June 22, 2011

Four Bulldogs Chosen For All-Star Games

Big Rapids, Mich. - Four former Ferris State University men's and women's basketball players have been chosen to compete in the fifth annual "Champions Of Character" All-Star Games, which will take place Wednesday (June 22) evening in Grand Rapids.

FSU will be represented in the annual contest featuring the top senior men's basketball players from West Michigan with the selections of Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) and Matt DeHart (Greenville), who will both make a return to their home area. 

Meanwhile, two women's basketball players were also chosen for the women's contest in Tiara Adams (Lansing/Waverly) and Andrea Clancy (Port Austin/North Huron).  All four FSU representatives concluded their Bulldog playing careers this past winter.

The all-star games will take place at Cornerstone University's Hansen Athletic Center with the women's game tipping off at 5:30 p.m. (ET) followed by the men's contest at 7:30 p.m. (ET).  The format for both the men's and women's games pits the group of West Michigan college all-star teams against the "pros", who are teams made up of former standout players from the area who have gone on to professional careers.

Keenan and DeHart are the only Division II players chosen to take part in the men's all-star game as the remaining seven members of the college team come from either Hope, Cornerstone, Davenport or Grace Bible.  On the women's side, Adams and Clancy will be joined by former Grand Valley State standout Elizabeth VanTiflin from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The men's all-stars will face Courthouse Kings Pros, who feature familiar names such as ex-GVSU standouts Callistus Eziukwu and Jason Jamerson in addition to former Michigan State regular Drew Naymick. The women will square off against the Golden Eagles All-Stars including past Michigan State center Allyssa DeHaan.

The all-star games annually feature the top senior college student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II, III along with NAIA schools competing against former West Michigan basketball legends and others who played professionally.  The goal is to raise more than $5,000 in support on the Champions of Character lecturing initiative, in which every player, coach, referee, parent and spectator will commit back to the true spirit (fun) of competition through respect, integrity, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship. Major Sponsors in the past have included MVP Sports/Vanderweide Family Foundation, Meijer and Alticor.

The Division II Bulletin National Player of the Year, Keenan paced the GLIAC in scoring for the third year in a row and was the only player in Division II to rank among the nation's top 20 players in both scoring and rebounding this past campaign.  He also became the GLIAC's all-time career scoring leader and only the third player in league annals to win the coveted GLIAC Player of the Year honor twice.

DeHart concluded his FSU career as one of the program's all-time bests in three-pointers made and three-point percentage.  He tallied nine points and four rebounds a game while making the third-most three's (78) in school single-season history.  The Greenville native also picked up GLIAC Player of the Week honors this season and finished the year as one of the league leaders in three-pointers made and three-point percentage.

Behind the play of the senior class, the Ferris State men concluded the 2010-11 season by reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen and the Midwest Regional Championship Game in Louisville, Ky.  The Bulldogs also captured the GLIAC North Division Championship and hosted the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals and Finals this past season.  They earned runner-up laurels in both the conference and NCAA regional tournaments.

The 5-9 Adams paced the Bulldog women in both scoring (13.2 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.) in her final collegiate campaign.  She also ranked among the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) leaders in several categories, including eighth in field goal percentage (.508).

Finally, Clancy returned to the lineup this past season after missing the entire 2009-10 season.  She played in 20 games and averaged a personal career-high 6.3 points per contest as a senior.  In her four seasons, she totaled 427 points and 238 rebounds for the Bulldogs while blocking 31 shots.  Her .492 career field goal percentage ranks ninth on FSU's all-time leaders list.

The Bulldog women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with a 13-13 overall record.  This year marked the 14th time in the last 15 seasons the Bulldogs have registered double-digit wins in a campaign.

Below are the complete team rosters for the all-star game:

WOMEN

COLLEGE ALL-STARS

  • Coach: Mark Youngs
  • Tiara Adams, Ferris State
  • Kristi Boehm, Davenport
  • Kallie Benike, Davenport
  • Erica Bruisnsma, Hope
  • Andrea Clancy, Ferris State
  • Jeannie Clossen, Davenport
  • Miranda DeKuiper, Hope
  • Carrie Snikkers, Hope
  • Amber Soodsma, Dordt
  • Vicky VanDyke, Aquinas
  • Liz "Biz" VanTiflin, GVSU

GOLDEN EAGLES ALL-STARS

  • Player/coach: Carla Fles
  • Amy Baltmanas, Hope
  • Allyssa DeHaan, MSU
  • Bri Gallert Daye, WMU
  • Kendra Gallert, EMU
  • Brooke Gallert Holt, WMU
  • Melissa Jeltema, Oakland
  • Jenna Plewes, Cornerstone
  • Amy Popielarz, Cornerstone
  • Cathi Velzen Powell, Cornerstone
  • Shannon Rose, Davenport

MEN

COURTHOUSE KINGS PROS

  • Brian Edwards, Cornerstone
  • Callistus Eziukw, GVSU
  • Greg Immink, Hope
  • Jason Jamerson, GVSU
  • Thomas Kelley, MSU
  • Pedja Lazic, Aquinas
  • Drew Naymick, MSU
  • Brandon Vorhees, Park (Mo.)
  • JR Wallace, CMU
  • Michael Zuidema, GR Press

COLLEGE ALL-STARS

  • Coaches: Kim Elders, Gary Bailey
  • Dominic Allen, Cornerstone
  • Will Bowser, Hope
  • Nate Cox, Davenport
  • Dan Dame, Grace Bible
  • Matt DeHart, Ferris State
  • Kelvin Devries Cornerstone
  • Allen Durham, Grace Bible
  • Justin Keenan, Ferris State
  • Bryan Pasciak, Cornerstone
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