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Top 5 Male Athletes 2015-16: No. 1, Noah Hendricks

Josh VanDyke • Aug 3, 2016 at 12:02 AM

The Tribune is counting down its top five teams, male and female athletes of the 2015-16 school year. The No. 1 male athlete on our list, Noah Hendricks, was a standout athlete at Fruitport High School. Hendricks used his speed, strength and natural athleticism to earn All-State honors in both soccer and track this past school year.

Soccer

Hendricks has been a staple of the Trojans’ soccer program since being called up to the varsity team midway through his freshman season. Before that, Hendricks scored 25 goals on the junior varsity squad.

As a sophomore, Hendricks scored 15 goals and added 11 assists. As a junior, he became the featured scorer for Fruitport, netting 22 goals and adding nine assists and earning honorable mention All State honors.

Saving his best for last, Hendricks scored 38 goals as a senior, finishing his varsity career with 75 goals and 42 assists and helping the Trojans to a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title and earning individual second-team All-State honors.

Hendricks set numerous school records over the course of his career, including scoring a goal in 17 straight contests this past fall, as well as the career marks for goals in a season (38) and career points (117).

Fruitport boys varsity soccer coach Greg Kobylak on Hendricks: 

“I have never coached a player in my 17 years of high school coaching that set such lofty goals for himself and had the drive to achieve them. Noah is the best player I have had the privilege to coach over the course of my career.”

On what makes him such a dominant player: 



“His skill, knowledge, athleticism and his competitive mentality make him the best. He’s a great competitor, who hates to lose. Every team knew they had to stop Noah to stop the Trojans, but they usually couldn’t do it. He also has great physical gifts. He’s naturally fast and strong, and he really worked hard in the weight room to fine tune those skills.

“His mastery of the ball is unbelievable. He’s so creative one-on-one. He can break anyone down. His speed, agility and strength are a package that has brought him a lot of success and in turn has helped make his teammates better.”

On hid biggest area of improvement:

“He improved a lot on his one-on-one ability. There were times when he just took over games for us this past season. He’s always been a goal scorer, but he added on to those skills over the course of his varsity career to the point where every time we scored, he usually had a hand in it.”

Best memories coaching Hendricks:

“We had a tremendous win over Spring Lake (1-0) this past fall. Noah scored an amazing goal from distance and that proved to be the difference in the game. It was a team win, and Noah was a big reason why we were able to pull that off.

“Also, in our last home game of the season, the team played O-K Blue Conference champs Allendale. We played the best game we’ve ever played and beat them, 7-0. Noah broke a few records in that game, and I was able to award him the game ball to celebrate his accomplishments in front of our home crowd. That was a special moment.”

Track

Hendricks’ speed translated effortlessly to the track, where he helped the Trojans to the Lakes Eight Conference Championship this past spring.

In the 800-meter dash, Hendricks saved his best for last, running a personal best time of 1 minute, 55.94 seconds at the Division 2 state meet to finish third overall and earn-All State honors.

He also anchored the 2-mile relay team with teammates Kody Brooks, Cameron Oleen and Seth Glover that won the Division 2 state title with a time of 7:54.39. Hendricks was also a member of the 1-mile relay team with Cameron Brandow, Nic Kramer and Cameron Oleen that earned All-State honors with a sixth-place finish at the Division 2 state meet with a time of 3:24.61.

Hendricks was also a member of the 800-meter relay team with Wyatt Kendra, Cameron Brandow and Nic Kramer that finished ninth at the Division 2 state meet (1:30.80), but finished first at both the regional meet (1:30.32) and GMAA city meet (1:32.07).

In the 400-meter dash, Hendricks recorded a personal best time of 49.83 seconds at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association city meet this spring.

For the season, Hendricks accounted for 421 points for the Trojans boys track team.

Fruitport boys varsity track coach Chad Brandow on Hendricks:

“Noah is one of the most driven athletes I’ve ever had. He sets goals and doesn’t quit until he reaches those goals or surpasses them. He was a great leader on the team, worked hard every day and showed up to practice with a great attitude and work ethic.”

On what made him such a special runner:

“He has the ability to run anywhere from the 200 dash to the mile run for us. Not many kids possess the endurance and speed to run in that many events, but he was a valuable member of our team and he really helped make it a special group.”

On his biggest area of improvement:

“His overall speed. His sprinting really improved over the course of his career. He was already a good distance runner when he came to the varsity level, but he had to work at his sprinting events. He eventually became a very good sprinter and distance runner and had a 21.5 (second) split in the 800 relay this past spring.”

On Hendricks as a person:

“He’s my son’s best friend, so I basically think of him as a second son to me. I’ve watched him grow up since he was a little kid, and I couldn’t be prouder of what he’s been able to accomplish as an athlete and a student. He’s one of the best athletes the school has ever had and he was a big reason why this senior class was so successful.”

Best of the Rest 

No. 2 Keegan George, Sr., Spring Lake, Soccer/Basketball

No. 3 Joey Zelenka, Jr., Grand Haven, Football/Hockey/Baseball

No. 4 Jarod Wierengo, Sr. Fruitport, Football, Basketball, Baseball

No. 5 Cole Kramer, Sr., Grand Haven, Water Polo/Swimming/Lacrosse

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