JV teams played, the stands were a little fuller, the transition to the start and the end of the day was a little smoother.
But two things remained the same from 2013 — the weather was beautiful, and Grand Haven won.
The Buccaneers defeated local squads Mona Shores, Fruitport and Spring Lake to take the event’s trophy once again.
“I thought we did very well with all the different elements that had such an effect — the wind, the sun — we all have sunburn tanlines,” said Grand Haven senior captain Amy Kober. “I thought we really adjusted quite well. Our energy kind of slouched a little bit in the middle, but we really picked it back up and won the tournament — so it was a good day.”
Grand Haven coach Aaron Smaka said he was pleased with the way the community rallied around the event.
“We had the whole realm of things, from the middle school camp to the JV matches,” Smaka said. “So many different groups got to experience this setting, and got to experience the boardwalk and the event that we’ve done here for the second year. I just think the fact that everything kind of went off — we had a beautiful day, we had that camp in the morning, and the JV matches and the varsity matches. It’s just a fun, fun day.”
The Bucs struggled at times to close games on Wednesday, letting the Sailors get back into both of their matchups and allowing the Lakers to steal Game 1.
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