Hoop, there it is. It’s time again for another season of Skipper Basketball. The first game of which will be on Nov. 10.
Head coach Dale Vos was reached for comment on the upcoming season.
Vos says that it’s too early to reach conclusions about the upcoming season, but he believes that the team will be competitive in the upcoming season and post season tournaments.
Returning to the team this year are three players from the last semesters, notably Jesse Schienke and Latwann Wesley. They are three of the twenty potential players who tried out this semester, but Vos hopes to cut down that number to a team of 15.
Vos has faith that the 15 that will be chosen will be good choices for the team, but knows that they’ll need time to adjust to the college environment, academically and athletically.
St. Clair County Community College’s Lady Skippers basketball team, in collaboration with Cawood Auto located at 2516 Pine Grove Ave. in Port Huron, will sponsor a car wash from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10.
Cost for sprucing up your vehicle is $5 for cars, and $10 for vans and trucks.
Cawood co-owner, Charlie Barrett, says they have done a lot in the past to assist different groups at SC4. He explained that he is friends with SC4 Head Coach Dale Vos and tries to support the college sports teams when he can.
“It is the best thing to do, helping people out,” said Barrett. Proceeds from the fundraising car wash will benefit the team.
This issue’s student athlete of the month is SC4 men’s basketball player Kyle Brown. Kyle demonstrates excellence in the classroom as well as on the court.
Brown earned a 3.3 GPA over the fall semester and a spot on the President’s Honor List for academic achievement. He is motivated academically by the pressure to represent his team and SC4 in a positive and respectful way.
“Its [academic success] for me but it’s for the team as well. If I do good it makes the team look good, which puts a smile on my face,” Brown said. His academic goal is to obtain his teaching degree from Saginaw Valley State.
Brown was part of last year’s team that made it to the school’s first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association division II men’s national basketball tournament. Brown said, “I feel that our team is capable of doing it (making tournament) and possibly even going farther in the National Tournament. We have to keep going strong and working hard everyday and push toward the main goal of making it there.”
On the basketball court Brown prides himself on his defensive prowess. “I get a couple charges a game. On the team that’s what I’m known for is taking charges and getting the ball back for us.”
Men’s basketball coach Dale Vos said, “Kyle is our best inside defensive player. He’s always in the right position. He’s infected the rest of the team with his (ability to draw) charges. He’s probably as good of a person we’ve had in the past ten years at being in the right spot and getting run over.”
Finding balance between his studies, athletics and personal life is difficult. Brown said he doesn’t have much free time; being a student athlete is time consuming.
In what free time he has, Kyle enjoys playing outdoor sports, hanging out with friends, catching up with his mom and playing NHL 11 on Xbox.
SC4 will host Alpena Community College on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The Skippers have key conference games at Oakland Community College Feb. 12 and at home against Mott Community College on Feb. 16.
To view the complete Men’s and Women’s basketball schedule visit SC4.edu/athletics on the web.
The Lady Skippers have seen their ups and down the last few weeks, starting with a loss against Muskegon CC and ending with two wins; one against Kalmazoo CC (ranked #16 in the nation), and another against St. Clair College of Windsor.
Sc4 shot a measly 21 percent from the field against Muskegon CC on Nov. 19 which largely contributed to their 77-43 loss in the East-West Classic, along with the 27 turnovers the Skippers gave up. The Skippers started the game strong with a 7-0 run, but after a time-out Muskegon took control of the game.
“That time out really hurt us. We started to play their game and we never took control of the game, which is what we needed to do in order to win,” Coach Carrie Lohr said.
The Skippers had the opportunity to recover from the first half as Muskegon led 31-20, but Muskegon continued to rack up the points with a 19-7 run at the beginning of the second half.
“They really beat us up in the paint, and controlled us because of our size. They continued to attack the basket, and as a team we need to work harder to not allow other teams in the paint,” said Lohr.
Muskegon out-rebounded the ball against SC4, with 55 rebounds, 20 more than the Skippers. Iesha Ellis pulled down 18 rebounds for Muskegon, and added 14 points for the win over the Skippers. Korea Jackson was high scorer for the Skippers with 11 points.
