Women's Basketball

2004-05 Recruiting News

FERRIS STATE ADDS SAULT STE. MARIE’S ASHLEY CORBIERE

Versatile Guard/Forward Joins Program For 2004-05 Campaign

Sept. 3, 2004

2004-05 Recruits
Ashley Corbiere - Sault Ste. Marie/Sault Area
Lindsey Deyo - Battle Creek/Gull Lake
Rachel Folcik - Powers/Carney-Nadeau
Samantha Johns - Allendale
Katie Loosvelt - Trenton/Carlson
Seventh-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of prep forward Ashley Corbiere (Sault Ste. Marie/Sault Area), who has committed to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

The 5-10 Corbiere averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per game for Sault Area High School during the 2003 campaign. The two-time (2002-03) All-Big North Conference honoree twice received All-Upper Peninsula accolades.

“Ashley’s a hard-working individual who’s determined to make an impact,” Fisk said. “She’s a tough competitor who’s played for one of the top teams in the Upper Peninsula.

“In addition, she’s optimistic and fits in well with our team,” added Fisk.

A two-time (2002-03) team Most Valuable Player Award winner, Corbiere served as the Blue Devils’ team captain as a senior under head coach Heather Kronemeyer. She attained the squad’s Best Defensive Player Award in 2001 after helping guide SAHS to both a conference and regional championship in her freshman (2000) season. She was a prep teammate of current Bulldog senior forward Sarah Duesing (Sault Ste. Marie/Sault Area) and is the younger sister of former FSU women’s basketball/track and field athlete Lisa Corbiere (1992-95).

Besides basketball, Corbiere participated in volleyball along with track and field. She totaled eight varsity athletics letters during her prep career. Corbiere led the Blue Devils’ volleyball team to a 25-21 overall record and a district title in 2003-04 while garnering team MVP Award kudos. She played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Straits Area Shooters.

Academically, Corbiere was active in the school’s Business Professional of America chapter, Junior Rotarian organization and yearbook staff along with being a National Honor Society member.

The daughter of Donald and Karen Corbiere, Ashley plans to major in recreation management at Ferris State. She joins Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau), Samantha Johns (Allendale), Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson) and Lindsey Deyo (Battle Creek/Gull Lake) as members of FSU’s 2004-05 women’s basketball recruiting class.

The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2003-04 campaign with a 21-10 overall record, compiled a second-place 14-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division mark and reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the second time in school history last season. The 2003-04 campaign also marked the eighth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games and registered their second 20-win campaign in the last five seasons.

Ferris State is tentatively slated to tip off its 31st varsity campaign Sunday, Oct. 24, by hosting the Athletics In Action in a 2 p.m. (EDT) exhibition contest at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena. The Bulldogs will then battle NCAA-Division I member Central Michigan in exhibition action Thursday, Nov. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. (EST) in CMU’s Rose Arena at Mount Pleasant, Mich. FSU’s first official game this campaign is set for Tuesday, Nov. 16, versus Lewis (Ill.) in a 6 p.m. (EST) non-conference home contest.


FERRIS STATE INKS CARLSON HIGH SCHOOL’S KATIE LOOSVELT

Three-time All-Conference Honoree To Continue Career With The Bulldogs

May 20, 2004

The Ferris State University women’s basketball program has received a commitment from prep guard Katie Loosvelt (Trenton/Carlson), who has announced her intentions to attend and compete in basketball at FSU, starting with the 2004-05 academic term. The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach Tracey Fisk.

The 5-3 Loosvelt averaged a school single-season record 20.4 points per game for Carlson High School as a senior during the 2003 campaign. The three-time (2001-03) All-Michigan Mega Conference Gold Division honoree led the Marauders to an 18-3 overall record and a conference title in 2003 under head coach Chris Boller.

“Katie’s a fiesty competitor who’s worked hard to achieve her goals,” said Fisk, who was named the 2003-04 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year. “She penetrates well with the basketball and is extremely quick. Her offensive ability fits our style of play, which will make her a nice addition.”

A three-year (2001-03) letterwinner, Loosvelt attained both Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Class B All-State accolades in her final campaign. Loosvelt, who garnered 2003 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State Special Mention kudos, compiled both a school single-season record 133 assists and 147 steals as a senior. The three-time (2001-03) all-region pick presently ranks as CHS’ all-time leader in career assists (337), steals (424) and field goal percentage (.502). A 2003 All-Downriver Dream Team selection, Loosvelt also received all-metro west and team Most Valuable Player Award honors in 2003.

