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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Davenport University will serve as the 2014 host to the Champions of Character College All-Star Games on March 26 at the Student Center. The games will take play at 6 p.m. for the ladies and 7:30 p.m. for the men.
Davenport's women's coach Mike Williams will join Aquinas head coach Linda Nash as one set of coaches and they will take on a team headed up by Olivet College head coach Nicole Burford. On the men's side, Cornerstone's Kim Elder will lead one team and Davenport's coach Burt Paddock will lead the other team.
The first players to take the court will be the women's college all stars on March 26 at 6 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the players selected for the women's teams:
Taelor Sanders, 5-8, Dewitt
Marisa Marx, 5-5, Warren Woods
Lindsey Karpowicz, 6-0, Grandville
* Jenna Brower, 5-9, Hopkins (injured)
Taylor Johnson, 5-11 Belding
Niki De Guilo, 5-8 Mt. Vernon (OH)
Alison Bouman, 6-4, Calvin Christian/Wayne St.
Alex Merz, 5-9, Grand Haven
Jessica Jelsema, 5-8, Hudsonville Unity Christian
Sarah DeShone, 5-7, Jimtown (IN)
GRAND VALLEY STATE
Dani Crandall, 5-9, Eaton Rapids
Anna Kaufman, 5-8, Davenport Central
Kelsey Masserant, 5-11, Novi
* Raven Trammel, 5-4, West Ottawa (injured)
Kelsey Campbell, 5-6, Olivet HS
Chelsea Ciba, 5-7, Olivet HS
Kylie McKay, 5-9, Rockford
Here are the players for the men's game
Isiah Law, 6-5, Grand Haven
Kolin Kazen, 6-4, Saugatuck
Austin Semple, 6-6, Zeeland West
John Schaffer, 6-0, Mott HS
Mike Betcher, 6-9, Schoolcraft
Jon Prins, 6-5, Rockford
JaVontae Ford, 6-3, FH Northern
DeArmond Davis, 6-7, Mt. Vernon (Ind)
*Brendan Cooper, 6-5, Gabrial Richard - Alternate
Raymoan McAfee, 6-7, Detroit Pershing
University of Detroit/Mercy
Evan Bruinsma, 6-8, Western Michigan Christian
Nick Mascarro, 5-11, Tri Unity Christian
Nick VanLoo, 6-0, Hudsonville
GRAND VALLEY STATE
Rob Woodson, 5-11, Inkster
Nate VanArendonk, 6-10, Grand Haven
Caleb Byers, 6-5, Allegan
*Grant Neil, 6-3, West Ottawa - Alternate
LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Cameron Metz, 6-6, Northpointe Christian
Travis Schuba, 6-0, Kalkaska
Bobby Naubert, 5-11, Livonia
ESPN 96.1 FM will have the men's game live on the radio while Davenport Sports Information will provide live stats and live video on the Davenport Athletics Network with Aaron Sagraves on the play by play call.
Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for families, with money raised going to the "Champions of Character Lecturing Initiative." A goal to raise between $5,000 and $7,500 has been set by the sports marketing departments at Davenport and Cornerstone to help this initiative that promotes respect, integrity, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship to every player, coach, referee, parent and spectator at OK Conference schools.
Wes Hudson was named NAIA Division II First Team All-American this season after being named to the Honorable Mention team the last two seasons. Hudson led the Golden Eagles to a 30-5 record and a final season national ranking of 4th in the NAIA Division II polls. Hudson averaged 20.2 points per game and scored the 13th most points (796) for the season. Hudson also finished 2nd in the nation in Free Throw Percentage making 90% (243-270) of his shots from the foul line. Hudson finished his career as the 5th leading scorer in the history of the men's basketball program with 2,036 points. Only Scot McKnight (2,263), Scott O'Day (2,725), Jim Eppink (2,748) and Jared Crandell (2,772) scored more points than Hudson over their careers. Hudson was the heart and soul of the Golden Eagles over the past couple of years. Congratulations to Wes on such a deserving honor.
WHAT: NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Tournament 2nd round
WHO: No. 4 Cornerstone vs. No. 20 Friends University (Kan.)
RESULT: L 79-69
High Scorer: Senior Wes Hudson (24 points)
Key Stats: Hudson finishes career with 2,036 points, Ben Lanning added 17 points and 8 rebounds, Friends shot 58.7% from the floor while going 11-for-18 from behind the arc.
Fourth ranked Cornerstone University men's basketball team finished their season 30-5 after falling to No. 20 Friends University (Kan.), 79-69, during the second round of the 2014 DII Men's Basketball National Tournament on Friday evening. The Golden Eagles were led by senior Wes Hudson's 24 points while seniors Jake Plite grabbed 10 rebounds and Anthony Allen dished out three assists and had four points in their final game as Golden Eagles. The Falcons from Friends University came out hot converting on 11 of their first 12 shots taking an early 18 point lead. The Golden Eagles chipped away at the lead finding themselves down nine points heading into the locker room. During the second, Cornerstone was able to get within four points with just 13 minutes left but the Falcons held the Golden Eagles back en-route to the upset.
What: NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament 2nd round
Site: College of the Ozarks (Keeter Gymnasium) Point Lookout, Missouri
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Opponent: Friends University (Kan.)
Scouting the Falcons
Joe Mitchell: Senior guard, 6'1", 200 – 32.5 PPG
Anthony White: Senior forward, 6'5", 198 – 11.1 PPG / 7.0 RPG
Colton Rausch: Senior forward, 6'5", 205 – 14.5 PPG / 4.0 RPG
Friends University finished the season with an overall record of 25-6 overall and 15-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Two teams from Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference made the NAIA tournament – Tabor College and Friends University. The Falcons qualified for the national tournament by making the KCAC tournament finals against Tabor College, losing 90-81 to the Blue Jays.
Friends shoots 52.4% from the floor ranking them number one in NAIA DII Men's Basketball. The Falcons also rank number two in both three-point field goal pct. (.420) and three-point field goals made per game (10.23). Wichita State transfer, Joe Mitchell, ranks number one in NAIA DII in points per game and total scoring.
During the first round of the NAIA DII National tournament on Thursday, March 13, the Falcons upset No. 13 Northwood (Fla.) with a 90-85 final. Mitchell led the way for the Falcons scoring 25 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out four assists. Zach Nelson also added 25 points for Friends. As a team, the Falcons shot 45.6% from the field and 44% from behind the arc.
WHAT: NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Tournament 1st round
WHO: No. 4 Cornerstone vs. Northwest Christian University (Ore.)
RESULT: W 84-68
High Scorer: Senior Wes Hudson (33 points)
Key Stats: Hudson reaches 2,000 point mark in his CU career, Ben Lanning (12 points & 8 rebounds) Cornerstone shot 49% from the field, Cornerstone's 30th win of the season.
Fourth ranked Cornerstone University men's basketball team grabbed their 30th win of the season Thursday afternoon beating Northwest Christian University (Ore.), 84-68, during the first round of the 2014 NAIA DII Men's Basketball National Tournament. The Golden Eagles were led by Senior Wes Hudson's 33 points as the Wayland native joined the two thousand point club. After the win, Cornerstone advances to the second round and will play Friends University (Kan.) tomorrow (Friday, March 14) at 5:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be played at College of the Ozarks (Keeter Gymnasium) in Point Lookout, Missouri.
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