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Grace Releases 2015 Logo for NCCAA Basketball Championships

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

March Madness is fast approaching Kosciusko County. Grace College, who hosts the 2015 NCCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championships, has released the official tournament logo and poster.

The unique national event, held March 18-21 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, features eight of the premier men’s and women’s college basketball teams in the nation. The MOCC will host 24 basketball games over four days, culminating with Championship Saturday to crown both a men’s and women’s national champion.

Wednesday and Thursday of the national tournaments consists of eight games apiece, tipping off at 8:30 a.m. and running until after 10 p.m. Last year’s tournaments saw Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) take the men’s national title and Union (Tenn.) win the women’s banner. Grace’s men’s basketball team finished as the national runners-up in 2014.

Tickets for the event are $30 for a four-day pass or $10 for a one-day pass. Children and students can purchase a discounted $5 one-day pass. Call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 for ticket or sponsor information. Visit the official tournament website for more information.

Tournament sponsors Biomet, DePuy Synthes and Zimmer are included on the tournament logo. The logo was designed by BrandPoet, the marketing arm of Grace College.

Record-Breaking Free Throw Night Lifts Grace

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Allison Kauffman’s 23 points highlighted Grace’s women’s basketball team to an 81-60 win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (11-10, 4-5 Crossroads League) made a record-breaking 28-of-28 from the free throw line in their 21-point victory.

The perfect 28-for-28 performance set Grace’s program record. It also tied the NAIA national record with Sterling (Kan.) in 2001.

Kelsie Peterson paced Grace’s free throw brilliance by hitting all 10 of her attempts. Kauffman and Heather House each went 6-for-6, Sarah Feasby was 4-for-4 and Lindsey Schaefer was 2-for-2 to complete Grace’s flawless free throw night.

Grace’s defense held the Cougars (4-14, 1-8 CL) to 30 points in each half, forcing MVNU into 20 turnovers for the game.

Feasby sparked Grace early on with six points, helping the visitors to an 8-2 lead. Grace’s pressing defense gave the Cougars fits for much of the half, producing 15 turnovers.

Grace opened up a 15-point lead late in the half at 41-26, but the Cougars finished the period with four quick points. Grace went into the halftime locker room ahead 41-30. They benefited with 16 points off Mt. Vernon’s turnovers.

Peterson netted 12 points in the first half, and Kauffman had 10.

Three minutes into the second half, the Lady Lancer blew open the game with a 10-2 run thanks to six more points from Kauffman.

Mt. Vernon did not come within single digits of Grace’s lead for the rest of the game. The Cougars trimmed their deficit to 12 with 5:09 left in the contest, but Kauffman responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession. Grace’s defense then took over, holding Mt. Vernon without a made field goal for the final five minutes of play.

Kauffman notched a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Peterson finished with 16 points, and House added 10 points and two steals off the bench.

Micah Pollard had a career-high five steals and three assists, Gabby Bryant tallied 8 points, 5 assists and 2 steals, and Schaefer added six points and eight boards.

The Lady Lancers will return to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Taylor.

Lancers’ Defense Clamps Down Cougars

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Pictured is Logan Irwin, who scored a game-high 17 points against Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday

Grace’s men’s basketball team used a suffocating defensive effort to power by Mt. Vernon Nazarene 69-53 on Tuesday.

The Lancers (16-5, 6-3 Crossroads League) have now won six of their past seven games.

The Cougars (13-8, 4-5 CL) were held to 21 points below their season scoring average of 74.1 points per game, struggling to shoot 33 percent for the contest.

Grace’s defense was in lockdown mode from tipoff. Mt. Vernon missed its first eight field goals to start the game due to Grace’s defensive pressure. The Cougars took nearly five minutes to get on the scoreboard, and they mustered just five points over the opening 10 minutes.

Offensively, Grace used balance production in the first half as eight Lancers got in the scoring column. A jumper from Logan Irwin in the final seconds of the half lifted the Lancers to a 28-18 advantage at halftime.

The Cougars were stifled into shooting 22 percent for the half. They had as many made field goals (6) as turnovers (6).

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Brandon Vanderhegghen and Niko Read to start the second half forced Mt. Vernon to burn an early timeout. Grace’s offense was not done, however. The Lancers made their first five field goals of the half to go on top 43-22.

Grace maintained a 20-point cushion most of the second half, leading by as many as 24. The Cougars trimmed Grace’s cushion down to 11 at 60-49 with 3:16 remaining, but Grace made enough baskets down the stretch to keep the Cougars at bay.

For the game, Grace connected on 51 percent of its field goals, including a 15-of-24 (63 percent) performance in the second half.

Irwin finished with a game-high 17 points. He made 8-of-13 from the floor and added two steals. Read netted 11 points in 18 minutes, and Vanderhegghen added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Chad Hoffer tallied seven points and four rebounds off the bench, and Kyle Fillman chipped in with 6 points, 4 boards and 2 blocks.