Loosvelt totaled 11 points, seven steals and five assists per outing as a junior (2002) after averaging seven points and four steals in her sophomore campaign (2001). She helped lead the Marauders to a district championship in 2001.

“Katie was well respected by the coaches throughout her league and area,” Fisk said. “She has a tremendous amount of potential and we hope her quickness will create match-up problems for our opponents.”

Besides basketball, Loosvelt also competed in volleyball, soccer along with track and field at Carlson. She served as senior class president, vice president of the National Honor Society and was named CHS’ 2003 homecoming queen. Loosvelt also was active in the student council and the Business Professionals of America chapter.

Loosvelt, who’s the daughter of Richard and Sandra Loosvelt, remains undecided on an academic major. She joins Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau), Samantha Johns (Allendale) and Lindsey Deyo (Battle Creek/Gull Lake) as FSU’s 2004-05 women’s basketball recruits to date.

The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2003-04 campaign with a 21-10 overall record, compiled a second-place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark and reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the second time in school history. The 2003-04 campaign, which was the program’s 30th anniversary season, marks the eighth consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games and their second 20-win campaign in the last five seasons.


FERRIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LANDS ALLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCT

Samantha Johns Added To Bulldogs’ Recruiting Class For 2004-05 Season

April 29, 2004

Sixth-year Ferris State University women’s basketball head coach Tracey Fisk has announced the addition of prep guard/forward Samantha Johns (Allendale), who has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at FSU beginning with the 2004-05 academic year.

The 5-9 Johns guided Allendale High School to the program’s first 20-win campaign (21-4) by averaging 15.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during the 2003 season. The four-time (2000-03) All-Ottawa Kent Silver Conference selection also led the Falcons to their third-straight district championship and attained honorable mention all-state accolades in 2003.

“Sam’s a solid athlete who’s eager to play college basketball,” said Fisk, who received the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s (GLIAC) 2003-04 Coach of the Year Award. “She runs the floor well and scores in transition, which fits our style of play and will allow her to excel in our system.”

Johns, who concluded her prep career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,262 career points, was the Falcons’ leading scorer four consecutive seasons. The four-time (2000-03) Detroit Free Press Scholar-Athlete Award recipient led AHS to a conference title in 2003 while serving as the squad’s team captain. A two-time (2002-03) all-area honoree, Johns registered 16.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per outing as Allendale compiled a 13-11 overall record in her junior campaign (2002). Her prep coaches included both Brad and Susan VanTimmeran.

“We expect Sam to compete for playing time at the wing position,” Fisk said. “Her ability to penetrate and score off the dribble as well as penetrate and find an open shooter will make her an exciting player to watch. She wanted to be a Bulldog and the close proximity will provide her family and friends an opportunity to see her play on a regular basis.”

A four-year letterwinner, Johns also competed in softball and was active in AHS’ National Honor Society, Graduation Committee and the Athletic Advisory Committee. She played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Shoreline Hoops squad. Johns, who’s the daughter of Russ and Wanda Johns, plans to major in elementary education at Ferris State.

Johns joins Lindsey Deyo (Battle Creek/Gull Lake), who inked with the Bulldogs during the fall 2003 signing period, and Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau) as FSU’s 2004-05 recruits to date.

The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2003-04 campaign with a 21-10 overall record, compiled a second-place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark and reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the second time in school history. The 2003-04 campaign, which was the program’s 30th anniversary season, marks the eighth consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games and their second 20-win campaign in the last five seasons.


FERRIS STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM INKS RACHEL FOLCIK

Carney-Nadeau High School Standout Signs National Letter-of-Intent With Bulldogs

April 27, 2004

The Ferris State University women’s basketball team has bolstered its frontcourt with the addition of prep forward/center Rachel Folcik (Powers/Carney-Nadeau), who has signed a national letter-of-intent to compete for the Bulldogs beginning with the 2004-05 academic year. The announcement was made by sixth-year FSU head coach and 2003-04 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Coach of the Year Tracey Fisk.

The 6-1 Folcik averaged 21.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game while leading Carney-Nadeau High School to a 23-1 overall record and a regional tournament appearance as a senior during the 2003 campaign. Folcik, who attained first-team 2003 Associated Press Class D All-State kudos for the second consecutive season, added 141 steals, 98 assists and 33 blocks in her final campaign under head coach Paul Polfus. The second-team 2003 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class D All-State pick has been invited to participate in both this summer’s BCAM and Upper Peninsula Classic All-Star contests.

“We’re expecting Rachel to vie for significant playing time based on her size and skill level,” Fisk said. “She’s a well-coached competitor who’s had outstanding success throughout her prep career. If Rachel makes a smooth adjustment to the collegiate level, she could make an immediate impact in our league.”

