Congratulations goes out to Pierce Vreeland and his family for being selected as one of 32 student athletes across the state of Michigan to be chosen as the MHSAA Scholar Athlete award winner for 2014-15! Pierce will awarded $1,000.00 and a commemorative medallion at half time of the Boys Class C State Championship game on March 28 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. If you happen to see Pierce or his mom and dad, Rick and Paula, please congratulate them on this great achievement!
On behalf of the Gobles Athletic Department, we would like to congratulate Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach John Curtis for receiving two separate awards on October 11, 2014. While attending the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coaching banquet in Lansing, Coach John Curtis was awarded the 2014 Region 5 and the 2014 Class C Coach of the Year Award! Congratulations Coach Curtis and the 2013-14 Girls Varsity Basketball Team!
At the Division 4 State Golf Championship event at Bedford Valley Golf Course near Battle Creek, the 2014 SAC Champion Gobles Tigers team put in a good showing, finishing fourteenth; there were thirty schools represented at the tournament. Though the two-day championship event brings an end to a fantastic season, the future looks even brighter for the young team.
Gobles will graduate one senior from the program (Alex Goldsberry), but will return three students who are currently sophomores, Colton Burke, Nicholas Fenton, and Shane Henry, and also freshman Bradley Smith.
The team is coached by Michelle Guritz who enjoyed watching her young squad turn a few heads over the course of the season.
"When we won the first SAC match of the season we kind of came out of nowhere for some of the teams in our league," said Guritz. "Brad Smith was the medalist that day, and that's pretty unusual to have a freshman win the first league event of the season. I know we caught a lot of teams by surprise who didn't expect us to be so good. But this team plays with a lot more confidence than people are used to from a group of mostly underclassmen."
Guritz credits the leadership of her senior Alex Goldsberry. "Alex really helped us set a high bar for some of the younger players," she said. "Alex knows how to win, and he helped others learn."
"It was exciting for our young team to have this opportunity, and there's every reason to expect this team to return to the championships if they work to improve over the summer."
Guritz also credits her assistant coach Doug Haught who takes care of the jayvee team and a lot of the little details that golf programs need to be successful.
The Gobles Tigers track teams delivered a strong 1-2 punch in the D4 track regional competition held at Gobles High School Friday. The girls team earned the first place trophy, led by strong relay teams and dominating individual performances by junior Kimberly Barber, while the boys finished a very close second, upsetting meet favorite Marcellus.
Girls coach Lowie van Staveren called the performance by his team almost flawless.
"What an amazing night for Gobles Track and Field," van Staveren said. "What can I say? So many girls contributed to running an almost flawless meet, and the boys came within a hair's breadth, finishing second to Kalamazoo Christian (coached by Gobles graduate David Arrasmith). Everyone heard the Tigers roar tonight. Way to go, Gobles!"
Barber took first in the 100m and 200m dashes, and also finished first in the long jump. She also anchored the first-place Gobles 400-meter relay team (with Jordanne Kovach, Kylee Vosburg, and Taylor Fifer).
The girls also won the 800 meter relay (Kovach, Vosburg, Fifer, and Michaela DeKilder), the 1600m relay (DeKilder, Fifer, Emily Chilla, and Hailey Baxter), and the 3200m relay (Baxter, Michaela Scholte, Alissa Dickerson, and Logan Litchfield).
In the boys' meet, junior Gary Rynd set a new personal best in the pole vault (12' 8), tying for the highest vault of the night, and Pierce Vreeland earned big points for his team in the high jump (tied-first) and long jump, qualifying for the state championship meet in both events. Senior distance runner Josiah Dickerson also turned in a strong night for the Tigers. Dickerson was part of the boys regional champion 3200m relay team (with Mason Lawson, Austin Dobbins, and John Brockway).
Gobles Lady Tigers beat Mendon last night in the Quarterfinals in a close game of 49-40. The Lady Tigers advance to the Semi Finals at MSU Breslin Center tomorrow at 1pm. Doors open at noon. Cost to get into the game is $8. T-shirts are on sale at the school supporting this event.
There is an old tongue-in-cheek saying that the reward for a job well done is more work to do. Last year Chris Miller was recognized as the Michigan Athletic Director of the Year for our region, and his reward for the job well done is the opportunity to do more work on behalf of high school athletics in Michigan.
Miller was recently elected to the Class C and D Representative Council for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and in this role he will work with officials in Lansing and across the state to improve and promote high school athletics for the small schools of Southwestern Lower Michigan. He was elected by small-school principals and superintendents from across several counties who know Miller’s reputation as a consummate professional and the excellent reputation of Gobles Athletics. It is a position he will hold for two years.
“There is no question that the excellent reputation of the Gobles athletics program is what got me elected,” Miller said. “The Gobles name, and reputation of our coaches and student-athletes, is second to none, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent Gobles and all the small schools in our region in Lansing.”
Miller felt it was time to step into this new opportunity as it was an opportunity to better himself in his profession.
