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West Michigan Conference boys basketball: Roundup from Dec. 1-2, 2023

Balanced Whitehall opens defense of WMC Lakes co-title with runaway win at Orchard View.

Several boys basketball teams from the West Michigan Conference were in action over the weekend.

Here is a roundup from games played Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023:



WHITEHALL 68, ORCHARD VIEW 43: Whitehall used balanced scoring and tough defense in posting a season-opening victory over host Orchard View in WMC Lakes Division play.

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OAKRIDGE 62, MONTAGUE 56: Host Oakridge improved to 2-0 on the young season and won a hard-fought WMC Lakes Division opener against Montague.

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MANISTEE 48, FREMONT 40: Visiting Manistee improved to 3-0 on the young season in this low-scoring WMC Lakes Division opener. “The story of the game was our inability to make shots,” Fremont coach Adam Bowen said. “Manistee was in a zone all game and we had good looks but just couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Fremont leader:

Gavin Richards 11 points

Manistee leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Manistee 3-0 (1-0 WMC Lakes)

Fremont 1-1 (0-1 WMC Lakes)



NORTH MUSKEGON 62, RAVENNA 47: Host North Muskegon used a 17-7 second-quarter scoring advantage and 20-15 edge in the fourth to separate from Ravenna in this WMC Rivers Division opener.

“A good, close game throughout the first quarter,” said Norse coach Chuck Rypstra, whose team led 12-11 after the opening quarter. “They have some size and were able to do some damage inside. We countered it by making seven 3s. We had a putback dunk to end the first half and were able to hold them off through the second half.”

North Muskegon leaders:

James Young 12 points, 10 rebounds

Adam Dugener 12 points

Lamarkis Graham 11 points, 8 rebounds

Jaxon Lisinski 9 points

TJ Byard 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Ravenna leaders:

Carter Schullo 15 points

Nash Hoffman 9 points


North Muskegon 2-0 (1-0 WMC Rivers)

Ravenna 1-1 (0-1 WMC Rivers)


MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 52, HESPERIA 45: Led by Cole VanderHaag, Mason County Central led by six to eight points most of the game and earned the first victory for Chris VanderHaag as the Spartans’ varsity coach.

MCC leaders:

Cole VanderHaag 19 points

Hesperia leaders:

Bryce Billings 18 points

Ethan O’Neil 10 rebounds


MCC 1-1 (1-0 WMC Rivers)

Hesperia 1-1 (0-1 WMC Rivers)



SPRING LAKE 58, LUDINGTON 53: Spring Lake opened its season with a hard-fought nonleague victory over Ludington. No stats or details were submitted for this game.


Ludington 1-1

Spring Lake 1-0


BENZIE CENTRAL 61, HART 41: Turnovers and the inability to capitalize off the opponent’s mistakes plaqued Hart throughout in the opener of the Will Lynch Invitational at Benzie Central.

Hart leader:

Blake Weirich 25 points, 5 rebounds

Benzie Central leader:

No stats or details submitted


Hart 1-1 (1-0 WMC Rivers)

Benzie Central 1-0


SHELBY 51, WHITE CLOUD 46: Host Shelby picked up its first win of the season with a nonleague victory over White Cloud. No stats or details were reported for this game.


Shelby 1-1

White Cloud 1-1




TRAVERSE CITY CHRISTIAN 63, HART 54: Hart started the game with an 8-0 lead and took a 29-27 edge into the halftime break, but hot shooting by Traverse City Christian from deep was the big difference in the consolation game of the Will Lynch Invitational at Benzie Central. Traverse City Christian made 14 3-pointers in the game.

Hart leaders:

Blake Weirich 21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists

Ty Schlukebir 11 points, 3 steals

Caleb Ackley 10 points

Traverse City Christian leaders:

No stats or details submitted


Hart 1-2 (1-0 WMC Rivers)

Traverse City Christian 2-1

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