As a team Grace finished with a 32-12 advantage in points in the paint. Grace also proved opportunistic, scoring 21 points off the Cougars’ 12 turnovers.

The Lancers, who sit in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings, will travel to Taylor on Saturday at 1 p.m. Top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan will then visit the MOCC on Jan. 27.

Late Heroics Propel Lancers into Second Place

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Big plays in the final seconds from Kyle Fillman and Chad Hoffer lifted Grace’s men’s basketball team to a 71-68 win at Huntington on Saturday.

With the win, the Lancers (15-5) moved into tie for second place in the Crossroads League standings with a 5-3 CL mark.

Logan Irwin had his highest scoring output of the season with 26 points, adding five assists and four rebounds. He made 10-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-4 on 3-pointers and 3-of-3 on free throws.

Grace quickly doubled up Huntington in the first half. The Lancers led 21-10 thanks to nine early points from Brandon Vanderhegghen and five from Irwin.

The Foresters (12-8, 2-6 CL) still trailed 37-25 with three minutes left in the first half, but Huntington closed the gap to 39-34 with a late flurry.

Irwin had a half to remember, netting 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 3-of-3 from the foul line. He continued his hot streak in the second half, scoring five quick points to propel the Lancers to an 11-point edge at 47-36.

Huntington battled back to tie the score at 55-55 with 9:03 remaining, eventually moving ahead 66-62 with 1:56 on the clock. Dennis Williams scored on Grace’s next possession to cut the gap to two, and Irwin buried a 3-pointer to put Grace ahead 67-66 with 33 seconds left.

The Foresters were fouled and hit both free throws with 17 seconds remaining, but Fillman and Hoffer came up with the winning plays down the stretch.

With the shot clock winding down, Irwin drove the lane and dished to Fillman on the left wing. Fillman buried a tightly contested jumper and was fouled with just seconds on the clock. Fillman missed his foul shot, but Hoffer hustled his way to an offensive rebound and was fouled. Hoffer hit both free throws, and Huntington’s desperation shot at the buzzer was off the mark.

Vanderhegghen hit 7-of-11 from the floor for 19 points, making all three of his triples. Williams had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks, and Fillman chipped in with six points and six boards.

Grace hit 52 percent of its shots for the game, including 65 percent in the first half. Huntington shot 47 percent from the floor, led by 17 points from Alec Peterson.

The Lancers will return to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Peterson’s Buzzer Beater Upsets No. 19 Foresters

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Freshman Kelsie Peterson stepped up in the waning seconds, hitting a last-second layup for Grace’s women’s basketball team to knock off No. 19 Huntington 52-51 on Saturday.

Grace had the ball out of bounds with less than three seconds on the clock, trailing the Foresters (13-5, 4-4 Crossroads League) by one. Peterson was screened by Lindsey Schaefer, received a pass from Darian Patton and rose above a defender to score the game-winning shot with one second remaining. Peterson then deflected Huntington’s desperation pass at midcourt to seal the upset for the Lady Lancers (10-10, 3-5 CL).

“It was good to see the girls bounce back after a tough loss against Marian. We played not to lose against Marian, so we worked on a few things to make sure we were the aggressive team today,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “The girls executed down the stretch, ran the out-of-bounds play perfectly and got a wide-open layup.”

Allison Kauffman paced Grace offensively with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, adding a pair of 3-pointers and six rebounds.

Grace used tenacious defense and dominant rebounding to gain an edge on Huntington. The Lady Lancers turned the ball over 18 times compared to just seven for the Foresters, but Grace had a plus-15 advantage in rebounding for the game. The Foresters were also stifled into shooting 34 percent and scored 19 points below their season average (70.0 ppg).

The Foresters’ offensive woes began immediately. Huntington scored just four points over the first 10 minutes of play, allowing Grace to claim an early 12-4 lead. The Foresters countered with a 12-4 run of their own to tie the game at 16-16.

Grace held a slight lead for the rest of the half and led 28-25 at halftime.

A 3-pointer from Kauffman put Grace ahead 36-29 with 16:17 left in the game. But the Foresters came charging back. Huntington used a 13-2 spurt to go on top 47-42 with 5:54 remaining, but Kauffman responded with five straight points to knot the score.

The game teetered back and forth in the final minutes before Huntington went ahead 51-50 on a pair of free throws with 1:23on the clock. Each team came up empty on its next possession, setting the stage for the most memorable shot in Peterson’s young career.

Peterson finished with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, and Gabby Bryant tallied eight points and five boards. Schaefer scored six points with a game-high eight rebounds, and Heather House scored six points off the bench.

