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Bridgman girls fend off Hornets The visiting Hornets led 7-5 after one period, but second period threeNews Editor pointers by Niki Strefling and Alyse Newman helped Bridgman build a BRIDGMAN — The Bridgman 15-11 halftime advantage. High School women’s basketball Rachel Stemm scored to open the team did what it took to win a close third period and Alyssa Krynicki’s one on Friday, Jan. 21. 2-for-2 trip to the foul line at the The Bees entered the fourth 6:11 mark of quarter number three quarter leading by just two points (25-23), but a series of clutch scores opened up a 19-11 Bee lead, but and defensive stops produced a 39- the Hornets began a 12-5 run with Heather Medich’s three-point play. 30 victory. Subsequent scores from Medich, “They played a consistent four Brooke Howard, Blaec Arevalo and quarters tonight — they played Jess Doster pulled Mendon within hard from the tip to the end,” said a single point (24-23). Bridgman coach Amy Houghton. Newman knocked down a clutch “The hit the open person, they made jumper from the top of the key 15 the exrtra pass, they were patient on seconds into the fourth quarter, and offense.”
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Stemm scored with 6:53 remaining to give the Bees a 29-23 advantage. “We needed to come out with intensity, and knew that we could pull through,” said Newman. “We had to work together as a team, and we did for the first time in a while, and it felt nice.” Bridgman maintained a solid margin down the stretch by outscoring the Hornets 10-7. Lisa Bowman scored consecutive baskets, with Strefling picking up an assist both times. Lindsey Lowery then sank a short-range shot before finishing the scoring by sinking two free throws. Strefling led a balanced Bee attack with 7 points. Three of her teammates (Lowery, Bowman and Krynicki) each tallied 6 points. Medich paced the Hornets with 11 points.
Bridgman 63 Loy Norrix 61
BRIDGMAN — Cameron Reeves returned from a three-week absence on Tuesday, Jan. 25, to help the Bridgman High School men’s basketball team edge Kalamazoo Loy Norix 63-61 in overtime. Reeves, who suffered a knee injury at Buchanan on Jan. 3, led all scorers with 17 points. Conner Magro finished with 14 points for the Bees, Michael Kamp tallied 12 points, Zane Copeland contributed 8 points and 10 assists to the cause, and Cameron Magro netted 8 points.. Kamp came through with 7 of the Lindsey Lowery of Bridgman (right) races past Mendon’s Heather Wright Bees’ 11 points in the extra period. while going for a lay-up during a Jan. 21 game in “The Hive.” The host Bees Bridgman guard Taylor Tuszynski (center, No. 22) looks to disrupt the game Bishop Robinson paced the prevailed 39-30. of Mendon guard Brooke Howard on Jan. 21. Knights with 15 points.
Lady Bison defeat Panthers, Rangers By Tim Moran
News Staff Writer NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo High School women’s basketball team is on a roll, picking up a pair of non-conference victories over Watervliet and Cassopolis. The Lady Bison traveled to Watervliet Saturday, Jan. 22, and came away with a 6342 victory over the then 10-1 Panthers. New Buffalo stormed out of the gate to a 22-14 lead after one quarter, and held a 32-27 edge at the half. Then they held the host Panthers to 15 second half points, while pouring in 16 as a team in the third stanza and 15 in the fourth. Lena Madison had a season-high 32 points in the win, while Amy Golebiewski (11 points) and Abbey Dixon (6) also had solid nights for New Buffalo. Returning home to face Cassopolis on Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Lady Bison (8-6) welcomed back senior center Korbi Forker to the lineup for the first time this season. Although Forker was held to two points, her presence inside helped the Bison roll to a 43-24 victory over the visiting Rangers. New Buffalo had a 37-14 edge at the end of three quarters, and held on despite being outscored 10-6 by Cassopolis in the final stanza. Lena Madison and Jade Madison each had 11 points to pace New Buffalo. Amy Golebiewski scored 7. Despite the lopsided win, New Buffalo struggled from the free throw line, going 3-for-13 on the night.
