Chargers Slip in Tight Game against Grand Rapids

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla men’s basketball team lost a close game against Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference contenders, Grand Rapids Community College, 79-73.

The game was full of back and forth action from the Chargers (14-11, 5-7 MCCAA) and Raiders (14-8, 8-4 MCCAA). Ancilla kicked off the first half with a 17-7 lead over Grand Rapids, but the Raiders fought back and were able to pull a seven point lead to end the half. Ancilla came out strong after half-time and challenged the Raiders for the lead throughout, but ultimately Grand Rapids was able to capture the win with less than three minutes left to play.

A top performance by Josh Santos who led the chargers with a double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds complimented by Mike Wickliff (14) and Juwan Johnson (14) who added a combined 28 points. Eric Waddell also contributed 13 points for the chargers

“I am very proud of the way we competed tonight, we did a lot of things well,” said Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher. “Unfortunately Grand Rapids was able to answer every time we started to make a run. Right now the focus is on getting better and improving our execution so we can be peaking come tournament time.”

The Chargers will be on the road Saturday at Kellogg Community College (3-17, 2-9 MCCAA). The team will return home on Wednesday, February 18 to face off against the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College (10-12, 3-8 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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Boomsma Ancilla Bound

IMG_3034WHEATFIELD, IN – Kankakee Valley High School senior Kaitlyn Boomsma recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play softball at Ancilla College.

Boomsma, a catcher for the Kougars, will earn her fifth overall varsity letter this spring, it will be her second in softball. Her other three letters were in volleyball, earning the most improved award in 2014. Boomsma is also active in travel ball, competing with the Crown Point Bulldogs this fall and summer. Outside of athletics, she has been on the academic honor roll from 2011-2014, has earned state solo & ensemble gold medals in 2012 & 2013, was named Kankakee Valley High School top welder in the 2012-2013 school year, was Welding Club vice president in the 2013-2014 school year, and earned Student of the Month honors in Technology, as well.

When asked about her decision to attend Ancilla, Boomsma stated, “I liked the small, hometown feel.”

“Kaitlyn will be a tremendous asset to our team next year,” began Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “On a team that returns only one catcher, we will definitely need skills her behind the plate. Kaitlyn is a well-rounded young lady and I am looking forward to seeing her continued growth here at Ancilla. I am excited that she has decided to become part of the Ancilla softball family.”

While at Ancilla, Boomsma, the daughter of Rod and Lisa Boomsma of Wheatfield, plans on earning a Criminal Justice degree.

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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Hackworth Commits to Charger Cheer

cheerAKRON, IN – Tippecanoe Valley High School senior Kaira Hackworth, daughter of Lora Hackworth, recently signed her Letter of Intent to cheer at Ancilla College for the 2015 season.

Hackworth was a high school football sideline and basketball sideline cheerleader for three years. She spent two years on the varsity cheerleading team where she was a backspot for the Vikings. During her cheerleading career, she earned the best backspot award and the booster club award for being a role model through cheerleading. She also received the chance to cheer the halftime performance for the Harlem Globe Trotters with her team.

Outside of cheerleading, Hackworth earned her varsity letter for being the Viking varsity swim team’s manager. She also served as the varsity baseball manager and was a part of 4-H, earning her 7th and 8th year awards.

Community service has been a large part of Hackworth’s high school extracurricular activities. She has participated in various events including; Toys for Tots, Valentines for Veterans, Christmas cards for elders, Help a Neighbor Day and Our Father’s House.

“I really like Ancilla,” said Hackworth. “It’s perfect because it’s a two year college and it has small class sizes. Also everyone seems to be very nice.”

“Kaira is going to be a wonderful contribution to the Charger cheer team,” commented Ancilla College head cheer coach Kaylee King. “She brings with her strong backspotting skills and a wonderful work ethic. I believe that she will be a great asset to our program and I am excited to welcome her to the Charger cheer family.”

While at Ancilla, Hackworth plans to work towards her degree in health sciences on her way to a career in ultrasound technology.

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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Greubel Signs with Ancilla

GreubelSPEEDWAY, IN – Speedway High School senior Kylie Greubel recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play softball at Ancilla College.

