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Women’s Soccer Draws with Sea Lions at NCCAA Nationals

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Grace’s women’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Point Loma Nazarene in the opening game of pool play at NCCAA Nationals.

The match featured strong defensive performances by both sides, including a few strong saves by senior Carmen Barnhill.

Grace was strong in possession in the first half, limiting the Sea Lions’ offensive possessions. The Lady Lancers (11-6-3) had the best look of the opening period when a long free kick was directed dangerously toward PLNU’s goal. The Sea Lions’ goalkeeper punched the ball above the crossbar, however.

Emily Hickerson made a fast run down the right sideline in the first 15 minutes of the game, but her cross was intercepted in the penalty box.

The teams entered the halftime break scoreless with PLNU holding a slight 3-2 advantage in shots. Each side attempted one corner kick.

The offensive play was much more dynamic to start the second half. Mallory Rondeau split a few Sea Lion (11-7-2) defenders in the middle of the field and nearly had a breakaway before being caught.

Hickerson had a golden opportunity with 20 minutes to play when Rondeau found her in space at the top of the penalty box. But Hickerson’s touch was too strong, allowing PLNU’s goalie to squelch her run.

Carmen Barnhill made a spectacular save to keep PLNU off the scoreboard, diving to her right to fend away a shot on goal with 15 minutes remaining. The senior goalkeeper had another outstanding save five minutes later.

With less than two minutes remaining, Grace nearly won the game with the best chance of the match. Holly Bennett played Rondeau through the Sea Lions’ defense with an acrobatic pass on the left side of the field. Rondeau crossed to freshman Maile Grout at the far post, but her shot under pressure was wide.

PLNU had a last-second free kick near the top of the box that glanced off the crossbar, preserving the 0-0 draw.

As a team Grace was outshot 11-4. Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Lauren Becker, Erica Manchess and Jalisa Thayer combined to help Carmen Barnhill record her seventh shutout of the season. Barnhill had six saves on the evening.

The Lady Lancers face a rematch with Judson University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the final pool play game. Grace, who beat Judson 2-1 on Aug. 22, will hope to win and secure an automatic bid to Friday’s semifinals.

Lady Lancers Outmatch Taylor in League Opener

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Juaneice Jackson’s 25 points highlighted a strong team effort for the Lady Lancers in a 75-55 victory over Taylor on Tuesday.

Grace built a comfortable lead for itself late in the first half and cruised to a 20-point victory in the 2013 Crossroads League opener at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

“This was one of our strongest wins in a while. The key tonight was our execution at both ends of the floor,” said head coach Scott Blum. “It was nice for the girls to see their hard work in practice pay off tonight on the defensive end. Everyone played their role well and did what they were supposed to do. The execution our girls brought tonight was fun to watch and coach.”

A fast-paced first half produced a steady flow of offense throughout the first 20 minutes. Grace jumped out to a 17-9 advantage early on and stayed ahead the rest of the half. Juaneice Jackson was a force to be reckoned with in the opening half, scoring 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Taylor (2-5; 0-1 CL) struggled with Grace’s defensive pressure, committing 10 turnovers against the Lady Lancers’ zone.

Grace (4-5; 1-0 CL) ended the half on a 14-3 charge to claim a 12-point advantage at the halftime break.

After making nearly 60 percent of its shots in the first half, Grace continued its strong shooting out of the locker room. Grace made its first five shots and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest.

The Lady Lancers were sparked by a trio of and-1 finishes by Chloe Pridgen, Allison Kauffman and Darian Patton on the offensive end. Defensively, the Trojans were muffled into 24 points after halftime.

Juaneice Jackson finished with a game-best 25 points to go along with four assists and four steals. Allison Kauffman, the leading rebounder in the Crossroads League, notched her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 boards.

Dariyan Morris finished with 12 points and five boards, and Chloe Pridgen registered eight points and seven rebounds. Darian Patton added five points, JoEllen Fickel picked up four points and three boards, and Sarah Feasby added three points and three steals.