"The Gobles name, and the reputation of our coaches and student-athletes, is second to none..."
“We expect our coaches and our athletes to work hard to get better, and I am holding myself to the same standard,” he said. “I am honored to represent all the Class C and D schools in Southwest Lower Michigan, and I owe it to all the schools to work hard for them. I expect to learn a lot more about athletics in The State of Michigan that I can bring back to help improve programs for our students and coaches.”
Though he knows there will be hard work, Miller knows he already has what he needs to be successful here in Gobles.
“The key to my success is having a great coaching staff and great kids to work with,” Miller said. “And I have the best athletic secretary in The State of Michigan who really knows how to make me look good.”
The bridesmaid finally became the bride when the Gobles volleyball team won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference title since 1997 by going 3-0 in Saturday's tournament. The championship comes after Gobles made the title game the last four years, but never came away with a first place.
Gobles defeated Hartford (22-25, 25-15, 15-6), Lawton (25-12, 25-12, 25-23) and Decatur (25-12, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16).
"It was an intense day, but I was extremely proud of the way my players played and executed when they needed to," said Gobles coach Megan Ivester, whose team is 26-13-2. "We got off to a slow start, but rolled from there. We knew coming in we couldn't take anyone lightly and we realized that we need to worry about our side of the net and play for who we are and what we've worked for."
Michaela DeKilder had 68 kills for Gobles. Sharyena Hunt had 21 kills and 52 digs. Ellen Doyle had 22 kills and 15 blocks.
Abridged, from original article by Steve Vedder, MLive.Com
Original article on MLive.Com at this link: http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/7207571545926144287/gobles-captures-sac-volleyball-tournament-for-first-time-in-16-years/
Gobles High School Homecoming Spirit Week kicked off Monday with the "muddy games", a series of races, relays, and a tug-of-war between the high school classes. The week will end Friday with the home football game against Bangor and the annual cross-country "running of the football", when the cross team carries the football in a long-distance relay from the opponent's school to the Gobles football stadium in time for kickoff, in the style of the running of the Olympic torch.
During the week there are many student activities and athletic events to cheer on students. Check the calendar section of main page of the Gobles website for more information.
Community activities include the annual homecoming parade, plus the annual Biology Club Carnival held on the elementary playground before the game from 5-7 p.m. Halftime of the homecoming game will include the crowning of Fall Homecoming Court. The big game starts at 7 p.m. Friday.
It's a great week to be a Tiger, and a great week to come up to the school to get involved in Tiger Spirit, in support of our students and programs.
Before the home football game versus Decatur September 20, Gobles graduates Brian Hayward and Scott Smith (Class of 2013) played Taps to honor Coach Leo Hunt who passed away the day before at the age of 90.
For four decades Coach Hunt was involved with athletic programs at Gobles High School, and was even awarded Assistant Coach of the Year in the State of Michigan in both football and baseball. He was inducted into the Gobles Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Gobles High School baseball field was named The Leo Hunt Field in his honor more than ten years ago.
As a young man Coach Hunt brought his own exceptional athletic career to a halt so he could serve our country as a member of the United States Army during WWII. He saw action in France, Belgium, and Germany, and helped to liberate a concentration camp in the closing days of the war. After the war Leo moved to Gobles where he and his wife Betty raised a family, many of whom maintain strong ties with the school district.
It would be impossible to count the number of students Coach Hunt influenced during the years he dedicated to athletic programs at Gobles High School, but the number would be more than one thousand. It would be impossible to estimate the impact he had on each and every one, but it would be huge.
Hayward and Smith played Taps just before The National Anthem was played by the Gobles High School Marching Band. Hayward plays trumpet in the marching band at The University of Michigan, and Smith plays trumpet as a member of the marching band at Western Michigan University.
Gobles senior volleyball standout Michaela DeKilder was named Athlete of the Week of September 1 in Van Buren and Cass Counties, selected by a survey of coaches and athletic directors across the two counties.
Michaela was selected based on her play in an SAC match against Watervliet High School. During the match she recorded twenty-three kills, nineteen digs, six blocks and three aces to help Gobles claim the victory.
DeKilder is a three-sport standout in Gobles, earning All-State honors in basketball and track & field, and also excels in the classroom. She carries a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average.
DeKilder said she was "shocked, but honored" to learn she was named 'Athlete of the Week' in the two counties because the honor should be shared with her teammates.
"To be successful in volleyball, it takes the whole team," she said. "I can't do anything by myself. Volleyball takes teammates and coaches backing you up, and I'm lucky to have that. It makes all the difference."
DeKilder is one of four seniors on the Gobles varsity team, with Brooklyn Wiseley, Sabrina Klaassenn, and Laura Rall helping DeKilder and the rest of the Tigers get off to an undefeated start in SAC league competitions.
Other finalists for the award this week were Sarah Washegesic of South Haven Volleyball, and Charles Goole of Lawton Cross Country.