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Five things to watch this week

Tribune Staff • Feb 5, 2018 at 12:48 AM

Believe it or not, the winter prep postseason is upon us. While the basketball teams are just digging into their second conference runs, the wrestling teams are charging full steam into the district tournament. With the team and individual competitions this week, there is plenty of playoff action to enjoy.

Meanwhile, Western Michigan Christian basketball sits atop the Lakes Eight, the Grand Haven girls get a star player back and Spring Lake swimming takes on some top-10 competition. Don’t miss all that and more this week in prep sports.

Wrestling Team District Tournament

Where: Fruitport High School

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

The Fruitport wrestling team is scheduled to host their team district tournament Thursday as Spring Lake, Reeths-Puffer and Muskegon come to town to wrestle for local bragging rights and a trip to the team regional.

The Trojans will take on Reeths-Puffer in the opening round, while the Lakers face off with Muskegon. Both matches are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The Lakers are coming off an emotional fifth-criteria win over Sparta last week, while the Trojans’ lineup is rounding into form at the right time to make a typically deep postseason run.

The Bucs will take on their district tournament at Mona Shores as they face off with West Ottawa in the opening round, while the hosts will enjoy a bye.

Spring Lake swimming vs. GRCH

Where: Spring Lake High School

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

The No. 4 Spring Lake boys swim team is set to host No. 7 Grand Rapids Christian on Thursday in late-season O-K Greater Grand Rapids Conference action.

The Lakers have been posting quick times all season, but have struggled to pick up dual meet wins due to small roster numbers. Thursday will serve as a chance for Spring Lake to grab a much-needed win.

The meet will also act as a measuring stick for the Lakers as they start to round into postseason form. The Eagles will be in the mix at the Division 3 state championship meet come March, and if Spring Lake wants to take home some hardware, they will have to go through Grand Rapids Christian.

Grand Haven hoops vs. West Ottawa

Where: Grand Haven High School

When: Friday — girls varsity 6 p.m., boys 7 p.m.

Now in the second half of the O-K Red Conference season, both the boys and girls Grand Haven basketball squads need every win they can get.

That will be easier said than done for the boys team, as the Panthers sit at 12-1 on the season with 12 straight wins, putting them in total control of the conference. That being said, the Bucs are coming off a tough loss to 6-9 East Kentwood and will be eager to right the ship Friday by taking it to the champs.

On the other end, the girls are coming off their first back-to-back losses of the season as they fell to Muskegon and conference-leading East Kentwood last week. They will look to avoid a three-game skid against a talented 9-5 West Ottawa squad.

West Ottawa should mark the return of standout senior center Kelly Olthoff, who has been sidelined with a knee injury for the entire season so far.

WMC hoops vs. Muskegon Heights

Where: Western Michigan Christian High School

When: Friday, girls varsity 6 p.m., boys 7:30

The Warriors have found themselves among the leaders in the Lakes Eight conference with the girls up one game on Ludington with a 7-0 conference record and the boys tied with the Orioles at 6-1.

With such slim margins in the conference race, every win matters. Aubrey Goorman and the WMC girls should have no problem dismissing 3-11 Muskegon Heights, but after an emotional win over rival Muskegon Catholic Central, the Warrior boys will need to refocus to defeat a Muskegon Heights team that has won four of their last six games.

Wrestling Individual District Tournament

Where: Grand Haven, Lowell High Schools

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

After the team tournaments, local wrestlers will take on the individual district tournaments to fight for a spot in the regional bracket. Grand Haven will host the Division 1 tournament, while Spring Lake and Fruitport will travel to Lowell to take on the Division 2 field. 

Collin Monsma and Daniel Guillen of Grand Haven, Zach Sykes from Fruitport and Hunter Rose and Caleb Swenor from Spring Lake all made runs in the individual tournament a year ago and will look to break into the regional field with runs on Saturday.

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