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Dux News · Werley’s Words: 2/4/16 – Please take the Basketball Survey!

Greetings – In an effort to seek out opinions from players, parents & fans please take the following survey so your voice is heard with regards to how the OK Conference schedules Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball Games.  You are only able to complete the survey once – thank you in advance for sharing your opinions.

Simply click on the attached link and follow the prompts…

Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Dux News · Werley’s Words: 1/29/16

Zeeland West is excited to host Unity Christian in an exciting OK Green Varsity Girls/Boys Basketball Double Header tonight (1/29) with the tip off of the girls game slated for 6:00 pm (boys game to follow)

Halftime Entertainment:

The State Champion Creekside Middle School Robodux Team will be showcasing how they earned their prestigious award at halftime of the girls game – so be sure to get here early to get a great seat for all the fun!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Girls Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Softball · Werley’s Words: 1/26/16

Congratulations to Zeeland West Senior Softball Player Cierra Langejans!

Cierra recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.  Congratulations to Cierra, her parents (& family) and her coaches on this milestone achievement!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Multiple Teams · Werley’s Words: 1/18/16

Congratulations to the follow Zeeland West Wrestlers who have recently reached the 100 win plateau:

112 lbs:  Isaiah Guzman

215 lbs:  Zach VanValkenburg

Heavyweight:  Nate Lay

Gentlemen, we are proud of this milestone achievement!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Dux News · Werley’s Words: 1/15/16 – Winter 2016 Out of Season Training Program

Attention all non winter athletes:  The Winter Out of Season Training Session begins on Wednesday, January 27!

If you would like to participate you must meet the following two requirements:

1)  Zeeland HS Student

2)  Valid Z.A.C. (Zeeland Athletic Card)

*Please note that to receive your ZAC and you are due for IMPACT TESTING the only available IMPACT TEST DATE is:  Wednesday, Jan 27 in Room E-130.  If you plan on attending you must be on time (3:30 sharp) if you are late you will not be allowed to test!  Any questions, please see Diana Albers (Trainer) at the ZW Training Room.

Here is the rest of the information on the program…


2016 Winter Session:

When:  Beginning on January 27 through March 5

Wednesdays (7:30 – 8:30 – Girls)  (8:30 pm – 9:20 pm – Boys)

Saturdays (11:00 – 12:00 noon – Girls) (12:00 noon – 12:50 – Boys)


WhereZeeland West Auxiliary Gym

WhoAll Zeeland West HS Students who are not in a winter sport season.

RequirementsA valid ZAC Card (which can be picked up in the athletic office)


Instructor (s)Tim Hoesch & other ZW coaches…


Yours in Sport,

AD Werley



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Multiple Teams · Werley’s Words: 1/14/16

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Congratulations to Zeeland West Wrestling Coach Wade Heckel:

Earlier this season Coach Heckel picked up his 200th Career win as a Varsity Wrestling Coach!  When asked about achieving this milestone Coach Heckel replied, “It is a testimony of being around awhile and working with a lot of great kids over the years who have been extremely coachable.”

Coach Heckel – Thank you for your hard work, dedication & commitment to Zeeland West Wrestling!200 Wins Cake 200 Wins Cake and Wade 200 Wins Cake and Wade with Mark & Leslie


Yours in sport,

AD Werley


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Multiple Teams · Werley’s Words: 12-28-15

Today’s Athletic Events:

Boys Basketball @ Cornerstone University Tourney – All games (9th, JV & Varsity) have been postponed until Wednesday, Dec 30.  The Varsity team only will now also play on Thursday, Dec 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 12:00 noon (with a loss on Wed) or 2:00 pm (with a victory on Wed).

Boys Swim & Dive Home Invite – Is going on as scheduled with competition slated to begin at 11:00 am…


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Dux News · Werley’s Words: 12-14-15

2015 Dux Football Team Honors:

Congratulations to the following 2015 Zeeland West Football Team Members who garnered the following awards:

Associated Press All State:

1st Team Division 3/4

Darius Perisee & Zach VanValkenburg

Detroit Free Press:

Dream Team (All Divisions):

Zach VanValkenburg & Coach John Shillito

1st Team Division 4:

Darius Perisee, Riley Brinks & Jayk Slager

Detroit News:

1st Team Division 3/4:

Casey Brinks, Darius Perisee, Riley Brinks & Zach VanValkenBurg

Honorable Mention:

Tyler Thompson


Detroit Lions Farm Bureau Insurance Michigan High School Coach of the Year:

Additionally, Coach Shillito has been named the Detroit Lions Farm Bureau Michigan Football High School Coach of the Year.  Please join us at the inaugural Boys Varsity Basketball Game on Tuesday, December 15 to help recognize this prestigious honor for Coach Shillito and the greater Zeeland Community!  In honor of this occasion, admission for this game will be:  $2.00.


Yours in sport,

AD Werley



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Multiple Teams · Werley’s Words: 12-12-15

$2.00 for Tuesday:

Come out and support the Dux as they take on Allendale in a Boys Basketball Triple Header. The freshmen game will tip off at 4:00 with the JV and Varsity to follow.

