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Lancers Blast Knights for 20th Win

Thursday, February 12th, 2015


pictured is Brandon Vanderhegghen rising for a finger roll in the second half against Marian

Grace’s men’s basketball team blew by Marian University on Tuesday night, using its post strength to win 70-57.

The Lancers (20-7, 10-5 Crossroads League) secured their 21st 20-win season in program history with the victory. Two players for Grace notched double-doubles, including Dennis Williams (20 points, 13 rebounds) and Brandon Vanderhegghen (16 points, 10 boards).

Grace’s interior presence was felt in a major way in the first half. After a sluggish start offensively to the game, the Lancers sparked to life courtesy of Williams. The senior center converted three straight post moves to hand the Lancers a 20-14 lead with 10 minutes left in the half.

Grace continued to pound the Knights (16-11, 7-8 CL) down low, gradually opening up a 40-24 lead at the break.

The Lancers scored 22 of their 40 points in the paint and hit 57 percent of their shots from the floor. Williams scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the first period, and Grace held a plus-five advantage in rebounds.

The Knights were held scoreless for over five minutes to start the second half, allowing Grace to open up a commanding 45-24 lead. Marian still had one last rally in its arsenal, however.

Marian drained 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to highlight a massive 18-4 charge. The final trey from Nick Painter brought the Knights to within seven at 49-42 with 9:32 to play.

Vanderhegghen responded coolly with a 3-pointer on Grace’s next possession to stretch the lead to 10, and Chad Hoffer made the play of the night on the next sequence. Hoffer stripped the ball from Jason Riley, then raced down the floor to slam down a vicious one-handed dunk. The Knights were unable to get within single-digits of Grace’s lead after Hoffer’s dunk.

Grace was efficient in every aspect of the game except free throw shooting (43 percent). The Lancers made 52 percent of their field goals, including 44 percent from beyond the arc. Grace also turned the ball over eight times and nabbed six steals from Marian.

The Lancers were particularly dominant down low, grabbing 15 offensive boards for 14 second-chance points. Grace outscored Marian in the paint 42-12 and had a plus-nine advantage in rebounds.

Williams scored his 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, and Vanderhegghen drilled 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. Erik Bowen tallied a career-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the bench, and Logan Irwin notched seven points and five assists.

The Lancers have another home game on Saturday when Huntington comes to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center for a3 p.m. tipoff.

Boren Named NCCAA National Athlete of Week

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Jo Boren, graduate of Lakeland Christian Academy.

Jo Boren earned her first national weekly honor when she was named the NCCAA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Boren broke two school records at the Westmont Sunshine Open last weekend in California. She became the first Lady Lancer to beat the one-minute mark in the 400-meter race, crossing the finish line in school-record time of 59.81. She also teamed up to break the school record in the 4×400 at 4:09.29 with Katelyn McCullough, Mya Brown and Alicia Hertzler.

Boren, a graduate of Lakeland Christian Academy, becomes the second Lady Lancer to earn NCCAA weekly honors. Brown also claimed the Indoor Track Athlete of the Week recognition on Jan. 27.

The Lancers’ next meet is on Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational at 11 a.m.

Former Grace Seminary Faculty Member, Dr. Robert Culver, Passes

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Dr. Robert D. Culver

Dr. Robert D. Culver went home to be with the Lord on February 7, 2015. He was 98 years old. Dr. Culver joined the Grace Seminary faculty, teaching Old Testament, Hebrew, and Theology from March of 1945 until May of 1951. He went on to teach at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the Near-East School of Archaeology at Jerusalem.

Dr. Culver, brother-in-law to Herman Hoyt, was the last remaining person to attend the celebrated prayer meeting at the home of J.C. Beal in Ashland, Ohio that led directly to the founding of the Grace Theological Seminary. For two years, the seminary met at Ellet Grace Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio before moving to Winona Lake in 1939.

Dr. Culver was also an accomplished writer. He wrote a number of books including a 1,250 page text published by Christian Focus Publications in 2005 entitled, Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical.

“We honor the astonishing longevity and productivity of Dr. Culver’s ministry over so many years,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “Just this past week I was reminded by one of the nation’s great theologians, Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr., what an important mentor Dr. Culver was in his life.”

