Boys varsity basketball midseason OK White conference update


Forest Hills Central Rangers 10-2 (6-0)

FHC is coming off of 10 consecutive wins and has been dubbed as one of the better teams to come through the high school. Since two huge wins over Spring Lake and Godwin Heights sparked the Rangers’ season, they haven’t slowed down. They have swept the conference and have not been contested while doing so. They sit atop the OK White by themselves; the Ottawa Hills Bengals and the Northview Wildcats two games behind them.

Northview Wildcats 11-3 (4-2)

The Northview Wildcats have been one of the most consistent teams in the conference throughout the first half of the season. With their only losses coming from Kenowa Hills, FHC and Ottawa Hills, Northview has won four straight and will finish the season with 6 games in the OK White. After the regular season ends they will face the Muskegon Big Reds in the first round of the district in the home gym.

Ottawa Hills Bengals 9-4 (4-2)

Ottawa Hills started the year off rocky with a couple tough losses to Grandville and East Lansing putting them at 2-2 on the year. They then won six straight before running into FHC and losing their third game of the season by 17. The Bengals are also coming off of a bad loss to the 4-7 Greenville Yellow Jackets. They have a couple winnable conference games ahead but will need to win out if they have any hope of rising to the top of the conference. Their biggest challenges will be Detroit Country Day and FHC to close out the season before heading into districts.

Forest Hills Northern Huskies 8-4 (3-3)

FHN has had a unique season this year, as they have won a couple big games, but lost others in huge fashion. They have beat East Kentwood by 8 and West Catholic by 23, but they also lost to Northview by 17 and FHC by 14. They complete their season with the entire OK White and a game against Traverse City Central. They have a draw against the Red Arrows of Lowell in the first round of the district after their regular season ends.

Cedar Springs Red Hawks 5-8 (2-4)

The all guard approach from Cedar Springs due to their lack of size has been an issue all year and has resulted in numerous bad losses over the season. Since they started 3-0 on the year, the Red Hawks have dropped 8 of 10 and face an uphill battle the rest of the way. They will have challenges in FHC, Ottawa Hills and Northview and then a non-conference game against Big Rapids. Their offense has been a major issue averaging just over 49 points per game in the last 10 outings.

Greenville Yellow Jackets 4-7 (2-4)

Greenville has effectively turned it around in their last three games after losing seven straight in games two through eight. The Yellow Jacket offense went from averaging around 44 points per game to over 65 in their past few games; they also picked up an enormous win over Ottawa Hills at home 60-50. Greenville has the opportunity to keep their streak alive against Cedar Springs on Friday, and FHN one game after that.

Lowell Red Arrows 1-12 (0-6)

Lowell just got in the win column on Tuesday night after a win against the Caledonia Fighting Scots. After starting the year 0-12, it could be described as one of the biggest turnarounds from one year to the next. Lowell competed for the conference title last season and fell by only one game to FHC in the twentieth game of the season. Losing two seniors to collegiate programs (such as Matt Beachler (Central Michigan) and Austin Branagan (Goshen)) didn’t help the Red Arrows case. Youth has proven to be a major issue throughout the year.