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Grace Drops Heartbreaker to Taylor in Semifinals

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Pictured are (left) Sierra Smith and (right) Grace Woolsey attempting a block against Taylor on Thursday

The old adage “it’s hard to beat a team three times” rang true on Thursday night. After sweeping the season series against Taylor, Grace’s volleyball team fell in five sets to the Trojans in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals.

The Lady Lancers (26-10) served twice with a chance to win the match in the fourth set, but the Trojans (26-12) showed resolve with a come-from-behind victory.

Grace’s seniors shined in the semifinal defeat. Setter Ellie Harp was dynamic for Grace, producing a rare triple-double with 54 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills, outside hitter Calah Kruse blasted out 18 kills and 23 digs, and libero Hannah Clemmons tallied 20 digs.

With the loss, Grace will turn its attention to qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. The regional tournament opponents and pairings will be announced in the coming days.

Grace got off to a fast start in the opening set while playing in front of a charged home crowd. Freshman Sierra Smith pounded out a few timely kills to help Grace broke open a 13-13 lead. Taylor never recovered, and Kaitlin Kerrigan scored the last two points for Grace en route to a 25-20 victory.

The Trojans countered with a 25-15 victory in the second set, rattling off 13 kills on just two errors.

Grace forced Taylor into an early timeout in the third set, leading 12-9. The Trojans were unable to slow Grace’s momentum as the Lady Lancers scored seven more points in a row. Kerrigan and Grace Woolsey combined for a block point at the end as Grace was on the brink of victory with a 25-17 win.

The fourth set seemed headed Grace’s way down the stretch. At one point Taylor was on top 17-13, but Grace rallied ahead 23-20 thanks to superlative defensive plays from Clemmons and Sara Miller. Taylor knotted the score at 23-23, but Grace went on to serve two match points at 24-23 and 25-24. The Trojans came away with clutch plays down the stretch to steal a 27-25 victory.

Taylor continued its momentum in the tiebreaker and led from start to finish. Grace cut Taylor’s lead to three on a number of occasions, but they could not punch through the Trojans’ cushion and fell 15-11.

Kerrigan had 15 kills and 14 digs for Grace, Smith had 12 kills and three block assists, and Tori Bontrager added eight kills and five block assists.

Grace Pummels Crimson Wave by 53

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Pictured is freshman Kelsie Peterson driving against Calumet on Wednesday night.

Grace’s women’s basketball picked up its fifth straight win to open the season with a 92-39 victory over Calumet St. Joseph’s.

The Lady Lancers blasted the Crimson Wave (1-4) by a 51-18 margin in the second half to roll to a 5-0 start to the 2014-15 season.

Five players scored in double figures for Grace, and 12 Lady Lancers scored overall. Allison Kauffman’s 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals led the way for Grace, and Sarah Feasby added 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Grace started slowly to open up the game, but the Lady Lancers would grab control for good midway into the period. Grace held a slight 16-15 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half, but the rest of the period belonged to the hosts.

The Lady Lancers exploded with a 22-3 run over nearly a nine-minute span. Grace’s defense limited Calumet to just six points over the final 12 minutes of the half, earning a 41-21 advantage at halftime.

Feasby played a big role off the bench in the first half, tallying 11 points in 10 minutes. Kauffman also produced nine points before halftime.

In the second half, Grace’s superior play was even more evident. The Lady Lancers’ offense hummed along at a frenetic pace, hitting 61 percent of their shots from the floor and 11-of-12 from the foul line. The Crimson Wave, conversely, made just 6-of-32 of their field goals (19 percent) over the final 20 minutes.

Grace held a staggering 52-20 advantage in rebounding for the game. The Lady Lancers also nabbed 13 steals and passed out 18 assists. Calumet was outscored 41-5 in bench points, 28-12 in points in the paint and 17-5 in second-chance points.

Lindsey Schaefer produced 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and eight rebounds, and Micah Pollard had 10 points. Kelsie Peterson finished with 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steals, and Darian Patton chipped in seven points and four assists.

Chloe Pridgen led all players with 12 rebounds in 10 minutes, and Jenna Kieper added five points.

The Lady Lancers will put their undefeated record on the line this weekend with a pair of games in Illinois. Grace will take on St. Francis (Ill.) on Friday and Olivet Nazarene on Saturday.

Grace Volleyball Advances to Semifinals, Tops Goshen

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Pictured is (center) Hannah Clemmons celebrating with Calah Kruse (right) during Grace's quarterfinal win on Tuesday.

