Tennis wins third straight O-K Black Conference title
The Fruitport Trojans girls tennis team earned their third straight O-K Black Conference title Saturday, hosted by Jenison.
No. 1 singles Trinity Busscher was once again crowned conference champion, consistently facing tough opposition. No. 2 singles Haleigh Winsksas bounced back at the tournament with strong play and a straight-set win over Mona Shores. Olivia Parling at No. 3 singles took care of every player that came in front of her, while providing plenty of energy.
Hannah Kelly continued with another strong performance, taking care of the No. 4 singles flight.
"The girls performed well Saturday considering the expectations heaped upon them year after year,” said head coach Brad Busscher. “Our doubles were challenged all day to improve play and build consistency, as that portion of the team contains mostly our younger players, and most flights carried that out all day.
“(Our) singles players provided the team with confidence that we could not only win the matches with some consistent and dominant play, but also help the team achieve one of our goals this year. This was a great team win and significant for Fruitport tennis."
Baseball splits against non-conference foes
The Fruitport baseball team defeated Coopersville 7-2 at home Saturday, but dropped its second game, 9-2, to Holland Christian.
The Trojans were deadlocked 3-3 with Coopersville midway through Game 1, but a run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh helped them take control of the game.
Luke Mitchell led Fruitport at the plate with three hits and two RBIs.
Game 2 against Holland Christian saw the Trojans fall behind early again, but this time they couldn't fight their way back. Nick Kleinhecksel and Austin Ordaz each had an RBI while Chase Campbell twice reached base safely.
Laker tennis runner-up at conference tournament
The Spring Lake girls tennis team finished in second place out of nine teams Saturday at the O-K Blue (Rainbow) Conference tennis tournament.
The No. 4 doubles pair of Abbi Perkins and Mahli Braak led the way with a second–place flight finish. They defeated their first opponent handily, before winning an exciting three-set match over NorthPointe Christian 4-6, 6-1, 10-7. Catholic Central waited in the title round, where they fell in another tough three-set match, 6-4, 7-6, 7-3.
No. 1 singles Jensen Hussey finished third, defeating Calvin Christian 6-1, 6-0 in the first round before falling to Catholic Central in the second, 6-0, 6-1 and winning her final match to bounce back.
No. 2 doubles Erin Burke and Zoe Walters matched the third-place finish, winning their opening round over Comstock Park 6-0, 6-0, before falling in an exciting three-set match to Catholic Central, 6-7(3), 6-1, 1-8 and winning their third match.
No. 2 singles Taylor Duer took second in her flight, before defeating Kelloggsville 6-0, 6-2, falling to Catholic Central, 6-2, 6-2, and NorthPointe.
No. 1 doubles Adeline Sherman and Rachel Oostinde took fourth in their flight, defeating Coopersville 6-1, 6-1 before falling to West Catholic 6-3, 6-3, and Catholic Central.
No. 3 singles Maddy Duer, No. 4 singles Hannah McMartin, filling in for injury, and No. 3 doubles Erika McSheehy and Taylor Gates finished fifth in their flights.
Laker golf wins Montague Invite
The Spring Lake boys golf team took top honors once again over the weekend, winning the Montague Invite with 314 strokes, finishing atop the 13-team field just two strokes ahead of Mona Shores.
The Lakers placed three in the top five individuals with Chance Fry carding an 80, Nick Krueger a 76 and Evan McDermott as the tournament medalist with an even-par 71.
McDermott had to work for his title Saturday, as he finished the 18 hole round tied for first place, winning a three-hole playoff to take top honors.
Spring Lake returns to action today as they host the inaugural George Bitner Invitational.
Bucs softball dominates Norm Turner Invite, Shumaker tosses no-hitter
The Grand Haven softball team picked up three convincing wins Saturday at Big Rapids’ Norm Turner Invite.
The Bucs started the day with a 15-3 win over Benzie Central, despite entering the fourth inning tied at 3-3. Skyler Covelli led the Bucs by collecting four hits in Game 1. Haley Aldred hit a home run in the first inning to open the scoring.
Grand Haven collected 17 hits in Game 1, and multiple players had two steals, proving games can also be won on the base paths.
Spurred by a huge sixth inning, Grand Haven claimed Game 2 16-2 over Morley Stanwood.
The Bucs notched seven runs in the sixth inning. Covelli also dominated on the mound, earning the win after tossing six innings of two-run ball with nine strikeouts.
Grand Haven had 14 hits in Game 2, with Ashlyn Hall leading the way with three hits.
In Game 3, Bucs star Madison Shumaker stole the show with a no-hitter to lead Grand Haven to a 16-0 win over Big Rapids.
Regan Riemersma led Grand Haven at the plate by driving in four runs. She went 3 for 3 at the plate.
“We set a few goals heading into this tournament, and we were successful in accomplishing all of those goals,” said head coach John Hall. “Firstly we wanted to win a championship and we did that. Secondly, we wanted to stay aggressive both offensively and defensively.
“We love putting pressure on defenses with aggressive base running and attacking pitchers when we have the advantage in the box. Thirdly we wanted to get everyone in during some meaningful action. Every player on our roster got a hit. We believe we are so deep that our bench consists of players that could start for other teams. They work so hard pushing our starters in practice.
“It is a good feeling watching them play really well when given the chance.”
Bucs soccer drubs Mona Shores
The Grand Haven girls soccer team faced Mona Shores on Saturday morning, taking a 5-0 win over the Sailors at home.
Jennifer Dear led the way with a hat trick, including the first two goals of the game, assisted by Carley Wagasky and Alli Keyser. Her third goal came from distance, unassisted.
Keyser netted the third and fifth goals of the game, assisted by Dear and Miya Luckey.
The Bucs return to action Tuesday at West Ottawa at 7 p.m.
Tennis struggles in tough O-K Red Conference championship
Grand Haven girls tennis finished seventh Saturday at the O-K Red Conference finals at East Kentwood.
The seventh-place finish left the Bucs in a tie for sixth overall in the conference. No. 3 singles Alyssa Hatzel and No. 5 doubles Holly Waite and Makayla Vanderzwaag led the Bucs by finishing in fourth place on the day. The No. 1 doubles team of Laura Slocum and Ellie Slater finished in 5th place.
"We had some very close matches throughout the day, but most of those the Bucs lost,” said head coach Chris Wilton.
The Bucs look to rebound on Thursday at Hudsonville at Regionals.