Alma Shut Out By Tufts In NCAA Finals Opener
Posted: May 21, 2015
Alma gave two-time defending national champion Tufts, Mass. all it could handle Thursday in its NCAA Division III softball finals opener, but a costly error led to three unearned runs as the unbeaten Jumbos defeated the Scots, 3-0, in Salem, Va.
The loss knocks the Scots (30-16) into an elimination bracket matchup on Friday against DePauw, Ind. (35-15). First pitch is 1:30 p.m.
The Scots threatened early against Tufts' All-American pitcher, Allyson Fournier, who entered the game with a 0.12 earned run average and five no-hitters this season. With two out in the first, Devan Olah singled and Lea Lusk doubled to put runners at second and third. However, Fournier struck out Mary Brooks to end the threat.
Alma's Morgan Stratton continued her strong pitching against the Jumbos (47-0), allowing only five hits, striking out 12 and walking one. The only damage against Stratton came in the third, when an Alma error allowed the leadoff batter to reach. After a sacrifice bunt, a double knocked in the game's first run, and a ground out and RBI single added to the Tufts lead.
After that, Stratton shut down the Tufts bats, getting her last eight outs via strikeout. She has now allowed only one earned run in 42 innings for the NCAA tournament.
Alma managed five hits, with Lusk leading the way with a 2-for-3 night at the plate. She singled to lead off the seventh, but Fournier set down the next three batters to finish off the game. Fournier matched Stratton with 12 strikeouts of her own.
An Alma win Friday would advance the Scots to a Saturday contest against the loser of Friday's Tufts-Salisbury, Md. game.
Thursday, May 21 - NCAA Division III National Championships at Salem, Va.
Friday, May 22 - NCAA Division III National Championships at Salem, Va.
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Calvin's deWaal Malefyt, Danner Earn All-American Honors at NCAA Championships
Posted: May 18, 2015
The MIAA's first All-American performance came in the men's discus Thursday, as Calvin's Ben deWaal Malefyt finished sixth with a toss of 174 feet, 4 inches. In the women's 10,000 meters, Calvin's Sarah Danner earned All-American honors by finishing eighth in 36:20.54.
In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, two of the three MIAA entrants qualified for the finals as Adrian's Dominick Reed finished 12th in preliminaries (9:17.20) and Olivet's Andrew Benkovsky placed 14th (9:20.59).
In the women's heptathlon, Hope's Jane Pearson stands 13th after four events with 2,738 points.
Men's Team Scores (through 3 events): 1. Wis.-La Crosse 15. T2. Southern Maine 10. T2. Wis.-Platteville 10. T2. Wis.-Whitewater 10. T5. Springfield, Mass. 8. T5. Williams, Mass. 8. T5. Wis.-Stout 8. T14. Calvin 3.
Women's Team Scores (through 3 events): 1. Mass. Institute of Technology 15. 2. Johns Hopkins, Md. 11. T3. Ithaca, N.Y. 10. T3. Cornell, Iowa 10. T5. Westminster, Pa. 8. T5. Wis.-Whitewater 8. T20. Calvin 1.
Click here for the meet schedule of events.
Calvin Wins 2014-15 MIAA Commissioner's Cup
Posted: May 14, 2015
Final Commissioner's Cup All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 133. 2. Hope 125. 3. Trine 92. 4. Adrian 91.5. 5. Kalamazoo 87.5. 6. Albion 84.5. 7. Alma 83.5. 8. Olivet 71.
Final Men's All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 67.5. T2. Adrian 57.5. T2. Hope 57.5. 4. Trine 50.5. 5. Kalamazoo 45. 6. Albion 43.5. 7. Alma 38. 8. Olivet 36.
Final Women's All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 67.5. 2. Calvin 65.5. 3. Alma 45.5. 4. Kalamazoo 42.5. 5. Trine 41.5. 6. Albion 41. 7. Saint Mary's 36.5. 8. Olivet 35. 9. Adrian 34.
Trine's Searles, Fox Named Softball All-Americans
Kalamazoo's Woods, Dass Fall In Opening Round At NCAA Championships
Thursday, May 22
Albion's Dziewit Becomes MIAA's First MLAX All-American
Posted: May 20, 2015
Albion midfielder Alexander Dziewit has become the first MIAA player to receive NCAA Division III All-America recognition from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Dziewit, who was the MIAA's Most Valuable Offensive Player this season, was selected as an honorable mention pick on the USILA All-America team. He scored 51 goals and added 20 assists for the Britons this season, and tied for the MIAA lead in points with 27 (19 goals, eight assists) in conference play.
Dziweit, a senior from Clarkston (Clarkston HS), scored at least two points in all but two contests during the season, but he saved his best for the most important games, including a five-goal burst in the MIAA Tournament championship game against Adrian and a pair of goals in the NCAA Division III Championship second round game at Ohio Wesleyan.
Six From MIAA Named D3Baseball.com All-Region
Posted: May 19, 2015
Six baseball student-athletes from MIAA schools have been named to the All-Mideast Region team by D3Baseball.com, including three first-team honorees who are now eligible for All-America consideration.
The first-team selections include this year's MIAA Most Valuable Players, Albion outfielder Michael Fischbach and Adrian pitcher Eric Schmidt, as well as last year's Most Valuable Position Player, Adrian shortstop Ryan Dorow.
Named to the third team were Adrian outfielder Jeff Gertley, Adrian pitcher Jordan Frayer and Calvin outfielder Grant Van Putten.
