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Grace to Play at Conseco Fieldhouse

Friday, September 24th, 2010

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – After taking on NCAA Division I Indiana University last season at Assembly Hall, the Grace College men’s basketball team will play at Conseco Fieldhouse on Nov. 16, 2010. The Lancers will take on Indiana University-Southeast at the conclusion of an NBA game featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks at Conseco, one of the finest facilities in the sports world. The Pacers game is set to start at 7 p.m.

“We are excited for this opportunity to play at one of the top facilities in Indiana,” said Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe. “This will be a tremendous experience for our program to play in the heart of basketball country.”

Indiana University-Southeast made it to the quarterfinals at the NAIA National Championship in Branson, Mo., last spring, beating Spring Arbor University 58- 54 in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16. The Grenadiers also won their conference tournament (Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), defeating Brescia 78-71 in the championship.

The Lancers were picked to finish second in the MCC this season. “Not only will it be a cool experience to play at Conseco, but it should be a competitive game as well,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “Our team is honored to be involved in this game. We are looking forward to representing our school and our team in front of a large audience.”

By purchasing a ticket to the Pacers’ game, spectators will receive admission to the Grace game as well. Those interested in purchasing a ticket can contact the Grace athletic office at (574) 372- 5100 x6266.

Grace kicks off their season against Andrews University on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. The homecoming game against Ohio University Eastern will be on Nov. 6.

This article was originally printed in the September 24, 2010 issue of The Sounding Board.

Bracelets to Support Mohr and Kastner Families

Friday, September 24th, 2010

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace Athletic Department is selling bracelets to raise financial support for the families of Jeremy Mohr and Mallori Kastner. Bracelets are $5 apiece and should go on sale this Friday. All proceeds go to the Mohr family to assist them with the medical bills throughout Jeremy’s recovery.

“Along with our prayers and support, we also want to help the Mohr family on a financial level,” said athletic director Chad Briscoe. “This is a great opportunity for the Grace community to help relieve the Mohr family’s stress during this unexplainable tragedy.”

The bracelets that go on sale this Friday are red and read “JM” on one side and “MK” on the opposite side.  “1 Cor. 9:24-26” will also be included on the braclet, the verse Jeremy chose for the Grace Intramural Program’s vision this year. 1 Cor. 9:24-26 reads: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”

Wildman Corporate Apparel, located in Warsaw, is producing the bracelets, and generously covering the cost of the rush order. The bracelet orders following the rush order will have white lettering on a red bracelet. Families of the volleyball players are covering the cost of the bracelet production. Justin Oren and TJ Lynch, suitemates of Jeremy, are pioneering the fundraising campaign.

Bracelets will first go on sale at the women’s volleyball game on Friday evening, their first match since the tragedy. Grace plays Huntington at 7 p.m. You can also purchase bracelets through Grace’s Athletic Department or make a donation through Jere- my’s CaringBridge Web site: jeremy mohr. Visit to order a bracelet through his home church.

This article was originally printed in the September 24, 2010 issue of The Sounding Board.

Kastner Remembered on Volleyball Uniforms

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace College volleyball team will remember their freshman teammate, Mallori Kastner, by wearing a special insignia on their uniforms the remainder of the season. The insignia has Mallori’s initials “MK” stitched in white on a black circular patch located on the left side of the chest. “Mallori’s joy for life and impact on this volleyball pro- gram and campus will forever be remembered,” said head coach Andria Harshman. “This is just a small way to honor her legacy and a visible reminder that she is still a part of this team.”

Wildman Corporate Apparel, located in Warsaw, is producing the patch and covering all costs in support of Grace Athletics. “We are very thankful for Matt Churchill and Wildman Apparel’s support of Grace Athletics,” said athletic director Chad Briscoe. “We appreciate their support and generosity during this trying time on campus and in the community.”

Other teams are also planning to show their support of Kastner in some fashion during their seasons. The Grace women’s soccer team wore orange headbands, Mallori’s favorite color, in their home match against Indiana Tech on Wednesday. No player will wear the No. 7 jersey throughout the remainder of the 2010 volleyball season. There will be discussions at a later time about retiring her number. “It’s a wonderful way to honor her,” Harshman said. “The ensignias are a way to outwardly show our thankfulness of Mallori and the Kastner family. We are thankful for her legacy as a teammate, hallmate, and member of our Athletic Department.”

