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Lake Michigan defeats GRCC 65-55

Lake Michigan College improved to 17-6 overall and 8-3 in MCCAA West play with a 65-55 win over GRCC’s women’s team this past weekend.

GRCC’s Makayla Beld led the charge for GRCC with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the Raiders came up short, falling to 12-11 overall while 5-8 in MCCAA West play.  Hallee Breimayer led GRCC in assists with nine. Ashley Bowen finished with 10 points.

Five teams in the West — Mid-Michigan, Muskegon, Lake Michigan, Ancilla and Lansing — have earned a berth into the NJCAA District G Tournament for a chance to advance to NJCAA Division II National Tournament play.  Grand Rapids is now sixth in the West, a half-game ahead of seventh-place Jackson with two spots remaining on the District G bracket. Glen Oaks holds the eighth place in the MCCAA West at 1-10 in conference play while 2.5 games behind Jackson.

GRCC hosts the West’s No. 4 Ancilla College at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the fieldhouse.

Hannah Stearns to continue athletic, academic career at Cornerstone

Sophomore Hannah Stearns has signed to continue her academic and volleyball career at Cornerstone University.

Stearns finished her decorated career as a Raider by putting down 418 kills, 168 blocks, and a .255 hitting percentage. Her contributions during her two years helped lead GRCC to an overall record of 32-0 in conference play, an overall record of 55-11, and the Raiders’ highest national ranking since 2014 of No. 3 in Division II of the NJCAA.

As a freshman, Stearns was named a 2016 NJCAA 3rd team academic All-American. During her sophomore year, she was named All-Region, All Western Conference 1st team, All-MCCAA, and NJCAA District F All-Tournament team. Her strong play and championship caliber character will fit right in with the nationally ranked Golden Eagles. Cornerstone finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 28-8, a WHAC Conference Tournament Championship, and a trip to the NAIA national tournament.

Stearns is now one of 43 Raiders who have moved on to play at a four-year college or university under head coach Chip Will. Congratulations to Hannah Stearns!

GRCC In the News, 2-16-18

Lakewood’s Wickerink signs with GRCC for volleyball

Feb. 15, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Renowned Lakewood High School volleyball coach Kellie Rowland says her star middle blocker Breanna Wickerink is very quiet off the volleyball court. That may be true, but on the court during her high school years Wickerink made a lot of noise.

… That aptitude, attitude, skill and drive had Grand Rapids Community College working to charm her to become a Raider. The goal to draw her to the winning GRCC volleyball program payed off for the coaching staff. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Wickerink signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for GRCC coach Chip Wills Raiders.

Basketball team defeats Glen Oaks

The women’s basketball team cruised past Glen Oaks, 59-35, to improve to 5-7 in MCCAA West play.

Makayla Beld finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Her double-double is the 13th she’s recorded during the 17-18 campaign

Mya Jordan led the team in scoring with 14 points while adding nine rebounds. Hallee Breimayer and Ashley Bowen each finished with 10 points and five rebounds.  Breimayer led the Raiders in assists with nine.

Glen Oaks was paced by Gabrielle Russell and Lakara Taylor.  Taylor finished with a 14-rebound, 10- point double-double while Russell added 10 points.

GRCC’s women dominated the Glen Oaks in the paint, recording 56 rebounds to the Vikings’ 36.  The Raiders forced 25 turnovers to rack up 21 steals while turning the ball over themselves 14 times.

The Raiders face the West’s No. 3 Lake Michigan College at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lake Michigan.

GRCC men’s team defeats Glen Oaks, 105-97

Zachary Pangborn led GRCC’s men’s basketball team to victory over Glen Oaks Community College on Wednesday, finishing with 31 points as the Raiders won 105-97.

Pangborn made 6-of-10 from three-point range while shooting 9-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line.

No other Raider came anywhere close to Pangborn’s total, but every Raider who hit the floor that night finished with plenty of points as six total players recorded double digit scoring totals. Gregory Robinson paired his 10 points with 12 rebounds.  Ca’Nas Coleman finished the game with 10 rebounds with nine points and led the team in assists with seven.

Glen Oaks’ Mike Barnfield and David Miller finished the game with 25 and 27 points, respectively.  Jaquantay Rouser added 22 points and eight rebounds.  Adam Scott finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

With the win, GRCC improves to 8-5 in the West for fourth place — a half a game behind third-place Lake Michigan and one game ahead of fifth-place Muskegon Community College.

The Raiders visit Lake Michigan College at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16.