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Calvin's Warners Named National Division III Volleyball Coach of the Year

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Calvin coach Amber Warners its 2014 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.

It's the fourth time in the last five years Warners has been the Division III Coach of the Year. She was also honored in 2010, 2012 and last year.

Under Warners' direction, the Knights won a share of the MIAA championship, won the conference tournament, advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the third straight year and earned its 11th consecutive trip to the Division III Tournament. She had earlier been named the Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Overall in her impressive 14-year collegiate career, Warners has a record of 415-76 for a winning percentage of .845, which is second among active NCAA Division III coaches. The Knights concluded the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 31-4. The Knights were ranked No. 3 in the final AVCA Top 25 coaches poll, and reached the top spot for six weeks during the season. The Knights ranked No. 1 in the MIAA in hitting percentage (.296), assists (12.9 per set) and kills (14.10). The .296 hitting percentage also led the nation.

Click here to read more about Amber Warners.





Players of the Week 

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week: Will Dixon, Trine
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Women's Basketball
Player of the Week: Raeanna Zink, Alma
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Former Briton Greenwood Signs With Ravens

Former Albion cornerback and 2011 MIAA Defensive Most Valuable Player Chris Greenwood has been signed to the active roster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012, was signed Wednesday by the Ravens off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. He had been practicing with the Vikings since being cut by the Lions toward the end of training camp.

Greenwood signed with Baltimore after the Ravens placed two defensive backs, cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Terrence Brooks, on injured reserve with knee injuries. He played in the Lions' final three regular season games last season, making six tackles.




 

Hope Cornerback To Receive Morley Fraser Award

Hope College football player Kirby Crook has been chosen the 2014 NCAA Division III recipient in Michigan of the Morley Fraser Award, given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership.

The senior defensive back from Beech Grove, Ind. (Beech Grove HS), was honored on Wednesday during a National Football Foundation and Detroit Free Press banquet in Dearborn.

The Morley Fraser Award is named in honor of the late Morley Fraser, who coached baseball and football at Albion between 1954 and 1972. He led the Britons to six MIAA baseball championships during his 18 years as head coach, and directed Albion to an 81-41-1 record and five MIAA football championships in 14 seasons. The football field at Albion's Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium is named in Fraser's honor.

The Morley Fraser Award is presented annually by the Awards Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Crook is Hope's second consecutive winner, following quarterback Michael Atwell (2013).

Earlier this month, Crook was selected to the Division III Capital One Academic All-America first team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He completed his degree in management earlier this month. He had a 3.96 GPA coming into the fall semester.

Crook led all MIAA players with seven interceptions during the 2014 season, and was named an All-MIAA first team defensive back by the league's coaches. He finished sixth on the Flying Dutchmen with 49 tackles.




Albion Women's Soccer Player Gives Boost To New Community Food Hub

Albion junior Alice LaLone has known for some time that she wants an agriculture-focused business career.

The Ortonville native and forward for the Britons' women's soccer team made progress along that path last summer as an intern for the Albion College Student Farm. During the just-concluded fall semester, she developed more valuable skills as the first intern for the soon-to-open Albion community Food Hub, where she put her experience and interest to the test in helping to develop a new and exciting community initiative.

A "food hub," as opposed to a food pantry, "is usually a place to aggregate produce, like a farmer's market," LaLone explains. The city's plan, however, is more ambitious. "We need a business incubator, to allow people to start up food-related businesses," she said.

Later this month, Albion's Food Hub will open at 112 W. Erie St., not just with an indoor farmer's market, but with a commercial kitchen that will be available to the entire community. LaLone explains that, primarily, the kitchen will allow small producers such as beekeepers or bakers to process foods for retail sale, following safety standards and even providing nutrition and ingredient labeling.

Such entrepreneurs "probably don't want the risk involved with purchasing a commercial kitchen," LaLone said. "With the Food Hub, they can essentially rent our kitchen, and test the market while they develop their business."

While business incubation is the kitchen's primary focus, LaLone notes that it will serve many other uses. Private individuals or professional caterers may also rent the kitchen for large-scale cooking projects. Albion Innovation, a nonprofit organization providing free food in Albion, has storage space in the Food Hub building and may utilize the kitchen to prepare food as well.

Click here to read more about Alice LaLone and the Albion Food Hub project.



MIAA, CCIW Announce Second Year of Football Agreement

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) will play the second of two installments of a football scheduling agreement in 2015.

The seven MIAA football playing schools, along with St. Norbert of the Midwest Conference, will travel to the eight CCIW institutions next season after the MIAA and St. Norbert hosted the CCIW in 2014. St. Norbert will again serve as the MIAA’s eighth institution for this scheduling agreement.

Games for 2015 will be played on September 12 as Hope travels to Elmhurst, Albion to Augustana, Trine to North Central, Adrian to Wheaton, Alma to Illinois Wesleyan, Kalamazoo to Millikin, Olivet to Carthage and St. Norbert to North Park.

MIAA commissioner Penny Allen-Cook and CCIW commissioner Chris Martin randomly selected the matchups for 2015 based upon each team's 2014 record, taking the top four teams, and the bottom four teams in each conference and randomly paired them together.

