The first-place Whitehall boys basketball team got a scare from a fired-up North Muskegon squad on Thursday, but escaped with a 57-53 victory to remain undefeated in the West Michigan Conference.

Whitehall led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter, but trailed 19-16 at halftime and 35-32 after three, before pulling ahead and salvaging the win in the fourth.

Dayton Cole led Whitehall with 25 points. Andrew Durbin and Evan Mikkelsen both added seven points for the Vikings.

North Muskegon was led by Troy McManus with 12 points and four assists while teammate Will Gallo had eight points and six rebounds on the night.

Whitehall is now 11-3 overall and 10-0 in conference play. North Muskegon is now 5-6 overall.


MUSKEGON 76, WYOMING 51 – Muskegon had four players score in double digits.

Jordan Briggs led the Big Reds with 18 points while Kalil Stimage and Anthony Sydnor III finished with 13 points apiece. Ethan Hill also had a double-double, finishing with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

The Big Reds set the tone early by racing to a 28-4 lead after the first quarter. They led 43-16 entering halftime and 58-31 after three.

The Wolves were led by Ramera Draper, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Muskegon is now 11-3 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

ZEELAND WEST 58, REETHS-PUFFER 56 – Reeths-Puffer lost a heartbreaker when Zeeland West’s Carson Gulker hit the game-winning basket as time expired.
R-P’s Kendall Smith hit a three-point shot to tie the game at 56-56 before Gulker settled the issue with his last-second heroics.

Kaleb Mitchelson led the Rockets with 22 points, with 17 of those coming in the first half. Travis Ambrose had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Smith finished with 13 points.

The Rockets are now 6-8 overall on the season.

ZEELAND EAST 67, MONA SHORES 40– Keontae Richards led Mona Shores with 14 points in the conference loss.

Parker Swartz added eight points for the Sailors while teammate Donovan Russell snagged seven rebounds.

The Sailors trailed 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, 35-25 entering halftime and 54-35 at the end of the third quarter.


HAMILTON 48, SPRING LAKE 47 – Spring Lake’s 10-point comeback in the fourth quarter was not quite enough.

Kaden George led Spring Lake with 24 points while Sam Sheridan added eight for the Lakers. Jackson Core finished with six rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and two steals in the loss.

Spring Lake trailed 12-10 after one quarter, 28-25 at halftime, and 42-35 at the end of the third. The Lakers trailed by 10 points early in the fourth quarter and put up a spirited rally, but fell just short in the end.
Spring Lake is now 2-9 overall and 2-9 in the O-K Blue conference.


OAKRIDGE 60, MUSKEGON HEIGHTS ACADEMY 36 – Luke Martin and Ethan Jozsa both had huge games for Oakridge.

Martin led the Eagles with 23 points while Jozsa had a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ethan Wever had three points, eight assists, eight rebounds, and three steals for the Eagles.

Oakridge led 22-12 after the first quarter, 32-20 at halftime and 43-31 at the end of third.

Muskegon Heights was led by Ashton Smith with 14 points. 

The Eagles are now 6-5 on the season.