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Clarke Hands Lancers First Loss in OT

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Grace’s men’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season on Friday, falling 75-71 at Clarke in overtime.

The Lancers (7-1) struggled with their shooting touch throughout the contest, hitting a season-low 39 percent from the floor. Grace also hit just 9-of-28 from the 3-point line and 10-of-20 from the free throw line.

Despite Grace’s shooting woes, the Lancers had a chance to beat Clarke in regulation. Grace trailed the Crusaders (4-4) by five with less than three minutes to play, but Erik Bowen converted a three-point play to make the score 65-63 with 2:01 remaining.

Bowen then made a steal on Clarke’s next possession, and a layup by Josh Ruggles tied the score. The game remained deadlocked at 65-65, and Grace got a defensive stop with 30 seconds left to take the final shot. The play never formulated for Grace, however, and a desperation 3-pointer by Bowen in the final second was off the mark.

Grace twice led by three points in the overtime period, but a late drought doomed the Lancers. Clarke ended the game on a 7-0 run over the final 2:00, turning a three-point deficit into a four-point win. Grace’s three possessions in the final two minutes were a trio of missed 3’s, and Clarke scored on three of its final four possessions to rally for the OT win.

Bowen muscled his way to the only double-double of the evening, leading all players with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Vanderhegghen produced 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, and Logan Irwin added 12 points, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Ruggles scored eight points off the bench, and Kyle Fillman had seven points and five boards.

Stephen Halstead, fresh off his program-record 10 3-pointers on Thursday against Lincoln Christian, continued his hot shooting by hitting both of his 3’s for seven points.

Next up, the Lancers will transition to the start of the Crossroads League season. Grace hosts Taylor on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the league opener.

Grace Opens Hoops for Hope With Win

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Backcourt scoring lifted Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 71-61 win over Rochester on Friday.

The game was Grace’s opener in the annual Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope, held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Grace’s offense got off to a fast start, outscoring the Warriors 23-13 in the first quarter. Kelsie Peterson scored 10 of her 16 points during the first stanza, and Brooke Sugg added seven more over the final 3:55 to aid the Lady Lancers (4-3).

Rochester held Grace to just nine points in the second quarter, rallying to trim Grace’s advantage to 32-27 at halftime.

The Warriors (5-4) eventually earned a two-point lead in the third quarter before Grace began to put the game out of reach. The Lady Lancers’ guard play sparked a 16-2 run over the final 3:00 of the third quarter and the first 3:00 of the fourth. Sugg had eight of Grace’s points during the run, and Maycee Davis and Kelsey Sule scored four apiece to help the Lady Lancers to a 59-46 lead with 7:15 to play.

Four free throws in the final minute by Grace secured the 10-point win over Rochester.

Sugg exploded for a game-high 21 points. She hit 8-of-14 from the floor, 3-of-6 on 3-pointers and also grabbed six rebounds.

Peterson produced 16 points, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Davis added nine points and two steals in 13 minutes off the bench.

Gabby Miller tallied nine points and three rebounds, and Haley Richardson chipped in four points and six boards.

Grace shot a lower percentage from the floor than Rochester (38 percent to 42 percent), but the Warriors were forced into 23 turnovers. Grace also won the rebounding battle by four and took nine more free throws than Rochester.

The Lady Lancers will conclude the Hoops for Hope classic against Roosevelt on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Indiana Senate Honors Amanda Banks with Sagamore of the Wabash

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
The Indiana State Senate today honored Amanda Banks with the Sagamore of the Wabash for serving as State Senator of District 17 during the 2015 legislative session.
Banks was recognized for her willingness to fill her husband’s seat while he was deployed to Afghanistan. During her time at the Statehouse, Banks championed legislation aimed at reducing Indiana’s veteran unemployment rate by allowing private sector employers to adopt a veteran hiring preference.
State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) presented the Sagamore to Banks at the Statehouse where lawmakers gathered for Organization Day.
“Amanda’s readiness to serve the residents of Senate District 17 did not go unnoticed,” Hershman said. “She sacrificed time away from her young family and stepped into a new role in order to represent her fellow Hoosiers. She is also responsible for legislation that will help employ Indiana’s veterans, and for all this we are extremely grateful.”
“It was an honor to serve my community and my state in this capacity,” Banks said. “With the help of my colleagues in the General Assembly, I was able to work on veteran, education and pro-life issues – three areas of public policy I am very passionate about. I am extremely humbled by this award and am thankful to my colleagues for their support through my time as a state senator.”
Following the 2015 legislative session, Banks accepted a position with Grace College as their Director of Public Relations.
“Amanda served the Senate with passion and integrity,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne). “She brought her unique experiences and perspectives as a policy analyst, military wife and mother to the Statehouse, and we are thankful for her service to the state. Amanda is deserving of this prestigious award and we wish her the best.”
Dating back to the 1940s, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award was created by former Gov. Ralph Gates. It is the highest honor the governor can bestow, and is only presented to distinguished Hoosiers who have made significant contributions to the state.

