Apr. 7—For a handful of local boys basketball programs, there was a disappointing finish to the regular season, as Grand Haven and Western Michigan Christian narrowly missed out on conference titles.
In the state tournament, there was plenty to cheer in the Tri-Cities. Both the Buccaneers and Spring Lake earned district titles, providing a happy finish to a season of basketball that was condensed into a little over a month and a half of play.
In total, 10 players were named to their all-conference teams.
Two Grand Haven players were listed among the OK Red's top 12 players, as sophomore guard Harrison Sorrelle and junior forward Nic Stump were part of the first team. Junior guard Bashir Neely and senior center Landon VanBeek were also listed among the honorable mention.
Sorrelle was one of two sophomores to make the first-team list, as East Kentwood's JyAir Harris was the other second-year player listed. Both Sorrelle and Stump averaged double-digit scoring and logged plenty of minutes for Greg Immink's team, which finished third in the conference and won the school's first district title since 2012.
Spring Lake's Kaden George was named to the OK Blue's first team for his strong junior season at guard, while guard Sam Sheridan was listed among the honorable mention in his senior season with the Lakers.
It came after the all-conference list was announced, but George's 33-point effort in the Lakers' district final win against Whitehall was an example of what made him one of the conference's top players.
In the Lakes Eight, WMC had four players make the grade after a second-place finish. Junior Owen Varnado and senior Brekken Fairfield were the two Warriors named in the first team, while junior Sam Liggett and senior Michael TenCate were named to the second team.
The Warriors finished just behind Orchard View, who had to forfeit their district semifinal to Spring Lake after a 17-1 season.
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