BUCS GOLF FINISHES 10TH AT REGIONALS
The Grand Haven boys golf team closed out their season with a 10th-place finish at Wednesday’s Division 1 regional competition at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course in Grand Rapids.
The Buccaneers carded a 347 on the day. Cameron Casey led the way with an 82, followed by Sam Isaac (87), Luke Deater (88) and Tai Chamberlain (90).
Rockford came away with the first-place team honors by carding a 310, followed by Forest Hills Central and Portage Northern at 331.
Sophomore Will Anderson of Portage Central took top individual honors with a 66 on the day to qualify for the state finals as an individual competitor, while Drew Dykens of West Ottawa (75) and Nick Michaud of Jenison (77) also qualified as individuals.
BUCS SOFTBALL SPRINTS PAST FRUITPORT
The Grand Haven and Fruitport softball squads closed out their regular seasons with a single-game, non-conference clash Wednesday at Fruitport High School.
The Buccaneers came away with a 9-1 road win, scoring three runs in the seventh inning to blow the game open.
Madison Shumaker picked up the win for Grand Haven, going all seven innings, allowing six hits and one run and striking out three.
Grand Haven was zeroed in from the dish, recording 13 hits as a team.
Senior Jackie Crow recorded three RBIs to lead the team, while Haley Aldred added three hits and two RBIs.
Kaelyn Stafford, Shumaker, Riley Rademaker and Alyssa Spencer all added two-hit performances.
“We really wanted to get this game in before the districts started,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “We hadn't played since the Spring Lake doubleheader last Friday and the girls came to play today. I am really proud of the bottom of our lineup. Riley Rademaker had some really good at-bats and got two hits. Alyssa Spencer got two hits, the first one went 3 feet on a perfect bunt and the second was a shot that one-hopped the centerfield wall. We played awesome defense and pitched really well. It was the tune-up we needed before we face Reeths-Puffer on Saturday.”
The Buccaneers and Rockets will face-off at noon Saturday at Mona Shores High School in the Division 1 district semifinals.
LAKER GOLF FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The Spring Lake boys golf team finished their regular season with an 18-hole competition at L.E. Kaufman Golf Course in Grandville on Tuesday with the O-K Blue Conference Championship hanging in the balance.
The Lakers ultimately fell short to Grand Rapids Catholic Central, despite a great effort from the Spring Lake lineup.
Nick Kruger finished with the lowest round of the day with a one-under-par 71. Jack Johnson had the seventh lowest round at 85. The remaining Lakers were Jack Odgen (89), Evan Schock (89), Zach Lisman (90) and Chance Fry (93).
Spring Lake now prepares for regionals at Cedar Chase on Friday.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR BASEBALL EDGES HOLLAND
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team closed out their regular season with a 5-3 win over Holland on Wednesday.
Jaxon Deur was the winning pitcher, allowing no runs over two innings of relief.
Brant Zeerip started from the mound, pitching three innings, allowing three runs, while Nathan VanderWeide pitched two innings in relief.
Tyler VanBeek, Jamo Goorman, Zeerip, Michael Kamps and Cole Crabtree each had a hit for the Warriors from the plate, while Nick and Jake Moser each had an RBI.
“Tonight was great to get a win,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “We have been playing schools over the past week and a half that we felt would really challenge us and get us prepared for districts, so to come out on top against one of these schools was great.
“Zeerip, VanderWeide and Deur split time on the mound and each of them did a great job of throwing strikes and keeping Holland off the base paths. The go-ahead run was started in the sixth inning with a lead-off single by Goorman, followed by a bunt single by Zeerip. An overthrow scored Goorman and sent Zeerip to third base. Jake Moser hit a sac fly to deep center to score Zeerip.
“I am really pleased with our effort and how smart we played tonight. Cole Crabtree had a clutch single to plate Cam Beisel in the second inning. This was Cole's first varsity hit after getting called up at the end of the season.”
The Warriors will play Fruitport Calvary Christian at 10 a.m. Saturday in the district semifinals at Muskegon Catholic Central High School.