On Thursday September 20, TK hosted the OK Gold at Yankee Springs Golf Club on a cold, windy afternoon. The South Christian girls continued their undefeated status by winning this third Jamboree. They finished with a 186, with Wayland coming in second with 190 and Hastings third with 191.
Megan Wierenga once again led the team with a 42. Arancha Baron had a 43, Kelsey Ballast finished with a 50, Bridget Hemingway followed with 51, Jordan Tucker with a 53, and Jessica Shier had a 55.
The next challenge for the Sailors is the Kalamazoo Invite on Saturday. Their next OK Gold Jamboree is Tuesday, hosted by Wayland at Orchard Hills.
South Christian Varsity Soccer picked up their 4th conference win Thursday with an 8-0 win over Ottawa Hills. Goals were scored by Nick VanderHost (2), John Devries, Alex Klunder (2), Diego Arce, Marlon Bykerk and Akos Bajtel. Assists where picked up by Jon Gorter (3), Kyle Boes, Kevin Doornbos, Marlon Bykerk and Akos Bajtel. The win is the 8th shutout this season and brings the varsity record to 8-2-1.
The varsity volleyball team continued its winning ways in OK-Gold play on Thursday night with a dominating 3-set win over host Ottawa Hills. The Sailors, now 15-10 overall and 3-0 in league play, defeated the Bengals 25-2, 25-4, 25-2. Anna Timmer tied her personal best with 21 assists in the match.
South Christian’s varsity volleyball team traveled to Ottawa Hills on Thursday night for their third conference match of the year and came away with the same result as the first two, a win. Head coach Allison Sagraves was able to get everyone valuable playing time in the one-sided affair that saw Morgan Torres post 10 aces and Danie Oeverman finish with 10 kills.
The night also was sparked by the return of 2011 1st Team All-Stater Olivia DenHartigh who finished with a team high 12 kills. Olivia had been out since the first match of the season and returned to practice late last week. South has now won seven of their past 10 matches dating back to a 1-0 start in conference play when they defeated Hastings two weeks ago.
“Aside from a couple unforced errors, it was good that our team kept their focus throughout the three sets,” said Sagraves. “We got to see a different lineup than we have been using since the beginning of the season and now we need to do some fine tuning as we head into next week.”
The Sailors will host Wayland next Thursday for a 7pm matchup. Last year, Wayland earned a share of the OK-Gold crown along with Forest Hills Eastern.
Tuesday Evening, September 18th, the South Christian Varsity Soccer team played Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Both teams were undefeated in the OK Gold Conference. South came away with the victory 3-1. Many South players had last year’s regular season loss to CC on their mind and were glad to avenge that game. CC scored the first goal to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Late in first half, Kyle Doornbos scored with the assist to Marlon Bykerk, which tied up the game 1-1. South looked better in the second half and controlled the tempo. Bykerk got the second half scoring started on an assist from Kody Kok, making the score 2-1. Kok later scored the final goal of the night on a nice header with Kyle Doornbos picking up the assist. The varsity team has improved their overall record to 8-2-1 and conference record to 3-0.
The JV team also beat CC 8-0, with the 8th goal scored with 15 seconds left in the game by birthday boy Calvin DeWeerd. Kurtis DeVries and Jett DenHartigh each scored a goal. Nate Scully and Evan Beukema each scored twice. Austin Clark bent one in on a corner kick with some help from a strong wind.
Thursday, September 13 Hastings hosted the second OK Gold Jamboree for the season, at Hastings Country Club. After winning the first Jamboree a week earlier at Quail Ridge, the South Christian girls wanted to repeat. Despite a tough course, the Sailors won again, with a team score of 177, 13 strokes ahead of 2nd place Hastings.
Megan Wierenga had a solid 41, followed by Arancha Baron with a 43, Bridget Hemingway with a 45, and Kelsey Ballast with a 48. Grace Elenbaas followed with a 53 and Jordan Tucker had a 57.
