Category: AD’s Blog

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 1/31/18 – Hall of Fame/ZABC Auction Event Details


The athletic departments of Zeeland East & West in conjunction with the Zeeland Athletic Boosters are pleased to announce the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees.  They are:

Tom Kragt

Art Klamt

Alfred “Doc” VandeWaa

Leslie “Kleinheksel” Coote

Matt Plaska

Tad Hulst
Please join us in honoring the latest Hall of Fame class as you have the opportunity to bid on several fantastic items at this year’s Booster Auction (where 100% of the proceeds go right back to our athletic program).  The link below is the ticket order form.  Don’t delay this has become a popular event and seating is limited…

2018 HOF Ticket Order Form

Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 1/9/18

Congratulations to Aaron Sleeman!

Aaron recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Concordia University (Michigan).  Congratulations to Aaron, his family & his coaches on this milestone achievement!


Best of Luck,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 11/29/17

Congratulations to the following Zeeland West Athletes who earned OK Green All Conference during the Fall Season:

Fall AC Pic

FRONT ROW: Olivia Creevy-Volleyball, Avery Schenk-Cross Country, Kaylee Bakker-Volleyball, Phloy Wongvilart-Golf, Katie Bruursema-Golf.
SECOND ROW:  Ethan Senti-Cross Country, Kelsy Toth-Swimming, Rylee Fowler-Swimming, Rylie Toth-Swimming, Brinley Schenk-Cross Country, Nathan Kroll-Tennis.
THIRD ROW:  Philip DeJonge-Water Polo, Max Hecht-Football, Kevin Mills-Water Polo, Caleb Kender-Football, Aaron Sleeman-Football, Connor Burrows-Football.
BACK ROW:  Kadre Dryden-Soccer, Hunter Anderson-Football, Ross Bolman-Football, Matthew Converse-Cross Country, Bryce Arredondo-Cross Country, Austin Soeters-Cross Country.
Athletes – we are proud of how you represented Zeeland West during competition.  Once again congratulations to you, your coaches & your families for this well earned distinction!
Yours in sport,
AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 11/14/17

Congratulations to the following Zeeland West Athletes who have recently signed letters of intent to participate in collegiate athletics:

Kevin Mills – who has signed to swim at Michigan State University

Phillip DeJonge – who has signed to swim at Oakland University


Brinley Schenk – who has signed to run at Union University in Jackson Tennessee

Best of luck and we are proud of this milestone achievement for you, your family and your coaches!

Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 10/30/17


Boys Football – Opened up MHSAA pre district tournament play with a 42-27 win over Zeeland East last Friday.  With the win, the Dux advance to the District final where we will face the Big Reds of Muskegon.  The game will be played at Grand Haven HS on Friday, November 3 and is slated for a 7:00 pm kickoff…

Girls Cross Country – Ran at the Buchanan Regional on Saturday and placed 2nd.  With the runner up finish the Dux girls qualified as a team to go to the Division II State Championship Meet at M.I.S. in Brooklyn, MI on Saturday, November, 4.  The Girls race is slated for a 1:30 pm start…

Boys Cross Country – Also ran at the Buchanan Regional and raced to a Championship.  The Regional Championship in Boys Cross Country is the first in Zeeland West history!  With the win the Dux guys will also be competing at the Division II State Championships on Saturday and are slated for a 2:50 pm start…


Best of Luck & Go Dux!!!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award Nominations are now open

The Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors a Scholar/Athlete Scholarship annually.  This scholarship is for seniors who have a 3.5 GPA and have lettered in at least one MHSAA sponsored Varsity sport prior to their senior year.  If you are interested in applying be sure to see Mr. Werley in the athletic office for details.  Here is some information from the MHSAA that gives some additional information on the award…

  1. There may be no more prestigious honor for a scholar-athlete than this award. Even if you have a student that already has secured a full-ride scholarship, please encourage him or her to apply for this award. The 32 winners are a true representation of the term “scholar-athlete”, and winning this award should be a goal for every student.


  1. Encourage ALL students who meet the minimum requirement to apply for the award. Don’t just limit yourself by inviting only those with the highest GPAs. Use our 40-30-20-10 scoring formula (described at to determine the best of your applicants. If you get more applicants then you’re allowed, I would be happy to send you additional certificates for ALL students who completed an application and essay.


  1. The essay and short answer questions are very important. Your student may be a four-time MHSAA champion with a 4.0 GPA, but if the student does not write a good and interesting essay he or she will not win. In addition, have your students work with an English teacher to proof the essay; it never hurts to have more eyeballs look at the app before submission.

Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: 7/13/17 – Student e-mail issue Resolved!


Thanks to all who have completed the registration process and to those of you who attended our meeting on Tuesday.

I want all of you to know that our Technology Department has resolved the student e-mail issue and all students (6-12) should now be able to get into the system and sign forms.

If you are having any problems registering, please contact me at:   and I will assist or forward your issue to FinalForms for resolution…


Thanks & Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werley’s Words: Final Forms is Up and Running!!!

Great News – Final Forms is up and Running!  Take a look at the parent instructional letter that should explain how to sign up your child:


Please Note:  For the services that FinalForms provides there will be an annual fee of $7.00 per student…

Thank you for your assistance and support in streamlining our paperwork processes for Zeeland West & Creekside Athletics.

If you have any questions or are having any trouble registering, please plan on attending one of the FinalForms instructional meetings on one of the following dates:  Tuesday July 11, Tuesday July 18, or Thursday July 27.  All meetings will begin at 7:00 pm in the Zeeland West Cafeteria.  Please bring an electronic device (Ipad, lap top or smart phone) for the meeting.

If you have successfully registered your child (children) in FinalForms and you do not have any questions – feel free to skip the meetings…

Incoming freshmen will have an issue with email addresses.  They receive a new email address, without the numeral “2” after the “stu.”  Please enter the new email address, even thought it is not yet active.  If they are not activated before the new sports season begins, then we will figure out how to deal with it and they will need to sign the forms as soon as the new email is activated.

Middle school students still need the stu2 in their email addresses.

Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Dux News · Werleys Words: Zeeland West & Creekside Athletics Partner with FinalForms

We are very excited to announce that Zeeland West HS & Creekside MS have partnered with FinalForms, an online forms, and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students online (that’s right – students will no longer have to come in to get a Z.A.C.!). The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You will review your information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.

The site is currently being developed and is expected to be ready to accept registrations very soon.  Once the site is live and online, parents will receive a notification along with a Parent Playbook with all of the instructions to get started.

Thank you for your assistance and support in streamlining our paperwork processes for Zeeland West & Creekside Athletics.

Please plan on attending a FinalForms instructional meeting for all parents of athletes (who plan on participating in school sports) on one of the following dates:  Tuesday July 11, Tuesday July 18, or Thursday July 27.  All meetings will begin at 7:00 pm in the Zeeland West Cafeteria (due to construction at ZE). 


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

Boys Middle School Swimming 7/8 Creekside Co-op, Boys Varsity Swimming · Werley’s Words: 3/10/17

News from the Division I State Swim & Dive Meet at Oakland University:

Here is an update from the first day (prelims) and what our seedings will be for the finals tomorrow:


200 Medley relay:

2nd (Set a new school record today)

200 Free:

6th – Jonathan Kollen,

12th – Phillip DeJonge

200 Individual Medley:

8th – Connor Robertson (set a new school record)

50 Free:

2nd – Gabe Trevino (set a new school record),

3rd – Austin Mills 


Great start guys and best of luck on the rest of the day and the finals tomorrow!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley