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2013 Lancer Golf Classic

5/29/13

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - The 16th annual Lancer Golf Classic is set for Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at Stonehenge Golf Club in Warsaw, Ind.

The event, which is an integral fundraiser for Grace Athletics, is an excellent chance for you to partner with the Lancers to help fund equipment, scholarships and facility upgrades for more than 200 student-athletes on the 14 varsity athletic teams at Grace.

The scramble will include a silent auction, prizes and a lunch provided in the clubhouse. Those in attendance will be eligible for prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and team prizes. You will also get to interact with the Grace Athletic Department staff, coaches and student-athletes.

Teams will be able to choose between a morning flight at 8 a.m. and an afternoon flight at 1 p.m.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Grace's Athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266.

For sign-up information, download the PDF of the official Lancer Golf Classic brochure.

2013 Lancer Golf Classic

SCHEDULE

7 am - Registration for Morning Flight
8 am - Morning Flight
11 am - Registration for Afternoon Flight
11 am-1 pm - Lunch
12:45 pm - Silent Auction Closes
1 pm - Afternoon Flight


Briscoe to return as Grace's Director of Athletics

4/26/13

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - A familiar face will return as the Director of Athletics at Grace College. Chad Briscoe will make his reemergence at the helm of the Lancers’ athletic department starting mid-summer.

Briscoe, before recently serving as the AD at Mooresville High School for two years, led Grace athletics from 2007-2011.

“Our family is very honored and excited for the opportunity to return to Grace. I look forward to the continued pursuit of Christian excellence through athletics that has been such a great tradition at Grace College,” Briscoe said. “I am committed to assisting all 15 of our athletic programs to continue to build success through the athletic and academic experience at Grace. I look forward to once again working with the coaches, students, campus and community that make Grace such a special place to serve.”

During his tenure at Grace, Briscoe was honored as the conference’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2010.

Under Briscoe’s guidance, student-athlete aid at Grace increased substantially. He also raised funds for a press box and scoreboard at Grace’s softball diamond, a pristine team room for the volleyball team and a remodeled coaches’ office at the Gordon Recreation Center.

“I want to thank Dr. Manahan, Dr. Katip and Dr. Swanson for the opportunity to serve through leading the athletic department at Grace College,” Briscoe continued.  “There is a strong commitment by the college administration to continue building athletic success and for the athletic experience to assist students to grow spiritually, academically, socially and athletically. My family and I look forward to once again being a part of the campus community.”

Before he accepted his position at Mooresville, Briscoe secured Grace College as the host for the NCCAA Division I National Championships for men’s and women’s basketball from 2012-2014 – the first time the NCCAA has held both championships at the same venue.

Briscoe also arranged Grace’s first Big 10 basketball game in school history when the Lancers played Indiana University at Assembly Hall on Nov. 4, 2009.

“It’s exciting to welcome Chad back to Grace as director of our athletic program. Chad’s abilities with developing coaches, enhancing programs, and marketing athletics are among many of the strengths he brings to the position,” said Grace Vice President for Academic and Student Services Jim Swanson. “Chad is a leader in bridging the greater Warsaw community and Grace’s athletic program, and we are looking forward to his return.”

While at Mooresville, Briscoe oversaw a $100,000 project for the school’s softball fields. He also secured a three-year sponsorship from St. Francis Hospital for the athletic department as well as directed improvements at the school’s tennis courts, baseball field, weight room, football and track building, basketball gym and soccer field.

“We appreciate the impact that Chad has made on the lives of people of Mooresville Schools and the greater Mooresville Community,” said Mooresville Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “Chad showed us the way, the truth and the life to the glory of Jesus during his time at Mooresville. We are thankful for Chad and his family and their significant sacrifice, service, and contributions through athletics and beyond. We respect Grace College for bringing Chad back to the helm of athletics and wish Chad and Grace College all the best as they pursue their mission to the glory of the Lord.”

Before his first stint at Grace College, Briscoe was the assistant athletic director and head assistant men’s basketball coach at Geneva College. He also spent two years on the men’s basketball staff at Ball State University.

Briscoe went to school at Anderson University where he was a standout basketball player. He continued his basketball career overseas, playing professionally in Sweden.

He has also been involved in upper management for professional baseball, working with the Texas Rangers’ minor league system from 1998-2000. He served as the General Manager for the Pulaski Rangers in the Appalachian League.

Briscoe received a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1996 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Ball State in 2006. He and his wife Jamie have two daughters, Kate and Kinley.


Weathers to step down as Grace's Athletic Director

3/1/13

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Bailey Weathers has submitted his resignation as the Director of Athletics at Grace College.

Weathers announced his final day as Grace’s A.D. will be May 1.

Weathers began his tenure in August 2011 and oversaw tremendous athletic and academic success for Grace’s varsity programs.

“It’s been a wonderful experience for my family and me at Grace, particularly in building relationships with the student-athletes, coaches and faculty,” Weathers said. “We looked at Grace as an unusual opportunity for us, and we hope we made a difference in our time here. We’ll always look back at this as one of our most enjoyable professional opportunities. That really comes from the getting to know the people here at Grace.”

During Weathers’s first year at Grace, all 14 Lancer programs were named NAIA Scholar Teams as each squad posted a team grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Grace had the fourth-most NAIA Scholar Teams in the nation during the 2011-12 academic year.

Under Weathers’s leadership, Grace also successfully hosted the 2012 NCCAA Division I National Basketball Championships at the Orthopaedic Capital Center for both the men’s and women’s tournaments. Grace will host the 2013 NCCAA Championships from March 13-16.

“I want to thank Bailey Weathers for his leadership with our athletes and coaches these past two years,” said Grace Vice President of Student and Academic Services Jim Swanson. “Bailey has been important in helping Grace athletics advance over his tenure. I wish Bailey and Sue the best as they transition forward.”

Over the past two years with Weathers at the helm, the Lancers have won two regular season championships in the Crossroads League (men’s basketball, men’s tennis) and one league tournament championship for men’s basketball.

The women’s soccer team also posted its finest season in program history during the fall of 2012, and the women’s basketball team recorded its first 20-win season during the 2011-12 campaign.


Grace College named NAIA Five-Star Institution

12/4/12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Grace College received a prestigious honor by being named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2011-12 academic year.

Grace’s athletic programs displayed remarkable character during the past academic year. The Lancers’ student-athletes and coaching staffs organized food drives, served at a number of community organizations, promoted cancer awareness at matches and traveled out of the country on international sport ministry trips during the past year.

The Crossroads League was also recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Conference after eight league institutions earned the five-star rating.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to character and receive points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

Schools can also gain points based on exceptional student-athlete GPA and by obtaining zero ejections during competition.

To view the complete list of NAIA Five-Star Institutions, click here.


All 14 Lancer programs named NAIA Scholar Teams

7/25/12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its list of NAIA Scholar Teams, and Grace College was honored when all 14 Lancer programs earned the prestigious award.

