|Posted by jfullan on November 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
The tough early season schedule continued for the Emmaus men’s basketball team as they traveled to Ankeny, IA to play 2 games at the neutral site of Faith Baptist Bible College. First up on Friday was defending MCCC champions, Manhattan Christian College. From scouting the team, Coach Wilkerson knew that the game would come down to how well the Eagles executed their game plan. “Having watched some film on Manhattan, our coaching staff really stressed to the guys the importance of playing our game. Regardless of how good an opponent is, we feel that if we control the pace and our defense does what it is supposed to, our guys have a good chance of winning the game.”
With the plan set up, the Eagles took the floor ready to play. However, they started out the game with poor shooting and some careless turnovers. Despite a cold front on the shooting end, their trademark tough defense kept them in the game and they went into the locker room at half trailing by only 2. “Watching that first half, we knew that we were the better team.” Coach Wilkerson said. “We just had to go prove it. We told the guys that the game plan wasn’t going to change. They just needed to sharpen up with their passes and continue to shoot and their shots would start falling.”
The Eagles responded exactly as expected and came out firing. Open shots that were missed in the first half starting going in and the Eagles limited their turnovers to only 5 in the second half. The defense never wavered and coupled with shooting 50% for the half, Emmaus walked away with an upset victory 68-61 and improved to 3-0 on the season. Caleb Ruter and Skyler Sandry combined for 45 of the 68 points with Caleb flirting with a triple double by adding 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
About 18 hours later, the Eagles would take the floor again to take on another quality opponent in Barclay College. The strategy was similar to the day before in that Emmaus would need to focus on playing their game and controlling the pace of the game. Again the Eagles would respond, as despite some more careless turnovers and some memory loss on the offense end, they controlled the half and went into the locker room up by 10.
The second half was approached the same way as the first and the coaching staff was confident in their team. “We had no doubts in our mind that we would walk away with the victory, judging by the score at half, and with the knowledge of how our guys have been playing.” Coach Joel Smith explained. However, the problem that had plagued the Eagles in their early season continued as they were unable to play 2 consistent halves in the same game. With a combination of lazy possessions, careless fouls, and allowing Barclay to control the pace, Emmaus found themselves down in the late stages of the second half. With a number of key players either fouled out or sitting with 4, the players on the court rallied to keep the game close. With time winding down, Skyler Sandry managed to get to the basket and put in the game-tying basket to send the game into overtime.
However, foul trouble and fatigue caught up with the Eagles as they were outscored 18-5 in the overtime session and left Ankeny with their first loss of the season 94-81. Despite the collapse in the second half, Coach Wilkerson was able to stay encouraged. “A lot of things were learned today by both the players and the coaches. We need to be able to play a complete game and not settle for playing one solid half. However, we are a young and talented team and we will only get better. The guys never stopped working hard and if we correct a few mistakes, we will be competing in every game this year and will win many of them.” The Eagles were again playing without one of their key players, Matthew Tomlinson. He suffered a foot fracture early in the game against Crossroads but should be back in time for the start of second semester’s games. The Emmaus men’s team will face off next against Purdue North Central on the Eagles’ home court December 2nd.
|Posted by Megan Schuster on November 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
November 8th, 2014
Dubuque, IA — Emmaus Eagles’ basketball coach, Luke Wilkerson, will tell you that he did not plan the first two games this way. After facing the reigning national champions, the Crossroads College Knights, earlier in the week, the Eagles took the floor on Saturday, to take on the runner-up in last year’s national tournament, the St. Louis Soldiers. “The scheduling usually gets done well in advance of the tournament,” Coach Wilkerson said. “Today was the first time I realized it.” Assistant Coach Joel Smith was joking that Emmaus was trying to make a statement by starting their season facing off against the top two teams from last year in their first two games. However, the Eagles may have done just that in a dominate performance that resulted in a 70-34 win, putting them at 2-0. Similar to the game against Crossroads, Emmaus jumped out to a quick lead and went into the half leading 35-14. However, unlike the previous game, Emmaus kept it going in the second half and matched their first half score of 35, while only allowing 20. “It was nice to see that, although St. Louis was not quite the team they were last year, our men did not let down or play less than they are capable of.” Coach Wilkerson added. “Give St. Louis credit: They came off of a tough game the night before, had an early morning drive, and still managed to get 34 points on us. I am sure they will be much improved when we play them again next semester.” The Eagles had a balanced attack with every player scoring except one; Caleb Ruter leading the way with 19.
Emmaus’ next game is Friday, November 14th. They will head down to Ankeny, IA and play Manhattan Christian College at the neutral site of Faith Baptist Bible College.
|Posted by Megan Schuster on November 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
On Monday, the Emmaus Eagles men’s basketball team hit the road for their first game of the season. Having coasted to a 79-66 win in the annual alumni game just 2 days earlier, the Eagles knew much more would be required of them if they were to come out on top against reigning national champions, the Crossroads College Knights. However, on paper, both these teams were completely different than last year: Emmaus only returned 3 players from the previous year and Crossroads lost their leading scorer. Having scouted the team the previous week, Coach Wilkerson told his team that it was Crossroads’ game to lose. “I really felt that if the guys played the type of defense that we knew they were capable of, Crossroads would have trouble scoring”. Assistant Coach Joel Smith, also communicated before the game that if the Eagles came out and built an 8-12 point lead, the rest of the game should go smoothly.