Fischbach, a junior from Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS), ranked among the MIAA leaders in eight statistical categories, hitting .432 with a league-leading 29 runs batted in against conference opponents. He set an MIAA record with 15 doubles in league play and set Albion school records for doubles (20), triples (6) and RBI (44).
Schmidt, a senior from Blissfield (Blissfield HS), posted a 9-2 record this season with a 2.38 earned run average in 87 innings, including a perfect 6-0 record with a league-leading 43 strikeouts in conference play. He finished his career with a 30-5 record, 2.79 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 261.2 innings. His 30 career wins are an Adrian school record.
Dorow, a sophomore from South Haven (South Haven HS), batted .383 with 59 hits in 154 at-bats. He scored 43 runs while collecting 13 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs. He drove in 38 runs and had a .688 slugging percentage.
Gertley, a junior from Northville (Northville HS), batted .358 and tied a school record with 11 home runs while driving in 48 runs for the Bulldogs. He hit .417 with two home runs and nine RBI during the MIAA tournament. Gertley also scored 39 runs while recording 19 doubles.
Frayer, a junior from New Boston (Huron HS), posted a 7-2 record with a 2.40 earned run average in 71.1 innings of work this season. He led the MIAA in earned run average with a 1.97 ERA with a 5-0 record in conference play. He made 12 starts and threw four complete games with 42 strikeouts and a .221 opponent batting average.
Van Putten, a senior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), led the MIAA in hitting this year with a .471 average in league play, setting a conference record with 49 hits. Overall, he set a school record with 72 hits, stole 22 bases and struck out just five times. He concluded his Calvin career as the MIAA career leader in stolen bases (62) and the school record holder in hits, doubles, runs and stolen bases.
Kalamazoo's Shearer Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Posted: May 12, 2015
Kalamazoo men's swimmer Dylan Shearer has been named a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Shearer, a senior from Milan (Milan HS), is one of 58 scholar-athletes - 29 men and 29 women - to receive the $7,500 scholarship toward their graduate studies who competed during the winter sports season. A biology major at Kalamazoo, he holds a 3.92 grade point average.
"I was very honored and excited to receive the scholarship," Shearer said. "It's a great feeling to see my hard work, both athletically and academically, recognized with such a prestigious scholarship from the NCAA. I am in the process of applying to medical school right now, and the scholarship will be a necessary part to helping my medical career aspirations become a reality."
Shearer is a four-time All-MIAA selection, a three-year College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. Shearer was MIAA champion in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2013 and a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 100 breaststroke & 200 breaststroke. He has also been a member of three MIAA championship relay teams.
"My experiences at K have been broad and varied-that's the beauty of the K-Plan," Shearer said. "From study abroad, to my diverse course load, to being involved as a President's Student Ambassador, I have had the opportunity to stretch my mind creatively and analytically. Swimming has helped me stay grounded and allowed me to set attainable goals, all while helping me develop my hard work ethic, patience, and leadership skills. I am definitely ready for the next step because K has given me the tools to live a dedicated and focused life of learning.
"I would like to thank all those involved with the scholarship process, and I'd also like to thank my coach, Kathy Milliken, whose dedication and love for the team has helped instill within me a drive to succeed and a passion for the process."
Shearer is the 79th MIAA student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the 23rd from Kalamazoo to achieve that distinction.
The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
Click here for the all-time list of MIAA student-athletes who have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Hope Women's Basketball Special Olympics Effort Nominated For NCAA Spotlight Poll
Posted: May 8, 2015
A story promoting the Hope women's basketball team's partnership with Special Olympics has been nominated by the NCAA for the Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll for May.
You can help the Flying Dutch win a voting contest that will give $500 toward a Special Olympics event to the winner. The school with the highest number of votes at this time will be named the winner. Voting is open until May 25 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans are allowed one vote per computer.
The MIAA has been well-represented in the Special Olympics Spotlight Poll, as past efforts by Kalamazoo and Saint Mary's have won the monthly spotlight polls.
The Flying Dutch basketball team has been active with the local Special Olympics chapter for several years. They held their annual skills clinic in January and hosted a 12-team, 120 player basketball tournament in February for local Special Olympic athletes.
The purpose of the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Partnership is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
Click here to vote for Hope: www.ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics
Briton Athletes Work With Special Olympics Volleyball Teams
Posted: May 8, 2015
(story by Albion student-athlete Kit Maher)
On Saturday afternoons, the Bernard T. Lomas Fieldhouse inside Albion's Dow Recreation & Wellness Center is typically unoccupied.
However, on Saturday, April 18, the gym was in a state of organized chaos. Fourteen Special Olympic volleyball teams from different areas of Michigan came to Albion to compete in a day-long tournament. Three different courts were set up alongside each other with rows of chairs for spectators and scorekeepers. Members of the Albion volleyball team volunteered as line judges, and sat in their elevated chairs with whistles.
Walking inside to watch the games, I found the Area 19 team warming up for their 1 p.m. match on the middle court. Dressed in red and white jerseys, they practiced bumping and spiking the ball with two of their coaches: Melissa Walton, Albion’s senior associate athletic director, and Melissa Wilson, one of three seniors on the Briton women’s lacrosse squad.
The first serve of the game was an ace by Area 19, and the team quickly took a 5-0 lead against their opponents. It was clear that they were the more skilled team, but they played with a positive competitiveness. High fives were seen often, and when one teammate fell down trying to return a serve, another quickly helped her up.
The atmosphere was consistently supportive and encouraging; when the teams got into volleys back and forth the crowd would erupt in cheering and applause. The athletes had their game faces on and used teamwork, with Area 19 ultimately winning the game.Click here to read more on this story.