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Freshman Duo Power Grace to Fourth Place

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Pictured is Nathan Lane, who led the Lancers on Friday evening

The freshman tandem of Nathan Lane and Tyler Houvener led Grace’s men’s cross country team to fourth place at the Bethel Invitational on Friday.

Lane had a personal-record time of 26:06 to finish sixth individually, and Houvener shattered his previous PR by 50 seconds to take seventh place at 26:12.

Brandon Smith (27:25), Collin Chupp (27:45) and Austin Yoder (28:47) completed the top five for Grace. Tim Drew (29:00) also ran well.

Katelyn McCullough’s 11th-place finish helped the women’s team to seventh place out of 13 squads. McCullough ran her fastest career race in 19:18, and several other women had season-best times as well.

Megan Fast (20:21), Alexis Nelson (20:45), Creigh Ogle (20:48) and Emma Mitchell (20:51) rounded out the top five runners for the women. Sarah Hoff in 20:58 and McCalah Mast in 21:01 also posted solid times.

“I think nine of the ladies ran season-best times, so I’m very pleased with the effort. The exciting thing is that I know we can do even better, so I am looking forward to the rest of the season,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Nathan and Tyler simply ran awesome races for the men. Those are two of the top four times at Grace in at least the last seven to eight years. The other guys ran solid races. Overall, this is our best team time of the year and maybe our best team time in the last five years.  Just like the women, though, I know they still have more in them.”

Grace has one final tuneup race before the Crossroads League Championships on Nov. 8. The Lancers will run in the Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 25.

Grace Lets Late Lead Slip Against No. 10 Cougars

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Grace’s women’s soccer team was stunned by 10th-ranked Spring Arbor on Wednesday night, falling 2-1 in overtime.

In a battle for first place in the Crossroads League, the Lady Lancers (7-3-2, 3-1 CL) were eight minutes from victory. But the Cougars (10-1-1, 4-0 CL) found an equalizer in the 82nd minute before claiming the golden-goal winner four minutes into overtime to escape Miller Field with a win.

Grace seemed to have the upper hand in the first half, possessing the ball for the better part of the opening period. The Lady Lancers broke onto the scoreboard at the 27:00 mark. Mallory Rondeau lofted a well-placed pass to Kaitlan Wiles on the right side of the penalty box, and Wiles slammed her shot inside the far post to give Grace the 1-0 lead.

The first half also saw an apparent handball in the penalty box by the Cougars waived off by the official.

In the second half, the Cougars gained assertiveness on the offensive end with six shots after halftime. Spring Arbor’s game-tying strike came off a cross into the box that was redirected into the net just eight minutes before the final horn.

Grace recovered to claim a few late chances in regulation. Carianne Sobey’s pass to Jordan Hairgrove nearly won the match in the final minutes, but the shot from Hairgrove sliced just outside the goalpost.

In the overtime period, Grace again began its possession attack to put the Cougars on their heels. But an intercepted pass in the midfield led to a defensive breakdown for Grace, and Corrie Good sliced the golden-goal winner past goalkeeper Abigail Schue to end Grace’s upset bid.

Kaitlan Wiles, Kelsey Christner and Hairgrove each took two shots apiece to lead Grace.

“The women were brilliant in the first half and played some great futbol with intelligent decisions. Unfortunately we did not finish the match that way,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “There isn’t a delicate way to deal with the hand ball in the first half. That could have made it 2-0 and would change the complexity of the match. Spring Arbor is a good team and highly rated, and they capitalized in the second half and overtime. This gives us room to improve, but there is so much to be proud of in this crew. We will regroup and find the next level. I have no doubt.”

The Lady Lancers, who are receiving the 26th-most votes in the latest NAIA poll, will look to rebound on Saturday with a home match against No. 21 Mt. Vernon Nazarene at 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Eyes First Place against Spring Arbor

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Pictured is Grace freshman forward Mimi Lozano.

First place in the Crossroads League is on the line Wednesday at Miller Field when Grace’s women’s soccer team hosts No. 12 Spring Arbor at 7 p.m.

The Lady Lancers (7-2-2, 3-0 CL) and the Cougars (9-1-1, 3-0 CL) are the lone unbeaten teams remaining in the league standings, and the winner of Wednesday night’s match will leave Miller Field in first place.

Grace has yet to surrender a goal in three league matches, outscoring its opponents 7-0 so far. Spring Arbor has a 10-0 advantage in goals in its three league contests. Grace will be hoping to avenge a 3-2 double overtime loss to Spring Arbor last season — the only league defeat the Lady Lancers suffered in 2013.

Mallory Rondeau (6 goals) and Meredith Hollar (4 goals) lead Grace’s offense this fall, and Carianne Sobey had a team-best six assists. Freshman goalkeeper Abby Schue has four shutouts in 11 games, boasting a 0.680 goals against average.

