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Dux News · ZWHS men’s soccer morning practice cancelled due to weather

The morning practice (9:30-11:00am) for ZWHS men’s soccer (JV and Varsity) has been cancelled due to scattered thunderstorms in the area.  Afternoon practice (3:30 – 5:30) will still be held weather permitting.

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Dux News · Skill Development and Open Gym

There will be open gym for boys basketball from 6-7:30pm on July 22 and 23for middle and high school basketball players. Go Dux!

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Dux News · Introducing the New Zeeland Athletic Card (ZAC)

Attention all Zeeland East and West Athletes and Parents (not Creekside/Cityside):
The East and West Athletic Departments are pleased to announce The Zeeland Athletic Card (ZAC). Both Zeeland East and West Athletic Departments will be requiring ALL athletes to get their ZAC in order to try-out for a sports team beginning this coming fall season. Completed ZAC’s will then be given to your coach on the first day of tryouts or practice. Athletes without a ZAC will not be allowed to participate until they have one.

The ZAC consists of the following items that must be completed prior to tryouts:
• An annual sports physical/health screening (on or after April 15, 2014)
• ImPACT testing (every 2 years)—All freshmen, juniors and seniors must take it this year and sophomores who did not take it in the 2013-2014 school year.
• Athletic “Understanding Concussions” Form—this only needs to be filled out once during your high school career and must be signed by a parent and the athlete
• Academic Eligibility-checked by the athletic departments each season-no form necessary
• Athletic Code Violations-checked by the athletic departments each season-no form necessary

How do you get your ZAC?
Attend one of two ZAC nights at either school (East athletes can come to the West night and vice versa)
• Tuesday, August 5 from 5-7pm at Zeeland West Cafeteria
• Wednesday, August 6 from 5-7pm at Zeeland East Cafeteria
**if you do not have all of the required parts of the ZAC you will not receive your card until everything is complete and turned into the athletic office. You will NOT be able to participate in any way until you give your coach a ZAC.

How do I complete my ImPACT testing?
Please check the or websites to sign-up for summer ImPACT testing sessions. Other testing times will be offered prior to the winter and spring athletic seasons but please make every attempt to attend one of our summer sessions.

Where can I get an “Understanding Concussions” Form?
Concussion awareness forms are available on either schools sports websites as listed above under Chix HQ or DUX HQ in the “Forms” tab.

Where can I get a Physical Screening Form?
Physical screening forms are also available on either schools sports websites in the “Forms” tab.

What do I do with my ZAC once I have it?
Turn it into your coach on the first day of practice or tryouts. If you do not have one to hand to your coach you will not be allowed to participate until you do give one to your coach.

What if I don’t play a fall sport, do I still need to attend one of the ZAC nights?
Zeeland Athletic Cards will be required for all seasons. If you have your physical, ImPACT test and “Understanding Concussions” form completed then it is recommended that you attend the night to get your card started. However, if you are not playing a fall sport the card will be kept until your season as academic eligibility and code violations will need to be verified closer to your season.

What if I get my card for a fall sport and decide not to play?
All cards have an expiration date and if not used by that date they will be invalid. Cards can be turned back into the athletic department.

What if I lost my card?
Please see your home school athletic department to obtain a new card. There is a $1 replacement fee for lost cards.

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Dux News · ImPACT testing for June 25…

ImPACT testing for June 25 is now full. If you are already signed up, you should have received an email from me tonight.  Be sure to check back by the end of this week for July dates.

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Dux News · Attention Excel Participants…

We are coordinating ImPACT testing times with Excel this year.  Please take note of the following schedule changes.  If you have not signed up for ImPACT testing yet, please do so by clicking on the link at the bottom of the article.

Wednesday, June 18: 

ImPACT testing for boys who need to take it 8:30 a.m. in Room E-130 at West

Girls will still arrive for Excel at 8:30 a.m.

Boys will still begin Excel at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 25:

ImPACT testing for girls who need to take it 8:30 a.m. in Room E-130 at West

Boys will begin Excel at 8:30 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m.

