The Spring Lake boys soccer team finished off their regular season with an 8-0 mercy victory over O-K Blue Conference foe Comstock Park on Thursday night.
Max White and Rob Hartliep led the way with two goals apiece, while Ben Bouwhuis, Liam Beck, Nick Krueger and Matt Gagnon all tallied single goals.
Clayton Glasgow made three saves to record the shutout.
The victory clinched a runner-up finish for the Lakers in the O-K Blue, leaving their regular season record at 10-7-1.
Spring Lake returns to the pitch for the district tournament. They will enjoy a first round bye before playing the winner of Reeths-Puffer vs. Muskegon on Oct. 18.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake junior varsity volleyball team lost in two games against Coopersville on Thursday by scores of 25-15 and 25-27. Kate Lewkowski recorded two aces, five kills and four digs to lead the Lakers, while Megan VanderHeide had four kills, two blocks and six digs and Taylor Estep had two aces and five digs. Spring Lake’s overall record moves to 13-13-3 on the season.
SL volleyball drops Coopersville
The Spring Lake volleyball team took on O-K Blue Conference foe Coopersville on Thursday, winning in five sets 17-25, 26-24, 22-25, 28-26, 15-10.
State leaders for the Lakers were: Lauren Hellman with 16 kills, six blocks and 10 service points; Jenna Core with 15 kills, 19 digs and two blocks; Abbi Perkins with nine kills and eleven points; Caitlin Estep with 16 kills and one ace; Jensen Sabo with seven kills, one ace, 11 points, nine digs and three blocks; Madeline Zenas with 48 assists, 14 digs, four kills and two blocks; and Carley Bench with 11 digs.
Their record is now 26-4, 9-1.
“In Set 1, Coopersville served tough and we had to play good defense. We recorded 90 digs in the match as a team,” Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “As the match continued, we improved in our ball control and it paid off in the end. This match was a fight until the end and the Lakers never gave up! We did not panic and stayed aggressive.”
The Lakers record is now 26-4 on the season and 9-1 in the O-K Blue. The return to the court Monday against Kent City on the road.
WMC soccer downs Holland
The Western Michigan Christian soccer team traveled south to finish their regular season against Holland on Thursday, taking a 3-0 road victory, leaving their regular season record at 17-2.
The Warriors got started early, scoring their first goal just two minutes into the game. Owen Alfree lined up a powerful free kick directly at the Holland keeper. The hard rebound found Brandon Fles who buried the loose ball.
Alfree set up their second goal, also off a free kick. This time, a perfect pass found Tommy Tencate, who flicked the ball over the keeper for a fine, finesse goal.
Finally, with two minutes remaining in the game, the Dutch were pressing hard for a goal, allowing the Warriors to execute a textbook counter attack. Evan Fles played the ball up to Tyler VanBeek who put it pas the Holland keeper to cap off scoring.
“This was a great tune-up for our start of the tournament. I really like the way the boys came out to play as a team,” WMC head coach David Hulings said. “I thought our back line did really well against a couple of the best scoring threats on this side of the state. There is no one player I would single out, because it was a genuine team effort.
“We have to repeat this same blueprint in the next six games. To get to the final, we will probably have to face the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 10 teams in our division.”
The Warriors return to begin their postseason run against rival Muskegon Catholic Central at home Monday.
Junior varsity: The WMC JV soccer team fell to Holland, 4-0. They trailed 1-0 at intermission, but the Dutch scored three late goals for the win.
Sophomore Jameson Goorman was keeper and recorded the shut out for the varsity. He made several key saves.
WMC volleyball falls to Covenant Christian
The Western Michigan Christian volleyball team took on Covenant Christian on Thursday, falling in four sets, 16-25, 15-25, 25-19 and 22-25.
Madison Heiss led the Warrior attack with 11 kills, followed by Aubrey Goorman and Abby Summerfield with five each. Chloe Mitchell facilitated the offense with 32 assists, while Heiss got things started with 18 digs, followed by Summerfield with 16 and Rebecca TerHaar with 15. Mitchell also led at the net with three blocks on the evening.
“It was the story of two teams that were wearing the same jerseys at Covenant,” WMC head coach Trent Smillie said. “The Warrior team that started the match was flat without aggressive offense or defense. Covenant played well and we played ‘not to lose.’
“Before the third set, the girls went into the equipment closet, pumped themselves up, and came out as a new team for the third and fourth set. We couldn't stop their best player at the service line and we lost our lead and the match at the end of the fourth set.”
The loss drops WMC to 23-19-1 on the year. They return to the court Saturday at Mona Shores for the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association tournament, beginning against Holton at 9 a.m. The winner plays Mona Shores in the quarterfinal.
