Tim Fox has signed his letter of intent to continue his running career at Grace College.
Fox is a native of Carmel, Ind., who ran for the Northpoint homeschool group. His best time in the mile is 4 minutes, 44 seconds, and his fastest time for two miles is 10:32.
"I really felt God's leading toward Grace. Grace meets all of my desires regarding academics, cost and athletics," Fox said. "God made me to run, be He also made me to work hard. I wish to see how far I can go physically while also becoming stronger in mind."
Fox steadily decreased his time in the 5k run as well, posting a personal-best mark of 17:38.
"I look for Tim to be a pleasant surprise for our team," said Grace cross country and track coach Jeff Raymond. "He's had a year away from school but has actually been running very consistently and should be in great shape when he arrives on campus. He's a great fit for Grace and our program."
During his time at Grace, Fox hopes to major in biology and Biblical studies. He is the son of Jeffrey and Tricia Fox.
Grace’s volleyball team under head coach Andria Harshman is thrilled to announce its freshman class for 2013.
Kaitlin Kerrigan (Muncie Central HS), Megan Johnson (Tri-County North HS, Ohio), Taylor Baird (McCutcheon HS), Grace Woolsey (Fort Wayne Snider HS) and Gabby Dunlap (Pioneer HS) will help the Lady Lancers reload in the always-competitive Crossroads League for the 2013 season.
Kerrigan is a 5-foot-8 outside hitter for volleyball powerhouse Muncie Central. She is a versatile and athletic player who helped the Muncie Central to the state championship match as a sophomore.
As a junior Kerrigan contributed 174 kills, 22 service aces and 224 digs. She increased her offensive production as a senior with 225 kills on only 69 attack errors, winning her second straight Second Team All-North Central Conference honor in the process.
During her time at Grace, Kerrigan plans to study elementary and special education.
“Grace offers the opportunity for me to pursue my major and participate in a strong volleyball program in a Christian environment,” Kerrigan said. “I will strive to maintain the high academic standards Grace College athletes have been nationally recognized for, and I would like to elevate to the next level as a volleyball player.”
Johnson is a 6-foot outside hitter from Tri-County North (Ohio). She holds multiple school records at TCN including most aces in a match (12) as well as most kills in a match (22), season (274) and career (637).
She has racked up multiple athletic awards during her high school career. She has won three First Team All-Conference, All-County and All-District honors. She was also named the Preble County Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
As a senior, she was named the District 15 Player of the Year after pounding out 274 kills, 29 blocks, 46 service aces and 308 digs.
Coach Harshman: “Megan is an outstanding woman of faith, and I am so thrilled about her decision to come to Grace this fall! She is a tenacious volleyball player and driven academically as well. Her love for the game, passion for the Lord and spunky personality are going to be huge assets for the Lancers.”
Johnson hopes to major in mechanical engineering at Grace. She was also an outstanding basketball player at TNC, earning All-County and All-Conference honors. She also graduated as the school's all-time leader in rebounds.
Click here for a video of Johnson’s signing.
Baird is a 6-foot versatile player from McCutcheon High School. She led the team in blocks during her senior season, finishing second statistically in the conference.
Baird aided the team’s sectional championship run as a junior when the squad finished 24-9.
On the basketball court, Baird helped McCutcheon win sectionals and regionals on their way to a semi-state appearance in 2011.
Baird excelled in the classroom as she earned the school’s valedictorian honor upon graduation. She was also a member of the IHSAA Leadership organization and the National Honor Society.
Coach Harshman: “Taylor is a top-notch setter. Not only is she 6-foot, but she is also very aggressive and fun-spirited. Her character is top-notch, and she is valedictorian of her class! We are thrilled to have Taylor coming into our squad next year. After spending a lot of time getting to know Taylor and her family, I see great things during her time at Grace.”
Baird hopes to study pre-vet during her time at Grace.
Click here for a video of Baird’s signing.
Woolsey is a 6-foot middle hitter from Fort Wayne Snider High School.
She helped pace Snider to an 18-14 record during her senior campaign as she tallied 17 block assists. After her senior year, Woolsey was honored as the recipient of the Mental Attitude Award from the Summit Athletic Conference.
As a junior she pounded out 123 kills on 289 attempts. She also finished second on the team in blocks.
Coach Harshman: “Grace is a Cinderella story for us. We were looking for one more middle hitter to round out our 2013 class, and she walked into the gym for a tryout and was a dominant player for us right away. Not only is she a good volleyball player, but her heart for the Lord and serving His people is evident to all that know her. I am thrilled about what she is bringing to this team.”
Click here for a video of Woolsey’s signing.
Dunlap is a 5-foot-8 outside hitter from Pioneer High School. She helped Pioneer to sectional and regional crowns during her senior campaign, finishing the year as the No. 6-ranked team in Class A.
Her 339 kills as a senior ranked in the top 80 in the state, and she also tallied 27 aces, 289 digs and 52 blocks to earn All-Conference honors from the Midwest Conference.
She recorded 224 kills as a junior to go along with 40 aces and 72 blocks. Pioneer finished 31-6 in 2011.
Coach Harshman: “Gabby is going to do some double time for us this year by playing on the JV and the varsity teams. She is a dynamic outside hitter and leader on the court with her charismatic personality, and we are thrilled she is going to be filling both roles this year. I think this year will really develop her into the player we need on the varsity level by working on the JV as a court leader as well as learning the system with the varsity team.”
Grace’s women’s basketball team has picked up a commitment from Bryanna Moore of Snider High School.
Moore is a 5-foot-5 point guard who has helped her squads claim three sectional championships during her high school career. As a senior Moore picked up Second Team All-Conference honors by averaging 13 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds per game.
She was also honorable mention for All-Conference as a junior for Snider.
“I chose Grace because it is a Christian-based university. I like the size of the campus and the fact that I can get a great education,” Moore said. “I want to be a team player on the basketball team. I would love to win the conference and make the NAIA tournament.”
Moore, a speedy point guard, was also a standout on Snider’s track team. She qualified for the state meet in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 4x100 relay.
“Bryanna is going to be a great addition to our program for the next four years. She has the ability to break down the defense with the dribble as well as defend and create turnovers with her aggressive style,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Bryanna was the captain her senior year and is excited to grow in both her faith at a Christian college and in basketball. I look forward to seeing her improve every year and become a very good player in the Crossroads League.”
Moore, who is the daughter of Brian Epps and Tira Brown, hopes to study journalism/broadcasting during her time at Grace.
One of the finest two-sport athletes in Northeastern High School’s history has signed to play softball and basketball at Grace College.
Hannah Adams is set to continue her two-sport playing career with the Lady Lancers in 2013-14.
Adams is a 5-foot-11 athlete for Northeastern who has been an All-Conference pitcher each of her softball seasons. As a junior Adams posted a 1.56 ERA to go along with 208 strikeouts in 117 innings, ranking in the top 10 in the state for strikeouts and strikeouts per game.
“I was looking for a small Christian college close to home, and Grace was a great fit for me,” Adams said. “I’m excited to become a better player and to compete to my best ability every practice and every game.”
So far during her senior campaign, Adams boasts a 1.72 ERA, striking out 79 batters in 53 innings. She is also batting .536 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 11 games, according to VarVee.com.
“Hannah is a great all-around player. She will add depth to our pitching lineup and helps differentiates our staff,” said Grace softball coach Heather Johnson. “She gives us a different look than we’ve had before and should help take our team to the next level.”
On the basketball court, Adams averaged a double-double in her final season with 14.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. At the season’s conclusion, Adams was named honorable mention for Senior All-State on the hardwood.
“Hannah is a two-sport athlete that will help both of our programs. She has versatility to hit the outside shot as well as score inside,” said Grace basketball coach Scott Blum. “She had a very good career in basketball, and I know she is excited to continue to play basketball at the next level. I am looking forward working with her to see her become the best she can be.”
Outside of the athletic realm, Adams has served as a class officer as a junior and senior. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.
Adams, who is the daughter of Max and Laura Adams, intends to major in psychology during her time at Grace.
The Grace College cross country and track programs are pleased to announce the signing of Brendon Lengacher from Blackhawk Christian.
Lengacher was the team’s Most Valuable Player in both cross country and track, holding numerous school records.
On Blackhawk Christian’s cross country squad, Lengacher helped pace the Braves to an eighth-place finish in the Small School Poll by IndianaRunner.com. He holds the school record currently in cross country with a personal-record time of 17:17 for the 5k.
“Grace is something I’ve really been praying about and looking forward to. It is very biblically solid, and I want to continue my Bible education,” Lengacher said in a video interview with Fort Wayne’s WANE.
“[Grace has] kind of a growing team and seems to be continuing to grow. Our track program just started three years ago, so I kind of get that experience. I’m just excited to see what I can contribute.”
Lengacher also is the school-record holder for three events in track: the 400-meter race, the 800 and the 1600. His personal-best finish in the 1600 is 4:42.
"We're pleased to add an individual like Brendon to our program,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He comes with high praise from everyone I talked to. He's shown the ability to be successful in a relatively new program at Blackhawk Christian, so we anticipate his continued improvement here at Grace."
While at Grace, Lengacher plans to study occupational therapy. He is the son of Steven and Penny Lengacher.
Hunter Reed, an accomplished runner from Eau Claire High School (Mich.), has signed with Grace College’s cross country and track teams for the 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-2 Reed has qualified for Michigan’s individual state meets in both cross country and track during his career, including three times in cross country and twice for track.
“My family has gone to Grace, and the school was a great fit for my degree and dreams,” Reed said. “I’m looking forward to getting a quality education while running to the best of my ability to benefit the team.”
Reed helped Eau Claire to a conference championship in three sports: basketball, cross country and track. He was also first place Academic All-State in cross country.
"Hunter will add some great depth to our cross country and distance crew. He comes from a strong small-school program, so he knows what it takes to be successful,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He is very familiar with Grace and should be a very good fit for our program."
Reed is an outstanding student as the school’s co-valedictorian. He also served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society.
During his time at Grace, Reed hopes to major in math education. He is the son of Kevin and Kathy Reed.
The Grace College baseball team has picked up a commitment from Tyler Cook of George Jenkins Senior High School (Fla.).
Cook is a 5-foot-10 senior at George Jenkins who has started at pitcher and outfield. During his junior season Cook posted a 4-1 record from the mound with a 2.37 ERA.
“I felt like Grace was the right fit for me from a religious, education and baseball point of view,” Cook said. “The team seemed like a family. I’m excited to play for four years and help the team as much as I can.”
Cook, in the midst of his senior year at George Jenkins, is the team’s captain. He has a 1.05 ERA so far in his senior campaign, limiting opposing batters to a .217 batting average.
“Tyler is a very good baseball player from Central Florida who has succeeded in a very competitive environment. His physical skills include arm strength, speed, hitting and pitching,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “He has developed into a player who is very tough mentally. He will fit in well at Grace with his teammates and with the general student body.”
Cook was part of the school’s homecoming court and also won a poetry award during his high school career. While at Grace he hopes to study education, journalism or mass communications.
“Tyler is a student-athlete who puts forth tremendous effort to achieve not only his goal but also the goals of the team,” said George Jenkins coach James Kilborn. “He is a versatile player who is capable of performing at high levels in multiple positions on the field. Tyler is dedicated to his teammates, is never rattled or nervous, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done.”
Cook, who lives in Lakeland, Fla., is the son of Todd and Thea Cook.
Grace College’s baseball team has announced the signing of an accomplished student-athlete in Paul Blankley.
Blankley is a 5-foot-9 senior middle infielder from Mooresville, N.C. He played baseball with the Charlotte Stampede.
He is also an outstanding student-athlete as a National Merit Finalist.
“Grace College offered the best combination of academics, athletics and Christian atmosphere,” Blankley said. “I’m ready to play to the best of my ability to honor God and my team.”
Blankley has batted at least .300 all four years with the Charlotte Stampede. He was also named as one of Impact Baseball’s top defensive infielders in 2011.
“Paul is another great addition to our program. He is gifted on and off the field,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “His commitment to his studies and baseball is evident given his past accomplishments. More importantly, his walk with the Lord is strong. Paul will be an exceptional addition to Grace College and our baseball program.”
Blankley resides in Mooresville, N.C., and is the son of Alan and Suzanne Blankley.
Brandon Smith of Pendleton Heights High School has decided to continue his running career at Grace College.
Smith is a versatile member of the Arabians’ cross country and track teams. He was an All-Regional performer in cross country, posting a personal-best time of 16:26 in the 5k.
“Grace has a great engineering program which was a big draw. On my visit to campus, I was blown away by how nice the guys on the team are,” Smith said. “I would like to perform well as a Lancer and make it to nationals.”
On the track team in high school, Smith has impressed in both the mid-distance and relay events. His personal bests include 4:34 in 1600 meters and 9:52 in the 3200.
He helped lead the Arabians to back-to-back county championships for only the second time in school history.
"Brandon will be a very versatile runner for us. I think he will contend for a top-five spot on our cross country team right away, and he has the ability to be a factor in several individual track events,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “I also see him being a vital part of some of our distance relays."
Smith, who resides in Pendleton, Ind., hopes to study bio-medical engineering during his time at Grace.
“Brandon has been an outstanding young man to coach,” said Pendleton Heights coach Brandon Smith. “He has been a four-year letter winner, part of an All-State relay team and captain along with many other accomplishments. He will be a huge loss to the Arabians.”
Smith is the son of Brant Smith.
Grace’s track team has signed multi-talented Tyler Back out of Jay County High School for the 2013-14 season.
Back is a three-sport athlete at Jay County, exceling at the throwing events throughout his career. The 6-foot-4 senior qualified for the Indiana state meet in the shot put as a junior.
“Grace is a small campus within a good environment that also had the major I wanted,” Back said. “I plan to maintain good grades and improve to help the team and represent Grace well.”
Back has earned 10 letters so far in his high school career. He was also a two-year captain on both the football and basketball teams.
Apart from the athletic fields, Back was a member of the National Honor Society.
"Tyler has the ability to step right in and be a major factor in the throwing events,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “He's a good all-around athlete and should adjust very well to the weight of the college implements. I'm very excited that he will be joining our team."
While at Grace, Back hopes to major in exercise science. He is the son of Bill and Michelle Back.
Grace’s men’s basketball team has added a local talent to next year’s roster in Warsaw Community’s John Swanson.
Swanson is a 6-foot-4 post player who played a key role in Warsaw’s impressive 2012-13 season. The Tigers won an improbable sectional championship during Swanson’s senior campaign, upsetting 4A No. 8 Concord along the way.
“The atmosphere at Grace is amazing,” Swanson said. “The business school was exceptional, and I really wanted to attend a Christian college.”
As a senior Swanson was given Warsaw’s Most Improved Player Award and the Coach’s Award. He also posted the team’s best two-point field goal percentage.
On Jan. 4 Swanson was named the Channel 46 Student-Athlete of the Week.
“John [Swanson] really improved in the last year or two. He was instrumental in the Tigers having a good season this year as he stepped up his game,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “I think John is a consistently hard worker who understands and plays his role well. He is a strong student and active in his church. Overall he is a great fit for Grace College.”
Swanson is an accomplished student-athlete as a member of the National Honor Society and a consistent presence on Warsaw’s honor roll. He is also heavily involved at his church and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Swanson, who is the son of Jim and Patricia Swanson, hopes to study marketing during his time at Grace.
The Grace College baseball team has announced the signing of Logan Grigsby for the 2013-14 season.
Grigsby is a versatile 6-foot-2 player for Rim of the World High School (Calif.) who has pitched and played shortstop and centerfield during his high school career.
Despite missing some of his junior season due to injury, Grigsby still managed to post a 2-1 pitching record with a 3.00 ERA. He also topped .300 for his batting average from the plate.
In the fall of his senior year, Grigsby tallied a 5-0 pitching record while playing against some of Southern California’s top competition.
“Grace College gives me a great opportunity to grow spiritually in my walk with God as I pursue a higher education,” Grigsby said. “I was drawn to Grace by Coach Barr and Coach Gonzales’s belief in me as a ball player.”
Grigsby was also a three-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as team captain as a senior.
In the classroom Grigsby has picked up several academic honors as a strong scholar-athlete.
“Logan will play an important role for us in 2013-2014. He has a strong baseball background having competed in California,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “He is also very well-rounded off the field. We are looking for Logan to make an immediate impact on next year's pitching staff.”
Grigsby, who is the son of Brock and Maren Grigsby, hopes to study biology and business during his time at Grace.
The Grace College cross country and track teams have added a talented newcomer to their 2013-14 roster with the signing of Sarah Hoff.
Hoff is a standout athlete for Open Door Christian School (Ohio). She has earned First and Second Team All-County honors for her cross country achievements, qualifying for Ohio’s regionals three times.
She is also a two-time regional qualifier for track as a member of the Patriots’ 4x800-meter relay team. Hoff’s personal-best times include 20:17 for the 5k race and 2:30.83 in the 800.
“I chose Grace College because it felt like home. It was the one place I could always count on a response from, and I felt God leading me here,” Hoff said. “My goals are to improve my running skills, excel in the classroom to the best of my ability and to be the best runner I can be.”
Hoff is also a strong student as a member of the high honor roll and the National Honor Society at Open Door Christian.
"We're very pleased that Sarah will be in a Lancer uniform for the next few years,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She has run well in both cross country and track and should continue to get better. She will be a great fit at Grace."
Hoff, who plans to study elementary and special education at Grace, is the daughter of Dwayne and Jennifer Hoff.
Pendleton Heights’ standout midfielder Meghan Wiles has decided to continue her soccer career at Grace College, starting in the fall of 2013.
Wiles is a three-time team MVP at Pendleton Heights who also earned three All-Conference honors from the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
She was named the Herald Bulletin Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as a junior as well as the Indiana Coaches Association Top Team Player in 2010.
Wiles received First Team All-District honors during her final two seasons at Pendleton Heights.
She will be coming to Grace after transferring from Indiana University, where she signed to play out of high school.
“I’m very excited to welcome Meghan to Grace. She loves Jesus and lives out her faith on and off the soccer field,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She is an accomplished, technical player who consistently outworks her opponents.”
Wiles played club soccer for Carmel United, winning four club state championships. Carmel United won the ECNL Division B National Championship in 2011 and the Midwest Region League First Division in 2007.
Carmel United was also a Region II regional semifinalist in 2009.
“Meghan brings a passion to train and play,” Voss continued. “She will make an immediate impact on our squad.”
Wiles is the daughter of Tom and Mandy Wiles. Her sister Kaitlan just completed her sophomore season as a midfielder for Grace’s women’s soccer team.
Jonathan Sands of Valor Christian (Colo.) has been announced as the first 2013 recruit to the Grace College men’s soccer team.
Sands is a 6-foot defender who has played both centrally and outside in defense for Valor Christian over the past four years. He earned honorable mention for All-State and served as the team’s captain.
He also picked up a pair of Second Team All-Conference selections during his career.
“The community at Grace is awesome, and I already have many great friends who went to Grace after Valor,” Sands said. “I’m looking forward to making great friendships with the guys on the team and contribute in the best way I can. I also want to help Grace play at the highest level.”
During his senior campaign, Valor’s defense surrendered one or fewer goals in nine of the team’s 16 games. Valor was ranked in the top 10 in Colorado during the 2012 season.
The Eagles also handed 4A No. 1 Palmer Ridge one of only two defeats they suffered all year.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Jonathan. He has a great personality and will bring that to our team,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “He is an extremely competent player and has played at a high level. Jon is crafty and strong on the ball, and he could play any position in the back for us.”
Apart from the Valor Christian soccer team, Sands has been a member of both the Real Colorado Academy Team as well as Nike Rush Colorado.
“We are so excited to see Jonathan join the Grace College community. He and his family were a blessing to our community here in Colorado in so many ways,” said Valor head coach Brian Shultz. “Grace is getting a very talented, dedicated and godly young man, and we hope to hear good things back in the near future.”
Sands, who lives in Parker, Colo., is the son of Jim and Kim Sands.
Grace’s men’s tennis team has signed a local standout to its 2013-14 roster in David Driscoll from Wabash High School.
Driscoll is a four-time All-Conference performer in the Three Rivers Conference.
“When I first visited Grace, I really liked the location and the beautiful campus,” Driscoll said. “Grace is only 40 minutes away from Wabash. Therefore I can be home if I need to be or I can stay on campus and be away if I want to be.”
Wabash has won four straight TRC championships over the past four years. Additionally, Driscoll has helped the team win two sectional crowns as Wabash’s No. 1 singles player.
He posted an 18-5 record as a senior, winning the conference singles championship.
"David had a strong career at Wabash. He was an example of what dedication, hard work and talent bring to the table in terms of achieving success," said Wabash head coach Dan Ford. "With his positive attitude and continued effort, Grace College tennis will benefit from having him as a teammate."
