The Lakers increased their lead in the overall standings on Thursday by winning the Fremont Jamboree. Spring Lake scored a 198, which bested runner-up Ludington by seven strokes. Fremont (214), Tri-County (216), and Fruitport (225) followed in the team standings.
Spring Lake now has a commanding 60-shot lead after three jamborees over Tri-County.
The Lakers’ No. 1 player, Karissa Rashke, sat out the event with a sprained wrist, but Ginnie Olszewski picked up the slack for Spring Lake, leading the team with a 46. Emma Conroy added a 49, Emily Marine carded a 50, and Faith Lee finished with a 53.
Spring Lake coach George Bitner was also pleased with the effort of Rachel Rantanen, who bounced back nicely after needing 11 strokes to finish her second hole.
“She finished really well,” Bitner said. “On her last three holes she had a par, bogey, par. That No. 2 was the only hole I helped her on. So from now on, I’ll just leave her alone.”
Rantanen finished with a career-best 55.
Fruitport was led by a 53 from Jenna Visniski.
LAKERS’ SWIM AND DIVE CAN’T TOP RAMS
Spring Lake’s varsity swimming and diving team fell to 0-3 in its difficult stretch of non-conference dual meets on Thursday, following a 108-72 loss to Rockford.
“The girls swam well for what they were given last night,” said head coach Kim Arnold. “Girls wanted to try new and different events than what they normally swam, and that’s what they got.
“The girls did not drop any time from last night, which can be expected sometimes. But when we gain time as a team, it is not a great meet. The girls need to treat every away meet like a home meet.”
Spring Lake has a lengthy break before its returns to action against the co-op team from Mona Shores and Reeths-Puffer on Thursday, Sept. 13.
SL TENNIS STRUGGLES AT FHN
Spring Lake didn’t have much to smile about during a tri meet at Forest Hills Northern on Wednesday.
The Lakers were last in the team standings with two points. The host Huskies won with 14 points, while Holland was second with eight.
“We got kicked,” head coach Charlie Bassett said bluntly.
Spring Lake’s only point came from No. 1 singles player Ryan Fedewa, who scored wins over FHN’s Ryan Katz, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, and Holland’s Chris O’Keefe, 6-4, 6-2.