POTTER’S HOUSE ATHLETIC ARCHIVES
PH Baseballs Falls In Two Close Games
Potter’s House lost to Black River 12 to 9 the first game. Potter’s House lost the second game to Black River 3 to 2.
|5/15/2015 @ 4:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||5||2||0||1||1||x||x||9||9||4|
|Holland Black River||0||0||1||11||0||x||x||2||12||1|
|Losing Pitcher||Peter Rudy-Goff|
|5/15/2015 @ 6:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||0||0||0||2||0||x||x||2||2||3|
|Holland Black River||1||0||0||0||2||x||x||3||3||0|
|Losing Pitcher||Darius Williamson|
PH Baseball Drops 2 vs. Holland Calvary
|5/13/2015 @ 4:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||0||0||0||0||x||x||x||0||0||4|
|Losing Pitcher||Jeremy Hultink|
|5/13/2015 @ 6:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||0||0||2||0||0||x||x||2||2||4|
|Losing Pitcher||Darius Williamson|
PH Baseball Stays Hot, Splits Double Header
|5/7/2015 @ 4:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||3||3||0||1||1||x||x||9||8||2|
|Losing Pitcher||Adam Huizinga|
|5/7/2015 @ 6:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||6||12||x||x||x||x||x||8||18||2|
|Winning Pitcher||Darius Williamson|
PH Baseball Gets First Win, Defeats 1st Place Team
With some timely hits The Potter’s House baseball team got it’s first win of the season. We hope to continue that trend to finish the season strong. Jeremy pitched the entire 7 inning game.
|5/6/2015 @ 4:30 pm|
|The Potter’s House Christian||0||0||4||4||0||3||x||5||11|
|Winning Pitcher||Jeremy Hultink|
PH Girls Soccer Drops Conference Game
The Lady Pumas Girls Soccer team made the short trip to Zion Christian for an Alliance League match on Tuesday, May 5th. The Pumas hit the cross bar twice in one play but we’re unable to capitalize in the first half as they were down 2-0. The Pumas played a great second half but we’re unable to stop Zion’s #15 as she had another goal in the second half. The Pumas registered 10 shots on the night led by Anika Huizinga and Emily Stout. Goal Keeper Allie Johnson logged 10 saves in net. The Pumas are back in action Thursday for an out of conference game against Belding at home!
PH Girls Soccer Plays To Overtime Tie
The Lady Pumas were in action Tuesday, April 28th with an in conference battle against Kalamazoo Heritage Christian. The last three times the Pumas have played KHC hey have lost. Tuesday they came out looking to end that streak. The Pumas played a fantastic 1st half and registered 6 shots on goal and 5 corner kicks but foudn themselves tied 0-0. They opened the second half with a header from captain Emily Stout that hit the cross bar! The 2nd half was much of the same, the Pumas logged 16 shots overall and captain Anika Huizinga led the team with 6 shots. despite numerous close calls the Pumas still found themselves tied 0-0 heading to overtime! The Pumas kept possession most of the over time period and never found themselves in any real danger as the defensive line and Goal Keeper Allie Johnson played a fantastic game. With 1 minute left the Pumas had what was their last possession, Emily Stout played a great ball to Anika Huizinga who was inside the goal box and went to play the ball 1st time and just missed on what would have surely been a game winner. The Pumas despite playing a great game had to end the game tieing KGC 0-0. Goal Keeper Allie Johnson logged 7 saves.
PH Track & Field Travels to Watervliet
PH Track & Field traveled south to the Watervliet Relays on Friday, April 24th. The weather was cold and windy with rain occurring later in the meet. PH was short-handed because of senior projects, but there were still some participants that placed in some events. The Watervliet Relays is a relatively large meet with nine teams participating. PH junior, Maranda Martin, cleared 4’6” in the high jump to score 5th place in the meet. The girls’ 4X100m relay team placed 3rd. The girls team ended up with 8 points in the meet. The boys’ team placed 6th in the 4X200m relay. PH now prepares for the Hopkins invite on Saturday, May 2nd.
Girls Soccer Falls @ Covenant Christian
The Lady Pumas Varsity Soccer team traveled to Covenant Christian on Friday, April 24th for a non conference game. Covenant Christian entered the game with no losses on the year and stayed true to that form. Covenant pressured the Puma defense often in the first half, but the Pumas held strong and trailed 3-0 at half. With some key players missing and a few players fighting some sickness, the Pumas fought very hard the second half but fell 7-0 after the second half. Allie Johnson played an amazing game in goal by logging 22 saves. Johnson stepped up and was leading the team very well. The Pumas are back in action Tuesday against Kalamazoo Heritage at 4:30pm at the Kroc Center.
PH Track & Field Has Great Performance at Lee Meet
PH Track & Field traveled to Lee on Saturday, April 18th, and the Pumas performed very well. It was a beautiful day for a track meet, and the team members all performed well. There were five teams at the meet: Lee, Union, Kellogsville, Holton, and The Potter’s House. There were many outstanding performances and some new school records. Junior, Maranda Martin, had an amazing meet. She competed in the high jump for the first time and won the competition with a very respectable jump of 5’0”, setting a new school record. She also won the long jump with a leap of 14’9”. Martin also placed third in the 100m with a time of 14.12 and anchored the third place 4X100m relay team. The other runners on the third place relay team were Agnes Girukuishaka, Ellen Leegwater, and Fatima Guerrero-Caballero. Agnes placed 7th in the 100m, 3rd in the long jump, and 4th in the 200m. Senior, Toni Evans, placed third in the discus and fourth in the shot. Both were personal records for Evans. Senior, Ellen Leegwater, placed 6th in the long jump and 7th in the 200m dash. The girls placed 4th overall and scored 36 points in the meet. On the boy’s side, Nathan Stout (freshman) took first place in the 3200m run and ran a personal best of 11:09.02. Stout also placed 5th in the 1600m run with another personal best of 5:16.83. Stout was also on the 4X800 team that placed 3rd in the meet. The other members of the 4X800 team were Jason Blaauw, Jacob Rodruguez, and Zach Clarke. The 4X200m team also took first place by a slim margin of 4 hundredths of a second. The members of the team were: Adam Leegwater, Frank Siboniyo, Nick Huizinga, and Zach Clarke. The 4X100m relay team (Leegwater, Siboniyo, Rodriguez, and Huizinga) took 2nd place overall. Adam Leegwater took 5th place in the 100m dash, 6th place in the 200m. In the Shot put, the Pumas placed 5th, 6th and 9th with those honors going to Jason Blaauw, Neal Williams, and Matthew Snow respectively. In the discus, Sam Snow took 3rd place with a personal best of 96’ 11”. Neal Williams took 5th in the finals, but had a best throw of 101’ 9”. Matthew Snow took 8th place in the discus with a throw of 55’6”. Jason Blaauw took 6th in the 300m hurdles and set a new school record of 58.50. Zach Clarke tied for 4th place in the high jump with a jump of 5’0” and placed 7th in the 800m run with a time of 2:42.86. The boys placed 3rd overall in the meet and scored a total of 35 points.
PH Girls Soccer Comeback Comes Up Short vs. Zion
On Friday, April 17th, the Girls Varsity soccer team hosted Zion Christian. The Pumas opened up the game very strong as they hit the cross bar and had four threatening crosses within the first ten minutes. Zion Christian didn’t have the ball often in the first 25 minutes, but when they did, they were very effective. The Mountaineers found the back of the net three times. The score was 3-0 despite the Pumas great start to the game. The Pumas came out and played with great intensity and scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the second half to get the score to 3-2. Both goals were scored within four minutes of each other. Some new faces stepped up and opened there scoring tab for the 2015 campaign as freshmen, Kate Kooyer, found the back of the net from a pass from junior, Anika Huizinga. Another freshmen, Dorokasi Sinsmunsi, also had a goal after she crashed off of a Huizinga shot and put it in the back of the net! The score was 3-2 and the Pumas kept threatening. However, PH couldn’t find the back of the net and ended on conceding a goal as they were playing a few defenders up in an effort to tie the score. The Pumas great second half fell just short as Zion Christian came away with the 4-2 win. PH is now 3-5-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the Alliance League.
PH Baseball Falls On Road in Holland
Potter’s House Baseball traveled to Holland on Thursday, April 16th to take on Holland Black River. PH started scoring immediately and had a 4-2 lead going into the third inning. However, Black River put together a strong bottom of the third to pull ahead and get the win, 16-5. PH is now 0-5 overall.
|4/16/2015 @ 4:30pm|
|Wyoming Potter’s House Christian||2||2||0||0||1||x||x||4||5||5|
|Holland Black River||2||0||8||3||3||x||x||9||16||4|
|Losing Pitcher||Jeremy Hultink|
PH Baseball Loses Double Header in Muskegon
The Puma Varsity Baseball team traveled to Muskegon on Tuesday, April 14th to take on Western Michigan Christian. The PH bats were quiet all evening with the exception of both Samuel and Jonah Jansen. Each got two hits for the evening. Walks, errors, and batters hit by pitches dominated West Michigan Christian’s scoring along with two home runs. Below are the box scores. Game 1: 7-1. Game 2: 12-0. PH is now 0-4 overall.
|4/14/15 @ Muskegon West Michigan Christian (DH)|
|Losing Pitcher||14||Samuel Jansen|
|Losing Pitcher||23||Jeremy Hultink|
PH Girls Soccer Two-Game Winning Streak Snapped @ Algoma
On Tuesday, April 14th, the Lady Pumas Varsity Soccer team traveled to Algoma Christian for a conference match up. The Pumas out possessed and outshot Algoma Christian 8-2 in the first half, but we’re down 1-0 at half. The Pumas kept up the offensive pressure and had numerous attempts to tie the game, but hit the crossbar once and the side bar once as well. Junior midfielder, Emily Stout, led the team with five shots on goal. Goal Keeper Allie Johnson logged five saves. PH is now 3-4-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the Alliance League. Your Lady Pumas are in action this Friday as they host Zion Christian for another conference dual.
PH Girls Soccer Wins Second Straight Game
On Monday, April 13th, the Lady Pumas had their first home game of the year as they hosted Holland Calvary. Junior forward, Anika Huizinga, opened up scoring for the game as she one timed a great cross from sophomore, Andrea Strydhorst. The Pumas out possessed and out shot Holland Calvary the first half but the score remained 1-0 at half. Five minutes into second half, junior midfielder, Emily Stout, added another goal off of a great free kick from about 35 yards out. Similar to the first half, the Lady Pumas out possessed and out shot the Crusaders and had many close calls on goals but were unable to crack the Holland Calvary defense. The Pumas finished the game with a 2-0 lead and played one of their best offensive games of the year. PH is now 3-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Alliance League. The Lady Pumas are back in action April 14th at Algoma Christian.