Grace earned the rare accomplishment of having every eligible team named a Scholar Team by the NAIA. Overall, the Lancers were tied for fourth in the nation in number of Scholar Teams, behind only Concordia, Neb., (16 of 17 Scholar Teams), Hastings, Neb., (16 of 17) and Ashford, Iowa (15 of 15).

The Lancers landed two squads in the top 15 of the nation, led by women’s cross country with a team GPA of 3.72 in the 2011-12 academic year. The women’s cross country program under head coach Jeff Raymond ranked No. 11 in the nation, No. 6 in their sport and second in the Crossroads League (CL).

The women’s soccer team under head coach Michael Voss was a notch behind with a 3.71 GPA. They finished No. 13 overall and first in both their sport and the CL.

The volleyball team, led by head coach Andria Harshman, ranked No. 34 in the nation, including fourth in their sport and second in the CL after posting a 3.61 GPA.

Men’s tennis, coached by Larry Schuh, also finished in the top 100 teams in the nation. They finished with a 3.53 GPA, which ranked No. 90 overall, fourth in their sport and first in the CL.

“This is an incredible accomplishment to have all 14 teams be named NAIA Scholar Teams,” said Grace athletic director Bailey Weathers. “This is a credit to the hard work of all of our student-athletes and coaches in keeping academics as the main focus. In my opinion, this is a capstone accomplishment for a great year in Grace athletics.”

Several other programs finished first or second in the CL including men’s basketball with a 3.38 GPA (first in CL), men’s cross country with a 3.28 GPA (second in CL), men’s golf with a 3.14 GPA (second in CL) and baseball with a 3.02 GPA (second in CL).

The remaining Scholar Teams for Grace are: women’s basketball (3.46 GPA), women’s track and field (3.41 GPA), women’s tennis (3.37 GPA), softball (3.37 GPA), men’s soccer (3.16 GPA) and men’s track and field (3.09 GPA).

To achieve Scholar Team status, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team GPA includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

To view the complete release, including a list of all scholar teams sorted by GPA and by school, click here.

The NAIA is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.


Grace athletic article, media guide win national awards

7/25/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A pair of publications from Grace's Sports Information Department earned national awards over the summer.

The 2011-12 media guide for men's and women's basketball earned "Best Cover" from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the first round. The cover, designed by Sports Information Director Josh Neuhart, was aided by Adam Basinger.

Neuhart also won sixth place for a feature story in the Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest in the NAIA-SIDA contest. His piece entitled "Grace's volleyball team to make history in Liberia" covered the Lady Lancers' groundbreaking trip to Liberia to work in the war-torn nation. To view the article, click here.


Lancer grad co-authors book with Michael Vick

7/18/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College graduate Stephen Copeland has co-authored a soon-to-be-released memoir written by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

The book, entitled “Finally Free,” is set to be released Sept. 4. Although Vick’s life and incarceration have been covered in the past, “Finally Free” features many untold accounts of Vick’s upbringing, career and time in prison in his own words.

“Finally Free” has been recently covered by national news outlets such as USA Today, “The Today Show,” “Piers Morgan Tonight” and Yahoo! Sports. The book’s foreword is penned by retired NFL head coach Tony Dungy and is co-authored by Copeland and Brett Honeycutt, the managing editor for Sports Spectrum.

Copeland currently works at Sports Spectrum magazine, a national faith-based sports publication. He is a staff writer and columnist for Sports Spectrum and also serves as the editor of the digital magazine.

Copeland also worked with former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith to co-author “The Jersey Effect,” which was released in June.

While at Grace, Copeland worked as the Sports Information Co-Director and was also a golfer for the Lancers.


MCC unveils new name and logo: Crossroads League

7/3/12

  HARTFORD CITY, Ind. – Effective June 27, 2012, the Mid-Central College Conference is now the Crossroads League. One of the NAIA's elite conferences unveiled their new brand at crossroadsleague.com. 

League Commissioner J.D. Collins initiated a re-brand effort to update and revive the identity of the Central Indiana based athletic conference. In the fall of 2011, Collins began the re-brand process by performing a thorough primary research study to replace the current brand. By involving institution Presidents, Athletic Directors, Coaches, and Sports Information Directors in the research study, Collins found that his intuitions about the state of the brand were consistent among institution leadership. The League Commissioner then summoned a team to complete the re-brand effort. Collins put together an internal brand committee of institution leaders, and worked closely with a college athletics consultant, 2D Consulting. The conference then hired Intersection, a branding agency, to take the lead on re-creating the name and visual identity. Partnerships with these groups took shape in early 2012.

The creation of the new brand took several factors into account; the conference’s location in the Midwest, each institution being faith-based, and communicating elite athletics. “Our League now communicates, both visually and through the name, all of the things our institutions hold dear; our unique faith, top-flight athletics, and our foundation in the Midwest," Collins said. Collins’ strong satisfaction with the brand was echoed unanimously by all 10 institution Presidents when Intersection presented the new brand in late April.  

Moving forward, the Crossroads League’s commitment to academic excellence, competitive athletics, and a life of strong faith application will not waver.  The League will continue to compete regularly in the NAIA’s national tournaments as well as continuing to produce the nation’s top Academic All-Americans year in and year out. 

The Crossroads League is a 10-institution athletic conference in the NAIA. The Crossroads League consists of: Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN); Goshen College (Goshen, IN); Grace College (Winona Lake, IN); Huntington University (Huntington, IN); Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN); Marian University (Indianapolis, IN); Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, OH); University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, IN); Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI); and Taylor University (Upland, IN).


Grace's Top 10 Moments of 2011-12

6/4/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The 2011-12 athletic year for Grace College was certainly one to remember. The Lancers experienced unparalleled athletic success that spanned from the beginning of August to the end of May.

Grace student-athletes shattered team win records, toppled career records and won banners. Along the way, Grace experienced walk-offs, game winners and overtime thrillers en route to several national tournament appearances.

Check back throughout the summer for each climactic release of Grace's Top 10 Moments, culminating with the release of the Moment of the Year on August 2.

(June 4) HONORABLE MENTIONS
(June 8) #10 Volleyball Scores Big Win Over No. 22 IWU (9.7.11)
(June 14) #9 Men's Soccer Overcomes Rain, Red Card (9.28.11)
(June 21) #8 Sterk Breaks Grace Mile Record at NAIA Nationals (3.3.12)
(June 27) #7 The Rivalry: Grace Takes Down Bethel in 2OT (2.14.12)
(July 2) #6 Baseball Rewrites Record Books (4.14.12)
(July 9) #5 Women's Basketball Sets Win Record, Grabs 3rd Place at NCCAA (3.17.12)
(July 16) #4 Women's Soccer Shocks No. 10 Spring Arbor, Wins in OT (10.15.11)
(July 23) #3 Women's Basketball Topples No. 1 IWU (1.25.12)
(July 30) #2 Three Fall Teams Qualify for NCCAA Nationals in Florida (12.3.11)
(August 2) #1 Men's Basketball Claims Electrifying MCC Tournament Championship (2.28.12)


2012 Lancer Golf Classic

5/23/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The 15th annual Lancer Golf Classic is set for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Rozella Ford Golf Club in Warsaw, Ind.

