College Showcase: Former GH standout Harper joins EMU

Eastern Michigan University men's basketball coach Rob Murphy recently announced the signing of former Grand Haven standout Austin Harper. Harper, who last year played at Glen Oaks Community College, will be eligible to play immedately for the Eagles. "I made a visit to Eastern and felt a connection with the coaches,' Harper said. "I felt that this was a good fit for me and it is a great opportunity to continue my basketball career.'
Tribune Staff
Oct 11, 2011


The 6-foot-2 point guard played one season at Glen Oaks after redshirting as a freshman at Western Michigan University in 2009-10. He will have three years of eligibility for the Eagles.

Harper turned in a tremendous season at Glen Oaks, leading the junior-college ranks in assists with 9.9 per game to help lead the team to an 18-11 record in 2010-11. He averaged 15.4 points, second-best on the team, and connected on 29-of-67 three-point attempts for 43 percent.

“Austin brings athleticism and leadership to our backcourt,” Murphy said. “His ability to play both guard positions will allow him to make an immediate impact.”

EMU finished with a record of 10-22 last season, including a 5-11 mark in the Mid American Conference West Division.

As a senior at Grand Haven in 2009-09, Harper was a first-team Class A All-State selection by the Detroit Free Press. He averaged 16.8 points, six rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.0 steals while leading the Bucs to a 17-8 record and a district championship.


Spring Lake graduate Rachel Kilbry is making big contributions to the strong season turned in by the Olivet Nazarene women’s soccer team.

Kilbry, a sophomore midfielder, has recorded three goals on 13 shots for the Tigers, helping them post an 11-1-1 record. Kilbry has started all 13 games.

Kilbry’s last goal was a critical score for the Tigers, as her blast from 30 yards away gave Olivet Nazarene a 1-0 lead in the first half against Illinois Tech on Oct. 1. The Tigers held on for a 2-1 victory.

As a freshman a year ago, Kilbry, an Excercise Science major, appeared in all 22 games for the TIgers and finished with three goals and three assists.

The NAIA school located in Bourbonnais, Ill., will be back in action today as it travels to Robert Morris University.


Grand Haven graduate Collette Hansen shot a round of 74 on Sunday, tying her career best and helping the Titans win their own invitational, the Detroit Titans Fall Classic.

It’s the first invitational win of the season for the Titans.

Hansen, a junior, finished the two-day event with a 5-over 151, which was good for seventh overall. Hansen flourished on par 3’s at the event, recording a tournament best 2-under 2.75 average.

Hansen’s teammate, sophomore Lindsey Lammers, shot a school record round of 67 on Sunday to help her tie for the overall lead, but lost out on first place in a playoff.

The Titans are back in action beginning Monday, as they compete in the two-day University of Dayton Invitational.


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