5 things to watch this week

Tribune Staff • Sep 24, 2018 at 12:15 AM

The fall prep season is approaching crunch time for a few conference races as teams are looking to shore up their rotations for a second-half push.

As the stakes of every matchup rise, don’t miss these five prep events that are sure to have a lasting impact on each team’s season.

GH girls swimming Bucs Pride

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven Aquatic Center

The Grand Haven girls swim and dive team has been enjoying a revitalized roster this season as they returned nearly their entire state finals group from a year ago.

As their proven scorers settle into place and rising stars fill in the gaps, the Bucs will host Hudsonville for an intense O-K Red Conference matchup Thursday. The Eagles bested Grand Haven in their 2017 dual meet and at the conference finals, but the Bucs’ increased depth and top-end speed gives them new life in this matchup.

Grand Haven will also enjoy an emotional boost Thursday as they host their their-annual Bucs Pride Night, raising money and memory for those affected by cancer.

GH golf home jamboree

When: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Where: Grand Haven Golf Club

The Grand Haven girls golf team is dialed in and ready to make a run at the final phase of their season. Behind the leadership of senior Ally Kingma and tremendous play from Camryn and Caydee Constant, the Bucs carded a season-low score last week and will hope to continue dropping strokes as they host their conference jamboree.

After their best performance to date last week, head coach Roger Glass said the next step for the team is getting more individuals under 40. Grand Haven Golf Club is a good place to start.

SL volleyball vs. Allendale

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Spring Lake High School 

The Spring Lake girls volleyball team has been sure-fire in conference play so far this season, with the exception of one three-set loss to Coopersville. The stumble means every O-K Blue Conference competition is a must-win for the Lakers from here on out.

Allendale has struggled thus far in conference play, making Tuesday’s matchup ripe for a Laker lockdown.

Fruitport volleyball at Jenison

When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Fruitport High School

The Fruitport volleyball team has owned O-K Black Conference play so far, jumping out to a 5-0 record to top the conference.

Jenison will serve as the Trojans’ biggest competition for the conference crown come the end of the year and the two will meet Tuesday for an all-important showdown.

The 2017 title came down to the final match of the regular season with Jenison swiping the crown with a head-to-head victory. The loss jumpstarted a turnaround and magical run to the state semifinals for Fruitport, but the conference title is now high on Fruitport’s list for 2018.

Fruitport soccer at Mona Shores

When: Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.

Where: Mona Shores High School

The Fruitport boys soccer team will enjoy some rivalry ball on the road Tuesday as they travel across town to Mona Shores for an O-K Black Conference romp.

The Sailors ran way with last season’s corresponding meeting, taking a 5-0 victory in late September. In their first meeting this season, the two played to a scoreless tie.

The Trojans have been finding their way in their first season under head coach Dan Hazekamp and are looking for a statement win. With more experience playing as a unit since their last meeting, Mona Shores could be just that for Fruitport.

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