Boys JV basketball takes down FHN 65-56


The boys JV basketball team won on Friday night 65-56 over Forest Hills Northern. The Rangers brought the energy for the rivalry game. 

After beginning the game down 4-0, freshman Brady Miller finally got the Rangers on the board. Immediately following the first basket for FHC, sophomore Owen Meyer stripped a Huskie guard which led to an easy transition layup. There was no looking back for the Rangers from that point on. 

The Huskies were not going to back down from the pressure imposed on them. The first half concluded with the Rangers leading 33-24. Sophomore point guard Jake Koning, who finished with 13 points, led the team by bringing the ball up against pressure and also by hitting a crucial three-point shot late in the game. 

Towards the end, the Huskies were able to cut the lead to just two points. Sophomore Levi McKenzie came up big once again in crunch time for the Rangers. Levi took the ball to the hole with around 1:30 left in regulation and made a beautiful, athletic finish around the rim to give his team a four-point advantage. 

“That was a backbreaker. We just needed a bucket late and he has a knack for going and getting them,” head coach Jordan George said. “Levi is an awesome player, and he is a key offensive and defensive player for us. I love when he can get to the rim like that.”

The rivalry game between FHN and FHC never disappoints. 

“It was a classic FHC vs FHN game,” George said. “Our guys are just gamers, when the going gets tough we pull through defensively and offensively and we do it together.”

Levi rounded out the night leading all scorers with 17 points, but his most important bucket came at the end of the game. 

“At that moment in the game,” Levi said, “it was a matter of taking it to the rack or dishing it to a teammate, I chose to finish and it ended up sealing the game for us.”

The Rangers are off to a great start of the season: 2-0. Northview and Forest Hills Northern are two great wins for the Rangers. Coach George is looking to continue the winning streak with a Tuesday game against Grand Rapids Christian. 

“Going 3-0 would be awesome. It will be a tough test, but we are looking forward to seeing our guys go out and compete again,” George said.