The Lakers' competitive cheer team was thrown a curve ball on Wednesday.
A few members of the team came down with the flu, forcing Spring Lake to dramatically alter its routine and its lineup, and still managed to place second in Wednesday's home conference competition.
"I'm so proud of them. They did a fabulous job," Lakers' coach Katie Bowen said. "They showed some serious perseverance."
Spring Lake finished with 621.74 points. Tri-County, the league favorite, took first with 679.38 points. Fruitport was third at 573.7, followed by Western Michigan Christian at 570.6. Grant was fifth, and Holton finished sixth.
Boven said several members of her team came down with the flu prior to Wednesday's competition.
"We put so much time and energy into creating a round, and we had to redo rounds 1 and 3, and we had to substitute new people in round 2," Bowen said.
"Tri-County has had a really good year. They're a great team all-around. That's the team to beat. We're trying to catch them. That's our goal."
Fruitport coach Courtney McRobert left the meet a bit disappointed in her team's showing.
"We scored lower than we have at previous meets," McRobert said. "Our round 3 was pretty rough, our timing and our one-leg extensions. We're not hitting. We've done better. We're going to make some changes to improve those scores.
"We have a very young team, so we're working through some of those challenges."
The competition consisted of three rounds. In the first, judges looked for jumps and creativity within the cheer. In the second, the teams focus on tumbling, flexability and jumps, with an emphasis on being in unison. The third round is the most exciting as teams go all-out to impress the judges with their tumbling and stunts.
Spring Lake will compete against several other programs at Sparta on Saturday.