By Seth Vanderwest

KENT CITY–Kent City senior Samara Kolehouse has signed with Grand Rapids Community College.

She will continue her softball career as a Raider next spring. In the meantime, Kolehouse has one more season with the Eagles, where she will look to help the team improve on last years’ 20-10 finish. Their season ended in a one-run loss in the district title game.

The Eagles were a young team last year, having only two seniors and a host of underclassmen. This season, Kolehouse will be expected to step up and be a leader to fill the hole left by the two departing seniors, Alyssa Larson and Kenzie Bowers.

Kolehouse will join a struggling GRCC team that finished 6-26 in 2021. However, first-year coach Molly McKinney will attempt to give the Raiders a fresh start in 2022, and it is possible that Samara will join a much-improved squad in 2023.

Coach McKinney is very complimentary of Kolehouse and believes that she will make an immediate impact.

“We think she is going to be a great asset for our program both on and off the field. Her softball knowledge and versatility is going to provide a lot of depth to our roster. We expect her to contribute right away,” said McKinney.

For now, Kolehouse is focused on working towards giving herself and the Eagles a shot at the district championship that eluded them last season.

Kent City is also going through a coaching change as Coach Jakiemiec retired at the end of last year.

New head coach Don Todd inherets a young squad that outperformed expectations last year. Inexperience was their weakness a season ago, but that weakness has likely been all but eliminated by last year’s season of growth and the work put in during the offseason.

(The feature photo is courtesy of Mary Wilson)