The 2013-14 Lady Tiger squad took on a talented alumni team in a spirited game on Saturday at the Aldrich Athletic Center as a part of Homecoming 2013 festivities. The alumni team featured some of the all time leaders in all categories from past teams, but the current Lady Tigers played solid enough to come out with a commanding 70-48 victory.
All eleven Tigers that dressed for the game managed to score as the playing time was balanced relatively even between the players. Freshman point guard Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs) paced the balanced Tiger attack with 15 points and 6 assists. Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary) was also in double figures with 10 points. Brittany Summerfield (Forest Hills Northern) and Anna Iwaniw (Kent City) each scored eight points while Jenna Jamieson (Wayland/Spring Arbor) and Amy Leszinske (Ravenna) each scored seven.
To no one’s surprise, Jessica Sikorski, GBC’s all-time leading scorer, led the alumni team with 15 points. Carrie Kalambula added nine points, Meagan Beckwith had seven, and new Hall of Fame inductee Jodie Kline chipped in with six points.
“We were ecstatic that so many of our former players were able to play this year,” a very upbeat Coach Renzema said after the game. “That was a very talented group and they really made us work out there. It was great for some of our younger players to get some experience and get some of the butterflies out of their system.”
“We did a lot of nice things, but we definitely have a long ways to go before we are ready for a real game. There is a lot to like about this year’s group of players, but we still have to become a team and gain the necessary experience. We still have a few more weeks of practice to work some of those things out”
The Lady Tigers will be in action on November 2 at 8PM in an exhibition game against Davenport University at Kent City High School.
The Grace Bible College Lady Tigers were on display for the first time on Thursday to kick off the 2013-14 season as they participated in the annual Blue-Gold scrimmage. With only three practices under their belt, it was sure to be less than a picture-perfect performance by either group. The Gold Team, coached by Carrie Kalumbula, used a decisive 30-17 rebounding advantage and stellar free throw shooting to power their way to a 44-38 victory over the Blue Team, coached by Abigail Phillips, in a shortened 30 minute contest.
Jenna Jamieson (Wayland Union/Spring Arbor) led the Gold team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, including six of seven from the free throw line. Amy Leszinske (Ravenna)played a strong game for the Gold with eight points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Freshman Megan Scholtens (Quad City Mustang HS) also made solid all-around contributions with seven points, four assists, and two steals. In her first action in several months due to injury, Sydney Wildeboer (Kent City) was a solid inside presence with four points and seven rebounds. Rounding out the scoring for the Gold was Brittany Summerfield (Forest Hills Northern) with five points, and Kitty Yanik (Port Huron New Life Christian) with two points. The Gold Team ended up 10-11 from the charity stripe.
The Blue Team was led by returning sophomore All-Region player Anna Iwaniw (Kent City), who battled inside all night and ended up with 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Molly Holtrop (Cedar Springs) showed off some of her potential as she scored eight points on four of seven shooting and dished out four assists. Freshman Julia Wilson (Hart) scored seven points, Abby Schultz (Holland Calvary) scored five points, Hannah Wight (Cedar Springs) and Katie Allers (Coopersville/Cornerstone) each added four points for the Blue. Allers also amassed an impressive five steals to aid the Blue.
Coach Renzema was pleased with what he saw during the scrimmage. “We knew going in that the execution would not be great since we have only had three practices prior to the scrimmage. However, it was great to get some of the new players experience playing at a game pace with a shot clock and officials. I think it will help us with our practices going forward for them to know the speed and level of intensity that is required to be successful.”
“We saw a lot of really good and exciting things from the girls on the court and we are really looking forward to seeing what they can do this season.”
The next opportunity to see the Lady Tigers in action will be on November 2 at 8 PM when they will play an exhibition game against Davenport University. The game will be held at Kent City High School and will be the second game of a double header.
The annual Blue-Gold scrimmage will be held on Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 PM at the Aldrich Athletic Center. This will be the first opportunity to get a preview of the 2013-14 Lady Tiger squad.
The coaches for the game will be former players and GBC Alumni. Carrie Kalumbula will coach the Gold Team and Abigail Phillips will coach the Blue Team. These women have gotten to know the current players and have participated in many of the open gyms with the team.
The scrimmage will happen after only three team practices, so the teams will not have a lot of plays to run, but it will give a good idea of the depth of talent on the roster this year. It should be a competitive game and a lot of fun to watch.
The rosters are as follows:
Blue Team Gold Team
Abby Schultz – Sophomore, 5-6 G Amy Leszinske – Sophomore, 5-10 G-F
Anna Iwaniw – Sophomore, 5-8 F Brittany Summerfield – Sophomore, 5-9 F
Hannah Wight – Freshman, 5-6 G Sydney Wildeboer – Sophomore, 5-10 F
Julia Wilson – Freshman, 5-10 F Jenna Jamieson – Sophomore, 6-0 F
Katie Allers – Junior, 5-8 F Kitty Yanik – Freshman, 5-11 F
Sami Argutto – Freshman, 5-0 G Megan Scholtens – Freshman, 5-5 G
Molly Holtrop – Freshman, 5-4 G
Junior forward Marissa Pelletier will be sitting out the game with injury and freshman guard Debbie Pekel will be missing the game due to a schedule conflict with the GBC soccer program.
Head Women’s Basketball Coach Rich Renzema was able to speak to approximately 100 kids at a basketball camp held at Standale Reformed Church. His message to the kids focused on three characteristics coaches look for in kids that will make them successful; moral character, academics, and coachability.
Coach Renzema, who is about to start his 45th year of coaching basketball, has seen his share of players come through the system that have achieved because of those traits. Unfortunately, he has also seen many fall by the wayside because they were lacking in one or more of those areas in their life.
