logo



Top 5 Male Athletes 2015-16: No. 2, Keegan George

Josh VanDyke • Jul 26, 2016 at 1:17 AM

The Tribune is counting down its top five teams, male and female athletes of the 2015-16 school year. The No. 2 male athlete on our list, Keegan George, was a standout on both the basketball court and the soccer field for Spring Lake, helping both squads capture Lakes Eight Conference championships this school year.

Soccer

George played three seasons as a varsity soccer player, recording 33 goals and 22 assists over his career with the Lakers. He earned All-Conference honors in his senior season.

Spring Lake boys varsity coach Jeremy Thelen on George:

“Keegan could have played any sport. He is that great of a natural athlete. In soccer, what made him so great was that he was smart with the ball. He was very controlled with his pace, and he would make smart decisions on the fly.

“He’s also very physically balanced. He knows how to keep himself upright, take contact and play off of it. He’s never been afraid of the grunt work. We often play passes into him, and he’s able to hold off his defender, and lay off good passes to his teammates.

“That always made our offense more dynamic, because we knew we could get the ball to him, and he wasn’t going to turn it over.”

Favorite moment coaching George:

“This past fall, we had two very tight games with Ludington, which pretty much decided the Lakes Eight Conference. In both of those games, I would say Keegan played two of his best games of his career. He knew it was a big moment, and he took his game up another notch. You saw the results when he scored the game-winning goal in both of those games.”

Biggest improvement from George since his sophomore year:

“His leadership skills are what stood out to me the most this past year. He really stood up his senior year and took on almost a secondary coaching position. He was always able to rally the troops, and he stepped up for his team at the biggest moments.”

Basketball

George finished his varsity basketball career at Spring Lake as one of the most decorated in school history, scoring 1,023 career points in his four-year career to finish fifth in all-time scoring.

He was also a talented rebounder and passer, totaling 473 boards and 233 assists for his career.

This past winter, George averaged 17 points, three assists, seven rebounds and one steal per contest, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 36 percent from behind the arc and 73 percent from the foul line.

During his four years, the Lakers finished with a 73-23 overall record, including a 2-1 record against Grand Haven. Spring Lake captured three Lakes 8 Conference Championships, three district championships, and one regional championship during that span.

Spring Lake boys varsity basketball coach Bill Core on George:

“What makes him a tough player and such a valuable member of our team is that he is a difficult matchup. He’s got good size, but he also has guard-like skills. He can shoot, post up, run the point guard position, and he was a good free throw shooter as well.

“His leadership was special, too. He’s a natural born leader, and he’s like another coach out on the floor when he’s playing. Whenever the other team makes substitutions, he changes the matchups for us. He’s also been a great mentor for the younger kids in our program.”

On improvements George has made since his freshman season:

“He gets other players involved more. He’s a 1,000 point scorer for us, but this past season, he worked hard to get people like Sam Johnson involved. He realized he doesn't have to score all the time, and made it a personal goal to be a better distributor, and wanted to make his teammates better.”

On George’s natural athleticism:

“He choose to play soccer, but he could probably throw the football 60 yards. He also had one of the hardest fastballs I’ve seen when he was playing baseball growing up. He’s a special athlete, a proven winner and a spectacular kid.”

Best of the Rest

No. 3, Joey Zelenka, Grand Haven 

No. 4, Jarod Wierengo, Fruitport

No. 5, Cole Kramer, Grand Haven

 

Recommended for You