Prep Roundup: Grand Haven girls track wins West Ottawa relays

Tribune Staff • May 8, 2017 at 4:00 AM

The Grand Haven girls track team came won the West Ottawa relays on Saturday, narrowly edging out Forest Hills East, 104-90.

The Buccaneers took five first-place finishes on the day, highlighted by the distance medley relay team of Emily Mattson, Andrea Strainer, Abby Buitenhuis and Gabby Hentemann that set a new meet record running the event in 12 minutes, 46.8 seconds.

The 800-meter relay team also took first in 1:54.8 with Cam Constant, Juliette Beals, Kate Criswell-North and Hentemann, who filled in when one of the girls had to go to prom.

"We always have prom during this meet,” said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. “So, we let the older girls leave and let the younger girls run the later events. Gabby loves to run the sprints, so assistant coach Mike Takas threw her in there, and she ran great."

Other first-place finishes for the Bucs include: the shuttle hurdle relay team of Beals, Constant, Elle Berringer and Kassie Burnside (1:11.56), Beringer also took first with teammate Sarah Dufon in the high jump relay, Dufon combined with McKenna Keefe to take first in the pole vault relay and Keefe contributed to a first-place finish in the 1-mile relay with Constant, Jenny Ryan and Andrea Strainer running 4:12.

"I want to thank assistant coaches Mike Takas and Melissa Richardson for filling in for me Saturday,” added Tarr. “My son graduated from MSU, so I couldn't be at the meet. It's the second time in three years that I've had to miss this meet, and both times we have won. So I think I'll take this meet off for the rest of my coaching career."

GH boys finish fifth

The Grand Haven boys track recorded 69 points to finish fifth at Saturday’s West Ottawa relay.

The 8-mile relay team of Quentin Couvelaire, Dominic Hentemann, Eric Johnson and Jack Nicholson took first with a time of 41:22.08, while Mason Mahacek added a first-place finish in the pole vault with an attempt of 13-6.

Also adding top-three finishes for the Bucs were: the 1-mile relay team of Collin Takas,
Adam Nelson, Aaron Hughes and Charlie Young (3:33.72, second place), the 2-mile relay team of Couvelaire, Dominic Weatherwax, Hentemann and Nicholson (8:52.71, second), the distance medley relay team of Aidan Martin, Jack Costello, Weatherwax and Andrew Ireland (11:35.81, second) and Ross Koella in the high jump (6-0, third).

SL girls finish seventh

The Spring Lake girls track team recorded 64 points to finish seventh at the West Ottawa relays on Saturday.

The 800 relay team of Julia Bajt, Bella LeRoux, Sophie Tardani and Sophia Tilton took first with a time of 1:53.90 to pace the Lakers.

Also adding top-three finishes for the Lakers were: the 2-mile relay team of Maddy Windberg, Peyton Howe, Jacqueline Olszewski and Lizzy Penrice (11:07.02, third), the sprint medley relay team of Carly Komar, LeRoux, Tilton and Bajt (2:02.79, third), the distance medley team of Windberg, Eva Tilton, Jenna Hoffius and Penrice (13:52.69, second), the hurdle shuttle relay team of Taylor Rebone, Ayana Collins, Komar and Tardani (1:17.11, second), the high jump team of Marthe Georgi and Madison Van Epps (4-4, third) and the shot put team of Allison Brown and Jillian Huizenga (29-02.25, third).

SL boys finish 10th

The Spring Lake boys track team scored 44 points to finish 10th at Saturday’s West Ottawa relays.

The 8-mile relay team of Cameron Thalhammer, Ben and Andrew Hylen and Matt Schmidt took first with a time of 41:49.52, while the distance medley team of Schmidt, Andrew Sellon, Thalhammer and Andrew Hylen took second with a time of 11:35.90.

Fruitport boys track wins GMAAs

For the fourth year in a row, the Fruitport boys track team is the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city meet champions.

The Trojans scored 110.5 points on the day to edge rival Reeths-Puffer (93) and Whitehall (73).

The Trojans took seven first-place finishes, led by Aaron Simot, who won the 1-mile run (4:38.18) and 2-mile run (10:03.74) and Cameron Oleen in the 400 run (50.36) and 800 run (2:03.13).

Also winning events for the Trojans were: Wyatt Kendra in the 300 hurdles (41.51) and pole vault (12-6) and the 2-mile relay team of Brendan Deneen, Mitchell Johnson, Raven Lockard and Simot (8:16.80).

Ethan Flores added a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (15.96) and the 800 relay team of Logan Fielding, Oleen, Levi Six and Kendra also took runner-up honors with a time of 1:34.71.