For the game, Grace held a dominant 40-24 advantage in points in the paint. The Lady Lancers also connected on 53 percent of their field goals and outrebounded the Trojans by 10.

The Lady Lancers resume league play on Dec. 4 when they travel to No. 1-ranked Indiana Wesleyan.

Stichter Honored with Outstanding Educator Award

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Roger L. Stichter, professor of accounting at Grace College and Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS) member since 1984, received the Outstanding Educator Award from INCPAS during an awards program on November 15.  This award recognizes an accounting educator who has made significant contributions to accounting education and to the CPA profession. Stichter received a B.A. in Business from Goshen College, M.B.A. from Indiana University South Bend, and D.B.A. from Anderson University. He has a broad background in public accounting, healthcare accounting, and non-profit accounting and has taught at Grace College for over 16 years.

Each year, Stichter teaches approximately 100 students in the first-year accounting courses at Grace College. Of this year’s 100 students, only a handful were considering an accounting major when they began the class. By using his personal experience as a CPA as well as persistently encouraging students to consider an accounting career, Stichter’s influence resulted in 25 students registering for intermediate accounting, 20 of whom decided to major in accounting.

“I realize that getting this award doesn’t make me a better teacher,” said Stichter. “In a lot of ways this award is simply affirming that I’m doing what God has called me to do, so I am honored to receive the award.”

The accounting program at Grace College continues to grow — in the 2013-14 academic year over 50 students will be majoring in accounting. Grace college scored 10th nationally out of 793 institutions for 2011 in first-time CPA Exam pass rates.

Former President Manahan Honored with “A Leader’s Legacy” Mosaic

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Grace College & Seminary honors former president Manahan with “A Leader’s Legacy” Mosaic at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. Pictured (from left to right): Grace College & Seminary President, Bill Katip, former Grace College & Seminary President, Ron Manahan, Barbara Manahan, Christi Ziebarth, and Tim Ziebarth

On November 18 Grace College and Seminary faculty and staff gathered for the presentation of an art piece to honor Ron and Barbara Manahan.

Reflective of the Frank Lloyd Wright style, the 10-foot by 4-foot acrylic mosaic was designed by Grace College graduate Christi Ziebarth and is comprised of 50 individually handcrafted pieces signed with well wishes by students, faculty, staff and community members. Entitled “A Leader’s Legacy” to commemorate Manahan’s service to the institution and the community, the piece was hung in the newly renamed Ronald E. and Barbara J. Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Bill Katip, current Grace College and Seminary president, gave opening remarks and thanked those involved in the project, including Rod Nissley, Jeremy Hammer, and Keith Denlinger for the installation, Brandpoet staff for the lettering design work, Rhonda Raber for her project management, the student affairs staff for helping secure student signatures, and the staff and faculty who signed the pieces. Roger Peugh, campus prayer coordinator with many years of service to Grace College, gave a short devotional.

Dr. and Mrs. Manahan were extremely grateful for the gift. “It will be a wonderful reminder of all who have been a part of our lives,” Dr. Manahan explained.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Miller Earns Crossroads League Player of the Week Honor

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Following an outstanding week of action for Greg Miller, the senior forward was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week on Monday.

Miler averaged 30 points and 13 rebounds per game last week for No. 16 Grace. He set a career-high with 43 points and 21 rebounds in a 107-94 victory over IU-East, making 15-of-21 from the floor. Miller’s 43 points has only been topped once by a Crossroads League player over the past decade.

For the week, Miller connected on 50 percent of his shots from the 3-point line, 90 percent from the free throw line and 69 percent from the field. For the season, Miller ranks in the top 20 in the nation for points (23.3 ppg), rebounds (11.0 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg).

The Lancers (5-1) enjoy a week of rest from competition before kicking off the Crossroads League season at Taylor on Nov. 26. Grace is currently the second-highest scoring team in NAIA Division II at 100.7 ppg.

