5 Things to Watch this Week

Josh VanDyke • Apr 18, 2017 at 5:00 AM

The spring sports season is always a sprint from the start of April to the end of May.

With a few contests in the books, conference races and district showdowns are already starting to take place. Add in a few local rivalries, and you have the makings of an entertaining seven-day stretch on the prep sports calendar.

Here are just a few of events that will be well worth the price of admission:

Grand Haven girls lacrosse at Spring Lake

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake girls lacrosse teams will face off tonight at Spring Lake High School in the two teams’ only scheduled meeting for the 2017 season.

Grand Haven is currently 1-3 with a win over Portage Northern (12-9) after starting the season off 0-3 with losses to DeWitt (6-11), Forest Hills United (1-20) and Williamston-Haslett (4-10).

Spring Lake is currently 2-2 with wins over Vicksburg (21-4) and Lowell (14-0) after starting the season off 0-2 with losses to Mattawan (8-11) and Forest Hills United (2-14).

While no game in mid-April is do-or-die, a win in a rivalry game might get the ball rolling for the victor and could be detrimental to the losing side.

Grand Haven softball vs. Grandville

When: Today, 4 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven High School

The Grand Haven softball team will host Grandville today in a conference doubleheader at Grand Haven High School.

The Bulldogs are widely believed to be the top dog in the O-K Red Conference this spring, as they return the majority of a squad that advanced to the regional semifinals last spring.

The Buccaneers are replacing a large senior class, but the youth movement is for real so far this season. Grand Haven holds a 3-1 record, with their lone loss coming in a narrow 8-7 decision against Fruitport on Friday.

If this young Grand Haven team can steal a game against Grandville, it would be a major accomplishment as the conference races thickens.

Spring Lake girls soccer vs. Mona Shores

When: Thursday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School

The Spring Lake girls soccer team will host Division 1 Mona Shores on Thursday night for a non-conference contest at Spring Lake High School.

The Lakers won’t be intimidated by the bigger school from Muskegon, however, as they have already downed O-K Blue powerhouses Grand Rapids Catholic Central (4-2) and Allendale (5-0) on their way to a 2-0-1 record in 2017.

If the Spring Lake squad can get off to a quick start at home, the Sailors might find themselves in trouble against a defensive-minded Lakers team that has proven to be tough to score on this spring.

Fruitport softball at Coopersville

When: Friday, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Coopersville High School

The Fruitport softball team has gotten off to a strong start to the spring season with a sweep of Muskegon and a doubleheader split with Grand Haven. The Trojans hope to carry that positive momentum into Friday’s road clash with O-K Blue contender Coopersville.

The Trojans have used strong pitching and consistent hitting to jump out to a 3-1 record on the season. They will need both aspects of their game to come out of Coopersville with a sweep, but recent results have shown that the Trojans are more than capable of accomplishing that feat.

Lax Fest

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake boys and girls lacrosse programs will celebrate their annual “Lax Fest” event Saturday at Spring Lake High School.

The event, which kicks off at 9 a.m., will feature every Grand Haven and Spring Lake lacrosse team from third grade to the varsity level. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling mishap, the girls varsity squads won’t be participating in the event, but the boys varsity squads will close out the day with a crosstown battle that should provide plenty of fireworks.

Last season, the Buccaneers and Lakers split their regular season series, with Grand Haven defeating Spring Lake (11-8) in the first meeting, and the Lakers taking the rematch (8-7) a month later.

The two squads will meet again April 28 at Grand Haven High School.

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