SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 (6:30 P.M. @ THE GREEN HOUSE)Donations support Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Seward, Haskell and Stevens Counties

October 23, 2006

This Saturday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. will be the Saints Bookstore Basketball Benefit Night at the Green House, where the 2006-2007 Seward County Community College men’s and women’s basketball programs will host a night of fun for children and adults of all ages. This year the benefit night will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Seward, Haskell and Stevens Counties. Admission is free, and all goodwill donations will be accepted at the door.

Each day this week there will be a preview for the Saints and Lady Saints in preparation for the start of basketball season. The following is an outline of preview topics that will be highlighted this week:

Monday: Returning Starters (Ilda Chambe, Taushelle Rushing, Theron Wilson, Michael Tyree)
Tuesday: Foreign Impact (Tegan Cunningham, Ilda Chambe, Darko Cohadarevic, Mat Hardiman)
Wednesday: Jayhawk West Preview (Pre-Season Coaches Poll, what to look for in the Western Division)
Thursday: Non-Conference Schedule Preview (Pepsi, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut Classics & Jayhawk Shootout)
Friday: Saints and Lady Saints Coaches (Dave Brown/Aaron Kallhoff & Toby Wynn/Kim Ortega-Davis)

- The Kansas chapter of BBBS boosts the largest BBBS agency in the nation with over 5,000 matches.

Experience in athletics tends to be what most coaches rely on for the strength of their team beginning a new season. In junior college basketball, only the returning sophomore players have experienced the previous seasons’ up’s and down’s, and can use those experiences for knowledge and learning to prepare them for their sophomore seasons. If experience is the key, then the Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams are on the right track for the 2006-2007 season. The Saints return a wealth of experience including five sophomore players with two returning starters with Theron Wilson (Topeka, Kan.) and Michael Tyree (Somerset, N.J.). The Lady Saints also return five sophomores including Taushelle Rushing (Wynnewood, Okla.) and Ilda Chambe (Maputo, Mozambique) who each started in every game they played in last season.

Wilson enters the season as one of the top players in the NJCAA Region VI after a freshman season that saw him average 12 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Wilson’s high flying acrobatic takes to the rim and strong slashes to the basket will keep the Saints opponents alert to where Wilson will be on the court at all times. Tyree is a classic example of a deadly outside shooter. The 5 foot-11 inch guard is the top three-point shooter returning in the Jayhawk West Conference, after nailing 53 three-point buckets during his freshman season. Tyree’s offensive prowess was noticed early last season by the eventual Jayhawk West Co-Champion, Dodge City Community College, in the opening game of the 2006 Jayhawk West Conference season. Tyree single-handedly dominated the Conquistador’s in the second-half at the Green House scoring 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown and 4-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. Tyree’s performance helped lead the Saints to a 77-71 victory, after trailing by 15 points with only eight minutes left in the second-half.

The Lady Saints have back both Rushing and Chambe who had break-out seasons in 2006-2007. Rushing finished 10th in the nation and led the Jayhawk West in field goal percentage shooting .601 percent from the floor. Rushing was also among NJCAA Region VI leaders with 90 steals (3 spg.) in 30 games last season. Chambe entered the Lady Saints record books with the seventh most rebounds in a single-season (294) and in her final game last season posted the sixth most rebounds in a single-game with 17 total rebounds against Labette Community College in the NJCAA Region VI Tournament.

Come be a part of the Saints Bookstore Basketball Benefit Night on Saturday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Green House. Help support Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lady Saints Basketball on Saturday night!