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Kenowa Hills High School Boys’ Soccer’s Peter Brown Named Athlete of the Week

Kenowa Hills High School boys' soccer player Peter Brown is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

Second-year Knights Coach Frank Andrade almost sounds like he doesn't have enough superlatives to describe Brown.

"He excels," Andrade said of Kenowa Hills' leading scorer. "He's a great player and he's become a great leader."

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Shelly Winkle
Shelly Winkle
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Grand Rapids Christian High School Boys’ Soccer’s Jacob Witte Named Athlete of the Week

Grand Rapids Christian High School boys' soccer player Jacob Witte is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD High School Athlete of the Week.

The senior forward's leadership as captain and contributor is one of the primary reasons why Grand Rapids Christian is 14-1-1 and is ranked No. 3 in Division 2 by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches' Association.

"I could tell on my first day that he'd stand out," first-year Eagles Coach Joshua Miller said of Witte. "I could tell he was a natural leader, ... and that hasn't changed.

"He's great on the field, but he's also great off the field."

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Rick Martinez/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Ottawa Hills High School Volleyball’s Ladaysia Alexander Named Athlete of the Week

Ottawa Hills High School volleyball player Ladaysia Alexander is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Consider Alexander's selection for the honor one as much for her perseverance in addition to her being a stellar student-athlete.

"Ladaysia Alexander has had to overcome more obstacles in 17 years than most individuals would in their entire life," Ottawa Hills Coach Sara Sherry said.

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Teske Hoffmeister
Teske Hoffmeister
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Rockford High School Boys’ Water Polo’s David Newberger Named Athlete of the Week

Rockford High School boys' water polo player David Newberger is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

Newberger excels athletically and academically, standing out on a team currently ranked No. 1 by the Michigan Water Polo Association with a 17-1 record after a 15-7 win Wednesday night over East Kentwood.

"David Newberger epitomizes the (term) student-athlete," Rockford Coach David McWatters said.

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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The Orbit Room’s Future Uncertain As Longtime Manager Ted Smith Departs for HopCat Detroit

By John Sinkevics | Local Spins

Less than a year after the death of The Orbit Room owner Don Dorshimer, the future of the longtime Grand Rapids concert venue is up in the air now that manager Ted Smith is leaving to head up booking at the new HopCat in Detroit.

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Courtesy Scott VanderVeen
Courtesy Scott VanderVeen
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Jenison High School Boys’ Soccer’s Luke VanderVeen Named Athlete of the Week

Jenison High School boys' soccer player Luke VanderVeen is this week's Meijer-97.9 WGRD Athlete of the Week.

VanderVeen's last-minute goal in Jenison's 1-0 win over Zeeland East last week is indicative of the type of competitor he is, Wildcats Coach Brian Selk said.

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Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III Leaving for NBA

University of Michigan men's basketball players Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas are forgoing their last two years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.

Michigan Coach John Beilein announced their decisions in a news conference Tuesday. Both are sophomores, with Robinson from St. John, Ind., and Stauskas from Mississauga, Ontario.

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids Nets NBA D-League Franchise for 2014-15 Season

The NBA Development League today announced that SSJ Group, LLC, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Springfield Armor and is relocating the Massachusetts club to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season with a direct affiliation with the NBA's Detroit Pistons.

The announcement was made this afternoon at The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center.

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