Undefeated Rockford proved once again why they are the cream of the crop in the O-K Red Conference, as the Rams captured the league title at Thursday’s league postseason meet at Grand Haven Golf Club.
The host Bucs placed a respectable third in the field, with their team score of 335 trailing the Rams by 19 and runner-up Grandville by 11.
West Ottawa was fourth with a 366, followed by Hudsonville (368) and East Kentwood (368).
Bucs’ senior Patrick Ferris led the team with an 80, which was the fourth-best round overall. Reid Murphy also earned first-team all-conference honors following his round of 81.
Mark Nalley added an 84 for the Bucs, Matt Nalley and Alex Crandle each totaled a 90 and Evan Mowery scored a 94.
“I am pleased with our progress and believe we may do OK in the postseason tournament play,” said Grand Haven head coach Randy White. “Districts are a few weeks away and we will be preparing by playing a few 18-hole events.”
White said he’ll take his second-team of players to Montague today, while on Saturday the starting six will compete in the Rockford Ram Tournament, followed by the Mona Shores Invitational on Monday.
BUCS’ SOCCER SCORES MUCH-NEEDED WIN
After a stretch of tough losses, Grand Haven’s varsity girls soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 victory over West Ottawa on Thursday.
The Buccaneers dominated the contest, outshooting the Panthers 28-1.
Belle VanderLaan and Sawyer Overway scored goals for the Buccaneers, while Taylor DeWitt and Mallory Beswick each had an assist.
The Bucs pounded countless shots toward the Panthers’ net, but didn’t get onto the scoreboard until VanderLaan scored with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
Ten minutes later, Overway scored to make it 2-0.
Faith Platz needed to make just one save to record the shutout in goal.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven topped West Ottawa, 4-0, thanks to goals from Jen Thompson, Pixie Bitner, Keaghan Rickard and Lindsey DeWitt. Assists were credited to Taylor Wexall, DeWitt and Michala Ringquist. Lindsey Sherman was in goal for the shutout.
Freshmen: Grand Haven and West Ottawa played to a 1-1 tie, with Emma Grove scoring the Bucs’ lone goal.