Friday, November 18, 2011

Brandwene Brings In Bateman

Colorado Select Girls Hockey announced Wednesday that forward Jeanette Bateman is Penn State-bound next season.
The second commitment of the season [for the CSGHA] took place this morning November 16th when senior forward Jeanette Bateman signed her NLI to play for Penn State after graduating from Greeley West High School in the spring! The soon-to-be Nittany Lion plans on studying Biomedical Engineering as well as play on the inaugural women's hockey team of Penn State.

Jeanette, an NHS scholar athlete who also plays on the varsity girls' basketball and soccer teams of Greeley West High School, is the 2nd Assistant Captain to garner a collegiate commitment this season.
Jeanette Bateman

Colorado Select 19U
5'6", 125 pounds
Greeley, CO
DOB 5/1/1994

Colorado Select 19U site

Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM

2010-11  Colorado Select 19U    Tier 1 44   14   22   36   10
2011-12  Colorado Select 19U    Tier 1 15    2    2    4    0

Bateman's team plays in the JWHL, along with Emily Laurenzi's National Sports Academy, and they're off to a slow start compared to last season at 3-10-2 (3-5-1 in JWHL games). Bateman's points per game are also off last year's pace - although she is still third on the team in scoring. Two of her four points came in a 6-1 league win over the Minnesota Thoroughbreds on October 9th.

2010-2011, however, was quite a different story. While an 18-23-5 overall record might not blow anyone away, consider that it was 13-11-3 on December 23rd, when four-year CSGHA player Elizabeth Turgeon, a former teammate to many on last season's squad, was killed in an automobile accident. The team was understandably rattled from that point, but ultimately pulled together in time for a magnificent finish to the season.

At the USA Hockey Tier 1 19U national championships, Bateman was one of Colorado's stars as the team took home bronze medals. She scored twice in an overtime loss to the Madison Capitols in group play and added four assists in the next game, a win over the New Jersey Rockets. The three points from those contests were enough for a berth in the knockout rounds, and while Colorado bowed out in the semifinals, Bateman scored the team's only goal against eventual champion Shattuck St. Mary's. In all, her seven points were 11th best in the tournament and most on the team.

I'm probably not doing justice to the 2010-2011 edition of the Girls in Blue here, so I encourage you to head over here for the full story.

Bateman came up as a hockey player largely through the CSGHA, and played for its 16U, 14U and 12U teams as well.

Her profile on the CSGHA website, combined with the brief release that opened the post, paint a picture of a true student-athlete. A graduate of Greeley West High School, Bateman carried a 4.20 GPA, was perpetually on the high honor roll (as one might expect with a 4.20 GPA) and won several other academic awards.

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