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Softball Splits Pair of Nail-biters with MVNU

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Two close Crossroads League softball games produced a split between Grace and Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Monday.

The Lady Lancers (7-15; 3-3 CL) suffered a 2-0 defeat in the opener before rallying for a 2-1 victory to end the day.

Despite losing by two runs, Grace outhit Mt. Vernon 6-5 in the first game. The Cougars (9-7; 5-3 CL) scored with a solo home run in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth. Beyond those two innings, Mt. Vernon Nazarene did not advance a runner past first base.

The Lady Lancers advanced a runner to third base in back-to-back innings, but the visitors could not convert either opportunity. Chelsea Whitesell was stranded on third in the fifth, and Alex Shipley was left on third with a groundout in the sixth.

Allison Franklin pitched four solid innings in the start for Grace, yielding four hits and two runs with six strikeouts. Olivia Winget pitched the final two innings with one hit allowed.

Clarissa Knight was 2-for-3 to pace Grace’s offense.

In the second game, Brooke Shell scored both of Grace’s runs in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. The Cougars struck first in the third inning with two walks and a single, but the Lady Lancers tied the game in the fifth.

After Shell reached base to lead off the inning, Hannah Adams tied the game with an RBI single.

Shell repeated the effort in the seventh inning, breaking the 1-1 deadlock. After Shell’s leadoff single, Alex Shipley sacrificed Shell to second. A wild pitch advanced the winning run to third base, and Clarissa Knight delivered the winning swing with a sacrifice fly ball to center field.

Adams limited the Cougars to three-up, three-down in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the victory. Adams tossed four innings of scoreless relief, holding Mt. Vernon to two hits and zero walks.

Shell finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base, Adams was 2-for-4, and Tiffany Featherston was 1-for-2.

The Lady Lancers open up Miller Field on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Marian at 3 p.m.

Lancers Split with Wildcats in League Action

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Grace College baseball team split the season series with Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, ending with a loss and a win on the road.

After splitting a doubleheader yesterday in Westfield, Ind., the Lancers fell 14-3 in the opening game on Friday. Indiana Wesleyan produced at least three runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings to propel the home team in front.

The Lancers (5-10; 4-3 Crossroads League) had a rally of its own in the second inning with three runs on two hits and two hit batsmen. Logan Grigsby laced a two-out, two-run triple to right field, and Joey Hickerson brought in Grigsby with a single on the next at-bat.

But Grace’s offense was lacking beyond the second inning as the Wildcats (6-16; 3-3 CL) outhit the Lancers 15-6. No player for Grace notched more than one hit in seven innings.

The second game started similarly as Indiana Wesleyan jumped out to a 3-0 lead. But Grace came roaring back with six runs in a wild second inning to take the lead for good. Paul Blankley and Jacob Bloom had RBI singles, and the Lancers’ five hits in the inning were aided by three Wildcat defensive errors to plate six runs.

Grace tacked on one more run in the fourth and two more in the sixth for insurance with the Lancers holding on for the 9-5 victory.

Austin Green went the distance from the mound, striking out five batters and allowing eight hits and five runs in seven innings of work.

Aaron Christenberry scored three runs on a 2-for-2 performance from the plate, and Bloom knocked in two runs. Tyler Weber finished 2-for-4, and CJ Swartz scored twice.

The Lancers’ next series is with Mt. Vernon Nazarene, playing the Cougars on the road Monday and at home in their Miller Field opener on Tuesday.

Greg Miller Earns Prestigious NCCAA Awards

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Grace’s senior forward Greg Miller ended his Lancer career in memorable fashion, earning the NCCAA’s Pete Maravich Award and the NCCAA’s Tournament MVP in his final week.

He was also named First Team NCCAA All-American and was honorable mention for NAIA All-American.

Miller led the No. 7 seed Lancers to the NCCAA national championship game last week before losing by two in the final to Point Loma Nazarene. For his efforts, he was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

He also won the prestigious NCCAA Pete Maravich Award at the NCCAA pre-tournament banquet. The Pete Maravich Award recognizes the outstanding NCCAA Division I men’s basketball student-athlete who excels in competition, skill, academics and Christian service during his career.

Miller joined Scott Blum (1993) and Matt Abernethy (2003) as Grace’s Pete Maravich winners since 1990.

Grace head coach Jim Kessler commented about Miller: “Greg [Miller] is a dream to coach. I have yet to see him give up regardless of the situation. In fact, at the most difficult times he shines and encourages others to push ahead. He is a truly remarkable and special young man. Despite his accomplishments and accolades, he lives realizing that everything he has achieved is from God and not himself.”