Five Grace Spikers Earn All-League Recognition

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Following a fourth-place finish in the Crossroads League, Grace had five players receive All-League status.

Tori Bontrager, Sara Miller, Sierra Smith and Kelsee Zuidema earned a spot on the Second Team All-League, and Kari Feddema was honorable mention for All-League. Additionally, Zuidema was named to the seven-player All-Freshman Team.

The Lady Lancers are currently 19-17 under head coach Katie Van Hofwegen and reached the CL Tournament semifinals. Grace will seek to qualify for the 2015 NCCAA National Championships on Saturday with the regional tournament at Indiana Wesleyan.

Miller was one of the top liberos in the league this year. She racked up 640 digs (4.8/set) to rank 30th in the NAIA. Her dig total already ranks in the top-10 in program history for single-season digs.

Zuidema’s 290 kills paced Grace’s attack. She averaged 2.5 kills/set and hit at a .187 percentage. Her 2.6 kills/set in league play was ninth-highest in the CL.

Bontrager, Smith and Feddema were high-percentage options at the net for Grace. All three players hit at least .188, including Smith’s .204 percentage. Bontrager led Grace’s blocking efforts with seven solos and 95 assists, and she also served up a team-best 34 aces.

Women’s Soccer Earns Historic First NAIA Postseason Berth

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

For the first time in the history of Grace’s women’s soccer, the Lady Lancers will participate in the NAIA National Championships.

Grace earned an at-large bid into the 32-team tournament, announced on Monday by the NAIA national office.

Additionally, Grace will host an Opening Round match for NAIA Nationals. The Lady Lancers will play Park (Mo.) at Miller Athletic Complex at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Opening Round game marks Grace’s first time hosting an NAIA event.

With a win over Park, Grace would then advance to the final NAIA site at Orange Beach, Ala., for the “Sweet Sixteen” of the tournament.

“The GCWS is very excited to enter the NAIA tournament. Praise Jesus for this opportunity. The women have worked relentlessly for seasons to get to where we are this year, and this team has taken us the final step,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “Our focus through the tournament will be to glorify the Lord through playing fantastic futbol. Each opponent will be quality, and the road will challenge us. We will take one match at a time and focus on our redemptive collective potential.”

Grace boasts a record of 14-2-3 under Voss. The Lady Lancers have been to five NCCAA National Championships in six years under Voss’s guidance, but 2015 will mark Grace’s first NAIA appearance in the 20-year history of the program.

The Lady Lancers are led by Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year Mallory Rondeau and CL Midfielder of the Year Carianne Sobey. Grace’s remarkable nine-player senior class has already racked up 61 wins over their career (tied for program record), and they amassed a 27-5-6 record in league contests.

Park (Mo.) enters the tournament with a 14-5 mark, including 10-2 in the American Midwest Conference.

For more information, including links for brackets/game coverage, click here.


Late Goal Spoils Lancers’ Championship Dreams

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Damon Binkley fought for a loose ball in the second half on Saturday.

Grace’s men’s soccer team may have outshot Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday night, but the Wildcats saved their most important shot for last.

Indiana Wesleyan netted in the 85th minute to defeat the Lancers 2-1 in the 2015 Crossroads League Tournament championship.

“I’m proud of the work that the guys did tonight. I thought they played with heart and class. We struggled early in the match, and I’d give the first half to IWU. I thought we controlled the second half with the exception of about five minutes,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “We had some very good opportunities that we didn’t convert tonight. Some nights those go in, and tonight they didn’t. But these guys represented Grace well.”

Grace, playing for the program’s first NAIA National Tournament bid since 1982, erased a one-goal lead at halftime and nearly netted the go-ahead goal in the second half.

