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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of March 14 – March 20


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Wayland High School, March 14 – March 20

MONDAY

March 14, 2016

4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
vs. Thornapple-Kellogg MS
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
@ Thornapple-Kellogg MS
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

March 15, 2016

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

March 16, 2016

4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
@ Allendale Middle
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
vs. Allendale Middle
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

March 17, 2016

No events happening

FRIDAY

March 18, 2016

No events happening

SATURDAY

March 19, 2016

No events happening

SUNDAY

March 20, 2016

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Boys Junior Varsity Golf, Boys Varsity Golf · Varsity Boys Golf Calendar


Click the link below to view the Varsity Boys Golf Calendar.

 

Schedule for 2016


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Wildcats News · Coach Spotlight: Bill Holbrook


Varsity Girls Bowling Coach: Bill Holbrook
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1. What got your love for bowling started?

        I was born into the sport of bowling.  My parents owned or managed several different bowling alleys while I was growing up.  I was literally around it everyday.  I began bowling Jr. Leagues when I was five.  At the age of 13 I won the Grand Rapids City Youth tournament for my age group by shooting 680 (201, 225, 254) which was the high game and series in the country that year for my age group.  I bowled all the time.

2. How do you set your team goals?

       The girls are asked to set personal and team goals at the beginning of the season.  I also have standing team goals to win our conference and qualify for state every year.  The trick with team goals is getting the team to believe they are capable of achieving them.  

3. What do you look for in a great player/ teammate?

      One of the things I love about bowling is you can be any size, shape, or age and still be able to enjoy it.  Being a great bowler is more about being able to execute your shot the same each and every time and being mentally tough.  I look for kids that want to learn, work hard and are competitive.  A great teammate in bowling is one who is encouraging and tries to pick them up when they’re down.

4. What was your biggest accomplishment your team had this past season?

      Picking just one accomplishment this year would be difficult because we have taken such a big step forward this year.  As a team, our biggest accomplishments would be winning 3 tournaments, winning our conference and being ranked 5th in the state.  Individually, four girls make all-conference, several all-tournament team medalists, Aubree Hodges signing to bowl at Davenport University next year, and Sydney Urben taking 3rd at Regional and 2nd at State.

5. Do you have a saying or motto your team goes by?

      There are two: First is “Filling frames wins games.” and second is “Me believing in you will never be an adequate substitute to you believing in yourself.”

6. How do you plan to keep the program at a highly competitive level?

      Last year I challenged the girls to bowl more in the off-season and several of them took that to heart.  The result was much bigger leaps forward than would have been possible otherwise.  All most every girls that starts with this team has never bowled competitively before so there is a lot of beginner instruction.  In order to have a stronger team it is important to get girls started bowling competitively much younger.  Starting a bowling club at the 5th – 8th grade level would make for much stronger bowlers when then entered high school.
Interview by Emily Gray

 


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Wildcats News · Sydney Urban Finishes 2nd at MHSAA Bowling Finals


Wayland Union Wildcat sophomore Sydney Urben bowled in Div 2 State Singles Saturday.  At the end of the 6 game qualifying block she was third qualifying her for the top 16 who move on to match play.  She won her first match by 4 pins assuring her place as a State finals medalist.  She won her 2 match by 4 pins.  She won her third match by 87 pins placing her into the championship match against one of the top 2 or 3 ladies in the state in Flint Kearsley’s senior Hannah Ploof.  Sydney came up short in her championship bid  losing 385-336.  Sydney was the Div 2 State Individual Finalist silver medalist.  Congrats, Sydney! Go Green! Go White!


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Wildcats News · TONIGHT: Boys Basketball District Information


Tonight’s game is at South Christian High School.  The Wildcats are scheduled to play Godwin Heights at 7:30 pm.  General Admission is $5.00 (no passes will be accepted).  Doors will open at 5:00 pm.  The first game, Grand River Prep vs. West Michigan Aviation Academy, is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.  The gym will not be cleared prior to the WU vs. Godwin game, so it would be wise to arrive early.  Parking may be tight, so you are encouraged to carpool.  Go Green, Go White!


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Wildcats News · All Teams Schedule: Week of March 7 – March 13


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Wayland High School, March 7 – March 13

MONDAY

March 07, 2016

4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
vs. Caledonia Duncan Middle
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball
@ South Christian High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

March 08, 2016

4:15 PM Coed Middle School Wrestling
Northview Crossroads MS
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Multiple Opponents
SCHEDULE
7:15 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Multiple Opponents
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

March 09, 2016

4:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
@ Hastings Junior High
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
vs. Hastings Junior High
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

March 10, 2016

4:00 PM Girls 7th Grade Basketball
vs. Kelloggsville High School
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Girls 8th Grade Basketball
vs. Kelloggsville High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Multiple Opponents
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

March 11, 2016

12:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming
MHSAA Swim Finals
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

March 12, 2016

12:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming
MHSAA Swim Finals
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

March 13, 2016

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Wildcats News · WUHS Alumni of the Week: Dan Door


Dan Door, Class of 2012

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-What is your favorite part of being on CU’s Track and Field Team?

“My favorite part about the Cornerstone University track and field program is the closeness.  We laugh and we fight, but no matter what we’re still family.  Everyone constantly encourages each other in their performance as well as their faith.”

-What do you consider your greatest athletic achievement in track & field collegiately?

