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Friday, July 1, 2016

Mokma to Represent the Maroons in the Annual East-West Baseball Classic


Senior Mike Mokma will represent the Maroons and the MHSBCA West All Stars in the 35th Annual MHSBCA East-West All Star Baseball Classic.  The match up will be played on July 6th at Comerica Park with the first pitch slated for 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event at Comerica Park for $10.   Coming off a Division II MHSAA state championship was an amazing experience for Holland Christian and the entire baseball program and we are all proud to have Mike represent the Maroons in this event.  To God Be The Glory.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Maroons Hire Micah Kool to Lead the Boys Lacrosse Program


Holland Christian is excited to announce the hiring of Micah Kool as the new boys varsity lacrosse coach.  Micah is no stranger to Holland Christian even through he spent the past year coaching varsity lacrosse at Grand Rapids Christian.  Coach Kool is a 2007 graduate of Holland Christian and recently completed his physical education degree at Grand Valley State University.  Micah has extensive coaching experience with both football and lacrosse at Holland Christian.  He will be coaching JV football for the 2016-2017 school year in addition to leading the lacrosse program.  Coach Kool has a special ability to meet players where they are and challenge them to another level of effort that benefits the entire team.  His love for Jesus Christ, the players and coaches in the program and the sport of lacrosse is contagious and suits him well for the position.  Kool is extremely excited to be back with his alma mater and have the opportunity to continue the strong tradition of lacrosse at Holland Christian.  "This program has the potential to be one of the top lacrosse schools in the area and I look forward to doing what I can to help the Maroons reach a high level of success on and off the field."  Coach Kool will be leading summer camp starting July 25th as the program begins under his leadership.  The spring season officially begins on March 13th.      

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maroons Boys and Girls Golf Programs Welcome New Varsity Coaches


Holland Christian is excited to announce the addition of two new coaches for our golf programs!

Chip Ferlaak will be taking the helm of the girls program.  Coach Ferlaak is very familiar with Holland Christian with 5 children in the school system.  He is excited to join our community and offer his teaching and coaching abilities to our girls program this fall.  Ferlaak has dedicated a large portion of his life to the sport and is currently the Director of Operations at Macatawa Legends Golf Club.  Holland Christian is thrilled to have the depth of golf experience and love for Christian education in our new coach.  The girls season begins on August 10th with the opening match scheduled for August 18th at Diamond Springs.

On the boys side, Caleb Nykamp is no stranger as a Maroons coach.  Coach Nykamp served as a boys basketball coach as well as girls varsity golf and JV boys golf over the last few years.  Holland Christian values Caleb's steady leadership and dedication to improving our athletes desire to grow as people in addition to their athletic abilities.  Nykamp currently serves as the Director of High School Ministries with Christ Memorial Church.  The boys season will begin on March 13th.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Varsity Baseball -- State Championship

Holland Christian 8 -- Linden 5
By Seth Walters (Class of 2016)

Holland Christian returned to McLane Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University for one last game of the season: The State Final. 

After one inning of scoreless and hitless baseball, the Maroons got the bats going. Coby Curtiss, Brady Brower, and Jack Huisman had back-to-back-to-back singles with one out in the inning. Chris Mokma grounded to third, but it was bobbled and everyone was safe. Chase Dreyer grounded the next one to the shortstop, who tossed it to the second baseman who committed an error on the throw over to first, allowing both Brower and Huisman to score. They led 3-0 after two innings. 

Josh Sterenberg singled to start the third inning. He eventually scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Brady Brower to make it 4-0. 

Linden fought back for five runs in the top of the fourth due to a few fielding errors by the Maroons. 

Chris Mokma led off the 4th with a walk. He was sacrificed over by Chase Dreyer, advanced to third on a passed ball, then was driven in by Brandon Riemersma on base hit to right field to tie the game 5-5. 

Chase Dreyer had a one-out deep double to right field for the Maroons. Christian Koele, the pinch runner, scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Brandon Riemersma to put the Maroons up 6-5. After Sterenberg had an infield single, Mike Mokma slapped a double down the left field line and drove in two. 

Sam Wierda caught the last out of the game before the players celebrated behind the mound. 

