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Prep Roundup: Bosgraaf earns All-State honors

Tribune Staff • Feb 27, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Grand Haven junior skier Mitchel Bosgraaf earned second team All-State honors in the slalom at Monday's Division 1 state finals meet at Schuss Mountain.

Bosgraaf finished 12th in the slalom event with a time of 1 minute, 5.18 seconds, just 0.07 of a second from the ninth-place finisher. Bosgraaf added a 31st-place finish in the giant slalom with a time of 52.37 seconds.

Fellow junior Jack Hardebeck also represented the Buccaneers in the giant slalom, finishing 56th overall.

Before the event even started, Mother Nature threatened the state finals meet, but the will of the skiers and coaches in attendance stomped out the threat.

"The area was hit by a blizzard the day before and it made for quite an eventful day," said Grand Haven head coach Anna Braymer. "The race hill was covered in at least 12 inches of fresh snow and wind drifts up to 3 feet deep. All athletes and coaches were involved in trying to get the hill race ready. After an hour of trying to remove the drifts, the jury called to delay the race, tear down all courses, run the snow groomers and reset the courses.

"The jury made the all-safe-call by 10:30 a.m. and after inspecting the newly set courses again, the race finally started at 11 a.m."

Braymer was happy to see two of her veteran skiers rewarded for their hard work during the course of the season.

"We are so incredibly proud of them for putting themselves out there in these cold, windy, and snowy conditions and to giving it their best.

"We know many other athletes on our team would have deserved to be there this year, but our region makes it really hard. Our region represents the top three teams in the state. The good thing is that we know exactly what we are facing once we do qualify for state finals.

"This event concluded a very successful season for the Grand Haven-Holland Black River ski team and we are very excited for next year. The future looks bright for the Bucs."


SPRING LAKE SKIERS CAP OFF THEIR SEASON

The Spring Lake boys ski team finished eighth overall at Monday's Division 2 state finals at Boyne Mountain.

The Laker finished seventh in the giant slalom with 122 points and eighth in the slalom with 123 points.

In the slalom, Colby Brown finished 28th overall with a time of 1:12.06 to lead the Lakers, while Charlie Parker added a 33rd-place finish at 1:13.03.

Griffin Phares finished 46th overall with a time of 1:18.34, followed by Jack Lauinger at 48th overall with a time of 1:20.36. Dawson Sherman came in at 49th with a time of 1:20.7 and Aidan Parker came in at 57th overall with a time of 1:42.96.

In the giant slalom, Charlie Parker finished 36th with a time of 1:15.68, followed by Brown in 38th place with a time of 1:15.93.

Aidan Parker finished 42nd with a time of 1:17.3, followed by Phares in 43rd with a time of 1:18.04 and Jonah Wilhelm in 57th with a time of 1:24.71.

Erin Burke represented the Spring Lake girls squad in the slalom event but did not place in the final standings.


FRUITPORT CALVARY FALLS TO NORTHPOINTE CHRISTIAN

Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian upended the Fruitport Calvary Christian girls basketball team for the first time in five years, by a score of 53-40 on Tuesday night in non-conference action.

NorthPointe, who was the O-K Silver Conference Champions, jumped out to a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and held a 25-17 halftime lead. Calvary came roaring back behind 3-pointers from Lizzie Cammenga and McKenna Wilson to cut the lead to three points, but NorthPointe finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run to stretch its lead 42-33.

Calvary cut the lead back to seven points multiple times in the fourth quarter, before fouling with two minutes to go to no avail.

"Give credit to NorthPointe, they've never beaten us before tonight," said Fruitport Calvary head coach Brad Richards. "It was their Senior Night, and they were cutting down the nets after our game for their O-K Silver Conference Championship. They were determined not to lose, and frankly, Annie Halesinger, who wasn't even on our scouting report, played the game of her life.

"She made six of seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points. We wish them well. I'm proud of how hard our girls played, and the way our girls represented our school tonight. We'll need to shoot the ball better if we'd like a chance to win the state championship."

Kelsey Richards scored 17 points to lead the Eagles, while Lizzie Cammenga added 15 points and Brionna Johnson added 11 rebounds. Defensive specialist Emily Wesner held Indiana-Wesleyan bound senior and NorthPointe leading scorer Baylie Vandyke to just six points.

The Eagles fall to 15-4 on the season, while NorthPointe improves to 15-4.

Calvary plays at undefeated Hemlock, who is ranked No. 3 in Class C, Thursday night at 6 p.m. in a non-conference road game.

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