"What I am excited about is to see how our seniors finished out their careers and have passed the torch to our 'Next up' underclassmen. Our seniors (Madison Laib, Sharon Tomlinson, Erin Edmondson, and Rachel Tomlinson) started this program with me from the bottom up and their commitment and sacrifice is embedded in the foundation of this program. Our future is bright with an abundance of talent on our roster and underclassmen that played valuable minutes for us this year. We have a group of young ladies that are ready to step up and make this program their own as we pursue excellence in this next phase of the program. Our mission is to honor Christ and further the kingdom with the skills and talents that He has given us. And our commitment to this team is based on honoring Christ and laying down our lives for our teammates unconditionally and sacrificially as we strive to be Philippians 2:1-11 teammates."
Dear Freshman Marissa, Graduating from high school and going to college over a thousand miles from home is exciting and kinda scary, but all in all, it is one of the most amazing experiences you are going to have. Don't let this amazing opportunity of going to Bible college and playing college basketball go to waste
Dear Freshman Erin, I really shouldn’t be writing you. As someone who has read plenty of books and watched tons of movies/tv shows with time travel in them, I’m breaking the most important law of time travel: To not interact with your past self, because it could disrupt the entire space-time continuum. Oh, well.
Dear Freshman Sharon, you finally made it to college! I know this is all so new and pretty overwhelming, but get ready for the greatest, most challenging chapter in your story so far. You’re about to meet some of the best friends you’ll ever have, experience some pretty uncomfortable things, learn a crazy amount, and persevere in ways you never knew you needed to or could.
Dear Freshman Madison,
You probably don’t know me. That may sound weird since I am you, but I think you would be really surprised as to who you are at the beginning of your senior year. You’re going to change so much.
Cecaria Bankhead has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career under Coach Graw and the Lady Eagles of Emmaus. Cece finished her high school career as a lady shark at Atlantic High School in Port Orange, Florida. As a captain in her senior year, Bankhead averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 assists per game.
Ajah Ackerman from Chattanooga, Tennessee has signed her letter of intent, making it official that she will be playing for Coach Graw and the Lady Eagles of Emmaus next season. Ackerman averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals a game and will fill a huge need in the post for the Lady Eagles.
Kristen Morry of Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career under Coach Graw and the Lady Eagles basketball program. Morry averaged 23.6 ppg her senior year at Nunamiut High School and was selected to the All State Tournament Team 3 years in a row.
Avery Kornstad has signed a letter of intent to further her career as a Lady Eagle of Emmaus Bible College. Kornstad of Kenai, Alaska plays both the point guard and shooting guard positions and was a starter for the Nikiski High School Lady Bulldogs while averaging 5.1 P/G, 2.2 Reb/G, 1.4 Ast/G, and 1.1 Stl/G.
The Lady Eagles basketball program is excited to announce that Madlin Kaczinski of Northeast high school in Goose Lake, IA has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career under Coach Graw and the Lady Eagles. Kaczinski averaged 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and led the team in steals (36) as captain and starting point guard for the lady Rebels.
"Love and Loyalty: Our Story His Glory"
Over the last four years, the women’s basketball team of Emmaus Bible College has been on a roller coaster that only goes up. Back in the 2013-2014 season, the team finished with zero wins. Now, a mere three years later, the team just ended their season with an overall record of 22-5, and a conference record of 11-0. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Eagles have gone won both the MCCC regular season and tournament championship.
Though the Eagles were able to come out on top in this game, it was obvious that their play was sub-standard. While the Eagles caused many turnovers in the second half of the game, the Pilots out-rebounded them by four. Having another game the next day, Coach Graw said: "We have to come out more ready tomorrow than we were today."
The Lady Eagles started the second half well, with Laib, Kimble, and Kerttula each contributing a lay-up, and Laib knocking down one of the 3-point shots for which she is so well-known. As Coach Graw sent in his freshman team with a little more than 5 minutes in the quarter, the score was 49-27. While the young Eagles were only able to add another 2 points to their score (a lay-up by Kaila Shock, freshman #25), they did hold the Pilots to a mere 3 points in the remainder of the quarter.
Though this game was not what one might call a nail-biter, this was the kind of game that helps younger players to get some playing experience under their belts and prepares them to take on more competitive teams. Rose led the team from off the bench, with 21 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. She was followed by Laib and Shock, each with 15 points and 3 steals.
Coach Graw said after the game: "The key to this game was high pressure on the defensive end, speeding the game up and not turning the ball over and putting the ball in, and we did that.” This victory is a big one for the Eagles, defeating the Grace Bible Tigers who are often ranked in the NCCAA and do well in their national tournament yearly. The 13-point victory margin shows the improvement of the Eagles from the ‘15-16 season, when the Eagles scraped a win against the Tigers by means of a last second field goal in OT.
Coach Graw had this to say about coming into the first game. "I really didn't know what to expect with so many girls out, specifically the experienced players. I was very nervous as we took the court with 3 experienced players with the rest of the team being all freshman against an NAIA opponent."
Coach Graw’s team is ready to go towards another run at the conference championship and a shot at the national title. The team returns a deep roster from last year’s team and has included incoming players into the mix as well. It will be a fun year for the team as they strive to compete at their highest level and honor the Lord while doing so.
Kendra and Nicole Gordon of Orland, California have signed a letter of intent to continue their basketball career as a Lady Eagle of Emmaus Bible College. Under Coach Mark Priano at Hamilton High School, Kendra and Nicole finished their final season with a 19-10 record with Kendra averaging 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists while Nicole chipped in 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.
Emma Kerttula of East Helena, Montana has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball under Coach Graw and the Emmaus Lady Eagles. Emma, an All-Conference guard for Helena Christian School, averaged 11.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 3.4 APG.
Amber Heubner of Hubbard, IA has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Emmaus Bible College. Heubner, a starter on South Hardin High School (3A Iowa), is expected to help bring more depth to the Lady Eagles specifically as a stretch 4.
Kaila Shock of San Pierre, Indiana has signed to play basketball at Emmaus Bible College. Shock played her high school career at Victory Christian Academy in Valparaiso, Indiana and continued her basketball career at Ancilla College (NJCAA) for her first year out of high school.
Lydia Rose of Eldora, IA has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Emmaus Bible College. Lydia played at both South Hardin High School and as well in the Hardin home school basketball program.
Tiffany Williams of Atlantic, Iowa has signed a letter of intent to play basketball under Coach Graw and the Emmaus Lady Eagles. Williams is a 5’11” guard who has exceptional foot speed and quickness and is expected to be one of the primary defenders for the Lady Eagles next season.
We have enough talent this year to do something that hasn't been in 20 years but it is up to us on whether or not we want to pursue it. From an eternal perspective, it's not about wins and losses, it's about the relationships you establish with one another. It's about how you use the gifts God has given you to grow closer to him and further the kingdom, for that is eternal. If the Lord grants us success, then we use our platform to preach Christ and show just how powerful unity in Him is in fulfilling His will. If we all buy into this vision, plant our crops and pray for rain, we will do great things this year.
The Lady Eagles finished up their Missouri road trip with a match up against the Manhattan Christian College Thunder on Saturday, Januray 6. The Lady Eagles struggled to put ball in the basket in the first half. Whenever Emmaus tried to string a few baskets together, the Thunder would answer. The play of Shelby Hembera was instrumental in the Eagles' success on the court.