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CatchMark SportsNet spring sports weekly highlights (through April 14)

Know of a West Michigan Conference sports highlight? Let us know by emailing sports@catchmarkit.com.

Each week of the spring high school sports season, CatchMark SportsNet will compile some highlights from the West Michigan Conference. We’ll do our best to include all of the top performances, but we’ll need to help of coaches and readers.

If you know of a highlight-worthy stat line or achievement, then please let us know no later than the day after it happened by emailing sports@catchmarkit.com.

Here is our first batch of highlights, which include events through Thursday, April 14. We apologize if we missed a highlight or two. Let us know and we’ll do better next time.

TUESDAY (APRIL 12)

Hunter Hogan, Ravenna track: The junior sprinter tied a school record in the 200-meter dash that had lasted for 26 years, established by Benny Clark Jr. in 1996. Hogan turned in a time of 21.9 seconds en route to winning the race during a tri-meet at North Muskegon on Tuesday, April 12.

Montague boys golf: The Montague boys golf team won an invite at Muskegon Country Club. The meet included Muskegon Catholic Central, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian and North Muskegon. As a team, the Wildcats shot 196. Scoring for Montague were Kevin Jager (45), Danny Flanagan (49), Conner Raeth (51) and Owen Raeth (51).

Maggie Evans, Whitehall soccer: Maggie Evans led her team, scoring all four goals in a 4-0 win over rival Montague. She has accounted for all seven goals in the Vikings’ four matches this season.

WEDNESDAY (APRIL 13)

Whitehall boys golf: The Vikings took first place in the first West Michigan Conference jamboree of the season by shooting 176 on Wednesday, April 13, at Colonial in Hart. North Muskegon was second with 186, followed by Montague third at 193. Junior Landon Griffin led Whitehall in the nine-hole event with a score of 40. Vikings senior Kyren Bluhm was second at 43, tied with North Muskegon’s Logan Wolters. Senior Ashton Trnka shot to tie for fourth.

THURSDAY (APRIL 14)

Whitehall baseball: Whitehall swept visiting Oakridge in a league-opening doubleheader on Thursday, April 14. The Vikings won 5-2 in the first game and 5-3 in the second game, which was shortened by darkness. Sophomore Kyle Stratton led Whitehall with a single, double and two RBIs in the first game and a pitching win in the second half. Sophomore Ryne Christensen earned the pitching win with 11 strikeouts in the game. Taryn Hardy had two hits in the second game, while Noah Meinert had a double and two RBIs.

Ravenna baseball: Ravenna’s baseball team swept visiting Mason County Central in a league-opening doubleheader on Thursday, April 14. The Bulldogs won the first game, 4-0, on senior Travis May’s one-hitter, and they won the second game, 5-2.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

Oakridge softball: The Eagles have been pounding the softball to start the season. They rolled past Whitehall in a league-opening sweep on Thursday in 14-2 and 14-0 wins on the road. In the first game, sophomore Kaelinn Jozsa had two doubles and two RBIs, while senior Jasmine Pastor had two doubles and an RBI. Senior Brooklyn Galdeen posted the pitching win. In the second game, Jozsa got the win and helped her own cause with a double, single and RBI. Madison Clark doubled twice with four RBIs, while Galdeen doubled and singled.

Emma Gillard, Ravenna softball: The Bulldogs junior pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter in her team’s conference sweep of visiting Mason County Central on Thursday, April 14. Ravenna defeated MCC in the first game, 15-0 in four innings, and 24-0 in three innings in the second half. Gillard struck out 10 batters in the first game and five in the second game. She also had three hits on the day.

Emma Herremans, Ravenna softball: The freshman slugger had quite the day at the plate in the Bulldogs’ sweep of Mason County Central Thursday. Herremans was 2-for-2 with a triple in the first game and 3-for-3 with a home run and two triples in the second game.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

Conner Raeth joined CatchMark as an intern in October of 2020. He is currently enrolled at the Muskegon Career Tech Center. There he studies Internet, Network and Security Technologies. Conner is an avid problem solver and desires to grow upon the skills he already has.

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