1. Lowell Wrestling Wins Fifth Straight State Championship
Five straight state titles. An amazing feat!
2. Varsity Boys Soccer – Red Arrows Knock Off #1 In The State With Last Second Goal
Our #2 LHS Sports Moment of the Year belongs to Varsity Boys Soccer. In what was certainly the most exciting and thrilling finish to any LHS sporting event this year, the Red Arrows knocked off #1 in the state FHN 2-1. In a battle of two of the best soccer programs in the state, Jonny Draigh equalized the match at 1-1 in the first half with his LHS record breaker for most goals in a season by a single player! Then in the 80th minute (the final minute of the match) still 1-1, Lowell defending a corner was able to clear the ball to Ezra Stadt who made an incredible run up the field and got the ball to his brother Jay. With 15 seconds left, Jay scored an incredible goal with a strike into the upper left corner of the goal from 30 yards out to knock off the #1 ranked team in the state in the last moments of the match.
3. Girls Track & Field Wins Conference Title
The Lady Arrows Track & Field Team checks in as our #3 moment of the year. The girls won their first conference championship since 2003!
4. LC Hockey Wins Regional
Our #4 LHS Sports Moment of the Year belongs to Lowell-Caledonia Hockey. The team won a high scoring game in the regional final to win their 2nd straight regional championship!
5. Girls Basketball Wins OK White Championship
Our #5 LHS Sports Moment of the Year belongs to Lowell Girls Basketball. The Lady Arrows jumped out to an 8-0 start in conference play before clinching the OK White championship outright. The team finished with an outstanding record of 16-5 and earned team academic all-state honors.
6. Dominating Performances By Lowell Softball to Clinch Conference and District Championships
Our #6 LHS Moment of the Year belongs to Lowell Sotball for their dominating performances in capturing both conference (two straight) and district championships!
7. Clutch Day To Win The Conference
Lowell Boys Bowling delivered a clutch performance to be our #7 sports moment of the year. Going into the conference tournament, the Red Arrows were on the outside looking in. Needing to win the conference tournament to win the title overall, they overcame two talented (Cedar Springs and Northview) teams down the wire to secure the title. The team would advance to states later on where they finished 9th.
8. Pink Arrow X
The #8 LHS Sports Moment of the Year is Pink Arrow X. A Decade of Pink! Pink Arrow turned 10 this year. The nation’s first pink game has now raised over $2 million to benefit the Pink Arrow Project. Check out the video by LHS graduate Eric Dimmick. Volleyball, Soccer, and Football all competed against EGR. We had an incredible crowd completely clad in pink for this past year’s event.
9. Gymnastics Returns to States
Our #9 LHS Sports Moment of the Year belongs to Lowell Gymnastics! The Lady Arrows once again represented LHS at the state tournament! Along with advancing to the state finals, the team had three individual state qualifiers, earned team academic all-state honors, and three individual academic all-staters. Of the 15 gymnasts, eight were freshmen! Once again another impressive year for Lowell Gymnastics.
10. Volleyball Wins EGR Invitational
Lowell Volleyball finished a stellar tournament at EGR by knocking off #1 in the state Rockford in three sets. In what was an incredible day, the Lady Arrows defeated FHE, Cadillac, Holland Christian, and EGR to advance to the championship match. There, they faced the top team in the state. Lowell took the first set 25-22, but the Rams responded with a 25-17 win in set two to force the tiebreaking third set. Lowell went on a run to win set three 15-6 and the match 2-1. Carly Hoekstra (8 aces), Abi Mangus (37 kills), Sydney Powell (101 assists), Jenna Reitsma (8 blocks), and Jill Fidler (64 digs) led the varsity volleyball team.
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Jay Stadt’s Wonder Goals Against Northview
With World Cup fever going on, there were two incredible goals in one LHS soccer game that helped propel Lowell to a big conference win. Tied 1-1 late in the game, Class of 2018 graduate Jay Stadt scored a goal from 30 yards out late in the game to give LHS a 2-1 lead. Lowell increased their lead to 3-1 in the closing seconds with a 2nd Jay Stadt goal off a free kick near the corner flag. It was certainly one of the most exciting soccer games of the season.
Boys Bowling Goes Back to States
One year after winning a state championship. boys bowling made their way back to states once again! Although falling just short of another state title, the boys bowling team is emerging as a state power. Carson Clark finished his high school career a state semi-finalist. Carson, who was also a regional champion this year, reached the final four in the Division 2 Individual Bowling State Finals. Carson was also a team state champion along with the rest of the boys bowling team in 2017.
Football Extends Playoff Streak to 19
The Lowell Red Arrows Football team extended their streak of making it to the state playoffs this past season to 19 consecutive years. This season the team defeated perennial powers Rockford and Warren De La Salle.
Both Boys and Girls Swim & Dive Capture Conference Titles
Our swimming co-op teams (along with Caledonia and South Christian) each earned conference titles this season. With many outstanding individual performances as well, we are very proud of both teams.
Pink Arrow Lacrosse
Our boys lacrosse team hosted their own Pink Arrow Game benefiting Gilda’s Club. Both JV and Varsity wore pink and donations were collected. Our visitors from West Ottawa also joined in by wearing pink socks!
