Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark
WHITEHALL — The Whitehall High School-to-Hope College pipeline continues to flow when it comes to football.
Two more Vikings will be soon be Flying Dutchmen.
Whitehall senior football standouts Jaiden Altgilbers and Nate Bolley have committed to Division III Hope, which has been home to several ex-West Michigan Conference players in recent years.
On Wednesday, Altgilbers and Bolley were among four Whitehall seniors celebrated during a signing-day ceremony.
The tandem was a big reason Whitehall’s football team did a lot of celebrating in the fall. Altgilbers and Bolley were crucial to the Vikings’ 11-1 season, which marked the program’s first 10-win campaign.
Whitehall rolled to West Michigan Conference Lakes Division and Division 4 district titles before losing a regional finals heartbreaker to eventual state champion Grand Rapids South Christian.
Altgilbers, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker, keyed a defense that allowed only 13.6 points per game. He finished with 61.5 tackles, including two sacks and 12.5 stops for lost yardage. He also had a pick-six.
Bolley, a 5-11, 175-pound slot/defensive back/return man/punter, was a dynamic playmaker. He totaled five receiving touchdowns, three rushing scores and one kickoff return for a TD for a Whitehall squad that shattered the school record for points in a season with 530. From his cornerback spot on defense, Bolley had 27 tackles and five interceptions.
Both Altgilbers and Bolley were first-team All-WMC Lakes Division honorees as defensive players.
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