Grace’s women’s basketball team has picked up a commitment from Bryanna Moore of Snider High School.
Moore is a 5-foot-5 point guard who has helped her squads claim three sectional championships during her high school career. As a senior Moore picked up Second Team All-Conference honors by averaging 13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds per game.
She was also honorable mention for All-Conference as a junior for Snider.
“I chose Grace because it is a Christian-based university. I like the size of the campus and the fact that I can get a great education,” Moore said. “I want to be a team player on the basketball team. I would love to win the conference and make the NAIA tournament.”
Moore, a speedy point guard, was also a standout on Snider’s track team. She qualified for the state meet in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay.
“Bryanna is going to be a great addition to our program for the next four years. She has the ability to break down the defense with the dribble as well as defend and create turnovers with her aggressive style,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Bryanna was the captain her senior year and is excited to grow in both her faith at a Christian college and in basketball. I look forward to seeing her improve every year and become a very good player in the Crossroads League.”
Moore, who is the daughter of Brian Epps and Tira Brown, hopes to study journalism/broadcasting during her time at Grace.
One of the finest two-sport athletes in Northeastern High School’s history has signed to play softball and basketball at Grace College.
Hannah Adams is set to continue her two-sport playing career with the Lady Lancers in 2013-14.
Adams is a 5-foot-11 athlete for Northeastern who has been an All-Conference pitcher each of her softball seasons. As a junior Adams posted a 1.56 ERA to go along with 208 strikeouts in 117 innings, ranking in the top 10 in the state for strikeouts and strikeouts per game.
“I was looking for a small Christian college close to home, and Grace was a great fit for me,” Adams said. “I’m excited to become a better player and to compete to my best ability every practice and every game.”
So far during her senior campaign, Adams boasts a 1.72 ERA, striking out 79 batters in 53 innings. She is also batting .536 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 11 games, according to VarVee.com.
“Hannah is a great all-around player. She will add depth to our pitching lineup and helps differentiates our staff,” said Grace softball coach Heather Johnson. “She gives us a different look than we’ve had before and should help take our team to the next level.”
On the basketball court, Adams averaged a double-double in her final season with 14.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. At the season’s conclusion, Adams was named honorable mention for Senior All-State on the hardwood.
“Hannah is a two-sport athlete that will help both of our programs. She has versatility to hit the outside shot as well as score inside,” said Grace basketball coach Scott Blum. “She had a very good career in basketball, and I know she is excited to continue to play basketball at the next level. I am looking forward working with her to see her become the best she can be.”
Outside of the athletic realm, Adams has served as a class officer as a junior and senior. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.
Adams, who is the daughter of Max and Laura Adams, intends to major in psychology during her time at Grace.
Dariyan Morris and Darian Patton led Merrillville’s girls’ basketball team to a 23-2 record and the state’s No. 5 ranking during the 2012-13 season.
The duo will now take their talents to Grace College to continue their basketball careers.
Merrillville posted an undefeated 20-0 regular season during the pair’s junior season. Morris and Patton helped Merrillville win 39 consecutive games in the regular season during the past two years before a three-point loss to Michigan City on Jan. 25 ended the team’s streak.
Grace’s head coach Scott Blum had this to say about adding Morris and Patton to the Lady Lancers’ roster next year: “We are truly blessed to have both Darian and Dariyan join our family. Their experience playing side-by-side the last four years will allow them to fit in quickly with our system and continue to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning a national championship.”
Morris was named The Times’ Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 and was invited to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Senior Workout at the season’s conclusion.
“Grace’s positive Christian atmosphere drew me to the school. It also allows me to play competitive basketball while obtaining my college degree,” Morris said. “I’m excited to work hard and fix what needs to improve in my game to be the best I can be.”
During her senior campaign, Morris averaged 15.0 points, 2.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game. She drained 40 shots from the 3-point line and helped pilot Merrillville to two straight Duneland Athletic Conference championships. She was also named the DAC’s Most Valuable Player in 2013 in addition to being honorable mention for All-State.
“Dariyan [Morris] has had an outstanding senior season. She has the ability to bring the ball up the floor or run up the sideline to attack the wing,” Blum said. “Dariyan has potential to become a very good player in our league. She could become the best defender in our league. With her ability to excel at both ends of the floor, Dariyan should have an impact right away in our program and in the Crossroads League. Dariyan has a great heart for others and the Lord, and we look forward to guiding her along her path at Grace.”