Greubel, an outfielder and pitcher, enters her second season on varsity for the Sparkplugs. Last season, she hit .333 with a .461 slugging percentage. Gruebel is also a member of the Mafia Fastpitch organization. This fall she hit .385 while earning a .811 OPS and stealing seven bases.

“I loved the small school and friendly atmosphere, as well as the great nursing program,” said Greubel.

“Kylie has a heart for the game and will bring a scrappiness that I love to see on the diamond,” began Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “My expectation is that she will add depth and consistency to our outfield, both defensively and offensively. I am glad she has decided to become part of the Ancilla softball family.”

While at Ancilla, Greubel plans on beginning her degree in Health Sciences on her way to a Nursing degree in the future.

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 Signs Brown

DSC04991ELKHART, IN – Jillian Brown, daughter of Angie Brown and Steve Brown, from Elkhart Memorial High School signed her NJCAA Letter of Intent to play Volleyball at Ancilla College for the 2015 season.

Brown comes from an outstanding program at Elkhart Memorial High School where she was coached by Athletic Director and Head Volleyball Coach Jacquie Rost. The team went 29-9 this past season, losing in the finals of semi-state to the eventual 4A state champions, Carmel. Rost had the following to say about Brown, “Jill is an athlete who has shown tremendous growth as a player and student. Her volleyball IQ as well as physical ability and work ethic will allow her to be successful at the next level. We look forward to seeing what she can accomplish.”

During her career, Brown had 190 kills, 62 aces, and 477 digs in her two years on varsity for the Crimson Chargers. She has also played for NIVA volleyball club for six years and is currently coaching a NIVA 12’s team. Outside of volleyball Brown has also been active in her high school choir.

Ancilla College head volleyball coach Lana Singleton commented on Brown’s signing, “Jill Brown will be a great fit for our program. Not only does she possess great volleyball skills, she is an excellent student. I am super excited she will be wearing blue and gold in the fall and will join the Lady Charger volleyball family.”

“Ancilla is the right choice for me,” commented Brown on her signing to the Lady Charger volleyball program. “It is close to home, but far enough away from home. I met some of the team and loved them instantly.”

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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Vikings Victorious over Chargers

CENTERVILLE, MI – The Charger Men’s Basketball team was defeated on the road Monday by the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College, 69-63, in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference play.

The Ancilla Men’s Basketball team (14-10, 5-6) trailed the Vikings (10-12, 3-8) by four in the first half. After halftime, the Chargers worked to make a comeback and were able to pull ahead with less than ten minutes left to play. However, after a tough fight the Vikings were able to capture the win over Ancilla.

Juwan Johnson led the scoring for the team with 19 points. Mike Wickliff and Josh Santos added 12 and 10 points for the Chargers and Wickliff pulled down seven rebounds.

“It was a tough night for us,” commented Ancilla Head Coach Aaron Butcher. “We were never really able to get anything going. We had a nine point lead with nine minutes to play and didn’t finish the game the way we needed to.”

The Ancilla Men will play home on Wednesday, February 11 as they take on Grand Rapids Community College (13-8, 7-4 MCCAA). Former NBA All Star Rik Smits will be signing autographs at the game. 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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Lady Chargers Win on the Road against Glen Oaks

CENTERVILLE, MI- The Lady Chargers claimed a Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference win over the Vikings of Glen Oaks Community College, 84-72.

The Lady Chargers (10-14, 2-9 MCCAA) had three players score over 20 points in the game and four players in double figures. Taylor Kuhnle led the team with 24 points. Khadijah Moore and La’Fabian Coleman contributed 22 points each for the Chargers and Alexis Williams added 13. Moore and Kuhnle pulled down 13 and seven rebounds respectively. Coleman (7) and Williams (6) added 13 assists for Ancilla.

Ancilla’s Kuhnle shot 88% from the field on 7/8 shooting. Moore shot 50% from the field for the game while going against a box and 1 defense designed to keep her from scoring and Williams was 46% from the field for the game.

“Our team is really starting to come together and play their best basketball of the year,” said Ancilla Head Coach Tom Robbins. “Down the stretch of the second half we showed a level of toughness that we haven’t shown yet this season. We were also much more disciplined in our defense.”