“This Friday, 3/4/2016, I will be competing in the NAIA Indoor T&F Nationals.  As of now I am ranked 26th in the nation in the 35lb Weight Throw, but I hope to finish much higher than that.  I am also in the All-Time Top 5 list for CU T&F athletes in the Weight Throw, Shotput, and Discus.”

-Who inspires you most in your athletic career?

“The entire team inspires me.  The CU track and field team has an exceptional history with 3 National Champions, dozens of All-Americans, and countless others who have qualified for nationals before me.  Seeing all of my friends accomplish incredible things has motivated me for the past 4 years to rise to the occasion and do likewise for them and for the program.”

 

-What advice do you have for high school athletes looking to play in college?

“Take it seriously.  It’s hard.  Get better.  I didn’t expect to be a national qualifier when I was in high school, but that’s because I didn’t take it seriously.  Now that I treat this sport like a job that I happen to love, it has opened up so many doors for me and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I would also suggest that you humble yourself.  The collegiate pool is full of big fish, so there’s no room for cockiness.  Raw talent might get you to college, but work ethic is what separates the men from the boys.”

 

-What are your plans following graduation?

“After graduation I plan on attending seminary and pursuing a job in youth ministry.”


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Wildcats News · Coach Spotlight: Travis Wilcox


Varsity Baseball Coach: Travis Wilcox

 

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What got your love for baseball started?

My love for baseball started as soon as I could walk, as I always viewed baseball as time that I was able to spend with my dad.  I can still remember the first time he took me to buy my first glove, my first set of catching gear, and all of the drills that we would do in the yard.  He signed me up to coach a little league baseball team when I was 16, and that began my love for coaching.  Having had the opportunity to work for the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Major League Baseball, I always knew that I wanted to eventually end up coaching High School baseball.

 

How do you set your team goals? 

We have several metrics that track our team goals (season, in-game, and player).  It’s important that we set team goals that are realistic for our team, as we usually do this during the first week of practice.  One of our in-game goals is what we call “BASE2.”  B stands for big inning (score 3 or more runs), A stands for answer inning (score after the other team has), S stands for score first (we want to score the first run(s) of the game), E stands for extend the lead (we want to continue to score after gaining a lead), and 2 stands for (score with 2 outs).  We feel that if we can accomplish at least three of these, we give ourselves at least an 80% chance of victory. These give our guys little in-game victories to break the game into pieces, instead of looking at just 7-innings as a whole.

 

 

What do you look for in a great player?

A great player is someone who is in constant pursuit of their best performance.  They work hard in the off-season and throughout the season to become the best student-athlete that they can possibly be.  A great player is accountable to their teammates, parents, and coaches.  As long as they give their best effort on a daily basis, they will find success on the playing field and in the classroom.

 

What was the biggest accomplishment your team had this past season?

Having taken over the head coaching position last June, I have yet to serve as the Head Coach for a regular season game.  We had an outstanding summer season, playing 30 games and winning the Lumberjack Park 18u tournament by beating a Division 1 St. Johns team in the finals that had won 25 games last spring.  Our fall baseball team finished runner-up in the West Michigan Fall Baseball League and our off-season participation has been phenomenal.

 

Do you have a saying or motto that you live by?

CHANGE YOUR BEST!!!  If we can get better each and every day, we have set upon ourselves a new standard of excellence to live up to.  We challenge each one of our players and coaches to “Change their best” every single day, and if we do that as a whole, we will accomplish almost everything that we set out to do.

 

How do you plan to keep the program at a highly competitive level?

First and foremost, we encourage all of our athletes to play 3 sports, as we love student-athletes who love to compete, regardless of the sport.  We have an extensive off-season program that we feel separates us from most teams.  Our summer baseball program plays 30+ games every summer, while we also have several student-athletes who play for select travel baseball teams. We also participate in a school led strength and speed training program, which we have been able to see significant gains from our student-athletes.  We have a fall baseball team that plays throughout the months of September and October, playing many of the top programs in West Michigan.  We make the most of our 4-player workouts, as we start in November and continue until the season begins in March.  The weight room is also important, as we ask all of our athletes to get in at least 3 lifts per week, whether before or after school.  We preach outworking our opponents and the understanding that if you want to have success, you will have to work for it.

 


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Boys Varsity Bowling, Girls Varsity Bowling · Aubree Hodges signs with Davenport University


Congratulations to Aubree Hodges for signing with Davenport University’s Bowling team!

Hodges Signing

 


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Multiple Teams · Wayland High School Boys Varsity Basketball beat Holland High School 84-51


Thursday, March 3, 2016

7:00 PM

Holland High School
AWAY
51

Wayland High School
HOME
84

Game Recap

On senior night the Wildcats were able to honor the five seniors, Justin Kiry, Michael Kelly, Cody and Austin Johnson, and Caleb Boyle, with a victory. This Wildcats finished the season with an 18-1 record.

Wayland was able to use their defense to cause several Holland turnover, which translated into some easy baskets.

Three players scored in doubles figures for the Wildcats. Avery Hudson led all scorers with 26 points, while Zack Nieuwkoop and Michael Kelly had 25 and 11 points respectively.

Up next for the Wildcats is a first round district showdown with the #2 ranked team in the state of Michigan, Godwin Heights. Game time is at 7:30 at South Christian.

Box Scores

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Wayland
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