Lady Pumas Snap Losing Skip in Illinois
PH Girls Soccer Comes Up Just Short In Kzoo
Lady Pumas Soccer Loses @ Lee
PH Baseball Drops Opening Double Header @ Lee
PH Baseball opened their season on Tuesday, March 31st at Lee, and the Pumas dropped both games of the double header. In game one, trouble with errors in the field continued throughout the 5 innings. Samuel Jansen was the losing pitcher, as PH lost 20-1. In game two, the Pumas found their defensive game and started hitting the ball hard, but Lee was up to the challenge, as the Rebels won 3-0. The game was called due to time after 4 innings. Jeremy Hultink was the losing pitcher.
PH Girls Soccer Drops Conference Match-Up @ Fruitport
On Monday, March 30th, the Lady Pumas traveled to Fruitport Calvary Christian. Fruitport possessed much of the second half. Junior forward, Anika Huizinga, had two threatening shots on goal, but the Pumas couldn’t come up with anything to show for it at the half as they were down by a score of 2-0. The Pumas defense really stepped up and played much better in the second half, but PH was not able to come up with any real threatening shots on goal, losing 3-0. Goal Keeper, Allie Johnson, played a fantastic game had recorded 11 saves. PH is now 1-1-1 overall.
PH Girls Soccer Gets First Win Of The Year
PH Girls Soccer Opens Season With Tie
PH Track & Field Opens Season @ Marcellus Invitational
The Potter’s House Pumas did well in their first outing of the season on Wednesday, March 25th at the Marcellus Invitational. It was a chilly and windy meet with eight teams in attendance (Bloomingdale, Decatur, Hartford, Eau Claire, Lawton, Marcellus, Saugatuck, and The Potter’s House). For several of the athletes on the team, it was the first time they had ever competed in a track meet. There were a couple hundred track athletes at the meet which made for some stiff competition. Junior, Maranda Martin, had an outstanding series of jumps in the long jump and placed first with a leap of 14’ 3”. The Puma co-ed relay team placed 5th. Other Puma student-athletes had strong performances in their events, but did not place in the top six due to the level of competition at the meet. Freshman, Nathan Stout, had a promising performance in the 1600m run with a time of 5:25. Many other athletes on the team began the season with good initial performances upon which they will be able to improve over the course of the season. Everyone on the team was generally encouraged and has an idea of what they need to work on to improve for the next meet on April 18, at Lee High School.
Lady Pumas Advance To Third Straight District Finals
Varsity Bowling Wraps Up Season
Varsity Bowling wrapped up their season last week. On Monday, PH traveled to Ravenna. The Boys lost 29-1, with Darius Williamson’s 220 score leading the way. The Girls lost 23-7, with Allie Johnson’s 182 leading the way. On Wednesday, PH traveled to Muskegon Western Michigan Christian to take on the Warriors. The Girls lost 19-11, with Allie Johnson’s 175 score leading the way. The Boys lost 26-4, with Darius Williamson’s 169 score leading the way. Then, on Friday and Saturday, the Pumas competed in the Regional Tournament in Muskegon at Northway Lanes. The Boys ended up getting 10th place out of 13 teams with a 704 total team score. The Girls ended up getting 10th out of 10 teams with a 596 total team score. In the individual regional competition on Saturday, Darius Williamson and Allie Johnson were the highlights. They each finished in 21st place overall for their genders, with over 100 bowlers competing. Allie scored an 812, while Darius scored a 1,035. This was a great foundation setting season for the Pumas under the direction of first-year head coach, Nick Watkins.
PH Boys Fall in Conference Championship Game
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team took part in the Alliance League Championship Game vs. Holland Calvary on Saturday, February 28th at Godwin Heights High School. The Pumas, who entered the game with an undefeated 8-0 conference record, ended up losing a close contest, 64-56. Potter’s House had the lead for most of the game until about 4 minutes were left in the fourth quarter. The Crusaders hit a pair of free throws to put them up by one point. From there, it went back and forth for awhile, but some clutch free throws by Holland Calvary down the stretch sealed the victory and conference championship for the Crusaders. Overall, the free throw line ended up being the deciding factor in the game as the Crusaders made 21-31, while the Pumas only had 8 attempts, making 5 of them. The leading scorers for Potter’s House were Malachi Malloy (13 points), EJ Harrison (12 points), and Terrance Collins (11 points). PH ends the conference season with a 8-1 league record (2nd place). They are now 13-6 overall. Next up, PH rounds out their regular season schedule with a home game vs. Grand River Prep on Thursday, March 5th at 7:00pm at the Armory.
Short-Handed Lady Pumas Battle Tough In Loss
Boys Basketball Dominates Non-Conference Match-Up
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to West Michigan Aviation Academy on Wednesday, February 25th, and the Pumas came away with a dominating 66-26 victory. The win improved the Pumas overall record to 13-5. “We started off the first quarter playing aggressive defense that led to some steals and easy lay-ups” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “That gave us a lead after the first quarter and we never trailed in this game. Our defense was a big factor in this game as we got 18 steals.” The Pumas again had a very balanced scoring attack with Terrance Collins (15 points), Malachi Malloy (15 points), and Steven Reyes (15 points, 4 assists) each having solid games. Senior forward, EJ Harrison, led the rebounding for the Pumas with 9 on the night.
Lady Pumas Lose In Alliance League Championship Game
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team faced a tough challenge in Saturday night’s Alliance League Championship game against Fruitport Calvary Christian. Despite a valiant effort by the Lady Pumas, PH dropped to 10-9 on the season with a 59-42 loss. PH battled hard all game, doing an excellent job of boxing out and executing the game plan from the coaches. The first quarter was a close back-and-forth battle with the Pumas taking a 16-14 lead into the second quarter thanks to several outstanding offensive plays (including Tiny Hunter’s 11 points in the quarter). Fruitport began to build a lead late in the second quarter with some balanced offensive scoring, taking a 31-23 lead into halftime. In the second half, PH struggled with our outside shots not falling while Fruitport converted a few key fastbreak baskets to extend their lead into double-digits. Potter’s House slowed down Fruitport’s two leading scorers, Taylor and Allison Richards, reducing them to 22 and 15 points and only allowed 16 total free throws in the game compared to 46 in the previous game against them. However, Fruitport’s other players stepped up for them, scoring 22 combined points. A second straight season of second place in the Alliance League showed another solid conference season for the Pumas. Tiny Hunter led Potter’s House with 21 points while Anika Huizinga (7 points, 4 steals), Samantha Clark (7 points, 7 rebounds). and Valerie Cassell (4 points, 9 rebounds) also had solid games. PH completes their regular season schedule on Thursday as they travel to take on Covenant Christian for a 7:00pm tip-off.
PH Boys 9-Game Winning Streak Snapped
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team ran into a very good Adrian Lenawee Christian team on Friday, February 20th, and the Cougars took home a 62-30 victory. “We did not shoot the ball well and had some uncharacteristic turnovers that lead to a tough loss for us” Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “I credit the defense that Lenawee played. They took our inside game away and contested very well on our outside shooters. It was a good test for us and we will learn a lot from this.” PH junior guard, Terrance Collins, led the way in scoring with 12 points, while Malachi Malloy chipped in with 10. The loss snapped the Pumas 9-game winning streak, and they are now 12-5 overall. PH is back in action on Wednesday @ West Michigan Aviation for a 7:30pm tip-off.
Lady Pumas Snap 3-Game Skid, Win On “Senior Night”
Varsity Boys Win 8th Straight
Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball traveled to Holland on Friday, February 13th to take on Black River, and the Pumas cruised to their 8th straight win, 62-38. With the win, PH improved to 11-4 overall and 8-0 in the Alliance League. The Pumas were in control the whole game. Many players contributed to the win as PH continues to spread out their scoring evenly. Seniors, Jason Blaauw and Rae Hudnell, both scored 14 points, while senior forward, Bengale Jabateh, led the team in rebounding with total of 12 board. The Pumas now prepare for two non-conference home games next week as they host West Michigan Lutheran on Tuesday and Lenawee Christian on Friday.
Varsity Girls Fall To Black River
Varsity Girls Lose in Tight Battle
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team dropped to 9-7 (4-2 in the Alliance League) on the season with a narrow defeat on Monday, February 9th at Holland Calvary by a score of 42-40. The Lady Pumas jumped out to a 14-2 lead late in the first quarter with some good outside shooting and half-court defense and rebounding.”Our aggressive defense in the first quarter turned into quick points for us.” Potter’s House head coach, Alf Clark, said after the game. However, Holland Calvary used their height and good passing to get passed the Pumas full-court press and half-court defense to cut the lead to 21-17 at halftime. Potter’s House opened the third quarter with five quick points in the first minute to extend our lead to 26-17. But the Crusaders dominated the rest of the quarter with their interior passing and mid-range shooting to take a 30-26 lead heading into the final quarter. Puma freshmen guard, Cassie Wielhouwer, made two big 3-point shots in the final frame, and sophomore guard, Fatima Guerroro, made another, allowing the Pumas to re-take a 40-38 lead with less than 2 minutes to play. However, Holland Calvary scored the last four points on two key plays down the stretch to secure the win 42-40. Cassie Wielhouwer led the offensive attack with 14 points and 9 rebounds, while senior forward, Samantha Clark, added 7 points and 14 rebounds. Senior center, Valerie Cassell, also contributed 9 points and 3 rebounds. “The last game against Zion and now this one against Holland Calvary were really close games.” Coach Clark commented. “These girls are getting amazing experience that I believe will bode well in the future.” The Lady Pumas now prepare to travel to Holland on Friday, February 13th take take on the River Rats of Black River. Tip-off is at 5:30pm.
Varsity Boys Bball Comes Back, Wins 7th Straight
The Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to Kalamazoo on Friday, February 6th to take on Heritage Christian. The Pumas came back from a rough start to get a big 52-38 win. The win is the seventh in a row for Potter’s House, and they are now 10-4 overall and 7-0 in the Alliance League (1st place). “Today, was a good, but tough win” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “I thought we were a little over confident in the beginning of the game, which caused us to be down 20-11 at halftime”. Despite the slow first half, the Pumas came out ready to play in the second half. The fourth quarter was the best of the game for PH as they scored 26 points in the fourth quarter alone due to some great defense and clutch shooting. Senior forward, EJ Harrison, and junior guard, Terrance Collins, played big in the final frame by hitting some big threes to help the Pumas seal a victory. “Our defense in the fourth quarter was great. Steven (Reyes) and Terrance made it really difficult for Heritage to advance the ball up court” said Kuipers. Terrance Collins ended the game with 20 points and 7 steals, while EJ Harrison had a “double-double” with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Junior point guard, Steven Reyes, also had a solid game with 7 points and 7 assists. PH now prepares to travel to Holland next Friday, February 13th to battle the River Rats of Holland Black River. The tip is at 7:00pm.
