What motivates you to lift?

by Pat Clark

Motivation is needed for many aspects of life, whether it be school, working a job or in this case weightlifting.

Thanks to Coach Tully, who is changing the culture around weightlifting, lifting has become a big part of athletics here at Grandville High School here at Grandville.

But, there needs to be something that drives an athlete to get in the weight room and grind multiple times a week. The idea of motivation had never occurred to many students until they were asked the question, “What motivates you to lift?” and they were forced to reflect.

Senior Matthew Clark said, “whenever I’m in the weight room my motivation comes from me wanting to be the best athlete I can be for me and my teammates.”

Senior Bret Chesla said his motivation came in his sophomore year, to be exact. He said “freshman year I came in not knowing my place in the weight room. I wasn’t that motivated. But what motivated me was to become the best baseball player I could.”  

Now it was time to ask the man who runs all the weightlifting sessions for the school, Tully Chapman or as most people call him “Coach Tully.”

Tully said his motivation came from a middle school coach.

“I started in middle school with a guy named Jim Fast who taught me how to lift weights,” Tully said. “I learned how to lift weights, and all of my friends did that, so I started doing it and really loved it.”

He also credited his high school football coach

“[He was] a good strength coach, I wouldn’t say everything we did was right, but we didn’t have the research we have now.”

Tully said his main motivation came from following his l football coach’s path.

“He played division 1 football at Michigan State and I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Tully said.

As you can see, people have different reasons as to why they lift weights.  Find yours and the drive to become a better athlete, person, or classmate becomes easier. 

Marcus Igo: Student-Athlete Struggles

by Levi Houtman

Being a student-athlete is one of the most stressful yet rewarding things ever. The number of difficulties you face while attempting to maintain several different activities at once is overwhelming. Being apart of any sports team requires practice every school day of the week, additional training, game days, meeting with coaches and more.

Student-athletes have much more to prioritize than the average student. Not only do athletes have to attend their classes as well as practice, but they also have to try and maintain a social life, and sometimes even a job. I was able to sit down with Marcus Igo, a senior at Hudsonville high school, on how he manages his time wisely. He participates in cross country, the dive team, school plays, is active at his church and even manages to work roughly 20 hours every week while maintaining a 4.16 GPA. unnamed-2

A lot of students usually don’t work a job while participating in sports, due to not having the time to work or their schedule just doesn’t allow them to.

“I’ve learned to utilize time,” Igo said. “Most of the time at lunch or in between classes I do my homework.” By completing his homework at school he’s able to not be interrupted during sports or to worry about it after getting out of work.

“Managers and coaches are a really big factor when it comes to allowing me to have a flexible schedule to work around,”Igo said.

“That man is insane, his work effort and dedication to sports, work, and everything else he does is something I’ve never seen before,” Igo’s coworker and friend Matt Pietrzak said. “I can see why people would envy him.”

Igo’s grind doesn’t stop in the classroom, and even outside of it he is always putting in 100% effort and dedication to whatever task is at hand.

One of his managers Emilie Kurnat stated, “It’s really insane and it’s cool that he does that, because most people can’t. It’s something to be proud of.”

Igo shows others that if you are in a sport during high school, you don’t have to designate all of your time towards it. You are still able to maintain an insane GPA, work during school, and also be involved in your community.

Is Fantasy Football a problem?

by Mitchell Karcher

Every Sunday, around 33 million are frantically looking at their fantasy lineup in hopes that their fantasy team will produce a win for them. Whether they are involved in a league concerning money, or just simply love the competition, it is fair to assume that fantasy football is one of the most addicting games out there.

For those who don’t know what fantasy football is, essentially around ten people in a league draft players from the NFL to play for their fantasy team. In turn, every yard, completion, and a touchdown that player gains, gives their team a certain amount of points, which adds together with the rest of the players on the team.

Though many criticize the game for taking the team aspect and interest out of the game, the $70 billion dollars made yearly off fantasy leagues would argue otherwise. Obviously, a lot of people are playing this game, which generates $11 billion towards the NFL. It’s a great business, however, the real question is whether or not this game is good for NFL players?

GHS Miles Balley, JV football player, had an interesting take on if the game is actually good for the player.

“This year I had the first round pick in my fantasy football league. Having knowledge of the players, I went after and got David Johnson. Unfortunately, the first game of the season he broke his wrist, ending his season along with my hopes of winning my fantasy football league,” Balley said. “My immediate reaction was anger towards him until I came to my senses and realized he’s just a normal guy who got hurt in a football game. So in relation to is it good for players, I would have to say it can’t be great if people are getting mad at NFL players for losing their fantasy season for them. It just doesn’t seem like a healthy fan relationship.”


