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Year in Review &
Athletics Awards

The 2022-23 accomplishments of all 23 school-sponsored sports we offer at HCHS, including boys club volleyball and the three sports under the umbrella of West Ottawa High School--boys hockey and girls competitive cheer & lacrosse.

During the 2022-23 school year, HCHS offered 22 MHSAA sports and had 425 student-athletes, or 63% of our student body, involved in at least a single MHSAA sport.

There were 185 student-athletes, or 44% of our athletes, involved in multiple MHSAA sports for an average of 1.51 sports per athletic (641 Roster Spots).

135 multi-sport athletes have also maintained a GPA of 3.5 or greater earning them the distinction as a multi-sport scholar athlete!

2022-23 Awards

2024 MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award

This award is the most prestigious honor given by the MHSAA annually to students in Michigan. Out of approximately 1,500 nominations each year, 32 senior athletes earn scholarships based on achievement and leadership in athletics.  In addition to involvement and short answer question responses, the significant portion of the application judging is based on an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.  The following Holland Christian students are nominees for the MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award.

Alden Baker
Monica Diaz
Rylie Huisenga

Callie Keizer
Hannah Knot
Cortney Leep

Josiah Meyers
Teagan Schoonveld
Joseph Stielstra

Tianna Stygstra
Ellen Wierda

Clare Pott Award

Presented in honor of former Holland Christian teacher, coach, and athletic director, Clare Pott, this award recognizes a female and male athlete with outstanding achievement in varsity athletics, scholarship, school, church, community, and evidence of Christian growth.

This year’s Clare Pott Award recipients are Ainsley VandenBrink (Golf & Tennis) and
Kyle Cannon (Soccer and Basketball).

US Marine Corps Award

The U.S. Marine Corps annually honors both a female and male student-athlete who positively represent their branch of the military at Holland Christian. The Distinguished Athlete Award recognizes athletes who display courage, poise and self confidence as an outstanding leader and varsity athlete.

This year’s Distinguished Athlete Award recipients are Emily Asselin (Aquatics), Alyssa Gerritsma (Cross Country and Track & Field), Sam Knot (Football & Basketball), and Harris Shook (Lacrosse).

Mike Phelps Award

Presented by former Holland Christian teacher, coach, and athletic director Mike Phelps, this award recognizes a female and male student-athlete who exhibit the character traits Mike Phelps valued. His award recognizes exceptional leadership qualities, passion for sport, strong work ethic, sportsmanship, and Christian character.

This year’s Mike Phelps award winners are Tryna Vander Zwaag (Volleyball & Basketball) and
Caden Brink (Soccer).

OK Conference Award

The OK Conference includes almost 50 schools and annually has members finish in the top ranks of the MHSAA. Each year the conference recognizes a female and male student from each participating school who demonstrate exceptional ability and achievement as an athlete and positively represent Holland Christian and the OK Conference.

This year’s OK Conference award winners are Conner Smits (Football & Baseball), Jackson Engbers (Tennis, Basketball & Lacrosse), Kayla Cannon (Basketball & Soccer), and Bria Lampen (Basketball & Tennis).

Season Reviews

Fall 2023

Boys Cross Country

OK Blue: Runner-Up
All Conference: Will Engbers, Will Whitmore & Aidan Brinks
MHSAA Regional: 3rd Place
MHSAA Finals: 18th Place
MITCA Academic All State: Team, Will Whitmore & Landon Gerritsma

Girls Cross Country

OK Blue: Runner-Up
All Conference: Olivia Hollebeek, Eliana Stob & Ellery Lampen
MHSAA Regional: 4th Place
MHSAA Finals Qualifiers: Olivia Hollebeek, Eliana Stob & Ellery Lampen

Boys Football

OK Blue: 5th Place (3-4, 4-5 Overall)
All Conference: Ethan Abberger, Eli Boyce & Ryder Gravenhof
MHSAA Game Passing Record of 24-24: Eli Boyce
AP All State: Ethan Abberger, Eli Boyce & Ryder Gravenhof

Girls Golf

OK Blue: 5th Place
MHSAA Regional: 8th Place
MIGCA Academic All State: Megan Grassmid & Monica Diaz

Boys Soccer

OK Blue: Champions (6-0-1/18-2-2 Overall)
All Conference: Lake VanderPloeg, Adam Bergman, JP Hogsten, Elliot Cook, Lukas Hegg & Caden Petroelje
MHSAA District: Champions
MHSAA Regional: Champions
MHSAA State: Semifinalists
MIHSSCA All State: Lake VanderPloeg, Adam Bergman, Lukas Hegg & JP Hogsten
MIHSSCA District and Regional Coach of the Year: Dave DeBoer

Girls Aquatics

OK Tier 1: Runner Up (5-1)
All Conference: Camryn Siegers, Eden Siegers, Maria Heeres, Ruthie Ryden, Sara Algera & Sadie DuBois
MHSAA State: 5th Place
MISCA All State: Camryn Siegers, Eden Siegers, Maria Heeres, Ruthie Ryden & Sadie DuBois
MISCA Academic All State: TBD
NISCA All American Consideration: Camryn Siegers & Sadie DuBois

