Grand Haven JV spikers take Coopersville Invite
The Grand Haven girls JV volleyball team got off to a nice start on their season, winning the 16-team Coopersville Invitational.
The Buccaneers defeated Holland Christian in the quarterfinals and Forest Hills Eastern in the semifinals, before beating host Coopersville in the finals.
GH boys soccer ties Grand Rapids Christian, 2-2
The Grand Haven boys soccer team tied Grand Rapids Christian Thursday evening, 2-2. Derek Braak scored the game’s first goal with, 28:18 in the first half. Grand Haven went into the half up 1-0, but Grand Rapids Christian’s responded in the second with their first goal.
The Bucs went up again on a converted penalty kick, taken by Gerrit Schaap, but the Eagles tied the game with 3:16 remaining, bringing the game to its’ final score of 2-2.
GH girls golf loses to conference favorite East Kentwood
The Grand Haven girls golf team lost to East Kentwood Thursday, 165-222.
It was the start of O-K Red play for the Buccaneers, and varsity head coach Roger Glass thinks he knows who is going to take the conference.
“You can clearly see that East Kentwood is going to kind of just roll right through our conference,” Glass said. "They’re going to be top 10 in the state if they keep playing like that.”
Glass said it was a difficult day for his squad on the green.
“I’m just going to kick that one up to it being early in the season,” Glass said. “We’re going to get this figured out, I’ve seen these girls play enough to know that was an aberration. We’ll get back at it next week when school starts, and hopefully they’ll play a little this weekend. … I think the girls felt a little embarrassed, and hopefully that will help motivate them to work harder.”
Fruitport boys soccer loses to Rockford, 5-1
The Fruitport boys soccer team lost to Rockford on Thursday, 5-1.
Alec Parker scored the lone goal for the Trojans, with Dalton Mullennix getting the assist.
Head varsity coach Greg Kobylak said that he was proud of the way his team didn’t give up.
“This was the best Rockford team we have ever played,” Kobylak said. “I think they might be the best team in the state currently. We schedule these kinds of games for the challenge and to grow.
“We found some things out about this team and plan to work on our areas that need improvement. But we also showed a lot of positive things we will continue to build on including our effort, athleticism and finding ways to create scoring chances. The players were directed to leave the field with their head held high as this game should make us better for September and October.”
FPT girls golf team competes against Coopersville JV
The Fruitport girls golf team went up against the Coopersville JV squad on Thursday.
Shelby Thurston lead the Trojans with a score of 51.
Kelsey Alivar, Andrea Benson, Morgan Grow and Taylor Clark all shot personal bests.
This comes a little bit less than a week after the Trojans finished sixth at their home tournament.
Alexis Jackal was their top-performer that day. Her score of 108 was good for 17th place individually.
SL girls volleyball team goes 3-0 Thursday
The Spring Lake girls volleyball team went 3-0 at the quad they hosted Thursday.
The Lakers defeated North Muskegon (25-8, 25-16), Mason County Central (25-18, 25-16) and Tri- County (25-10, 22-25, 15-8).
“I thought our passing was the most consistent that it has been this season,” said head varsity coach Sarah Bulthuis. “… It allowed us to use our hitters at all positions and keep our opponent guessing as to who was going to get the ball. We had really good defense as well . I am pleased with our progress.”
Leaders on the day for the Lakers were Kelsee Zuidema (33 kills, 18 digs, 5 aces), Courthey Kyser (13 kills, 10 aces, 6 blocks), Karley Engelsman (51 assists), Rachel Pennington (30 digs), Lydia Suchecki (10 kills, 11 aces) and Breanna Williams (5 aces, 16 digs).
Spring Lake’s record now stands at 12-1-1.
SL boomers fall to Forest Hills Northern, 4-2
The Spring Lake boy’s soccer team lost to Forest Hills Northern 4-2 Thursday afternoon.
The Huskies scored first off a rebound, and got their second goal with 25 minutes to go in the first half.
Spring Lake responded in the second when Josh Roberge scored with 15 minutes left, off a Kyle Zietlow miss.
With the score now 3-1, Spring Lake head varsity coach Jeremy Thelen subbed some new players in to try and make a final push.
But the strategy backfired.
The Lakers aggressiveness worked against them as Forest Hills Northern scored again.
Zietlow was able to score another goal for Spring Lake off a penalty kick, bringing the game to its’ final score of 4-2.
Thelen said that his team was tired from the hot conditions and having just played Wednesday night, but that he was making no excuses for his talented squad.
SL JV football loses to Coopersville, 31-14
The Spring Lake JV football team lost to Coopersville’s JV squad Wednesday night, 31-14 .
Coopersville was up 15-0 at halftime.
Cameron Ball was the leading rusher for the Lakers, with 80 yards and both of their touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Reese Carlen, Tyler Murak and Josef Hissom were the leading tacklers.
SL girls golfers beat Whitehall, 170-222
The Spring Lake girls golf team beat Whitehall 170-222 Wednesday morning.
Emma Conroy lead the Lakers with a career low of 38.
Other top performers were Emma Conroy (38), Anna Kramer (43), Virginia Olszewski (44), Kayla Krueger (48) and Jaedyn Shelton (49).
The Lakers had 10 birdies on the day. Conroy and Karissa Raschke had three-apiece.
Spring Lake JV spikers go 2-1 at quad
The Spring Lake girls JV volleyball team went 2-1 at North Muskegon on Wednesday.
The Lakers lost to their hosts (25-11, 25-20), but defeated Hart (25-16, 25-20) and Orchard View (25-11, 25-12).
Top performers on the day were Ellen Lauinger (12 aces), Aubrey Dunlap (7 kills),
Alli Pennington (18 digs) and Katie Mumby (5 blocks).
WMC soccer defeated by Orchard View, 2-0.
In their home-opener, the Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team lost 2-0 to Orchard View Wednesday night.
“Orchard View out played us in many areas,” said head varsity coach David Hulings. “It was a good game for us to play, as it exposed stuff we have to work on. The boys looked good for most of the game but, like all young teams, we have to learn to play a complete game.
“Without two of our starting seniors on the pitch we are very young and play like it at times. We have to continue to improve and work on the things that can make us better.”
GRSC boats hold their own at Commodores Invitational
Several Grand River Sailing Club members had success at the Commodores Invite last Saturday, an annual sailboat race from Grand Haven to Muskegon.
GCRSC member Duane Schroeder’s boat, Avanti, took fourth overall in the Spinnaker Fleet, and second in division.
In the Jib and Main Fleet, John Cambell’s Peggy Dash II took first in division and overall.
Wayne Ritchie’s PAX tied Jack Kelley’s C.C. Rider for second, while Ross Carter’s Far Niente took fourth.