Women’s Basketball News Archive 2014-2015

Larks drop region opener to Labette

The Hesston College women’s basketball team lost its Region VI opener 81-64 at home against Labette CC on Wednesday, Nov. 12, dropping the Larks to 2-3.

J’liyah Tillman (Muskogee, Okla.) led Hesston with 13 points. Morgan Coffman (Vassar, Kan.) added 11 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 11 points.

Hesston shot 13-of-44 from the field in the first half (29.5 percent) and trailed 42-31 at the break. Labette connected on 24-of-57 field goals for the game (42.1 percent).

The Larks look to snap their three-game losing skid when they travel to Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) for a 6 p.m. game on Friday, Nov. 14.

 

College thanks local community with free event

Hesston College will host its annual Community Night during early season home basketball games on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The teams will face Region VI foe Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., with women’s tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. in Yost Center. Admission is free for all.

The evening will include performances from the Hesston High School dance teams, and pep bands from Hesston High and Hesston College. Free basic haircuts by 2003 Hesston College alumna Christy Pickerill of Snip n’ Clip Hair Shop, Newton, Kan., a pop-a-shot game for kids, halftime contests and Larks tattoos will add to the fun.

“We have a great evening of entertainment and athletic competition lined up,” said Director of Alumni and Church Relations Dallas Stutzman. “We hope this free event is a small way to say thanks for the support that is given to the college and its athletic programs from alumni and the community each year.”

In addition, the Admissions office will host high school students for a Faith and Sports devotional and pizza supper led by men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon at 6:30 p.m. in Bontrager Student Center on the Hesston campus. All Hesston area youth are invited, either with their church youth group or individually. RSVP to the Admissions office by Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 620-327-4221 or admissions@hesston.edu.

 

Hesston rolls to 2-0 start

The Hesston College women’s basketball team earned its second win in as many tries by besting Kansas Wesleyan University JV 74-61 at home on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Freshman Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 16 points aided by an 8-for-8 showing at the stripe to lead Hesston. Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Jermani Thompson (Reserve, La.) added 10 points.

The Larks’ front court dominated the game, outscoring KWU 36-20 in the paint. Hesston shot over 45% (16-35) from the floor in the second half after entering intermission with a 34-25 lead.

The Larks compete in the Hutchinson (Kan.) CC Invite Nov. 7 to 8.

Larks cruise to 1-0 start

The Hesston College women’s basketball team kicked off its 2014-15 campaign with a 82-66 win at McPPherson (Kan.) College JV on Friday, Oct. 31.

Freshman Brittany Kramer (Melvern, Kan.) scored 24 points to pace the Larks offense, while Taelor Drew (Wiley, Texas) added 14 points and a team-high eight assists in the win. J’liyah Tillman (Muskogee, Okla.) scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Hesston shot 45 percent (31-69) from the floor.

The Larks look to go 2-0 when Kansas Wesleyan University JV comes to Yost Center for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s basketball eager to start new season

The Hesston College women’s basketball team returns five sophomores from last year’s 14-win squad that advanced to the Region VI semifinals.

Bethany Snow, a 6’3” post, returns to lead the Hesston frontcourt after averaging eight points and eight rebounds a game last year. The sophomore from Park City, Kan. recorded 10 double-doubles after Christmas break. Several other sophomores can expect expanded roles this year, including former high school teammates from Muskogee, Okla., Sydni Carter and J’liyah Tillman.

Hesston Coach Dan Harrison points to several freshmen he expects to make an immediate impact on this year’s team.

“Brittany Kramer has shown the ability to score in a variety of ways,” Harrison said. “Morgan Coffman is an athlete who can run the floor and Amanda Cockrell and Dominique Needham are two athletic wings who create a lot of energy for us.”

With the off-season addition of Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), Division II of NJCAA Region VI now includes seven schools, including Hesston College. The Larks play their six region foes twice each during the regular season.

In addition to the dozen region games, key Hesston games include a pair of matchups in Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Invitational, Nov. 7 to 8, as well as two games with Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.).

Hesston will host Community Night when the Larks host Labette CC at 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks open regular season play with a 7 p.m. game at McPherson (Kan.) College JV Friday, Oct. 31.

