Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Feb 2, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Grand Haven swim edges East Kentwood

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team traveled to East Kentwood for an O-K Red Conference dual meet with the Falcons on Thursday.

The Buccaneers won 10 of 12 events to score 164 points to top the host Falcons, 164-137.

Carter Brown, Grant Ruster, Mason Fritz and Mark Wilgenburg got things going early for Grand Haven by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 43.55 seconds.

Matt Fahey added a win in the second event of the competition by recording a 200 freestyle time of 1:52.39.

Ruster would lap the competition in the 200 individual medley race with a time of 1:56.69 to give the Buccaneers three straight wins to open the dual meet.

Eli Vandenbrand scored a win in the 50 freestyle sprint with a time of a 23.11, while Louis Malott continued his strong sophomore campaign by winning the 1-meter dive event with a score of 169.9 points.

Fritz would add a win in the 100 butterfly race with a time of 54.04 seconds, followed by another win by Vandenbrand. The junior sprinter recorded a time of 50.66 seconds in the 100 freestyle race.

Fahey would go on to win the 500 freestyle marathon with a time of 5:07.04, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Michael MacDonald, Wilgenburg, Vandenbrand and Fahey won their event with a time of 1:33.76.

The Falcons would grab wins in the 100 backstroke and breaststroke, but Grand Haven ended the meet in style by winning the 400 freestyle relay.

MacDonald, Fritz, Vandenbrand, and Ruster finished in a time of 3:29.39 to win the race and ensure a Buccaneers' road conference win.

GH bowlers sweep Grandville

The Grand Haven boys and girls bowling teams scored O-K Red Conference wins on Wednesday with impressive showings against Grandville.

The Buccaneer boys scored a 27-3 win over the Bulldogs, while the Haven girls added a 23-7 win.

The Grand Haven boys swept the Baker games by scores of 199-162 and 221-108 for a total of 420-270.

The Buccaneers went on to win the regular games by tallies of 991-771 and 956-918 for a total regular game score of 1,947 to 1,789.

Logan Batka led the way for Bucs with a series score of 419 (224, 195), while Maverick Green added a 414 (222, 192).

"We were able to win the Baker games, which has been a trend for the season so far," said Grand Haven head coach Pat Mitchell. "With a 10-point lead going into the regular games, we put the pedal down and had our fourth straight solid performance after a very slow start to the season."

The Grand Haven girls also swept their Baker games over Grandville by scores of 222-122 and 160-123 for a total score of 382-245.

In the regular games, the Buccaneers split with the Bulldogs. Grand Haven put together an impressive performance in the first regular game, winning by a margin of 864-553.

In the second game, Grandville responded with a 718-648 win.

Despite the narrow loss, Grand Haven took the regular game total by a score of 1,512 to 1,271 for a match score of 23-7.

Alexis Thompson fueled the Bucs with a series score of 409 (196, 213), while teammate Kaleigh Batka added a 300 (172, 128) series score.

"The girls have been steadily moving forward, as well, which is promising as we get closer to regionals," added Mitchell.

"I'm very proud of these kids as they are gelling as a team. They are working hard on not just bowling, but sportsmanship, as well. As they are improving, they are having more fun, which is the most important thing."

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