Five Things to Watch This Week

Josh VanDyke • Sep 12, 2016 at 12:41 AM

Another week of prep sports action is in the books, which means each game left on the schedule brings added intensity from here on out. This week’s slate offers up plenty of conference clashes in golf, soccer, water polo, tennis and football. Here are just some of the notable games on the schedule this week.

O-K Blue Conference girls golf jamboree

When: Today, 3:45 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake Country Club

Teams: Spring Lake, Grand Rapids West Catholic, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Allendale, Comstock Park, Coopersville and Sparta.

The Spring Lake girls golf team has already jumped out to a sizable lead in the O-K Blue Conference. The Lakers are newcomers to the conference, but have already made their presence known.

After two jamborees, Spring Lake holds a 62-stroke lead over the rest of the field. Last Tuesday, Spring Lake carded a 155 at the first conference jamboree of the season at Sparta and added another 155 on Wednesday at Coopersville.

Senior Anna Kramer took medalist honors at both events, carding a 36, while senior Jackie Olszewski, junior Madelyn Nelson, sophomore Hannah Klein, senior Jaedyn Shelton and freshman Phoebe Saunders have also been key contributors for the Lakers.

The team will be playing in the comfort of their home course, the Spring Lake Country Club, for today’s conference jamboree. Another big win for the Lakers and they might have an insurmountable lead in the race for the conference championship.

Fruitport boys soccer vs. Mona Shores

When: Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: Fruitport High School

The Fruitport boys soccer team has had a topsy-turvy season thus far with a 5-4 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the new O-K Black Conference.

The Trojans have posted impressive wins over Muskegon (5-1) and Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (5-0) lately, but dropped a 5-0 decision to Jenison on Saturday. Fruitport will host Mona Shores on Tuesday, in what should serve as a key matchup in the conference title race.

Junior forward Zack Shane is the team’s leading goal soccer so far this season, while senior forward Jonah Krueger, senior striker Chandler McLaughlin and junior Chandler Mclaughlin have been goal-scoring threats for the Trojans.

Grand Haven water polo vs. West Ottawa

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven Aquatic Center

The Grand Haven water polo team is coming off a long two-day home tournament, which saw eight top-10 ranked teams in the tournament field.

The Buccaneers finished 3-2 at the event, defeating East Grand Rapids (12-2) and Holt/East Lansing (12-4) on Friday, but losing a close contest to Okemos (8-5) on Saturday in pool play.

In the championship round of the tournament, Grand Haven defeated Saline (16-2), but dropped an 8-7 decision to Zeeland in the final match of the weekend.

Now, the Bucs turn their attention to O-K Red Conference play with a home matchup against rival West Ottawa on Wednesday.

Mason Fritz leads the Bucs in goals so far this season, while Grant Ruster, Josh Koornneef, Brigham Thornock, Collin Reenders, Reilly Wiesnewski and junior keeper Matt Beals have also been key contributors for the Bucs.

Muskegon Catholic Central football vs. Ludington

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Kehren Stadium

The Muskegon Catholic Central football team has started off its 2016 season with wins over Oakridge (30-6), Saint Ignace (21-6) and Orchard View (42-0).

The Crusaders are looking to defend their Lakes Eight Conference crown for the third year in a row, and with Spring Lake and Fruitport moving out of the conference, Ludington (3-0, 1-0 Lakes Eight) becomes the top contender to dethrone MCC.

A win over the Orioles on Friday would likely clinch the conference for the Crusaders (3-0, 1-0 Lakes Eight), making the Week 4 conference tilt a must-see event.

Senior running back LaTommy Scott powers the Crusader offense, rushing for 422 yards and two touchdowns on 48 carries, while fellow senior running back Logan Helton has added 325 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries.

Tailback Walker Christoffersen has been a threat as a rusher and a receiver. The senior playmaker has rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries and caught six passes for 81 yards and two scores.

Andrew Schulte leads the Crusader defense with 16 tackles, while Mason Convertini has 14 and Adam Benoit and Miles Novotny have each added 12.

Holland Tennis Quad

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Where: Holland High School

Teams: Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Holland, Ludington

Both the Grand Haven and Spring Lake boys tennis teams will be in action on Saturday as part of a four-team tournament at Holland High School.

Noah Bachmann will be anchor the Grand Haven single flight from his No. 1 singles position, while Spencer Sortman (No. 2 singles) and Riley Wilton (No. 3 singles) will also be key players for the Bucs.

For the Lakers, Collin Layson leads the way at No. 1 singles, while junior Jack VanWingen (No. 2 singles), Garrett Henning (No. 3 singles) and the No. 2 doubles team of Rylan Peets and David Rumptz have been players to watch lately for Spring Lake.

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