Hope Sweeps MIAA Golf Automatic Qualifiers, Head to NCAA Tournament
Posted: April 24, 2015
Men's AQ Tournament #3 at Wuskowhan Players Club - Saturday, April 25
Medalists: Connor Dwyer, Trine, and James VanNoord, Calvin, 73.
Final 54-hole AQ Totals: 1. Hope 873. 2. Trine 886. 3. Calvin 907. 4. Adrian 933. (Hope advances to NCAA Tournament)
Men's AQ Tournament #2 at Wuskowhan Players Club - Friday, April 24
Medalist: Winton Munch, Hope, 70.
Women's AQ Tournament #3 at The Ravines Golf Club - Saturday, April 25
Medalist: Megan Klintworth, Hope, 75.
Final 54-hole AQ Totals: 1. Hope 973. 2. Olivet 988. 3. Trine 1040. 4. Saint Mary's 1058.
Women's AQ Tournament #2 at the Ravines - Friday, April 24
Team Scores: 1. Olivet 329. 1. Hope 329. 3. Saint Mary's 348. 4. Trine 355.
Medalist: Brooke Kastamo, Olivet, 76.
The team with the lowest cumulative score after the 54-hole AQ tournaments will advance to next month's NCAA tournaments. The men's national championship will be played May 12-15 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., while the women's championship will take place May 12-15 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
MIAA Student-Athletes Attend NCAA Leadership Forum
Posted: April 22, 2015
(Contributed by Chris Stewart, MIAA SAAC Coordinator)
Student-athletes from seven MIAA schools participated in the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum (SALF) recently in Orlando, Fla.
Student-athletes from Albion, Calvin, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet, Saint Mary’s and Trine attended the April 9th-12th forum. The NCAA SALF is designed to break down barriers, introduce leadership concepts and allow student-athletes to keep open minds so they may grow and develop their teams and institutions.
The entire weekend was filled with intense social settings, speakers and networking with fellow student-athletes and administrators from colleges throughout the country, ranging from Division I to Division III. There were many powerful moments from when Dr. Derek Greenfield, who will be joining the MIAA for the conference SAAC meeting on May 19, created a rainstorm in a closed room to listening to Paralympic track athlete April Holmes and her gold medal experience.
Olivet’s Mona Hinamanu and Greg Petty considered the forum to be "life-changing." Some student-athletes found it to be more energizing, entertaining and worth more of their time than spring break. Student-athletes developed lasting friendships that transcended their conference rivalries, such as between Albion’s Travell Oakes and Hope’s Brock Benson.
"Brock and I developed a bond, a friendship I'll have once we're done playing basketball, It was a nice opportunity to get to know Brock without having his basketball jersey. It is funny how we went from being rivals (on the court) to telling him things I thought I would never tell him," Oakes said.
All who attended believe they felt more empowered to lead their schools toward the future. "This is an experience in which our entire conference can enjoy and help build stronger cross-conference relationships," Kalamazoo administrator and coach Katie Miller said.
Caroline Hannema, an administrator and coach at Hope, agrees.
"It was a humbling experience to attend the NCAA student-athlete leadership forum and represent Hope College," Hannema said. "Throughout the weekend, I was inspired to hear from so many student-athletes who have the desire to lead on their teams and impact their campus community. I was reminded of the important influence we have as coaches and I hope that the lessons I learned will help me make a difference at Hope."
SALF was an opportunity which only comes along every three years for regional Division III schools.
Trine's Searles Named National Division III Softball Hitter of the Week; Profiled in espnW Feature
Posted: April 22, 2015
Trine center fielder Carly Searles has been named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Hitter of the Week.
Searles, a senior from Levering (Petoskey HS), was a perfect 14-for-14 at the plate for the Thunder this past week, with 11 runs, three doubles, a triple, home run, two walks, three stolen bases and six runs battled in. She had a streak of 16 consecutive at-bats with a base hit, the second-longest in any division in NCAA history, which ended with a ground out Tuesday against Alma. Included in the stretch was her 48th career triple, a Division III record and three away from the NCAA all-divisions record.
Searles is profiled in an article by Graham Hays on espnW, an ESPN website devoted to women's athletics. The story depicts Searles' pursuit of the NCAA triples record and her multi-sport background.
Searles currently leads the MIAA in hitting with a .591 average in conference play. She also leads the conference in runs scored (28) and hits (26), and is tied for the lead in stolen bases (8) and triples (2) against league opponents. She also recently became the MIAA career leader in hits, now with 104.
