Rise of the Phoenix

There’s typically not a lot of interaction between students at Grand Haven High School and those at Central High, the district’s alternative school, since the schools are housed in different buildings and their extra-curricular activities often take them in different directions.
Apr 1, 2013

But when Central High put together its basketball team this winter, the Phoenix opened their doors to GHHS students who weren’t members of the Buccaneers’ basketball squad to join them.

The results have been tremendous for all involved.

The Phoenix recently captured first place in the Lakeshore Honors League, winning back-to-back games over the Wavecrest Warriors to claim that honor.

It was wonderful to see student-athletes from the two schools join forces for a common cause. They worked together, sharing playing time and high-fives on the court while their families and fans cheered side by side in the stands.

When the final whistle blew on the Phoenix’s championship season, students from both schools flooded out of the bleachers and onto the floor in celebration, embracing each other in hugs and posing for photos.

Their season ended less than a week after the Buccaneers’ varsity girls team wrapped up the Class A state championship. And while the Phoenix victory obviously couldn’t capture the excitement of that event, it still had a special feel to it, conveying the camaraderie that has developed between students at the two schools.

More important than wins or losses, this union allowed students from the two schools to see that — despite what preconceived stereotypes they may have had previously — they actually have a lot in common.

They love basketball. They’re united by the competition. Above all, they’re teenagers who enjoy many of the same things and face many of the same challenges on a daily basis.

It’s refreshing that something as simple and pure as the game of basketball can bring these kids together and forge lasting friendships.

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