Grace’s volleyball team secured a spot in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals with a 3-1 victory over Goshen on Tuesday.

After a first-set slipup, the Lady Lancers (26-9) got back to winning form over the final three games. The Maple Leafs (16-17) lost for the second time in seven days at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center after dropping the regular season finale to Grace on Nov. 5.

Grace will host third-seeded Taylor on Thursday 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

Ellie Harp was a dominant force in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match, producing 36 assists, 10 kills, 7 digs, 1 solo block and 4 block assists.

Goshen earned the first set with a 25-21 victory. Grace led 6-2 out of the gate, but Goshen surged ahead with a 10-3 run. A timeout by Grace coach Andria Harshman helped Grace score three points in a row, but Goshen recovered with its second 10-3 run of the set to go on top 22-15. The Maple Leafs held on for the final four-point victory.

In the second set, Grace’s 16-14 lead evaporated when Goshen grabbed four consecutive points. The Maple Leafs held a 23-21 lead late in the game, but Grace turned the tide in the match. Ellie Harp and Calah Kruse swung momentum back to Grace with back-to-back kills to tie the score, and a block point from Kruse set up Sierra Smith’s set-winning kill at 25-23.

Goshen was forced to call an early timeout in the third set as Grace’s offense began to find its rhythm. The Lady Lancers blasted the Maple Leafs for 15 kills on just six errors en route to a 25-20 victory.

The fourth set proved to be the last. Grace broke open a 16-16 deadlock with three straight points, and a kill from Kaitlin Kerrigan forced Goshen into a timeout. The Lady Lancers would not be slowed, however, as Kruse ended the match with an emphatic kill at 25-21.

Kruse finished with an impressive double-double of 15 kills and 23 digs, leading Grace in both categories. Tori Bontrager ended the match with seven kills and six block assists, and Sierra Smith had five kills on 15 attempts. Grace Woolsey tallied eight kills and four block assists, Hannah Clemmons added 17 digs, and Sara Miller chipped in with 15 digs.

Former Grace College & Seminary President Inducted into Kosciusko County Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Pictured left to right: Dan Brown (Phend and Brown), Steve Miller (KCH/Grace College Board), Dr. Ron Manahan (Grace College), Dr. Bill Katip (Grace College), Jim Tinkey (Mutual Bank), Greg Maxwell (Farmers State Bank)

Dr. Ron Manahan, former Grace president, represented Grace College on November 5 at the 2014 Kosciusko County Entrepreneur and Innovation Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner. Manahan was selected for induction into the 2014 Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, which honors the individual or individuals who grew a company that is still located in Kosciusko County through either innovation/invention or entrepreneurship.

Paul, Steve, and Bruce Grossnickle of Grossnickle Eye Center, Gay and Dan Robinson of Robinson Construction, Reub and Chandler Williams of the Times-Union (Reub Williams & Sons), and Josh Wildman of Wildman Business Group were honored as well. In addition, William Henthorn of Seymour Midwest (Midwest Rake), a former Grace alumnus (1977), was honored.

In 1994, Manahan became the fifth president of Grace College & Seminary. His visionary leadership helped advance the institution through the development of new programs, the construction of new facilities, the expansion of global outreach, and greater emphasis on tuition affordability for students and families. Because of the efforts of Manahan and his leadership team, enrollment has more than doubled and is currently at its highest in the school’s history.

The wall between community and college dissolved with Manahan’s insistence on Grace becoming a partner of the community, which resulted in the renovation of Westminster Hall in 1996 and the building of the Orthopaedic Capital Center in 2007. He was also a key initiator and facilitator in working with BioCrossroads on the grant from the Lilly Endowment, which resulted in OrthoWorx and the Orthopedics Capital Foundation.

During his tenure, the Prison Education Program greatly expanded, and the Distance/Online Education Program and the Korean Studies Program began in 1996. The Water Quality Project (KLAS) launched in 2007 and the GOAL (Grace Opportunity for Adult Learners) Degree Completion Program in 2009. More recently, Manahan helped implement the ORCA (Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs) Program, the Henry and Frances Weber initiative (multiple locations), and the partnership with Trine University for a Kosciusko-based engineering degree program. His initiatives played key roles in creating a spirit of innovation that changed both Grace College and the surrounding communities.

