On Thursday, they had a chance to celebrate together as the pair were named the Len Fase Award recipients, presented annually to the top multi-sports athletes at Spring Lake High School.
“We started hanging out in eighth grade,” said Kriger, who made his mark as a goalie on the Lakers’ state finalist soccer team and as a state finalist wrestler.
“We’re best buds,” added Lorimer, who starred at volleyball, basketball and softball during her years at Spring Lake.
On the wrestling mat, Kriger finished with 153 career wins, including 46 as a senior. He was a conference champion as a sophomore, and went on to place sixth at the Division 2 state meet that year at 119 pounds.
As a senior, wrestling at 140 pounds, he again placed sixth at the state finals.
This past fall, he was a key component of the Spring Lake varsity boys soccer team that reached the Division 2 state finals. He recorded a school-record 16 shutouts in 25 games and posted a goals-against average of 0.57. He earned all-conference and all-district honors as the Lakers finished their season 23-2.
Lorimer was a standout on the volleyball court in the fall, where she was a three-year varsity starter. She earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-regional as a senior, and was an individual academic all-state honoree.
After taking a year off from basketball her junior year, Lorimer returned to the court this winter and led the Lakers in scoring and rebounding, earning all-state honorable mention by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
It’s softball where Lorimer truly shines. She’s a three-time all-conference and all-area athlete who earned honorable mention all-state a year ago. She ranks among the leaders in school history in several offensive categories, and will finish her career with her name scattered across the state record books in several of those same statistical categories, including triples, runs and stolen bases.
Other awards handed out Thursday night were:
• Charlie Bassett Award (tennis): Abbey Cook, Michael Hartliep, Nic Parnell
• Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department Sportsmanship Award: Emma Kendro, Nick Zacek
• Pete and Barney DeGraff Scholarship: Michael Bernard, Shelbie Robinson
• Tom Hickman Coaches Award: Penny Zacek, nominated by Keith Allison
• Also recognized was longtime trainer Bill Dunn, who will retire at the end of the current school year. He received a long standing ovation from those in attendance.