Prep Roundup: Grand Haven tennis team takes top honors

Tribune Staff • Sep 18, 2017 at 12:12 AM

The Grand Haven boys tennis team recorded 14 points to take top team honors at the Holland quad tournament Saturday.

Host Holland finished second with 13 points, while Spring Lake finished third with 11 points and Northview finished fourth with 10 points.

The singles players for Grand Haven moved up one spot for the tournament as No. 1 singles player Noah Bachmann was out for the day with an illness. Spencer Sortman, Riley Wilton and Nathan Sexton moved up to Nos. 1-3 singles, as well as Corbin Johnson, who played No. 4 singles for the team. 

Riley Wilton and Nathan Sexton went 3-0 on the day, winning their flight championships. Spencer Sortman finished in second with a 2-1 record at No. 1 singles, while Corbin Johnson was 0-3 on the day.

“Riley and Nathan played very good tennis on the day,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “They both had some ups and downs, but overall, they played very solidly to win their flights. Spencer really raised his consistency level another notch in a couple matches, but did run into a very good opponent from Holland. Corbin started off a bit slow in his first match, but took his Spring Lake opponent to a tiebreaker and also played well in his match with Holland.” 

In doubles play, the Bucs finished with two second-place finishes at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price at No. 1 and Chris Akselberg and Weston Taylor at No. 2 both finished 2-1 on the day. John Richardson and Matt Baldus at No. 3 doubles won one match, as did Ian Rant and Brayden Rowley at No. 4 doubles.

“The seniors had never won this tournament in their four years here, so that was a very exciting thing for them,” added Wilton. “The team had been very close the past couple years, but somehow always ended up in second place. So, for the team to step up and come home with the victory, even without their No. 1 singles player, was a great achievement. 

“The team overall competed well today. The doubles teams have a few more areas to work on from the day and our singles players really stepped up.” 

The Bucs get back to the courts Wednesday with a conference match with Grandville at home.

WMC soccer holds off Whitehall

The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team celebrated its 50-year anniversary Saturday with a 2-0 win over Whitehall at Western Michigan Christian High School.

The game was a part of the program’s annual Warrior Weekend, which starts with the WMC junior varsity team taking the field, followed by the varsity squad and capped off by the alumni game.

“It was a great day of legacy soccer. We have a rich history and it was nice to bring together the past with the present,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “Our community is so close and soccer is one of the many avenues we have to bring us all together. We are bound together by the Love of Christ and are able to celebrate together through a game called soccer. It was such fun, and it is great to see 16 and 17-year-old boys connected to this type of history.

“We are fortunate to have the heritage that went before us. It was nice to see so many alumni there. It was nice to have the first coach of Warrior soccer, David VerMerris there, as well.”

The visiting VIkings were poised to spoil the celebration in the first half, playing the Warriors to a scoreless tie at halftime.

“They seemed to want the ball more than we did,” Hulings added. “The pregame celebration makes it hard for young players to focus. Whitehall was dialed in and my compliments to Bryan (Mahan) and his team for the work they put in the first half. We just could not get on the end of our crosses in the attacking third. Our flank play was great, but we were waning in our finishing.”

The Warriors finally connected on those plays in the second half, scoring two goals to pull away.

Jordon Wisniewski scored on an assist from Evan Fles at the 51:20 mark of the match, followed by a goal by Tommy Tencate on another assist by Fles at the 63:23 mark.

“We played a better brand of soccer and connected with each other in the second half,” added Hulings. “The Whitehall keeper kept the Vikings in the game for longer than most would have preferred. We were able to solve the problem on a nice chip shot by Jordon Wisniewski on an assist by Evan Fles. Jordon did a great job seeing the keeper and placing the shot. We had several opportunities before that to finish, but Jordon solved the deadlock.

“It was nice to keep the scoring going when Tommy Tencate had a great shot from the top of the box on another assist from Evan Fles. Tommy beat the keeper lower corner and that gave us the safety goal we needed. Our defenders did a great job keeping Whitehall off the board. Brandon Fles and Josh Paquin, especially, played well, as our tandem center backs.”

The Warriors travel to take on Orchard View on Tuesday in a Lakes Eight Conference match.

GH boys water polo finishes 1-2

The Grand Haven boys water polo team battled through fatigue and a short-handed roster Saturday at the East Kentwood Invitational to finish 1-2 on the day.

With two starters out and a schedule that saw the Buccaneers play three games in five hours, the team wore down as the tournament went on.

In their first match, Grand Haven dispatched Grandville, 9-4, behind four goals from Ethan Ball and three steals each from Jordan DeVries and Joshua Koorneef.

In the second match of the day, the Bucs dropped to Hudsonville, 7-4. Matt Beals made 10 saves and recorded two steals to lead Grand Haven.

In their final match, Grand Haven fell to Jenison, 8-4. Reilly Wisniewski led the Bucs’ defense with four steals.

“The highlight of the weekend was the play of junior Ethan Ball. He played hard every minute he was in the game with energy and tenacity,” said Grand Haven head coach Bill Hamm. “He was able to get scoring opportunities nearly at will. Unfortunately, we played so tired due to practice, game, and school schedules, that we played low in the water, and we couldn't get him the ball in time to settle the ball down and score.”

Fruitport boys XC finishes second

The Fruitport boys cross country team finished second out of 11 teams at the Sparta Invitational on Saturday. The Trojans collected 87 points, just two points behind event champion Cedar Springs (85), while Hudsonville Unity Christian finished third with 101 points.

Cameron Oleen led the Trojans with a sixth-place overall finish at 16 minutes, 59 seconds. Following Cameron was Brendan Deneen (17:02), NIck Kleinhecksel (17:29), Jon Wildey (18:11) and Peyton Sharlow (18::23).

Fruitport girls finish seventh

The Fruitport girls cross country team finished seventh at the Sparta Invitational.

Faith Clark finished ninth overall to lead the Trojans with a time of 20:50. Following Faith was Kendra Johnson (21:38), Taylor Burke (23:04), Abby Sykes (23:45) and Kallie Fehler (23:59).

Grand Haven JV volleyball goes 1-2

The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team went 1-2 at the Fruitport Invitational on Saturday. The Buccaneers defeated Lakewood (19-25, 25-23, 15-12), but dropped matches to Mona Shores (19-25, 19-25) and Forest Hills Northern (24-26, 21-25).

Tessa Winkleman led the Bucs with 13 kills, while Jasmine Gard added nine and Olivia Lovett and Reese Redder each added 17 digs.

SL JV volleyball finishes 2-2

The Spring Lake junior varsity volleyball team hosted their own home invitational Saturday and finished 2-2 for the day.

In the team’s first match of pool play, the Lakers defeated Kenowa Hills, 25-16 and 25-9. In the second match, the Lakers fell to Jenison, 10-25 and 23-25. In the final match of pool play, Spring Lake bounced back to defeat Ravenna, 25-14 and 25-20.

In the first round of bracket play, Spring Lake ran into a tough Zeeland West team and lost by the scores of 21-25 and 23-25.

Anna Clover led the Lakers with eight aces, three kills, 25 assists and 20 digs, while Kaleigh Fritsche had nine aces, 10 assists, and 13 digs and Megan VanderHeide had three aces, seven kills, two blocks and a team-high 21 digs.

The Lakers move to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in the O-K Blue Conference.

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