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2003-04 Recruiting News

FERRIS STATE ADDS LUCIE CENKOVA TO RECRUITING CLASS

Junior College Transfer Joins FSU Women’s Basketball Program

June 17, 2003

2003-04 Recruits
Kristin Reinhart - East Lansing
Hailey Potter - Temperance/Ida
Audrey Thwing - Davison
Lucie Cenkova - Prague, Czech Republic/Illinois Central
Sixth-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of junior college transfer Lucie Cenkova (Prague, Czech Republic/Illinois Central), who has committed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

Cenkova, a 5-10 guard, shot 46.5 percent from the floor and dished out 34 assists during the 2002-03 campaign as Illinois Central College won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship with an 80-67 triumph over Mitchell (Conn.) in the finals (March 22) at Hagerstown, Md. The Cougars finished the year with a 33-3 overall record and their fifth national title in the last 11 years under head coach Lorene Ramsey.

“Lucie is an extremely talented player who’s in phenomenal shape,” Fisk said. “She is accustomed to winning and has a great work ethic, which will benefit our program.”

A native of the Czech Republic, Cenkova played two seasons at ICC following her graduation from Prague’s Gymnasium Pripotocni School in 2001. Illinois Central finished 32-3 overall, won a regional championship and took third place at the national tournament in Cenkova’s initial season (2001-02).

“Lucie has a nice outside touch and can create her own shot off the dribble,” said Fisk. “She’s also athletic and plays solid position defense.”

Cenkova, who attained all-star recognition and served as team captain for Gymnasium Pripotocni in 2001, averaged 16 points and four rebounds per game in her final prep campaign. During the 2000 season, Cenkova led her squad to a national championship under head coach Martina Balastikova while garnering conference and state Most Valuable Player Award honors.

Cenkova, who was drafted by a professional women’s team in the Czech Republic, also played junior national basketball for the Czech Republic’s Second Team and helped lead her city squad to a national title in 2001.

The daughter of Tomas Cenek and Alena Cenkova, Lucie joins guard Kristin Reinhart (East Lansing), guard/forward Hailey Potter (Temperance/Ida) and forward Audrey Thwing (Davison) as FSU’s 2003-04 women’s basketball signees to date. She plans to major in applied biology at Ferris State.

Ferris State, which finished the year 15-11 overall and 10-8 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action, reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and posted its seventh straight 10-win campaign during the 2002-03 season.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS AUDREY THWING

Honorable Mention All-State Player Added To Bulldog Recruiting Class

June 2, 2003

Sixth-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of forward Audrey Thwing (Davison), who has committed to attend FSU and play basketball beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

The 5-11 Thwing, who earned honorable mention 2002 Detroit Free Press Class A All-State accolades, guided Davison High School to a 12-9 overall record while averaging 19.6 points and 11 rebounds per contest during the 2002 campaign. The 2002 All-Big Nine Athletic Conference (BNAC) First Team honoree served as the squad’s captain and was also selected among the Detroit News’ Top 100 players this season.

“Audrey played in a competitive conference against many of the top teams in the state, which should help her transition well to the collegiate game,” said Fisk. “She carries herself with a great deal of confidence and is a focused player who will be a great addition for us.”

A two-time (2000-01) All-BNAC Third Team pick, Thwing totaled 10.4 points and eight rebounds per game as the Cardinals compiled a 13-8 overall record in 2001. The four-year letterwinner twice (2001-02) received BNAC All-Academic Award recognition and was a three-year varsity starter under head coach Ray Timmerman.

“Audrey’s not intimidated by anybody and we expect her to adapt well,” Fisk said. “She’s fun to be around and will be a positive asset to our program.”

Besides basketball, Thwing also attained honorable mention All-BCAN honors in volleyball and track and field as a senior. She played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for the Flint (Mich.) Swish, Mid-Michigan Mystics, Downriver Ravens, Motor City Blazers and the Orion Shock. She was active in the school’s varsity choir, musical and play productions along with serving as both the BNAC Sportsmanship/Leadership and senior class representative.

Thwing, who joins guard Kristin Reinhart (East Lansing) and guard/forward Hailey Potter (Temperance/Ida) as FSU’s 2003-04 women’s basketball signees to date, is the daughter of Paul and Julie Thwing. She plans to major in applied biology at Ferris State.

