Spring Lake varsity girls cross country coach Aaron Andres assured his team all week leading up to Saturday's Division 2 state finals that if the Lakers ran their collective best, they'd have an excellent chance to finish in the top 3.
Spring Lake fell short against Manistee in the team's head-to-head meet in the regular season, and the Lakers couldn't pass the Chippewas in the postseason Coastal Conference Tournament at the Spring Lake Aquatic Center on Saturday.
For the second consecutive year, Spring Lake junior Ryan Fedewa was named first-team all-state by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association.
Fedewa has been a fixture at No. 1 singles for the Lakers since his freshman year.
A year ago, Spring Lake girls cross country coach Aaron Andres had the tough job of sympathizing with his group of runners who missed out on achieving their season-long goal by the slimmest of margins.