Forest Hills Central Boys Tennis, East Kentwood and Spring Lake Girls Golf Win State Championships
A successful weekend for West Michigan student-athletes as boys tennis and girls golf champions were crowned.
There were a number of strong finishes from West Michigan schools including championship wins by Forest Hills Central Boys Tennis and from East Kentwood and Spring Lake Girls Golf teams.
Forest Hills Central Boys Tennis took home the Division 2 Championship on Saturday with 27 points. Rival Forest Hills Northern finished second with 22 points.
Winning the state championship had been the goal all season. Forest Hills Central’s first-year head coach Dan Bolhouse explained, “We worked hard all year and when the guys came in, our goal was to win a state championship,” he said. “We just took it match by match. It was extremely close, and the guys fought hard and pulled out wins."
Other top-five finishers in the boys tennis state championships include:
DIVISION 3: East Grand Rapids (3rd), Holland Christian (4th), Grand Rapids Christian (5th)
DIVISION 4: Catholic Central (4th)
East Kentwood Girls Golf won the Division 1 state championship with a final score of 643. Lake Orion was second with 665.
East Kentwood built a big lead early and were able to make it stand. First-year coach Andy Giarmo explained, "It’s really nice to see them deal with a 10-shot lead as well as they did. They approached the day as being just another 18-hole tournament where everybody was starting at zero, and they really did a great job of staying patient and staying mature through the whole round.”
Spring Lake Girls Golf won the Division 3 championship with a final score of 659. BH Cranbrook-Kingswood finished second with a score of 677.
Spring Lake sophomore Anna Kramer explained how they earned the win, "We were behind after the first day, but not by much, so our goal was for all of us to play a little better and that’s exactly what happened.”
In Division 4 girls golf, West Catholic finished 4th and NorthPointe Christian finished 5th.
Another noteworthy finish came from South Christian Girls Golf. They finished 8th in Division 3. Their coach, Rod Van Dyke, died in a bicycle-automobile accident on October 7.
Congratulations to all of our West Michigan student-athletes!