Five things to watch this week

Tribune Staff • Feb 13, 2018 at 12:41 AM

Just like that, we are nearing the end of the winter prep season. This week, hoops conference races will be decided as emerging and established rivals clash, while local wrestlers take on the regional round. Don’t miss these five high-stakes prep matchups this week.

SL boys hoops vs. Coopersville

Where: Spring Lake High School

When: Today, 7 p.m.

The Spring Lake boys basketball team is carving their niche in the O-K Blue conference as they approach the end of their second season as a member.

After finishing in third place last year, and eventually beating champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the tournament, the Lakers are destined for a second-place finish in 2018, assuming they can get past Coopersville tonight.

The Broncos got the best of the Lakers twice last season by nine and four points. In their first meeting this season, Spring Lake pulled off a nine-point win. Now that Catholic Central has the title locked up, the race for second is on.

GH hosts wrestling regionals

Where: Grand Haven Fieldhouse

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

After defeating West Ottawa and Mona Shores at last week’s team district tournament, the Bucs are set to host the next round of the Division 1 team playoffs.

Grand Haven will take on Hudsonville in the opening round, while Rockford takes on East Kentwood on mat 2. The winners will meet for the regional championship and a spot at the Division 1 state finals.

The Bucs will be hard pressed to crack the regional final round, as they fell to Hudsonville in their regular-season matchup, 58-18.

Additionally, local individual regional qualifiers will take on the regional tournament on Saturday. Grand Haven will compete at Grand Ledge, while Spring Lake and Fruitport will travel to Byron Center.

Collin Monsma (285 pounds), Daniel Guillen (130), Cody Miller (125), Riley Rhone (103) and Trevor Rademaker (145) will make the trip for the Bucs, while Dallas Rodgers (285), Zach Sykes (112), Dominic Dault (135) and Crue Cooper (171) will represent the Trojans, and Jack Parker (103) will fight for the Lakers.

O-K Red Bowling conference tournament

Where: Starlite Lanes, Grand Haven

When: Wednesday, 6 p.m.

The Grand Haven bowling teams have endured up-and-down seasons thus far and will put it all on the line Wednesday at Starlite Lanes as they host the O-K Red Conference championships.

The Buccaneer boys are coming off a win over conference-leading Caledonia, buffering their confidence for the tournament. Their squad boasts a little less firepower than their 2017 conference champion team but should be able to make a run at the title nonetheless.

The girls most recently turned in a second-place finish at the Mona Shores Invitational on Saturday, showing that their lineup is rounding into form at the right moment.

SL girls hoops vs. Comstock Park

Where: Spring Lake Fieldhouse

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

The Spring Lake girls basketball team is on a charge in their second run through the O-K Blue schedule. After a 2-6 start, the Lakers have risen to 10-7.

Their 6-3 mark in the conference is currently good for third, behind 6-2 Catholic Central, who they defeated in their second matchup, and 8-1 Comstock Park. If Spring Lake can get past Coopersville on Tuesday, Friday’s matchup with the Panthers is a must-win if the Lakers want a piece of the conference crown.

Spring Lake currently holds a five-game winning streak, with their last loss coming to Comstock Park on Jan. 19, 53-51.

GH hoops vs. Rockford

Where: Grand Haven Fieldhouse

When: Friday, varsity girls- 6 p.m., varsity boys 7:30 p.m.

The week concludes with a classic O-K Red Conference matchup as Grand Haven basketball hosts Rockford for a doubleheader.

With both Buccaneer teams out of the conference race, this meeting is all about bragging rights. On the girls’ side, the two teams share identical records at 4-4 in conference and 10-6 overall. Their last meeting ended sourly for Grand Haven in a 55-37 loss that coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer called the worst Friday night game they had played in two years.

The boys' teams also share identical conference records at 4-4, but the Rams have struggled this season overall sitting at 7-8, compared to the Bucs’ mark of 10-5. Their first meeting ended with Grand Haven on top, 62-51, so expect Rockford to bring it on the road in an electric Friday night contest.

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