Basketball Military Tribute
The Red Arrow nickname is an homage to the military, and we are proud to pay tribute to our military through our basketball military tribute as well. The Lowell Gymnastics Team, who appears in our top ten (spoiler alert) also hosts their own military tribute. The boys and girls teams both wear special jerseys for the occasion and play in honor of a current or former military member. On the court, the girls earned a huge win over Greenville which helped them clinch a conference title.
JV Basketball Marathon Game
Lowell and Northview competed in an incredible JV boys basketball game that lasted into two overtimes. Brock Gemmell hit a three pointer with 5.6 seconds to go in the first overtime to get the game to the 2nd overtime. Andy Anschutz led the way for LHS with 27 points. The Wildcats came out victorious 90-80.
Hockey Tops Rockford in OT.
In one of the more exciting wins this season, Brendan Irons scored the game-winner in a 4-3 win for Lowell-Caledonia.
Girls Wrestling Wins Back-To-Back State Titles.
Girls Wrestling is a growing sport, and a fairly new one at LHS as well. The Lady Arrows captured their 2nd straight state MIGWAY championship this past fall.
Mary Jo Buechler Qualifies for Golf Individual States.
Sophomore Mary Jo Buechler had a great golf season along with the rest of the Lady Arrows! Mary Jo performed well enough at regionals to make it to the state tournament.
Girls Tennis Tops Cedar Springs 5-3
In what was one of the most exciting tennis dual meets of the year, Lowell came out on top of Cedar Springs 5-3. Mary Jo Buechler won an intense three-set match to secure the victory. The Lady Arrows also had a great day at their home quad finishing 2nd.
Alumni Soccer Brings Back LHS Greats
Our first event we covered this season was the alumni soccer game. This game featured some LHS greats who came back to play against the varsity team. It was a great match for a great cause. Varsity won the game in PKs.
Jonny Draigh Breaks LHS Goal Scoring Record
LHS senior Jonny Draigh broke the record for most goals in a single boys soccer season at LHS in 2017. The previous record was 31. Below is the record-breaking #32 goal for Jonny!
11' – JONNY! pic.twitter.com/BNawzEfSMD
— Lowell Red Arrows (@Lowellredarrows) October 12, 2017
Equestrian Wins Districts
The Lowell Equestrian team has been very successful over the years at LHS. That continued this year as the team earned another district championship. The team would go on to finish 3rd at regionals.
Track & Field – Two State Qualifiers
Jake Rau (discus) and Diana Roth (200m) advanced to states from our track & field teams. Our track & field teams had some great seasons including a conference championship for the Lady Arrows (featured in our top ten).
Baseball Upsets Rockford in Districts Behind Pratt’s No-Hitter
An incredible pitching performance by Garrett Pratt, combined with some solid defense helped LHS upset state-ranked Rockford in districts 1-0. It was another strong year for our baseball program. The freshman team finished 21-3 and JV went 19-6. In that game, Pratt threw his 2nd straight no-hitter.
Varsity Softball Wins Canton Tournament
With two outs in the bottom of the 7th, Maddi Jordan hit a walk-off grand slam with the Red Arrows down 7-6 to give Lowell a victory over one of the top teams in the state Canton. The Lady Arrows would go on to win the tournament.
Girls Soccer Finishes Regular Season Strong
Our girls soccer team had another great year, consistently ranked among the state’s best teams. One of the highlights of their season was a 5-0 win against another state power FHN. The Lady Arrows had goals scored by Regan Coxon (2), Maddie Halfmann, Khloe Hayes, and Isabel Remar. Assists by Khloe Hayes, Riley Conlan, Aly Holdridge, Regan Coxon, and Darby Dean. Abby White received the clean sheet with 8 saves in goal. Regan was named 1st team all-state by the MIHSSCA.
Strong Numbers For Shooting Team
The LHS shooting team is having another strong year and continues to be growing in size. The team competes in sporting clays and trap. This year they have over 25 student-athletes involved and won a national championship in 2016. They’re having more success this year with several great finishes both individually and as a team.
Bring the Force! – LHS Competitive Cheer
The competitive cheer team had several solid results this season including a 2nd place finish out at NorthPointe Christian. The team slogan this year was Bring the Force!
Lowell Cross Country Breaks Several Records
Our cross country teams had great seasons including the girls who won at Allegan, Hesperia, and the Bob Perry Memorial Invitational. Many records and PRs were broken this year.
Austin Boone Wins Wrestling State Title
Austin captured his 2nd individual state title this season for Lowell Wrestling.
JV Softball Excels, Finishing 11-1 in the OK White
It was another great year for the JV Softball program.
Our favorite part of the LHS athletics season is always the academic accomplishments of our teams and student-athletes. During 2017-2018 we had many teams and individuals earn academic all-state honors. In the tweet below you can see our sports teams (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, and Winter 2017-2018) who earned academic all-state honors. Several of our Spring 2018 sports teams and student-athletes also earned academic all-state honors.
Honoring our 15 Academic All-State teams: Gymnastics, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Golf, Football, Boys Tennis, Football, Volleyball, and Boys Soccer. Great job! pic.twitter.com/RrlrtejOGq
— Lowell Red Arrows (@Lowellredarrows) March 2, 2018