Laker swimming drops conference contest
The Spring Lake girls swim team lost a close meet to O-K Greater Grand Rapids Swim Conference foe Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday by a final score of 97-88.
“The goal of the meet was to swim girls in some different events to see if they could make state cuts,” said Spring Lake head coach Byron Kelly. “The girls have been working so hard in practice and they’re starting to see some great results in the pool. Every meet someone is making big drops in time, and it gets to be contagious.”
Sara Mumby managed to pick up a state cut in her victorious run through the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 25.60 seconds and continued to lead the team with a victory in the 100 freestyle, clocking in at 56.61.
Eliza Hulverson also took home two victories for the Lakers, winning the 200 freestyle in 2:05.27 and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.89.
Leila Kahler rounded out Spring Lake’s event winners, taking the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.74.
Turning in best times for the Lakers on Tuesday were Rebecca Redeker in the 200 freestyle (2:20.02), Lydia Miller in the 100 backstroke (1:13.37) and Eve Geschiere in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.51).
Spring Lake returns to competition over the weekend as they host the annual Spring Lake Invitational on Saturday.
Laker soccer blows by Comstock
The Spring Lake boys soccer team picked up an emphatic O-K Blue Conference victory Tuesday, defeating Comstock Park 7-2.
Charlie Parker and Malachi Mulder each netted two goals, while Tommy Fine and Luke Bronold each netted singles.
Freshman Porter Saunders rounded out the Laker scoring with his first varsity goal.
Liam Beck and Connor Hallberg anchored a tough Spring Lake defense to aid the win. They return to the pitch Thursday to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
Laker tennis finishes Fruitport
The Spring Lake and Fruitport tennis teams began their match last week but saw the rivalry contest postponed to Tuesday due to rain.
The Lakers were ahead in every flight when the skies opened last week and finished with a 6-1 defeat of the Trojans.
Spring Lake’s No. 1 singles player Eduard Lidke won in a sweep, 6-0, 6-0, while Josh Duer at No. 2 singles had more of a fight, winning 6-0, 6-2. Callum Saxe swept at No. 3 singles, while Nate Starr won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4.
In the doubles flights, Nonah Schmucker and Stephen Zambiasi won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, while Connor Saxe and Jack Lauinger swept at No. 2.
Fruitport’s lone win came at No. 3 doubles, as the Spring Lake pair was forced to forfeit due to an injury.
Spring Lake continues their season at Kellogsville today.
Laker volleyball swept by Coopersville
The Spring Lake volleyball team took a tough loss to O-K Blue Conference opponent Coopersville on Tuesday, falling in straight sets by scores of 25-13, 14-25 and 19-25.
Jenna Core led the effort with seven kills, nine digs and three blocks, while Madeline Zenas had four kills, 18 assists and four digs.
The Lakers return to the court at West Catholic on Thursday.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team hosted Coopersville on Tuesday, winning the match in three sets, 25-17, 20-25, 17-15.
Stat leaders on the night were Alicia Mumby with six kills and two blocks; Kate Lewkowski with six kills and four digs; Anna Van Ittersum with four aces and eight assists; Kyle Kobylak with eight assists and three digs; and Taylor Duer with two aces, six assists and three digs. The Lakers are 7-1 and 2-0 in conference.
Bucs swimming edged at Zeeland
The Grand Haven girls swim team took on perennial powerhouse Zeeland on the road Tuesday night, falling in a close meet by a score of 97-89.
A familiar cast of characters led the way with Kathryn Ackerman, Alonna Clark and Georgia Basil all taking individual victories.
Ackerman won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 53.48 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 56.45 seconds, while Clark took the 200 individual medley in 2:16.53 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.61. Basil took care of the 500 in 5:24.99 and secured a nice early point swing with a second place in the 200 IM in 2:16.55.
Ackerman and Clark teamed up with Annah Taylor and Mary Violet Springer to kick off the meet in style, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:51.13 to take a quick lead. Ackerman’s win in the 200 freestyle and the 200 IM 1-2 finish pushed the Bucs further ahead.
Ocean Veldhouse put up a fight in the 50 freestyle, ultimately falling to second place (25.58) to break the Bucs’ winning streak. Natalie Koetsier followed suit in 1-meter diving, finishing runner-up with a score of 195.
Clark’s victory in the 100 fly coming out of the diving break pushed Grand Haven back ahead and another runner-up finish by Veldhouse in the 100 freestyle (54.99) kept them in good position.