Outside of athletics, Driscoll has been involved in the athletic student council. He plans to major in sport management or marketing during his time at Grace.
Dariyan Morris and Darian Patton led Merrillville’s girls’ basketball team to a 23-2 record and the state’s No. 5 ranking during the 2012-13 season.
The duo will now take their talents to Grace College to continue their basketball careers.
Merrillville posted an undefeated 20-0 regular season during the pair’s junior season. Morris and Patton helped Merrillville win 39 consecutive games in the regular season during the past two years before a three-point loss to Michigan City on Jan. 25 ended the team’s streak.
Grace’s head coach Scott Blum had this to say about adding Morris and Patton to the Lady Lancers’ roster next year: “We are truly blessed to have both Darian and Dariyan join our family. Their experience playing side-by-side the last four years will allow them to fit in quickly with our system and continue to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning a national championship.”
Morris was named The Times’ Indiana Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2013 and was invited to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Senior Workout at the season’s conclusion.
“Grace’s positive Christian atmosphere drew me to the school. It also allows me to play competitive basketball while obtaining my college degree,” Morris said. “I’m excited to work hard and fix what needs to improve in my game to be the best I can be.”
During her senior campaign, Morris averaged 15.0 points, 2.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game. She drained 40 shots from the 3-point line and helped pilot Merrillville to two straight Duneland Athletic Conference championships. She was also named the DAC’s Most Valuable Player in 2013 in addition to being honorable mention for All-State.
“Dariyan [Morris] has had an outstanding senior season. She has the ability to bring the ball up the floor or run up the sideline to attack the wing,” Blum said. “Dariyan has potential to become a very good player in our league. She could become the best defender in our league. With her ability to excel at both ends of the floor, Dariyan should have an impact right away in our program and in the Crossroads League. Dariyan has a great heart for others and the Lord, and we look forward to guiding her along her path at Grace.”
Morris appeared on Merrillville’s honor roll during her academic career. During her time at Grace, she hopes to major in criminal justice and graphic design. Morris is the daughter of Terrance and Darnieshia Morris.
Darian Patton was Merrillville’s emotional leader during the team’s 2012-13 season, evidenced by winning the Team Leadership Award.
The 5-foot-9 guard picked up First Team All-Conference honors from the Duneland Athletic Conference as a senior after tallying 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. She also led the team in charges taken.
Her standout game was in the 2013 regional semifinals where she scored 23 points.
“I was attracted to the Christian program as well as the education and sports Grace provides,” Patton said. “When I visited Grace I felt very welcomed and convinced that this is where I fit. Coach Blum encouraged me and welcomed me.”
During her senior campaign, Patton broke her thumb and missed eight games. But despite missing nearly two months of the season, Patton continued to lead her team from the sidelines before eventually working her way back into the rotation (click here to read Steve Hanlon’s feature on Patton’s injury and how her faith empowered her positive attitude from the Northwest Indiana Times).
“Darian [Patton] is an outstanding young lady who loves the Lord and loves the game of basketball,” Blum said. “She is an athletic guard who can shoot the 3 and attack the rim with the dribble. She has the size and strength to guard a forward in our league. She will have an immediate impact on our program and will bring passion, leadership and competitiveness to the floor next season.”
Patton plans to study physical therapy during her time at Grace. She is the daughter of Anthony and Erma Patton.
The Grace College baseball team has added another commitment for the 2013-14 season in Andy Kochel of Joliet Central High School.
“I chose Grace College because I will get a Christian education while being able to continue my baseball career,” Kochel said. “When I visited, the faculty seemed to genuinely care about their students.”
Kochel is a 6-foot-3 pitcher who has four years of experience on the mound for Joliet Central. As a junior, the right-handed pitcher led the team in strikeouts.
“Andy has had to compete in a highly competitive high school area which should prepare him well for the next stage in his career,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “He is a physically strong young man who will develop into a solid college pitcher. His ability, background and competitive nature should carry him a long ways as it relates to baseball.”
Kochel is a standout in the classroom as well. He has been on Joliet Central’s high honor roll throughout his high school career and has also been a three-time Student of the Month.
“I am extremely proud of Andrew’s accomplishments. He is expected to be one of our top pitchers this year in a very tough conference,” said Joliet Central coach Antonio Juarez. “Andrew has worked hard in his baseball career to put him in the position to play baseball at the next level.”
During his time at Grace, Kochel hopes to major in information systems. Kochel, who is the son of Jeff and Terri Kochel, lives in Joliet, Ill.
Sammy Wilkerson, a standout pitcher from Edinburgh High School, has decided to continue his baseball career at Grace College.
Wilkerson is a multitalented player for Edinburgh who can pitch or play middle infielder equally well. He was the team’s leadoff hitter over the past three years with a mid-to-high .300 batting average each season.
“Sammy is an important signee for our 2013-14 class because he is so versatile. He will be able to compete very well for us as a pitcher and infielder,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “Sammy will also be a very solid influence for his teammates off the field. We are very excited to have Sammy join our family at Grace.”
As a junior Wilkerson posted a 5-2 record on the mound with a 1.32 ERA. He recorded 84 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched, earning All-Conference and honorable mention for All-State honors by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
He is also a strong defender who has ranked among the area’s leaders in fielding percentage and assists.
“Sam is a great leader both verbally and physically. He’s the first one on the field and the last one off it,” said Edinburgh coach Cole Zook. “Sam is the hardest-working athlete I’ve had the privilege to have been around. Sam has been a great player, excellent leader and a great kid to have in our program. I look for great things from him in his senior year as he furthers his academic and baseball career as a Grace College Lancer.”
One of the top tennis players in the state of Indiana has signed with Grace College. Jacob Stump of Angola High School has decided to continue his tennis career at Grace under head coach Larry Schuh.
Stump is the winningest singles player in Angola’s history, charging his way to the IHSAA Individual State Tournament in 2012.
“I chose Grace to get a Christian-based education. Grace has a great community-based atmosphere at the campus,” Stump said. “I’m excited to continue developing and growing my tennis abilities, competing at a high level and contributing my best to help the team be successful.”
During his senior year, Stump helped pilot Angola to a conference tournament championship. Stump took the No. 1 singles crown in the conference tournament.
Stump was named the All-Area Tennis Prep of the Year as a result of his outstanding senior campaign.
“Jake’s talent was obvious at an early age. The time and effort he put into his own development made him into a champion,” said Angola tennis coach Scott Hottell. “Congratulations to both Jake and Grace College. I wish Jake and his teammates success in the classroom and on the court.”
Stump, who resides in Angola, Ind., is the son of Mark and Stephanee Stump.
Union County softball standout Allison Franklin has decided to continue her playing days at Grace College.
Franklin is a versatile option for Grace head coach Heather Johnson because of her ability to pitch, catch or play the infield.
As a junior Franklin won All-Conference honors. She led Union County’s offense with a .467 batting average, helping the team to its second consecutive sectional championship. Union County also won the program’s first regional title during Franklin’s junior campaign.
“I was drawn to Grace because of the strong sport management program and because it’s a community-based school,” Franklin said. “I’m looking forward to making myself a better softball player and to become stronger in spots that I may not be strong in now.”
Franklin also played volleyball on Union County’s squad during her high school career. She has posted a GPA of at least 3.0 in each of the past three years.
“Allison is a great kid with a real passion for softball. She is constantly setting an example of how to do things the right way,” said Union County head coach Scott Gray. “She is a true leader on and off the diamond. She will be a great attribute to Grace.”
While at Grace Franklin hopes to study sport management. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Franklin.
Jonathan (J.J.) Weimer has signed his letter of intent to continue his running career at Grace College.
Weimer is an accomplished cross country and track performer who graduates from West Noble High School in the summer of 2013.
“Grace is extremely sound when it comes to the Bible, which was a draw for me,” Weimer said. “I really enjoyed my visit to the campus and am excited to run for the Lancers soon.”
Weimer’s personal-best time in the 5k race for cross country is 16:26. He was an All-Conference and All-Area runner who advanced to the Indiana semistate race twice and the state meet once during his career.
He’s also qualified to the regional level in track, where he runs distance events. His personal best in the 3200-meter race is 10:07.
"J.J. comes from a great program at West Noble, so we are excited that he will be coming to Grace,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He's a young man of high character and the determination to excel. Those are wonderful qualities to have on our team."
Weimer, who is the son of Wes and Melissa Weimer, lives in Cromwell, Ind.
Grace’s women’s soccer team and head coach Michael Voss have landed their first recruit for the class of 2014 in Carlie Salinas of NorthWood High School.
Salinas, a 5-foot-7 central defender, was the school’s Defensive MVP. She earned First Team All-District and All-Northern Lakes Conference honors as a junior.
Her defense helped lead NorthWood to a 10-5-3 record in 2012 as the squad posted eight shutouts during the season.
“After spending time with the coaches and girls, I know this is where God wants me to be to build my platform,” Salinas said. “I always have so much fun with the awesome group of girls Coach Voss has brought to play soccer for Christ. I really feel that Grace will be my second home.”
At the club soccer level, Salinas has been a three-year captain for the Indiana Invaders. Her Invaders’ team won the 2011 Indiana Presidents Cup and the Grove United Memorial Day Shootout in 2012 and 2011.
Salinas has been highly involved in her church’s youth group, including international mission trips.
"I am pleased to welcome Carlie to the Grace College Women's Soccer family. She loves the Lord passionately and desires to see Christ glorified through soccer here in Indiana and throughout the world,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Carlie is a super tough defender who will make our program and defense better immediately through her character, work ethic and communication. Carlie will fit right in with these women who love the Lord and desire to ball it up.”
Salinas, who is the daughter of Carl and Janelle Salinas, intends to major in elementary education during her time at Grace.
Morgan Hutcheson, of Indianapolis softball power Franklin Central, has signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career at Grace College.
Hutcheson is a senior outfielder for Franklin Central who has batted .403 in a Flashes’ uniform.
“I chose Grace College because I wanted to attend a Christian school that embraces and reflects God’s Word,” Hutcheson said. “The moment I stepped onto campus, I felt like I was home.”
During her high school career, Hutcheson has tallied 25 hits, 22 runs and 6 stolen bases. She has posted a .453 batting average during her summer ball experience as well.
The Indiana Crossroads Conference named Hutcheson a Conference Student-Athlete. She has earned honor roll status at Franklin Central throughout high school.
“Morgan is another great addition to our program,” said Grace head coach Heather Johnson. “She brings an aggressive style of play and has great speed that she uses as a slapper and outfielder. She is a hard-working player who will help us raise our level of play.”
Hutcheson, the daughter of James and Robin Hutcheson, hopes to major in elementary education at Grace.
Maribeth Strong has declared her intent to continue her softball career at Grace College starting in the 2013-14 season.
Strong has been a steady contributor to the best seasons in Kankakee Valley High School’s history.
In 2011 Kankakee Valley posted a school-record 24-4 record en route to the program’s first Northwest Crossroads Conference championship.
Along the way, the Kougars recorded the best start in school history and were ranked in the top 10 in the state for 3A schools.
“I chose Grace College because I fell in love with the small campus and its loving, Christ-like atmosphere,” Strong said. “My athletic goal is to continue to improve and better my skills in softball.”
Strong, who can play both second base and outfield, was a member of the 2012 NSA “Class B” World Series championship squad.
“Maribeth will add immediate depth to our middle infield position next year,” said Grace head coach Heather Johnson. “She is a very intelligent young lady who is also an aggressive player and not afraid to get dirty. We are excited to add her to our team.”
She has been a consistent presence on Kankakee Valley’s honor roll since her freshman year. She serves as the class president for the National Honor Society and the senior class secretary.
Strong, who is the daughter of Mark and Jenny Strong, plans to study biology at Grace.
Grace’s softball team and head coach Heather Johnson have added a commitment for the 2013-14 season in Maggie McLean.
McLean is an outfielder for Mt. Vernon High School, where she helped lead the team to both a sectional and conference championship in 2012.
“I was drawn to Grace because of the small size and friendly atmosphere,” McLean said. “I’m looking forward to learning more about the game of softball from Coach Johnson while improving and enjoying the game.”
During her junior season McLean committed zero errors in the outfield. At the plate she batted .306 and had 17 runs scored, according to VarVee.com.
“Maggie is a great fundamental player who adds depth to our outfield,” Johnson said. “Maggie is a hardworking young lady who will be a great asset to our team as we move forward.”
McLean has appeared on Mt. Vernon’s honor roll throughout her academic career and has also served as a freshman mentor.
While at Grace she aspires to major in business. McLean is the daughter of Jim and Becky McLean.
2012 First Team All-State winner Logan Irwin has decided to transfer to Grace College to conclude his collegiate basketball career.
Irwin, who is transferring from NCAA Division I Stetson University, graduated from Whitko High School as the school’s all-time leader in points, assists, steals and free throws.
While at Whitko, Irwin amassed 2,230 career points which ranks 12th all-time in state history. He also totaled 424 assists, 198 steals and 641 free throws made in his career.
“We couldn’t be more pleased than to have Logan join us,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “He can obviously score, but he does so many things well. He is an excellent defender and great passer. He’s been very well-coached.”
As a transfer, Irwin will sit out the remainder of Grace’s current season. He will play for the Lancers starting in the 2013-14 season with three years of eligibility remaining. Irwin is currently enrolled at Grace and will begin classes this month.
As a junior he was named an Indiana Junior All-Star after tallying 25.1 points, 5.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
He increased his totals to 29.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game as a senior.
“I chose to transfer to Grace because of the people that I would be surrounded with for the next three-and-a-half years,” Irwin said. “Being close to home was a big deciding factor, but the people and academics at Grace are great. I also get to play with some of my old AAU teammates. The guys on the team are very easy to get along with.”
The 6-foot point guard started in all seven games in which he played at Stetson, averaging just under 22 minutes per game.
He averaged 5.9 points per game while making 11-of-15 from the field (73 percent), 5-of-7 from the 3-point line (71 percent) and 14-of-16 from the free throw line (88 percent).
Irwin also posted the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team with 20 assists to 13 turnovers on the season.
Irwin recorded his best game of the season in his last, scoring 13 points without missing a shot to go along with four assists against Florida Atlantic.
“With Bruce [Grimm Jr.] graduating this year, to have another D-1 point guard transfer in is fantastic,” Kessler said. “He is a hard-nosed competitor who doesn’t trash talk, just competes. He’s a fierce competitor and a local player who will bring a lot of local interest. We couldn’t be happier than to have Logan as a Lancer.”
Grace College is located in Winona Lake, Ind., and is a member of the Crossroads League and is affiliated with the NAIA and the NCCAA.
Grace College's baseball team has added a commitment from local standout Jared Lemler for the 2013-14 season.
Lemler is an accomplished catcher for Warsaw Community High School. During Lemler’s junior season in 2012, he committed zero defensive errors as the starting varsity catcher.
“Grace College was the perfect fit for me. I will receive a great education and grow spiritually while being blessed to continue my baseball career,” Lemler said. “When I visited Grace, I immediately felt very comfortable and at home with the campus, the coaching staff and the team members. I am very excited about playing baseball as a Grace Lancer!”
After the 2012 season, Lemler was given the team’s Tiger Defender Award for his work defensively behind the plate.
Outside of baseball, Lemler volunteers at the Baker Youth Club and at Warsaw Little League events.
“Jared is another great character person to join our team next fall. He is a tremendous person who has great work ethic and a solid head on his shoulders,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “Jared has the skill set I have been looking for to lead us behind the plate next fall. I am convinced that we have added one of the finest high school receivers in the entire state of Indiana.”
Lemler, who is the son of Todd and Kara Lemler, intends on majoring in chemistry and pre-pharmacy while at Grace.
Wyatt Clemens, a versatile player from Ontario High School, has decided to continue his baseball career at Grace College.
Clemens is a 6-foot-2 standout for Ontario who has extensive varsity experience in the infield, outfield and on the mound.
As a sophomore, Clemens batted .390 as a first baseman, tallying 30 RBIs on a team that finished 21-7. He was even better as a junior centerfielder when he upped his batting average to .413 with 31 runs driven in.
Ontario won the sectional title in 2012 with a 25-1 record, and Clemens earned Second Team honors for All-Conference and All-District.
“I chose Grace because I wanted to attend a Christian college that offered a solid Biblical education as well as an opportunity to play baseball at a competitive level,” Clemens said. “I am looking forward to developing lifelong friendships with my teammates and helping the team become conference champions.”
Clemens pitched in seven games as a junior for Ontario. He tossed 17.1 innings and held his opponents to a .254 batting average for the season.
In the classroom, Clemens was named a Scholar-Athlete by Ontario. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
Grace College head coach Bill Barr had this to say about Clemens: "Wyatt is the complete package including: dedicated Christian, strong academic student, as well as a tremendous athlete and competitor. By adding Wyatt to our team, we will be adding a young man who has figured out early in life that his walk with Jesus takes preeminence over everything else. As believer and role model, he will be able to make an eternal impact to our team and our campus. This is an important date in the life of our program and I am very excited about him joining our team."
While at Grace, Clemens plans to study athletic training or early childhood education. He is the son of Greg and Eileen Clemens.
Grace’s baseball team is pleased to announce the signing of Plainfield South’s Jared Mitzelfelt for the 2013-14 season.
Mitzelfelt stands at 5-foot-11 and is a right-handed pitcher for Plainfield South.
During his junior campaign at Plainfield South, he posted an ERA of 3.00. He also had an impressive 10-0 record during his travel summer league season from the mound.
“Grace College gives me the opportunity to play baseball for a solid Christian college while growing closer to Christ and completing my education,” Mitzelfelt said. “I am looking forward to becoming a leader in the classroom, and I plan to work hard in building on my God-given abilities to help the baseball program compete at a high level.”
Mitzelfelt, who is the son of Steve and René Mitzelfelt, has appeared on Plainfield South’s honor roll throughout his high school career. He hopes to study exercise science at Grace.
Grace College head coach Bill Barr said this about Mitzelfelt's signing: "Jared is a solid student-athlete that we have added to our 2013-2014 recruitment class. Jared has his priorities right in life and will fit in very well at Grace College. He will add a quality arm to our pitching staff, and he will also bring a very solid work ethic and competitve edge to our team. I am looking forward to having him join us next fall."
The Grace College softball team has added Brittany Melzoni from Lawrence Central for their 2013-14 roster.
Melzoni has started since her freshman year for Lawrence Central and was an honorable mention for All-Conference honors in 2011.
As a sophomore in 2011, she batted .400 with 30 hits and 15 runs scored, according to VarVee.com. She increased her run total to 19 as a junior, adding six extra-base hits to her tally in 2012 as well.
“I was drawn to Grace because of the school’s size, campus, small classes and softball coaches,” Melzoni said. “I want to learn and grow these next four years and enjoy the game of softball.”
Melzoni has earned academic honors from Lawrence Central during her time in high school. She plans to major in biology at Grace. Melzoni is the daughter of Rusty and Martha Melzoni.
Indian Creek standout Clarissa Knight has decided to join the Grace College softball team for the 2013-14 season.
Knight is an award-winning shortstop who has batted .485 with a .727 slugging percentage through her first three seasons at Indian Creek.
As a junior, she won First Team honors for Johnson County and for the Mid-Hoosier Conference. After her sophomore season, she was named First Team All-Conference and honorable mention for All-County.
“The overall culture and atmosphere of Grace’s Christ-centeredness was a place I knew I could grow spiritually, academically and athletically,” Knight said. “I loved seeing those changes in my older sister, Andrea, and I wanted the same. I am looking forward to furthering my education from a Christ-centered worldview and to improving my softball skills.”
Knight is an accomplished student, winning the school’s Academic Athlete Award for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
“It has been a lot of fun working with Clarissa over the past 10 years. She has always been a competitor and does not have one ounce of quit in her,” said Indian Creek head coach Gary Mitchell. “I will always remember her asking to stay late at practice to work on her game. That’s the kind of effort it takes to make great players, and I’m sure because of this, she will be successful in college and in whatever she sets her hands to in the future.”
Knight, who is the daughter of Tom and Jonetta Knight, plans to study criminal justice while at Grace.
Grace’s softball team has added a commitment from Kokomo High School’s Samantha Johnson.
Johnson is a centerfielder for Kokomo who garnered All-Conference honors during her junior season in the North Central Conference.
She batted a team-best .333 as a junior, tallying 13 hits and scoring seven runs. She holds the record for most stolen bases and also was named the team’s most improved player in 2011.
“When I visited Grace, not only did I love the campus, but I felt an immediate connection with the team,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to continue playing softball at Grace and to be a strong asset to the team.”
Johnson was also a standout volleyball player for Kokomo. She has the school record for most sets played and was the team’s MVP as the starting setter.
Academically, Johnson ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and plans to graduate high school with academic honors.
“She came to us as a freshman, and we saw so much speed and athletic potential,” said Kokomo head coach Lisa Tate. “She’s now got the bunt, the soft slap and she hits for power on the left side. She has also done a great job for us in centerfield.”
