Bemidji scoops up second Titan
For the second time in four weeks, a Lane basketball player has committed to play at Bemidji (Minn.) State University, an NCAA Division II school.
Lane standout Alex Sattley has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Beavers next season, and will accompany Titans teammate Zach Kirschbaum, who signed with the Beavers in May.
Sattley chose Bemidji over Holy Names University, a NCAA Division II school in Oakland, Calif.
“(Bemidji) was a better school for me academically and for basketball,” Sattley said. “I took a visit and I really enjoyed the campus, and all the guys there were really supportive.”
Sattley said that the fact that Kirschbaum had already signed with the school played a part in his choice, but he ultimately had to do what was best for him. He is planning to dual-major in business and exercise science, and hopes to play basketball overseas after college.
In his only season at Lane, Sattley led the Titans with 19.11 points per game, which ranked 12th in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Sattley shot 33 percent from three-point range and scored a season-high 34 points in a Jan. 8 home game.
“He’s instant offense,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “Having him around was great. He could just score. You always have to have a go-to guy to get some points for you, and he did that for us.”
Sattley and Kirschbaum were the Titans’ top two offensive threats all season long. They scored 48 percent of Lane’s points, and both earned NWAACC Second Team All-Southern Region honors.
“I’m excited,” Kirschbaum said. “It’s always good when you have someone that you have already played with and have chemistry with. Both of us can spread the floor really well, and we can create a lot of different options on the pick and roll as well.”
Sattley, a Portland native, and Kirschbaum, who grew up in Las Vegas, both said they are not looking forward to the Minnesota weather.
“That’s one part that I’m just not thinking about,” Sattley joked.
Titans’ top shooter moves to Minnesota
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Kirschbaum signs letter of intent at Bemidji State
Lane sophomore Zach Kirschbaum has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Bemidji State University Beavers, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school in Bemidji, Minn.
Kirschbaum, a 6’10″ forward, was named to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges All-Southern Region Second Team and shared the region’s defensive player of the year honor. He averaged 18.19 points per game during the 2013-14 season and shot 50 percent from the field. He ranked second in the NWAACC in blocks per game (2.89) and was third in rebounding (10.63).
Kirschbaum played just one season at Lane, after transferring from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., where he played during the 2011-12 season and redshirted the 2012-13 season.
He chose Bemidji over the University of Denver, Colorado State University Pueblo and Holy Names University, among other schools.
“His recruitment was crazy,” Lane head coach Bruce Chavka said. “It was everything from (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) schools all the way up to Division I; there were three or four schools Division I-wise that were interested. I think he’s in a great situation. He’s got a full-ride to an NCAA Division II school and that’s why he transferred here from Van- guard, because he wanted to try to get to a higher level.”
Kirschbaum said he thought Bemidji gave him the best shot to fulfill his dream.
“After two years I want to get my bachelor’s degree in sociology and then transfer overseas and hopefully sign with a team,” Kirschbaum said. “I would love to go to Israel, Germany or Australia.”
Bemidji State finished fourth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season with an 18-9 overall record.
Kirschbaum is the second Lane athlete to sign with an NSIC school this month. Last week, Lane women’s basketball standout Tori Mahaffie signed with University of Mary.
Panthers rally to down Titan men
PORTLAND — Warren Edmondson went for 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Portland Community College to a 72-66 men’s basketball victory over Lane on Saturday.
The Panthers (17-8, 8-3 NWAACC South) had a 34-6 edge in points off turnovers. They trailed 39-33 at the half.
Zach Kirschbaum led the Titans (12-13, 5-6) with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Daemund McCants added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Dyrall Goods had 13 points.