Former Wyandotte cager is captain at Northwood

Photo by Daniel Gretzner

Andrew Vandierendonck (right) with his father, Greg Vandierendonck, at a recent Northwood University game at Wayne State University.

Wyandotte native Andrew Vandierendonck spent a few years starring for the Roosevelt boys basketball team. Since that time, more than four years ago, he wound up with an athletic scholarship to Northwood University in Midland.

Currently, this Downriver athlete is making his mark as captain of the Northwood Timberwolves 2012-13 men’s basketball team. A combination of skill and passion for roundball on the hardwoods has been Vandierendonck’s biggest asset.

Vandierendonck is a high-scoring senior guard who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and has been averaging better than 12 points a game for Northwood all season long. He is very near a scoring mile-

stone as he gets closer to the 1,000-point mark.

The Timberwolves’ sparkplug and scoring ace has had a fine carreer at the Midland school.

“I’m taking the captain’s role seriously,” Vandierendonck said. “Our Northwood team should be able to play well enough to make the Great Lakes Interscholastic Athletic Conference playoffs.

Last week, Northwood beat league rival Ferris State 75-66.

Northwood competes in the GLIAC North Division and was picked to finish fourth out of eight teams in league pre-season polling. Hopefully, Vandierendonck, leader of the Timberwolves, will help get them to the playoffs in March.