Features posted on this page have been researched and written by a variety of contributors associated with the boys’ soccer program. The contents of each article should spark memories involving the participants and matches throughout the thirty-three year history of the Mount Vernon Christian Boys’ Soccer program.
Posts included thus far:
April 2023 – MVC Program Siblings.
March 2023MVC Soccer Playlist Favorites.
January 2023MVC Soccer Rivalries.
November 2022A Groundskeeper, Routines and ‘Home Field’.
October 2022Memorable Fields and Stadiums.
September 2022All-Time MVC Boys’ Soccer Team Selections.
April 2023.  Recognizing MVC Soccer Program Siblings.
In celebration of “National Siblings Day” on April 10, a compilation of siblings, who have worn a Hurricane boys’ soccer jersey during the program history, was made after reviewing each season’s team photographs.
The listing represents a memorable group of talented and able participants. Some siblings shared the field together, while others followed in the footsteps of an older sibling. As you enjoy reading through the collection of names, memories from specific matches and soccer experiences may be recalled. 
You will find over forty sibling combinations that have played in the program.  Hopefully we have accurately listed all of them. We did not list the various cousins or even the few father/son combinations that have played during the thirty-three seasons thus far. 
[Note:  Year listed in parenthesis is the last fall season participant played. If you notice an error or omission, please contact us.]
Aguero/Jones   Kris (’00), Clancey (’02), Riley (’06).
Annema            Tim (’00), Steven (’05).
Boffey               Dane (’02), Matt (’04).
Brown               Cannon (’22), Cody (current).
deHaan            Michael (’11), Jonathan (’13).
deVries             Adam (’00), Philip (’06), Mark (’08).
DeKok              Brad (’92), Nathan (’99).
DeRuiter           Jonathan (’05), Aaron (’07).
Dykstra             Donald (’92), Matt (’03).
Fikkert              Jim (’97), Seth (’97). 
Gott                  Levi (’17), Luke (’19).
Grotzke            Jeff (’92), Eric (’92).
Gudmunson   Daniel (’00), Chad (’06).
Hancock           Wayne (’11), Michael (’14).
Haveman          Brad (’97), Travis (’01).
Hays                Micah (’17), Jacob (’20).
Houtsma         Daniel (’11), Tyler (’14).
Hurd                 Jonathan (’05), James (’14).
Jones/Aguero Riley (’06), Kris (’00), Clancey (’02).
Ketchum           Jesse (’12), Travis (’14).
Klein                 Matt (’95), Aaron (’98).
Kok                  Jordan (’03), Lucas (’06).
Mailliard        Nolan (’10), Shane (’17).
Maas                Kevin (’93), Daryl (’95).
McClelland    Caleb (’06), Jeffrey (’09).
Riley                 Joe (’06), David (’08), Caleb (’12).
Rindal               Nathan (’90), Matthew (’93).
Sakuma            Nathan (’01), Noel (’08).
Sanderson       Peter (’96), Steve (’96).
Smiley              Dustin (’90), Darren (’94).
Smith               Bryson (’18), Jared (’18).
Stuart               Kelsey (’93), Kris (’95).
Twedt               Joshua (’14), Caleb (’16), David (’17).
VandenBosch Justin (’98), Troy (’00).
VanderArk       Jon (’01), Matthew (’04).
VanderKooy   Jason (‘90), Daniel (’06).
Wall                  Scott (’01), Chris (’02).
Westra             Jeremy (’01), Daniel (’05).
Winslow          Daniel (’00), Eli (’03).
Withers           Jayson (’14), Jack (’21).
Wyatt               Christopher (’18), Matthew (’04), Nick (’22).
March 2023.  All-Time MVC Boys’ Soccer Program Playlist Favorites.
According to sports performance research, the playing of popular songs at athletic events provides atmosphere, entertains the crowd, promotes school spirit, and helps to build excitement. 
For the athlete, the music acts directly on the brain to make it produce dopamine (stimulating effect of pleasure and satisfaction), endorphin (calming effect) and allows to reduce the rate of cortisol (decrease in stress).
Music at soccer matches can also trigger positive memories, internal motivation, improved focus, and a positive feeling of camaraderie during organized match warm-up routines. 
A variety of songs have been played on campus for home MVC matches.  Over the past twenty seasons, the Hurricanes have won 86% of regular season matches on their campus field, including a string of 32 consecutive wins from 2013-2017.
Enjoy listening to those songs selected and recall wonderful memories by using the links below.
[Note: Sites listed are shared for personal enjoyment and not in violation of any copyright laws.]

