Seven Former Area Standouts On JBU Basketball Rosters

Siloam Springs, Ark (December 21, 2000) — The 2000-2001 John Brown University men's and women's basketball rosters are the home court to many former area high school standouts. Coaches John Sheehy and Jeff Soderquist have been successful at bringing quality local players to JBU teams.

The Golden Eagles men's team has two former Springs High School (SSHS) favorites on their current roster. Brian Matchell is in his third season with JBU. "Brian is a tremendous young man and makes a solid contribution to our team," says Coach John Sheehy. "The way he plays his role is sincerely appreciated by his teammates and coaches." Brian is shooting 55% from the field for the season and recently scored fourteen (14) points in three minutes and thirty seconds against Rhema Bible College.

Freshman David Steeves, a 2000 graduate of SSHS and a favorite for the Panthers, is now a Golden Eagle. "David has a good work ethic and attitude toward the team," says Coach Sheehy. "As he grows in the program, he will be a solid contributor." David is shooting 44% from the field in twenty-two minutes of play for the Eagles.

The Golden Eagles are currently 9-5 on the year. Sooner Athletic Conference action begins January 6th at Oklahoma Baptist University. The next home game for the men is Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 8:00 p.m. against Wayland Baptist University.

Senior Martha Hancock from Bentonville has been a "huge standout" for the women's program at JBU in her first three seasons. "Martha holds the JBU career steals record and is in the top five in every category of JBU records," says Head Coach Jeff Soderquist. "Martha was my first recruit when I became coach. She is a tremendous player and key to our success." Martha is averaging 15.9 points per game this season, while recording 22 steals and 34 assists in 277 minutes of play.

Senior Seritha Mahoney is from Siloam Springs. "Seritha is looked to as a shooter," says Coach Soderquist. "She has played many positions with the changes in our systems and in the program." Seritha is currently fourth in career three-pointers at JBU. She is averaging 5 points per game and has totaled 16 assists and eight steals in 145 minutes of play.

Sophomores Amber Owens and Saralin Wolfe are from Colcord, OK and Fayetteville, AR. "Amber is our best rebounder right now, and plays the guard spot," says Coach Soderquist. "She has tremendous ability and a chance to be a good player in the SAC." Amber is currently averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles. Saralin is a walk-on who transferred from NorthArk Community College. Coach Soderquist noted that, "She is a hard worker and a great all-around fit for John Brown University."

One of the new faces for the women's program is freshman Bethany Sites from Gentry. "Bethany is shooting well right now, "says Coach Soderquist. "She's coming off the bench for us and giving us some quality play. I'm very pleased with her play; she's a hard worker and is definitely helping our program."

The women are currently 8-5 on the season and begin play again on January 2, 2001 at home against Southwestern College. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The John Brown University athletics web site contains full rosters and complete schedules for both the men's and women's teams.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. JBU competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), one of three conferences within NAIA's Region VI.