Charger Cheer Welcomes Plennert

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STOCKBRIDGE, MI –Stockbridge High School graduate Jaymelin Plennert, recently signed her Letter of Intent to cheer at Ancilla College for the 2015 season.

In high school, Plennert was a member of the competitive team for the Panthers where she earned two varsity letters. During the competitive season, she was a three round athlete and served in the stunting position of backspot.

Outside of cheerleading, Plennert was a member of the Stockbridge High School Track and Field team where she has earned 12 track and field awards, several of which are first place medals for her performance in the 300M hurdles.

Plennert has also been a member of the Stockbridge High School band for four years and has earned four band awards during her high school career.

“I chose Ancilla because I was very impressed with their nursing program and the Charger Cheer Team seemed like a great opportunity,” commented Plennert on her reason for choosing Ancilla College.

“Jayme Plennert has been a great asset to our competitive cheer team at Stockbridge High School,” remarked Stockbridge High School head cheer Coach Tammy Sayler. “She has shown great leadership among her peers. Jayme came onto the team as a first time cheerleader with no experience under her belt. She strived to be the best she could be with determination and dedication. When the opportunity to sign with Ancilla College came to my attention, I knew Jayme was up for the challenge. She will be dedicated to do her best for the team and will be a great asset to the college as well as her teammates. I wish Jayme all the best at Ancilla in the upcoming years.”

“I am excited to welcome someone with such great leadership skills and dedication to the sport into our program,” said Ancilla College head cheer coach Kaylee King. “Jayme’s attention to detail and willingness to learn will be a great asset to both her personal growth as well as the teams. She is a very determined athlete who wants to grow her skills to the next level and that is exactly the type of athlete we are looking for here at Ancilla.”

Jayme is the daughter of Nick Plennert from Stockbridge, MI. During her time as a Charger, Jayme plans to work toward her Associates Degree in Nursing.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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France Joins Ancilla Cheer

FranceAKRON, IN –Leslee France, a 2015 graduate of Tippecanoe Valley High School, recently signed her Letter of Intent to cheer at Ancilla College for the upcoming season.

France has been active in cheerleading since the sixth grade and has been a Vikings varsity football and basketball sideline cheerleader for two years. She has experience in all stunting positions; flyer, base and backspot and received the award for best base. During her career as a cheerleader at Tippecanoe Valley, France has had the opportunity to cheer the half time show for the Harlem Globe Trotters with her team and last summer, she worked as a camp counselor for a youth cheerleading camp called Poms.

Aside from cheerleading, she was a part of the Tippecanoe Valley tennis team and served as the manager of the Vikings’ swim team.

France is currently working as an intern at Wynnfield Crossing, an assisted living community in Rochester, IN.

“I knew that Ancilla College was the right choice for be because it’s small like my high school,” remarked France. “Everyone is super nice and I just feel like it’s a good fit.”

“Leslee is going to be a wonderful asset to our cheer program here at Ancilla,” commented Ancilla College head cheer coach Kaylee King. “She has several years of cheerleading experience as well as knowledge of several different stunting positions which makes her very valuable as an athlete.”

Leslee is the daughter of Michelle and Thomas France from Rochester, IN. During her time at Ancilla, Leslee plans to work toward her Associates Degree in Nursing.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

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Lady Chargers Triumphant in Last Regular Season Game

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla Lady Chargers were on fire Wednesday night against Jackson College, earning them a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference home victory, 84-67.

The game was kicked off with intense back and forth action from both teams, tying the score several times. With less than ten minutes left to play before heading to the locker rooms, Ancilla (12-17, 4-12 MCCAA) made a run for it and was able to pull a 11 point lead over the Jets (8-18, 6-10 MCCAA) by the halftime buzzer. Hitting the court in the second half, the Lady Chargers continued to build their lead while maintaining a strong defensive edge, to ensure their victory.

A show-stopping performance from Elkhart, IN native and Ancilla freshman Khadijah Moore who led the Chargers with double-double action scoring 32 points and pulling down and impressive 12 rebounds. Alexis Williams (15) and La’Fabian Coleman (14) helped the team maintain their lead by scoring a combined 29 points and Marissa Stephens and Taylor Kuhnle each contributed 10 points for the game.