“I really enjoy working with young people and I love the game of basketball”, Coach Renzema said about the experience. “I consider it a blessing any time I get the opportunity to speak to kids about the game and what it takes to be successful as a player. It never gets old.”
Head Coach Rich Renzema is pleased to announce the roster for the 2013-14 edition of the Grace Bible College Lady Tigers. Once again, youth will be served as there are no seniors on the roster for the season, but an overall upgrade in speed, size, and athleticism bode well for the still-young team.
Here are your Lady Tigers for 2013-14:
1 – Hannah Wight, Fr. 5-6 G, Cedar Springs, Mi
2 – Sami Argutto, Fr. 5-0 G, Remsenburg, NY
3 – Molly Holtrop, Fr. 5-4 G, Cedar Springs, Mi
4 – Katie Allers, Jr. 5-9 G-F, Marne, Mi
10 – Debbie Pekel, Fr. 5-5 G, Fruitport, Mi
11 – Brittany Summerfield, So. 5-9 G-F, Grand Rapids, Mi
12 – Jenna Jamieson, So. 6-0 F, Dorr, Mi
20 – Abby Schultz, So. 5-6 G, Holland, Mi
21 – Amy Leszinske, So. 5-10 G-F, Ravenna, Mi
22 – Kitty Yanik, Fr. 5-10 F, Port Huron, Mi
24 – Sydney Wildeboer, So. 5-10 F, Kent City, Mi
25 – Anna Iwaniw, So. 5-8 F, Kent City, Mi
32 – Marissa Pelletier, Jr. 5-10 F, Grand Rapids, Mi
40 – Megan Scholtens, Fr. 5-5 G, Grant, Mi
41 – Julia Wilson, Fr. 5-10 F, Hart, Mi
Head Coach Rich Renzema is pleased to announce the signing of 5-11 forward Kathryn (Kitty) Yanik from Port Huron New Life Christian Academy. Kitty was a 4-year starter for New Life and was All Conference 3 times. She stuffed the stat sheet by averaging 20.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 2.1 assists, and 6.7 blocks per game for NLCA where she was named Athlete of the Year.
Kitty also excelled on the soccer field and volleyball court and was an honor roll student all 4 years in high school.
Kitty is the daughter of Pat and Liz Yanik. She has one older brother, David.
“Kitty is going to be a nice addition to the program”, Coach Renzema commented. “She has good size and can also step out and shoot the 3 point shot. Initially, she is going to give us some good depth in the front court and I can see her developing into a good inside-outside threat down the road.”
Samantha Raak, a 5-10 forward from Potter’s House Christian, has signed to play basketball for the Grace Bible College Lady Tigers. Sam was a 4 year varsity player for the Pumas where she patrolled the high post area on her way to earning team MVP and an All-Conference mention in the 2011-12 season for Coach Mike Wood. Sam is a solid rebounder and possesses a nice mid-range shot.
Sam wanted to point out some important people in her life that have given her guidance and helped to keep her on the narrow path. Mike Wood was her coach through her junior season and was integral in Sam’s life and basketball development. Jacque Bouma has been Sam’s mentor and treated her as her own daughter to help her get through some tough times and to help her become a stronger Christian.
“We are very happy to have Samantha coming in to the program,” Coach Renzema commented. “She has good size and strength and will provide depth at the post for us going forward.”
While there are still a couple of dates to be filled, the 2013-14 schedule has the makings to be very challenging for the Lady Tiger team. The Tigers will open the season against Davis College of New York and Ohio Christian at the Kuyper Classic on November 8-9. The following weekend, the Lady Tigers will travel to Grason, Ky to play three games in as many days at Kentucky Christian. KCU has won 10 of the last 12 NCCAA D-2 National Championships. The Tigers will play KCU, Asbury University (NAIA), and another NAIA opponent to be determined on November 14-16. There will be no rest for the weary the following weekend as the Lady Tigers will travel to Ankeny, Iowa on November 22-23 to take on Faith Baptist and defending National Runner-up, Manhattan Christian.
Once December starts, so with Midwest Regional action as the Lady Tigers will travel to Lincoln, Illinois to play the host Lions and will look to avenge two close losses to Northland in the second matchup. The Lady Tigers will finally experience home court as they host the annual Christmas Tournament on the 13th and 14th of December. The other teams are Kuyper, Emmaus, and AFLBS.
January starts out with a trip to Florida for the girls as they will play Southeastern University (NAIA) on January 8 and Clearwater Christian on January 10. The month continues with three more regional games against Lincoln, Moody, and the annual Cross Cup Game against Kuyper. The weekend of January 24-25 is open due to a late cancellation and the staff is working on filling those dates with a possible trip to Kansas City. Stay tuned for details.
The first weekend in February opens with the Grace Classic as Kentucky Christian returns the trip to participate in this inaugural event. The team will travel to Wisconsin on the weekend of February 14-15 to take on Silver Lake College and defending NCCAA National Champion Maranatha. The month concludes with a trip to Dunbar, Wisconsin the weekend of Feb 27-March 1 for the NCCAA Midwest Regional.
The season concludes March 5-8 as the NCCAA national tournament is held at Ohio Christian. The team is hopeful to make a run to get to the tournament this season.
Members of the 2013-14 Lady Tiger basketball team got together for the first time as a group this weekend to play some basketball and start the process of developing into a team. Eleven members of the team were able to participate in all or part of the weekend activities that included a cookout, movies, lots of food, and of course basketball.
Returning players Marissa Pelletier and Brittany Summerfield were able to hoop it up with newcomers Molly Holtrop, Hannah Wight, Megan Scholtens, Samantha Raak, Debbie Pekel, and Jenna Jamieson. Returning players Anna Iwaniw, Sydney Wildeboer and Kim Kamp were present, but unable to play to due to recovery from various injuries.