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Fruitport boys looking for fresh start in 2017-18

BY Josh VanDyke jvandyke@grandhaventribune.com The Fruitport boys’ varsity basketball program endured a tumultuous season last winter, with the Trojans finishing winless at 0-21 and enduring some heartbreaking losses along the way. The good news for the program is that every player on last year’s squad will be back again in 2017-18 with an added year of varsity experience on their resume. The Trojans will have a new leader of the program in Steve Erny, who replaces former head coach Adam Anspach. In his first year with the program, Erny hopes to establish a team identity that revolves around effort and determination.   “Something that I think is important as a first-year coach is trying to establish a deep-rooted identity on the defensive side of the court,” he said. “I was able to take bits and pieces from my previous coaching experiences, and I hope to implement some of those things here as the head coach of a program. “We want to be a tough-minded, defensive-oriented team. Offensively, we want to share the ball, move well in space and be fundamentally sound. That’s something we’ve been working on all summer and it really comes down to everyone just making the simple ...

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SL girls hope more is better in 2017-18 season

BY Duncan MacLean dmacLean@grandhaventribune.com After losing their all-time leading scorer to the ranks of college ball, the Spring Lake girls basketball team is retooling for the 2017-18 season. Despite losing the volume scoring of Reiko Johnson, the Lakers return their other four starters from last year’s 16-7 team who are eager to build on their successful season and avenge its abrupt ending in the Class B district finals. With tremendous length in the post, high-level experience at nearly every position and a promising young guard running point, the Lakers will adopt a totally new philosophy from a year ago with much of the same personnel. WHO’S BACK Nearly everyone. Madeline Zenas, Madelyn Nelson, Jenna Core, and Linsey Paggeot all return from the starting lineup, along with senior Rebecca VanDeWeg and Kayli Sneller. The returning starters will lead the charge in the reimagining of the Spring Lake team, as each one possesses game-breaking traits that will allow the Lakers to spread the floor and play position-less basketball. “Our whole team is going to be a different dynamic,” Spring Lake head coach Cavin Mohrhardt said. “I’ve got four returning starters, and I think they realize it is their team, and I think ...

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Laker boys look to reload by committee

BY Duncan MacLean dmacLean@grandhaventribune.com Coming off their second regional championship and state quarterfinal appearance in three years, the Spring Lake boys basketball team will look to build off of their recent success this season. In their first run through the O-K Blue Conference, the Lakers asserted themselves as contenders with a third-place finish and an 8-4 league record. Spring Lake then went on to upset league champion Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the regional finals, before falling victim to a buzzer-beater by Benton Harbor in the Class B state quarterfinals. Now, the Lakers will focus on established post play as they try to fill the void left behind by a pair of graduated All-Conference guards and vie for another deep run in the postseason. WHO’S BACK Six seniors moved on from last year’s squad, including star guards in Cam Ball and Isaiah Pierce and a slew of productive bench players. Those returning to the hardwood for the 2017-18 season, however, shift the balance of experience and skill forward. The Lakers return a trio of three-year starters in center Sam Johnson and forwards Griffin Lorimer and Jack VanWingen. Reserve forwards Sam Negen and Jason Keena and guards Ben Arteaga and Adam ...

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Seasoned GH girls team primed for long run

BY Josh VanDyke jvandyke@grandhaventribune.com   The Grand Haven girls varsity basketball team has gone through the proverbial “growing pains” of a young roster in the last two seasons. Now, those former underclassmen contributors are seasoned veterans at the varsity level, giving head coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer one of her most experienced squads in her 20-year tenure. “From top to bottom, this year’s team is one of my deepest and most experienced that I’ve ever had,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of players that have been playing at the varsity level since they were freshmen and some girls coming up from a junior varsity team that had a great year last season.” WHO’S BACK The playing rotation only loses one contributor from last year’s team that finished 15-7 overall and 8-4 in a loaded O-K Red Conference. Junior point guard Alli Keyser will return for her third season as a starter on the varsity team after averaging 15 points and three assists per game as a sophomore. “She’s worked really hard on her game over the offseason,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said of her starting point guard. “She’s gotten quicker and stronger, her ball handling has gotten better, and she continues to work on ...

