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“Bringing honor and glory to God through preparation, play, and actions.” ~Dennis DeKok

Please check back often for additional program updates regarding the 2022 season.
Please also let those you know that have an interest in the MVC Boys’ Soccer program of this website and its content. Thank you!
January 23, 2022. MVC Boys’ Soccer Rivalries Revealed.
A compiled listing of some of the Mount Vernon Christian Boys’ Soccer program’s best rivalries has been added as the latest “Feature”. Learn which schools have been included, details of those rivalries, and some of the memorable matches contested with those schools. To read “A Look at MVC Boys’ Soccer Rivalries” click on the “Features” tab above.
December 21, 2022. Former MVC Player to Compete in 2023 U.S. Open Cup.
Kyler Houck, who played with the Hurricanes three seasons from 2016-2018, continues to find success on the soccer field these days.   
Currently, Houck is in his second-year attending and playing for University Degrees Abroad (UDA) at New Mexico State University, where players receive year-round training and competition while enrolled on the Las Cruces, NM campus.  UDA is related to similiar programs offered in England and was first established in the United States in 2020.  [This program serves as the men’s soccer program at NMSU.  They play regular fall and spring seasons in the UPSL.]
As a forward, Kyler has been in the starting line-up off and on throughout both seasons. He was on the field during the fourth round U.S. Open Cup qualifying match in Colorado last weekend and provided the assist that tied the match late in overtime, before UDA’s dramatic shootout win, where they  became the first Open Division team affiliated with a college or university to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup in the Modern Era [1995-present].  
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is a men’s soccer, single elimination knockout competition and the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the United States, having been contested for 107 years.  It includes all levels of semi-pro clubs, as well as professional teams, including most all of the MLS squads. Orlando City FC won the 2022 Cup.
UDA’s opening U.S. Open Cup match will be held in March 2023.
Houck, a 2021 Mount Vernon High School graduate, finished his MVC career as the eighth best in dishing assists and eleventh best goal scorer in program history. He recently was named as a First Team Forward on an All-Time listing for the Hurricane soccer program.
[Please see these listings and other stories of interest by clicking on the “Features” tab.]
 
November 29, 2022. Postseason Accolades Announced…Congratulations!
All-League Honors.
The Hurricanes were well represented on the 2022 Northwest 1B/2B League Boys’ Soccer All-League selections for the recently completed season.
Ben Rozema [Midfielder] and Lucas Millenaar [Forward] earned first team recognition, while Christian Kilvert [Midfielder] received second team recognition. 
MVC also had four players w
ho received honorable mention:  [Defenders] Colby Faber, Nick Wyatt and Ryan Boon, along with [Goalkeeper] Nathan Symmank.

2022 Program Awards.
At their end-of-the-season gathering held this evening, the following awards were presented by Head Coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth and staff:
~ Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Ben Rozema and Lucas Millenaar.
~ Defensive Player of the Year: Colby Faber.
~ Most Improved Player:  Cody Brown.
~ Most Inspirational Player and Coaches’ Award:  Nathan Symmank
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MVC Boys’ Soccer All-Time Team Addition.
Ben Rozema has been added to the MVC Boys’ Soccer Program’s All-Time Third Team listing following his outstanding soccer career.
[All-Time Team recognition can be found by clicking on the “Features” tab.]
Rozema stands 16th on the all-time career goals scored, netting 28 careers goals over 56 games as a four-year starter.
During his career, Rozema received All-League accolades on three occasions, earning a first, second, and honorable mention nod. Rozema led the Hurricanes to two state tournament trips, including a State fourth-place finish this fall.
With the size, build, and style of play similar to past MVC greats such as Mark Medema, Caleb Riley and Tyler Houtsma, Rozema was at his best as a traditional central striker chasing goals, but he operated admirably as an off the ball striker, winger, and central midfielder depending on the tactical demands and needs of the various teams he competed with. He played with a patient, carefree style in leading and captaining the Hurricanes back to the Final Four for the first time in seven seasons.
November 13, 2022. Monthly Feature Article Posted.
The latest historical look back at the Mount Vernon Christian Boys’ Soccer program has been posted, entitled “A Groundskeeper, Routines and a ‘Home Field'”. Features can be found on this site by clicking on the “Features” tab above.
October 29, 2022. 2014 Hurricanes Remain Lone Unbeaten.
Like the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who remain the only NFL team to go unbeaten through an entire season, the 2014 Mount Vernon Christian boys’ team will continue to be the lone undefeated team in 1B/2B Boys’ Soccer classification history.
Earlier this week, Saint George’s (Spokane) handed Upper Columbia Academy (Spangle) their first loss of the season, 2-1. The Lions were the last unbeaten school in the classification for this season.
In 2014, the Hurricanes’ record was 22-0-0 and they won a State Championship.
October 21, 2022. New Feature Posted on Website.
The latest “feature” dealing with memorable fields and stadiums involving the Mount Vernon Christian Boys’ Soccer program over the many seasons has been posted. You will read about some amazing experiences that you may have been unaware. Please click on the “Features” tab above to read the fields/stadium article, as well as one about All-Time MVC teams selections from September.
September 17, 2022.
Matthew Hogan, who played in the Hurricane soccer program during the Fall 2003 through 2005 seasons, recently shared the following item on Caring Bridge: “Dear Friends who have been following my wife’s story…Natalie went to be with her savior on Tuesday, September 13th after her six year battle with cancer. Thank you for your support and following her story.”
Please continue to keep Matthew and family members in your daily prayer upliftings as they grieve this loss and lean heavily on the Lord.
July 29, 2022. Home with His Lord…
Please scroll down on this page to the “In Memoriam” section to view more about Mr. Dennis DeKok. A link to his obituary is also included there.
July 10, 2022.   A Few Recent Rejoicings with Program Alumni !       
“Praise the Lord; Praise the Lord; Let the people rejoice!”         
(Note: The year in parenthesis is the Fall that the participant played their final season with the program.)

