Basketball Pep Notes…
The Chieftains, meanwhile, also have a new standout guard in Chris Harrison, a transfer from Louisville Trinity in Kentucky, where according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, he was considered one of the top players in his class in that state.
Eastern, Ledge play Sept. 17
Eastern’s game against Grand Ledge next week has been moved up to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and will be played at Sexton.
The freshman game will still be played at 4:30 p.m. at Grand Ledge. Eastern does not have a junior varsity.
Comet divers bear watching
While Okemos dominated the diving portion of the Waverly Relays earlier this season, there were others who earned their share of notice as well.
Grand Ledge took second at Waverly, led by a senior-freshman duo in Bethany Engel and Lauren Painter.
Engel placed in the top 10 at the CAAC Blue meet in 2008, and Painter won the CAAC middle school competition last year.
Painter was the high scorer when Grand Ledge faced Waverly/Lansing Catholic in a dual last week. The Comets take on Sexton tonight.
“They are a fearless group that are always working on learning new and more challenging dives,” Grand Ledge diving coach Ali Templin said. “I think that we have the potential to be a very good team and compete with Okemos when we meet them later on in the season.”
Warriors turn to Helsen
Megan Helsen has won plenty as a player, and is working to take Waverly to the next level as its first-year coach.
Helsen was all-league and all-region in leading Grand Valley State to a 116-25 record and the 2005 Division II national championship during her four-year career as an outside hitter that ended in 2006. The former Ravenna High all-stater also made Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” as a high school senior in 2003 when she set a national single-season record with 986 kills.