SPRING LAKE GRAPPLERS FINISH SIXTH
The Spring Lake wrestling team traveled to Wyoming on Saturday for a 10-team dual tournament.
The Lakers finished sixth on the day with a 2-3 record. Spring Lake defeated North Point Christian, 39-18 and Maple Valley, 43- 29. The Lakers then lost to Byron Center, 75-6, Sparta, 45-31 and Kellogsville, 45-33.
Jack Parker, Jamie Holt and Hunter Rose each went 4-1 on the day, while Max Montgomery, Caleb Swenor and Dylan Henshaw each went 3-2.
"Today, we were a little off," said Spring Lake head coach Dan Robinson. "We were missing a couple starters and that hurt us in a few matches. Then, we lost a starter in the third match of the day to injury, so we wound up giving up 24-30 points right off the bat. That puts a lot of pressure on the guys in the lineup to do even more than they are used to.
"Jack Parker, Caleb, and Hunter wrestled well, but there are still places for a lot of improvement. As a team, we have a month to get ready for the postseason, and we have to clean up a lot of areas, get some guys healthy and at the right weights and keep moving forward."
Spring Lake travels to Coopersville on Wednesday for a quad and then to Sparta on Saturday.
GH/SL HOCKEY DRAWS WITH WEST CATHOLIC
The Grand Haven/Spring Lake co-op hockey team took on West Catholic on Friday in a Tier 3 O-K Conference matchup, playing to a 2-2 draw featuring a scoreless overtime period.
The Bucs struck first late in the first period as Cooper Fox found the cage with 2:27 left on the clock, assisted by Ethan Pennington and Austin Fox.
The Falcons didn't take long to even the score, squeaking in the equalizer with 24 seconds left in the period via the power play. West Catholic took the lead through the second period, scoring the only goal of the frame with 13 minutes left.
With 2:16 left in the game, Clayton Cooper evened the score assisted by Fox and Jake Johnson, forcing overtime. Neither team could find the goal in the extra frame, bringing on the final score.
The tie puts the Bucs record at 6-2-2 overall and 3-0-1 in conference. Grand Haven leads Tier 3, as West Catholic sits second at 2-1-1 in league play. They return to the ice Friday to take on Bay City at the Bay County Civic Arena at 1:30 p.m.
WMC CHEER WINS COMSTOCK PARK INVITE
The Western Michigan Christian competitive cheer team took first place this past weekend at the Comstock Park Invitational.
The Warriors came back to score 676.2 points to take top honors, edging Shelby, who scored 658.96.
East Jordan came in third with 619.72 points, Holton came in fourth with 569.20 points, Manistique came in fifth with 528.94 points and Mason County Central came in sixth with 490.44 points.
After a strong start in Round 1, the team struggled a bit in Round 2 and trailed Shelby by 20 points.
"It was quite a deficit, and to be honest, I didn't think that we would be able to pull past them," said WMC coach Jennifer VanHekken.
The team rallied, however, and hit an almost perfect Round 3, landing the top score in the building and pulling them past Shelby to take 1st place.
"This was the first time we've competed our Round 3 this season, and I really didn't know what to expect. The girls completely exceeded all expectations and set the tone for an exciting season.
"I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to progress."
WMC heads to Holton today for their conference opener.