The Lady Sailors head into a busy week, with am 18-hole tournament in Lansing on Monday at Walnut Hills, and a Jamboree hosted by Middleville on Wednesday, at Yankee Springs Golf Club. On Saturday September 22, they’ll play in the Kalamazoo Invite at Kalamazoo Country Club.
After a tough start to the season, with tight losses to Calvin Christian and Caledonia, the SC JV Tennis team has won 4 of their last 5 matches. The turnaround match came in convincing fashion with a 4-1 (all doubles) victory over Northpointe Christian. With confidence building, the Sailors stole a 3-2 win over Unity Christian when 4th doubles team, Peter Oostema & Andrew Lanning, fought off 3 match points and won 11-9 in a decisive 3rd set super tiebreaker.
The Sailors continued this week with wins over Middleville/TK and Hamilton. The only loss in the last two weeks was dealt by a strong Holland Christian team.
Next week the boys have a chance for redemption in a rematch against Calvin Christian on Monday and host Catholic Central on Wednesday.
The South Christian Varsity and JV soccer teams each handily won their conference soccer games on Thursday September 14th against Wayland, providing all healthy players with playing time. The Varsity team won 4-0 with goalies Erik VerHoef and Zac Medendorp sharing time in goal, securing South Christian’s 7th shutout in 9 games, improving their overall record to 6-2-1. Marlon Bykerk started the scoring in the first half with an assist from Zak Hulst. Cody Kok scored a very nice header later in the half on a feed from Jake Woltjer. In the second half Woltjer scored a goal with 33 minutes left in the game. With 19 minutes left in the game, Steve Springvloed scored his first goal of the season with Hulst registering another assist.
The JV team completely dominated possession en route to a 7-0 victory. The score was 2-0 in the first few minutes, before this reporter even got to the game. Evan Beukema, Jett DenHartigh and Austin Clark each scored 2 goals and David Hubbard picked up the other goal. The JV’s team record is now 4-4-1.
A strong finish to the fifth set lifted the South Christian Varsity Volleyball team to an exciting 5-set win over host Thornapple Kellogg on Thursday night in OK-Gold conference action. South used wins in sets one, three and five to remain unbeaten in league play as they improve to 14-10 overall.
On a night in which the Trojans hosted a “Pink Out” that saw over $400 go towards a fund in memory of a former 7th grade English teacher who battled breast cancer three times before passing away, the Sailors recovered from inconsistent play to squeeze out the five set win 25-13, 18-25, 25-19, 18-25, 15-10.
Set one looked as if South Christian, fresh off a second place finish this past weekend in the EK Classic, would make quick work of the Trojans as they won easily 25-13. Tay Wierenga posted four kills while Danie Oeverman and Morgan Torres finished with three each.
Sets two, three, and four however were not at all like the first as Thornapple Kellogg quickly turned the match into a grind with a dominating 25-18 win in the second to even the score. After South pulled ahead in the third with a win of their own, TK refused to quit and forced a fifth set as they benefited from many Sailor errors and a strong net game.
Playing their first 5-set match of the season, South quickly fell behind 5-3 but then behind the serving of Megan Dykstra, the Sailors ran off seven consecutive points to lead 10-5 forcing TK into a timeout. After South went up 12-5, the home team made it interesting with a 5-0 run to get within two but South hung tough to pull out the 15-10 win.
“It is always good to get a win in conference play especially when playing on the road,” said head coach Allison Sagraves. “The atmosphere was awesome and the cause for which we celebrated with them was even cooler. It is nice to see the girls come through when faced with that adversity, but we have to get back to playing solid volleyball by limiting our mistakes and being more aggressive.”
South was led offensively by Tay Wierenga’s 19 kills while also posting five aces on the night. Megan Dykstra led the way with 20 assists and Morgan Torres finished with 20 digs. The Sailors will return to action next Thursday when they travel to Ottawa Hills for another OK-Gold match.