The Lady Chargers will be home on Wednesday to take on Grand Rapids Community College (4-14, 3-8 MCCAA). Game time is set for 5:30p.m. Former NBA All Star Rik Smits will be signing autographs at the Men’s game on Wednesday, February 11. Game time for the Ancilla Men’s Basketball team 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 Men Dominate the Cougars at Home

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Ancilla Men’s Basketball Team defeated the Cougars of Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Saturday in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference action, 81-72.

The Chargers for Change/Ounce of Prevention game between the Chargers (14-9, 5-5 MCCAA) and Cougars (13-8, 7-4 MCCAA) led both teams in back and forth action throughout both halves. Heading into halftime the Cougars led the Chargers by five. After an intense second half, the Chargers were able to pull ahead and keep the lead, claiming victory over the Cougars.

Mike Wickliff led the overall scoring action with 21 points. Tque Smith added 18 points for the Chargers and Alex Henn and Juwan Johnson pulled down seven and six rebounds respectively.

“Today was a great day for the program,” said Ancilla Head Coach Aaron Butcher. “It is always special to be a part of the “Ounce of Prevention” game and all of the good that it promotes. Being able to get a significant conference win on this day made it that much better. We did a lot of good things and made some big plays down the stretch.”

Before the game, sophomore Juwan Johnson was presented with a framed Ancilla College basketball jersey in honor of his breaking of the Ancilla College All-Time Scoring Record.

The Ancilla Men will play home on Wednesday, February 11 as they take on Grand Rapids Community College (13-8, 7-4 MCCAA). Former NBA All Star Rik Smits will be signing autographs at the game. 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 Women Fall to Kalamazoo Valley

PLYMOUTH, IN- The Ancilla Women’s Basketball team fell short of a victory on Saturday in their Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference game against the Cougars of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 74-64.

The Lady Chargers (9-14, 1-9 MCCAA) fought a tough first half against the Cougars during the Chargers for Change/Ounce of Prevention game, trailing by two heading into the locker rooms. After intense back and forth action, with the Lady Chargers pulling ahead several times throughout, the Ancilla Women were unable to capture the win.

Khadijah Moore led the Chargers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Kuhnle added 13 points and eight rebounds and Alexis Williams pulled down six rebounds for the Chargers.

“I’m very proud of our players from Saturday,” said Ancilla Head Coach Tom Robbins. “We battled a very good team and had them on the ropes throughout several parts of the game. With the exception of some woes from the foul line and the rebounding deficit, we played a very good game.”

The Lady Chargers will be home on Wednesday to take on Grand Rapids Community College (4-14, 3-8 MCCAA). Game time 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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Pacers All Star Rik Smits to Sign Autographs at Ancilla Men’s Basketball Game

PLYMOUTH, IN – Former NBA star Rik Smits will be at the Ancilla Men’s Basketball game on Wednesday, Februrary 11, 2015.

Smits was the second overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft. He played 12 seasons with the Indiana Pacers and was an NBA All-Star in the 1997-1998 season. In 2000 Smits played in the NBA Finals.

For the event, Ancilla will be raffling off autographed shoes and will also offer photo and autographing opportunities.

Ancilla College head coach Aaron Butcher commented on the event “Rik is someone I have gotten to know the last couple of years by coaching his son, Derrik, in the summer time. Rik is a great guy and we are looking forward to having him come to Plymouth and be a part of a Charger game.”

The Chargers will take on the Raiders of Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm.

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 Lose to Lake Michigan

BENTON HARBOR, MI- The Ancilla Women’s Basketball team was defeated on Wednesday in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference play by the Red Hawks of Lake Michigan College, 98-77.

The Lady Chargers (9-13, 1-8 MCCAA) fell behind in the first half, trailing by fifteen to the Red Hawks (16-7, 8-2 MCCAA) at halftime. Ancilla attempted to rally a comeback, getting within three of Lake Michigan at one point, but ultimately the Lady Chargers to be unable to grasp the win.

Khadijah Moore led the Chargers with 20 points and pulled down six rebounds. La’Fabian Coleman and Alexis Williams also contributed 18 and 12 points to the Ancilla scoring efforts. Taylor Kuhnle  and Danije Sylvester pulled down eight and seven rebounds, respectively.

