Golfers Take Fourth at Tourney

April 22nd, 2014

Grace’s golf team had one of its strongest tournaments of the spring on Monday at the Steven Tyler Invitational. The Lancers finished fourth out of 13 teams.

Trey Stoll placed second for the second time this spring with a round of 76, one stroke behind the overall medalist Collin Breit (75) of Hope College. Caleb Rovenstine was just behind Stoll, firing a 77 for third place.

Taylor Fanning produced an 81, and Taylor Breeden and Kyle Condon rounded out the scoring with identical rounds of 86. The tournament was hosted by Kalamazoo College at The Moors Golf Club.

Zachary Allyn, playing as an individual in the tournament, had Grace’s third-best round at 80. Hope College won the team title with a 315, five strokes better than Grace’s 320.

Monday’s tournament was Grace’s final tune-up before the Crossroads League Championships on April 28-29 held at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville.

Grace Erupts for 15 Runs Against Bethel

April 22nd, 2014

Pictured is senior Olivia Winget at the plate against Bethel

Grace’s softball team split a doubleheader with second-place Bethel College at Miller Field on Monday thanks to a 15-run outburst in the second game.

The Lady Lancers (18-24; 14-12 Crossroads League) lost 6-1 in the opener before rallying in a convincing 15-3 victory in the second half of the twin bill. Grace is now tied for fifth place in the CL standings, two games out of second behind the Pilots (19-15; 15-9 CL).

The Pilots blitzed the Lady Lancers early in the first game. Bethel ripped off five runs on six hits in the opening inning, benefitting from a two-out error to score three unearned runs.

Bethel added another run in the second to claim a commanding 6-0 lead. Grace, meanwhile, did not get on the scoreboard until the fourth inning. Clarissa Knight reached base with a single through the left side of the infield, and Olivia Winget doubled Knight in the score.

Outside of the fourth inning, Grace struggled to put together any offensive rhythm. The Lady Lancers struck out 14 times against Bethel pitcher Natalie Newell, mustering just five hits overall.

Allison Franklin did not allow a run to score in five innings of relief from the mound. She scattered three hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

The second game was a different story for Grace. The Lady Lancers plated four runs in the opening inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Alex Shipley. The offensive barrage continued in the second inning as Grace scored seven more runs. Clarissa Knight and Brooke Shell each recorded two-run doubles, and Chelsea Whitesell cleared the bases with a double to add three more runs. Shell notched two hits in the inning.

Grace increased its lead to 15-2 in the bottom of the third with four more runs. Hannah Adams, Morgan Cody, Brittney Melzoni and Samantha Johnson had RBIs during the inning. The Lady Lancers went on to end the game early due to the run-rule after Bethel’s half of the fifth.

Shell finished 3-for-4 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base, and Knight was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a steal. Winget and Adams scored three times apiece, and Morgan Hutcheson plated twice.

Adams took the win with a complete-game effort from the mound. She allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings pitched.

The Lady Lancers continue league play on the road Tuesday at Marian. Grace returns to Miller Field on Friday (against Spring Arbor) and Saturday (Indiana Wesleyan) to wrap up the regular season.

Grace Track Wins Three CL Weekly Awards

April 21st, 2014

Drew Perrin, Erin McPherson and Jo Boren made it a banner week for Grace’s track and field teams as all three Lancers won Crossroads League Athlete of the Week awards.

The Lancers nearly swept the CL’s weekly awards for track and field, winning three of the four awards.

Sophomore Jo Boren was the CL’s Female Track Athlete of the Week after winning an event and setting a school record in another. She took the 200-meter title at the Spartan Classic over 20 competitors at 26.72 seconds before joining forces on the 4x100m relay team for a school-record finish of 49.34. Other members of the 4×100 squad included Katelyn McCullough, Erin Jones and Micah Pollard.

Senior Erin McPherson was the CL’s Female Field Athlete of the Week after taking first place in the shot put and second in the hammer. She launched the shot put 11.24 meters to win the event and placed second in the hammer at 39.46m.

Sophomore Drew Perrin was the CL’s Male Field Athlete of the Week. He won the triple jump over nine competitors with an NCCAA-qualifying mark of 41-feet-7.

The Lancers climax the season at the Crossroads League Championships on Friday and Saturday at Marian University.

Adams’s One-hitter Blanks Mt. Vernon in League Play

April 21st, 2014

Pictured is freshman pitcher Hannah Adams earlier in the year for Grace

A complete game one-hitter from freshman pitcher Hannah Adams highlighted Grace’s softball team’s 4-0 victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday.

The Lady Lancers (17-23; 13-11 Crossroads League) split with the Cougars at Miller Field, falling 8-2 in the opener.

During the opening game of the doubleheader, Mt. Vernon struck first with a solo home run in the second inning. Grace threatened to counter in the bottom of the inning with a runner on third, but the Lady Lancers were unable to even the score. The Cougars added an unearned run in the third and three more in the fourth to move ahead, 5-0.

