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Our “home” events in the Fall could be at one of 6 places: Quest Center, The Highlands GC, Stonewater GC, Eagles Stadium, Gainey Athletic Complex or Calvin College.
At the Ludington Inviational Friday, the Varsity Eagles finished a respectable fourth place out of 15 teams. Aryn VanDyke led the way with a 97 followed by Amy VanDommelen (100), Erin Shields (104) and Samantha Wilson (108). Highlighting VanDommelen’s round was an eagle (the golf kind, not the GR Christian kind) on a long par-5. Congratulations to Coach Davies and the girls.
JV — The JV Eagles Soccer team lost 2-1 to the Crusaders of Unity Christian in a hard-fought contest Friday afternoon at Unity Christian Sports Complex.
Varsity — Playing in their third game in the week, a very tired Eagle squad had a very forgettable game on Friday at Unity Christian Sports Complex, losing 6-0 for the first loss of the season to the two-time defending state champions. The Varsity record now stands at 5-1-1.
The atmosphere was electric at Eagles Stadium on Friday as the tailgating began around 5:00 pm for the 7:00 game. Many fans, young and old, came out to enjoy the food and build community. The weather did not disappoint — sunny, clear skies and mid-70’s — and neither did the Football game — a 28-14 win over the Rangers of Forest Hills Central.
The GR Press article covering the came is at the bottom of this ESR.
The JV finished 3rd at their own invite. Finishing in first for the Eagles were Aaron Abma and Coleson Smith.
The Varsity finished 3rd in Holly at the Holly-Grand Blanc Invitational and received good efforts from all their singles players as well as 1, 3, and 5 doubles.
Despite the rain, cold, and mud, the Eagles Equestrian team placed 3rd in the meet at Barry County Fairgrounds. The only senior on the team, Kirsten Boelkins and her horse, Black, rode well and placed first or second in all 6 of her classes. Freshman, Katie Hoerle and Emma Hosak, were close behind with some 4th and 5th place wins. Jess Gingrich flew around the barrels on her horse Jax, earning them a 3rd place finish. Sophomore, Hannah Burkhart, rode well to earn places in the top 6 in her classes. The last meet is Saturday, September 18! Come and watch the Eagles ride!
The girls won the Christian School Invitational on Saturday, and the boys finished second to Calvin Christian. In the girls race, Julia Bos won the race and Erika Overbeck finished second overall. Congratulations to both teams on fine finshes.
The GR Press article covering the meet is at the bottom of this ESR.
The Eagles won 1 and lost 3 in pool play. In bracket play, the Eagles defeated Wyoming Park in the first round and then lost to South Christian. From Coach Cooper ” The girls played the best I have ever seen them play so it was great! The first time we played south a few weeks ago, we lost 3 to 25 but this time we lost 18 to 21.” Overall it was a good day and a proud coach.
The Eagles won 14 consecutive sets on the way to the Mustang Invitational championship Saturday at NorthPointe Christian. All of the matches were 2 set matches as the Eagles did not drop a set all day.
vs. WMCAA: Maddie Reid had an 8 point serving run, 3 of which were aces
vs. Kellogsville: Amber Zandee had a 10 point serving run, 3 of which were aces
vs. Covenant: Kaitlin Wolffis dominated the front row with 7 kills
vs. Saranac: Amber Zandee dominated the front row with 8 kills
vs. Covenant: Audrey Mustert had 8 kills
vs. Calvin Christian: libero Taylor Noordewier kept the backrow clean with 7 clean digs
Finals VS. the host Northpointe: won first match 25 to 18. match 2: we were down 4 to 10, the girls came back to win 25 to 21. They never gave up!
This weekend the Varsity Eagles lost to Rockford in the quarterfinals of the high-powered East Kentwood Invitational at EK High School. Along the way, the Eagles defeated South Christian and Forest Hills Eastern, the eventual tournament champ. The record now stands at 12 – 7.
On Saturday, the Girls Swim Team competed at the prestigious West Michigan Relays, and performed admirably against extremely tough competition. Overall, the Eagles placed 12th with 170 points, just 6 points out of 10th.
Special congratulations to the relay teams that medalled by placing in the top 8 in their event:
200 yd. Breaststroke Relay (8th): Janel DeGraaf (jr), Deanna Geelhoed (jr), Kaitlyn Primus (fr), Kacie Pruiksma (so)
800 yd. Freestyle Relay (6th): Katie Hensley (fr), Hannah Burrows (so), Katie Vandenberge (jr), Megan Nyhoff (so)
200 yd. Backstroke Relay (6th): Megan Schroder (jr), Megan Nyhoff, Abby VanHarn (fr), Emily Cole (so)
200 yd. Medley Relay (5th): Megan Schroder, Katie Hensley, Katie Vandenberge, Adrienne Veenstra (sr)
Today, September 13
Golf: JV vs. East GR at The Mines — 3:30 pm
Varsity vs. Greenville at The Highlands — 3:30 pm
Soccer: Freshman vs. Caledonia at Gainey — 5:00 pm
Tomorrow, September 14
Soccer: JV and Varsity vs. Northview at Gainey — JV at 4:00 pm, Varsity at 5:45 **Note Time Change
Volleyball: Freshman and JV — Rockford, South Christian, EGR Quad — 5:00
Freshman at Rockford
JV at South Christian
Girls Swimming: vs. Forest Hills Central at Calvin College — 6:30 pm
Calvin Christian boys cruise to Christian School Invitational win
Steve Vedder | The Grand Rapids Press, September 11, 2010 11:03 p.m.
