FRUITPORT CALVARY PICKS UP WIN
The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team shook off a slow start to down Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 52-38 on Thursday.
The Eagles were down one at halftime but battled back to outscore the previously unbeaten Mustangs 33-18 in the second half to pick up their first win of the season.
"Our girls showed a lot of heart and gritty determination tonight,” said Fruitport Calvary head coach Brad Richards. “I'm very proud of all of them, and it bodes well for us looking ahead, as we continue to gel as a team. We knew NorthPointe was good, as they had two impressive double-digit wins, against Allendale and Zion, to start the season, so we feel pretty good about tonight.”
Kelsey Richards led all scorers with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Lizzie Cammenga added 16 points, Brionna Johnson grabbed 16 rebounds and Kristina Warren dished out six assists.
Emily Wesner played lock-down defense on the Mustangs’ leading scorer, Baylie VanDyke, who finished with only nine points.
SL WRESTLERS BATTLE IN HOLLAND
The Spring Lake wrestling program opened their season at Holland on Wednesday night. Spring Lake opened the quad with a loss in a close match with Forest Hills Northern, 51-30.
Spring Lake then took on Kelloggsville. The Lakers dropped another tightly contested match, 41-33.
Highlights for the Lakers were Jack Parker, Max Montgomery, Caleb Swenor and Hunter Rose all going 2-0.
Connor Montgomery, Jamie Holt and Noah Dennie all had one win.
“All in all, it was a good match,” said Spring Lake head coach Dan Robinson. “We were missing some key people and had to shuffle our lineup around, but the boys were aggressive, and we saw some positives. We still need to keep working, but things are going the right way.
“I’m proud of the way the boys wrestled. We are pretty inexperienced as a whole, but we are preaching being aggressive as a team and the boys are buying into that, and they constantly move forward and are on the attack. Jack, Max and Connor wrestled really well tonight, and I was proud of how Dayton Holmes, Jack Stuart and Caleb Kitchen stepped into the varsity lineup as freshmen. They all wrestled well and have bright futures for us. Our upperclassmen just need to keep doing what they are doing, and we will get to where we want to be"
FRUITPORT GRAPPLERS FIGHT IN CEDAR SPRINGS
The Fruitport wrestling team split its two matches at the Cedar Springs tri-meet on Wednesday.
The Trojans fell to the Red Hawks to open up the night but rebounded with a 75-0 win over Grand Rapids West Catholic.
Picking up non-forfeit wins for the Trojans were Dallas Rogers, Zach Sykes, Christian Straley, Jerod Avery, David Ross, Zane Lee, Zechariah Richardson, Chris Hutson and Jayme Woodring.
“We wrestled tough, but we’re still knocking the rust off,” said Fruitport head coach Rick Sykes. “After February, we don’t really hit the mats until November, so we’re working on our gas tanks and trying to build up our endurance.
“The Cedar Springs match didn’t go quite the way we wanted it to, but we showed great effort, and that’s all I can really ask for at this point in the season. Our young guys got a lot of experience in a short turnaround, and we’ll be better in the long run for going up against a team like Cedar Springs.”