WMC hoops teams pull sweep of Grand River Prep

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Host Western Michigan Christian gave Grand River Prep an introduction to the River Valley Conference on Tuesday night.

The Lady Warriors defeated the Titans, 70-39, while the WMC boys raced to a 65-42 win.

Grand River Prep, a charter school in Kentwood with an enrollment of more than 600 students, will be joining WMC in the River Valley Conference next year.

In the girls game, the Warriors (6-3) raced out to a 14-6 first quarter lead, led 36-22 at intermission, and were on top 47-30 going into the final period.

Rachel Bruinsma led the way with 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and four steals. Teammate Vanessa Eekhoff was close behind with 21 points and a dozen boards.

Alyssa Wright chipped in with nine points and Julie Merz had seven assists and four steals.

Freshman Mariah McCully, who has been averaging more than 30 points per game for the Titans, finished the night with 32 points.

In the boys’ contest, the Warriors (5-3) got off to a slow start, but got things rolling the second half for a 65-42 win. WMC led 12-8 at the first stop, 25-17 at halftime and 45-31 going into the final quarter.

Junior center Bernard Smith put up another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He has recorded at least a double-double in every game this season. 

James Jackson and Logan Waller each put up 12 points while Henry DeKam added 10 points and 10 rebounds for WMC.


Western Michigan Christian’s boys bowling teams set three school records on the way to a dominating 26-4 win over Ravenna on Tuesday.

The unbeaten Warriors’ records include: most total match pins, 2,396; most regular game total pins, 1,136; and the highest game recorded by a WMC bowler, as Jacob Bush rolled a 299.

WMC swept the Baker games with scores of 196 and 178 for a total of 374, collecting all 10 available points.

The Warriors then knocked down 1,136 total pins in the opening individual game and 886 in the second.

"Bush ran 11 straight strikes and on the 12th roll, had a solid 10 pin tab for a 299. One pin off of a perfect 300 game," WMC coach Chuck Kreuger said.

Bush also rolled a 203 game, while Austin Sandin added games of 254 and 229.  Drew Schneider rolled a 252.

Their next match is against Orchard View on Thursday at 3 p.m.

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