Johnson, who lives in Kokomo, Ind., with her mother Debbie, plans to study communications during her time at Grace.
Grace’s men’s basketball team has added another player in the class of 2013 in Jay County High School standout Brock McFarland.
McFarland is a 6-foot-1 guard for Jay County who led the Patriots to a sectional title in 2011. As a junior in 2012, McFarland paced Jay County to an 18-4 record with team-highs in both scoring (13.9 points) and rebounding (5.9 rebounds).
“I chose Grace because I felt a very positive connection with the coaching staff and players,” McFarland said. “I was also very impressed with the facilities and the academic opportunity. I am looking forward to being the best player I can be and help lead Grace to an NAIA championship.”
During Jay County’s 2011 campaign, the team featured one of the stiffest defenses in the state by surrendering just 35.0 points per game. The Patriots finished 17-7 during McFarland’s sophomore season.
McFarland, who has also played football for three years at Jay County, was invited to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Top 100 Showcase in 2011.
Academically, McFarland has been on Jay County’s honor roll each year. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.
“Brock [McFarland] has been an outstanding basketball player for us at Jay County. More importantly, he has been a great role model for our community’s youth,” said Jay County head coach Craig Teagle. “He is a true student-athlete who has excelled both academically and athletically.”
McFarland, who is the son of Chad and Kim McFarland, plans to study exercise science at Grace.
Grace head coach Jim Kessler has signed his first player for the 2013-14 season in Carroll High School’s Eric Miller.
Miller is a 6-foot-7 forward who earned All-Conference and honorable mention All-Area honors as a junior. He averaged 9.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game as a junior.
“The players at Grace were very welcoming, and the coaches are great,” Miller said. “Grace’s gym is the best in the conference. The environment is great not only on the court but on the campus as well.”
According to VarVee.com, Miller ranked in the top 15 in the state for rebounding. He shot 40 percent from the field and also showed long-range marksmanship by draining 20 3-pointers on the season.
As a sophomore Miller tallied 8.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
“Eric is a versatile play who can play in or out. His unique skill set is a matchup problem for anyone we play,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “His upside is tremendous. He’s had as much D-1 prospects as probably anyone we’ve ever had. He is a terrific young man and a solid Christian kid who is just a good fit for Grace.”
Miller has played soccer and also competed in the long jump and high jump during his time at Carroll High School.
While at Grace, Miller plans to study sport management. He is the son of David and Tracy Miller.
Mishawka High School standout Brandon Vanderhegghen has decided to continue his basketball career at Grace College for the 2012-13 season.
Vanderhegghen was a Second Team All-Conference selection in the Northern Indiana Conference as a senior and was also honorable mention on the Senior All-State Team by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
"I chose Grace because I liked the players and coaches that I talked to on my visit. Grace has a friendly atmosphere," Vanderhegghen said. "I am looking forward to playing my role and helping the team out in any way that I can."
Vanderhegghen is a 6-foot point guard who averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game at Mishawaka. At the conclusion of his career, he was selected to play in the Michiana McDonald's all-star event.
"Brandon had a tremendous career at Mishawaka. He is the true representation of a student-athlete," said Mishawaka head coach Ryan Watson. "He led the team in many statistical categories, but his best leadership quality came from his work ethic. This work ethic will lead him to many great things at Grace College."
Vanderhegghen, who is the son of Crystal Vanderhegghen, graduated with academic honors from Mishawaka. He plans to study physical therapy during his time at Grace.
Grace’s baseball team has reached beyond national borders to sign Ontario, Canada’s Jeff Watkin for their 2012 roster.
Watkin is a 6-foot-1 catcher, who played for three years at Amherst High School. During his time there, Watkin was the team’s MVP and played on a number of All-Star teams.
“Grace College offered an excellent opportunity academically and athletically,” Watkin said. “Grace contains all the tools for a student-athlete to achieve great success.”
Watkin was also a standout basketball player at Amherst High School where he earned team MVP honors.
Outside of athletics, Watkin was involved as a peer mentor. He graduated high school with academic honors.
“Jeff has played elite travel baseball over the last several years. This has prepared him very well for college baseball,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “Jeff has the ability and baseball IQ to anchor a pitching staff, and I believe he will do very well for us on and off the field. I am very excited about Jeff joining our team and look forward to watching him grow as a person and player at Grace.”
Watkin, who is the son of Dan and Vicki Watkin, plans to study history and English while at Grace.
The Grace College baseball team is pleased to announce the addition of Mishawaka High School’s Dillon Papa for the 2012-13 season.
Papa was instrumental in Mishawaka’s success this year. According to Varvee.com, Papa batted a team-high .410 and tied for the team lead in hits with 34 during his senior season. He also added 8 doubles, 15RBIs, slugged .506 and had an on-base percentage of .495.
For his accomplishments Papa was named to the Northern Indiana All-Conference Team as well as being the team’s MVP and the Kiwanis Athlete of the Month.
“When I visited the campus, I felt a level of comfort that I didn’t feel at the other colleges I visited,” Papa said. “I want to help the team compete for a conference championship while being the best teammate I can be.”
Mishawaka head coach John Huemmer had this to say about Papa: “Dillon is a great all-around young gentleman. It was a pleasure having him as a player for the past four years. He is a hard worker and is determined to win."
Grace head coach Bill Barr said this: "Dillon is a great addition to our infield. He is a multi-dimensional player who will impact our team in many ways. He is able to play any infield position, runs well and handles the bat very well also. Most importantly Dillon is a quality person and we are very excited about having him join us!"
Papa, who resides in Mishawaka, Ind., is the son of Richard and Janet Holderman.
Local student-athlete Jessica Lokotar has decided to continue her women’s tennis career at Grace College.
Lokotar is a recent graduate of The Indiana Academy for Science, Math and Humanities and was able to participate in athletics at Muncie Burris High School.
While in high school, Lokotar participated for four years in tennis and two years in basketball. During her senior campaign, she competed at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles for Muncie Burris. She served as the team captain and also earned team MVP honors as a senior.
Formerly, Lokotar spent two years at Warsaw Community High School where she played basketball both seasons.
“I chose Grace for their location, committed staff, three-year program and focus on faith,” Lokotar said. “I want to have fun competing in my favorite sport while maintaining a healthy lifestyle to better serve God.”
Throughout her academic career, Lokotar has proven to be an excellent student. She finished in the top 10 percent of her class at Indiana Academy, was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and also participated in 4-H for 10 years.
At Grace, Lokotar plans to study pre-med with the hope of becoming a doctor.
Lokotar, who resides in Silver Lake, Ind., is the daughter of John and Kathy Lokotar.
Grace’s baseball team is proud to announce their newest signee, Lake Howell (Winter Park, Fla.) High School's Frank Rocchio.
Rocchio batted .305, hit 7 doubles and added 13 RBIs all while slugging .407 for Lake Howell this spring. He played both third base and shortstop during his high school career, going up against stiff competition in Florida’s Seminole Athletic Conference.
“I wanted to play at a college that can compete and include the Lord in each game. I am very confident that Grace provides this,” Rocchio said. “I hope to become developed in the skills that I have been blessed with to move onto the next level.”
Rocchio, who is the son of Domenico and Jodi Rocchio, played all four years of high school.
Grace’s baseball head coach Bill Barr had this to say about Rocchio: “I am very excited about having Frank commit to Grace because I believe he represents the things I want our program to be about, such as commitment, class, respect and integrity. Frank is a solid addition to the baseball program because he will be able to impact the middle of our defense next spring in a significant manner. He is from a solid Christian family, and I believe his impact on the Grace campus will be felt as well.”
The Grace College softball team has signed Archbold High School’s Morgan Cody for the 2013 season.
Cody is a three-time All-League performer in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. Over her three seasons as a starter, she racked up 91 hits with 19 doubles and 13 home runs. Cody has tallied 81 RBIs in her high school career while scoring 61 runs.
“I chose Grace College because when I am there, it feels like home,” Cody said. “The minute I stepped on campus, I felt like Grace was where God wanted me to be. I am excited to start the season and hope to be a great asset to the Lancer softball team.”
In Cody’s three seasons as a starter for Archbold, the Streaks were 74-15 and won three league championships, three sectional titles and three district titles.
The team advanced to the regional championship game during her senior season and to the state semifinal game during her sophomore year.
“Morgan has been a solid contributor to a highly successful team during her career,” said Archbold head coach Joe Frank. “She was a consistent player who brought all that she had to every practice and game. She has good power and had a career average of about .385. She will be an asset to Grace’s softball team.”
Cody was a consistent presence on Archbold’s honor roll and was also highly involved in the school’s choir. Cody, who is the daughter of Ron and Marcia Cody, plans to study graphic design and marketing during her time at Grace.
Lancer Taylor, a native of Kenton, Ohio, has signed his letter of intent to attend Grace College and join the Lancer track and field program.
Taylor, who graduated from Kenton High School, will compete in the sprint and middle distance events for Grace.
As a senior, Taylor was the runner up in the 400-meter race at the Western Buckeye League Meet and placed fourth in the district championships. He narrowly missed a chance to run in the Ohio state meet when he came in sixth at regionals with a personal-best 51.12.
“I chose Grace because it had all the things I wanted in a college: good people, Christian athletes and a great location,” Taylor said.
During his high school career, Taylor also excelled in the 200 meters, 800 and relay events. His best times include 23.46 in the 200 and 2:01.61 in the 800. He has also run the 4x800 relay with splits under 2:00.
“Lance should be able to step right in and make an impact on our team, especially on relays,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He focused on the sprints his last two years of high school, but he has shown a lot of potential in the 800. We look forward to having him join our program.”
Grace’s baseball team has added a versatile piece to its puzzle in Mishawaka High School’s C.J. Swartz.
Swartz has been a member of Mishawaka’s pitching rotation in addition to playing both third and first base during his career. As a senior, he batted .295 while posting a 4.29 ERA from the mound. His team advanced to the sectional championship game before bowing out of play.
He also batted .286 in his junior year with Mishawaka, according to VarVee.com.
“Grace is a great school where I can get a good education and the opportunity to play four more years of baseball,” Swartz said. “I’m hoping to help the team win conference and go far in tournaments.”
Swartz, a native of Mishawaka, Ind., is the son of Chuck and Tracy Swartz.
“C.J. [Swartz] is an exception baseball player and a great fit for Grace College,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “He has tremendous upside athletically and brings a great deal of versatility to the team. C.J. will be a positive influence on our team, and I am very happy that he has chosen to play at Grace.”
Grace’s baseball team has announced the signing of Rochester High School’s Travis Wottring for the 2012-13 season.
Wottring is a 5-foot-11 first baseman who led Rochester in doubles (18), home runs (2) and RBIs (30) as a senior. He was named honorable mention for the Three Rivers All-Conference Team after batting .352 with 31 hits as a senior.
He served as the team’s captain in both 2011 and 2012. As a junior he led Rochester in home runs with six.
Wottring is the brother of Nate Wottring, who graduated from Grace in 2012 as the program’s all-time hits and doubles leader.
“I chose Grace College because of the opportunities it gives me to become a better baseball player,” Wottring said. “I also liked the Christian atmosphere at Grace. My goal is to make an impact right away and help the team win baseball games.”
On the football field, Wottring earned All-TRC honors as a senior (First Team) and a junior (Second Team). He played on the offensive and defensive line for Rochester and won Rochester’s Ron Shearer Award for Outstanding Defensive Lineman.
Outside of athletics, Wottring was a member of the National Honor Society and also graduated from Rochester with academic honors.
“Travis has had a great deal of success at the high school level as a baseball player, but I believe he has a great deal more to accomplish,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “He is so strong at the plate that a few adjustments will make a major impact on him as a hitter. Travis knows what he needs to do to make these adjustments, and I believe the sky is the limit for him if he commits himself to the task wholeheartedly.”
Travis is the son of Todd and Stephanie Wottring.
Grace College’s golf team has picked up its first commitment for the 2012-13 season in Northwestern High School’s Kyle Condon.
Condon has been an integral member of Northwestern’s team over his high school career. In 2012 he was the medalist at both the Howard-Tipton County Tournament and the Northwestern Invitational.
The Kokomo, Ind., native helped lead Northwestern to a sectional and county title as a senior after helping Northwestern to county and conference championships as a junior.
“I really liked the closeness of the community on campus, and it was a great school for my major,” Condon said. “When I visited, it felt like my home away from home. I’m excited to help the team win conference and qualify for nationals.”
Condon, who served as team co-captain in 2012, earned Student Athlete of the Week honors from WIOU 1350 AM. For his junior season, Condon averaged an 82.9.
“Kyle Condon is a coach’s dream. He exhibits desire, dedication and determination,” said Northwestern head coach Randy Lindgren. “His integrity is beyond compare. It was an honor to teach and coach Kyle, and I’m sure he will be a leader in society for the years to come.”
Condon is the son of Brian and Kathy Condon. He plans to study Biblical studies during his time at Grace.
Grace’s baseball team has added a dynamic arm to its future pitching rotation in Morton (Ill.) High School’s Jared Holloman.
Holloman is a 6-foot-3 left-handed pitcher for Morton. He was named a Rawling’s Honorable Mention Preseason All-American before his senior season and more than lived up to the expectations.
Holloman posted a perfect 9-0 record from the mound as a senior with a 1.77 ERA. In 55 innings of work, he struck out 68 batters while walking only 14.
As a result he was named First Team All-Mid Illini Conference. He also earned a spot on the Greater Peoria Baseball Association McDonald’s All-Star team.
“Jared [Holloman] will be a major contributor for us on the mound next spring. He will elevate the quality of our pitching staff immediately,” said Grace head coach Bill Barr. “I believe that his attitude about winning and being the best on and off the field will be infectious to his teammates. He is a solid young man, and I am excited and anxious to see what the future holds for Jared.”
The Morton Potters finished Holloman’s senior year with a 30-8 record. He was a major factor in leading Morton to a Class 3A regional championship as well.
Holloman, who is the son of Jay and Diane Holloman, earned varsity letters in basketball and football during his high school career. While at Grace, Holloman plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Grace’s track team has landed conference champion Nathan Brown for the 2012-13 season.
Brown is a high jump and long jump competitor for East Noble High School who has won individual sectional and conference titles during his career. As a junior, he won the high jump championships in both sectionals and conference and also took the long jump title in the conference meet.
As a senior, he qualified for the Indiana State Meet in the high jump.
His personal bests include 22-feet-4 in the long jump and 6-5 in the high jump.
“Grace was a good fit for me because it’s a strong, small Christian school,” Brown said. “I’m looking forward to growing my talents and qualifying for nationals under Coach [Jeff] Raymond.”
Brown played multiple sports at East Noble and made Academic All-State and honorable mention All-Conference as a member of East Noble’s basketball squad.
“Nathan [Brown] will make a significant impact on our team as he will greatly improve our quality in the jumps and also challenge to be a part of several relay teams,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “He’s a very good all-around athlete who has competed in numerous sports in high school, so it will be great to see what he can do when he focuses exclusively on track. We look forward to seeing his contributions to our team and our campus in the coming years.”
Brown, who is the son of Brian and Christi Brown, plans to study mechanical engineering during his time at Grace.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added the next piece to its puzzle in LaVille High School’s Jesse Feitz.
Feitz is a 6-foot-2 post player who earned First Team All-Conference honors in the Northern State Conference as a senior.
She averaged 13.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game during her senior year, according to VarVee.com. The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association named her Honorable Mention for Senior All-State as well.
“Of all the schools I looked at, Grace was the soundest school in spiritual terms,” Feitz said. “Grace had the majors I wanted and a place where I can improve my basketball skills over my four years here.”
Feitz was also a part of LaVille’s soccer, track and cross country teams during her high school career. During her senior soccer season, Feitz earned All-Conference honors in leading the team to the NSC championship.
“We are excited to add Jesse to our family. She will add depth to our post this upcoming season,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Jesse is an athletic post player who can score inside and outside. She has a passion and love for the Lord and the game of basketball, and she will fit in great with our program.”
Feitz, who is the daughter of Jon and Gretchen Feitz, plans to study athletic training and exercise science while at Grace.
“Jesse has been an outstanding leader for our team,” said LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough. “Her work ethic and drive to succeed have made her a positive role model. She has a strong faith that keeps her motivated, and we wish her the best as she continues to hoop it up.”
The Grace College men’s basketball team has signed Oakland Christian (Mich.) standout Drew Perrin for the 2012-13 season.
Perrin is an outstanding athlete who has garnered All-State mention in basketball, soccer and track. The 6-foot point guard was First Team All-Conference and special mention All-State as a junior for Oakland Christian’s basketball team.
“I chose Grace because I felt that God was leading me there,” Perrin said. “It’s an amazing atmosphere, and the people are extremely kind and made me feel so welcome. I plan to grow into the best athlete I can be while always glorifying God with the talents He gave me.”
Perrin, who is the son of Walt and Patti, was one of the top defenders in the state on Oakland Christian’s soccer squad. He earned two First Team All-State honors and helped the team win a state title as a starter his freshman season.
He also earned First Team All-State honors for the school’s track team, where he competed in sprints and the long jump.
“Drew [Perrin] is a great fit for Grace. He is a good student and an even better person,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “He’s a really good athlete so his basketball still has a lot of upside. He adds speed and quickness to our lineup. We are happy to have him join our team.”
Perrin was a member of the honor roll at Oakland Christian and also received the Philips Award which is given for outstanding Christian behavior.
Oakland Christian head coach Dennis Hopkins had this to say about Perrin: “Drew is a special player with a great knowledge of the game. Drew is all out, all the time. His great passion, knowledge and ability has made him a special player.”
Grace’s men’s basketball team has announced the addition of Oakland Christian’s (Mich.) Josh Peterson for the 2012-13 season.
Peterson is a 6-foot-7 post player who was named First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior. He made honorable mention for All-Conference as a sophomore as well.
“Grace had everything I was looking for in a college: strong engineering and athletic programs and a Christian environment,” Peterson said. “I’m looking forward to helping Grace win another conference championship.”
Peterson was a weapon on both ends of the hardwood for Oakland Christian, leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
He also won All-Conference honors twice and was a two-time state qualifier for Oakland Christian’s cross country squad.
“Josh’s length and rebounding ability will be a great asset to our team,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “With some hard work, he will make a smooth transition to college basketball. We are glad to have him as a part of our team for next year.”
Peterson, who is the son of Bill and Kathy Peterson, plans to study mechanical engineering during his time at Grace.
Oakland Christian head coach Dennis Hopkins had this to say about Peterson: “Josh is a very dedicated player that worked hard to develop into an excellent player over his career. He is very passionate and competitive, which will drive him to play well.”
Grace’s volleyball team has added another addition to its 2012 roster in Carmel High School standout Jessica Scherb.
Scherb is a 5-foot-5 defensive specialist/libero. As a junior, she racked up 351 digs and 48 service aces in being named to the Metropolitan Interscholastic All-Conference Team.
During her senior year, Scherb’s Carmel team was ranked in the top 10 of “Class 4A” by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sport Association as Carmel finished the season with a 26-4 record.
“I really felt like God led me to Grace. The people here were very loving, and the community and volleyball team were what I was looking for,” Scherb said. “I am excited to be a great teammate and to show everyone my love for the game.”
Scherb was listed on Hamilton County’s “Best of the Best” list by the Hamilton County Sports Daily as a junior. She also has extensive club volleyball experience playing with the Munciana Volleyball Club team.
“We are thrilled that Jessica chose to come to Grace this late in the game. It’s really exciting to see how the Lord leads,” said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. “Jessica is going to be a great addition to the defensive side of our game. Her time playing for Carmel and for Munciana volleyball over the years means she is bringing top-level experience with her.”
Scherb, who is the daughter of David and Diane Scherb, plans to study marketing and art during her time at Grace.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added two players from Wayne Trace High School for the 2012-13 campaign in Sarah Feasby and JoEllen Fickel.
Feasby is a 5-foot-10 forward who earned honorable mention status for All-State in Ohio last season. She won First Team honors for Ohio’s District 7 and for the Green Meadows Conference as a senior and was Second Team Northwest Ohio as well.
“I chose Grace because I wanted to go to a Christian college, and I really felt God has it all taken care of for me in going to Grace,” Feasby said. “I’m looking forward to being a positive role model to others around me and to give my all, all the time.”
Feasby, who is the daughter of Rex and Kathy Feasby, has been heavily involved throughout her time at Wayne Trace. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Relay for Life and Wayne Trace’s Student Council.
She plans to study math education while at Grace. Feasby also was an All-Conference performer in volleyball and softball at Wayne Trace, even earning GMC Player of the Year status as an outside hitter for her senior year volleyball team.
Grace head coach Scott Blum had this to say about Feasby: “Sarah [Feasby] is very athletic, rebounds the ball well and can score around the basket. She loves the Lord and loves the game of basketball. We are excited to have Sarah join our family.”