Varsity Girls Comeback Falls Short
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team dropped to 9-6 on the season and 3-2 in the Alliance League with a tough loss on Tuesday, February 3rd at home against Zion Christian, 43-40. The Pumas struggled on offense in the first half and found themselves down 21-9 at halftime. After an inspiring halftime talk by head coach, Alf Clark, the girls came out with a lot more intensity in the second half by creating more steals. The steals led to scoring 20 points in the 3rd quarter to cut the Zion lead to 34-29 heading to the 4th quarter. A 3-point shot by Zion extended their lead to 37-29 early in the final quarter, but the Lady Pumas played aggressive full-court and half-court defense. PH then had two clutch three-points shots fall by sophomore guard, Fatima Guerrero, and freshmen guard, Cassie Wielhouwer. Those shots along with 5 points by senior Valerie Cassell fueled a comeback that gave PH the lead, 40-39, with less than 2 minutes to play. However, the Pumas gave up a key offensive rebound and also committed a couple fouls in the final minutes. Zion made all four free throws to win seal the win, 43-40. Despite the loss, the Pumas had a balanced offensive attack with five separate players scoring at least 5 points. Senior forward, Samantha Clark, led the team with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Senior center, Valerie Cassell, added 10 points, an impressive 16 rebounds and 3 assists. PH now prepares to travel to Holland on Monday, February 6th to take on the Crusaders of Holland Calvary. Tip-off is 4:30pm.
Varsity Boys Basketball Wins 6th Straight
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team got a big conference victory on Tuesday, February 3rd over Zion Christian, 64-45. The win is the sixth in a row for the Pumas, and they are 9-4 overall, 6-0 in the Alliance League, and standing in 1st place in the conference. The Pumas played great first and fourth quarter defense, holding the Mountaineers to 12 points combined in those quarters. Senior forward, EJ Harrison, led the balanced scoring attack with 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Jason Blaauw also had a big game by getting a “double-double” (10 points, 10 rebounds). Seniors, Rae Hudnell (12 points) and Bangale Jabateh (9 points), also had great games. “This was a good team win tonight” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We had many guys step up and play big roles in the victory. Along with the balanced scoring, I thought Terrance (Collins) and Steven (Reyes) did a great job leading the team and distributing the ball”. Reyes and Collins each had 5 assists to lead the team. The Pumas now prepare to travel to Kalamazoo on Friday night to take on Alliance League rival, Heritage Christian, for a 7:30pm tip.
Lady Pumas Cruise To Victory
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team improved to 9-5 on the season with a dominating win on Friday, January 30th over Wellspring Prep, 40-15. The Pumas played solid defense the entire game as they played an aggressive full-court press that helped them jump out to a 10-0 lead after the first 6 minutes of play. PH never let Wellspring get any closer than that throughout the game. The Lady Pumas created 27 turnovers, which led to scoring opportunities for many different players. After a 17-4 halftime lead, the Pumas strong defense forced more turnovers that helped them start the third quarter with a 10-0 run, putting the game out of reach. PH now has a critical league game on Tuesday, February 2nd against Zion Christian. PH senior center, Valerie Cassell, led the Pumas with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Junior point guard, Anika Huizinga, added 11 points and 3 steals, while freshmen, Cassie Wielhouwer, also contributed with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Samantha Clark scored 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds including 6 on the offensive glass.
Pumas Boys Basketball Gets Tough Win
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team got their 5th win in a row on Friday, January 30th, as they defeated Wellspring Prep, 60-57. The Pumas fell behind early in the 1st quarter by 9 points, but they battled back and ended the 1st quarter down by only 1 point, 13-12. The Pumas then had a great 2nd quarter by playing great defensively, and took a 10 point lead heading into halftime. PH then came out of halftime ready to play and pushed our lead to 18 points. However, the Wolves came storming back in the 4th quarter and cut the Pumas lead to only 3 points with 20 seconds left. Wellspring then fouled PH point guard, Steven Reyes, with 10 seconds left and sent him to the free throw line for the 1 and 1 bonus. Reyes missed the freethrow and Wellspring got the rebound and called timout with 9 seconds left. Wellspring then brought the ball up the floor and Steven Reyes had a big steal with only 4 seconds left to seal the game. “This was a good, but tough win for us” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. It was another balanced scoring night for the Pumas as five players scored double digits. Senior forward, Rae Hudnell, led the way with 13 points, while Malachi Malloy (11 points), Jason Blaauw (11 points) Steven Reyes (10 points), and EJ Harrison (10 points) all had big games. PH now prepares for a big conference match-up on Tuesday, February 3rd against Zion Christian for a 7:30pm tip.
PH Boys Basketball Gets Huge Win, Grabs 1st Place
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team won another big conference game on Tuesday, January 27th in a match-up against Holland Calvary, who PH was tied in 1st place with in the Alliance League heading into the game. PH used a huge 4th quarter to overcome a 5 point deficit after the 3rd quarter, to get a 63-53 win and advance to 7-4 overall and 5-0 in the Alliance League. Holland Calvary was previously undefeated (8-0) heading into the game. PH started the game off well and played well in the 1st quarter, with the score being tied 13-13 heading into the 2nd quarter. The Pumas missed some open shots in the second quarter, leading to a 4 point lead for the Crusaders at halftime. “I credit the defense that Holland Calvary played that forced us to miss some shots that we normally make” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. The 3rd quarter was played very evenly, and the Crusaders took a 5 point lead heading into the final frame. However, the Pumas had a great 4th quarter, exploding for 28 points. PH used trapping and full-court defense to create chaos and a fast pace 4th quarter, and the Crusaders couldn’t hang with the Pumas athleticism. PH junior guard, Terrance Collins, and senior forward, EJ Harrison, hit two big 3-point shots and some key freethrows to ensure the victory. “We had some really big rebounds by EJ (Harrison) and Jason (Blaauw), and Jason also had some key blocks in the fourth quarter to help us get the win” said Kuipers. It was a balanced scoring attack for PH with Terrance Collins and EJ Harrison leading the way with 16 points each, while Rae Hudnell (12 points) and Malachi Malloy (8 points) had great games as well. The unsung hero in the evening was junior point guard, Steven Reyes, who played a great game with 6 points, 9 assists and 7 steals, while also being the catalyst to lead the way in the 4th quarter by creating turnovers, making tough lay-ups in traffic, and creating shots for teammates. This is the 4th win in a row for the Pumas, and they now prepare to host Wellspring Prep on Friday evening, January 30th, for a 7:30pm tip.
Lady Pumas Dominate Holland Calvary
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball team improved to 8-5 on the season with a convincing win over Holland Calvary 41-16, on Tuesday, January 27th. The Pumas played well on both sides of the ball with great teamwork and showed more maturity and confidence than in recent games. PH played an aggressive full-court press most of the first half that created turnovers and scoring opportunities on our way to a 29-10 halftime lead. In all, the Pumas forced a season-high 37 turnovers and did a great job of reaching their goals of rebounding and boxing out by only giving up one offensive rebound the entire game against a team with several tall players. PH improved to 3-1 in the Alliance League with strong defense in the second half, leading PH to a 39-12 lead after 3 quarters and holding Holland Calvary’s senior Rachael Davis to only four points in the game. Valerie Cassell led the Pumas with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior guard, Anika Huizinga, added 11 points and 7 steals. Freshmen, Cassie Wielhouwer, played a good overall game with 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists. Samantha Clark also contributed 4 points and 8 rebounds. PH now prepares to host Wellspring Prep on Friday, January 30th for a 6pm tip.
Short-Handed Lady Pumas Drop Close Road Game
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team fell to Grand Rapids Ellington Academy on Friday, January 23rd in a close non-conference game, 41-38. In the first game without All-Region point guard, Tiny Hunter, who is out with a shoulder injury, the Pumas struggled on offense in the first half with good shots not falling. “I was curious to see how our girls would respond to having the ball more in their hands this game compared to others”, Potter’s House head coach, Alf Clark said. Ellington took a 23-10 lead into halftime by being aggressive with loose balls and converting broken plays into baskets. “We had a lot of good shots that just didn’t fall”, Coach Clark said, reflecting on the first half. “There were quite a few loose ball plays that didn’t bounce our way. We thought the second half would be different.” Ellington extended the lead to 29-14 midway through the 3rd quarter, but the Pumas began a full-court press and showed a lot of heart by mounting a roaring comeback. Big baskets by Maranda Martin and Kate Kooyer, along with 10 second-half points by Cassie Wielhouwer, were key to the Pumas coming all the way back and taking a 38-36 lead with less than 3 minutes to go in the game. “The girls fought back hard with aggressive team defense”, Coach Clark said. “Ultimately, we reached all of our goals for the tonight’s game and now we will build on that growth.” However, Ellington scored the final 5 points including the final 3 points within the last 2 minutes on a long 2-point bank shot and a banked free throw to pull away for 41-38 victory over the Pumas. Valerie Cassell led the Pumas with 13 points and 19 rebounds, while freshmen, Cassie Wielhouwer, added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. The Pumas also shot their best free-throw percentage of the season by making 12 of 15 from the line (80%). In the midst of a tough loss, the girls really grew and matured on the floor with great defense and unselfish play. The Pumas dropped to 7-5 on the season. “Our season’s record does not reflect all the struggles our girls have endured and the growth while going through those struggles. I keep preaching to them Romans 5:3 , ‘…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame…’,” Coach Clark said with great emotion. “I have a team that knows how to suck it up, make no excuses, listen to their coaches, persevere and play basketball. Good will come out of this. I sense the best is still yet to come.” PH now prepares to host Alliance-League rival, Holland Calvary, on Tuesday, January 27th at the Grand Valley Armory for a 6:00pm tip.
PH Boys Basketball Stays Undefeated in League Play
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team hosted Alliance League rival, Kalamazoo Heritage Christian, on Thursday, January 22nd, and the Pumas stayed undefeated in league play with a big 60-45 victory. With the win, PH improved to 6-4 overall and 4-0 in the Alliance League (1st place). The Pumas stayed in front the whole game, but the Eagles put up a good fight. The 1st quarter ended with a five point lead for the Pumas, 15-10. The Pumas remained in the lead for the remainder of the game, although Heritage Christian kept it close, getting within 6 points mid-way through the 4th quarter. PH junior guard, Malachi Mallow, had a big game for Potter’s House from beyond the 3-point line, finishing with a game-high of 18 points. Steven Reyes, EJ Harrison, Jason Blaauw, and Rae Hudnell completed the balanced scoring attack be each scoring 9 points. Hudnell also led the Pumas in rebounds by grabbing 7 board. PH now prepares for a battle of the top two teams in the Alliance League next Tuesday as they host Holland Calvary at 7:30pm at the Grand Valley Armory.
