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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

November 21, 2014       7:30 PM    RODEHEAVER AUDITORIUM

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.  Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to, Forty-Second Street, East Side, West Side, all around the town.   The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble under the direction of Martin Becker will present their Fall Concert “Sights and Sounds of the Big Apple” A musical tribute to New York City, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake.  Conductor Martin Becker will conduct  the seventy piece concert band.   The Wind Ensemble has prepared a wonderful evening of music that is connected in some way to that great American City New York.

To begin the concert the wind ensemble performs a medley titled “A Salute to New York” and features are the following musical selections:  “New York, New York,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Forty-Second Street,” “The Sidewalks of New York (East Side, West Side),” and “Theme from New York, New York.” The second selection is considered one of the major classics of the symphonic band repertory. George Washington Bridge, subtitled “An Impression for Band,” was composed by William Howard Schuman in 1951.  The composer used the George Washington Bridge for his inspiration for this dramatic and descriptive music.

Conquering New York City in one visit is impossible. Instead, hit the must-sees – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and then explore off the beaten path with visits to The Cloisters or one of the city’s libraries. Indulge in the bohemian shops of the West Village or the fine dining of the Upper West Side. The bustling marketplace inside of Grand Central Station gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer.  The next selection on the program captures the essence of this great city.   One can sense the busy sidewalks, the zooming traffic, yellow cabs everywhere and the “cool” side as a sultry alto saxophone solo played tonight by Rod Bollman transports the listener to one of the city’s jazz clubs like the Blue Note or Village Vanguard or the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Leonard Bernstein was among the best-known American musicians of the 20th century.  He was a true musical icon, bringing passion and great skill to his multiple roles as conductor, pianist, teacher and composer.  Mr. Becker has selected several compositions of Bernstein’s for the concert including: The Wrong Note Rag  from A Wonderful Town; Overture to Candide, and two selections from his legendary work West Side Story-Somewhere and Mambo.

The evening concludes with a March by John Philip Sousa, titled The New York Hippodrome.

In 1915 John Philip Sousa wrote a “barn-burner” from the Big Apple.  Sousa’s hustle-bustle “New York March” captures both the brilliant, restless energy and the soaring lyrical themes inspired by mid-town Manhattan in 1915. Arranged with all of the style, excitement, and vividly colorful details of the Sousa Band’s own performances. Sousa’s Band played frequently in New York’s enormous “Hippodrome Theater,” a predecessor of today’s Radio City Music Hall.

Admission is free but an offering opportunity will be available at intermission.


Schue Nabs Third Straight CL Weekly Award

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Freshman goalkeeper Abby Schue was named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week on Monday.

Schue, who has won the weekly award four times in her first collegiate season, helped Grace advance to Saturday’s championship match of the Crossroads League Tournament. She made a crucial save during a penalty shootout against St. Francis in the semifinals, and Grace advanced 5-3 on penalty kicks.

For the season, Schue has surrendered just 11 goals in 19 games for Grace. She has yielded just three goals since Sept. 21.

Harp, Woolsey Earn League Player of the Week Honors

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Senior setter Ellie Harp and sophomore middle hitter Grace Woolsey were honored in the weekly Player of the Week awards from the Crossroads League.

Harp was named the Setter and the Player of the Week, and Woolsey was the Hitter of the Week for the Lady Lancers.

Grace finished off the regular season last week with a sweep against Goshen. Harp produced 30 assists (10.0 assists/set), 3 kills, 4 digs, and 3 block assists. Woolsey tallied 7 kills on offense with an attack percentage of .500 and five block assists on defense.

Grace Spikers Eye League Tournament this Week

Monday, November 10th, 2014

After racking up 25 wins in the regular season, Grace’s volleyball team is set for the 2014 Crossroads League Tournament this week.

The Lady Lancers earned the No. 2 seed in the CL Tournament, its best finish in over a decade. As a result, Grace will host seventh-seeded Goshen on Tuesday 7 p.m. With a win over Goshen, the Lady Lancers would host the CL semifinals on Thursday 7 p.m. against either Taylor or St. Francis. The tournament championship will be held on Saturday at the highest seed’s arena.



Grace’s 25-win regular season is the second such achievement since 2002. The Lady Lancers’ 14 wins in the Crossroads League season are tied for the most in program history (2011).

Grace is hoping to earn its third trip to a national tournament in four years under head coach Andria Harshman. If Grace wins the Crossroads League Tournament, the Lady Lancers would earn an automatic bid to NAIA Nationals for the first time since 2001.

Grace has already secured a winning year for the fourth straight season – the first time Grace has had that stretch since 1992-2001.

PK Thriller Sends Grace to Title Game

Monday, November 10th, 2014

pictured is Meghan Wiles on Saturday

Grace’s storybook 2014 season continued with one of the more memorable games of the fall.

The Lady Lancers scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds on the clock in regulation, endured an improbable equalizer seven seconds later, then recovered to advance in a penalty shootout against St. Francis on Saturday.

