Bucs swimming picks up double win
The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team hosted a double dual meet Thursday night against Ludington and Hamilton, taking head-to-head wins over both teams.
Georgia Basil, Mary Violet Springer, Kathryn Ackerman and Annah Taylor kicked off the meet with a victory, winning the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:53.42.
Alonna Clark made it two in a row for the Bucs, as she won the 200 freestyle in 2:01.83. Springer followed close behind in third place (2:04.69).
Grand Haven blew up their lead in the 200 individual medley, as Ocean Veldhouse took top honors in 2:23.38, followed by Kirbey Colella in second place (2:27.09) and Brooke Zellman in third (2:28.66).
Ackerman returned to the pool for a victory in the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 24.09.
Natalie Koestsier represented well on the boards, finishing runner-up in 1-meter diving with a score of 211.20.
The Bucs took their first loss in between the lane lines in the 100 butterfly, but took the point share anyway. Basil finished runner-up at 1:03.11, just ahead of Ellyn Skodack in third at 1:06.78, while Lexie Ireland tied for fourth at 1:10.24.
Ackerman stuck to the sprints Thursday night, winning the 100 freestyle in 52.27.
Clark returned to the pool to take top honors in the 500 freestyle, coming in at 5:26.47, just ahead of Veldhouse in second place at 5:26.68.
Veldhouse, Springer, Clark and Ackerman followed up with a win in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.99).
Down the stretch, Skodack (1:04.07) and Basil (1:04.41) finished second and third in the 100 backstroke, while Springer took another win in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.80).
Finally, Colella, Skodack, Clark and Basil finished runner-up in the 400 freestyle relay (3:58.89).
The Bucs return to the pool on Sept. 18 against Holland.
Bucs soccer defeats West Ottawa
The Grand Haven boys soccer team took on O-K Red Conference foe West Ottawa Thursday night, edging the Panthers by a score of 1-0.
Neither team found the net in the first half despite solid possessions both ways.
Grand Haven netted the game-winner with 39:10 remaining in the second half as senior defender Cole Tubergen finished a pass from senior Sam Scarpino for a goal.
“It was a great game by both teams,” said Grand Haven head coach Nick Tejchma. “In the second half, we found a creative way to score a goal. Every game leaves us with a reflection for growth as a team.”
The Bucs improve to 2-2-1 in the O-K Red and 5-2-2 overall. They return to action Tuesday on the road against Hudsonville.
Laker volleyball sweeps West Catholic
The Spring Lake volleyball team returned to form Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over O-K Blue Conference opponent Grand Rapids West Catholic, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-17.
Jenna Core led the offense with 18 kills, while Abbi Perkins had seven and Laney Peasley added three. Madeline Zenas delivered 34 assists. As a team, the Lakers racked up 12 blocks with Perkins picking up six and Zenas taking five. Core led the defense with 15 digs, while Julia Clover and Megan Vanderheide each had 11.
Spring Lake is now 17-4-1 and returns to play at home against Comstock Park on Tuesday.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team lost to West Catholic 2-0 by scores of 25-23 and 25-10. Alicia Mumby led the team with two aces, three kills, two blocks and three digs.
Laker soccer edged by Catholic Central
The Spring Lake boys soccer team took on O-K Blue Conference foe Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Thursday, falling by a score of 1-0.
The game was knotted at 0-0 until the final two minutes of play when the Cougars netted a dagger to decide the match.
“Tonight was one of those soccer games where the team did everything that was asked f them and the final break did not go our way,” said Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen. “A goal in the final two minutes was the difference. The team battled hard, with Tommy Fine as the man of the match.”
Spring Lake returns to action Saturday at Reeths-Puffer.
Trojan soccer downs Covenant Christian
The Fruitport boys soccer team traveled to Covenant Christian on Thursday, winning the non-conference contest by a score of 3-0.
The Trojans got on the board early as Cam Schultz headed home a corner kick from Bryce Lanore to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play.
The slim lead held late into the second half, until Eli Covert fought the ball through traffic and scored to take a 2-0 lead. Minutes later, Shultz connected with Cody Mayette who beat his defender and the Charger keeper to bring the game to its final tally.
Fruitport outshot Covenant 19-5 over the course of the game with Connor Hines making four saves in net. The win improves Fruitport to 3-4-2 on the season.
“I thought this might have been our most complete effort on the season from start to finish,” said Fruitport head coach Dan Hazekamp. “It was great to get on the bard early and then continue to generate offense throughout the game. Cody Mayette played really well tonight and helped us move the ball around and maintain possession. There are a lot of guys that are working hard and continuing to step up. I thought our depth played a role in the result tonight.”
Fruitport returns to action Saturday for an O-K Black Conference showdown with Grand Rapids Union.
Trojan volleyball sweeps Reeths-Puffer
The Fruitport volleyball team took on O-K Black Conference foe Reeths-Puffer on Thursday night, sweeping the Rockets in thee sets by scores of 25-12, 25-18, 25-15.
Kylie Oberlin led the offense with 12 kills, ahead of Jordyn Carlyle with seven and Sydney Bol with five. Kailey Carmean racked up all 33 of the team’s assists, and led the defense with eight digs, just ahead of Trinity Busscher with seven. Oberlin and Rachel Paulsen recorded the team’s only blocks on the night.
The win improves the Trojans to 4-0 in conference and 16-6 overall. They return to action Tuesday against Grand Rapids Union.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer mercies Catholic
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team took on Lakes Eight Conference rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Thursday, forcing an 8-0 mercy victory.
Brandon Fles led the way with two goals, while Charlie Alfree, Hayden Hubers, Andrew Rasmussen, Ryan Bradford-Royal, Michael Masumpa and Issac VanHoven each netted one.
Van Hoven laced two assists, while Hubers, Alfree, Fles and Brant Zeerip each converted one.
“We obviously played well,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “MCC is rebuilding. It is tough to learn much in a game like this. There was good play by a number of players. It was a good game to get some experience for our reserves. They are a key to our future and this game put them under pressure to perform. That is a great takeaway for a game like this.”