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Five Things to Watch this Week

Josh VanDyke • Oct 3, 2016 at 12:32 AM

The postseason is officially here as boys tennis and girls golf teams across Michigan will be preparing for regional competition this week. The Spring Lake girls golf team will be one of the favorites to repeat as Division 3 state champions after reeling off back-to-back state titles in 2014-15.

The Grand Haven boys tennis team is coming off a strong showing at the O-K Red Conference postseason tournament and will be looking to pull off an upset at the Division 1 regional competition.

With seasons on the line, this week’s action looks to hold plenty of drama and excitement.

Division 3 Girls Golf Regional

When: Wednesday

Where: White Lake Golf Course

Teams: Spring Lake, Alma, Belding, Big Rapids, Comstock Park, Coopersville, Fremont, Fruitport, Howard City Tri County, Ludington, Chippewa Hills, Sparta and Whitehall

The Spring Lake girls golf team opens its Division 3 state title defense with the Division 3 regional at White Lake Golf Course on Wednesday.

The Lakers are coming off a dominant conference season, which saw the team finish a perfect 10-for-10 during the O-K Blue Conference jamboree slate, winning the league by a combined 331 strokes.

At last Thursday’s conference tournament, senior Anna Kramer took individual medalist honors with a 78, while senior Jaedyn Shelton and junior Madelyn Nelson both had 81s. Jackie Olszewski, Hannah Klein and Phoebe Saunders each had 88s.

The Lakers placed six golfers on the O-K Blue All-Conference team.

Anna Kramer (37.75 average), Madelyn Nelson (39.88), Jaedyn Shelton (40.13), Jackie Olszewski (41.13) and Hannah Klein (42.25) swept the first-team honors, while freshman Phoebe Saunders made the second team with a 43.14 average.

Division 1 Girls Golf Regional

When: Thursday

Where: The Meadows Golf Course, GVSU

Teams: Grand Haven, Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grandville, West Ottawa, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, Rockford and Traverse City West

The Grand Haven girls golf team competes at the Division 1 regional at the Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale on Thursday. The Bucs will need their best outing of the season if they hope to make it to the state meet, as the field of competition will be loaded with talent.

O-K Red Conference champion Hudsonville will likely be the team to beat, while Caledonia, East Kentwood and Traverse City West are favorites to battle for qualifying spots.

Bekah Schrader, Ashley Vorac, Ally Kingma and Audrey Reus have been the top scorers for the Bucs so far this season.

Division 3 Boys Tennis Regional

When: Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Ferris State University

Teams: Spring Lake, Fruitport, Cadillac, Cedar Springs, Coopersville, Fremont, Ludington, Petoskey and Sparta

The Spring Lake and Fruitport boys tennis teams will be competing at the Division 3 regional at Ferris State University on Thursday. The Lakers and Trojans hope to peak at the right time and make a possible push toward qualifying for the state meet.

Key players for the Lakers include: Senior Collin Layson, and juniors Garrett Henning, Brandon Pratt, Jake Kugler and Jack VanWingen.

Key players for the Trojans include: Seniors Keaton Rhoades, Josh Peters, Emily Visscher and Garrett Domine.

Division 1 Boys Tennis Regional

When: Thursday, 9 a.m.

Where: Holland High School

Teams: Grand Haven, Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Rapids Union, Grandville, Holland, West Ottawa, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo Central and Rockford

The Grand Haven boys tennis team travels to Holland to compete at the Division 1 regional. The Bucs are coming off an impressive showing at the O-K Red Conference tournament, which saw two players earn conference championship crowns.

Spencer Sortman and Riley Wilton both brought home those honors at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Freshman Noah Bachmann also made the finals at No. 1 singles by beating West Ottawa, but lost to Caledonia in the finals. If the Grand Haven doubles duos can pull off a couple of upsets on Thursday, the Bucs could find themselves in a position to qualify for the state meet.

Grand Haven Football vs. East Kentwood

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Gene Rothi Field

The Grand Haven football team is coming off a disappointing road loss to Caledonia last Friday. For the second week in a row, the Buccaneers were shutout in the second half. This time, Grand Haven held a 14-7 lead at the break, but Caledonia was able to mount a comeback effort and steal away a 22-14 win in front of its home crowd.

The Bucs (2-4) hope the friendly confines of Gene Rothi Field will help the team pull off an upset over East Kentwood (3-3). The Falcons have had their own share of struggles this season after qualifying for the playoffs last season at 5-4.

Both teams will be fighting for the playoff lives, as well. A fifth loss for Grand Haven will eliminate them from playoff contention, while a fourth loss for East Kentwood would put them behind the 8-ball with a matchup with O-K Red leading Rockford still on the schedule.

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