The event, which is an integral fundraiser for Grace Athletics, is an excellent chance for you to partner with the Lancers to help fund equipment, scholarships and facility upgrades for more than 200 student-athletes on the 14 varsity athletic teams at Grace.

The scramble will include a silent auction, prizes and a lunch provided in the clubhouse. Those in attendance will be eligible for prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and team prizes. You will also get to interact with the Athletic Department staff, coaches and student-athletes.

Teams will be able to choose between a morning flight at 8 a.m. and an afternoon flight at 1 p.m.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Grace's Athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266.

For sign-up information, download the PDF of the official Lancer Golf Classic brochure.

2012 Lancer Golf Classic

SCHEDULE

7 am - Registration for Morning Flight
8 am - Morning Flight
10 am-12:45 pm - Silent Auction
11 am - Registration for Afternoon Flight
11:30 am - Lunch
1 pm - Afternoon Flight


Final roster set for Champions Classic at OCC

4/11/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The roster is complete for Friday night's Champions Classic Tour at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Highlighting the list of all-stars includes Miles Plumlee (Duke) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina) for the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Stars and Ronald Nored (Butler) and Tom Pritchard (Indiana) for the Indiana All-Stars.

The Indiana All-Stars' squad will include Indiana University seniors Pritchard, Daniel Moore and Kory Barnett, and injured IU senior Verdell Jones III will serve as the team's coach.

Butler's Garrett Butcher will join Nored to represent the two-time national runners-up Bulldogs.

Five standouts from the Mid-Central College Conference will round out the Indiana All-Stars. The MCC seniors are: Duke Johnson (Grace), Caleb Kennedy (Huntington), Q Owens (Saint Francis), Alex Sylvester (Marian) and Derrick Troyer (Indiana Wesleyan).

Alongside Plumlee and Zeller, the ACC All-Stars will feature C.J. Williams and Alex Johnson from North Carolina State; Nikita Mescheriakov from Wake Forest; Justin Watts, Stewart Cooper and Daniel Bolick from North Carolina; and Casey Peters from Duke.

Tickets are on sale at Grace's athletic office and at Warsaw Community High School. General admission tickets are $10 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75. Call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 for ticket information from Grace.

VIP tickets include a postgame reception with both All-Star teams and front row reserved seating to the game. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance because a sell-out crowd is expected, so there will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door on the day of the game. During halftime, there will be a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Players will be available following the game for autographs.


Johnson to join Plumlee, Zeller for Champions Classic at OCC

4/2/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Champions Classic Tour, featuring Atlantic Coast Conference All-Stars, is coming to the Orthopaedic Capital Center on April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The ACC All-Stars, featuring local hero Miles Plumlee (Duke) and 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller (North Carolina), will take on a squad of Indiana All-Stars, including Grace senior Duke Johnson.

Johnson is one of five Mid-Central College Conference standouts who will play alongside seniors from Indiana University, as well as Robbie Hummel, Lewis Jackson and Ryne Smith from Purdue University.

The five MCC seniors included on the roster are: Johnson, Caleb Kennedy (Huntington), Q Owens (Saint Francis), Alex Sylvester (Marian) and Derrick Troyer (Indiana Wesleyan).

Tickets are on sale at Grace's athletic office and at Warsaw Community High School. General admission tickets are $10 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75. Call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 for ticket information from Grace.

VIP tickets include a postgame reception with both All-Star teams and front row reserved seating to the game. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance because a sell-out crowd is expected, so there will only be a limited number of tickets available at the door on the day of the game. During halftime, there will be a 3-point contest and a dunk contest. Players will be available following the game for autographs.

The Champions Classic Tour is sponsored by The Sumner Group based out of North Carolina. The Sumner Group has promoted the ACC Barnstorming Tour and has been touring across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia for over 30 years with the likes of Sidney Lowe, Len Bias, Michael Jordan, Tyler Hansbrough, and Nolan Smith. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 for ticket information from Grace.


Lady Lancers earn fifth seed in NCCAA Championships

3/13/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Following a groundbreaking 2011-12 campaign, Grace’s women’s basketball team was named the No. 5 seed entering the 2012 NCCAA Championships.

The Lady Lancers (18-14) will play No. 4 Emmanuel College (Ga.) on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. to start their quest for the program’s first national title.

Grace appeared in the NAIA Division II Top 25 rankings for most of the season, a first-time accomplishment for the Lady Lancers.

The 2012 NCCAA Division I Basketball National Championships will display both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the same venue for the first time from March 14-17 at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The tournament will showcase 16 of the top NCCAA programs in the country from across the nation.

Each game of the NCCAA Championships will be video streamed live for free courtesy of Game Plan Sports Network. For information regarding the video stream and the tournament, visit www.grace.edu/athletics/nccaa.

The Men’s 2012 NCCAA National Tournament Bracket Seeding:

1.      Cedarville University (Ohio)
2.      Dallas Baptist University (Texas)
3.      Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)
4.      Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas)
5.      The Master’s College (Calif.)
6.      Emmanuel College (Ga.)
7.      Hope International University (Calif.)
8.      Truett-McConnell College (Ga.)

The Women’s 2012 NCCAA National Tournament Bracket Seeding:

1.      California Baptist University
2.      Cedarville University
3.      Bluefield College (Virginia)
4.      Emmanuel College
5.      Grace College
6.      Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio)
7.      Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.)
8.      Colorado Christian  University


Bill Barr hired as Grace's Associate Head Baseball Coach, Assistant AD

11/1/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College has announced the hiring of Bill Barr as the Associate Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director starting Jan. 1, 2012.

Barr comes to Grace from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V., where he experienced tremendous success over the past two years as head baseball coach.

Overall, Barr’s résumé includes 22 years of experience coaching baseball, including 14 at the collegiate level, and seven years of experience as an athletic director.

“I am extremely excited about joining the Grace College coaching staff. The opportunity to mentor young men for Christ is at the core of my desire to join the Lancers,” Barr said. “I appreciate the support of Dr. Manahan, Dr. Katip and Coach Weathers for their decision to bring me on board. The chance to join such a great Christian college is both humbling and exciting.”

In Barr’s first season coaching Alderson-Broaddus in 2010, he directed the Battlers to one of their most successful seasons in program history.

Alderson-Broaddus, an NCAA Division II school, was expected to finish fourth in their division of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), but Barr guided the team to its first division title in school history and a 27-14 overall record.

Barr was named the WVIAC Coach of the Year as a result, and the Battlers were ranked in the top 10 of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for the Atlantic Region during the season.

“Coach Barr has built great programs based on excellence through baseball fundamentals and building character in the young men on his teams,” Weathers said.  “It is rare that you can add this type of individual to an already successful staff. We are really looking forward to his leadership both with the baseball program and for the athletic department as a whole.”