“This type of game gives us a lot of confidence. We have to work on cleaning up our turnovers and shorten up our passes, but we can beat anybody in the country when we stay focused. If we focus on playing together and playing for each other, good things will happen the rest of the year,” Blum said. “Any game you win in this conference in huge, so we’ll enjoy this one but then get back to work next week.”

The Lady Lancers just finished a run of three straight games against NAIA Top-25 ranked teams, going 2-1 in that stretch with an upset of No. 7 St. Francis and a six-point loss to No. 10 Marian. Grace will travel to Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Grace College Welcomes Largest Class Ever For Spring 2015

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

For spring 2015, enrollment at Grace College & Seminary is at 1,835 students, a 13% increase over spring 2014, making it the largest spring class in the school’s 76 year history. The college’s enrollment has enjoyed a 24.7% increase in spring enrollment over the last three years.

Grace College has become known for consistently pursuing creative and relevant options to offer students a quality, affordable, faith-based education.  It is precisely these initiatives that have led to Grace’s continuing growth in enrollments. This spring’s increase can be attributed, in part, to a 4.8% increase in traditional undergraduate enrollment and a 70.6% increase in online student enrollment.

As the college has reimagined itself over the past several years, it first redesigned its traditional education model to allow students the option of pursuing an accelerated three-year undergraduate degree and added opportunities for applied learning. Raising the bar again, Grace College began offering students the option to graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree combined in just four years total.

With the new Measure of Grace Initiative (, effective fall of 2015, Grace will reduce the cost of tuition by nine percent for traditional students on the main campus. In addition, once a student enrolls, their tuition will never be raised; instead, each consecutive year a student attends Grace they will receive an additional $500 off their tuition. This can amount to an additional $3,000 savings. Grace then goes one step further, offering all main campus, undergraduate students their textbook rentals free of charge (excluding consumables and workbooks). For the average student, this equates to another $1,200 price break per year.

“We are excited that our effort to bring an affordable, faith-based education to students and their families is yielding such positive results,” said Aaron Crabtree, dean of students at Grace. “As with our recent 2014 fall class, we are now ready to welcome the largest incoming spring class ever to Grace College.”

“Hard working families are making it clear that having a high quality education that’s affordable and accessible to them is a top priority,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace. “This spring’s enrollment is a reaction to this vital need. It’s why more and more students are looking at the value and quality of a Grace education, and I believe having a faith-based institution that meets this need is an even greater value.”

Grace College Receives Major Gift from Fuson Family

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Grace College and Seminary has received one of the largest single gifts in the school’s history. This significant contribution was given to Grace by Mrs. Shirley (Sue) Fuson on behalf of herself and in memory of her late husband, Dr. Robert (Doc) Fuson, who passed away in March of 2012.

This gift will be in the form of Winona Lake frontage, located in Warsaw. The gifted property will be named the “Doc and Sue Fuson Family Leadership Learning Center.” In accepting this property, Grace will help to materialize some of the Fuson’s desires for its use. While plans are still tentative, the school would like to use the land as a family leadership learning center for Grace’s alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Grace is also looking into further uses for the property in keeping with the Fuson’s wishes, aligning with Grace’s own mission, and helping further foster connections with the surrounding community and alumni. These might include: an antique fire truck museum, a music venue for MasterWorks performances, a family retreat center, a research center for Grace’s Center for Lakes and Streams on Winona Lake, student activities, board events, water sports, events for local children, weddings, funerals, receptions, and a place for host families and students.

“This was an unexpected gift to Grace Schools that was just finalized last week. This gift was so unexpected that it was obviously of the Lord’s doing,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary. “While it was unexpected to us, it was NOT unexpected to our Lord. It is part of His plan for Grace College and Seminary, and we thank and praise Him for this as well as for the overwhelming generosity and faithfulness of the Fuson family.”

The late Doc Fuson and his wife, Sue, have been long-time residents of the community. Doc Fuson was the Senior Vice President for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana from 1975-1996. Dr. Fuson was very involved in the community as a board member for the Kosciusko Community Foundation and Warsaw Biblical Gardens. He and Sue loved attending and supporting the MasterWorks Festival and had a love for antique automobiles, especially fire-trucks.

“This community is extremely grateful for the gracious contribution from Sue Fuson in honor of her late husband, Dr. Robert Fuson, and his many wonderful causes, his influence, and his vision for Warsaw and Winona Lake,” said Dane Miller, Ph.D., founder of Biomet Inc., and The Village at Winona.

Grace Rolls By No. 19 Marian

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Grace’s men’s basketball team upset its third NAIA Top-25 ranked opponent of the season, toppling No. 19 Marian 76-59 on Tuesday.

The Lancers (14-5, 4-3 Crossroads League) won their fourth straight road contest. They also snapped a five-year losing drought in Indianapolis — a losing streak at Marian dating back to Dec. 2, 2008.