As a result, Grace will travel to top-seeded Spring Arbor on Nov. 15 in the championship game of the Crossroads League Tournament.

“It’s enjoyable to win that kind of match in front of Lancer Nation. I’m proud of the women for staying the course through this one. Our long-term work came through,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “USF had a good game plan to close out space which gave us difficulties at moments. There is so much redemptive potential with this group. I’m excited for the day that we will play 90 at that limit. I’m proud of Abby [Schue] for coming through in the end.”

The Lady Lancers (13-3-3) seemed to have the better of the Cougars (11-7-2) for much of the match in terms of possession and shots. Grace outshot St. Francis 19-6 overall in the match, but neither of the goals came until the 90th minute.

Meredith Hollar finished off an assist from Mallory Rondeau with just 20 seconds on the clock, chipping over the goalkeeper from close range to send the enthused Miller Field crowd into bedlam. Grace’s excitement was short-lived, however.

St. Francis responded with the next kick of the match, sending a high kick off the restart towards Grace’s net, and goalkeeper Abby Schue slipped to the ground to allow the bouncing ball to roll into the net for the equalizer with 13 seconds remaining. The match went into overtime tied 1-1.

The Lady Lancers rebounded nobly in the overtime periods, dominating the final two overtime periods. Grace outshot St. Francis 5-0 in overtime, but the hosts were unable to find the winner.

Schue found redemption in the penalty shootout. After getting a glove on the Cougars’ second attempt, Schue saved the third kick. Grace’s kickers took care of the rest as Meredith Matson, Kaitlyn Hayes, Carianne Sobey, Kaitlan Wiles and Mallory Rondeau went a perfect 5-for-5 on PK’s to advance 5-3.

Grace advances to its second league tournament championship game in program history (2012). With a win over archrival Spring Arbor, Grace would earn an automatic bid to the team’s first NAIA Nationals.

Rondeau finished with six shots and three shots on goal to lead all players, and Hollar had four shots.

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Grace Wins Fourth Straight

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Grace survived a second-half drought against Trinity International on Friday, winning 81-61 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Niko Read exploded for 26 points in the win, draining 6-of-9 from the 3-point line in the win, and Logan Irwin added 20 points and five assists for Grace.

The Lancers led for much of the opening half and ballooned their cushion to double digits with 6:50 to play in the period. Read scored five points in the final 1:14 to help Grace claim a 48-31 advantage at halftime.

Grace continued its dominance early in the second half and held a 61-35 lead with 14:16 remaining in the game. But the Trojans (1-2) rallied back in a major way.

Trinity International, fueled by a fullcourt press and a spirited home crowd which celebrated the opening of the Trojans’ new arena, fought back with a massive 17-2 run over the ensuing six minutes. Grace went 6:11 between made field goals during that stretch until a layup from Irwin stopped the bleeding.

The Trojans chopped Grace’s lead down to 10 on two occasions, but the home team’s momentum dried up shortly after that point. Grace concluded the contest on a 14-4 spurt for the final 20-point margin of victory.

For the game Grace shot 50 percent from the floor and 63 percent (8-of-15) from the 3-point line. The Trojans were held to 27-percent shooting, including 5-of-24 on 3-pointers.

Chad Hoffer ripped off eight points in 12 minutes off the bench, Kyle Fillman scored seven points with seven rebounds, and Dennis Williams added 4 points, 6 boards and 4 blocks.

Caleb Featherston tallied six points and seven boards, and Brandon Vanderhegghen had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Grace continues its tournament at Trinity International on Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against Missouri Valley.

Lady Lancers Rout Indiana Tech by 31

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A career day from Kelsey Sule highlighted an 86-55 victory for Grace’s women’s basketball team over Indiana Tech on Saturday.

Sule poured in a career-best 22 points in 26 minutes off the bench, draining five 3-pointers to spark Grace’s rout of the Warriors (0-3).

Allison Kauffman also tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists in a well-balanced performance for the Lady Lancers (4-0).

Grace led from start to finish on Saturday, opening the game with a 3-pointer by Darian Patton. After six minutes of action, the Lady Lancers spurted ahead with a 13-2 run to open up a 24-10 lead with 11:24 remaining in the half. Sule ripped off four 3-pointers in less than five minutes to key Grace’s attack.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 in the opening half but rallied to within 49-34 at halftime.

The second half started fully in Grace’s corner. The Lady Lancers rattled off 15 unanswered points to begin the half, including six from Kauffman and five from Sule. Indiana Tech did not score a point in the second half until 5:24 had expired.

Grace maintained a nearly 30-point cushion for the remainder of the contest, substituting freely down the stretch for the 31-point margin of victory.

Sule and Kauffman combined for 42 points on 15-of-21 shooting to spearhead Grace’s offense. Chloe Pridgen produced 11 points and six rebounds in eight minutes off the bench, Kelsie Peterson had 9 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, and Gabby Bryant finished with six points and three steals.

Grace connected on a sizzling 56 percent shooting for the game, including 17-of-28 (61 percent) after halftime. Indiana Tech shot 31 percent from the floor and committed 28 turnovers. Grace enjoyed 33 points off those turnovers. WCHS grad Nikki Grose scored six points for the Warriors.

