Prep roundup: SL girls track finishes third at GRCC

Tribune Staff • Apr 24, 2017 at 12:10 AM

The Spring Lake girls track and field team recorded 77 points to finished third overall out of 12 teams at the Cougar Invitational on Saturday in Grand Rapids.

“Not only did we score 77 points in a very competitive field, but we recorded 16 personal-best times on the day,” said Spring Lake head coach Mary Amy Bajt. “As exciting as it is to score in an event or even win an event, I'm really proud that so many of our kids are getting personal records. That proves their hard work is starting to pay off”.

Bella LeRoux took first in the pole vault with a height of 11-0, and also helped the 400-meter relay team place third along with teammates Rebekah VandeWeg, Kiara Stevenson and Carly Komar (52.35).

LeRoux also anchored the 800 relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 1:49.74 with teammates Sophie Tardani, Stevenson and Julia Bajt.

Tardani posted a second- place finish in the 300 hurdles, shattering her previous personal best by two seconds with a time of 49.2 seconds. Outstanding performances were turned in by Maddy Windberg as she had three PRs in three events.

“Maddy was just shy of medaling in her two open events today, but things are really starting to come together for her,” added Bajt. “It was a breakthrough day for her, and we are all very happy for her.”

SL boys track finishes fourth at GRCC

The Spring Lake boys track and field team recorded 68.5 points on their way to a fourth-place finish at the Cougar Invitational on Saturday.

Andrew Hylen led the Lakers with two second-place finishes, both of which were new personal best times. He ran a 4:38.7 mile and crossed the line in 9:42.8 for the 2-mile run. Isaiah Pierce was fourth in the 400 with the time of 52.1.

Hurdlers Porter Sprite and Carter Patterson added fifth and seventh-place finishes in the 300 hurdles with times of 46.5 and 47.3, respectively.

The 1-mile relay team of Chris Warner, Andrew Sellon, Evan Lounsbury, and Pierce took second place with a time of 3:40.33. The 400 meter relay of Jadon Barnes, Jason Keena, Gavin Paul, and Carter Walker placed fourth in 46.9.

Andrew Sellon, Tommy Callen, Matt VanderWall, and Ben Hylen also captured fourth place with a time of 9:06.69 in the 2-mile relay, while Ben Hylen also took fifth place in the mile in 4:45.50.

Jason Keena tied for fourth in the high jump by clearing 5-6 and was fifth in the long jump with 17-7, while Jason Barnes long-jumped 17- 9.5 and finished fourth.

Fruitport girls tennis wins home invite

The Fruitport girls tennis team won their own home tournament Saturday. The Trojans finished with 17 points, while Ludington came in second with 14, Cedar Springs finished third with 13 and Fremont rounded out the scoring with four points.

Sophomore Trinity Busscher finished as flight champion at No. 2 singles, while the No. 3 doubles team of Donnalee Gilbert and Ava Garvey added a flight championship, as well.

GH softball picks up milestone win over Hudsonville

The Grand Haven softball split its doubleheader against Hudsonville on Friday, but the win over the Eagles turned out to be quite the accomplishment for the Buccaneer program.

After dropping Game 1, 7-1, Grand Haven’s bats came alive to the tune of 14 hits as they cruised past the Eagles, 9-3, in Game 2.

The win over Hudsonville was only the second victory in 33 years for the Buccaneers over their O-K Red Conference foe.

“In the first game, Aleigha Talsma was hitting all her spots for them,” said Grand Haven softball coach John Hall of the Eagles’ ace pitcher. “She had Tommy John surgery last year, and she’s just coming back. Her velocity isn’t quite there yet, but she had a strong game against us in the opener.

“That first game came down to two or three at-bats. They were able to convert on a few perfectly placed hits. They weren’t hitting us hard; they just got some good bounces on a few singles. We were right there, despite the score.”

The Grand Haven batting lineup turned up the intensity in Game 2 and left no doubt on the scoreboard.

“In the second game, we were more aggressive,” Hall added. “We had 14 hits at the plate, and it was probably the most complete game we’ve played all year. Our No. 1 through 4 hitters went 8-for-15 and our No. 7 through 9 hitters went 5-for-11.

“We hit the ball hard, and I was really happy to come away with a rare win over Hudsonville, especially for the seniors on this team.”

Junior Emma Boersen recorded her first career home run in Game 2, launching a 2-run homer to spark the Buccaneer offense. Freshmen Kaelyn Stafford and Amaya Schuler each recorded four hits on the day, while Haley Aldred, Mikayla Gronback and Jackie Crow each added two RBIs in Game 2.

Schuler picked up the win from the mound, striking out two batters with zero walks.

“Maya pitched really well in that second game,” Hall continued. “She had great control of her pitches and didn’t walk a single batter against a very talented lineup. Baby Hang did great job defensively, as well. She was solid in Game 1 as the pitcher and was lights out at third base in Game 2. She went 10-for-10 on put-out attempts in that second game.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Bucs, as they take on No. 4 Caledonia on Tuesday.

GH baseball flattened by Jenison

The Grand Haven baseball team took on Jenison in a non-conference game on Saturday, falling to the Wildcats, 9-3.

Ricky Struntz took the loss on the mound, going three innings and giving up four earned runs on seven hits. Ryan Klahorst pitched 2 2/3 innings, also giving up seven hits and five earned runs.

The Bucs managed just five hits over the course of the game, putting up all three of their runs in the fourth inning.

Ethan Peters led Grand Haven from the dish, going 1-for-3, scoring one run. Max Schweikert, Owen Krizan and Brady Jonas each had one of the Bucs 3 total RBIs.

WMC baseball splits North Muskegon

The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took on North Muskegon in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, splitting the affair.

The Warriors fell in Game 1, 6-9, but won Game 2, 6-4.

Cam Waller and Grant Zeerip combined on the mound for the Game 2 victory. Waller earned the win by going five innings and striking out seven batters. Zeerip pitched two innings of relief, striking out three.

Nick Moser led WMC at the plate, smacking five hits including a double and triple on the day. Tyler Van Beek followed with two hits along with Michael Kamps and Zeerip.

Kamps and Jamo Goorman pitched a strong Game 1, but a six-run sixth inning put them behind the eight ball for good.

“We played a very solid defensive game in Game 2, and had some timely hit to plate runs,” WMC head coach Chris VanHekken.

FCC honored for free throws

Fruitport Calvary Christian was the third best free throw shooting team out of more than 600 schools in the state of Michigan this basketball season, regardless of Class.

This marks the third straight year that FCC has finished in the top-five of all Class A, B, C and D schools for free throw shooting percentage.

“We have many players who work hard at being outstanding free throw shooters. Thy take it very seriously,” FCC head coach Brad Richards said. “As a result, we have won a lot of close games over the years.”

FCC senior Allyson Richards finished the season as the sixth best free throw shooter in the state, regardless of school size. Her 85% from the line this season earned her a spot in the top-ten for the second time in her career, over which she shot 80% from the line.

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