The Grand Haven Tribune is counting down its top five teams, as well as male and female athletes of the 2016-2017 school year. The No. 5 boys athlete of the year is Grand Ruster. Ruster led the Grand Haven water polo team as an All-Conference defender and facilitator, as well as the swim team, earning All-State honors.
The Grand Haven boys aquatic programs found themselves facing a deficit of upperclassmen and a groundswell of young talent this season. Young teams led by young players made a splash at the state level as the water polo team finished sixth at the state tournament and the swim team took a roster of mostly brand-new athletes to an appearance at the Division 1 state meet.