“We’re excited about this year’s field of teams,” said Grand Haven head coach Greg Immink. “It’s the same four programs, but each team is vastly different than they were last year. Petoskey didn’t have their best player available for last year’s tournament, and Traverse City West is returning a lot of key players from last year’s team that made it all the way to regional finals.
“Muskegon Heights is replacing a lot of experience, but they return some of their top playmakers from last year. We’re just hoping to get better by testing ourselves against good competition during the holiday break. The O-K Red season is a few weeks away, but the more quality reps we get in now, the better we’ll be by the end of the year.”
Here’s a look at each team participating in this year’s tournament.
Head Coach: Dennis Starkey (31st year)
Center Danny Kolp (6’9)
Power forward Jake Lee (6’5)
Small forward Joel Wilson (6’4)
Shooting guard Seth Mann (6’5)
“Petoskey is a lot like Spring Lake,” said Immink. “They have a lot of size and length among their starters and they have a lot of experienced senior playmakers. “Kolp is a Northwood University commit, who averaged around 14 points a game last year. He’s going to be difficult to keep off the boards.
“Coach Starkey is a Hall of Fame coach with more than 300 wins on his resume. He’s been at the school for more than 30 years, and he’s done a great job with that program. We’re going to have our hands full trying to match their size, but it will be a good test for our younger post players.”
TRAVERSE CITY WEST (3-1)
Head Coach: Sanders Frye (Third year)
Guard Alex Keene (5’9)
Guard Miigwaanhs Barrientoz (5’10)
Guard Brady Stoerkel (5’11)
Forward Ryan Hayes (6’8)
“Traverse City West is another well-coached team with a lot of experience,” Immink continued. “Coach Frye has helped them win three straight district titles since he’s taken over the program and he’s got a good mix of playmakers on this team this year.
“Hayes is a big kid that is committed to play college football at the University of Michigan, so he’s obviously a great athlete. They’ve also got some quick guards along the perimeter that can create for themselves and their teammates.”
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS (0-4)
Head Coach: Dalrecus Stewart
Guard Kieshon Watson
Point Guard Elijah Moore
“Muskegon Heights only returns one starter from last year’s team that finished 17-5 and lost in the quarterfinals,” Immink added. “They haven’t won a game yet this season, but they’ve played a really tough schedule. They lost to Benton Harbor, who might be one of the best teams in Class B this year, and then lost some really tight games to Muskegon Catholic, Ludington and Detroit Community.
“Coach Stewart does a nice job over there of using his team’s speed and athleticism to press teams into bad situations. They are a lot like us this year. We’re both very guard-oriented and replacing big senior classes with some inexperience.”
GRAND HAVEN (3-1)
Head Coach: Greg Immink (Third year)
Forward Kellum Bridgeforth
Point Guard Casey Constant
Guard Bryce Taylor
Guard Malic Love
“We’re hoping to see some improvement from our team after a week of competitive practices,” Immink said. “Kellum was tournament MVP last year, and he’s been one of our top performers so far this season, too. “Our guards have been playing smart and limiting our turnovers for the most part. Casey, Bryce and Malic have all contributed within their roles and really helped us big up some big wins so far this season.
“This two-day tournament should help us nail down our rotation a little more, figure out some things about ourselves and push us to be better. It should be an exciting two days of basketball at the Fieldhouse, and we’re hoping to make the most of it.”
Lakeshore Cup Schedule
3:30 p.m. Petoskey JV vs. Grand Haven JV (Fieldhouse)
5:30 p.m. Muskegon Heights vs. Traverse City West (Fieldhouse)
7 p.m. Muskegon Heights JV vs. Traverse City West JV (Aux Gym)
7 p.m. Petoskey vs. Grand Haven (Fieldhouse)
Noon Petoskey JV vs. Muskegon Heights JV (Fieldhouse)
1:30 p.m. Petoskey vs. Muskegon Heights (Fieldhouse)
1:30 p.m. Traverse City West JV vs. Grand Haven JV (Aux Gym)
3:00 p.m. Traverse City West vs. Grand Haven (Fieldhouse)