Prep Roundup

Tribune Staff • Oct 16, 2017 at 12:20 AM

It was a big weekend for the Fruitport volleyball and cross country teams as they took on the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournaments in their respective sports. It was also a key weekend for the Grand Haven cross country programs and the Grand Haven water polo team, as they both prepare for the postseason push.


The Fruitport volleyball team finished 3-0 at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournament on Saturday to take top team honors at the event.

The Trojans defeated Ravenna (25-21, 25-21) and Whitehall (16-25, 25-17, 15-13) before facing off with Mona Shores in the championship match.

Fruitport defeated the Sailors in straight sets (25-18, 25-23, 25-23) to take home the tournament championship.

Jordyn Carlyle recorded 33 kills to lead the Trojans’ attack, while Kailey Carmean added 93 assists, five aces and 25 digs and Rachel Paulsen had 23 kills, three blocks and 40 digs.

Also adding key contributions for Fruitport were: Kylie Oberlin with 25 kills and five blocks; Morgan Fialek with three blocks; Chloe Kern with three aces and 24 digs; Trinity Busscher with a team-high 48 digs; and Haleigh Winskas with 22 digs.


The Fruitport boys cross country team won the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association Championship on Friday for the third year in a row.

The Trojans scored 56 points to edge second-place Reeths-Puffer (79 points) and third-place Montague (103 points).

Senior Cameron Oleen took top individual honors with a time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds. That time is officially the third fastest in school history.

Other runners who helped bring home the championship for Fruitport were: Brendan Deneen (16:58), Jon Wildey (17:41), Cameron Weaver (17:42) and Peyton Sharlow (18:07).


The Fruitport girls cross country team finished third at the GMAA city meet Friday with 87 points.

Reeths-Puffer took top team honors with 44 points, while Whitehall finished runner-up with 55 points.

Sophomore Faith Clark led the Trojans with a new personal best time of 19:57 to finish seventh overall. Following Faith were: Sydney Bol (20:20), Kendra Johnson (21:32), Morgan Mathiak (22:13) and Abby Sykes (22:59).


The Grand Haven boys cross country team placed fourth with 91 points at the Ottawa County portion of the Kent-Ottawa County Championships on Saturday at Calvin’s Gainey Field in Grand Rapids.

Zeeland East won the meet with 44 points, while Holland Black River was runner-up with 64 points and Jenison came in third with 78 points.

Max Sephesy led the way for Grand Haven with a time of 17:47, while Nate Wolffis (17:53), Jake Fischer (18:01), Aaron Hughes (18:01), Jared Franke (18:09), Caleb Borns (18:22) and Jack Reus (18:32) rounded out the scoring for the Bucs.

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven boys junior varsity team took third with 86 points, behind Hudsonville with 19 and Zeeland East with 71.

The Bucs’ squad was led by Evan Dubridge (18:53), Zach Boersen (19:35), Brendan Gross (19:41), Chris Anderson (20:10), Zach Fraser (20:27), Brendan Kelly (20:29) and Luke Hosely (20:22).

“The usual varsity lineup sat out the meet to get ready for the O-K Red Championships on Thursday at Riverside Park,” said Grand Haven head coach John Tarr. “Traditionally, a lot of teams use this meet to solidify their rosters for the championship season. We figured out a few things today, but there’s still some questions that need to be sorted out on Thursday.”


The Grand Haven girls cross country team also finished fourth in the Kent-Ottawa County Championships on Saturday.

Renee Borchers was the first Buccaneer across the finish line in 13th place with a time of 21:31.6, while Julia Drabczyk (21:41.4), Marlie Fraser (21:48.2), Jenny Ryan (21:54.5), Jenna Ray (22:07.3), Miranda Deal (22:09.5) and Eden Traub (22:12.4) rounded out the top seven for Grand Haven.

“We decided to rest our top four varsity girls, because we still haven't figured out our last three spots on the varsity, which will be crucial in these last few weeks of the season,” said Grand Haven head coach Scott Przystas. “I wanted to give the next 10 girls on our team the opportunity to go after it and compete for those spots. The weather was tough. There was a lot of wind and spitting rain, but the girls battled. I'm proud to see so many of our seniors fighting for those last varsity spots by scoring today.”

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven girls junior varsity squad took top honors with 26 points. Kelsie Bovee (21:13.4) and Meadow White (21:18.1) finished first and second overall to lead the Buccaneers.Gabriella Amores (22:19.8), McKenna Keefe (22:37) and Madison Holub (22:38) rounded out the top five for the Bucs.


The Western Michigan Christian volleyball squad finished seventh at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city tournament on Saturday.

The Warriors defeated Holton (21-25, 25-12, 15-11), but fell to Mona Shores (25-20, 27-25) and Montague ( 25-20, 25-20).

Madison Heiss led the Warriors’ attack with 18 kills, two aces and eight blocks, while Aubrey Goorman added 11 kills and six blocks.

Anna Sytsema added 13 kills and 25 digs, Chloe Mitchell recorded 60 assists and 18 digs and Meghan Heiss added 28 digs.

WMC moves to 24-24-1 overall on the season and have week to prepare for the Lakes Eight Conference tournament on Saturday in Ludington.


The Grand Haven boys water polo team finished 3-1 at the Rockford Invitational this weekend

The Buccanners defeated Zeeland (10-5), East Grand Rapids (8-4) and Ann Arbor Huron (15-8), before falling to Hudsonville (8-5).

Mason Fritz led the Buccaneers with 15 goals for the weekend, while Grant Ruster led the team with 11 steals and keeper Matt Beals led the defense with 31 saves.

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven junior varsity squad finished 3-2 on the weekend. The Buccaneers defeated West Ottawa (7-6) on Friday via a buzzer-beating goal by sophomore Brett Jennings.

On Saturday, Grand Haven defeated Zeeland (8-7) and West Ottawa (8-6), but lost twice via shootout to Rockford.


The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team hosted a 16-team tournament Saturday, with the Buccaneers falling in the quarterfinal round of the gold bracket.

Jasmine Gard recorded 15 kills, 27 digs and six aces to lead the Buccaneers, while Olivia Dault added 32 digs and six aces. Olivia Lovett led the team with 42 assists, while Ava Bowman led the team in blocks with four.

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