Prior to his work at Alderson-Broaddus, Barr coached the baseball team at Oklahoma Wesleyan University from 2005-09.

In the year before Barr arrived at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team finished 4-51. In Barr’s final season at Oklahoma Wesleyan, the team broke the school record for wins with a 29-26 season. Barr also nearly doubled the baseball roster during his tenure.

“I understand the challenges the baseball program is currently facing in the MCC, but I am confident that Grace will be able to compete favorably within the upper tier of the conference,” Barr continued. “[Current head coach] Josh Bailey has laid a superb foundation for this team, and I am excited to be a part of the continued development of this program.”

Barr, who is nearing 300 career wins as a head coach at the collegiate level, had a successful stint at Indiana Wesleyan University. Overall, Barr took the Wildcats to four consecutive appearances in the NCCAA National Tournament and set the school record for wins when the team finished 32-21 in 1994.

While at Indiana Wesleyan, his teams averaged 22 wins per season, and he was awarded as an NAIA District Coach of the Year twice and an NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year twice.

Barr graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education  in 1983 then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Ashland University in 1992.

Barr is married to Jacki, and the couple has two daughters named Bethany and Brittany.


Grace to honor Mallori Kastner

9/13/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College Athletic Department will honor the memory of Mallori Kastner by retiring her jersey before the volleyball team’s game at 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Mallori, who wore No. 7 as a Lady Lancer, was killed in a tragic accident near the campus of Grace College on Sept. 17, 2010.

Her No. 7 jersey is the first number to be retired in the history of Grace Athletics.

The jersey will be displayed in the volleyball team’s locker room following Wednesday’s ceremony.


Grace names Bailey Weathers the Director of Athletics

8/24/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College is pleased to announce the hiring of Bailey Weathers as the new Director of Athletics.

Weathers has an extensive amount of administration and coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level and also has years of experience working with the United States National Swimming Team.

“I believe Grace College is an incredible place. The faculty, staff and the student body grow together to change each other’s lives and prepare the students for the world ahead,” Weathers said. “I believe athletics can be a unique part of that relationship, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our coaches to maximize the development of the student-athletes at Grace.”

Most recently Weathers served as the Executive Head Coach for Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich. At Club Wolverine, Weathers oversaw a staff of 19 year-round coaches along with eight coaches from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Overall, Club Wolverine works with over 400 swimmers from the ages of 6-28. In 2008 Club Wolverine had 42 athletes qualify for the US Olympic Trials and had four Olympic team members. In 2009 Weathers’ club produced six members of the USA Swimming World Championship team.

“Bailey is uniquely qualified with his gifts and experiences to be a coaches’ coach who can provide godly leadership for the athletic department,” said Grace College Provost Bill Katip. “He knows what it means to achieve athletic excellence at the premier level, and thus he is the perfect person to lead us onto continued success at even higher levels.”

Prior to Club Wolverine, Weathers had three successful head coaching tenures at NCAA Division I swimming programs.

From 1995-2005 Weathers was the head women’s swimming coach at the University of Notre Dame where he led the team to nine consecutive Big East Conference championships. Weathers was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year six times.

Weathers also a three-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year winner and a National Independent Conference Coach of the Year during his time as the head women’s swimming coach at the University of South Carolina.

Weathers was given NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1986 as the head women’s swimming coach at Southern Illinois University, fielding nine All-Americans in his two-year experience at SIU.

Before becoming a head coach, Weathers served stints as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Texas and Indiana University.

Furthermore, Weathers has on different occasions served as the head and assistant coach for US Swimming Olympic Development Camps in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I was very impressed with the level of excellence in the coaches and their commitment to the student-athletes at Grace,” Weathers continued. “They are going to be a fun group to work with, and my wife and I are excited and blessed to join the Grace family.”

Weathers graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1982 then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Texas in 1984.

Weathers is married to Susan, and the couple has two daughters – Christina (26) and Elizabeth (22) – and a son named Timothy (18).


Twelve Lancer programs receive NAIA Scholar Team award

7/13/11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Thursday that 12 of Grace’s 14 varsity athletic programs were named NAIA Scholar Teams.

Three Lady Lancer squads landed in the top 60 in the nation, led by the volleyball team with a 3.62 GPA in the 2010-11 academic year. The volleyball program under head coach Andria Harshman ranked No. 38 out of a record total of 934 teams, No. 7 in their sport and first in the Mid-Central College Conference.

The women’s soccer team under head coach Michael Voss was right behind with a 3.61 GPA. They finished No. 43 in the nation, No. 2 in their sport and first in the MCC.

The women’s tennis team recorded a 3.57 GPA, which was No. 60 in the nation, tied for fifth in their sport and tied for best in the MCC with Huntington University.

Rounding out the top five programs were women’s cross country (3.41 GPA) and men’s tennis (3.40 GPA). Men’s tennis was one of four Lancer teams who finished at the top of the MCC.

The Lancers’ remaining seven programs include: women’s track and field (3.37 GPA), men’s basketball (3.18 GPA), men’s golf (3.16 GPA), men’s cross country (3.14 GPA), women’s basketball (3.10 GPA), men’s track and field (3.04 GPA) and men’s soccer (3.03 GPA).

“The academic component of the overall Grace athletic experience is of the upmost importance. It is great to see our student-athletes excel at such a high level,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “All of our coaches stress the importance of academic excellence, and we pursue the NAIA Scholar Team award each and every year. This award displays the academic caliber of our student-athletes and is a great honor for our institution and community.”

Over 12 percent of the schools receiving Scholar Team distinction had a 3.5 GPA or higher. To achieve Scholar Team status, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team GPA includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

To view the complete release, including a list of all scholar teams sorted by GPA and by school, click here.

The NAIA is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.


Grace website, articles win five national awards

7/6/11

AVE MARIA, Fla. – The Grace College Sports Information Department was honored with five national awards at the annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics - Sports Information Directors Association Convention in Ave Maria, Fla.

Grace's website tied for eighth place in the In-House Website Contest with fellow Mid-Central College Conference member University of Saint Francis.

In the writing categories, Grace took home four winners, including second and third-place winners from Sports Information Director Stephen Copeland in the Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest - Feature Story. Click to read Copeland's second-place winner entitled "A Redemptive Response" or "Grimm, Why We Got Him” which won third. Sports Information Director Josh Neuhart's “Three Men Revolutionize Grace Turf” claimed fifth place in the category.

Neuhart also placed third in the Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest - Season Preview/Review for his season preview on the women's soccer team.

Click here to view the rest of the NAIA-SIDA contest winners.


Grace's volleyball team to make history in Liberia

6/28/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College volleyball team is set to become the first athletic team outside of Liberia to enter the nation since its Civil War.

The Lady Lancers will embark on a 13-day trip to Liberia, using the platform of sports ministry to help build into the youth of the war-torn nation.

“Our team saw the need in Liberia, and we are excited to partner with them through sports,” said head coach Andria Harshman. “From my understanding, well over half of the nation is considered a youth, so the chance to reach Liberia’s youth and be the first athletic team into the nation is truly an honor.”