Girls will begin Excel at 10:00 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Brindy Skinner at

Registration link:


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Dux News · Youth Boys Basketball Camp

I just wanted to say thank you to all of our young boys basketball campers this week as we had record numbers in attendance.  It was really fun to see all of these boys working hard and listening so well throughout the week.  A special thanks to our guest speakers and coaching staff as well as our varsity boys players who helped make this past week a great success.  Teaching the fundamentals of passing, dribbling and shooting are vital in the development process and we can not wait to see how all of our young Dux improve as the year progresses.  Thanks again for all of those who participated and go DUX!!!

Coach Towne

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Dux News · Summer ImPACT Testing

For 2014-2015 School Year

As we are approaching our third year of ImPACT testing for both Zeeland High Schools all incoming Freshmen, Juniors (’14-’15) and Seniors (’14-’15) will need to take or retake the baseline ImPACT test.  Sophomores (’14-’15) who did not take it during the ’13-’14 school year will also need to take it if they plan to play a sport. The ImPACT test is a way to get an objective baseline reading on how an athlete’s brain functions.  It specifically tests memory (verbal and visual), reaction speed, motor speed, impulse control as well as a symptom score.  This test is used if an athlete sustains a concussion to ensure that the athlete’s brain function returns to their pre-concussion state or better before they are allowed to go through a graded return to play.  This test does not diagnose concussions but is another tool that gives medical professionals more information when making return to play decisions.

Athletes must have a completed baseline on file prior to the first contact practice in football or any scrimmage or game for all other sports.

Below are the testing times and locations.  Athletes need to attend only one session at either school and should register using the link below.

  • June 24 (Tuesday) at 9:30am or 11:00am in Room 117 @ East
  • June 25 (Wednesday) at 8:30am in Room E-130 @ West

Link to register:

For questions please contact:

Zeeland East: Diana Albers, MS, AT, ATC @ 616.403.5416 or

Zeeland West: Brindy Skinner, AT, ATC @ 616.502.4570 or

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Girls Junior Varsity Water Polo, Girls Varsity Water Polo · Zeeland West High School Water Polo Varsity Girls beats Hudsonville High School 7-6

Sport Water Polo Varsity Girls
Home Score 6 Away Score 7
Game Recap
Third Place at State!!! For the second straight year, the Zeeland girl’s water polo team took third place at the State Tournament after a thrilling 5 Overtime victory over Hudsonville. In the quarterfinals, Zeeland defeated Ann Arbor Skyline 8-6. This marked the third consecutive year that the two teams faced each other in the quarterfinals.In the semifinals, Zeeland faced Ann Arbor Huron and lost 7-2. The final score was not indicative of the game. Zeeland scored early in the fourth quarter to make the score 2-1 before Huron went on a 4-0 scoring streak over the next 4 minutes.

The 3rd place game proved to be the most exciting of the entire tournament. Facing Hudsonville for the 7th time this season, Zeeland jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before Hudsonville closed the gap and eventually took a 5-4 lead late in the 4th quarter. With time quickly running off the clock, Sarah Heemstra forced a steal close to the Hudsonville goal and then drew an exclusion. After a time out, Ashley Nykamp fed Morgan Bullock who buried a cross cage shot with just 2 seconds left to tie the game.

No scoring happened in the first OT period. To begin the second OT, Sarah Heemstra hit an outside shot to make it 6-5 Zeeland. Hudsonville scored on their own outside shot a minute later to pull the teams even again. The teams then went on a 2 OT period scoring drought where the traded a lot of shots, but no goals. Halfway through the fifth OT period, Hannah Heemstra passed to Morgan Kollen streaking up the left side of the pool. Instead of shooting, Morgan hit Morgan Bullock right in front of the net who then scored the game winner…ending an exhausting, but extremely exciting game.

The team ended the season with their best record ever (25-6-2). Highlights included winning the Jenison Tournament, the District Tournament, and the Regional Tournament (first ever).