“We need to learn from our mistakes in this game in order to play a better game tomorrow night,” said Lohr.
Learning from their mistakes is just what the Skippers did as they beat Kalamazoo CC the next night with a 67-61 win.
“We came to play, and it was a much more intense game than against Muskegon,” guard Korea Jackson said, “After losing to Muskegon, we were ready for this win and we worked hard for it.”
The Skippers tried to keep a lead against Kalamazoo through the whole game, managed to hold a 39-34 lead at halftime, then continued to lead through the entire second half.
“At one point we were leading by more than 10 points late in the second half, but they managed to have a run on us late in the game,” Lohr said.
Although Kalamazoo responded with a short 6-0 stretch, it was still not enough to take the game back. Chaniese Turner led the Skippers 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Korea Jackson had 16 points, and Nikki Heim added another 13 points and eight rebounds.
However, the Skippers would play one of the most emotional home games ever to cross SC4’s court on Tuesday Nov. 23, just 24 hours after the death of Men’s basketball player Terrance Keaton.
“We were given the choice to play the game, or reschedule it, but the girls wanted to play,” Lohr said.
Although emotions were running high, the Lady Skippers decided to play in memoriam of Keaton, and started the game off with a memorial service for the fellow athlete.
Of the 10 players on the Skippers roster, 9 of them scored in the game. High scorers were Chaniese Turner with 19 points and four steals, and Korea Jackson with 17 points and seven assists.
“The girls played very well in this game, and worked really hard for the win. They really needed this win tonight, especially after yesterday’s accident. They can walk away from this knowing that they didn’t give up, and they played through the emotion,” Lohr said.
The Skippers’ next home game will be against Columbus State CC on Saturday, Dec. 11. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m., all adult admissions are $3, students are $1 and all children 8 and under receive free admission.
Tears, heartache, and unimaginable pain come with the loss of someone you know and care about.
St. Clair County Community College mourns the death of Sophomore Men’s Basketball player, Terrance (T.K.) Keaton of Flint Michigan.
Keaton died as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident, Monday November 22, 2010 on Interstate I-94.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, Keaton lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet blazer on rain slick pavement of I-94 at about 3:00 p.m. The vehicle struck a guard rail on the passenger side. The vehicle then made a violent turn to the left, ejecting Keaton out of the vehicle and onto the road.
“What we do know is texting is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident,” said Public
Information Office, Deputy Steve Campau.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon confirmed stating;”that appears to be the case, that instant messaging was taking place right before the accident. Donnellon said a lot of factors came together to create a perfect storm. In addition to the distraction of the texting, Keaton wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. “There is no question about it. Had he had his seatbelt on (Keaton), he would have survived, “said Donnellon.
According to Shawn Starkey, Executive Director of Public Relations at Sc4, the team was told in Jackson, after the game about Keaton’s death. Starkey explained that Jackson Community College made grief counselors available to the players.
“JCC’s (Jackson Community College) hearts go out to St. Clair County Community College, their players and Terrance’s family during this difficult time, said Cindy Allen, Public Relations Director at JCC. “Our players (JCC) felt really bad when they heard, “said Allen.
Keaton’s loss is felt on the Sc4 campus, as faculty and students remember Keaton.
Professor John Lusk had Keaton in his news writing class. Lusk remembered Keaton as a well liked student. “He (Terrance) was as good a kid as you’re going to hear about,” said Lusk.
Coach Dale Voss said; “He (Keaton) had a infectious personality and a smile that could light up a room.”
SC-4 men’s basketball player, guard Alan Sharp, a sophomore from Flint knew Keaton since high School.
Sharp shared memories of making it to the nationals last year with his friend and how happy they were. “It’s very hard;” said sharp. He would like his friend remembered for who he was. “He was a hard worker, said Sharp. Not just in basketball but in the classroom as well.”
