Buccaneer soccer draws East Kentwood
After dropping three meetings with the Falcons last season, including a loss in the regional finals, the Grand Haven boys soccer team traveled to East Kentwood with revenge on their minds.
A hard-fought match ended in a scoreless tie, despite a heart-stopping moment in crunch time.
With under three minutes to play, Grand Haven keeper Brenner Kar stopped a Falcon free kick only to see the rebound smashed into the back of the net. After a touchline conference between the referees, the ball was ruled in Kar’s possession and the goal was disallowed.
With under a minute left, the Bucs earned their own chance, threading a cross pass to the charging feet of Charlie Van Singel just inside the box only to fall captive to a charging Kentwood keeper.
“I thought it was a pretty evenly played match by both teams,” said first-year Grand Haven head coach Nick Tejchma. “Our defense stepped up tonight and we had a lot of intensity. Overall, we played really well against East Kentwood on the road.”
The Bucs record moves to 4-2-1 on the season. They return to action Thursday against West Ottawa.
Buccaneer girls xc takes runner-up
The Grand Haven girls cross country team took home second-place honors at the Leanna Geers Invitational in Scottville on Thursday afternoon.
The Bucs finished with 38 points behind Hart’s 23. Leading the way for Grand Haven was senior Gabby Hentemann, who finished runner-up with a time of 18:29. Abby Buitenhuis followed in fifth (19:13), ahead of Giovana Marecek in sixth (19:35), Kelsie McManus in 12th (20:36) and Eden Traub in 13th (20:49) to round out the scoring.
In the junior varsity race, the Bucs took four of the top five spots with Alex Amores winning the race in 21:18.
“Today’s race really showed how much effort the girls have put into their training over the past 10 days,” said Grand Haven head coach Scott Pryzstas. “The course was a little wet and sloppy, but the girls powered through and our top five runners ran to season-best times.
“The race of the day went to Giovana, with a lifetime personal record. She ran a great second half of the race, chasing down Hart’s No. 4 and 5 girls.
“Hart is one of, if not the best team in the state, regardless of division. Our goal coming into this race was to see how we would stack up against them and we had some chances to close the scoring gaps, but they are highly ranked for a reason and their three through seven runners ran a little better than our today.
“We’ll get back to work and refocus our goals and continue to get better. The girls are healthy and running really well, so we just need to keep the momentum going into the next couple of weeks with big meets at the Spartan Invite and our first O-K Red Conference jamboree.”
Bucs tennis edged by Holland
The Grand Haven boys tennis team played a highly-contested match against Holland at home Thursday, falling to the Dutch, 5-3.
No. 1 singles player Noah Bachmann led the Bucs with a 6-0, 6-1 win against a very talented Holland player.
Also taking home victories for Grand Haven were the No. 3 doubles team ofBrayden Rowley and Aashray Mandala (6-1, 7-6) and the No. 4 doubles team of Tyler DeGram and A.J. Koster.
Both the Nos. 2 and 3 singles matches, featuring Mason Price and Weston Taylor were close ones. Both Bucs dropped their opening sets and took the second to force a tiebreaker, ultimatley losing there.
Grand Haven opens their O-K Red Conference season Monday at West Ottawa.
Bucs JV volleyball grabs two conference wins
The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team finished 2-0 in their first conference round robin Thursday night defeating East Kentwood (25-18, 25-15) and Grandville (25-18,25-17).
Tessa Winkleman led with 14 kills, Josie Mast had 13 digs, Olivia Lovett had 25 assists and tied with Anna Clover for four aces, while Ashlyn Pahl led with five blocks.
Laker volleyball manages Sparta
The Spring Lake volleyball team kicked off their O-K Blue Conference season with a straight-sets victory Thursday night, taking down Sparta by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-19.
Jenna Core led the Lakers defensively with 14 digs, ahead of Julia Clover with 12 and Kam Lewkowski with 11. Lily Garrison led the team in blocks with five. Core also led the charge on offense with 20 kills, ahead of Abbi Perkins with nine. Madeline Zenas kept the attack humming with 42 assists.
Spring Lake returns to the court at home to host Coopersville on Tuesday.
Junior varsity: The Spring Lake JV volleyball team defeated Sparta on Thursday night 2-0, by scores of 25-21, 25-22. Kyla Kobylak led the way with two aces, 14 assists and three digs, while Alicia Mumby led with six kills, and Taylor Gates led with 10 digs. The Lakers are 1-0.
Laker soccer ties again
The Spring Lake boys soccer team played West Catholic to an O-K Blue Conference scoreless tie Thursday night, marking the fourth time this season the Lakers have played to no decision.
Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen noted that Spring Lake had the ball and scoring opportunities, but West Catholic sat back and defended well.
Aiden Parker recorded his second shutout night of the season, while Porter Saunders, Gavin DeVowe and Armani Albiertas played well on defense.
Spring Lake is now 1-2-4 on the season.
Trojan soccer draws Mona Shores
The Fruitport boys soccer team played to a scoreless tie as they hosted Mona Shores on Thursday night, pushing their record to 0-1-1 on the season.
Both teams saw scoring chances early, according to Fruitport head coach Dan Hazekamp, but couldn’t capitalize. Connor Hines preserved the shutout for Fruitport, racking up 10 saves in net.
“I thought at times we did some really nice things tonight,” Hazekamp said. “Mona Shores is a very good team and we came out and battled coming off a tough game Tuesday night. Connor Hines was great for us in net tonight and even though we didn’t score, I felt we are making some strides in the middle and attacking thirds of the field. I am proud of the boys effort and work rate.”
The Trojans return to the field Saturday on the road at Grand Rapids Union.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer trounces Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team kicked off their Lakes Eight season in style Thursday, defeating Manistee by mercy rule, 8-0.
WMC’s goals were scored by Hayden Hubers (2), Charlie Alfree (3), Brandon Fles (2) and Michael Masumpa.
“We obviously had a great game,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “The boys have been off for eight days. I was worried that we might not be focused. Obviously, I had nothing to worry about.”
The Warriors struck just 23 seconds into the game on a hard shot by Hubers from the top of the box. At the 12-minute mark, Josh Boyink sent a ball to Alfree for his first goal, sending WMC into a scoring frenzy.
By halftime, WMC led 5-0 with Alfree netting another unassisted goal, Hubers scoring assisted by Issac VanHoven and Fles netting a goal unassisted.
The scoring pace continued in the second half with Alfree and Fles striking again early. Masumpa ended the game with 21 minutes left to play, scoring the eighth goal unassisted.
“The attackers did a great job scoring, but the real heroes of the game were the four defenders in the back,” Hulings said. “Fles, Joe Hain, Brevin Byrne and Brandt Zeerip, along with our keeper Jamison Goorman.”
WMC returns to the pitch tonight to take on North Muskegon.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Manistee 1-0. WMC's Rajbir Ghotra scored in the first half and it stood up for a 1-0 win. Warrior Ethan VanOrman record the shutout.