Laker boys lax clinches share of conference title
The Spring Lake boys lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the Tier 2 O-K Conference title Tuesday night with a 14-5 victory over Grandville and a Catholic Central loss to Reeths-Puffer.
The Laker offense was firing on all cylinders with outstanding performances across the board.
Dominik and Danton Molotky led the way with nine goals between them, while Colby Brown netted two goals and one assist and Jake Vinkemulder threaded two assists and one goal. Colin Arends and Gavin Alban each added one goal, while Zach Mitchell chipped in three assists.
Goalies Gavin Cunningham and Jaiden Lewis played well in net, collecting four and five saves respectively, backed up by stellar play from Noah Verlinde, Chase DeVries and Keegan O’Connell on defense.
Spring Lake out-earned the Bulldogs 23-15 on ground balls and fired 37 shots to their 28.
Tonight’s matchup at Grand Rapids Christian will decide the conference champion. A Laker win earns head coach Doug Sharp his first conference title since founding the program, while a loss ties the Lakers with Reeths-Puffer at 6-2 in conference for a shared title.
Spring Lake sits 10-1 overall and 7-1 in conference.
Bucs volleyball returns to form
The Grand Haven boys volleyball team finished 3-0 Wednesday night with wins over Reeths-Puffer (25-17, 25-17), Lowell (19-25, 25-22, 16-14) and Grand Rapids Christian (25-18, 23-25, 15-11).
Max Hartney led the offense with 28 kills, followed by Reece Chittendon with 17 and Gavin Yonker with 13. Scott Matthews led with 50 assists, while Matthews, Chittendon and Hartney each served up three aces.
“It was a good night of volleyball, everyone played well,” said Grand Haven head coach Jim Vantol. “Lowell and Christian finished 1-2 in the Metro division and are good teams. It was good to see them. We finished games today which was nice to see after Monday.
“Aiden Stellema, Ethan Ball and Chris Hudson played really well defensively in the back line, Caden Hostetter had a very good night as a middle hitter for us and having Max Hartney back on the outside was big.
“All the teams played really well. Tonight was about making key plays to win the game and we were doing that.”
The Bucs return to action Monday at home as they host the regional tournament. Grand Haven was awarded a first-round bye, setting their postseason opener for 7 p.m.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
Warrior soccer doubles Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team hosted Manistee for a Lakes Eight Conference battle, winning 6-3.
Anna Sytsema got things started by assisting the first two goals of the game, the first by Natalie Riksen and the second from Emily Rosema. Morgan Kinnucan scored the third goal, before Rosema netted two unassisted shots to put WMC up 4-1 at halftime.
Kinnucan found the net unassisted to start the second half, while Carlie Betten finished a pass by Sydney Betten to bring the game to its final tally.
“It is hard to bounce back from a big loss, but that is what the girls did tonight,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “They were beaten quite badly Monday night and it was good to get that taste out of their mouth. We were able to put some good passes together tonight to get us great attacks. Emily Roseman did a great job moving off the ball, as did our other attackers.”
WMC returns to action Friday for a marquee matchup with North Muskegon.
Warrior softball drops doubleheader
The Western Michigan Christian softball team took on Manistee for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader Tuesday, losing by scores of 7-3 and 16-7.
Maria Sanocki took the Game 1 loss, pitching a complete game allowing two earned runs to go with three strikeouts. Abby Sweetman led the offense with two hits, while Maria Sanocki and Steph Weesies each added a double.
Game 2 was a high-scoring affair. Manistee kicked the game off with a 3-run first inning, answered by four Warrior runs in the bottom half to get things moving.
Manistee scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach.
Becca TerHaar, Weesies and Madeline Fellows each knocked two hits to lead the offense. Sophia Hawke threw Game 2, allowing three earned runs with three strikeouts in a complete game.
“I was pleased with all the positives we saw tonight,” said WMC head coach Jeff Hawke. “Our players never quit. We were able to get the bats going in both games and have some excellent plays in the field.”
Warrior baseball sweeps Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took a pair of wins over Lakes Eight Conference foe Manistee on Tuesday by scores of 11-0 and 10-2.
Nathan VanderWeide took the win in Game 1, throwing four innings with five strikeouts.
Nick Moser led with two hits, two runs and two RBIs, while Sam Liggett added two hits, including a home run, Ben Garretson knocked two hits for two RBIs, Brant Zeerip scored two runs and Carson Van Hekken added two RBIs.
Jameson Goorman started Game 2, going four innings with four strikeouts. Garretson threw two innings of relief, punching three strikeouts.
Goorman led on offense with three hits, including a home run, Moser knocked two hits for two RBIs and two runs scored while Garretson and Liggett each added two RBIs.
“Tuesday’s wins push us to 3-0 in Conference play, which is a great start for us,” said WMC head coach Chris Van Hekken. “We were not as sharp as we have been on the mound, but our pitchers battled through all day. We were able to bring Cole Crabtree up to varsity this week and he threw an inning in each game and got his first varsity hit of the season.
“Ben Garretson had a great day at the plate and on the mound. Nick is continuing to keep hitting line shot after line shot for us. Even the times he doesn't get a hit, he hits a shot right at someone.
“Jameson had a strong day as well at the plate and got his first varsity home run as did freshman Sam Liggett.
“All in all, it was a great day and we appreciate all the fans that came out to support us tonight. “