Darrell Johnson took first place in the Jones/Snead flight at the Indianapolis Tour Championship this past weekend. The Championship was a two day event held at The Fort Golf Club in Indianapolis. The Tournament is part of the Golf Channel / NBC Sports Amateur Tour. The Golf Channel AM Tour is the largest amateur golf tour in North America. Darrell and his son, Scott have competed in the summer long tour playing tournaments in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. Darrell and Scott have both qualified for the GC AM Tour National Championship, a four day tournament held at the PGA West Golf Complex in La Quinta, California. Congratulations Darrell and Scott.
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“Home sweet home” rang true for Grace’s volleyball team on Saturday as the Lady Lancers swept both their opponents at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Grace’s 3-0 wins over Point Park, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25, and St. Ambrose gave the Lady Lancers the championship of the season-opening Grace College Classic. Tori Bontrager was named the Tournament MVP, and Laken Chaney and Sara Miller were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Head coach Katie Van Hofwegen began her coaching career with a perfect 4-0 weekend for the Lady Lancers. Grace also defeated IU-East and Trinity Christian on Friday in the tournament.
The opening match on Saturday produced Grace’s first sweep of the season. St. Ambrose did not have an answer for Grace’s offensive firepower. The Lady Lancers pounded out 42 kills on a .250 attack percentage en route to the sweep.
The second set proved to be the closest. Grace trailed 19-17 before rallying with four straight points to force a timeout by the Fighting Bees (2-1). The break did not work, however, as Grace cruised to a 25-22 win. The Lady Lancers won the first set 25-17 and the third set 25-18.
Tori Bontrager and Kelsee Zuidema led Grace’s attack. Bontrager finished with 12 kills on a .579 percentage, and Zuidema had 11 kills on just 16 attempts; both players also served two aces.
Laken Chaney handed out 35 assists to go along with solo block and block assist, and Sara Miller recorded a match-best 14 digs. Megan Johnson (nine digs), Alix Underwood (one solo block, one block assist) and Annie Salazar (eight digs) contributed on the defensive end.
In the final match of the tournament, Grace’s defense carried the team to a sweep over Point Park. The Pioneers were held to a .064 team hitting percentage as Grace won 25-12, 25-22 and 25-21.
Chaney concluded an impressive tournament with 31 assists in three sets, leading Grace to nine more kills than Point Park. Grace Woolsey finished with eight kills on 14 attempts, adding two solo blocks and two block assists.
Underwood had seven kills on a .455 percentage, and Caylie Teel notched five kills and six digs. Miller led all players with 13 digs, and Megan Johnson tallied six digs and two block assists.
The Lady Lancers return to action next weekend at the Lindsey Wilson Tournament in Kentucky.
Grace’s women’s soccer team began the 2015 season with a statement win, defeating No. 16 Bellevue 1-0 on Saturday.
Mallory Rondeau scored the game winner in the 87th minute, propelling the NAIA 15th-ranked Lady Lancers to a memorable season-opening victory.
With just three minutes remaining in a scoreless NAIA Top 25 battle, Rondeau dazzled her way through the left side of the Bruins’ defense and slipped her shot underneath the charging goalkeeper. The ball rolled just inside the far goalpost, electrifying a packed crowd at the Miller Athletic Complex.
Grace outshot Bellevue 14-6 overall in the match, including 9-3 in the opening frame.
The first half featured a strong possession attack from the Lady Lancers, resulting in nine shot attempts. The Bruins (0-1) had their share of chances as well, but neither team was able to produce a tally before halftime.
Grace’s speed and depth began to take its toll on Bellevue in the second half as the Lady Lancers asserted even more control of the game’s possession. Voss used eight substitutes liberally in the match, including the first career appearances for freshmen Aubrey Feipel, Allison Vroon, Clair Snodgrass, Shelby Fort and Kristen Bellinger.
Grace nearly scored the game’s first goal in the 75th minute. Freshman Shelby Fort made a mesmerizing run at the top of the penalty box and unleashed a hard shot. The Bruins’ goalkeeper pushed Fort’s shot wide, and the ensuing rebound shot from Jordan Hairgrove whisked wide of the goal.