Fickel, a 2011 graduate, is a 6-foot post player. She was honorable mention All-State in 2011 and earned First Team honors in the Green Meadows Conference and Ohio’s District 7.
“I wanted to play basketball with fellow believers who are focused on God, which is why I came to Grace,” Fickel said. “I want our team to be focused on God and to play in such a way that only he could get the glory.”
Fickel, who is the daughter of Blane and Claudia Fickel, was a standout softball player at Wayne Trace. She played first base and set the school record for batting average when she batted .500.
Outside of athletics, Fickel served as president of the Future Farmers of America and was also the school’s homecoming queen in 2010.
Coach Blum had this to say about Fickel: “JoEllen [Fickel] is a diamond in the rough. I believe she will have a great career when it is all said and done. She brings size and athletic ability and can score inside and defend multiple positions. She is a godly young lady that will make an impact in our program and our campus for the Lord.”
Grace’s cross country and track teams have signed Allison Zylstra of Mishawaka High School for the 2012-13 seasons.
Zylstra is a two-time state qualifier for Mishawaka’s track team. Her 4x800-meter relay team has advanced to the Indiana state meet in both 2010 and 2011.
Her current best splits are 2:21.0 for the 4x800 and 0:59.9 for the 4x400.
“I met Allison early in her junior year and knew then that we would love to have her on our team,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “In my brief visit to Mishawaka High School, I had several members of faculty or administrators tell me what a great person we are getting in Allison, and I believe they are right.”
In her final season, Zylstra helped the Mishawaka girls’ team to a conference title in the 2012 Northern Indiana Conference Championships.
Zylstra has served as team captain for Mishawaka’s cross country team and has also been named Academic All-State for cross country.
“Mishawaka recently won a conference championship, and Allison has competed at the state level in track, so she comes into Grace with some great experiences,” Raymond continued. “She has been coached very well and will be able to step in and make an impact on our team right away.”
Zylstra has been a member of Mishawaka’s honor roll throughout high school. She is the daughter of Dan and Sandra Zylstra.
Grace’s women’s soccer team has landed one of Lititz Christian School’s finest players in Rachel Elsner for the 2012 season.
Elsner has been a three-time All-Conference performer in her first three seasons at Lititz Christian. She already holds the school record for career goals with 92, and she also set the single-season mark for goals scored when she tallied 39.
“I felt God was calling me to be at Grace,” Elsner said. “I love the campus and the community of the school, and the idea of playing possession soccer for Christ while being an example for Him sounds awesome.”
Elsner has served as both soccer and volleyball team co-captain for the past two seasons. Her volleyball career includes three championships in the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference and three All-Conference awards. She is a two-time Class A All-State outside hitter, as selected by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association.
She also ran for Lititz Christian’s track and field team as a senior, competing in the 400-meter run, the 800 and the 4x400 relay.
“Rachel is one of those rare players who possess the ability to change a game but also works hard for the team,” said Penn Legacy Soccer Club coach Seamus Donnelly. “Her soccer sense, movement off the ball, speed and overall athletic ability will be a big plus at the collegiate level – I have no doubt about that.”
Outside of athletics, Elsner boasts a 3.68 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two years and the school’s honor roll all four years. As a junior, she was chosen to be a part of the LEaD (Learning, Equipping and Doing) Leadership Program that culminated in a 10-day mission trip to Ireland.
“The family of Grace is pleased to welcome Rachel. She loves the Lord and is ready to ball it up for Christ!” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Her speed and size will strengthen our forward and winger positions. She brings an excellent work ethic and will come in and be a determined player for us. I am excited for her future with us at Grace.”
Elsner, who is the daughter of James and Susan Elsner, plans to study business during her time at Grace.
Grace’s women’s basketball and track and field teams have announced the signing of Jo Boren for the 2012-13 seasons.
Boren is a 5-foot-10 senior from Lakeland Christian Academy. As a member of Lakeland’s track and field teams, she helped win two championships in the National Christian School Athletic Association and was named the top girls’ performer as a junior.
“I am excited to play basketball and run track at Grace where I can grow in both sports,” Boren said. “I believe Grace provides a great education where I can also grow spiritually.”
Her personal records in track and field are 0:27.1 in the 200-meter run, 1:00.9 in the 400 and 15-feet-10 in the long jump.
“Jo will be a fantastic collegiate track runner, and we’re very happy to welcome her to the Lancer track program,” said Grace track coach Jeff Raymond. “She’s a hidden gem since Lakeland is not yet a full member of the IHSAA, but she will definitely make an impact on our team. She comes from a great family and will be a great fit for the Grace community.”
In her basketball career, Boren amassed over 1,000 career points at Lakeland. She has the physical tools to be a successful player at the collegiate level, according to Grace women’s basketball coach Scott Blum.
“I am excited to add Jo to our program. She has a lot of athletic ability, and with her size and length she can help our program,” Blum said. “Jo loves the Lord and basketball, so she will be a great fit here at Grace.”
Boren, who is the daughter of John and Patti Boren, plans to study athletic training during her time at Grace.
Grace’s baseball team has announced the signing of Whitko High School’s Richard “Wes” Gensch for the 2012-13 season.
Gensch has been a central member of Whitko’s roster the past four years as a pitcher and first baseman.
The 6-foot-3 high school senior was named Academic All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. He was also Whitko’s Most Improved Player as a junior.
“I felt like Grace was where God wanted me to be,” Gensch said. “I want to continue developing my pitching skills and help the Grace program succeed. I am excited to play baseball for Grace this fall.”
Outside of baseball, Gensch has also been involved in the Whitley County Youth Leadership Program.
“Wes is a physically strong young man with the work ethic and intelligence to develop into a good college pitcher,” said Grace associate head coach Bill Barr. “He is a fine young man, and I am looking forward to him joining our program next fall.”
Gensch, who is the son of Rick and Mary Helen Gensch, intends to major in business administration while at Grace.
Grace’s track and field program has added Anna White from Prosser, Wash., for the 2012-13 season.
White has been a varsity thrower for Prosser High School for the last four years. She has personal bests of 32-feet-3 in the shot put and 94-4 in the discus.
“I chose Grace College because it seemed that God was calling me there through the entire application process,” White said. “I heard about the great experiences that many in my family and church have had at Grace, and it seemed to be the place for me.”
White ranked second in her league in the discus as a senior and was eighth in her district as a junior. A well-rounded athlete, White also competed in soccer, basketball and cross country at Prosser.
“We are pleased to have Anna join our team and our solid group of throwers,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She will be a good fit for Grace and our program, and I look forward to seeing her progress in the coming years.”
Outside of athletics, White has been heavily involved as a member of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America. She was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution and was voted as the “hardest working female” in Prosser’s senior class.
“Anna is a very dedicated, motivated and responsible young lady. Her peers look up to her as she is always eager to help out a fellow thrower,” said Prosser coach Sandra Desserault. “It has been a pleasure coaching her and watching her grow, and it makes me very proud that she wishes to pursue her track career.”
Anna, who plans to study sociology and psychology while at Grace, is the daughter of Jim and Susan White.
Grace's women's tennis team has added Huntington North's top player for the 2012-13 season in Taryn Wuensch.
Wuensch has been the No. 1 singles player for Huntington North the last three years, earning First Team All-Conference honors in the North Central Conference at the conclusion of both her sophomore and junior campaigns.
"I really enjoyed the atmosphere on Grace's campus, and I think it is the best fit for the direction I am looking to go," Wuensch said. "I'm looking forward to completing my degree while excelling as far as possible with the tennis program."
Wuensch has won NCC Athlete of the Week honors and the team's Sportsmanship Award during her time at Huntington North. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well.
While at Grace, she plans to study Biblical studies. She is the daughter of Tim Wuensch and Rosie Hall.
Summer Niverson has decided to continue her tennis career at Grace College in the fall of 2012.
Niverson has been the No. 1 doubles player for Mississinewa High School for the past two years. As a junior, she posted a record of 17-6 in doubles play to earn Central Indiana Athletic All-Conference honors.
"I was really looking for a smaller Christian college with a positive atmosphere where I felt like I could develop my relationship with Christ, and Grace seemed like the perfect place," Niverson said. "I want to improve my tennis game and help the team improve as each season progresses."
Outside of athletics, Niverson has been a member of the school's high honor roll the past four years as well as the National Honor Society for the past two years.
"Summer is a hard worker who loves the game of tennis. She is always willing to help our program in any way she can," said Mississinewa head coach Bruce Fleming. "Her work ethic has helped her become as successful on the court as she is off the court."
Niverson, who is the daughter of Bill and Geanine Niverson, plans to major in English education at Grace.
Amanda Bowman from Northwestern High School (Ohio) has committed to play softball at Grace College.
Bowman, a native of Wooster, Ohio, has lettered in varsity softball and volleyball the past three years at Northwestern. The 5-foot-9 pitcher recorded 145 strikeouts as a sophomore and posted a 1.69 ERA as a junior for her travel softball team.
“I chose Grace because it gave me a great feeling while I was on campus. Being around the softball players and coaches gave me a sense of family,” Bowman said. “I am excited to grow as a player and person while being devoted to my chosen field of study to prepare myself for the future.”
Bowman, who plans to graduate Northwestern in 2012 with honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and frequented the school’s honor roll.
“Amanda has worked hard to achieve the goal of playing collegiate softball,” said Northwestern head coach Scott Hershey. “She is a dedicated leader, coachable player and great teammate. Not only has she excelled on the softball field, but she has also done well in the classroom.”
Bowman is the daughter of Jamie and Carmen Bowman.
Grace’s softball team has gained a commitment from Indianapolis area’s Bridget Poteet.
Poteet is a pitcher and third baseman for Ben Davis who was named honorable mention on Marion’s All-County Team. As a junior she batted .313 with a .478 slugging percentage. From the mound, she posted a 2.70 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched, earning a 7-1 record.
“Grace offered great opportunities for me with a positive atmosphere,” Poteet said. “I wanted to attend a top law school while becoming the best athlete I can be.”
In addition to her career at Ben Davis, Poteet has been a part of several state championship teams in travel softball.
Outside of athletics, Poteet was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society as well as being represented on the school’s honor roll and the academic All-Conference Team.
“Bridget has a lot of experience in the game of softball. She mentally understands game situations and has a high softball IQ,” said Ben Davis head coach Demetrius Dowler. “I am confident that Bridget’s drive to succeed and her leadership skills will help her at the college level.”
Poteet, an Indianapolis, Ind., native, is the daughter of Robert and Christina Poteet.
Grace’s men’s basketball team has added its second 2012-13 recruit from the same school they added their first. The Lancers have announced the signing of Norwell guard Caleb Featherston.
The 6-foot-3 standout helped lead Norwell to the school’s first appearance in the Class 3A State Championship Game in 2012. He was named Second Team All-Northeast Hoosier Conference after averaging 11.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a senior.
“I loved the coaching staff and players that I interacted with at Grace,” Featherston said. “The school’s business program is great, and I am also looking forward to helping the basketball team in any way I can.”
Featherston will join fellow Norwell senior Kyle Fillman on the Lancers next winter. Featherston was a Second Team All-Northeast Indiana honoree.
“Caleb is very athletic and versatile and can do a lot of different things for our team,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “He has obviously had a lot of success in high school, but we believe his best days are still ahead of him. He’s got the skills and athleticism to be very good at the collegiate level. He’s a good Christian kid who comes from a strong family.”
Featherston, who is the son of Mark and Julie Featherston, plans to major in business while at Grace.
“Caleb was an enormous asset to our team this year. His athletic ability on the offensive end made it difficult for teams to guard him, and he was always assigned to guard the other team’s best offensive player,” said Norwell head coach Randy Hawkins. “He has the ability to attack the rim, hit the outside jumper or pass to teammates as he sees the floor very well. He will be a great contributor for Grace, and his work ethic on and off the court will help him succeed.”
Grace’s women’s basketball team has added Oak Hill High School’s Tiffany Petro for the 2012-13 season.
Petro is a 6-foot-1 post player from Swayzee, Ind. She has experienced a tremendous amount of success while at Oak Hill including winning the Central Indiana Conference championship all four years and advancing to the Class 2A State Championship Game in 2009.
Every season she has played at Oak Hill, Petro has increased her production. She climaxed as a senior with averages of 9.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
A defensive presence, Petro concluded her high school career with 137 blocked shots.
“I really enjoyed Grace’s campus and the friendly atmosphere. The girls on the basketball team were more of a family,” Petro said. “I am looking forward to becoming the best post player I can be while achieving my academic goals.”
Petro was an honorable mention to the All-CIC Team as a junior after averaging 5.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. When she increased her production as a senior, she was named to the All-CIC Team and First Team All-County.
“We are excited about having Tiffany join our Lady Lancer family. She will bring added inside presence for us next season, and she has the athletic ability to run the floor to stretch teams offensively and defensively for us,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “She has improved a lot each year under Coach Law, and we believe her best years are in the future here at Grace.”
While at Oak Hill, Petro was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council and the Spanish club. Petro, who is the daughter of Kevin and Tracy Petro, plans to study business management during her time at Grace.
“Tiffany has been an integral part of continuing the winning tradition at Oak Hill,” said Oak Hill head coach Todd Law. “Tiffany was a dominant force for us, especially on the defensive end. Not only is she a special player, but she is a terrific person and teammate. We are thrilled that she will get to continue her basketball career at Grace, and we look forward to seeing her develop and grow academically, emotionally and spiritually through Coach Blum and Grace College.”
Grace's baseball team has added local talent in signing Warsaw Community High School's Brady Ousley for the 2013 season.
Ousley is a third baseman for the Tigers who batted .400 as a junior to go along with three home runs. As a sophomore, Ousley helped Warsaw to a sectional championship.
"I liked the Christian atmosphere and felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and players," Ousley said. "I am looking forward to becoming a better student and person at Grace while helping the team win ball games."
While at Grace, Ousley plans to major in criminal justice. He is the son of Barry and Stacey Ousley.
Maile Grout, a standout midfielder for Seymour High School, has decided to continue her soccer career at Grace College for the 2013 campaign.
Grout is an All-Conference 5-foot-7 midfielder who has racked up 29 goals and 11 assists so far in her three-year career. She notched 13 goals and five assists during her junior campaign, according to VarVee.com.
“I chose Grace because I love the atmosphere, and it is a great place to grow in my walk with God,” Grout said. “I am looking forward to improving my skills and contributing to the team’s success.”
Outside of Seymour’s soccer team, Grout has had a successful club soccer career. As a co-captain of the Columbus Express Soccer Club, she has led her team to several championships, including the Mid-American Soccer Classic and the State Challenge Cup, as well as a runner-up in the Nike Challenge Cup.
“I am excited to welcome Maile to the family of Grace! Maile loves the Lord, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord grows that faith here at Grace to attack the world for Christ,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Maile is a baller on the field and in the classroom who brings pace and composure to our midfield and pizzazz to our flank play. She is dedicated and her work rate and diligence within possession attacking futbol will accentuate her game to a new level.”
Grout, who is the daughter of David and Joy Grout, has been extremely involved outside of athletics as well. She is a leader in her local youth group and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a three-year member of the honor roll and a two-year member of the National Honor Society.
While at Grace, Grout plans to study exercise science and pre-med.
Her former coaches had this to say about her:
“I look forward to seeing Maile continue her career as a member of Grace College. Maile is a very talented soccer player as well as a wonderful role model to her peers. I feel she will be a great addition to the team on and off the field.” (Jessica Floyd, Seymour High School head coach)
“Maile is a terrific leader on and off the field. Her hard work and preparedness will ensure her success at the next level. She will bring great vision and touch to the squad. This is a tremendous opportunity that both Maile and Grace College can be excited about.” (Matt Dennis, Columbus Express head coach)
Grace’s track and field and cross country teams have added an All-Conference performer in Concord High School’s Collin Chupp.
Chupp, a native of Elkhart, Ind., was the team’s MVP and a member of the All-Northern Lakes Conference for cross country in 2011.
“Grace is getting an outstanding, committed young man,” said Concord cross country head coach Jeff Payne. “Collin comes from a great family and will be an awesome leader. I believe he can really blossom as a collegiate athlete at Grace.”
Chupp’s personal-best times are 4:37.82 in the mile and 16:39 in the 5k. He is also a strong mid-distance track athlete who runs the 800-meter race as well as the 1600 and 3200.
“We are extremely excited that Collin will be attending Grace and joining our program,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He is exactly the type of person and athlete that we are looking for, and I believe he will make an impact on our team in the coming years.”
While at Grace, Chupp intends on majoring in biology and exercise science. Chupp, who is the son of Mark and Mariah Chupp, was an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society at Concord.
Elaynne Speckman from New Bremen, Ohio, has signed on to join the Grace track and field program. She becomes the third member of the New Bremen High School team to sign with the Lancers this year.
Speckman is an All-Conference hurdler at New Bremen and holds school records in both the 100 hurdles (15.75) and 300 hurdles (47.39).
She was a state qualifier in the 300 hurdles in 2011 and missed by just one place at the regional meet of also qualifying for state in the 100 hurdles.
“I really liked the Grace campus and felt very at home,” Speckman said.
A strong student, Speckman is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the All-State Academic team.
“Elaynne gives us a very deep hurdling crew for next year,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She has competed at a high level and should make an impact on our team in both the hurdles and relays.”
Speckman plans to be a business major at Grace. She is the daughter of Ron and Sheri Speckman. Her older brother, Zach, is currently a member of Grace’s track team.
The Grace College track and field team has announced the addition of New Bremen, Ohio, native Ben Chaney to the 2012-13 roster.
Chaney is an accomplished hurdler and relay runner for the New Bremen High School track team. He was part of a 4 x 400 relay that placed eighth in the state of Ohio in 2011. He also was a Regional qualifier in the 110 hurdles and placed fifth in the Midwest Athletic Conference in the 300 hurdles.
“I picked Grace because of the great atmosphere and the quality of the track team,” Chaney said.
In addition to his success on the track, Chaney was also a Second Team All-Conference pick in football as a defensive back and wide receiver.
“We’re very pleased to add Ben to our team and I look forward to working with him,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He comes from a strong high school program and should make a quick transition to the college hurdles.”
Chaney plans to major in history education at Grace. He is the son of Rob and Sharon Chaney. His sister, Caitlin, is currently a sophomore at Grace.
Two-time All-State performer Alixandria (Alix) Underwood has signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Grace College.
Underwood is a 6-foot standout from Cowan High School who was named First Team Class 1A All-State in both 2009 and 2010 by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA).
As a junior, she ranked in the top 65 in the state of Indiana with 333 kills. She led the team in kills and blocks, tallying 10 solo blocks and 36 block assists.
The versatile player, who can play both middle and outside positions, added 44 service aces and 193 digs.
“Alix is a dominant player in both the front and back rows. She has the potential to be an impact player immediately in the Mid-Central College Conference,” said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. “We are looking forward to her diverse understanding of the game to make us that much better next fall. Her love for the Lord and love for the game are going to be used in awesome ways while at Grace.”
During her time at Cowan, Underwood was impressive in the classroom. She was named valedictorian of her class and to go along with Academic All-State honors as well.
She also played for the Munciana Volleyball Club team.
Grace’s women’s volleyball team is pleased to announce the signing of Adrianna (Annie) Salazar for the 2012-13 season.
Salazar, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., is a standout libero from West High School. She was a First Team selection for the South Yosemite League and an honorable mention for All-Area after her senior season.
Her 4.6 kills per game during her senior year ranked in the top 50 in the state of California, according to MaxPreps.com, and she also added 6.0 digs per game.
Overall, she led West in kills (415) and digs (597) to go along with 49 service aces.
“Annie is going to be a tremendous addition to our volleyball program,” said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. “She comes in with great experience at the high school and club level. We are thrilled to have someone with her heart and passion for the Lord, and I am looking forward to seeing how the Lord works through her during her four years at Grace College.”
Salazar also impressed on the track and field team. She was a Second Team selection for the South Yosemite League in 2011.
Grace's women's soccer team has added Jordan Hairgrove from Shawnee Mission West High School (Kan.).
The Lenexa, Kan., native is a forward for Shawnee Mission West. Her team made a deep run in the Kansas State Tournament in 2011, finishing as the Class 6A state runners-up.
Hairgrove's Shawnee Mission West squad was also the Sunflower League champions in 2011.
"Grace has a God-centered atmosphere that will help me grow in my faith and walk with God," Hairgrove said. "I am excited to glorify God with soccer at Grace."
Hairgrove was a member of the A/B honor roll during high school. In addition to being involved with her church's youth group, Hairgrove was also the co-president of Shawnee Mission West's Business Professionals of America.
"The Grace family is excited to welcome Jordan! She is a competitor who will grow tremendously in possession attacking futbol," said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "She brings finishing, speed and work ethic to the front line. I'm excited to see what the next steps are for Jordan in the Lord's path."
