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Prep Roundup: Grand Haven boys lacrosse falls to Zeeland in playoff opener

Tribune Staff • May 19, 2017 at 12:56 AM

The Grand Haven boys lacrosse team couldn’t bounce back from a slow third quarter against Zeeland on Thursday in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs, falling, 10-4.

The Buccaneers end their season at 7-12 overall.

Alex Franczek scored two goals to pace the Buccaneers, while Luke Kaelin added one.

Goalie Gabe Liebetreu recorded 18 saves in net, breaking his own state record for saves made in a single season. He finished his senior campaign with 274 saves, besting his previous mark of 269.

GH softball tops Caledonia

The Grand Haven softball team took on Caledonia with redemption on their minds Thursday. The Bucs narrowly dropped a doubleheader against the Scots early this season and hoped to win one back.

They did, tuning up Caledonia, 13-6, with some newly discovered power hitting.

Two scoreless innings for both teams brought up a tense third inning. The Bucs finally made contact and would not stop, putting up seven runs. They would continue with two more each in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Mikayla Gronback led from the plate, going 4-for-5, scoring three runs and nabbing three RBIs, two of which came on her first homerun of the year in the top of the seventh.

Kaelyn Stafford and Andrea Shumaker also blasted their first dingers of the season; Stafford for two runs and Shumaker for three.

In the circle, Shumaker continued to shine. She went all four innings, giving up 12 hits, six earned runs and two walks, while striking out three batters.

SL softball sweeps West Catholic

The Spring Lake softball team finished off a sweep of the O-K Blue Conference second-place team with a 16-1 victory over Grand Rapids West Catholic on Thursday.

The Lakers exploded in the first inning, scoring eight runs. They would go on to score four more in the third inning and four in the fourth to trigger a mercy victory.

Lauren Hallman led the offensive attack with four hits and four runs scored. Leah Vaughan followed with three hits.

Addison Lindsey and Klleah Rymal had two hits and scored three runs, each. Finally, Madelyn Nelson pitched in two hits.

Lauren Somers got the start in the circle, allowing three hits while striking out five.

Fruitport softball sweeps North Muskegon

The Fruitport softball team used a powerful offensive performance to sweep North Muskegon on Thursday. The Trojans took Game 1 by a score of 12-2 and followed up with a 13-3 win in Game 2.

Game 1: Fruitport 12, North Muskegon 2

Fruitport scored five runs each in the third and fourth innings to pull away from the Norse in the opener.

Aurora Wilks earned the win for Trojans. She tossed five innings, giving up two runs, five hits, striking out 12 and walking one.

Rachel Paulson and Alexis Jurgens each collected three hits to lead Trojans, while Janell Camphor added a solo home run in the fourth inning.

The Trojans stole nine bases during the game, paced by Paulson, who swiped three bases.

Game 2: Fruitport 13, North Muskegon 3

Fruitport scored three runs in the first inning, and added one more in the second, before breaking the game open with four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Kirsten Sweet earned the win for Trojans. She went five innings, surrendering three runs, six hits and striking out three.

Sweet added a home run at the plate, while teammate Aurora Wilks added two home runs, recording five RBIs in the game.

SL baseball falls late to GR West Catholic

The Spring Lake baseball team took an early 1-0 lead over Grand Rapids West Catholic on Thursday, but the visiting Falcons responded by scoring seven unanswered runs for a 7-1 win.

Jakob Gray pitched five innings for the Lakers, giving up six runs and two walks and striking out five.

Nolan Sandberg led Spring Lake from the plate, going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

GH soccer dogs Grandville

The Grand Haven soccer team took on Grandville for an O-K Red Conference showdown Thursday, defeating the Bulldogs, 3-0.

Summer Dewitt got the Bucs on the board in the first five minutes if play, placing a corner kick directly into the net.

The 1-0 Grand Haven carried through halftime. Grandville hit the pitch determined to get the equalizer, but the Bucs’ defense and keeper held strong.

With seven minutes to play, Alli Keyser sent a cross from the corner, finding Jennifer Dear in front of the net who finished for the goal.

Dear punctuated the victory with a dagger goal assisted by Haiden Trowbridge with just 46 seconds left in the game.

The Bucs are now 4-9-3 overall and 3-6-1 in the O-K Red.

Fruitport soccer blasts GR Union

The Fruitport girls soccer team improved to 13-3 on the season with a 7-0 thrashing of Grand Rapids Union on Thursday.

The Trojans scored three goals in the first half and added four more in the second to coast to the win.

Jensyn Stanberry scored four goals to lead the Trojans’ attack, which outshot Union 56-0, while Emily Winicki added a hat trick.

With the hat trick, Winicki improved her season goal total to 29, setting a new school record for goals scored in a single season. The previous mark was 27 goals set by Sarah Reed in 2001.

Madalyn Fett posted her ninth shutout of the season.

“This is a great accomplishment for Emily,” said Fruitport head coach Jeannie McClain. “She works so hard day in and day out, and she possesses the rare blend of speed, intelligence, and physicality. She's a special player, and we've been very fortunate to get the opportunity to coach her every day."

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