“Midway through the first half we found ourselves down by fifteen,” said Ancilla head coach Tom Robbins. “But the players fought back to get within three before foul trouble set in for us. During that stretch and then many times in the second half we really showed some growth mentally and emotionally. We are starting to become the team I want to see us be. That team is one that never quits or gives in at any point, no matter what is going on in the game.”

The Lady Chargers will be home on Saturday for the Chargers for Change game, where they will take on Kalamazoo Valley Community College (21-2, 10-0 MCCAA). Activities for the Chargers for Change event will begin at 12:30pm. The women’s basketball tip-off time is set for 1:00pm.

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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Red Hawks Dominate the Chargers

BENTON HARBOR, MI – The Ancilla Men’s Basketball Team was defeated on the road Wednesday, by the Red Hawks of Lake Michigan College in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference action, 85-70.

The Chargers (13-9, 4-5 MCCAA) trailed Lake Michigan (17-6, 8-2 MCCAA) by 19 heading into the lock rooms at half-time. Ancilla attempted to rally a comeback in the second half, but ultimately was unable to succeed the Red Hawks.

Sophomore and South Bend native Juwan Johnson led the Charger’s scoring action with 21 points. Josh Santos contributed 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Travon Brackett also added 14 points to the Charger’s score.

“We did not defend at the level we needed to tonight,” said Ancilla head coach Aaron Butcher. “Lake Michigan is a good team and we didn’t make enough plays to get the win. We had some guys give solid contributions and will get to work to get back on track Saturday.”

They Chargers will be home Saturday, February 7th to take on Kalamazoo Community College (12-11, 7-3 MCCAA) at the Chargers for Change game. Activities for the Chargers for Change event  will begin at 12:30pm.  Tip-off for the men’s game is set for 3:00pm.

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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Dr. Zirkle to Stay on as President of Ancilla College

 zirkleDONALDSON – When it comes to ‘interim’ appointments some organizations bring in a temporary person to fill a job, but Ancilla College has taken the step of making Dr. Ken Zirkle a more permanent fixture on campus. During an executive session by the Board of Trustees at Ancilla College at the December 2014 board meeting, the board voted unanimously to extend Dr. Zirkle’s contract and name him President of Ancilla College.

This extension removes “Interim” from his title and appoints him as president. The news brings consistency to Ancilla during a time of change with the board also approving a new residence hall for the fall 2015 semester. Dr. Zirkle’s contract is for another year or as he says, “Until I am no longer needed.”

Zirkle said, “The past seven months at Ancilla College have been very challenging and extremely enjoyable. I am blessed to be working with a body of professionals who are committed to helping our students achieve beyond their wildest dreams.” He continued, “Ancilla College is a treasure and serves a very special and needed purpose in the realm of higher education in north central Indiana. I am excited to be able to play a part in assisting in the future growth and development of such a special institution.”

Zirkle brings decades of executive experience to Ancilla. His career spanned several universities in different states including the State University of New York , University of Findley (Ohio), Becker College (Massachusetts), Post University (Connecticut), and Mercyhurst University (Pennsylvania).

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 for Change

PLYMOUTH, IN – The sixth annual Chargers for Change fundraiser will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The Ancilla College men’s and women’s basketball teams and the cheer team will host the event. The Chargers will work in conjunction with Ounce of Prevention to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

Several activities will take place throughout the double-header against Kalamazoo Valley Community College. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Ounce of Prevention.

Jennifer Houin and Jessica Oliver, cofounders of the organization commented, “Awareness is key to prevention and this event gives us one more opportunity to spread the word!”

There will be a $5 donation for admittance to both games. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the LifePlex in Plymouth, Indiana and activities will begin at 12:30 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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Blueberry Bike Cruise 2015

blueberry festival The Ancilla Alumni Association, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, will host a bicycle tour on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Plymouth, Indiana.

Routes will be available covering 31, 41, or 62 miles, and a special “family” tour of 16 miles to the Menominee Monument. The tour has won wide acclaim for being well organized and scenic with outstanding SAGs.

Wearing of an approved helmet is mandatory!

Starting Location
Menominee Elementary School

For more information please call Tom Sibal at (574) 936-8898 x. 355

Click here for more details and costs.