Katip continued, “As a distinguished alumnus of the Grace Theological Seminary family, Dr. Culver will be missed, but we honor his dedication to this institution and, more importantly, his service to and love of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Celeste, and their family and friends.

Kauffman Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Allison Kauffman

All-American senior Allison Kauffman was recognized for her academic and athletic achievement when she was named CoSIDA Academic All-District.

The Capital One All-District Teams, selected by CoSIDA, honor student-athletes from the NAIA as well as NCAA Division I, II and III who have earned at least a 3.3 GPA. The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) then vote through the district and national round of winners from eligible student-athletes.

Kauffman was the only representative from the Crossroads League in the College Division. The senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., currently boasts a 4.0 GPA as an Exercise Science major.

She is putting the final touches on one of the most decorated careers in program history as a senior, leading the team with averages of 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She ranks second all-time for the Lady Lancers in both career points and rebounds.

For the season, Kauffman ranks 10th in the NAIA Div. II in scoring and 17th in rebounding. She has 12 double-doubles in 2014-15 and has scored in double figures in 15 consecutive contests.

The Lady Lancers (13-13, 6-8 Crossroads League) have two weeks of the regular season remaining. Grace will take its shot at consecutive ranked opponents this week on the road, traveling to Marian on Wednesday and Huntington on Saturday.

Lancers Compete at California Meet

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Grace’s track and field team took Lancer Nation to the West Coast this week, competing at the Westmont Sunshine Opener on Saturday.

Nathan Lane exceled, taking home a trio of first-place finishes at the meet. He won the mile, the 3000-meter race and anchored the Distance Medley Relay with Tyler Houvener, Joel Zook and Donovan Graham to another first. His time in the mile and the 3000 met the NCCAA qualifying standard.

Mya Brown had three top-three finishes. She placed second in the 60 hurdles, third in the triple jump and was second in the 4×400 relay. The relay team of Katelyn McCullough, Brown, Alicia Hertzler and Jo Boren broke Grace’s school record with a time of 4:09.29.

Additionally, Boren became the first Lady Lancer to beat the one-minute mark in the 400 race, finishing in a school-record time of 59.81.

“It’s been a great trip overall for the group we have in California,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Traveling together helps build team unity and create some great shared memories. That fact that we had some very good performances is a nice bonus.

Graham and Matt Lee were first and second respectively in the 800, and Lee finished in a personal-best time. Zook qualified for NCCAA’s in the 200 at 23.25

Hunter Reed and Brandon Smith had PR’s in the mile, and Megan Gast had her own PR in the women’s mile race.

To see complete results from the meet at Westmont College meet, click here. Note that times were adjusted due to races being run on an outdoor track.

Additionally, several members of Grace’s squad stayed in Indiana and reached PR times at the Anderson University meet, including Paige Kindig’s second place in the pole vault.

The Lancers continue the indoor season next Saturday at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational. The meet at IWU is the final tune-up before NCCAA and NAIA Indoor Nationals.

No. 9 Cougars Handle Lady Lancers on the Road

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Grace’s women’s basketball team was unable to complete the season sweep of the defending champs, losing at No. 9 St. Francis 82-49 on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (13-13, 6-8 Crossroads League) had their third-lowest scoring output of the season at 49 points while giving up the third-most points in a single game this year.

Grace suffered major scoring droughts in each half, faltering against the Cougars’ defensive efforts.

Grace started the game well offensively, scoring on three of its first four possessions. But the Cougars flipped the game early with a 19-1 run, changing a five-point deficit into a 13-point lead at 24-11. Grace went 6:18 between made field goals.

The Lady Lancers battled back to within nine, but the Cougars (19-7, 10-4 CL) pulled away for a 40-27 lead at the midway break. USF shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half compared to 32 percent for Grace.

The second half came and went without Grace putting together a significant charge at the Cougars’ lead. USF never led by less than 13 points in the second half and built up a 20-point lead for most of the final 20 minutes.

Grace struggled to find a solution to the Cougars’ zone defense throughout the second half, scoring just 22 points after halftime. The Lady Lancers did not make another field goal after Gabby Bryant’s shot with 8:32 remaining in the game. Grace mustered two free throws offensively over the final eight minutes, allowing USF to end the game on an 18-2 run.

