College Roundup: Three Fruitport Calvary athletes honored for college careers

Tribune Staff • Updated Feb 27, 2019 at 4:46 AM

Three former graduates of Fruitport Calvary Christian Schools were honored for their four-year collegiate careers recently at their respective colleges.

Class of 2015 student-athletes Joel Fullmer, Brendan Hamilton and Taylor Richards added to their already outstanding legacies as former Eagles by excelling on the soccer pitch, track and court at the college level.

Fullmer, an All-State soccer player at Calvary, played four years for NCAA Division 2 Cedarville University in Ohio. Fullmer played in 70 games, starting 34, and led the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA National Tournament in 2018. Fullmer also led the Yellow Jackets, part of the NCAA 2 Greater Midwest Athletic Association Conference, to a Conference Tournament Championship and a Tournament Runner-Up finish. He will graduate with a degree in Marketing and is engaged to be married in June to CCS alumnus Elise Maine.

Hamilton, who earned All-State honors in track and field and Cross Country at Calvary Christian, earned 2019 All-American Honors in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays at the NAIA Division 1 Grace College located in Winona, Indiana. Hamilton, who also earned All-American honors in the 4x800 relay in 2018, also qualified for Nationals in Cross Country and was named team captain two years straight on the track and field team. Hamilton will graduate with a double major in Sports Management and Business.

Richards, the state of Michigan Class D Associated Press Player of the Year in basketball her senior year at Calvary Christian, played four years at NAIA Division 1 Cornerstone University, scoring 792 points and grabbing 469 rebounds. Richards led her team to the 2018 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship and 2018 National Tournament. She was also named NAIA Scholar Athlete, received the NAIA Champions of Character Award, and was named team captain. Richards will graduate with a Teaching Degree in Social Studies and English and a Second Language.

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