Prep roundup

Tribune Staff • Jan 9, 2019 at 12:24 AM

WMC boys basketball team knocks off Mona Shores

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to score a 53-50 non-conference win over Mona Shores on Tuesday.

The Sailors jumped out to a 28-15 halftime lead, but WMC would go on an 18-7 third-quarter run to cut the deficit to just two points entering the fourth quarter.

The Warriors would end the game by outscoring the Sailors 20-15 in the final stanza to cap off the comeback win.

Kellen Mitchell led the Warriors (4-4) with 16 points, while Brant Zeerip added 15 points and Tyler Somers added seven rebounds.

“I was proud of the way our team fought hard to get back into the game,” said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. “We had solid contributions from a number of players.

“We were not able to come up with the 50/50 balls and defensive rebounds in the first half. We challenged the team to have a sharper focus and come up with those plays in the second half if we were going to mount a comeback. We did a much better job in the second half. Brant Zeerip was able to hit a couple of 3-point shots to get us going on the offensive end in the third quarter and the rest of the team really fought hard on the defensive end to keep us in the game.”

JUNIOR VARSITY: WMC lost to Mona Shores, 52-43. Brekken Fairfield and Devin Bartee each scored 10 points for the Warriors.

FRESHMEN: WMC lost to Mona Shores, 40-23. Jaron Childers scored nine points and Joe Waller added five.

Spring Lake girls fall to Allendale

The Spring Lake girls basketball team dropped an away O-K Blue Conference matchup to Allendale 37-31 Tuesday night.

Things were rolling early as the Lakers jumped out to a 9-0 to start the game, only to put up just two points in the second period to take a 23-15 deficit into halftime.

A fourth-quarter rally brought on a tie late in the game but a few missed free throws for Spring Lake halted the comeback attempt in the closing minutes.

Madeline Zenas led the Laker scoring with 14 points and 17 rebounds, while Abbi Perkins and Phoebe Saunders each added six points.

Spring Lake returns to action Friday on the road at Coopersville.

Fruitport boys drop to Knights

The Fruitport boys lost to fellow O-K Black Conference Kenowa Hills on Tuesday night by a final score of 61-42.

The Knights took an early 9-8 lead into the first break, expanding that to 23-14 at halftime and 37-30 heading into the final frame.

Second-chance points for Kenowa Hills and turnovers for the Trojans proved to be the difference, with a fourth-quarter surge by the Knights sealing the game.

Luke Mitchell led Fruitport with 11 points, followed by Ethan Flores with nine, Gavin Fisher with eight, Marcelo Conklin with seven, Rico Jones with three, Hunter Gagnon with two and Cole Hoffman with one.

The Trojans return to action at Grand Rapids Union on Friday night for another O-K Black tilt, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

SL swim trounced by EGR

The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team traveled to East Grand Rapids to take on one of its main competitors in the O-K Greater Grand Rapids Swim Conference and Division 3 state finals race, falling to the Pioneers by a final score of 12-74.

The meet began with a 1-2 finish for the EGR 200-yard medley relay, setting the tone for the rest of the evening.

Winning events for the Lakers were K.J. Losee in the 200 freestyle at 1 minute, 45.23 seconds and the 500 freestyle at 4:58.88; Joey Wachter in the 200 IM at 2:02.86, and the 100 backstroke at 54.64; Cam Peel in the 50 freestyle at 21.09 and the 100 freestyle at 46.84.

The three joined forces with Eric Geschiere for a win in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:30.20 and with Ed Lidke for a win in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:20.23.

Three Spring Lake divers posted personal bests as Johnny Meulenbelt turned in a 211.90 for third place, Mason Pomeroy a 126.0 for fifth and Adam Polmanteer at 93.85. Wit Miller performed well with a score of 165.9 for fourth place.

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