“I am deeply honored to join the group already inducted into the Kosciusko County Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame,” said Manahan. “I thank God for the opportunity he gave me to be a small part of Grace College and Seminary and our county.  I thank him and all those who had a part in this recognition.”



Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

November 21, 2014       7:30 PM    RODEHEAVER AUDITORIUM

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.  Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I’m taking you to, Forty-Second Street, East Side, West Side, all around the town.   The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble under the direction of Martin Becker will present their Fall Concert “Sights and Sounds of the Big Apple” A musical tribute to New York City, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Rodeheaver Auditorium, Winona Lake.  Conductor Martin Becker will conduct  the seventy piece concert band.   The Wind Ensemble has prepared a wonderful evening of music that is connected in some way to that great American City New York.

To begin the concert the wind ensemble performs a medley titled “A Salute to New York” and features are the following musical selections:  “New York, New York,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Forty-Second Street,” “The Sidewalks of New York (East Side, West Side),” and “Theme from New York, New York.” The second selection is considered one of the major classics of the symphonic band repertory. George Washington Bridge, subtitled “An Impression for Band,” was composed by William Howard Schuman in 1951.  The composer used the George Washington Bridge for his inspiration for this dramatic and descriptive music.

Conquering New York City in one visit is impossible. Instead, hit the must-sees – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and then explore off the beaten path with visits to The Cloisters or one of the city’s libraries. Indulge in the bohemian shops of the West Village or the fine dining of the Upper West Side. The bustling marketplace inside of Grand Central Station gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer.  The next selection on the program captures the essence of this great city.   One can sense the busy sidewalks, the zooming traffic, yellow cabs everywhere and the “cool” side as a sultry alto saxophone solo played tonight by Rod Bollman transports the listener to one of the city’s jazz clubs like the Blue Note or Village Vanguard or the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Leonard Bernstein was among the best-known American musicians of the 20th century.  He was a true musical icon, bringing passion and great skill to his multiple roles as conductor, pianist, teacher and composer.  Mr. Becker has selected several compositions of Bernstein’s for the concert including: The Wrong Note Rag  from A Wonderful Town; Overture to Candide, and two selections from his legendary work West Side Story-Somewhere and Mambo.

The evening concludes with a March by John Philip Sousa, titled The New York Hippodrome.

In 1915 John Philip Sousa wrote a “barn-burner” from the Big Apple.  Sousa’s hustle-bustle “New York March” captures both the brilliant, restless energy and the soaring lyrical themes inspired by mid-town Manhattan in 1915. Arranged with all of the style, excitement, and vividly colorful details of the Sousa Band’s own performances. Sousa’s Band played frequently in New York’s enormous “Hippodrome Theater,” a predecessor of today’s Radio City Music Hall.

Admission is free but an offering opportunity will be available at intermission.


Schue Nabs Third Straight CL Weekly Award

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Freshman goalkeeper Abby Schue was named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week on Monday.

Schue, who has won the weekly award four times in her first collegiate season, helped Grace advance to Saturday’s championship match of the Crossroads League Tournament. She made a crucial save during a penalty shootout against St. Francis in the semifinals, and Grace advanced 5-3 on penalty kicks.

For the season, Schue has surrendered just 11 goals in 19 games for Grace. She has yielded just three goals since Sept. 21.

Harp, Woolsey Earn League Player of the Week Honors

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Senior setter Ellie Harp and sophomore middle hitter Grace Woolsey were honored in the weekly Player of the Week awards from the Crossroads League.

Harp was named the Setter and the Player of the Week, and Woolsey was the Hitter of the Week for the Lady Lancers.

Grace finished off the regular season last week with a sweep against Goshen. Harp produced 30 assists (10.0 assists/set), 3 kills, 4 digs, and 3 block assists. Woolsey tallied 7 kills on offense with an attack percentage of .500 and five block assists on defense.

Grace Spikers Eye League Tournament this Week

Monday, November 10th, 2014

After racking up 25 wins in the regular season, Grace’s volleyball team is set for the 2014 Crossroads League Tournament this week.

The Lady Lancers earned the No. 2 seed in the CL Tournament, its best finish in over a decade. As a result, Grace will host seventh-seeded Goshen on Tuesday 7 p.m. With a win over Goshen, the Lady Lancers would host the CL semifinals on Thursday 7 p.m. against either Taylor or St. Francis. The tournament championship will be held on Saturday at the highest seed’s arena.