Grace showed signs of life in the fifth inning with two runs on four hits. Morgan Cody singled, Brittany Melzoni doubled, and Samantha Johnson bunted for a hit to load the bases. Brooke Shell then drove in two runs with a base hit. After loading the bases again with a walk, Grace was unable to capitalize and had to settle for the 5-2 deficit.

The Cougars tacked on three more runs for insurance in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Lancers were unable to chop into Mt. Vernon’s cushion in their final at-bats.

Johnson was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, and Shell drove in two runs with a stolen base.

In the second game, Grace opened up the scoring in the second inning. Alex Shipley laced a deep double to centerfield to plate Clarissa Knight. Tiffany Featherston singlehandedly doubled Grace’s lead with a triple down the right-field line. She came around to score on a throwing error.

Olivia Winget belted a solo home run in the fourth, and Brooke Shell scored in the fifth. After Shell reached base, she stole second and third base and forced an overthrow by Mt. Vernon Nazarene at third to scamper home.

Hannah Adams had the Cougars’ bats in knots throughout the second game. She kept Mt. Vernon Nazarene scoreless for all seven innings and allowed just three runners to reach base – one on a hit, one on a hit batsman and one via a fielding error. The freshman hurler needed just 69 pitches in the complete-game effort from the mound, striking out two batters in the process.

Shipley finished 2-for-2 from the plate, and Johnson was 1-for-2.

The Lady Lancers continue league play at Miller Field on Monday against Bethel at 3 p.m. Next week is Grace’s final week of the regular season.

Yeh Accepts Coaching Job at Truett-McConnell

April 18th, 2014

Longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Jon Yeh has accepted a head basketball coaching position at Truett-McConnell College (Ga.).

Yeh has been on the sidelines for some of the Lancers’ finest seasons in program history, including this year’s NCCAA Division I National Runners-Up finish. He has coached and recruited five Lancers who have produced 11 All-American or honorable mention All-American awards from the NAIA.

“I want to express my gratitude to Coach Kessler, our coaching staff and our administration for the opportunity to work alongside them these last five years. I’m especially grateful to our players and support staff,” Yeh said. “It’s their hard work and determination that has built Grace into a nationally-competitive and respected program. I’m really proud of the way our men have competed and responded to the challenges that arise each season. The on-court success has been phenomenal, but I’m even more joyful to see the growth in their personal lives.”

Yeh has been with the Lancers for 12 seasons, including a stint from 1999-2006. During Yeh’s second tenure, Grace has advanced to five straight national tournaments. Grace won its first league tournament championship in 2012 and was ranked as high as No. 4 in the NAIA Div. II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll during the 2011-12 season.

“My family and I will definitely miss the support of Grace fans and students at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center,” Yeh continued. “Our challenge will be to try to replicate the success we’ve had at Grace both on and off the court in our new home at Truett-McConnell. We’re very excited for the opportunity!”

Yeh has been Grace’s defensive coordinator since 2010-11, helping the Lancers to top 25 defensive statistical rankings throughout the past four seasons.

“Jon is one of those special assistants who has his fingerprints all over the success of our program. His help in all aspects of the game has been invaluable throughout the years,” said Grace men’s basketball coach Jim Kessler. “He is more than ready to be a head coach, and he has a chance to build up a program down there. I think it’s a great fit, and I know he’ll be an excellent coach while also caring for his players.”

Yeh will be taking over a Truett-McConnell program that finished 4-25 this season.

“We appreciate Jon’s Christian commitment to Grace College and his tremendous work with our student-athletes and advancement office,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “We are excited for Jon and his family and wish him all the best. We know he will bring great success to Truett-McConnell.”

School Record Falls at Manchester Meet

April 18th, 2014

In Grace’s final tune-up meet before the Crossroads League Championships next week, Grace’s track and field teams won six events and set a school record at the Spartan Invitational on Friday.

Katelyn McCullough, Jo Boren, Erin Jones and Micah Pollard ran the fastest 4×100-meter relay in school history, crossing the finish line in 49.34 seconds. Pollard went on to win the 400 race at 1:00.44, and Boren took the 200 title 26.72.

Erin McPherson took first place in the shot put and second place in the hammer, and Heather House was first in the 400 hurdles in a personal-best time of 1:09.77.

Donovan Graham won the 400 race, and Drew Perrin won the triple jump in an NCCAA-qualifying mark of 41-feet-7. Niko Read      had his best mark in the triple jump as well.

Brandon Smith finished second in the 3000 steeplechase, Jenna McClellan was second in the 1500, and Macallister Seitz (discus) and Caleb Sanders (javelin) placed third in their respective events.

“This meet was a great tune-up prior to our conference championships next weekend,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “There were several PR’s set and many season-bests, which is what you want to see at this time of year.”

The Lancers’ Crossroads League Championships will be held at Marian University.

Softball Splits a High-Powered Doubleheader

April 18th, 2014

Grace’s softball team took part in an offensive showdown on Thursday with Huntington University as the teams combined for 36 runs in two games.

The Lady Lancers (16-22; 12-10 Crossroads League) won 11-8 in a 12-inning thriller in the opening game before the Foresters rallied to take the second game, 10-7.

