Prep roundup: SL cross country wins first O-K Blue jamboree

Tribune Staff • Sep 14, 2017 at 12:18 AM

The Spring Lake boys cross country team took on their first O-K Blue Conference event of the season, claiming top honors with 37 points.

Sparta followed in second place with 56, ahead of third-place Allendale (72), fourth-place Comstock Park (83), fifth-place Grand Rapids West Catholic (159), sixth-place Grand Rapids Catholic Central (161) and last-place Coopersville (171).

Andrew Hylen paced the Lakers with a time of 16:34.22, followed by Ben Hylen at 16:50.15. Matthew Vanderwall came in at 17:11.46, just behind Cameron Thalhammer at 17:10.10.

Evan Shock (18:36.14), Andrew Sellon (18:39.84) and Callen Carrier (18:49.39) held off a charging Sparta team as the fifth, sixth and seventh runners for Spring Lake.

“Overall, the team ran really well,” Spring Lake head coach Erin Carmody said. “Andrew and Ben continue to lead the team with fast finishes and Matthew ran a strong race trying to close on his teammate.

“We will continue to work hard in the next 10 days focusing on closing the gaps.”

The Lakers return to action for the Cougar-Falcon Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23, and will host the O-K Blue for their next conference meet-up on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

SL golf continues to improve

The Spring Lake golf team had a career day at Scott Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, playing in the Comstock Park O-K Blue Conference Jamboree. Four varsity golfers posted lifetime-best scores as the team took top honors.

Madelyn Nelson led the way, shooting a one-under-par, career-best 33, Hannah Klein followed with a career best 36, while Phoebe Saunders and Kate Galloway posted career-best scores of 38 and 49, respectively. Anna Sprague rounded out the scoring team, carding a 53.

The Lakers came in at 156 total strokes, ahead of Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 174, NorthPointe Christian at 179, Coopersville at 181 and Allendale at 192. Host Comstock Park took sixth with a score of 202, followed up Grand Rapids West Catholic at 204 and Sparta at 219.

It was an encouraging round for the Lakers as they continue to balloon their lead on the conference, but head coach George Bitner cited a few blow-up holes for double-digit scores and mental errors are holding them back.

The Lakers’ O-K Blue lead is up to 77 strokes as they sit at 490 total so far this season. NorthPointe trails Spring Lake at 557, followed closely by Catholic Central at 559. Coopersville sits at 567, Comstock Park at 619, Allendale at 625, West Catholic at 630, and Sparta is bringing up the rear with 700 strokes on the season.

Spring Lake is set to host their home jamboree at Spring Lake Country Club this afternoon, with tee off at 3:45 p.m.

GH polo sinks West Ottawa

The Grand Haven boys water polo team took a resounding victory over West Ottawa at home Wednesday, defeating the Panthers, 12-2.

The Bucs grabbed an early lead and never let up. They led 5-1 through the first quarter, 7-2 at halftime and 12-2 heading into the final frame.

Senior Mason Fritz led the way on offense with five goals, while Joshua Koornneef created plenty of opportunities, drawing four exclusion penalties on the Panthers.

Grant Ruster anchored a stout defense with five steals, kicking off a bevy of transition goals, while keeper Matt Beals shut down the West Ottawa attack with 12 saves and two steals of his own.

“The Bucs played their most relaxed game of the year,” head coach Bill Hamm said. “Still, they managed to play with a lot of energy. They played very hard and limited a hard-working Ottawa team to very few opportunities.

“We used our speed and transition offense to drive the scoring effort with at least six goals coming off of fast breaks. All-in-all, a well played game. We still lack transition speed to push the ball up the pool for as often as we create opportunities.”

The Bucs return to action Saturday for a one-day tournament at East Kentwood.

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven JV water polo team fell to West Ottawa on a fourth-quarter comeback, 4-3. The Bucs led 3-0 at halftime and 3-1 entering the fourth period.

Thomas MacDonald led the way with two goals, while goalies Mark Nordin and Chris Hoffman made 10 saves on 11 opportunities. The JV team returns to action for a weekend tournament at Zeeland.

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