Doug Vanderwall

Athletic Achievement, Class of 1961

Doug VanderWall '61A two-sport standout in basketball and baseball, Doug Vanderwall’s true passion sparkled on the baseball diamond.

Vanderwall was on the 1960-1961 baseball teams that set a consecutive game win streak of 56 games, a record that stood for 50 years and now ranks second in the state. His career won-lost record was 33-1 and his 31 consecutive wins still ranks second in the state.

Vanderwall had an earned run average of 1.19 now ranked 23rd in the state and his 369 career strikeouts still ranks him at the 30th spot. He batted .422 and drove in 40 runs in 1960 and batted .334 and drove in 35 runs in 1961.

At Central Michigan University, Vanderwall was their top pitcher for three years. Only a serious arm injury prevented him from playing professional baseball. He taught and coached at Fruitport for 30 years.

Vanderwall is still deeply involved in his home community of Grand Haven. He and his daughter, Char, keep the statistical record books for all home basketball games and unofficial score books for all away games. Vanderwall also runs the official time clock for Fruitport home football games.

Vanderwall was inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008 with his 1960-61 baseball teammates. He and his teammates are also inductees of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Michael F. Young

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1985

Michael Young '85In life, and in death, Michael Young inspires.

The former Rockford City Manager, who died unexpectedly on January 27, 2016 had a passion for wrestling.

He compiled an 85-14 record over four years, a winning record which still stands as 7th overall at Grand Haven. His accomplishments led to an academic/athletic scholarship at Grand Valley State University while he earned his degree in Public Administration.

Michael went on to assist with the wrestling programs at Grand Haven and Rockford and his enthusiasm and leadership helped build those programs. He was an ambassador for kids, coaches, fans, parents and officials in the sport.

He was responsible for mentoring young men and women both in sports and his chosen profession and became one of the most accomplished and dedicated wrestling referees in the State of Michigan. His selection to referee in several state tournaments is a testament to his professionalism in the sport.

He mentored many high school wrestling programs and inspired hundreds of children through programs such as the GHHS Adam Provencal Invitational and the Rockford Wrestling Club that teaches children as young as 5 years old.

Young also inspired adults. His 20-year tenure as City Manager of Rockford resulted in numerous new initiatives that made that city a better place to live.

As a husband and father, he passed along his love and passion of being the best that you can be and lived by the credo, “Do only what you believe in, and do that thing with absolute dedication and conviction.”

Kosanic, Ryan

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1995

ryan_kosniakThe only Grand Haven High School athlete to hold back-to-back state championships, Ryan Kosanic is no stranger to singular accomplishments. He holds GHHS records for the 6 and 11 dives, was named to the All-State diving team both his junior and senior years at Grand Haven, the All American team as a junior, and All American Top Six as a senior.

At Indiana University, he mastered the relatively new sport of synchronized diving, and with teammate Mike Collier “stunned a field of professional divers” when he became the U.S. National Synchronized Diving Champion on the 3-meter board in 1997. He graduated from IU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in computer information systems, and ten years later established Covalent Marketing, a database marketing consulting company headquartered in Chicago.

Kruggel, George

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1978

George-KruggelVoted Grand Haven High School’s Most Valuable Swimmer 1976-78, George Kruggel’s many accomplishments include 1977 State AAU record times in both the 100-and 200-meter butterfly. In 1978 he became the first-ever All American Swimmer at Grand Haven High School, where he set five individual records in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley, and the 100-yard butterfly, and those records stood for 30 years.  In 1977, George was a Bronze medal winner at the Summer National Junior Olympics.

Kruggel was a member of the Michigan State University Swimming and Diving Team 1979-82, where he was a four-year Varsity Letter Award winner and record holder in the 100-yard butterfly. In 2008, he was awarded the MSU Swimming and Diving William Heusner Service Award.

A former Tri-Cities YMCA board member, George also coached youth swimmers there in the United States Swimming program, and, while working for GMB Architects/Engineers, George helped to design the swimming pool and aquatic center at the new GHHS. He resides in Grand Haven with his wife, Lori, and their daughters.

Hoogerhyde, George

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1979

Swimmer George Hoogerhyde was an outstanding athlete and a two-time Class A Champion. Titles he holds include 1979 State Champion in the 50-yard freestyle and 1979 State Champion in the 100-yard freestyle. He was also named a 1979 All American in the 50-yard freestyle, 1979 All American (Honorable Mention) 100-yard freestyle and 1979 All State (all classes) in 100-yard freestyle. He served as the 1979 co-captain of the GHHS swim team and is also a former high school record holder in three individual events and one relay.

George was a member of the Ohio State University Men’s Swimming and Diving Team from 1979-82, and there he is a former record holder in three individual events and three relays. During his senior year at OSU, he finished as runner-up at the Big Ten Conference meet in three events and was voted the school’s Most Valuable Swimmer. The three-year NCAA qualifier was also an Olympic Trial Qualifier in 1984.