“This team’s success will be based on our team play of unselfish passing, timely scoring and tough energized defense from every team member,” Harrison said. “I’m encouraged by what I see so far but we have a lot of work to do before they start keeping score. I like how the team is coming together and hope that positive energy carries us to a fantastic season.”

Women’s basketball adds Thompson for 2014-15 season

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Jermani Thompson, a 5’5” shooting guard from East St. John High School, Reserve, La., as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A second-team all-district player, Thompson helped East St. John High to a district championship her senior year. She will study nursing at Hesston.

“Jermani is a player who can help us on both ends of the floor,” Harrison said. “She’s been a go-to scorer for her high school team and I’m confident she’ll fill that same role for us. We’re excited she is joining our program.”

Thompson is the daughter of Angela Montgomery and granddaughter of Marie Stevenson, both of Reserve. She attends Destiny Christian Center, Laplace, La.

McClellan signs to play women’s basketball

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Reagan McClellan, a 5’6″ point guard from Northern Heights High School, Allen, Kan., as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A freshman last year at Allen Community College, Iola, Kan., McClellan adds experience and depth to the Hesston backcourt. An all-league honorable mention player in 2012-13, McClellan helped Northern Heights to a sub-state championship, the Flint Hills League Tournament championship and an appearance in the 2A state tournament.

“Reagan brings experience to the point guard position,” Harrison said. “She’ll be counted on to handle the pressure and make that extra pass to her teammates.”

McClellan is the daughter of Marla and Bill McClellan, Allen. She attends United Methodist Church , Admire, Kan.

In basketball, Hesston College competes in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

Women’s basketball signs Northern Valley High (Long Island, Kan.) senior to letter of intent

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Brooke Hammond, a 5’5” guard from Northern Valley High School, Long Island, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time all-Western Kansas Liberty League player, Hammond also participated in volleyball and track at NVHS.

“Brooke is a lefty shooter who has great range with her jumper but isn’t afraid to take it to the rim,” Harrison said. “She’s a tough finisher who can make an immediate impact and could develop into a great zone buster for us.”

Hammond is the daughter of Brock and Jana Hammond, Long Island. She will study education at Hesston.

 

Women’s basketball signs Sunrise Christian Academy senior

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Mandy Cockrell, a 5’10” forward from Sunrise Christian Academy, Wichita, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

An all-league second-team player her senior year, Cockrell also participated in cheer, track and softball at Sunrise Christian. 

A National Honor Society member and Principal’s Honor Roll student, Cockrell will study chemistry at Hesston. She attends Westside Freewill Baptist Church, Wichita. 

“Mandy is a long athletic wing who can make plays off the pass and can hit the glass for offensive rebounds,” Harrison said. “She’s comfortable playing numerous positions and I’m counting on her to help us increase our overall team speed and defense.”

Cockrell is the daughter of Stacy and Judy Cockrell, Wichita. 

Hesston College women’s basketball signs Graber to letter of intent

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Alyssa Graber, a 5’4” guard from Wolford (N.D.) Public School, as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A recipient of the Hardest Worker Award and Sportsmanship Award in basketball, Graber helped Wolford to a 17-7 season and third-place region finish.

Valedictorian and an Honor Roll student at Wolford Public School, Graber received the President’s Education Award her senior year. She will study either nursing or pre-med at Hesston.

“Alyssa is a tough defender who’s not afraid to take on the other team’s best ball handler,” Harrison said. “It’s easy to get excited about someone who is willing to play as hard as Alyssa does.”

Graber is the daughter of Ronald and Lori Graber, Wolford. She attends Lakeview Mennonite Church, Wolford, and is active in the youth group there.

Women’s basketball signs Marais des Cygnes Valley High seniors

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Erin Coffman, a 5’8” guard/forward, and Morgan Coffman, a 5’11” post, both seniors at Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., as the newest additions to the Larks program.

Prior to transferring to MdCV, the sisters won a national championship in basketball while playing for Cornerstone homeschool team.

Erin Coffman competed in volleyball, basketball and track at MdCV, helping the basketball team to a league title there her senior year.

A National Honor Society member, Coffman will study athletic training at Hesston. She attends Mount Pleasant Community Church, Lyndon, Kan.

“Erin will bring athleticism to the small forward position,” Harrison said. “She has a wonderful team-first attitude and I believe she can fill the role of being one of our top defenders on the court.”

