BUCS LAX GETS REVENGE
Just three days after their heartbreaking double-overtime loss to rival Spring Lake, the Grand Haven boys lacrosse team got their vengeance on the Lakers.
The Buccaneers found themselves in an eerily similar situation Tuesday, as they had to hold off a late rally by the Lakers after holding a lead late in the second half. This time, however, Grand Haven would survive with a 10-8 home win.
"It's unreal how these two teams battle each other," said Grand Haven head coach Lee Ingalls. "The players, coaches and everyone involved with the two programs are fierce rivals, but at the end of the game, we're good friends. As a coach, I'm proud to be a part of our rivalry and our tradition of intense competition. All I can say is Wow. What a great two-game series."
Senior midfielder Quinn Rieger scored first for Grand Haven at the 7:10 mark of the first quarter and added his second goal with six seconds left in the quarter to give Grand Haven a 2-0 lead.
Spring Lake answered in the second quarter with back-to-back goals to knot the score at 2-2. Austin and Cooper Fox would spark the Buccaneer attack shortly after that. Austin would add two scores, while Cooper would one on assists by Chris Hoffman, Ian McClain and Rieger to give Grand Haven a 5-4 advantage at halftime.
Much like the first game, the Buccaneers opened up a lead in the third quarter with a goal by Rieger, two goals by Cooper Fox and one by McClain.
"I asked the offense to press the attack," added Ingalls. "I told them that we couldn't let their defense get set or get comfortable; we had to keep them in a continuously stressed condition to break them down. Our offense dug deep to open up the lead."
The third quarter would end with Grand Haven in the penalty box after a slashing call. During the break, Grand Haven was assessed a three-minute, non-releasable penalty for an illegal stick, putting the Bucs down two players to the start the fourth quarter.
The Bucs battled through two back-to-back two-men-down situations due to solid defense by Ben Juhasz in goal, Owen Jennings, Trevor Holleman, Brandon Diaz and Jon Hoffman. The group of defenders helped limit the Lakers to one goal during that stretch.
With 2:05 remaining in the game, a Spring Lake penalty gave the Bucs a break. However, a push call with 30 seconds remaining gave Spring Lake the ball with a man advantage and a final furious attempt to tie the game.
Grand Haven junior long-stick midfielder Alex Plouff caused a turnover and pushed the ball to Owen Jennings who ripped a shot past the keeper to ice the game for the Buccaneers.
BUCS TENNIS FALLS TO HUDSONVILLE
The Grand Haven girls tennis team lost a heartbreaking match to Hudsonville on Wednesday by a score of 5-3.
The Bucs first win came at No. 1 singles with Kelsey Lansky defeating a very strong player, whom she had lost to last year. Lansky won the match 6-3, 7-5 to move her record to 11-2 on the season.
The second win for the Bucs came at No. 3 doubles with Ellie Slater and Laura Slocum winning in two extremely tight sets by scores of 7-5 and 7-6. They were behind in both sets but found a way to pull out the win.
Grand Haven's last win was at No. 4 singles with Grace Smit outlasting another quality opponent, 6-1, 6-7 and 6-3.
"The heartbreak for the team was the fact that we lost three matches in three sets," said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. "Saige Sortman at No. 3 singles, Cauryn Nowicki and Carley Schmidt at No. 2 doubles and Sam Korecki and Sara Hillburger at No. 4 doubles all came up just short on the day.
"The No. 1 doubles match was tight, as well. Audrey Reus and Lilja Plumert dropped a narrow 6-2, 7-5 matchup, while Alyssa Yeager lost at No. 2 singles by scores of 6-2, 6-2. The match really could easily have been 5-3 for us. Just a few points here and there and that whole match could have turned our way. The girls know they were right there and will use this as motivation going into the last two conference matches and the conference tournament in a week and a half."
The Bucs are now 2-2 in the conference and will return to action Friday at Caledonia.
LAKER TRACK SPLITS WITH SPARTA
The Spring Lake boys and girls track team split their O-K Blue Conference dual meet against Sparta on Tuesday.
The Laker boys dropped a 78-59 decision, while the Spring Lake girls scored an 86-51 win.
On the girls' side, the Lakers accumulated victories in all running events and the long jump. Senior team co-captain Maddy Windburg led the way with first-place finishes in the 800 (2:33.97), 1,600 (5:40.22), and anchored the 3,200 relay team (10:50.15) with teammates Jaynie Seylhower, Eva Tilton and Lizzy Penrice.