“I was very proud of our team last night. We really shared the ball well offensively and our defense was as good as it’s been in a number of games. La’Fabian Coleman and Irena James did a great job on their top player holding her to five points in the second half,” remarked Ancilla head coach Tom Robbins on his teams performace.

The Lady Chargers finished their season with 11 more wins than last year 12-17 and have qualified for the NJCAA District Tournament.

Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese commented on the team’s success, “It is exciting to have both our men and women’s basketball teams make the NJCAA District playoff. This is the first time that this has happened since the 2007-2008 season. We wish both teams success on their run toward the national finals.”

The Lady Chargers will play in the first round of the District Tournament on Wednesday, March 3 at Lake Michigan Community College. Game time is set for 7:00p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

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Chargers Dominate in Last Regular Season Game

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Chargers defeated the Jets of Jackson Community College on Wednesday night, capturing another Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference Victory to wrap up regular season action, 77-64.

Ancilla (17-12, 8-8 MCCAA) opened in dominate fashion over the Jets (10-18, 4-12 MCCAA) taking a nine point lead within the first ten minutes of the game and growing that lead to 12 by halftime. The Chargers returned to the second half even stronger, increasing and maintaining a 10 point lead for most of the half. With less than six minutes left, Ancilla was able to expand their lead over Jackson by 20 to finish the game with a win.

Charger Sophomore Juwan Johnson led the scoring for Ancilla with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Eric Waddell (14) and Tque Smith (12) contributed to the Charger win with a combined 26 points. Waddell also added six rebounds for the game.

“This maybe our most complete performances of the year. We were able to set the tone early by holding them to nine points in the first ten minutes. Tonight’s win makes it three of four going into the post season and we hope to carry that momentum with us and make a deep run,” said Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher about their home victory.

The Ancilla men’s basketball team ended their winning season 17-12 and has qualified for the NJCAA District Tournament.

“It is exciting to have both our men’s and women’s basketball teams make the NJCAA District Playoff,” said Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese. “This is the first time that this has happened since the 2007-2008 season. We wish both teams success on their run toward the national finals.”

The Chargers will play in the first round of the NJCAA District Tournament Tuesday, March 3 at Muskegon Community College. Game time is set for 7:30p.m.

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Grant Stays Close with Ancilla Softball

grantDENVER, IN – North Miami High School senior Alex Grant recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play softball at Ancilla College.

Grant, a three year letter winner for the Warrior softball program, was named to the All-Three Rivers Conference First Team last year during the North Miami’s State Championship season. On the diamond, she is most comfortable in centerfield and at third base. Off the diamond, Grant has also earned three varsity letters with the basketball team while being a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, as well as the Drama and Art Departments.

“Ancilla was a simple choice,” said Grant. “It was small and close to home. That’s what I was looking for.”

“Alex will help us in a lot of areas,” began Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “She will shore up our outfield while adding some quickness to our lineup. Offensively I see her assisting our needs as an ‘on base’ threat. Her enthusiasm for the game has been evident in every contact I have had with her, as well. I am excited that Alex has decided to join the Ancilla softball family.”

Alex is the daughter of David and Jodi Grant of Denver and plans on studying in the Criminal Justice department while at Ancilla.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Ancilla Volleyball Awards Program

volleyPLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla Lady Chargers Volleyball Team held their awards banquet Thursday, February 19, at Ponderosa in Plymouth, IN.

Seven Lady Chargers received awards, recognizing their hard work both on the court and in the class room. Maddie Korra and Sophia Smith received the Most Improved Player Award, while Mackenzie White took the Defensive (Dig) award. Suzanne Grimm and Mariah Kinney were recipients of the Highest Grade Point Average award, in addition Grimm received the Offensive (Assist) Award, and Blue and Gold Award and Kinney was the receiver of the Offensive (Hitting) Award. Amber Redinger won the Defensive (Blocking) Award and the Mental Attitude Award went to Samantha Albers.

