Prep roundup: WMC splits with Covenant

Tribune Staff • Feb 6, 2019 at 12:15 AM

WMC girls defeat Covenant Christian

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team defeated Covenant Christian in overtime Tuesday night by a final score of 46-43.

WMc led 9-4 through the first quarter, 17-10 at halftime and 26-20 heading into the final frame. There, Covenant made a run, tying the game 28-28 with five minutes left to play. The tie would hold to the end of regulation, sending the game to overtime.

The Warriors jumped out to a four-point lead to start the overtime period but watched that lead shrink down the stretch. A split-trip to the free-throw line for Covenant made it a one-score game with 35 seconds left. WMC controlled the final possession and scored, bringing the game to its final tally.

Anna Systema scored19 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Warriors, while Taylor Folkema had 16 points and four steals.

The win improves the Warriors to 12-1 overall.

“The Chargers outworked us all night,” said WMC head coach Jeremy Goorman. “They had multiple second and third chances at the basket. They were very aggressive and luckily, we hit foul shots when we needed to. Anna hit 4-of-4 free throws in overtime and Taylor Folkema was 2-for-2 from the stripe in overtime. The Chargers double-teamed Taylor all night and made it difficult on her. She finished strong with 10 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. I was expecting a difficult game coming in because of their size and I was proud of the girls for pulling out a victory where we could have easily folded. I know my big three can score, but I need to get my others to become threats. Kayla Johnson, Esther Hartley and Peyton Johnson are all spark plugs, but we need production in the scorebook from them. They are capable and I have to put them in position to score.” 

JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC lost to Covenant, 45-36. Maddie Wiersema led the way with 20 points and six rebounds, while Kyla Kiersema chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds.

WMC boys edged by Covenant

After trailing early, the host Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team fought back but were unable to pull it out, falling to Covenant Christian on Tuesday night by a score of 44-41.

The Warriors trailed 11-4 at the first stop, 19-12 at intermission and 32-26 going into the final period of play.

Owen Alfree hit a bucket to bring the Warriors to within one point at 42 to 41, but Covenant hit a free throw to stretch their lead to 43-41. Covenant’s Blake Kamps converted another free throw to extend their lead to 44-41. WMC called a timeout with 5.3 seconds left and missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

The Warriors were led by Owen Varnado with 14 points, Nick Moser with nine and Brant Zeerip with eight.

Covenant was led by junior Ty Mulder with 22 points, including six 3-pointers.

JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC won 63-56. Sam Liggett led the way with 15 points, followed by Michael TenCate with 12, Devin Bartee with 10 and Brekken Fairfield with nine.

FRESHMEN: WMC lost 56-20. Joey Prince and Isaiah Barco-Morales each put in six points.


Grand Haven bowling splits Caledonia

The Grand Haven girls and boys bowling teams took on O-K Red Conference foe Caledonia on Tuesday night to differing results.

The girls team took a dominant 23-7 victory over the Scots, while the boys fell in a close match, 16-14.

The girls took a 6-4 advantage out of the baker rounds, losing the first 190-176 before rebounding for a 174-126 victory in the second to take the baker total, 358-316.

In the first regular game, Alexis Morgan-Sitzer (154), Mercedes Mitchell (231), Alexis Thompson (140) and Kaleigh Batka (148) picked up head-to-head victories, while Bianca Richard bowled a 97 in a close loss. The five together took the first-game total, 770-675.

The second regular game saw a Caledonia resurgence, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Bucs. Batka led the way with a huge turnaround, picking up her second win of the day with a score of 212. Mitchell and Morgan-Sitzer also repeated as a head-to-head winner, shooting 160 and 153, respectively. Thompson (139) and Richard (101), rounded out the Bucs’ second-game total of 765, bringing their regular-total to 1,535, besting the Scot’s 708 and 1383, to round out the scoring.

Both teams are scheduled to return to action Wednesday to host Hudsonville.

Grand Haven swim falls to West Ottawa

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team completed their rescheduled meeting with O-K Red Conference foe West Ottawa on Tuesday, falling to the Panthers 185-121.

Louis Mallot led the way with the Bucs’ lone victory of the evening, finishing atop 1-meter diving with a score of 203.20.

Finishing top-three for Grand Haven were Eli Vandenbrand in second of the 50 freestyle (22.85); Mark Wilgenburg in third of the 500 freestyle (5:12.96) and Michael MacDonald in second of the 100 backstroke (58.66).

Grand Haven’s 200 medley relay team of Carter Brown, Jackson Hamm, Wilgenburg and Vandenbrand took third place to start the meet in 1:43.95, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Vandenbrand, Brown, Thomas MacDonald and Wilgenburg took second in 1:32.17 and the 400 freestyle relay team of Thomas Macdonald, Collin Kelly, Ethan Ball and Michael MacDonald took second in 3:31.78.

The Bucs return to action for their final meet of the regular season at Grandville on Thursday, scheduled to start at 6 p.m.


The Fruitport boys basketball team fell to Kenowa Hills 54-43 in an O-K Black Conference road contest Tuesday night. 

Down 16 points at the half, the Trojans fought back but a second-half run was too little too late. Nine Trojans got in the scoring column, led Marcelo Conklin with eight points, while Gavin Fisher and Luke Mitchell each had seven, Logan Maniu, Ethan Flores, and Rico Jones each added five, Flynn Stonecypher had three, Hunter Gannon had two and Adam Eitniear added one point.

Up next for the Trojans is a Friday night home matchup with Grand Rapids Union. Fruitport plays Fruitport Calvary Christian at home Saturday night in a non-conference make-up game.

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