Lakers' girls fall to Big Reds

Spring Lake girls finish 0-2 at Muskegon Hall of Fame Classic
Tribune Staff
Dec 22, 2012


Spring Lake’s varsity girls basketball team played much better on Friday night than on Thursday, but unfortunately for coach Rich Hyde’s team, the result was the same.

The Lakers, competing in the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Girls Basketball Classic, came up short against Muskegon on Friday, 40-33.

On Thursday, Spring Lake fell to Mona Shores, 51-31.

Megan VandDeWeg and Brittany Beeler each scored nine points for the Lakers. Beeler also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, while VanDeWeg snared eight rebounds.

Jewel Wiersma had six points to go with 12 boards. Keslee Zuidema added eight rebounds for Spring Lake, while Molly Miedema and Breanna Williams each had three assists.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake improved to 5-2 on the season with a 36-32 win over Muskegon. Randy Rice led the way with 11 points, while Ayna Gordon had 10 points and seven steals. Remington French added eight points and 13 boards.

Freshmen: The Lakers shut down the Big Reds, winning 23-16. Emma Horne and Ellen Lauinger each had six points, while Anna Windemuller played great defensively.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Hyde's formula for coaching girls:
Season 1 on varsity basketball - Crush their confidence, kill their passion for the game, destroy their faith in the coach's ability.
Season 2 on varsity basketball - (if they can overcome last year's abuse of their mental game) Get out there and play winning basketball.

With proper guidance this team could be unstoppable. What a waste.

Local and Proud

Polaris and Veritas_Hubris and all the other "anonymous" responders on the articles about this year's coach and Varsity Girls Team I would respectively ask that you do not use a public forum such as this to continue with all of your venomous comments. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for this public attempt at character assassination of Coach Hyde. If you have a daughter on the team and you have concerns take it up with her coach directly or the AD...and if you don't have a daughter on the team keep your hateful commentary to yourselves. What a bad example you are for our youth.


I don't believe there is any hateful speech, Local and Proud. Nobody "hates" anybody. There are some of us who are disappointed in the lack of coaching by Hyde and his style. There is no hate here, merely criticism....and part of the job of a "varsity" coach is dealing with criticism - both positive and negative. Hate is such a strong word and is the wrong adjective to be using. Respectively, give that some thought before throwing that word around.


Local and Proud, I respectfully ask whether you are aware whether I or anyone else has spoken to the coach or the AD, RESPECTIVELY? If not, then maybe you are not completely informed on the situation. If so, then perhaps you are closer to the situation than you would have us believe.


Veritas_Hubris, I appreciate your comment and your subtlety. ;)


Polaris, you're not a lone voice.


Ah the anonymous internet! Haven for the disgruntled. If one has knowledge about basketball talent and has watched the SL girls play it is easy to see that they struggle to score. Anyone who watched the previous coaches teams saw much the same problem. Coach Hyde, who has been quite successful with his teams over the years has had little time to correct this issue. The main reason is that very few, if any of the current players focus on bball as their main sport. The kids are good athletes and play hard. Their defense shows that. But being able to score takes a lot of off season work. Coach Hyde did not inherit a system chocked full basketball players who are playing age group in the off season or hanging out at the Y or the park playing pickup. Many of them are 3 sport athletes who choose other sports for that extra effort. Nothing wrong with that... it's what makes SL great. The prior coach did inherit a program loaded with talent because of seedwork done by coach Core when he was on the Girls side. It will take coach Hyde 3 to 4 years to start seeing results. He cannot teach them to be scorers during the season.
As to crushing spirits, one could ask why Lorimer would play for Hyde when she didn't play for the last coach if he was that bad? At the varsity level, the best kids get the PT because at that level the goal is to win. The point of school sports is to mimic life. If you want something badly enough you'll work hard to get it. I guarantee that the players that the critics are advocating for did not put in time to make themselves so good that you'd have to play them. Austin Johnson isn't the star player that he is because he's good looking, or someone is worried about his psyche, or because his parents have lobbied on his behalf. He's great because he has worked harder than any other player.... he plays EVERY DAY and lifts most days. If any girl with even modest athletic ability did that she would be a starter. And she'd probably feel good about it.


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