Head Coach Lana Singleton praised the girls for their hard work, effort, and determination both on the court and in the classroom. She remarked, “Our sophomores, Amber Redinger, Suzanne Grimm, Mariah Kinney, and Mackenzie White have led every statistical category the last two years for the Lady Chargers, they are leaving big shoes to fill. Redinger takes over the career leader category in blocks at Charger Arena at the LifePlex. These girls are great volleyball players, great students, and most importantly really wonderful young ladies; I will deeply miss what they have brought to this program.”

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Ancilla Women’s Golf Signs Etter

etter            OXFORD, IN – Benton Central High School graduate Alexis Etter recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play women’s golf at Ancilla College.

Etter is a four year varsity golf recipient from Benton Central high school where she was named Hoosier Conference All Conference and was a two year regional qualifier. She is also the second generation of her family, her mother being first, to have Coach Eric Wiley as her varsity golf coach.

Coach Wiley remarked on Etter’s signing, “Alexis has been a four year letter winner for Benton Central. She is a very steady performer us. Alexis has a lot of natural talent that hopefully she can develop more at the college level. I am very proud to see her advance to the next level of her golfing career.”

“I knew Ancilla was the right choice for me because it was small and close to home,” said Etter.

Ancilla College women’s golf head coach Marc Green commented “We are very excited to have such a good golfer and excellent young lady come to Ancilla. Alexis works hard to get better and we are hoping for big things out of her at Ancilla.”

Alexis Etter is the daughter of Kevin Etter and Jessica Etter. During her time at Ancilla, Alexis plans to work toward her Associates Degree in Sciences.

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Jennifer Weinert Speaks on Aging at Lampen Lecture

2 19 15 023DONALDSON –Center at Donaldson co-worker Jennifer Weinert presented a lecture entitled “A Sage-ing Circle Experience: Making a Difference” as a part of the college’s Lampen Lecture series.

Ms. Weinert is a certified Sage-ing Circle Facilitator for Memorial Brainworks Heart of Aging with Wisdom and Vitality, a program based on the work of Rabbi Reb Zalman. She graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University with a degree in Fine Arts and a psychology minor. Weinert is Resident Services Director at Maria Center.

“I can’t imagine that any of the participants left the Sage-ing experience not being validated despite their age, despite their measure of life experiences, despite their relationships or lack thereof. One went away from the experience wanting more,” said Sister Jolise May, vice-president of mission integration at Ancilla College.

Sage-ing is meant to affirm every phase of life and for us all to practice taking time to acknowledge our inner wisdom and blessings.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 17 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Groundbreaking March 10 for Ancilla College Residence Hall

Front renderingDONALDSON – Join Ancilla College in its new adventure 4 p.m. March 10 on 9B Road to witness groundbreaking on two buildings.

“It’s going to be beautiful,” said President Ken Zirkle. “We will house nearly 100 new students and have a student life center with dining open to the public. It’s a great time to be at Ancilla College.”

Building plans, managed by Michael Kinder and Sons, Inc., of Fort Wayne, will include three stories of double rooms with full bathrooms. Additionally, there will be a two-story open lobby with fireplace, meeting rooms and a prayer room. The $6 million project also includes a 150-person capacity student life center and dining facility with coffee bar, fireplace and fitness center.

The buildings are on schedule for an Aug. 1 opening, Zirkle said. “Ancilla College has long been the best deal in the state but now we’ve sweetened the deal.”

Room and board will be frozen for two years at $8,500, which includes a meal plan. This rate is better than most colleges in the state.

The opportunity to expand Ancilla’s enrollment and build a learning community on campus has enthusiastic supporters across campus but maybe none more than vice president of enrollment management Eric Wignall. ““It’s incredible. Ancilla College can now open its doors even further, to more students, and to people from across the country. And we are truly a great deal for students. We were already the lowest cost private college in Indiana, but we’ve managed to keep a full year of full time tuition plus room and board under $23,000,” Wignall said. “That’s less than the tuition-only cost of most private colleges in the United States. Ancilla students can get an associate degree in any of our 17 academic programs, play on one of our 10 athletic teams and live on campus for less money than any other independent college in the state,” he said.

Vice President of Development, Todd Zeltwanger, said Ancilla College will be conducting a room naming fundraising campaign for the two buildings.  More information will be forthcoming in the new future.