BYRON CENTER — Justus Pinckney admits he could have had a better season a year ago for the Calvin Christian cross country team.
But, as is true for the entire team, with a little more work, the encore could be amazing.
The Squires, which easily won Saturday’s Christian School Invitational at the South Christian athletic complex, return nine of their top 10 runners from a team which finished runner-up at the state Division 3 meet.
Among them is Pinckney, who won Saturday’s meet with a time of 16:24.64 and was among four Squires to finish in the top seven. Pinckney said there will be no repeat of last year when he could have worked harder in the offseason.
“It was a mistake I made,” he said. “I didn’t train at all after track, but I’ve made a commitment and it’s already paying dividends.”
There is little doubt it’s a deep Squires team, aside from having the top three runners in Pinckney, Josh Kersjes (16:25.08) and Zac Nowicki (16:33.42), Calvin Christian had five runners in the top 11 and seven among the top 25.
The Squires finished with 24 points to 46 for second-place Grand Rapids Christian.
Squires coach Laurens TenKate said Pinckney’s attitude is mirrored among the whole team. In addition to their runner-up finish at state, Calvin Christian won five invitationals in 2009 and opened this season with a first place at the Unity Christian Invitational.
But TenKate said the runners need to do a little more to meet their ultimate goal: a state title. So far, TenKate said he has seen no signs of complacency.
“We’re definitely watching it,” he said. “We’ve talked about long-term goals, not just in running but in life in general. You’ve got to work for things.
“We’re young and our ultimate goal is to improve as the season goes on. But we’ve worked real hard.”
The same is true for Grand Rapids Christian sophomore Julia Bos, who won the girls meet for the second straight year with a time of 19:11.56. Eagles teammate Erika Overbeck was second at 19:43.67.
Grand Rapids Christian won the meet with 33 points to 64 for second-place Calvin Christian.
Led by Bos, the Eagles took four of the top eight places.
Bos, who was 18th at last year’s Division 2 state meet, said there is one major difference between her first two varsity seasons.
“There is more pressure as a sophomore,” she said. “My freshman year, I kind of surprised some people. This year is more mental. As a freshman, it was more like, ‘Let’s just see what I can do.’
“My goal for today was to come out hard, and I did.”
Grand Rapids Christian scores ‘ugly win’ against Forest Hills Central
Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press, September 10, 2010 11:51 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Christian coach Don Fellows said the win wasn’t pretty, but he was excited about at least one thing he saw: his team’s perseverance.
After big wins against South Christian and Reeths-Puffer in the first two games of the season, the Eagles were challenged before beating visiting Forest Hills Central, 28-14, on Friday night.
Grand Rapids Christian produced 263 total yards of offense but allowed FHC 275 yards.
“It was an ugly win for us, but we got what we were hoping to see,” Fellows said. “We wanted to see if this team had the kind of perseverance it takes to win close games.
The Eagles also were helped by the Rangers. Forest Hills Central lost four fumbles and threw an interception. The first fumble came on the opening kickoff as the loose ball bounced up to Christian junior D.J. VanderBaan, who then ran in for a touchdown.
VanderBaan also recovered two other fumbles.
“Our defense did a nice job forcing turnovers,” Fellows said. “The defense has been playing great. We have some athletic kids, like (junior Robert) Cuba and VanderBaan.”
VanderBaan’s third fumble recovery led to another Eagles touchdown — a 22-yard pass from senior quarterback Matt Grasmeyer to senior wide receiver Jaylin Straten.
Grasmeyer completed 9-of-20 passes for 61 yards and rushed for 92 yards.
“Grasmeyer is a smart kid,” Fellows said. “He is a 4.0 student and scored a 30 on his ACT. To run the offense we do, with all the checks he has to make, he’s good back there. I get nervous, though, running him as much as we do, because I don’t want to lose him.”
After VanderBaan’s touchdown on the opening kickoff, Christian doubled its lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Grasmeyer to junior Brandon Pott.
FHC sophomore Collin Schlosser made it 14-6 on a 1-yard run on the first play of the second half, but the Eagles led 21-6 at the half following a 22-yard Grasmeyer run for a TD.
Rangers senior quarterback Jack Shull rambled 13 yards for FHC’s final tally.
“For some reason, we lacked focus,” FHC coach Greg Ganfield said. “We have a relatively young team, but this is the third game of the season and we aren’t executing the fundamentals. I don’t know if this is a hangover from the losing culture that has been here, but it’s very frustrating from a coaching standpoint.”