The insignias will be on display on Friday when Grace takes the floor for the first time since last Friday’s tragedy. The Lady Lancers will play Huntington at 7 p.m. at the OCC. Fans are encouraged to wear orange in support of Mallori.

This article was originally printed in the September 24, 2010 issue of The Sounding Board.


Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
New members of the Lancer Athletics Hall of Fame are (front, left to right) Eve Dawes, Willa Henry, Cheryl Pulver, Gary Woolman, Tim Van Duyne, (back row, left to right) Rebecca Macy, Ron Henry, John Boal, Jim Woolman, and Darrell Johnson

New members of the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame are (front, left to right) Eve Dawes, Willa Henry, Cheryl Pulver, Gary Woolman, Tim Van Duyne, (back row, left to right) Rebecca Macy, Ron Henry, John Boal, Jim Woolman, and Darrell Johnson

Grace College inducted nine members into the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame November 7. The inductees honored at the banquet in the Orthopaedic Capital Center include: Rebecca Macy (Wahlstrom), volleyball; John Boal, men’s basketball; Darrell Johnson, baseball and golf; Eve Dawes (Arthur), women’s soccer; Cheryl Pulver (Myers), women’s basketball; Tim VanDuyne, men’s soccer; Lloyd Woolman, athletic director and coach; and Ron and Willa Henry, for their meritorious service to Grace Athletics.

Macy was an NAIA All-American (‘95), MCC Player of the Year (‘95), and two-time NCCAA All-American (‘95, ‘96) for volleyball.

Boal was a two-time NAIA District 21 Player of the Year (‘83, ‘84), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (‘84) and two-time NCCAA All-American (‘83, ‘84) for men’s basketball. During his speech, he spoke about his bond with fellow teammates and the lessons that 33-year veteran head coach Jim Kessler taught him.

Johnson was named MCC All-Conference  (’73) for baseball and MCC Golf Coach of the Year (’97). He also holds Grace College’s pitching records with wins in both career and season, as well as single season ERA. Johnson pitched in the very first game at Grace College’s Miller Field, and as a long-time faculty member, he has enjoyed seeing Lancer Athletics evolve over the years.

Dawes was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (’99), NCCAA All-American (’97, ’98, ’99) and MCC All-Conference (’96-’99) for women’s soccer. She also holds the individual records for goals and points in a career.

Pulver was a two-time NAIA District 21 All-American (’91, ’92), NCCAA All-American (’92) and two-time MCC All-Conference (’91, ‘92) for women’s basketball; and Van Duyne was an NAIA All-American (’76), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (’78) and MCC All-Conference (’76-’79) for men’s soccer.

The late Lloyd Woolman was also honored. Woolman won four MCC track and field championships, and an MCC soccer title as a coach.  Woolman also served as athletic director and he helped institute Grace’s track and field, cross country, baseball, tennis, golf and soccer programs. Woolman’s two sons were in attendance to accept the award.

Ron and Willa Henry were also honored for their meritorious service to Grace Athletics. Ron has been a faculty member for over 50 years, and he was the public address announcer at Lancer games and Warsaw High School games for a number of years. Willa has also been named Warsaw teacher of the year.

“We want to thank those individuals who have brought much distinction and honor to Grace College and have established a tradition of Christian excellence which is incomparable,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “These achievements have touched everyone associated with Grace College both in and out of the arena of athletics.”

Join The Grace Lancers Athletic Club

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Grace College Lancers Athletic Club is composed of individuals who have a desire to help support and continue to build the Athletic Department at Grace College.

The Lancers Athletic Club supports the primary goal of the college, which is the spiritual, intellectual, and physical development of its students and alumni, and provides its members the opportunity to foster and maintain relationships across different sports, generations, and geographical locations. Through the common bond of sport, the club contributes to the social and professional enrichment of its members and an ongoing association with the college.

Today, the Athletic Department sponsors 14 varsity sports in both men’s and women’s athletics.

Join the Grace College Lancers Athletic Club today and help continue the rich tradition of Grace College Athletics! For more information, click here (pdf file).