In the second half, Grace missed all 10 of its 3-pointers in an attempt to break the Cougars’ zone. Grace finished the game shooting 6.2 percent (1-of-16) from beyond the arc.

Conversely, USF excelled by making 54 percent of its shots for the game as well as an 83 percent clip from the free throw line. The Cougars enjoyed a 47-29 advantage in rebounds, scoring 40 points in the paint and 19 second-chance points.

Allison Kauffman registered a team-high 16 points and four rebounds, and Micah Pollard added 11 points. Bryant scored eight points with four boards, Kelsie Peterson tallied four points and four rebounds, and Jesse Feitz pulled down three rebounds off the bench.

The Lady Lancers continue action next week at the red-hot Marian Knights on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The seventh-ranked Knights have won six straight games.

Grace Stumbles at No. 13 USF

Monday, February 9th, 2015

In a pivotal late-season matchup in the Crossroads League, No. 13 St. Francis used a clutch spurt over the final minutes to win 73-63 over No. 20 Grace on Saturday.

The Cougars (20-6, 10-4 CL) outscored the Lancers 13-3 over the final four minutes, breaking open a 60-60 tie en route to victory. USF remain in a tie for second place in the CL standings while the Lancers (19-7, 9-5 CL) slipped to fourth.

At the onset, Grace’s offense sputtered with two missed field goals and two turnovers after tipoff. USF scored the first eight points of the contest, and they continued their assault with a 21-10 lead with eight minutes left in the half.

The Lancers trimmed the Cougars’ cushion to three points, but USF responded with a 6-0 spurt to lead by nine. Niko Read ended the scoring for the first half with a 3-pointer, bringing Grace to within 38-32 at the half.

USF upped its lead to nine early in the second half before Grace rallied. A rebound putback from Dennis Williams knotted the game at 45-45, and Grace eventually took a two-point lead with 7:45 to play.

The game remained tightly contested, and a 3-pointer from Chad Hoffer tied the score for the fourth time at 60-60 with 4:11 on the clock. But Grace’s offense was about to hit a fatal cold streak.

The only points Grace could muster over the critical final four minutes came on a 3-pointer from Logan Irwin with 52 seconds left in the game. Meanwhile, USF made three straight field goals and made 6-of-6 from the foul line to pull away for the 10-point win.

Read and Williams tied for team honors with 15 points. Read hit five 3-pointers, and Williams grabbed a game-high nine boards.

Irwin finished with 11 points, 5 assists, 4 boards and 2 steals, Brandon Vanderhegghen added eight points before fouling out, and Hoffer chipped in six points and three assists off the bench.

Grace as a team shot 39 percent from the floor, including 43 percent in the second half. USF hit 50 percent of its field goals and grabbed four more rebounds as a team (36-32). The Cougars also attempted 17 more free throws and were whistled for eight fewer fouls.

The Lancers will hope to stay in contention for the league crown on Tuesday when Grace hosts Marian at 7 p.m.

Lancers Complete Season Sweep of Spring Arbor

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Grace’s men’s basketball team secured another critical Crossroads League win with a 70-57 victory over Spring Arbor on Tuesday.

The Lancers (19-6, 9-4 CL) moved into a three-way tie for second place in the CL standings, setting up a pivotal matchup on Saturday at No. 13 St. Francis. Grace and USF are tied with Bethel for second place.

Grace used an efficient, balanced offense and a lockdown defense in the second half to pull out the convincing victory at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The Cougars started off the game on the better foot, opening a 7-2 lead after two minutes. It took Grace 10 minutes to tie the game at 20-20 after a pair of free throws from Caleb Featherston.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Cougars helped Spring Arbor reestablish a six-point edge with less than seven minutes remaining in the half. But Grace ended the half on a blistering pace to take control of the contest.

The Lancers closed out the half on a 15-3 run to go ahead 37-31 at halftime. Featherston scored seven points during Grace’s spurt, and Adrian Makolli converted a tip-in basket to beat the halftime buzzer. Both teams hit at least 50 percent of their field goals in the first period.

