The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team hosted East Grand Rapids in O-K Greater Grand Rapids Swim Conference action Tuesday, falling to the Pioneers by a final score of 112-72.
The biggest win of the night came for senior Drew Fogel and his efforts to raise money and awareness for mental health counseling in the Tri-Cities. Fogel and the Spring Lake swim team raised $6,250 for TCM Counseling at the meet.
In the pool, the Lakers were outmatched by their in-conference and fellow Division 3 competitors. Spring Lake took home just three event wins over the course of the meet.
Cam Peel got started early, taking top honors in the first individual event of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle, with time of 1:46.31.
Peel continued his tear, taking the Lakers’ next win four events later in the 100 butterfly in 54.76. Joey Wachter topped the podium in the 500 freestyle, clocking in for a 19-second victory at 4:50.27.
Noah Locascio’s impressive streak of six straight dual meet victories came to an end against the Pioneers, as the junior diver finished runner-up with a score of 234.70.
Also mustering top-three finishes for Spring Lake were Fogel in the 200 I.M (2:07.44) and 100 butterfly (56.20), Sam Sella in the 50 freestyle (24.01), Wachter in the 100 backstroke (59.54) and K.J. Losee in the 100 breatstroke (1:08.37).
The Lakers return to competition on Tuesday against Grand Rapids Christian.
GH swim swamps Ludington
The Grand Haven boys swim and dive team levied their depth and top-end speed for an overwhelming victory Tuesday in a 101-78 win over Ludington.
The Bucs got it done across the board, winning seven of 12 events. Grant Ruster led the way with first-place finishes in every race he swam. Ruster joined Carter Brown, Mason Fritz and Jordan Devries in a winning effort in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 42.83 seconds.
Ruster continued his evening with a 54.22 first-place effort in the 100 butterfly and a first-place time of 56.80 in the 100 backstroke. Finally, Matt Fahey, Jack Timmer, Jackson Hamm and Ruster narrowly defeated their Buccaneer compatriots for the 400 freestyle relay title in 3:34.68.
Mark Wilgenburg added a Grand Haven victory in the 200 freestyle, clocking in at 1:55.49, while Eli Vandenbrand made the most of an unfamiliar entry in the other distance event, taking first in the 500 freestyle in 5:16.47.
Michael MacDonald took home top honors in the 200 individual medley, finishing with final time of 2:10.22.
Louis Malott bounded to a big win in 1-meter diving, finishing at 234.70 points, more than 50 points ahead of second place.
Mason Fritz rounded out Grand Haven’s individual wins with a victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.08.
Finally, the 200 freestyle relay team of Devries, Thomas MacDonald, Fahey and Fritz clocked in at 1:34.09 for yet another first-place finish.
The Bucs return to the water Thursday for O-K Red Conference action at East Kentwood, with first gun scheduled for 6 p.m.
WMC boys can’t finish rally
The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team took on Mona Shores on Tuesday, battling back from a 16-point deficit only to fall short by a final score of 67-63.
The Warriors trailed 15-11 at the first stop, 29-19 at halftime and 48-36 heading into the final period.
WMC’s Tyler VanBeek hit two free throws to cut the lead to 64-61 with just 14 seconds left to play. The Sailors responded with two made free throws before VanBeek took the ensuing play coast-to-coast and cut the lead back to three. The Warriors fouled on the next possession and Mona Shores iced the game at the line.
“I was proud of our effort tonight,” WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “We played an athletic Mona Shores team that went on a run to close the first half to gain separation.
“We had a hard-fought come back where we were very engaged defensively and had great effort. Our team did a great job of not giving up and coming back.”
VanBeek and Tyler Somers each scored 17 points to lead the Warriors, while Brant Zeerip netted 10 and Zach Butkis grabbed nine.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Mona Shores, 57-53. Zach Foreman led with 13 points, followed by Brevin Byrne with nine, Charlie Alfree and Nick Moser with eight, Solomon Waller with seven and Jake Betten with six.
Freshmen: WMC lost to Mona Shores, 61-29. Micah TerHaar and Jaxon Deur each scored nine points.
WMC girls trounce North Muskegon
The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team defeated North Muskegon on Tuesday by a final score of 68-33.
The Warriors had no problem with the Norse, leading 15-10 at the first stop, 35-20 at halftime and 51-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Aubrey Goorman led the way with 20 points, while Anna Sytsema added 16 and Madison Heiss chipped in 12.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated North Muskegon, 49-22. Kayla Johnson led the way with 13 points, followed by Kelsea Wasller with nine and Katie Johnson with eight while Greta VanderHeide grabbed nine rebounds and five blocks.