The Grand Haven boys bowling team started off conference-play on top Saturday.
The boys dominated the pre-season O-K Red conference tournament, only slipping from the top position after the first regular games, before running away by nearly 300 pins.
The next closest score to the boys’ 4,829 pins was Rockford, who had 4,551 at the conference kickoff event.
The Buccaneers were led by Brennan Batka, whose combined 684 pins were good for second-place as an individual, and a spot on the all-tournament team.
Joel Collins (10th, 608) and Brendon VanderStel (15th, 560) also finished in the top-20.
The event makes up 25 percent of the Bucs conference record.
Girls surprise in second
The Grand Haven girl’s squad didn’t have much experience heading into O-K Red action this weekend, but the Bucs still managed to finish second.
Grand Haven’s 3,733 pins put them only behind first-place Hudsonville (4,156), and ahead of Grandville (3,692), Rockford (3,336) and East Kentwood (3,050).
Dominique Sauers’ 507 pins were good for seventh place as an individual.
Becca Hatinger and Meagan Batka tied for 13th with 467.
The duo was followed by Breanna Olthof (16th, 446) and Taryn Metzler (20th, 391).
GH hockey goes 0-2
It was a tough weekend for the Grand Haven hockey team, as they went 0-2 at the LC Walker Arena’s Stan Konrad tournament.
Grand Haven lost in a tight one Friday night to Portage Central, 4-3, and fell to East Kentwood on Saturday, 6-3.
Grand Haven and Portage Central traded goals in the first period on Friday, before the firepower increased in the second.
Portage Central found the net twice to take a 3-1 lead, but Grand Haven responded, scoring two of its own to tie things up heading into the final period.
Portage Central scored once more in the third, and Grand Haven was unable to match.
Hayden Modaff, Pat Modaff and Jake Steggles each had a goal for the Buccaneers. Hayden, Steggles, Nathan Schmidt, Adam Carlisle and Brent Peterson were credited with assists.
Robert Arterburn had 18 saves.
The Bucs struggled to contain Adam Goudelock on Saturday. The East Kentwood standout had a hat trick in the Falcons 6-3 victory.
Goudelock’s first period goal was matched by Steggles for Grand Haven, but Goudelock found the net once more in the first, as did teammate Sherman Mowery.
Then Alex Birkman scored early in the second, giving the Falcons a 4-1 lead. The Bucs were never able to recover.
Steggles, Schmidt and Pat Modaff scored for Grand Haven.
Hayden Modaff was credited with two assists, while Pat, Steggles, Joey Zelenka and Steven Dara had one apiece.
Arterburn stopped 29 pucks in net.
The losses move the Bucs record to 1-10.