Ferris State, which finished the year 15-11 overall and 10-8 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action, reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and posted its seventh straight 10-win campaign during the 2002-03 season.


HAILEY POTTER JOINS FERRIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Ida High School Product Is Latest Addition To Bulldog Recruiting Class

May 29, 2003

The Ferris State University women’s basketball program has signed guard/forward Hailey Potter (Temperance/Ida) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play women’s basketball at FSU, starting in the 2003-04 academic year. The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach Tracey Fisk.

The 5-9 Potter tallied 11 points, 3.0 steals and 2.6 rebounds per game while leading Ida High School to a 22-2 overall record and a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B district final appearance as a senior during the 2002 campaign. The 2002 Detroit Free Press Class B Honorable Mention All-State selection was a two-time (2001-02) all-region honoree and garnered first-team All-Lenawee County Athletic Association accolades this campaign.

“Hailey is a versatile player, who’s strong enough to battle down low and capable of hitting the outside shot,” Fisk said. “She also has the ability to penetrate and score.

“Her team attitude is great and she was an instant fit to our program,” added Fisk.

A four-year letterwinner, Potter twice (2001-02) received team Most Valuable Player Award kudos. The 2002 team co-captain guided the Bluestreaks to a 20-2 mark while averaging 14.7 points per game as a junior (2001) under head coach Tim Leonard. Potter was a two-time (2001-02) Monroe County Dream Team pick and also attained 2001 Monroe County Player of the Year Runner-up honors. Besides basketball, Potter competed in volleyball for two years and was active in the school’s Spanish Club.

“She’ll be a solid contributor in our program,” said Fisk. “Hailey isn’t a flashy player, but she does the little things that help a team succeed. She wanted to play at Ferris State and is excited about becoming a Bulldog.”

The daughter of Terry and Robin Potter, Hailey plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State. She joins guard Kristin Reinhart (East Lansing) as FSU’s 2003-04 women’s basketball recruits to date.

Ferris State, which finished the year 15-11 overall and 10-8 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action, reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and posted its seventh straight 10-win campaign during the 2002-03 season.


FERRIS STATE INKS EAST LANSING’S KRISTIN REINHART

First-Team All-State Player Joins Bulldog Women’s Basketball Program

May 8, 2003

Fifth-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of prep basketball player Kristin Reinhart (East Lansing), who has committed to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2003-04 academic year.

Reinhart, a 5-5 guard, averaged 18 points, four rebounds and two assists per game while leading East Lansing High School to a 20-3 overall record as a senior during the 2002 campaign. She attained first-team 2002 Class A All-State recognition from the Associated Press, Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM). Reinhart also finished fifth overall in the voting for Michigan’s Miss Basketball Award and was a member of the Lansing State Journal’s Dream Team.

“Kristin’s extremely capable of competing at the Division II level and making an immediate impact,” Fisk said. “She sees the floor well and is an unselfish player who will be a great addition to our program.”

A two-time (2001-02) All-Capital Area Conference (CAC) First-Team honoree, Reinhart earned honorable mention all-area honors as a junior after registering 11.9 points and 3.3 assists per game. The two-time (2001-02) team Most Valuable Player Award recipient holds school records for consecutive free throws made in a game (6) and in a season (20) along with most three-point baskets (6) in a single contest.

“She gives us another outside shooter who is also a good finisher going to the basket,” said Fisk. “Kristin is a quick and aggressive player who’s more than willing to sacrifice her body by drawing charges. Her overall ability should help make us a better team.”

A 2002 BCAM Academic All-State pick, Reinhart earned team Best Offensive Player Award kudos in 2001. She twice (2001-02) served as the Trojans’ team captain and garnered the school’s Rookie of the Year and Hustle Awards as a sophomore under head coach Rob Smith.

Besides basketball, Reinhart also participated in golf and received 2002 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division II All-State accolades. The four-time All-CAC golf honoree was active in East Lansing’s Students Against Drinking and Drugs and Athletes 4 Kids programs in addition to being the school’s CAC Sportsmanship Seminar representative.

Reinhart, who remains undecided on a major at Ferris State, is the daughter of Bob and Joni Reinhart. She represents the Bulldogs’ first 2003-04 women’s basketball signee.

FSU, which finished the year 15-11 overall and 10-8 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action, reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year and posted its seventh straight 10-win campaign during the 2002-03 season.

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