Zirkle said the buildings will have keyless entry and 24-hour security. “This is a beautiful, safe campus with gorgeous historic buildings, a lake and an art center. I would have sent all five of my daughters here if it had been possible back then,” he said.

Wignall said, “Students can apply for housing online at the college’s website: www.ancilla.edu. Room reservations are first-come, first-served with preference given to freshman. If you have questions about living here next year, just call 1.866.ANCILLA!”

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 17 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.Front rendering

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Lady Chargers Lose to Muskegon

MUSKEGON, MI –The Lady Chargers lost a hard fought game on the road Saturday to Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference competitors, Muskegon Community College, 70-60.

Ancilla (11-17, 3-12 MCCAA) came out strong and was able to pull a seven point lead over the Jayhawks (16-9, 9-5 MCCAA) ending the half 31-24. However, foul trouble in the second half for the Chargers, kept them from being able to hold onto their lead. The Jayhawks were able to make a run with nine minutes to play, allowing them to capture the win.

An impressive performance was show cased from Ancilla freshman Khadijah Moore, who pulled a double-double and led all scoring with 30 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  La’Fabian Coleman dropped in 12 points for Ancilla and Michelle Detwiler added eight rebounds.

“We really played well at different points in this game, but at other points did not,” stated Ancilla head coach Tom Robbins. “Foul trouble caused us the most trouble and ultimately led to our defeat. Khadijah Moore had half of our point total and was unstoppable at various parts of the game.”

The Ancilla women’s basketball team will play their final regular season game on Wednesday against the Jets of Jackson College (8-16, 6-8 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 5:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 17 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Jayhawks Soar over Chargers

MUSKEGON, MI – The Ancilla men’s basketball team was defeated on the road Saturday, by Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference contenders, the Jayhawks of Muskegon Community College, 62-48

The Chargers (16-12, 7-8 MCCAA) allowed the Jayhawks (20-6, 10-4 MCCAA) to pull a 13 point spread in the first half of the game, but a last second three point shot from Ancilla to end the half, cut the lead to 10 points as both teams headed to the locker rooms. Heading into the second half, after a low scoring first half 26-16, the Jayhawks were able to maintain their lead and secure the win.

Ancilla sophomore Eric Waddell led the Chargers with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Mike Wickliff contributed seven points to the Ancilla score and Josh Santos (5), Juwan Johnson (5) and Alex Henn (5) added 15 points collectively. Santos also pulled down seven rebounds.

“Muskegon is one of the more explosive teams in our league,” remarked Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher. “We were able to hold them to 62 points and 40% from the field. Unfortunately for us, it was a game where we couldn’t get anything to fall and only shot 27%. We look forward to finishing the regular season strong and Wednesday and then head into postseason.”

Ancilla will be home on Wednesday for their last regular season game against the Jets of Jackson College (9-17, 3-11 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 7:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Ancilla College Moving to Flat, Fixed Tuition

Ancilla-entranceDONALDSON – Set lower than any other private school in Indiana, the Ancilla College Board of Trustees voted Monday for a flat, fixed tuition rate of $14,100 per year.

“We cater toward individualized attention,” said President Ken Zirkle, “And we noticed students taking fewer credit hours than the state recommends because each credit was costing our students.”

The flat rate encourages students to take a full load and graduate on time. Ancilla College will only charge $470 per credit hour if the student goes over 17 hours.

“This, combined with a tuition lock-in,” Zirkle said, “will lighten the burden on our students.”

“If you start with us this fall, our promise is your tuition will stay at $14,100 per year, or $7,050 per semester for two years,” he said. “This helps families plan and students to know what to expect.”

Additionally, Ancilla College is building its first residence hall and student center, which will be ready for occupancy Aug. 1.

Room and board will include a meal plan for $8,500 for the year, Zirkle said. Well below other college rates in the state.

“We all work here because we believe education is the door that opens all rooms. Setting affordable tuition, combined with personal attention and small classes is what is going to make a difference for our students,” he said.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Ancilla Men on Fire in Home Victory against Glen Oaks

PLYMOUTH, IN– The Ancilla men’s basketball team was on fire Wednesday night in their 76-67 win over the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College. The home game win was their seventh Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference victory this season.

