This winter, GRCHS hosted 89 home events for 17 sports teams, and 189 student-athletes. We hosted an Academic All-State night, celebrated two fall State Championships by Cross Country and individual state championships in girls tennis, inducted a new class to the Athletic Hall of Fame, hosted a Purple Community fund raiser for cancer research, and celebrated the hard work and dedication of 47 senior athletes in the class of 2015.
Of our 189 winter sports athletes, we had 27 All-Conference athletes, 10 All-District athletes, two All-Region athletes, eight All-State athletes, two Academic All-State teams, and 19 Individual Academic All-State winners – and those numbers are still growing as post season awards continue to roll in each day. In addition, we had a “Wendy’s High School Heisman” finalist, a girls basketball conference championship, and hockey and competitive cheer earned Academic All-State honors as a team.
Below is a more detailed summary of how each program did this winter. Thanks again for all your support! Go Eagles!
Boys Basketball – The freshman team was 4-16 overall and 2-8 in conference play. JV basketball finished the year 17-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play earning them the conference championship. The varsity team finished 5-5 in conference play and 12-10 overall. In the playoffs, they lost to eventual district champion Ottawa Hills in overtime by two points. Seniors Alex Bos and Deleon Brown earned All-Conference honors.
Girls Basketball – The freshman team was 5-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play. JV basketball finished the year 9-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play. The JV team won eight of the last ten games. The varsity team finished 17-5 overall and 9-1 in conference earning the the conference championship. In playoffs the team lost to Byron Center, the eventual district champion. Kortney Deurloo, Jocelyn Taylor, and Rachel Warners earned All-Conference honors.
Boys Bowling – Boys were 6-7 overall and 4-6 in conference play. The team finished 8th overall in the regional tournament and was close to putting three individuals into the state finals, each of them just missing the mark. Jalen Taylor was All-Conference and Rob Oostindie was honorable mention. Academic All-State honors go to Derek Hein and Rob Oostindie.
Girls Bowling – Girls were 7-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play. The team finished 7th overall in the regional tournament and did not get any individuals through to the state tournament. Hannah Jung earned honorable mention All-Conference honors. Academic All-State honors go to Morgan Urschalitz.
Competitive Cheer – Girls finished 3rd overall in a very tough conference. In the district tournament the girls finished 3rd overall moving them to the regional tournament. The region they were in was one of the toughest in the state, and they placed 8th overall, a great accomplishment! All-Conference honors were awarded to Jacqueline Kessel, Leah Brogger, Miriam VanHarn, Thalia Porraz, honorable mention to Celeste Johnson and Sami VanHoven. All-District honors went to Jacqueline Kessel, Leah Brogger, and Miriam VanHarn, Celeste Johnson, and Thalia Porraz, honorable mention to Sami VanHoven and Brooklyn Satterlee. All-Region honors went to Jacqueline Kessel, honorable mention to Miriam VanHarn. In addition the girls team won Team Academic All-State honors! Individual Academic All-State honors went to Kaylie Chiles, Emily DeKoster, Jacqueline Kessel, Julia Kessel, and Miriam VanHarn.
Hockey – After graduating 12 players last year, a very young team took the ice this year with only two returning senior players. Overall the team was 8-17-1 and 3-6-1 in conference (4th place finish). Earning All-Conference honors was Phil Apol, Jacob Bylsma, Gibson Heys, and Braxton Kane, honorable mention to Spencer VanderStelt and Cory Holden. Earning honorable mention All-State honors was Gibson Heys, Braxton Kane, and Spencer VanderStelt. In addition the boys won Team Academic All-State honors.
Boys Skiing – The boys finished third in the conference this year. In Regionals the boys finished 2nd, the best finish in school history at Regionals. Because of their 2nd place finish the team qualified for the state finals where they earned a 7th place finish overall. All-Conferene honors went to Andrew Schumacher, Nathan Westenbroek, and Sam Bulthuis. All-Region honors went to Andrew, Nathan, and Jim Muir. All-State honors went to Andrew Schumacher. Academic All-State honors go to Sean Cawley, Austen Krause, James Muir, and Andrew Schumacher.
Girls Skiing – The girls finished 6th in the conference and 7th in the Regionals. Although the team did not advance to the State finals, senior Sarah Faasse did qualify as an individual. Sarah was also honored with All-Conference and All-Region honors. Academic All-State honors go to Sarah Faasse, Astrid LeRoy, Isabelle Selles, Ally VanHekken, and Hannah VanZanten.
Swimming – The boys were 9-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. The boys had a great year, placing __ swimmer and 3 divers in the state finals on their way to a 5th place finish at the state tournament. All-Conference honors went to Justin Bart, Schuyler Pruis, and Tim Randall. All-State honors went to Justin Bart, Tim Randall, Zach VanDinther, and Christian Walldorff. The Boys swim team is also in the running for Team Academic All-State.
Wrestling – The team was young an fairly inexperienced this year as they competed with many freshman and sophomores on the varsity level. In a physical sport it is hard to be competitive when you do not have many upperclassmen. The boys were 1-13 overall and 0-5 in conference play. Lone senior Thomas Word had a fantastic wrestling career at GRCHS and the program we will miss his hard work and dedication.