Morris appeared on Merrillville’s honor roll during her academic career. During her time at Grace, she hopes to major in criminal justice and graphic design. Morris is the daughter of Terrance and Darnieshia Morris.
Darian Patton was Merrillville’s emotional leader during the team’s 2012-13 season, evidenced by winning the Team Leadership Award.
The 5-foot-9 guard picked up First Team All-Conference honors from the Duneland Athletic Conference as a senior after tallying 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She also led the team in charges taken.
Her standout game was in the 2013 regional semifinals where she scored 23 points.
“I was attracted to the Christian program as well as the education and sports Grace provides,” Patton said. “When I visited Grace I felt very welcomed and convinced that this is where I fit. Coach Blum encouraged me and welcomed me.”
During her senior campaign, Patton broke her thumb and missed eight games. But despite missing nearly two months of the season, Patton continued to lead her team from the sidelines before eventually working her way back into the rotation (click here to read Steve Hanlon’s feature on Patton’s injury and how her faith empowered her positive attitude from the Northwest Indiana Times).
“Darian [Patton] is an outstanding young lady who loves the Lord and loves the game of basketball,” Blum said. “She is an athletic guard who can shoot the 3 and attack the rim with the dribble. She has the size and strength to guard a forward in our league. She will have an immediate impact on our program and will bring passion, leadership and competitiveness to the floor next season.”
Patton plans to study physical therapy during her time at Grace. She is the daughter of Anthony and Erma Patton.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added the next piece to its puzzle in LaVille High School’s Jesse Feitz.
Feitz is a 6-foot-2 post player who earned First Team All-Conference honors in the Northern State Conference as a senior.
She averaged 13.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game during her senior year, according to VarVee.com. The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association named her Honorable Mention for Senior All-State as well.
“Of all the schools I looked at, Grace was the soundest school in spiritual terms,” Feitz said. “Grace had the majors I wanted and a place where I can improve my basketball skills over my four years here.”
Feitz was also a part of LaVille’s soccer, track and cross country teams during her high school career. During her senior soccer season, Feitz earned All-Conference honors in leading the team to the NSC championship.
“We are excited to add Jesse to our family. She will add depth to our post this upcoming season,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Jesse is an athletic post player who can score inside and outside. She has a passion and love for the Lord and the game of basketball, and she will fit in great with our program.”
Feitz, who is the daughter of Jon and Gretchen Feitz, plans to study athletic training and exercise science while at Grace.
“Jesse has been an outstanding leader for our team,” said LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough. “Her work ethic and drive to succeed have made her a positive role model. She has a strong faith that keeps her motivated, and we wish her the best as she continues to hoop it up.”
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added two players from Wayne Trace High School for the 2012-13 campaign in Sarah Feasby and JoEllen Fickel.
Feasby is a 5-foot-10 forward who earned honorable mention status for All-State in Ohio last season. She won First Team honors for Ohio’s District 7 and for the Green Meadows Conference as a senior and was Second Team Northwest Ohio as well.
“I chose Grace because I wanted to go to a Christian college, and I really felt God has it all taken care of for me in going to Grace,” Feasby said. “I’m looking forward to being a positive role model to others around me and to give my all, all the time.”
Feasby, who is the daughter of Rex and Kathy Feasby, has been heavily involved throughout her time at Wayne Trace. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Relay for Life and Wayne Trace’s Student Council.
She plans to study math education while at Grace. Feasby also was an All-Conference performer in volleyball and softball at Wayne Trace, even earning GMC Player of the Year status as an outside hitter for her senior year volleyball team.
Grace head coach Scott Blum had this to say about Feasby: “Sarah [Feasby] is very athletic, rebounds the ball well and can score around the basket. She loves the Lord and loves the game of basketball. We are excited to have Sarah join our family.”
Fickel, a 2011 graduate, is a 6-foot post player. She was honorable mention All-State in 2011 and earned First Team honors in the Green Meadows Conference and Ohio’s District 7.
“I wanted to play basketball with fellow believers who are focused on God, which is why I came to Grace,” Fickel said. “I want our team to be focused on God and to play in such a way that only he could get the glory.”
Fickel, who is the daughter of Blane and Claudia Fickel, was a standout softball player at Wayne Trace. She played first base and set the school record for batting average when she batted .500.
Outside of athletics, Fickel served as president of the Future Farmers of America and was also the school’s homecoming queen in 2010.