"The MIAA football teams are looking forward to the strong competition that the CCIW will present us in this final season of the scheduling agreement,” Allen-Cook said. “It has been a great opportunity for our programs to challenge ourselves early on in the season."

Last season, the MIAA/St. Norbert posted a 4-4 record against the CCIW with wins by Adrian, Alma, Hope and Trine.

"The CCIW is looking forward to the final year of our scheduling agreement with the MIAA and St. Norbert,” Martin said. “We are happy to serve as hosts in 2015 and welcome the MIAA institutions and St. Norbert for our final season of football competition.”

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private liberal arts colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary's College and Trine University. During the 2013-14 academic year, the conference recognized more than 1,000 Academic Honor Roll members, 16 CoSIDA Academic All-American selections and three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently services eight member institutions including Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Ill.), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.), Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.), North Central College (Naperville, Ill.), North Park University (Chicago, Ill.) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). During the 2013-14 academic year, the CCIW honored over 1,400 academic all-conference recipients, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 33 CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients and 87 all-Americans.



Three Calvin Players Named Division III Men's Soccer All-Americans

Three members of the Calvin men's soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Aassociation of America/Continental Tire Division III All-America team.

Senior Travis Vegter (pictured left) has been named to the Division III All-America first team while senior Sean Broekzhuizen (center) and junior Niko Giantsopoulos (right) have been name to the third team. It marks the first time in Calvin men's soccer history that more that the Knights have received multiple NSCAA All-America berths in one year. 

A forward from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), Vegter is receiving NCAA Division III  honors for the second consecutive year as he was a first team choice a year ago. He joins Kurt Visker (2004 & 2005) as the only repeat NSCAA All-Americans in Calvin men's soccer history.

This fall Vegter collected 23 goals, 10 assists and 56 points as he ranked 3rd nationally in goals scored, 4th in points, sixth in goals-per-game (1.0), 7th in points-per-game (2.43) and 7th in game-winning goals (7). He was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight year and was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year. He concluded his career with 67 goals, 26 assists and 160 points. He ranks third on the Calvin career list in goals and points and eighth in assists. 

A defender from Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids South Christian HS), Broekhuizen was a force on offense and defense for the Knights, recording seven goals and one assist while participating in 13 shutouts for Calvin. Two of his seven goals proved to be game-winners. Broekhuizen was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second consecutive season.

A goalkeeper, Giantsopoulos hails from Markham, Ontario, Canada (St. Augustine Catholic HS).  Giantsopoulos was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year this fall. He finished the 2014 campaign with a goals-against-average of 0.521 that ranked 14th in the final NCAA Divsiion III statistics. He was 16-2-3 as Calvin's starting goalkeeper this fall and recorded 12 shutouts. Giantsopoulos is the second NCAA All-American goalkeeper in Calvin men's soccer history, joining Casey TerHaar who received the award back in 1962. 

Under the direction of head coach Ryan Souders, Calvin finished 18-2-3 overall, capturing the MIAA regular season title with a 14-0-0 league mark and then winning the MIAA Tournament title. Calvin then advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament before bowing out in the second round in a penalty kick shootout to Ohio Wesleyan University. 


 

Hope's Grasmeyer Profiled in SI's "Faces In The Crowd"

Hope senior volleyball standout Jenna Grasmeyer is featured in the "Faces In the Crowd" section in the December 15 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Grasmeyer, who led the Flying Dutch to the NCAA Division III national championship last month, earned multiple honors for her efforts this season, including being named to the All-MIAA first team for a fourth consecutive year, earning first team All-America honors for the third straight year, being named to the Division III Academic All-America second team and being named the Most Outstading Player of this year's NCAA tournament.




Hope Leads MIAA Commissioner's Cup Standings After Fall Season

Commissioner's Cup Standings (through fall season): 1. Hope 64. 2. Calvin 51.5. 3. Trine 41.5. 4. Adrian 40. 5. Albion 37.5. 6. Alma 34.5. 7. Kalamazoo 33. 8. Olivet 31.5.

Men’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 29.5. 2. Calvin 25. 3. Trine 24.5. 4. Adrian 24. 5. Albion 19.5. 6. Kalamazoo 19. 7. Olivet 18.5. 8. Alma 14.

Women’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 34.5. 2. Calvin 26.5. 3. Alma 20.5. 3. Saint Mary’s 20.5. 5. Albion 18. 6. Trine 17. 7. Adrian 16. 8. Kalamazoo 14. 9. Olivet 13. 

Highlights

  • The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league's 20 sports for men and women.
  • The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of ten sports for men and eight of ten sports for women. All eight fall sports are tabulated in this tabulation.
  • This year marks the institution of a new Commissioner’s Cup scoring formula that awards the same number of points to the MIAA champion in each sport, regardless of gender.
  • Hope won the 2013-14 Commissioner’s Cup.
  • The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35.  Hope has won the award 35 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 & Alma 5.
Click here for complete fall all-sports standings.