The players, along with Harshman and Grace College Provost Bill Katip, will run clinics through Ignite International and the Liberian YMCA, which is the only non-government entity which lasted through a pair of civil wars in Liberia the last two decades.

They will stay in the capital city of Monrovia, and they are scheduled to meet Liberian government officials such as the Vice President, Minister of Sport and the Ambassador of the United States to Liberia.

Harshman and Katip, in cooperation with former U.S. men’s soccer player Doc Lawson of DonamiSport, will speak in workshops to the country’s national sport leadership council regarding how to build sports programs for the development of communities.

“I’ve always had a passion for Africa, so to have this opportunity with my teammates is awesome,” said junior Stefanie Bolt. “I have no idea what to expect, but I know it’s going to be fun with the girls. They are really excited, and we are confident that this will open the doors for other opportunities.”

Through six months of planning for the trip, Harshman and the team have been donated 12 bags full of items such as volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, toothbrushes, T-shirts and dresses for orphans there.

“We’re bringing 12 extra bags but none of those will come back with us,” Harshman explained. “We’ve realized how much we have and how little the people in Liberia have. The opportunity for us to put our mindset on serving should really help bond us for a long time.”

Grace will also have the opportunity to train in Liberia. The Lady Lancers are scheduled to play exhibition matches against the University of Liberia and the Liberia National Team during their trip.

The team will post updates and pictures throughout the trip on the Lancer Athletics Blog.


Benson takes part in Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program

6/21/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Junior softball standout Genevieve Benson was a member of a select group of NAIA student-athletes that took part in the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., from June 6-17.

The program, which included 15 student-athletes from across the nation, is in its fifth year and seeks to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA "Champions of Character" program.

The leadership program kicked off with two weeks of energetic training at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington. Benson and others were provided the unique opportunity to acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by the Red Cross, one of the nation's largest non-profit organizations. In addition, Lori Thomas, NAIA Senior Vice President for "Champions of Character", and Kristin Gillette, Director of "Champions of Character", held character workshops during the two-week leadership academy.

Benson helped author "The Dish from DC", a blog post providing insight and stories from the student-athletes involved in the two-week program.

Although participants for the leadership program hail from states as far as California and Alabama, the Mid-Central College Conference was well represented with four participants.


Briscoe accepts AD position at Mooresville

6/16/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College athletic director Chad Briscoe has accepted the athletic director position at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, Ind., beginning on July 18.

Briscoe accepted the job because of the professional opportunities in the Indianapolis area and the proximity to his extended family.

“It was a very difficult decision, but I felt like this was where God was calling me and my family,” Briscoe said. “I want to thank Dr. Manahan and Dr. Katip for this opportunity to serve these last four years.”

During his four years at Grace, Briscoe was the catalyst behind a number of major improvements in the athletic department. He brought the National Christian College Athletic Association Women’s Division 1 Basketball National Tournament to Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center three years in a row, arranged Grace’s first-ever Big 10 basketball game in an exhibition against Indiana University on Nov. 4, 2009 and established the Grace College Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

“Chad has helped our athletic program make significant strides during his time at Grace,” said Grace College Provost Bill Katip. “He will be greatly missed. We wish him and his family all of the best.”

In 2010, Briscoe’s hard work earned him Mid-Central College Conference Athletic Director of the Year honors. He increased student-athlete aid by 25 percent, helped raise funds for a press box and scoreboard at the softball diamond, oversaw the construction of the volleyball program’s team room and initiated the remodeling of coaches’ offices at the Gordon Recreation Center.

Briscoe’s contagious attitude and enthusiasm challenged Grace’s athletic programs to a higher degree of excellence. The men’s basketball team made a national tournament appearance the last four years, the women’s team has done so the last three years, and the women’s soccer and women’s tennis programs have enjoyed their most successful seasons in their program history during his tenure.

“My family and I have been blessed to work at a wonderful institution,” Briscoe said. “The athletic department is in a great place, and I’ve been blessed to be a part of Grace College’s journey. The Lord has assembled wonderful coaches here at Grace, and it’s been great to be a part of that.”


Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame to host 3-on-3 tournament at Grace

6/8/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Grace College’s Gordon Recreation Center on June 25 starting at 9 a.m.

The cost is $40 per team, and co-ed teams are welcome. The tournament will feature four divisions of both boys and girls: Grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and a final division for all ages. To register for the tournament contact Jim Erwin at 574-268-9256.

Grace’s 32,000 square-foot enclosed fieldhouse is located directly between the Tree Of Life Bookstore/Brethren Missionary Herald building and the Winona Lake Fire Station, at the corner of Kings Highway and Rupe Drive in Winona Lake.

Those selected to go into the Kosciusko County Hall of Fame will be honored on June 24 at a banquet in Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center. 


Grace hires Copeland, Neuhart as Sports Information Directors

5/25/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s athletic department has named Stephen Copeland and Josh Neuhart the new Sports Information Directors for the upcoming year.

Their responsibilities will include providing a multimedia communication link between Grace Athletics and the general public, media and Grace community, as well as overseeing all media relations and publications for the 14 athletic programs.

Copeland and Neuhart have worked as assistants in the sports information department for four years as students, assisting in maintaining the athletic Web site, designing and laying out multiple media guides, and taking game photographs, among other duties.

The pair has initiated social media channels, the Lancer Athletic Blog, and an extensive photo collection for each varsity program. Their written work has been printed in publications such as “Sports Spectrum Magazine,” “The Indianapolis Star,” “Times-Union,” and “Hendricks County Flyer.”

Copeland, who was a member of Grace’s golf team for four years, received second place in the NAIA’s Dr. W. Jack Bell Writing Contest for his feature story in 2010. The duo also received eighth place last year in the In-House Web site category for the NAIA.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to have Stephen and Josh continue working in the sports information office,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe.  “I appreciate the support from the administration at Grace College for our sports information department.  Josh and Stephen continue to have a great impact on our athletic department and assist our coaches to operate at high level.”

For the past two years, the pair has directed the sports information duties for the NCCAA Women’s Basketball Division I National Championship, held at Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center.

During their undergraduate careers, Copeland and Neuhart edited and designed the sports pages for Grace’s student newspaper “The Sounding Board.” They were also involved in various student leadership positions at Grace.

Copeland and Neuhart, who both reside in Winona Lake, Ind., obtained bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Bible from Grace College.


2011 Lancer Golf Classic

4/29/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The 14th annual Lancer Golf Classic is set for Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Rozella Ford Golf Club in Warsaw, Ind.

The event, which is an integral fundraiser for Grace Athletics, is an excellent chance for you to partner with the Lancers to help fund equipment, scholarships and facility upgrades for more than 200 student-athletes on the 14 varsity athletic teams at Grace.

The scramble will include a silent auction, prizes and a lunch provided in the clubhouse. Those in attendance will be eligible for prizes for longest drive, longest putt, closest-to-the-pin and team prizes. You will also get to interact with the Athletic Department staff, coaches and student-athletes.

