Top 5 Athletes of the Fall Season

By: Courtney Vande Vorde, Nicklas Grifhorst & Matt Oonk


With the conclusion of the fall sports season upon us, it’s time for end of season awards. There were a lot of great performances throughout the year, but some stood out above all others.

1. Rileigh Eding

Our number 1 athlete of the fall season goes to newly crowned state champion Rileigh Eding. Rileigh won the 100 backstroke at the girls state meet on November 22nd, with a time of 56.26. She also won all state honors in the 200 yard freestyle with an 8th place finish, and helped the Hawkeyes to a 6th place finish in the 200 yard medley relay and a 2nd place finish in the 200 yard sprint relay. It’s hard to pass up a state championship, and because of that and her 4 all state swims, she’s an easy choice as our number 1.

2. Erika Freyhof

Girls Cross Country runner Erika Freyhof comes in at our number 2 spot. Erika ended up finishing 7th at the state meet. She made huge strides this year, dropping over a minute and a half throughout the year. Now I don’t know much about cross, but being able to drop over a minute and a half of time in a 5k is amazing. With the amazing performance and strides she made throughout the year, she winds up as number 2 on our list.

3. Jordan Pikaart

Volleyball player, Jordan Pikaart takes third this fall. Jordan, the team’s go-to hitter, lead the team with 605 kills overall. She was selected for All-Conference, All-Area, and All-Region making her up for a possible All-State honor. She is a very competitive player who helped her team finish 2nd in the conference. Jordan plans to play volleyball at Saginaw Valley next year which speaks to her dominance on the court.

4. Grant Wolfram/Austin Haverdink

The doubles team of Wolfram and Haverdink helped lead the Hamilton tennis team to a state finals birth. Finishing the season with a 30-1 record, their only loss came to East Grand Rapids in the state quarterfinals finals. Wolfram and Haverdink earned all-area, all-county, all-conference and all-state for the Hawkeyes this year.

5. Stephanie Johnston

Rounding out the top 5 athletes of the fall season is senior swimmer Stephanie Johnston. She ended the year tying for 2nd in the 50 freestyle, finishing 4th in the 100 yard freestyle and helped the Hawkeyes to a 6th and 2nd finish in the 200 yard medley and freestyle relay, respectively. Now, looking at those numbers, you would think she would’ve been higher on our list, however when you look at the expectations for her, being a defending state champion, you can see that the goal was to win a state championshiop. However, 4 all state swims in your last meet as a Hawkeye is something to be proud of, which makes her our number 5 athlete of the fall season.

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