Coach Blum had this to say about Fickel: “JoEllen [Fickel] is a diamond in the rough. I believe she will have a great career when it is all said and done. She brings size and athletic ability and can score inside and defend multiple positions. She is a godly young lady that will make an impact in our program and our campus for the Lord.”
Grace’s women’s basketball and track and field teams have announced the signing of Jo Boren for the 2012-13 seasons.
Boren is a 5-foot-10 senior from Lakeland Christian Academy. As a member of Lakeland’s track and field teams, she helped win two championships in the National Christian School Athletic Association and was named the top girls’ performer as a junior.
“I am excited to play basketball and run track at Grace where I can grow in both sports,” Boren said. “I believe Grace provides a great education where I can also grow spiritually.”
Her personal records in track and field are 0:27.1 in the 200-meter run, 1:00.9 in the 400 and 15-feet-10 in the long jump.
“Jo will be a fantastic collegiate track runner, and we’re very happy to welcome her to the Lancer track program,” said Grace track coach Jeff Raymond. “She’s a hidden gem since Lakeland is not yet a full member of the IHSAA, but she will definitely make an impact on our team. She comes from a great family and will be a great fit for the Grace community.”
In her basketball career, Boren amassed over 1,000 career points at Lakeland. She has the physical tools to be a successful player at the collegiate level, according to Grace women’s basketball coach Scott Blum.
“I am excited to add Jo to our program. She has a lot of athletic ability, and with her size and length she can help our program,” Blum said. “Jo loves the Lord and basketball, so she will be a great fit here at Grace.”
Boren, who is the daughter of John and Patti Boren, plans to study athletic training during her time at Grace.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added Oak Hill High School’s Tiffany Petro for the 2012-13 season.
Petro is a 6-foot-1 post player from Swayzee, Ind. She has experienced a tremendous amount of success while at Oak Hill including winning the Central Indiana Conference championship all four years and advancing to the Class 2A State Championship Game in 2009.
Every season she has played at Oak Hill, Petro has increased her production. She climaxed as a senior with averages of 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
A defensive presence, Petro concluded her high school career with 137 blocked shots.
“I really enjoyed Grace’s campus and the friendly atmosphere. The girls on the basketball team were more of a family,” Petro said. “I am looking forward to becoming the best post player I can be while achieving my academic goals.”
Petro was an honorable mention to the All-CIC Team as a junior after averaging 5.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. When she increased her production as a senior, she was named to the All-CIC Team and First Team All-County.
“We are excited about having Tiffany join our Lady Lancer family. She will bring added inside presence for us next season, and she has the athletic ability to run the floor to stretch teams offensively and defensively for us,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “She has improved a lot each year under Coach Law, and we believe her best years are in the future here at Grace.”
While at Oak Hill, Petro was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council and the Spanish club. Petro, who is the daughter of Kevin and Tracy Petro, plans to study business management during her time at Grace.
“Tiffany has been an integral part of continuing the winning tradition at Oak Hill,” said Oak Hill head coach Todd Law. “Tiffany was a dominant force for us, especially on the defensive end. Not only is she a special player, but she is a terrific person and teammate. We are thrilled that she will get to continue her basketball career at Grace, and we look forward to seeing her develop and grow academically, emotionally and spiritually through Coach Blum and Grace College.”
The Grace College women’s basketball team has added a dangerous offensive weapon to their arsenal in LaPorte’s Kelsey Sule for the 2012-13 season.
Kelsey was one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the state of Indiana as a junior. In the 2010-11 season, she averaged 11.4 points per game and nailed 63 treys. According to VarVee.com, her 63 total 3-pointers made ranked second in the state of Indiana.
Overall, she shot over 41 percent from beyond the arc as a junior and had 18 games where she connected on multiple 3-pointers. In addition, Kelsey hit nearly 80 percent of her free throw attempts.
“I loved everything Grace had to offer. I felt like I was at home there,” Kelsey said. “I am looking forward to working hard and improving while I obtain a degree to benefit my future.”
Already in the 2011-12 season, Kelsey has continued her 3-point shooting proficiency. In a 67-63 win against South Bend Washington on Nov. 10, she drilled an incredible nine 3-pointers en route to 33 points.
She holds the record for career 3-pointers made at LaPorte and also won the Mental Attitude Award as a junior.
“Kelsey will bring depth to our guard position with her ability to attack the rim and her great range from the 3-point line,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “She has a passion for the game of basketball and a love for the Lord which is a great combination for our program.”
