BUCS TENNIS WINS HOLLAND CHRISTIAN INVITE
The Grand Haven boys tennis team won the Holland Christian Invitational for the first time in recent memory Saturday, coming home with 18 points.
The win was a true team effort with every flight contributing points and five coming home with tournament championships.
Winning their flights were Aashray Mandala and Brayden Rowley at No. 3 doubles, Tyler DeGram and A.J. Koster at No.4 doubles and Canyon Hayes and Carson O'Connell at No. 5 doubles.
In the singles flights, No.1 player Noah Bachmann and No. 4 Weston Taylor each took home flight titles.
Mason Price at No. 2 doubles, Chris Akselberg at No. 3 singles and Josh Schmidt and Jaime Villar-Cabello took home two victories on the day to buffer the point total.
"The team has not won this event in the last eight years and maybe more," said head coach Chris Wilton. "Most of the flights improved their results from Mona Shores when we played them Wednesday and win sets directly.
"We hope to keep improving as the school year starts and build upon this type of result. The kids gave everything they had Saturday and it is really nice to see the reward for their hard work."
LAKER BOYS XC TAKES TOP HONORS
The Spring Lake boys cross country team took to the course Saturday at Benzie Central High School for the Pete Moss Invitational taking home top honors.
Strong performances across the board earned the Lakers 66 points, putting them ahead of Grand Rapids Christian in second at 79.
Ben Hylen led the way with a first overall finish, just ahead of Andrew Hylen in second place. Matt Vanderwall finished 13th, in front of Ian Hill in 20th and Callen Carrier in 30th to round out the scoring team. Also turning in strong performances were Tyler Munch, Carter Phillips, Teddy Addison, Charles Brown and Kyle Wakerly.
LAKER TENNIS TAKES ON ZEELAND EAST QUAD
The Spring Lake boys tennis team competed in the Zeeland East Quad on Saturday, scoring seven points overall.
No. 1 singles player Eduard Lidke took home a two-set victory (6-1, 6-1) to lead the way. The No. 1 doubles team of Jonah Schmuker and Stephen Zambiasi took a victory over Wayland, 6-3, 6-4.
The No. 3 doubles team of A.J. Dalman and Dawson Sherman took home two victories, defeating Wayland 6-1, 6-0 and Williamston 6-3, 6-4.
Finally, the No. 4 doubles team of August Druzgal and Alex Mathew defeated Wayland 6-2, 6-1.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR XC TAKES TOP HONORS
The Western Michigan Christain cross country teams took on the inaugural Muskegon Catholic Central Invitational. Sixteen schools were in attendance, with competitions split into two divisions.
The Warrior boys took home top honors in their green division, while the girls finished runner-up.
The boys won a close battle with Holland Black River finishing with 43 points, ahead of Black River with 47.
Jack Zuidema led the way with a sixth-place finish, just ahead of Eli Rotman in the eighth. Ben Garretson finished 39th, Pierce Newell took 48th and Tyler Gould 49th.
"We ran well Monday at Orchard View and we were looking to compete well in our division here," said WMC head coach Gould. "Jack Zuidema and Eli Rotman worked together to stay in the front of the pack all race and our Nos. 3-5 runners really stepped it up today."
The girls' second-place finish with 47 points, just behind Kent City at 44.
Abby Vanderkooi led the effort with a first-place finish, followed by Josie Aardema in 20th and Sarah Vanderkooi in 11th. Ava Rotman and Natalie Riksen brought up the rear of the scoring team in 46th and 47th place.
"After Monday's excitement with the new school record and placing third overall at Orchard View, we needed to stay focused on getting a little bit better every day in practice and on the race course," said WMC head coach Aardema. "The ladies did a great job of that and were rewarded with second place. Abby Vanderkooi controlled the race from start to finish and was soon followed by Aardema."
Both teams will take a short break before taking on the Fremont Hill and Bale on Sept. 8.
WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL FINISHES RUNNER-UP
The WMC volleyball team hosted their home tournament Saturday, putting together an impressive performance to finish runner-up in bracket play.
The Warriors finished 3-0 in pool play, defeating Ravenna (25-21, 25-19), Laingsburg (25-18, 27-25) and Traverse City St. Francis (25-19, 25-22).
In bracket play, WMC defeated Covenant Christian (25-17, 18-25, 15-4) in the quarterfinals and NorthPointe Christian (24-26, 26-24, 15-13) in the semifinals, before falling to Bronson (13-25, 18-25) in the finals.
Claudia Kingma led the effort with 30 kills, while Chloe Mitchell racked up a team-high 93 assists, Anna Systema led with 10 blocks and Meghan Heiss led with 60 digs.
The Warriors improved their record to 15-3-1 overall and return to action at the Grand Haven Invite today.