Folcik, who attained both first-team 2003 Skyline and Central Upper Peninsula Conference (CUPC) accolades for the fourth straight season, totaled 20.5 points along with eight rebounds per contest in 2002 as the Wolves advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class D State semifinals before finishing with a 25-2 overall mark. She helped CNHS claim the 2001 MHSAA Class D State Championship and a 26-1 overall record by recording 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per outing. The two-time (2002-03) CUPC Most Valuable Player Award recipient also garnered league all-defensive team and conference sportsmanship award laurels in 2003. As a freshman (2000), Folcik recorded 15.3 points and a personal career-high 10.4 rebounds a game.

“Rachel’s a versatile player and we anticipate her playing a post position,” said Fisk. “She’s strong down low, rebounds well and handles the ball in the open floor. Her versatility allows her to pull outside, shoot the three-point shot and create openings for her teammates.

“She’s also a good passer and extremely unselfish with the ball,” Fisk added.

A 2003 All-Upper Peninsula Dream Team honoree, Folcik twice attained team Most Valuable Player Award kudos in addition to being an honorable mention 2001 Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Class D All-State recipient. She currently holds the school’s single-game field goal record (18) and helped the Wolves receive Class D Team of the Year Award recognition in 2001. Folcik also participated in volleyball, cheerleading along with track and field during her prep career.

Besides athletics, Folcik was active in the school’s National Honor Society, dance team and yearbook organizations. She served for three years as class president and was named CNHS’ 2004 homecoming queen. Folcik, who’s the daughter of John and Joanne Folcik, remains undecided on an academic major. She joins Lindsey Deyo (Battle Creek/Gull Lake), who inked with the Bulldogs during the fall 2003 signing period, as FSU’s 2004-05 recruits to date.

The Bulldogs, who concluded the 2003-04 campaign with a 21-10 overall record, compiled a second-place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark and reached the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the second time in school history. The 2003-04 campaign, which was the program’s 30th anniversary season, marks the eighth consecutive year the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games and their second 20-win campaign in the last five seasons.


FERRIS STATE ADDS PREP BASKETBALL RECRUIT LINDSEY DEYO

Gull Lake High School Product Represents Bulldogs’ First 2004-05 Commitment

Jan. 22, 2004

The Ferris State University women’s basketball program has signed Lindsey Deyo (Battle Creek/Gull Lake) to a national letter-of-intent to attend and play basketball at FSU, starting with the 2004-05 season. The announcement was made by the Bulldogs’ sixth-year head coach Tracey Fisk.

A 5-11 forward, Deyo averaged 10.7 points and six rebounds per game in 2003 for Richland’s Gull Lake High School, which claimed both a district and regional championship with a school-record 22-4 overall mark. The honorable mention all-state selection also received first-team All-Wolverine Conference kudos for the second consecutive campaign after leading GLHS in both scoring and rebounding for the second-straight season. Gull Lake fell to Lansing Catholic Central in the 2003 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class B State Quarterfinals (Dec. 2) at Charlotte, Mich.

“Lindsey is extremely unselfish and a total team player,” Fisk said. “She’s a solid competitor whose teams have done well throughout her career. Her personality is a perfect fit with our returning players.”

A three-time Battle Creek Enquirer all-area pick, Deyo attained team Most Valuable Player Award recognition for the second time this season and was selected among the Detroit News’ Top 100 players. Deyo set school marks for seasonal field goal percentage (.545) and career field goal percentage (.515) in her final campaign. She also served as the Blue Devils’ team captain under head coach Mike Balcom.

“Her energetic and upbeat attitude is a positive addition for us,” said Fisk. “Lindsey works hard and is committed to doing whatever it takes to make her team better.”

Besides basketball, Deyo has participated in softball, volleyball and soccer as a prepster. She also played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball for the Michigan Belles.

In addition to athletics, Deyo has been active in the National Honor Society, Captain’s Council, Student Council and 4-H. She also serves as class vice president and was named homecoming queen.

The daughter of John and Pamela Deyo, Lindsey plans to major in marketing/business at Ferris State. She represents the Bulldogs’ first 2004-05 recruit.

Ferris State, which is presently 11-5 overall and 6-1 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action, will host Gannon this Thursday (Jan. 22) in a 6 p.m. (EST) league encounter at FSU’s Jim Wink Arena in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris will then square off against Mercyhurst Saturday (Jan. 24) at 1 p.m. (EST) in a home GLIAC contest.

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