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...

Sarah Knoll poses with her parents after signing her letter of intent to Michigan Tech. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Knoll)

Sarah Knoll committed to Michigan Tech

Brendan Vander Meer, Reporter November 25, 2019

Senior volleyball player Sarah Knoll has committed to play for the Michigan Tech Huskies. “It’s really just a beautiful place that has great people and offers me pretty much everything I’m looking...

Reilly Swierbut has made the decision to continue her volleyball career at Parkland College. (Photo courtesy of Reilly Swierbut)

Reilly Swierbut committed to Parkland College

Natalie Dupuis, Assigning Editor November 22, 2019

Senior Reilly Swierbut has made the decision to continue her volleyball career at Parkland College. She said the decision was hard at first, but she knows that Parkland College is the right choice for...

Senior Reilly Swierbut walks across the court with her parents for the last time. “In this moment, I saw both of my sisters crying, Swierbut said. So, when I saw them, I just became overwhelmed by emotions because I’ll be gone in less than a year.”

Girls volleyball beats East Kentwood on senior night

Grace Montgomery, Editor In Chief October 24, 2019

WHAT HAPPENED: The girls varsity volleyball team beat East Kentwood in three sets on Tuesday, October 22. They started strong winning 25-13 and took the next two sets 25-22 and 25-21. It was an...

Junior Anna Clover focuses intensely as she prepares to serve the ball. Clover has just returned to the game after a short period of rest due to an injury.

Girls varsity volleyball falls to Hudsonville in close match

Grace Montgomery, Editor In Chief October 4, 2019

WHAT HAPPENED: The girls varsity volleyball team lost to Hudsonville in four sets on Thursday, October 3. They started strong in the first set winning 25-17. But, were unable to pull through. They...

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...

Opinion: No harm in cornrows

Macayla Cramer , Reporter November 28, 2018

I didn’t realize little girls were racist. I wasn't the only one returning from spring break with bronzed skin, Florida apparel and my curls twisted into tight, woven cornrows braids back in elementary...

The four athletes pose together. From left to right: Avery Strohmeyer (Lake Superior State), Gabby Hentemann (Oklahoma State University), Baby Hang (Ferris State University), Avolyn Lepo (Oakland University).

Senior athletes sign letters of intent

Nick Twa, Business Manager November 16, 2018

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, seniors Gabby Hentemann and Baby Hang signed their letters of intent to play cross country and softball respectively. They were met by a large crowd in the large group instruction...

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,...

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