Former Spring Lake standout Meg Peel continued her phenomenal freshman campaign with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the MIAA conference meet on Friday.
Peel raced wall to wall for a 56.54-second performance in the finals after winning the prelim race earlier in the day to enter as the top seed.
RICHARDS SISTERS NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE
The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball program had two former standouts receive accolades for their efforts off the court.
Allyson Richards, a freshman at Cornerstone University and former All-State high school basketball player for the Eagles, was awarded the honor of "All-Conference Champions of Character Award".
Taylor Richards, a junior at Cornerstone and former Class D player of the year in Michigan, has started for the Cornerstone University girls basketball team this season and has been an important part of their success. On Thursday, she was named Academic All-Conference.
LUDINGTON SWEEPS WMC IN LAKES EIGHT FINALE
The Ludington Orioles flew into Muskegon on Friday night and left town with Lakes Eight Conference wins over the Western Michigan Christian boys and girls basketball teams.
Both Warrior teams had cold third quarters that contributed to the losses.
The boys were playing for a share of the conference title, as both teams had 7-2 conference records going into the game. Ludington won their second straight league championship with a 50-36 win over the Warriors.
The WMC girls entered their contest undefeated in league play and had already clinched the league title. The Orioles kept them from achieving a perfect conference season with a 31-28 upset win.
The Warriors finish league play with a 9-1 record, while the Orioles move to 8-2.
The WMC boys led 10-6 at the first stop, but the Orioles tied it at 22-22 at halftime. Ludington went on to outscore the Warriors 16-4 in the third quarter and led 38-26 going into the final period of play.
Brandon Fles led WMC with seven points, while Joe Hain and Brant Zeerip each had six.
The Warrior girls trailed 10-8 at the first stop, 13-12 at intermission and were shutout in the third quarter, trailing 20-12 going into the final period.
WMC cut the lead to one at 29-28 with 12 seconds left, but Ludington hit two free throws to seal the win.
Anna Sytsema led the Warriors with 14 points, while Aubrey Goorman added eight.
FRUITPORT GIRLS FALL TO JENISON
The Fruitport girls basketball team fell behind 25-6 early on in their road game at Jenison on Friday and never recovered in a 73-32 loss to the Wildcats.
The Trojans were led by Sydney Bol with 12 points, while Emily Dirkse added eight points and seven rebounds and Jadie Hanks added five points.
Fruitport will take on Oakridge on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Class B district opener at Orchard View High School.
FRUITPORT BOYS NO MATCH FOR WILDCATS
The Fruitport boys basketball team struggled offensively in a 64-25 road loss to Jenison on Friday.
The Trojans trailed 16-6 after the first quarter and 35-13 at halftime. A 21-4 run in the third quarter helped Jenison pull away for the win as both teams would tally eight points in the fourth quarter.
Senior Cam Oleen scored eight points to lead the Trojans.