Post season State Awards go to:
Hannah Heemstra – First Team All-State Season, Second Team All-State Tournament, Academic All-State
Morgan Bullock – First Team All-State Season, First Team All-State Tournament
Sarah Heemstra – Honorable Mention All-State Season, Academic All-State
Ashley Nykamp – Second Team All-State Tournament
Rachel Hoeve – Academic All-State
Mary Kate Hoeve – Academic All-State
Danielle Gillis – Academic All-State

Morgan Bullock – 7
Ashley Nykamp – 4
Sarah Heemstra – 3
Paige Hoeve – 2
Erin Elzinga – 1

Erin Elzinga – 5
Morgan Kollen – 3
Morgan Bullock – 2
Sarah Heemstra – 2
Hannah Heemstra – 1

Morgan Bullock – 13
Ashley Nykamp – 9
Sarah Heemstra – 8
Erin Elzinga – 7
Morgan Kollen – 4
Rachel Hoeve – 4
Paige Hoeve – 3

Hannah Heemstra – 33
Tori Huizenga – 1

Box Scores
Box Score: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2
Zeeland West High School
Hudsonville High School
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Goalkeepers – Hudsonville High School


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Goal Scorers – Zeeland West High School
Goal Scorers – Hudsonville High School
Player Goals

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Multiple Teams · Zeeland West High School Baseball Varsity falls to Byron Center High School 0-10

Sport Baseball Varsity
Home Score 10 Away Score 0
Game Recap
The DUX lost in the District Semi-Finals to Byron Center. Luke Petro took the loss on the mound. The DUX collected two infield hits by Evan MacDonald and Copper Kilinski. "We were down by 7 runs in the 2nd inning and it was very difficult for us to climb out", said DUX Coach Jeff VanHuis. "The future looks good, as we have a lot of underclassman returning next year" add VanHuis. This game concludes the season for the DUX who finished 5-19 on the year.
Box Scores
Box Score: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Runs Hits Errors
Zeeland West High School 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Byron Center High School 4 3 0 0 2 1 10 9 0

Extra Base Hits

Team Player Hit


Team Name W-L Walk S/o
Zeeland West L. Petro 0-1 1 0

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Dux News · Zeeland West High School Soccer Varsity Girls falls to Holland High School 0-1

Sport Soccer Varsity Girls
Home Score 1 Away Score 0
Game Recap
The Dux ended their season Thursday night, falling to host Holland 0-1 in the district semifinal. Holland's only goal came off of a set piece. Sadie Miciewicz's direct kick from just outside the right corner of the 18 yard box snuck under the crossbar. Dux goalkeeper Lexi DeYoung got her fingers on the shot, but was unable to push it over the bar. "Defensively, I was very pleased with the way we contained Holland's potent attack on their home turf. The last time we played them, they dictated the pace and style of play. We came in with a game plan, and executed it very well, and caused some disruptions in their timing through the midfield. Offensively, we gave ourselves some chances, but failed to capitalize. I am very proud of our kids and their resiliency tonight and all season long. We didn't quit. Although the result isn't what they worked for tonight, they need not hang their heads, and should be proud of how well they competed and played together." The Dux lose five seniors to graduation this year. "I can't say enough positive things about the quality and integrity of our seniors this season. Their leadership, drive, and inclusiveness really helped bring our younger players into the mold. Hattie, Soph, Han, Kelsey and Ash… Thank you for your positive attitudes, solid work ethic, impeccable character, and leadership this season. You will be sorely missed, but your legacy will be carried by those you leave behind."
Box Scores
Box Score: 1st 2nd
Zeeland West High School 0 0
Holland High School 1 0
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Name Saves
Lexi DeYoung 3
Hannah Brouwer 3
Goalkeepers – Holland High School
Name Saves
Morgan Ricketts 3

Shots on Goal

Zeeland West High School 3
Holland High School 7


Team Scorer Assister
Holland Sadie Miciewicz