Lancers’ Offense Showcased in Rout of Missouri Baptist

Monday, November 18th, 2013

In yet another display of its offensive prowess, Grace’s 16th-ranked men’s basketball team pounded Missouri Baptist 109-72 on Saturday in the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

The Lancers (5-1) topped 100 points for the fourth time in six games, aided by a balanced attack that placed five players in double-digit scoring.

As a team Grace amassed 22 assists on 40 made field goals. They committed just eight turnovers while forcing the Spartans into 17 turnovers.

A pair of 3-pointers from Logan Irwin sparked Grace after the tipoff as the Lancers claimed a 16-5 lead. The Lancers’ offense was unstoppable for the final eight minutes of the first half as Grace’s lead exploded from 10 points to 32. Niko Read drained a trio of 3-pointers late in the half to lift Grace to a commanding 60-28 lead at halftime.

Grace’s effort only continued into the second half. The Spartans never came to within 30 points of Grace’s sizeable lead for the remainder of the game.

Niko Read led all players with 20 points, which included four 3-pointers. He has made at least three treys in five straight games for Grace.

Logan Irwin was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc for 16 points, and Greg Miller added 15 points and five boards. Kyle Fillman tallied 14 points and seven rebounds, and Brandon Vanderhegghen finished with 9 points, 7 assists and 2 steals.

Brock McFarland tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and freshman Eric Miller added five points and four boards.

Read and Miller were named to the All-Tournament Team after the weekend’s conclusion.

The Lancers will take a full week away from competition before beginning the Crossroads League season on Nov. 26 at Taylor University.

Women’s Soccer Team Earns Spot at NCCAA Nationals

Monday, November 18th, 2013

For the third year in a row, Grace’s women’s soccer team will make its annual trek to Florida for the 2013 NCCAA National Championships.

The Lady Lancers earned their third-straight trip to NCCAA Nationals under head coach Michael Voss with a 2-0 victory over Cedarville on Saturday in the NCCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

Grace used second-half goals from sophomores Meghan Wiles and Mallory Rondeau to knock off the Yellow Jackets (15-7) at Miller Field.

“The women came together today and implemented the tactic we were going for today. They did well in the style we were trying to play,” Voss said. “We’re stoked to be able to go back to Florida. It’s a fantastic tournament that fits our mission. This year’s tournament should be very competitive as well, which is exciting.”

The first half of action was a stalemate with each team claiming a handful of scoring chances. Grace had a 5-4 advantage in shots while the Yellow Jackets had more corner kicks (3-1).

The Lady Lancers (11-6-2) had a number of strong crosses into the box, but they failed to deliver the finishing strike. Grace also had an appeal for a penalty kick waved off by the official when Holly Bennett appeared to be tripped in the penalty area in the final minutes of the half.

It took Grace less than 10 minutes of the second half to find the game-winning goal. Meghan Wiles took aim from well beyond the 18-yard line, and her shot squeezed just beneath the crossbar and above the outstretched fingers of Cedarville’s goalkeeper at the 52:22 mark.

Grace’s goal seemed to deflate Cedarville. The Yellow Jackets were held to just three shots in the second half as the Lady Lancers’ possession controlled much of the final 45 minutes.

With less than two minutes remaining, Grace found the insurance goal it needed from Mallory Rondeau. Carianne Sobey sent Rondeau on a long run down the right side of the field. Rondeau shielded off one defender along the endline and then blasted a right-footed shot off the goalkeeper and into the net from a near-impossible angle.

Overall for the game, Grace outshot Cedarville 12-7 to go along with a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Carmen Barnhill registered the shutout with four saves in 90 minutes, and Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Jalisa Thayer and Erica Manchess provided Barnhill support in defense.

For updates on the 2013 NCCAA National Championships, including Grace’s opponents, game times, live coverage links and more, check back on GCLancers.com over the next week. The tournament will be held in the first week of December in Kissimmee, Fla.

Korean Exchange Students Bring Richness and Diversity to Campus

Monday, November 18th, 2013

This year, Grace is hosting four young women from Handong Global University in South Korea as a part of Grace’s International Exchange Program. These students are each actively involved in campus activities through Hangul, a campus sponsored club that seeks to provide an avenue for Korean exchange students to express their culture and teach others about life in South Korea.

