Prep sports action heats up this week

With Christmas break wrapping up today, area prep sports teams are poised to return to action this week.
Matt DeYoung
Jan 2, 2012

Tuesday marks the season-opener for the Buccaneers’ boys and girls ski teams, which head to Cannonsburg Ski Area outside Grand Rapids for the Giant Slalom Championships.

The Bucs will be right back at Cannonsburg again on Thursday for the Slalom Championships.

While the skiers are just getting their season started, several most other teams are well into their seasons.

That includes area basketball teams, which return to the hardcourt on Tuesday. Grand Haven’s boys open O-K Red Conference play at East Kentwood, while Spring Lake’s girls play a non-conference game at Montague and the Fruitport boys are at Coopersville. Western Michigan Christian’s boys and girls teams are also in action on Tuesday as they play at Freedom Christian.

On Friday, league battles heat up, especially in Spring Lake, where the Lakers’ boys and girls host league favorites Ludington. The Lakers and the Orioles girls are each undefeated while Spring Lake’s boys team hopes to stay in contention in the Lakes Eight with a win against a very good Ludington squad.

Grand Haven’s boys and girls basketball teams visit Muskegon on Friday, while Fruitport plays at Orchard View.

The Buccaneers’ hockey team looks to bounce back from its tough loss at Mona Shores with a home game against Hudsonville on Wednesday. Grand Haven then has a chance to face the Sailors again as the two teams compete in the Stan Conrad Invitational at Lakeshore Sports Centre on Friday and Saturday.

Wrestling teams dive back into conference competition this week as both Spring Lake and Fruitport head to Grant for a league jamboree on Wednesday. Thursday, Grand Haven travels to Hudsonville, then on Saturday, the Buccaneers host the Adam Provencal tournament.

The Bucs’ swimmers and divers host West Ottawa on Thursday while the Lakers visit powerful Holland Christian.

The busy week in sports wraps up with a hectic Saturday schedule. Grand Haven’s bowlers head to the Fruitport Invitational while the cheer team visits Grandville. In addition to hockey and wrestling, the Bucs’ swimmers will compete in the Rockford Invitational.

Spring Lake’s swimmers will also visit Rockford while the cheer team heads to Cedar Springs.

The Lakers’ boys and girls basketball teams are at home on Saturday as they host Whitehall, with the girls game tipping off at 5 p.m. The Lakers’ wrestlers travel to the East Grand Rapids duals.

Fruitport’s wrestlers are at Romeo, while the Trojans’ cheer team competes at Reeths-Puffer.

WMC’s cheerleaders also head to Reeths-Puffer, while the Warriors’ bowlers will compete at Fruitport. 

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