Three West Michigan high schools recently won state championship titles.
South Christian High won that school’s first ever boys’ soccer title. Coach Bruce Huttenga said winning wasn’t the only goal. “One of the main goals [was] to be sportsmanlike and Christ-like. It was a great opportunity to show what a Christian school is all about.”
Calvin Christian High in Grandville locked the championship in boys’ cross-country, after placing a close second in 2009. “It’s always rewarding when you see kids work hard toward a goal,” said coach Laurens TenKate. TenKate was also named Coach of the Year by the Michigan Track Coaches Association.
Grand Rapids Christian High won its title for girls’ cross-country. Coach Doug Jager led the team to its third championship in the last six years. He said the team had three goals: first, to pray for their teammates; second, to reflect Jesus at the final; and third, to compete well for a fast time.
About the Author
Ryan Struyk was a former Banner news correspondent for classes Grand Rapids South and Thornapple Valley.