While spring is the season of new beginnings, the spring athletic season is the end of the road for high school sports. For the athletes at Mona Shores High School, the school year ended with a bang as five different spring athletic programs won championships of some variety.
Though the girls tennis team missed out on repeating as conference champions this year, they were able to take home a GMAA championship by outlasting three-time defending champion North Muskegon. The ladies had multiple city champions on the day: Skyler MacLachlan at #3 singles, Kendra Hylland at #4 singles, Jenna Carmean & Kyann Hellmann at #1 doubles, Chloe Rose and Ella St. Martin at #3 doubles, and Raelyn Tyler and Roxy Vanderwall at #4 doubles.
The boys golf team repeated as both GMAA Champions and OK Green champions with senior Nico Taylor winning medalist honors at the GMAA invitational. In winning his first individual title, he joins his brother Nathan (2020 grad) and father Tim (1990 grad) as city medalists.
Girls soccer won their sixth consecutive conference championship this spring that caps a dominant record of 61-0-5 in conference games. In that span, they have outscored their opponents 357-20 and have 50 shutouts in the 66 league contests. It’s an impressive run from a program that has consistently put girls into college programs.
After a decade-long dry spell, the Mona Shores varsity baseball team won a district championship. While the Sailors have consistently won conference and GMAA titles in recent history, an MHSAA district has been hard to come by. This allowed our seniors, including Michigan State bound Jaxon Huffman, to finish their careers at home in the regional semifinal against Cedar Springs.
In only its fifth season fielding a varsity team, the boys lacrosse program not only won back-to-back conference championships, but they won the first regional title in school history. Advancing to the state quarterfinals, this year’s senior class led the program to a 19-1 conference record in three seasons as well as a 45-12 overall record. This season’s 18-2 mark included four one-point wins as well as five come-from-behind victories.
It was truly a season to remember for our spring athletes and their families. As the school year winds down and summer begins, off-season conditioning and camps become the focus for our coaches and athletes. Fall sports begin on Monday, August 7th and the 2023-24 school year kicks off in earnest. Go Shores!