Volleyball drops perfect season
The Grand Haven boys volleyball team proved they are human after all in their conference matches at West Ottawa on Monday as they went 2-1 on the night.
The Panthers got the best of the Bucs in the first game of the night, 25-22, 25-23, handing Grand Haven its first loss of the season.
With blood in the water, the rest of the conference came fishing, but couldn’t get the kill. The Bucs took a close win over Allendale in three sets. 25-20, 23-25, 15-8. South Christian did the same, pushing the Bucs to three sets, 19-25, 25-16, 15-9.
“We kind of struggled all night,” said Grand Haven head coach Jim Vantol. “We didn’t have our ‘A’ game. We struggled from the service line and had a lot of hitting errors. Those give the other team points and were our downfall.”
Gavin Jonker led the way on offense with 27 kills through the three games, ahead of Liam Joyner with 11 and Reece Chittenden with 8.
Jonker also led in assists with nine, followed by Joyner with five and Chris Hudson with four. Scott Matthews paced the attack with 52 assists.
“Liam Joyner had a really good night filling in for Gavin Yonker, who couldn’t be there,” Vantol said. “He did a nice job filling in on the right side and got quite a few kills.
“Max Rundel also filled in at middle hitter and had a really nice night tonight with a few blocks and five kills.
“Defensively, Chris Hudson and Ethan Ball anchored us playing really well from the back row.
“We just didn’t play our best and the other teams did. You hate to lose, but we were fortunate to get out of there with two wins.”
Monday’s results leave the Bucs’ record at 8-1 overall. They return to action Monday for a non-conference match at Lowell.
Track defeats Rockford
The Grand Haven track and field teams took on O-K Red Conference foe Rockford Monday night. The boys took home a 73-64 victory, while the girls fell 97-40.
The boys team dominated the field events to earn most of their points. Pierce Foster (20-3) and Joe Costello (19-2.5) finished 1-2 in the long jump; Mason Mahacek (6-0), Drew Dahlman (6-0) and Joe Costello (5-10) finished 1-3 in the high jump; Brendan VanderMeer (120-08), Austin Venema (110-07) and Ashton Lepo (109-04) took 1-3 in the discus and Joey Brenton won the shot put (44-1.5).
In the relay events, Dominic Weatherwax, Aidan Martin, Carter Larned and Cole Rowden won the 3,200-meter relay on 8 minutes, 37.44 seconds, while Ethan Peters, Timmy Kleyla, Seth Taylor and Mahacek won the 800 relay in 1:33.24.
Individually, Martin (10:28.31) and Andrew Ireland (10:28.67) finished 1-2 in the 3,200 run; Weatherwax won the 800 (2:04.23) and Seth Taylor (53.35), Brian Nicholson (53.86) and Joe Walsh took 2-4 in the 400.
A slew of personal records highlighted the girls meet.
Sarah Knoll set a new PR in the discus at 117-2 and threw the second longest shot put in Grand Haven history at 40-2, missing the school record by just 2 feet.
Ashley Slater finished third in the shot put with a personal record throw of 30-8.
Gabby Hentemann clocked in at 2:12.40 in the 800, marking the fastest time in the state so far this season before dropping a 4:58 mile run.
Cam Constant finished second in the hurdles at 16.57.
The Bucs return to action at home Wednesday to host Hudsonville.
Tennis topples Grandville
Grand Haven’s girls tennis team beat Grandville 6-3 on Monday, with four matches lasting three sets.
After dropping her first set 1-6, Grand Haven’s No. 1 singles Lilja Plumert came back with 6-0, 6-3 wins to claim the match. No. 3 singles Alyssa Hatzel won 6-2, 6-1, and No. 4 singles Grace Smit won 7-6, 6-4.
At doubles, No. 1 pair Laura Slocum and Ellie Slater picked up a win for Grand Haven in three sets. No. 2 doubles Miya Vliet and Clare Duplissis also dispatched their opponents.
“I felt Miya Vliet and Clare Duplissis at No. 2 doubles really came on strong and dominated after the first set,” Grand Haven head girls tennis coach Chris Wilton said. “Also Lilja found a way to turn it around against a talented hitter. I am very happy with the team as a whole. Grandville did not lose one player from last year, and today we had nine of our 14 players in their first year of varsity experience.”
Soccer drubs Comstock Park
The Spring Lake girls soccer team hosted O-K Blue Conference foe Comstock Park on Monday night, blowing by the Panthers 8-0.
Phoebe Saunders struck first, scoring in a pass from Laney Peasley. Madeline Zenas netted two goals on the night, one off the foot of Keara Fritsche and the second unassisted. Taylor Colquitt scored on a penalty kick before Peasley finished off the first half with a goal assisted by Saunders.
In the second half, Saunders assisted Peasley once again, before Colquitt took the seventh of the game, set up by Peasley. Alexis Stegman would complete the game, assisted by Peasley.
Spring Lake returns to action Wednesday to host Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 6:45.
Girls lax dominates Grandville
The Spring Lake girls lacrosse team traveled to Grandville on Monday night, defeating the Bulldogs 20-5.
Baseball falls to Holland Christian
The Fruitport baseball team hosted Holland Christian for a non-conference single game Monday afternoon, falling 9-2.
The Maroons jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four innings before the Trojans managed to scratch a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Insurance runs for Holland Christian in the sixth and seventh sealed the deal.
Jerod Arvey led the offense with two hits, while Aaron Sander reached base twice Chase Campbell and Nick Kleinhecksel each tallied an RBI.
Tennis falls to North Muskegon
Fruitport fell short against a tough North Muskegon squad Monday, falling 6-2 in a tightly contested match.
The Trojans picked up a match win when No. 4 singles Hannah Kelly defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-1. Fruitport also won No. 2 doubles with Hannah Labash and Hope Busscher earning a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
This was the Fruitport varsity girls first loss of the season.
Western Michigan Christian
Soccer picks up first win
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team took on Manistee to open the Lakes Eight Conference season Monday night, winning 3-0.
Emily Rosema scored the first two goals for WMC, both were assisted by Anna Sytsema. Morgan Kinnucan netted the third, also assisted by Sytsema.
Katie Johnson recorded the shutout in net.
“It was great to see our seniors step up, especially in the second half tonight,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “Our three captains were involved in all three goals. Although the seniors led the way with scoring, our young freshman did a lot of work connecting on passes and defending to set up all three goals.”
The win improves the Warriors’ record to 1-3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. They return to action Wednesday for another conference game against Allendale.