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A two-time all-state goalie for the East Grand Rapids field hockey team, Suzy Deems will be continuing her playing career at Kenyon College (Ohio), where she plans to study Pre-Medicine. (Photo by Jeff Pyper)

By Natalie VanderZyden, East Grand Rapids journalism student
on March 29, 2018 3:41 PM, updated March 29, 2018 3:58 PM

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — In seventh grade, Suzy Deems only decided to join the field hockey team because her friends were doing it, and she thought it would be fun to give it a shot.

Little did she know that she would be spending her high school and college career playing the sport that has shaped her into who she is today.

Deems said she fell in love with the sport the first day she put on her set of field hockey gear.

“I have always been a goalie for all of my sports, but there was something about the game that I just loved automatically,” Deems said. “I love the sound the ball makes when it hits my pads, or diving across the turf to block the ball. My love has grown for the sport because of my great coaches and supportive teammates, too.”

Deems has been preparing for her new season with a new team by practicing her skills whenever she has the chance. Not only has Deems been driving all the way to Ann Arbor every other day and every weekend, but she is also going to be training this summer in the Netherlands at the Drijver Goalie Academy to help her prepare for next year.

Although she will be starting a new chapter in her life with a completely new team at Kenyon College (Ohio), Deems says she is only excited for what the future holds.

“I am super-excited to play at the collegiate level and to have new teammates who are just as passionate about the game as I am and who will push me to be my best self,” Deems said. “I’m also excited for the new opportunities and experiences that has come along with it, like learning from and playing with the best.”

Deems’ passion for the sport has opened up many new opportunities for her, and even helped her win an athletic scholar award. However, Deems says her biggest accomplishment this year was when her team made it to Nationals.

“Nationals was an amazing opportunity and experience. There were the best players from all around the world there, so the level of competition was insane. In our final game, we were down 1-3 and came back and won 4-3 in the second half, so that was very thrilling,” said Deems.

Deems plans to continue her success at Kenyon College.

“My goal for the future in field hockey is to become the best player I can be — both on and off the field — and just to enjoy my career in the sport,” she said. “I hope to help lead my team to one or more championships.”

East Grand Rapids coach Ingrid Fournier said she is excited for Deems and that Kenyon College is fortunate to have her.

“As far as coaching Suzy, it was a true pleasure,” Fournier said. “She is a model athlete and person. She set the bar high for practices and games. She knew when to be intense and when to be playful. Her leadership skills on and off the field were highly valued.”

Deems’ high school coaches, teammates, and classmates will be cheering her on every step of the way, as continues to thrive playing the sport she loves.


Suzy Deems Fast Facts:

College Commitment:  Kenyon College

Intended Major: Pre-Medicine

Field Hockey Accomplishment:  MHSFHA all-state selection (2016, 2017); Member of Fer De Lance Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament Team; varsity field hockey captain at East Grand Rapids.

Additional Achievements:  Varsity water polo captain at East Grand Rapids; East Grand Rapids Student Council; The Cresendo Foundation president.

Academic Achievements:  2018 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award finalist; National Honor Society; 2017 Model United Nations Book Award, Outstanding Speaker.