Boys Tennis

OK Blue: Champions (5-0-1/13-1-1 overall)
All Conference: Josh Dawson, Henry Langejans, Simon Langejans, Tryg Tanis & Tyler Hemmeke
MHSAA Regional: Champions
MHSAA Finals: 4th Place
MHSTeCA All State: Henry Langejans, Simon Langejans, Tryg Tanis & Tyler Hemmeke
MHSTeCA All Academic: Team

Girls Volleyball

OK Blue: Champions (12-2/26-11-3 overall)
All Conference: Kierea Smits, Cortney Leep & Callie Keizer
MHSAA District: Quarterfinalists
MIVCA Academic All State: TBD

Winter 23-24

Boys Aquatics

OK Tier I: Runner Up (4-1/7-4 Overall)
All Conference: Lee Assink, Nathan Bengelink, Charlie DeHaan, Karsten Huisman, Basilio Ledesma, Levi Rozema, Jake Shoemaker & Parker Schut
MHSAA State: 3rd Place
MISCA All State: Lee Assink, Nathan Bengelink, Charlie DeHaan, Karsten Huisman, Basilio Ledesma, Levi Rozema, Jake Shoemaker, Parker Schut & Joseph Stielstra

Girls Basketball

OK Blue: Runner Up (11-3/18-6 Overall)
All Conference: Camryn VandenBosch, Adelyn Nyhof & Brooklyn Phelps (HM)
MHSAA District: Finalists
BCAM Awards: TBD

Boys Basketball

OK Blue: 3rd Place (9-5/15-10 Overall)
All Conference: Michael Haig, Caleb Karsten & Luke Michmerhuizen
MHSAA District: Champions
MHSAA Regional: Semifinalists
BCAM Awards: TBD

Spring 2023

Boys Track & Field

OK Blue: 5th Place (2-5)
All Conference: Will Engbers & Nathan Bengelink
MHSAA Regional: 11th (27 pts)

Girls Track & Field

OK Blue: 7th Place (2-5)
All Conference: Alyssa Gerritsma, Abbe Baas & Chloe Chesser
MHSAA Regional: 7th (48.75 pts)
MHSAA Finals: 45th (4 pts)
MITCA All State: Kyah Hicks, Chloe Chesser, Avery Brower & Abbe Baas (4×100)
MITCA Academic All State: Kyah Hicks, Avery Brower & Abbe Baas

Boys Lacrosse

OK Tier III: Champions (10-0/11-4 overall)
All Conference: Harris Shook, Jackson Engbers, Andrew Chesser & Nick Zahn
MHSAA Regional: Quarterfinalist
MHSLCA All State: Harris Shook & Nick Zahn
MHSLCA Academic All State: TBD

Girls Soccer

OK Blue: 4th Place (5-3-2/9-4-4 Overall)
All Conference: Kayla Cannon, Sarah Geerlings & Tianna Stygstra
MHSAA District: Finalist
MIHSSCA All State: Kayla Cannon
MIHSSCA District Coach of the Year: Elliot Slenk

Boys Baseball

OK Blue: 6th Place (10-11/17-16 overall)
All Conference: Kyle Smith & Caden VanHuis
MHSAA District: Finalist

Girls Softball

OK Blue: 6th Place (4-10/11-23 overall)
All Conference: Kierea Smits
MHSAA District: Semifinalist

Boys Golf

OK Blue: 4th Place
MHSAA Regional: 11th Place
MIGCA Academic All State: TBD

Girls Tennis

OK Blue: Champions (6-0)
All Conference: Bria Lampen, Eva Van Klompenberg, Ainsley VandenBrink & Lilly DeVries
MHSAA Regional: Champions (29 pts)
MHSAA Finals: 6th (11 pts)
MHSTeCA All State: Bria Lampen, Lilly DeVries & Ainsley VandenBrink
MHSTeCA All Academic: Team

Girls Lacrosse with West Ottawa

OK Tier II: 8th Place (3-7)
All Conference: Noel Sprick
MHSAA Regional: Quarterfinalist

Boys Volleyball Club

Lakeshore Division: 10-2 (22-6 overall)
All Conference: Jason Koops, Spencer Walraven, Grant VanderZee, Henry Steenwyk & Chase Brink
All State: Grand VanderZee & Henry Steenwyk

2022-23 Multi-Sport Scholar Athletes

The following individuals combined the achievements of participating on multiple athletic teams and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
*Senior Multi-Sport Scholar Athletes also earn distinction as OK Conference Scholar Athletes.

