Five things to watch this week

Duncan MacLean • Updated Mar 28, 2017 at 8:30 AM

With high school spring break just around the corner, coaches and players are scrambling to get meaningful minutes under their belts. This week, a slew of fresh new sports are in action with both playoff rematches and previews abound. Here are the five contests you don’t want to miss:

GH girls soccer at Reeths-Puffer

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Haven spring strikers will look to get their season on track against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer on the road Tuesday. Grand Haven has yet to grab a victory this year, dropping to Fruitport in the season opener and forcing a 0-0 tie with Unity Christian on their last outing.

The matchup with the Rockets serves as a rematch from last year’s district tournament. The Bucs eliminated the O-K Black Conference Champions in the district finals last season.

With first-year head coach Yvonne Mckessy and the team still working toward the same page, the rematch could serve as a clarifying moment. The Rockets will be keen on revenge, forcing the Bucs to play up to their potential.

That Rocket squad took on West Ottawa in their season opener, losing on the road, 0-3.

GH softball vs. GR West Catholic

Wednesday, 4 p.m.

The Grand Haven softball team hits the diamond this season under new management. Coach John Hall took over the Bucs after an 18-5 season last year and a trip to the regional semifinal. The Bucs fell in extra innings to Byron Center.

Coach Hall and the Bucs have yet to test their fielding skills live this season, hitting the dirt for their first competition.

Grand Rapids West Catholic is coming off a loss in their 2017 season opener to Kenowa Hills, 5-4.

After a strong season for the Grand Haven softball team a year ago, the Bucs are looking to remain contenders in the O-K Red Conference, despite graduating a healthy crop of talent last year, including seven starters.

The Bucs will test themselves live for the first time this season against the Falcons on Wednesday in a double-header beginning at 4 p.m. at home.

SL baseball at GR Christian

Wednesday, 4 p.m.

The Spring Lake baseball team takes on Grand Rapids Christian at home on Wednesday in their first live contest of the season.

Grand Rapids Christian will be eager to hit the field after their first contest was canceled due to weather, and defeating Grandville, 6-3.

The Lakers are coming off a third place finish in the Lakes Eight Conference last year. In their first year as a member of the O-K Blue Conference, they will be swinging for the top of the league.

SL boys lax vs. Lowell

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

The Spring Lake boys lacrosse team will take on some elite competition Wednesday when they travel to Lowell High School. The Red Arrows are coming off a 12-2 run last year, with both losses coming to Forest Hills Eastern.

The Laker team is none to scoff at; Spring Lake fell in the regional opener to Grosse Pointe South last year, and is returning a few pieces from that team.

In their first contest of the year, the Lakers started hot, grabbing a 2-0 lead over Hudsonville. The lead did not last long, however. Spring Lake eventually fell by a final score of 9-3 to the Eagles.

Wednesday against the Red Arrows will be another chance for that first win of the season, should they pull it off, it will serve as a marquee victory all year long.

WMC girls soccer at Oakridge

Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.

Western Michigan Christian girls soccer will fight for local supremacy in its matchup with Oakridge this week.

The Warriors are coming off a run to the state semifinal game last season, where they were shut out by Montrosse. That was their third run to the semi finals in the past five seasons.

The tear through the playoffs featured am emotional victory over arch playoff-rival Grandville Calvin Christian, who had eliminated the Warriors each of the prior four seasons en route to state title wins.

The quest for another semifinal began Monday when the Warriors traveled to Grand Rapids Catholic Central for their season opener Monday evening.

WMC will serve at Oakridge’s first live action of the year. Last season in their early meeting, the Eagles defeated the Warriors at home, 2-1.

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