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2002-03 Recruiting News

Erin Miller Joins FSU Women's Basketball Program

2002-03 Recruits
Mary Brown - Benton Harbor
Kara Gallert - Wyoming
Kelly McLaughlin - Clare
Erin Miller - Niles
Darcie Philp - Ubly
Fourth-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of prep basketball player Erin Miller (Niles), who has committed to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2002-03 academic year.

“Erin is an extremely sound defensive player and anticipates well,” Fisk said. “She’s also a solid outside shooter and has the ability to drive to the basket.”

A 5-7 guard, Miller averaged 17.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.8 steals per game as a senior while leading Niles High School to a 22-2 overall mark and the school’s fourth consecutive regional championship game appearance. A fourth-team 2001 Detroit Free Press Class B All-State honoree, Miller received 2001 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Academic All-State honors and the 2001 Niles Daily Star Player-of-the-Year Award.

“Erin is an unselfish player, who’s capable of putting up big numbers when given the opportunity,” Fisk said. “She does a good job of passing the ball into the post which should help our inside game. Erin’s agility will be an asset on both ends of the floor.”

A two-time (2000-01) first-team All-Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference pick, Miller tallied 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior. She led the Vikings to three conference championships, four district titles and one regional crown during her four-year prep career under head coach Jim Arnold. The 2001 Fruitbelt Officials Association Sportsmanship Award winner served as Niles’ team captain twice (2000-01) and holds the school’s single-game steals record with 14 total.

In addition to being a standout basketball player, Miller earned 2001-02 Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association Class B Honorable Mention All-State accolades and was a two-time state track and field qualifier. She currently is the school’s pole vault record (7-9) holder and also attained all-district soccer recognition in her junior campaign.

Besides athletics, Miller was involved in the school’s French Club, Matt Club and the National Honor Society. The school’s class valedictorian, she has also been the “N” Club President and treasurer of Niles’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) marketing association.

The daughter of Edward and Kim Miller, Erin plans to major in finance at Ferris State and joins Mary Brown (Benton Harbor/Lake Michigan Catholic), Kara Gallert (Wyoming/Park), Kelly McLaughlin (Clare) and Darcie Philp (Ubly) as 2002-03 FSU women’s basketball recruits. Her mother, a 1974 FSU graduate, worked as a Ferris Admissions Officer at the school’s satellite location in Niles until her retirement in April 2002.

Ferris State finished the 2001-02 season with a 14-12 overall mark. The Bulldogs placed fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (GLIAC) North Division with an 11-7 record and reached the GLIAC Tournament for the third consecutive campaign.


FSU Signs Kara Gallert To National Letter-Of-Intent

Prep basketball standout Kara Gallert (Wyoming/Park) (pronounced GAL-ert) has committed to attend and play women’s basketball at Ferris State University, beginning with the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by fourth-year FSU head coach Tracey Fisk.

“Kara is a skilled player who penetrates well,” Fisk said. “She wants to be a Bulldog and has the desire to contend for a starting spot.”

A 5-6 guard, Gallert led Wyoming Park High School to both a district championship and regional tournament berth during the 2001 campaign. She averaged 15 points, five assists and four rebounds per game while earning fifth-team 2001 Detroit Free Press Class B All-State accolades.

“I was impressed with her perimeter skills,” Fisk said. “When she came and worked out with us, she played with a lot of confidence and had an unselfish attitude. She has the ability to penetrate and get to the basket, but she also dishes the ball well and can find open players.”

A four-year letterwinner, Gallert received first-team 2001 Associated Press Class B All-State honors and was a three-time (1999-2001) All-Ottawa-Kent (OK) Gold Conference selection. Coached by Rich Pullen, Gallert earned team Most Valuable Player honors three-straight seasons (1999-01) and twice served as team captain. The 2001 Grand Rapids Press Dream Team pick was the OK Gold Conference’s leading scorer two consecutive (2000-01) seasons.

“She’s quick with the ball and can penetrate right or left,” Fisk said. “She worked hard throughout the recruiting process and was very persistent in catching our eye, which she obviously did.”

As a junior (2000), Gallert tallied 16 points, five steals and four assists per contest while garnering honorable mention Detroit Free Press Class B All-State kudos and second-team Grand Rapids Press All-Area recognition. She was twice (1999-200) named Wyoming Park’s Best Defensive Player Award recipient and attained fourth-team 2000 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-State honors. Her cousins, Brooke and Brianne Gallert, played collegiate women’s basketball at NCAA Division I Western Michigan (1998-2001).

The daughter of Ron and Barb Gallert, Kara joins Mary Brown (Benton Harbor/Lake Michigan Catholic), Kelly McLaughlin (Clare), and Darcie Philp (Ubly) as 2002-03 FSU women’s basketball recruits.

