GRAND HAVEN TWP. — At the end of a process that has taken place almost entirely online, Wednesday marked an exciting day of closure for a handful of Grand Haven High School student-athletes.
The debate seemed to change every hour: Which high school sports would take place this fall? Which sports are safe to play? How can contact sports be played safely?
In addition to a district championship and regional final appearance, Spring Lake’s boys soccer team picked up a couple more pieces of hardware this week.
CEDAR SPRINGS — On a different night, Spring Lake might have been celebrating. Slight underdogs coming in, the Lakers hung in against a strong East Grand Rapids team and pretty much matched them for 80 minutes.
Spring Lake took on Reeths-Puffer for the fifth straight postseason, and won 3-2 in overtime. Although the Rockets made a staggering comeback to tie the game in the last four minutes, Ben Bush scored with 2:44 left in overtime to win the match.
FRUITPORT — Reeths-Puffer has now knocked out local boys soccer teams in consecutive years, as they beat Fruitport 3-1 on the road Thursday night in an opening-round district game.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — If there was a team Grand Haven probably didn’t want to see in its district opener on Wednesday, it was probably Rockford.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — It hasn’t been too often that Spring Lake soccer has had to tighten up and play defensively. Usually, they’re spending their second halves adding to a lead.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Even at this late stage in the season, there is still a little work to be done for Grand Haven soccer to replicate their district title success from a year ago.
SPRING LAKE TWP. — The Spring Lake boys soccer roster for 2020 remained largely the same from last year’s group. That’s definitely a positive – last year’s team went undefeated in conference play and did so in dominant fashion.
FRUITPORT — Until Thursday, there had been just one other Erny Field anywhere across the globe, and longtime Fruitport athletic director Ken Erny knew about it.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Grand Haven boys soccer team slid into third place in the O-K Red on Tuesday with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ottawa.
Plenty of local teams were in action on Thursday, with wins on the soccer field and in the pool for a handful of area programs. Results and more from Thursday’s loaded slate of competition:
FRUITPORT — A pair of identical set pieces made the difference for Fruitport soccer on Monday night, as they recovered from a first-half deficit to tie Coopersville 2-2.
Most weeks during a normal fall season, football is the only thing going on a Friday night. With schedules compressed by COVID-19 delays, that might not be the case every week this time around. A handful of different events took place across Friday and Saturday.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — After two close matches to start their conference season, Grand Haven soccer got the win they were looking for on Thursday night in a 3-0 home win against Caledonia. Joey Fischer scored two first-half goals before Emarrean Banks finished things off a couple minutes after h…
Monday is not always a busy day on the calendar, but with the compressed schedules brought about by delays at the start of the season, there was plenty of action to be found.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — One thing about the pandemic’s timing was that it wiped away the club seasons of a handful of sports. Volleyball and soccer teams often use the spring and summer to travel and compete.
Thursday was as normal a night on the high school schedule as we’ve seen in months. Soccer, swimming and volleyball matches were all part of a busy night, along with the fall sports that had a full start to their seasons.
Wednesday marked the official start of the season for a handful of area teams. While many of them weren’t in action until Thursday evening, a handful of sports were in play on a cool Wednesday night.
Western Michigan Christian boys soccer opened their Division 4 state title defense at home on Tuesday, with a 4-0 win over Manistee serving as its first game action since November.
Following a new executive order from Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday, the MHSAA has reinstated football into the fall sports calendar.
NORTON SHORES — Western Michigan Christian has plenty of positive momentum, even at a time where that’s tough to come by.
A meeting of the MHSAA’s Representative Council Friday yielded little change to current guidelines governing play for boys soccer, volleyball and girls swimming.
Social distancing restrictions in the state of Michigan may be the only thing separating players and fans from a high school soccer season.
Those awaiting good news on the fate of three fall high school sports – boys soccer, girls swim and dive, and volleyball – will have to wait a little longer to find out if they can face opponents this fall.
Generally, a multi-sport athlete has a good chance at winning Spring Lake’s Len Fase Award for the top male and female Lakers of the year. That would have been the case again this summer, as award winners Zach Keyser and Phoebe Saunders had plans for big senior seasons in their spring sport …
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Graduation party season has become another rite of passage for teenagers across the country.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Even as the state starts to slowly open up, it would be very tough to justify hosting a large outdoor event like a semi-professional soccer match.