Eight Lakers celebrate National Signing Day

Duncan MacLean • Nov 15, 2018 at 1:01 AM

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.

Fifteen total athletes from Grand Haven and Spring Lake took part, finally inking the dotted line to wrap up their college decisions. From NCAA Division III to I, in everything from cross country to lacrosse, teams in the Midwest and out to the coasts will enjoy the leadership and skill of incoming Buccaneers and Lakers.

Cam Peel

Spring Lake -> University of Michigan


“I came down to Michigan and Alabama. I visited both, and the Michigan team was really tight with each other. You could tell by the way they joked around with each other that they care about how they perform. They really strive to be a team, that’s what drew me to Michigan.”

Nick Krueger

Spring Lake -> Grand Valley State University


“Grand Valley’s coach has created an atmosphere that shows everyone is there to work hard and get better. No one is slacking in that atmosphere. I want to play beyond college, so that was something I appreciated. It is a place where I can work hard on my game and be surrounded by people doing the same.”

Noah Verlinde

Spring Lake -> Marquette University


“Being a sophomore when I was recruited, I didn’t really know what to look for in a college, but my coaches helped me out a lot. Visiting Marquette, the air of being a family drew me to the team, as well as it being close to home. A lot of the big lacrosse schools are on the coasts, so finding one in the Midwest with such a good coach that has come up so quick, plus the city of Milwaukee, it all added together for a great fit.”

Ben Hylen

Spring Lake -> Aquinas College

Cross country, track

“It was the balance of academics and athletics that drew me to Aquinas. The small class size is nice, and it’s a really good community of runners that are always striving to be their best. And, I loved the campus.”

Andrew Hylen

Spring Lake -> Grand Valley State University

Cross country, track

“The legacy that Grand Valley has built was attractive to me. With coach (Jerry) Baltes having been there for 20 years, he has built a great program and culture in both track and cross country.”

Grace VanLangevelde

Spring Lake, Midwest United Soccer Club -> Michigan Tech University


“Both my parents went to (Michigan) Tech, so they were pushing me to go. The soccer community there is a lot different than some other places I visited. It was all about team bonding first and then getting into drills. I felt like I wasn’t a piece of meat at Tech, and I really love the area and the coaches”

Dominik Molotky

Spring Lake -> Ithaca


“I liked the Division III route because of their balance of academics and athletics. Ithaca is more academically focused, but still has high-level athletics. The East coast is where to be for lacrosse, I’ve always wanted to go out there. Coach (Jeff) Long is a Hall of Fame coach, so I’m really excited to be a part of the program.”

Madeline Zenas

Spring Lake -> Hillsdale


“I really liked the campus. They have a different perspective with their academics and the team was really kind. I just felt like I fit in. I visited out there twice and it just felt right. I’m most excited to just be a part of the team and to keep playing volleyball. I just love it.”

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