Ferris State finished the 2001-02 campaign with a 14-12 overall mark. The Bulldogs placed fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (GLIAC) North Division with an 11-7 record.


Bulldogs Add Mary Brown To Recruiting Class

The Ferris State University women’s basketball program has signed guard/forward Mary Brown (Benton Harbor/Lake Michigan Catholic) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s basketball at FSU, starting in the 2002-03 academic year. The announcement was made by fourth-year FSU head coach Tracey Fisk.

“Mary is a proven winner who knows how to play the game,” Fisk said. “She’s very versatile and uses her body well. I expect her to come in and compete for a starting position.”

The 5-8 Brown averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior during the 2001 campaign while leading Lake Michigan Catholic to a 26-1 overall mark and a Class D state semifinal round appearance for the second consecutive season. The four-time (1998-01) first-team All-Red Arrow Conference pick garnered first-team 2001 Class D All-State accolades from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Associated Press and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.

As a senior, Brown scored 380 points, grabbed 266 rebounds and registered 160 steals while leading Lake Michigan Catholic to its third straight regional championship. She started 100 of 102 contests during her prep career.

“Mary is strong enough both physically and mentally to make a significant impact next year,” Fisk said. “She’s deceivingly quick and is not afraid to get in there and mix it up. Throughout her career, she led her team to outstanding records which demonstrates her ability to bring out the best in her teammates.

“She’s ready to play at this level and really liked our team,” added Fisk.

A four-year letterwinner, Brown tallied 1,256 points, 963 rebounds and 422 steals during her prep career. She led the Lakers to a 94-8 overall career mark, four conference championships and three district titles. A two-time (2000-01) Class D All-State Academic honoree, Brown was prepped by Joe Jarvie. She twice (2000-01) received Class D All-State Track and Field accolades and was a first-team 2001 all-conference volleyball recipient. Besides athletics, Brown has been involved in the school’s Youth to Youth program, Student Government and the Marching and Symphonic Band.

The daughter of John and Peggy Brown, Mary plans to major in graphic design at Ferris State. She joins Kelly McLaughlin (Clare), and Darcie Philp (Ubly) as 2002-03 FSU women’s basketball recruits.

Ferris State concluded the 2001-02 campaign with a 14-12 overall mark, which included a fourth-place (North Division) 11-7 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) finish.


Ferris State Signs Two Women's Basketball Players

Ferris State University women's basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the signing of post player Darcie Philp (Ubly) and forward Kelly McLaughlin (Clare) to national letters-of-intent to attend and play women's basketball at FSU, beginning in the 2002-03 academic year.

"Both Darcie and Kelly are talented offensive players," Fisk said. "Their addition will give us added size and create depth in the post area. They are both capable scorers who come from successful high school programs and have the ability to develop well in our program."

Philp, a 6-1 center, averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game this past season at Ubly High School while attaining second-team 2001 Detroit Free Press Class C All-State accolades. A three-year (1999-2001) Bearcat Most Valuable Player, Philp earned first-team Greater Thumb Conference (GTC) honors twice (2000-2001) and finished her three-year varsity career as Ubly's all-time career scoring leader (964 points). Prepped by Jeanne Gusa, Philp was a three-year (1999-2001) GTC Scholar Athlete Award recipient and a 2001 Huron Daily Tribune First Team All-Area selection. She averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior (2000) and totaled 19 20-plus point games during her prep career. A third-team 2001 Detroit News Class C All-State pick, Philp earned three varsity letters apiece in basketball, volleyball and track and field. She plans to major in social work at Ferris State.

"Darcie is a left-handed player who can put the ball on the floor," Fisk said. "She has a nice mid-range jumper and is a good passer who will give us added options on the offensive end. We're not a big team this year, so she will have the opportunity to come in and earn quality playing time right away."

A 6-0 forward, McLaughlin led Clare High School to a school-record 18-4 overall mark and a second consecutive Jack Pine Conference (JPC) Championship during the 2001 campaign. The 2001 Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun Player of the Year, McLaughlin received fifth-team 2001 Detroit Free Press Class C All-State recognition and honorable mention 2001 Detroit News Class C All-State kudos. McLaughlin, who was the JPC's 2001 leading scorer (16.8 points per game), became Clare's all-time career rebounding leader (738 rebounds) while averaging 11 rebounds per game as a senior. A 2001 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Academic All-State honoree, McLaughlin was both a three-time team Most Valuable Player and All-JPC selection. A four-year (1998-2001) National Honor Society member, McLaughlin plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

"Kelly is a versatile player with a solid outside shot," Fisk said. "She moves her feet extremely well, which will help her adjust to the quickness of the collegiate game. Her addition will allow us to move some of our current players to their natural positions and give us a more balanced look."

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