Hairgrove hopes to obtain a degree in graphic design while at Grace. She is the daughter of Randy Hairgrove and Della Kuzma.
The Grace women's soccer team has signed Pendleton Heights standout Erica Manchess for the 2012-13 campaign.
Manchess was a 2011 All-Conference performer for Pendleton Heights after scoring five goals and six assists as a senior in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
She also tallied three goals and five assists during her junior season for the Arabians, according to VarVee.com.
"The people at Grace genuinely care about your future. It's a great Christian campus with a strong sense of community," Manchess said. "I want to be an active member of Grace's women's soccer team and positively represent the Lady Lancers."
Manchess was also a team captain and All-Conference member of Pendleton Heights's track team where she was a mid-distance runner.
Outside of the athletic arena, Manchess was equally successful as a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She also received an academic letterman's jacket from Pendleton Heights and was named an Athlete of Character by the school.
"I am super excited to welcome Erica to the family of Grace!" said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "Erica is a quality young woman of faith with a baller attitude. She will bring tenacity and top shelf speed to our forward lineup. She is a well-organized and thoughtful tactical attacker. Erica's work ethic and finishing will be a welcome addition to possession attacking futbol."
Manchess plans to study biology (pre-physical therapy) while at Grace. She is the daughter of Scott and Paula Manchess.
Grace's men's track program has signed Bloomfield, N.M., native Seth Booker for their 2012-13 roster.
Booker is a hurdling specialist from Bloomfield High School. He made the New Mexico state finals in both 2010 and 2011 in the 110-meter hurdles, placing sixth each year.
"I chose Grace because it had a great Christian atmosphere and a strong engineering program," Booker said. "I am looking forward to achieving my degree while doing my best on the track."
Booker has personal-best times of 15.15 seconds in the 110 hurdles and 40.8 in the 300 hurdles.
"Seth will be a great addition to an already strong group of hurdlers," said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. "He has competed at the state level and should qualify for state again this spring. Seth is also a strong student and is a very good fit for Grace."
Seth is the son of Ted and Dawn Booker.
The Grace College cross country and track and field programs have added an accomplished runner for 2012-13 in Kouts High School's Tara Hamstra.
Hamstra is a four-year All-Conference runner who won the Porter County Conference race and the Rensselaer County Sectional as a senior.
"I chose Grace primarily for the Christian environment and the academic opportunities," Hamstra said. "I'm looking forward to contributing to the team while improving my high school personal records."
Hamstra improved her finish each year in the PCC conference cross country race from ninth place (freshman year) to sixth place (sophomore) to third place (junior) to winning the race as a senior.
In track, Hamstra was a two-time regional qualifier (800 meters, 3200m).
"Tara will be a great addition to our program. She's been one of the best cross country runners in her area for the last couple of years, winning conference and sectional titles," said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. "In addition, she's very strong academically and has been involved in various musical groups and in her church. We're looking forward to having her join our team."
Outside of athletics, Hamstra has been heavily involved at Kouts as a member of the school's choir, band and National Honor Society as well as being active in her church's youth group and Bible study.
She currently holds a 3.87 GPA and ranks fourth in her class.
Tara, who is the daughter of Gene and Lisa Hamstra, plans to study elementary education at Grace.
The Grace College cross country program has added a local standout for their 2012 lineup in Warsaw Community's Creigh Ogle.
Ogle is a two-time Honorable Mention All-Conference performer in the Northern Lakes Conference. She set her best time of 20:31 in the 5K.
"I enjoyed the Christian environment that Grace provides," Ogle said. "I like how close Grace is to home, and I'm looking forward to improving my running times while at Grace."
During her senior season in the fall of 2011, Ogle helped lead the Tigers to a state-qualifying run by racking up conference, sectional and regional championships along the way. Warsaw finished 11th in the state cross country meet with Ogle.
"Creigh has shown a tremendous amount of improvement and mental strength during her career with the Lady Tigers," said Warsaw coach Scott Erba. "She was new to the sport as a sophomore yet developed into one of our most dependable and consistent runners by the end of her senior year. We are going to miss her personality and ‘team-first’ attitude but look forward to seeing her progress at the collegiate level.”
Ogle was a standout in the classroom as well with high honors. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
"We are very excited to have Creigh join our program here at Grace," said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. "She's been on a very good team at the high school level and has been coached very well, which should make the transition to college go smoothly. She improved throughout her high school career, running her best in the big meets as a senior. We look forward to having her run for the Lancers."
Creigh is the daughter of Doug and Melissa Ogle.
The Grace College track and field program has announced the signing of Kyleigh Suchland for the 2012-13 season.
Suchland, a native of New Bremen, Ohio, is a standout performer for New Bremen High School. A versatile athlete, Suchland has competed in both sprint events and the long jump.
She currently has the school record in the long jump for her effort of 16-feet-9.5 inches.
“I was really moved by the spiritual aspect of Grace and the hard work and dedication shown around campus,” Suchland said. “I hope to be able to push myself harder to the limits of what I am capable of as an athlete.”
During high school, Suchland was a member of the student council as both a junior and senior. While at Grace, she plans to pursue a career in elementary education.
Kyleigh is the daughter of Todd and Daneila Suchland.
The Grace College women’s soccer team has added one of the top players from the Indianapolis area with the signing of Covenant Christian’s Faith Voehringer.
Voehringer was named to the All-City Team as both junior and a senior. During her senior campaign, she helped lead the Lady Warriors to their first-ever Semi-State appearance. For the last 10 games of her senior year, she moved up to offense and tallied seven goals and seven assists in that span, including the regional final game winner against Tri-West.
“I loved the Christian atmosphere and the mission the Grace soccer program is all about,” Voehringer said. “Coach [Michael] Voss and the girls were so welcoming and fun to be with. I wish to improve myself as a player and show Christ’s love in my play and my attitude on and off the field.”
Voehringer’s athletic awards include being named to the 2011 City All-Tournament Team, National Christian School Athletic Association All-American First Team, two-time team Defensive Player of the Year, and the team’s Player of the Year Award as a senior.
“The Grace family is excited to welcome Faith. She is a quality young lady and a dynamic soccer player that can contribute in the back and up front,” said Grace coach Michael Voss. “Faith’s work ethic and determination to succeed will mesh with the squad we are developing. I am excited about the future and working with Faith.”
Faith is the daughter of Scott and Luan Voehringer. While at Grace she plans to study biology or exercise science.
The Grace College softball program has added another key piece to the 2012-13 recruiting class with the addition of Paige Petrone from Valor Christian High School (Colo.).
Petrone won First Team All-League honors after all four years of her high school career, where she played both catcher and shortstop. In 2010 she received the honor of being named All-State Honorable Mention as a junior after batting .569 with 30 RBIs. She was also named Second Team West Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
“The environment is what initially drew my attention to Grace,” said Petrone. “After touring the campus and learning of the spiritual, academic and athletic opportunities, there was no doubt that Grace was the college for me.”
According to MaxPreps.com, in Petrone’s senior season she recorded a .535 batting average, a .643 on-base percentage, and an .860 slugging percentage. She notched 23 hits and drove in 17 runs while scoring 20 runs and stealing five bases.
She was also named team captain three times and received the Slugger Award for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
“In her four-year career, Paige has helped build our new softball program from the ground up and did so in a way that will leave her mark for a long time to come,” said Valor head coach Stephanie Gillett. “We look forward to seeing Paige make an even bigger impact as a Lancer. Grace is not only getting a great athlete but also a good leader and young woman seeking to impact her world for Christ.”
Paige, who is the daughter of Phil and Jolin Petrone, plans to study biology with a concentration in pre-med.
The Grace College softball team has announced the addition of Brooke Shell from Blackford High School to their 2012 roster.
Shell, a native of Hartford City, Ind., is a two-time First Team All-Central Indiana Conference winner. The speedy 5-foot-7 outfielder has a career batting average of .423 and led her team in stolen bases as a sophomore and junior.
“I chose Grace because I liked the small campus and strong Christian environment where I could grow in my relationship with the Lord,” Shell said. “I am excited to help my team win a conference title.”
Shell, who will join the Lady Lancers this spring for competition, also won a pair of NSA “Class A” World Series championships outside of her Blackford playing career.
During her senior year, she had 35 hits in 85 at-bats, scoring 24 runs with 15 stolen bases. Shell also played basketball, soccer and volleyball in her four years at Blackford.
In the classroom, Shell was also a standout performer. As a senior in 2011, she was named an honorable mention to the Academic All-State Team. During her time at Blackford, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Club and was also a yearbook editor and freshman mentor.
“Brooke is an experienced outfielder with great instincts on the bases and the ability to put the ball in play,” said Grace head coach Heather Johnson. “She brings tremendous speed to our team and is very coachable. I look forward to her immediate impact on our team this spring.”
Brooke, who plans to study biology at Grace, is the daughter of Steve and Shelley Shell.
The Grace College baseball team has announced the signing of Cody Sprague, a pitcher from Dixie Heights (Ky.).
Cody, a native of Independence, Ky., will join the Lancers starting in the 2012-13 season. As a junior, he was named to the All-Region Team while pitching for the Colonels.
"I loved the baseball program and enjoyed visiting and spending time with students from Grace," Cody said. "I'm ready to be a team player at Grace and help in any way I can."
During his high school career, he was given the Calvary Christian Pitching Award in 2008 and also showed academic success by appearing on the honor roll.
"We are excited to have Cody join our program next year," said Grace head coach Josh Bailey. "He is an accomplished student and athlete, and we look forward to the contributions he will make to both our team and our campus."
While at Grace, Cody plans to study pre-med with the goal of becoming a radiologist. He is the son of Brad and Wendy Sprague.
Grace’s softball team has added another piece to its puzzle in Terre Haute South’s Chelsea Whitesell.
Chelsea is a versatile addition to the Lady Lancers with the ability to play catcher or third base. She has won the team’s Mental Attitude Award and the Pinch Hitter of the Year during her high school career.
As a junior in 2011, Chelsea helped lead Terre Haute South to an impressive 24-6 record.
“Grace is a beautiful school and has everything I ever wanted – the size is perfect, the teachers are wonderful and I can achieve all my goals there,” Chelsea said. “I want to be a great asset to the softball team while working towards my degree.”
Academically, Chelsea was also a standout as a member of the National Honor Society. She achieved High Honors throughout high school and is on track to graduate with an academic honors diploma.
“Chelsea has been a great pleasure to have on our team. She has a terrific attitude and is a hard worker,” said Terre Haute South coach Steve Woerner. “She is a team-first type of player who leads by example. She can play a number of positions and has a big bat. I will be sorry to see her go but will be happy to see her play in college.”
Chelsea, a native of Terre Haute, Ind., plans to study criminal justice and accounting while at Grace. She is the daughter of Angela and David Whitesell.
The Grace College softball team has obtained a letter of intent from Madison-Grant High School’s Lacey Little.
Lacey, a centerfielder from Summitville, Ind., won a state championship with current Lady Lancer Samantha Fields in 2009 with Madison-Grant. She was named All-County and honorable mention for the All-Conference Team.
During her junior season in 2011, Lacey batted .416 in being named the team’s Offensive Player of the Year. According to VarVee.com, Lacey led the team in most offensive categories including 35 hits in 84 at-bats.
She also stole 23 bases and scored 22 runs.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere that Grace provides,” Lacey said. “I am looking forward to making myself better as a softball player while obtaining my degree.”
Lacey was also a defensive specialist on the volleyball team in high school, helping lead the team to three sectional titles and one regional title in 2010.
“Lacey will be a good addition for the Grace softball program,” said Madison-Grant head coach Jay Dunlap. “She is an outstanding defensive player and has always been able to reach base and make things happen with her speed on offense.”
Lacey, who is the daughter of Scott and Missy Little, plans to major in biology while at Grace.
Grace’s baseball program is pleased to announce the signing of LaVille High School’s Quentin Herbster for the 2012-13 season.
Quentin is a versatile player with the ability to contribute as an infielder and an outfielder. As a junior, he was named First Team All-Conference for his outstanding season.
“I felt like Grace was where I could grow as a baseball player and could further myself spiritually,” Quentin said. “I’m excited to make an impact right away and work towards possibly a Master’s degree at Grace.”
Outside of athletics, Quentin is a member of the National Honor Society. Plans for his intended major at Grace are currently undecided.
“We are excited to have Quentin join our program. His athleticism and ability at the plate will make an immediate impact on our program,” said Grace head coach Josh Bailey. “He is also an above average student and comes from a great family with a long history at Grace. We look forward to his contributions to our program and our community."
Quentin is the son of David and Shawn Herbster.
The Grace College women’s basketball team has added a dangerous offensive weapon to their arsenal in LaPorte’s Kelsey Sule for the 2012-13 season.
Kelsey was one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the state of Indiana as a junior. In the 2010-11 season, she averaged 11.4 points per game and nailed 63 treys. According to VarVee.com, her 63 total 3-pointers made ranked second in the state of Indiana.
Overall, she shot over 41 percent from beyond the arc as a junior and had 18 games where she connected on multiple 3-pointers. In addition, Kelsey hit nearly 80 percent of her free throw attempts.
“I loved everything Grace had to offer. I felt like I was at home there,” Kelsey said. “I am looking forward to working hard and improving while I obtain a degree to benefit my future.”
Already in the 2011-12 season, Kelsey has continued her 3-point shooting proficiency. In a 67-63 win against South Bend Washington on Nov. 10, she drilled an incredible nine 3-pointers en route to 33 points.
She holds the record for career 3-pointers made at LaPorte and also won the Mental Attitude Award as a junior.
“Kelsey will bring depth to our guard position with her ability to attack the rim and her great range from the 3-point line,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “She has a passion for the game of basketball and a love for the Lord which is a great combination for our program.”
In the classroom, Kelsey boasts a 3.89 GPA and is also a member of the National Honor Society. While at Grace she plans to major in fitness management.
Kelsey lives in La Porte, Ind., and is the daughter of David and Nancy Sule.
Grace’s women’s basketball team has announced the signing of Gabby Bryant from one of the strongest basketball programs in the state in Heritage Christian.
Gabby, a 5-foot-5 guard, has won a sectional championship (2010), three city championships (2008-2011) and a state championship (2009) during her career at Heritage Christian.
During her junior season in 2010-11, she averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, ranking second on the team in both assists and steals.
“After visiting Grace, I loved the campus and the chapel that I attended, and I felt like this was where the Lord was guiding me,” Gabby said. “I felt very welcomed and really enjoyed the team after participating in an open gym with the girls.”
Outside of the athletic arena, Gabby has been recognized as an outstanding student. She was named an ACSI Distinguished Christian High School Student and was also nominated for the National Society of High School Scholars in 2011.
“Gabby has competed at a high level while at Heritage Christian, and that experience will make her an impact player right away for us,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Her leadership skills on and off the floor are outstanding, and she will be able to instill these qualities in our program to help continue the success we have had the last several years. She is going to be a blessing to our program and our Grace family.”
Gabby, the daughter of Jacque and Donna Bryant, resides in Noblesville, Ind.
Grace's women's basketball and track teams have added a talented member to their squads in Garrett High School's Heather House.
Heather was a three-sport athlete at Garrett, winning All-Area and All-Conference awards in basketball, soccer and track.
"The strong Christian values and good atmosphere to grow spiritually drew me to Grace," Heather said. "I am excited to play for Grace and contribute to the team both on and off the court."
Heather was Garrett's leading scorer during her career and averaged double-digit scoring as a senior. The 5-foot-3 guard also tallied over four assists and two steals per game in her senior season.
She played in a number of all-star games including the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic and the PostYourT.org East/West All-Star Game.
"We are excited to have Heather join our program. She will bring depth to our frontcourt and has good ball handling skills and the ability to shoot the long ball or attack the rim," said Grace head coach Scott Blum. "She comes from a great Christian family, and we are blessed to be able to coach her the next four years."
Heather hopes to run with Grace's track team in the spring and start as a freshman with Grace's basketball team in the 2012-13 season.
She intends to study Spanish education while at Grace. She is the daughter of Jeff and Cynthia House.
Grace's baseball team has landed its first signee for the 2012-13 season in Oscar A. Carlson (Gibraltar) High School's Travis Payne.
Travis, a native of Brownstown Township, Mich., has been a four-year starter for Carlson while playing primarily at catcher and third base.
He was named to the 2011 All-News-Herald Team after his strong junior campaign. He pounded out 28 hits and finished with 24 RBIs while helping lead Carlson to Michigan's Division 2 district championship.
"I really liked the campus and Christian atmosphere that Grace provides," Travis said. "I am looking forward to being the highest quality teammate I can be while earning my degree."
Travis was highly involved outside of the classroom, including mentoring in his church's youth group and being a member of the pastoral prayer team.
"We are excited Travis has decided to bring his considerable talent to Grace College next year," said Grace head coach Josh Bailey. "His strong arm, power at the plate, ability to play several positions as well as his work ethic will make an immediate impact on our program. We look forward to the contributions he will make on the field, in the classroom and around our campus."
Travis, who is the son of Kevin and Jane Payne, plans to major in secondary education while at Grace.
Grace head coach Heather Johnson has added another talented player into her 2012-13 squad with the signing of Brownsburg's Alex Shipley.
Alex is a dual-sport athlete from Brownsburg, Ind., who can pitch or play the field. She won the team's outstanding pitcher award and mental attitude award for the Bulldogs and batted .281 according to VarVee.com.
"I chose Grace College because I really liked the small college atmosphere, and I wanted to fulfill a dream of playing collegiate softball," Alex said. "I am looking forward to improving my softball skills and knowledge of the game from Coach Johnson."
Alex enjoyed success playing travel ball where she helped her team win an ASA state championship in June 2011.
She also played basketball for the Bulldogs, winning two consecutive county championships during her career.
"We are excited to have Alex join our program. Her hard-working attitude will be a tremendous asset to our team," Johnson said. "She will be immediately impactful as a defensive player and pitcher, and her experience will bring depth and consistency to our program. Alex’s work ethic extends to the classroom as well and will help us to raise the caliber of our program on and off the field."
Alex was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and also attended the Hoosier Crossroads Leadership Conference.
Alex, who is the daughter of Mark and Tonia Sampson, plans to study athletic training while at Grace.
Grace's softball team landed Danielle Wellman, a highly regarded catcher from Wapahani High School, for the 2012-13 season.
Danielle has won multiple honors both on and off the field during her high school career. She has been named All-Conference three times, Offensive Player of the Year three times and All-County once.
According to VarVee.com, Danielle led Wapahani at the plate as a junior. She hit .529 with an .835 slugging percentage. She pounded out 45 hits in 85 at-bats, including four home runs and 30 RBIs.
"I chose Grace College because the opportunity to play collegiate softball while studying the major I wanted was a great fit," Danielle said. "I am looking forward to helping Grace in the conference and be the best player I can be."
Danielle, a 5-foot-7 senior from Selma, Ind., played ASA softball for the Indiana Gators.
Outside of the athletic realm, Danielle was also a standout. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, FCA and was a Delaware County Youth Salute of the Year nominee.
"Danielle is a reliable, respectable and hard-working young lady who shows pride in whatever she does," said Wapahani head coach Jacci Glancy. "She strives to get better not only for herself but for her team as well. She is an exceptional person, and I know that she will succeed in whatever comes her way. She will be a great addition to the Grace family."
While at Grace, she plans to study Pre-Physician Assistant. Danielle is the daughter of Rick and Becky Wellman.
One of the most prolific girls' soccer players in the history of Warsaw Community High School has decided to continue her playing career at Grace College.
Meredith Hollar has signed her letter of intent to join the Lady Lancers, becoming the first in Grace’s class of 2013.
During her sophomore season at Warsaw in 2010, Meredith set multiple school records including: most goals scored in a game (5), most goals scored in a season (28) and most points scored in a season (61).
She was named All-Conference and team MVP as a result.
Meredith also notched 14 goals as a freshman.
“After spending a weekend at Grace, I knew this is where God wanted me to be. I fell in love with the girls on the team and all the coaches,” Meredith said. “Grace is the perfect fit for me because I can grow both spiritually and intellectually while playing the sport I love. I am so excited to be a part of a team full of character that competes at a high level while glorifying God.”
Meredith also competed for the Fort Wayne Fever club team where she has been involved with the Olympic Development Program (ODP). She was a member of the Indiana ODP team from 2007-09 and was selected for the 2011 Super Y League (SYL) ODP National Camp.
“I am truly stoked to have Meredith join the Grace women’s soccer family! She is a great fit with her outstanding Christian character and baller attitude,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She brings a passion for seeing Christ glorified with her whole life and will be an absolute barrel of monkeys to try to contain. Meredith is passionate about possession attacking futbol, and I am excited to see her future unfold here at Grace.”
Outside of the field of athletics, Meredith is an active member of the Tiger Student Athletic Board, the Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also involved in peer tutoring and her church’s youth group.
