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Lady Firebirds Win Season Opener

The Lady Firebirds opened the 2012-13 basketball season at Rochester College by edging the Lady Warrior’s JV team by a score of 57-55.  The ‘Birds were led by Sladana (Sly) Radulovic’s (Serbia) with 25 points and Tasha Crouse’s (Central Lake) contributing 14 points.

Radulovic top scorer in season opener victory

Crouse’s points and assists contribute to win

Crouse collected most of her points with her outside shooting, hitting 40% from 3-point land.  Tara Throop (Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart) chipped in eight points and three assists, while Melissa Hansen (Toronto, Canada) and Crouse each adding three assists as well.

The women’s next game will be at Lake Superior State University on November 18.  The next home game is against Alma College on November 23 when Kirtland hosts the Steve Oppy Thanksgiving Tournament in Mio.

Kirtland provides open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in northern Michigan.  The faculty and staff seek to offer higher education in a student-focused environment, providing transfer and career technical programs; developmental studies; workforce development; personal enrichment and cultural opportunities.  Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s three locations – near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord and Kirtland-West Branch.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

To learn more about Firebirds Athletics or the programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Kirtland Community College at 989-275-5000 or visit