Boys basketball OK white early season update


Forest Hills Central Rangers (0-2)

After two incredibly tough losses, FHC looks ahead at four more tough, out of conference games before they hit the ground running in the OK White. With a tough matchup against district rival FHE as their only game this week, the Rangers look to improve upon their past two games on the defensive side of the court.

During the break, FHC will be playing two games in the annual Cornerstone Holiday tournament against Spring Lake and Godwin Heights. Spring Lake is forecasted to be one of the better teams on the west side of the state, while Godwin brings perennial success and an extremely talented lineup to the table. It will be a tough three games for FHC in these next couple weeks.

Forest Hills Northern Huskies (1-1)

FHN came out and made a statement during the first half of their opener against East Kentwood, finding themselves up 22-2. The Falcons then cut the Husky lead to just one in the third quarter before FHN eventually pulled back ahead for an eight-point win, 71-63.

The Husky didn’t have as much luck in their second game of the year against district rival FHE. The got outscored in three of four quarters and looked overmatched from the tip-off. FHN has West Catholic on the horizon with Coopersville and Wayland Union waiting in the shadows.

Northview Wildcats (1-0)

Northview started off their season out on the right foot with a 56-43 victory at Reeths Puffer. Down two at the half, Northview rallied with an 18 point third quarter, while only allowing the Rockets to score five. Zach Mulheisen and Brad Wickman led the Wildcats in scoring, dropping 14 and 12 points respectively.

The core group of returners is back for Northview, but still presents a ton of youth on their roster. They head into games against the Kenowa Hills Knights, Grand Rapids Union Redhawks and a pair of teams in Zeeland East’s Invitational tournament.

Cedar Springs Red Hawks (2-0)

Cedar Springs has one of, and if not, the smallest starting five OK white conference this season. They have gotten off to a hot start with a big win over Holland 72-56 and an eight point victory over Sparta 50-42.

Cedar won’t have as many underneath threats as a good team should, but they might challenge teams with their matchups this season with their ability to have four to five guards on the floor at once.

Greenville Yellow Jackets (1-0)

After a 69-21 throttling of Belding in game one, Greenville is shushing some of the preseason questions about their lineup paired with a new coach. Brockton Koehler led the Jackets in scoring with 23, while Kaine Brown and Gavin Cassou had 15 and 10 respectively.

The Yellow Jackets will face the Reeths Puffer Rockets on Friday and have Kenowa Hills next week before the break. They will then take about two weeks off before starting up their OK white conference play.

Ottawa Hills Bengals (0-0)

Ottawa Hills has their first competition tonight against the Grandville Bulldogs on the road, followed by the I-96 Classic at home against Lansing Sexton. The Bengals return a couple good players including 6a��6″ forward, Nelson McCauley who is committed to Ferris State. He is a flashy player at the rim and has a solid support staff around him to make them a tough task to beat in the OK White.

Lowell Red Arrows (0-0)

Lowell will take on the Hawks of FHE tonight at home, followed by EGR on the road later this week. They graduated their two top scorers Matt Beachler and Austin Branagan last year, and come into this season with a load of youth. They will rely on junior Robby Schneider this season, as he is their biggest notable returner.