A four-time all-league player, Morgan Coffman averaged 13 points and over 10 rebounds per game as a senior, helping MdCV High to a league title.

A National Honor Society member, Coffman will study pre-engineering at Hesston. She attends Mount Pleasant Community Church, Lyndon, Kan.

“I’ve been impressed with Morgan’s quickness at the post position,” Harrison said. “She’s a great athlete and has the ability to be an aggressive rebounder. I’m confident Morgan can step in and help us right away.”

Erin and Morgan Coffman are the daughters of Michael and Sherri Coffman, Vassar, Kan.

Women’s basketball signs Marais des Cygnes Valley High senior

Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison announces Brittany Kramer, a 5’9” guard from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., as the newest addition to the Larks program.

A four-time all-league player and first-team all-state selection in 2013-14, Kramer averaged 18.3 points per game as a senior, leading MdCV High to league championship. Kramer played basketball for Cornerstone homeschool team prior to transferring to MdCV. While competing for Cornerstone, she helped win a national championship in basketball.

Kramer will balance basketball with nursing studies at Hesston.

“Brittany is an outstanding player with the ability to create her own shot as well as for others,” Harrison said. “She’ll be exciting to watch and is expected to make an immediate impact player in our program. With her drive and work ethic Brittany will be a tough player for our opponents to stop next season.”

Kramer is the daughter of Jerry and Sharon Kramer, Melvern. She attends Mt. Pleasant Community Church, Lyndon, Kan.

Yoder, Ladwig Honored as Top Student Athletes

Nick Yoder, a sophomore baseball player, and Makayla Ladwig, a sophomore women’s basketball player, were named the 2014 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year.

Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio, a leader among the winningest class in Hesston baseball history, battled injuries his sophomore campaign but still contributed from the shortstop position with award-winning defense and a leadoff position in the batting order. A youth ministry major, Yoder is busy off the field as well, taking the responsibilities of both ministry assistant and resident assistant.

“I was surprised,” Yoder said of the honor. “I’ve put in a lot of work so it’s nice to be recognized. Baseball takes up a lot of my time, but coach Rob’s values and Hesston values have really impacted me. I came here to play baseball, and I’ve really enjoyed my time.”

Ladwig, Wichita, Kan., was a stalwart for the women’s basketball team, both for what shows in the stat sheet and what doesn’t. The forward finished fifteenth on Hesston’s all-time scoring list and played a major leadership role on the team as its captain. Ladwig, who is completing her second year of a three-year nursing degree, is also a resident assistant and was instrumental in the inauguration and maintenance of the Hesston gospel choir.

“I feel very honored,” Ladwig said. “I’m glad I can represent this college well. I definitely think the basketball team has made me a better leader. Being in a sport here became an equal component of my Hesston College experience and it was much better than I could have ever hoped for.”

“It was such a pleasure to coach Makayla,” said Hesston women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison. “She worked hard and was a true servant leader to her teammates.”

Yoder and Ladwig succeed last year’s winners Hayley Gately, Roseville, Calif., and Jacob Landis, Sterling, Ill.

The awards were revealed at the annual Hesston Athletics Banquet. The other major honor of the night was the highest team GPA which the women’s soccer team won with a 3.32 in the same year as their first-ever trip to the playoffs.

“They’re a wonderful group,” said Hesston women’s soccer coach Bryan Kehr. “They worked hard and improved on the field, but their character is what I’m most proud of.”

Larks advance to Region VI second round

The Hesston College women’s basketball team won a thrilling 86-85 win over Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Saturday, March 1 in the first round of Region VI playoffs.

Makayla Ladwig (Wichita, Kan.) paced the Hesston offense with 24 points. Bethany Snow (Park City, Kan.) added 14 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Nikkita Lester scored 14.

Down 44-36 at the break and trailing by as many as 11 points early in the second half, Hesston made its move, pulling even with Brown Mackie seven minutes into the second half. The teams went back and forth for the next several minutes before an offensive burst by the Larks extended the lead, culminating in a Ladwig layup that gave Hesston a nine-point lead with 6:42 left.

Down five with less than a minute to play, BMC fought back and found itself with a chance to win as the Lions drew up an in-bounds play under its own hoop with 4.8 seconds remaining. Hesston would not be denied as its defense held strong sending the Larks to the second round of Region VI post-season play.