Teams will be able to choose between a morning flight at 8 a.m. and an afternoon flight at 1 p.m.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Grace's Athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266.

Click the link below to download the official brochure and for sign-up information.

2011 Lancer Golf Classic


Knockout Game Sets World Record at Grace College

4/8/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – More than 400 people lined up behind the free throw line at Grace College’s Orthopaedic Capital Center on Friday night to participate in a Guinness World Record-breaking game of knockout basketball. The game was organized as a fundraiser for Grace senior Jeremy Mohr, who was paralyzed in an accident last fall.

The idea originated among five Grace College students as a part of a Sport Management class, and their goal – bring in more than 360 participants to beat the world record previously held by Iowa State University – came to fruition when more than 401 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members lined up to participate and give Grace College the record.

In order to raise funds for Mohr’s care, event organizers Zane Gard, a Grace sophomore, and Hannah Lengel, a junior, asked for a $1 participation fee from all players. By the end of the night, they had raised more than $1,200.

Gard said because of the donations they received from various Grace College departments, they were able to host the game without outside expense – meaning Mohr would receive the full amount raised.

Lengel, a Sport Management and Business major, said she was incredibly encouraged to see the campus and community support Mohr in such an unexpected way.

“Our original goal was just to raise funds from admissions – $361. To know that it’s all going to Jeremy and it’s going to make a difference is great,” Lengel said. “When we started planning this, the record was 137. Then a few weeks later it jumped up to 200 people, and a week after that the record was 360 from Iowa State. When it got to that point, I was a little skeptical and a little worried, but we knew even if we didn’t break the record, at least we’d be raising money for Jeremy.”

The game lasted for more than two hours, and the final 20 contestants received free T-shirts from the Grace College department of admissions. Reneker’s Sport of Warsaw donated a trophy for the winner of the knockout game.

Mohr has been hospitalized since an accident in Winona Lake left him paralyzed from the neck down last September. He is currently receiving care in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout the school year, Grace students have organized and participated in several fundraisers for Mohr’s care, including bake sales and pancake breakfasts. The knockout game was one of the largest events of the year.


Grace Grabs No. 5 Seed in Women's NCCAA Tournament

3/13/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. - The Grace College women's basketball team received the seeding for the 2011 NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) Division I National Basketball Tournament on Sunday night.  The Lady Lancers were awarded the No. 5 seed and will play against the No. 4 seed, Roberts Wesleyan College, in the opening round on Thursday.

The Lady Lancers (16-15) will play the night cap at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday against the Raiders (19-11).

As the host school, Grace received a No. 8 seed in the NCCAA tournament the last two years. Following Grace's impressive regular season, however, the Lady Lancers earned a No. 5 seed this year. Grace finished the regular season with its first winning record since 1992 and its best conference record in school history.

The overall No. 1 seed in the tournament is Southwestern Assemblies of God University from Dallas, Texas.  The tournament will showcase eight of the top NCCAA programs in the country.  The NCCAA tournament will take place from March 17-19 at Grace's Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake, Ind.

The 2011 NCCAA National Tournament Bracket Seeding:

1. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
2. Bethel College
3. Emmanuel College
4. Roberts Wesleyan College
5. Grace College
6. Trinity International University
7. Mid-America Christian University
8. King College

Click here for more information on the NCCAA tournament.


Lancer Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

3/4/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Warsaw Buffalo Wild Wings is hosting the first-ever Lancer Night on April 11 from 5-9 p.m.

Come eat and hangout with fellow Grace fans as Lancer games will be shown on the big screens, and free prizes will be given out throughout the night.

The Grace College Athletic Department will receive 15 percent of all sales during the evening.

So wear your Grace gear and enjoy Lancer night at Buffalo Wild Wings (376 Enterprise Dr., Warsaw, IN, 46580).


"Dancin' in Branson" Radio Preview Show

3/2/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The golden voices of Andy Thompson and Jerry Gurrado who have brought you Lancer basketball games all season will host a special Stretch Internet production of "Dancin' in Branson" on Saturday at 10:30 am.

The show will highlight the men's team's trip to Branson, Mo., where Grace will attempt to bring home an NAIA Division II national championship. This will be Grace's third trip in four years to the NAIA National Tournament.

Thompson and Gurrado will provide insight and analysis into the tournament and will feature interviews with players and coaches.

To listen to Saturday morning's show, click here.


Gaff To Continue Professional Career in Australia

2/17/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Former Grace standout and NAIA First Team All-American center Eric Gaff signed a contract to play basketball professionally in Tasmania, Australia, for the North West Thunder of the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

"I am thankful for the opportunity to continue playing basketball," Gaff said. "It has always been a desire to play professionally, and I am excited to help the North West Thunder continue to build success. I look forward to the challenge but also look forward to the platform of sharing my faith in Christ and impacting kids in the community through basketball."

Gaff played professionally in Oslo, Norway, for the Asker Aliens during the 2009-10 season. He averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game and led Asker to the league championship of the BLNO, the premier professional league in Norway. For the past year, Gaff has coached the freshman team for Concord High School as well as assisted the varsity team.

As a senior at Grace, Gaff led the nation in rebounds (12.2 per game) and double-doubles (24) while averaging 21.0 points per game in leading the Lancers to a 22-11 finish. Gaff also led the Lancers in back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Tournament in Branson, Mo. Grace advanced to the "Elite Eight" round each year. 

"It is exciting to see Eric continue his career overseas," said Grace men's basketball coach Jim Kessler. "I am pleased to see him finish his academics before taking the next step in his career. We look forward to following his success both on and off the court and appreciate all that he's done for Grace College and the men's basketball program." 

Gaff was also a First Team All-Conference selection. He finished his career 10th on Grace's all-time scoring list with 1,912 points and second on Grace's all-time rebounding list with 1,219. He is the seventh player in Lancer history to top 1,000 career points and rebounds. 

To follow Gaff overseas, visit the Thunder’s website at http://www.nwthunder.com.au.


Two Student-Athletes Receive Red Cross Scholarship

2/15/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace athletes Genevieve Benson (softball) and Tannan Peters (men's basketball) were awarded by the American Red Cross for their volunteer work in coordinating two blood drives on campus.

Benson and Peters received a $500 scholarship check before the Grace men's basketball game on Tuesday night for their participation in this year's collegiate leadership program and for their dedication and commitment to the Red Cross mission of saving lives. The two blood drives collected 145 pints of blood, which have the potential to save up to 435 lives, according to the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross, thanks to a generous grant from State Farm Insurance, has entered into a partnership program with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to inspire and motivate a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders who will support and continue the mission of the Red Cross to save lives by assuring a safe and adequate blood supply for the hospitals and patients served in their communities.

The two Grace student-athletes were selected because of their outstanding leadership skills and for their commitment to the NAIA's core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

Sharyn Whitman (CEO of the Red Cross' Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region) and Cameron Branock (Donor Recruitment Representative) represented the American Red Cross in presenting the checks to Benson and Peters. 

