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By John Raffel | Advance Newspapers  on March 23, 2018 8:26 AM KENTWOOD – The East Kentwood girls water polo program took a major step forward last season and coach Jared Lane ...

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  The East Kentwood softball team returns an experienced pitcher in Allie Fitzgerald, who pitched in 31 of 33 games last spring. (Karen Waite | Advance Newspapers) By Don VanderVeen | Advance Newspapers  on March 22, 2018 4:01 PM     KENTWOOD – Playing in one of the most competitive softball conferences in the state, first-year East Kentwood coach Owen Fletke and the Falcons have their work cut out for them. Last year, Grandville and Rockford tied for first in the OK Red Conference, while Caledonia and Hudsonville tied at the next level. All of those teams feature returning all-state caliber players. ...

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  By Steve Kaminski | Skaminsk@mlive.com | Posted March 19, 2018 at 02:40 PM   East Kentwood head coach Jimmy Carter coaches against Caledonia at Caledonia on Tuesday, ...

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By  Don VanderVeen | Advance Newspapers   on February 23, 2018 8:33 AM     KENTWOOD – Connor Graham is an emerging impact player f...

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By Dean Holzwarth Special for Second Half KENTWOOD – As a freshman, Kylie Dunn remembers when she received the letter stating that she had made the East Kentwood competitive cheer team. “When I got on the team I was super thankful to Coach, and I’ve been working my butt off just to prove to her how thankful I was for her to take me on the team,” Dunn said. “And I just think that since this is her last year, and this is my last year, it makes it even more special that we get to end it together.” Dunn, one of nine seniors on this year’s roster, is currently helping make this season a memorable one for departing coach Stacy Geerts. Geerts announced before the winter began that this would be her final one, ending a successful 25-year coaching career that has included the past 17 years at East Kentwood. “I think it’s time,” Geerts said. “The last couple years I’ve been saying this might be my last year, but then there are those girls that I start coaching that I can’t see myself not being there for the four years.” Geerts, who’s guided the Falcons to 14 MHSAA Finals appearances and a pair of runner-up finishes (2004 and 2010), will pass the reins of the program to former athlete Alona Blake. Blake was on Geerts’ first competitive cheer team at East Kentwood. “I went into it already knowing that I wanted it to be my last year and I wanted to make sure I was leaving it in good hands,” Geerts said. “I didn’t want to leave and have some random person take over my program. She has been with me for a while, and I know she will be awesome.” The No. 4-ranked Falcons are in the midst of a banner run after enjoying regular-season success that has spilled over to the postseason. East Kentwood has won nine meets, the most of any team in Geerts’ career, and recently claimed an Ottawa-Kent Conference Red and Division 1 District championships. The Falcons’ success, however, wasn’t necessarily forecasted. “Last year we lost a lot of seniors that were pretty crucial to this team, so I thought it was going to be a rebuilding year,” East Kentwood senior Sophie Bensyl said. “But on that first day of practice, I just knew there was something special. Once we got into it and started working, we knew we would go far.” Even Geerts had early doubts about whether this team could reach greater heights. “I did not know they were going to be as good as they have turned out to be,” Geerts said. “I knew they had the talent, and the leadership with the seniors would be good, but I did not know to the extent of how good this team would be.” This year’s squad has combined humility, desire and work ethic to become one of the state’s best. “The girls have been amazing,” Geerts said. “We win on a Saturday and they come back Monday and don’t act like they’ve ever won. They just come back and want to work that much harder, and this is the hardest working team I have ever coached. “We don’t have a weak round this year, and they are humble and hungry all the time to win. It’s been a dream year, and I could not have written out a better year for my story to end this way.” Dunn has been excited about the growth and commitment from the entire team. “This is my 10th year of cheering and I’ve never been on a team full of so many dedicated and hard-working girls,” she said. “It’s like all the puzzle pieces are coming together for my last year, and I love this team.” “It’s the most fun I’ve had in competitive cheer, and our team is something special,” Bensyl added. “We have a bond like no other, and it’s really cool to be able to be together every day at practice and at competitions.” Other key standouts on the squad include seniors Ciara Green and Macy Brown, sophomores Trinity Nery, Ajla Zukic and Shelly Pham and junior Autumn Burns. After a lengthy string of consecutive solid showings at the Finals, the Falcons failed to advance in 2015, and they missed out again last season. The goal this year was to return to the Finals, and they will get the opportunity Saturday at the Regional at Brighton. The top four teams advance to the Finals, March 2 at the Grand Rapids DeltaPlex. “We have a tough region, but our District is as hard as our region and we compete in such a tough conference,” Geerts said. “The competition just makes us better every week, and we don’t compare ourselves to anybody. We are just out to do the best we can, and if they can do the best they can do without mistakes then we will win. “That has been proven week after week, and I’m hoping that holds true for Regionals.” And what would it mean if the Falcons can make a trip to the Finals? “It gives me butterflies just thinking about it,” Dunn said. “It would show that all of our hard work is paying off and the hours of practice we do every day mean something. We are very privileged to be on a team where we have an amazing coach and amazing girls on the team. Not everyone gets to have that.” Added Bensyl: “This is the last season for the seniors and for Coach, so we’re pretty motivated to do that for her. This is her year to go out big.” Dean Holzwarth covered primarily high school sports for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive for 16 years and more recently served as sports editor of the Ionia Sentinel and as a sports photojournalist for WZZM. Contact him at dream100@comcast.net ...

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Boys Varsity Swimming

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  A captain for both the boys swimming and water polo teams at East Kentwood, senior Liam Faber is heralded for his work ethic and preparedness in both academics and athletic...

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Boys Varsity Wrestling

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  By  Greg Chrapek | Advance Newspapers   on February 15, 2018 5:00 PM     KENTWOOD – The district tournament was a success both on the team level and on the individual level for the East Kentwood wrestling team. As a team, East Kentwood won the Division 1 team district that it hosted. In the individual Division 1 district at Grand Haven, East Kentwood finished the day with seven regional qualifiers including a pair of champions. ...

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    Armoni Hall, a 6-6 senior forward, played a major role in two recent East Kentwood upsets over two area powers, West Ottawa and Forest Hills Central. (Karen Wai...

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    Kaliese Christopher (pictured) and Alexis McCully are freshmen who have bolstered a veteran-laden East Kentwood team, which is 17-0 and ranked No. 1 in the stat...

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