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Ancilla Women’s Basketball Clutch First Conference Victory at Home

PLYMOUTH, IN- The Lady Chargers dominated over the Stars of Lansing Community College on Saturday, claiming their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference victory of the season, 69-66.

The Ancilla women’s basketball team (9-12, 1-7 MCCAA) trailed the Stars (3-19, 1-8 MCCAA) several times throughout the game. However, a number of three point shots were hit late in the game by Khadijah Moore and La’Fabian Coleman, spurring a comeback. A tenacious defense led by Michelle Detwiler , Irena James and Alexis Williams led to several steals and Taylor Kuhnle pulled down a number of rebounds, allowing the Chargers to hit several second shot opportunities, many that resulted in three point baskets.

Ancilla Freshman and Elkhart native Khadija Moore led the Lady Chargers with a double-double performance, leading all scoring with 27 points and pulling down a game high 14 rebounds. La’Fabian Coleman and Alexis Williams also added to the Ancilla conference victory with 14 and 11 points respectively.

“I am very proud of the effort and will to win displayed by the players,” commented head coach Tom Robbins. “We were down at several points in the game and down a good amount late in the game, but they kept fighting to get the victory.”

The Lady Chargers will hit the road this Wednesday as they face off against Lake Michigan College (16-6, 7-2 MCCAA). Game time is set for 5:30pm. The Lady Chargers will return home on Saturday, February 7th, to play Kalamazoo Community College at the Ancilla College Ounce of Prevention game. Tip-Off is set for 1:00pm.

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 Claim Conference Victory at Home

PLYMOUTH, IN – The Chargers claimed a home victory over Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference contenders, the Stars of Lansing Community College on Saturday, 85-83.

The Ancilla men’s basketball team (13-8, 4-4 MCCA) made an early statement against the Stars (13-9, 5-4 MCCA), setting an eleven point lead heading into halftime, 49-38. In the second half the game continued to lead both teams in a back and forth style game; where ultimately, Lansing was never able to capture the win.

Sophomore, Mike Wickliff led the Chargers with a double-double, leading all scoring with 26 points and pulling down a game high 10 rebounds. Josh Santos and Joe Rencher added to the Chargers victory with 18 and 14 points respectively. Tque Smith also added a game high nine assists.

Ancilla College head coach Aaron Butcher had the following to say about his team’s performance “I am very proud of the guys for the way they played today. Their attention to detail and ability to execute the game plays says a lot about them. We knew that being without Eric, we were going to have to get increased contributions from other guys, and everyone contributed. Lansing was playing as well as any team in the conference coming in, so this is a good win and hopefully it will get us jump started as we head into the last month of the regular season.”

The Chargers will be on the road Wednesday at Lake Michigan College (16-6, 7-2 MCCA) for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff. They Chargers will return home Saturday, February 7th to take on Kalamazoo Community College (11-11, 6-3 MCCAA) at the Ancilla College Ounce of Prevention game. Tip-off is set for 3:00pm.

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 Adds Anderson

Anderson1NASHVILLE, IN – Brown County High School senior Dakota Anderson recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play softball at Ancilla College.

Anderson, who is in her element on the left side of the diamond (SS/3B/LF), will earn her fourth varsity letter in softball this season for the Eagles and her eighth overall (three in basketball and one in cross country). She is a member of two Western Indiana Conference championships with Brown County and received the Coaches Award after her junior season. Anderson is a member of the Eagle Pride Club and Key Club while also staying active with the Angles Fastpitch travel organization. This fall with the Angels, Anderson hit .444 with a .528 slugging percentage and 1.028 OPS.

“When I went up for a campus visit, the beautiful campus made me feel like I was at home,” said Anderson as she described one of the aspects that led her to choose Ancilla.

“The term I continue to hear over and over again with Dakota is ‘competitor’,” began Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “It’s the intangibles like that in her personality that drew me to Dakota. I have a lot of confidence in the on the field production too, but those intangibles will help her game to continue to grow. I’m excited that Dakota has chosen to become part of the Ancilla softball family.”

While at Ancilla, Anderson plans on beginning her degree in General Studies.

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 Struggle in Road Loss

JACKSON, MI – The Ancilla women’s basketball lost to Jackson College 69-46 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference action.

