Wednesday was a great day for the Western Michigan Christian girls golf program

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Mona Shores won with a 393, followed by the Warriors with a 430, which was ahead of Fruitport (450), Muskegon Catholic (453), Reeths-Puffer (466) and Whitehall (531),

WMC junior Abby Alfree was medalist  with an 83. Teammate Olivia Varnado shot a 107, good for ninth place overall. Hanna Recknagel finished with a 114 and Salina Platt had a 126.

“It was a great team effort,” said co-coach Scott Alfree, whose team is unbeaten in head-to-head matches this fall. “Better yet, each of the girls well represented WMC and what it stands for.”


It took them a while to get going, but Western Michigan Christian soccer, leading North Muskegon 1-0 at halftime, scored twice within two minutes to open the second half and won 4-0.

Cody Theil got the Warriors on the board in the first half. 

Sophomore Will Deur scored off a throw in from Alex Rop less than a minute into the second half, and two minutes later, freshman Dylan Mines found the net off an assist from Chaise Schuiteman.

Sophomore Ben Mast finished the scoring for WMC (6-4-1) off another assist from Schuiteman.

“The boys played well after they got going,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “North Muskegon is a very young team. They played quite well in the back and it was tough to score on them.   They will be dangerous in a few years.”   

The Warriors host Hudsonville Freedom Christian Thursday.


Chris Van Hekken, who previously coached the varsity baseball team at Grand Haven, has been appointed  head baseball coach at Western Michigan Christian.

The graduate of Aquinas College was assistant varsity baseball coach at Holland in 1998 when his brother, Andy, was a senior there. His brother went on to pitch with the Detroit Tigers in 2002.

Van Hekken coached at Grand Haven from 2002 to 2004 and was assistant varsity coach at WMC last year.

He and his wife, Jennifer, are parents of Kaitlyn, a freshman at WMC, and Carson, a fourth grader at Grand Haven Christian. Jennifer is on staff and coaches competitive cheer at WMC.

 “I am very excited to have this opportunity to coach at WMC,” Van Hekkensaid.  “The environment and mission of the school is something that our family is very passionate about. I look to continue building and developing the program that was started in the past two seasons by Coach (Darin) Waller, with a fantastic group of young men. There are a lot of exciting things

going on with our baseball facility and I look forward to continuing our pursuit of winning conference and district championships.”

“Chris brings a wealth of experience and passion to our baseball program,” said WMC assistant athletic director Josh Glerum. “When combined with his love for the Lord and ability to mold young men, we couldn't be more excited about the direction that baseball is headed."

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