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It was a big year in girls basketball for the White Lake area, with five girls being named to the all-West Michigan Conference first team, plus one Reeths-Puffer Rocket earning the same honor in the O-K Green Conference.

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It takes a great fit to leave your alma mater, especially when you're having success, and Nate Aardema believes he's found that fit, as he accepted the Reeths-Puffer boys basketball coaching job Monday after 12 seasons at Whitehall, where his teams won three West Michigan Conference champion…

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WHITEHALL — Whitehall senior Dayton Cole was already a good basketball player, an all-conference talent, before he began pushing himself to be even more. Over the past year in particular, he learned how much better he can be.

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It’s no surprise that Whitehall led the way in all-West Michigan Conference honorees after posting an 11-0 league record and earning the conference championship. The Vikings had three first-team selections — only Oakridge, with two, also had multiple players on the first team — plus an honor…

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FREMONT — The Montague Wildcats finally ran into a team that could run with them in Monday’s regional semifinal game against Newaygo, and that put an end to their unbeaten season in a 47-37 loss.

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WHITEHALL — After high-flying Orchard View was forced to withdraw from the state tournament due to COVID-19 protocols, conventional wisdom had Whitehall, the #2 seed, as the new district favorite. Vikings’ coach Nate Aardema knew better, having seen Spring Lake dash his team’s dreams many a time.