Hamilton Changes from O-K Gold to O-K Green

Sports schedules will look different this year as Hamilton faces up against some new teams. Surrounding school boards reached a decision to switch many of the region schools into different conferences, Hamilton included.

In the new conference, schools are closer to Hamilton in size.  Last year, the schools that Hamilton played were almost double the size, such as Caledonia. Now there is only a difference of a couple of hundred of students between schools.

“We have some good competition in the new league,” Varsity Volleyball Coach Abby Ekkens said. “It should be a fun season. “

The switch will cut down on traveling time compared to last year when teams would have to travel up to an hour to reach their competition.  And according to many varsity coaches, the change gives teams time to create rivalries.

“I absolutely love creating rivalries,” Principal Doug Braschler said.

Although most teams have played the schools in our new conference before, they have not counted toward conference wins.

In addition to the Hawkeyes, the conference consists of Byron Center, Holland Christian, Unity Christian, Wyoming Park, Rogers, Zeeland East, and Zeeland West high schools.

With the change there are high hopes for many of the sports teams.

“ I expect we will win a few league championships,” Athletic Director Jerry Haggerty said.

Many coaches are also looking forward to playing some different schools.

The change also brings in some tough competition for some sports.  Boy’s basketball and softball are looking forward to the challenge.

“It is definitely a much tougher conference,” Varsity softball coach Brian Morrison said, “But the competition will only make us better.”

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