ENTRANCE TO THE FIELD SONGS (from Various Seasons)
Song for Rich (Michael W. Smith)
Enter Sandman (Metallica) instrumental
Shipping Up to Boston  (Dropkick Murphy)
HOME PRE-MATCH WARM-UP SONGS (from Various Seasons)
Never Let Down (Andrew WK)
Woah oh oh [Kernkraft 400] (Zombie Nation)
Heaven Help Us-Globus (Europa Instrumental)
Sandstorm  (Darude)
Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) Instrumental
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripe s)instrumental
Basket Case (Green Day) instrumental
Funky Town (Lipps, Inc.)
Taking Care of Business (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
The Bongo Song (Safri Duo)
Beautiful Goal
Final Hour (X-Ray Dog) Night Hounds
Rods & Cones (Blue Man Group)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynrd)
Hymn-Barclay’s Premier League Introduction  
You Better Get Ready to Die (Andrew WK)
Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
Everybody was Fung Fu fighting,
Those Cats were fast as lightning!
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)[different rendition, but a good one.]
Livin’ On a Prayer (Bon Jovi)
Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)
This Little Light of Mine (Bruce Springsteen)
You’ll Never Walk Alone Die Toten Hosen
Good Riddance [Time of Your Life] (Green Day)
January 2023. A Look at MVC Boys’ Soccer RIVALRIES.
A healthy, on-field soccer rivalry can be defined as one that brings together two schools with a strong competitive spirit, longstanding connections with plenty of storied history and tradition, as well as shared enthusiasm from students, spectators, and communities, where the best in competition is realized. There may also be a close proximity of the two schools. Multiple studies have shown that a healthy rivalry can serve to inspire, motivate, increase effort and performance, while also promoting a respect and friendship that is mutually beneficial for the schools involved.
A few of the past and current MVC Boys’ Soccer program rivalries (listed in no order) that meet the criteria shared above include:
La Conner- With campuses separated by just ten miles across the flats of the Skagit Valley, the Hurricanes and Braves have met 64 times, the most of any MVC opponent. The Hurricanes hold a lopsided advantage in the series, 45-19-0 overall, including twenty consecutive match wins from 2011 into the 2021 season. Seldom have both schools been at their best during the same season, but that has never diminished the intensity and physical play.
Memorable La Conner Matches: 
-A 2010 late October MVC Shootout victory, 2-1, stunning the then-undefeated Braves (13-0-0) and State’s top-ranked team.
-A 2013 Bi-District MVC win, 6-2, during torrential rains and windstorm, where La Conner complained about field conditions.
Providence Classical Christian- A rivalry that did not begin until 2008, the Highlanders and Hurricanes have had many epic matches throughout their relatively short relationship on the field, as well as raucous support among spectators representing each school.  A five-year span from 2012-2016 fortified the rivalry as PCC and MVC met in State Tournament or Tri-District matches while both were top-five ranked teams in the State.  The Hurricanes came out the victor in four of these contests. All-time, MVC’s record with the Highlanders stands at 19-12-0.
Memorable Providence Classical Christian Matches:
-A 2014 regular season MVC Shootout win on the road, 2-1, in the continuation of an earlier match where the lights had gone out.
-A 2014 Tri-District Championship victory, 3-1, deflating PCC and cementing MVC as a State Champion favorite.
Shoreline Christian/Watson Groen Christian- Coming from similar Christian Reformed roots, this rivalry was one of the very best whenever the then-nicknamed Crusaders and Hurricanes met. The 57 matches played against each other is the second most in MVC program history. MVC’s first-ever postseason match came in 1996 against Shoreline Christian. From then through the 2010 season, both schools fielded strong, well-coached teams, which brought about difficult, evenly contested matches and passionate community support. The Hurricanes posted ten consecutive victories against the Crusaders from 2011-2015, leaving the overall record favoring MVC, 36-21-0. Following the 2015 season, Shoreline Christian discontinued their soccer program bringing to close one of the healthiest and hard-fought soccer rivalries that has existed.
Memorable Shoreline/Watson Groen Christian Matches:
-A 2001 MVC comeback Shootout victory at home, 3-2, to clinch the Northwest League Championship.
-A 2015 MVC match victory, 12-1, which was Shoreline Christian’s final match in their program’s history.
Friday Harbor- During many years, it seemed the Hurricanes and Wolverines both fielded formidable squads during the same season. There was an intensity and a bit of animosity when the two schools met, resulting in well contested, nerve-wracking, and chippy matches. The site of matches often impacted results, with the Wolverines enjoying the narrow confines of their on-campus football field and vocal fan base, while the larger field dimensions at MVC enhanced the Hurricanes’ style of play, combined with sidelines full of loyal supporters.  Overall, MVC holds a 25-16-0 advantage all-time in the series.
Memorable Friday Harbor Matches:
-A 2004 State Consolation Final victory, 4-0, in University Place, giving MVC their first State Final Four victory and Third Place.
-A 2015 State Quarterfinal victory at Mount Vernon, 3-2, sending the Hurricanes to back-to-back State Final Fours.
Saint George’s- Hallmarks of this rivalry are mutual respect of past players, coaches, athletic directors, supportive school communities, and each program’s significant soccer success and tradition.  Since 2001, twelve State Tournaments have been played where both the Dragons and Hurricanes qualified. Only twice during this period has a State Tournament happened without either school present; Mount Vernon Christian appearing 16 times and Saint George’s 15. Unfortunately, the Hurricanes are 0-9-0 all-time against the Dragons, despite some tight contests, including a 2017 non-league match held at MVC. The two schools have faced each other six times in State Tournaments- three Quarterfinals, two State Semi-Finals, and one Consolation Final. 
Memorable Saint George’s Matches:
-A 2007 State Quarterfinal Shootout loss held in Spokane, 3-2, after MVC led the match for seventy-six minutes.
-A 2022 State Consolation Final Shootout loss held in Everett, 3-2, after MVC tied the match in the second half.
Snohomish County Christian and Holy Cross (Archbishop Murphy)- For present day followers, it might be hard to imagine that these two schools were several of the biggest rivals during the early years of the MVC soccer program, but they were. Both the Lions and Wildcats had well-established programs and were perennial league champions.  Matches with these two schools served as measuring sticks for the upstart Hurricanes’ progress.  As MVC’s program developed, so did the rivalry.  Snohomish County Christian, later named North Sound Christian and presently Cedar Park Christian-Mountlake, is not considered a rival today. Holy Cross (renamed Archbishop Thomas Murphy in 1999) moved from the 1A to 2A classification, so the Hurricanes do not compete against the Wildcats in soccer.
The Bear Creek School- Despite only meeting six times between 2006-2013, when the WIAA classified A and B-sized schools together, there was an instant rivalry that resulted between the Grizzlies and Hurricanes. Five matches came during the postseason including three State Quarterfinals and two Tri-District matches, and one Tri-District Championship. 
Memorable Bear Creek School Matches:
-A 2008 Tri-District match where MVC shocked the Grizzlies, 2-1, on Bear Creek’s home field.
-A 2012 MVC State Quarterfinal victory held at Sammamish, 2-1, sending MVC to the State’s Final Four.
Orcas Island- Thanks to fourteen straight victories against the Hurricanes since late in the 2017 season, the Vikings have created a renewed interest, anticipation, and even a sense of rivalry whenever the two schools meet for a match nowadays. Prior to 2010, MVC held a 15-4-0 overall advantage in matches with Orcas Island. Then came a string of sixteen consecutive Hurricane wins from 2010 through the mid-2017 season as MVC routinely dominated matches.   
Memorable Orcas Island Matches:
-A 2011 Hurricane victory on the island, 6-3, where MVC first debuted their 3-4-3 formation, a style used for a number of seasons.
-MVC State Quarterfinal losses in 2017 and 2018, prior to the WIAA changes to seeding that now keeps league schools from meeting in 1B/2B Quarterfinal State matches.
When the soccer season moves to the final week of October and well into November, the crispness of an early morning turnout often finds the frost-covered field shrouded with a blanket of fog before sunbeams break through the lingering mist. The field takes on a different look, feel, and urgency depending on the time of the season. 