PH Varsity Boys Basketball Gets Big Road Win
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team got another win on Tuesday, January 20th, this time against a tough Algoma Christian squad, 71-58. The win improves the Pumas overall record to 5-4 and their league record to 3-0. “We came out and had a great first quarter by playing some great defense” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. That great start gave PH a 14-7 lead heading into the second quarter. The Knights battled back by hitting some big shots, cutting the Puma lead to one five points at halftime. But the Pumas came out of the halftime break and had a great second half, extending their lead to as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter. Algoma Christian tried to stay in the game by hitting some big three pointers to close the gap, but in the end, the Pumas took home the victory. The Pumas had a balanced scoring attack, with Steven Reyes, EJ Harrison, and Jason Blaauw each scoring 14 points. Harrison and Blaauw also led the team in rebounds with 10 each. Rae Hudnell had a big game with 13 points, while Terrance Collings chipped in with 9 points. ” I thought we passed the ball well and rebounded well, which helped us get this big road win” said Kuipers after the game. PH now prepares to host Kalamazoo Heritage Christian on Thursday, January 22nd at the Grand Valley Armory for a 7:00pm tip.
PH Varsity Girls Basketball Cruises to Conference Win
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball team improved to 7-4 on the season with a convincing 54-29 road win over Algoma Christian on Tuesday, January 20th. Nine players scored in a balanced attack that dominated the first half to lead 35-13. “For the first time this season we started the game off in an aggressive all out blitz man to man trapping defense”, Potter’s House head coach, Alf Clark, said. The Lady Pumas aggressive defense paid off by shutting out Algoma in the third quarter. Senior center, Valerie Cassell, led the Pumas with 16 points and 18 rebounds while Tiny Hunter added 11 points, 4 steals and 3 assists. Junior guard, Anika Huizinga, scored 8 points, Samantha Clark added 7, while freshmen, Cassie Wielhouwer, scored 5 points and added 7 rebounds. The Pumas strong defense forced 31 turnovers on our way to the victory improving the team to 2-1 in the Alliance League and 7-4 overall.
PH Boys Basketball Dominates In Front Of Record Crowd
The Potters House Varsity Boys Basketball hosted Alliance League rival, Fruitport Calvary Christian at “Homecoming” on Friday, January 16th, and PH got the victory in front a record-high crowd, 71-34. PH is now 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the Alliance League. “This was a great game for us tonight” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We played some great defense and had contributions from everybody on the team. I thought we shared the ball well and played really well together.” Leading the Pumas in scoring was junior guard, Malachi Malloy, with 14 points. Senior forward, Rae Hudnell, chipped in with 9 points, while junior guard, Stephen Reyes and Jay Medina, each had 7 points. The Pumas also did a great job rebounding on the night, and the leading rebounders were senior post men, Jason Blaauw and EJ Harrison. PH now prepares to travel to Rockford on Tuesday, January 20th, to battle Algoma Christian.
Lady Pumas Fall In Alliance League Battle
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball team hosted Alliance League rival, Fruitport Calvary Christian, on Friday, January 16th on “Homecoming”, and the Lady Pumas lost, 67-55. PH is now 6-4 overall and 1-1 in the Alliance League. The battle vs. the Eagles was a re-match of last seasons Alliance League championship game, and also a match-up against on the best post players in the state, Taylor Richards. The Lady Pumas started off hot from outside and help a 15-14 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was a back and forth battle, and the Eagles went into the halftime break with a 31-28 lead. After halftime, both teams came out with lots of energy, and the close battle continued as Calvary Christian held a 50-48 lead going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, the Eagles made nearly every free throw, helping them pull away and get the big 67-55 conference win. Despite the loss, the Lady Pumas played great basketball against one of the top teams in the area. Several younger players made big contributions, and senior point guard, Tiny Hunter, had another big game with 22 points. The Eagles were led by the Richards sisters. Taylor Richards had 31 points and 15 rebounds (19-24 from the free throw line), while younger sister, Allyson, scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds (12-14 from the free throw line). PH now prepares to travel to Rockford on Tuesday, January 20th, to battle Algoma Christian at 6:00pm.
Lady Pumas Perform Well In Road Loss
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball team fell to 6-3 on the season with a non-conference loss on Tuesday, January 13th at Grand Rapids Union High School, 61-48. “I had a strong sense that we could play with this team”, Potter’s House head coach, Alf Clark, said after the game. The first quarter was back and forth with excellent play on both sides and Union leading 18–17. The Pumas came back from an 8-point halftime deficit with excellent pressure defense to close the lead to 36-35 late in the third quarter. However, after an ankle injury to junior guard, Anika Huizinga, the momentum shifted back to Union who pulled away in the 4th quarter for the win. The large foul discrepancy helped Union pull away as they shot 30 free throws to the Pumas 7. “I like how the girls are progressing on our goals for each game. We certainly can play smarter on defense and still be aggressive”, Coach Clark said, reflecting on the game. Tiny Hunter led the Pumas with an excellent overall game. She ended with a game-high 27 points (including 6 three-pointers) to go along with four rebounds, four steals, and three assists. “The journey Tiny has endured to get to this point in the season is a true testament of her heart and exemplifies the Potters House spirit”, Coach Clark said. PH now prepares for a big Alliance League battle on Friday night at the Grand Valley Armory vs. Fruitport Calvary Christian at 6:00pm. The game is re-match of last seasons Alliance League championship game.
Varsity Boys Bball Comes Up Just Short in Muskegon
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to Muskegon on Monday, January 12th to take on class C powerhouse, Western Michigan Christian, and the Pumas came up just short, losing 59-57. PH is now 3-4 overall. The Pumas trailed by eight points heading into the fourth quarter, but then made a run by playing hard defense, taking the lead by three points with three minutes to go. Unfortunately, the Warriors converted some big plays down the stretch and made some crucial free throws to put the Pumas back down by four points with only 19 seconds left. The Pumas then went the length of the floor and converted a two point basket to get with-in two. Then, with about five seconds left, the ball came loose and PH junior, Malachi Malloy, came up with steal and possession of the ball. Malloy then took a three pointer at the buzzer to try and win it for the Pumas, but the shot rimmed at, giving the WMC Warriors the home win. “We played very well defensively tonight” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We had great energy all night and gave ourselves a chance to win on the road in a tough environment against a great program. I’m proud of our guys”. The leading performers on the night for Potter’s House were Malachi Malloy, who led the team 18 points, and senior forward, EJ Harrison, who had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Also chipping in with a solid effort was senior forward, Rae Hudnell, who had 10 points. PH now prepares for their homecoming match-up this Friday, January 16th at the Grand Valley Armory against Alliance League rival, Fruitport Calvary Christian. Tip-off is 7:30pm.
PH Varsity Boys Bball Wins Thriller on Buzzer Beater
The Pumas Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to Byron Center on Tuesday, January 6th to open up Alliance League play against Zion Christian, and the Pumas won 63-62 on a buzzer beater 3-pointer by junior guard, Malachi Malloy. PH is now 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the Alliance League. Down 62-60 with 2.1 seconds left, PH had the ball on a baseline inbounds. “Steven (Reyes) took the ball out, Rae (Hudnell) sets a nice pick, and Malachi used the screens perfectly to get open to nail the shot” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We were down for most of the game, and even down 9 points with under two minutes remaining, but in the end found a way to win. For the last 2 minutes, we played really well. I saw a lot of hustle and we got some steals that led to some easy baskets. Zion did a great job in this game and out hustled us most of the game. But I was proud of the fact that we never gave up and found a way to get our first conference win.” Junior point guard, Steven Reyes, led the scoring attack with 16 points, while Malachi Malloy added 14 points to go along with his game-winner. PH senior forwards, Jason Blaauw and EJ Harrison, each helped on the boards with 8 rebounds each. The Pumas now prepare to host Kalamazoo Heritage Christian on Friday night at 7pm at the Grand Valley Armory in another Alliance League battle.
Lady Pumas Defense Leads to Conference Win
The Potter’s House Pumas Varsity Girls Basketball team improved to 6-2 on Tuesday, January 6th with a 40-30 win over Zion Christian in their first Alliance League game on the season. PH is now 1-0 in the Alliance League. The Pumas struggled scoring in the first quarter, missing some make-able shots and trailed 6-4 at the end of the first quarter. Thanks to the Pumas strong zone defense and switching tactics (including half-court and full-court presses), PH held Zion to only 10 first half points while taking a 15-10 lead at halftime. The Lady Pumas came out strong in the third quarter with a 12-2 run and extended it further as sophomore guards, Fatima Guerrero and Addy Andreas, combined to play some intimidating and trapping defense that built the lead to 31-15 going into the final quarter. Zion Christian made a run in the 4th quarter cutting the lead to 33-26 before PH freshmen guard, Cassie Wielhouwer, hit a big 3-point shot to turn the momentum back to the Pumas as Potter’s House was able to hold on for a 40-30 win. The Pumas had a balanced offensive attack as the girls played a fun playground style of basketball where more girls stepped up offensively, including junior guard, Anika Huizinga, who led the team with 14 points. Senior center, Valerie Cassell, scored 12 points and led the team with both 9 rebounds and 8 steals. Freshman, Cassie Wielhouwer, added 6 points and 6 rebounds. The Lady Pumas suffocating defense forced a season-high 37 turnovers on the night from Zion. PH now prepares to take on Grand Rapids Union next Tuesday at 7pm.
Grand River Prep Wins Tourney Championship Over PH Girls
The Potter’s House Pumas Varsity Girls Basketball team lost the championship game of the “Potter’s House Holiday Tournament” on Saturday, January 3rd to Grand River Prep, 63-41. The Pumas fell to 5-2 on the season as they fell behind 23-9 after the first quarter. The Pumas mounted a comeback by not allowing the Titans to score for most of the final quarter, cutting the lead to 18 before falling 63-41. The Pumas were led by senior guard, Tiny Hunter, who scored a game-high 28 points while making an impressive six 3-pointers. PH senior center, Valerie Cassell, played strong inside adding 6 points and 16 rebounds. “The two games of this tournament were a strong growing experience for our team” said Potter’s House head coach, Alf Clark, after the game. PH now prepares to start Alliance League play on Tuesday, January 6th as they travel to Byron Center to take on Zion Christian at 5:30pm.
