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The Boys State Champion Basketball team of 1938 earned the first state championship in school history, with a regular-season record of 13 wins and 2 losses, then winning six consecutive games in the state tournament. The state finals game was played at the old Civic Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids, where our Eagles defeated St. Michael’s High by the score of 25-12. A highlight of the championship celebration was the trophy presentation by none other than Dr. James Naismith, the creator of the game of basketball.
There is one remaining living member of the State Champion Eagles of 1938. Dr. John VandenBerg, was a guard on the team, and commented on the close relationships that the team members enjoyed during their season and long after high school. Many of the team members went on to long and successful careers, including Dr. VandenBerg who was a teacher and administrator at Calvin College for over 50 years.
The roster included the following players: Robert Bolt, Gene Broene, Ladd Broene, Eugene Brouwer, Claus Beukema (coach), Marv Bylsma, Clarence DeHaan, Rennie Dornbush (athletic director), Elson Harkema, Robert Hoekman, Bill Joling, James Koster (manager), Robert Reitsma, Henry Scholten, John VandenBerg, Louis VanderTill, Art VanTuinen.