Trine Men's Lacrosse Assists Local Family With Special Needs Kids
The Trine men's lacrosse team took part in a service project to an assist an Angola family with two special needs children over the weekend.
The team spent Saturday morning volunteering for Jon Seeman and Kelly Butler, whose daughter, Brooklyn, is affected with Rett Syndrome and son, Boston, is affected with Down Syndrome. The student-athletes spent the morning installing a hot tub, performing yard work, helping make the home more accessible for the children, and helping perform other household tasks for the family. The work performed will help make the home a better environment for each of the children and be a big boost to the family.
The highlight of the day came when the team presented Brooklyn and Boston with signed Trine lacrosse jerseys. The team even serenaded Brooklyn with some One Direction tunes, one of the child's favorite bands.
The team also signed cards for Girl Power 2 Cure, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome.
Rett Syndrome is a non-inherited, post-natal neurological disorder that causes impairments affecting the ability to speak, walk and eat. Its hallmarks are near constant, repetitive hand movements while awake. The condition affects mostly girls, and is rarely seen in boys.
The Thunder are in the early stages of planning a benefit game for Rett Syndrome in the spring. Information on the benefit will be released when details are finalized.
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Players of the Week
Calvin 9th, Hope 23rd at Women's Cross Country Nationals; Knights' Vince Finishes 3rd ; Calvin Men 21st
Calvin posted its second consecutive top-10 national
finish, placing ninth at the NCAA Division III Women's Cross
Country Championships at Kings Island, Ohio with a team score of
280 points. Hope placed 23rd with a team score of 591.
Three other MIAA runners finished among the top 100 runners. Calvin's Lauren Strohbehn was 51st in 22:45.8, Alma's Kaitlyn Arnold was 68th in 22:57.9 and Calvin's Kimby Penning 99th in 23:13.8.
Calvin placed 21st in the men's national championship race, with MIAA Most Valuable Runner Zac Nowicki being the only runner to crack the men's top 100 with a 90th-place finish.
Saturday, November 22 - NCAA Division III National Cross
Country Meet at Wilmington, Ohio
Top MIAA Runners: 3. Cassie Vince, Calvin, 21:30.2. 51. Lauren Strohbehn, Calvin, 22:45.8. 68. Kaitlyn Arnold, Alma, 22:57.9. 99. Kimby Penning, Calvin, 23:13.8. 101. Sarah Danner, Calvin, 23:15.4.
Men's Team Scores: 1. North Central, Ill. 130. 2. St. Olaf, Minn. 143. 3. Wis.-La Crosse 188. T4. Washington-St. Louis. Mo. 192. 4. Colby, Me. 192. 21. Calvin 522.
Top MIAA Runners: 90. Zac Nowicki, Calvin, 25:16.7. 120. Ben Zank, Hope, 25:29.0. 138. Nathan VanHaitsma, Calvin, 25:34.4. 141. Josh Ferguson, Calvin, 25:35.2. 144. Steven Haagsma, Calvin, 25:35.5.
Calvin's Vegter, Kalamazoo's Mailing Named To Academic All-America Soccer Teams
Two MIAA student-athletes - Calvin's Travis Vegter and Kalamazoo's Lucy Mailing - have been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Vegter, who was the MIAA's Most Valuable Player in men's soccer this fall, was named to the men's Academic All-America second team, while Mailing was a second team Academic All-America women's selection.
Vegter (pictured left), a senior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), led the MIAA in scoring this season with 19 goals and 44 points in conference play. He carries a 3.41 grade point average as a biology major. He was a first-team Academic All-America selection last season.
Mailing (pictured right), a junior from West Bloomfield (Birmingham Groves HS), was a first team All-MIAA goalkeeper for the Hornets this season, playing every minute of every game and posting a 0.74 goals against average in conference play. A biology major at Kalamazoo, she holds a 3.95 grade point average.
In order to be selected as Academic All-America, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing. He or she must also be a starter or key reserve on the team.
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Calvin's Michmerhuizen Named To NCAA Today's Top Ten List
Recent Calvin graduate and former NCAA track and field national champion Nicole Michmherhuizen has been named a recipient of the Today's Top 10 Award by the NCAA.
Michmerhuizen, who was the 2014 recipient of the MIAA's Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Award as the conference's most outstanding senior female scholar-athlete, is one of 10 former student-athletes who will be honored at the NCAA Convention in January in Washington, D.C. for their extraordinary accomplishments athletically, in the classroom and in the community.
A five-time Division III All-American in track and field
and cross country, Michmerhuizen won the Division III individual
national championship 10,000 meter run in
2013. The former team captain led her team to
four MIAA championships in track and field and three MIAA titles in
Michmerhuizen is currently a graduate student at the
University of Michigan pursuing her master's and Ph.D.
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