The first half was evenly played. The teams were each credited with four shots, but the Wildcats (15-5) struck first. IWU sent a deep free kick into the penalty box in the 22nd minute, and the ball remained untouched and found its way into the back of Grace’s net.

Kyle Hamlin had a pair of chances in the first half. The first was a blast from outside the 18-yard box that was saved in the eighth minute. The second came late in the half when a rebounded effort from close range went wide of the net.

The Lancers (12-6-2) came out as the aggressors in the second half and dominated time on the ball. Grace scored its equalizer at the 50:41 mark. Damon Binkley drove along the right sideline and crossed a ball into a dangerous position. An IWU defender deflected the cross into his own net to level the score at 1-1.

Hector Torres and Josiah Osborn each had shots saved in the final 15 minutes, but Grace’s best chance at a winner came in the 77th minute. Nakilee Weni gained position at the top of the penalty box and attempted an acrobatic bicycle kick. His effort beat the outstretched gloves of IWU’s goalkeeper, but the shot clanged off the crossbar.

The Wildcats found their winner in the 85th minute, cleaning up a loose ball in the penalty box. Binkley tried a last-minute shot from 20 yards out, but his effort was saved.

“It’s tough to lose a big game like that, pick yourself back up, put it in perspective, learn from it, grow and move onto what is next. I think we have a great group of men,” Hotchkin said. “Now we have a big week ahead as we work to earn an NCCAA region title. I know these guys will bounce back.”

As a team, Grace outshot IWU 9-6 with five shots on goal. The Lancers also had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

The Lancers will transition to qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships. Grace hosts Oakland City on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Midwest region semifinals. The championship game will be played on Saturday at Grace if the Lancers beat Oakland City.

Lancers Claim Hoops for Hope Championship

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Pictured is Logan Irwin driving to the hoop late against Grace Bible.

Logan Irwin refused to let Grace’s men’s basketball team taste defeat for the first time this season.

With Grace locked in a dogfight with Grace Bible College on Saturday, Irwin made play after play in the final minutes to lift the Lancers to a 72-66 win. Irwin scored 11 points in the final five minutes, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to help Grace secure the championship of the annual Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

Erik Bowen earned Tournament MVP status for his performance. He finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday. Irwin scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 beyond the arc. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Eric Miller got Grace off to a fast start with five points in the opening 2:09, but it was Grace Bible who started off faster. The Tigers jumped out to an 18-9 lead after 11 minutes of action.

The Lancers (6-0) found life after a timeout and quickly cut into Grace Bible’s lead. In the final minute of the half, Grace used a 3-pointer by Josh Ruggles and a last-second layup by Brandon Vanderhegghen to trim the deficit to 30-29 at the break.

The score remained close for the duration of the second half; the lead never grew by more than six points for either team over the final 20 minutes. Incredibly, it was a one-possession game from 12:04 to 1:00 remaining in the contest.

Kyle Fillman hit a baseline jumper with 3:03 on the clock to give Grace a 63-62 advantage. The Tigers responded with a pair of free throws to grab a one-point lead, but Irwin buried a 3-pointer on Grace’s next possession with 2:22 left to give the Lancers the lead for good.

After a defensive stop by the Lancers, Irwin hit two free throws only to be matched by the Tigers with less than a minute to play. Irwin then hit a jumper with 22 seconds left to essentially ice the game. After another stop defensively, Ruggles swished two more free throws for the final six-point margin of victory.

Fillman was named the recipient of the Hoppus Mental Attitude Award, tallying seven points and five rebounds. Ruggles had 13 points with three 3-pointers.

Grace Bible outshot the Lancers, making 48 percent compared to 42 percent for the hosts. The Lancers only turned the ball over nine times, however, and forced the Tigers into 14 turnovers.

The Lancers hit the road next week, playing at Lincoln Christian (Ill.) on Thursday and Clarke (Iowa) on Friday.

Grace Runners Enjoy Successful NCCAA Meet

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace’s cross country team competed at the 2015 NCCAA National Championships on Saturday.

The women’s team placed 7th out of 21, and the men’s squad finished 11th out of 18 and had the best team time of the season.

“I’m very pleased with the way we ran today,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Ten of our 12 runners ran faster than last week at our league meet, so it was a positive way to end the season.”

Katelyn McCullough, who earned All-Crossroads League honors last week, led the Lady Lancers with a 23rd-place finish of 19:13. Freshman sisters Ariel Arellano and Raven Arellano both had top-50 finishes out of 142 runners. Ariel placed 31st in 19:34, and Raven was 20:10 for 45th place.

