Top 5 individual performances
Madi Winter vs. Forest Hills Northern
Senior Madi Winter had one of the biggest games of the season when she and her fellow Lady Rangers took on their rivals: the FHN Huskies. The game was tight all the way through, no team ever down by more that seven points. However, the game would not have been this tight if it wasn’t for Madi’s stellar performance. Madi had 30 points, scoring over half of the teams 57 points overall. The entire game came down to the last 5.5 seconds when the Rangers went down by two and needed a three to win it. Madi received the ball and took off down the court dribbling through three of the Huskie players. She went up for a floating three which splashed in with no time left on the clock, giving the Rangers a one-point victory over the Huskies 57-56.
“I was so nervous when my coach gave me the ball at the end of the game, and to be honest I didn’t really want the ball because I didn’t want to mess up and lose the game,” Madi said. “But hitting that shot and winning the game was the best feeling ever.”
Mason Kelly vs. Hudsonville
Back from an injury, freshman Mason Kelly had a huge game against the Hudsonville Eagles in the Public School Showcase. Mason had a hat trick, scoring 3 out of FHC’s 6 goals to lead the team to a 6-5 victory. Mason had been hurt in the first game of the season and finally had the chance to get back on the ice that night against Hudsonville. This was a huge turning point for the Ranger’s season, and having Mason was another huge offensive asset. His impact to the team was put on display when he had the game-tying goal against Grandville. FHC would take down the Bulldogs in overtime.
“It felt really good to contribute to the team especially after an injury,” Mason said. “I felt that I hadn’t done anything all season because of my injury so it was great to be able to score some goals for the team.”
Ryan Dunn vs. Ottawa Hills
In a 78-61 win on the road at Ottawa Hills, senior captain Ryan Dunn recorded a triple-double and broke the record for most blocks in a game. Ryann finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 10 blocks, and 1 steal on the night. The 10 blocks from Ryan were huge for FHC defensively, as it helped the Rangers continue to extend their lead over the Bengals throughout the game. Ryan’s shooting also helped the other Ranger guards, senior Ty George and sophomore Jimmy Scholler, become huge threats from beyond the arc all night. Ryan’s outstanding performance was the highlight of a 17 point win over Ottawa Hills, who was tied for 2nd in the conference race with FHN.
Kade Shomin vs. Mona Shores
Having the game tied at 14 apiece against one of the top-ranked teams in the state in the Mona Shores Sailors, senior Kade Shomin made an enormous play when he took an overthrown Sailor pass 42 yards to the house. The Rangers took the lead and Kade’s game-changing play gave the Rangers enough momentum to take a 28-21 win over Mona Shores. Even more than the pick-six, the senior cornerback also locked down speedy Sailor receivers and limited the usage of those receivers throughout the game. Kade also came up with big tackles that saved Mona’s receivers from putting any more points on the board.
Isaac Torrey at State Meet
A flashy start at the MHSAA Districts set the tone for an outstanding run made by senior Isaac Torrey to the state meet, where he earned 3rd place. Isaac dominated in districts, winning all 3 matches in the first round. Isaac then moved onto the 171-pound regional bracket, where he defeated opponents who had placed 4th and 3rd in other districts. He pinned his first opponent in the first period, and his second opponent in the second period. To move onto states, Isaac picked up a big win over his final regional opponent 9-2. At Ford Field, Torrey picked up two wins before being defeated by his 3rd opponent 6-2. Isaac finished with a final record of 43-4 in his senior year and picked up 133 career wins throughout his years at FHC.
“My preparation was mostly mental.” Torrey said. “I had put in the work over my many years of wrestling, so I just needed to visualize winning and accomplish my goals.”