The Chargers (16-11, 7-7 MCCAA) came out strong building an eighteen point lead against the Vikings (10-14, 3-10) and finishing the first half 25 points ahead. After fast-paced back and forth action, the Vikings were able to pull the score even 65-65 with two minutes left to play. The Chargers lit up from the three-point line late in the game. Travon Brackett’s shot for three followed by a crucial steal by Devon Burton and Mike Wickliff’s three point shot allowed the Chargers to pull ahead by eight, claiming the win.

A powerful performance was shown from Eric Waddell, who shot 9 for 13 from the three-point range scoring 27 points for the Chargers. Juwan Johnson added 13 points and 10 assists to a key late season win for Ancilla.

“The guys came out and really competed tonight. We got off to a hot start and were able to build an eighteen point lead,” commented Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher. “We got a little cold in the second half and didn’t defend at a high enough level to sustain our lead and let them back in it. Losing our lead and then making the plays we needed down the stretch to win it says a lot about the resolve of our guys.”

Coach Butcher tweeted after the game “With last night’s win the Chargers clinched a berth to the region tournament for only the fourth time in school history and second consecutive year.”

The Chargers will be on the road Saturday to take on Muskegon Community College (19-6, 9-4 MCCAA). They will return home on Wednesday, February 25 to face off against the Jets of Jackson College (9-16, 3-10 MCCAA). Game time is set for 7:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Lady Chargers Victorious at Home against Glen Oaks

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team claimed a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference home victory over Glen Oaks Community College, 43-40.

Khadijah Moore led the Chargers (11-16, 3-11 MCCAA) with a double-double for the game, leading all scoring with 15 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. La’Fabian Coleman added 10 points for the chargers with five of her ten being scored in the last two minutes of the game. Michelle Detwiler also contributed 10 points for Ancilla.

Taylor Kuhnle made a catch off of an in-bound play and then fouled and cut the lead by Glen Oaks (13-12, 5-8 MCCAA) by two after making two free throws. On the last play of the game Ancilla’s Moore sprinted the floor with the ball in the remaining seconds and hit Coleman with a cross court pass allowing Coleman to make the winning three-point shot for the Chargers.

“This win was a total team effort,” said Ancilla head coach Tom Robbins. “Even the players who didn’t get to play in the game had a huge part. For two days in practice they ran the Glen Oaks’ set plays to prepare us defensively. In the game Irena James did a great job of stopping the penetration of their point guard. Taylor Kuhnle was in the lap of their best shooter all night to the point that she only shot one three. Khadijah Moore kept one of the best rebounders in the nation off the boards all night and then down the stretch of the game we showed a lot of belief in on another and a lot of toughness to get the win.”

The Ancilla women’s basketball team will be on the road Saturday at Muskegon Community College (15-9, 8-5 MCCAA). The team will return home on Wednesday, February 25 to take on the Jets of Jackson College (8-15, 6-7 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

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Ancilla College Student Starts Longboard Business

Huff and Puff 005DONALDSON – If you haven’t heard about long boards, you’re probably just not cool enough.

Thankfully, Ancilla College’s Assistant Professor John Gough is cool enough

When Andrew Huff started taking Gough’s business classes, Gough knew Huff & Puff Board Co. was ready for the next level.

Huff, a sophomore graduating from Ancilla College this spring with an A.S. in business administration, will begin selling his long boards at Culver Marina and Outpost Sports on Grape Road in Mishawaka, IN, he said.

Huff learned his woodworking skills starting at the Elkhart Area Career Center where he built a house through the building trades program, he said. From there he decided to buy his own wood working equipment. Huff purchased his own press, planer and band saw, “his baby,” he said.

Long boards are skateboards that are greater in size than traditional boards and offer more traction and stability. Huff has added to his product base a land paddle for a newer trend similar to the watersport paddle boarding, but for sidewalk transportation.

His boards, many of which are custom made, are created from 100 percent reclaimed wood from area cabinet makers and other businesses, Huff said. “They really stand out.”

