The results for the FHC Sports Report’s Top Fives From Winter Sports are in. After over 2,200 votes across ten different categories, we have our winners as follows below:
Most Entertaining Game: Boys varsity basketball vs. FHN, 1/24
Led by senior Jimmy Scholler’s 29 points, the boys varsity basketball team obtained a statement win against rival Forest Hills Northern 65-59. The Huskies found their stride early on as they ended the first quarter on a 15-2 run, but the Rangers then outscored their opponent in the third and fourth. This game was a battle from start to finish on both sides of the court, and it clearly showed who the top two teams in the league were.
Most Unsung Hero: Ally Ringer, Girls varsity basketball
As an excellent mid-range shooter, senior Ally Ringer served a large role in the Rangers’ offensive success this season. Against Greenville, Ally scored 12 points, which helped secure the tight 51-42 victory. Ally’s scoring, defense, and rebounding were key in the game against Cedar Springs in a 44-42 FHC win. With Ally’s large scoring contribution, she helped lead the Rangers’ throughout the season that ended with an overall record of 15-6.
Best Senior: CJ Hier, Boys swim and dive
CJ was a captain on the boys swim and dive team, and his achievements in a variety of events put his talent on display. CJ capped off his final season by breaking the school record for the 100-yard backstroke at a time of 52.55 and the Northview pool record for the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.51 at the conference meet. His conference performance earned him All-Conference honors.
Best Dynamic Duo: Jimmy Scholler and Mitchell Wilkinson, Boys varsity basketball
Seniors Jimmy Scholler and Mitchell Wilkinson were the center points of the boys varsity basketball team for the second year in a row, leading the Rangers to a share of the OK White title with a conference record of 11-1 and an overall record of 15-6. Jimmy had a season high of 34 points in the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament championship in which he scored as many points as the entire Forest Hills Eastern team did, and Mitchell followed closely with a season high of 28 in limited time against Greenville after the game got out of hand for the Yellow Jackets. Both of them earned All-Conference honors; on top of that, Jimmy was named to the MLive Grand Rapids Dream Team, and Mitchell was named as an honorable mention.
Best Breakout Season: Boys swim and dive
In its first year as a standalone program, the Forest Hills Central boys swim and dive team finished in second place in the conference thanks to a fourth-place finish at the conference meet. Senior CJ Hier and junior Avery LeTourneau led the way for the Rangers throughout the season, breaking multiple Forest Hills records along the way. The Rangers also sent many swimmers to the MHSAA state meet, but the season was unfortunately cut short with MHSAA’s cancellation of the remainder of all winter and spring sports for 2020.
Best Individual Performance: CJ Hier, Boys swim and dive
Senior CJ Hier had a record-breaking day at the conference meet. Not only did he break the school record in the 100-yard backstroke, but he also took the Northview pool record in the 200-yard individual medley. His record 100-yard back secured him second place with his time of 52.55 seconds, while his pool-record 200-yard individual medley won him the race with his time of 1:57.51.
Best Coaches: Jazzae Ford and Crystal Delgodo, Varsity dance
This year, the dance team took its success to a whole new level, and they were led by head coaches Jazzae Ford and Crystal Delgodo. Ford, Delgodo, and their team traveled to the Dance Team Union National Championship in Orlando, Florida to compete nationally for the second year in a row. The team was able to take 15th place with their jazz performance, 11th place with their pom routine, and were able to secure the program’s second ninth-place finish with their hip hop routine. With this being just Ford and Delgodo’s second season as head coaches, the FHC Dance Team has a bright future ahead of them.
Toughest Loss: Boys varsity basketball vs. FHN, 2/21
Coming into this game, the Rangers boasted a 10-0 record in the OK White, and with a win, they would claim the OK White conference championship outright as FHC took down the Huskies earlier in the season at home. The Rangers led 28-24 at halftime, and they further extended their lead in the third quarter to bring it to a 42-34 advantage with a quarter to play. The Huskies crawled back to only trail by two with 30 seconds remaining with the ball in their hands. The ball found Trinidad Chambliss wide open in the corner, and with his three-pointer good, the Huskies led 51-50 in front of a packed house. A potentially game-winning layup on the other side didn’t fall for the Rangers, and the Huskies knocked down some free throws to win the game 54-50.
Best Underclassman: Theryn Hallock, Girls varsity basketball
Sophomore Theryn Hallock has been a varsity star since the first time she stepped on the floor her freshman year. The MSU verbal commit averaged 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.9 assists which led them to a 15-7 season. Not only was the 5’8 guard a threat on offense, but her presence on defense stifled the opponent, as she averaged 7.1 steals and 1.1 blocks. In conference play, she topped her career-high from earlier in the season with 43 points against Ottawa Hills. Later on in the year, she was named All- Conference, first team Grand Rapids Dream Team, and second team All-State, proving her point as to why she’s one of the better players in the area.
Clutchest Moment: Robby Frazer pin vs. Caledonia, Boys varsity wrestling
In the OK conference crossover between two storied programs in the Rangers and the Fighting Scots of Caledonia, FHC got off to a hot start with bigtime victories from seniors Wyatt Engler and Tommy Hendricks along with the Jacobs brother tandem of junior Caden and freshman Blake. Caledonia marched back to a 9 point lead with only juniors Isaac Gurley and Robby Frazer remaining for the Rangers. Isaac pinned his opponent rather quickly in the first period, cutting the Caledonia deficit to just four, with a pin giving FHC the win. Just 15 seconds into his match, Robby pinned his opponent and gave the Rangers a huge win over Caledonia.