The Chargers (8-12, 0-7 MCCAA) produced multiple double-doubles for the first time this season. Khadijah Moore finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Taylor Kuhnle dropped in 10 points and pulled away 13 rebounds. Michelle Detwiler added 10 rebounds to the mix, while La’Fabian Coleman scored seven points and led the team with five assists.

“We really struggled shooting the basketball,” began Ancilla coach Tom Robbins. “It may have been our lowest percentage of the season. In terms of our effort and execution, we had some good things going, but the shooting really hurt our overall effort.”

Ancilla hosts Lansing Community College (3-18, 1-7 MCCAA) at the Charger Arena in the LifePlex at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. Ancilla lost 75-70 in Lansing to begin the MCCAA West season. Both teams have been on a seven game skid since that meeting. Ancilla is touting Saturday’s game as their “Blue Out Game” this season.

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 Picks Up Road Win

JACKSON, MI – The Ancilla men’s basketball team moved into the middle of the pack of the tough Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference with a win at Jackson College 75-69.

The Chargers (12-8, 3-4 MCCAA) were led by Juwan Johnson’s 22 points. Mike Wickliff and Tque Smith added 18 and 17 points respectively.

“I was very proud of the way we competed,” said Ancilla coach Aaron Butcher. “We were sharper on the defensive end and really had an attack mentality on the offensive end. This was a win we really needed and now get ready to host a good Lansing team here on Saturday.”

Ancilla hosts Lansing (13-8, 5-3 MCCAA) at the Charger Arena in the LifePlex at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. Ancilla defeated the Stars 83-82 in Lansing to begin the MCCAA West season, but since then Lansing has been 5-2 in conference play. It will be the second game of the women’s and men’s double header that Ancilla is touting as their “Blue Out Game” this season.

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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Risner to Join Ancilla Softball

DSC_0038 KNOX, IN – Knox High School senior Paige Risner recently signed her National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Letter of Intent to play softball at Ancilla College. Risner, a utility player who can play both infield and outfield, is a four-year varsity letter winner in softball for the Redskins and has earned three other varsity letters as a manager in football and wrestling. “I work better in smaller classrooms and the environment at Ancilla made me feel comfortable,” said Risner. “The student-to-faculty ratio is low also, which will help with the individualized attention.” “Paige has a passion for softball,” said Ancilla coach Scott Reese. “I always enjoy adding local players to our roster and look forward to seeing Paige grow both on the diamond and in the classroom.” Risner plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education 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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Jacobs Named Ancilla Men’s Soccer Head Coach

DSC_1098DONALDSON, IN- The Ancilla Men’s Soccer program will be under new direction this season as David Jacobs has been named the new head coach.

Jacobs comes to Ancilla from Bethel College where he helped guide the Pilots to the finals of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) where they finished runners up. During his time at Bethel, Jacobs also helped lead the team to a historic undefeated regular season and conference playoffs where they finished 18-1-1.

“I am very excited to be the new head men’s soccer coach at Ancilla,” said Jacobs. “Coach Hall has left this program in great shape. We have a good core group of guys that will compete for a regional championship next year.”

Jacobs began his coaching career at Judson University under Steve Burke, the most active winning coach in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Jacobs played at Judson University, where he garnered consecutive coach’s awards in 1990 and 1991. He and his team also appeared in three consecutive NCCAA national championship games with back to back national championships in 1991 and 1992 and runners up in 1993.

In 1994 Jacobs left Judson and took his game to Mexico City and spent time with UNAM of the primera division. From there he went to play professionally for teams like the Canton Invaders, Indianapolis Twisters, and stops in Baton Rouge, Savannah, Oklahoma City and San Juan Puerto Rico. Jacobs is also an assistant coach for the Midland/Odessa Sockers of the USL PDL and has coached at his former high school as well.

“We feel very fortunate to have someone of Dave’s expertise and experience,” commented Ancilla College Athletic Director Gene Reese. “Dave is a good fit at Ancilla because he espouses the values that are important to Ancilla athletics. Dave has been a head coach for the high school level and an assistant coach at the college level. With this experience, he has the knowledge needed to be successful.”

Jacobs currently resides in South Bend with his wife Kara and their two daughters Olivia and Ella.

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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