Six GRCC student-athletes earn postseason honors following NJCAA basketball tournament

March 11, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Six Grand Rapids Community College student-athletes earned post-season honors following the NJCAA Region XII District Tournament at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse this past weekend.

The GRCC women’s basketball team entered District G play Thursday after an upset against Jackson College earlier in the week. The Raiders lost to Lake Michigan College, which went on to win the District Championship.

The GRCC women finished with a 19-12 overall season. The 19 overall wins is the most since the 2009-2010 season, when the team went 22-4 and won the conference with a 15-1 record.

Receiving MCCAA post-season honors are:

  • Mya Jordan – forward from Godwin Heights High School; All-Conference Second Team and All-Defensive Team.

  • Hallee Breimayer – starting point guard from Belding High School; All-Conference Third Team.

  • Emily Pendred – forward/center from East Lansing High School; All-Conference Honorable Mention.

The GRCC men’s team, the MCCAA Western Conference champions, entered the District 9 tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Raiders made it past the first round, defeating Mid Michigan College 82-75 on Friday, but fell to the eventual tournament champions, losing to Ancilla College on Saturday 93-70. The Raiders finished with a 24-8 overall season record.

Receiving MCCAA post-season honors are:

  • Sammie Ryans – guard/forward from East Kentwood High School; All-Conference First Team.

  • William Otole – point guard from Tri-Unity Christian High School; All-Conference First Team.

  • Ike Kanu – forward from Forest Hills Central High School; All-Conference Second Team, All-Defensive Team and Defensive Player of the Year.

Luke Bronkema, who has coached the men’s team for three years, was named conference Coach of the Year.

The tournament was one of the first major events at GRCC's Ford Fieldhouse and Gordon Hunsberger Arena after extensive renovations. The $8 million project included installation of air conditioning and a new roof as well as additional classroom space and upgrades to locker rooms, training facilities and public areas.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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