Since 1990, many Hurricane varsity student-athletes have partaken in varsity soccer matches. [Each can be seen by clicking on the “Team Photos” tab on this site.] An entire roster will rotate every few years as players matriculate through the program, from boys as freshmen to young men as seniors.  Besides numerous participants, the program has also had eight head coaches.  Even the on-campus field placement has changed three times throughout the program’s existence 

What hasn’t changed over the thirty-three years of varsity boys’ soccer is the school’s head groundskeeper.  Clarence Klunder has taken pride in providing and maintaining one of the best, all-grass match fields in the league and district, along with a few fellow field caretakers.

Every season, Clarence herds the riding lawnmower across the acreage of Mount Vernon Christian fields.  Before soccer came to campus, he had already put in eleven years of lawn mowing. Back and forth, east and west, north and south, creating patterns like those seen from aerial shots of the finest fields in the land.

Come match day, it is game on for Clarence!  He sets about and does some of his best work. Despite mowing the entirety of the various school fields each week, Clarence is out early on a match day mowing the varsity field one more time, making his part ready, before fresh bright white lines are re-applied onto the manicured and well-groomed field providing Hurricane teams and their guests the best possible field conditions. It has even been hinted that when you walk onto the playing surface at MVC, you are walking onto ‘hallowed grounds’, a field used only for varsity home matches.

Happenstance? Absolutely not!

For years during the mid-summer months, the late Chris VanderWekken would fertilize, set large kick sprinklers and trim around the fringes of the field.  By late August, the field was green and ready for preparation.  Athletic Director Dennis DeKok would bring out a variety of measuring tapes and meticulously determine all the elements for the field—its length, width, corners, goal and 18-yard box, sidelines and more.  Satisfied only when all measurements were as precise as a quarter of an inch, DDK would use diesel to burn in the lines before painting them.  This practice was stopped, not because of environmental concerns, but because more than a few players turned or broke an ankle in the shallow divots created by the product.

Finally came the setting of goals, along with an almost ceremonially installation of the nets. 

Eight years ago, when a family of moles tried to make the field their home, a self-proclaimed ‘mole eradicator’ was called upon to rid the friendly confines of its unwanted guests through his “specialized trapping technique”. 

Fast forward.

An hour or so before the start of the match, the field lays ready.  By the time visiting players and referees arrive, MVC players enter the field, and spectators line the sidelines, the only thing that remains is the match itself.  

Because of one legendary groundskeeper, five athletic directors, and a few selfless other caretakers through the seasons, who have loved the boys’ soccer program and understood that the venue will always be a place where memories are created, the same field routines have been carried on throughout much the program’s history.

Over the seasons, there have been attempts to call the field by name, such as Alumni Field, Varsity Field, Hurricane Place, Mission Field, but none seemed suitable.

Maybe just call it ‘Home Field’, as in a ‘home-field’ advantage.

[Author’s note: This is a historical perspective and one cannot think of MVC soccer field preparation without recalling Jack Hammingh, who would trim in and around the practice goals all summer so he and teammates could practice shot, after shot, after shot on goal.]
With their environments, crowds, anticipation, and entire match experience, some fields and stadiums have become more memorable than others throughout the thirty-three seasons of Mount Vernon Christian Boys’ Soccer.  Listed below are some of the more noteworthy venues that have provided lifelong MVC Boys’ Soccer memories. 
Working our way backward like ESPN’s SportsCenter’s [“da da da, da da da”] nightly Top Ten~

10. (Three-Way Tie involving just a single match played at each site)
Kirkland Lacrosse Center, Kirkland, WA.  Known as “The Night the Lights Went Out in Kirkland”, the 2014 match features the top teams in the State—#1 Providence Classical Christian and # 2 MVC. There is great intensity on the field and among the numerous vocal and rowdy spectators from both schools in attendance. Trailing 1-0, the Hurricanes knock in a late equalizer sending the match to overtime. With two minutes left in the second extra period, the lights go out; the result of PCC not having prearranged the evening’s match with their local Parks Department.  After much discussion and frustration, the match is suspended.
Returning to the same field three weeks later, the remaining two-minutes are played, before MVC finally claims a thrilling victory during a memorable Shootout, changing the trajectory of their season, setting up an unforgettable conclusion.

