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5 things to watch this week

Tribune Staff • Dec 10, 2017 at 11:44 PM

With the boys basketball teams now on the court, the girls entering their third week of competition, wrestlers on the mats and swimmers in the water, the winter prep season is heating up.

Rivalry matchups and the opening of a few conference seasons highlight local action this week as the Drawbridge Classic comes to Grand Haven and WMC and MCC clash for cross-town bragging rights on the hardwood. Meanwhile, local swim and dive teams look to capitalize on fresh athletes and Trojan wrestling looks to build on early success.

Here are five contests coming this week that you don’t want to miss.

Spring Lake boys swim vs. Forest Hills

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake Aquatic Center

The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team will look to keep their perfect season alive in their second meet of the year as they host Forest Hills on Tuesday.

The Lakers will hope to capitalize on a fast start to the season and punch a few more early state championship tickets before training yards start to rack up. With their core of star swimmers in top shape from offseason training, don’t be surprised if Spring Lake knocks off their second Division 1 opponent of the young season this week.

Fruitport wrestling double dual

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Where: Fruitport High School

The Fruitport wrestling team will play host to a top-tier double dual-meet Wednesday as Grand Rapids Christian, Hamilton and Reeths-Puffer come to town to test their early-season moves.

The Rockets represent stiff conference competition for the Trojans, while Grand Rapids Christian and Hamilton come in as unfamiliar foes. Fruitport returns a talented lineup including half of their two-man state finals duo from a year ago and will look to establish dominance early Wednesday.

Grand Haven boys swim at Holland Christian

When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Aquatic Center

The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team will get to test their promising roster in a fast pool Thursday as they open their season at the Holland Aquatic Center against Holland Christian.

The Bucs finished last season in 21st place at the Division 1 state meet and return all of their point scorers. Senior Grant Ruster will lead the way along with fellow returning qualifiers Jordan DeVries and Matt Fahey, while water polo standout Mason Fritz will get his first crack between the lane lines in his first season back as a swimmer.

Grand Haven  vs. Spring Lake boys basketball

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

The Drawbridge Classic comes to Grand Haven High School on Friday night as the Spring Lake and Grand Haven boys basketball teams continue non-conference schedules packed with rivals and challenge.

Grand Haven will have just one contest under its belt come Friday, as they demolished Mona Shores on the road last week with fast defense and lights-out shooting.

The Lakers have a tough week ahead of them as they are scheduled to take on Rockford at home Tuesday. They grabbed a win over rival Fruitport in their season opener in a less-than-stellar performance and will have to improve against the Rams to stick with the Bucs come Friday.

This year’s cross town matchup will feature punishing post play by Spring Lake, while Grand Haven will attempt to press and shoot their way around a striking deficit in length.

WMC hoops vs. MCC Friday

When: Girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.

Where: Western Michigan Christian High School

Rivalry night reaches Western Michigan Christian on Friday as the Warriors host Muskegon Catholic Central in their first Lakes Eight Conference tilt of the season.

The girls will kick things off as Aubrey Goorman and Anna Sytsema will look to continue their trend of double doubles. The rest of the WMC varsity squad will have to show up if they want a piece of MCC, who has tested themselves early against NorthPointe Christian and Muskegon Heights.

The Warrior boys will have their hands full against a promising Crusader squad who took a rare victory over Muskegon Heights last week.

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