The Lakers’ strong field events provided the points to edge Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s distance teams.
Spring Lake swept the high jump with help from Rebekah Vandeweg (4-8), Madison VanEpps (4-6) and Marthe Georgi (4-6).
In the long jump, Taylor Rebone took second (15-2) and Carly Komar took third (14-2). In the shot put, Jillian Huizenga took first (29) and Alli Brown placed second (25). Huizenga also placed first in the discus (89) and Brown took second (78).
In the pole vault, Bella LeRoux took first (11-6) and Ella Randall took second (6-6).
GRCC bounced back with a strong showing in the sprint events, but it wasn't enough to beat Spring Lake’s depth.
The 800 relay team of Vandeweg, Kiara Stevenson, Julia Bajt, and LeRoux took first, as well as the 400 relay team of Vandeweg, Stevenson, Komar, and LeRoux to clinch the win for the Lakers.
SL boys track falls short against GRCC
On the boys side, the Lakers weren’t able to overcome a strong Cougars squad, falling to GRCC, 76-61.
Isaiah Pierce won the 200-meter dash (22.9) and 400 dash (52.8), while Andrew Hylen won the 2-mile run (9:54.6).
Other highlights for the Lakers include: the 800-relay team of Chris Warner, Parker Vetula, Joe Negen and Pierce (1:34.4) won its event; the four-some combined to win the 1-mile relay (3:45.7), as well; and Will Brown took top honors in the high jump (5-05).
Fruitport track has strong showing at O-K Black Tri
The Fruitport boys and girls track teams continued through the O-K Black Conference gauntlet with a tri-meet at Kenowa Hills High School on Wednesday.
On the boys side, Cameron Oleen won the 400-meter dash (51.15), while Mitchell Johnson won the 800 run (2:08.6), with Oleen finishing second (2:09.96) and Aaron Simot finishing third (2:10.21).
Other highlights for the Trojans were: Aaron Simot (4:48.1) won the 1-mile, with Mitchell Johnson finishing second (4:49.84); Aaron Simot won the 2-mile (10:35.43), with Mitchell Johnson (10:40.07) finishing second and Brendan Deneen finishing third (10:49.67); Ethan Flores (18.25) won the 110 hurdles, with Corey Oleen finishing second (18.62).
Wyatt Kendra (43) won the 300 hurdles, with Corey Oleen finishing second (46.55); the 800 relay team finished first (1:40.78), the 1-mile relay team finished first (3:44.72), 2-mile relay team finished first (8:39.82), Derek Monje won the discus (108-11), Wyatt Kendra won the pole vault (12) and Ryan Bytwerk won the long jump (19-6).
On the girls side, Katana Daniely won the 100 meter dash (13.70), while Olivia Netzler (28.58) won the 200 dash.
Other highlights for the Fruitport girls were: Kendra Johnson won the 800 meter (3:05.6), Kallie Fehler won the 100 hurdles (17.76) and 300 hurdles (51.98), the 1-mile relay team won (4:34.69) and 2-mile relay team won (11:56.06), Beyonce Mitchell won the shot put (33-02) and discus (83-01), Jordan Carlyle won the high jump (4-08) and Katana Daniely won the long jump (14).
SL boys golf bounces back with conference win
The Spring Lake boys golf team appeased head coach George Bitner with their first jamboree victory of the year Wednesday at the Sparta Jamboree at North Kent Golf Club.
The Lakers carded a total score of 162, ahead of Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 173 and Allendale in third with 175. Coopersville, Sparta, Comstock Park and West Catholic rounded out the standings.
“They decided that they were a better team than what they showed yesterday (Tuesday),” Bitner said after the event. “We probably made up the difference from yesterday (Tuesday) just in putts.”
Nick Krueger led the varsity squad, shooting an even 40, along with Connor Tebelman and Jack Johnson who shot the same.
Sam Walters finished at 42, ahead of Zach Lisman at 43 and Adam Boes topping out the team at 47.
“The course was not bad, they hit some hidden ponds, but I saw them in the fairway off the tee more,” Bitner said. “A few of them are still on vacation, making mental mistakes.
“I told them if they start playing like the girls did, we would be all right. I think it worked.”
The win puts Spring Lake second in league standings, but secured a league-low stroke total. The Lakers grabbed seven points for their victory and five for their third place finish earlier this week, putting them one point behind leader Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
The junior varsity squad competes today, with two players still looking to crack a spot on the varsity team.
“I got eight kids who can shoot 45 or better, even in the 30s,” Bitner said. “But you never know when they are going to do it.”
Bitner hopes to have his final five squared away after the weekend.
The full varsity team will take on the O-K Blue once again at the Comstock Park Jamboree on April 17.
Fruitport girls soccer edges Muskegon Catholic
The Fruitport girls soccer team scored two first-half goals and held visiting Muskegon Catholic Central scoreless in the second half to record a 2-1 non-conference win on Wednesday night.
The Trojans struck first as Jensyn Stanberry found Emily Winicki to take an early 1-0 lead. Winicki struck minutes later, scoring off an assist from Chloe Kern to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Crusaders battled back and notched a goal before the end of the half to cut the Trojans lead to 2-1. In the second half, Fruitport controlled possession, but was unable to add a third goal.
Keeper Madalyn Fett recorded two saves for the Trojans (3-0), who outshot the Crusaders, 16-3.
Fruitport coach Jeannie McClain credited Kenna Oberlin, Paige Stanley and Lauren Peterson with solid play in the back throughout the game.
"MCC has a really solid team, and I thought we did a nice job of possessing the ball and generating on the attack,” said McClain. “Unfortunately, we still need to work to find the back of the net. We're off to a nice start, but we need to continue to raise the bar as conference play begins."
Fruitport travels to Muskegon to play the Big Reds next Tuesday.
SL boys lax takes narrow win over Penn High (IN)
After traveling down to South Bend, Indiana, to watch the Notre Dame vs. Marquette men’s lacrosse game, the Spring Lake boys lacrosse team took on Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana.
The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on goals from Max White and Dominik Molotky. The Kingsmen evened up the score at 3-3 at the end of the first half.
The Lakers would respond by outscoring the hosts, 5-1, in the third quarter on their way to an 8-6 road win Tuesday night.
Molotky recorded two goals to lead the Lakers (2-2), while Gavin Alban and Colby Brown each added two goals and Nate Nass chipped in with one goal. Isiah Griswold, Brown and White each tallied one assist.
Brant Verlinde recorded 18 saves in net.
“Keegan O'Donnell played great defense on the night, but his real contribution was at the face-off, where he won 8 of 10 draws, giving our offense some extra possessions,” said Spring Lake coach Doug Sharp. “Calvin Frifeldt played a great defensive game with three ground balls and a forced takeaway, and Brant Verlinde played the best game of his young career in net. He made some incredible saves out there.”
The Lakers will open up conference play on Friday night as they host Rockford (7 p.m.) at Spring Lake High School.
Fruitport baseball makes short work of Muskegon
The Fruitport baseball team opened up its O-K Black Conference slate with a doubleheader sweep of the Muskegon Big Reds on Tuesday.
The Trojans won Game 1, 18-6, and Game 2, 17-4.
Leading hitters for Fruitport on the day were Connor Schuitema with three hits and five RBIs, Brendan Peterman with two hits and five RBIs and Parker Tawney with seven hits and eight RBIs.
Tyler Newsted picked up the win in Game 2, going five innings, allowing one earned run, two hits with two walks, while striking out six.
Schuitema picked up the win on the mound in Game 1.