Owens Field at The Bear Creek School, Redmond, WA.  In 2008, the Hurricanes travel to play the top-ranked Grizzlies on their home field in a A/B Tri-District match.  The rain-drenched, eventful afternoon sees the visitors score two goals, have one of their best players injured and taken to the hospital and surrender a late goal, before claiming a 2-1 victory and a berth in the State Tournament.  It also marks the first win over The Bear Creek School in program history.
Seattle Lutheran Field/Park, West Seattle, WA.  Despite the attack and tragic events that happen around the nation on the morning of September 11, 2001, MVC busses to West Seattle for an afternoon match with the Saints. The unsettled feelings among team members are the result of seeing multiple battleships visible from the field and fighter jets constantly taking off on patrol runs throughout the match.  The Hurricanes struggle on the field and lose.  Despite the loss, the Hurricanes go on to the school’s first-ever A/B State Semi-Final soccer berth, but in recalling the events of that September day, team members still wonder why they played on 9/11.
9.  Interlake HS Stadium, Bellevue, WA.  One of the stadium sites that was used for Tri-District tournaments where the Hurricanes experienced some very memorable matches. Four amazing match results from here include a 3-2 A/B State Quarterfinal overtime victory with The Overlake School in 2004, a 2-0 Tri-District win over undefeated King’s West in 2007, a 3-1 Tri-District Championship victory over Providence Classical Christian in 2014, and a Tri-District loss in 2015 to Tacoma Baptist, snapping the MVC’s consecutive win streak at forty-one matches.
8.  Friday Harbor HS Football Field (old field on campus).  The complete soccer experience was always had whenever the Hurricanes traveled to San Juan Island and played the Wolverines on their old football field.  Matches were always very physical and competitive.  The first halves were made more difficult, often the result of tightly scheduled ferry travel and shortened warm-up time, referred to by coaches as the “Friday Harbor Funk”.  A 3-2 MVC win in 2014 ends a twelve season Friday Harbor win streak on this field with the Hurricanes. Island visits ended with the camaraderie of team members relaxing and enjoying fish n’ chips from the Hungry Clam before catching the late ferry back to the mainland.
7.  Edmonds District Stadium, Edmonds, WA.  Before the changed format of postseason, A/B Tri-District Tournament matches were all held at this venerable stadium.  Arguably, two of the most memorable of all the Hurricane performances at this site come in 2001 when they score late in a 1-0 victory over Cedar Park Christian that sends MVC to its first-ever A/B State Tournament. In the State quarterfinals also contested here, the Hurricanes continue their run with a 1-0 Shootout win over University Prep, that sends them to Auburn Memorial Stadium for the State Championship Semi-Final/Final Weekend.
6.  Dahl Field, Orcas Island HS, Eastsound, WA.  The grass was often mushy and torn-up a bit.  There was always an anxiousness about playing here. The old football field was fully crowned and narrow, but that did little to slow down MVC offenses designed to operate in wide-open spaces.  All-time, the Hurricanes dominated the Vikings when they traveled to the Eastsound field losing only a handful of times here. 
5.  Shoreline Center Soccer Field A, Shoreline WA.  Depending on the weather,the entirely dirt home field for the Shoreline Christian Crusaders would result in matches being contested in either dust bowl conditions or a muddy, quagmire of a mess. During several matches, balls placed for penalty kicks would float on mud puddles. Many a hard-fought battle was waged on this field before artificial turf was installed in 2008.
4.  Bulldog Stadium, Mount Vernon WA.  Used for numerous early morning summer turnouts, matches played here usually meant November and the postseason.  Under the dazzle of the stadium’s bright lights, teams and supporters did not mind gathering in either cold and crisp or rainy weather.  Afternoon matches played here brought rooter busses of MVC students up the hill for Tri-District action. 
3.  Jack Whitaker Field, La Conner, WA. Matches played on the Braves’ campus field were often intense, chippy, and always memorable.  The field’s narrow width and short length, combined with the usual gusty winds, made one of the only night matches of each year, prior to the postseason, quite an experience. The venue was routinely a place where many MVC teams were recipients of La Conner supporter taunts intended to intimidate their county rival as they walked to and from the field. Through the seasons, MVC has had many tremendous outings here and team members have enjoyed collecting small pieces of sod from the field prior to their victorious departure.
2.  Sunset Chev Stadium, Sumner, WA.  The host site of the 1B/2B State Championships for many seasons, MVC has not always fared well when traveling to Sumner for their pair of Championship Weekend matches. But the ultimate experience occurred during the 2014 season when the Hurricanes earned a pair of back-to-back, come-from-behind victories to claim the program’s first 1B/2B State Championship, concluding a 22-0-0 record.   The scoreboard at the end of the stadium was magnificently displayed in bright lights: Hurricanes 2, Tigers 1.  This marked the only time in this WIAA classification history that a school had posted an undefeated boys’ soccer season. 
And of course,