Meredith, who is the daughter of Steve and Jennifer Hollar, plans to study to become a physical therapist during her time at Grace.
Grace's women's soccer team has added Illinois standout Carianne Sobey, a midfielder from Woodstock North High School, for next fall.
Carianne has made her mark in the club soccer ranks, establishing herself with the extremely successful Chicago Magic Soccer Club. The 5-foot-10 midfielder was a member of the Super Y League (SYL) where she was also selected as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) player.
"I wanted to attend a small Christian college where I could grow in all areas of my life and make a difference," Carianne said. "After being on campus and meeting with the players and coaches, I felt like I fit in right away with a group of people who want to please God with their lives."
Carianne scored 11 goals in eight games in 2010 with Woodstock North and tallied eight goals in 13 games in the SYL during the same year. She was named All-Conference and captained her team during her career so far.
She also excelled at track for Woodstock, where she qualified for the state meet in the mile race.
"I am super excited that Carianne is coming to Grace! She is a fantastic possession player that will bring composure and poise on the ball," said head coach Michael Voss. "She is also very skillful and creative on the ball which creates opportunities for her and those around her. Carianne brings a passion and knowledge of the game that will fit right in with the Grace crew. I am stoked that her faith has led her here and that she will continue walk the Lord's trail for her here at Grace."
Outside of athletics, Carianne was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish NHS and was a regular on the high honor roll.
Carianne is the daughter of Stephen and Marianne Sobey.
The Grace College women’s soccer team has signed another recruit for the 2012-13 season in Bremen Senior High School’s Heather Martin.
Heather, a defender and native of Bremen, Ind., was the team’s MVP in 2010 and the team’s Offensive MVP in 2009.
“I fell in love with Grace the first time I went there. I love the people and the campus,” Heather said. “I am looking forward to glorifying God and balling it up on the soccer field while at the same time growing in wisdom to prepare myself for life.”
During the 2010-11 season, Heather racked up 11 goals and 16 assists while playing as a defender. Her 16 assists ranked 11th in the state, according to VarVee.com. The previous season, she tallied six assists.
“I am pumped about Heather joining the Grace family. She is a quality young lady and a fantastic soccer player,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Heather will bring speed, composure and pizazz to our squad. She is an excellent 1v1 defender, and I’m excited to see her attack the width of the field with skill and flare.”
Heather played club soccer for the Indiana Invaders and was also a member of Bremen’s honor roll. She is the daughter of Larry and Pam Martin.
The Grace College men's basketball team decided on its first recruit for the 2012-13 season in Norwell High School standout Kyle Fillman.
Kyle averaged a double-double as a junior at Norwell with 10.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game to go along with two blocks a contest. He was named to the First Team Northeast Hoosier Conference in 2011.
"I really like the Christian family atmosphere and the great players and coaches at Grace," Kyle said. "My goal is to work hard every day to get better while working to provide a great future for myself after college."
Kyle helped lead Norwell to a sectional championship in the spring - Norwell's first sectional title since 1995. The 6-foot-7 forward led the team in rebounding all season.
"Kyle is a fine young man who will accomplish success on and off the court," said Norwell head coach Randy Hawkins. "He is a player who is willing to learn and get better. Grace has a great addition to their program."
In the academic realm, Kyle was equally impressive. He was a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained an "A" average throughout his career.
"Kyle is a great fit for our program here at Grace in all aspects -- spiritually, academically and athletically," said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. "He is a very versatile player who knows how to defend and rebound. We are excited to add him to our family."
Kyle was also a key player on Norwell's tennis team, which has won three sectional crowns in a row during his career. He was an All-State Honorable Mention performer while playing No. 1 doubles as a junior.
While at Grace, Kyle plans to major in sports management as well as accounting or business. Kyle is the son of Joel and Anne Fillman.
Grace's soccer team has found its next piece for the 2012-13 season in Ontario Christian (Calif.) High School's Jessie Stienstra.
Jessie, a native of Ontario, Calif., has been a standout defender for Ontario Christian during the last three seasons. She enters her senior campaign as the team's captain.
She has amassed career totals of nine goals and 21 assists while playing primarily as a defender. She was named to the All-League team twice and to the California Interscholastic Federation Division VI Third Team as a sophomore after tallying two goals and 14 assists.
"I chose Grace College because I wanted to attend a small Christian college where my faith can grow," Jessie said. "The environment was what I was looking for, and I felt like I could fit in there. I liked that the soccer team wasn't all about just being good, but they put God first and through that find their success."
Ontario Christian has won the league title all three years Jessie has played, and the team has advanced to the CIF semifinals twice. During her career the squad has set school records for shutouts and total goals allowed in a season.
"Jessie's hard work and commitment to our team have been vital to the success of our program and particularly the record-setting defensive efforts over the past three seasons," said Ontario Christian head coach David Belden. "Her leadership on and off the field will lend itself to continued success as she embarks on her collegiate career."
Jessie has played club soccer for seven years, mostly with the Claremont Stars, and will play in the Coast Soccer League Premier this fall.
"I am excited that Jessie is joining the family of Grace. Her character and personality are a great fit with the women's soccer program," said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "Jessie brings passion, determination and great work ethic to the pitch. She has been a tenacious 1v1 defender, but I am equally excited about her natural instinct to attack and play a wide position. She will fit in immediately with her playing attitude and pace."
Jessie has been a consistent presence on the school's honor roll and has been recognized as a scholar-athlete. She has also been involved as a class officer. While at Grace, she plans to study pre-physical therapy or counseling.
Jessie is the daughter of David and Lisa Stienstra.
The Grace College softball team has added Rochester High School standout Alison Butler for the 2011-12 campaign.
Alison was a member of three conference championship teams during her four years in the Three Rivers Conference. She was a four-time Academic Scholar-Athlete and was team captain and the mental attitude award-winner as a senior.
"I chose Grace because of the small family, Christian-based atmosphere it provides," Alison said. "I look forward to bettering myself as an athlete and to contribute my best to the team's success."
Alison was heavily involved at Rochester as a member of the volleyball, cheerleading and swimming/diving teams.
"Alison has a tremendously great attitude. She works hard everyday in practice and displayed an excellent work ethic," said Rochester head coach Carla Holland. "She is a team player and is versatile enough to play multiple positions."
Outside of the classroom, Alison was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Fulton County 4-H and was a peer mentor, among other areas.
Alison is the daughter of Thomas and Samantha Butler.
Grace’s women’s basketball and track and field programs landed one of Indianapolis’ finest athletes in Covenant Christian’s Micah Pollard.
Micah holds numerous school records in track, including the 100-meters, the 400 and the 4x400. Her time of 56.28 in the 400 placed fifth at the 2009 Indiana State Meet.
“I really liked the coaches and the Christian school atmosphere that Grace provides,” Micah said. “I am excited to excel and become the best player I can be in Christ both on the court and in bonding with the team.”
She has also placed second (2009) and fourth (2011) in the 55 at the Hoosier State Relays Indoor Championships held at Purdue. Her personal best time in the 55 is 7.36.
"Micah has the opportunity to make a significant impact on our women's track program,” said Grace track head coach Jeff Raymond. “She's a rare talent at our level, and I look forward to working with her."
In basketball Micah was a two-time team captain and MVP and a First Team All-City point guard for Covenant Christian. She amassed 1,021 career points and holds the program record for steals in a single season (126).
“Micah will bring quickness at the point guard position with the ability to score and distribute the ball as well,” said Grace women’s basketball head coach Scott Blum. “We not only get a great player but a great young lady who loves the Lord and understands how to balance basketball, academics and her relationship with Lord throughout a long season.”
During her senior season, Micah averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She was named to the POSTYOURT.org East/West All-Star Game and the Eric Gordon City/County Super Shootout as a result.
“Micah will be a valuable asset to any team she is on,” said Covenant Christian girls’ basketball head coach Matt Williams. “Her competitive spirit and her will to fight inspires her teammates. She has a great work ethic and raises the standard of excellence everywhere she goes. I’m excited to see Micah impact Grace’s campus like she has with ours.”
Unfortunately, she injured her knee during an all-star event and will redshirt the 2011-12 basketball season. She is believed to be able to perform for the track program in the spring, however.
Micah plans to study pre-physical therapy (biology) during her time at Grace. She is the daughter of Michael and LaShana Pollard.
The Grace College baseball team has landed South Central's Cody Young for the 2011-12 season.
Cody was the starting catcher and captain in leading South Central to the semistate as a senior. He batted .318 with 21 runs driven in during his senior campaign, according to varvee.com.
Cody finished third on his team in hits (28) and at-bats (89) and second in RBIs. He won the team's mental attitude and most improved award during his career. He was also a member of the A/B honor roll.
"Cody is a fundamentally sound catcher that knows how to lead on the field. He knows how to play the game the right way and does the little things that help a team win," said Grace head coach Josh Bailey. "We are looking forward to Cody impacting our team and our campus over the next four years."
Cody, who resides in Wanatah, Ind., plans to study international business while at Grace. He is the son of Jeffery and Julie Young.
Click here to read a profile on Cody's senior year by Jim Peters of the Northwest Indiana Times.
The Grace men's basketball and track teams have added Karl Columbus of South Bend Riley High School for the 2011-12 season.
Karl, who averaged 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, was invited to the Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 60 Senior Workout after his season. The 6-foot-2 guard was named All-Conference and helped lead Riley to a 18-6 record and a sectional championship his senior year.
On the track team, Karl helped Riley to another sectional title. He represented Riley at the Indiana State Meet in the 4x400 relay, taking 16th place in the state with a time of 3:24.70. He also ran the hurdle events with personal-best times of 15.18 in the 110 meters and 40.70 in the 300.
"I really liked the people and the team chemistry I found at Grace," Karl said. "I am looking forward to helping Grace advance nationally while I continue to learn more about the Lord."
Karl also averaged 3.3 assists and shot 45.6 percent from the 3-point line during his senior season for the basketball team. After the season, he was took part in the Indiana East/West All-Star Game, the 2011 Sports Fest and the Northern Indiana Conference-Northern Lakes Conference All-Star Game.
"Karl will be a great fit on our team. He is the perfect utility player," said head basketball coach Jim Kessler. "His quickness and versatility allow him to defend nearly every position, and he will be a matchup nightmare for many teams. Karl will be able to step right in and make a contribution early on."
Karl, who is the son of Karl Columbus Jr. and Kimberly Scott, plans to study accounting during his time at Grace.
Grace's women's tennis program has signed Mishawaka High School's Ashlee Roseboom to continue her playing career.
Ashlee lettered for Mishawaka in both her junior and senior seasons and was named co-captain during her final year.
"I chose Grace because it is a Christian school, and I could feel and see the passion for God with students and professors," Ashlee said. "I am ready to give it my all athletically while achieving my degree."
As a result of her improvement over her four-year career at Mishawaka, she was given the Most Improved Career Player Award in 2011.
"Ashlee has been a pleasure to coach over the past four years," said Mishawaka head coach Dana DoBrodt. "Her strong beliefs have made her a very good role model for the rest of the team."
While at Grace, Ashlee plans to study psychology with the goal of becoming a child psychiatrist.
Ashlee is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Roseboom.
Lindsey Herron from Mishawaka High School has decided to play collegiate tennis at Grace College in the 2011-12 season.
Lindsey is a three-year player for Mishawaka and served as co-captain as a senior.
"I chose Grace because of the Christ-centered atmosphere," Lindsey said. "The school treats their students as individuals and not as a number. I want to develop my abilities as a tennis player, to play with intensity, and most importantly to glorify God in everything."
Despite suffering an injury in the preseason of her senior year, Lindsey battled throughout the season and still managed to serve as co-captain. She was given the Frank M. Steele Mental Attitude Award.
"Lindsey always plays with intensity and goes the extra mile to do whatever is needed," said Mishawaka head coach Dana DoBrodt. "She has a very good head on her shoulders, and she will be an asset wherever she goes in life."
Lindsey excelled academically in high school and graduated as the salutatorian of Mishawaka. She plans to obtain a degree in psychology at Grace.
Lindsey is the daughter of Dave and Cindy Herron.
Grace's men's soccer team has added Michigan standout and Cornerstone University transfer Shane Barthuly to its 2011 roster.
Shane, who graduated as the leading goal scorer at Freedom Christian High School (Mich.), appeared in 11 games last season for Cornerstone.
His career total of 137 points were the most in the history of the Grand Rapids area and good enough for 12th place on Michigan's all-time scoring list. In four years, he recorded 72 goals and 65 assists.
"I wanted to attend a school and play for a program that values Christian character and seeks to glorify God," Shane said. "I am looking forward to helping Grace in whatever way is needed while bettering my skills as an all-around player."
Shane is a three-time All-Conference winner, was named Third-Team All-State in 2007 and First-Team All-State in 2008 and 2009. He is a two-time All-District and All-Region performer, and he helped lead Freedom Baptist to a Division 4 state title during his senior campaign in 2009.
"Shane is an excellent addition to Grace Soccer," said head coach Matt Hotchkin. "He is good on the ball, fast and strong. He can score goals and defend. He is a faithful friend, a team player, and he is motivated by his faith in Christ to be the best that he can be."
While at Grace, Shane plans to study counseling. He is the son of Bruce and Carrie Barthuly.
The Grace College softball program has landed Danville High School's Sarah Elliott for the 2011-12 season.
Sarah is a two-time All-Conference performer as a pitcher/infielder. She has been the team's MVP for the past two seasons and has recorded an ERA under 2.50 in both years.
As a junior, she batted .365 from the plate while boasting an ERA of 2.17. During her senior campaign, she posted an ERA of 2.43 while batting .415. She also led the team in fielding percentage (.940), home runs (3) and RBIs (22) as a senior.
"I felt a strong connection with Grace College," Sarah said. "The faculty and students I met were so warm and welcoming, and I feel that Grace is God's plan for me. My goal is to grow and perfect my skills in all areas of the game."
Sarah is also a strong student with a 3.84 GPA. A member of the National Honor Society, she was named Academic All-Conference the last three years.
"Sarah is dedicated to continually improving her softball skills and knowledge of the game," said Danville head coach Janet Stoneking. "She is greatly respected by the younger players on the team and is a quiet leader who leads by example. She has been our rock both offensively and defensively."
Outside of softball, Sarah was an All-County and All-Conference athlete in both basketball and volleyball for Danville.
Sarah plans to study environmental biology during her time at Grace. She is the daughter of Steve and Maureen Elliott.
Grace's baseball team has added former Triton High School athlete Dustin Kreft to its roster.
Dustin, who played the last two seasons for Ancilla College, was an honorable mention for All-Conference at Triton. He led the team in batting average and was the team's MVP during his career.
Last season at Ancilla, he batted .313 and led the team in doubles (eight) and runs scored (19).
"I am looking forward to playing baseball at Grace this year," Dustin said. "It seemed like a good fit for me, and the academics helped make my decision easier."
Dustin is the son of Tim and Lisa Kreft. He plans to major in criminal justice at Grace.
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian School standout Darcy Johnston has signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Grace College.
“I chose Grace because it gives me an opportunity to get a great education and play for a great soccer program all at a Christ-centered college,” Darcy said. “I want to do everything I can to build upon what Coach Voss has started. I hope to be able to help the team be a national power and be a good teammate.”
Darcy, a 5-foot-11-inch center midfielder who will graduate from Oakland Christian in 2012, has become one of Michigan’s premier players in her three high school seasons. She earned All-Conference honors all three years and is a three-time All-State Honorable Mention, All-District, All-Region and All-Area player. She led her team in scoring all three seasons and was named team captain for her senior campaign.
“I am very excited Darcy has joined the Grace family,” said Grace women’s soccer head coach Michael Voss. “Darcy's passion and work ethic the past two years have set her apart. Darcy is technically sound, plays at speed, hits the back of the net and finds creative ways for her teammates to score.”
“She makes a fantastic addition to our possession attacking football style here at Grace. Her desire to put Christ first will drive her to succeed. I am pleased to welcome Darcy and the Johnston family to Grace soccer.”
Darcy also thrived on the volleyball court, leading her team in blocks, kills and kill percentage her junior year. She is a two-time All-Conference player and was also named Second Team All-State. On the hardwood, Darcy earned First Team All-District and second team All-Conference honors in two hears of high school basketball.
Academically, she received the President’s National Letter of Excellence Award and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans on majoring in engineering at Grace.
Darcy is the daughter of Kevan and Carolyn Johnston.
Grace College’s track and field program signed local standout Erin Jones, a 2011 graduate of Northridge High School.
Erin, a four-year sprinter at Northridge, qualified for the regional meet every year, finished fifth in the sprint medley relay at the state meet for indoor track and earned All-Northern Lakes Conference Honorable Mention honors.
Erin has been a valuable part of our track and field team for four years, and we will miss her,” said Northridge head coach Josh Fletcher. “Not only is Erin a talented athlete, she is a talented leader and a positive teammate.”
At Northridge, Erin was a National Honor Society member for two years and was on the Honor Roll all four years. She also ran two years of cross country and helped her team qualify for state two times.
“I chose Grace because of the Christian campus atmosphere, excellent education program and the beautiful campus,” Erin said. “My athletic goals are to better my times and help the team any way that I can.”
Erin is the daughter of Marty and Alane Jones. They reside in Goshen, Ind.
The Grace baseball program picked up another addition for its 2012 campaign in Macomb, Michigan’s Tim Weber, a three-sport athlete out of Parkway Christian high school.
At Parkway, Tim played four years of baseball, basketball and track and earned All-District honors and Second-Team League honors during his sophomore year on the diamond.
“I chose Grace because of the Christian atmosphere and the campus,” Tim said. “I felt very comfortable, and the baseball program is also growing. I want to compete and do the best I can.”
At Grace, Tim plans on majoring in business and wants to maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher.
“Tim is a great baseball player and a better person,” said head coach Richard Koch Jr. “He is a great addition to Grace’s baseball program. He will instantly add character, enthusiasm and integrity to the program.”
Tim is the son of Brian and Dawn Weber.
Logansport High School’s Tanner Prentice signed to play baseball at Grace College early this week.
Tanner, a pitcher who posted a 4-3 record and a 3.07 ERA during his senior season, is attending Grace with intentions of majoring in elementary education and sports management. Tanner enjoyed significant success on the mound in high school and pitched a shutout against Twin Lakes and a complete-game shutout against Marion.
“Tanner is a good leader and an extremely hard worker,” said Logansport head coach Jim Turner. “He has improved every year and has become our most consistent pitcher.”
At Logansport, Tanner graduated with Academic Honors and was a National Honor Society member. He was also a recipient of the Casalini Memorial Scholarship.
“Grace gives me the opportunity to further my baseball career, and I am looking forward to the experiences both on and off the field,” Tanner said. “I want to improve each year and play to the best of my ability and hopefully achieve All-Conference honors.”
Tanner is the son of Mike and Shari Prentice. They reside in Logansport, Ind.
Zionsville High School’s Jacob Regnier signed with Grace, becoming the golf team’s second recruit for its 2011-12 campaign.
“We are excited for Jacob’s career as a Lancer,” said Grace head coach Bo Wright. “Jacob exemplifies everything we stand for here at Grace, and the talent he’ll bring to our team is something we needed as we continue to build our program.”
Jacob boasted a scoring average of 77 during his senior season at Zionsville and also earned All-Conference honors. He spent three years at the Summit Academy before playing for Zionsville during his senior year.
“I wanted a small, Christian school and wanted to play golf with some good guys,” Jacob said. “I want to play four years of college golf, improve every year and eventually win conference.”
Jacob is the son of Kevin and Lorie Regnier. At Grace, he plans on majoring in accounting and sales and marketing.
The Grace baseball program signed Tri-West Hendricks High School’s Nick Fisher, a second baseman out of Indianapolis, Ind.
“I had a high school friend that came to Grace, so I got the information and visited the campus,” Nick said. “I also felt like God was calling me here.”
At Tri-West, Nick competed in the Omaha National World Series Tournament, the North-South Challenge and the East-West All Star game. He played four years on Tri-West’s baseball team and was a captain for both the baseball and football teams.
“Nick is a good player with a lot of experience,” said head coach Josh Bailey. “He will add depth to our team with his versatility. Off the field, he is a great student and a solid Christian. We are excited about the impact he will have in our program and on our campus.”
Nick is the son of Chuck and Lori Fisher. At Grace, Nick’s intended major is pre-medicine.
Grace’s track and field team added Carissa Buttermore, a Plymouth High School graduate out of Canton, Mich., to its roster this offseason.
“I chose Grace because of the at-home feeling and Christian environment,” Carissa said. “I want to make the team better, whether by my times or by the encouragement I can bring to my teammates.”
Carissa was part of Plymouth High School’s National Honor Society and was a Phi Beta Kappa winner. She received Presidential Scholar honors at Grace. In track, she was a two-time 4x400 regional champ and also competed at the state level at Plymouth.
