Football team honors those affected by cancer

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James Harding

(From left to right) junior Levi Overway, senior Chase Pego, senior Aaron Cummings, senior Nick Mulachy and senior Joe Sepeshy show off their purple jerseys for the Bucs’ Pride game.

Elizabeth Tibbe , Co-editor in chief

The home football season opens with the Bucs’ Pride game held Friday at Buccaneer Stadium starting at 7 p.m.  Each player will wear a name on their jersey to honor those who have passed away or been affected by cancer. This game is organized by the Bucs’ Pride association.

Below is a list of players/honorees.

Player:  #3 Drew Bruursema

Playing in memory of: William Schippers

Relation: Great Grandpa

 

Player: #5 Levi Overway

Playing in memory of: Grandpa Sam

 

Player: #6 Jake Kostner

Playing in memory of: Grandpa Kostner

 

Player: #7 Luke Larkin

Playing in memory of: Mary Larkin

Relation: Grandma

 

Player: #8 Evan Kaufman

Playing in memory of: Smith and Kaufman family members

 

Player: #9 Joe Sepeshy

Playing in honor of: a friend

 

Player: #10 Aaron Cummings

Playing in memory of: Robin Bye

Relation: Friend and mentor

 

Player: #11 James Harding

Playing in honor of: Grandma

 

Player: #12 Ashkii Wilson

Playing in honor of: Ked Rhode

Relation: Coach Smith’s good friend

 

Player: #13 Casper Attermann

Playing in memory of: Grandmother

 

Player: #14 Schaefer Thelen

Playing in honor of: Uncle Bob

 

Player: #15 Lukas Steffel

Playing in honor of: Bev Deal

Relation: One of Dr.Larry Poel’s receptionists

 

Player: #16 Joey Zelenka

Playing in memory of: Ruth Baker

Player: #18 Spencer Botner

Playing in memory of: Kaleb Schmidt’s grandma and Mike and Amy Schmidt’s mom

 

Player: #22 Wayne McLaughlin

Playing in honor of: Denise North’s dad

 

Player: #23 Zac Marsman

Playing in memory of: Dough Burton

Relation: Former Buccaneer Athlete

 

Player: #24 Trey Bledsoe

Playing in honor of: Grandmother

 

Player: #25 Zach McKinnon

Playing in memory of: Grandpa Carl

 

Player: #30 Chase Pego

Playing in memory of: Luis Guillen

 

Player: #32 Taylor Siegel

Playing in honor of: Tia

 

Player: #34 Austin Rutherford

Playing in honor of: Sorrelle Family

 

Player: #40 Fortune Anyanwu

Playing in honor of: Sheri Stone

 

Player: #42 Reis Lannin

Playing in memory of: Matt Barnes

 

Player: #44 Matt VanHeest

Playing in memory of: Mary Zitta

Relation: Former Grand Haven Teacher

 

Player: #45 Nick Mulcahy

Playing in honor of: Tom Holmes

 

Player: #50 Drew Danskine

Playing in memory of: Uncle John

 

Player: #51 Andrew Dalman

Playing in honor of: Grandmother

Player: #53 Trevor Springer

Playing in memory of: Trevor Howard

Relation: 8 year old taken in by the football team who recently lost his battle with Leukemia

 

Player: #54 Nathan VanZee

Playing in honor of: Kim

Relation: Friend of Steve

 

Player: #55 Hunter Bessinger

Playing in memory of: Jan Ledinsky and Ruth Valliere

 

Player: #58 Juan Bucerra

Playing in honor of: Aunt Angie

 

Player: #62 Ben VanderBroek

Playing in honor of: Aunt Marilyn

 

Player: #63 Connor Gundy

Playing in honor of: Ann Tibbe

Relation: Girlfriend’s mom

 

Player: #64 Zach Benson

Playing in honor of: All of Grand Haven High School Staff

 

Player: #66 Alexander Zelazquez

Playing in memory of: Charlie Clark

 

Player: #67 Rylee Brown

Playing in memory of: Marilyn Mergener

Relation: Grand Haven teacher for 35 years

 

Player: #68 John Struntz

Playing in honor of: Amy Fontaine

Relation: A young Grand Haven mom

 

Player: #72 Thompson McWatters

Playing in honor of: Uncle Mike

 

Player: #76 Mike Olthof

Playing in memory of: Grandpa Olthof

 

Player: #77 Junior Pedroza

Playing in honor of: Bucs Pride

Player: #78 Chase VanHoef

Playing in memory of: Carol VanHoef

Relation: Grandma

 

Player: #88 Destin Meirs

Playing in honor of: Cal Jager

Relation: Grand Haven High School senior