Grand Haven's student publication of community significance since 1927

The Bucs' Blade

Grand Haven's student publication of community significance since 1927

The Bucs' Blade

Grand Haven's student publication of community significance since 1927

The Bucs' Blade

MEETING ONE: Junior Grace Montgomery, freshman Izzy Whittaker, sophomore Kaitlyn Wilkie and sophomore Emma Arsnoe meet during B lunch on Feb. 18 in Smaka’s classroom to read passages about leadership to improve their leadership skills in volleyball. “I think leadership is something that is learned, it’s not something that is just naturally done,” Smaka said.

Leadership book club open to volleyball program

Natalie Dupuis, Assigning Editor February 23, 2021

Volleyball coach Aaron Smaka has started a book club for the fourth time in his career for volleyball players interested in improving their leadership skills. Meetings take place once a week for five...

Head coach Aaron Smaka applauds his team as they made a good play at the senior night game.

Smaka earns 500th win in volleyball

Natalie Dupuis, Assigning Editor November 26, 2019

The match reaches an end, the Bucs have won against Reeths Puffer and the players rush to the court. As the Bucs feel great about the win and Reeths Puffer is at a low, the opposing teams begin to line...

Smaka posted this photo on the Grand Haven Girls Volleyball social media on Sept. 17 with the caption Dads will do anything for their daughters - and we have some of the best. #DadSquad

Fathers of girls volleyball team recreate promotion poster, go viral

Morgan Womack, Co-Editor-In-Chief September 17, 2019

A group of supportive fathers met in secret to recreate their daughters’ volleyball team photo, but  little did they know it would spike such a huge hit on social media. The idea came into fruition...

Using projections, starting to invest now against five years down the road can prove major financial differences in the money returned from your investments.

The time is now to begin your own investing journey – even for us teenagers

Chris Hudson, Editor in Chief February 13, 2019

Five years. It equates to 1,825 days and for most of us teens, it’s almost ¼ of our current lives. Pretty big, right? The same goes for fundamental investing: starting just five years earlier than...

The Lady Bucs cheer after scoring a point in the regional final against Rockford. Strong defense was a hallmark for the team this year.

Volleyball has magical season marked with district title

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter December 3, 2018

The girls volleyball team finished the season with a record of 35-19-2 and which earned them fifth place in the O-K Red conference, and added a thrilling postseason run, losing to Rockford in the regional...

Seniors Avery Strohmeyer and Avolyn Lepo pose with their coach Aaron Smaka on signing day. Strohmeyer is headed to Lake Superior State University, while Lepo signed for Oakland University.

Q and A with volleyball seniors Avery Strohmeyer and Avolyn Lepo

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter November 28, 2018

Seniors Avolyn Lepo and Avery Strohmeyer are nearing the end of their volleyball careers at Grand Haven High School. Both have been successful in high school, and now they are both moving on to play college...

Members of the team look on in the final moments of the match. It was close game for the Bucs, but Rockford converted more 50-50 balls, ultimately sealing Grand Havens fate.

Thrilling postseason for volleyball comes to end with regional loss to Rams

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter November 10, 2018

What Happened: The volleyball team hosted a highly-ranked Rockford squad for a much-anticipated regional finals matchup. A jam-packed home gym and student section showed up in full force to support their...

Junior Ashley Slater rises to spike a ball in a home match vs. Grandville. Slater has led the Bucs offensively this season.

Volleyball looks to capture district title versus Reeths-Puffer

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter November 1, 2018

What’s Happening: On Wednesday, the volleyball team blew a crafty Kenowa Hills squad out of the water in the district semifinals, advancing to the finals after winning all three sets with scores of 25-10,...

Junior Sarah Knoll attempts a spike against Hudsonville. The Bucs will look to improve on offense as they enter the final stretch of the season.

Bucs volleyball starts strong but can’t finish against talented Rockford squad

Ashton Voorhees, Reporter October 3, 2018

What Happened: On Tuesday, the Buccaneers varsity volleyball team faced yet another tough road test in the O-K Red conference: the Rockford Rams. Coming out hot in the first set winning 25-22, the Bucs...

A Grand Haven High School student fills out a replica W-2 and W-4 form for Personal Finance class.

Opinion: Taking personal finance should be a state required class

Chris Hudson, Editor in Chief October 1, 2018

Going into my final school year at Grand Haven, I’d always thought that taking Personal Finance was somewhat of a joke - no offense Mr. Smaka or Mr. Williams - but the rumor from class to class was that...

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