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Prep roundup: Fruitport tennis takes conference title

Tribune Staff • May 15, 2017 at 12:33 AM

The Fruitport girls tennis team made the most of their first year in the O-K Black Conference, clinching the overall conference championship over the weekend with a second-place finish in the conference tournament.

The girls finished out the regular season in first place and needed a runner-up finish at the tournament to clinch the title. They finished second behind tournament champion Muskegon Reeths-Puffer by one point. The Rockets took top-honors with 38 points, ahead of Fruitport’s 37. Jenison finished third with 31, ahead of Mona Shores with 30 points, Kenowa Hills at 22 and Union with eight.

The Trojans had six flight finalists, with three flight champions and three runner-up finishes.

No. 2 singles player Trinity Busscher, No. 3 singles Kaitlyn Labash and No. 4 singles Haleigh Winskas all took home flight championships Saturday.

No. 1 singles Rebekah Busscher, the No. 1 doubles team of Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirske and the No. 2 doubles pair of Rachel Weiland and Donnalee Gilbert fell in their championship matches, taking second place honors.

The Trojans will take on the Regional tournament on May 18.

GH tennis finishes fourth

The Grand Haven girls tennis team took on the O-K Red Conference Championship tournament Saturday, finishing fourth with 34 points.

West Ottawa took top-honors by one point over host, and regular season champion, Rockford, to tie for the overall championship. Hudsonville finished in third just ahead of the Bucs.

Grand Haven was led by the No. 2 doubles team of Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt who advanced to their flight championship match, falling to the No. 2 pair from West Ottawa.

The No. 1 doubles team of Audrey Reus and Lilja Plumert finished in third place, while the No. 3 pair of Madison Ray and Sam Korecki took fourth.

Felicity Alder at No. 4 singles finished in fourth place on the day, while No. 2 singles Kelsey Lansky also finished in fourth to lead the singles flights.

Julia Bachmann at No. 1 singles and Alyssa Yeager both finished in fifth place.

“The team overall played pretty well today,” head coach Chris Wilton said. “Many of the flights played above where they were in the regular season. Beating players you lost to during the regular season is a very nice feeling, and shows the improvements our players are making. They also very likely improved their seeds at Regionals.”

WMCC softball swept in tulip town

The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team traveled to the campus of Hope College to take on Holland High School for a non-conference double header Friday afternoon. Holland came out on top of both games by scores of 7-0 and 10-2.

A three-run third inning and two-run fifth propelled the Dutch in Game 1. The WMCC offense managed just four hits in the contest. Haylee Moser, Hannah Nestell, Hannah Pell and Stephanie Weesies all knocked one base hit each.

Moser was effective on the mound, going six innings while giving up seven hits, seven runs (four earned) and striking out four.

Holland grabbed an early lead in Game 2, scoring seven runs in the second inning to take control of the contest.

Nestell and Ashley Sandin led the WMCC offense, each with an RBI single. Pell connected for WMCC’s final hit of the day.

Abby Sweetman and Moser split pitching duties, allowing just four hits while combining for two strikeouts.

WMCC is now 8-14 overall and 4-4 in Lakes Eight play. They face off with Orchard View on Friday.

WMC baseball battles Holland

The Western Michigan Christian baseball team accompanied the softball team to Hope College, taking on Holland at the Boeve Baseball Stadium. The Warriors took the Class A opponent to the brink in Game 1, falling, 6-8, before finishing knotted at three in Game 2.

Game 1 saw Jamo Goorman lead the Warriors from the plate with three hits. Cam Waller followed with two hits and two RBIs while Cam Beisel and Jake Moser each knocked two hits. Tyler Van Beek rounded out the stat sheet with two hits and two scored runs.

Game 2 was called after six innings of play, tied at 3. Goorman again led the WMC offense with two hits. Waller mustered one hit, while Caleb Croff knocked one hit for an RBI.

Moser pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out two.

“We battled a pretty good Class A school and had the privilege of playing at Hope College’s field,” WMC head coach Chris Van Hekken said. “This was a real treat for us as a team. I am really proud of how we stuck in today and how we battled Holland. We are starting to find our identity as a team and come together nicely as we make our push into the second half of the season.”

Junior varsity: The WMC JV baseball team lost two games to Muskegon Catholic Central, 15-1 and 11-8.

WMC girls track takes third in Lakes Eight

The WMC girls track team finished third Friday at the Lakes Eight Conference meet at Ludington High School.

Seven WMC girls took first or second place finished in their events and were named All-Conference.

The 2-mile relay team of Logan Williams, Ellie DeKam, Josie Aardema finished second for All-Conference honors, along with Anika Eenigenburg with a runner-up finish in the 100-meter hurdles, Chanaiya Richards with a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles, Aardema with a second-place finish in the 3200 meters and Shantele Wilkinson with a second-place finish in the long jump.

“I was very pleased with our efforts tonight, and am looking forward to regionals next week.” WMC head coach Beth Annema said.

WMC boys track takes fourth

The Western Michigan Christian boys track team finished in fourth place at the Lakes Eight Conference Championship meet on Friday.

Tyler Somers led the Warriors with a conference championship in the 110-meter hurdles. Dan Ray joined Somers in earning All-Conference honors with a runner-up finish in the high jump.

“The guys ran very well and continue to set multiple personal records,” WMC head coach Josh Glerum said. “We are looking forward to the regional meet next Friday.”

WMC golf edged by Kent City

The Western Michigan Christian boys golf team hosted an event Saturday, falling to Kent City by one stroke, carding a 193 for the nine-hole event.

WMC’s Daniel Vanbiesbrouch and Chandler Breit each carded a 46, finishing just ahead of Caleb Minasian at 45. Jeffery Merz rounded out the varsity team finishing at 56 strokes.

The team will travel to Manistee on Wednesday for the Lakes Eight Conference Championship match.

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