Future Spartan Mike Mokma pitched the complete game, allowed only four hits, and struck out two batters every inning for a total of 14 strikeouts on his future home field. 

Brandon Riemersma went 13-for-25 in the postseason and drove in 7 RBIs, including the game-tying and go-ahead RBIs in the Final. 

Notable season numbers:

Mike Mokma led the team in hits (52), batting average (.430), singles (40), and RBI (34). On the mound, Mokma pitched 85.1 innings, went 15-0 on the mound, struck out 120 batters, had an ERA of 1.066 and a WHIP of .820. 

David Williams had six home runs and 32 RBI. 

Holland Christian finished its legendary season with a 36-6 record--also a school record for wins in a season. They also were conference champs, district champs, regional champs, and ultimately the first ever Holland Christian State Champions.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Varsity Baseball -- State Semifinals

Holland Christian 4 -- DeWitt 3
By Seth Walters (Class of 2016)

Holland Christian played against DeWitt on Thursday morning in the State semifinals at Michigan State's McLane Stadium.

The Panthers got on the board first with two runs in the third inning. The Maroons climbed out of the deficit in the fifth inning when Chase Dreyer grounded out with runners on third and second. The runner on third scored on the throw over to first, then the runner on second tied the game after a throwing error. 

DeWitt regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double. Mike Mokma, future MSU baseball player, came in to relieve. With the runner on second and nobody out, Mike struck out the next three batters in order. 

Brady Brower tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth inning with a two-out, infield RBI single.

The Maroons took the lead for the first time in the top of the seventh with a deep sacrifice fly from Josh Sterenberg to make it 4-3.

Mokma came in to finish the game. He struck out the side in order, ending it on a strikeout. He faced the last 9 batters of the game: five struck out, none reached base. Mokma improves to 14-0 on the season with this morning's win. 

The Maroons will play against Linden on Saturday morning at 9AM at MSU. 

There will be a fan bus leaving from HC at 6:45AM. It will cost $5 to ride plus the $8 entry fee to the stadium. If you are interested in riding the bus you must contact  kvaneerden@hollandchristian.org or the HS office 616-820-2905 by 3:00PM Friday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Varsity Baseball -- State Quarterfinals

Holland Christian 9 -- Niles 5
By Seth Walters (Class of 2016)

Holland Christian played against Niles in the State semifinal at Davenport University on Tuesday night. The Maroons got off to a rough start right away as the Vikings loaded the bases with one out in the first. Jack Huisman struck out the next two batters to end the inning. 


The offense got rolling in the second inning as four runners scored. Chase Dreyer drove in the first run with an RBI single. Christian Koele followed with a squeeze bunt to drive in another. Brandon Riemersma found a gap for a two-RBI double.

Jack Huisman and Riemersma added RBI singles to make it 6-0 after three innings. 

Huisman and Dreyer had back-to-back RBI singles in the fourth inning. 

After going hitless for the first four innings, the Vikings cut the deficit in half with four runs in the sixth inning. 

Chase Dreyer ended his amazing performance with an RBI single in the bottom of the 6th. He finished with four hits and three RBIs. 

Brandon Riemersma went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Jack Huisman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. 

Huisman got the win on the mound with 6.1 innings of work. Spencer Brewer pitched the last two outs. 

The Maroons advance to the State Semifinals--The Final Four--and will play against DeWitt on Thursday at 9:00 AM at Michigan State University. For updates of the game follow @hcsportslive on Twitter. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Varsity Baseball

District Semifinal:
Holland Christian 7 -- South Christian 0
By Seth Walters (Class of 2016)

The Maroons began postseason play on Saturday as they hosted the district tournament. They kicked off the day with a 7-0 win over South Christian. The game was 1-0 heading into the sixth inning before HC put up six runs, including a 3-RBI double by David Williams. Coby Curtiss finished 2-for-2 with a single and a double.

Mike Mokma pitched a complete game shutout with only 73 pitches. He struck out six, walked none, and only gave up two hits.

District Final:
Holland Christian 4 -- Unity Christian 3 (8 innings)
Chase Dreyer got the Maroons on the board with a 2-RBI double in the fourth inning. Unity responded with a run in the bottom of that same inning. Coby Curtiss drove in a very important insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Mike Mokma came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning after the first batter got a hit of David Williams. D-Will pitched 6.0 IP, gave up three hits, and struck out eight.

