The Tigers have signed Tri-Unity Christian standout Mark Sjoerdsma for next season. The 6’7″ forward did not have the type of senior season he would have liked but Head Coach Gary Bailey and the Tigers didn’t mind at all and are happy to have Mark at GBC. Sjoerdsma tore his ACL in the second game of the season and had successful surgery but had to sit out the remainder of the year. “Mark is a very gifted athlete and a great student and person. We are so happy to have him suiting up for us next season,” said Coach Gary Bailey. “I can’t imagine how tough it is to sit on the bench watching your team compete all season and then for a state championship knowing that you would be a big help to your team and handle it all with as much class as Mark has shown. He is a special person and player.”
Mark scored 24 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the game before going down with the injury.
“I am looking forward to playing here at Grace. I know it is a great group of guys on the team and I look forward to making memories as a Tiger. It is an honor to be able to play for such an incredible coach.” – Mark Sjoerdsma
Mark’s parents are Doug and Sherri Sjoerdsma. He has a sister, Anna and a brother, Douglas.
This is the article on Mlive about Mark:
Injured Wyoming Tri-unity Christian center returns for one last hurrah in Class D state title game
Steve Kaminski | email@example.com, March 23, 2013 2:10 p.m.
Wyoming Tri-unity Christian’s Mark Sjoerdsma saw his first action Saturday since Dec. 14. – (MLive.com photo | Steve Kaminski)
EAST LANSING – Tri-unity Christian’s basketball fans didn’t have a whole lot to cheer about Saturday, but Mark Sjoerdsma sure brought them to their feet.
Southfield Christian was cruising to a 65-46 victory against Tri-unity Christian at the Breslin Center in the Class D state championship game when Defenders coach Mark Keeler told Sjoerdsma, a 6-foot-7 senior center, to head to the scorer’s table and check into the game.
Tri-unity fans erupted as soon as Sjoerdsma stood up. Sjoerdsma hadn’t played since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Dec. 14 game against Muskegon Catholic Central. While he is still recovering from the injury, Keeler wanted to give Sjoerdsma a chance to play in the big game, even though there was only about two minutes to go.
Sjoerdsma was expected to play a prominent role in Tri-unity’s plans this season. However, Sjoerdsma’s season ended just two games into the year when he was injured in the final minutes of the MCC game that saw him score 24 points and grab seven rebounds.
“It was cool to be able to go back out there,” Sjoerdsma said. “It was definitely nice.”
Related: View a photo gallery of today’s Class D title game
Keeler had to first clear Sjoerdsma’s appearance with his doctor, and as long as Sjoerdsma took it easy, he got the green light to play. Sjoerdsma walked up and down the court as the final seconds of the game wound down, although he did take a couple of shots.
“I was telling the guys to give me the ball because I wanted to get some shots in,” Sjoerdsma said. “I took two shots, and I couldn’t get them to fall, but still, it was a lot of fun. The first one had a little too much energy. I was antsy.”
Southfield took control of Saturday’s game with a 9-0 first-quarter run. The Eagles, who won their second straight state title, built up an 11-point halftime lead before pulling away for good in the third quarter.
Sjoerdsma said he has plenty of rehab remaining in his future, but he added that his goal is to play college basketball. While Sjoerdsma has yet to commit to a college, he is leaning towards Grace Bible College.
“The leg muscles are coming back, but the ligaments inside still have to get stronger,” he said.