Recent College Graduations. 
Congratulations are extended to Timothy Cumming (’15) and Carter Annema (’17) who each completed their Undergraduate Degrees with Honors.  Timothy graduated from the University of Colorado in Denver and Carter graduated from Concordia University in Irvine, California.

Wedding Bells Ringing. 
Best wishes are extended to four former Hurricanes who have shared wedding vows over the last several months. May the Lord continue to richly bless your lives.  Caleb Smith (’16) and Alyse Messmer were married on May 28 in Anacortes.  Austin Lazar (’18) and Mary Crawley were married in Oak Grove, Kentucky on June 18.   Canaan VanderArk (’20) and Savannah Lee were married in Mount Vernon on June 26.   Gabe Taylor (’18)and Hannah Gerrish will be married on July 16 on Fir Island.

Soccer Highlights. 
Kyler Houck (’18), who played three seasons for the Hurricanes and also at Mount Vernon High School, is a starting forward for the University Development Academy (UDA) at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.  Currently, Kyler and his UDA teammates have advanced to the final eight of the UPSL’s (United Premier Soccer League) National Championship Tournament. UDA will play July 23 or 24 against a squad from either Utah or Kansas for the opportunity to advance to the Final Four Championship, being held in Ohio at the Columbus Crew Stadium the first weekend in August.

Austin Lazar, who is a member of the United States Army, has recently earned a roster spot on the Army’s Fort Campbell soccer team, where he is presently stationed. Fort Campbell, Kentucky FC plays matches against a variety of semi-pro teams and other like competition.  Austin was a four-year Hurricane defender.

~IN MEMORIAM~

“A Christian athlete should out work you, out fight you, and out love you.” ~R.C. Sproul


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July 29, 2022.  Mr. Dennis DeKok, who died on July 23 after battling cancer, was laid to rest today.  In addition, family members, former colleagues and students, along with many church and community friends gathered for a ‘Celebration of Life’ service held at First Christian Reformed Church in Mount Vernon.  The songs sung reached heaven and the entire service was a testimony to a life well-lived in honoring and glorifying God!
   
Mr. DeKok taught a variety of courses at Mount Vernon Christian for twenty-two years, including Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and P.E.  He also served as the school’s Athletic Director for twenty years.  He retired in 2010, and shortly thereafter, the school’s gymnasium and court were named in honor of him.  Mr. DeKok was responsible for the establishment of the Boys’ Soccer program in 1990 and was one its most avid and loyal supporters.
   
Dennis loved the Lord, had a genuine servant heart, and lived a life of humility, consistently putting the good and betterment of those around him ahead of himself and in the process made everyone better because he was in their lives.
   
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28.
   
Mr. DeKok’s obituary can be found by going to http://www.kernfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Dennis-Leroy-De-Kok?obId=25440364#/obituaryInfo


JackMarch 28, 2020.   John Jack Hammingh, a four-year member of the MVC Boys’ Soccer program from 2013 through 2016, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Ellensburg, WA.  Family members, teammates, and his many friends will forever remember Jack.
  
During his soccer career, Jack scored 75 goals and assisted on 43 more, which both rank second all-time for the program.  The teams Jack competed with won four League and District One titles, earned four State Tournament berths, went undefeated in claiming the 2B/1B State Championship in 2014, and had a fourth-place State finish in 2015.  As a forward, Jack earned three All-League/District One honors, three WSSCA All-State awards, and two Skagit Valley Herald All-Area team recognitions.
 
Peace of the Lord be with you, Jack! Until we meet again in Heaven, #10.
  
Jack’s obituary can be found by going to  https://www.hawthornefh.com/obituary/john-jack-hammingh


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January 24, 2020.  Today, the burial and memorial service for Jordan Thomas Kok were held.  Family members and hundreds of friends gathered to honor and celebrate his special life.  What a testimony it was!
   
Jordan  initially suffered a massive stroke on January 7 and went home to be with Jesus on January 12.
   
Jordan was a four-year member of the MVC Soccer program from 2000 through 2003, where he was a trusted friend and loved teammate.  He was a Northwest A/B All-League midfield selection his junior and senior years.
 
Throughout his Christian life, Jordan enjoyed each day to its fullest, demonstrated a solid work ethic, gave of himself, and was loved by many!  Jordan will forever be remembered and missed until we meet again.
 
“When we all get to heaven,what a day of rejoicing that will be; When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” 
 
Jordan’s obituary can be found by typing in Jordan Kok on the following website: http://www.kernfuneralhome.com/obituaries