Fruitport girls finish fourth at GMAAs

The Fruitport girls track team also had a strong showing at Saturday’s city meet, scoring 71 points to take fourth-place honors behind Whitehall (83) Mona Shores (87) and Reeths-Puffer (151).

Kallie Fehler led the way for the Trojans, winning the 100 hurdles (15.86) and anchoring the 1-mile relay team alongside Katana Daniely, Taylor Burke and Olivia Netzler that took top honors with a time of 4:21.26.

Also adding top-three finishes for the Trojans were: Netzler in the 200 dash (27.93, second), Daniely in the 400 run (1:04.13, second), Fehler in the 300 hurdles (49.18, second), the 800 relay team of Daniely, Fehler, Burke and Netzler (1:50.01, second) and Beyonce Mitchell in the shot put (35-01..50, second).

SL softball wins TC West tournament

The Spring Lake softball team repeated as champions of the Traverse City West tournament on Saturday, going 3-0 on the day.

The Lakers defeated Troy (13-1 in five innings), Traverse City West (5-3) and Ann Arbor Pioneer (14-2) in the tournament championship game.

Pitching was the key in Spring Lake's championship, as Leah Vaughan and Lauren Somers combined for three wins, 28 strikeouts, only 10 hits allowed, and allowed only two earned runs in three games of action.

Lauren Hellman paced the Lakers bats with seven hits, while Linsey Paggeot and Leah Vaughan each added five.

Jenna Core led the team with four RBIs, while Molly Poole and Addison Lindsey came through with four hits each and Kileah Rymal had an inside-the-park home run.

The Lakers improve to 18-2 on the season.

GH softball finishes runner-up in Allendale

The Grand Haven softball squad finished runners-up at a non-conference tournament at Allendale High School on Saturday.

The Buccaneers defeated Hopkins (11-4) and Zeeland West (14-6), but lost to Allendale in the tournament finals, 6-4.

The Buccaneer bats remained hot with Emma Boersen betling seven hits and five RBIs and Mikayla Gronback added six hits and five RBIs on the day.

The Buccaneers also got key contributions from: Amaya Schuler (five hits, three RBIs), Haley Aldred (five hits, four RBIs), Andrea Shumaker (five hits, two RBIs), Baby Hang (four hits, two RBIs), Jackie Crow (five hits, three RBIs) and Kaelyn Stafford (four hits, three RBIs).

The team collected 48 hits through three games.

“This was a big day for Emma Boersen, who grew up playing in the Allendale Little League system,” said Grand Haven coach John Hall. “There definitely was some added incentive for Emma this weekend. She went 7-for-11 on the day, but it was Game Two against Zeeland West that provided some of the hardest and longest hit balls I have ever seen put in play. We would have had six home runs against Zeeland West if we hadn’t been playing on an adult recreational softball diamond that had fences that were 280-290 feet deep (normal varsity fields are between 200-210) and no temporary fencing.

“Jackie Crow and Haley Aldred would have had their first home runs of the year. Mikayla Gronback hit one about 240 feet that turned into an inside-the-park homer. Amaya Schuler would have hit her sixth of the year and Emma Boersen would have hit her third and fourth of the year, as well. It was the latter of Emma’s two shots that was the loudest and biggest shot I have ever seen. She one hopped the left center field fence, which we walked off at over 280 feet. I have never seen a ball hit that far in person from a high school player. Unfortunately Zeeland West’s outfielders were playing so far back that it was only a triple.”

In the final game against Allendale, the Buccaneers found themselves on the wrong-end of some late-game heroics.

“In the final, we believe we got burned again,” added Hall. “Going into the bottom of the seventh, we trailed by three, but we closed the gap to two runs with runners on second and third and two outs. Mikayla Gronback came up to the plate looking to tie the game at six. I don't remember the count, but she absolutely unloaded on a fastball that would have cleared any high school fence that we have played on this year, but unfortunately it turned into a long fly ball out. She probably hit the ball 230 feet, but when outfield defensive alignments look more like men's recreational league on a Monday night, those shots turn into long fly ball outs.”

Schuler took the win in Game 1 against Hopkins, pitching five innings and striking out three batters, while Baby Hang took the win in Game 2 against Zeeland West, pitching five and ⅔ innings, striking out two.

Despite the loss in Game 3 against Allendale, Madi Shumaker went six innings, striking out four batters.

Fruitport softball finishes 1-1 at GMAAs

In the first round of the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournament, the Fruitport softball team had their sights set on an upset of O-K Black Conference rival Mona Shores.

The Trojans took an early 2-0 lead, and battled back from a tie to take a 3-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning.

The Sailors scored four runs in the top of the final frame, while the Trojans could only muster two, falling to Mona Shores, 7-6.

Rachel Paulsen took the loss for Trojans. She went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, five hits, striking out five, and walking one.

