Kuyper Winter Sport Recap
April 11, 2014
Men’s Basketball 2013-2014 Season
The Kuyper Men’s basketball team enjoyed an exciting season this year. The team had a rough start, as they missed non-returning players and the team struggled to find a new identity during the first couple games. The team however soon found the balance they were looking for, which helped them beat Andrews University (one of the best defensive teams in the country). The Cougars headed into spring break with nine wins, a new Kuyper record. Sal Hermiz and Kyle Hoek were the team’s MVPs, looking like possibly the best players in the NCAA this season. The team finished the season with a winning record of 20-12, which tied the school record.
Women’s Basketball 2013-2014 Season
Although the women’s basketball team season didn’t go as well as some may have hoped in terms of wins and losses, the women played superbly against some quality opponents later in the season. The year showed wonderful chemistry being built between returning players and new recruits. Junior forward Kaitlynn Rosier led the team in scoring and steals throughout the season with solid support from new underclassmen guards Sarah Grochowalski and Brianna VanDyke. The team will be losing key players Brittany Tugman and Courtney Carlson next season, but the team looks forward to next year as role players like Joyce Vang (who received the Most Improved Player Award) are hoped to step up. The work they began this season in building a strong team is sure to be seen next year, as the Lady Cougars have a solid core of returning contributors, and players with great energy who love the game.
Perhaps Kuyper’s Basketball teams greatest success this year can be seen through the achievements of the individual players who have been recognized by the NCCAA for their outstanding ability including: Salwan Hermiz received—Men's All-Region Player of the Year and Kyle Hoek—First Team All-Region, and Kaitlynn Rosier—Honorable Mention. These awards not only speak to the players’ excellence in competition and skill on the court, but also off their lives off the court as Christian leaders in the realms of academics and service.