As the meet wore down, the Bucs’ depth bottomed out despite all the top-finishes. Basil’s 500 victory was followed by a 2-3 finish for Zeeland, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Taylor, Basil, Ellyn Skodack and Veldhouse came up in second place with Zeeland taking the lion’s share of the points in first and third.
Kirbey Colella helped the cause with a third-place effort in the 100 backstroke (1:04.43), while Springer broke up a near Zeeland sweep with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.80).
Finally, Clark, Springer, Veldhouse and Ackerman ended the meet on a high note, winning the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:46.10, highlighted by an anchor-leg comeback by Ackerman, splitting 51.02.
The Bucs return to the pool on September 18 to face Holland.
Trojan volleyball sweeps Mona Shores
The Fruitport volleyball team took on O-K Black Conference rival Mona Shores on Tuesday, sweeping the Sailors in three sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16.
Jordyn Carlyle led the attack with 10 kills on the evening, committing just two errors. Kailey Carmean fed the offense, as usual, with a team-high 30 assists, while Rachel Paulsen led from the service line with five aces.
Defense was a team effort for the Trojans on Tuesday. Kennadi Dykstra tacked up a team-leading nine digs, ahead of Carmean with seven, Paulsen and Madalyn Fett with six each, and Trinity Busscher with five.
Fruitport will return to action Thursday for another O-K Black romp with Reeths-Puffer.
Trojan soccer rallies over Reeths-Puffer
The Fruitport boys soccer team hosted O-K Black Conference foe Reeths-Puffer Tuesday night, overcoming an early deficit for a 2-1 victory.
An early Rockets goal held until halftime, sending the Trojans out down 1-0 to start the second half. The deficit produced a new sense of energy, eventually giving way to a goal with 15 minutes remaining as Logan Manciu received and finished a pass from Kaleb Krueger to tie the contest.
With just four minutes to play, Cam Schultz volleyed home a well-placed cross from Ryan Laus to take the late lead. Fruitport held on to improve to 2-4-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the O-K Black.
“I thought the boys showed some real heart tonight,” said Fruitport head coach Dan Hazekamp. “The coaching staff really challenged them at halftime to raise their level of play and they responded and fought hard to get a result against a solid Reeths-Puffer team.
“I thought Cam Shultz had a really solid game tonight and earned his moment in the end. Logan Manciu works so hard for us, it was great for him to fund the net and lift our energy level. Kaleb Krueger also provided us with great play in the midfield. He did a lot of little things that made a big difference.”
Fruitport returns to play Thursday against Covenant Christian.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer drops top-5 matchup
The No. 3-ranked Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team hosted Lakes Eight Conference rival and. No. 5 ranked Ludington on Tuesday, falling to the Orioles 2-1.
The loss was the first time this season the Warriors have given up multiple goals in a game and both came in the first half. Hayden Hubers netted WMC’s lone goal in the second half.
“Ludington really played well tonight,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “They came out with a lot of emotion and fight. The first half, they were able to win a lot of balls and interrupt most of our attacking flow. We were not tight enough on our marks and leaving two players open was enough for Ludington to put two goals in the net.
“It was a tough first half. But, the second half was much better. We had some great attacks. Hubers did a great job finding a ball in the box to cut the lead in half, and we had our fair share of opportunities.
“I was pleased with the character we showed in the second half. I believe we were the better team, but we gave away two goals early. Ludington was just too good to score more goals on them.”
The Warriors return to play Thursday against Muskegon Catholic Central.
Junior varsity: Ludington defeated WMC 4-1. Joel McKay scored the lone Warrior goal.
Warrior spikers cruise past Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team opened up Lakes Eight Conference play with a dominant win over Manistee on Tuesday.
The Warriors cruised for a straight-set win by scores of 25-8, 25-13 and 25-18.
Claudia Kingma recorded eight kills to led the Warrior attack, while Anna Sytsema added seven.
Esther Hartley led the team in aces with nine; Chloe Mitchell had a team-high 16 assists; Taylor Folkema and Eden TenCate both recorded a block; and Carli Betten and Rebecca TarHaar each recorded six digs.
“We tried our newest lineup in the first set and capitalized on some big service runs,” said WMC head coach Trent Smillie. “We changed things up in the second and third set with some other lineups and were able to stop most service streaks and make our own. Anna Sytsema was on fire attacking the ball, as well as Claudia Kingma.
“Our defense was very strong and we did not allow many kills from Manistee. We need to work on communication with our serve receive, but everything else we did was very good.”