Haven girls win with heavy hearts

Buccaneers take Class A district opener in honor of ailing teammate
Matt DeYoung
Feb 25, 2014


Grand Haven didn’t need any more motivation coming into this week’s Class A girls basketball district tournament, but the Buccaneers suddenly have much more to play for.

Hanna Rinkevicz, a sophomore forward for the Bucs, is suffering from complications from a severe bout with the flu and had to be admitted to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Her teammates rallied around her on Monday, throttling Grand Rapids Union in the opening round of the district tournament at Reeths-Puffer, 68-49 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

“It was quite a shock to find out about Hanna,” said Bucs’ senior captain Mallory Beswick, who knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and finished with eight points. “It was very emotional for all of us. We all love basketball, but Hanna’s health is way more important than anything.”

Each member of the team bore the initials HR and a heart on the back of their socks and on their wrists.

Beswick said that, instead of it being a distraction, playing for their ailing teammate served as a big motivator for the Bucs.

“To be honest, playing for Hanna was huge,” Beswick said. “We wanted to make a statement, to make her proud.”

It was Bucs’ senior forward Taylor Craymer who made the biggest statement. She torched the nets to the tune of 25 points, despite playing just a few minutes of the second half. Craymer, who knocked down a season-high seven 3-pointers, had 11 points in the first quarter and matched her previous career high of 20 by halftime.

“I had a shooters’ mentality,” said Craymer, who also led the Bucs with eight rebounds to go with five assists and five steals. “I just kept shooting. I had a positive mindset, and I love playing against a zone.”

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Congratulations ladies!

Real estate maven

Nicely done ladies. Get well soon Hanna. Our prayers are with you.


Congratulations GH girls. Yes, congratulations.

But what of the GH boys? They can't play football. They can't play basketball. But, they may win state in bowling?

Long ago, when GH was a working class town, the boys teams were to be reckoned with. The LMAC was a very tough conference.

Now, in the New GH, a bedroom community, the boys look like eunuchs compared to the girls. Are the boys just getting in touch with their feminine sides? Are they more sensitive? Are they showing how vulnerable they are? Or, are they just wearing girl's underwear and doing too many drugs?

What a country! Girls have become boys, and boys have become girls.

Barry Soetoro

Brilliant analogy.


A classic non sequitur. And a very silly premise to be sure.

Being old and cranky do not necessarily need to go hand-in-hand.


Woodrow you are a mindless tool. The article is about how the girls bball team won the first district game and played with heavy hearts for a team mate who is very ill. Then you decide to wail about over the boys teams and past records....you're a tool for sure.


This comment should be removed like your other ones... My boys don't wear girls underwear and don't do drugs so speak for yourself! If you want to reminisce about the olden days, let's go back to the days where people were respectful and said things that were appropriate- obviously you have forgotten the good ol days!
Try to only say things that you would say if it was your real name posted- I bet your posts would be much more appropriate...

Real estate maven

Guilty as charged Woodrow. I think your medication needs adjusted.


Congrats the girls for a nice win. Hope the young lady gets well real soon. Woodrow you made me laugh, here are some stats you might like to enlighten yourself with.


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