Fruitport soccer ends season with mercy
The Fruitport boys soccer team took on Muskegon in their final regular season game Thursday, defeating the Big Reds by mercy rule, 8-0.
Zach Shane led the way with four goals and two assists, followed by fellow senior Ryan Bytwerk with two goals. Logan Fielding dished three assists, and scored one goal himself. Nate Curtis scored his first varsity goal to round out the mercy win. Kaleb Krueger added the game’s final assist.
Connor Hines made one save in goal, while Will Braun also gave time in net to record the Trojans’ third straight shutout.
The victory closes Fruitport’s regular season record at 12-7 overall and 9-3 in the O-K Black, securing them a co-conference title with Mona Shores.
Fruitport returns to the field for their first district tournament game against Sparta at home Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Grand Haven volleyball drops thriller to Grandville
The Grand Haven volleyball team took on O-K Red Conference foe Grandville on Thursday, falling in five sets, 25-23, 18-25, 9-25, 25-17 and 15-9.
Ashley Slater led the Bucs in kills with 18, followed by Olivia Boeve with 16. Ashlyn Hall racked up a team-high 45 assists, while Baby Hang led with 25 digs. Lauren Jonker ruled the net with three blocks, while Hang led from the backline with three aces.
“It was a pretty exciting match,” Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka said. “In all the sets we lost we made quite a few hitting errors. We pretty much controlled the second and third sets, but didn’t pass well in the fourth. In the fifth, we came out a little timid. We played really hard at the end of the fifth set, but have to approach every point the way we played at the end.
“Certain areas we have focused on for the last month have improved, which is good news, but it has revealed some new areas we need to focus on now to be where we want come November.
“We have players that played well across the board, and there are things we need to do better across the board. Baby and Olivia did a great job serving tonight, Ashley and Olivia led the offense, Mackenzie Gross has done a nice job coming in for a few games and getting some big kills, and Lauren was very consistent in the middle.”
The Bucs return to the court on Tuesday against West Ottawa on the road.
Junior varsity: The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team lost to Grandville on Thursday by scores of 25-16 and 25-19. Ashlyn Pahl led the Bucs in kills with eight, Jasmine Gard and Olivia Dault each recorded eight digs and Bri Anderson and Olivia Lovett each added 16 assits.
Grand Haven golf sends individual to state
Grand Haven girls golf took on their Division 1 regional championship Thursday at Sunnybrook country club. The Bucs shot a 388 to finish 6th overall.
Traverse City West ran away with the tournament, carding a 316, followed by Hudsonville at 351 and East Kentwood at 369.
Bekah Schrader qualified for the state tournament, shooting an 87 to place in the top three individuals not included on a top-three team.
“I am so happy for her, last year she missed qualifying by one stroke. She has earned this through hard work plain and simple,” Grand Haven head coach Roger Glass said. “It's so nice as a coach to see the big smiles and hugs as she and her family saw the scores come in and realize she made it.”
Audrey Reus shot a 97, followed by Ally Kingma at 101 and Christina Byrne with a 103. The Division 1 state finals are next Friday and Saturday at the Meadows Golf Course on the Grand Valley State University campus.
GH swim defeats East Kentwood
The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team took on O-K Red Conference foe East Kentwood on Thursday, defeating the Falcons by a score of 174-134.
The Bucs return to the pool to take on powerhouse West Ottawa on Thursday.
GH polo finishes regular season with district win
The Grand Haven water polo team traveled to Zeeland for their final regular season game Wednesday evening, winning, 10-4.
The Bucs’ offense took some time to get going, as they led just 1-0 after the first quarter. A four-goal second period gave them a commanding lead, 5-1, at halftime. A brief lapse in an overwhelming defensive effort let Zeeland sneak in three third quarter goals to Grand Haven’s two. The Bucs took control back in the fourth, scoring two goals to bring the game to its final tally.
Mason Fritz led the offense with eight goals, while Matt Beals anchored a stellar team defensive effort with 23 saves.
“The first quarter was tight with both offenses coming out tense and missing shots,” Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm said. “The second was a different story with the Grand Haven defense leading to many transition opportunities that allowed senior captain Mason Fritz to score 4 unanswered goals.
“The 3rd quarter was a showcase for Mason's one on one skills. He took it upon himself to frustrate and strip the Zeeland offense of the ball on four occasions, leading either to goals of his own, or opportunities for his teammates. The fourth quarter saw both defenses step and the offenses struggle until the last minute or so when the Bucs tallied two more late goals, one coming on an indescribable backhand by senior Grant Ruster.”
The win officially secures the Bucs’ No. 1 seed for the impending district tournament.
The Bucs will take on the Rockford Invitational this weekend, before their postseason begins with the district tournament on Oct. 21.