Saint Mary's Trimble Goes Bald for a Bigger Cause
Posted: April 21, 2015
Countless hours and dollars are spent each day on trying to attain a perfect hair day. But for Saint Mary's freshman Kelsey Trimble and several other members of the local college community, those days are an afterthought for the foreseeable future.
Trimble, a freshman on the Belles' basketball team, leapt at the opportunity to part in the University of Notre Dame's sixth annual "The Bald and the Beautiful" event last week. She has had the desire to participate in an event for St. Baldrick's for a few years, but had never been part of an organization which held an event for the foundation.
"I feel that no one in life should have to fight a battle this large and especially not a child," said Trimble. "I have had many family [members] and friends fight the battle against cancer in which some have won and some have lost. It is my goal, in raising this money to find the cure, that everyone can win the fight."
St. Baldrick's was developed in 1999, and their first event took place on March 17, 2000. That inaugural event saw 19 people shave their heads while raising $104,000. According to the foundation's website, more than 1,300 events took place in 2013.
For Trimble and the numerous other students who were involved in the Bald and the Beautiful event, there were three options to participate – donate a portion of their hair, purchase hair extensions for someone who has cancer, or shave their heads. Trimble opted for the last.
In order to participate in the head shaving, she had to raise a minimum amount of money. Her efforts, however, well surpassed her initial goal. "I set my beginning goal at $500, and that was quickly surpassed," Trimble said. "I ended up raising my goal level multiple times, and my final goal was $5,000."
Even that goal, as it turns out, was exceeded. On the day of her head shaving, Trimble's total fundraising total for St. Baldrick's was $7,075.
The day of the big event came, and Trimble, with many of her basketball teammates by her side, was one of just six women to have their heads shaved. "Attending the Bald and the Beautiful event was an awesome experience," SMC teammate Eleni Shea said. "It was very exciting to see Kelsey participate after she worked so hard over the last few months to raise more than $7,000 dollars for the cause! I'm so glad I could be there to witness it and support her."
When asked what she would say to someone considering having their head shaved for a similar event, Trimble responded by saying that she believes that it is worth it to be able to raise money and awareness while trying to find a cure.
"It is so hard to describe the feelings you have after when people talk to you and when survivors tell you how thankful they are," she said. "It is the most amazing experience."
It is safe to say April 15 will always be Kesley Trimble's perfect hair day.
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Kalamazoo Men's Tennis Championship Streak Now At 77; Hope Women Clinch Share of MIAA Title
Posted: April 18, 2015
The longest streak of consecutive conference championships for any collegiate sport in the U.S. continued Saturday as Kalamazoo defeated Adrian 8-1 to clinch a share of its 77th consecutive MIAA men's tennis championship.
Meanwhile, Hope clinched a share of the MIAA women's tennis championship with a 9-0 victory over Adrian. It's the third MIAA title in the last four years for the Flying Dutch and 22nd overall.
The Kalamazoo men can clinch an outright MIAA chanpionship at home against Hope on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Flying Dutch can win the women's title outright on Wednesday at Trine. The MIAA Tournament follows April 30-May 1 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Kalamazoo's string of conference championships dates back to 1936. Kalamazoo has won the title outright every year except for three seasons (1944-46) during World War II when no competition was held, in 1962 and 2003 when the Hornets shared the championship with Hope , and in 2013 when Kalamazoo, Hope, and Calvin shared the title.
Hope Wins First Men's Golf AQ Tournament
Posted: April 18, 2015
Saturday, April 18 - MIAA AQ Tournament #1 at Trine (Zollner GC)
Medalist: Brandon Skytta, Adrian and Evan Telzerow, Hope, 69.
Top Ten Golfers: T1. Brandon Skytta, Adrian, 69. T1. Evan Telzerow, Hope, 69. 3. Collin Breit, Hope, 71. T4. Cody Knapp, Trine, 72. T4. Ben Lewis, Hope, 72. T4. Winton Munch, Hope, 72. T4. Austin Tevlin, Trine, 72. T4. John Van Noord, Calvin, 72. T9. Cameron McKee, Adrian, 73. T9. Ben Van Scoyk, Calvin, 73.
The remaining two rounds will be hosted by Hope next Friday and Saturday at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive. The team with the lowest cumulative score after 54 holes will be the MIAA automatic qualifer to the NCAA tournament.
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