BUCS BOYS XC FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The Grand Haven boys cross country team ran to a second-place finish at the Hudsonville Invitational on Friday.
The Bucs finished with 46 points, behind Hudsonville with 26 and ahead of Caledonia at 65, Zeeland East at 109 and Portage Central at 122.
Andrew Ireland led the way with a third-place effort, clocking in at 16:34.90. Dominic Weatherwax wasn't far behind in eighth place (16:56), while Cole Rowden (17:05) and Aidan Martin (17:06) ran as one to 10th and 11th place. Kyle Eveland rounded out the Grand Haven scorers in 14th place (17:14).
The varsity seven was rounded out by Nathan Wolfiss (17:28), Max Sepeshy (17:44) and Ben Pease (17:48).
"Our guys ran some great first races, and on average were 30 seconds faster across the top eight than we were at this time last year," said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. "Andrew Ireland ran a great race on a tough course today. He was very smart and competitive finishing third behind two great runners. Dominic Weatherwax ran very tough, also.
"Running the times we ran today would win most opening meets, but the Hudsonville boys ran very well today, very smart.
"Having eight guys under 18 minutes in the first race of the season is outstanding. However, we have some work to do. We need to pack five to seven guys up front and we are working on that. We let some of the gaps open up too much today then ended up playing catch-up in the second part of the race. We will get there."
The Bucs return to the course on Sept. 6 for the Leanna Wolf-Greers Invitational.
BUCS GIRLS XC FINISHES THIRD
The Grand Haven girls cross country finished third at the Hudsonville Invite on Friday.
Caledonia finished in first place with 49 points, ahead of Grand Haven and Hudsonville both at 56. Hudsonville took second place on a fifth-runner tiebreaker.
Gabby Hentemann and Abby Buitenhuis led the Bucs with a 1-2 finish overall at 19:17 and 19:24, respectively. Gina Marecek (20:41) finished 11th, while Eden Traub (21:26) and Kelsie McManus (21:30) rounded out the top five for Grand Haven.
"This was Gabby's first race since the O-K Red Championship meet in May, so I was happy to see her get out quick and control her own race," said Grand Haven head coach Scott Pryzstas. "Abby ran very strong and had a solid first meet. Those two up front will be tough for any team to match up with and will be valuable as we get into the bigger meets this season.
"Eden was top five for the first time in her career and it was a pleasant surprise. She's put in a lot of work and will be a key contributor for us. The rest of the team, it was good to get the kinks out at the first meet and learn some valuable experiences.
"After this meet, I'm confident we can be in the mix this season for a conference championship."
BUCS TENNIS FINISH FOURTH AT BIG 8
The Grand Haven boys tennis team finished tied for fourth at the "Big 8" tournament at Sturgis High School on Thursday.
Ann Arbor Greenhills won the event, while St. Joseph finished second and host Sturgis finished third. The Bucs tied with Warren DeLasalle with 34 points.
The Bucs were led by Noah Bachmann at No. 1 singles and Chris Akselberg at No. 3 singles. Both players won their first two matches to make it to the finals.
"Chris lost to a very solid player from Ann Arbor Greenhills, a team loaded with top talent," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "Chris gave him a battle in the second set but did end up losing in the end.
"Noah competed very hard with the top player from Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, who had just played the nationals a few weeks ago and is ranked No. 16 in the Midwest in the 18-and-under division. The first set of the very hard-hitting match that went to a tiebreaker with the Loy Norrix player winning. The second set went 6-3, also to the Loy Norrix player."
The other flights that won two matches for Grand Haven were Weston Taylor and Matt Bays at No. 1 doubles.
The team of Tyler DeGram and AJ Koster at No. 4 doubles ended up in fifth place by beating Warren DeLaSalle, also in a very close match, 6-4, 7-5.
Mason Price won a match against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (6-0, 6-0), while the No. 2 doubles team of Ian Rant and Carter Prieditis won a match against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, as well.
The No. 3 doubles team of Brayden Rowley and Aashray Mandala won their first match and then split sets with Ann Arbor Greenhills, but did end up on the wrong end of the score in the tiebreaker.
Josh Schmidt at No. 4 singles played two very good matches, losing his first in three sets to DeLaSalle.
"Overall, the results and play are very encouraging for the whole team," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "This event is billed as bringing some of the best players in the state together. For our team to compete as well as they did is a tremendous step for them.
"This is as close to a state tournament as we get by playing teams from all across the state. The kids really handled the pressure very well, and they continue to grow as players. There were a few matches that could have turned out differently, but overall, I couldn't be much happier with the results today. "
The Bucs get back to tournament play today at Holland Christian.
LAKER GOLF COMPETES AT STONE GATE
The Spring Lake girls golf team competed at the very difficult Mona Shores Invitational on Thursday at Stone Gate Golf Club in Twin Lake.
Forrest Hills Northern took home the team title.
Hannah Klein led the way for the Lakers carding a season-low 83, while Alana Sprague and Phoebe Saunders both carded 94s. Sprague matched her season and career low with her score. Kate Galloway finished the Lakers’ scoring with a season-best 108.
The Lakers look to continue to improve Monday at Muskegon Country Club, playing North Muskegon.