In the seventh inning, the Crusaders scored a run on an infield error to make it 3-2. With nobody out and the tying run on 3rd and the winning run on 2nd, the Maroons intentionally walked the next batter. Mokma struck out the next batter looking. He then gave up a bases-loaded, game-tying walk. With the winning run 90 feet away and only one out, Mike struck out the next two batters and got out of the inning. 

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Mokma laid down a bunt and reached on an infield single before advancing to 2nd on an error. A couple batters later, Brandon Riemersma hit a line-drive RBI single to center-field. The Maroons held on in the bottom of the inning to seal the 4-3 victory. 

Riemersma finished with three hits in the Final. 

Mike Mokma earned both victories of the day to improve to 12-0 on the season. The Maroons will take a 31-6 record into next Saturday's Regional tournament. (Click here for the postseason bracket)




Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016-17 Impact Testing Sign Up for all HS Athletes

If you are planning on playing a sport in the 2016-2017 school year, please be sure to get your ImPACT test done over the summer. There will be very minimal testing during the school year. A baseline is required for any freshman, junior, new or transfer student, or anyone who did not take the test during the 2015-2016 school year. The following dates and times are for athletes who need to take their ImPACT test.  Please use the form below to sign-up for a testing date and time. 

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June 14th (Tuesday) : 11 am
June 16th (Thursday) : 11 am
June 28th (Tuesday) : 11 am
June 30th (Thursday) : 11 am
July 19th (Tuesday) : 11 am
July 21st (Thursday) : 11 am
August 2nd (Tuesday) : 11 am
August 4th (Thursday) : 11 am

All testing will take place at Holland Christian High School in room 243

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FAQ's

Who needs to take this?
All incoming freshmen, new or transfer students, juniors or anyone who did not take the test during the 2015-2016 school year and are planning on playing a sport this school year. ALL athletes must take it. If you are unsure if you need to take the test please contact your athletic trainer below.

I participate in swim/dive, track and field, cross country, golf, or tennis and I was not required to take this before, do I need to take it now?
Yes, we are now requiring ImPACT testing for all of our athletes, regardless of the sport they are playing. 

What is this for?
The ImPACT test is a baseline test of cognitive brain function that will be used if an athlete sustains a concussion to help determine if any brain function is impaired.  

I took this test 2 years ago so why do I need to take it again?
Because brains in high school develop at such a quick rate it is recommended that athletes be tested every 2 years to ensure that the baseline test reflects where the brain is currently functioning.

How long will the test take and do I need to bring anything?
The test will take about 45 minutes start to finish.  Parents do NOT need to stay for the test and you do not need to bring anything with you.

Where is room 243 at the high school?
Room 243 is located across from the IT help desk in the academic wing of the building. 

Please be sure to choose a date and time. Testing sessions are subject to change if we don't have any athletes signed up for a particular day and time.  

For questions please contact: 

Jenna Maki - Holland Christian Athletic Trainer - jmaki@hollandchristian.org - 616-610-3774

Please sign up with the link below

Varsity Boys Golf

Regionals
By Mark Glover (Class of 2016)

The Holland Christian golf team's season ended on Wednesday at the regional competition. According to coach Haverdink, "none of the team members had great days." Todd Haverdink shot 87, Elliott Berens followed with a 94, Sam VandeBunte with a 95, and Caleb VerBrugge with a 98. The team had a tough time getting past a few holes which elevated its score. Otsego, Byron Center, and Kenowa Hills are the teams from this region that will advance to the state competition.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Varsity Girls Soccer

District Quarterfinals:
Holland Christian 3 -- Holland 0

By Seth Walters (Class of 2016)

The Maroons played against Holland on Tuesday afternoon in the District Quarterfinals. Emily Mulder got the team on the board just five minutes into the game when she scored off a cross from Abby Koops. They struck again fifteen minutes later when Rylea Grassmid slammed home a ricochet in front of the net after a cornerkick from Rose Anthony. Mulder added her second goal of the day by finishing an Alexi Zastrow free kick in the second half. 

The defense stayed strong all game and Abby Dykema made multiple impressive saves at goalie. The team has had 12 shutouts this season out of only 17 games.