The Eagles did exactly that. Playing a near perfect half in terms of defense, they only allowed 19 points before the horn blew to send them into the locker room. On the offense end, patience and execution were key in picking apart the Knights’ defense. An early scare came when freshmen Matthew Tomlinson came down on the foot of a defender. Despite wanting to continue playing, Coach Wilkerson chose to keep him out. “Matthew is more valuable than one game. The possibility of him hurting himself worse was not worth putting him back in.” Even with this setback, the Eagles finished on a 24-8 run to end the half and headed to the locker room with the score 38-19, in favor of the Eagles.
The second half was a different story. The Knights kicked up the intensity with their press defense and caused several early turnovers, resulting in easy baskets for Crossroads. Having never seen this type of pressure, several members of the Eagles had their nerves get the better of them, which caused Coach Wilkerson to call a couple of timeouts to remind them to calm down and be patient. “We had seen from the first half that if we took our time and found the open man, we could easily beat the press”. Despite the encouragement and reinforcement, Crossroads continued to chip away at the lead. As the lead fell to only seven with a few minutes remaining, our captains, Skyler Sandry and Caleb Ruter, showed their leadership by taking care of the ball and hitting some key free throws. As the last shot by Crossroads was off target, Ruter dribbled out the ball to end the game. Coach Wilkerson encouraged his team to give respect to Crossroads and to have good attitudes in the victory. “The Knights are the national champions and until another team is crowned, they should continue to be looked at as such. They can be a deadly team when they apply pressure and, in some regards, we are fortunate to be leaving with a victory. I am very proud of the way everyone on our team fought through adversity and held to win this game. Hopefully, this opens some eyes that our guys are not going to go down without a fight.”
Caleb Ruter led all scorers with 23 points while freshman Nathan Davidson had the game’s only double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Skyler Sandry was a couple rebounds and assists away from a triple double as he finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
|Posted by jfullan on June 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM||comments (4)|
We are excited to announce a local Iowa signing with Nathaniel Glidewell. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Nathaniel attended and graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington. He played at CRW his first two years of high school and then went on to play for a private traveling team, the Defenders, and was team captain his senior year. Nathaniel was also the leading scorer and rebounder his senior year and nearly averaged a double double. Some accolades was being an All Tournament player his junior and senior year. We expect Nathaniel to be a scoring threat, but also to make great passes and provide strong support on defense. We look forward, at times, to having him guard the best player and will be our physical presence down low.
Nathaniel was asked to play for Calvary Bible College in Missouri, but decided on Emmaus because he loved the tight-knit student body and how easily he made friends when visiting. It is also close to his home in Cedar Rapids. Nathaniel is looking forward to not only learning more about the Bible, but living it out on and off the court. He intends to get his elementary school teaching degree at Emmaus.
|Posted by jfullan on June 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
The Eagles are proud to announce our fourth signing of the season with Mitchell Patzka. Having played 9 years in the Wisconsin Heights school system and nearly every position (shooting guard, power forward and center), Mitchell brings experience and a strong work ethic to the team. Recuited by such colleges as Northwestern College and Maranatha Baptist College for football and Taylor University for lacrosse, Mitchell chose Emmaus because of the similar size to his high school and because he believes that the education one receives at Emmaus is better than anywhere else.
Along with several other of our recruits, Mitchell is not afraid to take charges, sacrifice his body and work hard to make his teammates better. We look to use Mitchell’s size and strength to secure plenty of rebounds and demonstrate what a hard work ethic really is. He has said that he feels the Lord leading him to Emmaus to do great things for Him, on and off the court, and we agree. Welcome to the team, Mitchell!
|Posted by jfullan on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Emmaus Eagles are proud to announce our second signing of the season with Kyle Pikaart. Kyle played 8 years for the Wyoming Warriors and will be looked to bring speed and intensity on both ends of the court. Coming in as a point guard, Kyle will be placed in a great position to make his teammates better and provide a scoring threat as well. In addition to our returners and the group of players coming in, Kyle will be huge in pushing the tempo and providing plenty of opportunities on the fast break.
|Posted by jfullan on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The Eagles men’s basketball team is happy to announce the signing of Matthew Tomlinson from Jackson, Wyoming. Graduating from Jackson Hole High School while being a captain his senior year, Matthew is a high energy, defensive specialist who is not afraid to make the hustle plays and sacrifice his body for the team. With 3 different coaches during his high school career, Matthew was able to become a very versatile athlete who can play at any position. We look to see Matthew compete for leading rebounder and, at times, guard the opposing team’s best player.
