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Jenison hoopster signs with American U.; Henry steps down as Pershing boys basketball coach

By: Scott Burnstein, April 15, 2018, 9:21 pm




College connections

Jenison senior guard Jacob Boonyasith signed with American University, a Division I college out of the Patriot League. The 6-3 gunner poured in 25 points per game this past winter on his way to becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior forward Jacob Polakovich inked with the University of Indianapolis on the DII level. Standing 6-8 and able to play both forward spots, Polakovitch helped lead GRCC into the Class B state finals last month.

New Haven senior forward Ashton Sherrell signed penned his letter of intent to play at Lake Superior State in the GLIAC next year. The 6-7 Sherrell won a Class B state title as a junior in 2017 and ended his prep career back in the final four in 2018.

Coaching carousel

Chelsea has brought back Josh Tropea, who has been an assistant at Spring Arbor University the past two years. Tropea was on the bench at Chelsea in 2015 and 2016. He led Milan to a Class B state crown in 2014.

Detroit Pershing’s Wydell Henry has stepped down from his post atop the storied Doughboys program after six years at the helm.

Holly’s Lance Bayliss is leaving Holly following turning the Bronchos into contenders and averaging 15 wins per season over a 13-year tenure.

Birmingham Grove’ Marc West departed the Falcons’ Nest for a spot as an assistant at Henry Ford Community College. West turned Madison Heights Bishop Foley into Catholic League champions before coming over to the OAA the last three campaigns.

Hazel Park’s Brandon Barrett resigned to accept the coaching position at Detroit University Prep and try his hand at PSL comp.