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WMC boys hope to learn on the fly

The Western Michigan Christian boys basketball team hopes to turn the court into a classroom this winter, as the Warriors field one of their youngest squads in recent history. Second-year head coach Kurt Gruppen likes what he sees so far from his young squad and thinks the Warriors can counter their lack of size and experience with heart and effort. “We have a hard-working group this year,” he said. “For what we lack in size, we try to make up for it in effort.  We will need to use some of our team speed this year to our advantage when the opportunities are there.” The Warriors only return two players to the playing rotation from a team that went 7-13 last winter in senior point guard Tyler Van Beek and junior guard Nolan Fairfield. Both Van Beek and Fairfield were starters for WMC last season. WMC will rely heavily on its junior varsity and freshmen team call-ups from last year to make immediate contributions at the varsity level. Junior Brant Zeerip will likely be a starter for the Warriors, while fellow juniors Tyler Somers, Zach Butkis, Brandon Sytsma, Joe Hain and Hayden Hubers will likely be in the playing rotation ...

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WMC girls will generate power through the post

The Western Michigan Christian girls basketball team will be replacing some key pieces from last year’s regional semifinal run in forward Cassie Kingma and Katelyn Wright. The Warriors went 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the Lakes Eight Conference last season, winning a district championship in the process. Now, WMC will have to rely on some of its returning contributors to carry the load in 2017-18. Senior forward Aubrey Goorman will be the headliner for the Warriors this season. As a junior, Goorman averaged 18.5 points and nine rebounds per game on her way to earning All-State honors from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, as well as Honorable Mention All-State honors from the Associated Press. The current Trinity Christian College commit was also named to the Lakes Eight All-Conference team. Joining her will be junior forward Anna Sytsema, who averaged seven points and five rebounds per game last season. “Aubrey and Anna were playing unstoppable at the end of the season last year,” said head coach Jeremy Goorman. “That tandem helped us go on a postseason run and beat Kent City in the district finals. “Aubrey showed what she was made of when she broke her nose in the first ...

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Light Night 2017 Full Flip Book

The full version of the Grand Haven Main Street – Light Night 2017 section in FlipBook format. Read, shop, and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF!

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Grand Haven Main Street Light Night 2017

Washington Avenue from harbor to beacon and Seventh Street (Centertown) Free to attend for all ages! In late November of each year, Grand Haven’s Main Street is all abuzz with holiday cheer as Washington Avenue and Seventh Street is brightened by an eye-catching display of seasonal lights during the all-illuminating Light Night event. As visitors marvel at the twinkling displays, Grand Haven’s own WGHN plays Christmas songs in the street and FREE hot cocoa and Main Street shopping bags will be given to the first 500 shoppers. Indoors, participating merchants host open houses with special promotions and their own treats and specials from mulled cider to facepainting, popcorn and chocolates. The complementary Harbor Shuttle will transport patrons from downtown to Centertown and back throughout the evening, where you can find gifts for everyone on your list. While there, you can even purchase evergreen wreaths from a Grand Haven Boy’s Scout troop. When Light Night comes around, the joy of the season is all around!

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Women In Business 2017

The full version of the Women In Business 2017 special section in FlipBook format. Read and enjoy online or download the section to read as a PDF!

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Women moving forward

By Becky Vargo Joyce Workman says she’s always loved the color green. She can’t remember ever loving another color. “It’s my color,” she explains. “I’m nearly always wearing it, collecting it.” Workman also loves antiques — knowing that each piece has its own story, that it was loved by someone and once treasured. Combining those two loves almost three years ago gave birth to Vintage Green, an affordable antiques store at 7 N. Seventh St. in Grand Haven. The former director of Advancement for Christian Schools said opening the store crossed an item off her bucket list.

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