The match started off great with Noah Bachmann winning in under an hour at No. 1 singles. The team also won four of the other seven first sets, but ended up winning only two of those four matches. Spencer Sortman and Riley Wilton were the other winning flights at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams of Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price and Anish Mandala and Chris Akselberg were very close to winning their matches, but the Hudsonville teams came up with some big points in the end.
“Our conference is so close and this match is a perfect example of that,” said Grand Haven coach Chris Wilton. “If the matches had ended 30 minutes before they did, we would have won and finished either tied for second or in third place in the conference. As it turns out, with the loss we likely drop all the way down to fifth for the regular season.
“On a good note, three of our flights ended the regular conference season undefeated and will be seeded No. 1 at the conference tournament this weekend. Noah, Spencer and Riley have had great seasons. Anytime you go undefeated at any flight in our conference, it is a huge accomplishment. To do it at the top three singles flights, and to be on the same team is a testament to their hard work and effort throughout the entire year. Their records so far this season are outstanding — Noah is 20-3, Spencer is 20-3 and Riley is 21-2. “
The Bucs will host the O-K Red Conference Tournament on Saturday.
SL girls golf wins big (again) at conference jamboree
The Spring Lake girls golf team had another strong showing at its latest O-K Blue Conference at the Mines Golf Course in Grand Rapids.
The Lakers carded a 154 to take first-place honors by 38 strokes. Grand Rapids West Catholic finished second with a 192, while Coopersville came in third with a 194.
Seniors Anna Kramer and Jaedyn Shelton both carded 38s to tie for medalist honors to lead the Lakers, while junior Madelyn Nelson and senior Jackie Olszewski both added 39s.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake junior varsity golf team finished runner-up on Monday. The Lakers carded a 224 to finish three strokes behind first-place Coopersville (221).
Kayla Raschke recorded a 49 to lead the Lakers, while Laine McGannon added a 56 and Sarah Thomas added a 59.
SL soccer routs Whitehall
The Spring Lake boys soccer team made short work of Whitehall on Monday, cruising past the Vikings, 8-1.
Ryan Zietlow recorded a hat trick to lead the Lakers, while Brad Debien, Malachi Mulder, Dylan Constantine, Patrick Lee and Grayson Deal each added one goal.
The Lakers play at Allendale tonight and travel to Reeths-Puffer on Thursday.
WMC soccer ties with North Muskegon
The No. 4-ranked Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team played to a 1-1 tie on Monday night with No. 3 North Muskegon.
After a scoreless first half, North Muskegon scored 14 minutes into the second half to take a 1-0 lead.
The lead would be short lived, however, as Dylan Mines scored the Warriors’ lone goal off an assist from Evan Fles with 14 minutes remaining in regulation to knot the score at 1-1.
“It was so nice to play a state final level game in September,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “North Muskegon came ready to play. It was great to come into their turf and get a draw. It is a tough venue to play at. It was even better to have to fight from behind like we did. We have not had the opportunity since the first two games of the season and those were short-half games.
“I thought our defenders and midfielders did such a great job of team defending. Justice (Sikkema) is such a dynamic player and is so hard to contain. Our backs did a great job of holding him off the board. Tommy Tencate played exceptionally well. I thought Reece Butrick had his best game as a Warrior, too. It was fun to watch our attack grow more and more in confidence as the game went on.”
The Warriors (10-2-1) host Manistee on Thursday.