Miller became the eighth Lancer in program history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. He ended his career 11th all-time in career points (1,873) and 8th in career rebounds (1,052).

Miller, along with Morgan Michalski, was also named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The pair joined Jared Treadway, Niko Read and Adrian Makolli as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes as well.

Logan Irwin was also named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team during Grace’s postseason awards’ haul.

Grace College & Seminary Honors Dr. William Male with Renaming of Seminary Building

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Pictured left to right, Dr. William Male and Grace College & Seminary President, Bill Katip.

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to honor Dr. William Male’s numerous accomplishments as a faculty member and administrator at Grace, as well as for his recent, significant financial gift toward the purchase of the seminary building, by renaming the building the William Male Center for Seminary and Graduate Studies. The building was formally named after Male during the Grace board meeting, held Friday, March 21, 2014.

The Males believe charitable giving should be a part of everyone’s life. Their varied interests and their desire to financially support some of those interests led them to the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, where the flexibility of their fund allows them to contribute to a wide range of organizations. They became familiar with the Foundation early on, gradually increasing their involvement as the Foundation grew and its services expanded. The Males also wanted the joys of charitable giving to be more than just a part of their own lives and set up an advised fund so that upon their deaths, their daughters can continue the family tradition of donating money to worthy causes.

“We are proud to name our seminary building after Dr. Male,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We have greatly benefited from his work here at Grace as well as his generous giving over many years.”

“Dr. and Mrs. Male have used the Community Foundation to accomplish their charitable giving since 1996,” said Suzie Light, executive director of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. “The grants they have advised from The Bill and Ella Male Charitable Fund have represented the values the Males hold dear. We are thrilled to help facilitate the most recent grant from their advised fund to Grace College for the purchase of a building to further Grace’s mission.”

In the thirty-four years he served Grace Schools, Dr. Male held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in the college and seminary, including twelve years as academic dean of the college, eleven years as dean of the seminary, and two years as the acting dean of the seminary’s west campus. For eight years, while serving as academic dean of the college, he worked on a Ph.D. degree at Indiana University, which was awarded in 1968. In 1971 he founded the first of the annual institutes for Christian school administrators and teachers, for which Grace has become internationally known in the Christian school movement. After his retirement from his academic ministries at Grace, he served as a part-time planned giving officer for the school from 1989 through 1993.

During his years of service at Grace College and Seminary, Male also served as an interim pastor of a number of churches, including Grace Bible Church of Berne (which he helped establish), the Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, the Grace Brethren Church of Fort Wayne, the Grace Brethren Church of Goshen, the Bethel Brethren Church of Berne, and the Milwood Chapel.

Dr. Male was a board member of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company from 1957 to 1996, served on the board of the Warsaw Christian School from 1960 to 1978, the Lakeland Christian Academy board from 1974 to 1983, and was one of the founding board members of the Association of Christian Schools International in 1978. In 1983, the ACSI board granted him the title of Board Member Emeritus. At the annual meeting of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers in July, 2009, he was honored with their “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Dr. Male and his wife, Ella, are currently full-time residents of Grace Village in Winona Lake. They prefer spending time with their scattered but close-knit family, including seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. The Males also enjoy good music and have fond memories of international travel, flying (Bill had a private pilot’s license), and living in Florida part-time after Male’s retirement from Grace in 1993.

“The world is a better place with people like William and Ella Male in it,” said Jeff Gill, vice president and dean of the seminary and the school of ministry studies.

Since 1968, Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Inc. has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The Community Foundation is a public charity, and gifts made to the Foundation are tax-deductible. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit, call 574.267.1901,  or visit our office at 102 E. Market Street, Warsaw.

Jackson Named NAIA, NCCAA All-American

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Senior guard Juaneice Jackson concluded her career as the greatest Lady Lancer basketball player, garnering national awards from the NAIA and NCCAA.

Jackson, Grace’s all-time leading scorer, earned her second consecutive First Team NCCAA All-American and Second Team NAIA All-American awards at the season’s conclusion. She racked up 1,893 points in her career, including 18.5 points per game during her final two seasons.

She enjoyed Grace’s finest four-year stretch in team history, helping the team to 73 wins. The previous four-year record for Grace was 56 wins. During the 2013-14 campaign, Grace finished with its best record (12-6) and highest finish (fourth) in Crossroads League competition.

Additionally, Jackson’s 254 assists finished seventh all-time. She graduates with the program record for most field goals made and attempted in a season, most points in a season, and most 3-pointers made in a season.

