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Former Zeeland East standout Josh Groenhof recently signed his Letter of Intent to play for the Golden Eagles in 2014. The 6-6 center/forward was recruited by Cornerstone a year ago but decided not to play basketball this past season.
Groenhof led his team to a couple of OK Conference titles during his junior and senior seasons at Zeeland East. During his junior campaign, Groenhof averaged 12 PPG and 7 RPG while guiding the Chix to a 20-2 record. The following year he led his team to an 18-4 mark. Groenhof recorded a double-double that season averaging 16 PPG and 10 RPG.
Groenhof was named to the OK Conference 1st Team after both his junior and senior campaigns. He was also named Defensive MVP for his team for his efforts during the 2011-12 season. His post-season accolades increased the following year when he earned Associated Press 1st Team All-State honors. He was also named The Holland Sentinel Player of the Year as a senior and was a member of the BCAM All-State 1st Team. Groenhof was also selected as Offensive MVP for the Chix during the 2012-13 season.
A four-year varsity starter, Groenhof scored 906 career points while pulling down 628 career rebounds. He had a career-high of 33 points vs. Muskegon High School on January 25, 2013. Groenhof grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on three different occasions during his senior season.
Coach Elders on Josh: "Josh is a talented player who has the ability to score in the low post and also knock shots from the perimeter. He is very good at passing out of the low post to open shooters on the perimeter. Josh has a very good basketball IQ. He is also a very rebounder and post defender. We're excited to have him in our program."
Josh on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone because of the Christian atmosphere, how welcoming the team was, and the reputation of the coaches and basketball program Cornerstone has".
Groenhof is the son of Tom and Ruth Groenhof.
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.