The Spring Lake boys swim and dive team split their double-dual Tuesday night, defeating Caledonia but losing to defending Division 3 state champion Holland Christian.
The highlight between the lane lines came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as the Lakers ripped off a new school record time of 1 minute, 27.30 seconds with the team of Joey Wachter, Sam Sella, Cam Peel and K.J. Losee. The time bested the Lakers’ 2016 state finals time of 1:28.55 and earned a first-place finish by nearly three seconds Tuesday.
Peel finished in first place in all four of his races as he took the 200 freestyle in 1:43.21 and the 100 freestyle in 45.38 before leading the 400 freestyle relay team of Losee, Sella and Wachter to a time of 3:14.84 with a 44.65 anchor-leg split.
Wachter matched the 4-for-4 feat, taking top honors in the 50 freestyle in 21.92 and the 100 backstroke in 54.41. Losee just missed out on a perfect outing, finishing first in the 500 freestyle in 4:52.03 and second in the 200 IM in 1:57.84, just missing out on breaking Drew Fogel’s school record of 1:57.13.
Also standing out for the Lakers were Charles Brown in the 200 IM and 100 fly and Luke Zeulke and Connor Hallberg, as they took on their first ever 500 freestyles.
The Spring Lake divers finished 1-3-5 against Caledonia and 2-3-5 against Holland Christian at the double dual. Johnny Meulenbelt led the way with 190.05 points, ahead of Wit Miller with 168.4 and Mason Pomeroy with 100.9 points in his first meet ever.
The Lakers return to the pool Thursday to host Grand Haven.
Fruitport boys hoops dimed by Orchard View
The Fruitport boys basketball team traveled to Orchard View on Tuesday for a non-conference road test, falling by a final score of 44-34.
The game was close throughout, with the Cardinals pulling away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Luke Mitchell and Gavin Fisher led the Trojan offense with 10 points each, followed by Cam Schultz and Marcelo Conklin with four apiece and Hunter Gannon and Ethan Flores each at two.
“We could not muster enough offense, especially in the big moments of the game, as Orchard View started to take control,” said Fruitport head coach Steve Erny. “I thought we were able to get good shots, we just weren’t able to finish.
“I was proud of our defensive effort tonight. We certainly did enough to win the game on that end.
“The next couple of weeks will provide us with plenty of opportunities for both individual and team improvements as we get ready for conference play.”
The Trojans are off until the new year, with their next scheduled game against Mona Shores on Jan. 4.
FCC boys fall to MCC
The Fruitport Calvary Christian boys basketball team felt the absence of senior forward Luke Anhalt on Tuesday after a near-fatal cardiac episode last week relegated him to the sideline.
The Eagles took on Muskegon Catholic Central on Tuesday, falling by a final score of 77-44.
A slow start doomed Calvary to playing catch-up. They trailed the Crusaders 14-3 at the first break and 31-18 at halftime. At the end of the third, MCC had ballooned their lead to 51-27.
Zach Zehr led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points, followed by Jason Schuitema with 12 and Ben Zelanka and Jacob Mcfarrin with seven each.
“It was really tough right from the start,” said FCC head coach Jeff Zehr. “We only scored three points in the first quarter. I thought we had a chance to make a few adjustments and get guys to shake some things that didn’t go our way in the first quarter to make a game of it. It just wasn’t to be tonight, especially with the overwhelming loss of Luke Anhalt.
“We’re going to need to reinvent ourselves and have our younger players grow up quickly going forward.”