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VIDEO: Tears, Fennville Victory Provides Night to Remember at DeVos Fieldhouse


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC News) - The most emotional evening in the short history of DeVos Fieldhouse was last night, and it didn’t involve its usual Hope College tenants.

Rather, it was a game as much as a therapeutic session for a community still coming to grips with the death of its most favored son. The Class C state tournament district first-round game between Fennville and Lawrence was played on the parquet floor of Hope College basketball, the first contest for the Blackhawks since the sudden death of junior forward Wes Leonard four nights before.

Before the contest, Fennville School Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer addressed the crowd, saying that the game was part of a healing process for his community, and that "Wes is with us too." Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra was among the sellout crowd of 3472 in attendance as Fennville defeated Lawrence, 65-54.

The Blackhawks are scheduled to play Bangor in a district semifinal at Bloomingdale on Wednesday evening. There was no immediate word as to whether that game would also be moved.