Each team sent players forward in attack in the final five minutes, but it was Grace who eventually broke onto the scoreboard. Rondeau’s strike was her 41st career goal and her 15th game-winning goal.
Rondeau led all players with five shots and four on goal, and Hairgrove tallied three shots.
Abby Schue posted the shutout win in goal for Grace, thanks to the strong defending of Heather Martin, Meredith Matson, Faith Voehringer, Erica Manchess and Snodgrass.
“There are several positives from this match. This was a good result against a very solid team. Bellevue was physically strong and is a quality top 20 team,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “I’d like to see improvements going forward. We weren’t as polished as I’d like, but that will come with time. It was good to sprinkle players throughout the match to develop chemistry.”
The Lady Lancers’ next match is on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Mid-America Christian. The men’s team will also play Mid-America Christian at 8 p.m. in a doubleheader at Miller Athletic Complex.
Head coach Katie Van Hofwegen kicked off her coaching career in style for Grace College’s volleyball team, leading the Lady Lancers to two wins on Friday.
Grace took down IU-East in five sets before coming from behind to beat Trinity Christian 3-1 in the opening day of the Grace College Classic.
“This was really exciting for me as a coach to watch the girls execute what we’ve worked on in preseason,” Van Hofwegen said. “The fought back every single point and worked well together as a team to get these wins.”
Grace started both of its first two sets against IU-East with a deficit and yet rallied to win each time. Grace pulled out a narrow 25-23 victory in the opener and won 25-17 in the second set.
The Red Wolves (0-1) staved off the sweep with a 25-18 win in the third game and held off a late rally in the fourth to win 25-23. IU-East led by six points late in the fourth set, but Grace rallied back to tie the score 23-23. The Red Wolves recovered, however, scoring the next two points to force a tiebreaker.
The final set belonged to Grace from the first serve. Grace scored the first six points of the game on the strength of Laken Chaney’s serving, and the Lady Lancers never looked back. Grace dominated 15-4 to take the match and secure Van Hofwegen a victory in her coaching debut. The Lady Lancers hit an impressive .556 in the final set compared to -.250 for IU-East.
“Not many teams in the country can come out in a fifth game and have the start they did. I was really proud of our effort and energy in that last set,” Van Hofwegen said.
Freshman Caylie Teel excelled in her first collegiate match, racking up 12 kills, 6 digs and 3 block assists, and Sierra Smith led Grace with 13 kills. Chaney finished with 35 assists as the team’s setter, adding two service aces and eight digs.
Grace notched 10 aces as a team, including four from Tori Bontrager. Bontrager also finished with five digs and four block assists.
Sara Miller led all players with 16 digs, Annie Salazar added 10 more, and Grace Woolsey chipped in with seven kills and four block assists.
Grace ended the day with a challenging match against Trinity Christian, and a rowdy Lancer crowd fueled Grace to a four-set win. The Trolls (1-1) eliminated the Lady Lancers from last year’s NCCAA National Championships, but Grace found its revenge on Friday.
Trinity Christian eked out a 25-23 win in the opener, but Grace had a response. The Lady Lancers won the second set 25-21 by forcing the Trolls into 10 errors, and Grace’s offense exploded for 15 kills in the third set for another 25-21 win.
Grace did not waste time assuming control in the decisive fourth set, opening up a 7-0 lead. Trinity Christian could not find a comeback, falling 25-13 to end the match.
Bontrager and Woolsey had 11 kills apiece to lead Grace, and Bontrager added five block assists. Chaney dished out 36 assists, and Teel had a match-high 28 digs. Miller added 15 digs, and Chaney chipped in 11 digs.
“The ladies had a big chip on their shoulder entering the match with Trinity. They wanted to win bad and prove to themselves that they could beat a team at that level,” Van Hofwegen said. “They brought intensity throughout the match and really fed off the crowd tonight.”
The Lady Lancers conclude the Grace Classic on Saturday with a match at 11 a.m. against St. Ambrose and at 4 p.m. against Point Park.