“It’s all their scraps. They’re either going to throw it away or burn it. So I’m doing them a favor,” Huff said.

At Ancilla College, Gough’s Managerial Accounting and Marketing class, Huff said, “Took it to the next level.”

In addition to learning how to create a break-even analysis and business and marketing plans, Huff said he learned the terms needed in business. “He taught me the steps it took to become a legitimate business.”

Gough said, “It’s enjoyable having a student with high academic capabilities integrated with an entrepreneurial spirit. He’s Halley’s Comet.”

Gough introduced Huff to local business owners who were “stoked” about the long boards and paddles, he said.

Huff also sells his custom work online at http://huffpuffboardco.com/ and out of his shop, 2489 St. Rd. 331 Bremen. He can be reached at (574) 248-5371.

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Ancilla Women’s Golf Signs Lamb

sign           NILES, MI – Niles New Tech High School graduate Chloe Lamb recently signed here National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play women’s golf at Ancilla College.

Lamb was a three year varsity letter recipient at Niles New Tech. She was also a two time state champion triple crown in taekwondo and a three time state champion in sparring in taekwondo.

“I knew Ancilla was the right choice for me because of the atmosphere and people I met,” commented Lamb on why she chose Ancilla. “The teachers and faculty that I met made Ancilla have a very comforting atmosphere.”

Niles New Tech head coach Dan Palmer commented on Lamb’s signing “Chloe was a young lady who worked for three years to improve here golf game at a steady pace. She was a great team player and always getting the team together with a smile.”

“Chloe has a golf game that has improved each of the last three years,” said Ancilla head coach Marc Green. “We are hoping she continues to improve here at Ancilla. Chloe’s positive attitude will be something that helps our new team”

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Men’s Soccer Signs Martinez

MartinezGOSHEN, IN – Jose Martinez, Goshen High School senior recently signed his National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to join the men’s soccer program at Ancilla College where he will play Left Back for the Chargers.

Martinez was a two year varsity letter winner at Goshen, where he was a part of the 2014 Boys’ Soccer State Championship team. During his high school career, Martinez was voted the “Beets” Hoke Teamwork Award recipient and received the NLC honorable Mention All-Conference award.

“I chose Ancilla because of the opportunity to continue my athletic career,” said Martinez. “It is also a great way to start my post-high school career.”

“We are very excited to have someone like Jose join our program,” said Ancilla men’s soccer coach Dave Jacobs. “Jose exemplifies everything I am looking for in a student athlete. His leadership both on and off the field really caught my attention and is why we pursued Jose to play at Ancilla.”

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

PHOTO: Row 1: Goshen Assistant Varsity Coach Matt Bjorkland, Ancilla Head Coach David Jacobs, Jose Martinez, Goshen Assistant Coach Joe Sabu

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Chargers Beat Bruins

BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Charger men’s basketball team was victorious on Saturday against the Bruins of Kellogg Community College, 76-63, in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference play.

Sophomore Mike Wickliff led all scoring for the game with 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Josh Santos (18) and Juwan Johnson (18) contributed a combined 36 points and pulled down seven rebounds each for the Chargers. Eric Waddell also added seven assists.

“Our guys were locked in defensively today and it was maybe our best game of the year on that end of the court,” said head coach Aaron Butcher. “We got solid contributions from a lot of guys. We need to build off of this performance and finish strong heading into post season.”

Ancilla will be home on Wednesday as they take on Glen Oaks Community College (10-12, 3-8 MCCAA). Game time is set for 7:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

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Lady Chargers Beat by Bruins

BATTLE CREEK, MI- The Lady Chargers were faced with another Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference loss by the Bruins of Kellogg Community College on Saturday, 49-64.

Michelle Detwiler scored 13 points for the Chargers and pulled down 10 rebounds. Khadijah Moore (12) and Taylor Kuhnle (11) added a combined 21 points and Moore pulled down 12 rebounds.

“We really struggled shooting the ball today,” said head coach Tom Robbins. “Khadijah Moore started us off well hitting her first two three points but when she got into early foul trouble, Kellogg mad e a run which ended up being the deficit at the end of the game. Outside of those minutes we played very even with them despite not shooting the ball well.”