Currently the Vice President of Development for KIDS HOPE USA, George resides in Grand Haven with his wife and family.

Football Team

1953 Football Team

1953-Football-Team001-1024x356The 1953 Football Team is the only GHHS football team to go through the entire season without a loss or tie game. Coached by Gene Rothi and Don Constant, the team bonded both on and off the field. To this day, they remain friends, with some living in the area and others scattered throughout the U.S.

The team was recognized by the Detroit Free Press as Mythical State Champs in Michigan for 1953 and was ranked third in the state by the United Press. 1953 was also their first year playing Class A football.

Team members included:  Bill Anderson, Len Anderson, Chuck Arbogast, Bill Barger, Lamar Barger, Troy Barger, Chuck Benes, Joe Bernia, Ron Bloom, Marv Boerma, Peter Bol, Dave Botbyl, Lester Burch (Mgr.), Don Constant (Line Coach), Louie Coon, Don De Vecht , Gene DeKoyer, Jerry DeWitt, Bob Dykman, Pete Fisher, Mike Gruen, Chuck Jackson, Dave Klaassen (Water Boy), Ron Kline, Dave Lake, Bill  Mac Phee, Rich Marod, Bill Munch, Tad Murdick, Bob Newton, Ted Parker, Don Prelesnik, Bill Prince, Bob Purcell, Rudy Rebar, Gene Rothi (Head Coach), Ernie Rouwhorst, Jim Smith, Ed Suchecki, Roger Susterich, John Terrill (Mgr.), Bob Thomas, Gene Van Dongen, Jerry Warner, and Don Zysk.

Secory, Frank

Athletic Achievement – Class of 1929

Secory001Frank Secory is being honored posthumously. He was a GHHS athletic standout who then attended Western State Teachers College where he starred in baseball and football while earning a Bachelor of Science degree.

Frank became an American left fielder and umpire in major league baseball. He played for eleven years with the Detroit, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Chicago Cubs organizations, playing for the Cubs in the 1945 World Series. Mainly an outfielder, he stood six-feet one and weighed two hundred pounds. Frank played his first major league ball game on April 28, 1940 at the age of 27 and went on to play 186 games until 1946.

Frank was an umpire in baseball’s National League from 1952-1970. During his nineteen years of officiating, he umpired four World Series and six All-Star games. He umpired in nine official no-hitters, setting a National League record and earned the Baseball Writers Association of America “Umpire of the Year” award before retiring in 1970.

Frank was also inducted into the Western Michigan University Hall of Fame for football and baseball in 1976 and into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Baseball Team

Athletic Category – Male 1960 – ’61
1960-61-Baseball-Teams-2Coached by Steve Sluka, this disciplined, fiercely competitive group of ballplayers, (and a little luck) won 52 games in a row—a record that went down in Grand Haven sports history as “the streak.” The team was inducted into the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame.

Members of the team were:
Jerry Alger, Jack Braak, Ed Brown Jr., Terry Carlson, Robert Bosserdet, Steve Brown, Larry Christianson, Bill Drent, Tom De Witt, Bob Edlund, Nick Fant, Mike Fortino, Paul Fortino, Tim Fuller, Vic Geisler, Chuck Haugen, Rich Hawkins, Terry Hill, Garry Holtzclaw, Larry Kieft, Bob Kent, Dave Osbeck, George Peck, Larry Prelesnik, Jul Scheffers, Mike Secory, John Sluka, David Suchecki, Ron Tipsword, Bob Van Bemmelen, John Van Dyke, Bill Van Horssen, Doug Vander Wall, Terry VanderVeen, Floyd Whelpley, and Roger Wheeler.

Basketball Team

Athletic Category – Male 1931
1931-Basketball101Coached by Gus Cohrs, this team established a record in the State of Michigan that has never been broken. It is the only time in the history of the state that a Class B team has ever won a Class A Championship.

Members of the team were:
Capt. Edward Huttenga, Paul Boyink, Wesley Dirkse, Paul Babcock, Robert Dykhuis, Joe Weavers, John Sluka, Miles Runk, Vance Yemc, Charles Donker, and the only living member, George Nordhouse who resides in Spring Lake

Runk, R. Lester (Les)

Athletic Category – Class of 1935

Les Runk was a member of the 1933, 1934 and 1935 State Championship basketball teams. He was the team captain in his senior year and was known for his deadly midcourt shot in 1935 that swished the net without hitting the rim to beat Muskegon in the first overtime.

Les also captained the 1934 football team and was a member of the 1935 State Champion tennis team. He was a natural born leader who would go on to star in athletics at Western State Teachers College (now Western Michigan University). He served in the Navy from 1942-45 as a Chief Specialist Athletics and received a letter of commendation from James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy.

Les went on to teach in Tecumseh and East Grand Rapids.