Prep Roundup: Grand Haven tennis finishes fifth at conference tournament

Tribune Staff • Oct 3, 2016 at 12:19 AM

The O-K Red Conference tournament was hosted by Grand Haven, but held indoors on Saturday at facilities in Grand Rapids and Holland due to the rain. The Bucs finished in fifth place, close behind Grandville, West Ottawa and Rockford. Hudsonville took home the tournament title with 43 points, followed by Rockford and West Ottawa with 39, Grandville with 37, Grand Haven with 34, Caledonia with 23 and East Kentwood with nine.

The overall league title (50% regular season and 50% tournament results) ended with Hudsonville and Rockford being Co-Conference Champions. West Ottawa finished third, Grandville fourth, Grand Haven fifth, Caledonia sixth and East Kentwood seventh.

The Bucs finished with two individual flight champions and one runner-up. Spencer Sortman and Riley Wilton continued their stellar seasons, winning their flights at No.2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Noah Bachmann also made the finals at No. 1 singles by beating West Ottawa, but lost to Caledonia in the finals.

“Overall, the team played well today,” said Grand Haven coach Chris Wilton. “The conference is very competitive and deep at the top. There were champions from six of the seven teams, showing how even it is. Only Grand Haven and Hudsonville finished with two flight champions. I am proud of how our kids played today. They played hard and were within a couple matches of moving up in the league. It was good day, but we still are looking for more in the future.”

The Bucs return to action on Tuesday at home against Whitehall and compete in the Div. 1 Regional on Thursday at Holland.

GH soccer blanks Portage Central

The Grand Haven boys soccer team scored two second-half goals on its way to a 3-0 shutout win over Portage Central on Saturday.

Tim Kleyla, Jack DeKlyen and Mason Mahacek each tallied one goal to lead the Bucs, while Trent Perkins and Ethan King both picked up one assist.

Filberto Juarez and Jake Thayer combined for the shutout in net.

Haven polo finishes 3-1 at Birmingham Invite

The Grand Haven boys water polo team traveled to Birmingham Groves this weekend, finishing 3-1 at the weekend tournament.

The Bucs defeated Birmingham Groves (9-4), Troy (9-3), and Birmingham Seaholm (10-8), but dropped a narrow decision to local rival Zeeland (12-10).

“This was a weekend to get playing time and experience for some team members that haven't had a lot yet,” said Grand Haven coach Bill Hamm. “We changed up our lineups in order to mix up players to see who works best with whom, and I really think the boys both understood and enjoyed the changes.

“We took a few extra kids and as a whole, the team saw to it that those boys each scored a goal and had a good experience. This traveling weekend is a team building experience for us, and with the exception of a close loss that resulted mostly from defensive lapses and untimely giveaways, the team was energetic, enthusiastic and had a great time.”

The offense was led by Mason Fritz with 18 goals on the weekend and the defense was led by Grant Rusters with 14 steals. Juniors Jordan DeVries and Joshua Koornneef had outstanding weekends contributing in all facets of the game, scoring, defense and assisting.

Junior varsity: The junior varsity team finished 3-1 at the Rockford Invitational this weekend. The Bucs defeated the host Rams (12-9), Ann Arbor Skyline (16-5) and Zeeland (11-5), and dropping a game to Ann Arbor Huron (8-6). The leading scorer was Matt Fahey with eight goals, the leading defensive field player was Aidan Latchaw with 13 steals, and the goal keeping duties were shared among three players, Chris Hoffman making 15 saves, Mark Nordin with 11 and Keegan Young with 11.

Grand Haven JV volleyball team wins Jenison Invite

The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team won the Jenison invitational tounrmaent on Saturday.

The Bucs defeated Gull Lake in the tournament semifinals and host Jenison in the championship round.

Ashley Slater recorded 44 kills to lead the Bucs (20-9-1), while Sarah Knoll added 33 kills and Avery Strohmeter added 15 kills and eight blocks. Baby Hang and Dahlia Jerovsek led the team in aces with nine, while Emma Martin led the team in asssits with 91.

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