan Sexton played very well to capture the crown, Riley Wilton beat his opponent from Forest Hills Eastern by a much better score than he had previously on his way to winning all three matches. Spencer Sortman avenged a loss from earlier in the season with a very good match against Forest Hills Eastern, winning in two convincing sets. He also won all three matches on the day.
“Noah Bachmann won his first two matches and then played a Division 1 senior prospect, who had only lost once this season. Noah, a sophomore, fell behind, losing the first set, 6-4, but roared back, winning the second set, 6-1, and finally winning, 10-8, in the third set tiebreaker.
“In doubles action, Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price went 2-1 on the day, beating Spring Lake and Coopersville to come in second place. The second doubles team of Chris Akselberg and Weston Taylor also avenged a loss from earlier in the season against Forest Hills Eastern in the first round. They then played two very tight matches, but did end up losing the final match of the day in an extremely close one. The third doubles team of John Richardson and Matt Baldus also picked up a win for the Bucs.”
Wilton was happy with how the team performed, and wasn’t too concerned with what the final standings said.
“Overall, this was a very good day,” he added. “I know the kids are disappointed we came in second overall, but beating each team individually means a lot to me. Also, winning against three flight matches we had lost before is a great improvement. Spencer in particular is really hitting the ball better and it was great to see. For Noah to compete with that caliber of player from Coopersville was a huge step for him. It is probably the best player he has beaten in his career so far.”
The Buccaneers host East Kentwood today in their final home match of the season at 4 p.m.
Spring Lake volleyball goes 3-0 at Whitehall
The Spring Lake volleyball squad finished 3-0 at the Whitehall Quad on Saturday with wins over Sparta (25-10, 25-17, 25-12), Fremont (25-10, 25-12, 25-4) and host Whitehall (25-17, 25-20, 25-18).
The Lakers improved to 19-4 overall and 4-1 in the O-K Blue Conference.
"It was nice to get the win over Whitehall, because we had lost to them earlier in the season at a tournament,” said Spring Lake head coach Sarah Jane Bulthuis. “We beat all three teams in three sets and never lost a set. Our blocking is improving and our passing is more consistent, which allows us to run many options on offense."
Madeline Zenas led the Lakers with 92 assists, four aces, 18 points and 20 digs, while Jenna Core added 32 kills, 18 digs, six blocks, four aces and 20 points and Jencen Sabo recorded 16 aces, 11 kills, three blocks and 15 digs.
Also adding key contributions for Spring Lake were: Lauren Hellman with 26 kills, eight blocks, four aces and 13 points, Abbi Perkins with 17 kills, 11 blocks and three aces, Taylor Colquitt with 10 kills and two blocks, Carley Bench with 34 digs, Caitlin Estep with 17 digs, five aces and 20 points and Kamryn Lewkowski with 17 digs.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake junior varsity squad won the Silver Bracket of the Mona Shores Invitational on Saturday with a 2-0-2 record.
The Lakers split with Fremont (25-14, 14-25) and Reeths-Puffer (25-21, 24-26) to start the day, but defeated Sparta (25-10, 25-12) and Fruitport (25-18, 25-13).
Megan VanderHeide led the Lakers with five aces, six kills and 15 digs, while Emma Bennett and Elle Stomp both had a team-high 13 kills and Hannah Powers had four aces and a team-high 16 digs on the day.
SL boys cross country finishes runner-up
The Spring Lake boys cross country team battled through hot and humid conditions at the Gainey Athletic Complex in Grand Rapids on Saturday to finish runner-up at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational.
The Lakers ran a smart race to record 79 points, just behind first-place Grand Rapids Christian, who recorded 53 points.
Cadillac (96 points) finished third, Kenowa Hills (106) finished fourth and Allendale (129) finished fifth.
Andrew Hylen finished first in the division at 16:23.6, followed closely by Cameron Thalhammer in sixth place at 16:57. Ben Hylen finished in seventh place at 17:06.2, Matthew Vanderwall in 19th place at 17:46.1, Will Brown in 46th place at 18:53.7 and Callen Carrier in 47th place at 18:55.7.
Junior varsity: the Spring Lake junior varsity boys team finished in 10th place in a field of 20 teams. Top JV finishers included: Hunter Vetula (20:12), Ben Walters (20:58), Tommy Callen (20:59), JoJo Swenor (21:36) and Troy Sievertsen (22:02).
“Our team ran a smart race with such tenacity today and have a lot to be proud of,” said Spring Lake head coach Erin Carmody. “Their hard work continues to pay off, and we'll continue our work through the next two weeks leading up to the Portage Invite.”
SL girls XC finish fourth
The Spring Lake girls cross country team finished fourth at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational with 110 points.
Grand Rapids Christian took top honors with 55 points, Allendale finished runner-up with 85 points and Holland Christian finished third with 96 points.
Eva Tilton (20:39.4) finished 15th overall to lead the Lakers, while Maggie Cooper (20:59.9) finished 19th, Kate Gilchrist (21:04.3) finished 21st, Julia Bajt (21:14.9) finished 26th, Taylor Rebone (21:25.3) finished 30th and Maddy Windberg (22:03.2) finished 46th.
