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Lancers Topple Foresters in Crossroads League Tournament

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

*pictured is Caleb Featherston taking a 3-pointer in the second half against Huntington on Wednesday

Grace shocked third-seeded Huntington on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Crossroads League Tournament, upsetting the Foresters 56-54 in dramatic fashion.

The Lancers (17-14) survive and advance to the CL Semifinals on Saturday 3 p.m. where they will host Spring Arbor, thanks to Spring Arbor’s upset of No. 2 St. Francis on Wednesday.

Grace played suffocating defense throughout Wednesday’s game, holding Huntington to 19-of-49 shooting from the field and 4-of-20 from the 3-point line.

In the opening half of Grace’s game, Caleb Featherston (nine points) and Greg Miller (six points, six boards) made key contributions. The Lancers’ stingy defense forced Huntington into calling three timeouts before halftime.

Grace took a 27-22 lead at halftime after Drew Perrin’s basket in the waning seconds. The Foresters (24-7) were stifled into 31 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes.

Grace’s tenacious defense continued in the second half as Grace built its lead up to 46-36 with 5:05 remaining in the contest. But Huntington decided to make its rally at that juncture of the game. The Foresters scored on four straight possessions to cut the gap to 46-44 with three minutes to play, sending the home crowd into a frenzied state.

After a Grace timeout by head coach Jim Kessler, the Lancers got a much-needed basket from Jared Treadway on a midrange jumper to stop the Foresters’ run.

On Grace’s next possession, Greg Miller buried a 3-pointer in the corner to put the Lancers on top by five with a little over a minute left.

Huntington responded with four quick points to trail by one with 40 seconds on the clock. Huntington then sent Logan Irwin to the line for bonus free throws with 14 seconds remaining. After Irwin made 1-of-2, Treadway soared up for an offensive board and was fouled. He made both ends of the one-and-one, giving Grace a four-point cushion.

The Foresters raced down the court and made a 3-pointer with six seconds left, but Niko Read responded with two more free throws at the other end. Grace alertly fouled Huntington to prevent a game-winning shot, holding on for the two-point upset.

Logan Irwin tied for scoring honors on the night with 15 points and a game-best seven assists. Miller and Featherston finished with 11 points apiece, and Brandon Vanderhegghen had five points and three boards.

The Lancers shot 46 percent as a team and nearly made half of their attempts in the second half (11-of-23).

Grace College & Seminary Calling on its Supporters to Inspire Students on Inaugural – Day to Make a Difference

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, Grace College and Seminary is beginning a new tradition – Day to Make a Difference. This 24-hour online day of giving is a new opportunity in which Grace alumni and friends can come together and show their support for current and future students.

“By giving during this special day of fundraising, our alumni and friends can show students that they stand behind them and believe in their decision to seek a Grace education,” said event coordinator Jon Yeh.

The event is being held on Tuesday, March 25 to also give the community the opportunity to offer their support and inspiration to students prior to Grace’s annual Spring Day of Worship on Wednesday, March 26.

Day to Make a Difference will bring the Grace family and community together primarily on Facebook and other social media channels. It will feature fun and engaging challenges, as well as the opportunity for participants to receive special incentives throughout the day.

To learn more, visit http:/ or contact Jon Yeh at (574) 372-5100 extension 6126.

Brown, Boren Claim Weekly League Awards

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Nathan Brown and Jo Boren

Sophomore duo Nathan Brown and Jo Boren were named Athletes of the Week by the Crossroads League for their performance at NCCAA Indoor Nationals.

Brown, the Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, broke two of his own school records for Grace at NCCAA Indoor Nationals. He cleared 6.84m in the long jump portion of the heptathlon, beating all other nine competitors. He then produced 4,416 points in the heptathlon totals, marking the 18th-highest total in the NAIA this year.

Boren, the Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, had three PR’s at NCCAA Indoor Nationals, including two school records for Grace. She ran a Grace-record time of 1:00.72 in the 400-meter race and helped the 4×200 relay team finish in 1:49.91 to shatter the previous record by over a second.

Her balanced week included a PR in the triple jump as well at 10.29m.

Brown and Boren’s awards are the fourth weekly honors from the Crossroads League in the indoor track and field season. Brown picked up his second CL honor, and Jonathan Rex was the Track Athlete of the Week last week.

The Lancers’ outdoor season kicks off with the Huntsman Relays in Crawfordsville, Ind., on March 22.

League Hands Miller, Irwin Postseason Awards

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Greg Miller and Logan Irwin highlighted Grace’s postseason awards collection from the Crossroads League.

Miller was named to the CL’s Second Team, and Irwin was honorable mention All-CL. Miller also earned All-Defensive Team distinction, while Irwin was selected to the All-Newcomer Team.

The Lancers earned the No. 6 seed in the Crossroads League and will travel to third-seeded Huntington on Wednesday night in the opening round of the CL Tournament.

Miller posted averages of 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game to lead the Lancers. He led the CL in rebounding and was No. 9 in NAIA Division II through the regular season. His total of 12 double-doubles was tied for the most in the league and eighth in the nation.

