5 Things to Watch this Week

Josh VanDyke • May 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM

As we enter the month of May, and we (hopefully) prepare for warmer weather, conference title races should also heat up amongst the prep sports scene this month.

There’s plenty of action to choose from, but we’ve highlighted a few events that should impact the standings with only a few weeks left in the season. The Grand Haven and Spring Lake rivalry will also be on full display this week as the girls soccer and golf teams compete for local dominance.

Here are five events you won’t want to miss:

Fruitport soccer vs. Reeths-Puffer

When: Today, 6:45 p.m.

Where: Fruitport High School

The Fruitport girls soccer team has been rolling through its schedule so far this spring. The Trojans are currently 8-1 overall with their lone loss coming to Mona Shores last week in a game that several key starters for Fruitport were unavailable for.

If the Trojans are going to stick around in the O-K Black Conference title chase, they’ll need to take care of business at home. That task continues with a battle against crosstown rival Reeths-Puffer tonight at Fruitport High School.

If Fruitport wins that matchup, don’t be surprised if the Trojans go on a winning streak until their May 16 road trip to Mona Shores.

Spring Lake softball vs. Sparta

When: Thursday, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School

The Spring Lake softball team has battled through injuries to key players to sustain a 12-2 record so far this spring. After a road doubleheader at Sparta tonight, the Lakers will come back to host the Spartans for a single game.

Both squads are in the running for the O-K Blue Conference crown, so every conference win is critical. If the Lakers split on the road, Thursday’s single game takes on added importance, while a three-game sweep would almost assuredly put Spring Lake in the driver’s seat with a full month of action still on the schedule.

Grand Haven track vs. Hudsonville

When: Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

With regionals already just two weeks away, the Grand Haven boys and girls track teams will host their final home meet of the season Thursday.

The Buccaneers are coming off a strong showing at the Grand Rapids Elite meet on Saturday, and will travel to O-K Red Conference power Rockford today. While Grand Haven might be underdogs against the Rams, their matchup with Hudsonville is viewed as a battle that could go either way.

With individuals and relay teams both hitting new personal-best marks with each passing week, the Grand Haven track program looks to be building toward another strong showing at this year’s regionals with a chance at a state finals appearance within reach.

Grand Haven vs. Spring Lake girls soccer

When: Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake girls soccer team will meet Friday night at Grand Haven High School for their annual non-conference clash.

The Buccaneers are currently 2-6-2 on the season with a slew of narrow defeats on their schedule, while the Lakers are currently 6-2-1 and surging through the O-K Blue Conference.

Just like any other sport, you can throw out the records when these two schools meet. Everybody knows each other and nobody will want to lose to their neighbor. If Grand Haven can put all the pieces together, they could slow down a high-powered Laker attack that has caused problems for many opponents this spring.

Expect a low-scoring affair Friday night, with the team that executes in the final third of the field to come out with the win.

The Buccaneer Invitational

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Where: Grand Haven Golf Club

Teams: Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Caledonia, Grandville, Hopkins, Ludington, Northview, Reeths-Puffer and West Ottawa.

The Grand Haven golf team will host their annual Buccaneer Invitational on Saturday at the Grand Haven Golf Club. The Spring Lake golf team will also be at the event, alongside local rivals Reeths-Puffer, Ludington and West Ottawa and O-K Red Conference foes Caledonia and Grandville.

The event should be a good test for the Buccaneers, just a few days after they compete at the O-K Red Conference mid-season tournament at Meadows Golf Course in Allendale on Wednesday.

For Spring Lake, it’s a chance to compete against Division 1 teams as they prepare for their back nine of their regular season schedule.

A strong showing at this event could help both teams gain some positive momentum in time for the postseason, which begins May 31.

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