With the start of the 2014-15 season of competition, the MIAA and PrestoSports is offering a new feature for visitors to its website: a composite schedule and live scoreboard function for most of its contests.
The feature offers one-click access to up-to-the-minute game results across the conference. Once on the scoreboard, users can click onto audio and video broadcasts of each contest.
The composite schedule and live scoreboard will be available throughout the season.
Calvin Clinches MIAA Men's Soccer Championship
For the fourth straight year, Calvin is the outright men's soccer champion in the MIAA.
The Knights clinched the conference championship Tuesday by shutting out Adrian, 6-0, at Zuidema Field, while Albion edged Hope in overtime, 3-2. Calvin (11-0 MIAA, 14-2 overall) now leads second-place Kalamazoo by 11 points in the season standings with just three games remaining.
Calvin also locked up the top seed for the MIAA tournament, meaning it will host a semifinal and the championship game, should the Knights win their semifinal.
Counting a 2010 co-championship with Hope, the Knights have now won or shared eight consecutive MIAA titles.
Albion Two-Sport Student-Athlete Featured in NCAA Champion Magazine
Albion football and track student-athlete Mikal McKoy is featured in the latest edition of NCAA Champion Magazine.
The story profiles McKoy, a wide receiver in football and sprinter for Albion's MIAA champion 400-meter relay team, and his desire to be a mentor to others. It speaks of McKoy initially leaving Albion during his first year there, but being inspired to return after the tragic death of his best friend.
McKoy now serves as a mentor to Albion students from under-represented groups, leads community outreach for the college's Black Student Union, serves as a resident assistant on campus and is launching an effort to reach out to middle school and high school boys in Albion.
Click here to read the story.
Hope OT Interception Named D3football.com Play of the Week
Hope defensive back Kirby Crook's game-ending interception against Olivet on Saturday has been named the national Play of the Week by D3football.com.
Crook outleaped a Comet wide receiver, came down with the football in the end zone and held on as he landed on his back to preserve the Flying Dutchmen's 42-35 overtime victory.
Click here to watch the play.
Albion Appoints Dunford As Director Of Tennis
Albion has appointed Tim Dunford its director of tennis.
Dunford comes to Albion from the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he served as the Scots' head coach during the 2013-14 season. Wooster had not had a winning season in five years and had not defeated a North Coast Athletic Conference rival since the 2009-10 season. The Scots finished the year with a winning record at 10-9 and knocked off their archrival, Wittenberg University.
Dunford previously served as head coach at Thiel College in Pennsylvania, where he built both the men's and women's programs from the ground up into highly-competitive teams in just three years. Thiel had not sponsored varsity tennis since 2005-06, and under his direction, the Tomcats' men's team went from two wins during the 2011 season to a 14-5 record and a third-place showing at the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships in 2013.
Click here to read more about Tim Dunford.
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Adrian Adds Athletic Trainers To Press Box To Spot On-Field Injuries
Adrian has made a significant move to enhancing player-safety measures during athletic events. On October 4, the Bulldogs had an additional set of eyes watching every play, not to spot the penalties, but rather to watch for potential injuries. During the Bulldogs' football game against Olivet, the college positioned a certified athletic trainer in the press box acting as an “eye in the sky,” as the National Football League labeled it three seasons ago.
"While all levels of football are looking to do a better job at spotting medical concerns, this approach is really unprecedented in our league," Adrian athletic director Mike Duffy said.
The ATC (athletic trainer, certified) is required to be certified by the national Board of Certification and licensed in the state of Michigan. The spotter maintains a full view of the field with the ability to identify players who may require further evaluation, and can communicate any concerns immediately through a headset to the athletic training personnel on the sidelines. Should a player require attention, they are pulled and evaluated to ensure they can continue to play.
"In collaboration with Professor Vic Liberi, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS, STS and our continual awareness and concern for the safety of our athletes, it became apparent we needed to follow suit," said Adrian head athletic trainer Jamie Fetter, MS, AT, ATC. "It is reassuring to know that we have that additional set of eyes watching the plays. While initially the focus was on concussions, there is a significant benefit to being able to identify other potential injuries and keeping our players safe."