Janell Camphor and Alexis Jurgens each had two hits to lead the Trojans at the plate, while Brooklyn Samlow recorded two RBIs.

In the second game of the day, the Trojans routed the Muskegon Big Reds, 15-0.

Kirsten Sweet earned the win for Trojans. She went two and two-thirds innings, giving up zero runs, two hits, striking out eight, and walking zero.

Sweet, Brynne Tober, Newstead, Josie Buckingham, and Carmean all had one hit to lead the Trojans.

Fruitport soccer blanks Big Reds

The Fruitport girls soccer team made quick work of the host Muskegon Big Reds on Saturday with an 8-0 shutout win.

The Trojans outshot the Big Reds, 26-0, and scored five goals in the first half and added three more in the second.

Senior Jensyn Stanberry scored four goals and added one assist to lead the Trojans (10-2), while Lauren Peterson, Isabelle Raven and Emily Winicki also scored on the day. Raven also chipped in two assists, while Jaydie Hanks and Camryn Zeller also had assists for the Trojans.

Fruitport is back in action Tuesday as they travel to face Kenowa Hills.

Fruitport tennis finishes runner-up at GMAAs

The Fruitport girls tennis team finished runners-up at Saturday’s GMAA city meet with 42 points.

Sophomore Trinity Busscher (No. 2 singles), senior Kaitlyn LaBash (No. 3 singles) and sophomore Haleigh Winskas (No.4 singles) all finished as city champions in their respective brackets.

WMC baseball finishes 1-1 at GMAAs

The Western Michigan Christian baseball team finished 1-1 at Saturday’s Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournament.

The Warriors lost to Montague (9-3) in the opening round, but bounced back for a 12-11 win over Oakridge.

Jamo Goorman recorded six hits and scored three runs to pace the Warriors, while Tyler Van Beek added four hits and three RBIs.

Brant Zeerip added three hits and three RBIs, Nick Moser had two hits and two RBIs, Cam Beisel had two hits and Michael Kamps had two hits and scored two runs.

“Today, we competed very well against Oakridge and got a win against a very good team,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “I am so proud of our guys with how they hung in and fought the whole way. We started against Montague a little slow and were sleep walking a little bit. But in the Oakridge game, we rebounded well and banged out 16 hits.

“Nick Moser and Cam Waller had doubles and Zeerip had a big triple to plate two runs to start our rally. Jake Moser pitched five great innings, keeping the Oakridge hitters tied up. It was really great to see Jake pitch well today, as he will be counted on more and more this season. Jamo Goorman had a huge day at the plate and picked up the win from the mound. We are back at it on Tuesday when we travel to Manistee.”

WMC softball finishes 0-2 at GMAAs

The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball squad took on the GMAA city tournament on Saturday, dropping both contests to finish 0-2 on the day.

The Warriors fell to Montague (13-12) and host Holton (15-0).

Against Montague, WMCC opened up a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning on 2-run singles by Ashley Sandin (WMC), Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC), and Stephanie Weesies (WMC). After WMCC added another run in the top of the second, Montague scored four runs in the bottom of the frame to cut WMCC’s lead to 7-4. WMCC came right back in the top of the third and put three more runs on the board, benefitting from five walks and two hit-batters, opening up a 10-4 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Montague scored five runs to cut the lead to 10-9. Working against the time limit, WMCC added two insurance runs on a single by Ter Haar in the top of the fifth. Montague came out firing in the bottom of the fifth and tied the score with one out. The winning run came across the plate on a misplay in the infield following a short pop out to give Montague the 13-12 come from behind victory.
The WMCC offense was led by Ter Haar with two hits and four RBIs, while Maria Sanocki (MCC) added two hits and Weesies had two hits and two RBIs.

Haylee Moser (WMC) went the distance in the circle and took the loss, surrendering 13 runs on 17 hits, while striking out two.
In the second game of the day, Holton put 11 runs on the board in the bottom of the second on their way to a 15-0 victory.
Moser had the lone WMCC hit, while Taylor Mosher (WMC) pitched three innings and gave up 15 runs on 11 hits.
WMCC is now 8-8 overall and 4-2 in Lakes 8 Conference play.

“Coming off two great wins Friday, we got off to a great start against Montague,” said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. “We received lots of clutch hits today from all parts of our lineup. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to put them away at the end. Holton is a strong team, and given our game schedule this week and next week, we needed to rest Haylee.

“Taylor did well; I was pleased with how she held her composure under less than ideal circumstances. Overall, the GMAA was a good experience for us. We learned a lot about our team and about what it will take to compete and win in our district. The coaching staff continues to stress with our girls the importance of raising our game to the next level. I’m confident that we have the talent to do that.”

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