Freshman

Davis Alderink
Cora Boerman
Benjamin Bouws
Jackie Brink
Jackson Busscher
Annalise Capestany
Abigail Coxon
Olivia Culver
Hayden Dannenberg
Miya DeBlecourt
Isaac DeMaster

Evan Disselkoen
Sadie DuBois
Noah Feak
Landon Gerritsma
Layla Geurink
Ava Helms
Henry Jernigan
William Johnson
Aiden Kehrwecker
Jonathan Knot
Dane Kolk

William Langejans
Zachary Larsen
Nickolas Leegwater
Quinten Matheny
Kaitrin Miedema
Jacob Nicely
James Ohnesorgen
John Oosterhouse
Kylie Reed
Jayden Rees
Cora Rigterink

Samuel Saldivar
Oliver Schaap
Addison Slagh
Lauryn Slenk
Ryan Stewart
Stella Tjepkema
Kate VanAppledorn
Samuel VandeWege
Jacob VanDuinen
Charlie VanVliet
Ella Westerbeke

Sophmores

Sara Algera
Maxwell Apotheker
Tyler Bostrom
Avery Brower
Lillian Brummel
Joshua Bruxvoort
Noah Danhoff
Austin DeHaan
William Engbers
Grace Fenton
Luke Groenheide

Ella Halma
Tyler Hemmeke
Karsten Huisman
Christian Huizenga
Sabrina Iverson
Evelyn Klingenberg
Gabriel Konfara
Ashlynn Laarman
Breanna Lamer
Henry Langejans
Anika Melcher

Julia Mercade Estevez
Caleb Meyaard
Desmond Meyaard
Rosemary N’ake
Adelynn Nyhof
Alexander Plockmeyer
Gabriella Rooks
Levi Rozema
Caden Ruiter
Ruth Ryden
Brayden Rynsburger

Liam Shook
Kierea Smits
Noel Sprick
Nathan Steen
Gavin Swiftney
Colin Taylor-DeNooyer
Grant VanderZee
Caden VanHuis
Spencer Walraven
Nicholas Zahn

Juniors

Alden Baker
Nathan Bengelink
Eli Boyce
Chase Brink
Luke Bushouse
Brody DeKruyter
Megan Grassmid

Michael Haig
Jaylyn Harsevoort
Rylie Huisenga
Zachary Kern
Hannah Knot
Cortney Leep

Josiah Meyers
Luke Michmerhuizen
Sylvie Mulder
Samuel Plockmeyer
Teagan Schoonveld
Joseph Stielstra

Tianna Stygstra
Lake Vander Ploeg
Baylee VanderZwaag
David Van Duinen
Ryan Vos
Ellen Wierda

Seniors

Jason Bos
Kayla Cannon
Kyle Cannon
Caleb DeMaster
Isabella Dykstra
Jackson Engbers

Parker Fenton
Lucas Freriks
Alyssa Gerritsma
Harrison Halbert
Avery Huisman
Samuel Knot

Bria Lampen
Sierra Malone
Erica Mulder
Michael Pierce
Conner Smits
Samuel Strabbing

Ainsley VandenBrink
Tryna Vander Zwaag
Jensy VanVliet
Alyson Vikstrom
Joshua Woolsey

MHSAA State Championships

Boys

Baseball

2016 Division II State Champions (Jim Caserta)

Boys Basketball

1934 Class C State Champions (Al Muyskens)
1935 Class C State Champions (Al Muyskens)
1939 Class C Runner Up
1954 Class B Runner Up
1961 Class B Runner Up
1968 Class B Runner Up

Boys Cross Country

1999 Class B Runner Up

Football

2008 Division IV State Champions (Willie Snead III)

Boys Soccer

1986 Class B-C State Champions (Dan Walcott)
2003 Division II State Champions (Jack Heyboer)
2022 Division III State Champions (Dave DeBoer)

Boys Swimming & Diving

1988 Class BCD State Champions (Kimble/Klaasen)
1989 Class BCD State Champions (Kimble/Klaasen)
1990 Class BCD Runner Up
2011 Division III Runner Up
2018 Division III State Champions (Smeenge/Tolsma)
2019 Division III State Champions (Smeenge/Tolsma)
2021 Division III Runner Up
2022 Division III Runner Up

Boys Tennis

1953 Class B State Champions (Clare Pott)
1954 Class B State Champions (Clare Pott)
1961 Class B Runner Up
1962 Class B Runner Up
1963 Class B State Champions (Clare Pott)
1965 Class B State Champions (Clare Pott)
1990 Class B Runner Up
1998 Division III Runner Up

Girls

Competitive Cheer

2005 Class B Runner Up
2007 Division II State Champions (Beth Cunningham)

Softball

1976 Class B State Champions (Dennis Spoelman)

Girls Swimming & Diving

1996 Class BCD State Champions (Walters/Klaasen)
1997 Class BCD Runner Up
2022 Division III Runner Up

Girls Tennis

1993 Class B State Champions (Tom Buursma)
2001 Division III Runner Up
2005 Division III State Champions (John Knoester)
2006 Division III State Champions (John Knoester)

Girls Track & Field

2018 Division II Runner Up
2019 Division II Runner Up

Volleyball

1994 Class B Runner Up
2007 Class B Runner Up
2008 Class B State Champions (Amy Berkenpas)

Watch us in Action!

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