Hornack appeared on the My GRCC podcast to talk about her journey from growing up in Manchester, England to becoming a two-time collegiate All-American to building a program from scratch.
She was introduced to the sport, called football in the rest of the world, by her brother and father.
“I have an older brother. He’s 18 months older than I was,” she said. “I was pretty much just following his footsteps. He wanted to play football, so I wanted to play football. He joined a boys’ team, so I joined a boys’ team. It’s been a thing since I was four. Whatever he did, I did. My dad played and he coached us.”
She came to the United States in 2010 to play with Davenport University, earning All-American honors in 2010 and 2013. She is atop Davenport’s leaderboard in nine categories, including points, with 131; goals, 55; and game-winning goals, 14.
She has been coaching at the collegiate and youth level since graduating with has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and was thrilled when she learned GRCC started a program.
“When the athletic director, Lauren Ferullo, said, ‘Hey, I have a women’s soccer program,’ I was, like, ‘Love it! It’s got my name on it!’ and we went from there.”
With the addition of both soccer programs, GRCC now offers 10 athletic programs, including men’s and women’s cross country, golf, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.
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Sally Merrill matched her career-high of 27 points to lead the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team to a gritty, 71-61 win at Delta College.
The men’s team snapped a three-game winning streak, losing in overtime 91-81.
GRCC’s women’s team jumped out to a 23-7 first quarter lead and seemed to be in control. But the Pioneers fought back from a 22-point deficit to make it just a three-point game with just 30 seconds remaining.
Delta was forced to foul and it nearly worked out to perfection. But after GRCC missed both free throws, Delta called a time out it didn’t have, resulting in a technical foul.
Merrill knocked down both technical free throws to seal the victory for GRCC, which has won two in a row and improved to 10-6 overall, and 4-2 in the conference.
Head coach David Glazier was extremely proud of the way his players executed the game plan and was happy to see their hard work pay off in a big game.
“Can’t say enough about how this group battles together in the high and low moments throughout a game,” Glazier said.
Merrill added seven rebounds and a career-high six steals, playing in all 40 minutes.
Allison Kellogg and Grace Lodes both nearly had double-doubles with 12 points, nine rebounds for Kellogg and 11 points, eight rebounds for Lodes.
The men’s game was within three points nearly the entire game and each team had a chance to win in regulation. But GRCC missed a free throw and Delta’s three-point attempt was blocked as time expired.
In the extra session GRCC was out-scored 16-6, and falls to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference after the loss.
“It’s really hard to win on the road in this league, and it’s even harder when you don’t make free throws down the stretch,” head coach Joe Fox said. “It’s always tough to lose games you have a chance to win, especially on the road. We just have to pick ourselves up and be ready for Saturday.”
Saginaw native Danyel Bibbs put up some big stats in his return home, scoring a team-high 22 points, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds and led the team in assists and steals with five and four.
Bashir Neely totaled 16 points and Brockton Kohler and Herman Brown added 14 and 11.
Both teams will be back at home on Feb. 4 to take on North Central College. The women will tip-off first at 1 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – This year is the 40th anniversary of the esteemed annual GIANT Awards, and Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a special celebration to salute the decades of Black leaders who have contributed to the city of Grand Rapids.
2/1/23 School News Network (Kent Intermediate School District)
Godwin Heights — Carlos Soto-Castillo’s interest in the saxophone started with a YouTube video.
… Because his dad works in construction, he quickly discovered it as a potential career. Carlos plans to head into construction management by first attending Grand Rapids Community College and then on to Ferris State University.
Thanks to a $1 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant awarded by Kent County, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) will expand and enhance programming aimed at reducing health disparities within the county’s BIPOC communities. Founded in 2002 in reaction to a Kent County Health Department community needs assessment, the grassroots organization has leveraged community input and collaborations with other organizations to address disturbing racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality, diabetes, access to mental and medical health care and more.