The Men’s basketball team is starting up again with Coach Dale Vos for the 2010-11 season. After finishing up with a 27-8 overall record, 12-4 in the league, the team has high hopes for another successful season.
“We have a good group of young men who are working hard. A lot of inexperienced players will be playing important roles, so how quickly they develop will determine a lot of our success,” Coach Dale Vos said.
The Skippers’ biggest competition will be against Mott, Henry Ford, and Oakland CC, who with SC4 are the top four teams in the Eastern Conference of the MCCAA. Mott CC, the conference champion and ranked third in the nation amongst community colleges, lost only a single game last year.
Last year, the Skippers finished in second for the Eastern Conference just under Mott CC. Even with 6 returning players, it is unknown how the season will play out.
“Delta and Macomb have new coaches, so there are some unknowns there. Alpena, Kirtland, and Schoolcraft will be much improved,” Vos said.
Returning for the Skippers are: Terrence Keaton, Alan Sharp, Kyle Brown, AJ Burton, and Tory Villolovos. Villolovos played during the 2008-09 season for the Skippers and is returning for another year.
“We intend to compete for a league championship, that is our goal for the regular season, we will set post season goals at the appropriate time,” Vos said.
The Men’s next home game with be Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Rochester CC. Tip off of the Women’s game will be at 5:30 p.m., with the Men’s game following at 7:30 p.m. Admission for regular home games is $3 per adult, $1 per student, and free for children under the age of 8. Season passes may be purchased for $15. Contact the Business Office in room 220 of the Main Building for more information.
Cincinnati’s loss is our gain. Brittany Williams will play for the Lady Skippers this season after transferring to SC4 from Cincinnati State Community College.
Williams, 20, was born in Detroit, Michigan and played for the Allen Academy in high school.
According to Williams she has played shooting guard ever since she started playing basketball when she was five years old.
When Brittany is not playing basketball she enjoys skateboarding, cooking pasta, going to the movies, and hanging out with her friends. Williams is a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice.
Williams was not satisfied with the basketball program at Cincinnati State and sought out Coach Carrie Lohr and inquired about playing for SC4. Coach Lohr looked into her character and her academic ability and invited her to join the Lady Skippers.
According to Assistant Coach Bob Banks, Williams chose SC4 because of fellow Lady Skipper Portia Forbes, whom she became friends with while playing against each other in the Amateur Athletic Union. Williams signed with SC4 this season because she wanted to play with someone she knew.
Coach Banks said Williams will fill the role that Megan Johnson, former Lady Skipper from 2008 and 2009 had last season. Banks said, “While MJ was a good defender because she played smart defense, Brittany has the advantage of being taller than Megan.”
Banks said “She’s tough, physically…she can play 2-5, big post, and she can stretch the defense. She’ll be a great contributor to the team.”
According to Williams she likes SC4 better because the people are friendlier, and she knows where to go to get help with her work.
Williams is looking forward to the beginning of the basketball season on Nov. 1.
Williams’ expectations this year and every year are the championship.
Williams is practicing and conditioning for the Lady Skipper’s first practice on Oct. 1and their first scrimmage game coming on Oct. 5.
March Madness finally arrives. Let the banners be unfurled.
For the first time in school history, Saint Clair County Community College will progress to the nation junior college championships.
The Skippers defeated the Henry Ford Hawks, 83-78, at Mott Community College on Saturday, March 6 in their third consecutive tournament victory.
“Our team kept together and kept battling,” SC4 Coach Dale Vos said. “We may have led down the stretch but we trailed a lot of different times during the game. After leading 80-71, we find ourselves down 80-78. Yet, we found a way.”
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the game. With minutes remaining, the Hawks sparked a seven point run to cut the Skippers lead to two. SC4’s Kieon Arkwright dropped three of four free throws to put the game out of reach in the final minute.
“After they cut the lead to two,” Vos said, “Kieon grabbed a big rebound. We then grabbed one, lost it, and Kieon pulled it away. Then Marquis Lee grabbed another big one, all in the last minute.
“These are small guys by basketball standards. They just went up and seized the initiative.”
