You see that?” varsity coaches Peter Semeyn and Jill Groenewold pointed at the banner hanging on the wall in the WAC. “You see that banner?” Hannah’s gaze rested on the banner featuring Timothy alumni who were part of the elite 1,000 point club. “We need more girls up there. You’re going to get it.”
Scoring 1,000 points as a varsity player is not an easy feat. In fact, only four Lady Trojans have joined the club. On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Hannah scored her 1,000 career point against Wheaton Academy. She is the fifth Lady Trojan to join the 1,000 point club, but the first junior.
“Hannah was so focused on just playing well this year that she didn’t even have a clue when she scored her 1,000 points,” Coach Groenewold commented.
“I was surprised,” Hannah explained. “I didn’t think I was going to get in the club this year. I tried to do my own math to figure out how many points I had from my freshman and sophomore year. I thought I was going to reach it as a senior next year, it’s been a goal of mine since my freshman year.”
Hannah is not only a talented basketball player, but she is also a natural leader. Her notable Timothy Christian High School basketball career started when she was just a freshman and earned a spot on the varsity team. Her leadership skills have been developed by looking up to upperclassmen that she’s had the opportunity to play with over the course of her high school career.
“Hannah is a hard working, faithful leader who puts others before herself.”
“To be a leader, it means being consistent in character whether that’s on or off the court,” Hannah said.
Her good sportsmanship, encouragement, and leadership did not go unnoticed. Along with Sarah Carstenson, Hannah was voted the co-captain of the basketball team. “Hannah’s teammates chose her to be a co-captain this year and as coaches, we concurred,” Coach Rev explained. “She possesses all the qualities we look for in a leader: a vibrant, obvious faith in Jesus; respected by administrators, teachers and peers at school; a good player; a hard worker; talented, lifts teams’ spirits, humble, and supportive.”
Wearing a Timothy Christian basketball uniform means so much more than just scoring points and winning games. In fact, according to Coach Groenewold, the varsity team focused on glorifying God in all that they did simply because they play for an audience of One. The team’s goal this year was to glorify God on the court and off.
“Hannah’s faith is the center of her life,” Coach Rev says. “She recognizes that her basketball skills and other talents are a gift from God and she wants to honor God by using them to the best of her ability.”
And her teammates have noticed. “Hannah is a hard working, faithful leader who puts others before herself,” junior Sureya Alex said. “She is such a positive person and pushes each one of our teammates to work harder. Above all, she is humble. She doesn’t brag or find her strength through her points.”
In addition to the 1,000 point club, Hannah is All-Conference, AP All-State Honorable Mention, and Conference MVP
Women in the 1,000 Point Club:
Jean Heerdt Gehrke ’92
Kristi Bosman VanderWal ’97
Kellie Carwell Moy ’99
Barbie Heerdt Recker ’02
Hannah Schuringa ’21