Seyfred going strong at Bethel By David Johnson News Editor
GALIEN — Heather Seyfred is enjoying her final year of college basketball. And why not? Having recovered from several knee surgeries the 2006 Bridgman High School graduate is the leading scorer at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. Seyfred is averaging a little over 17 points a game for the Pilots. She finished with a game high 26 points during a recent 90-67 win over Indiana University Northwest, including six 3-pointers to push her season total to 71 trifectas – a number that led the nation as of Jan. 15. Those who remember seeing her play as a Bridgman Bee would probably still recognize the shooting guard’s style of play. “I’m finally getting my speed back and my agility after three knee surgeries,” she said. “I feel like I’m back to New Buffalo center Korbi Forker (with ball) looks for some room to operate against Cass- my good old self that I was in high school. I feel a little older opolis on Jan. 25. though.” Whereas the girls team picked up their secThe first of those surgeries ond win in a row, the New Buffalo boys were took place during her senior unable to put together a mini win streak, fall- year in high school when ing to Cassopolis, 46-29 on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Seyfred tore her ACL during See BISON, Page B5 a hard-fought game against Cassopolis. “I recovered in six months, and then I tore it again. Later I had to have another surgery just to clean stuff up,” she said. All of those surgeries occurred before Seyfred enrolled at Bethel College. “I’ve been safe at Bethel so that’s been good,” she said. A First-Team All-State selection at Bridgman, Seyfred is in the midst of her third year at Bethel after playing basketball for a year at Indiana State University where she was “red-shirted” as a freshman. Seyfred said the Pilots ended the 2009-2010 season strong by claiming the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship. “It was the first time I’ve ever ended the season with a win, so it was pretty exciting,” she said. “Going into this year it was a good motivation.” Seyfred, who averaged 16.5 points per game last year for a 23-12 Bethel team, said the Pilots were defeated in the Mid-Central Conference (MCC) tournament, so they Cassi Bronson of River Valley (left) and How- didn’t qualify for the NAIA ardsville Christian’s Breanne Bishop reach for Nationals in Iowa, but Bethel was able to compete for the the ball on Jan. 25.
River Valley plays tough to top Eagles By David Johnson News Editor
THREE OAKS — The River Valley women’s basketball team refused to fold when the pressure was on against Howardsville Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The host Mustangs saw an nine-point lead dwindle down to zero (35-35) with less than two minutes remaining in the game, but a series of clutch plays yielded a 44-35 victory. “We played hard and it was exciting to get a win,” said River Valley coach Zac Robertson. “It was a great team effort.” River Valley (5-8) jumped out to a 13-5 first-period lead as Morgan Adkins hit a three-pointer and totaled seven points. A pair of second-quarter buckets by center Rachel Palen helped the home team maintain a 19-12 advantage at half-time. Shelby Schlutt’s three-point shot and scores from Palen, Jessica Kersey, Jordan Gibson and Adkins pushed the margin to nine points (32-23) through three periods of play. But the Eagles battled back in the final stanza. Lindsey Kuster and Breanne Bishop both hit three-pointers to help fuel a 12-3 run that tied things up at 35-all with 1:55 remaining. Adkins earned a trip to the foul line seven seconds later, and made the first opportunity. See PLAYS TOUGH, Page B5
Heather Seyfred (with ball) attacks the basket during last year’s National Christian College Athletic Association tournament. Bethel ended up winning the tourney title. NCCAA crown at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. During her sophomore year at Bethel Seyfred appeared in all 32 games, averaging 14.6 points per game as the Pilots won their second straight MCC title and advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16. Seyfred earned a spot on the MCC All-Conference Second Team and MCC All-Newcomer team.She was an MCC All-Conference selection and First Team NCCAA All American as well as the NCCAA National Tournament MVP as a junior. Seyfred scored her 1,000th career point at Bethel in the second round of the NCCAA tourney. Bethel’s current squad includes five seniors, three of them starters. Seyfred said the other two starting players are sophomores. The season goes about halfway into March, and Seyfred said the squad has two main goals. “Hopefully we can end up winning the conference — that’s our first goal,” she said. “And our second goal is to get to the NAIA Nationals in
Iowa.” Although Seyfred lives at the college when school is in sessions, the family farm is close by in Galien. “I come home a lot to see my family, and my fiancé too,” she said. Seyfred said she met T.J. McKee at Indiana State, but he now lives just eight miles from Galien in New Carlisle, Indiana. Seyfred’s major at Bethel is Science Education, and she will be certified to teach fifth through 12th grade upon graduation. “I hope to get a middle school science teaching job,” she said. As for basketball, Seyfred said it will just be played for fun once the current college season is over. “I don’t plan on playing overseas or anything,” she said. “I’m ready to move on to the next stage of my life.” Seyfred said about the only player from her high school days she goes up against at Bethel is former Buchanan center Haley Cashier — now on the roster at Grace College.