Irwin, playing his first season after transferring in from NCAA Div. I Stetson, appeared on the All-Newcomer Team with 13.4 points and 4.4 assists per game. The sophomore point guard posted a strong 2.0 assists-to-turnover ratio for Grace.

Jackson, Kauffman Pull in League Awards

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Following Grace’s finest Crossroads League season in program history, the Lady Lancers were given mention on the CL’s First Team in Juaneice Jackson and Second Team in Allison Kauffman.

“I’m very proud of the entire team this year. They staying together and stayed strong after a slow start and accomplished a lot as a team,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “JJ [Jackson] had another solid year and was recognized as a top player in our conference. She fought through ups and downs of the season and stayed focused on winning as a team. Allie [Kauffman] led the conference in double-doubles and was top five in a lot of other categories. Her leadership and talent she beings to the team makes this award well-deserved.”

Juaneice Jackson was the second-highest vote-getter in the CL this season, picking up her second consecutive First Team award. She finished the regular season with a league-leading 2.6 steals per game and was second in scoring at 18.5 ppg.

Additionally, Jackson became Grace’s all-time scoring champ in a win at Taylor on Jan. 25. She has produced 1,799 points so far in her storied career.

Allison Kauffman, an honorable mention for league awards last season, was the top vote-getter on the CL’s Second Team. The junior forward posted 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Lady Lancers, ranking fifth in the league in scoring and sixth in rebounding.

Kauffman’s nine double-doubles during the regular season was tied for the most in the CL.

The Lady Lancers finished with a program-best 12-6 record in the Crossroads League in 2013-14.

Four School Records Fall at NCCAA Indoor Nationals

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Grace’s track and field teams continued to peak at the end of the indoor season as four school records crumbled at the NCCAA Indoor National Championships over the weekend.

Nathan Brown broke his own school record in the heptathlon and the long jump, and Jo Boren had a part in two records as well.

“We had several PR’s and a couple of school records, so we continue to improve,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “The quality of the competition at the NCCAA meet has improved drastically in recent years, so I’m pleased that we are competing at that level. We will now have a few weeks to get refreshed and ready for the outdoor season.”

Brown set the school’s long jump record during the heptathlon when he leaped 22-feet-5.25. He went on to finish fifth nationally in the heptathlon in a school-record total of 4,416 points.

Boren placed 10th out of 25 runners in the 400-meter run, crossing the finish line in a Grace-record time of 1:00.72. She then joined Erin Jones, Katelyn McCullough and Alicia Hertzler in the 4×200 to place eighth in 1:48.91, shattering the previous record by over a second.

Boren also had a personal-best distance of 33-9.25 in the triple jump, and Jones ran her fastest 400 race at 1:03.20.

Other top-eight finishes for the Lady Lancers included Victoria Gimben’s seventh place in the high jump and the seventh place finish for the 4×800 relay team of Jenna McClellan, McCullough, Allison Zylstra and Rachel Fehring.

On the men’s side, Jonathan Rex was eighth in the mile run, finishing in a personal-best 4:32.02. Donovan Graham (10th, 800m) and Lance Taylor (11th, 400) had strong showings, and Tyler Back tossed a personal-record 42-3.5 in the weight throw.

Grace’s track and field program will next transition to the outdoor season. The Lancers’ first outdoor meet is the Huntsman Relays in Crawfordsville, Ind., on March 22.

Grace Puts Finishing Touches on Finest League Season

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Grace’s women’s basketball team wrapped up its best Crossroads League season in program history with a 64-58 win over Bethel on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers finished fourth in the CL with a 12-6 record, 16-14 overall. Grace will host a first round game in the CL Tournament for the first time in team history. The Scott Blum-led Lady Lancers host fifth-seeded Marian at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Two players for Grace registered double-doubles, including Allison Kauffman’s 15 points and 10 rebounds and Juaneice Jackson’s 13 points and a career-best 13 boards.

The opening half was tightly contested until Grace opened up an eight-point lead with four minutes left in the period. Bethel recovered, however, knotting the game at 28-28 at halftime.

The Lady Pilots (12-18; 7-11 CL) opened the second half with five quick points, but Grace’s defense clamped down to change the game entirely. The Lady Pilots were held to a single point over a span of 8:30, and the Lady Lancers went on a 15-1 run to take the lead for good.

Bethel showed resolve in front of its home crowd, fighting back to within 53-52 with 3:40 left in the game. But Jackson scored on Grace’s next possession, and the Lady Lancers went on to win by six. Grace made seven free throws over the last two minutes to preserve the season sweep of Bethel.

Micah Pollard had her best game of the season, scoring nine points in seven minutes off the bench, and Lindsey Schaefer produced 11 points and nine boards.

Darian Patton registered seven points, and Gabby Bryant tallied 3 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

Grace outrebounded Bethel as a team by 23. The Lady Pilots hoisted 32 shots from the 3-point line in the game, making 10 treys. While Grace only made 39 percent of its field goals, Bethel struggled even more at 32 percent. The Lady Lancers also had 20 more free throw attempts than the Lady Pilots.

Allison Kauffman shot 5-of-9 from the floor, and Juaneice Jackson was 6-for-12.

Prior to this season, Grace’s best league season was in 2011-12 when they finished with a 10-8 mark.

Jackson Erupts for 32 points in Win at MVNU

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

All-American Juaneice Jackson added another highlight to her memorable career on Wednesday night, pouring in 32 points to lead Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 81-78 victory over Mount Vernon Nazarene.

The senior guard broke her career record with 13 made field goals, tallying her second 30-plus scoring game of the season.

The win also gives Grace its 11th Crossroads League victory of the season, marking the first time Grace has eclipsed 10 league wins in team history.

Grace’s offense was in rare form in the opening period as the Lady Lancers (15-14; 11-6 CL) torched the Cougars for 46 points. Jackson had 17 points in 15 minutes of action in the first half, and Grace made a sizzling 58 percent of their field goals.

The Cougars (5-21; 4-13 CL) committed 12 turnovers in the first half and trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half. Despite a late push from Mt. Vernon, Grace still owned a 46-36 advantage at halftime.

Grace again built up an 18-point cushion three minutes into the second half, but Mt. Vernon mounted a 12-0 run to slice Grace’s lead to six with 13:41 to play.

From that point on, the Lady Lancers maintained a single-digit lead until the final buzzer. The Cougars eventually clawed their way back to a one-possession game in the final minutes, but Jackson and Darian Patton scored four points apiece in the final five minutes to ensure a Lady Lancer victory.

In the final 30 seconds, Patton made a driving basket to give Grace a four-point lead and took a charge on the Cougars’ next possession to swing the game in Grace’s favor for good. The Cougars had a fullcourt play to potentially tie the game at the buzzer, but their long pass was intercepted by Gabby Bryant.

Jackson was efficient in her 32-point outburst, hitting 13-of-18 from the floor. She was 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, tallying 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals as well.

Allison Kauffman scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half, connecting on 8-of-11 shooting, and Patton ended with eight points. JoEllen Fickel hauled in 10 boards, and Lindsey Schaefer tallied nine points.

Grace shot a better rate from the field (56.1 percent) than it did from the free throw line (55.6 percent) on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers conclude the regular season on Saturday when they take part in a women’s/men’s doubleheader at rival Bethel College. The Lady Lancers will tip off at 1 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.

Former Grace President Dr. Ron Manahan Receives Prestigious Sagamore Award

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Pictured left to right: Dr. Kelly Manahan Geisler, Dr. Dane Miller, Dr. Ron Manahan, Dr. Bill Katip, and Mayor Joe Thallemer

Former Grace President Ronald Manahan was honored with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award this Monday.  The award was presented at a meeting held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 17 in Westminster Hall. Present at the meeting were Grace employees and invited guests, community leaders, and previous Sagamore award winners Dane Miller and Jean Northenor.

The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is one of the highest honors which the governor of Indiana bestows, a personal tribute usually given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or to the governor. The term “sagamore” came from a similar word used by Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribes of the northeastern United States to refer to a lesser chief or greater man of the tribe. An honorary award created by the state of Indiana during the term of Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-1949), the Sagamore has been bestowed on astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and citizens who have contributed greatly to Hoosier heritage.

Dr. Dane Miller presented the award to Dr. Manahan and Dr. Manahan’s daughter, Dr. Kelly Manahan Geisler, spoke on behalf of the family. Dr. Manahan was nominated for the award by Grace history professor emeritus R. Wayne Snider. In addition, Toby Buck and Dr. Dane Miller wrote letters of support.

“Dr. Manahan has been successful not only in building Grace College and Seminary as an institution of higher learning; he also concentrated on building our community,” said Dr. Dane Miller, founder of Biomet, Inc.  “With his character, proficiency, and service he has made leaps and bounds for all of us in this beautiful region we call home.”

Current Grace President Bill Katip said, “Dr. Ronald E. Manahan embodies the mission of Grace Schools–that of applying biblical truth as the foundation for developing character, competence, and service. His visionary leadership helped advance the institution through the development of new programs, the construction of new facilities, the expansion of global outreach and increased tuition affordability for students and families.”

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be a recipient of one of the state’s highest honors, the Sagamore of the Wabash award,” said Manahan. “I am grateful for the opportunity God gave my family and me to be a small part of Grace College and Seminary, the Warsaw-Winona Lake region, and the state of Indiana.  To all who gave generous comments today at the award ceremony, I am very thankful.”

Rex’s Big Meet Earns Player of Week Award

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Senior Jonathan Rex earned the Crossroads League Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Monday following a meet to remember over the weekend.

Rex had a part in three first-place finishes at the Trine Invitational on Friday, leading a strong showing for Grace’s track and field program.

He anchored the distance medley relay to first place and helped the 4x400m relay to another win. He also beat out 10 other runners in the 800 in a time of 2:02.84 for his third first-place result of the day.

The Lancers have two remaining indoor meets – NCCAA Indoor Nationals next weekend in Bourbonnais, Ill., and NAIA Indoor Nationals starting March 6 in Geneva, Ohio.