Grand Haven High School graduate Mindy Marx was named the Ball State University student-athlete of the month for February.
Marx, a 6-foot middle hitter, wrapped up her junior season with the Ball State volleyball team in late November and helped the Cardinals earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Marx played in 25 matches for the Cardinals with 17 starts and led the team with a 0.94 blocks-per-set average, which included a career-high 10 total blocks in a win over Sacred Heart on Sept. 17. That helped her earn the Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award on Sept. 19.
Marx also ranked third on the Cardinals with 218 kills — a total that was aided by career-highs of 12 kills against IPFW on Aug. 28 and Buffalo on Oct. 29.
VAN NIEKERK RUNNING STRONG
Schalk Van Niekerk, a freshman at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., ran to an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run at Emory Classic, hosted by Emory University in Atlanta on Saturday.
Van Niekerk is Grand Haven High School’s record holder in the event, which he accomplished his senior season. On Saturday, he completed the race in 1 minute, 58.48 seconds, which was the second-fastest effort on Taylor’s squad.
The Trojans placed third in the team standings with 96.5 points, trailing just Alabama Huntsville (125.5) and Buffalo State (103).
Van Niekerk also had a strong showing in the 1,600-meter relay, helping the Trojans’ ‘A’ team place sixth overall.
POEL DAZZLES IN MCC HOME OPENER
Grand Haven graduate Adam Poel pitched a complete-game gem for the Muskegon Community College baseball squad during the Jayhawks’ home opener on Saturday against Macomb Community College.
Poel, a right-handed sophomore, allowed just one earned run and five hits, as the Jayhawks pulled out a 5-4 victory in the opening game of the doubleheader. He also fanned five batters.
MCC swept the twinbill, taking Game 2 over Macomb CC, 8-3, to improve to 11-6 overall this season.
MCC also features local pitchers Cody Merkins of Fruitport and Brody Anderson of Grand Haven. Merkins is sporting a 1-1 record in 2.1 innings of relief work, while Anderson has appeared in one inning for the Jayhawks and doesn’t have a decision.