The Lady Lancers continue play at home on Wednesday 7 p.m. against Calumet College of St. Joseph’s.

Grace Faculty Named Sport Management Professional of the Year

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Dr. Darrell Johnson, chair of the sport management department at Grace College, was selected as the “Sport Management Professional of the Year” from the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (IAHPERD).  The Sport Management Professional of the Year Award recognizes the work of an individual who exhibits excellence in sport management education at the college/university level. Johnson was awarded during the IAHPERD Conference, held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Johnson has been a member of IAHPERD for 28 years and served as state president in 1994. He is an active member of several other professional organizations including NASPE, AAPAR, IAHPERD, and NASSM. He has given presentations at numerous state and national conventions and meetings on sport management and physical education topics, and is very active in major sports events. He encourages his students to gain valuable experience by volunteering and interning at these events as well.  Some of Johnson’s recent experiences include the 2013 President’s Cup, the 2012 Super Bowl, the 2011 Big Ten Football Championship, the 2012 PGA Senior Championship, and the USGA Senior Open. As a student, he was a pitcher on the Lancer baseball team and currently holds the record for the most wins in a career and the most wins in a season. In 2009, he was inducted into the Grace College Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Many thanks to Grace College for their support of the sport management department which helped make this award possible,” said Johnson.

The Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) is a professional education association for teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, students and other allied professionals who are actively engaged in and dedicated to the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport and allied programming in public and private schools, colleges and universities, and community agencies throughout the state of Indiana. The mission of IAHPERD is to enhance the credibility of the disciplines within our Association through advocacy, professional development, and research-based pedagogies resulting in healthier communities.


Grace Sweeps Goshen on Senior Night

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Grace's volleyball team celebrating a late point against Goshen on Wednesday

Grace’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Goshen on Wednesday night.

The Lady Lancers (25-9, 14-4 Crossroads League) wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the league standings on  Senior Night that honored Calah Kruse, Hannah Clemmons and Ellie Harp. The trio helped Grace win 101 games over the past four seasons and secure the program’s best league finish in over a decade.

Grace will host seventh-seeded Goshen again in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday 7 p.m. With a win, Grace will host the semifinals on Thursday night.

The opening set was a back-and-forth affair with Grace holding on for a 25-22 victory. Grace’s offense had its lowest output with 10 kills in the first set.

The second start was similar as each squad struggled to seize control. A block point from Ellie Harp late in the game gave Grace momentum, and Tori Bontrager ended the set 25-21 with a kill.

Grace opened up a five-point lead midway into the third set and never looked back. The Maple Leafs (15-16, 8-10 CL) never came within four points of Grace’s lead the rest of the way. Freshman Naarah Foster won the match 25-19 with a kill off the bench.

Kruse finished with seven kills and 11 digs, and Kaitlin Kerrigan added nine kills on a .304 percentage. Bontrager had nine kills on a .316 percentage, and Grace Woolsey tallied seven kills on a .500 percentage to go along with five block assists.

Harp passed out 30 assists with three block assists, Sara Miller led all players with 14 digs, and Clemmons chipped in 10 digs.

Record-Breaking Defense Leads Grace

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

pictured is sophomore Tre Olive defending Lawrence Tech on Tuesday

While it may not have been the prettiest game Grace has ever played, it was Grace’s best in at least one sense.

The Lancers’ basketball team defeated Lawrence Tech 57-34 on Tuesday night, breaking the program’s record for fewest points surrendered in a game. The Lancers’ previous best for stingiest defense in a game was 35 points against Unity in the 1978-79 season.

Grace struggled with its shooting touch, making just 21-of-62 (34 percent) from the floor and 4-of-18 from the 3-point line. But the Lancers (3-0) handcuffed the Blue Devils (1-2) to 29-percent shooting for the game, which included a 2-of-20 performance from beyond the arc.

In a contest in which offense was at a premium, the Lancers’ defense did not surrender a point until over four minutes of action. The Blue Devils suffered a severe scoring drought starting at the12:15 mark of the first half, going scoreless for nearly the next nine minutes. Grace used Lawrence Tech’s woes to open up a 23-7 lead and went into the locker room ahead 27-12 at the break.

Shortly into the second half, Logan Irwin scored five quick points to hand the Lancers a 20-point lead. The Blue Devils never came closer than 18 points for the remaining 17 minutes of action.

Grace held a commanding plus-13 advantage in rebounds at 43-30, aided by 16 offensive boards. Grace forced Lawrence Tech into 17 turnovers and scored 19 points off those miscues.

Niko Read led all players in scoring with 14 points and two steals. Irwin’s well-rounded performance included 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and Dennis Williams had eight points and eight rebounds. Kyle Fillman tallied all seven of his points from the free throw line, and Caleb Featherston chipped in four points.

The Lancers play their first road games of the season this weekend with a tournament at Trinity International. Grace will play Trinity International on Friday and Missouri Valley on Saturday in Deerfield, Ill.