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Local athletes finalize college futures

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

Her grandfather, Dr. Dave Cole, taught mechanical engineering at the school for 30 years, and would often take Cole’s father, Scott, to athletic events and other university functions throughout his childhood.

That family bond to U-M may be even tighter now after Abby signed her national-letter-of-intent to play volleyball for the Wolverines next fall.

Sitting next to Scott, and her mother, Dawn, Cole signed the necessary paperwork to become a Wolverine inside Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka’s classroom at Grand Haven High School, along with the rest of the Bucs’ coaching staff, numerous teammates and fellow classmates during a signing ceremony.

Cole will become Grand Haven’s second player on a Division 1 roster, joining 2011 graduate Mindy Marx, who is a sophomore at Ball State University.

The normally reserved Cole blushed at times from all the attention thrust her way on Wednesday, and when classmates demanded that she make a speech, she simply just thanked them for showing her support.

She’s been much more boisterous on the court during the past several weeks, as she’s led the Bucs to an inspired run to Friday’s Class A state semifinals at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, where they’ll face Temperance Bedford. It is Grand Haven’s first-ever appearance in the semifinals, while Bedford has won three Class A state titles, its last coming in 2005.

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