“We are pleased to add Carissa to our team and look forward to having her run for the Lancers,” said head coach Jeff Raymond.
Carissa is the daughter of Cliff and Denise Buttermore.
Grace’s basketball and track programs picked up a new addition in Valor Christian High School’s Nicholas Read, a 6-foot guard and hurdler from Centennial, Colo.
“When I walked on campus, the people, environment and the community just felt right,” Nicholas said. “I want to compete at my highest level and play for not only my team but for my Savior.”
On the hardwood, Nicholas earned All-State Honorable Mention honors in 2009 and 2011. He was also named All-League every season at Valor and was the All-League MVP in 2009. Nicholas ran track for two seasons and also received All-League honors in hurdles.
“Niko will be a great fit to our team both on and off the court,” said head basketball coach Jim Kessler. “He is a good student and has a heart for God that nurtures the character qualities that we look for in a Grace basketball player.”
“He has quickness and athleticism that we need at both ends of the court. He is good in transition, sees the court very well and can distribute the ball—yet has the ability to knock down the shot if needed. I believe he can defend the quick guard that we often have difficulties containing. He will be a good addition to our future basketball plan.”
Nicholas was a part of the Cum Laude Society in high school. At Grace, he plans on majoring in psychology. He is the son of Janelle Brothersen and Milton Read.
Grace College’s cross country and track and field teams have signed Jamin Parker from NorthWood High School for the 2011-12 season.
Jamin is a four-year varsity letterman for NorthWood where he was a team captain for cross country and track during his senior seasons.
On the track team, Jamin is part of the school’s fastest-ever 4x800 meter team. His personal best in the 800 is 2:02, and his fastest time in the 1600 is 4:43. On the cross country side, he ran a 17:05 in the 5k.
“I chose Grace because it offered the best financial package coupled with strong athletic and academic factors,” Jamin said.
Jamin graduated with academic honors from NorthWood, and he plans to graduate from Grace with a degree in business.
“Jamin will be a tremendous asset for Grace College as an athlete and a student,” said NorthWood head coach Justin Bell. “I anticipate seeing substantial growth from Jamin spiritually, academically and athletically during his college experience.”
Jamin is the son of Rod and Karleia Parker.
Grace College’s soccer program has added a proven winner in Worthington Christian’s Trent Smith.
Trent, a four-year letterman from Sunbury, Ohio, has led Worthington to the OHSAA Division III state finals three years in a row. The center midfielder was the hero during his junior year, when he scored the game-winning goal from 25 yards away in overtime to win the state title.
“Grace has a great atmosphere, great soccer program and people that follow God,” Trent said. “I am looking forward to helping out Grace’s team and improving the program in any way I can.”
Trent was Worthington’s captain during his junior and senior years. He was named First Team All-District after his senior campaign and Second Team All-District following his junior season.
He was also a member of the U17 Ohio State Cup championship team in 2009.
“The thing I love about Trent is that he never stops working. He is a natural quiet leader who leads by example,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “He believes in what we are striving to do, and we believe he will play a major role in our building process.
Trent, who plans to major in business at Grace, is the son of Chris and Jackie Wallake.
Grace’s men’s soccer team has signed the leading goal scorer for Valor Christian High School in Christian Temby.
Christian, a four-year forward/center midfielder for Valor, etched his name in the school’s record books by scoring first and scoring often. He tallied the first goal in Valor’s program history.
“Grace is where I believe I can prepare myself for the next chapter in my life,” Christian said. “I want to honor and glorify God through my work hard and effort.”
Christian, who was also a member of the track and field and men’s volleyball teams, was named to the Academic Second Team All-State. He plans to obtain a degree in sports medicine and missions while at Grace.
“Christian will add a lot to our program,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “He is very athletic with the ability to play multiple positions. His club and high school experience have prepared him well for college soccer.”
Christian is the son of Jim and Candy Temby.
Ben Cahill from Arapahoe High School (Colo.) has signed a letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Grace College.
Ben, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., is a 6-3 forward/center midfielder for Arapahoe. During his two years, he was named an Honorable Mention to the All-Centennial League Team.
“I chose Grace because the environment, people and players all seemed to produce a place where I could grow as a person and in Christ,” Ben said. “I want to help the team wherever I can while glorifying Christ on the field.”
Ben is an accomplished student-athlete. He was named Academic First Team All-State and won the Scholar-Athlete Award for his performance in the classroom.
“Ben gives us speed and height. He is a student of the game,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “He has good technical ability, and his best soccer is ahead of him. He has a great family and comes with a strong yet quiet competitive drive.”
While at Grace, Ben plans to major in finance and accounting. He is the son of Jeffrey and Laurie Cahill.
The Grace College men’s tennis team has gone below the border in signing Venezuela’s Daniel Sanchez for the 2011-12 campaign.
Daniel, a native of Puerto Ordaz, is an accomplished tennis player on a national stage. He was the national runner-up for Venezuela’s under-18 singles group and has also helped win the national doubles competition twice.
“I chose Grace because it is a college recognized for its great education,” Daniel said. “At Grace, you grow spiritually and put God first. I want the team to go to nationals, and I want to be recognized as a player who plays for God’s glory.”
Academically, Daniel was in the top-10 of his class each year of high school and was a member of the Honor Roll. While at Grace, he plans to major in business administration.
"I am very excited that God led Daniel to Grace College," said Grace head coach Larry Schuh. "Daniel is a strong believer who looks forward to growing in his faith at Grace while being challenged to grow academically and athletically. He is a tough, experienced competitor who will make an impact on our team and on our campus."
Daniel is the son of Daniel and Mariela Sanchez.
Grace’s baseball team has added Parkway Christian School’s Spencer Frazier for its 2011-12 campaign.
Spencer is a four-year member of Parkway’s team, winning Second Team All-Conference honors during his junior season as a centerfielder. He was also named the team’s most valuable player during his time at Parkway.
“I chose Grace because the school and the team’s coaching staff really drew me here,” Spencer said. “I am looking forward to joining the team and doing my part to improve the program.”
Spencer also played football at Parkway and was named Second Team All-Conference as a wide receiver. While at Grace, Spencer plans to major in criminal justice.
“Spencer brings a lot of speed and versatility to any team,” said Parkway assistant coach Terry Frazier. “He hits consistently, covers a lot of ground in the outfield and provides great leadership.”
Spencer is the son of Terry and Lynne Frazier.
Grace’s softball team has landed another piece to its puzzle in Lakeland Christian Academy’s Bethany Prinsen.
Bethany, a native of Warsaw, Ind., was a three-sport standout at Lakeland. She played basketball, volleyball and baseball for two years since the school did not field a softball team.
“I chose Grace because I felt that this is where God wanted me to be,” Bethany said. “He opened the door for me to play softball and be educated in a Christian environment. I want to glorify God with the abilities that he has given me.”
Bethany was a member of both the National Honor Society and the Student Senate in high school in addition to being a worship team leader.
“We are excited to add Bethany to our squad,” said head coach Heather Johnson. “She is an outstanding individual who will bring talent and hard work to our team.”
While at Grace, Bethany plans to obtain a degree in business or counseling. She is the daughter of Tom and Karla Prinsen.
The Grace golf team signed its first recruit for the 2011-12 campaign in Bremen Senior High School’s Taylor Fanning.
Taylor played four years of golf at Bremen and four years of tennis as well. During his high school golf career, he was a two-time All-Conference athlete, a qualifier for the regional meet and an IJGSA state qualifier. On the tennis court, he was a three-time team MVP and also earned All-Conference honors.
“I chose Grace because I enjoyed the campus and liked the professors,” Taylor said. “I wanted to attend a college that would allow me to grow in my relationship with God, and I felt that Grace would allow me to do that. I want to help out the team and keep improving my golf game.”
At Grace, Taylor plans on majoring in accounting or business. He was top-10 in his class at Bremen, an honorable mention for Academic All-State and a National Honor Society and Student Council member.
“We’re looking forward to Taylor’s time at Grace,” said head golf coach Bo Wright. “He’s going to be a great fit at this school, and we are excited for him to contribute on the golf team.”
Taylor is the son of Michael and Lisa Fanning.
Grace’s baseball team has landed Southfield Christian High School’s Brook Vosler for the 2012 campaign.
Brook, a native of Lathrup Village, Mich., has earned 10 varsity letters during his time at Southfield Christian. The middle infielder has been named to the Michigan Independent Athletic All-Conference Team and All-District Team as a sophomore and junior.
“Grace has a Christ-centered atmosphere and a strong education department,” Brook said. “I like the direction the baseball program is headed, and I am excited to become a part of it moving forward.”
Brook is also an accomplished athlete on the basketball court and the soccer field with three years of varsity experience in each sport. As a senior, he was named All-Conference in basketball and All-District in soccer.
“Brook is a hard-working natural leader who places the team above his personal goals,” said Southfield Christian head coach Charles McBay. “He is one of our team’s greatest assets, and the work ethic and character he has displayed will be an asset to Grace College, as well.”
While at Grace, Brook plans to pursue a career in education while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
“Brook is a great player from a great family. He is a smooth fielder that knows the game well and should contribute right away both offensively and defensively,” said Grace head coach Josh Bailey. “We look forward to Brook joining our program and are excited about the impact he will make on the field, in the classroom and on our campus.”
Brook is the son of Rob and Velva Vosler.
The Grace men’s tennis team signed its first recruit of the 2011-12 campaign in Mount Vernon Township High School’s Ryan Scott.
Ryan, a Mount Vernon, Ill., native, lettered in three years of tennis, four years of soccer and one year of baseball during his high school career. He played No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles for the tennis team and finished third in No. 2 doubles at sectionals last spring. He also helped lead his team to a 26-match winning streak.
“Grace provided me with the optimum opportunity to grow as a Christian, student and as an athlete,” Ryan said. “I want to excel as a tennis player and as a teammate, and eventually, if possible, play professional tennis.”
At Grace, Ryan plans to major in French education. He is excited to study abroad in France and hopes to teach French upon graduation from college.
“We are thrilled to bring on Ryan to the men’s tennis team at Grace,” said Grace College head coach Larry Schuh. “He is a solid Christian and tennis player. I look forward to his athletic contribution to the team in the future but even more so, his spiritual leadership.”
Ryan is the son of Richard and Lora Scott.
The Grace College softball team has signed one of the top softball players in the history of Timken Senior High School in Marissa Kennedy.
Marissa has set a number of school records for a single-season in her career including: hits, RBIs, doubles and steal percentage. The Canton, Ohio, native has ranked in the top 10 in batting average for her region multiple times. During her sophomore season, she hit .457 and was named to the 1st Team All-League.
“I chose Grace because of the small-college atmosphere and the Christian values,” Marissa said. “I am excited to join the team and help them achieve their team goals.”
The standout catcher has been a letterwinner in each of her first three years at Timken. She is also an honor roll student and a co-captain of both the softball and basketball teams.
“Marissa has many fine qualities, and she has grown greatly as a player and a person,” said Timken head coach Cheryl Morse. “Her knowledge of the game coupled with her exceptional athletic ability places her as one of the best catchers in the county. Grace is getting an ideal student-athlete on the field, classroom and community.”
Marissa is the daughter of Michael and Lauri Kennedy.
Grandview Park Baptist’s Meredith Baker has decided to continue her softball career at Grace College for the 2011-12 season.
Meredith is an accomplished pitcher and third baseman who was the batting champ for the state of Iowa as a sophomore. According to quikstatsiowa.com, Meredith batted .652 with 43 hits in 66 at-bats. She pounded out nine doubles and a pair of triples.
She was just as impressive from the mound with a 2.55 ERA in 14 games. She tossed 68.5 innings and struck out 63 batters.
Meredith was an honorable mention for All-State honors as a sophomore. She was named to the Second Team All-Conference after her junior and sophomore campaigns and was honorable mention for All-Conference as a freshman.
“I always wanted to go to a Christian college. When I visited Grace, I loved the people and the atmosphere and felt God calling me there,” Meredith said. “I want to compete at a higher level and improve my skills while representing the school and glorifying God.”
While at Grace, Meredith plans to obtain a degree in social studies education. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has won several academic achievement awards at Grandview Park Baptist.
“Meredith has been the backbone of our program for the last three years,” said Parkview head coach Bart Baker. “As a pitcher, she has great control and is very savvy on the mound. She is a natural leader on and off the field, integrating a lively spiritual influence while garnering respect from her team.”
Meredith is the daughter of Bart and Karen Baker.
Grace’s cross country and track teams have added another piece to their puzzle in their most recent signing – Jenna McClellan.
Jenna is a standout performer from Howell High School (Mich.). In track, she holds Howell’s school record for the two-mile event and qualified for the Michigan state track meet in the 3200 meters as a junior in 2010. Her best time for the 3200 is 11:33.20.
She is equally strong in the cross-country realm with a personal best of 19:23 for the 5k event. She has been named an honorable mention to the All-County team during her cross-country career.
“I am looking forward to being a part of Grace Athletics,” Jenna said. “Grace looked at me as an individual – I was not just a number to them. After meeting the team, I am excited to run and compete with them.”
Jenna is an honor roll student who plans to pursue a degree in exercise science while at Grace.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Jenna and her family through the recruiting process,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She’s already spent some time with our team and fits in very well. She will make an immediate impact for us in both cross country and track.”
Jenna is the daughter of Bradley and Shelly McClellan.
Marshall High School senior Sara Schmit has signed a letter of intent to attend Grace College to continue her academic and athletic career. The Milroy, Minn., native will compete in the pole vault for the Lancer track and field program.
“I believe Sara has great potential in the pole vault and will continue to improve throughout her career,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She is exactly the type of person we want on our team as we continue to grow and improve.”
Sara has a best vault of 9-feet-1-inch and placed fifth in her Section 2AA Finals in 2010.
“I chose Grace because of its amazing Christ-centered community,” Sara said.
Off the track, Sara is on the Honor Roll and ranks among the top 10 in her class. She is also a McClain Scholarship recipient as part of Grace’s annual Presidential Scholarship Competition.
“I have come to appreciate Sara’s fine qualities as a person and a competitor,” said Marshall track coach Megan Mattison. “She excels in the classroom and is looked upon for her leadership skills. She understands the value of goal-setting and the importance of team work.”
Sara plans to major in elementary education at Grace. She is the daughter of Jon and Michelle Schmit.
Michaela Martin, a senior at Pella Christian High School in Pella, Iowa, will join the Grace College cross country and track teams this fall.
“Michaela is a hard-working individual,” said Pella Christian coach Kevin Herdegen. “She always does what is asked of her and is always willing to face challenging workouts. She strives to do her best and encourages others as well.”
Michaela has produced a solid high school career, competing in two cross country state championship meets and also advancing to the Iowa state meet in track. She has personal bests of 16:23 for a 4k in cross country and 5:14 for the 1500m in track.
“I feel God’s peace in my choice of Grace,” Michaela said. “It has a great atmosphere and beautiful campus. I look forward to improving my running times and making lasting relationships on the team.”
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Michaela ranks among the top five in her class academically, has served as her class president and is a member of the student council.
“Michaela is the type of student-athlete who will make our team better, whether it is in her performance, her leadership or her attitude,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “I believe she will be successful on our team and fit in very well in the Grace community.”
Michaela plans to major in business and communications at Grace. She is the daughter of Neil and Angela Wilson.
The Grace women's tennis program has signed its first recruit for the 2011 campaign in Mississinewa High School's Kristin Cassidy.
Kristin has been the No. 1 singles player for Mississinewa the last four years. She was named to the First Team Central Indiana Athletic All-Conference Team and has played an integral role in winning the CIAC championship.
"Grace's campus is beautiful, and the atmosphere of the school, the people and the tennis team offer a lot of positive opportunities," Kristin said. "I want to develop myself as a player and help my team win as much as I can."
Kristin, a native of Gas City, Ind., was ranked ninth by the United States Tennis Association for doubles competition in the girls' division. The "Chronicle-Tribune" named her an Athlete of the Week.
She is also heavily involved outside of the athletic realm. She has been the class vice president, editor of the yearbook and a member of the honor roll and the National Honor Society.
While at Grace, she plans to study communications and journalism. Kristin is the daughter of Andy and Jenny Cassidy.
Germantown High School standout Timothy Trapp Jr., has decided to continue his cross country and track career at Grace College.
“Tim has been a stellar student-athlete, excelling both in the classroom and out on the track,” said Germantown coach Jared Foerch. “He is a very dedicated person in whatever he is involved.”
Timothy, a native of Jackson, Wisc., is a three-time state qualifier and Team MVP for Germantown’s cross country team. On the track team, Timothy won the conference title for the two-mile event and also ran the mile.
He has won a varsity letter nine times in his career while still maintaining a 3.54 GPA at Germantown.
His personal best is 4:25.68 in the mile, 9:36.96 in the two-mile and 16:00 in the 5k.
“Grace to me was the most affordable option that featured an in-depth field of study that I desired,” Timothy said. “I look forward to continuing my athletic career at Grace and becoming a better runner under Coach [Jeff] Raymond’s instruction.”
Timothy was a Scholastic-Athlete nominee at Germantown. He plans to study youth ministry and intercultural studies at Grace.
“Tim will be a big addition to our distance group and I expect him to contribute right away,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “He has experience running in big meets and should make a smooth transition to college competition.”
Timothy is the son of Timothy Sr., and Gail.
Ben Hutton, a senior at Xenia High School in Xenia, Ohio, has signed a letter of intent to compete on the track and field team at Grace College.
“I’m looking forward to having Ben on our team for the next four years,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He will be another solid sprinter on our squad and will definitely play a part on our relays.”
Hutton was a member of Xenia’s 4x400 meter relay which won the 2010 Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) title. In the 2010 Southwest District meet he helped both the 4x200 and 4x400 relay squads to top-six finishes. Individually, Hutton placed seventh in his district meet as a junior in the 200 meters and has a personal best time of 22.21.
“I chose Grace because I felt at home, and I deeply appreciate the strong emphasis Grace puts on a relationship with God and friends,” said Hutton.
Corey Burnette, Sr., the track coach at Xenia High School added, “Since Ben became a member of this track team, he has been a true leader on and off the field. He has exemplified what it takes to be a student-athlete and is a model for the Xenia community.”
Hutton is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to major in youth ministry and psychology at Grace. He is the son of Dave and Pam Hutton.
Warren Central High School's Donovan Graham has signed a letter of intent to attend Grace College and compete for the cross country and track programs.
Donovan has excelled on the track during his high school career. Individually he advanced to the regional championships in the 800 meters in 2010. He was also part of Warren Central’s 4 x 800m relay which competed at the state track meet and finished in 10th place.
Donovan's top performances on the track include 1:58.1 in the 800m, 51.2 in the 400m and 9:56.34 in the 4 x 800m relay. In cross country, his top 5K time was 17:19.
“Donnie will be a great addition to our team,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He comes from a quality program and has competed at the state level, so has a great deal of experience. He fit right in with our team during his visits to campus and we’re looking forward to having him in a Lancer uniform.”
Donovan plans to major in pre-med at Grace.
The Grace College men's soccer team has announced the signing of Tyler Snow, a standout Warsaw Community defender.
Tyler led Warsaw's soccer team to an outstanding season, advancing to the state finals for the first time in school history and finishing with a 20-3-1 record. He was a co-captain who anchored a stout Tiger defense that recorded 12 shutouts in a row late in the season. Overall, Warsaw recorded 18 shutouts on the season.
"Grace College has a terrific Christian atmosphere, and I'm looking forward to playing soccer with a great group of guys who will help further my walk with God," Tyler said.
Tyler was named to the All-District Team twice, the Northern Lakes All-Conference Team, and was also an Honorable Mention for the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) All-State Team. He also has played club soccer for the Warsaw Wave for the past 10 years.
"Tyler is a natural leader that will add personality off the field for our team," said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. "We are getting a terrific player with outstanding character. It is great to get two quality guys like Tyler and Joey in one day."
While at Grace, Tyler plans to major in intercultural studies.
Tyler is the son of Craig and Sherri Snow.
Grace's men's soccer team has signed Warsaw Community's Joey Hickerson to play for the Lancers in the 2011-12 season.
Joey, a Warsaw, Ind., native, has been an outside midfielder for the Tigers. He has been named the team's most improved player two years. Joey was a co-captain during his senior season, leading Warsaw to a 20-3-1 record and an appearance in the state semifinals.
Joey tallied a team-high eight assists and scored a goal in Warsaw's victory in the semistate championship game.
"I chose Grace because of the outstanding integrity of the program and the Christian atmosphere that will further my walk with Christ," Joey said. "I want to improve the soccer team in physical skill, performance, and character to the best of my ability."
During his career, Joey was named to the Northern Lakes All-Conference Team and was also a member of the All-Academic Team. Joey also played baseball at Warsaw and won the team's batting award during his career.