Grace’s men’s soccer team will kick off its 50th season of competition on Tuesday at Miller Athletic Complex.
While the Lancers are replacing eight graduated seniors from last year’s 9-7-2 team, the 2015 squad is brimming with young, exciting new talent.
Eighth-year head coach Matt Hotchkin has led Grace to the NCCAA National Championships twice in the past four seasons. While he admits the Lancers will be young this fall, he maintains the talent is there to make a run in the Crossroads League.
“This will be an exciting year, but it will have its share of challenges,” Hotchkin said. “I think our overall mobility is better than last year. We have more speed and better fitness on the team. The key will be to see if that translates to better soccer.”
Over half of Grace’s roster is comprised of new faces (12 of 23), but the returning players have a strong level of playing experience and poise. Senior captains Kyle Hamlin and Justin Festa headline the returners.
Hamlin has racked up 19 goals and five assists in his career so far and hopes to cap off his playing days in style. After working tirelessly in the offseason, Hamlin is now “a more complete player than he’s ever been,” according to Hotchkin. “He’s faster and stronger than he’s ever been; this could be a really good year for him.”
Festa was an All-Crossroads League defender in 2013 and helped the Lancers to six shutouts last fall. The athletic center back anchors a robust defensive line. Also returning with Festa are seniors Nakilee Weni, Dylan Andersen and junior Jonathan Sands. Festa and Weni form “one of the best center back tandems in the league,” in Hotchkin’s view. Incoming freshman defenders Nikola Djordjevic (Serbia) and Josiah Osborn (Argos HS) have impressed Hotchkin already through the preseason.
The midfield unit replaces the graduated steady trio of Trent Smith, Nikola Blazic and Gift Sibukome. Jon Christensen and Hector Torres plan to fill that gap as the most experienced returners. Hotchkin believes the Lancers can take the next step if Christensen and Torres display consistency and mental toughness in the middle.
Newcomers Daniel Smith and Colin Cape have showcased good vision and distribution from the middle, according to Hotchkin, providing a good rotation of players.
The attack will be centered on Hamlin, but freshman Damon Binkley (Argos HS) and senior Dominic Harris figure to be key contributors as well. Harris is a “powerful player who is hard to stop when he’s on,” in Hotchkin’s words, and Binkley is a natural goalscorer. Binkley was an All-State forward from Argos, graduating as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 130 goals.
Hotchkin has helped Miller Athletic Complex become a formidable home atmosphere for visiting teams, and that home environment will be tested early and often in 2015. The Lancers have a sterling 26-6-4 mark at home since 2011, including last year’s undefeated 7-0-2 record. Grace welcomes traditionally tough opponents Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, Spring Arbor, Bethel and Mt. Vernon Nazarene to its home turf this fall, providing a number of important matches on Grace’s campus.
Grace figures to look vastly different on the pitch this fall, but Hotchkin believes the team can overcome its youth. The key, in his words, is to stick together. “I like the camaraderie of the team and the cohesion so far. We are a young team who hasn’t faced any type of adversity yet, so we will have to learn how to respond to both adversity and success. If we stick together, we could surprise some people this year.”
The Lancers’ first match is on Tuesday at 8 p.m. against Mid-America Christian. Grace will have an exhibition this Saturday 6 p.m. to unofficially start the year.
Grace College to Work with Local Business Group on Multi-use Facility: Symphony of the Lakes to Perform First Concert Under the New Lease Arrangement.Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Grace College and Seminary has just announced the leasing of Rodeheaver Auditorium to a local area business group. The leasee, Living Winona, will be investing significant resources to update the current Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake. While the newly purposed building will retain the name Rodeheaver Auditorium, the business will operate as the Winona Heritage Room. Plans for the renovation are not yet finalized, but will revolve around creating a first-class facility for banquets, wedding receptions, conferences, and other Grace College and community uses. In addition, the stage portion of the auditorium will be maintained, allowing for continued hosting of concerts and musicals. All current contracts with Rodeheaver will be honored through the new leasing agreement.
