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Grace Trounces Titans on the Road

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Pictured is senior forward Allison Kauffman, who scored 26 points on Wednesday.

Allison Kauffman’s 26 points powered Grace’s women’s basketball team to an 80-62 victory over IU-South Bend on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (2-0) were efficient all-around, hitting 46 percent of their shots from the floor, 56 percent on 3-pointers and 82 percent on free throws. The Titans (1-1) trailed for the final 32 minutes of the game. IU-South Bend, along with Grace, is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The teams traded points to start the game until Grace grabbed the lead for good midway into the first half. For over six minutes, Grace held the hosts scoreless. The Lady Lancers turned a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead and never trailed again. Grace took a 35-29 advantage into halftime.

The second half belonged to Grace. The Lady Lancers quickly built up a double-digit lead, outscoring the Titans 45-33 overall in the second half.

IU-South Bend trimmed Grace’s lead to seven at 61-54 with 8:43 to play, but Grace responded with an 8-0 run to neutralize the Titans’ threat. Kauffman had six of Grace’s eight runs during that span.

Kauffman led all players with her 26 points. She finished 9-of-18 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws, adding a game-high nine boards. Freshman Kelsie Peterson had her first collegiate game in double-digit scoring, tallying 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

 

Lindsey Schaefer made 5-of-7 from the floor for 11 points, and Darian Patton produced six points and eight boards. Kelsey Sule was a perfect 3-of-3 shooting, including 2-of-2 from the 3-point line for eight points off the bench, and Gabby Bryant and Micah Pollard each scored five.

As a team Grace held a plus-10 advantage in rebounds.

The Lady Lancers’ next game is on the road at Trinity Christian on Saturday.

Rondeau, Sobey Named League Players of the Year

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Pictured are (left) Carianne Sobey and (right) Mallory Rondeau.

The Crossroads League showered Grace’s women’s soccer team with awards following one of Grace’s best regular seasons in team history.

Mallory Rondeau was named the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year, and Carianne Sobey was the Co-Midfielder of the Year for the Lady Lancers.

Altogether, six players including Rondeau and Sobey earned All-League status. Senior Holly Bennett, junior Meghan Wiles, junior Erica Manchess and freshman Abby Schue also appeared on the All-League Team.

Rondeau exploded in the Crossroads League season, ripping off nine goals and six assists in nine CL matches. She had a goal or an assist in every league game except one. Rondeau finished the regular season with a team-best 12 goals and nine assists. Rondeau was Co-Offensive Player of the Year with Spring Arbor’s Corrie Good.

Sobey repeated as the Midfielder of the Year after winning the award as a sophomore. She tied for the league lead with Rondeau, dishing out six assists against CL teams. On Sept. 13, Sobey’s game-winning assist against Baker made her the Lady Lancers’ career leader in assists. She has now racked up 36 career assists. Sobey was Co-Midfielder of the Year with Mt. Vernon’s Megan Griffith.

Schue and Manchess were part of a stout defense for the Lady Lancers. Grace’s defense surrendered just two goals in nine CL games, recording shutouts against eight league opponents. Schue was one of just two goalkeepers represented on the All-League team.

Bennett finished the season with one goal and two assists as a holding midfielder, and Wiles added three goals and two assists in the midfield.

Grace finished the regular season at 12-3-2, including 8-1 in CL play. The Lady Lancers also achieved their first NAIA national ranking as a team, currently sitting at No. 21 in the national poll.

The Crossroads League Tournament begins Saturday when Grace hosts seventh-seeded Huntington at 7 p.m. at Miller Field. With a win Grace would host the CL Semifinals on Nov. 8 with the championship scheduled for Nov. 15.

Grace is on a quest for its first NAIA National Championship appearance. Teams can qualify by either winning the CL Tournament or by earning an at-large invitation.

WNDU Channel 16 Covers the Grace College GOAL Class Appetizer Wars Event

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Appetizer Wars

Article from wndu.com. –  It was a battle of the taste buds Tuesday night in Winona Lake.

Appetizer Wars attracted more than 200 people to taste food from 11 local restaurants. Students who are part of a Grace College business course organized the event.

