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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."
Cornerstone University and head baseball coach David Mitroff are pleased to announce the signing of Ben Schaap, a right-handed pitcher from West Ottawa High School in Holland, Mich. As a junior, Ben piled up numerous accolades including being named The Holland Sentinel "Player of the Year." As a senior, Schaap went 6-2 with a 1.63 E.R.A. and 74 strikeouts in 64 innings to earn 1st Team All-District honors for the second straight season.
When asked about his choice of Cornerstone University, Ben said, "I really like everything that the school stands for, and the direction that the baseball program is heading. My hopes on the field are to win, and be the best player I can be. Off the field, I'm hoping to get an amazing education."
Coach Mitroff said, "Ben is a great addition to our program and pitching staff. We believe that he has the ability to contribute on the mound immediately and we are excited to see him succeed. He has experienced a lot of success in high school and has been relied upon in some big moments. We hope that his experience and leadership will pay dividends for our university and baseball program."
Kevin T. Wickliffe, 41, passed away suddenly in Santa Clara, California on the morning of July 13, 2014. Kevin was born on January 31, 1973 at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan to Betty Ann Wickliffe. Raised in both Royal Oak Township, and the city of Royal Oak, Michigan, he graduated from Kimball High School in 1991 and Cornerstone University in 1996. Kevin was in awe of his children. He delighted in their wit, humor, laughter, and hard work ethic. He was overcome with joy and pride at the recent graduation of Daryenne from Cal Poly University. He was equally proud of Jase's creativity and hard work in school and on the basketball court. He loved to watch Daryenne run track and Jase play basketball. Kevin was a lifelong learner and lover of words. Always reading, trying to improve, and looking for the perfect words to convey his humor, thoughts, and stories. Basketball was a passion that Kevin carried through his lifetime. Kevin scored 1,531 points during his basketball career at Cornerstone. He was the JV coach at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara for the past four years. He was proud of all his players, especially when they executed their "lemons" play. They won league last season. Kevin was constantly studying, teaching, and talking about the game. He was also an avid golfer. If you met Kevin, you remembered him. Outspoken and quick to joke, he had a booming and infectious laugh. Kevin is survived by his children, Daryenne Ann Elyzabeth and Jase Rand; his wife of many years, Sonya; Uncle Roy Wickliffe (Diane), his beloved Aunt Ossie Dixon (Jollie), Uncle Lamont Wickliffe (Diedre); cousins: Roy, Regina, Steven; his in-laws Larry and Esther LeFebre, and a host of cousins and relatives. Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann and his beloved grandmother, Ernestine Wickliffe. For those who knew and loved Kevin, the best way to honor his memory is to never stop seeking, learning, and improving. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. at Bowers Park Building, 2585 Cabrillo Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051. Please come to the memorial service and share your memories. The family requests that in lieu of flowers; send donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley.
Major League Soccer announced last Friday the finalist for the MLS WORKS Community MVP contest presented by Wells Fargo. Chip Huber (Dean of Spiritual Engagement at Cornerstone) has been selected to as finalist to represent the Chicago Fire for his dedication to the fight against Malaria. The Grand Prize winner, as voted by the fans, will be awarded a $10,000 donation for the charity of their choice and a trip to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland.
Fan voting is open now through July 25 on the MLS WORKS web site:www.MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP or by CLICKING HERE. Fans may also vote for Huber by tweeting: "I vote for the @MLSWORKS @WellsFargo @ChicagoFire #CommunityMVP" from 1 p.m. CT on July 24 through 11 p.m. CT on July 25. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Friday, July 25 at 1 pm CT via twitter by @MLSWORKS.
"MLS WORKS is committed to supporting the communities that support our clubs," said JoAnn Neale, MLS Chief Administrative Officer. "These nominees are using the world's game to make a difference on a local level and we are proud to share their inspiring stories as well as recognize their incredible accomplishments."
One of the world's most deadly diseases, Malaria kills more than 750,000 children under the age of five every year. In an effort to fight this disease, Huber initiated an event in 2009 with the Cornerstone University Men's Soccer team called "Night of Nets". The goal of the initial event was to raise awareness and funds for the purchase of malaria bed nets for communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last five years, Huber has continued to engage the men's soccer program at Cornerstone University with an annual fundraiser, which has since collected a total of $60,000 and 10,000 bed nets. His efforts are not limited to Cornerstone, as he has successfully incorporated outreach initiatives with three additional college soccer programs, numerous high school soccer teams and a variety of other sporting teams and groups.
As his charity, Huber has selected World Vision, an organization dedicated to fight world hunger through donations that support World Vision's aid, child nutrition and agricultural solutions around the world."
Cornerstone University and head baseball coach David Mitroff are pleased to announce the signing of Seth Ritsema, a middle infielder, from Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich. Seth hit .382 with an on-base-percentage of .520 and scored 31 runs this year. He was named 2nd Team All-State for his performance this season.
When asked about choosing Cornerstone University Seth said, "I chose to attend Cornerstone because I had an awesome opportunity to play college baseball, and also stay close to home. Another reason I chose the University is because it allows me to excel in the business field while being surrounded by other Christian believers."
Coach David Mitroff said, "We are excited to add Seth Ritsema to our program. We believe he can make an impact early on in his time here with his defense and his ability to handle the bat. Seth comes from a great program and his leadership ability will be an asset on campus."