Prep roundup: Spring Lake golf team gets back to form

Tribune Staff • Sep 15, 2016 at 12:50 AM

After carding a 174 on Monday, the Spring Lake girls golf team found its groove again.

The Lakers turned in a 156 to take top team honors at Wednesday’s O-K Blue Conference jamboree at Pigeon Creek Golf Course in West Olive.

Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian finished in second with a 185, while Grand Rapids West Catholic finished third with a 190. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (193) finished fourth, Coopersville (196) finished fifth, Allendale (217) finished sixth, Comstock Park (228) finished seventh and Sparta (232) finished eighth.

Senior Jaedyn Shelton carded a 38 to lead the Lakers, while junior Madelyn Nelson and senior Anna Kramer each added a 39 and sophomore Hannah Klein had a 40.

“We were pretty consistent today,” said Spring Lake coach George Bitner. “We only had eight ugly holes total as a team and that’s a pretty good day. I think the girls were a little more focused today. It was a difficult course, and they knew they couldn’t take it lightly. I’m happy to see their scores bunched together like that in the high 30s, low 40s. That’s going to make us hard to beat if we can do that consistently.”

Junior varsity: The Spring lake junior varsity squad tied for second with Coopersville, carding a 238 on Wednesday. Grand Rapids Catholic Central took top team honors with a 229.

Sarah Thomas led the Lakers with a 58, while Laine McGannon added a 59 and Abby Hilligan and Alana Sprague each carded 63s.

SL boys cross country wins first O-K Blue meet

The Spring Lake boys cross country team came out strong in its inaugural O-K Blue Conference meet, taking first place by a wide margin. The Lakers scored 41 points, while second-place Sparta finished with 71 points.

Finishing first for the Lakers and third-place overall was sophomore Andrew Hylen with a new season personal best time of 16 minutes, 40 second. Also finishing in the top 15 for the Lakers were: somphomore Ben Hylen (sixth, 17:12); senior Matt Schmidt (ninth, 17:25), junior Cameron Thalhammer (10th, 17:30), and junior Henok Ghirmay (13th, 17:36).

The Lakers' next conference meet is on Wednesday, September 28 hosted by Sparta.

“We accomplished our goal of coming out strong as a team at our first conference meet today,” said Spring Lake coach Jennifer Gwinnup. “With a new conference comes the added pressure of proving yourselves to new teams and runners. We knew that there were going to be other teams gunning for us, and that we would have to run determined for the win.

“As we start to settle into the 2016 season, our runners are consistently becoming stronger, and we are seeing times drop for most of our runners at each meet. We have an incredible amount of talent and potential on this team, and it's exciting watching it unfold every time they race.”

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