Haven boys struggle in loss at Rockford

Rams jump out to early lead in 60-39 win
Tribune Staff
Feb 9, 2014

After putting together three straight impressive performances, the Buccaneers’ boys basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 60-39 loss at Rockford.

The Rams led 22-15 after the first quarter thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Casey Waters and seven first-quarter points from Reid Kelley.

Six quick points from Connor Grimes helped the Bucs stay close early on, but Grand Haven’s offense went cold in the second quarter, scoring just four points to trail 30-19 at the half.

“I don’t have a lot of explanations except that they played extremely well,” said Bucs’ coach Steve Hewitt, whose team falls to 5-8. “We didn’t play with the kind of energy we needed to get stops, and gave up 22 points in the first quarter.

“We got down seven and we were playing from behind, and we got away from what we’ve been doing recently.”

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It's too bad that this group of talented athletes is being wasted. I would hope that SOMEBODY in the Athletics department would look at the Boys Bball program and ask the question: Are they better then they have been in the past? Is the program Growing or Regressing. It is obvious to the people in the stands that the problem with the program is not in the athleticism of the boys going through the program, but rather the staff that leads them. If the record of the GH Bucs over the last 10 years speaks to anything, it is the fact that this group of coaches can lead to mediocrity. Its time to find someone who can take the kids to the level they deserve. Around the league the teams are littered with similar or less talent, and yet we continut to underacheive.
As with the Lions, you look to the constant through the period, and in this case it is the coach. I appreciate any person/people who go above their job to coach, and/or help develop any of our young people, and recognize Coach Hewitt for all of his time and dedication. Saying nothing of the individual, but in this case the results. Its time to find a new leader to the Bball team that utilizes the Great Talent that we have here. Good Luck to the Bucs, and Thanks Seniors for your committment to the sport.


An overhaul of the top to the bottom is needed. That includes the athletic director and Coach Hewitt. We are overdue for a change. And, we are tired of the other districts making fun of our robotic offense.


Indeed the boys coaching staff are a nice bunch and they mean well, obviously they want to win and succeed but the reality is they can't get it done. There are sooo many things wrong with the Steve and Mike show one could write a book on it, it's beyond criticism, it's tiring and more like a comedy of errors where laughter is the only relief. Our AD does us no favors and should resign as well, he doesn't embrace excellence, if he did the circus would have ended years ago. This years team (deep in talent)has gotten worse and not better,this is the OK RED, CLASS A DIV 1 so treat the program with the same respect and hire qualified and competent coaches to lead our athletes, there's more to this game than how to draw up a play. Please do not wait another season, DO THE RIGHT THING GHHS and relieve them of their coaching duties as we can't afford another year mediocrity.


Rockford is 6-8


It's the same story with the football teem,but these coaches keep their job's with no accountability for years,than they name a feild after them,I blame the Athlete Directer and the superintendent.

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