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Prep Roundup: Grand Haven, Spring Lake ski teams close out regular season

Tribune Staff • Feb 21, 2019 at 12:45 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Haven and Spring Lake ski teams took to the slopes one last time before Monday's state finals with a make-up conference event Tuesday night at Cannonsburg Ski Area.

The Grand Haven-Black River co-op ski team used near-perfect conditions to capture first-place team honors in the slalom race and a third-place finish in the giant slalom.

The girls added a fourth-place finish in the slalom and a seventh-place finish the giant slalom.

"We couldn't be more proud of our athletes and their efforts they have put in throughout the season," said Grand Haven head coach Anna Braymer. "It was a farewell race for our seniors — Sarah Walker, Lexi Walker, Allison Vantrepott and Ethan Brown."

Junior Mitchel Bosgraaf raced to the podium in both events, placing second in the slalom and third in the giant slalom, followed right behind by fellow junior and teammate, Jack Hardebeck, who placed fifth in the slalom and sixth in the giant slalom.

Holland Black River sophomore Eden Nykamp recorded two top-10 finishes in both the slalom (eighth) and giant slalom (seventh), while freshman Kate Kendall raced into the top 10, as well, placing ninth in the slalom.

Bosgraaf and Hardebeck will cap off their stellar seasons at the state finals races on Monday at Schuss Mountain.


LAKERS FINISH STRONG

The Spring Lake boys and girls ski teams also paced well at Tuesday's event.

The Lakers boys finished fifth overall for the evening. In the giant slalom, Charlie Parker finished in 10th place, Colby Brown was 15th, Griffin Phares was 16th and Jack Launinger rounded out the scoring in 29th.

Colby Brown led the Lakers in the slalom in 12th place. Charlie Parker was 14th, Jack Lauinger was 22nd, and Griffin Phares was 23rd.

The girls' team finished eighth overall.

Junior Erin Burke led the team in both events with a 10th-place finish in the giant slalom and a 16th in the slalom. She was followed in the slalom by Sydney Thompson in 32nd, Zoe Komar in 34th, Alexis Kotrch in 44th, and Annika Holleman in 51st. In the giant slalom, Zoe Komar was 36th, Sydney Thompson was 41st, Annika Holleman was 45th, and Alexis Kotrch was 49th.

This was the last race of the season for some of the Laker girls. Junior Erin Burke and the entire boys' team will be competing in the Division 2 State Championship on Monday at Boyne Mountain.


WMC GIRLS ROUT MUSKEGON HEIGHTS

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team had no problems with Muskegon Heights Academy on Wednesday, as the Warriors breezed past the Tigers for a 69-11 win in Lakes Eight Conference play.

The Warriors led 20-4 after the first quarter and 41-4 at halftime. WMC would extend their lead to 59-9 entering the fourth quarter.

Anna Sytsema led the Warriors with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, while Taylor Folkema added 22 points. Meghan Heiss recorded 12 points and four steals, while Alyssa Eekhoff grabbed seven rebounds and added six points.


WMC BOYS BLITZED BY MUSKEGON HEIGHTS

The Muskegon Heights Academy boys basketball team clinched the Lakes Eight Conference Championship on Wednesday with a 71-46 home win over Western Michigan Christian.

The Tigers are now 8-1 in conference play with one game remaining. The Warriors were in second place coming into Wednesday's game and drop to 5-4 with one game remaining.

Muskegon Heights led 17-13 at the first stop, 32-18 at intermission and 46-30 going into the final period.

Owen Varnado led the Warriors with 12 points, followed by Kellen Mitchell with 11 points and Nick Moser with eight.

"We had some really nice games from several players tonight," said WMC head coach Kurt Gruppen. "In the end, the pressure and style of play that Muskegon Heights plays with was too much for us. They are playing very well right now and that is the reason they are the conference champions."

The Warriors host Manistee on Friday for their final game of the regular season.


FRUITPORT CALVARY GIRLS HOLD OFF HOLTON

The Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team recorded a 53-38 win over Holton on Wednesday in a non-conference make-up game.

The Eagles jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter but only scored two points in the second quarter, going 1-for-22 from the field in the quarter.

The cold shooting allowed the Red Devils to cut the deficit to just 22-15 at halftime, but the Eagles' full-court press allowed the squad to go on a 25-10 run and take a commanding 47-25 lead into the final quarter of play on their way to the road win.

"Holton plays hard, give them credit, and our conference championship game last night might have taken some energy out of our players," said Fruitport Calvary head coach Brad Richards. "That second quarter, a soccer game broke out. We got a lot of shots on goal but only one went in. In the big scheme of things, we'll take the win and move on.

"We've got some really important practices these next three days, and then we play the O-K Silver Conference Champions in NorthPointe Christian, and then an undefeated Class C state-ranked Hemlock team, who were champions of the Tri-Valley Conference in the Saginaw area. Those will be good tests for us before the playoffs."

Kelsey Richards scored 30 points and added six steals to lead the Eagles, while Lizzie Cammenga added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Brionna Johnson chipped in with 14 rebounds.

Haylee Brant led the Red Devils with 11 points.

Calvary Christian raised their record to 15-3 on the season with the win.

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