In the classroom, Kelsey boasts a 3.89 GPA and is also a member of the National Honor Society. While at Grace she plans to major in fitness management.
Kelsey lives in La Porte, Ind., and is the daughter of David and Nancy Sule.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has announced the signing of Gabby Bryant from one of the strongest basketball programs in the state in Heritage Christian.
Gabby, a 5-foot-5 guard, has won a sectional championship (2010), three city championships (2008-2011) and a state championship (2009) during her career at Heritage Christian.
During her junior season in 2010-11, she averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, ranking second on the team in both assists and steals.
“After visiting Grace, I loved the campus and the chapel that I attended, and I felt like this was where the Lord was guiding me,” Gabby said. “I felt very welcomed and really enjoyed the team after participating in an open gym with the girls.”
Outside of the athletic arena, Gabby has been recognized as an outstanding student. She was named an ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student and was also nominated for the National Society of High School Scholars in 2011.
“Gabby has competed at a high level while at Heritage Christian, and that experience will make her an impact player right away for us,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Her leadership skills on and off the floor are outstanding, and she will be able to instill these qualities in our program to help continue the success we have had the last several years. She is going to be a blessing to our program and our Grace family.”
Gabby, the daughter of Jacque and Donna Bryant, resides in Noblesville, Ind.
Grace's women's basketball and track teams have added a talented member to their squads in Garrett High School's Heather House.
Heather was a three-sport athlete at Garrett, winning All-Area and All-Conference awards in basketball, soccer and track.
"The strong Christian values and good atmosphere to grow spiritually drew me to Grace," Heather said. "I am excited to play for Grace and contribute to the team both on and off the court."
Heather was Garrett's leading scorer during her career and averaged double-digit scoring as a senior. The 5-foot-3 guard also tallied over four assists and two steals per game in her senior season.
She played in a number of all-star games including the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic and the PostYourT.org East/West All-Star Game.
"We are excited to have Heather join our program. She will bring depth to our frontcourt and has good ball handling skills and the ability to shoot the long ball or attack the rim," said Grace head coach Scott Blum. "She comes from a great Christian family, and we are blessed to be able to coach her the next four years."
Heather hopes to run with Grace's track team in the spring and start as a freshman with Grace's basketball team in the 2012-13 season.
She intends to study Spanish education while at Grace. She is the daughter of Jeff and Cynthia House.
Grace’s women’s basketball and track and field programs landed one of Indianapolis’ finest athletes in Covenant Christian’s Micah Pollard.
Micah holds numerous school records in track, including the 100-meters, the 400 and the 4x400. Her time of 56.28 in the 400 placed fifth at the 2009 Indiana State Meet.
“I really liked the coaches and the Christian school atmosphere that Grace provides,” Micah said. “I am excited to excel and become the best player I can be in Christ both on the court and in bonding with the team.”
She has also placed second (2009) and fourth (2011) in the 55 at the Hoosier State Relays Indoor Championships held at Purdue. Her personal best time in the 55 is 7.36.
"Micah has the opportunity to make a significant impact on our women's track program,” said Grace track head coach Jeff Raymond. “She's a rare talent at our level, and I look forward to working with her."
In basketball Micah was a two-time team captain and MVP and a First Team All-City point guard for Covenant Christian. She amassed 1,021 career points and holds the program record for steals in a single season (126).
“Micah will bring quickness at the point guard position with the ability to score and distribute the ball as well,” said Grace women’s basketball head coach Scott Blum. “We not only get a great player but a great young lady who loves the Lord and understands how to balance basketball, academics and her relationship with Lord throughout a long season.”
During her senior season, Micah averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She was named to the POSTYOURT.org East/West All-Star Game and the Eric Gordon City/County Super Shootout as a result.
“Micah will be a valuable asset to any team she is on,” said Covenant Christian girls’ basketball head coach Matt Williams. “Her competitive spirit and her will to fight inspires her teammates. She has a great work ethic and raises the standard of excellence everywhere she goes. I’m excited to see Micah impact Grace’s campus like she has with ours.”
Unfortunately, she injured her knee during an all-star event and will redshirt the 2011-12 basketball season. She is believed to be able to perform for the track program in the spring, however.
Micah plans to study pre-physical therapy (biology) during her time at Grace. She is the daughter of Michael and LaShana Pollard.
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