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Joe Freihofer

Joe Freihofer, Sports Reporter

Joe is a senior  at FHC and this is his first year as a member of The Central Trend. He is a sports reporter who played lacrosse and football in his freshman and sophomore years, and football as a junior. He is running track this spring, and is the co host of the FHC Sports podcast: The Ranger Rundown. He also plays indoor soccer in the winter for fun with FC Frost. Joe is unsure of where he will end up for college, but is between Ohio State, Michigan State, and Hillsdale College. He hopes to go into sports journalism or sports broadcasting.

His favorite part about being on the staff is having the opportunity to go to all sorts of different sporting events and getting to know all of the different athletes. His favorite type of story is a football column, and he loves to fly fish. His favorite book is "Hatchet". If it's a Friday night, you will probably find Joe at an FHC sporting event cheering on his classmates.

All content by Joe Freihofer
Five Things Every Freshman Should Know: My Parting Advice

Five Things Every Freshman Should Know: My Parting Advice

May 15, 2017

Summarizing my four years spent at Forest Hills Central is a difficult thing to do. I have met so many incredible people, had my life altered for the better, and discovered things about myself that I never...

Detroit Lions Draft Day: Defense Wins Championships

May 1, 2017

The Detroit Lions front office has always been like a box of chocolates during draft time; we never know what they are going to get. Whether it is a well rounded player who will compliment the roster well...

Adrian Peterson: The Story of The Struggle

Adrian Peterson: The Story of The Struggle

April 26, 2017

A young boy, wide eyed and on the top of the world, enjoyed every passing second that he was spending with his older brother. He was only seven at the time and wanted to be just like Brian. The weather...

FHC Girls Varsity Tennis Dominates the Northview Wildcats

FHC Girls Varsity Tennis Dominates the Northview Wildcats

April 26, 2017

From the moment the first match's serve was put into play, the Rangers unleashed on the wildcats, instilling even more confidence for their much anticipated season. FHC girls varsity tennis defeated...

Player Profile: Mike Battiste

Player Profile: Mike Battiste

April 24, 2017

Mike Battiste Grade: Junior Sport: Golf When he began playing golf: "I started playing back in 2008. I didn't play competitively, however, until 2012." Favorite golfer: Phil Mickelson If...

FHC Baseball Goes 2-0 in Mona Shores Double Header

FHC Baseball Goes 2-0 in Mona Shores Double Header

April 19, 2017

It has been an incredible start for FHC baseball, going on an unprecedented winning streak in the team's first few games of the season. After their recent struggles in years past, Head coach Mark Rasmussen...

Forest Hills Rugby Falls in a Tight Battle

Forest Hills Rugby Falls in a Tight Battle

April 14, 2017

Emotions were running high from the moment the head official blew the whistle on Thursday night at Forest Hills Central High School. After a loss to a strong Grand Haven team last year, Forest Hills knew...

FHC Rugby: Another Chance For Success

FHC Rugby: Another Chance For Success

March 30, 2017
Forest Hills Rugby will look to make some new and exciting adjustments in their 2017 season.
FHC Varsity Golf: Unproven And Hungry

FHC Varsity Golf: Unproven And Hungry

March 30, 2017

For two seasons in a row, a single stroke was the only thing standing between FHC varsity boys golf and a ticket to states. Golf truly is a game of inches, and even the slightest error at any point during...

The Difference: College vs Professional basketball

The Difference: College vs Professional basketball

March 28, 2017

There is nothing I love more than being able to turn on my TV and watch a toe-to-toe battle between the 64 teams selected for the Big Dance each year. The kids out on the floor are giving it everything...

Tanner Hallock: Making a Lifelong Dream a Reality

Tanner Hallock: Making a Lifelong Dream a Reality

March 18, 2017

As the final seconds ticked off of the fifth third ballpark scoreboard, time seemed to slow itself down in an instant. He looked all around him to see an entire student section packed with soaked FHC...

Lions Free Agency: Taking steps in the right direction

Lions Free Agency: Taking steps in the right direction

March 15, 2017

The first phase of the NFL free agency has passed us by and Lions fans all across the state are smiling at the first wave of big decisions made by GM Bob Quinn. The former Patriots director of scouting...

Boys varsity basketball game preview: FHN

Boys varsity basketball game preview: FHN

March 8, 2017

Time seemed to be frozen completely, as senior guard Jack Uecker looked on to an entire section packed with wide-eyed Ranger fans. He took a deep breath and let go of his second free throw. The ball danced...

FHC varsity basketball wins conference title

FHC varsity basketball wins conference title

March 3, 2017

The gym lights suddenly dimmed to a low glow, with only a single spotlight shining down on Lowell's starters. The home crowd erupted with cheers at the sound of each player's name. The Red Arrow home...