The leasing and renovation of the facility are just another continuing area of innovation as Grace College continues to add value to its private Christian education for students. In recent years Grace has introduced a number of measures with this in mind including 3-year accelerated degrees, tuition reduction for students, and free textbook rentals.
Grace College is also a long-standing member of the local community, serving the area for over 75 years. Grace is proud to be a part of the Warsaw /Winona Lake area and is always looking for ways to bring the school, students, and local community together.
“We are excited for these changes and believe they will serve the needs of Grace College, our students, and the community,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary. “In addition, Living Winona’s history of supporting Grace as well as the community makes them the ideal partner.”
“We are passionate about strengthening community through place-making, while creating vibrant public places that encourage nature and people to thrive, taking what we know about our neighbors and surroundings to better our future. We are thrilled to help build on the very deep heritage that Grace College, the Village at Winona and The Town of Winona Lake have created over the years and are proud to announce the opening of Winona Heritage Room.” Caleb France, Living Winona, LLC.
To help kick off the musical events at the new Winona Heritage Room, the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts has announced that the Symphony of the Lakes will be performing four upcoming concerts in the upgraded space. “Our HEROES concert on October 10th will feature popular scores from famous movies that have inspired superheroes, wizards, spies and gladiators,” exclaimed Will Dawson, executive director of Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. “While we’ve always enjoyed playing in the Rodeheaver Auditorium we are looking forward to the improvements that Living Winona is undertaking.”
Anyone interested in scheduling an event with the Winona Heritage Room should email email@example.com
Grace’s women’s soccer team achieved its highest ranking in program history when the NAIA unveiled its Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll on Tuesday.
The Lady Lancers landed at No. 15 in the nation, racking up 273 points from the coaches’ tally. Grace ended the 2014 campaign 18th in the poll, following an impressive 17-5-3 campaign.
The release marks Grace’s eighth straight national ranking from the NAIA and the eighth ranking in team history. The Lady Lancers climbed as high as No. 17 in the NAIA poll last fall.
Grace’s ranking will be challenged this weekend in the season opener. The 15th-ranked Lady Lancers will host No. 16 Bellevue on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Miller Athletic Complex in a highly-anticipated matchup. WATCH IT LIVE
Overall, the Lady Lancers will play five teams in the nonleague schedule that are ranked or receiving votes. Grace hosts No. 11 The Master’s on Aug. 29 and No. 2 Northwestern Ohio on Sept. 19. Grace also plays against John Brown (RV) on Sept. 10 and Oklahoma City (RV) on Sept. 12.
The Crossroads League boasted three members in the Top 25, including No. 8 Spring Arbor and No. 25 Mt. Vernon Nazarene.
Grace’s women’s soccer team broke new ground in several ways in 2014, and they have plans for more new territory this fall.
The Lady Lancers achieved a number of firsts last season – its first NAIA Top 25 ranking, its first appearance in a national championship game – all while playing night games under the lights for the first time in the newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex.
But Grace, who ended the year 17-5-3 and ranked No. 18 in the final Top 25 poll, is not resting on its laurels. Head coach Michael Voss, the program’s all-time winningest coach, has the team’s sights set higher this fall.
“We aren’t settling on our past accomplishments. We are going to give our very best and leave the results to God,” Voss said. “Our goal is [making] the NAIA Nationals. It’ll be exciting to watch this team go hard.”
Grace will be tested from the onset of the 2015 campaign. Voss has arranged one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the nation, including a matchup with NAIA national runner-up Northwestern Ohio at home on Sept. 19. Two of Grace’s first three matches are against teams who ended 2014 in the NAIA Top 25 as well (Bellevue, The Master’s). To prepare them for the rigors of the schedule, Voss has put the Lady Lancers through “the most intense preseason training we’ve ever had.”
Voss hopes to “see what we’re made of” from the formidable early-season schedule. “We will always try to play tough, highly ranked teams. The goal is to beat them all, but whether or not we can achieve that depends on if we play to our redemptive potential. This schedule will be difficult. It will stretch us and test our depth, but all of us are eager to see just where exactly we match up.”