Interesting enough it seems as though many NFL players have this same opinion. Being the ones that are risking their physical health, many of the players feel that it is unfair to judge a player based on what he can do for their fantasy team. In response to being asked what he thinks about fantasy football, Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks gave his honest opinion.

According to The Seattle Times, he said, “You are thinking oh man, he’s messing up my fantasy team, but they don’t care how it affects your fantasy team, because they are real players, and this is real life.”

However, not everyone had the same opinion that Miles and Richard had on the subject.  Aiden Herrema, JV cornerback, made a counter to the previous comments.

“When I used to watch football when I didn’t play fantasy, I knew pretty much the players on the Lions and the superstars of the league, but after I started playing I would honestly say I more than doubled my knowledge of players playing in the league, people I never knew existed all of a sudden popped up on my roster, and I started to acknowledge more players.”

There really seems to be two trains of thought on this matter as other students  essentially said the same exact thing. People have very little knowledge of the players before they start playing fantasy.

In a fast-paced constantly changing world, people feel the need to be in control. Fantasy football allows average people to feel that they have some sort of control in the football world, but whether this helps the NFL player’s reputation or damages it is still up for consideration.



Hockey Season 42 Begins

by Patrick Underwood

On October 30th, the Grandville varsity hockey team held their 42nd annual tryouts.

Head coach Joel Breazeale is happy that “all the returners and prospects have put the time in the offseason.”

The Grandville varsity hockey team has been in the weight room 5 days a week during the summer and fall.

Senior Chris Northouse states “the boys have been grinding every week and are very dedicated to the team.”

Senior Hunter Cunningham says “the team has been putting in a lot of work in the offseason and I think it will be a good year for them.”

Coach Breazeale described the character of the team.

“When teams play us, they know what to expect,” Breazeale said. “Highly energetic, respectful, and plays to win every period.”

The team’s first game is on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 vs team rival GRCC at Southside ice arena. The team’s hardest regular season is coming up and it would be great to see some support for the boy’s hard work and dedication to the sport.

Honoring Swim Seniors Hard Work and Dedication

by Alyssa Potyraj

Thursday, October 19 is senior night for the Grandville girls swim team. This will be the seniors’ last meet in their home pool- the pool they have been competing in since they were young.

The seniors will be recognized for their years of hard work and dedication before the meet starts.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Senior Julia Veenkamp said she started swimming when she was just 6 years old because her dad offered her 5 dollars to join the swim team. 11 years later, and now a senior in high school, she is still swimming.

One of Julia’s favorite swim memories was during her junior year at the OK Red conference meet. On the second day at conference finals, the coach (Matt) came up to her before the big 500 race of 20 laps. He told her she needed to race the two girls next to her, both rivals from Hudsonville. During the first 18 laps Julia fought through the pain to stay neck and neck with the two girls, but during the last two laps she overcame the pain and remembered what Matt told her about racing. She used the knowledge she learned through her many years of swimming to pass both girls and beat them to the wall. Julia was overcome with joy when she looked up at the scoreboard to see that she not only beat one of her rivals, but she beat both of them.

Although swim is physically and mentally draining, the happy moments and achievements make it all worth it.

Julia said she enjoys the thrill of racing, but she also enjoys the bonds made with the team and all of the funny memories she has made over the years. She remembers one time that coach Matt dressed up in a children’s Thomas the Train Halloween costume. In response, senior Rachel Otte made a mask of the coaches face and wore it to practice in hopes of scaring the coach during the week of Halloween.

Coach Matt has been the five seniors’ swim coach since they were in 7th grade. He has seen them grow not only as swimmers, but also into mature young ladies.

Coach Matt highlighted the seniors’ leadership

“I remember talking to this class at the start of the year and saying ‘this 2017 season can go two routes with your leadership. It can be a great season or it can be one of the best seasons to date for the Grandville swim and dive team,'” Coach Matt said. “They owned this statement and are making not only me, but the entire community proud.”

The seniors led the team with ease by getting everyone ready for meets, pumping them up, and showing the underclassmen the ropes of high school swim. They know when to lighten the mood and have fun, but they also know when it is time to be serious, put their best effort forward, and ulitimatly lead by example.

Junior Carolyn Peterson said “I will miss having the girls around who I grew up with. We have been together for so long; we are more like a family, and I will miss that.”

The senior class of 2018 will be missed. Come out and support them Thursday, October 19, at 6 p.m. at their last home meet!

Victory Day Photo Gallery

Photos by Lizzy Pena


Grandville’s very own bulldog watches Victory Day.


Keaton Hamilton and his buddy Scarlet ran laps through the bulldog tunnel.


Kyle Nyeboer holds his partner on his shoulders ready to start victory day.


Blake Vredevoogd and his partner Pauly run out to the endzone to start the national anthem.


Alli Westra and Trin cheer on the football players.


Taelor Peaks teaches Cheyenne some chants for the football players.