By Seth Vanderwest

GRAND HAVEN–Grand Haven Buccaneer Nathan Boehnke has signed his letter of intent to play football at Saginaw Valley State University. The senior tight end played his first-ever season of football this past fall and immediately established himself as a top player.

Boehnke first joined the team as a big body – 6’4 and 225 pounds – with little football knowledge, but he worked hard to study the game and improve his skill.

He’s a strong kid and I really needed to convince him to come and play football,” Grand Haven head football coach Mike Farley said. “He doesn’t have any bad habits.”

Boehnke was first team all-conference in the OK-Red and second team All-Muskegon Area in 2021. He was an important part of the Buccaneer team, which finished 3-6 on the season.

He will join a solid SVSU squad, which went 7-4 last year.

“[Nathan] has so much confidence and he’s really excited about the opportunity to play college football,” said Farley.

Boehnke has a 3.2 GPA at Grand Haven and plans to major in business management next year. Nathan is the son of Tracy and Chris Boehnke.

Nathan Boehnke (left) at his signing along with Grand Haven teammate Dayne Arnett (Photo courtesy of the Grand Haven Athletic Dept.)