Sarah Hoff was fourth for Grace in 21:14, Karla Singer crossed the finish line in 21:35, and Liz Fox was next in 22:11.

“Our goal for the women was a top-10 finish so coming in seventh was a great effort,” Raymond said. “Kate[lyn McCullough] ran a solid race up front and only missed All-American honors by a few places. Ariel and Raven [Arellano] ran very well, and Sarah [Hoff] ran her best race of the season.”

On the men’s side, sophomore Tyler Houvener was Grace’s top finisher with a 40th-place showing of 26:54. Brandon Smith was not far behind in 27:06.

Sam Hall (27:29) and Joel Bertelsen (27:33) were close behind each other, and Brendan Hamilton rounded out the top five in 28:42.

“Our guys finished with their best team time of the year so we feel good about placing 11th,” Raymond said. “Tyler [Houvener] and Brandon [Smith] posted their best individual times of this year, and Sam [Hall] was very close to his season best. This result should build confidence in our young team.”

Katelyn McCullough will officially conclude the cross country season at the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 21.

Grace Opens Hoops for Hope With 46-Point Rout

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace improved to 5-0 on the season with an impressive 95-49 win over Great Lakes Christian on Friday.

The Lancers are hosting their annual Terry Polston Hoops for Hope to raise funds for cancer care in the area. Grace will play in the championship of the tournament on Saturday against Grace Bible College (Mich.). Grace Bible defeated Purdue Calumet 99-82 in Friday’s opener.

Grace played with a lighter-than-usual roster on Friday and leaned heavily on production from its bench. Tim Swanson provided a spark with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, and Tre Olive added 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals off the bench.

Brandon Vanderhegghen was dominant in limited action. He hit 5-of-6 on 3-pointers, producing 17 points and three steals in just 13 minutes. Kyle Fillman scored 13 points (6-of-6 field goals) in 11 minutes, and Stephen Halstead had 10 points in a starting role.

The Lancers took the lead for good on the game’s first possession. Caleb Featherston converted in the paint on the first play, and Grace’s momentum continued. The Lancers opened the contest on a 16-0 run and did not allow the Lakes (0-11) to score for the first 6:23.

Grace entered halftime with a comfortable 49-22 advantage, and the Lancers eased away for the 46-point final margin of victory.

For the game, Grace made better than half of their shots in each half and connected on 58 percent of its field goals overall. The Lancers buried 11 treys and nabbed 15 steals.

The Lakes shot 35 percent from the floor and committed 24 turnovers.

Grace Overwhelms Crimson Wave

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace’s women’s basketball team picked up its first road win of the season 83-44 over Calumet St. Joseph on Friday.

Ten players scored for the Lady Lancers (3-3), including six players with at least eight points.

Grace’s defense proved to be stifling for the Crimson Wave (0-4). CCSJ was held to 29 percent shooting and committed 27 turnovers. The Lady Lancers scored 28 points off CCSJ’s miscues in the route.

The Lady Lancers doubled up CCSJ after just one quarter of play. Haley Richardson ripped off Grace’s first eight points and finished with 10 for the quarter, leading the visitors to a 22-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, Grace ballooned its lead up to 25 at 46-21 on a Kelsie Peterson 3-pointer; Grace went into halftime with a 48-24 advantage.

The contest only got worse for the Crimson Wave in the second half. Grace eventually led by 40 and coasted to its 39-point victory.

The Lady Lancers dominated in the post, outrebounding the Crimson Wave by 11 and outscoring them 34-18 in the paint. Grace also earned an impressive 51 points off the bench.

Richardson led Grace in scoring with 16 points and added five rebounds and five assists. She made 8-of-14 from the floor.

Sarah Feasby was an efficient 6-of-8 shooting for 14 points, and Jesse Feitz made 4-of-5 for 10 points to go along with eight boards.

Jenna Kieper and Kelsey Sule plagued the Crimson Wave from the 3-point line as each buried a trio of treys, and Kelsie Peterson hit two more 3’s for eight points and four steals.

Maycee Davis amassed 7 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, and Gabby Miller added five points and three rebounds.

The Lady Lancers will take on a NCAA Div. I foe on Monday, traveling to IPFW at 5 p.m. for an exhibition against the Mastodons. Grace will return home next weekend for the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Nov. 20-21.