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FOURmer Glory

Four Dordt College alumni coached teams that won state championships in high school basketball in their respective states this year. It’s not the first time they’ve accomplished that feat.

Jim Eekhoff (’72) won his fourth state championship as head coach at Western Christian High School in Hull, Iowa, when the Wolfpack defeated Mid Prairie of Wellman 67-62 in the 2007 Iowa Class 2A state title game. Eekhoff, a native of Kanawha, Iowa, also won championships in 1985, 1991, and 1996.

Scott Soodsma’s (’82) girls’ basketball team from Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Michigan, won the Michigan State Championship game in the fall of 2006. Scott’s first state championship win was with the boys’ team from Northern Michigan Christian from McBain, Michigan in 1987. Scott and his wife Mary (Buwalda, ’82) are the parents of current Dordt students, Joshua and Abbie, and incoming freshman, Amber.

Dean Wagenaar (’89) won his third state championship as head coach at Sunnyside Christian High School in Sunnyside, Washington, when the Knights defeated Marysville Tulalip Heritage High School 58-40 in the 2007 Washington Class 1B state championship game. Wagenaar, originally from Ritter, Iowa, also won championships in 2002 and 2005.

Greg Haagsma (’91) won his fourth state championship as head coach at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona, when the Trojans defeated Tucson Desert Christian High School 63-38 in the 2007 Arizona Class 2A state title game. Haagsma, who is originally from Pella, Iowa, also won championships in 2002, 2003, and 2006.