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On Saturday, WMC sophomore Abby VanderKooi competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country Midwest Regional meet in Kenosha, Wisc. There, she raced against some of the top athletes from 13 states. The top ten athletes per gender qualify for the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 14.

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A pair of titles for West Michigan Christian over the weekend plus Grand Haven volleyball hosts a 16-team tournament.

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The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down our top five female and male athletes, as well as teams for the 2018-19 season. Our No. 3 female athlete of the year is Western Michigan Christian freshman Abby VanderKooi for lighting the running world on fire with her distance prowess.

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The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down our top five female and male athletes, as well as teams, for the 2018-19 athletic season. Our No. 3 boys athlete of the year is Ben Hylen of the Spring Lake cross country and track and field teams for leading the cross team to a third-place finish at …

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The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down our top five male and female athletes, as well as teams for the 2018-19 athletic season. Our No. 3 team is the Spring Lake boys cross country team thanks to its third-place finish at the Division 2 state finals.

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The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down our top five female and male athletes, as well as teams for the 2018-19 athletic season. Our No. 4 male athlete of the year is Andrew Hylen after finishing as an All-State honoree on both the cross country course and track, while picking up a third sp…

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The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down our top five female and male athletes, as well as teams for the 2018-19 athletic season. Our No. 4 female athlete is Grand Haven’s Gabby Hentemann, who captured a state title in the highly competitive 800-meter run and a top-eight finish at the Divisi…

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A pair of local road races are set to begin off the summer running season this weekend as the Tri-Cities YMCA Kickoff to Summer Run, presented by Klever Innovations and the Fruitport Old Fashioned Days 5K Run are scheduled for Saturday morning.

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Grand Haven senior runner Andrew Ireland signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his career at Aquinas College this week after a labored decision process.

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Western Michigan Christian freshman standout runner Abby VanderKooi was one of 40 girls competing in Saturday's 40th annual Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals in Balboa Park located in San Diego, Calif.

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The Grand Valley State women's cross country team captured its sixth NCAA National Title with a dominant performance in the 6K race after they scored 41 points, while Sarah Berger became the third different GVSU athlete in program history to win an NCAA Cross Country National Title on Saturd…

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Student athletes across the country gathered in classrooms, auditoriums, libraries and hallways Wednesday to officially extend their careers in both the classroom and competitive fields on National Signing Day.

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Student-athletes across the country gathered in classrooms, auditoriums, libraries and hallways Wednesday to officially extend their careers in both the classroom and competitive fields on National Signing Day.

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The Grand Haven cross country teams had a productive night at the Michigan High School Track and Cross Country Association annual conference Friday night, including the induction of a former coach into the association’s Hall of Fame.

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The Spring Lake athletic programs enjoyed widespread success this fall season, with the boys and girls cross country teams capturing O-K Blue Conference titles and many more finishing runners-up in the final standings.

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The Fruitport volleyball and cross country teams enjoyed sustained success in the O-K Black Conference this fall, so it should come as no surprise that the programs also had plenty of student-athletes make the prestigious All-Conference team for their efforts.

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It was an impressive fall season for the Western Michigan Christian athletic programs, as the boys and girls cross country, volleyball and boy soccer teams all clinched conference championships.

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The Spring Lake boys cross country team has been knocking on the door of becoming a premier program for years now, winning their share of O-K Blue Conference titles and qualifying for the state finals as a team three years running. All the success, though, has still left something to be desired.

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GRAND HAVEN — Building a tight-knit group might seem like a sports cliche, but it tends to be paramount in the world of cross country.

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GRAND RAPIDS - Cool heads and sunny dispositions mirrored running conditions Thursday, as the O-K Red Conference met at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids for their final cross country jamboree of the season.

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The Spring Lake and Western Michigan Christian cross country programs clinched league titles Tuesday, while the Spring Lake and Fruitport volleyball teams, as well as the Spring Lake girls swim team, all competed in conference events.

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The Western Michigan Christian and Fruitport cross country teams faced off with the best runners the area has to offer at the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association Cross Country Invitational on Friday with teams from each school finishing near the top of the meet.

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HUDSONVILLE — Varsity cross country races cover 5,000 meters of racing, but what that 5K crosses can be anyone’s guess.

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The Grand Haven, Fruitport and Western Michigan cross country teams were all in action this weekend, while the Trojan and Warrior volleyball squads all got some tournament action in, as well.

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ALLENDALE — An early injury nearly derailed the Spring Lake boys cross country team’s race at the second O-K Blue Conference Jamboree of the season Wednesday, but a next-man-up mentality saved the day.

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ALLENDALE — Teamwork makes the dream work. At least, according to the Spring Lake girls cross country squad, who have proved so far this season that you don’t have to win the race as long as you steal half of the top 10.

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There were important conference clashes abound for the Buccaneers, Lakers, Trojans and Warriors on Tuesday night. Here’s a recap of how all the cross country, boys soccer, girls swimming and volleyball teams performed.

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MUSKEGON — As the dog days of summer stretch into late September, the Spring Lake girls cross country team beat the heat Monday by donating their boundless energy to the Muskegon Humane Society.

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It was an impressive day for the Spring Lake boys and girls cross country teams, as they made a statement in their first league meet of the fall, while the Laker boys tennis team overpowered Kelloggsville in their non-conference tilt.

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While it is hard to imagine running a cross country race in this August heat, local runners have been at it all summer training for the kickoff of another fall sports season which, unbelievably, is just around the corner.