Grace boasted one of the stingiest defenses in the NAIA in 2014, ranking second in the nation with 14 shutouts. Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Schue was a First Team NCCAA All-American selection last year after giving up 0.49 goals per contest. Returning starters Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson, Heather Martin and Erica Manchess form a formidable defensive line. Carlie Salinas, Kristelle Jadoo and Marina Tolczyk add tremendous depth to the back line.
Senior Carianne Sobey highlights Grace’s midfield for her final season. Sobey, the program’s career leader in assists, dished out 12 assists in 2014. Meghan Wiles, Darcy Johnston, Maile Grout, Emma Neahusan, and Jerusalem Groves give Voss a wealth of options at his disposal to drive his unique possession style of play.
Grace should not lack for scoring as the squad returns 86 percent of its goals from 2014. Local standouts Mallory Rondeau (senior, Wawasee HS) and Meredith Hollar (junior, Warsaw) give Grace an experienced, fearsome attack. Rondeau was the 2014 NCCAA National Player of the Year after racking up 18 goals and 11 assists, and Hollar tallied eight goals and five assists. Returning forwards Jordan Hairgrove, Kaitlyn Hayes and Sabina Meyers fortify a deep rotation.
Voss brought in six new faces in the offseason, adding much-needed depth across the field. Defenders Hannah Miller, Clair Snodgrass and Kristen Bellinger, midfielder Allison Vroon and forwards Shelby Fort and Aubrey Feipel have impressed their new coach so far this preseason. “There is already very good chemistry with our returning players and the rookies. The newer players are very competent. They are doing a fantastic job adjusting to the college game.”
Grace’s roster is lined with fantastic individual talents, including five returning All-Crossroads League players. But Voss maintains that Grace’s collective unit will propel the team to reach its goals. “Our group is solid across the board. This is a very balanced team with quality players from top to bottom. What we will accomplish, we will accomplish as a group together,” he said. “We have the tools to achieve our goals, but we will need to demonstrate consistency through December.”
Grace officially kicks off the 2015 season at home against Bellevue on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
A new era begins this August for Grace College’s volleyball team. First-year head coach Katie Van Hofwegen is poised to imprint her unique style onto the Lady Lancers in 2015.
Van Hofwegen inherits a program that has racked up 106 wins over the past four seasons. Grace has advanced to the NCCAA National Semifinals twice since 2011, including last year’s squad which finished 30-12.
Van Hofwegen, who played collegiately at Shorter (Ga.) and was an assistant coach at NCAA Div. II Virginia-Wise, admitted things would look different on the court this fall.
“I’m really excited about the season. We are changing things from last year, but the ladies are working hard with the transition,” Van Hofwegen said. “They are committed to learning our new system. Based on the level of talent we have, we’ll be pretty good once we get it down.”
Already through preseason, the Lady Lancers have impressed their new coach with a voracious work ethic. Led by the team’s co-captains — senior outside hitter Alix Underwood and junior outside hitter Megan Johnson — the ladies have applied themselves fully to learning their new coach and new system. “The team is committed to working hard. They are willing to run through walls to learn the new system,” Van Hofwegen continued. “They’re excited about it, which excites me. They’re committed and are holding each other accountable. They are a coach’s dream in that sense.”
While three NCCAA National Championship appearances in four seasons is impressive, the Lady Lancers are hoping for more in 2015. The team’s goal is to reach NAIA Nationals for the first time since 2001. Additionally, Van Hofwegen is hoping the squad wins every home game at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC). “We have to stay disciplined and committed to fine-tuning the details of our game. But if we remain committed, we should reach our goals.”
Grace is replacing a number of key positions from 2014 — including All-Americans at setter (Ellie Harp) and outside hitter (Calah Kruse) as well as the team’s libero Hannah Clemmons. Junior Kaitlin Kerrigan is the squad’s most accomplished offensive threat, racking up 421 kills and 312 digs last year. Returning as a starter on the opposite side is 6-foot-2 Sierra Smith (208 kills, 76 blocks). Naarah Foster and Cassaundra Worthen also figure to play on the opposite side.
