Fort Kent, Maine—University of Maine at Fort Kent women’s basketball coach Daniel Johnson is thrilled to announce the final pieces to his first recruiting class. Coach Johnson spent the entire month of July on the road recruiting and it paid off with eleven new recruits for the upcoming season. The Bengals will begin classes on August 29th and start their preseason training soon after that.
Lauren Ashley: 5’8” freshman forward from Gainesville, Florida. Ashley attended Buchholz High School and was a team captain her senior year. She will study business administration here at UMFK. Coach Johnson says “she will bring a great spirit to the team and is a tireless workhorse”.
Angel Clark: 5’7” freshman guard from Norfolk, Virginia. Clark played for Atlantic Shores Christian School in Norfolk during her high school career. She was named her team’s Most Valuable Player after being named a captain during her senior campaign. Angel was also recognized as a member of the All-Conference First team. She will study childhood education. “Pure shooter that has amazing range”, Johnson said.
Madison Fenner: 5’7” freshman guard from Deltona, Florida. Fenner was a four year varsity player for the Panthers of Pine Ridge High School in Deltona. During her sophomore and junior years, she was honered as an honorable mention choice on the All-Volusia County team. During her senior season, the awards piled up as she was named to the 3rd team All-Volusia County team, team MVP, and the offensive leader award. She was also part of the girls’ 6A All-Tournament team. Madison will work toward a degree in General Studies with a minor in Coaching. Johnson says, “she’s an amazing shooter with the ability to go off the dribble”.
Savana Jankowski: 5’8” freshman guard from Cleveland, Ohio. Jankowski last played for Summer Creek High School in Houston, Texas where she was a letter winner in her only season there. During her high school years, she was named top newcomer, a 1st Team All-Conference selection, while leading her teams to a regional and district championship. Savana will be a Criminal Justice major at UMFK. Johnson had this to say, “great overall player that can play multiple positions and stretch a defense”.
Bianca Gutierrez: 5’4” junior guard from Indio, California. Gutierrez last competed for College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. There she played in 29 games, starting eight while scoring 5.1 points a game and shooting over 40% from three point range, good for fifth overall in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). “She is a great shooter and has two years college experience under her belt”, Johnson said when asked about Gutierrez.
Marina Koloamatangi: 5’11” junior forward from Half Moon Bay, California. Koloamatangi played the last two seasons for College of San Mateo where she started 13 games and averaged 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Marina will study Behavioral Science. Johnson says, “Another JuCo transfer that can come in and provide leadership right away.”
Anna Kleckerova: 5”10” freshman forward from Prague, Czech Republic. Kleckerova is “a European stretch four that can shoot with range”, according to Johnson. Anna played her high school basketball in California at Palm Valley School where she led her team to two playoff appearances and was also named MVP. Kleckerova will come to UMFK and study biology.
Brianna Lampkin: 5’10” freshman forward from Leesburg, Florida. Lampkin played for Leesburg High School where she won the 4A district championship and was on the league all-star championship team. Briana plans to study homeland security while in a Bengal uniform. Johnson said, “Athletic post that can run the floor and also a great rebounder”.
Janis Lopez-Velasquez: 5’4” freshman guard from Los Angeles, California. Velasquez graduated this spring from Los Angeles International Charter School in Los Angeles, California. She comes to UMFK after a stellar senior season, where she was named the Most Valuable Player for the third time in four seasons. She led her team to the second round of the CIF playoffs this past season. Velasquez will study Education at UMFK. Coach Johnson says, “With her speed, she should come in and be a defensive nightmare for opposing teams.”
Maleini Tanaki: 6’0” freshman center from West Valley City, Utah. Tanaki played her high school basketball at Granger High School. She was named the Most Improved Player during her senior season, this past winter. Maleini will major in both criminal justice and political science. Johnson said this about Tanaki, “She’s a strong and athletic post. A rebounding machine with ability to shoot from fifteen feet out.”
Tierra Wilks: 5’8” freshman guard from Pompano Beach, Florida. Wilks played for the powerhouse Panthers of Dillard High School in Pompano Beach. There, her team made four state championships, winning two, during her sophomore and senior seasons. Those teams were also runners up at the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Basketball tournament. Tierra will be a psychology major. “She’s a great all around basketball player. Just knows how to win. Can play and guard multiple positions,” said Coach Johnson.