Prep roundup: Bucs' upset bid of No. 1 Falcons again falls short

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:45 AM

The Bucs lost to the Falcons 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 13, then came up short in a 1-0 decision on Tuesday.

East Kentwood scored its lone goal on a penalty kick.

“We played well against East Kentwood,” said Bucs’ coach Aaron Dean. “They certainly won the edge in shots, but we kept it within reach and always had a shot at the game.

“We’re always looking to measure where we are and the effectiveness of what we’re doing in practice. This game gave us a good feel for what’s going well and what we need to continue to work on.”

Dean credited defender Kaan Ozadali with playing outstanding defensively against the Falcons. Kevin Lacroix, Gerrit Schaap, Derek Braak and Isaac Braak also played well for the Bucs, who host rival West Ottawa on Thursday.

“West Ottawa will be a great chance to see if we can maintain our resiliency and try to get the win over a team we tied the first time,” Dean said. “At this point, we’re looking to make improvement and fine tune what we’ve been doing with the hope to peak at the right time.”

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven and East Kentwood played to a 1-1 tie. Connor Davison assisted on Cam Lund’s goal for the Bucs.

Freshmen: Grand Haven lost to East Kentwood, 2-1, when the Falcons scored in the final minute of the game. The Bucs scored on a corner kick as Cal Robrahn knocked a shot in off a Kentwood defender.


Grand Haven’s varsity tennis team scored its second 8-0 victory in as many days, with Tuesday’s victim being host Zeeland West.

The Bucs’ singles players dominated, as Korey Searle, Finn Heins, Varun Biddanda and Jeff Stevens each chalked up straight set victories.

The closest match occurred at No. 1 doubles, and it was still a 6-3, 6-1 win for Grand Haven’s Cam Rickard and DJ Thielbar.

Other doubles winners were Ryan Peterson and Craig Peplinski at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0); Adam Carlisle and Reid Murphy at No. 3 (6-0, 6-1); and Bryce Peterson and Evan Miller at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0).

Grand Haven improves to 4-3 overall. The Bucs will compete in the O-K Red Conference tournament on Saturday in Grandville.

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