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5 Things to Watch this Week

Josh VanDyke • Sep 18, 2017 at 12:30 AM

The fall sports season is two months in the books, and there are plenty of conference races and key matchups still on the calendar.

This week features several league competitions, a few potential playoff previews and an important annual community event.

Here’s a look at five events you won’t want to miss this week:

Spring Lake swimming vs. Forest Hills Northern

Date: Today, 6 p.m.

Location: Spring Lake Aquatic Center

The Spring Lake girls swimming team hosts a home meet against Forest Hills Northern tonight at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center.

Senior swimmer Sara Mumby continues to lead the way for the Lakers in the 50-yard freestyle, while Josie Brown has been a stable force in the 100 freestyle and Louise Vega continues to post improving scores in the 500 freestyle.

The Lakers are looking to take the next step in their rebuilding season after losing a large stable of swimmers from last year’s team. A win against the Huskies would do wonders for a young squad that is looking to make a name for themselves.

Grand Haven cross country at West Ottawa

Date: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

Location: West Ottawa High School

The Grand Haven boys and girls cross country teams travel down the road to West Ottawa for an O-K Red Conference jamboree on Tuesday.

The boys and girls squads have put together strong performances so far this season, with both Buccaneer teams finished strong at last weekend’s Spartan Invitational at the campus of Michigan State University.

The Grand Haven boys cross country team finished 16th out of 42 competing teams.

Jack Nicholson led the boys, finishing 28th overall, with a time of 16:11. Also scoring for the Bucs were Aidan Martin at 17:10, Andrew Ireland at 17:11, Cole Rowden at 17:32 and Dominic Weatherwax at 17:42.

The girls cross country team finished 14th overall at the same event.

Gabby Hentemann led the way with a season-best time of 18:45, finishing 16th overall. Emily Mattson (20:52), Kelsie Bovee (20:55), Meadow White (20:55) and Giovana Maracek (21:06) rounded out the scoring team for the Bucs.

The Buccaneers will look to make a statement Tuesday against the rest of the O-K Red Conference field, as they continue to record new personal-best times and push for school records.

Grand Haven tennis vs. Grandville

Date: Wednesday, 4 p.m.

Location: Grand Haven High School

The Grand Haven boys tennis team is coming off an impressive performance at the Holland quad tournament this weekend, and will be looking to carry that momentum into an important conference match against Grandville on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers were without their No. 1 singles player (Noah Bachmann) last weekend, but used strong performances by Riley Wilton, Nathan Sexton, Spencer Sortman and Corbin Johnson to make up for the loss.

With Bachmann likely back in the lineup, the Buccaneers are poised to make a run at the program’s first O-K Red Conference title in more than 20 years.

Spring Lake soccer vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Date: Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

Location: Spring Lake High School

The Spring Lake boys soccer team hosts Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Thursday in a matchup that could have a huge impact on the O-K Blue Conference standings.

The Lakers are coming off an 8-0 rout of Allendale, while Grand Rapids Catholic Central is also coming off a win over the Falcons, after taking a 7-0 win over Allendale last week. In their earlier matchup this season, the Cougars defeated the Lakers, 3-0.

The Lakers stand at 5-4 overall and 4-1 in the O-K Blue, while the Cougars are 7-3-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. If the Lakers hope to defend their league championship, they will need to take care of Catholic Central at home this week.

Grand Haven volleyball vs. Caledonia (Bucs Pride Night)

Date: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Location: Grand Haven High School

Thursday night will be a special night for the Grand Haven volleyball program, as they host their annual Bucs Pride Night in a conference match against Caledonia.

The night will serve as a fundraiser for cancer research, as well as a special night to acknowledge all those in the local community that are affected by or currently battling cancer.

Last year, Bucs Pride and Bluebird Cancer Retreat sponsored a Momcology retreat for mothers whose children have cancer. In March, they plan to host another retreat.

On the court, Grand Haven will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing road loss to Hudsonville last Thursday.

Senior outside Olivia Boeve, senior middle block Lauren Jonker and junior libero Baby Hang are key players to watch for the Buccaneers.

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