Despite being outshot, 19-12, the Trojans found the key plays down the stretch to fend off the Red Hawks and improve to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the O-K Black Conference.
The visitors took an early 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game, but Fruitport senior forward Zack Shane reeled off three straight goals to help the Trojans take a 3-1 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Grand Rapids Union would draw within one goal when they scored with 23 minutes remaining, but the Trojan defense held strong and Logan Fielding would add the final nail in the coffin on an assist from Shane with one minute remaining in the match to give Fruitport the 4-2 win.
With his three-goal performance, Zack Shane became the school’s all-time leading goal scorer and also becomes the all-time points leader.
Connor Hines made 12 saves in goal for Fruitport.
“Our defenders, Luke Hronek, Austin Golden, Kaleb Krueger, Logan Teitsma and Brendan Kemme all had gritty performances for us and that was the difference tonight in a close match against a good team,” said Fruitport head coach Greg Kobylak. “We had geat play from Carter Golden and Cameron Schultz, who logged many miles with their work in the midfield.”
The Trojans travel to Reeths-Puffer on Thursday for a pivotal O-K Black Conference match at 6:45 p.m.
Spring Lake soccer edges Coopersville
The Spring Lake boys soccer team grabbed their third O-K Blue Conference victory of the season at home over Coopersville, winning a tight contest, 1-0.
Robert Hartliep converted the only score of the game, assisted from the sideline by Tommy Fine, 20 minutes into the first half.
From there, the Laker defense took over, locking down their zone, giving up just one quality scoring chance. Ben Bouwhuis took care of the scare, clearing a ball off the endline.
“Tommy just streaked up the sideline and sent a nice cross in to Robby, it took a bounce on the way in and he chipped it right over the head of their keeper,” Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen said. “From there it was a lot of 50/50 balls and midfield play and we just gritted out the win.”
The victory improves the Lakers to 4-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the O-K Blue. They return to the pitch at home on Thursday against West Catholic.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV team defeated Coopersville, 8-0, Tuesday evening. Gavin DeVowe led the way with four goals, while Jonathan Bricker netted two. Breckin Deverney and Ben DesJardin finished off Laker scoring with one each.
WMC soccer downs Ludington
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team took on Lakes Eight Conference opponent Ludington on Monday, defeating the Orioles 3-1.
Adam VanHoven got things started for the Warriors, scoring a goal in the 33rd minute of the first half, assisted by Owen Alfree, kicking off a scoring bonanza for WMC.
Two minutes later, Hayden Hubers cleaned up a scrum on the Ludington doorstep, capitalizing on the confusion for a goal. Just over one minute later, Tyler VanBeek converted an assist by VanHoven to complete WMC’s scoring.
Ludington netted their only goal with 17 minutes remaining in the game.
The victory improves WMC to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Lakes Eight Conference, they take on crosstown rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Thursday.
Junior varsity: The WMC JV team fell to Ludington, 3-0.
Fruitport volleyball swept at Jenison
The Fruitport volleyball team fell to O-K Black Conference opponent Jenison on Tuesday in straight sets, 26-24, 25-19, 38-36.
Kailey Carmean led from the service line with three aces, and in assists with 40.
Kylie Oberlin led the offense with 13 kills, followed by Rachel Paulsen with 10.
Trinity Busscher paced the Trojan defense with 20 digs, while Jordyn Carlyle led at the net with two blocks.
WMC volleyball spikes Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian opened up Lakes Eight Conference play Tuesday with a four-set win over Manistee.
The Warriors took the first set, 25-18, and followed that up with a 25-15 win in set two. The Chippewas took the third set, 25-23, but WMC capped off the night with a 25-17 win in set four.
“We were up in the first set, then Manistee got close in the middle, and we got a couple of service runs at the end to win,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “In the second set, we didn’t make many errors, and we were aggressive from start to finish. We were able to have a big lead and everyone contributed. In the third set, we were down, 0-12, and came back to within 12-15. We had a great comeback in the end, but came up short, 23-25. In the fourth set, we were in control the entire time, winning 25-17.”
Claudia Kingma had a huge night, hitting over .400 from the outside, while Abby Summerfield had seven aces.
“I am very excited to see the growth in our team,” Smillie added. “We have a pretty young team that is gaining very valuable experience. We are very close to several things coming together at once.”
The Warriors are now 11-13 overall and play at home on Friday night against Covenant Christian.
GH golf improves at midseason
The Grand Haven golf team took on the all-important O-K Red Midseason Jamboree Tuesday, finishing fifth with a team score of 405.
Bekah Schrader finished eighth overall with an 18-hole score of 91, followed by Jamie Gretzinger with a 104. Ally Kingma and Audrey Reus carded even at 105.
Hudsonville took home top-honors.
“We really improved last week, despite the fifth place finish,” Grand Haven head coach Roger Glass said. “I felt we played smarter and everyone avoided double-digit scores.
“Jamie got back on track this week and Ally is really bombing her drives, but needs to get her putter going. The Meadows is a tough course with all the heather just eating up balls.”
The Bucs are back on the course on Thursday for the Grandville Jamboree.
SL swim falls to FHC
The Spring Lake girls swim team hosted Forest Hills Central Tuesday night, falling to the Rangers by a narrow final score of 79-99.
Sara Mumby led the way with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, coming in just off the Division 3 state cut. Josie Brown did her part with a second-place effort in the 100 freestyle, while Louise Vega posted an improvement in the 500 freestyle.
“We had a great first home meet of the season Tuesday,” Spring Lake head coach Kaci Weibenga said. “FHC is one of the top competitors in the conference on the boards and in the pool, so it was great to swim against an opponent we will be seeing again later in the season.”
SL diving takes on Forest Hills Central
The Spring Lake diving team took on a strong Forest Hills Central team on Tuesday. Audra Bialik led the Lakers with 196 points and a third place finish.
Freshman Lindsey Smith made her varsity debut, scoring 157.7 point and taking fourth place, while Ellie Higgs finished in sixth with 145.35 points.