The Spring Lake boys tennis team finished second at its home invitational on Wednesday.
The Lakers trailed champion Portage Central by four points on the day, 21-17.
“The team was really happy with being second,” head coach Cathy Layson said. “Getting second to Portage Central was a really big thing to the guys. They’re always very, very strong.”
The Lakers’ day was highlighted by Craig Pratt and Griffin Wagasky winning their flight at No. 3 doubles, defeating Grand Rapids Christian’s Austin Geelhoed and Andrew McClurg in the finals, 6-3, 6-4.
“That was kind of special,” Layson said of the duo’s victory. “They’re a brand new team. They’ve never played together before.”
At No. 1 singles, Ryan Fedewa had a tough second-round match against Portage Central, falling 6-3, 6-4. But he recovered to take third place, defeating Cadillac, 6-1, 6-0.
Stuart Velarde had a difficult first-round loss to Grand Haven at No. 2 singles, but he finished the day with two big wins to push his record above .500.
No. 3 singles Trevor Zenas pulled out his last match against Cadillac in three sets, finishing the day with two solid wins.
Bragging rights were had for Kasey Panyard at fourth singles. He defeated his cousin, Cam DeKuipe from Zeeland East, 6-1, 6-1, securing third place.
In doubles play, the Lakers’ No. 1 pair of Harrison Palmer and Mitch Davis lost a close three-set match to Grand Rapids Christian, but finished the day with two strong wins.
Josh Cole and Brenden Peel were runners-up at No. 2 doubles, falling to a tough Portage Central team, 6-1, 6-4.
At No. 4 doubles, Blake Henning and Tyler Strandberg defeated North Pointe Christian in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), securing the bronze.
Grand Haven was also at the invitational. The Buccaneers finished fourth with 13 points.
Korey Searle placed runner-up at No. 1 singles. After a 6-2, 6-4 win over North Point Christian, Searle won 6-0, 6-0 over Cadillac. That pushed him into the championship match against Portage Central’s Ben Orwin, who held on for a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory.
At No. 2 singles, the Bucs’ D.J. Thielbar opened with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Stuart Velarde. Thielbar then lost to Portage Central, 7-5, 6-3.
In the consolation bracket, Thielbar beat Zeeland East, 6-1, 6-0.
Japanese exchange student Masato Arima reached the finals at No. 3 singles. Arima opened with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Cadillac, then cruised past Zeeland East, 6-4, 6-2. In the finals, he came up short against Portage Central’s Cameron Raedy, 7-5, 6-2.
Varun Biddanda also reached the championship match at No. 4 singles. Biddanda defeated Grand Rapids Christian, 6-3, 6-1, before cruising past Zeeland East, 6-1, 6-1. In the finals, he came up short against Nathan Tsui of Portage Central, 6-1, 6-3.
In doubles play, the Bucs’ No. 1 pair of Adam Carlyle and Bryce Peterson opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Zeeland West before falling to Portage Central, 6-4, 7-5.
In the consolation round, Carlyle and Peterson lost to NorthPointe Christian, 6-2, 6-3.
Reid Murphy and Evan Miller won their opener at second doubles, 6-0, 6-0 over Zeeland East. Then lost to Spring Lake’s Cole and Peel, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. That dropped them to the consolation round, where they edged Grand Rapids Christian, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
At third doubles, the Bucs’ Brendon Vanderstel and Kedrick Smith lost their opener to Portage Central, 6-3, 6-3. They then lost to Zeeland East, 6-1, 7-6 (8), before beating Zeeland West, 6-0, 6-0.
At No. 4, Simon Herndl and Anish Mandala fell to NorthPointe Christian, 6-3, 7-6 (3). The pair then defeated Cadillac, 6-4, 6-3, before falling to Portage Central, 6-1, 6-1.