Alison Miller


Alison Miller

Athletic Achievement—Class of 1996

From the YMCA to the NCAA, sports played a prominent role in Alison Miller’s life. A three-sport athlete (basketball, volleyball, golf) and nine-time varsity letter winner while at GHHS, Alison was also a star in the classroom, graduating as class Salutatorian in 1996.

As a Lady Buccaneer, Alison was best known for her success on the basketball court. As a four-year starter and three-time team captain, she demonstrated skills that earned her several honors, most notably first team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American.

Alison started her collegiate career at Bowling Green State University. A fortuitous coaching change in Ann Arbor led to the opportunity to transfer to the University of Michigan for her sophomore season, where she went on to be the team’s starting power forward for three seasons. In her senior season, the Wolverines had the winningest record in the history of the program and earned a top 20 national ranking and NCAA tournament appearance.

In addition to her degree from Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Alison earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spent over a decade working in brand management at General Mills in Minneapolis before moving to Chicago to work for the Chicago Cubs. Today, she is the Chief Marketing Officer for a Chicago based private equity firm, Arbor Investments.

Samantha Iyoha

Samantha Iyoha '07

Samantha Iyoha

Athletic Achievement—Class of 2007

Samantha (Cook) Iyoha has been a star player on numerous teams throughout her athletic career, including four years on the Grand Haven High School soccer team and three years on the varsity volleyball team.

Samantha’s accomplishments include being a letter winner, plus all-conference, all-region, and all-district every year of high school. In addition, she received all-state honors two of her four years on the GHHS soccer team. As a three-time captain of the GHHS team, Samantha defined excellence in her defender-midfielder position.

Also during high school, she was part of Michigan’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) state and regional teams in 2006/2007, and was a member of the Grand Valley Soccer Club in the Super Y League, ranking second in Michigan and thirteenth nationwide.

Her post-high school soccer career continued at Michigan State University, where she played her way into the starting lineup by the second half of her freshmen year and started all nineteen games in 2010. In addition, Samantha played in the Summer W-League (semi-pro) Women’s Fire soccer team.

Maggie Dwyer Chaney

Athletic Achievement – Class of 2004

Maggie Dwyer Chaney '09From 2000 to 2004, Maggie Dwyer Chaney left her mark on Grand Haven High School athletic teams.

She earned all-conference, all-area and all-state in track for four years and was state champion in discus her senior year. She also set school records in shot put, discus and 100-meter hurdles.

She also was named all-conference and all-area in basketball all four years of her high school career, as well as all-state first team her junior and senior years. She finished third in Michigan Miss Basketball voting. In 2004, she received the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

Chaney attended Michigan State University from 2004 to 2006 where she played her freshman and sophomore years of college basketball. In her freshman year she played in the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Womens’ Basketball National Championship game. During her sophomore year, Chaney also competed on the Michigan State track and field team, throwing discus, shot put, and javelin.

After her sophomore year. Chaney transferred to Missouri State University where she played her junior and senior years of Division 1 basketball from 2007 to 2009. She was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year for the 2007-2008 season.

From 2010 to 2014 Maggie played professional basketball in Germany, where she competed in the German Bundesliga and EuroCup leagues. She was a member of the German Women’s National Basketball team from 2010 to 2012. In her final professional season she was named German Player of the Year.

Voss, Abby (Seskevics)

Athletic Achievement – Class of  2002

abby_vossAccording to her high school swim coach, Don Camp, Abby Seskevics was one of the finest and best swimmers to graduate from Grand Haven High School. Her accolades include four years of being named All-OK Red and All State and three years All American. She was an individual state champion in five events, swam on two state championship relay teams, one of which set a state record, and missed a national record by hundredths of a second. She holds GHHS school and pool records in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle events, the 200-yard medley relay, and the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. She led GHHS to its two best team finishes in MHSAA swimming Class A championships to date and went on to swim for the University of Michigan.

At Ann Arbor, Abby continued to excel. While completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, Sport Management, and Communications in four years, she swam on the women’s varsity swim team, was selected all four years to the Big Ten All Conference team, the NCAA Division 1 All American first team, and the NCAA All American Honorable Mention Team.  She received both NCAA and Big Ten scholastic honors in two of those years, captained the swimming and diving team as a junior, and holds the U of M record for the 200-yard freestyle relay.

After graduating from Michigan in 2006, she earned a Master of Education Degree from GVSU and is now an academic advisor at Brandeis University.

Zych, Jane (Robinson)

Athletic Achievement – Class of  1976

Jane-robinsonAmong many firsts that Jane Robinson accomplished as an athlete was in 1972, when she was the first female to play Junior League Baseball in Grand Haven. At GHHS she helped inaugurate basketball as a women’s varsity sport, playing for three years, winning all conference honors, and helping her team clinch the district title two years in a row. She was one of two recipients of the Steve Sluka award the first year it was given, and in 1975 she was elected Homecoming Queen.

After graduation from GHHS she attended Central Michigan University for five years, playing basketball for four years and softball for five. During college she also played with the Wyoming Royals (a traveling fast pitch team of college athletes), who were ranked fourth in the nation. She has coached JV and varsity girls’ basketball at Fruitport High School, was the assistant softball coach at GVSU, and coached women’s softball at Muskegon Community College in its inaugural year.

Shelton, Michelle (Bishop)

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1988

Michele-Shelton-HeadShotMichele Bishop Shelton was a star sprint athlete for GHHS. In 1986, she was state champion in the 100 (12:05)and 200 (25:22) meter dash and was named honorable mention, National High School Track All-American for her season’s accomplishments. She was accepted to an Olympic junior training camp in Colorado Springs. Michele would go to the state track finals all three of her GHHS years. She went on to run competitively at the University of Michigan, where she also earned a teaching degree in elementary education.

Michele had taught on the east side of the state before she was hired to teach at Grand Haven Junior High and become an assistant track coach. She taught second grade and eighth grade history before her current position as a fifth grade teacher at Griffin Elementary.

In 2002, Michele was selected for an Excellence in Service Award, partly due to her level of involvement while serving on curriculum improvement committees, but mainly for her performance in the classroom and impact on her students.

Girls Basketball Team

Athletic Category – Female 1981

This team earned District and Regional Championships while setting a then-school- record 20 wins, 25 games played and 1,269 points scored in one season. Coached by Bob Eidson and assisted by Robin Bye, the team went on to the State Quarterfinals, where they did lose to the eventual State Champion, Flint Northern. All five starters—Stacy Martin, Lisa Nelson Wills, Lisa Rogers, Cathy Gutierrez Van Dyke, and Jennifer Weideman Jomard—were recognized with statewide post-season honors by the Detroit newspapers.

Members of the team were:
Seniors Lisa Rogers, Lisa Nelson, Stacy Martin, Michelle Grashuis and Kris Macleod; Juniors Jennifer Weideman, Wendy Lacy, Kim Stamm, Cathy Gutierrez, Melissa Grashuis, Lisa Purcell, Kim Urbanik and Mary Zillins; Sophomore Kathy Miller.