Earlier in the year, Hangul performed a traditional South Korean fan dance during global chapel week, and are planning a North Korea exhibit for Grace’s annual Conference on Missions. Over its two years of existence, Hangul has boasted activities such as Korean language and cultural lessons, prayer meetings, and creative presentations. ​ Currently, Hangul hosts Korean Club meetings on Friday afternoons, as well as weekly meetings for Pray for North Korea (Pray4NK). Both are open for all Grace students.

“We are so impressed by our American friends who attend the prayer meetings. [I am thankful] for their heart toward North Korea,” said YeEun Lee, one of the young women participating in the exchange program and a Pray4NK leader.  “I think Grace is the perfect school for exchange students to come. People are so nice and always willing to help us. I think it even changed the stereotype toward America that I had before.”

“We (all Korean girls) have a heart for North Korea and were amazed by all the students who are praying for North Korea even though they have no direct relationship with North Korea,” said YeLee Jung, another Pray4NK leader. “I was surprised that so many students are interested in South Korea. Professors [here] are kind and excellent, and my college friends are all awesome. I am fully enjoying my time at Grace.”

Fawcett Honored with CBFA’s Highest Honor

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, professor of marketing at Grace College and dean of the School of Business, was recently honored with the Chewning Award, the Christian Business Faculty Association’s highest honor.

Fawcett has been actively involved in the CBFA for many years and previously taught at Cedarville University. He came to Grace College in 2011, bringing 24 years of experience in Christian higher education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. on contracts with Naval Sea Systems Command and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Chewning Award was established by the Christian Business Faculty Association to perpetuate the passion and commitment of integrating personal faith and business as modeled by Dr. Richard C. Chewning. The award is bestowed no more than once annually to reinforce and encourage deserving individuals and to make their successes known among colleagues, students, and the world at large.

Criteria for the award include a love for the Word of God and Christ-likeness in their scholarship and/or in the practice of teaching or serving in business, and the integration of Christian faith in learning demonstrated through discovery, integration, application and/or teaching.

“I am humbled to have received the award,” said Fawcett. “I feel very blessed for the opportunity to work with CBFA and Grace College, where I can follow my passion to integrate God’s truth with the discipline of business.  To God be all the glory!”

Miller’s Performance Powers Men’s Basketball Win

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Senior All-American candidate Greg Miller had a game for the ages on Tuesday night, powering the Lancers with 43 points and 21 rebounds.

Grace (4-0) continued its torrid offensive pace to open up the season in a 107-94 victory over IU-East.

Miller’s superlative effort included 15-of-21 shooting from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. His rebounding performance of 21 boards was the highest total an NAIA Division II player has reached this season. He notched a double-double in the second half alone with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Grace kicked off the game on a 14-6 run when Brock McFarland finished a fast-break opportunity. IU-East responded, however, with a 24-8 spurt to reclaim an eight-point lead midway into the opening half. A free throw from Miller with 11 seconds to play in the half lifted the Lancers to a 43-42 advantage at halftime.

Within the first seven minutes of the second half, Grace had earned a 10-point lead thanks to 3-pointers from Logan Irwin and Niko Read on back-to-back possessions.

The Red Wolves trimmed Grace’s lead to eight points at 82-74 with 5:46 to play, but IU-East could not get closer. The Lancers cruised to victory on the strength of Miller’s offense.

Read drained six 3-pointers for the Lancers for 24 points, and Irwin finished with 14 points, 8 assists and 1 turnover.

Brock McFarland chipped in 10 points and five rebounds, and Brandon Vanderhegghen added eight points and five boards.

As a team, Grace made over half of their shot attempts (53 percent) and also held a plus-10 advantage in rebounding. The Lancers outscored the Red Wolves 56-38 in the paint and also had 12 fast-break points.

Grace will continue action this weekend as they host the annual Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament. The Lancers will host Holy Cross on Friday at 8 p.m. before the consolation and championship games on Saturday.