Butler County Times Gazette
  • Bonner selected to play in NJCAA All-Star Weekend in Florida

  • Butler sophomore Jamillah Bonner has been selected for the fourth annual NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Weekend.Bonner has been picked among the top 40 returning players in the country and will play with other top players during the all-star festival that will be held July 12-15 in Niceville, Fla. The 4...
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  • Butler sophomore Jamillah Bonner has been selected for the fourth annual NJCAA Coaches Association All-Star Weekend.
    Bonner has been picked among the top 40 returning players in the country and will play with other top players during the all-star festival that will be held July 12-15 in Niceville, Fla. The 40 players will be broken into four teams and each team will play twice during the weekend.
    Bonner, who as a freshman led Butler in scoring at 16.6 points per game and rebounding at 7.9 board per game, is the first Butler player to receive an invitation to the festival, which is in its fourth year.
    She is a graduate of Wichita Southeast High School.
    Grizzlies sign six in-state players for 2012-13 season
    Butler coach Mike Helmer has received signed national letters of intent from six in-state student-athletes. Katie Andersen, Tanner Hein, Chelsea Hodison, Ashlee Ivy,  Peyton Michalski, and Shayla Whitebird have each announced their intentions to continue their basketball careers at Butler Community College.
    "We are very excited about this class," Helmer said. "We are going to expect big things from this group moving forward."
    Three of the signees finished their high school careers by winning state championships - Ivy's Wichita Heights team won 6A, Anderson's Kapaun Mt. Carmel team won 5A and Hein led McPherson to the 4A championship - while Michalski's team finished third at the 5A state tournament.
    Below are the high school accomplishments by each individual.
    Katie Andersen (Kapaun Mt Carmel HS – Wichita, KS) – 5'8 - Guard
        * 2011-12 State Champion – 5A
        * GWAL First team
        * All Metro Team
        * 5A 1st Team All State
        * KBCA All Star
    Ashlee Ivy (Heights High School – Wichita, KS) – 6'0 - Guard
        * 2011-12 State Champion – 6A
        * Honorable Mention All State
    Tanner Hein (McPherson HS – McPherson, KS) – 5'5' - Guard
        * 2011-12 State Champion – 4A
        * 1st Team AVCTL
        * All State Honorable Mention
        * Academic All State
        * Mid America All Tournament Team
        * KSHSAA Spirit of Sport Award
    Chelsea Hodison – Royal Valley HS – Hoyt, KS – 6'1 - Forward
        * Big 7 All League 1st Team
        * 2011-12 All State 3rd team
    Peyton Michalski – Topeka Seaman HS – Topeka, KS – 5'8 - Guard
        * 2011-12 Third place finisher at the State Tournament
    Shayla Whitebird – Horton HS – Horton, KS – 6'2 – Post
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