After taking unexpected loss last season to West Ottawa, the Bucs were motivated to redeem themselves.
Jenny Ryan and Gabby Hentemann paced the squad, both taking four first-place finishes.
Ryan took home gold in the 400- and 200-meter dash before teaming up with Cam Constant, Kassie Burnside and Kate Criswell-North to win the 800 relay.
Hentemann took wins in the individual 800, and the 1-mile run and also was featured on two first-place relays.
Ryan and Hentemann paired up with Andrea Strainer and Abby Buitenhuis to take top honors in the 1-mile relay, while Haylee Ray, Buitenhuis, Strainer and Hentemann took home the gold in the 2-mile relay.
“Jenny Ryan was huge for us tonight,” Grand Haven head coach John Tarr said. “We had some kids under the weather, and she stepped up. A lot of this win was because of her gutty performances.
“We shouldn’t have won the 800 relays, but she took the stick and held off a great West Ottawa sprinter on the anchor leg.”
The Bucs went on to sweep the long jump with Burnside (15-4), Olivia Boeve (14-4) and Olivia Sanborn (14) finishing in the top three, followed by a repeat in the high jump with Sarah Dufon (5-2), Ella Beringer (4-10) and Sarah Knoll (4-8) besting the field.
Sarah Knoll set her second freshman record of the year with a first-place finish in the discus throw, launching her saucer 106-9, downing the previous record by a cool 10 feet.
“This was a great win for us tonight,” Tarr said. “Our kids competed well in every event to win this meet. I had us at a virtual tie going into the meet, and these girls rose above the expectations.”
The Bucs are now 3-0 on the season and will take face Caledonia on Tuesday at home.
GH boys track wins wild contest with West Ottawa
The Grand Haven boys track and field team won a thrilling dual meet against West Ottawa on Thursday, 69-68.
The distance crew carried the Buccaneers with a stellar performance. Jack Nicholson Dominic Weatherwax, Jack Costello, Quentin Couvelaire, Dominic Hentemann, Eric Johnson and Andrew Ireland scored all the points available from the 800-meter run through the 2-mile run.
Charlie Young finished with three first-place finishes in the 200 (23.9 seconds), 400 (53.12) and 800 relay (1:34.41). Collin Takas, Adam Nelson and Mac Mahacek added key third-place finishes to help the team take the one-point win.
“The guys came to compete tonight,” said Grand Haven boys head coach Joe Nelson. “We knew it would be a close meet, and we were going steal some points. We just kept trying to scrap for anything we could get. I am very proud of these guys for their hustle and effort in a tightly-contested meet.”
GH girls soccer falls to Rockford
The Grand Haven girls soccer team traveled to Rockford to take on the O-K Red Conference rival Rams on Thursday night, dropping a narrow contest, 1-0.
The Buccaneers gave up a goal 23 minutes into the first half on a free kick to give the host Rams an early 1-0 lead. The ball was kicked from just outside of the 18-yard box to the keeper’s right and was served into a group of players. It bounced around at their feet until Rachel Erste from Rockford found the ball on the ground in front of her and placed it in the net.
The Bucs made a valiant effort and scored 10 minutes later only to have their goal disallowed due to an offsides call go against them.
The second half saw both teams make some nice pushes toward their respective goals, but neither team was able to find the net again
Grand Haven falls to 2-4-2 on the season, and will host Grandville on Tuesday.
SL girls soccer comes up short to No. 6 Mona Shores
The Spring Lake girls soccer team hosted No. 6 Mona Shores on Thursday night in a non-conference tilt at Spring Lake High School.
The Lakers battled with the Sailors, but the visitors from Muskegon came away with a 2-1 win.
Mona Shores took a 1-0 lead into halftime, before both teams managed to score a goal in the second half of play.
Grace Thornley netted the Lakers lone goal of the contest, while senior defenders Gen Cossey and Jaedyn Shelton added strong defensive play to keep Spring Lake in striking distance.
Fruitport girls soccer thumps Kenowa Hills
The Fruitport girls soccer team hosted O-K Black Conference foe Kenowa Hills on Thursday, working the Knights for an 8-0 victory, scoring seven goals in the opening half.
Jensyn Staberry continued to lead the Trojans with a pair of goals, while Emily Winicki, Haley Beyer, Isabelle Raven, Jaydie Hanks, Chloe Kern and Lauren Peterson all added one goal a piece.
Raven chipped in with two assists, while Winicki and Hanks also added one each.
The Trojans dominated Kenowa on defense, allowing zero shots on the day en route to the shutout, while the Fruitport managed 26 shots on the Knights’ net.
“I thought the girls did a really nice job of carrying over what we worked on in practice into the game tonight,” Fruitport head coach Jeannie McClain said. “We worked well around the net and moved off the ball well.”
Fruitport next takes the field at home on Friday against Oakridge, with junior varsity kicking off at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:45 p.m.
Kenowa Hills outslugs Fruitport baseball
The Fruitport baseball team found themselves locked in a high-octane offensive battle in their O-K Black Conference matchup with Kenowa Hills on Thursday, ultimately falling, 14-8.
The Trojans loaded the bases while down three runs in a crucial sixth inning, before the Knights pitcher threw a strikeout to strand the tying runs.
Kenowa then pulled away with three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, sealing their victory.
Sam Steinhauer led the Fruitport offense with two doubles and two RBIs. Brendan Peterman put up two hits and three RBIs, while Tyler Newsted reached base twice on two walks.
The Trojans are not 3-4 on the year and 3-3 in the O-K Black Conference. They continue their run through the O-K Black with a doubleheader at Jenison on Tuesday.
Fruitport softball can’t erase early deficit
The Fruitport softball team fell behind 4-0 to visiting Kenowa Hills on Thursday. The Trojans stormed back in the second half of the single game contest, but couldn’t overcome the early hole, falling to the Knights, 7-6.
Sophomore standout Rachel Paulsen recorded three hits to lead the Trojans, while Brooklyn Samlow added two.
From the mound, Paulsen pitched five innings, striking out five batters.
The Trojans now prepare for a doubleheader at Coopersville today.
SL softball completes the sweep
The Spring Lake softball team finished off their three-game sweep of Grand Rapids Catholic Central at home Thursday with a 15-0 mercy victory in just three innings.
Leah Vaughan took the victory giving up just one hit while striking out six batters.
Molly Poole led the hitting attack with three hits, while Linsey Paggeot launched a pair of triples and Lauren Hellman, Lani Wyns and Vaughan each added two hits.
The win extended the Lakers’ overall record to 8-2 and their O-K Blue record to 6-0. They take on rival Fruitport on Monday in a non-conference doubleheader.
SL baseball shutout by GRCC
The Spring Lake baseball team hosted Grand Rapids Catholic Central to finish off their O-K Blue Conference series Thursday, falling to the Cougars, 4-0.
A strong pitching performance by Rylan Peets served as the highlight for Spring Lake, as Peets went five innings, giving up just one hit and one unearned run for the loss.
David Rumptz led from the dish, going 1-for-3, while Brendan Bectel went 1-for-1 with a double.
The Lakers held the Cougars scoreless through five innings, before they gave up two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh.