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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.’”

Read Carolyn’s story at


Freshmen Sweep Crossroads League Weekly Awards

Tuesday, 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.

Grace College Business Students Give Back at Grace Village Event

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Grace College President Bill Katip, Carol Buhlman, Jacob Mackin, Georgi Sandlin, and Dr. Jeff Fawcett

On Saturday, March 29, the Grace College Entrepreneurship and Business Practicum class held an event at Grace Village and donated the proceeds of their business class project to Grace Village in the sum of $2,200.  Grace President Bill Katip was present at the event to play the piano and spend time with the students and seniors.

“It is a student led class, so the students do all the work,” explained Katie Van Sloten, the class’ vice president of service. “Dr. Fawcett stepped back and let us run it, and we were able to choose a not-for-profit organization to invest in and volunteer at.”

The class decided to invest in Grace Village, and each member of the class contributed at least 10 hours, combining for over 240 hours of total volunteer work. To fulfill the financial investment portion of the class, the class published and sold copies of a devotional written by members of the Grace faculty and donated the profits to Grace Village. They invited President Katip to contribute to the evening’s festivities by playing the piano and mingling with the attendees.

“It was a pleasure to see the results of these students’ hard work,” said Katip. “It was refreshing to see young Grace students using their newly learned business skills, energy, and passion to turn a great idea into reality and then getting to witness the positive outcome that blessed so many people. I was honored to be a part of it all.”

“[For the volunteer work] we did a lot of gardening…mowing lawns, yard work, baking cookies, playing bingo, and reading to the residents,” said Van Sloten. “I think it was the most work any of us ever had to put into a class, but I think it was worth it. Seeing everyone’s face when we gave them the check and were able to serve them was really big because everyone appreciated it so much.”

Lancers Nearly Sweep St. Francis

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured is Dellos Schabel pitching against St. Francis on Saturday

Grace’s baseball team came within two outs of sweeping St. Francis on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lancers (9-18; 8-11 Crossroads League) had to settle for a split with the Cougars (9-22; 5-9 CL), winning 9-2 in the opener and falling 12-11 in the second game.

Grace opened the scoring in the second inning. Jacob Bloom was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually came around to score on a single by Jared Lemler. Tyler Weber scored on a passed ball, and Joey Hickerson drove in two runs with a two-out single up the middle.

CJ Swartz singled in another run in the third to increase Grace’s lead to five.

St. Francis got its first run with a solo home run in the fourth and added another score in the fifth, but Grace countered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Swartz brought in two more runs with a single through the infield, and Joe Dougherty hit a sacrifice fly ball to score another. Hickerson then showed tremendous speed with a diving effort at first base to beat out the throw for a bases-loaded infield single.

For the game Swartz finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Hickerson was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Bloom scored three times, and Weber scored twice.

Sammy Wilkerson was effective on the mound, allowing six hits and two runs in five innings. Logan Grigsby pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit.

The second game was a slugfest with 23 combined runs and 33 hits. Grace and St. Francis scored in every inning except for the sixth. The Lancers scored one run in the second, third and seventh innings, two runs in the fifth, and three runs in the first and fourth.

Grace led 10-9 after Jacob Bloom and Wyatt Clemens drove in runs during the fifth inning. After neither team scored in the sixth, St. Francis rallied in the top of the seventh. The Cougars tied the game with one out and went on to add two insurance runs, which proved to be crucial.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lancers had the beginnings of a rally when Aaron Christenberry and Bloom doubled to score a run with one out. But needing one more run, Grace was retired with two straight fly outs.

Christenberry and Bloom finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs scored apiece, and Paul Blankley drove in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Swartz was 3-for-4, Jared Lemler was 2-for-3, and Joey Hickerson finished 2-for-5.

Grace and St. Francis will tangle again on Tuesday in Ft. Wayne with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

Grace Splits a Pair with Goshen

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A strong offensive performance from Samantha Johnson highlighted Grace’s softball team on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lady Lancers fell 2-1 in the opener before crushing the Maple Leafs in the second game, 9-1. Johnson finished 5-for-6 during the doubleheader.

Despite outhitting Goshen in the opening game, 8-6, the Lady Lancers came up one run short on the scoreboard. The Maple Leafs (2-30; 1-21 Crossroads League) scored their two runs in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back doubles.

Grace had numerous opportunities to score but came up empty in several key moments. In the third inning, Grace had runners on second and third with one out but did not score. In the fifth inning, the Lady Lancers (15-21; 11-9 CL) loaded the bases with nobody out, but Goshen’s Jessica Reed struck out the next two batters and escaped the inning unharmed with a pop out.

Brittany Melzoni finally put the Lady Lancers on the scoreboard with a solo homer. Samantha Johnson reached base on the next at-bat via error, but the final two batters for Grace struck out.

Melzoni and Johnson were 2-for-3 in defeat, and Amanda Bowman tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Grace put its first-game woes far behind in the first inning of the second game, exploding offensively for four runs. Brooke Shell led off with a triple, and Clarissa Knight singled her in. Later in the inning, Paige Petrone tallied an RBI single, and Tiffany Featherston drove in two more runs with a single.

Alex Shipley laid down a squeeze bunt in the second inning to score Samantha Johnson. Johnson drove in Featherston with a two-out single in the third.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the fourth with three singles, but the Lady Lancers ended the inning with a double play.

The game ended due to the run rule in the fifth as Grace pummeled the Maple Leafs for three more runs. Johnson brought in Morgan Hutcheson and Melzoni with a double, and Johnson scored the clinching run when she scurried across home plate on a wild pitch. Johnson was 3-for-3 in the second game with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs. Featherston and Knight finished 2-for-2.

Alex Shipley took the win from the mound, surrendering seven hits, one run and a walk in a complete-game effort.

The Lady Lancers’ next games are at home at Tuesday against Bethel starting at 3 p.m.