Attendees paid $10 to get in the door, then “voted” with cash for their favorite appetizer.

All proceeds went to locally-based LifeTouch Ministries, a non-profit counseling center that specializes in serving low-income individuals.

“LifeTouch is unique in that we never turn anybody away due to lack of being able to pay for counseling,” Jeff France, LifeTouch executive director, said.

Appetizer Wars was held at Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus, and functioned as the grand finale final project for the participating students.

“Each of us students went out to restaurants in the community and tried to get people to come in, donate their time and their food and their effort,” Ellie Moeller, a student involved, said. “And it also brings awareness to a lot of restaurants in the area and provides a fun competition.”

Those restaurants didn’t need much convincing, according to course instructor Matt Metzger.

“They were enthusiastic,” Metzger explained. “Almost every restaurant was just great. They’re donating this food… They didn’t charge us. But in turn we’re giving them some publicity.”

Caleb France, owner and chef at Cerulean Restaurant in Warsaw, said the community aspect brought him to Tuesday’s event.

“We’re all friends here,” he said. “Even though it’s a competition we’re just having a lot of fun. At the end of the night, LifeTouch wins and Grace wins, so it’s been great.”

And which eatery came out on top?

Food from the Korner Grill was the judge’s top choice, and the popular vote award went to Viand Chef Services.

Click here to watch the video news coverage.

Grace Soars to Sixth Straight Win

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Grace sophomore Grace Woolsey jumping for a kill against Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday.

Grace’s volleyball team continued its impressive play of late with a sweep of Mt. Vernon Nazarene – Grace’s sixth consecutive victory.

The Lady Lancers (24-7, 13-2 Crossroads League) found themselves in a gridlock with the Cougars (21-9, 9-7) in each set, winning every game by two points.

In the opener Grace trailed for nearly the entire set and had to fend off four set points. Mt. Vernon was serving for the win at 24-22, but kills from Calah Kruse and Grace Woolsey sent the game into extra points. The Cougars again served for the win at 25-24 and 26-25, but Grace had the answer each time.

The Lady Lancers finally took the lead 27-26 on a thunderous kill by Kaitlin Kerrigan and went on to take the set 28-26 on a Cougars’ attack error.

Grace had to survive two more set points in the second game. After finding themselves behind 24-22, the Lady Lancers rallied with three straight points to claim the lead. Back-to-back kills from Woolsey won the second game for Grace at 27-25.

Following suit from the rest of the match, the third set was another nailbiter. Grace thought it had pulled away with a 24-20 lead, but the Cougars showed resolve to cut Grace’s lead to one at 24-23. After a timeout from Grace head coach Andria Harshman, Kruse finished off the match with a cross-court kill as Grace won 25-23.

Calah Kruse finished with 14 kills, 10 digs and 4 block assists in a rounded effort, and Grace Woolsey tallied 11 kills and a match-best five block assists.

Ellie Harp passed out 37 assists with nine digs, Kaitlin Kerrigan added six kills and 10 digs, Hannah Clemmons produced 30 digs, and Sara Miller chipped in with nine digs.

The win keeps Grace at second place in the league standings. The Lady Lancers remain one game behind league leader Indiana Wesleyan, and Grace has a showdown at IWU on Saturday. Grace’s next match is Friday on the road at Bethel at 7 p.m.

Grace Performs Well at the Regional Mediation Invitational in Iowa

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Grace College Mediation Team

The Grace College Varsity Mediation Team achieved amazing victories this past Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, at the Maharishi School of Management Regional Mediation Invitational in Iowa.  Mary Wick (captain) and Andrew Halferty placed in the category of Best Advocate and Client Team. Our full Grace team placed second overall in Mediation and second overall in Advocacy. Other participants in the Grace Mediation Team competition were Drake Darrah (President), Edward Coplin, and Matthew Faley. 18 teams from colleges and universities in the Midwest participated. The best part was that the students built new relationships and strengthened their skills in helping to facilitate peaceful resolutions in conflict management. Our next competition is the National Mediation Conference and Competition in Gainesville Georgia November 6th-8th.

Grace Sweeps Weekly Crossroads League Awards

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Junior Mallory Rondeau (left) and freshman Abby Schue (right) were named the Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week respectively for the Crossroads League.

