Battling difficult weather situations, short seasons and end-of-the-year final exams, Bucs and Lakers athletes survived adversity with hard work and determination.
Here are the five best teams of the spring:
The Spring Lake boys golf team earned a trip to the state finals in East Lansing after finishing third in regionals all the way up in Gaylord. Led by fantastic senior, and Grand Valley State University signee, Nick Krueger, the Lakers dominated O-K Blue Conference play. Krueger went on to earn an All-State spot, and freshman Evan McDermott proved the future is bright for the program as well.
The Grand Haven baseball team won a district title with a rare offensive outburst late in the season. Alex Kapala and Owen Krizan were steady on the mound all season, but the Bucs struggled to score runs on a consistent basis. But that all changed in districts, however, as their bats caught fire. Smart and talented, this team was great at manufacturing runs on the base paths.
The Spring Lake softball team earned a third straight trip to the quarterfinals, ultimately losing to a tough Lakeshore team. Leah Vaughan dominated opposition in the circle, and bomber Jenna Core broke the school’s home run record. The Lakers’ lineup was solid top to bottom, which gave opposing pitchers fits. Graduating an incredible senior class will be tough, but this has become an elite program.
The Grand Haven girls soccer team left a lot of hearts beating fast for a full 80 minutes this season, often scoring goals late to come from behind. Ranked in the top 10 of the Division 1 standings all season, the Bucs had two elite goalscorers in Alli Keyser and Jennifer Dear. Not just a two-girls squad, Grand Haven also did a great job creating scoring chances through the midfield, and improved on defense with a young back four.
The Spring Lake girls soccer team, for the third straight year, lost to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern in the regional final. Laney Peasley broke the school’s all-time scoring record, surpassing 100 career goals with yet another dominant season. Madeline Zenas also had a terrific season on the right flank, while freshman Meah Bajt proved one for the future. The Lakers played a fast-paced, quick passing game, which isn’t often seen in high school soccer.