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High School Officials Gathering in Grand Rapids

High School Officials Gathering in Grand Rapids

Saturday, July 27th will be the largest gathering of high school sports officials in Michigan history at DeVos Place, in downtown Grand Rapids, hosted by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Speakers from 13 different sports will be featured during the day. Prominent officials attending will be NBA referees Joe Crawford and Steve Javie; Local NFL officials, Perry, Dino & Carl Paganelli Jr; Big Ten officials, Alex Kemp & Jim Augustyn and NHL officials, Terry Gregson & Dan O’Halloran.

 

Local Athlete Earns Academic Honors At Aquinas

Local Athlete Earns Academic Honors At Aquinas

Coopersville High School Class of 2009 basketball player Brett Pfahler was recently honored by the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) as a member of the Men’s Basketball All-Academic team. Pfahler is a redshirt junior at Aquinas College.  He was a three-sport athlete in high school and was All Conference in Football, Basketball and Track while at Coopersville.

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Grand Rapids Football Player Heading to Northwood University!

Grand Rapids Football Player Heading to Northwood University!

A Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills High School Player is heading for college football. Quinton Pulley signed with Northwood University for this coming fall. Pulley was a three year starter for the Ottawa Hills High School Bengals Football team, and a First Team All Conference in 2012, leading the team with 90 tackles as a middle line backer.

Pulley said he started playing football in the second grade, and didn't even know if he would play at all coming into his freshman year at Ottawa Hills. He said among his best memories are the playoffs that first year with Ottawa Hills.

Area School Hosts Traditional Celebration for First Time

Area School Hosts Traditional Celebration for First Time

 

Grand River Preparatory High School will celebrate its first ever Homecoming celebration with a week full of events starting Feb. 11, 2013.

The weeklong celebration, themed "A Night on the Red Carpet", includes a powder puff football game, a boys’ volleyball game, a staff vs. students basketball game, college apparel day, costume day, pajama day, and twin day. Friday will conclude the week of celebration with the homecoming assembly and first ever court, the varsity basketball game, and the crowning of the King and Queen at half-time.

“We are very excited to be celebrating our very first homecoming with our students,” said Grand River Preparatory High School Principal Jason Bannister. “Not only will they be showing their pride for their school, but will be helping to give back to their community.”

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

Catholic Central / West Catholic fencing team brings home the trophy

The West Michigan Fencing Academy announced that a composite team from Catholic Central and West Catholic captured the Team Trophy at the Midwest High School Championships.

According to the WMFA, Kayla Kelch of Caledonia High School, Desree Ortega-Furgeson of Catholic Central and Amanda Williams of Rockford High School came in first, second and third, respectively, out of a field of 46 women in the foil competition.  All three were undefeated until meeting each other at the end of the competition.

You can find out more about the sport at WMFA.org.

Houseman Field minus Grand Rapids Community College

Houseman Field minus Grand Rapids Community College

With the recent announcement that GRCC would no longer be having a football team, a thought comes to mind about the future of Houseman Field.

I do know it is used each year for the John Bos Track Meet but do not know if the track is used by any schools on a regular basis.

When Houseman Field was originally built, the intended use of it was for Grand Rapids Central High School, soon to be used by Creston, Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools also. Since that time, both Catholic Central and West Catholic have built their own football fields, so the question remains, who is actually using this sports stadium?

In 2008, the GRPS Board announced plans for the renovation of Houseman Field to include artificial turf, new press box, concession stand and restrooms along with other technical updates at a cost of $6 million dollars. It was reopened on August 25, 2009.

Any comments anyone?