1. Mount Vernon Christian Fields, Mount Vernon, WA.  HOME!  An almost magical place that has numerous great moments and where Hurricane teams have experienced an incredible amount of success. There have been three fields on campus, but each has afforded the Hurricanes a distinct, home-field advantage because of their nice width and length, along with great home crowds.  The original field was situated where the present high school building is now positioned.  During construction of the high school, the soccer field was re-positioned and ran west-to-east where the northern portion of the present middle school field is now located.  The current field is situated along the retaining pond fence line, running north-to-south.  From 2013-2017, Hurricane teams ran off a string of 32 consecutive home victories.
EVER WONDER about an all-time Hurricane boys’ soccer team – the best of the best to wear the blue and white (also black) uniforms throughout the many seasons?
Recently, a small group of program followers pored over the stats, lore, and legacy of the MVC soccer student-athletes looking for answers.  The task was less than easy. 
It was difficult to compare the legends of the early program days with those who have suited-up more recently, especially when one considers the different level of yearly competition, teams, coaches, offensive and defensive style of play, and the eye test, which has blurred slightly from what it once was.
The compilation has been completed. Seventeen team members, including two goalkeepers, were selected for recognition on each of the first, second and third teams.  The reason?  You know, just in case, someone needed a breather (substituted) or was injured.   
We realize others may also have been deserving. We acknowledge that every team member over the years has served an important role, on and off the field, in serving and bettering their teammates and the MVC program.
Enjoy the selections commemorated below!

[Names listed in alphabetical order. Years played are in parenthesis.]
Travis Haveman (’98-’01), Riley Hood (’12-’15).
Clancey Aguero (’00-’02), Billy DeJong (’94-’96), Philip deVries (’03-’06), Greg Hibma (’98-’01), Jeffrey McClelland (’06-’09).
Jimmy Collins (’03-’06), James Hurd (’11-’14), Dalton McIlrath (’12-’15), Justin Strauss (’98-’01), Jayson Withers (’11-’14).
Jack Hammingh (’13-’16), Kyler Houck (’16-’18), Tyler Houtsma (’11-’14), Mark Medema (’98-’01), Caleb Riley (’09-’12).
Marc Ledeboer (’96-’99), Jared Smith (’16-’18).
Kris Aguero (’97-’00), Jesse Gelyense (’99-’02), Jonathan Hurd (’02-’05), Nolan Mailliard (’07-’10), Christopher Wyatt (’16-’19).
Cooper Blade (’07-’10), Aaron Klein (’95-’98), Darin Kuipers (’91-’94), Adam Mines (’01-’04), Jon Orange (’97-’00), Nathan Sakuma (’98-’01), Gabe Taylor (’15-’18).
Jamie McCarty (’98-’01), David Riley (’05-’08), Mark Veldkamp (’95-’98).
John Morrison (’08), Matt VanderArk (’02-’04).
Brandon Burr ((’95-’98), Tim Cummings (’12-’15), Michael Hancock (’11-’14), Daniel Houtsma (’08-’11), Josh Krause (’98).
Matt Kaemingh (’96-’98), Noel Sakuma (’06-’08), Bryson Smith (’13-’16), Joe Riley (’03-’06), Ben Rozema (’19-’22), Caleb Twedt (’14-’16).
Joel Adeline (’01-’04), Brett Anderson (’00-’03), Darren Smiley (’92-’94), Jason VandenBosch (’91-’94), Daniel Westra (’02-’05).