Varsity Girls Bball Opens Own Tourney With Big Win
Reeths Puffer Takes Down Pumas in the Consolation Game
A bad third quarter led to a loss for the Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team vs. Muskegon Reeths Puffer in the Grand Rapids Catholic Central Holiday Tournament consolation game, 53-38. PH is now 2-3 overall. “We started the game with much better effort and hustle than the night before” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We won the second quarter, but trailed at half time 21-17. Reeths-Puffer hit some big three’s to start a run in the third quarter, and we just couldn’t make a run back at them. I’m proud of the effort our guys showed tonight, and we had a chance to win this game but the third quarter deficit was too much to overcome.” PH junior guard, Malachi Mallow, led the scoring with 12 points, while senior forward EJ Harrison added 8. PH now prepares to over Alliance League play on Tuesday, January 6th at Zion Christian at 7:00pm.
Varsity Boys Fall to Catholic Central in Tourney Opener
The Potters House Varsity Boys Basketball fell to Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the first game of the “Grand Rapids Catholic Central Holiday Tournament” on December 29th, losing 66-38. PH is now 2-2 overall. A slow start was too much for the Pumas to overcome as they fell behind 24-5 after the first quarter. “We played pretty even the next three quarters, but just did not have the energy and hustle that we usually play with” said Puma Head Coach, Kevin Kuipers. Puma senior forward, EJ Harrison, led Potter’s House with 17 points, while junior guard, Malachi Malloy, added 9. The leading rebounders were Harrison with 8 and senior center, Jason Blaauw, with 6. “Overall I think Catholic Central played really hard and out-hustled us by beating us to a lot of loose balls, and we didn’t do well closing out and getting back in transition.” The Pumas now prepare to take on the loser of the Grandville vs. Muskegon Reeths Puffer game on December 30th at 5:30pm at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School.
PH Varsity Boys Bball Represents Jesus to Lee During Big Win
The Potter’s House Christian players, coaches and fans pray before every home game. Friday’s non-league game against the Wyoming Lee Rebels officially was a home game, even though it was played at the Grand Valley Armory, and so the Puma nation prayed. But this prayer was different. Everyone at the Grand Valley Armory, Pumas and Rebels alike, prayed for the Lee player who was shot in the leg Wednesday night outside his high school. That player, whose name has not been released by Wyoming Police or Godfrey-Lee Public Schools but who is expected to make a full recovery, sat behind the Rebels’ bench Friday night. His presence put life – and basketball – in perspective for the Rebels. It was the first time since the shooting that the Rebels had seen their 15-year-old teammate, who rode the team bus with them to the game. “It has been an extremely tough couple of days,” said Lee head coach Terry Sare. “Ours may be a public school, but we still understand what’s right in life. And we pray, too, because we have been incredibly blessed. “Our focus now is on whoever did this. We pray for him. We could get mad, but what good will come of that? We have to pray that this young man gets the help he needs to save his life. For us though, there has been a lot of emotion tonight.” The Rebels lost badly Friday night, but few, if any, seemed to care about that. “When we got down tonight we started to think about him and we got more down,” said senior forward Shawuan Andrews. “We tried to get past this at practice the last couple of days but then, when his name came up, everything got quiet. It was very nice to have him here tonight, though.” The player, who limped back into the Lee High School gym after being shot Wednesday night, is now getting around with the help of crutches. “For the rest of the kids, it meant a lot to see him today,” Sare said. “The Lord never gives us too much to handle and we have to put a positive spin on this. I’m not sure that basketball was even important tonight.” But a few important things happened on the court Friday night. “Every time one of our guys went down tonight, Number 44 (Potter’s House senior Jason Blaauw) was there to help him up,” Sare noticed. “That’s a sign of God right there. In the whole scheme of things, the score tonight, and this game tonight, don’t really matter. “As coaches, we always have a great love for these kids,” said Sare, whose father-in-law died the same day as the shooting. “It takes something like this to make you realize how deep that love is. It is the love and admiration you have for each other that really matters. That is why we will go on doing what we do.”
As for the game, dominant rebounding and a transition offensive that scored in bunches led the Potter’s House Pumas to a 75-34 non-league victory over the Wyoming Lee Rebels Friday night at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory. Potter’s House grabbed more than twice as many rebounds as the Rebels in its victory Friday. The game capped an emotional week for the Lee team. One of the players was shot in the leg Wednesday around 8 p.m. as he left the school, 1335 Lee St. SW, after having participated in a practice. The 15-year-old player, who was with three other students, ran back to the gymnasium and was eventually transported to the hospital via ambulance. He is expected to make a full recovery. Potter’s House opened the second half the way it ended the first half. After going on a 15-6 run to end the first half and lead 35-22 at halftime, the Pumas scored the first seven points of the second half to go up by 20, 42-22. The Pumas were much more aggressive on the boards than the Rebels. Potter’s House rarely allowed Lee a second look on its offensive end while second-chance points were a major weapon for the Pumas. Senior E.J. Harrison, junior Malachi Malloy, junior Steven Reyes, senior Rae Hudnell and senior center Jason Blaauw led the Pumas’ rebounding attack. Harrison hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter Malloy also hit a triple in the first eight minutes as the Pumas jumped out to an early lead.
PH Varsity Girls Basketball Dominates Lee
Tri-Unity Defeats PH Varsity Boys In OverTime Thriller
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled to cross-town rival, Tri-Unity Christian on Friday, December 12th to play in front of a packed crowd in a game that was a re-match of last years District Championship game. The Defenders ended up sneaking away with the overtime win, 86-79. The game was incredibly tight throughout, with the Defenders holding a 37-35 halftime lead and 55-52 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. The fourth quarter went back and forth. With 7 seconds left and the Pumas down by three points, junior Puma guard, Steven Reyes, hit a three point shot to tie the game and send it into overtime, and also send the large crowd into a frenzy. Unfortunately, the Defenders took the lead This was an exciting game and I am so proud of the way our guys played and the Pumas couldn’t make ground, leading to the 86-79 loss. “We never gave up and had an opportunity to win, despite many setbacks that came our way” said Potter’s House head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “We had many guys hit some big shots and make some great defensive plays. This was a great team effort and I felt we improved a lot from our first game. I am very happy with our progress and look forward to our next game.” Many Puma players had excellent games, but junior guard, Malachi Malloy stood out with a game-high, 24 points. “Potter’s House has a really good team, and I was especially impressed with Malloy” said Tri-Unity head coach, Mark Keeler. “Some of his 3-pointers with NBA three’s with hands in his face. He was very aggressive.” Also standing out for the Pumas were junior guards Terrance Collins (17 points) and Steven Reyes (15 points and the game-tying three), and senior big-man, Jason Blaauw (8 points). PH is now 1-1 overall and look to get ready for the Lee Rebels on Friday night at the Armory.
PH Varsity Girls Bball Drops First Game of Year In Tight Battle
The Potter’s House Christian Varsity Girls Basketball (3-1) team dropped their first game of the year on Friday, December 12th to Tri-Unity Christian (3-0), 52-48. The Pumas started off the game playing solid defense and led 10-5 after the first quarter, but Tri-Unity made three fast break lay-ups late in the second quarter to take a 18-16 lead at halftime. The Pumas responded by scoring 19 points in the 3rd quarter thanks to balanced scoring by five players in the quarter to take a 35-32 lead into the final quarter. However, due to multiple turnovers that turned into scores for Tr-Unity, it was too much for the Pumas to overcome. The Pumas were led by Valerie Cassell, who played strong game inside all night, with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Freshmen guard, Cassie Wielhouwer, hit three 3-point shots to score 9 points, while Tiny Hunter added 8 points and 6 steals. Samantha Clark scored 6 points and had a season-high 11 rebounds. PH now prepares to face Lee on Friday, December 19th at the Armory at 6:00pm.
Varsity Boys Open Season With Last-Second 3 Pointer To Win
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Basketball team opened their season with a thrilling one point win over last years class C state runner-up, Pewamo-Westphalia, 47-46. After trailing the entire game, and after being down by 10 points with only few minutes left, PH themselves down by only 2 points with 11 seconds left. Junior guard, Steven Reyes, drove the lane, and then kicked the ball out to Malachi Malloy, who hit a 3 pointer with only a few seconds left to put the Pumas up by one point. The ensuing inbounds pass was stolen by senior forward, EJ Harrison, sealing the shocking win. “Pewamo did a great job on moving the ball against our defense, and they also out rebounded us” said Puma head coach, Kevin Kuipers. “But we never gave up and did a great job on defense, especially in the fourth quarter. We had many guys make hustle plays that helped us come back. The hustle was outstanding and no one ever gave up, even when we were down by 10 in the fourth. This was a good first game and gives us something to build on as we looking forward to Tri Unity on Friday.” Leading the Pumas in scoring was Malachi Malloy, who had 15 points. Junior guards, Terrance Collins (5 points) and Steven Reyes (9 points), also played huge roles in the comeback win with their tenacious trapping and full court pressing that caused so many turnovers in the 4th quarter comeback. Senior forwards, EJ Harrison (8 points) and Rae Hudnell (8 points), also played big roles in the win.
Girls Basketball Wins Nail Biter, Stays Undefeated
The Potter’s House Girls Varsity Basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with an exciting come-from-behind win over NorthPointe Christian 56-53. The Pumas strong full-court and half-court pressure defense created a season-high 38 turnovers and held NorthPointe to only five 4th quarter points. The Pumas led 30-28 at halftime but NorthPointe went on a quick 11-0 run to start the third quarter taking a 39-30 lead. Tiny Hunter then scored 12 points in the third quarter on her way to a game-high 32 to close the gap to 48-44 to start the 4th quarter. The Pumas battled foul trouble all night that included senior starters Valerie Cassell and Samantha Clark fouling out early in the final quarter. NorthPointe led 50-46 with 4 minutes left when the Pumas made a final charge to take the lead. A critical momentum swing happened in the final minutes with the score tied at 50 when Anika Huizinga was fouled on her way to the basket and spilled on the floor with a leg injury that required her to come out of the game. Freshman Kate Kooyer came off the bench in her place and made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Pumas a lead they would never give up. Tiny Hunter was a real floor general for us all night playing an excellent overall game with 32 points, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Anika Huizinga added 10 points and 4 steals while Valerie Cassell played very strong inside with 8 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. The Pumas look for a fourth win in a row to start the season on Friday night at Tri-Unity.
