FERRIS' RACHEL FOLCIK TO PLAY IN COLLEGE ALL-STAR GAME
Former Bulldog Standout Among Selections For First Annual West Michigan Contest
Former Ferris State University forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau), who concluded her collegiate eligibility during the 2007-08 campaign, has been selected to take part in the inaugural Champions of Character College All-Star Game.
The event will take place Thursday (June 12) evening inside Cornerstone University's air-conditioned Mol Arena at Grand Rapids, Mich. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. (EDT) with the men's game to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. (EDT). Free parking will be available for the event and tickets are only $5 at the door.
The all-star games will feature the top senior college student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II, III along with NAIA schools competing against former basketball legends such as Sugar Mel McLaughlin (Central Michigan all-time scorer and Hall of Famer) and Kristin (Koetsier) Miller (Miss Basketball and Western Michigan All-American). The goal is to raise more than $5,000 in support on the Champions of Character lecturing initiative, in which every player, coach, referee, parent and spectator will commit back to the true spirit (fun) of competition through respect, integrity, responsibility, leadership and sportsmanship. Major Sponsors include MVP Sports/Vanderweide Family Foundation, Meijer and Alticor.
Folcik, who hopes to continue her playing career professionally overseas next year, will be one of three former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) players competing for the Champions of Character College All-Stars along with Crystal Zick (Grand Valley State) and Julie Slot (Hillsdale). The 10-member squad also includes Jeanette Woodberry (Davenport), Alicia McCarthy (Aquinas), Claire Hogan (Aquinas), Whitney March (Aquinas), Wendy Zigterman (Calvin), Niesha Lowe (Siena Heights) and Kristi Veltkamp (Maryland East Shore). Davenport's Mark Youngs will serve as the team's head coach.
The College All-Stars will take on the Gallert All-Stars, who will be coached by Kurt Gallert. Their team members will consist of past West Michigan standouts such as Brooke (Gallert) Holt (Western Michigan), Brianne (Gallert) Daye (Western Michigan), Kelly Koerber (Western Michigan), Nikki Wustman (Hillsdale), Julia Braseth (Grand Valley State), Cathi (Powell) Velzen (Cornerstone) and Amy (Popielarz) Holleman (Cornerstone) in addition to Kristin (Koetsier) Miller.
This year's collegiate doubleheader marks an expansion of the Champions of Character Hoops Heaven series, which is organized by Steve Project, MVP Sports/Vanderweide Foundation and administrators from Cornerstone University. The group's second annual High School All-Star games are scheduled for June 19th at Mol Arena.
A 2007-08 GLIAC Commissioner's Award recipient, Folcik picked up All-America Honorable Mention honors for the second consecutive year as she was named to both the NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches' and Women's Division II Basketball Bulletin Honorable Mention All-America Teams following the 2007-08 campaign. She was also both a Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection along with being named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Region 4 First Team covering the Great Lakes Region this past season. Folcik was honored as an All-GLIAC North Division First Team pick and a GLIAC North Division All-Defensive Team selection for the second-straight year in her final campaign.
Folcik concluded her FSU career listed second in school history with 1,705 career points and was only 16 shy of tying Lucy DeMartin's school-record total of 1,721 points at FSU. The 6-1 Folcik, who was chosen as this past yearís GLIAC Preseason Player of the Year, posted a school-record 677 career made field goals and is listed second with 793 rebounds all-time at Ferris State. In 2007-08, Folcik was the squad's leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and rebounder (8.3 rpg) despite missing the last two regular-season games with an injury. She reached double-figure scoring in 25 of her 27 contests while posting 12 double-double (points & rebounds) efforts. The 2006-07 NCAA Division II Kodak/Womenís Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American was named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team in both of her final two collegiate campaigns. Earlier this year, she was chosen as an ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team pick.
Folcik finished the season ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring (19.5 ppg.) along with tied for second in free throw percentage (.833) and third in rebounding (8.3 rpg.). She totaled 81 double-figure scoring games in 113 career contests as a Bulldog player. Also, Folcik scored 20 points or more 12 times in 2007-08 with three games of 30 points or more.
As a junior in 2006-07, Folcik led the Bulldogs to a school-record 23 wins (23-9) and the programís first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. Folcikís 241 made field goals and 602 total points last season were both school single-season marks while her 261 rebounds was the second-highest seasonal figure in FSU history. The two-time team captain, who averaged a team-best 18.8 points per game, scored in double-figures 27 times as a junior and notched 13 double-double (points & rebounds) performances. Folcik also averaged a squad-best 8.2 rebounds per game in 2006-07. She finished the year listed second overall in scoring and fifth in rebounds among the GLIACís overall leaders while ranking second in both field goal (.555) and free throw (.860) percentage.
The Ferris State women's basketball squad wrapped up the 2007-08 season with a 17-12 overall record and placed tied for third in the GLIAC North Division with a 11-7 league mark. The Bulldogs defeated Northwood 93-89 on the road in the GLIAC Tournament Quarterfinals (March 1) before dropping their GLIAC Semifinal contest (March 7) to Ashland by a 56-45 count in Houghton, Mich. Head coach Tracey Dorow's team previously reached the NCAA-II Sweet Sixteen in 2006-07.