A trip to the state basketball or soccer finals is nothing new for Western Michigan Christian fans, but a second-place finish Saturday at the Division 4 boys track finals at Jenison High School was a real surprise to coaches and fans alike.
It's the first state finalist track trophy since the Warriors were runner-up in 1971.
Four second-half goals turned a 1-0 game into a rout Saturday afternoon and sent Western Michigan Christian to the regional tournament with a 5-0 district final win over Fruitport Calvary Christian.
The Lady Warriors (16-3-2) will face Maple City Glen Lake at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Elk Rapids High School.
Senior Captain Rachel Karsten put WMC on the board midway through the first half to make it 1-0 at intermission.
When her high school athletic career is finished and she has some time to reflect, Evie Lorimer will realize that her career on the Spring Lake varsity softball team ranks her among the best ever in the state.
Even though he felt his Spring Lake varsity girls soccer team dominated the majority of action against host Fruitport on Thursday in the Division 2 district semifinals at Fruitport High School, Jeremy Thelen's Lakers squad still had to hold on for dear life to put away the Trojans for a third and final time this season.
Western Michigan Christian scored two goals the first half and added three more the second half in a space of about five minutes to rout Muskegon Catholic 5-1 on Thursday night, advancing to Saturday's Div. 4 district final at Warrior Field.
Spring Lake's varsity golfers entered Thursday's district tournament at The Links at Bowen Lake simply hoping to qualify for next week's regional event.
It turns out, the Lakers didn't need to sweat finishing in the top six - they finished No. 1.
Spring Lake was a surprise winner at the event, turning in a team score of 328, one stroke better than Kenowa Hills. Forest Hills Eastern was third at 338, while Cedar Springs and Comstock Park each shot a 340.
Off the soccer field, sisters Katie and Molly Miedema look quite a bit alike, although it's certainly possible to tell the two apart.
Put them on the soccer field, however, and the sisters, who were born 18 months apart, are nearly identical.