PH Girls Basketball Takes Down Warriors, Improves to 2-0
PH Girls Varsity Basketball improved to 2-0 with a 39-27 win over Muskegon Western Michigan Christian on Friday night, December 6th. The girls’ aggressive defense and full court press created steals and fast break baskets that helped them jump out to a quick lead at 17-5 after the first quarter. Western Michigan Christian came back in the 2nd & 3rd quarters to cut the Puma lead to 27-21 with good passing and making several open shots. However, the Puma team defense was too strong forcing 27 total turnovers and holding Western Michigan to only four 4th quarter points. It was strong senior leadership that led PH to the win tonight. Senior, Valerie Cassell, had 11 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, while Tiny Hunter scored 12 points. While dealing with leg cramps throughout the night, Tiny also contributed an impressive 8 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. With two girls unable to play tonight due to sickness and injury, and two others dealing with leg cramps throughout the game, it was a gutsy team effort to pull out a win. With two wins at home to start the season, the girls varsity team extended its home winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season. PH now prepares to host NorthPointe Christian on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:00pm.
Varsity Girls Basketball Opens Season With Dominating Victory
The Potter’s House Varsity Girls Basketball Team started off their 2014-2015 season with a resounding win on Tuesday, December 2nd over the Hudsonville Hornets, 56-18. The Pumas swarming defense and full-court press was too much for the Hornets from the beginning of the game. Building upon last year’s historic season with a 21-4 record, district championship, and an appearance in a Regional Finals, the Pumas started this year with the same relentless hustle and defensive pressure. The Pumas were up 23-7 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 40-11 at halftime by using their speed and quickness to create turnovers. The Pumas created 29 turnovers for the game. Senior point guard, Tiny Hunter, played an excellent overall game, finishing with 30 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 5 rebounds. Hunter made four 3-point shots on her way to just three points shy of her season-high single game score of last year of 33 points vs. Zion Christian. Senior post player, Valerie Cassell, added 11 points and 9 rebounds, while freshman Cassie Wielhouwer made her high school and Varsity debut by scoring 8 points (2-3 from the three point line) and grabbed 5 rebounds. PH is now 1-0 overall and is now preparing to host Muskegon Western Michigan Christian on Friday night at the Grand Valley Armory at 7:00pm.
Volleyball Wins Both Matches on “Senior Night”
PH Varsity Volleyball hosted a tri-match on “Senior Night” on Thursday, October 30th against Barry County Christian and West Michigan Lutheran, and the Lady Pumas dominated both matches. On the night that seniors, Gelma Akoi and Valerie Cassell, were honored, PH played two great matches. The tri-match started with a 5pm match-up between Potter’s House and Barry County Christian, and the Lady Pumas won both sets to take the win. PH played again at 7pm against West Michigan Lutheran, and the Pumas dominated at the net and in the entire match to get the win. The Lady Pumas serves were excellent all night, as they got an impressive 28 aces on the night. Sierra Roelofs led the way with seven aces, while Grace Wielhouwer got six. Ashley VerBeek also had a solid night for the Pumas by getting four kills and six blocks. With the wins, the Lady Pumas improve to 11-21-1 overall, and they now prepare for the MHSAA District Tournament next week at Tri-Unity Christian High School. Their District Quarterfinal match is on Tuesday at 6:30pm against West Michigan Lutheran.
Volleyball Climbs Standings @ Alliance League Tourney
Varsity Volleyball Falls to Crusaders
Potter’s House Varsity Volleyball traveled to Holland on Thursday, October 23rd to take on the Crusaders on Holland Calvary, and the Crusaders were able to get the victory in three sets, 20-25, 21-25, 12-25. With the loss, PH is now 7-19-1 overall. “Despite the loss, I thought we performed pretty well” said Potter’s House head coach, Yolanda Vanderploeg. “I thought we blocked and covered well on defense, and our serving was good throughout the match. We have some fundamentals to fix up this week in practice, but we will get things fixed”. Junior middle hitter, Maranda Martin, had a solid match for PH by getting five kills and three blocks overall. Arianna Raak chipped in with three aces, while Ashley VerBeek had four blocks. PH now prepares for the Alliance League tournament on Saturday, October 25th.
PH Volleyball Dominates Lee
The PH Varsity Volleyball team hosted Lee in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday, October 14th, and the Lady Pumas dominated the match. PH swept the match in three straight sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-15. With the win, PH is now 5-12-1 overall and have won three times our of their last four matches. Junior middle hitter, Ashley VerBeek, led the charge for the Pumas with her best game of the season by getting nine kills and seven blocks. Sierra Roelofs (seven aces, three kills), Gelma Akoi (six kills, four blocks, 10 digs) and Grace Wielhouwer also stood out with great matches for the Lady Pumas. “Grace is setting the ball so well right now” said Potter’s House Head Coach, Yolanda Vanderploeg. “She is putting our hitters in great positions to be aggressive with strong hits.” PH now prepares to travel to Muskegon Catholic for a tri-match on Thursday, October 16th.
Soccer Loses to #2 ranked Covenant Christian to End Season
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team headed into a highly anticipated match up Monday, October 13th vs. Covenant Christian, the #2 ranked team in the state, in the opening round of Districts. “We knew we had a tough draw, but also knew if we were going to win Districts that we would have to play them at some point” Potter’s House Head Coach, Rand Basinger, stated. The Pumas came out strong and the game was evenly played for the first 10 minutes with each side having scoring chances. “The field was wet, so you could see early it could come down to some mistakes” said Basinger. “Passing was tough to do on a night like tonight”. Covenant got on the board first with a Penalty Kick goal after being tripped in the box, giving the Chargers a 1-0 lead. Not long after, Covenant scored again off a great cross and finish to take their lead to 2-0. “Their speed was an issue for us all game” said Basinger. “Their best player, Bouwkamp, was able to beat us on the wing to get the cross in”. With five minutes to go in the first half, The Pumas were able to get a Penalty Kick goal from senior mid-fielder, Tarcisio daSilva, after a handball in the box to make the score 2-1 at halftime. In the second half, the Pumas tried to provide pressure but Covenant played great defense. “Every time we had some pressure their defenders all dropped back and it was like trying to go through a wall of defenders” said Basinger. “We tried putting multiple forwards up top but to we had a hard time getting anything going”. The Chargers scored off a slip on defense to put the game to 3-1 with 20 minutes remaining. “Unfortunately, we went down 2-0 in this game and were never able to come back” said Basinger. “Sam Jansen (defender) went out early in the 2nd half with an injury and we wore out. Their guys were fast and they had a deep bench. Against a team like Covenant, you cannot go down two goals and try to mount a comeback. This loss was tough. 11 seniors who put their heart into this season and numerous seasons. I was so proud of the way they played and although this was tough we will look back and be reminded of the conference championship. This was a successful season” Congratulations to the Pumas on ending their great season with a 14-7 overall record and as 2014 Alliance League Champions!
Soccer Battles Tough, Loses to #1 team in State
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team headed to Lansing Christian on Thursday, October 9th to face the #1 team in the state, Lansing Christian, in their final tune up before the state tournament begins on Monday, October 13th. The Pumas came up short, losing 3-0. PH ended the regular season with an impressive 14-6 record. Lansing Christian provided a lot of pressure in the first half. “They played well and got their wings involved a lot” said Potter’s House Head Coach Randy Basinger. “They put us on our heels early, but we handled it well defensively”. The Pumas were not able to hold a tie the whole half. Lansing scored off a long throw in to take a 1-0 lead. “We lost our mark for a brief second” said Basinger. “Great teams like Lansing Christian will capitalize on those chances”. After the goal, the Pumas provided chances of our own. “They were susceptible to our counter attack” said Basinger. “We had two great chances, but were unable to capitalize.” PH senior forward Brandon Razo hit the post on one change, and senior mid-fielder Nick Vander Stelt narrowly missed the rebound chance. In the second half, the Pilgrims kept the pressure up. “They continued to attack us down the wings, and that proved to wear us out a bit” said Basinger. Off a free kick, PH senior goal-keeper Jonah Jansen made a great save, but Lansing Christian was right there for the rebound to take the 2-0 lead. The Pumas had a few more chances to close the gap, but in the end Lansing added a third goal with only a few minutes left to win 3-0. “It was 1-0 with ten minutes to go. We gave ourselves a chance. I feel like we played well and at a high level, but we lost focus a few times” said Basinger. “We have to keep our focus in high intense games throughout. If we do that, we will be just fine”. The Pumas now prepare to play the #2 team in state (Covenant Christian) in the District Quarterfinals on Monday, October 13th at 4:30pm at the Kroc Center.
Volleyball Wins One, Loses One in Tri-Match
The Potter’s House Varsity Volleyball team hosted both Wellspring Prep and Covenant Christian in a tri-match on Thursday, October 9th. In the first match, the Pumas were up against the Wolves of Wellspring Prep. PH played very aggressively at the net and got the win over Wellspring in three sets (25-18, 17-25, 15-11). In game two, the Chargers of Covenant Christian played very well and beat PH in two sets (9-25, 24-26). “We are ready to keep pushing and I’m happy with the improvements we are showing” said Potter’s House Head Coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. “We are really looking forward to the rest of the season due to how we are playing right now.” The Lady Pumas spiked the ball very well on the night, and were very aggressive at the net. Leading the charge for PH was Gelma Akoi (seven kills, three blocks) and Ashley VerBeek (six kills, four blocks). PH is now 4-12-1 on the season, and they now prepare to face Lee on Tuesday, October 14th at Potter’s House High School.
Volleyball Gets Big League Win
The Potter’s House Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Fruitport Calvary Christian on Tuesday, October 7th, and the Lady Pumas picked up a huge conference win in 3 sets (25-13, 25-21, 26-24). This is the first league win of the year for the Lady Pumas, and they are now 3-11-1 overall and 1-6 in the Alliance League. “Our goal was to be the more aggressive team tonight” said Potter’s House head coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. “That aggression led to a season high 25 kills, and that was the difference tonight.” Senior hitter Gelma Akoi led the way with seven kills, while junior hitter Maranda Martin also had a solid night with five kills. Junior blocker/hitter Ashley VerBeek led the team with five blocks, while Grace Wielhouwer and Sierra Roelofs led the way in serving for PH as they each got three aces. “I really thought Grace’s (Wielhouwer) setting made a big difference tonight” said Vanderploeg. “Her leadership and setting helped our aggressive play in so many ways.” PH now gets ready to host a tri-match with Wellspring Prep and Covenant Christian on Thursday, October 9th.