The next Red Cross blood drive at Grace College will take place on February 28. 


Grace to Host for TV-46 'Game of the Week'

2/3/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Saturday, Feb. 12 will be a festive day for the Grace men’s basketball team.

Grace will take on Spring Arbor University at 3 p.m. for the TV-46 “Game of the Week” and will also honor seniors Dave Henry and Stephen Kaufman for their astounding four years as Lancers. It will also serve as a big recruiting day for Grace athletics, as several prospective students will be in attendance for “Red & White Day.”

“We are thankful that we able to partner with our admissions office and Grace’s ‘Student Life’ organization each year to bring one televised men’s game,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the OCC, and it works out great for the viewing area to see northern Indiana basketball on television.”

The game will be aired at 11 p.m. on Saturday and again on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.


Blizzard of 2011 Postpones Grace Games

2/2/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Mid-Central College Conference has postponed Tuesday's men's basketball games and Wednesday's women's basketball games due to the winter storm across much of Indiana and Michigan. Both the men's and women's games have been moved to Thursday, and the remainder of the schedule will stay as planned.

As a result, Grace's men's basketball game with Huntington will be played on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Orthopaedic Capital Center. Grace's women's basketball game at Huntington will start Thursday at 7 p.m.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, fans, and officials became my primary concern when making this decision,” said MCC Commissioner J.D. Collins. “If in fact the storm is as strong as the forecasters say, this scenario will ensure the safety of our participants and that the conference can maintain a competitive equal ground.”


Harlem Globetrotters Ignite the Orthopaedic Capital Center

1/19/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters made their first-ever appearance at Grace and the Orthopaedic Capital Center on Wednesday night and did not disappoint the packed arena of 1,300.

The Globetrotters displayed their trademarked flair and style on the hardwood, unleashing a series of thunderous alley-oops and aerobatic feats that entertained both kids and adults alike. As a celebration of the Globetrotters' 85th consecutive year of touring the world, they unvieled their latest innovation to the game of basketball with the 4-point shot.

"The Orthopaedic Capital Center is one of the finest small-college facilities we will play in all year," said the Globetrotters' head coach Barry Hardy. "It's a great place with great people."


Grace to Host Mid-Winter Classic

12/16/10

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College is set to host the Mid-Winter Classic on Dec. 21 between Warsaw Community High School and Triton High School at the Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake, Ind. This will be the first regular season matchup between the two boys’ teams since the 1982-83 season.

The event, sponsored by the Kosciusko Community Hospital, Miller’s Merry Manor, and Wildman Business Group, is a doubleheader between the two school’s girls’ and boys’ varsity teams. The girls’ game will kick off the evening at 6 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 8 p.m. Gates at the Orthopaedic Capital Center will open at 5 p.m. that evening.

“We are very humbled by the opportunity to host such a prestigious event in the Mid-Winter Classic at the Orthopaedic Capital Center,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe.  “I want to personally thank athletic directors Joe Santa at Warsaw and Mason McIntyre at Triton for all their efforts in bringing this event together for our community.  We look forward to creating a special ‘Hoosier basketball’ atmosphere at the OCC for this marquee event.”

Any person, including preschoolers, who occupies a seat must purchase a ticket. Tickets for Warsaw fans will go on sale at Warsaw High School on Friday, Dec. 3, at the boys’ home game that night.

Portions of the Warsaw ticket sales will go to benefit Our Father’s House in Warsaw, Ind. Triton’s ticket sales will help support a charity of their choice, and Grace will donate part of their proceeds to benefit Jeremy Mohr, a student who was critically injured this fall.

“Warsaw Community High School is excited to be a part of this event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase excellent high school basketball programs, and at the same time give something back to our respective communities,” said Warsaw athletic director Joe Santa. “Our coaches and our athletes are looking forward to playing at the Orthopaedic Capital Center. We appreciate Grace College allowing us this opportunity.”

Tickets for Triton fans will first go on sale on Dec. 6 for the parents of the players and cheerleaders. On Dec. 7, tickets will be available for Triton Gold Card and Pass Holders, and on Dec. 8, the general public can purchase their tickets. All tickets can be bought from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Triton High School each day until the ticket supply is gone.

“The Triton Athletic Department is pleased to announce the restoration of this old rivalry,” said Triton athletic director Mason McIntyre. “Our boys’ and girls’ basketball programs are excited about participating in the rich Indiana basketball tradition and look forward to the great atmosphere that Grace College's Orthopaedic Capital Center will provide. This night will prove to be nothing short of spectacular.”

There will also be a special free opportunity the morning of the game for kids in the community to meet and hear from the high school coaches and players of both the boys’ and girls’ programs at Triton and Warsaw on the morning of Dec. 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The coaches and players will share experiences and positive messages of the importance of academic excellence and athletic excellence. The first 100 kids will receive a free Mid-Winter Classic t-shirt, compliments of the Wildman Business Group. Kids in attendance will have the chance to take pictures, receive a game poster, and get autographs from their favorite Warsaw and Triton basketball players.

The Warsaw and Triton boys’ teams have not played in over a decade. The teams last squared off in sectional play during the 1996-97 season, which Warsaw won 60-50.

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Five Lancers Achieve All-American Status

12/13/10

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – After a remarkable fall season for Grace athletics, five athletes were honored as NCCAA and NAIA All-Americans in their respective sports. The awards won by Victoria Casey, Jocelyn Evans, Ashley Thomas, MariJean Wegert, and Enrica Verrett ensured that this fall was one of the most prolific in Grace history.

In women’s soccer, Casey captained the Lady Lancers as a defender and won her second consecutive First Team All-American award from the NCCAA. Casey was also named an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. Evans, a sophomore midfielder, was awarded her first national award with an NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention.

Thomas and Wegert completed their senior campaigns for the women’s cross country team by being  named NCCAA All-Americans, the first time the women’s program has had two All-Americans in one season. Wegert went on to represent Grace at the NAIA National Championships, where she finished 60th out of 331 runners.

Verrett was named an NCCAA Second Team All-American after leading Grace’s volleyball team to a third place finish in the conference this year, the best result for the program since 2001. Verrett had a team-high 357 kills to go along with 16 solo blocks and 54 block assists.


Harlem Globetrotters Come to OCC

12/11/10

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College, in conjunction with the City-County Athletic Complex , is proud to welcome the Harlem Globetrotters to the Orthopaedic Capital Center on Jan. 19, 2011, at 7 p.m.

The Globetrotters will be celebrating their 85th consecutive year of touring the world starting in 2011. Find out more information on the Globetrotters here.

Tickets will be sold at the Grace College athletic department, Kosciusko County Visitors Bureau, Reinholt's Town Square Furniture, CCAC. General admission tickets will be sold for $25, and courtside seats are available for $52.

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The Harlem Globetrotters, who have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, have implemented the first-ever 4-point shot as part of all of its games on the team’s 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the team’s record 85th season of touring.