Arkwright was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Eric Mack, Jr. was named to the All-Tournament team.
“I couldn’t have been MVP without the help of my teammates,” Arkwright said. “This is more than an MVP, it’s a team award.”
On his last minutes heroics, Arkwright added, “I knew if we wanted to get to the nationals, I needed to make the extra effort to bring the guys home. I wanted to come through for them.”
Vos, who has been named All-Tournament as well as MCCAA Eastern Conference Coach of the Year, acknowledged the team had to overcome a lack of team height if not heart.
“At one of our last pre-season meetings,” Vos said, “I told the guys that unless the next coming of Shaquille O’Neal walks into the room, this is your team. We’re not very big so you are going to have to overcome that. So start thinking right now how much effort that will take.”
Arkwright led the Skippers with 26 points and six rebounds. Marquis Lee added 18 points and Mack, Jr. 16 points in the Skippers’ victory.
The road to the championship began the prior Tuesday with an 84-75 victory over the Kirtland Firebirds.
To get to the finals, SC4 defeated the Oakland Raiders, 78-73. Despite leading by 13 at the half, the Skippers were forced to scramble to pull out the win. Mack led the scoring with 20 points while Arkwright added 14.
“With four or five minutes left I thought we’re going to lose this one because we can’t make any free throws,” Vos said. “I am proud of our kids for the way they answered their runs and closed the game out.
“Give Oakland credit. They made adjustments and came out in the second half and jammed the ball inside. We weren’t able to do a good job of stopping that. We let them tie it but I don’t believe we let them take the lead.”
To set up the championship, Henry Ford defeated last year’s National Championship team, the hometown Mott Bears, by one point. Mott had the Skippers’ number this year with two defeats over SC4. Some say fate is unstoppable. Sometimes you’re just in the zone.
The SC4 men’s basketball team not only made college history this year by making it to the national tournament but performed not too shabbily there either.
The Skippers dropped their first game at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, Illinois to Lewis & Clark College (IL) by a score of 78-70.
They won their next two games against Bismarck State College (ND), 93-87, and Monroe CC (NY), 83-67. Finally, on Saturday, March 20, they were downed by Pima (AZ), 59-52.
“We were very disappointed when we lost the opener to Lewis and Clark,” Coach Dale Vos said. “However, as has been the case with this team all year, we got up and went to work and still finished eighth in the nation, no small feat.
“I just love the work ethic, togetherness, teamwork and defensive intensity of this team. I also love the leadership and love for each other that this team displayed all year.
“What a great ride they gave me and the rest of the coaching staff.”
O.D. say conceptualize ‘dis, please. As a community college, SC4 has two year turnover. Coach Vos and his staff have two years to mold a team for basically one run per group of players. Add to that a scholarship difference and boom, was ‘dis not amazing?
Congratulations to all involved. The college should honor these student athletes for their achievements. Be proud. Be a Skipper!
All I can say is ha ha ha, University of North Carolina. Your arrogance, after last year’s victory over MSU, reaped just deserts. Who cares if you win the NIT? You’re a classless organization who didn’t make the Big Dance after winning the year before. Come on. Brag about how great your team is now, coach.
My Wings. First, you knock off Calgary in Calgary with less than two minutes to go. Then, on to Edmonton to tie the game with .5 seconds left. Saturday, you win in overtime in Vancouver with .3 seconds remaining in overtime.
Despite all the injuries, the Red Wings have battled back to make a run for the Cup again. Forget the Miracle Mets. With the injury (knock on wood) curse fading and those players hitting mid-season form now, look forward to some fun when the playoffs begin.
I cannot get over the negativity towards the Detroit Lions looking at Adam “Pacman” Jones as a potential free agent. Hey, you forgive Michael “I am so tough I torture and murder dogs” Vick.
At least Jones is man enough to whomp on his fellow humans. Give me a mean Jones over a cowardly Vick any day of the week.
1.5 million dollars, no doubt someone in the league would pay Judas Iscariot the same if he could throw a football. Of course, it was Philadelphia who signed Vick.
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