Soccer Gets 8th Win In A Row, Defeats Godwin Heights
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team played Godwin Heights on Monday, October 6th in a game against a tough division three opponent. Despite a slow start, PH came back by scoring three goals in the last 15 minutes to get the 3-2 win! PH is now 14-5 overall. The Pumas started out under pressure. “I encouraged the guys to play defensive minded” said Potter’s House head coach Randy Basinger. “That back fired on us as we sat back and defended, waiting for them to come at us”. Godwin Heights got on the board quickly with a deflected goal to go up 1 – 0 in the 1st half. “After that goal, I encouraged my defense to provide more pressure by pulling up more” said Basinger. ” It worked and resulted in numerous offsides penalties for Godwin, and it also shortened the field”. The score went to 2-0 in the second half when the Pumas finally got some offensive chances. With 15 minutes remaining in the game, freshmen forward Roberto Razo put a shot in the left corner with his left food to make the score 2-1. A few minutes later, senior forward Tarcisio daSilva made a great shot, arcing the ball just over the goalies out-stretched arms to tie the game at 2-2 with under 10 minutes remaining. Then, with only five minutes remaining, the Pumas got a corner kick opportunity and senior mid-fielder Josh Bulten finished off the scramble around the net with a tap-in goal to take the 3-2 lead. “That was a great moment for Josh Bulten, scoring the winner with only five minutes left off a corner from Tarcisio” said Basinger. “Again great win, we battled back against a tough opponent.”. PH now prepares to face Lansing Christian on Thursday, October 9th, the #1 ranked team in the state.
PH Fights Through Rain, Wins Alliance League Championship
PH Varsity Boys Soccer traveled to Hope College on a cold, rainy night, hoping to win its first boys soccer conference championships since 2010. Potter’s House, the #1 seeded team in the North side of the Alliance League, was up against Holland Black River, the #1 seed from the South side of the Alliance League. The Pumas ended up winning the conference championship in thrilling fashion by sending the game to overtime with only a few minutes left, and then scoring 4 goals in OT to get the 5-1 win. “It was cold, rainy and wet” said Potter’s House Head Coach, Randy basinger. “But, we still had more fans than Black River. That was awesome to see. We really appreciate the many fans who came out tonight”. The Pumas started the match on the offensive. PH controlled much of the first 15 minutes by creating numerous scoring opportunities. “We had some good looks on goal” said Basinger. “We couldn’t finish, but we remained calm.” One particular opportunity came off a flurry of shots mid-way through the first half after the Pumas defended a corner kick well and then went on the counter quick. “Tarcisio (daSilva) was able to dribble past a defender and then get the ball to Brandon (Razo) for a shot on goal” said Basinger. “Brandon hit the inside of the post, which we followed up with two rebound shots, each saved by their keeper. It was intense”. Despite the scoring opportunities, PH and Black River went into halftime tied at 0-0. In the second half, Black River put the pressure on the Puma defense. “They came out moving the ball from side to side really well” said Basinger. “It forced our center midfielders to defend more than we wanted them to”. As a result of the pressure, Black River was able to get a goal early in the second half off of a rebound of a blocked shot by PH goalkeeper, Jonah Jansen. Black River was ahead 1-0. “Once again, despite the deficit, we remained calm” said Basinger. “We continued to pass well and create chances. We decided to pull up Brandon Razo to play with the three forwards. That switch provided the key for more scoring opportunities later in the game.” With only seven minutes left in the game and the Pumas still losing 1-0, PH senior mid-fielder Nick Vanderstelt was tripped in the box, setting up a penalty kick opportunity. PH forward Tarcisio daSilva took advantage of the opportunity, putting the PK in the upper left corner of the net, just out of the arms of the diving goalkeeper , tying the game at 1-1. “I couldnt watch” said Basinger. “I closed my eyes until I heard the fans cheer”. After tying the game, regulation ended with a 1-1 tie, sending the game to overtime. In overtime, the Pumas offense broke free. “I feel like it was our constant pressure that eventually wore their defense down” said Basinger. Only a few minutes into overtime, PH forward Brandon Razo scored two amazing goals. One was off of a volley in the air to himself, and the other was on a fast break where he dribbled the ball down the entire sideline before sending the ball overtop of a stunned goalkeeper, giving PH a 3-1 lead. Razo added a third goal only a few minutes later, and then Nick Vander Stelt added a header goal off a cross pass from Tarcisio to put the game away, 5-1. “What a game” said Basinger. “I’m really proud of all the guys for persevering. They earned this championship not only tonight, but by their play all season. I’m really proud to be their coach” PH is now 13-5 overall and ended Alliance League play with an 8-1 record and a championship trophy! Congratulations to each of the student-athletes and to the entire coaching staff.
Puma Defense Powers Win, Spot in League Championship Game
The Pumas Varsity Boys Soccer team hosted Holland Black River in an Alliance League match-up on Tuesday, September 30th. It was a match-up between the #1 seeds from the North and South divisions in the Alliance League. PH played a great game and got their 6th win in a row, winning by a score of 4-0. “We possessed the ball very well in the first half” said Potter’s House head coach Randy Basinger. “Lots of passing and movement”. The Pumas got on the board first with a finish from senior mid-fielder, Tarciso daSilva. “We have been working on our shooting, and it is starting to pay off” said Basinger.” The Pumas got a second goal off a great through-pass from senior forward, Brandon Razo, to fellow senior Nick VanderStelt. In the second half, the Pumas defense held the lead well. “I am proud of our defense” said Basinger. “They have focused really well during league games. We have given up a total of four goals in eight league games. By doing that, the defense has put us in a spot this year for a championship”. PH goalkeeper, Jonah Jansen, recorded the shutout with five big saves. Nick VanderStelt added a second goal in the second half off on a header off of a beautiful cross from Tarcisio daSilva. PH senior mid-fielder, Zach Clarke, finished the scoring with a header. “Zach has been working hard this year” said Basinger. “It was awesome to see him seal the win with a header off a pass from Tarcisio” The Pumas face the same Holland Black River team on Saturday night at Van Andel Stadium on the campus of Hope College in Holland at 7 pm for the Alliance League Conference Championship.
PH Volleyball Loses League Game to Black River
The Potters House Varsity Volleyball team hosted the Holland Black River Rats on Tuesday, September 30th in an Alliance League battle at Potter’s House High School. The Lady Pumas lost the game in three sets, 13-25, 19-25, 20-25. PH is now 2-11-1 overall and 0-6 in the Alliance League. PH junior middle hitter/blocker, Ashley VerBeek, continued her solid play by picking up several blocks and spikes (3.5 blocks on the night).
PH Varsity Volleyball Performs Well @ Kelloggsville Tourney
The PH Varsity Volleyball team continued its recent solid play as they took part in the Kelloggsville Tournament on Saturday, September 27th. PH finished in 4th place out of 8 teams. PH first battled Kelloggsville in the opening round of pool play, and the Lady Pumas got a big win in two sets (25-18, 25-19). PH then battled Martin, and the two teams ended with tie and each winning one set (24-26, 25-20). After pool play, PH was the #1 seed in the tournament and moved on to the bracket play in the afternoon. In the tournament semi-final, PH matched up against Saugatuck, and the Pumas lost in two sets (21-25, 16-25). Potter’s House then moved on to play Martin again in the 3rd/4th place game, and Martin was able to get the win in two sets (20-25, 22-25). At the end of the day, PH finished in 4th place in the tournament and played very well all day. They are continuing to show the improvements that has been evident over the past week or so. PH is now 2-10-1 overall and they prepare to host Holland Black River on Tuesday, September 30th.
Soccer Gets 5th Win In a Row, Beats State-Ranked Opponent
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team headed to Forest Hill Northern High School on Friday, September 26th face North Pointe (who is ranked in state) in a big non-conference game. PH won the game 6-4 for their 5th win in a row, and they are now 11-5 overall. “I told the boys before the game that this was a measuring stick for us” said PH head coach Randy Basinger. “NorthPointe is good team outside of our conference. I told them it was time to stop being mediocre and to take a big step as a program”. That happened in the first half. The Pumas exploded with six consectuive goals to take a 6-0 lead at hafltime! PH senior mid-fielder, Nick Vanderstelt, had a hat trick in the first half, while Brandon Razo added two goals and Tarcisio daSilva another. “‘Wow’. That was what I told the boys” said Basinger. “They played amazing. I told them to finish them in the 2nd half”. However, NorthPointe came out with a different energy in the 2nd half. “They got a few goals on us, and once that happened we started to unravel” said Basinger. “We learned tonight as a team that we need to practice keeping a lead”. NorthPointe added four goals in the 2nd half, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the huge first half by PH. “They were ranked in the state and we showed them and everyone else that we are for real” said Basinger. “We are excited for the rest of the season”.
Varsity Soccer Gets 4th Straight Win on “Senior Night”
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team held their “Senior Night’ on Thursday, September 25th vs. Zion Christian. 11 seniors in total were there with parents to be honored before the game. “It was awesome to see all 11 guys there” said Potter’s House head coach Randy Basinger. “I have known most of them for all four years in the program. Tonight was special”. The night was extra special because a win meant the Pumas would get a chance to play in the conference championship game next week. “I told the seniors they were all starting and had the chance to clinch a spot in the conference championship” said Basinger. And clinch they did. The Seniors had a great start with a goal in the first minute. Brandon Razo had an assist to Nick Vander Stelt. Later in the half, Tarcisio daSilva scored off a shot just outside the 18 to make it 2-0 only a few minutes into the game. The Pumas added three more goals to win the game, 5-0 (their fourth win in a row). “I’m so proud of these guys” said Basinger. “When they were freshman we finished tied for last. Now we are heading to the conference championship game next week. They persevered and I am proud of them”. PH is now 10-5 overall and 6-1 in the Alliance League (1st place).
Varsity Volleyball Plays Best Match of Season in Close Loss
The PH Varsity Volleyball team hosted Fruitport Calvary Christian on Thursday, September 25th, and the Lady Pumas played their best match of the season in a tight five-match loss (18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 7-15). With the loss, PH is now 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the Alliance League. The Pumas lost the first two sets, but had an amazing comeback in front of large and rowdy crowd at Potter’s House. PH won sets 3 and 4 to push the match to a 5th game. Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to pull off the win in the final set. Maranda Martin let PH with nine kills and five aces on the night. Also performing well for the Pumas was Ashley VerBeek (six kills, two block), Gelma Akoi (five kills, two blocks), Grace Wielhouwer (14 assists), and Sierra Roelofs (10 digs, five aces). “We were the more aggressive team tonight” said PH head coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. “That is something we have been working on for a long time now, and I’m very pleased with how we played tonight. We were setting and spiking the ball very well.” PH now prepares to take part in the Kelloggsville Tournament this Saturday, September 27th.
