The tournament field boasted seven of the state's top 10 teams, with each team playing five games. Rockford scored a go-ahead goal on an ejection foul with 10 seconds remaining to win the championship over Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday.
Grand Haven's varsity squad finished in sixth place after dropping a good game to Zeeland, 8-7, in bracket play.
The Buccaneers were led by Mason Fritz both on the offensive end with 18 goals and the defensive end with 19 steals. Junior keeper Matt Beals amassed almost twice as many saves as goals allowed. Other outstanding individual performances were: Grant Ruster with 18 steals and 10 goals, Josh Koornneef with eight goals, Brigham Thornock with six tallies, and Collin Reenders and Reilly Wiesnewski with eight steals apiece.
“The offense struggled to work as a unit in the setup offense sometimes, but as a team in transition, their offense was tremendous, with breakaway goals scored by nearly every player over the weekend,” said Grand Haven coach Bill Hamm. “Finishing sixth really shows our state ranking of eight to be pretty accurate. We have some work to do to get our team defense in shape if we hope to climb in those rankings. But we are young with no starting seniors, so, I believe with more experience and dedication to hard work and understanding, the sky is the limit.”
Haven volleyball team has strong showing at Novi Invite
The Grand Haven volleyball team finished 4-1 at the Novi Invitational tournament on Saturday.
The Bucs defeated Huron (25-14, 25-16), Salem (25-20, 25-12), Stony Creek (25-21, 25-22) and Lake Orien (25-23, 25-22), before falling to Portage Central (20-25, 20-25) in the semifinals of bracket play.
Senior Katie Cole recorded 114 assists, 30 digs, 11 aces, four kills and four blocks to lead the Bucs (29-3), while senior Morgan Ross added 34 kills, four blocks and 25 digs.
Sophomore Avolyn Lepo added 17 kills and 13 blocks, junior Olivia Boeve added 25 kills and 16 digs, senior Claire Holman added 26 kills and senior Sophia Newhouse added 77 digs.
Fruitport volleyball finishes 2-2 at Millennium Home Invitational
The Fruitport volleyball team finished 2-2 at its Millennium Home Invitational on Saturday. The Trojans started the day with back-to-back wins over Whitehall (25-21, 25-15) and Grant (25-10, 25-19), but lost to Mona Shores (20-25, 23-25) in the quarterfinals and Gull Lake (19-25, 28-26, 12-15) in the final match of the day.
Katie Veihl recorded 18 kills, 22 digs and seven aces to lead the Trojans, while sophomores Kylie Oberlin and Jordyn Carlyle also contributed 16 kills apiece and Kailey Carmean added 71 assists. Fruitport's defense was lead by Kelsie Schultz with 39 digs and Lyndsey Ball added 18, while Ally German led the team with five blocks.
Fruitport soccer falls to Jenison
The Fruitport boys soccer team was no match for Jenison on Saturday, giving up four second-half goals to the Wildcats in a 5-0 defeat at Jenison High School.
“Jenison showed their class with a superior technical, tactical and mental performance,” said Fruitport coach Greg Kobylak. “We have no choice but to get back at it Monday in preparation for another conference challenge on Tuesday (against Mona Shores).”