Athletics Boosters Auction and Fall Season Highlights

It was amazing to be able to continue with the Fall athletics programs at Jenison High School this year. The camaraderie of the teams and the physical activity had been a real bright spot in the lives of these students and a balm for some of the weary hearts throughout the community. While we can all agree that this season wasn’t ideal – the teams showed up ready to put their whole heart into it and they were granted a chance to show what they were made of. Read about the unique training methods they employed to get ready while they kept each other safe: Sports Teams Persevere as They Await the Reinstatement of the Fall Season. And read to the end to see some of the memorable, record breaking highlights from this unforgettable year!

Jenison Athletics Boosters Auction

The Jenison Athletics Boosters is an independent organization of junior high and high school parents that raise funds to benefit all 1,000+ student athletes and athletic programming. Coordinating closely with the athletic department and administration, the JAB identifies programming needs and provides support where necessary.

The Boosters would much rather see you in person and serve you some yummy concession goodies at a sporting event or enjoy a lovely evening with you at the Spring Hall of Fame fundraising banquet, alas this is 2020 and neither of those are options. So, I invite you stay comfortable at home and cross off some holiday shopping with the Wildcat Athletics Holiday ONLINE Auction.

The auction will run on the website https://jabauction.com now until 6:00 PM on Sunday, December 13. There are some great products and local services up for bid; our student athletes would be very grateful for the support.


Football and Coach Rob Zeitman

Jenison Varsity Football Coach Rob Zeitman was recently recognized as Regional Coach of the Year for Division 2. Our community is so proud of all the great work he has done investing in his students on and off the field. We are blessed to have him leading the Wildcat Football program and he is a positive force in the lives of our students and athletes.

Our coaches and players had a terrific season. They gave us lots to cheer about and some great memories. Congrats to our seniors who laid a winning foundation for all future Wildcats! Seniors, Jaden VanDalsen, Ethan Kirkland, Nate Rose, and Ryan Robinson were selected as First Team All-Conference members for the OK-Red. Juniors, Caleb Dean and Ethan Mate were also selected as members of the OK-Red First Team All-Conference. Seniors, Garrett Blood and Dylan Andrus were selected as OK-Red Honorable Mention All-Conference Members. Congratulations to these young men.


Cross Country

Working hard, on and off the course, the Jenison Varsity Girls Cross Country team finished their season with a recognition of Academic All State. They are the epitome of committed student athletes. These successful runners have an outstanding combined GPA of 3.817 and they enjoyed a 2nd place finish at regionals with Mya Guikema leading the girls with a fourth place finish. Well done ladies, you are a phenomenal representation of our school and community.

The Jenison Varsity Boys Cross Country team had a big year finishing 2nd at regionals. They went on to place 19th overall at the state competition. This was the first time in 16 years they qualified for state – and they qualified as a team. Despite all odds of the season being cancelled then reinstated, this running family meant business, each putting forth fantastic effort. Senior Connor Vachon finished 8th in the State D1 Finals with a personal record time of 15:38. Congratulations to these young men – they’re going places fast!


Girls Swim

Early November wrapped up the Girl’s OK Red Swim and Dive Championship with a 4th place finish overall. Every swimmer improved her time with a total of over 55 season or lifetime bests. The 200 Medley Relay Team (pictured below L to R) of Grace Albrecht, Elyse Radawski, Hailey Sherman, Rachel Huyser broke the 12-year old Jenison Varsity Record by 2.6 seconds with a time of 1:48.47! State cuts were made in every single swimming event. Seven swimmers qualified for the state competition. Way to go ladies – you took this unpredictable season and made it count!

Friday Night Reunion

Last week, under the Friday night lights, there was a reunion of fans, players, cheerleaders and musicians. Amidst the regulations and protocols for public gatherings in this season of COVID-19, being together brought a little sigh of relief and a refreshing feeling of normal. Last week, in David McKenzie Stadium, the resounding theme of the evening for seniors on the field would be, this night was a dream come true.

Michael Care, wide receiver felt the opportunity to not only have a fall season but to celebrate on their home field last week with their cheerleading and marching band counterparts was a big relief. Michael and his teammates appreciated being surrounded by the community and hearing all the normal sounds that accompany their games. Time spent together as a team and the rallying of Friday nights, especially with a great win, is something that cements the bonds of everyone. For this senior, he hopes this is an indication that life will be slowly returning to normal. 

Shelby Monday, Varsity cheerleader was elated to be given the chance to continue her final Varsity sideline cheer season. Training and cheering with masks as an accessory to her uniform is something she never thought she’d have to do, but felt it was definitely worth it. Time seems to be on fast forward for Shelby these days, and she’s looking forward to enjoying the rest of her senior year with more glimpses of normal, while embracing other unique memory making opportunities as she can.  

The Jenison Varsity Cheerleaders, Class of 2021

For Madelyn Schab, Head Drum Major for the JHS Marching Band, it was an absolute dream come true to be given the opportunity to be under the Friday night lights. The marching band students experienced a great disappointment when their competitive season was cancelled 5 months ago, along with their football performances. Yet, she and the entire marching band and crew relentlessly pursued excellence as a team. Hopeful for a performance, they pushed forward perfecting their show. They have been so grateful that that approval for parent performances and this final football game became a reality.

Madelyn felt that this season was a reminder of the simple, pure experience of coming togetherĀ as a group. Combining their passion and love for music, diligently pursuing perfection as they create an amazing show together, while supporting each other alongĀ the way, was a pretty great thing too. However, being able to support the football team and cheerleaders one last time as seniors, is something none of these musicians, (or this community) will soon be able to forget.

I’ll forever be proud of this class of students and teachers for the obstacles they have endured and the magic they have achieved. Go Wildcats!