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Grace Powers Past Judson

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured is Darian Patton driving against Judson on Friday.Grace’s women’s basketball team won its opening game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Friday, beating Judson 69-60 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The Lady Lancers (6-2) forced Judson into 19 turnovers to stifle the Eagles’ offense for much of the contest.

Grace started the game with the hot hand, scoring the first seven points of the game. Judson came back to claim a 10-9 lead a few minutes later, but Grace’s defensive pressure was about to shift momentum.

The Lady Lancers used a 13-2 run fueled by a fullcourt pressure to open up a 10-point lead. Grace scored six of its points in that run off turnovers.

The Eagles clawed back to within two points, but the Lady Lancers ran off an 11-2 spree to regain a 34-23 advantage with less than four minutes left in the half. Heather House and Sarah Feasby notched four points apiece during Grace’s run.

Grace entered halftime with a 10-point cushion at 38-28. Allison Kauffman tallied 11 first-half points to lead all players.

Grace’s advantage crawled up to 16 points after five minutes of the second half, leading 47-31 with 14:40 remaining. Judson used a much-needed 14-4 run at that point to climb back into contention.

The Eagles trailed by 57-52 with 4:51 to play before five quick points from Lindsey Schaefer and Gabby Bryant gave Grace the room it needed to win.

Kauffman’s 23 points led all players. She made all 10 of her free throws and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.

Lindsey Schaefer finished with 12 points and six boards, and Gabby Bryant hit two 3-pointers for 12 points. Kelsie Peterson also hit a pair of treys, and Darian Patton handed out a game-best four assists.

The Lady Lancers continue play in the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Saturday at 2 p.m. against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch. The Wolves upset defending champion No. 1 St. Francis 67-60 in the tournament’s first game on Friday.

Grace Claims Tournament Championship

Monday, November 24th, 2014

 Logan Irwin’s Tournament MVP effort led Grace’s men’s basketball to a 72-60 victory over IU-East on Saturday in the title game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

The Lancers (8-1) used staunch defense to knock off the athletic Red Wolves (8-2), who are receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll along with Grace.

Irwin poured in 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to spearhead Grace’s performance.

In addition to Irwin being the Tournament MVP, Brandon Vanderhegghen was named All-Tournament Team and Niko Read was the Hoppus Mental Attitude winner.

In the opening half, Grace ripped off 10 unanswered points at the midway point. Vanderhegghen buried two 3-pointers during the run, turning a five-point deficit into a five-point lead with 6:41 left in the half.

The Lancers went on top 34-26 at the break led by eight first-half points from Vanderhegghen.

A layup from Dennis Williams gave Grace a 12-point lead at 47-35 with 13:05 remaining in the game, but IU-East was about to make its final push.

The Red Wolves ran off nine straight points to slice Grace’s margin to three with 10 minutes to play. The Lancers countered with a 13-2 run of their own, regaining a double-digit lead that would not dissolve.

Williams finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, and Vanderhegghen had 11 points, 4 boards and 4 steals. Kyle Fillman and Read tallied nine points apiece, and Chad Hoffer scored five points off the bench.

As a team Grace had 12 assists on nine turnovers. After struggling to shoot 31 percent in the first half, the Lancers hit 54 percent over the final 20 minutes. Grace also improved dramatically from the free throw line, going from 50 percent in the first half and 82 percent in the second half.

The Lancers kick off the Crossroads League season on Tuesday with a home game against Taylor at 7 p.m.

Feedback in Public Comment

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana, is seeking public comment about the seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), which will conduct a site visit on February 9-12, 2015. This team will review the seminary’s ongoing ability to meet the respective criteria and standards for accreditation. The seminary has been accredited by the ATS since 2010.

Comments must be on substantive matters related to the quality of the seminary or its academic programs. All comments must be received in writing by Jan. 15, 2015 and cannot be kept confidential. For further information, contact the Dr. Carrie Yocum, Vice President of Administration and Compliance, at 574-372-5100 x6491 or yocumca@grace.edu.