Penrice also took a first-place finish in the 3,200 run with a time of 13:12.45. Senior co-captain Rebecca VanDeWeg placed first in the 100 hurdles (17.87) and was a member of the 800-relay team (1:59.83) with teammates Sophie Tardani, Sophia Tilton and Julia Bajt and the 400-relay team (54.47) with teammates Caroline Loiseau, Tilton and Tardani that also took top honors.
Tardani, also a senior and co-captain, placed first in the 300 hurdles (52.06), while Julia Bajt finished first in the 100 (13.61), 200 (27.44) and 400 (1:02.05). Taylor Rebone capped things off for the Lakers with first-place finishes in the long jump (15-7) and was a member of the 1,600 relay team with Tardani, Sophie Tilton and Loiseau that took top honors with a time of 4:30.89.
On the boys' side, Jason Keena won the 200 dash (25.37) and the long jump (20-4), while Andrew Hylen won the 1,600 run (4:39.8) and the 3,200 run (10:04.92). The 400 relay team of Blayne Willett, Jonah Schmuker, Gavin Paul and Keena took top honors with a time of 47.31, while the 800 relay team of David Reynhout, Nick Kazanas, Jadon Barnes and Keena won with a time of 1:38.29.
The Lakers' next meet is the O-K Blue Conference Championship on May 11 at Allendale High School. The Spring Lake girls will try to defend their conference crown for the second year in a row, while the Laker boys will look to capture the title after finishing runner-up to Allendale last spring.
TROJANS TENNIS TROUNCES KENOWA HILLS
The Fruitport girls tennis team scored an 8-0 win over Kenowa Hills on Wednesday in O-K Black Conference action.
Trinity Busscher (No. 1 singles), Haleigh Winskas (No. 2 singles) and Olivia Parling (No. 3 singles) each scored 6-0, 6-0 wins in their respective matches, while Hannah Kelly scored a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.
In doubles action, Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse scored a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles, while Rachel Weiland and Hannah LaBash added a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman scored a 7-6 (6-4), 7-5 win and Summer Woodring and Audrey Split closed out the match with a 7-5, 7-6 win at No. 4 doubles.
"That was a complete team win with all flights winning," said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. "The lower doubles had a few close moments but continued to show improvements in their play. This was our third day in a row of tennis, and the girls played with energy despite not feeling 100 percent."
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER EDGES OV
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team scored a narrow 1-0 home win over Orchard View on Wednesday in Lakes Eight Conference action.
Carli Betten scored the game-winning goal for the Warriors (3-8, 3-1 Lakes Eight) off an assist from Jenna Houskamp.
"It was nice to see the girls work so hard and see their work pay off with a win," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "We spent an entire practice on our first touch and our passing and it was great to see that work pay off. The girls really tried to connect. Even though there was still a number of poor touches and passes, this game saw much more success linking up. We were getting our heads up and saw our players better.
"Our goal was scored off a great throw-in by Claudia Kingma. Jenna was able to get a little touch on it and help it along to the back post, where Carli was there to touch the ball into the net. It was great to see the girls attack the net.
"We still have work to do but this was a much better brand of soccer, and we had some great attacks into the final third. We had a little trouble with the weight of our passes at times, but our creativity was top touch. We are learning how to connect and that will bear fruit as we go along."
WARRIOR GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT GMAA
The Western Michigan Christian boys golf team posted a 358 on Wednesday to finish fourth overall at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association (GMAA) tournament at Stonegate Golf Club.
"The boys shot 10 strokes better than their previous outing," said WMC head coach Morris Ringelberg. "But, competing against teams like Reeths-Puffer and Mona Shores is tough."
Reeths-Puffer won the event with a 316, followed by Mona Shores with a 319 and Whitehall with a 328.
Montague came in fifth with a score of 360, North Muskegon came in sixth with a 425, Muskegon Catholic Central came in seventh at 442, Oakridge came in eighth with a score of 443, Fruitport came in ninth with a 461 and Orchard View came in 10th with a 470.
For the Warriors, Dan Vanbiesbrouck shot an 83, Chandler Breit added an 84, Caleb Minasian had a 92, Owen Alfree carded a 99 and Travis Goodrich rounded out the scoring with a 113.