Grace claimed a 7-0 lead in the opener after a five-run outburst in the third inning. Hannah Adams hit a two-run homer in the second, and Chelsea Whitesell doubled to score two runs in the third.

The Foresters (20-15; 13-9 CL) slowly chipped away at Grace’s cushion. Huntington scored twice in the third and fifth innings and once in the sixth. The Foresters finally tied the score in the seventh inning with a two-out triple that scored two runs to tie the game at 7-7.

The first four extra innings came up empty for both sides, although each team had strong chances to score. Grace finally broke the 7-7 deadlock in a big way during the 12th inning. Olivia Winget lofted a two-run homer to left field to score Alex Shipley. Adams, Tiffany Featherston and Brittany Melzoni then doubled to plate two more runs.

Huntington added one more run in the bottom of the inning, but the Foresters were unable to erase Grace’s cushion. Adams finished 4-for-6 with three runs and three RBIs, Winget was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Featherston had three hits and two runs.

In the second game, Huntington erupted for 10 runs on 17 hits. While Grace scored seven runs on 11 hits, the Lady Lancers also committed four fielding errors to allow three unearned runs to plate.

The Lady Lancers led 6-1 after their half of the third inning, but the Foresters dominated the later stages of the game to win by three.

Brooke Shell starred at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs. Melzoni and Clarissa Knight scored twice, and reigning NCCAA National Player of the Week Samantha Johnson batted 2-for-4.

Grace concludes the week on Friday with a home series against Mt. Vernon Nazarene. First pitch at Miller Field is set for noon.

Johnson Earns National Player of the Week Award

April 16th, 2014

Pictured is Samantha Johnson batting for the Lady Lancers

To cap off a remarkable week for Samantha Johnson, the freshman was named the NCCAA National Softball Player of the Week.

Johnson batted an incredible .706 over six games last week, which included 12 hits in 17 at-bats. She doubled three times and drove in seven runs, posting an .882 slugging percentage and a .772 on-base percentage.

Additionally, she did not make a field error in nine opportunities while managing Grace’s center field. She was 2-for-2 in Grace’s upset of league-leader Taylor last week.

Johnson was also named the Crossroads League Player of the Week on Monday.

For the season, Johnson is batting .326. She has a team-best .404 average in league competition.

The Lady Lancers are currently tied for fourth place in the CL standings, two games out of second place under head coach Heather Johnson. Grace is scheduled to play at Huntington on Thursday before hosting Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday at Miller Field.

Grace College Students Honored at Indiana Intern Award Luncheon

April 15th, 2014

Pictured left to right are Carolyn Duong, Jessica Otteman, and Janelle Hess

On February 5th, Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence at the 8th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon in Indianapolis. Indiana INTERNnet exists to increase the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the state of Indiana in order to retain top talent. It is a free internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities.

Three Grace students were recognized by the organization as award nominees: Carolyn Duong, Jessica Otteman, and Janelle Hess. More recently, Indiana INTERNnet honored Carolyn Duong, one of the nominated students from Grace, with a feature on their webpage.

Grace’s Applied Learning program, launched in January of 2012, has allowed 205 students to earn credit through hands-on experiences in a variety of settings and positions. Currently, Grace College offers over 160 applied learning experiences for their students. This spring semester, 58 students are earning credit, the largest number to date.

The program emphasizes commitment to active learning, real-world problem solving, and innovation.  Students may experience applied learning through both traditional and non-traditional assignments.  The goal is to link knowledge and skills acquired in work, research and community activities with knowledge acquired in the classroom.

“I want to congratulate each of our Grace students that received this recognition from Indiana Intern,” said Randy Polson, director of Applied Learning.  “Through our Applied Learning and internship programs, our students are recognized through many different career experiences before they graduate.  One employer recently shared with me, ‘We are not only using the Applied Learning program to offer experiences to Grace College students, but we look at this as a pre-interview time period.  As employers, we are given the opportunity to observe the students during hands on experiences.’”

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Freshmen Sweep Crossroads League Weekly Awards

April 15th, 2014

Pictured are Grace freshmen (left) Hannah Adams and Samantha Johnson

Grace College softball freshmen Samantha Johnson and Hannah Adams earned the weekly Crossroads League Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, announced on Monday.

Johnson (Kokomo HS) had the best week of her young career when she batted an incredible .706 over six games. She ripped off 12 hits in 17 at-bats, notching three doubles and seven RBIs in the process. She posted a .882 slugging percentage and a .772 on-base percentage.

Additionally, she did not make a field error in nine opportunities while managing Grace’s center field. She was 2-for-2 in Grace’s upset of league-leader Taylor on Tuesday.

Adams (Northeastern HS) was the Co-Softball Pitcher of the Week. She earned three of Grace’s four wins on the mound this week. The freshman hurler struck out 17 batters in 14.1 innings while only walking three batters.

Her standout performance came against league-leading Taylor. She allowed just one run and three hits in 5.1 innings, leading the Lady Lancers to a 2-1 victory.

The Lady Lancers are currently tied for fourth place in the CL standings, two games out of second place under head coach Heather Johnson. Grace is scheduled to host Bethel on Tuesday and Mt. Vernon Nazareneon Friday at Miller Field.