GH's Duff signs with GVSU; Hoogerhyde to Hope

Joe Duff has come a long way since he considered playing football as a freshman at Grand Haven High School. "I never even made it through (tryouts),' he said with a laugh. Speed was never an issue, but Duff felt his skinny frame wouldn't hold up against the violent collisions on the gridiron. Turns out, he was destined for the woods and trails of cross country in the fall, and destiny proved to be right.
Nate Thompson
May 3, 2011


Now considered one of the best male distance runners ever at Grand Haven, Duff took the next step in his running career on Monday, as he mailed in his signed national letter of intent to compete in cross country and track at Grand Valley State University.

Duff was also recruited heavily by Aquinas College and Eastern Michigan University, among others.

“Grand Valley definitely stuck out the entire time,” he said. “It’s real close to home, I know a lot of friends that go there and they’ve got a great program.”


Grand Haven senior Jordan Hoogerhyde has committed to play basketball at Hope College next year.

Hoogerhyde got off to a fast start to his senior season before tearing a ligament in his knee. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery on his knee this week. According to his father, George Hoogerhyde, Jordan hopes to be ready to return to the court when the season opens in November.

Hoogerhyde considered several Division 3 schools, including Albion, Kalamazoo College, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg, but chose Hope because of its terrific undergrad science program and its outstanding basketball tradition.

Hoogerhyde played in 12 games for the Buccaneers this past winter. The 6-foot, 3-inch forward averaged 11 points and nearly six rebounds per game.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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