For the first time in school history, Spring Lake’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams each clinched conference championships in the same year.
In celebration, both teams took turns cutting down the nets at Spring Lake High School following Friday night’s wins over rival Fruitport.
The Lakers’ girls clinched a share of the Lakes Eight title with their 36-33 win over the Trojans. At 9-3 in league play, the Lakers are tied atop the league standings with Ludington, which beat Orchard View on Friday.
Tri-County is a half-game behind and could join the Lakers and the Orioles in first place with a win over Orchard View today.
This marks just the third conference crown in school history for Spring Lake, which also won in 1990 and 2010.
Spring Lake’s boys still have two league games to play, but Friday’s win boosted their Lakes Eight record to 10-0. They have a two-game lead over Fremont with two games to play. The Lakers host the Packers next Thursday night.
“We looked at the banners and realized that we had never won it in the same year, so we started talking about it last week, about both teams clinching tonight,” said Lakers’ boys coach Bill Core, whose team also won the Lakes Eight title last year and has won 22 consecutive conference games. “We’ve clinched a share, and I knew we still have some work to do, and we have to get better, but we thought, for the teams, for the school, on Parents Night, if we both clinched, we’d cut down the nets.
“What a special night for Spring Lake basketball.”