One And Done: Making it to The League

One And Done: Making it to The League

March 1, 2017
More and more freshman each year are declaring for the NBA draft. But why? Joe Freihofer breaks down the reasoning behind being a "One and done".
JV boys basketball rolls over Greenville 64-25

JV boys basketball rolls over Greenville 64-25

February 16, 2017

It was a relentless standoff on defense for the Rangers that allowed them to come up with easy transition scoring chances and the opportunity to take an early lead. JV boys basketball toppled Greenville...

Tom Brady: The story of the best quarterback to ever play the game

Tom Brady: The story of the best quarterback to ever play the game

February 12, 2017

It was the year 2000, and the last few picks were being made as the 32 NFL teams made their selections in a depleted and lackluster pool of remaining players. Most teams had already made their big selections,...

Freshman boys basketball defeats fierce rival FHN

Freshman boys basketball defeats fierce rival FHN

February 3, 2017

From the moment FHN won possession off the tip, the Rangers were relentless defensively. All five floor players were exploding to the ball, contesting every shot, and creating a fast and up tempo offensive...

Player Profile: Emma Yoder

Player Profile: Emma Yoder

February 2, 2017

Emma Yoder Grade: 11 Sport(s): Basketball and soccer Favorite memories from either sport: "I love soccer season with the other varisty goalie Emma Hall. We spend almost everyday together and...

Ben Finkelstein: Pushing the boundaries of FHC sports

Ben Finkelstein: Pushing the boundaries of FHC sports

January 22, 2017

For many, our most formative times are when we are young and wide eyed, still seeing the many wondrous parts of our world and discovering what interests us or makes us happy. We look up to those around...

Varsity Boys Basketball falls to Northview 42-47

Varsity Boys Basketball falls to Northview 42-47

January 15, 2017

With 20 seconds left on the clock and the Rangers only down by 4, the veteran head coach Ken George yelled “Arrow! Arrow!”. FHC’s sharp shooter Ty George gathered himself under the hoop, then darted...

Player Profile: Jocelyn Prinz

Player Profile: Jocelyn Prinz

January 13, 2017

Jocelyn Prinz Grade: 12 Sports: Gymnastics and Cheer College plans:  Jocelyn plans on cheering at GVSU or MSU with hopes of majoring in either veterinarian medicine or dermatology. Favorite...

The Lions Den: Another blunder in the post season

The Lions Den: Another blunder in the post season

January 11, 2017

Detroit Does it Again There is really no way of sugarcoating the way that the Lions played in their 26-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Lions looked dazed and unprepared on defense, unable to stop...

JV Boys Basketball Defeats Northern 63-50

JV Boys Basketball Defeats Northern 63-50

January 6, 2017

The sound of the head official's whistle chirped, and before the home crowd could blink, the two sides were flying up and down the court. An up tempo offensive performance is always fun to watch, and fortunately...

The Lions Den: Nullified in New York

The Lions Den: Nullified in New York

December 20, 2016

So Close, Yet so Far The three game gauntlet has begun to take a negative effect on the Detroit Lions in only the first of three deadly match ups that round out the regular season. The Detroit Lions suffered...

FHC boys varsity basketball tops the Hawks in close home opener

FHC boys varsity basketball tops the Hawks in close home opener

December 18, 2016
The boys varsity basketball team gained a big win over conference rivals FHE on Friday night.
The Lions Den: Too Close For Comfort

The Lions Den: Too Close For Comfort

December 16, 2016

That Was a Close One Just when all of Ford Field thought that their divisional foes had stunned them once again, the man with the plan, Matthew Stafford, found a way to finish them off. This time, it...

Lions Doubters: Time to Buck Up

Lions Doubters: Time to Buck Up

December 7, 2016

The Detroit Lions displayed their most complete game performance of the season to date, defeating the New Orleans Saints 28-13 last Sunday. The entire panel of ESPN analysts, nine to be exact, all picked...

Rangerball Season Preview

Rangerball Season Preview

December 6, 2016

Just like the Ranger football team, head coach Ken George and the boys basketball team now sit overlooking a new OK White conference.  It is an exciting change for the veteran coach and the 2016 Rangerball...

FHC Football 2016: A Season to Remember

FHC Football 2016: A Season to Remember

December 1, 2016

Tim Rogers headed into his fifth season as the head football coach following two back to back 2-7 seasons. The program lost a talented senior class filled with athletes who poured themselves into the program...

Ohio State Buckeyes running back Curtis Samuel (4) jumps into a the end zone for the game winning touchdown in a double overtime win over Michigan Wolverines touchdown at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on November 26, 2016.  (Kyle Robertson / The Columbus Dispatch)

A Recap of “The Game”: Ohio State vs Michigan

November 28, 2016

It was the biggest match up between two bitter rivals in an entire decade. The way that the game ended will surely go down in the history books and have both sides talking for years to come. The Ohio...

College Football Saturday: Michigan State vs Ohio State

College Football Saturday: Michigan State vs Ohio State

November 17, 2016

On paper, the Ohio State Buckeyes are a 22.5 point favorite against the Michigan State Spartans in this Saturday's Big Ten showdown in East Lansing. The Spartans have struggled against almost every single...

FHC vs Lowell: A Chance at Redemption

FHC vs Lowell: A Chance at Redemption

November 9, 2016

The words of senior Nick Beaumier on the previous Ranger Rundown described it perfectly. "We've been waiting to play them ever since the clock struck zero," Nick said. "Right after that game ended,...

FHC Volleyball Falls in District Semifinals in Dramatic Fashion

FHC Volleyball Falls in District Semifinals in Dramatic Fashion

November 4, 2016

The look on the seniors' faces said it all. A wave of disbelief and shock came over them, as they gathered in a huddle one last time.  In one of the most competitive matches of the season, the Lady Rangers...

A Postseason Q&A With Mark Scannell

A Postseason Q&A With Mark Scannell

October 27, 2016

JOE FREIHOFER: Mark, how would you describe your final year on varsity football? MARK SCANNELL: Wow. It's been unforgettable. It's been crazy and everything that I thought it would be. I'm a pretty...

FHC Volleyball Defeats Lowell and Moves to First in The Conference

FHC Volleyball Defeats Lowell and Moves to First in The Conference

October 26, 2016

In one of the biggest matches of the season, the Lady Rangers came up with a crucial victory to seal the deal as conference champions. This victory did not come easy. The Lowell Red Arrows forced the...

Player Profile: Caitlin Murphy

Player Profile: Caitlin Murphy

October 20, 2016

Caitlin Murphy Grade: 12 Sport: Field Hockey Five things you didn't know about Caitlin: She moved to Michigan from California. She had never heard of field hockey until the eighth grade. ...

Forest Hills Field Hockey Soars on Senior Day

Forest Hills Field Hockey Soars on Senior Day

October 17, 2016

It was only a matter of time before Forest Hills was in complete control of its final home conference match. Forest Hills defeated West Bloomfield 15-0, giving the seniors an emotional victory to enjoy...

FHC Varsity Volleyball Clinches Conference Title

FHC Varsity Volleyball Clinches Conference Title

October 7, 2016

Whether it was an incredible dive to save the Rangers from losing a point or a powerful kill smashed over the net to gain one, the Rangers were in full form tonight against FHN, bringing home the conference...

A Disection of The Timeless Tradition of the FHC Theatre program

A Disection of The Timeless Tradition of the FHC Theatre program

September 29, 2016

The applause from the crowd erupted as the final scene of The Little Mermaid came to a close. The musical last year marked Robbin DeMeester’s 50th performance as the managing director for FHC. Her entire...

Girls Varsity Volleyball Takes the Victory in Three Sets

Girls Varsity Volleyball Takes the Victory in Three Sets

September 28, 2016

It only took the Lady Rangers three sets to pick up the victory against Cedar Springs' girls varsity volleyball team in an all out offensive attack on Tuesday night. Serve after serve, kill after kill,...

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New Role, Same Old Colors

September 27, 2016

Early this past Friday morning, athletic director Clark Udell stood beside the doorway to the lecture hall, debriefing the girls basketball program on why he called for a meeting on such short notice....

FHC Varsity Football Wins Big Against the Wildcats

FHC Varsity Football Wins Big Against the Wildcats

September 24, 2016

Anytime a team has an unbreakable bond of brotherhood and a player driven goal to succeed, nothing can stand in its way. The Rangers set out to take back what they almost had in last week's loss to Greenville,...

FHC Girls Golf Goes Back to Back With Another Jamboree Win

FHC Girls Golf Goes Back to Back With Another Jamboree Win

September 15, 2016

Three strokes. That was how fine the margin of victory was at Arrowhead Golf course for FHC on Wednesday afternoon. Whether it was a drive, a putt, or a chip, every shot counted towards the final score...

FHC Soccers Away Game Nail Bitter Ends in a Flash

FHC Soccer’s Away Game Nail Bitter Ends in a “Flash”

September 6, 2016

It was the team's closest match of the season, but who would have guessed that it would end in a flash. It was all over in a matter of seconds for Forest Hills Central. Taking the game right down to...

FHC Capitalizes In Their Season Opener

FHC Capitalizes In Their Season Opener

August 26, 2016

It was a relentless will to win and a quick burst of offensive fire power that got things going for FHC in the season opener. The Rangers repeated last year's success against the Jenison Wild Cats,...

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