Paige Vandenberg, a force in the paint for the Packers during her high school career, will bring her game to Hope this coming season. While collecting all conference and all area honors for her play on the court Paige also was named to the Academic All State team courtesy of a 4.0 GPA.
In her junior year she posted a solid season and excelled during two hard fought overtime wins over Grant and Newaygo averaging 17 points and 11 boards in those contests.This past season she was part of a spirited sprint to the CSAA title ending a 40 year drought for the Pack. In a dramatic home victory over league favorite Big Rapids, Vandenberg led her team with 14 points and pulled down a key rebound in the final minute off a missed foul shot that helped secure the win. Later in the season when facing a Tri County team on a 6 game winning streak she ruled the paint with 17 points 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots as Fremont continued their title run.
And now she will be heading for Holland trading in the Red and White of Fremont for the Orange and Blue of Hope.
The Flying Dutch Girls basketball team has a long and storied history highlighted by a deep seated rivalry with Calvin. Under the tenure of Coach Brian Morehouse the Dutch have not finished lower than second since his inaugural season (96-97) when they placed 4th and since then have secured 15 MIAA titles, won 35 postseason contests and notched a National Title along the way. More importantly his teams have forged a 41-22 record against the Knights including a current 8 game winning streak. This past season an undefeated Hope team had just gotten past their first two tourney opponents when the season shut down due to the pandemic.
Paige is the daughter of Jeff and Jami Vandenberg.