LOCAL WRESTLERS COMPETE AT GRAND HAVEN
The Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport wrestling teams gathered for an ultra-competitive dual meet on Saturday.
The Buccaneers, Lakers and Trojans battled against each other, as well Reeths-Puffer, Battle Creek Lakeview, East Kentwood, Mendon, Forest Hills Eastern, Hamilton, Holton and Portland.
As a team, Grand Haven recorded a 50-27 win over Fruitport and 50-34 win over Spring Lake, but fell to Reeths-Puffer, 45-33. The Buccaneers also competed against Battle Creek Lakeview and Mendon earlier in the day.
Recording multiple wins for Grand Haven on the day were: Riley Rhone (103 pounds), Zach Boersen (119), Isaac Holt (125), Cody Miller (130), Daniel Guillen (140), Trevor Rademaker (145), Kaleb Butcher (189), Chance Heineman (215) and Collin Monsma (285).
The Buccaneers will be off until Dec. 28 when they travel to take on the Grandville Invitational.
Spring Lake finished 0-5 on the day with losses to Battle Creek Lakeview (72-9), Reeths-Puffer (71-12), Mendon (69-10), Grand Haven (54-30) and Fruitport (59-24).
Sam France and Jack Parker finished 4-1 on the day to lead the Lakers, while Hunter Rose compiled a 3-2 record.
"We knew going in that it was going to be a tough go for us," said Spring Lake head coach Dan Robinson. "These teams are at the level we want to get to. We were giving up five weight classes with injuries and moving guys around. This is just part of that learning process for our guys as they see what that next level looks like.
"We have a lot to work on, but I was proud of the way some of our guys battled. Sam is wrestling a weight class above what he weighs, along with Max Montgomery. Hunter continues to wrestle well and Noah Dennie, although his record didn't show it, I thought really started to show what he is capable of doing. Jack Parker continues to impress. He suffered his first loss on the year up a weight class and didn't let it affect him as he came back to win his next three.
"We just have to keep pushing and increase our intensity in practice."
Spring Lake travels to Hesperia this Wednesday.
The Fruitport wrestling team went 1-4 on the day, with their lone win coming against rival Spring Lake, 59-24.
Connor Sykes finished 3-0 at his 103-pound weight class to lead the Trojans, while Zach Sykes (112) finished 4-1 with his lone loss coming in overtime. With his four wins Saturday, Sykes eclipsed the 100-win mark for his varsity career.
Also picking up wins for the Trojans were: Zane Lee (2-1 at 152), Crue Cooper (4-1 at 171), Christian Straley (135) and Dallas Rogers (285).
"It was a rough day, but we fought hard against some quality teams," said Fruitport head coach Rick Sykes. "We had to give up a few weight classes, but the guys that did compete gave great effort, and that's all I can ask for. It's good for us to get tested early, especially against some elite programs in the state."
The Trojans will be back in action on Dec. 29 as they travel to Ionia.
GRAND HAVEN HOCKEY SCORES TWO WINS
The Grand Haven/Spring Lake co-op hockey team scored a weekend sweep with wins over Hudsonville on Friday and Portage Central on Saturday.
On Friday, the Buccaneers scored twice in the first period to establish some early momentum and added three more goals in the second period to cruise to a 3-goal win over the Eagles.
Senior Austin Fox started the scoring in the first with a great backdoor play from Trevor Kalis and Austin's brother, Cooper Fox. Alex Kure recorded his first goal of the season, scoring a minute later with an assist from Ethan Pennington.
Pennington would score a goal to open up the second period scoring with assists from Austin Fox and Kure. The other two scoring plays came from Austin Fox, giving him the hat trick on the night and a total of four points.
Finn Bylsma was in net earning his fourth win of the season, turning away 30 shots.
On Saturday, the Buccaneers scored one goal in the first and second periods to hold a narrow lead, and exploded for three goals in the final period to pull away for a 5-0 win over Portage Central.
Brendan Price got his first start of the season in net, and he took full advantage, turning away 18 shots for a shutout win.
Trevor Kalis opened up the scoring with the Bucs' lone goal of the first period with assists to Ethan Pennington and T.J. Cunningham.
In the second period, the Bucs added a goal by Kyle Eveland with assists to Clayton Cooper and Nate Beers.
In the third period, the Fox brothers stole the show for the Bucs with senior Austin Fox netting two goals with assists from Kalis and brother, Cooper Fox. The younger Fox brother netted the fifth goal of the game on the power play from Trevor Kalis and Ethan Pennington.
The Bucs move to 5-2-1 on the season and return to the ice against conference opponent Kenowa Hills on Wednesday at Lakeshore Sports Centre at 7:30 p.m.