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Five Things to Watch this Week

Tribune Staff • May 14, 2018 at 12:01 AM

The spring sports season is quickly winding down and many local teams are preparing for the postseason this week, with track and tennis regional competitions on the slate and some marquee rivalry games also set for action.

Here's a look at some of the contests you won't want to miss this week.

O-K Blue Conference Golf Jamboree

When: Today, 3:30 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake Country Club

The Spring Lake boys golf team will host an O-K Blue Conference jamboree today, as the Lakers attempt to fend off Grand Rapids Catholic Central in a tight league race. Spring Lake finished third at the Comstock Park jamboree on May 7 and second at the West Catholic jamboree on April 30.

Spring Lake is led by Nick Krueger, Jack Ogden, Zach Lisman, Evan Schock, Chance Fry and Adam Boes. With only three league jamborees left on the schedule, a strong finish at home by the Laker golf squad today could land the program in prime position to capture the conference championship.

Grand Haven lacrosse Bucs Pride Game

When: Wednesday

Where: Grand Haven High School

Who: Grand Haven boys lacrosse against Grand Haven girls lacrosse

The Grand Haven boys and girls lacrosse programs will continue their new spin on the school's Bucs Pride Games, as the two teams will face off against each other in an exhibition "Battle of the Sexes".

The boys will use the girls' regulation lacrosse sticks during the game, which have shallower pockets and will be under the "no-contact" rules of the high school girls' game. The girls, on the other hand, will don the boys' deeper-pocketed lacrosse sticks and enjoy the unfamiliar privilege of unlimited stick checks.

Last year, the Buc boys scored a narrow 7-5 win over the girls. Will they be able to hold off another surge from an upset-minded girls squad this year?

Tennis regionals

The girls' tennis season is closing in on its final chapters, as the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport teams prepare to leave it all out on the court and battle for an opportunity to continue their seasons at the June 1-2 state finals.

Division 1

When: Thursday, 9 a.m.

Where: Hudsonville High School

The Grand Haven girls tennis squad will attempt to maneuver through a loaded field of competition Thursday, as they take on O-K Red Conference foes Rockford, West Ottawa, East Kentwood, Caledonia, Grandville and Hudsonville.

Other teams involved are Grand Rapids Union, Jenison, Kalamazoo Central and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.

Division 2

When: Friday, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Ferris State University

Fruitport is coming off another O-K Black Conference championship over the weekend and will be riding a wave of momentum in Friday's regional competition. The singles flights continue to power the Trojans forward, as Trinity Busscher (No. 1 singles), 2 singles Haleigh Winskas (No. 2 singles), Olivia Parling (No. 3 singles) and Hannah Kelly (No. 4 singles) all won flight championships over the weekend. The No. 1 doubles duo of Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse also came away with a flight title.

Spring Lake will also be in the field, looking to challenge for a qualifying spot and keep their collective season alive, too.

Other teams at the event include Alma, Bay City John Glenn, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Fremont, Ludington, Sparta and Whitehall.

Track regionals

After inclement weather pushed the O-K Red and Blue Conference Championship meets back from last Friday to today, the Grand Haven and Spring Lake track teams will have to work through a bookended week of important races.

Division 1

When: Friday, 2 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

The Buccaneers will get the luxury of running on their home track for Friday's regionals, but the competitive field won't be quite as rewarding. Grand Haven will line up to race against the likes of top-ranked East Kentwood, as well as Rockford and Ottawa Hills.

Other teams participating are: Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Grand Rapids Northview, Grand Rapids Union, Grandville, Greenville, Holland, West Ottawa, Hudsonville

Jenison, Muskegon, Mona Shores, Reeths-Puffer, St. Joseph and Wyoming.

Division 2

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Where: Allendale High School

Spring Lake and Fruitport will battle against each other Saturday at the Division 2 regional meet at Allendale High School.

The two rivals will also have to fend off the likes of Allendale, Coopersville, Fremont, Kenowa Hills, Hamilton, Holland Christian, Hudsonville Unity Christian, Ludington, Oakridge, Orchard View, Sparta, Whitehall, Zeeland East and Zeeland West.

Grand Haven soccer @ Spring Lake

When: Saturday, 11:45 a.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake girls soccer teams will clash on the pitch this weekend in a non-conference battle that will be well worth the price of admission. Last season, the Lakers scored a 2-0 shutout win over the Buccaneers on the road. This season, Spring Lake will have to defend their turf against a Grand Haven squad that has been building momentum as of late.

The Buccaneers thrashed West Ottawa (6-2) on Thursday and followed that impressive performance up with a 4-3 win over Mona Shores on Saturday. The Lakers have been on a tear of their own lately, going on a three-game winning streak since a 2-1 loss to Grand Rapids Catholic Central on April 30.

Spring Lake has outscored its last three opponents 12-0 and will be looking to keep Grand Haven off the scoreboard for the second year in a row and retain bragging rights for another summer.

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