Kurkova Earns Place on All-League Team

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

In her first season with the Lady Lancers, Natalia Kurkova was named to the All-Crossroads League Team.

Kurkova was Grace’s top singles and doubles player all season, earning a spot on the 12-player All-League Team as a result.

She posted a sterling 9-2 record at No. 1 singles and was 6-5 at No. 1 doubles to pace Grace’s lineup. The Lady Lancers finished as the No. 5 seed in the Crossroads League this fall with a 6-6 overall record and 3-5 mark in league play.

Grace Duo Named All-League for Tennis

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Pictured are Daniel Sanchez (left) and Jose Marval (right) celebrating a point for Grace.

Tennis standouts Daniel Sanchez and Jose Marval were honored as part of the 2014 All-Crossroads League Team.

The duo were recognized as among the top 12 players in the Crossroads League, helping the Lancers to a 7-3 record and 6-2 mark in league play. Grace finished third in the CL standings and advanced to the semifinals of the postseason league tournament.

Sanchez, a senior from Puerto Ordaz, Puerto Rico, played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles all season. Sanchez posted a 9-1 record in both singles play and 9-1 mark in doubles to lead the Lancers.

Marval is a junior from Caracas, Venezuela. He was Grace’s No. 2 singles player and also joined Sanchez at the top doubles’ slot for much of the season. He finished the fall season with identical 8-3 records in doubles and singles.

Women’s Soccer Rips off Four Goals in Rout of Huntington

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Mallory Rondeau and Carianne Sobey gave Huntington’s defense fits on Saturday, leading Grace’s women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory.

Sobey had a part in all four goals with three assists and a goal, and Rondeau finished with two goals and an assist in an impressive offensive display. With the win, the Lady Lancers (7-2-2, 3-0 Crossroads League) maintained a share of first place in the league standings. Grace will host their co-leader atop of the standings in No. 12-ranked Spring Arbor at Miller Field on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“This was a good outing from the women today. We had specific objectives for this match, and we met them,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “We implemented our style of ‘possession-attacking futbol’ very well and stayed true in it for the duration. We created quality chances and finished. Each one of the women played her part.”

Before 10 minutes had expired in Saturday’s match, the Lady Lancers had scored twice. Sobey created the first goal, spinning around a defender along the left endline and crossing to Rondeau for a finish.

Two minutes later, Sobey had doubled Grace’s lead. Kelsey Christner played a pass to Marina Tolczyk through the Foresters’ defense, and Tolczyk’s cross from the right side was converted by Sobey in the ninth minute.

Sobey and Rondeau teamed up with a double assist on Grace’s third goal against the Foresters (2-10, 0-3 CL), finding Holly Bennett for a long-range finish outside the penalty box in the 24th minute. Overall in the first half Grace held an 11-3 advantage in shots.

Grace notched its fourth goal off a set piece in the 61st minute. Sobey launched a long free kick beyond Huntington’s defending line, finding Rondeau for a poke past the goalkeeper inside the penalty box. Sobey’s three assists in the match upped her total to six on the season and 33 in her career. She broke the program’s career assist mark on Sept. 13.

Abby Schue earned the shutout victory in goal for Grace, making five saves in 90 minutes.

Grace is receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll. The Lady Lancers need to improve just three spots in Tuesday’spoll to achieve the program’s first national ranking

Grace Runners Finish Second at Lancer Invitational

Monday, October 6th, 2014

As part of Grace’s Homecoming weekend, the Lancers’ cross country team hosted the Lancer Invitational on a chilly Saturday morning.

The men and women both placed second in the competition at Miller Field. Freshman Nathan Lane highlighted Grace’s efforts and was the fastest scoring runner in the race, finishing in a time of 26:39 to lead all attached runners.

Fellow freshman Tyler Houvener was second for the men’s team in 27:14, and sophomore Brandon Smith was third in 27:35. Collin Chupp (28:32) and Hunter Reed (28:39) rounded out the top-five scorers, and Austin Yoder was in the mix at 28:45. The men’s team placed second out of eight.

“Nathan [Lane] ran a superb race today. Posting a time of 26:39 on our course at this time of year is impressive,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “The rest of our guys also ran very well, especially considering the cool and windy conditions and the fact that the course was a bit soft after all the rain this week. With three freshmen and two sophomores in our top six, I’m excited about what’s ahead for this team.”

Katelyn McCullough led the Lady Lancers’ squad in a time of 19:55, finishing with the sixth-fastest time among attached runners. Megan Gast was second for the women with a time of 21:01.

The next three runners for the Lady Lancers finished within a span of six seconds. Creigh Ogle (21:25), Alexis Nelson (21:27) and Sarah Hoff (21:31) rounded out the top five for Grace’s women’s squad. The women placed second out of nine teams.

