The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team hosted O-K Red Conference foe Grandville for their Bucs Pride meet Thursday night, defeating the Bulldogs, 170-145.
Highlighting the action in the pool was Kathryn Ackerman, who claimed two Grand Haven Aquatic Center records and one varsity record on the way to two individual victories.
The sophomore standout first took down her own pool record in the 200-yard freestyle, with a first-place finish in 1minute, 52.43 seconds. Freshman Ocean Veldhouse followed in second place, finishing in 2:03.22.
Ackerman returned to the pool for the 100 butterfly, winning in 56.24 seconds, eclipsing the varsity record of 57.56 and the pool record of 57.34, each set in 2007.
Grand Haven was firing on all cylinders Thursday, kicking off the meet with a victory in the 200-medley relay with the team of Georgia Basil, Mary Violet Springer, Annah Taylor and Alonna Clark (1:57.66).
Clark returned to the pool for a victory in the 200 I.M. (2:17.91), closely followed in second place by Basil (2:18.91).
Basil grabbed her gold in the 500 freestyle, touching first for a 14-second victory (5:26.81).
Katalin Kovach joined Clark, Veldhouse and Ackerman for a convincing two-second win in the 200-freestyle relay (1:43.12), just 0.22 second off a state qualifying time.
Springer (1:04.14) teamed up with Kirbey Colella (1:04.53) and Ellyn Skodack (1:04.82) to sweep the 100 backstroke, finishing 1-3.
Finally, Veldhouse, Basil, Taylor and Ackerman took home the final event of the night with a five-second victory in the 400-freestyle relay.
SL volleyball edges West Catholic
The Spring Lake volleyball team battled through a nail-biter Thursday night, defeating O-K Blue Conference foe Grand Rapids West Catholic in five sets.
The Lakers got off to a rough start, dropping Set 1, but easily took Set 2 to offset the slow start. The Falcons took back the lead in a close Set 3, before the Lakers closed a tight fourth set to force the tiebreaker, where they won the match (20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12).
“This was a hard-fought match,” Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “It was close most of the time. It two sets we had a slow start and had to fight out way back. The rallies were long and we had to keep on battling and fight for every point.
“I was especially impressed with our blocking tonight. Our passing was consistent and we were able to run a good offense and never gave up.”
Lauren Hellman led the offense with 17 kills, ahead of Jenna Core with 15, while Zenas facilitated with a team-high 46 assists and 10 kills of her own.
Core anchored the defense with 23 digs, followed by Zenas with 16 and Hellman with 14.
Abbi Perkins dominated the net with six blocks, just ahead of Taylor Colquitt with five and Hellman with four. Core led from the service line with three aces, while Jencen Sabo did a little of everything with six kills, 10 digs and three blocks.
The Lakers return to the court on Saturday to face Whitehall on the road.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team fell to West Catholic in straight sets Thursday, 2-0 (19-25, 14-25).
Anna Clover led the team with two aces, two kills, six assists and five digs. Danielle VanderMeulen had 7 digs. Megan VanderHeide had 3 aces and 2 digs. Elle Stomp had 5 kills and Madalyn Lisman had 4 kills.
The JV teams’ record is now 7-7 overall and 1-4 in the O-K Blue.
Fruitport soccer blanks Muskegon
The Fruitport boys soccer team picked up another O-K Black Conference victory with a 7-0 rout of Muskegon on Thursday at home.
The Trojans outshot the Big Reds, 24-7, as the usual suspects converted for goals. Zach Shane and Logan Fielding each netted a hat trick, while Fielding tallied one assist.
Carter Golden scored a single goal, while Eli VerMerris put together another multi-assist game.
Connor Hines made five saves in net to preserve the shutout.
The win completes the first round of conference matchups for the Trojans, who reach the mid-way point of the O-K Black season at 5-1 (7-5 overall) with a share of first place in the standings.
Fruitport returns to the pitch Saturday at 11:30 a.m. to take on Kenowa Hills, where they will look to extend their winning streak to five games.
GH soccer falters vs. Caledonia
The Grand Haven boys soccer team traveled to Caledonia for an O-K Red Conference tilt Thursday, falling to the Fighting Scotts, 5-0.
Two goals in the first half for Caledonia and a few dangerous chances for the Bucs kept them in the game at halftime, but the Scotts pulled away in the second half as the Grand haven offense lost their luster.
The loss drops Grand Haven to 6-2-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the O-K Red, they return to action Saturday on the road against Forest Hills Central.
Spring Lake golf doubles down
The Spring Lake girls golf team turned in one of the best performances of the season Thursday at the Mines Golf Course in Walker.
The Lakers carded a 163 to take top team honors, well ahead of runner-up Coopersville with a 180 and NorthPointe Christian with a 182.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central finished fourth with a 190, West Catholic finished fifth with a 199, Allendale finished sixth with a 208, Comstock Park finished seventh with a 210 and Sparta finished eighth with a 248.
Senior Madelyn Nelson led the way for the Lakers with a 37, while Hannah Klein
added a 38, Phoebe Saunders added a 41 and Alana Sprague added a 47.
“Madelyn started a little slow, but she rallied and had a great finish to her round,” said Spring Lake head coach George Bitner. “Hannah did well, and Phoebe would have had a 37 if it weren’t for a quad. The girls as group played fairly well on a tough course. I’ve never seen so many hills on a course in my life.
“They really played those well and stayed away from disaster holes for the most part.”
The Lakers currently lead the O-K Blue Conference with a compiled total of 56 points from jamboree wins, followed by NorthPointe Christian with 47 and Coopersville with 43.
The Lakers are back in action Monday at the Mines Golf Course again for another league jamboree.