West Michigan Lakers enjoy stellar season on AAU circuit

The West Michigan Lakers AAU boys basketball team was founded 10 years ago, but they've never experienced the amount of success that has transpired on the court this spring and summer. The Lakers' 17s squad - comprised of high school seniors-to-be throughout West Michigan - accumulated a final record of 46-8 and won six of their nine tournaments. "I guess I should retire right now,' joked team founder Kevin Tringali, who also coaches girls basketball at Saugatuck High School. "It's been a great run.'
Nate Thompson
Aug 12, 2011


The Lakers were also coached by Joe Soules, the varsity boys coach at Forest Hills Northern.

Tringali said a catalyst for the Lakers’ sparkling season was their team-first attitude and tremendous depth.

“Everyone was on the same page from the very beginning, which is huge for team morale,” he said. “All the kids were very unselfish and bought into what the coaches were teaching. And our depth was outstanding. We basically had two-deep at every position, which is pretty rare. If we lost any one kid on the team, we still won 90 percent of our games, and that’s a tribute to our depth.”

Adding to the squad’s balanced attack was Grand Haven guard Alex Eidson. Tringali highlighted Eidson’s positive attitude, even when he was asked early on to accept a reserve role.

“The thing about Alex, he left another (AAU) program to come join ours and that’s not an easy transition,” Tringali said. “But he accepted his role early on after we told him he’d possibly be coming off the bench. But he never complained about it and always had the right attitude and right approach.”

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First I want to apologize upfront to online readers for my multiple posts. My Bad... I also want to say I have no hard feelings against Spring Lake, the high school or its athletic program.

That being said... I have to bring to attention, to all who read the Tribune (if it isn't already obvious after years of it going on), that this news paper is definitely slanted towards providing substantially more sports coverage on Spring Lake then on the City in which it resides (Grand Haven). Back tracking from present day all the back to the beginning of May I was able to count up (give or take 2-3 articles) 82 Spring Lake High School highlighted sports articles compared to 66 Grand Haven highlighted sports articles. Furthermore, the deeper I go back into the school year, the worse it becomes, and the larger the divide.

I know this isn't scientific study (maybe it should be), however, even if it were split right down the middle, that would still be completely ridiculous. Even more glaring is the amount of Fruitport coverage the Tribune provides. It's like living in Ohio and picking up a Ohio paper to read about OSU Football, to find that instead more than half of the Sports coverage on a regular basis is talking about UofM Football. Talk about some upset sports fans.

Being that the Tribune is called the "Grand Haven Tribune" and NOT the TRI-CITY TRIBUNE, I'd think it only be fair that the families and friends of all the GH athletes get to read more about "their cities" athletes instead of every other cities athletes.

And yes, Matt DeYoung, you could probably do something about this. I know "Spreading the Wealth" sounds outstanding in theory but it's always terrible in practice.

How about showing more than enough love to our Grand Haven athletes before we start highlighting everyone elses??? Just a simple idea from a simple person.


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