College Showcase: Local track standouts shine at G.R. Open

Former Spring Lake standout Blake Rottschafer placed sixth overall in the 1,500-meter run for the Hope College men's track and field team during the Grand Rapids Open at Houseman Field on Saturday.
Nate Thompson
Apr 3, 2012


The non-scoring meet featured athletes from schools throughout West Michigan.

Rottschafer, a junior, is expected to be one of the top distance runners for the Flying Dutchmen this season.

Grand Haven’s Michael Rosso also fared well at the meet, as the sophomore placed 10th in the 100-meter dash (11.77 seconds), and ran a leg on the Flying Dutchmen’s 800-meter relay that took third overall.

Hope’s squad also features local competitors Will Hewitt, a junior distance runner from Grand Haven; and Nicholas Mendels, a freshman pole vaulter from Grand Haven.


Fruitport graduate Patrick Arntson has started 18 games at first base for Upper Iowa University, a Division II school located in Fayatte, Iowa.

Arntson is hitting .254 this season and ranks third on the Peacocks’ squad with 15 runs scored and 10 RBIs.

After a strong start to its season, Upper Iowa has slipped, losing six of its last seven games. The Peacocks will look to rebound with a six-doubleheader road trip to Minnesota to face Winona State, Bemidji State, Concordia and Minnesota Duluth, beginning today.

Arntson previously played at Muskegon Community College. He and teammate Brett Westra, a WMC graduate, each transferred to Upper Iowa after their eligibility ran out at MCC.

Westra, a right-handed pitcher, currently sports a 1-2 record with a 4.26 earned run average in 31.2 innings of work.


Fruitport graduate Jessica Shelton went 3-for-3 with a run scored, helping the Muskegon Community College softball team pull out a dramatic 5-4 win over Kalamazoo Valley Community College in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. KVCC came back to win the second game, 12-2.

Shelton is hitting .294 for the Jayhawks this season, who currently stand at 13-6 overall. MCC was ranked No. 5 in the country in the last NJCAA Division II rankings.


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