2018-03-15 / Front Page

Madness firmly in control

Lakers continue in tourney
By Jason Bushen and Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff


GLEN LAKE players react to a big play in the second half of a thrilling 60-56 win over No. 2 St. Ignace in Gaylord on Tuesday. The Lady Lakers will look to punch their ticket to the Class C state championship game in Grand Rapids today at 2 p.m. Photo: Jay Bushen GLEN LAKE players react to a big play in the second half of a thrilling 60-56 win over No. 2 St. Ignace in Gaylord on Tuesday. The Lady Lakers will look to punch their ticket to the Class C state championship game in Grand Rapids today at 2 p.m. Photo: Jay Bushen The Glen Lake community has a fever. And the only prescription is more basketball.

Both Laker basketball teams have advanced deep into their Class C state basketball tournaments — and both have a legitimate shot to end the county’s state-championship drought before it hits 30 years at the end of the season.

The fever has been felt across the Leelanau Peninsula, and recently included a major outbreak in Suttons Bay where the Norsemen pulled off the surprise win of the tournament — perhaps in all of Michigan. (Norsemen coverage can be found on pages 10, 11 and 14.)

But today March Madness prevails in Glen Lake.

The Laker girls squad beat perennial powerhouse St. Ignace 60-56 Tuesday and will play at 2 p.m. today in the state semifinals at Van Noord Arena at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.

It’s the team’s second straight trip to the “Final Four.”

The Glen Lake boys were slated to play Whittemore- Prescott for the regional title game after press time last night after drubbing McBain Monday in Houghton Lake, 66-32.

Jen and Brad Fosmore have been going 24/7 since the onset of the postseason. Monday they were in Houghton Lake to watch their son, junior Joey Fosmore, play.

Tuesday they were on the road to Gaylord following the Lady Lakers who earned a ticket to the Final Four. Last night it was back to Houghton Lake and today they’ll be in Grand Rapids. Daughter Grace Fosmore, a freshman, has been moved up for the state tournament.

“It’s crazy … exhausting,” said Jen Fosmore, who also works in the high school office. “Dinner is whatever you can scrape up or whatever drive-thru we choose.”

Joey Fosmore, usually a role player off the bench, started Monday’s game in place of injured point guard Peyton McDonough, who was out with a wrist injury. He scored 11 points in the regional opener.

Grace Fosmore, was with the Lady Lakers Tuesday in Gaylord where Glen Lake earned a ticket to the Final Four.

“There’s a lot of basketball talk (on the road) but just a lot of talking, enjoying the ride and the moment,” Jen Fosmore said. “It’s fun for both of them.”

Two Lakers fouled out Tuesday in the girls’ outing which was a closely officiated game. More than 40 fouls were called.

“I thought a couple of calls could have gone the other way, but as a whole it was very good,” said Edwina Collins, grandmother of Jen LaCross, who fouled out in the third quarter. Collins’ younger granddaughter, Karrigan LaCross, a freshman, was among the other players who stepped up her place to bring home a win.

The latter LaCross contributed five points, including a clutch bucket in the final minutes of the contest.

Junior Kaitlyn Schaub, usually a quiet but strong presence on the court for Glen Lake, had a breakout outing with a game-high 20 points, including three three-point plays.

“It’s so much fun,” Schaub said.

It’s been 40 years since the Glen Lake girls earned the school’s first — and only — state basketball championship.

Assistant coach Donna King, a member of the team of ‘78, sees a lot of similarities between her squad and today’s championship bound team.

“This team pushes the ball like we did,” King said. “They pressure the ball exactly how we did.”

The “Laker Nation” comprised of parents, grandparents and others from throughout the community, travels well — for both teams.

“There’s young and old and people who don’t even have kids in school,” said Bill Bailey, manager of Buntings Cedar Market. “It used to be that girls and boys had different seasons. There was a game Monday, another Tuesday, another last night. If the girls win today, they’ll play on Saturday. ... That’s about a week-stretch of basketball games. Exhausting but exciting.”

Still fans of both Laker teams, including Grandma Collins, are gassed up and ready to go wherever the tournament road takes them.

“If I have to walk, I’m going downstate,” Collins said.

And for the Fosmores, it’s more than basketball.

“The kids are having so much fun and that’s the important thing,” Jen Fosmore said. “They’re going to look back on these days for years to come.

“It’s been a joy to watch and I’m glad our kids can be a part of it.”

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