The Lakers shot a 156 at Muskegon’s Lincoln Golf Course, defeating Reeths-Puffer in their last regular-season match and breaking the nine-hole school record for the third time this season.
Spring Lake has also broken their 18-hole record twice. They finished the regular season 12-0.
Two freshmen led the Lakers on Thursday. Anna Kramer shot a 35, while Jaedyn Shelton had a 37.
Ginnie Olszewski also broke 40, with a 39. Emma Conroy rounded out the scoring with a 45.
Coach George Bittner also acts as the boys coach. He said he hoped they would be motivated by the success of the girls squad.
“I’m having meetings at the two lunch periods for the boys this week, and I’m going to have that number right in front of them — 156, and see if they match it in the spring,” Bittner said.
Lakers swim past Unity
The odds were stacked against the Spring Lake swimming and diving team on Thursday, but the Lakers persevered and scored a tight win over Hudsonville Unity Christian on Thursday.
“Wow, were we tired tonight,” coach Penny Zacek said after the meet. “This has been an extremely busy week. We have Homecoming Spirit Week, had a meet on Tuesday, and have had some challenging practices and now this meet.
“We ended up with a win, but it certainly wasn’t pretty.”
The Lakers got off to a solid start as Meghan Peel, Audrey Gleason, Mairead Cooper and Roxane Strobel swam to victory in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2 minutes, 4.75 seconds.
The Lakers’ Jennifer Meulenbelt then continued her outstanding season with a lopsided win in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 2:07.14.
Peel and Strobel finished 1-2 in the 200 individual medley, then Sophie Conroy and Ellen Hyde placed 2-3 in the 50 freestyle.
Paige Rubleski and Makayla Boyink took second and third, respectively, in the diving competition, while Cooper won the 100 butterfly in 1:09.14. Teamate Olivia Kuhn was second in 1:14.55.
Meulenbelt took second in the 100 freestyle in 58.61, then Aubrey Rolston and Meghan Burgess finished 2-3 in the 500 free.
Peel and Sophia Kleinhecksel took second and third in the 100 backstroke, then Strobel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.11.
The Lakers closed out the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay as Hyde, Cooper, Meulenbelt and Peel touched the wall in 4:09.35.
Zacek noted that Konnor French swam well in the 500 freestyle, and credited Strobel and Kaitlyn Weesies for turning in strong efforts in the 100 breaststroke.
Lakers’ diving coach Barb Brackett said it was great to have her girls go up against some top competition. Both Rubleski and Boyink have qualified for the regional meet later in the season
SL senior boomers win last home game
The Spring Lake soccer team sent their seniors out in style, defeating Wyoming Lee in their last home game of the season, 5-2.
Lee took an early lead, scoring with about 19 minutes to go in the first half.
The Lakers rallied though, as Josh Roberge and Tanner Debien scored goals within 10 minutes of each other to give Spring Lake a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
Even more firepower came in the second half, as Nic Ellingboe, Alec Palmer and Jordan VanderMeulen all had a shot hit the back of the net.
The Rebels scored one more late, to bring the game to its final score.
“I’m really proud of how they worked,” coach Jeremy Thelen said. “It was nice to honor our seniors and make sure they walk off that filed with a win.”
JV: Spring Lake defeated Wyoming Lee, 5-1.
Grand Haven volleyball defeats W. Ottawa
The Grand Haven swept Holland West Ottawa in a three game set on Thursday, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22.
Coach Aaron Smaka said the Buccaneers defensive play was their best of the season.
Grand Haven got off to a big lead in Game 1 against West Ottawa, cruising to a 25-16 victory.
While the next two games were also wins for the Bucs, they were very different in nature.
Grand Haven came back from a 12-2 deficit to take Game 2, and Game 3 was a back-and-forth contest.
Smaka said those games showed a weakness his club needs to work on.
“We loved our defensive effort, but we can definitely improve in our serve and receive,” Smaka said. “Their effort and everything else was great. They did a really good job of executing the game plan. You can always get better though, and I think that is where the serve/receive comes in.”
The Bucs were led by Miss Volleyball candidate Jami Hogeboom. Hogeboom turned in an all-around performance, with two aces, five kills, 29 assists, 10 digs and four blocks.
Fellow Miss Volleyball candidate Krysteena Davis continued her stellar play at the net with nine kills and seven blocks.
Taylor Craymer and Mackenzie Ritsma were also monsters at the net with seven and six kills respectively.
Craymer also added six digs.
The Bucs are now 27-13-1 on the season, 1-1 in conference play.