SL's Parnell, Hartliep off to a strong start

Spring Lake seniors Nic Parnell and Michael Hartliep started their 2011 season the same way they finished a majority of their matches during the 2010 campaign, winning easily. The pair play No. 1 doubles for coach Charlie Bassett's Spring Lake varsity tennis squad, and after winning the Lakes Eight Conference championship and finishing runners-up at regionals last year, they entered the current season with lofty expectations.
Matt DeYoung
Aug 18, 2011


They lived up to those expectations on Wednesday, helping the host Lakers place fifth out of eight teams at the loaded Spring Lake Tennis Invitational. Grand Rapids Christian took first place with 18 points, followed by Portage Central (17), Zeeland East (16), Grand Haven (14), the Lakers (13), Whitehall (8), Zeeland West (5) and Wayland (4).

“We were missing a kid at No. 2 doubles, so that made my third doubles go up to No. 2 and my fourth doubles go up to No. 3, but we got points in every flight, so I was pleased with that,” Bassett said. “Mike and Nick, they just cruised. There’s nobody even close to them. They should do OK this year.”

Parnell and Hartliep opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Whitehall, then won 6-2, 6-2 against Grand Rapids Christian. In the finals, they beat Portage Central, 6-1, 6-3.

The Lakers’ No. 2 doubles team of Eric Johnson and Jonah Yoshonis started with a loss to Portage Central, then defeated Whitehall before losing to Grand Rapids Christian.

Josh Cole and Brenden Peel at No. 3 doubles lost their opener to Grand Haven before beating Zeeland West and Zeeland East the next two rounds.

At fourth doubles, Sean Dusterwinkle and Patrick Wang, who could end up playing singles for the Lakers before long, lost their first match to Grand Rapids Christian, but battled back with wins over Whitehall and Wayland.

In singles play, Lakers’ sophomore Ryan Fedewa fell to Klaas Walhout of Grand Rapids Christian, 6-0, 6-4. Fedewa bounced back to beat Dan Westrate of Whitehall, 6-1, 6-0, and Ryan Nowakowski of Wayland, 6-0, 6-0.

Lakers’ freshman Mitch Davis won his first match at No. 2 singles, beating Adam Busa of Zeeland West, 6-2, 6-1. Davis then lost to Billy Heckman of Portage Central, 6-0, 6-0, and came up short against Alec Mieras of Zeeland East, 6-2, 6-1.

Spring Lake sophomore Harrison Palmer went 1-2 on the day, with his win coming against Wayland’s Taylor Euwema. Sophomore Craig Pratt won his opening match at fourth doubles before losing to Portage Central and Zeeland East.

Grand Haven’s Conner Kelley reached the championship flight at No. 2 singles before falling to Zeeland East’s Jeremy Depree, 6-0, 6-2. Teammate Korey Searley lost his opening match at No. 2 singles but battled back to win his next two, including a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over Whitehall’s Zac Carlson in the consolation finals.

The Bucs’ DJ Thielbar won his opening match at third singles, lost his second, then won his third by beating Whitehall’s Mike Miller, 6-3, 6-0. At fourth singles, freshman Varun Biddanda opened with a loss to Grand Rapids Christian, but bounced back nicely with wins over Tyler Nienhuis of Zeeland West and Whitehall’s Tim Miemstra.

In doubles play, the Bucs’ Issac Bowen and Cam Rickard went 1-2, with their one win coming against Wayland. Ryan Peterson and Adam Carlisle went 2-1, beating Zeeland West in the third-place match at No. 2 doubles. Craig Peplinski and Phil Chalifoux won their first two matches before falling short against Grand Rapids Christian in the championship flight.

At fourth doubles, the Bucs’ George Austin and Bryce Peterson went 1-2, with their victory coming against Wayland in the opening round.

Spring Lake will take part in the Allegan Invitational today while Grand Haven is off the remainder of the week.



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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