Jackson became Grace’s all-time leading scorer with a jump shot at Taylor on Jan. 25, 2014, breaking Tracie Mezera’s previous mark of 1,632 points from 2000-04.

Jackson was not the only Lady Lancer to receive national attention as Allison Kauffman earned honorable mention status for All-American honors from the NAIA and NCCAA. Kauffman registered 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during her junior season. She moved into eighth place among Grace’s all-time leaders in rebounds (632) and ninth place in points (1,165).

Grace College Presents Third Annual Communitas Symposium

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On Wednesday, March 26, following Grace College spring Day of Worship, students and faculty will come together for Communitas, a scholarship forum designed to integrate academic excellence, creative expression, and Christian faith. The event is Grace College and Seminary’s third annual Communitas symposium, organized by the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship. The symposium is a way to encourage student scholarship, highlight creative expressive, and foster the integration of faith and learning. Structured much the same as a professional academic conference, students will present papers, displays, artwork, and performances that range across the disciplines in a celebration of the vibrant sense of academic community at Grace College and Seminary.

“There are few opportunities for students to gather in a formal way to share academic interests, creative projects, artistic performances, and research,” explained Dr. Jared Burkholder, director of the Office of Faith, Learning and Scholarship at Grace College. “Communitas is an event that creates space for this to happen.”

The event will be held in Mount Memorial (2nd and 3rd floors) starting at 1:00pm. To see the full program, as well as learn more about student scholarship at Grace, visit the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship’s page at .

Women’s Track and Field Wins Huntsman Relays

Monday, March 24th, 2014

In the outdoor track and field season debut, Grace’s women’s team took first place in the Huntsman Relays at Wabash College.

Grace won multiple events in the five-team meet, including two first-place finishes by Nathan Brown, Jo Boren and Katelyn McCullough.

“It was fun to see the women win the meet. We had several people produce very solid performances despite the cool conditions,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “This was our first meet in four weeks, so it was nice to get back to competition. I’m sure we’ll continue to see improvements in the coming weeks.”

Brown had a busy Saturday, winning the high jump and long jump competitions, placing in the javelin throw and even running in the 4×400-meter relay.

Boren won the 200 and 400 races, and Erin Jones was second in both. Jones also teamed up with Rachel Fehring, Lindsey Young and McCullough to win the 4×400 relay. McCullough also claimed the 400 hurdle title.

Donovan Graham came back on the home stretch to win the 800, Jonathan Rex won the 1500, and Lance Taylor was first in the 400. Taylor also placed in the 200.

Allison Zylstra (800) and Anna White (discus) set personal-best marks to win their respective events.

To see complete meet results, click here.

The Lancers’ next meet is the Defiance Invitational next weekend in Ohio.

Grace’s Championship Run Falls Two Points Short

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Grace’s memorable run through the 2014 NCCAA National Championships climaxed with a thrilling title game on Saturday against Point Loma Nazarene.

The Lancers nearly completed a fairly-tale run as the No. 7 seed to the championship but came up two points shy in a 75-73 defeat at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Playing in front of a packed home court, the Lancers (20-15) almost won the game on the final play. Grace erased a five-point deficit in the final 43 seconds thanks to baskets from Caleb Featherston and Greg Miller and a free throw from Logan Irwin. Irwin’s foul shot with nine seconds left cut the Sea Lions’ lead to two points, and Grace forced PLNU into a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play.

After a timeout by head coach Jim Kessler, Irwin took the ball at the top of the key and was unable to find a lane to penetrate or pass. He took a contested 3-pointer as the clock ran out, but his shot under pressure was off the mark, allowing the Sea Lions to take the championship banner.

Greg Miller ended his sterling career with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. For his outstanding week, Miller was named the 2014 NCCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. Miller and Irwin were named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team.

Brandon Vanderhegghen finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists with a trio of 3-pointers, and Niko Read also buried three treys for 11 points. Caleb Featherston added 12 points and five boards, and Irwin tallied seven points and five assists.

Although the Sea Lions made over 50 percent of their field goals in each half, Grace’s active defense forced PLNU into 18 turnovers. The Lancers tallied 25 points off those turnovers to keep the game within reach of their NCAA Division II foe.

Grace held a slight lead for the majority of the opening half, going on top by as many as six points. But eight straight points from the Sea Lions down the stretch helped the visitors claim a 38-35 halftime advantage.