“The women ran a very solid team race. Katelyn [McCullough] did a good job up front, and our next six runners all finished within 46 seconds of each other,” Raymond said. “When our pack moves up a little as the year moves forward, we will have the chance to do even better as a team.”

The Lancers resume competition on Friday with the Bethel Invitational in South Bend.

Grace Golfers Make Major Strides In Second Round

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Pictured is Taylor Fanning

Grace’s golf team fired off a blistering second round at the St. Francis Invitational over the weekend, finishing fourth overall at Noble Hawks Golf Links.

Grace finished tied for seventh overall after the first round, producing a 313 as a team. In the second round, Grace was even better. The Lancers’ second-round 307 was six strokes lower than any other team, and the Lancers jumped up three spots on the team leaderboard.

Senior Taylor Fanning led Grace’s charge up the leaderboard, improving his total by eight strokes (80-72). His score of 72 in the second round was the lowest total on Saturday.

Jon Schram was one stroke behind Fanning for ninth place overall, firing a 74-79, and freshman Brayden Glaser had a consistent 77-77 in the tournament.

Taylor Ham finished with an 82-79, Daniel Zawlocki produced an 84-79, and Zachary Allyn carded an 84-84.

The Lancers’ next fall tournament is Monday and Tuesday at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course, hosted by Cardinal Stritch University.

Grace College’s “Show Your Colors” Homecoming to Begin a Month Early

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

2014 Grace College Homecoming "Show Your Colors"

This year, Grace Homecoming events will kick off a month earlier than usual in hopes that good weather will allow a full schedule of events and a true showing of Northern Indiana’s fall colors. A pancake breakfast, 5k run, fall festival/tailgate barbeque, Nocturnal 5 adventure race, and class reunion dinners are among the highlighted activities during Grace College’s Show Your Colors Homecoming Celebration, October 3-4, 2014.

An alumni welcome reception and coffee bar kicks off the weekend on Friday, October 3, as well as a special homecoming chapel and alumni awards presentation at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake. The afternoon and evening will be filled with options for visitors, including an art exhibit from 1-5 p.m. in the Mount Memorial Art Gallery, tours through the Winona History Center and Billy Sunday home, and a campus bus tour.

On Saturday, October 4, a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. is the first of over a dozen events for the day. These include a Homecoming 5k Fun Run at 9 a.m. at Miller Athletic Complex and a family tailgate barbeque and fall festival prior to the men’s soccer and women’s volleyball games. The day’s sporting events also include a cross country race at 10:30 a.m., women’s softball scrimmage, men’s baseball game, and alumni basketball games over the course of the day.

At 5 p.m., there will be a homecoming banquet for Grace alumni of all ages, featuring The “No Name Quartet,” an all-alumni singing group made up of Bob Jackson (BS 91), Jeff Secaur (BS 81, S 84), Mike Yocum (BS 79) and Tim Yocum (BS 84). It will also feature the Grace Alumni Brass, who will be performing a pops concert.

Information about class-year-specific reunions can be found at The Nocturnal 5 adventure race caps off the weekend’s events, beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the MOCC. Register at

“What’s really been significant this year is that homecoming has been moved up a month,” said Tammy Denlinger, director of alumni relations at Grace College. “It’s been in November for many years, and we’re hoping for some warmer weather this year so we can show off the fall colors and offer more sporting and outdoor activities. We want to make sure we have something for everyone. The alumni awards presentation and homecoming chapel are also unique this year and we are excited to once again recognize our outstanding alumni.”

For a complete list of homecoming events and class reunions, visit

Grace on to Semifinals with Win over Taylor

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Pictured are Jose Marvel (left) and Ethan Grove (right) celebrating a point against Taylor on Tuesday.

Grace’s men’s tennis team fought off a tenacious Taylor team on Tuesday 8-1 to advance in the Crossroads League Tournament.

The Lancers (7-2) found themselves in a battle at nearly every position but lost just one point at No. 3 doubles. Grace advances to the CL semifinals where the Lancers will play at Indiana Wesleyan on the road on Thursday.

“This was a good win against a gritty, hard-fighting Taylor team. They were definitely ready to fight, but fortunately we were ready for them,” said Grace head coach Larry Schuh. “Jose and Jacob both pulled out super tiebreaks, and one doubles fought off a match point to come back and win. We can use this momentum in the second round against IWU.”

Doubles’ play was a spirited affair between the squads as Taylor had a lead in each match at the midway point. Ethan Grove and Jose Marval at No. 2 doubles won first 8-5 to spark Grace’s team, and Daniel Sanchez and Jacob Stump followed suit with a come-from-behind 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles.

Sanchez made short work of his opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Grove won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 singles, Ricardo Bedon won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6, and Gabe Vervynckt held on for a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 5.


Marval at No. 2 singles and Stump at No. 3 had to battle in three sets at their respective positions before winning in super tiebreakers, rounding out Grace’s 8-1 victory.