This game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals at Orthopaedic Capital Center.  

“The Globetrotters have been at the forefront of basketball’s evolution throughout the sport’s history,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “From the alley-oop to the slam dunk to the behind-the-back pass, the Globetrotters have long brought innovations to basketball that are now staples of the game, and we’re confident the 4-point shot will change the game of basketball going forward.”

Throughout the 2011 North American tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every Globetrotters game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting spots on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the spots are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line). The 4-point option is expected to further open up the playing floor for the Globetrotters as well as their opponents, the Generals, and is expected to generate even more high-scoring action and competitive play.


Grace Named Host for NCCAA Basketball Championships

12/8/10

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has selected Grace College as the host for both the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships for 2012-2014.  The championships will be held on the Grace College campus in the beautiful 2,200 seat Orthopaedic Capital Center.  These nods are an extension of Grace’s current three-year hosting stint of the NCCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship with the addition of the Men’s Championship.

“Grace College Athletic Director Chad Briscoe and his staff have proven themselves as great hosts of NCCAA National Championships, so it is with great pleasure that we award an extension of the DI women’s championship along with adding the men’s event,” stated Jerry Malone, NCCAA Director of Member Relations. 

The championship dates will be extended one day in order to accommodate the two eight-team fields that make up the championships.  Men’s and women’s games will be interspersed throughout the event.   As host, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from Grace College will earn automatic bids to the championships.

"This is a great day for our athletic department, campus and community," Briscoe said. "We are humbled and thankful to be selected by the NCCAA for the opportunity to host both of these national championships starting in 2012.  We will work diligently to create a national championship atmosphere that generates great memories for the participants, fans and our community."

Dr. Ron Manahan, President of Grace College added, “Indiana is a wonderful place to play basketball, and Grace College is honored and delighted to host these great championships.  We are grateful that the venue of our region and the Orthopaedic Capital Center received the national bid for the NCCAA DI Basketball Championships.”

The championships will swing into action with a Christian Service Project (CSP) in the Winona Lake community.  "The CSPs truly define the NCCAA and its commitment to our student-athletes," said Dan Wood, NCCAA Executive Director.  "Our goal is to remind each participant of his/her Christian responsibility prior to competing for a national championship.  One men’s and one women’s team will leave with a banner as champions, but each team and individual will have the opportunity to carry the banner for Jesus Christ while in Winona Lake and throughout their life." 

Grace will host the 2011 Division I NCCAA Women’s Basketball Championship March 17-19 at the Orthopaedic Capital Center.  More information can be found on the NCCAA website.

The NCCAA, a not-for-profit association headquartered in Greenville, S.C., is America's only Christian intercollegiate athletic association, serving 100 member colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and sponsoring 23 national championships and invitationals in men's and women's sports.  NCCAA also sponsors mission endeavors throughout the world sharing the witness of Jesus Christ through athletics.

For more information on how to become involved in the NCCAA, please call 864-250-1199 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              864-250-1199      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.thenccaa.org.


Briscoe Named
MCC Athletic Director of the Year

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Mid-Central College Conference has selected Grace College’s Chad Briscoe as the 2010 MCC Athletic Director of the Year.  Briscoe has been behind several programs’ success and has made a number of improvements to Grace’s athletic budget, department, facilities and academic achievement in his first three years at the helm of Lancer athletics.

“This award is a direct reflection of the athletic support from the administration at Grace College and the strong coaching staff within the department,” Briscoe said. “I appreciate Dr. Ron Manahan and Dr. Bill Katip for giving me the opportunity to serve at Grace.”

Under Briscoe, Grace’s athletic department had a lively schedule in the 2009-10 season. Grace hosted the NCCAA Women’s Division I National Tournament for the second year in a row, secured itself as the host of the tournament from 2009-2011, arranged it’s first Big 10 basketball game in school history (Grace vs. Indiana University, Nov. 4), and hosted NCCAA Regional events in baseball, softball and volleyball. This summer, Grace hosted the Kosciusko County basketball hall of fame induction banquet and later this month will host the BPA World Series Opening Ceremony.

Athletic aid has also vastly increased, and several facility improvements have erected during Briscoe’s short time at Grace. He has helped secure a 25 percent increase in aid for student athletes, partially due to the redevelopment of the Lancer Athletic Club, and has also helped raise funds for the softball team’s press box, scoreboard and the volleyball team’s pristine team room for the upcoming season.

He has added four soccer fields for practice and summer camps at Miller Field, and a remodeled area for coaches’ offices in Grace’s Gordon Recreation Center, used for team meetings and recruiting purposes. Briscoe oversees all athletic events, including those that take place in Grace’s Orthopaedic Capital Center, the newest facility in the state of Indiana and one of the finest gymnasiums in the NAIA.

Within the athletic department, he has implemented an annual coaches’ retreat each year for the entire staff and Champions of Character development for all coaches. Student athlete numbers have increased overall every year since Briscoe joined Grace’s athletic department three years ago.

Academically, the Lancers had 11 NAIA Scholar Teams, 14 Daktronic Scholar Athletes, 32 NCCAA Scholar Athletes, two NCCAA Scholar Teams and one LeRoy Walker MCC recipient in graduate Kyle Plumlee during the 2009-10 season.

A number of teams also saw groundbreaking success this past year on the field. The women’s soccer team recorded their best record in school history (14-6-3) and advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time in a decade under head coach Michael Voss. Lancer nation also witnessed freshman Michael Blevins, one of Briscoe’s recruits, earn the No. 1 singles MCC tournament title and junior MariJean Wegert win the 800-meter at the MCC conference meet.

The men’s soccer team also posted a regular season winning record (8-7-1) for the first time in six years under head coach Matt Hotchkin, whom Briscoe hired, the men’s tennis team finished 6-5 after a 2-10 record the year before, and the men’s baseball team tied the all-time record for most wins in a season (21). In 2008 and 2009, the men’s basketball team had back-to-back Elite Eight appearances at the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 1993.

Grace’s prized athletic director is the MCC’s Chair for the NAIA’s Champions of Character committee, the NCCAA’s DI Midwest Region Chair, Vice-President of the CCAC (City County Athletic Complex) and serves as the coordinator for the Interstate Church Softball Tournament, which raised funds for mission work in Paraguay.

“I want to personally thank J.D. Collins (MCC Commissioner) and all the athletic directors within the MCC conference for this award,” Briscoe continued. “It is a blessing to work in such a highly respected conference within the NAIA that cares about impacting lives through the arena of athletics.”

Briscoe is a native of Roanoke, Virginia where he attended Northside High School. His senior year (1991) he was named Blue Ridge District Basketball Player of the Year and led the Vikings to the state tournament and a (23-3) record which still stands as the best record in school history.  He later went on to serve as the General Manager for the Pulaski Rangers (Appalachian League) from 1998-2000.


Raymond Named
Head Track & Cross Country Coach at Grace

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s athletic department has named Jeff Raymond the new men’s and women’s track and field and men’s and women’s cross country coach.