Winter weather wipes out entire prep sports slate

Lakers' boys basketball misses out on 1st home game
Matt DeYoung
Jan 8, 2014

Teachers are often as guilty as students when it comes to wishing for snow days, but Spring Lake varsity boys basketball coach Bill Core probably would have preferred for school to be in session on Tuesday.

Instead, it was a second consecutive snow day for the district on Tuesday, thanks to wintry weather that effectively shut down much of West Michigan. That led to the cancelation of Tuesday’s boys basketball showdown between Core’s Lakers and the Orioles of Ludington.

The game was scheduled to take place at Spring Lake High School, and would have been the first home game of the season for the Lakers, who have gone 1-4 in their first five road games of the season. That includes last week Friday’s 52-38 victory over Orchard View, which marked the Lakers’ first win of the season.

Depending on when the Ludington game is made up, Core and his Lakers will now have to wait until Jan. 28 for their first home game, a Tuesday night showdown against Oakridge.

That game begins a run of seven out of eight games at home for Spring Lake.

The Lakers’ basketball game was one of several events called off on Tuesday, as continued wintry weather led to the cancelation of all area high school athletic events.

Grand Haven’s swim meet at Zeeland West was called off, as was Spring Lake’s swim contest at Holland Christian.

In addition, the Lakers’ girls basketball game at Ludington was postponed.

Fruitport’s boys and girls basketball games against Orchard View were postponed, as was Western Michigan Christian’s girls basketball home game against Reeths-Puffer.

The prospect for today’s scheduled sporting events is a bit sunnier. The schedule includes a pair of key wrestling matches, with Grand Haven hosting rival West Ottawa at 7 p.m. and Spring Lake hosting a Lakes Eight jamboree, including rival Fruitport, at 5:30 p.m.

In addition, Grand Haven’s varsity hockey team will look to snap its nine-game losing streak with a home showdown against Reeths-Puffer at 6:30 p.m.

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