The Sea Lions never led by more than nine points in the second half, and the Lancers stayed within striking distance with their long-range shooting. Grace buried six 3-pointers in the final 12 minutes of the game to fire up the fan base. Grace’s final trey – a 3-pointer on the left wing from Niko Read – cut the Sea Lions’ lead to 70-68 with 2:00 on the clock. But Grace was one more 3-pointer at the buzzer away from claiming its first NCCAA basketball championship.

Coach Kessler ends the 2013-14 season with 699 career coaching victories in his legendary career. He led the Lancers to a 20-15 record and runner-up finishes in the Crossroads League Tournament and NCCAA National Championships.

Dual Engineering Degree Through Grace College and Trine University A Continued Success

Friday, March 21st, 2014

*Pictured (center) is Professor Jerry Holland discussing engineering with students

Grace College continues to lead the way in providing innovative educational models, offering quality online education, and pursuing collaborative partnerships with other colleges. In 2011, Grace partnered with Trine University to offer several engineering degrees on the Grace campus, allowing students to reap the benefits of both a Grace education, as well as specialized, on-campus training in engineering through Trine University.

In addition to other programming, Trine offers a Bachelor of Engineering with concentrations in mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering; a Bachelor of Science in Design Engineering Technology, The Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership; and an online master’s degree in engineering. Both schools are independent colleges, and while Grace has traditionally held a more liberal arts focus, Trine has a long history in engineering, affording the best of both worlds for students.

“The dual engineering program has been a tremendous blessing to me,” said Jacob Goodman, a senior in the program. “It has allowed me to finish my career at Grace College without having to transfer. I really appreciated how I was able to have a lot of input on what direction I wanted to go with my majors and how I wanted to get there. I also enjoyed the individualized attention and guidance I received from my professors. I hope it helps open doors that lead to a successful career.”

Bill Katip, president of Grace, said, “The dual enrollment engineering program with Trine University is a bold example of the measures Grace has taken to be at the forefront in offering a quality, affordable education in a variety of majors. We greatly appreciate the opportunity we’ve been given to partner with a quality, like-minded school such as Trine. We are pleased at the progress of the program and hope to grow similar partnerships in the future to further expand our offerings.”

“Trine University is grateful for the benefit of partnering with Grace College, a well-respected school, to extend the reach of our nationally recognized engineering program,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Trine president. “Trine’s job placement rate for engineering graduates has exceeded the national average and this year is no exception. Ninety-five percent of our 2013 engineering grads were employed or in graduate school within six months of commencement while the national average is 63.6 percent.”

Irwin’s Game Winner Sends Grace to Title Game

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Thursday’s national semifinal game between Grace’s men’s basketball team and Roberts Wesleyan had all the ingredients of a game for the ages.

An electric atmosphere. A late rally. Clutch free throws. And, of course, a last-second game winner.

Sophomore Logan Irwin stepped into a 3-pointer off the dribble on the right side of the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center court, and his triple with 1.6 seconds remaining lifted the Lancers to a 65-62 victory over Roberts Wesleyan. Grace will now play for the NCCAA Div. I national championship on Saturday 5 p.m. against Point Loma Nazarene, who defeated top-seeded Southern Nazarene in the other semifinal.

The Lancers (20-14) only trailed for 23 seconds on Thursday and seemed to have the game under wraps in the second half. An and-1 from Greg Miller put the Lancers ahead 51-36 with 12:27 left in the game.

But Grace’s offense struggled mightily down the stretch as the Redhawks used a 13-2 run to erase the Lancers’ cushion with four minutes to play.

The teams traded points over the final minutes until a three-point play from the Redhawks’ Tyrel Dixon gave Roberts Wesleyan its first lead of the game at 61-60 with 1:31 remaining. Caleb Featherston made two free throws on Grace’s next possession to put the home team ahead by one, and the Redhawks (13-15) responded with one free throw to tie the game.

On Grace’s game-winning possession, Irwin caught the inbounds pass and dribbled to his right. After being unable to find an entry pass into the post, Irwin rose up and swished in the winning 3-pointer on the wing to send the home fans into bedlam.

The Redhawks could only muster a halfcourt heave that was well off the mark, securing Grace’s spot in the NCCAA championship game on Saturday. The Lancers will be playing in their fifth NCCAA title game in program history.

As a historical sidenote, head coach Jim Kessler picked up win No. 699 in his legendary coaching career with the Lancers. He will be playing for the historic No. 700 win in the NCCAA title bout.

Irwin led all players with 18 points, including 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, to go along with five assists. Greg Miller added a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Jared Treadway totaled 14 points and nine boards.

Brandon Vanderhegghen pulled down a game-best 12 rebounds, and Niko Read had 12 points off the bench.