Grace’s defense helped turn the tide in the Lancers’ favor for good to start the second half. Spring Arbor missed four field goals and had four turnovers over the first five minutes of the period. As a result, the Lancers built up a 47-33 lead. From the last 6:00 of the first half to the first 5:00 of the second half, Grace outscored Spring Arbor 25-5.

Three minutes later, the Cougars had clawed back to within nine points. But Grace scored on three of its next four possessions to claim a 15-point lead and never looked back, cruising for the 13-point win. Spring Arbor was held to 26 points in the second half, committing eight turnovers and grabbing just nine rebounds over the final 20 minutes.

Logan Irwin had scoring honors on the night with 15 points, hitting a trio of 3-pointers with 5 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers. Makolli had a career-high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, adding nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Featherston finished with 11 points off the bench, and Brandon Vanderhegghen tallied eight points and four boards.

Overall Grace had a 30-20 advantage in rebounding, including 17-9 in the second half. Grace also shot 50 percent from the floor for the game.

The Lancers’ game on Saturday with St. Francis is a doubleheader in Fort Wayne. The women’s Grace/USF game will tip off at 1 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.

Grace Seminary Hosts “Lectures on the Reliability of Scripture”

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Pictured left to right: Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. and Dr. John Davis

February 5th, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Grace Theological Seminary will be hosting, “The Word of God is Living and Active:  Lectures on the Reliability of Scripture.” This free event, sponsored by Grace Theological Seminary, will be held in Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus.

Speakers Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. and Dr. John Davis will be answering the questions, “Is the Bible a reliable document for faith and practice?” and, “Is the Bible trustworthy when it comes to historical, scientific, and literary evidence?”  Bringing answers to these questions from archaeological and textual perspectives, the two speakers will show how the Bible is indeed the inspired Word of God, and still useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

Walter Christian Kaiser, Jr. is currently the president emeritus and distinguished professor of Old Testament and ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Mass.  He graduated from Wheaton College in 1958.

While pursuing graduate studies at Brandeis, Kaiser became professor and chairman of the Old Testament department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation in 1973. In 1980 Kaiser assumed the responsibilities of vice president and academic dean of Trinity. In the fall of 1993 he accepted an invitation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to serve as the first Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament. In 1997 Kaiser assumed the presidency of Gordon-Conwell while retaining the Mockler chair.

Dr. John Davis, Th.D., D.D., is president/professor emeritus at Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., where he has served as professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Grace Theological Seminary for 39 years.  He also held the position of executive vice president for six years and president for seven years of both Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary.

He holds a B.A. from Trinity College (Fla.), an M.Div. (with honor), Th.M. and Th.D. from Grace Theological Seminary and a D.D. from Trinity College. He also completed graduate study at the Near East School of Archaeology in Jerusalem and post-doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has participated in 13 archaeological expeditions to Jordan and Israel as a senior staff member. He has also worked in field excavations in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to survey work on Temple Mount sites in San Salvador, Central America.

Five School Records Topple at Trine Meet

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The record books for Grace’s track and field teams underwent a major revision on Friday. The Lancers set five school records at the Trine Invitational and also met several national qualifying standards.

Donovan Graham became the second Lancer to qualify for NAIA Indoor Nationals this winter. He finished the 600-meter race in a blazing 1:22.34, setting a school record and finishing second in the race.

Freshman Mya Brown was named the NCCAA Female Indoor Field Athlete of the Week last week in her first collegiate competition. She followed up that performance with two school records on Friday. She ran the fastest 60 hurdles in program history at 9.33 seconds, beating an eight-year-old record. She then teamed up with Katelyn McCullough, Emma Mitchel and Jo Boren to set the 4×400 relay record in 4:12.48.

Nathan Brown’s long jump of 22-feet-6.5 and Tyler Back’s weight throw of 46-6.75 also set school records.

Three of head coach Jeff Raymond’s freshmen qualified for NCCAA Indoor Nationals, including Paige Kindig (pole vault), Bennett Parker (high jump) and Nathan Lane (mile). Jo Boren also finished first in the 400 by over a second at 1:00.73, qualifying for NCCAA’s and just missing her school-record time from last year by .01.

The Lancers will divide their efforts next weekend with some athletes going to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Westmont Sunshine Open and some headed to Anderson, Ind., for the Anderson Invitational.