The Lady Chargers will be home on Wednesday to take on Glen Oaks Community College (12-11, 4-7 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 5:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Gonzalez Commits to Charger Volleyball

g            PLYMOUTH, IN – Xalina Gonzalez, daughter of Ray and Ermalinda Gonzalez from Anchorage Alaska signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Ancilla College.

Xalina is a 2012 graduate of East Anchorage High School where she lettered three years in volleyball and one year in softball. During her sophomore year, Gonzalez was a setter and received the “most hard working” award. Her junior year she played OH/DS and received the MVP award. Her senior year, her team went 26-6 and she was a first team all-tourney team selection in the West Spiketacular. Gonzalez also received the all-region best server award and was all-region second team. After high school, she attended Colorado Northwestern where she was all-region honorable mention.

In high school, Gonzalez also played Midnight Sun Club volleyball where she played on the varsity gold team. She played on their All-Star team in the positions of OH, DS and Setter. In her spare time she was involved with and Upward Bound program where several community service projects took place. At her high school she was also involved in student government all four years and active in the Be the Change program.

“I chose Ancilla because I like what they have to offer and it has a great teacher to student ratio that will make it easier to get help on academics,” states Gonzalez who intends to major in nursing.

“Zee possesses great volleyball skills,” commented head coach Lana Singleton. “She can serve, back row attack, pass, dig, hit and set. She is a good utility player who is all about being a team player. I look forward to contributions as a Lady Charger.”

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Crist Commits to Ancilla Women’s Golf

golf stephaniec            WINAMAC, IN – Winamac High School graduate Stephanie Crist recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play women’s golf at Ancilla College.

Crist played three years of high school golf for the Warriors. During her golf career, she received several awards including; Midwest Conference All Conference Honorable Mention (2013-14), Midwest Conference Academic All-Conference, Midwest Conference All Conference (2014-15), and Bi-County Individual Top 5 (2013-14, 2014-15). Her team was also Bi-County Champions in 2014-15 and Midwest Conference Champions in 2014-15.

Outside of golf, Crist played four years of high school basketball where her team was sectional champions in 2013-14 and she received Midwest Conference All Conference. She was also a four year softball player for the Warriors and her team was sectional champions in 2013-14.

Crist was also active in various activities outside of athletics including Sunshine Society (4 years), Future Farmers of America (3 years), student council (2 years) and Students Against Drunk Driving (1year).

“It’s a small hands-on class site, which appealed to me,” said Crist. “Ancilla is also close to home. I loved how everyone seemed concerned about my future and how I’m doing.”

“I am so excited to have Stephanie as the very first women’s golfer at Ancilla College,” commented Ancilla College head women’s golf coach Marc Green. “Stephanie is an excellent student and a great leader; those are qualities we are looking for in starting a golf program.

Ancilla College, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 Associate’s Degree and eight athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is located two miles south of US 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

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Raiders Reign over Lady Chargers

PLYMOUTH, IN- The Ancilla women’s basketball team was defeated by Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference opponents, the Raiders of Grand Rapids Community College, 64-56.

The Lady Chargers (10-15, 2-10 MCCAA) found themselves in a thirteen point deficit to the Raiders (5-14, 4-8 MCCAA) as they entered into halftime. In the second half, Ancilla worked to pull ahead, but a lack of synchronization throughout the game led to the Raiders being able to maintain the lead and grab the win.

Ancilla freshman Khadijah Moore scored 20 points and pulled down 16 points for the Chargers. La’Fabian Coleman and Marissa Stephens added 17 and 10 points respectively. Michelle Detwiler also pulled down 14 rebounds for Ancilla.

“We have been playing really well lately, but last night I felt we were sluggish and out of sync,” said head coach Tom Robbins. “It was the first time in the conference season we have had two games in three days and I think it had an effect. It is something that our young players need to experience and get used to, so in that regard it was good for our growth.”

The Ancilla women will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Kellogg Community College (8-12, 6-5 MCCAA). They will return home on Wednesday, February 18 to take on the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College (12-11, 4-7 MCCAA). Tip-Off is set for 5:30p.m.

Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu), part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.

 

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