We are very blessed to have Matthew be part of our incoming freshman class, as he had the opportunity to play D-II RMAC football—but felt the Lord drawing him to Emmaus. His parents Robert and Kathryn will have plenty to watch this season as both Matthew and his sister Sharon will be attending Emmaus this fall and playing for their respective basketball teams.
|Posted by jfullan on January 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Tonight's Basketball games are available live at the link provided below. The Lady Eagles will be playing at 6pm with eh guys starting their game right after them at 8pm. Tune in and cheer on your eagles from the comfort of your dorm room or house!
|Posted by jfullan on January 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
1. Tell us about where you are from, when you started playing basketball, and what brought you to Emmaus.
I am from Hutchinson Kansas. I started to play basketball when I was in Middle School with all of my close friends. What interested me most about Emmaus was the rich tradition of teaching the truth about the Bible. I was very interested in the one year Bible Certificate, and wanted to be challenged by professors.
2. What is your major?
My major is Biblical Studies.
3. What is your favorite memory on the court (or involving basketball)?
My favorite moment on the court was the final game of last year when Paul Ruter was our leading scorer for the team. We were all very excited for him, and he made a lot of shots! It was cool seeing a guy with gray hair taking to younger guys.
4. Favorite junk food?
My favorite junk food is definitely brownies with ice cream.
5. Favorite movie?
The Grinch, only because everyone quotes it ALL the time.
6. Favorite verse/passage and why?
Romans 8:26-39 because it shares about the victory we have in Christ, and reminds us that Christ is on our side interceding for us in Heaven. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
7. Tell us why you feel students should come support Emmaus' sports teams.
Students should come and support Emmaus’ sports teams because the players love the crowd cheering for them! The players put in a lot of hard work, time, and effort to win games, and would love to see the student body, faculty, and staff come out and support your teams!
|Posted by jfullan on January 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (1)|
Imagine sitting in the crowd at a college basketball game, and the whistle blows for a substitution. Onto the court steps a gray-haired, 55-year-old man in a blue uniform. Yet even more surprising is watching him deftly steal the ball from an opponent half his age (whose face displays a look of shock), and then sprint down the court on a fast break. To top it all off, imagine him passing it off to a particular teammate—his son—who lays it off the backboard for an easy 2 points. You might see that happen this year at Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA).
Paul Ruter, age 55, attended Emmaus and played for the Eagles 32 years ago, nabbing the MVP title his freshman year. He was unable to finish his one-year degree as he was called home to take over the family farm.
“I loved farming,” Paul said about his decision. “That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to raise my family on the farm, and that took precedence over schooling.”
Since then, it’s always been Paul’s dream to return and complete his degree. Little did he know that six kids and over 30 years later, he would return and be playing basketball shoulder to shoulder with his youngest son, Caleb.
“I knew I wanted to come back to Emmaus and finish my degree. I always had it in the back of my mind ever since I came here. But the opportunity to come back here with my son made it even more appealing. But I wanted to make sure it was ok with him.”
Paul’s son, nineteen year old Caleb Ruter, is a stand out starter at Emmaus, last year averaging 20 points and leading the team in steals. He also was named 2nd Team All-American in the ACCA conference. You might think it would be hard for a college student to play basketball on the same team as his father, but not for Caleb:
“He’s my best friend. He’s been my best friend my whole life, and it’s a blast having him on the team.”
Luke Wilkerson, Emmaus Athletic Director, had good things to say about Paul and Caleb and their relationship: “Having been involved in the recruiting process for both Caleb and Paul, I can attest to the character of both men. You would be hard pressed to find another college freshman who not only doesn’t have a problem with his dad joining him for his experience, but is actually excited about it.”
Emmaus Bible College, enrolling mostly traditional 18 to 22 year old students, has the rare opportunity of educating a senior citizen as a junior in the classroom. His age and life experience puts Paul in a unique spot as well. In classes and on the court, this dedicated husband and father (and grandfather!) is an incredible example to the younger students and players surrounding him.
Emmaus men’s basketball coach Robert Kimble agrees: ”The Lord has blessed Emmaus Bible College with the father-son example of Paul and Caleb Ruter. I have a tremendous amount of respect for their commitment to their school, their team, and each other. It’s been a pleasure coaching these guys.”
Father and son are in the Teacher Education program at Emmaus, both aspiring to become teachers—Paul in elementary education, and Caleb in secondary education. For years, Paul's own father dreamed that his son would one day become a teacher, and that dream will soon be fulfilled as Paul sets up his own classroom.
Both Caleb and Paul are surprised at the press their story has received. The original story that aired on CBS Minnesota station WCCO has been picked up by over 60 stations across the country, and the duo will be interviewed on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends" this Sunday, January 12, at around 8:20am.
The emotional appeal of this story has undoubtedly played a part in its viral spread. For a father who loves his kids and loves sports, this is a dream come true.
“I kind of pinch myself all the time,” Paul says. “I get to play ball with my son.”
UPDATE: Here is the link to the "Fox & Friends" interview: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3044930432001/unlikely-college-basketball-court-companions/#sp=show-clips