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Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is named Zeeland East varsity girls' basketball coach

Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is named Zeeland East varsity girls' basketball coach

Bria (Ebels) DeBoer is taking over coaching duties for the Zeeland varsity girls' basketball team.  She succeeds Bob Rilley who stepped down this spring after 20 years of coaching the Chix.

"We are thrilled to have Bria take on the position," Zeeland East Athletic Director Tim Ritsema said. "She will make a very seamless transition afer serving here as our freshmen and JV basketball coach.  The girls like her and respect her. Bria will continue the quality program established by Bob Rilley."

DeBoer brings a wealth of basketball experience to the position.  She was a standout cager for the Hope College women's team from 2002 through 2006 and served two years as the team's captain, including Hope's national championship team of 2006.  DeBoer was named Defense Player of the Year in 2006; was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player the same year; and was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" edition in April, 2006.

The Best Mother's Day Present

The Best Mother's Day Present

It's a Mother's Day present every mother was wishing for. 

The bright sun, the warm temperatures, and the crack of a bat filled the air at the Matt Urban Complex in Holland. After several weeks of more foul weather than foul balls, patrons of the games soaked up the rays as they cheered on their teams. There was some winning moments. There were some moments of empathic heart-ache. But all on all, there was a good time had by all. Children were entertained by either the love of the game, love of the playground, or love of the concessions.  Parents and grandparents cheered, jeered and laughed. But through all the dust clouds, close calls and crowd roars, the best feeling of all was the positive sportsmanship displayed by all.

An annual tradition, the USSA held the 2011 Great Lakes FIreball Challenge at its new home in Holland.

Hope lacrosse team advances in playoffs; plays GVSU next

Hope rebounded from a slow start Saturday to knock off Indiana Tech in the opening round of the CCLA tournament, 19-17. Eric Weber led the way with 9 goals.The Dutch advance to play Grand Valley State University in the semi-finals on Friday. Saline High School is hosting the semi-finals and finals. The Hope-GVSU game starts at 4:00 p.m.

Hope sweeps Adrian in women's softball

The Hope softball team completed a weekend sweep of Adrian, winning 7-2 and 8-4. Adrian entered the weekend ranked 16th in Division Three and had only lost three time all year. Next up for the Dutch is a makeup game against Trine on Monday.

Hope College “Dance Marathon” is March 11-12

Hope College “Dance Marathon” is March 11-12

HOLLAND – For a 12th consecutive year, Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser “for the kids.”

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m.

Hope College Athletic Training Awareness Projects Wins Award

HOLLAND – A project at Hope College designed to increase awareness of what athletic trainers do has been named the best in Michigan.

The project consisted of presentations and interactive demonstrations during the college’s home men’s basketball game at the DeVos Fieldhouse on Feb.

BBBS Bowl for Kids' Sake Fundraiser Comes to the Lakeshore

BBBS Bowl for Kids' Sake Fundraiser Comes to the Lakeshore

Muskegon, Mich. Hundreds of Lakeshore bowlers will hit the lanes March 18 through May14 to “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. The annual bowling blast raises money to support mentoring programs for area children who could use a friend or role model in their lives.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is open to bowlers at all levels of ability, and anyone who wants to have a great time while supporting a good cause. The event is not competitive and scores don’t matter – it’s all about raising pledges, helping kids and having fun. Prizes are given out throughout each bowling event for everything from answering trivia questions to throwing a strike, or even a gutter ball! Special prizes will also be presented to top team recruiters and fundraisers.

Bowl events will be held at the following dates and times:

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