The Lady Lancers concluded the regular season with two victories, securing the No. 2 seed in the CL.

Rondeau (Wawasee grad) assisted on the game-winning goal against Marian in overtime and scored the game-winning goal against Taylor in the regular-season finale. She also assisted on a goal in Grace’s 4-0 win over Taylor. Rondeau finished the regular season by notching either a goal or an assist in seven straight matches. Overall, Rondeau finished the league season with nine goals and six assists in nine CL games.

Schue (Warsaw grad) posted her fifth straight shutout in goal for the NAIA No. 21-ranked Lady Lancers. With two more shutouts last week, Schue has not allowed a goal since October 8th.

The Lady Lancers will host seventh-seeded Huntington on Saturday 7 p.m. at Miller Field in the CL Quarterfinals. With a win, Grace will host the winner of Mt. Vernon Nazarene and St. Francis on Nov. 8.

2014-2015 PREVIEW: Consistency Key for Lancers

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

2014-2015 team photo for Grace men's basketball

Last winter, the Lancers’ men’s basketball team struggled in consistency. The ups and downs of the 2013-14 season were evidenced by an 0-5 start in the Crossroads League followed by three straight upsets of NAIA Top-25 ranked teams.

Grace found its groove in the postseason, however. As the No. 6 seed in the CL Tournament, Grace advanced to the tournament championship game. As the No. 7 seed at NCCAA Nationals, the Lancers danced their way to the national title game before losing by two.

In his 38th season leading the Lancers, legendary head coach Jim Kessler has racked up 699 career coaching victories. He is hoping to point the Lancers to a more constant performance in 2014-15.

“Consistency will be huge this year. If we can be consistent, we’ll be competitive. We have to develop trust in each other and prepare well,” Kessler said. “This group realizes they need to work hard and work smart to reach their potential. Consequently they’ll get better as the season goes on. We are a work in progress.”

After graduating All-American Greg Miller, the Lancers will be led by junior point Logan Irwin (13.3 ppg, 4.5 apg), who was named to the 2014 NCCAA All-Tournament Team. He’ll be joined by sharpshooting wingmen Niko Read (11.0 ppg) and Brandon Vanderhegghen (8.7 ppg) as well as versatile Caleb Featherston (6.3 ppg) in the backcourt. Vanderhegghen has potential to be “one of the best sixth men in the country,” according to Kessler.

Irwin, Read, Vanderhegghen and Featherston each have the ability to take a game over in Kessler’s opinion. A key, according to Kessler, will be “finding and riding the hot hand” each game from the perimeter. The team will feature a motion offense that moves quickly and shares the ball generously as a collective unit.

The Lancers will not hurt for height this year with senior centers Dennis Williams (6-foot-11) and Adrian Makolli (7-1) manning the paint. The pair has potential to change each game due simply to their presence. “We’ll be as big as anyone in the NAIA – we’ll look great in the airport. Other teams have to be aware of where [Dennis and Adrian] are. They change how you shoot inside with their shot-blocking ability.”

Junior forward Kyle Fillman (5.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg) will team up with freshman Erik Bowen (Kokomo HS) to provide a scoring punch at the power forward position.

Including Bowen, Grace has seven freshmen on the 2014-15 roster. With five new guards, the Lancers will be counting on production from new faces this winter.

“This team is as unknown an entity as I’ve had in a long time. Right now we’re trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together to reach our potential,” Kessler said. “Some choirs aren’t very good because they have talented soloists but don’t sound good as a group. We’ll have to be a group that harmonizes together because we’re not a solo group.”

The Lancers begin the season with the Crossroads Classic on Friday and Saturday. Grace will play Concordia and Andrews in the season-opening tournament at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. With a win on Friday 8 p.m., Grace will celebrate Coach Kessler’s 700th career coaching victory before Saturday’s home game.

Grace Explodes for Four Goals Against Taylor

Monday, October 27th, 2014

pictured is Meredith Hollar on Saturday who finished with a goal and an assist against Taylor

Fireworks painted the night sky above Miller Field on Saturday night after the Lady Lancers’ game with Taylor. During the game, Grace provided the fireworks with a 4-0 rout of Taylor.