"Joey is a great addition to our roster," said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. "He provides size and speed to our roster, and I believe we are getting a diamond."
Joey is the son of Bryan and Jo Hickerson and the brother of Emily, who is currently a freshman on Grace's women's soccer team.
Lakewood Park Christian's Calah Kruse has decided to continue her outstanding volleyball career at Grace College and will join the Lady Lancers for the 2011-12 season.
Calah is an outside hitter for the Panthers who led her team to a 28-4 record during her senior season. Her final campaign proved to be a memorable one as she led her team in kills (327), digs (420), and service aces (79). Her kill total placed her in the top 70 in the state of Indiana.
She seemed to save her best performance for last as she recorded a season-high 23 kills twice in the IHSAA state tournament. Calah was named her team's top offensive player all four years at Lakewood Park.
"I love Grace's campus and the Christian atmosphere that exists there," Calah said. "I want to become an all-around better player while still pushing myself academically to be a top student-athlete."
During her career at Lakewood Park, she was named to the KPC News All-Area Team in 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was selected as a member of the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) All-Star Team in 2010.
"Calah led our team offensively and defensively," said Lakewood Park head coach Laura Hibbard. "She has great court awareness and volleyball intelligence. I am so thankful she has chosen to use the abilities God has given her to play in college."
While at Grace, Calah plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in sports management and eventually a master's degree. Calah was also a member of the National Honor Society during high school.
“Grace is moving in the right direction when getting a quality young woman like Calah," said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. "She is an extremely dynamic outside hitter and plays all positions well. She brings a lot of knowledge and athletic ability to this team. I am excited to see what God does with and through her while at Grace these next four years.”
Calah is the daughter of Lauren Kruse.
The Grace College volleyball program has added one of the state's top setters in Muncie Central's Christina LeBlanc for the 2011 season.
Christina has played three years of varsity volleyball for the 4A Bearcats, where the 5-foot-8 setter has led the team to three straight Indiana state championship games. Muncie Central won the 4A title in 2009 and was the state runner-up in 2010 and 2008.
During Christina's senior year, she led Muncie Central to a stellar 34-5 record, amassing 1,074 assists in 107 games which placed her fourth in the state for total assists. She also tallied 36 service aces, 142 digs, and 44 kills, according to the IHSAA.
Muncie Central finished 35-4 during its championship season when Christina recorded 1,146 assists in 113 games. Christina's Muncie Central teams have been recognized nationally by ESPN as one of the top teams in the nation during her career.
"Not only did I love the campus and the atmosphere, but I love the people that will surround me for the next four years," Christina said. "Coach Harshman and the volleyball team are amazing, and I know they will push me to be the best I can be. I plan on winning at Grace, and I want to push myself to help the team in any way possible."
Christina was a North Central All-Conference winner in 2010 both athletically and academically. She currently ranks in the top 10 of her class while taking honors and AP courses. Christina is a member of the National Honor Society, United States Achievement Academy, The National Society of High School Scholars, the Latin club, and also does volunteer work at the Red Cross and YMCA, among others.
During the offseason in 2010-11, Christina played for the Wave Volleyball Club, going 18-1 as a team. She has also been a member of the Munciana Club Volleyball team for seven years.
"We are thrilled that Christina has chosen Grace College to continue her education and play at the collegiate level," said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. "She brings a great deal of experience and is a very fun setter to watch lead her team on the court. I am excited to get Christina here this fall and see how far this team goes with her leadership."
While at Grace, Christina plans to pursue a degree that would lead towards occupational therapy and education. Christina is the daughter of Donald and Stephanie LeBlanc.
Grace's men's soccer team has landed a local standout for the 2011 season in Lakeland Christian Academy's Jacob Cole.
Jacob, a native of Winona Lake, Ind., is a 6-foot-2 goalkeeper who has played for Lakeland the past four seasons. He has been named First Team All-Conference and Team MVP during his career at Lakeland Christian.
"I liked the Christian atmosphere and influence at Grace," Jacob said. "The people were very welcoming and cared about me, which drew me in."
At Lakeland, Jacob was a member of the National Honor Society and the academic honor roll. He plans to pursue a career in graphic design while at Grace.
"Jacob is truly a special athlete," said Lakeland head coach Joel Popenfoose. "It was evident at the high school level, and I'm confident it will be true at the collegiate level. I'm excited to see Jake's soccer career continue under the leadership of Grace's excellent staff."
Jacob will also have the opportunity to play alongside his brother, Sam, who will be a junior on the men's soccer team next fall.
"This is a major piece to our puzzle. Jacob will add instant 'presence' to our team," said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. "He is big with good quickness, technique, and instincts. We are thankful he chose to make Grace his college home."
Jacob is the son of Mark and Sharon Cole.
Morton High School standout Tyler Weber has decided to continue his playing career at Grace College, joining the Lancers' baseball squad for the 2011-12 season.
Tyler, a native of Morton, Ill., has been a pitcher for the past three seasons at Morton. He finished last season with a 4-2 record and an ERA of 2.33.
"I chose Grace College because it will give me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams," Tyler said. "When I returned home after my visit on a spiritual high, there was no questioning my decision."
During his time at Morton, Tyler has been a two-year captain for both the basketball and football teams. Tyler has also been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as president of the organization. While at Grace, Tyler intends to pursue a career in education.
"Grace is getting a quality player and person in Tyler," said Morton coach Jeff Millard. "Ty is solid as a pitcher, as a batter, and in the field."
Tyler is the son of Eric and Jennifer Weber.
The Grace College softball team landed Attica High School's Ashley Bossaer for its 2011-12 roster.
Ashley, a local of Attica, Ind., is a standout infielder who was a four-year varsity Scholastic Athlete. She was named an honorable mention for the Wabash River All-Conference Team and the Danville Commercial News All-Area 2nd Team in 2010.
"Grace College incorporates three of the most important things to me in life: God, academics, and softball," Ashley said. "I want to play my best to honor God, my family, Grace, my coach, and my team."
Outside of her athletic achievements, Ashley is heavily involved in her community and school. Ashley is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She was also involved with FFA Leadership Development, Big Brother/Big Sister, her local youth group, and was also a 10-year member of 4-H.
"Ashley is a great addition to our program," said Grace head coach Heather Johnson. "She is a well-rounded student-athlete who will help our program to raise our level of competitiveness."
During her time at Grace, Ashley plans to pursue a career in counseling and obtain a Bachelor's degree.
Ashley is the daughter of Michael and Alma Bossaer.
The Grace College baseball team has added another piece to its puzzle in pitcher Philip Whitlock.
Philip, a native of Royal Center, Ind., played four years of baseball for Pioneer High School. While at Grace, Philip plans to major in sports management.
"I chose Grace because of the small-school atmosphere and the chance to become an athletic trainer," Philip said. "I am excited for the opportunity to play college baseball."
While at Pioneer, Philip was a standout wrestler and also competed on the cross country team.
"Phil is capable of becoming an outstanding baseball player," said Pioneer head coach Richard Farrer. "His attitude and work ethic will keep him going as well as his natural ability. He will be a success in baseball but even more so in life."
Philip is the son of Crit and Elaine Whitlock.
Kaitlyn Faulkner, a senior at Wyalusing Valley High School, will attend Grace College and join the Lancer track and field team in 2011-12.
The Laceyville, Pa., native earned 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-Northern Tier League honors in the 100m hurdles and established a new school record of 16.12. She also was a district qualifier in the long jump with a mark of 16’ 3”. In addition, she has competed in the 300m hurdles and relays.
“We are very happy to add Kaitlyn to our program,” said head coach Jeff Raymond. “She can compete at a high level in a variety of events, but more importantly, I know she will fit in with the Grace community and make an impact on our campus.”
Kaitlyn plans to major in political science and history at Grace. In high school, she participated in orchestra and choir and was also a 2nd Team All-District selection in soccer.
“Kaitlyn came out for track and field in her sophomore year, but right away I knew she was special,” said Wyalusing head coach Jon Schulze. “She has a great work ethic and she’s very determined. I’m thrilled to have one more year with her, and I know she will contribute to her college team.”
Kaitlyn is the daughter of David and Tricia Faulkner.
Grace's volleyball team has inked Hannah Clemmons, from one of the most successful high school programs in history, to its 2011 roster.
Hannah, a Muncie, Ind., native, completed her high school career at Muncie Burris where she was a member of several state championship teams. Muncie Burris has won 14 straight state championships, and Hannah helped lead the Owls to back-to-back National Runners-up honors in 2009 and 2010. Overall, Hannah has won 87 consecutive matches, including an undefeated 39-0 senior campaign.
"As soon as I got to Grace, I had a feeling that I was in the right place," Hannah said. "I want to lead our team and help us play to the best of our abilities."
Hannah was named Academic All-State and Academic All-Conference in addition to 2nd Team All-State honors. She finished her senior season with 157 kills (fourth on team), 92 digs (fifth), and 47 service aces (second).
Hannah also was a standout basketball player for Muncie Burris and even helped the track team to three-straight conference championships. She also holds the school record for the long jump at 17' 1/4".
"Grace's volleyball program is extremely excited about this great addition to our team," said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. "Hannah adds a lot of depth to our team, and is a vibrant young lady who plays with heart and passion. We look for her to be a big impact player for the Lancers throughout her four years here."
In addition to athletics, Hannah has been heavily involved in the Muncie community. She won the United Way Essay Contest and the Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Academic Achievement award and has plans to become an intern with the Indianapolis Colts as a part of her sport management degree at Grace.
Hannah is the daughter of Sam and Teresa Clemmons.
The Grace College men's soccer team signed the all-time leading goal scorer in Indiana as its first recruit for the 2011 season in Austin Altimus.
The Auburn, Ind., native is a forward from Lakewood Park Christian who has 113 career goals to his credit. During his senior season, Austin was the state's third leading scorer with 33 goals. He also tallied 14 assists, which placed him second in the state in total points.
"I am choosing to attend Grace because of the Christian school atmosphere as well as for the emphasis on academics," Austin said. "I look forward to improving my soccer skills while doing the best I can to better the team."
Austin led Lakewood Park to an 18-1-1 season in 2010 with their only defeat coming in the regional championship game. In the sectional semifinals, he scored the game-winning goal against Garrett to make himself the all-time leading scorer in the state, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Some of his accolades include three-time All-Area player, two-time Prep of the Year, and four-time Offensive Player of the Year.
"Austin is a quality player with exceptional quickness and an innate ability to score goals," said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. "Beyond his abilities on the field, he is a great kid with the character and personality we were looking for. I'm excited for the next four years with Austin."
While at Grace, Austin plans to complete his degree in sports management. He is the son of Kirk and Deb Altimus.
Grace College’s women’s soccer team added another component to their 2011 class in Westview High School’s Kelsey Christner.
Kelsey, a native of Topeka, Ind., was a two-sport athlete at Westview. She played midfield for four years on the soccer team and played three years of basketball. She was a four-year varsity starter on the pitch and tallied 18 goals in 35 assists in her high school career. She is also the all-time career assists leader at Westview.
“I am excited to see Kelsey get the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level,” said high school head coach Chuck Christner. “She loves the game and has an incredible field awareness. Her leadership, academic excellence and personal drive to work hard will certainly help her reach her academic and athletic dreams.”
She was also named NECC (Northeast Corner Conference of Indiana) All-Conference in 2008 and 2010 and NISC First Team in 2007 and 2010. She was KCP News All-Area for four years and was an honorable mention for ICGSA Academic All-State. She also earned All-Academic District 2 honors in 2009 and 2010.
“I feel that Grace College is where God wants me to be as a student,” Kelsey said. “I believe that Coach Voss and the soccer team will be a great fit for me as a player, and I look forward to improving my soccer skills and playing at the collegiate level.”
Kelsey is the current career assist leader at Westview after leading the team for three straight years. She also was a three-year starter on the women's basketball team and was team captain for two seasons.
"We are so happy that Kelsey has chosen Grace!" said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "She is a very controlled possession player with a vision for the field and a knack for combination play. The Grace women's soccer family is excited to welcome her in."
Kelsey is the daughter of Chuck and Dawn Christner and has yet to decide on a major at Grace.
The Lady Lancer soccer program has signed another player for their 2011 campaign in Valor Christian High School's Lauren Becker out of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
"I chose Grace to continue with my Christian education and sports," Lauren said. "My goals are to stay focused and manage my time well to get the grades I want. I want to work hard and become a better player while also growing in my faith."
Lauren was a four-year varsity defender and midfielder in high school. She was named First Team All-State and was an honorable mention for Academic All-State three times. She started three seasons at Valor and helped lead the team to two state championship appearances.
"During the last three seasons at Valor Christian, Lauren has displayed the qualities of a leader on and off the field," said Valor Christian head coach Brock Becker. "Her hard work at practice has set the tone for our team and helped to establish an atmosphere of positiveness."
Lauren was also a member of Valor Christian's cross country team.
"I am super stoked to be welcoming Lauren to Grace for the next stage of her journey!" said Grace head coach Michael Voss. "She will be a great fit in possession-attacking futbol. Lauren is a player with outstanding poise on the ball and great vision for the possession game. I am extremely pleased to welcome her to the family of Grace."
Lauren is the daughter of Brock and Christina Becker. She is undecided in her intended major at Grace.
The Grace College women's basketball program has added another piece to its puzzle in Carroll High School's Lindsey Schaefer.
Lindsey is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., and is a tough, rebounding forward. She has been named 2nd Team All-Conference once and All-Conference Honorable Mention twice in her first three years at Carroll. Lindsey was the team's leading rebounder in each of the past three seasons.
"I chose Grace because this is a place where I can reach my potential athletically," Lindsey said. "I liked the feel of the college, the spiritual aspect, the coaches and players, and the team's style of play."
Lindsey averaged 6.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg as a junior and shot a team-high 51 percent from the field. She also won the Mental Attitude award in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
"Lindsey is one of the hardest working kids that has ever played the game of basketball," said Carroll head coach Cassie Crider. "She dedicates all of her accomplishments to God and always puts Him first. She gives 110% in everything she does whether it be practice, game, or academics. Lindsey is one of the most dedicated players that a coach could ever ask for."
While at Grace, Lindsey plans to major in elementary and special education.
"We are very excited to have Lindsey join our Lady Lancer program," said Grace head coach Scott Blum. "Lindsey will bring toughness along with an excellent work ethic and never-quit attitude. She plays hard on every possession and displays a godly attitude."
Lindsey is the daughter of Randy and Susan Schaefer.
The Grace College volleyball program has landed a local standout in Warsaw Community High School's Madison Long.
Madison is a standout setter from Winona Lake, Ind. She was named to the Northern Lakes All-Conference team twice and also to the Northern Indiana All-State 2nd Team. During her senior season, she led the team in assists with 793 and in digs with 244. She also recorded a team-high 18 block assists and was fourth on the squad in kills.
"I loved Grace College from the start. Coach Harshman is a great person and coach," Madison said. "The girls on the team are so fun and hard-working, and their love for God and the game was very appealing."
Madison also excelled on the track team for the Tigers, where she qualified for the state meet in 2010 and was All-Conference in 2009. She was a scholar-athlete at Warsaw and was also a member of the student athletic board. While at Grace, she plans on majoring in special education.
"Madison is a great athlete, leader, setter, and person," said Grace's head coach Andria Harshman. "We are excited to add her to our program, and she will impact this program greatly. We are looking for great things from this area player in the near future."
Madison is the daughter of Scott and Jamie Long.
Grace's women's basketball team has landed Blackhawk Christian forward Allison Kauffman for their first recruit of the 2011-12 season.
"I chose Grace because they are one big family," Allison said. "Everyone cares that you are growing in your relationship with Christ. I look forward to working hard with new teammates who will push me to be better. I want my attitude and effort to glorify Christ."
Allison is a four-year letterwinner for Blackhawk Christian, nearly posting a double-double every game her junior season. She averaged 19.3 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. She also added 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 83 percent from the free throw line.
"Allie is a natural leader both on the court and off it," said Blackhawk Christian head coach Sean Miller. "She has a very strong work ethic when it comes to sports and academics. Allie will be a tremendous addition to Grace Athletics."
Allison is also an accomplished volleyball player, having amassed over 1,000 career kills and digs. While in high school, Allison was a member of the National Honor Society and was on the Highest Honor Roll.
"Allie brings the whole package to our program and institution," said Grace head coach Scott Blum. "Her strong desire to grow in her relationship with the Lord was a main reason we wanted her to join our family. I look forward to seeing how God will mold and shape her while at Grace."
Allison plans to major in sports management while at Grace. She is the daughter of John & Jan Kauffman.
Grace College's women's soccer program and head coach Michael Voss signed its third recruit for 2010-11 in Columbia City High School standout Jessica Bickle.
Jessica is a four-year member of Columbia City's soccer team where she was an Honorable Mention award winner for the Northeast Hoosier Conference. As a junior, she scored seven goals and was named Team MVP. As a sophomore, Jessica was named to the Second Team All-Conference.
"When I visited Grace, I felt like I belonged," Jessica said. "I feel like Grace will help me to strive to do my best academically and athletically as well as helping me to grow stronger in my faith."
The Columbia City, Ind., native is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout her high school career and she currently sits at fifth in her class.
Jessica plans to continue to keep her academic standards high while at Grace while she pursues a degree in Secondary Education.
"The Grace Soccer family is excited to add Jessica to the mix," said Grace College head coach Michael Voss. "Her effort off the field is just as strong on the field, and I know she will bring God glory through her time here at Grace."
Jessica is the daughter of Jerry and Karen Bickle.
Grace’s women’s soccer team has added Elizabeth Casey from Westminster Catawba Christian School (SC) to its 2011 class.
“I wanted to be challenged and felt it was the right fit for me,” Elizabeth said. “I felt God's calling to go to Grace and I hope to be a contributor, reaching my full potential.”
Elizabeth is a three-sport standout at Westminster Catawba Christian. She participates in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. During her junior year she received the team’s coaches award in soccer.
Elizabeth is a member of the Honor Roll during her time at Westminster Catawba Christian, she also won the English and Spanish awards during her junior year. She plans to major in Elementary Education and Spanish during her time at Grace.
“It is great to have Elizabeth join our family at Grace,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She is a great example of our program and will work hard to make our program better.”
Elizabeth is the daughter of Ramon and Esther Casey.
Grace’s women’s soccer team picked up another big recruit for 2011 in Morton High School’s Holly Bennett.
“I chose Grace College because of the overall atmosphere and the attitude on campus,” Holly said. “They care about you not only as a soccer player but also as a person. You can just tell this college loves Jesus.”
Holly is a three-year varsity starter at Morton and tallied 23 goals and 13 assists during her sophomore year. She was also named to the All-Sectional team and Quincy All-Tournament team. She is 5-foot-8 and will graduate in 2011.
“Holly is the epitome of the complete student-athlete,” said Morton head coach Brian Deters. “She is not only one of the most talented soccer players to play in the Morton High School soccer program, but she’s also one of the most hard-working, dedicated, and focused athletes to come through here.”
At Morton, Holly is a High Honor roll student, a National Honors Society Member, and an ACE Award winner. She plans on majoring in youth ministry upon her arrival at Grace.
“It has been so exciting to see Holly’s joy and commitment to walking God’s trail,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “She demonstrates a life that is passionate in both making Christ known and ‘balling it up’ to the glory of God. The family of Grace is thrilled to welcome Holly on the next part of her journey with Jesus.”
Holly is the daughter of Steve and Melody Bennett. They reside in Peoria, Ill.
Grace College's women's soccer program has landed one of central Indiana's best players for the 2011-12 season in Kaitlan Wiles.
Kaitlan has been a three-year starter for Pendleton Heights High School. As a freshman, she led all freshmen in the IHSAA with 12 goals and three assists. As a sophomore, she was among the Indianapolis Metro Area leaders with 21 goals and eight assists, leading her team in scoring. She has won All-Conference and All-District honors as an Arabian.
“I felt Grace College was a great fit for my personality,” Kaitlan said. “I was very impressed with the coach and the team. They are great people both on and off the field.”
Outside of her high school team, Kaitlan has excelled as a member of the Carmel United Soccer Club. Her club team won state championships in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 and was a state semi-finalist in 2009. She was also a national runner-up in a 3v3 tournament.
"I have been so encouraged in the Lord by Kaitlan. Her spiritual maturity, professionalism and depth of character combined with a passion to ‘ball it up’ for God’s glory is fantastic,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The family of Grace is excited to welcome her into the next phase of her journey with the Lord.”
Kaitlan, who will graduate high school in 2011, is a member of the National Honor Society and is currently in the top six percent of her class academically. While at Grace, Kaitlan intends to major in Pre-Med.
“I am pursuing a dream come true to play soccer in college,” Kaitlan continued. “I am looking forward to using my athletic talents to share my faith. I am excited and proud to be a Lady Lancer!”
Kaitlan is the daughter of Tom and Mandy Wiles.