BUCS BOYS XC FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The Grand Haven boys cross country team finished runner-up at the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday. The Buccaneers scored 102 points, while Spring Lake took top honors with 75 points.
Andrew Ireland led Grand Haven, staying up with the leaders for most of the race and finishing seventh overall with a time of 16 minutes, 27 seconds. The Bucs were missing most of the middle part of their varsity lineup due to ACT testing but managed to run well as a whole with 18 runners setting personal records.
Dominic Weatherwax continued to run great for the Bucs, finishing eighth overall with a time of 16:36, ahead of Cole Rowden was 14th with a time of 16:49. Max Sepeshy (17:21) and Ben Pease (17:23) finished off the scoring the Bucs. Jared Franke (17:37) and Jack Reus (18:18) rounded out the varsity seven.
"It was a good day for our team considering the circumstances, and it gave Sepeshy, Pease, Franke, and Reus a chance to run a varsity race early in the season," said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. "That experience will pay off for us later this year when we need more depth."
In the junior varsity race, Grand Haven was led by a pack of sophomores with Christian Colvin in fifth (18:30), Zach Boersen in sixth (18:30), and Rowan Henderson in seventh (18:34), all of whom medaled along with junior Brody Houle who finished 11th at 18:49.
Grand Haven will be in East Lansing running at the Spartan Invite on Friday with some of the best teams in the state competing in the Spartan Elite race.
LAKER BOYS XC TAKES GOLD
The Spring Lake boys cross country team continued their winning ways at the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday. The Lakers took top team honors in the 18-team field with 75 points. Grand Haven was second with 102 points and Zeeland West was third with 113.
Andrew Hylen finished first overall with a time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds, while Ben Hylen finished third with a time of 15:57. Matt Vanderwall (17th), Ian Hill (22nd), and Callen Carrier (35th) rounded out the scoring five.
The boys junior varsity team finished fourth place with a 25-second spread between runners. Carter Phillips, Jack Leach, Tommy Callen, Teddy Addison, and Ben Walters scored for the JV team.
LAKER GIRLS FINISH RUNNER-UP
The Spring Lake girls cross country team finished runner-up at the West Ottawa Invitational on Saturday with 104 points. West Ottawa took top honors with 83 points, while Allendale finished third with 109 points.
Elizabeth Penrice finished 16th overall with a time of 19 minutes, 59.43 seconds, while Allie Baker finished 17th with a time of 19:59.84. Maggie Cooper (20th), Anna Fedewa (21st) and Chloe Lohman (30th) rounded out the scoring for the Lakers.
The Spring Lake girls junior varsity team finished third with 92 points. Kate Gilchrist (third), Janna Ercole (seventh), Avery Hoekstra (21st), Makaela Schmidt (26th) and Abby Cassar (37th) rounded out the scoring for the Lakers.
LAKER TENNIS COMPETES AT ZEELAND EAST
The Spring Lake boys tennis team finished third at the Zeeland East quad on Saturday.
The Lakers were led by the play of their doubles teams, especially Jonah Schmuker and Stephen Zambiasi at No. 1 doubles, who defeated Whitehall by scores of 4-6, 6-2 and 10-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Jack Lauinger and Connor Saxe defeated Whitehall by scores of 0-6, 6-4, 10-8. Also adding a win for Spring Lake was Callum Saxe at No. 3 singles.
The Lakers head to Grand Rapids Catholic Central today for an O-K Blue Conference match.
TROJAN SPIKERS FINISH 3-2
The Fruitport volleyball team finished 3-2 at their home invitational Saturday.
The Trojans defeated North Muskegon (25-14, 25-16) and Kingsley (25-16, 25-15) and lost to Gull Lake (25-14, 25-21) in pool play. In bracket play, Fruitport defeated Forest Hills Northern (25-14, 25-22), but lost to West Ottawa (25-18, 22-25, 15-13).
Kylie Oberlin recorded six aces, 43 kills and six blocks to lead the Trojans, while Trinity Busscher added seven aces and 34 digs. Kennadi Dykstra chipped in with six aces and 20 digs;
Jordyn Carlyle added 27 kills; Rachel Paulsen recorded 25 kills and 31 digs and Kailey Carmean had 118 assists and 27 digs.
TROJAN TENNIS FALLS TO FREMONT
The Fruitport tennis team fell to Fremont on Saturday by a score of 6-1.
Emma Fehler and Jenna Springstead recorded the lone win for the Trojans at No. 2 doubles, defeating Michael Silvernail and Cole Workman by scores of 4-6, 6-3, 8-6.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR CROSS COUNTRY SWEEPS HILL AND BALE
The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls cross country teams both came away with top-team honors Saturday at the Hill and Bale Invitational in Fremont.
The course features 18 hay bale jumps, so times are not usually fast, while mud and standing water added more challenges to the 2018 edition of the race.
On the girls' side, the Warriors lapped the field, scoring 21 points and placing four runners in the top five to take top team honors. White Cloud finished second with 75 points and Libertas Christian finished third with 80 points.
Freshman phenom Abby Vanderkooi continued her hot start to the season with a first-place overall finish, recording a new girls' course time of 18 minutes, 31.5 seconds. She was followed by Josie Aardema (22:00) in second place, Ava Rotman (22:49) in third and Sarah Vanderkooi (23:15) in fifth place. Natalie Riksen rounded out the varsity scoring group.
"The girls were the fifth race of the day, and we wondered if the course had deteriorated from the previous races," said WMC girls head coach Kevin Aardema. "Other than the mud and water being a bit deeper, the hale bales were holding shape, and we looked forward to getting the opportunity to see a couple teams that were ahead of us at last year's regional.
"The girls came to compete today and almost from the start, we had three girls in the front of the race and our fourth and fifth runners were in great position."
On the boys' side, the Warriors scored 43 points to take top honors, while Walkerville finished second with 84 and White Cloud finished third with 85.
Jack Zuidema finished third with a time of 18:15 to lead the Warriors, while Eli Rotman finished fourth with a time of 18:25. Ben Garretson (19:31) finished 11th; Pierce Newell (20:18) finished 12th and Tyler Gould (20:19) finished 13th to round out the varsity scoring group.
"I felt like our experience of being at this meet last year paid off with our win in the small school division today," said WMC head coach Greg Gould. "The boys had seen this unique course before, so they just concentrated on competing and battling for every place today. We talked about what we needed to do to win today and they went out and executed.
"The team's depth against schools primarily for our same tournament classification showed today, as we had six of the 15 medalists."