The No. 21-ranked Lady Lancers (12-3-2, 8-1 Crossroads League) wrapped up the regular season with one of their most complete games of the season. Grace will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s CL Tournament, facing Huntington on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. With a win, Grace will host the CL Semifinals on Nov. 8 at Miller Field.

Meredith Hollar and Mallory Rondeau each notched a goal and an assist in the win.

Rondeau was the dominant offensive force in the opening half. She produced several scoring chances with her lively runs. Her play paid off in the 27th minute. Meghan Wiles split the defense with a pass on the left side of the field, and Rondeau’s shot beat the goalkeeper from a tight angle.

Kelsey Christner nearly added Grace’s second goal with a long-range effort that just missed the upper-90.

In the second half, the Lady Lancers’ offense exploded. Grace peppered Taylor’s net with 15 shot attempts over the final 45 minutes. Hollar assisted Grace’s second half, squaring a pass across the face of the goal to Mimi Lozano for the point-blank finish in the 64th minute.

Hollar’s goal was one of the shots of the season. After taking in a pass from Holly Bennett, Hollar maneuvered her way into a 20-yard shot on the right side of the field. Her rocket glanced off the bottom of the crossbar and into the back of the net at the 65:15 mark.

Grace finished off the scoring in the 83rd minute. A free kick from Rondeau found Carianne Sobey near the front of the net, and Sobey finished off the goal.

Defensively, Grace limited the Trojans (7-6-4, 4-4-1 CL) to five shots and two shots on goal.

The Lady Lancers wrapped up the regular season with five consecutive shutouts, outscoring their opponents 15-0 in the past five matches.

Defense Leads Grace to Season-Opening Win

Monday, October 27th, 2014

pictured is junior Gabby Bryant defending Holy Cross on Saturday

Grace’s women’s basketball team started the 2014-15 season on a positive note with a 53-44 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (1-0) used a defensive charge in the second half and 18 points from Allison Kauffman to ease away from the Saints.

Grace’s offense was in a rut to start the contest. The Lady Lancers were scoreless after five minutes of action, finally getting on the scoreboard with a free throw by Lindsey Schaefer. The Saints (0-1) used Grace’s struggles on offense to open up a 15-7 run with 7:34 remaining in the opening half.

The Lady Lancers battled back thanks to a seven-point spurt from Kelsey Sule and trailed 24-22 at halftime.

An intense defensive effort from Grace propelled the hosts into the lead for good. Two shot clock violations and a 10-second halfcourt violation highlighted a 15-2 charge by Grace, handing the Lady Lancers a 41-30 advantage with 9:23 to play. Micah Pollard, Heather House and Sarah Feasby made several key defensive plays during Grace’s run.

Holy Cross clawed back to within three at 43-40 with 4:20 remaining, but back-to-back buckets from Darian Patton gave Grace the breathing room it needed.

“This was probably our best defensive effort in a season opener we’ve had in a while. We need to be a good defensive team to reach our goals this season,” said Grace head coach Scott Blum. “Offensively we executed well but didn’t hit our shots, which gave Holy Cross life. Overall it was a good team win. We have a deep team this year, so it was great to see that production off the bench.”

As a team Grace forced Holy Cross into 20 turnovers, scoring 16 points off those turnovers. Grace had a 19-3 advantage in bench points and 34-16 advantage in points in the paint.

Allison Kauffman finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Patton tallied nine points. Gabby Bryant had 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 boards, and Kelsie Peterson tallied four points and two steals in her collegiate debut.

The Lady Lancers’ next game is at IU-South Bend on Wednesday 7 p.m.

Grace College Student Produces Report for WNDU on Warsaw Resident

Friday, October 24th, 2014
Grace College student and WNDU Associate Producer John Hanlon recently produced a news report about a Warsaw resident, Chris Sanchez, who flies drones. The interview in John’s report was shot on the Grace campus, and aerial video of Winona Lake is also featured. His story below was originally published on WNDU.com on Oct. 21, 2014.  The Grace family says “Congratulations John” for getting your story aired.  We are proud of you!  

Here is the story:  http://youtu.be/T_eOkcSjQsM