Prep roundup: SL golf widens conference lead

Tribune Staff • Updated Sep 12, 2017 at 12:17 AM

The Spring Lake girls golf team extended their lead on the O-K Blue Conference at the Allendale Jamboree on Monday, winning the event by 23 strokes.

The Lakers carded a total score of 164 strokes, ahead of NorthPointe Christian at 187, Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 193, Coopersville at 195, Grand Rapids West Catholic at 209, Allendale at 220, Comstock Park at 225 and Sparta bringing up the rear, shooting 235.

Individually, Hannah Klein paced Spring Lake with a nine-hole score of 38. Madelyn Nelson followed close behind with a 39, while Phoebe Saunders carded a 42. Alana Sprague and Kate Galloway both recorded career bests with 45 and 50 strokes, respectively.

“Galloway is coming along strong. I’m very proud of both of those career bests,” Spring Lake head coach George Bitner said. “The team is playing much better now. I was hoping for a 160. They came within a few, so I can’t kick that.

“They were much more focused today. This is how we should be shooting.”

The victory extended their lead from a little to a lot after the Lakers took the first O-K Blue jamboree by just three strokes. The now 26-stroke advantage is a more comfortable number for Bitner.

“This is where we should be, now we have some room,” he said. “Now, I can start playing some younger girls in the five and six spots to get them some experience. I’m hoping to have three or four girls fighting for that fifth spot.”

Always looking ahead, the three-time defending state champion coach naturally has the finals on his mind.

“This score from (Monday) doubled would be a good one at the state meet,” he said. “We knew we could be back to the state meet if our four and five played decently and they did. With Alana and Kate doing well, that really encourages our top three to keep playing well.”

The Lakers return to the course for the Comstock Park Jamboree on Wednesday before hosting their rescheduled home jamboree on Thursday.

GH water polo downs EGR

The Grand Haven boys water polo team took on East Grand Rapids on Monday night, defeating the Pioneers, 8-2.

Physical play by EGR kept the game close early, as Grand Haven led just 2-1 through the first quarter.

As the Bucs got comfortable, their defense locked down and offense fired up. They extended their lead to 5-1 at halftime and 6-1 through the third.

Seniors Mason Fritz and Grant Ruster led the team with four goals apiece, while senior keeper Matt Beals anchored the defense with 10 saves.

“We had fewer offensive passing mistakes, but our shooting was not solid,” Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm said. “Too many soft, or off-target shots and at least a dozen shots right at their keeper.”

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven JV team fell to EGR, 5-4, in a tight contest. The game was tied at two after the first period, three at halftime and four entering the final quarter. Carter Brown and Brett Jennings led the team with four steals each, while goalie Mark Nordin made seven saves.

WMC boys tennis team picks up big win over Fremont

The Western Michigan Christian boys tennis team continued to improve with a win at Fremont on Monday.

Playing some of his best tennis of the season, Cam Beisel lost a hard-hitting match at No. 1 singles.

Jeff Merz at No. 2 singles, Casey Fink at No. 3 singles and Jaxon Deur at No. 4 singles all continued their winning ways with impressive straight-set wins. Jeff improved his record to 4-1 on the season, while Casey and Jaxon are both undefeated.

In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Andrew Hill and Daniel Hartley and the No. 3 team of Michael Kamps and Sean Krieger won in straight sets. Both the No. 2 doubles team of Lane McIntyre and Silas Jeltema and the No. 4 doubles team, of Alexander Miller and Jacob Tejchma lost very close three-set matches.

WMC’s next match is Wednesday at home against Whitehall.

GH tennis defeats Caledonia

The Grand Haven boys tennis team picked up their first O-K Red Conference victory over Caledonia on the road Monday, 5-3.

Noah Bachmann, Spencer Sortman, Riley Wilton and Nathan Sexton swept the singles flights, while No. 2 doubles pair Chris Akselberg and Weston Taylor picked up a win with a two-set sweep.

“Any victory in this league is a good one, especially away from home,” Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton said. “Our team had a 10-day layoff and it did show a bit in their play today overall. But, the team fought hard and came out with the victory.”

The Bucs continue their conference season Wednesday hosting West Ottawa at 4 p.m.

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