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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.
The Golden Eagles faced two opponents today. They faced Truett-McConnell from Georgia and they had to play in 90 plus degree temperatures in high humidity. Cornerstone started off well creating some good chances early. Bria West picked up a ball in the midfield drove towards goal and unleashed a rocket from about 25 yards out the bounced off the crossbar. Cornerstone kept attacking and Kerri Hoffman scored the first goal of the season by hit a first time ball off of a pass from Lexie Brisson-Fast. Lexie beat her player down the right side and played the ball across the top of the box to Hoffman who one-timed it into the lower left side of the goal. Bria West then suffered a injury to her knee iin about the 20th minute and then a Truett-McConnell player went down with a serious knee injury that delayed the game for about 20 minutes. Cornerstone had a couple of near misses but went into the half with a 1-0 lead. The Bears came right out and tied it at 1-1 just 2 minutes into the 2nd half The Bears Maddie Clark won a tackle in the midfield took a couple of touches and hit a great shot into the upper left side of the goal to tie the game. The Golden Eagles had a couple of good chances to win the game in both regulation and overtime but could find the back of the net. The Bears keeper made and outstanding save on a Josie Litty shot late in the second overtime to secure the tie. Both teams will feel the effects of that game because of the heat. Cornerstone will return to action against host Montreat tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. That game is supposed to be carried live on the internet. Click here to watch.
Wayland's Dilon Aten Signs Early with Mens Basketball
The Cornerstone University Mens Basketball future remains bright with the signing of its first recruit for the 2015 class. Dilon Aten, a 6-1 point guard, is the lastest player from Wayland-Union High School to come to CU and play for the Golden Eagles. He follows former WUHS stars Wes Hudson, Justin Pepper and Alex Lyle.
Aten, a Bank Hoops 1st Team All-State performer in 2014, has been on the Wildcat varsity team since he was a freshman. As a frosh, he averaged 8.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 2.7 APG and was selected to the All-County 1st Team.
During his sophomore campaign, Aten was once again named to the All-County 1st Team while averaging 13.4 PPG. The 1st Team OK Gold selection also averaged 3.7 APG and grabbed 3.4 RPG. Aten was named to several postseason teams that season, including Bank Hoops All-State Honorable Mention and All-Area Honorable Mention. He also had a team-high 2.1 steals/game and recorded the 7th best free throw percentage in Michigan with a 87% accuracy from the line.
Aten's numbers continued to soar during his junior season. He averaged a team-high 19.2 PPG while handing out almost 6 assists/game. Aten led his team to District and Regional titles before his Wildcats were knocked out of the Class B state tournament in the Quarterfinals. Post-season accalades continued to stack up for Aten. The Wildcat's team captain earned All-County honors for the third consecutive year. Besides being named to the Bank Hoops All-State 1st Team, Aten was also selected to the Detroit Free Press All-State Team. He was recognized by the Grand Rapids Press being selected to the All-Area 2nd Team.
Aten was an OK Gold 1st Team selection for the second consecutive time in '13-'14. He scored a career-high 32 points versus Forest Hills Eastern on January 27. Aten, who also recorded career-highs with nine assists, 12 rebounds and 10 steals last season, shot 81% from the line and 42% from behind the arc. He helped his team capture the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament in December, earning MVP honors for his efforts. Aten averaged career-highs in rebounds/game (6.8) and steals/game (4.2) last season while leading Wayland-Union to a 21-5 record.
Aten, who attended several Golden Eagle Basketball Camps while growing up, has scored 975 career points at WUHS during his first three seasons. The all-around player has also pulled down 300 career rebounds, dished out 285 career assists and recorded 189 career steals to date.
Says Coach Elders about Dilon: "Dilon is a tremendous point guard. We believe that he's the best lead guard in the area and also one of the best in the state. He sees the court so well and does a terrific job of facilitating the offense. Dilon is an unselfish player and has a knack for finding the open man at the right time. He has excellent handles and can break down defenses with his dribble penetration. Besides running the offense and setting up his teammates, Dilon can score points in a lot of different ways. He's a complete player and he does so many things well, including rebounding and defending."
"As good as a player that Dilon is, he's equally as good a person. He's a tremendous fit for both our university and basketball program. We couldn't be more thrilled to have Dilon commit to us before his senior season begins."
Dilon on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone University because I felt it was the best opportunity for me to grow spiritually. I am excited about having an opportunity to build relationships that will last a life time. Cornerstone has a rich tradition of winning and I believe we will compete for National Championships each year."