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The Cornerstone University Mens' Basketball Team recently landed its second high-profile recruit for the 2015 class with the signing of local star Malik Clincy. The high-flying wing from Northview High School joins Wayland's Dilon Aten, who signed with the Golden Eagles on August 9.
Clincy, who helped his Wildcats to an 18-6 record as a junior, averaged 11 PPG during the 2013-14 season. Playing on his future college court during the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament, Clincy averaged 20 PPG while leading his team to the Silver Divison championship. He was awarded MVP honors for his efforts during the two day event. Clincy also averaged four rebounds and six assists/game during his junior campaign.
Clincy led Northview to a Class A District title in 2014. The 6-3 forward scored 16 points in the championship game versus Forest Hills Central. Clincy, who also plays some occasional point guard for the Wildcats, hit the game-winning shot with two seconds remaining on the clock against East Grand Rapids on February 11.
Coach Elders on Malik: "Malik is a tremendous athlete who can also play basketball at a very high level. He's a talented player right now, but his upside is off the charts. His best basketball is still ahead of him. We've been trying to recruit an athletic wing for the last couple of years but never found the player that we really thought would fit into our system. Malik runs the court so well and is an excellent finisher. He's a very skilled offensive player, but his greatest strength might be on the defensive end of the court. As a person, they don't come any better than Malik. He's a delightful young man and a joy to be around. He can light up a room with his personality."
Malik on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone because of its outstanding educational program. The family atmosphere there is friendly and special. I really love the coaches and players."
In the picture with Malik are (L to R): Stepfather Todd Harris, sisters Takiyah and Amiya Sumrell and his mother Lashonda Harris.
The Cornerstone Men's & Women's Tennis teams each kicked off the season on Wednesday with a trip to Goshen College.
Men's Tennis started strong, sweeping the doubles. It seemed in singles there were a few first match jitters, as the quality of play was a little up and down, but nonetheless, Cornerstone took 4 out of the 6 singles matches to seal the 7-2 win. Winning in singles was Elijah Yi at #1 singles, Sam Ottosen at #2 singles, Austin Hendrick at #5 singles, and Andrew Son at #6 singles. It was the first collegiate win for freshmen Hendrick & Ottosen, who picke dup wins in both singles & doubles. Said Coach Erickson on the win: "We definitely had some first match jitters, and singles play was a little shaky, but I was very pleased with the way we came out and played aggressive doubles. Goshen has a solid team, and to leave with a convincing win, knowing we didn't play anywhere near our best tennis, is a good feeling. It's a good way to start the season, but we have a lot to work on as we move forward."
Women's tennis went into the match down a player, as normal #1 Heidi Boesl was out with a broken hand. The women fough hard though, coming through with a win at #3 singles (Ashley Greene) and a very long and hard fought loss at #4 singles, with Nicole Huizenga losing 7-5 in the third set.
Both teams return to action on Saturday September 6 with a trip to Fort Wayne, IN to play St. Francis & Huntington.
Cornerstone University and the Golden Eagle Women's Basketball program would like to welcome Taryn Sack to the 2014-2015 roster. Taryn is a 5-7 guard from Grand Rapids South Christian High School.
During Taryn's senior year at South Christian she helped lead her team to a 26-1 record and a berth in the Class B State Finals. Sack was the starting point guard, averaging 5 points per game and led her team with 3 assists per game. She also served her team as team captain.
Also during her senior year, Taryn was named to the OK Gold Honorable Mention All-conference team, Advance Newspaper All-Area Honorable Mention team, and was ranked second free throw shooter in the Grand Rapids area. Sack was honored as the OK Conference Scholar Athlete with a 3.65 GPA. Taryn was also a finalist for the West Michigan Officials Association Dan Nameth Sportsmanship Award.
Taryn served as a Chapel leader and also a Bible study group leader.
"What Coach Mattera is Saying about Taryn Sack"
"Taryn is a true athlete because she puts her team before herself. She has a great work ethic, and does not make the same mistake twice. She knows the game of basketball extremely well, and strives to get better every day. She has been shown great dedication to our program this summer, and I know will make a huge impact on our team. I am so THANKFUL that Taryn has decided to be a part our team!!"
Cornerstone University Women's Basketball would like to welcome Mya Udell to the program. Mya signed a letter of intent to be a Golden Eagle for the 2014-2015 roster. Udell is a 5-7 Guard from Ada, Mich.
Mya is a three sport athlete for Forest Hills Central High School, receiving varsity letters for volleyball, basketball and also softball. She was named to the OK White All Conference team for all three sports also.
During her senior year, Mya scored a total 243 points and grabbed a total of 122 rebounds. Mya was named Forest Hills Central's 2013-2014 Female Athlete of the Year.
What Coach Mattera is Saying about Mya Udell
"I am extremely excited to have Mya a part of our program. She attended many of our games, and has been around our team for a couple years now, I am happy that she is officially part of our family! Mya is a strong competitor that can shoot outside, but also defend the paint and rebound very well. While I was recruiting Mya, I loved watching her play because she worked extremely hard, and never gave up or put her head down. I know Mya will set a huge example for our team!"
The Golden Eagles got a full 24 hours to recover from the tough game yesterday and the weather was much the same today with temperatures in the low 90's with high humidity. Cornerstone started a little shaky giving up a couple of opportunities early on to the Cavaliers. The Golden Eagles settled down and started to create some chances through the second part of the first half of play. Montreat's GK came up huge on a point blank one time shot from Kerri Hoffman to keep the game tied at 0-0. The Golden Eagles got on the board in the 42nd minute. Laura Roerig won a ball on the left side of the field and lofted a ball over the back of the defense to Kelsey Gensler who headed the ball over the GK to make it 1-0. Cornerstone increase the pressure on Montreat over the last few minutes. The Golden Eagles won a corner kick with 10 seconds remaining in the half. Kerri Hoffman was right at the corner and she set the ball down and hit a low drive ball across the penalty box. Laura Roerig ran across her defender to meet the ball just outside the 6 yard box and hit a solid half-volley into the lower right side of the goal with just 1 second remaining on the clock to give Cornerstone a 2-0 lead. The Golden Eagles picked up right where they left off scoring just 2 minutes into the second half of play. Jess Erny played a ball across the face of the goal that bounced around some players. Lexie Brisson-Fast pick up the ball, turned and laid a nice soft pass back to Kerri Hoffman who one timed her shot into the goal to make it 3-0. The Golden Eagles kept the ball for most of the second half. Many of the young players got into the game and kept applying pressure on the Cavalier goal but they could not add to their total. Cornerstone outshot Montreat 30-6 on the day. Cornerstone improves to 1-0-1 on the season and will return to action next Saturday when they travel down to Ft. Wayne to take on the University of Saint Francis at 7:00 p.m.