Top 5 Underclassmen
Sophomore Avery LeTourneau was one of the main contributors to the Rangers’ successful swimming season; he played a huge role in the boys swim and dive team’s impressive 5-1 OK White conference record. Avery secured his State cut early in the season with a qualifying time in the meet against Northview. He secured his spot in the 100-yard Butterfly with a time of 53.03. He helped lead FH to its first conference victory over the Northview Wildcats 106-76. Avery was then able to place eighth in States in the 100-yard Butterfly. Avery also played a big role in the boys’ meet against Grand Rapids Christian. He captured event titles in the 200-yard Freestyle with a time of 1:49.71 and 100-yard Butterfly with a time of 55.29. Overall, Avery was a key swimmer for the Rangers.
Sophomore Abby McAlindon was the only underclassman to go States for the ski team. Throughout the season, Abby placed at almost all of her races. In the State Championships, Abby was the second Ranger to cross the finish line and was able to place sixteenth in the Giant Slalom with a final time of 1:20.59 minutes. Abby was also a huge contributor in the Regional meet for FHC to claim first place. Abby also takes her ski very seriously outside of school; currently, she is racing in the junior Olympics.
“I loved getting to act as a leader and bond with all my teammates,” Abby said. “The positive outlook on everyone’s results really help to brighten the moods and lift the overall outlook on how the season was going. It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”
Caden was one of the three wrestlers who placed in Districts. Not only was he one of those three, but he placed third overall and was the only Ranger wrestler to make it to Regionals. Before Regionals, Caden had an excellent season. In his meet against a Mona Shores State-qualifying wrestler, he was able to pin his opponent in nine seconds. In the Kent County Wrestling championship, he was able to place sixth in the 120 lbs weight class. Caden was also able to win against his Northview opponent at the beginning of the season.
Sophomore Mason Kelly was a key player for the hockey team this year, being directly responsible for many important wins. One of those wins was against Ann Arbor Skyline, when Mason was able to score 2 of the Rangers’ 3 goals. Those 2 goals were able to bring them into overtime and then win the game. Another game Mason was a key player in was the Rangers’ game against Mona Shores. Mason started off the game by scoring for FHC, getting his own rebound off the saved shot and burying it into the back of the net. Later on in the game, he passed it around a few Sailor defenders and set up a goal perfectly for the Rangers. Mason is a stellar offensive player and helped the Rangers in many of their games.
“This season was so special because as a team we bounced back from a mediocre season last year,” Mason said. “It felt great to send the seniors off with a winning record. [This season] was a team effort; I was just glad to be a part of it.”
Freshman Theryn Hallock was one of two starting freshmen to be pulled up onto the girls varsity basketball team. Theryn was all over the court all season as the second-leading scorer; she was a contributor in nearly every play. In the team’s second game against Ottawa Hills, Theryn earned her career-high in scoring with 22 points, then earned the same against Lowell. In their game against FHE, Theryn led the team with 15 points and was able to secure 5 steals against the Hawks. Theryn wasn’t just a contributor to the score, she was also a stellar defensive player all season. She led the team in steals, as in 15 of the girls’ games, Theryn had the most steals out of all of the players. Theryn was also able to secure many offensive rebounds. Overall, she was very aggressive and always fought for the ball.
“This season was special because of the team chemistry and it being my first year on varsity,” Theryn said. “It was awesome because they all made me feel welcome, and I had no problems with anyone.”