Puma Soccer Gets Third Straight Win
The Pumas Varsity Soccer team headed into their Tuesday, September 23rd game vs Holland Calvary with a 4-1 Alliance League record and a chance to remain on top in the Alliance League South Division. The Pumas did just that with a big 3-1 victory over the Crusaders. With the win, PH improved to 9-5 overall and 5-1 in the Alliance League (1st place). “We came out fast, putting pressure on them and getting some early goals” said Potter’s House head coach Randy Basinger. “We have talked about the importance of that in recent days”. The Pumas got two quick goals in the first 15 minutes. One came off a cross to senior forward Brandon Razo. The next off came another cross, this time to junior midfielder, Bernard Uredi. It was Uredi’s first goal of the year. “Bernard was able to finish this time around” said Basinger. “He has been putting himself in the right spot at times and we have been working on his finishing. This time he got us a huge goal.” Brandon Razo added a third goal (his seond of the game) with a shot just outside the 18 yard box to give the Pumas a 3-0 lead at the half. In the second half, the Pumas were able to hold Holland Calvary to only one goal to get the big 3-1 win. “I was glad with our sense of urgency at the beginning and then our ability to hold a lead” Basinger stated. Puma senior midfielder, Nick Vander Stelt, added two assists on the night. PH now prepares to host Zion Christian on “Senior Night” on Thursday, September 25th.
Varsity Volleyball Loses Battle to Holland Calvary
The PH Varsity Volleyball team hosted Alliance League foe Holland Calvary on Tuesday, September 23rd, and the Lady Pumas lost the match in three sets (11-25, 16-25, 13-25). The the loss, PH is now 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Alliance League. Despite the loss, PH showed great improvements in the match. “We are working on a new ‘5-1’ rotation with Grace Wielhouwer as our setter” said Potter’s House head coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. “I believe the girls played better than the score showed, and I think we are really making strides and showing signs of turning things around. We are being aggressiveness, and that will pay off soon.” PH now prepares to host Fruitport Calvary Christian on Thursday, September 25th in another Alliance League match-up.
Varsity Soccer Gets 2nd Straight Win, Remains In 1st Place
Puma Soccer Gets Huge Win, Moves to 1st Place
Varsity Soccer Falls to Muskegon Catholic Central
On a rainy and cold evening on Monday, September 15th, the Pumas Varsity Soccer team hosted Muskegon Catholic Central. The Crusaders ended up getting the win, 4-1. PH is now 6-5 overall. PH started the night out promising by getting a quick goal in the first five minutes when senior forward Tarcisio daSilva put the ball in the back of the net off of a beautiful cross from senior midfielder, Josh Bulten. “We came out fast, and that was great for us” said PH Head Coach Randy Basinger. However, Muskegon Catholic was able to answer with a goal 10 minutes later to tie the score at 1-1. “It was a great shot, and Jonah (PH goalkeeper) did not even see it coming because his vision was blocked by some defenders” said Basinger. Later, the Pumas gave up another goal, this time an own goal off of a cross. “We looked tired. That own goal was a result of heavy legs” Basinger commented. In the second half, the Pumas hung close but were unable to catch up, with the final score being 4-1. “It was a tough game for us” said Basinger. “They were physical and we were sitting numerous key players that needed the rest. I was proud of the guys who stepped in and played”. The Pumas got big games from seniors Sam Snow, Zach Clarke, and Bernard Uredi. “Those boys got some quality time tonight and showed a lot of heart tonight” said Basinger. Next up for the Pumas is traveling to Kalamazoo on Thursday, September 18th to battle @ Kalamazoo Heritage Christian in a match-up of the top two teams in the Alliance League South.
Varsity Soccer Gets 2nd Place @ Traverse City Christian Tournament
Varsity Volleyball Loses @ Algoma, JV Stays Undefeated
The Potter’s House JV & Varsity Volleyball teams traveled to Rockford on Thursday, September 11th to take on Algoma Christian. The Varsity Lady Pumas ended up losing in three sets (26-24, 25-21, 25-13). PH is now 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the Alliance League. A highlight for the Lady Pumas was the play of junior middle hitter Ashley VerBeek. VerBeek was very active in the match, getting a touch on almost every ball coming over the net in her rotation. Earlier in the night, the JV Lady Pumas stayed undefeated by beating Algoma Christian in two sets. They are now 5-0 overall.
Varsity Soccer Dominates, Gets Second Win In A Row
Varsity Vball Drops League Opener, JV Stays Undefeated
The Potter’s House JV & Varsity Volleyball teams traveled to Byron Center on Tuesday, September 9th to open Alliance League play against Zion Christian. The Varsity Lady Pumas ended up losing in three sets (25-21, 25-6, 25-23). PH is now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the Alliance League. “We need to work on consistency and keeping the focus of getting the ball in play no matter what” said Potter’s House Head Coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. Leading the Pumas on the night was senior Gelma Akoi (4 kills, 3 aces), junior Ashley VerBeek (3 blocks), and junior Grace Wielhouwer (21 digs). “I liked how we were able to come back and have a strong last game. But I’m looking forward to seeing more consistency as a team in our next match.” Earlier in the night, the JV Lady Pumas stayed undefeated by beating Zion Christian in two sets (25-20, 25-11). They are now 4-0 overall.
Varsity Soccer Gets Early Lead, Wins Big
Varsity Volleyball Drops Home Opener to Kelloggsville
PH Soccer Dominates, But Loses Conference Opener
The Potters House Boys Varsity Soccer team hosted their first Alliance League match-up of the season on Tuesday, September 2nd. Despite clearly dominating possession and shots on goal, the Pumas came up short against Kalamazoo Heritage Christian, losing by a score of 2-1. The first half was pretty even, with Potters House having some great chances to score. “It quickly became a theme for us tonight… we could not finish” said PH head coach Randy Basinger. In the second half, the Pumas out shot Heritage Christian by a large margin. “Our effort was awesome tonight. We played hard every minute” said Basinger. Heritage Christian opened up the scoring with a penalty kick, but minutes later Puma senior forward Brandon Razo had a great goal to tie the game at 1-1. “Brandon put a great volley in the far corner” said Basinger. “We had the momentum, but credit their team, they defended well”. Heritage scored with 10 minutes left to go on a fast break to take the lead, 2-1. The Pumas were unable to tie it up and lost a tough one. “We will persevere and will continue to move forward”, Coach Basinger added. PH is now 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Alliance League. PH now prepares to travel to Algoma Christian on Friday night, September 5th at 5:15pm for their second Alliance League match-up.
PH Soccer Comes Up Short in Battle vs. Wellspring Prep
The Pumas Varsity Boys Soccer team had their first home game of year on Thursday, August 28th, and it did not start how they wanted. The Wolves from Wellspring came out and took an early lead in the first ten minutes. After their first goal, the Wolves kept the pressure up and scored off a volley for the second goal, making the score 2-0. “They came out strong and we were on our heels” said PH Head Coach Randy Basigner. “We were not able to make good passes because of their pressure in the first half”. In the second half, the Pumas turned up the pressure. “We re-focused at halftime and came out hungry” said Basinger. “I loved our effort in the second half. Wellspring played great defense in the second half and we were simply unable to break through”. PH is now 2-2 overall. The Pumas Boys Soccer team is staying positive and ready for their first Alliance League game at home on Tuesday, September 2nd vs. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian at 5:30pm. The JV team will play Tri-Unity at 4:00 pm.
Puma Soccer Loses Tough Match to Covenant Christian
The Pumas Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Covenant Christian on Tuesday, August 26th to face the Chargers in a tough early season match. The Pumas had a rough start, going down 2-0 in the first half. “We made some bad mistakes in defense early” said Puma Head Coach Randy Basinger. “Against a team like Covenant, they will capitalize”. The Chargers scored an own goal later in the first half to make the score 2-1 However, the Chargers scored once again to make the deficit 3-1 at the halftime. In the second half, the Pumas came out in better spirits and had a better result. “We made adjustments and it helped big time” said Basinger. “We had more opportunites at the start of the half and got a Penalty Kick as a result of the pressure”. PH senior forward Tarcisio daSilva knocked the PK in to make the score 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining. The Pumas defense held the Chargers much of the second half thanks to 13 saves from senior goalkeeper Jonah Jansen. In the end, despite opportunites, the Pumas were unable to tie the game. The Chargers scored a late goal to result in a final score of 4-2. PH is now 2-1 overall. The next game for the Pumas is at Home vs Wellspring Prep at 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 28th.
Soccer Opens Season With Tournament Championship
The Potter’s House Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Lee Athletic Facilities on Saturday, August 23rd to open their season and participate in the “Copa Rebelde” Tournament in search of a trophy. The first of two games of the day for the Pumas was against the host school, Lee. It was not long into the game before Potter’s House senior forward Brandon Razo scored the first goal of the season for the Pumas off of a corner kick, giving PH a 1 – 0 early lead. “We worked on corners in practice” said Potter’s House fourth year head coach, Randy Basinger. “We scored off a play we have practiced numerous times and they executed to perfection”. After the goal, however, Lee responded with a goal of their own, tying the game at 1-1 in the first half. PH senior mid-fielder, Nick Vander Stelt, added a goal off a great shot from about 20 yards out later in the first half to give the Pumas the lead back, 2-1. Lee then tied the game at 2-2 with a few minutes left to go in the first half. “We were so pumped to play our first game, and our emotions got the best of us in the first half” said Coach Basinger. “We were flying around the field. I could not fault their intensity. At halftime we talked about playing our positions and settling down a bit”. However, Lee started the second half with a quick goal and took a 3-2 lead. With 15 minutes left in the game and the Pumas down 3-2, PH senior forward Tarcisio daSilva played a great ball to Nick Vander Stelt on a fast break, and VanderStelt finished on the open net for his second goal of the game to tie the score at 3. Despite a few last minute scoring opportunities, the game went into penalty kicks. In PK’s, the Pumas outscored Lee 3-1 thanks to a few great saves by senior goalkeeper Jonah Jansen, along with great PK goals from Tarcisio daSilva, Alvin Chung, and the clincher by Brandon Razo.
Varsity Volleyball Opens Season @ WMVOA Tournament
The PH Varsity Volleyball team traveled to the MVP Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 23rd to kick off the 2014 season. To start the day, the Pumas were in a pool with both Lansing Christian and Zion Christian. The first match was against Zion Christian, and the Pumas lost in each of the first three sets (25-8, 25-16, 25-15). Later in the morning, the Pumas also lost all three to Lansing Christian. After pool play, the teams in the tournament were placed in three separate brackets based on their pool play records: Gold, Silver and Bronze. PH was placed in the Bronze bracket, and were faced up against West Michigan Aviation Academy. In that match, PH was able to get their first match win of the year! “We had a few balls drop to the ground without a body and a number of miscommunication errors towards the beginning of the day” said Potter’s House head coach Yolanda Vanderploeg. “However, the girls were quick to listen and learn. The girls demonstrated constant unity, which is what I had asked them to do. They lifted each other up and encouraged each other and kept fighting and playing.” PH is now 1-2 overall, and they will get back to practice before their next match after Labor Day weekend.