Grace’s 25-win regular season is the second such achievement since 2002. The Lady Lancers’ 14 wins in the Crossroads League season are tied for the most in program history (2011).

Grace is hoping to earn its third trip to a national tournament in four years under head coach Andria Harshman. If Grace wins the Crossroads League Tournament, the Lady Lancers would earn an automatic bid to NAIA Nationals for the first time since 2001.

Grace has already secured a winning year for the fourth straight season – the first time Grace has had that stretch since 1992-2001.

PK Thriller Sends Grace to Title Game

Monday, November 10th, 2014

pictured is Meghan Wiles on Saturday

Grace’s storybook 2014 season continued with one of the more memorable games of the fall.

The Lady Lancers scored the go-ahead goal with 20 seconds on the clock in regulation, endured an improbable equalizer seven seconds later, then recovered to advance in a penalty shootout against St. Francis on Saturday.

As a result, Grace will travel to top-seeded Spring Arbor on Nov. 15 in the championship game of the Crossroads League Tournament.

“It’s enjoyable to win that kind of match in front of Lancer Nation. I’m proud of the women for staying the course through this one. Our long-term work came through,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “USF had a good game plan to close out space which gave us difficulties at moments. There is so much redemptive potential with this group. I’m excited for the day that we will play 90 at that limit. I’m proud of Abby [Schue] for coming through in the end.”

The Lady Lancers (13-3-3) seemed to have the better of the Cougars (11-7-2) for much of the match in terms of possession and shots. Grace outshot St. Francis 19-6 overall in the match, but neither of the goals came until the 90th minute.

Meredith Hollar finished off an assist from Mallory Rondeau with just 20 seconds on the clock, chipping over the goalkeeper from close range to send the enthused Miller Field crowd into bedlam. Grace’s excitement was short-lived, however.

St. Francis responded with the next kick of the match, sending a high kick off the restart towards Grace’s net, and goalkeeper Abby Schue slipped to the ground to allow the bouncing ball to roll into the net for the equalizer with 13 seconds remaining. The match went into overtime tied 1-1.

The Lady Lancers rebounded nobly in the overtime periods, dominating the final two overtime periods. Grace outshot St. Francis 5-0 in overtime, but the hosts were unable to find the winner.

Schue found redemption in the penalty shootout. After getting a glove on the Cougars’ second attempt, Schue saved the third kick. Grace’s kickers took care of the rest as Meredith Matson, Kaitlyn Hayes, Carianne Sobey, Kaitlan Wiles and Mallory Rondeau went a perfect 5-for-5 on PK’s to advance 5-3.

Grace advances to its second league tournament championship game in program history (2012). With a win over archrival Spring Arbor, Grace would earn an automatic bid to the team’s first NAIA Nationals.

Rondeau finished with six shots and three shots on goal to lead all players, and Hollar had four shots.

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Grace Wins Fourth Straight

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Grace survived a second-half drought against Trinity International on Friday, winning 81-61 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Niko Read exploded for 26 points in the win, draining 6-of-9 from the 3-point line in the win, and Logan Irwin added 20 points and five assists for Grace.

The Lancers led for much of the opening half and ballooned their cushion to double digits with 6:50 to play in the period. Read scored five points in the final 1:14 to help Grace claim a 48-31 advantage at halftime.

Grace continued its dominance early in the second half and held a 61-35 lead with 14:16 remaining in the game. But the Trojans (1-2) rallied back in a major way.

Trinity International, fueled by a fullcourt press and a spirited home crowd which celebrated the opening of the Trojans’ new arena, fought back with a massive 17-2 run over the ensuing six minutes. Grace went 6:11 between made field goals during that stretch until a layup from Irwin stopped the bleeding.

The Trojans chopped Grace’s lead down to 10 on two occasions, but the home team’s momentum dried up shortly after that point. Grace concluded the contest on a 14-4 spurt for the final 20-point margin of victory.

For the game Grace shot 50 percent from the floor and 63 percent (8-of-15) from the 3-point line. The Trojans were held to 27-percent shooting, including 5-of-24 on 3-pointers.

Chad Hoffer ripped off eight points in 12 minutes off the bench, Kyle Fillman scored seven points with seven rebounds, and Dennis Williams added 4 points, 6 boards and 4 blocks.

Caleb Featherston tallied six points and seven boards, and Brandon Vanderhegghen had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Grace continues its tournament at Trinity International on Saturday with a 5 p.m. game against Missouri Valley.