Niko Read had an exceptional shooting performance for a team-high 23 points. He hit 7-of-10 from the floor, 4-of-4 from the free throw line and a perfect 5-of-5 on 3-pointers.

Grace’s offense got off to a fast start in Indianapolis. The Lancers quickly opened up a 15-6 lead after making seven of their first 10 shots.

The score remained stuck at 25-18 in Grace’s advantage for a few minutes. A jump shot from Logan Irwin broke the scoring drought for both sides with three minutes left in the half.

Grace went into halftime leading 31-25. Grace shot 58 percent from the floor and turned the ball over only twice. Marian, on the other hand, struggled to 35 percent shooting. But the Knights grabbed seven offensive boards to stay within striking distance.

The Lancers forced a quick Marian timeout in the second half after Kyle Fillman scored back-to-back buckets. After the Knights scored out of the timeout, Fillman responded with an and-one to put Grace ahead by double figures.

From that point on, Grace’s lead was never truly threatened. The Lancers rode the hot shooting of Niko Read to establish a 20-point cushion. Read drilled three straight 3-pointers to give Grace a 53-31 advantage. He added two free throws and his fifth trey of the game minutes later to hand Grace a 26-point lead. At one point, Read outscored Marian 14-5 by himself.

Grace coasted down the stretch, allowing 13 players to see the court and 10 players to score.

Overall, the Lancers bettered the Knights in nearly every statistical category. Grace hit 60 percent from the floor compared to 40 percent for the Knights. Grace also outrebounded Marian by nine. The Lancers hit 56 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws.

Fillman finished the game with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Dennis Williams scored eight points, and Logan Irwin, Erik Bowen and Brandon Vanderhegghen chipped in with six points.

The Lancers, winners of four of their past five games, will travel to Huntington on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup.

Kauffman Nabs Second League Player of Week Honor

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

After helping Grace to its biggest win of the season, Allison Kauffman was honored with her second Player of the Week award from the Crossroads League.

Kauffman powered the Lady Lancers to an 81-71 upset of No. 7 St. Francis on Saturday. The Fort Wayne, Ind., senior forward had the only double-double of the contest with 21 points and 11 rebounds. For the week, Kauffman poured in 25.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, making 52 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

She also tallied 29 points and 15 boards in a loss against Spring Arbor.

Kauffman, who leads the league with 9.2 rebounds per game, also won the weekly award on Nov. 3. She ranks No. 3 in the league with 19.4 points per game.

The Lady Lancers have a pair of home games this week, including against Marian at 7 p.m. Wednesday and against Huntington at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Grace Topples Defending Champs by 10

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pictured is Kelsie Peterson driving to the basket on Saturday. The freshman guard had a career-high 18 points against St. Francis.

Grace’s women’s basketball team knocked off No. 7 St. Francis 81-71 on Saturday after an impressive second-half display.

Kelsie Peterson and Sarah Feasby both had career-high production in the Lady Lancers’ upset of the defending NAIA Div. II national champions.

Allison Kauffman had the only double-double of the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Grace started the game off with a strong defensive effort, forcing several early turnovers from the Cougars (13-5, 4-2 Crossroads League). A 3-pointer from Kelsie Peterson lifted Grace to a 16-12 advantage after nine minutes of play.

But the Cougars responded with an 8-0 run and did not trail the rest of the half. St. Francis slowly built up a 10-point edge on Grace.

Sarah Feasby provided a late spark off the bench for the Lady Lancers (9-9, 2-4 CL). The junior forward rattled off eight points over the final 3:32 of the period and added a pair of steals to help Grace stay within striking distance.

St. Francis claimed a 39-35 lead at halftime after shooting 62 percent from the floor in the first half. Grace, on the other hand, struggled to 30 percent shooting but grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to help its cause.

The teams traded baskets to start the second half. Gabby Bryant hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 52-52, and Chloe Pridgen gave Grace the lead on the next play, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout.

Grace edged ahead by five with 6:09 remaining after Allison Kauffman hit four straight free throws. Peterson buried a 3-pointer to stretch Grace’s lead to seven and give the Lady Lancers the breathing room they needed.

St. Francis was forced to foul down the stretch, allowing Grace to score seven points from the charity stripe in the final minute. Grace hit a sizzling 83 percent of its free throws, making 29-of-35 for the game. Conversely, the Cougars got to the line 24 times but only made 10.

Kauffman’s 21 points came on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and 8-of-8 from the foul line. Peterson had a career-high 18 points, hitting 8-of-10 on free throws and a pair of 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds and two steals.

Feasby’s 17 points came with six rebounds and four steals. Darian Patton tallied eight points and three assists, and Bryant added seven points and three boards.

The Lady Lancers have a pair of home games next week, including against Marian on Wednesday 7 pm and against Huntington on Saturday 1 pm.