By Nate Dugener

NORTON SHORES–Western Michigan Christian two-sport athlete Maddie Wiersema has signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Grand Rapids Community College to play basketball and volleyball. Maddie, and her twin sister Kyla, signed on Monday to pursue an academic and athletic career at the next level.

GRCC is a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. GRCC’s volleyball team ended the season with a 24-7 overall record, 14-0 in MCCAA play. The Raiders played in the Great Lakes District B Tournament where they fell to seventh-ranked Terra State Community College. The Raiders women’s basketball team finished 20-11 overall, 14-4 and third place in the league.

Maddie played three years on the varsity squad at WMC. She suffered a couple of setbacks her freshman and senior seasons due to a back injury and a bad ankle sprain. However, Maddie’s resiliency is giving her the opportunity to play at the next level.

“Maddie is a left handed player and is a very determined athlete,” WM Christian coach Jeremy Goorman said. “She had many games with double doubles. Her averages would have been astronomical on a normal team, but with Kyla, she sometimes took a back seat. She often gave up shots to set her teammates up for better looks. It is easy to coach when you have a super star putting others first. She provided a role model for all others to follow.”

Maddie has a 3.85 GPA and has not yet chosen what she intends to major in at GRCC.

She is the daughter of Tom and Kate Wiersema.

Senior Maddie Wiersema of Western Michigan Christian (Photo/Leo Valdez)