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“This is a school that strives to graduate disciplined, responsible, passionate professionals and passionate followers of Jesus. This athletic program is an extension of the school and desires to play a major role in developing those characteristics in our students.” - Brett Geertsma, Athletic Director
PH Varsity Girls Basketball Opens Season With Second Straight Win
The Pumas Varsity Girls Basketball team traveled to Muskegon on Wednesday, December 11th to take on Western Michigan Christian, and the Lady Pumas won their 2nd consecutive road game to start the season, winning by a convincing score of 48-31. The Pumas are now 2-0 on the year. The Pumas shot well in the first half, making six 3-point shots and scoring an impressive 22 points in the 2nd quarter to take a commanding 34-15 lead into halftime. Western Michigan Christian fought back in the 2nd half, cutting the Puma lead down to 38-31 in the 4th quarter. However, PH senior forward, Harmony Clark, made a critical 3-point shot and then followed that up with a steal and lay-up on consecutive plays to extended the lead to 43-31. Strong Puma defense did not allow the Warriors to score for the remainder of the game. Harmony Clark and Tiny Hunter led the Pumas with 13 points each, while Dana Hulst added 11 for a balanced scoring attack. Hunter also led the team with 8 assists and 7 steals. Sarah Jawara (7 rebound) and Kassi Walcott (6 rebound) did a good job leading the rebounding for 2-0 Potter’s House. The Lady Pumas are next hosting Hastings on a Friday night triple header along with the JV & Varsity boys basketball teams. The games will be played at West Michigan Aviation Academy.
PH Girls Basketball Dominates NorthPointe Christian In Opener
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball team opened their season on the road on Friday, December 6th at NorthPointe Christian, and the Lady Pumas came away with a dominating 55-41 victory. PH is now 1-0 on the year. After senior guard, Gabby Escobar, set the tone during the pre-game with her speech to the team, PH started the game out with a shocking 20-0 lead in the 1st quarter thanks to their pressure defense, solid passing, and fast break style of basketball. “I was happily surprised with how well we started the game”, said Puma Head Coach, Alf Clark, reflecting back on the first quarter. However, the Lady Pumas first quarter lead shrunk in the 2nd quarter after senior guard Dana Hulst went out for awhile with an ankle injury and several starters got into foul trouble. The Mustangs of NorthPointe Christian reduced the lead to 27-21 at half time. After a tough third quarter, NorthPointe came all the way back from the 20 point deficit and PH found themselves briefly behind by a score of 33-32 with about 7 minutes left the in the game. Coach Clark added, “I had no idea how our players would respond when Dana Hulst got hurt and I had to put players in to play positions they were not comfortable with. Also, how would they respond when Northpointe stormed back and we lost the lead? Were they going to panic or were they going to step up to the challenge?” In the fourth quarter, the same starters that built the 20-0 lead early in the game were back in the game after sitting out with foul trouble and injuries. The starters provided great defensive energy, which led to several steals and fast break lay-ups, allowing PH to pull away for a 55-41 victory. PH junior, Tiny Hunter, had a game-high 27 points in her Puma debut while fellow junior post player, Valerie Cassell, played a very strong game with 17 points and a team-high 6 rebounds. Senior forward, Sarah Jawara, set the tone on defense and led the team with seven steals. Due to the Pumas strong defense, no NorthPointe player reached double digits in scoring. “I believe tonight we reached our game goals” commented Coach Clark after the game. “However it’s a long season and we have some areas we still need to improve on. All in all, I was very pleased with our team effort.” The Lady Pumas are now preparing to travel to Muskegon on Wednesday, December 11th to take on Western Michigan Christian in a non-conference match-up starting at 7:00pm.
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Chris Denham Announced As New PH Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
After a thorough search and interview process, Potter’s House Athletic Director Brett Geertsma has announced the hiring of Chris Denham as the new Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Potter’s House High School. Chris graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in Sports Management, and is now employed as a Team Sports Sales Associate at MC Sports in Grand Rapids. After graduating from Belding High School as a 3 year member of their Varsity soccer team, Coach Denham played four years of soccer at Cornerstone University. Following graduation from Cornerstone and ending his playing career, Chris began his coaching career as a head coach for the “Michigan Fire” AYSO U14 soccer team, and an assistant coach for the “Belding Attack” AYSO soccer team.
“I am very excited that Coach Denham has accepted the offer to be the Varsity Girls Soccer coach at Potter’s House” said Potter’s House Athletic Director Brett Geertsma, “and I look forward to him leading and building this program from all the way down at the K-8 levels, and then up with the Varsity team for many years to come. Coach Denham is passionate about coaching soccer and helping the girls develop their soccer skills during the season and off-season. When I saw the passion that he has teamed with his attention to detail and desire to build deep relationships with his players both on the field and in their personal and spiritual growth, I knew Chris was the perfect guy for this position. I look forward to Chris being at Potter’s House for a long time and helping this program maximize their potential year in and year out.”
PH Soccer Loses in District Final to #1 Ranked Covenant Christian
Varsity Volleyball Plays Well In Alliance League Tournament
The Lady Pumas Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Davenport University on Saturday, October 26th to compete in the Alliance League Tournament. The Pumas entered the tournament as the #4 seed out of 9 teams. PH played well most of the day and made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Fruitport Calvary Christian in two sets. On the day, the Lady Pumas were 2-2 overall with losses to Zion Christian (9-25, 17-25) and Fruitport Calvary Christian (21-25, 14-25) and wins over Black River and Holland Calvary. “The girls played much better than Thursday, showing more energy, drive, enthusiasm and intensity” said PH head coach, Gina Luurtsema, after the tournament. PH is now 15-16-4 on the year and will now prepare for districts when they play in the semifinals on Thursday, November 7th at 7:00pm at Zion Christian.
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