To help celebrate the Zeeland West Boys Basketball Home Opener ticket prices will be reduced to $2.00…

At halftime of the varsity game – there will also be a special presentation to ZW Head Football Coach, John Shillito, as he was recently named the Detroit Lions State Coach of the Year.

Students, staff & community – let’s fill the ZW main gym to capacity to welcome in a new basketball season for the boys and honor Coach Shillito for earning this prestigious award that earns our football program $4000.00!


Yours in sport,

AD Werley

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Dux News · Werley’s Words: 12-11-15

Multi-sport Participation

This week I met with the varsity coaches at Zeeland West and discussed a topic that all athletic departments are challenged with, how and (maybe more importantly – why) we should encourage athletes to play more than just one sport.  We had a great dialogue and I would like to share with you some of our thoughts…

The kids at West have so much to gain through multi-sport
participation, including the chance to play at the highest level.  You
need to look no further than the 2015 Zeeland West football team which
had 5 all state players amongst whom 4 were 3 sport athletes and the
other one was a three sporter in his first two years.  I believe that
their multi-sport participation was one of the reasons they excelled
in football and believe that this is true for many of our athletes.

Coach John Shillito (Head Football & Asst Track & Field)

I am going to tell you how I feel about multisport athletes from what we have experienced from Haley’s experiences. Haley has made many friendships that would never have been realized had she only played one sport, including teammates and coaches. She also got to experience different team atmospheres and different levels of team successes, which helps her mature not only as an athlete but more importantly as a person. Her future coaches at Michigan have repeatedly told her how much they love multisport athletes for a few reasons: 1) they haven’t reached their ceiling yet in any one sport, 2) they are less likely to suffer overuse injuries, and 3) they are less likely to experience burnout. If you talk to Haley I know that she is so thankful for every high school team she has been on, and for very different reasons. I know if she had it to do over, she probably would try to do more, not less.

Coach Rhonda Hoogenraad (Head Softball & Asst Girls Basketball)


Our student athletes have a wonderful opportunity to compete in multiple sports.  We are quite fortunate to provide such a diverse number of experiences headed by coaches that not only know their craft but also attempt to do it in the right way. We need to continue to share the positive experiences of past athletes competing in multiple sports and the advantages that are earned from doing so in high school and beyond.

 Coach Tim Minnear (Head Boys/Girls Golf)


Multi-sport participation fosters the development of the whole student-athlete.  Being a member of various sports teams provides for a variety of positive learning experiences for our students.  Multi-sport athletes get the opportunity to build relationships with different groups of people from each team that they participate.  Playing various sports that require different skill sets contribute to developing the whole athlete.  Improving skills in one sport can also assist in the progression of a player in their other sports.

Coach Amy Edwards (Head Girls Basketball)


Championships are gained through collective mindsights, not by collective actions on the field, track, court, or pool. That mindset is what makes Zeeland West elite, which is proven year after year at the MHSAA level. We need this mindset to spread to every level of every sport. By partaking in multiple sports, we all benefit by combining the champion attitudes from all areas of athletics, and moving forward as one Dux team.

Coach Matt Ray (Head Boys/Girls Swim & Dive)


As coaches, our mission is to provide positive experiences for our athletes. Promoting multi-sport participation is a way of offering more of these positive experiences for our athletes. As a former 3-sport athlete with marginal athletic ability, I am convinced that participating in multiple sports provided me with great experiences where I learned a lot about myself – physicallly, mentally, emotionally, and socially – things I couldn’t have learned or experienced in a classroom, or working a part time job. I firmly believe that playing for different coaches, with a variety of teammates in different sports had a huge impact on who I became as an adult. I don’t regret my decision as a former athlete, and would encourage all of our athletes to push themselves to try different things or excel in different areas, and become more well-rounded as an individual. Interscholastic athletics provides for learning and developmental opportunities that cannot be replicated in the classroom. I believe that the more opportunities an athlete takes advantage of during high school, the more well-rounded and better prepared they will be in becoming a positive and productive member of society.

Coach Ben Hondorp (Head Boys Soccer Coach)


At Zeeland West – we have an outstanding group of coaches!  Having said that, I want it to be known that they are not alike.  They have different coaching styles, different personalities and different techniques that they use to deliver their coaching message. 

The common bond that they all share is their genuine care & concern for our student athletes…By participating in multiple sports, Zeeland West student athletes are able to experience the skills, abilities & personalities of this fantastic caring group!

AD Werley (Former Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Softball & Track & Field Coach)


Parents – Encourage your kids to take advantage of the opportunity for multiple “school sports”.  Studies have shown that participation helps student athletes in the following ways:

Improves grades,

improves fitness levels,

improves time management skills,

helps establish & reinforce the 3 p’s (persistence, patience & practice) that are invaluable in helping them to achieve goals in high school and beyond,

teaches leadership skills,

& it helps forge positive, healthy relationships between teammates that often last long after high school.

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Yours in sport,

AD Werley