Top Ten Hamilton Winter Athletes

Hamilton has seen some amazing athletes compete over the years. This year was no different as state titles were won and records were broken. I have put together a list of the top winter athletes for Hamilton and some of their biggest moments from this year.

10. Brogan McMahon, Senior, Basketball

We start the countdown with Brogan McMahon. Brogan was the anchor for the Hawkeyes this year in her second year on varsity. The Hamilton center racked up rebounds all year long, allowing for the lady Hawks to return to the district finals for back to back years. The game that pushed her into the top 10, was against Zeeland West in the district semi-finals. Brogan had nine blocks, well at the same time shutting down West’s leading scorer, Kiri Tiemeyer, to just two points.

9. Rachael Tolsma, Senior, Basketball

The Hamilton senior’s lethal combination of size and aggression, was a constant for Hamilton this year. Whether  it was her shut-down defense or her aggressive offense, she always seemed to produce. With multiple double-digit performances there is no doubt that she deserves to be on this list. Tolsma is not only a force on the court, but she is also committed to Hillsdale College for shot-put.

8. Elijah Walker, Senior, Basketball

Elijah Walker was one of the most explosive players for Hamilton this year. The guard averaged 12 points per game this year as the second leading scorer for the team. He also made huge contributions defensively, as he averaged 1.2 steals per game, leading the team. Walkers biggest game of the year came against Thornapple-Kellog, he had 19 points as he led his team to a 70-60 victory.

7. Trenton Holyfield, Junior, Wrestling

Trenton Holyfield was 41-5 this season. He has wrestled his entire life and has been on varsity since his freshman year. Going into his senior year he will be just three career wins away from 100 and could very well reach 150 career wins by the end of the year. That would put him in a exclusive that every wrestler dreams of. Holyfield also placed 6th in the state this year at the 152 pound weight class.

6. Ryan Underwood, Junior, Swimming

Underwood had a very successful junior year as he set a new team record in the 200 free, well placing 8th in the state. He was also a member of the 200 medely relay and the 400 free relay. In the 400 free his team placed 6th in the state finals, well they placed 4th in the 200 medely. Underwood will be one of the top contenders for the state title in the 200 free as a senior next year.

5. Matt Oonk, Junior, Swimming

Oonk placed in the top 10 in the state in both the 100 and the 50 frees, well also teaming up with Underwood and leading off for Hamilton in both the 200 medely relay and the 400 free relay. According to coach Talsma, Oonk will be the number 1 returner in the state next year in the 100 free next year as a senior. Making him the favorite to win the state title.

4. Grant Wolfram, Senior, Basketball

Grant Wolfram made huge strides for Hamilton in his junior season as he led his team in both scoring and rebounding on the season. He averaged 12.2 points per game and 6.8 points per game. The Hamilton junior showed off his athleticism when he threw down a dunk to close out a win over Byron Center, he also had 14 points in that game. Grant is also committed to play baseball at Central Michigan.

3. Logan Welcher, Senior, Wrestling

The Welcher family has had a rich history of wrestling in Hamilton. Logan continued that tradition by placing 4th in the state this year in the 119 pound weight class. In his four years at Hamilton he compiled a 117-25 record and was a two time conference champion. According to coach Stoel, Welcher’s biggest moment of the year was beating Wayland’s Jake Busing, the number two wrestler in the state, in the conference meet.

2. Ashley Overbeek, Senior, Basketball

Senior Ashley Overbeek is one of the most recognizable names in Hamilton, as she was a four year starter for Hamilton and helped lead her team in scoring for all four years. Overbeeks production allowed her to break Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer record in the first game of the year. In the same game she broke the school record for points in a game with 36. She is well deserving of being in the top two.

1. Alec Nyboer, Sophomore, Swimming

My number one spot for Hamilton goes to Sophomore Alec Nyboer. Nyboer fought through sickness at this years state finals to become the state champion in the 100 fly. Nyboer also placed 7th in the state in the 100 back and was a member of both the 200 medeley and 400 free relay teams. Alec’s performance at the state finals this year were just a taste of what he will do in the next two years. Coach Talsma hopes that his win will help fuel his desire in next years state meet. To read more about Alec Nyboer’s state performance, click here.

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