SL swim takes eighth
The Spring Lake swim and dive team traveled to Zeeland to take on the Division 3 Midseason Invitational on Saturday, finishing eighth out of 11 teams participating with 103 points.
Holland Christian took top-honors with 426 points. Milan took second, followed by Grand Rapids Christian in third, Grand Rapids Catholic Central in fourth, Chelsea in fifth, Hamilton in sixth and Tecumseh in seventh. The Lakers finished ahead of Calvin Christian, Otsego and Manistee.
Audra Bialik led the Lakers with a runner-up finish on the 1-meter diving board, posting a score of 363.15 points. Ellie Higgs followed in seventh place at 294.05.
Freshman Eliza Hulverson led between the lane lines, with the teams’ best finish of the day in the 100 freestyle, coming in at 56.62, good for seventh place and a state cut. She also took 11th-place finish in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 1:04.55.
Sara Mumby took eleventh in the 50 freestyle in 26.27, missing out on a top-10 finish by just 0.01 seconds.
The Laker 200-freestyle relay team of Hulverson, Josie Brown, Madelyn Rabideau and Mumby took fifth with a time of 1:46.62
The Midseason Invitational serves as a measuring stick for the top programs in the state, frequently previewing how the state met will shake out in November.
Fruitport football team routs GR Union
The Fruitport football team travled to Houseman Field to take on the Grand Rapids Union Red Hawks in an O-K Black Conference clash Saturday.
The Trojans scored 46 unaswered points to record a 46-6 win and improve to 2-3 overall on the season.
Union got on the board first when Da’tyn Lee connected on a pass to wideout Carlos Hardiman, who hustled 22 yards for a touchdown. The Trojans blocked the extra point to hold the deficit to six points.
Blade Williams would answer back with a 6-yard touchdown run and Brendan Rollenhagen would add the extra point to give the Trojans a 7-6 lead.
Williams would add his second touchdown from 41 yards out to extend the Fruitport lead to 14-6. On the next drive, Williams would add his third score of the day, this time on an 86-yard race to the endzone, to give Fruitport a 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, it was all Fruitport, as Jakob Carlisle added a 3-yard touchdown run and Jacob Melinn returned a punt 30 yards for a score to extend the Trojan lead to 33-6.
Carlisle would add a 24-yard passing touchdown to Aric Stewart, and Williams would add his fourth touchdown run of the day from 28 yards out to bring the score to 46-6 at halftime.
Due to excessive heat, the game was called at halftime to reward Fruitport with the win.
Williams finished with 167 yards rushing on six attempts to lead the Trojan offense, while Carlisle added 16 yards on four carries and Ethan Flores added 12 yards on one carry.
Carlisle went 3-for-5 passing for 58 yards and one touchdown.
On defense, Hunter Gannon led the way with seven tackles, while Mason Brown added five.
Fruitport soccer blanks Kenowa Hills
The Fruitport boys soccer team recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Kenowa Hills on Saturday. The game was called at halftime due to excessive heat.
The Trojans improve to 8-5 overall and 6-1 in the O-K Black Conference.
Zack Shane led the way for the Trojans with two goals and one assist, while Logan Fielding and Jeremiah Bosse each added one goal and Cam Schultz added one assist.
Kaleb Krueger recorded two saves and Connor Hines added one save for the shared shutout. Eli Covert also cleared a ball off the line to save a sure goal.
WMC volleyball finishes 3-1-1 at MCC Invite
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad finished 3-1-1 at the Crusader Invitational on Saturday at Muskegon Catholic Central High School.
The Warriors defeated Hesperia (25-17, 25-21), Holland Black River (25-7, 25-22) and Kalamazoo Christian (23-25, 25-23, 15-11), split with Bishop Foley Catholic Central (23-25, 25-21) and lost to Bishop Foley in a rematch (20-25, 17-25).
Aubrey Goorman led the Warriors (14-15-1) with 21 kills and 15 blocks, while Rebecca TerHaar added eight aces and 30 digs and Abby Summerfield added four aces and 44 digs.
Madison Heiss added 33 kills and 12 blocks and Chloe Mitchell added 91 assists and 30 digs.
“We played well in pool play, defeating Hesperia and Black River in two sets,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “We split with Bishop Foley and won on points, winning the gold pool.
“Then, we played Kalamazoo Christian in the gold semifinal. We lost the first hard fought set, 23-25. We were down 16-20 in the second set and our setter had a great service run to get us back in it. We squeaked out the second set, 25-23. In the third set, our setter had a run at the end for a great comeback victory, 15-11.
“We struggled a bit in the final with our blocking assignments. The other team's setter did a great job of spreading her offense. 18 blocks in pool play turned into three blocks in the final. We were aggressive, but couldn't catch any breaks in the final.”
The Warriors host Muskegon Heights on Tuesday at 6 p.m.