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Basketball teams honor our heroes

by Justin Scott

contributing reporter

Both Lowell Basketball teams participated in their annual Heroes Night on Friday. Each team honored a hero in their lives with many honoring those serving in the Military such as Faith Stepek who played in honor of her Grandfather, John Schnieder. A former Lowell Area Schools employee, John served in the Korean War in the US Army.

Others paid tribute to a first responder, such as a police officer, firefighter, 9-1-1 operator, or paramedic. One of those was Jacob Cleaver, who honored family friend Jason Lowrie. Lowrie has served as a patrol officer and detective with the Grand Rapids Police Department. 

Coaches Travis Slanger and Heath Kent coached in honor of the athletic department’s hero Betsy Maki. Maki, who served as an administrative assistant with the athletic department for the past 26 years, retired on Friday. Each Lowell team wore special jerseys that paid tribute to our heroes.

During the boys game, Lowell took advantage of a young Wayland team as they overpowered the Wildcats 62-39. The Arrows went into the half up 11 thanks in part to a buzzer-beater at the end of the first half. Nolan Cusack inbounded the ball three-quarters of the way down the court and found Brett Spanbauer who hit a jumper as time expired. Two of 20 points on the night for Spanbauer, he was able to get down low and put away tough shots consistently throughout the evening.

The Lady Arrows had a real defensive battle on their hands to start the game. Against Wayland, the Red Arrows went into halftime up 13-4 in a defensive first half. LHS would carry the momentum into the second half and pulled away from Wayland by a final score of 38-17. Molly Frederickson led the Red Arrows with 14 points, while junior Addison Buckius added eight points.

Against Ottawa Hills, the boys fell in a road game, while the girls beat the Bengals 62-29. Winners of their last two, the girls team is on the road this week at Caledonia and Northview. The boys, who have now won 3 of their last 4, host Caledonia Tuesday and travel to Northview on Friday.

The wins for the Lady Arrows this week move the team to 10-2 historically against Ottawa Hills. It was also the program’s first win over Wayland, now 1-1 against the Wildcats.

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