The middle hitters are a diverse, talented group, spearheaded by 6-foot-1 Grace Woolsey and 6-2 Tori Bontrager. Woolsey was No. 2 in the NAIA for total blocks last season, and Bontrager had 239 kills on a team-high .272 attack percentage. Kari Feddema and Savannah Hart rejoin the front row for their sophomore campaigns.
The back row will be anchored by the returning trio of Jessica Scherb, Annie Salazar and Sara Miller. The group accounted for 5.61 digs/set last year, led by Miller’s 326 digs.
Joining a strong crop of returners are four dynamic freshmen. Caylie Teel (Tippecanoe Valley HS) has impressed in the preseason with her ability to play both defensive specialist and outside hitter. Marta Bleed (Blackhawk Christian) and Kelsee Zuidema (Spring Lake, Mich.) are set to contribute as a pair of 6-foot outside hitters, and setter McKenzie Haite (LaPorte) has showcased a mix of athleticism and volleyball IQ in her first few weeks.
Haite is one of three setters on Grace’s roster this fall. Haite, along with sophomore Laken Chaney and junior Taylor Baird, form one of the more interesting positional battles on campus. All three setters add a unique element to the squad, which could result in Grace running a two-setter rotation, according to Van Hofwegen.
An area that Van Hofwegen plans to focus on is serving and serve receive. Improving that aspect is necessary in her words because “serving wins games; we want the ball in our hands to score points.”
Off the court Grace will be heavily involved in community service with a focus on developing servant leadership, according to Van Hofwegen. “The team has verbalized wanting to become well-rounded spiritually and to grow in their faith, so we will look for ways to encourage and serve fellow students, peers and our community.”
The season officially gets started with the Grace College Classic at the MOCC on Aug. 21-22. The Lady Lancers will host IU-East, Trinity Christian, St. Ambrose and IU-Kokomo in the tournament.
Music will be returning to Grace College with the new Worship Arts degree, set to launch fall of 2016. Housed in the newly expanded Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Department and funded through the Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Music Endowment at Grace College, the Bachelor’s degree major in Worship Arts aims to graduate students fully prepared for church worship ministry.
Differing from Grace’s previous music program, which prepared students for teacher education and performance, via classical training, the upcoming model prepares students to serve in the multi-faceted role of a worship environment by combining music and worship with an individualized creative focus. Musical concentrations in keyboard, guitar, percussion, and voice will coincide with courses in theology and spiritual formation and a select emphasis area of music technology, visual art/design, theatre, or contemporary music.
Course requirements include live performances, production, and applied learning experiences that add to the richness of the program, as well as private lessons available in collaboration with community musicians. Three additional minors in music arts, music technology, and worship arts will give cross-discipline majors a chance to immerse themselves in these practical fields of study as well.
New classes, such as the History of Christian Worship, will supplement the already-rich curriculum and provide practical applications for ministry. Students in the program will also have the opportunity to serve in chapel services and other on-campus ministries, gaining valuable field experience for their chosen major in the process
“Grace already offers strong visual arts and ministry programs,” said Kim Reiff, chair of the Visual, Performing, and Media Arts department and designer of the new program. “The new worship arts major seeks to provide students opportunities to integrate music with the creative arts and apply these artistic expressions as forms of worship.”
“This new major is going to educate students through the multifaceted role of the worship arts environment,” explained Dr. John Lillis, executive vice president of academic affairs at Grace. “With a music component and a worship component, the major will also have opportunities available in technology, visual arts, theater, and film. It will be beneficial to the community and campus alike to have musical outlets available. The resources we have are quite exciting.”
In addition, Grace College is finalizing partnerships with Wagon Wheel and Symphony of the Lakes to provide further avenues to support the greater Warsaw area and provide for the community’s growing desire for performance arts. The new Worship Arts major combined with these collaborative efforts will underscore the school’s commitment to the music arts both on campus and in the local community.
Dr. Bill Katip, President of Grace College, is especially thankful for the gracious gift from Dane and Mary Louise Miller several years ago and is thrilled that it will once again directly support music at Grace College.