Area teams compete for district titles today

Today is the busiest prep sports day of the year, with district tournaments and state finals taking place at various sites across the state. Local teams will vie for district championships in baseball, softball and soccer, while area athletes will compete for all-state recognition at track and field state meets as well.
Tribune Staff
Jun 4, 2011

 

Grand Haven’s baseball and softball teams will compete in Division 1 district play at Mona Shores High School. The Buccaneers’ baseball team faces Muskegon at 10 a.m., and with a victory would meet either Mona Shores or Reeths-Puffer in the district final at 2 p.m.

On the softball diamond, the Bucs will meet the Big Reds at noon, and the winner will meet the winner of Reeths-Puffer and Mona Shores in the district title contest at 2 p.m.

Spring Lake is hosting Division 2 district tournaments in both baseball and softball. Baseball action takes place at Hickman Field, located at Spring Lake Middle School. The Lakers will take on Whitehall at 12:30 p.m., following Fruitport’s contest against Orchard View at 10 a.m. The winners face off in the title game at 3 p.m.

Softball districts take place at Wanrooy Field, located at Spring Lake High School. The host Lakers face Whitehall at 10 a.m., followed by Fruitport and Orchard View at noon. Winners advance to the 2 p.m. district championship game.

SOCCER

Spring Lake and Fruitport will also compete for a soccer district title today. The two rivals, who split their two games previously this season, meet with a Division 2 district championship on the line at 2 p.m. at Sparta High School.

TRACK & FIELD

Several Grand Haven athletes will compete in the Division 1 state track and field meet today at Rockford High School.

The Buccaneers’ James DeWitt, a junior, will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles, where he’s seeded 12th.

A veteran of the state finals, senior Joe Duff will compete in both distance events. He’s the fifth seed and could compete for a state championship in the 3,200-meter run, an event in which he holds the school record. Duff is the 15th seed in the 1,600 run.

Grand Haven will also compete in the 3,200 relay.

The Buccaneers’ girls are also sending several athletes, including Jordan Keefe, a versatile junior who will compete in four different events. Keefe is seeded fourth in the pole vault, an event in which she holds the school record.  Claire Reierson, a junior, will also compete in the pole vault for Grand Haven.

Keefe will also run the 400-meter dash. She comes in with the seventh-best time in the state in that event. She’ll also run legs in the Bucs’ 800 and 1,600 relays.

Grand Haven’s 3,200 relay team also qualified and comes in seeded 18th.

Junior Kaeding Skelton is the 20th seed in the discus, while sophomore Grace Kendra has the 22nd-best qualifying distance in the long jump. Megan Newhouse will run the 100 hurdles, where she’s seeded 15th. Julia Stock, a junior, will compete in the 3,200 run, as will teammate Natalie Myers, also a junior.

Spring Lake’s girls track and field team won the Lakes Eight Conference title this spring, and the Lakers will be well represented at the Division 2 state meet at Grand Rapids’ Houseman Field.

Sophomore Brittany Beeler will compete in a pair of events — the 1,600 run, where she’s seeded 15th, and the 3,200, where she boasts the state’s ninth-best time.
Senior Becca Mumby will compete in the high jump, where she’s the 14th seed, and freshman Allie Leroux comes in with the 10th-best pole vault effort in the state.

Junior Kathryn Rumptz will compete in the long jump. She’s the 19th seed in that event.

Fruitport’s girls squad is also sending several athletes to Houseman Field, including junior Toni Parker, who comes in with a chance to compete for a state title in the high jump. Her best effort of 5 feet, 2 inches is just one inch off the best jump turned in by a Division 2 athlete this spring.  

Other Trojans at the event will be freshman Heidi Klinger in the 200 dash, sophomore Brianna Pekel on the 400 dash, junior Rachel Folkmier in the 800 run, and a 3,200 relay team.

 

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