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 help from coaches and readers.
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Here are round two of weekly highlights. These highlights are through April 22. We apologize if we missed a highlight or two. Let us know and we’ll do better next time.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
Montague Girls Soccer: The Montague girls soccer team went 3-1 at the Oakridge Invitational. The Wildcats won three straight to go to the finals, where they lost to Grand Rapids Union 1-0. Scoring goals for the team include Peyton Johnson (4), Kendall Osborne (1), Ava Pelton (1) and Emma Peterson (1).
SUNDAY, APRIL 17
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MONDAY, APRIL 18
Hart Girls Soccer: Hart tied Wyoming Potter’s House Christian 1-1 in a hard-fought game. Cristelia Rangel scored off a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box for the Pirates with 26 minutes left in the second half. Maricruz Andaverde made six saves for Hart, which allowed only two shots in the second half.
North Muskegon Girls Tennis: North Muskegon finished third at the Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian Mustangs Tennis Invite, led by No. 1 doubles team Marilyn Gaston and Natalie Lorenz, which finished runner-up. The Norse are ranked No. 3 in Division 4. Top-ranked Ann Arbor Greenhills won the invite with 23 points, followed by Division 3 No. 10 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (15 points) and North Muskegon (13).
TUESDAY, APRIL 19
Hart Girls Track and Field: Hart stayed unbeaten on the season by beating Oakridge (115-19) and Shelby (121-9) in a conference tri-meet at Oakridge. Scoring points for the Pirates were Aspen Boutell, Kendall Williamson, Audrianna Enns, Jessica Jazwinski, Gabby Vasquez, Laura Bitely, Lauren VanderLaan, Audrey Aerts, Lilly Hopkins, Brooklyn Carter, Lauren Pretty, Gina VanderKodde, Abbie Simkins and Gina VanderKodde.
North Muskegon vs. Montague Soccer: North Muskegon edged visiting Montague is a hard-fought girls soccer battle in conference play, 2-1. Samantha Johnson scored in the final five minutes to break the tie and win it for the Norse. North Muskegon scored on a first-half tally by Natalee Lindell. Midway through the second half, Montague’s Braylyn Bultema scored from outside the 18-yard box on a free kick to tie it.
North Muskegon Baseball: Ben Meyers and the Norse continued their hot hitting in a conference sweep of visiting Ravenna, 13-3 and 22-0. In the first game, Meyers was 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs. In the second game, Meyers was 3-for-4 with a double and four runs. Troy McManus picked up the Game 1 win plus he went 5-for-9 with two doubles and six RBIs on the day. Ryan Delora notched the Game 2 win and finished 6-for-7 with a home run, double and six RBIs. Denny Belmonte and Sam Gallo also homered.
Ravenna Softball: Emma Herremans continued her torrid pace at the plate by going 6-for-7 in Ravenna’s conference sweep of host North Muskegon, 16-0 and 13-3. The freshman was 4-for-4 in the first game with a home run and double, and she went 2-for-3 in the second game with a double. Maddie Kilbourne was 4-for-4 with a double in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second game. Emma Gillard homered twice in the doubleheader and picked up both pitching wins. Liberty Willick and Amelia Porter also homered.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
Montague Baseball: Aidan Buchberger had two hits and two RBIs in each game as the Wildcats swept host Mason County Central in conference action, 12-1 and 8-1. Buchberger homered in the first game. Kade Johnson picked up the pitching win in the first game, while Colton Blankstrom got the win in the second game. Nick Moss had two hits and two runs in Game 1, while Tugg Nichols had a two-run double. In Game 2, Hayden McDonald doubled and scored three runs. Nichols had a hit and two RBIs.
Oakridge Baseball: Oakridge swept Fremont in nonleague action, 2-0 and 13-11. Brody Jennings picked up the win for the Eagles with Garrett Wever getting the save. Corey Vanderputte went 3-for-3 in the first game, while Ethan Jozsa drove in a run. In the second game, the Eagles were led by Vanderputte (3-for-4, home run, three runs), Evan Miller (two hits, two runs, one RBI), Jozsa (two hits, three RBIs, one run), Matt Danicek (three RBIs) and Caleb Osinski (two runs).
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
Jake Vanderwilk, Hart Golf: Vanderwilk scored a conference-low 37 in Mason County Central’s home jamboree at Lakeside Links West course (par 34). This pushes him to No. 1 in the conference overall. Montague took top honors as a team at 181, followed by North Muskegon (182), Whitehall (189) and Hart (190).
North Muskegon Girls Soccer: North Muskegon defeated host Whitehall in the CatchMark SportsNet Competition of the Week, 2-0. Natalie Pannucci scored in the first half for the Norse with Katie Kinahan notched a second-half goal. Emma Lamiman earned the shutout in goal.
Montague Girls Soccer: Montague defeated host Ravenna, 5-1. Emma Peterson and Kendall Osborne each scored two goals for the Wildcats, while Peyton Johnson had one.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
North Muskegon Tennis: The Norse completed a 7-1 Coastal Conference win against Fremont in a match that started Wednesday but was postponed by rain. Noa Bowen, Gabby Gaston and Fia Lindsay won singles matches for North Muskegon, while the doubles teams of Marilyn Gaston-Natalie Lorenz, Ella Tarrant-Anna Toebe, August Carefelle-Allie Sanocki and Gracie Philpot-Brenna Staley also were victorious.
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