GRCC In the News, 7-24-19

Ionia High School Athletic Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019

July 23, 2019; MLive

The Ionia High School Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 has been announced, and there are athletes ranging from nearly 70 years into the past who will be honored.

… Riley Swinehart (1962)

Swinehart was a four-year gymnast and baseball player, and he played varsity football for one season. He was state champion in the trampoline in 1961 and a member of the 1962 West Central Conference baseball championship team. Swinehart played football, baseball and was a diver at Grand Rapids Community college, and he set a GRCC school record with a .443 batting average. Swinehart attended Central Michigan, where he earned All NAIA honors in gymnastics. He coached numerous sports in high school as well as several years as a football coach at Grand Valley State University.

Fruitport High School graduates competing at GRCC

Allyson German

Allyson German

Kelsie Schultz

Kelsie Schultz

Sophomores Kelsie Schultz and Allyson German finished their second season competing for the GRCC Raiders. Schultz and German helped lead the Raiders to a Conference, State and Regional Championship, as well as a trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships. The GRCC Raiders finished 6th place overall at the tournament, which is tied for the programs second highest finish at the national championships.

The Fruitport duo had a strong sophomore season. Schultz, as the starting libero, led the Raiders in digs per set with 3.68 and finished second on the team in digs with 386, and 3rd on the team in service aces with 31. Schultz concluded the season by being named Honorable Mention All-Conference as well as being named to the NJCAA Division II Region XII All-Tournament Team. German finished her second season as the starting middle for the Raiders. She was second on the team in total blocks with 67 as well as leading the Raiders in hitting efficiency with .287.German concluded the season by being named 1st team All-Conference. In addition to excelling on the court, German excelled in the classroom by being named academic All-MCCAA, Academic All-Conference and a 3rd Team NJCAA All- Academic.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at www.grccraiders.com

Jenison High School graduates competing at GRCC

Carter Chylek

Carter Chylek

John Huistra

John Huistra

Jenna Smaby

Jenna Smaby

Sophomore Jenna Smaby competed in her second season season for the Raiders this past fall. Smaby helped lead the Raiders to a Conference, State and Region XII Championship, as well as a trip to the NJCAA DII National Championships. The GRCC Raiders finished 6th place overall at the tournament, which is tied for the programs second highest finish at the national championships.

Sophomore John Huistra and Freshman Carter Chylek competed this past spring for the GRCC Raiders. Huistra and Chylek helped the Raiders to a 4th place finish in the MCCAA Western Conference. In addition to excelling on the field, freshman Carter Chylek was named Academic All-Conference.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at www.grccraiders.com