Comments may also be addressed to:  Director of Accreditation Services; The Association of Theological Schools; 10 Summit Park Dr.; Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Lady Lancers Advance to NCCAA Nationals

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pictured is Kari Feddema (right) being congratulated for a kill by Hannah Clemmons, Sara Miller and Calah Kruse

Grace’s volleyball punched its ticket to 2014 NCCAA Nationals with a convincing 3-1 victory over Oakland City on Thursday.

The Lady Lancers (27-10) will make their third trip in four years to Kissimmee, Fla., thanks to the three-headed attack of Calah Kruse, Tori Bontrager and Sierra Smith.

The win marks the first time in program history where a four-year class has earned three trips to a national tournament.

In the opening set, the teams battled back and forth until Grace gained separation at the midway point. The Mighty Oaks (16-9) fought back to within two points of Grace’s lead, but Grace eased away to a 25-19 win on a kill from Sierra Smith.

Oakland City jumped ahead early in the second set and never looked back. Grace battled off two set points before ultimately falling 25-21.

The Mighty Oaks again led from the start during the third set, claiming a 6-2 lead. The Lady Lancers responded with an 8-2 run to grab the lead at 10-8. Grace scored four straight points to break open a 14-14 deadlock. Another timely 5-1 run late in the game gave Grace the cushion it needed, and Kari Feddema’s kill down the line won the set 25-20.

The Lady Lancers made short work of the Mighty Oaks in the fourth set, winning 25-15 on a service ace from Jessica Scherb. Grace’s offense cruised along with 12 kills on just two errors in the set.

Kruse finished with a double-double of 15 kills on a .308 percentage and 15 digs. Bontrager had 13 kills on a .480 percentage, and Smith tallied 12 kills on a .320 percentage.

Ellie Harp passed out 44 assists with four kills, and Hannah Clemmons had a match-high 21 digs. Sara Miller chipped in 13 digs, and Kaitlin Kerrigan tallied six kills and nine digs.

Check back at www.GCLancers.com for updates on the NCCAA tournament field and opponents.

Grace Volleyball Wins Five All-League Honors

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Pictured: (left) Calah Kruse, Grace Woolsey, Sierra Smith, Hannah Clemmons, Kaitlin Kerrigan, Ellie Harp

The Crossroads League heaped several postseason awards onto Grace’s volleyball team after a 25-win regular season.

Ellie Harp headlined Grace’s award haul by winning the league’s Setter of the Year award. Harp has racked up over 1,300 assists this season to go along with 66 aces, 210 kills and 295 digs. She was one of three Lady Lancers to win First Team All-CL accolades, joining senior Calah Kruse and sophomore Grace Woolsey.

Sophomore Kaitlin Kerrigan earned a spot on the Second Team All-CL, and senior Hannah Clemmons was honorable mention for All-CL status as the team’s libero.

Kruse led Grace’s offense with 381 kills and was second on the team with 436 digs. She is just the third Lady Lancer in program history to tally 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

Woolsey became a dominant defensive force for Grace this fall, currently ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in total blocks with 173. She is third on the team in kills with 311 on a .208 percentage.

Kerrigan finished just behind Kruse in kills during her second season, producing 2.8 kills/set on a .157 percentage. Clemmons’s 639 digs paces Grace’s back row. She is third all-time in career digs with over 1,800 to her credit.

The Lady Lancers have assured themselves a spot in the 2014 NCCAA Nationals starting Dec. 4 in Kissimmee, Fla., either as an at-large representative or as a region champion. Grace can claim the Midwest Region championship on Thursday 6 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center with a title match against Oakland City.

Lancers Eliminated in Shootout to Oakland City

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Grace’s tournament run in the NCCAA Midwest Regional Tournament was cut short on Tuesday, falling in a penalty shootout to Oakland City.

The match, played at an ice-cold Miller Field, tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime. But the Lancers (9-7-2) fell 3-1 in penalty kicks as three of the team’s attempts were saved.

The first half belonged to Grace. The Lancers outshot the Mighty Oaks (8-5-3) by a 10-2 margin and netted the go-ahead goal in the 20th minute. Kyle Hamlin made a fantastic run along the left endline, weaving his way past two defenders before squaring the ball in front of the net to Ben Cahill for a point-blank finish at the 19:24mark.

Grace had the better of possession and dangerous opportunities throughout the opening period and went into halftime ahead 1-0.

Oakland City made adjustments at halftime and became the offensive aggressor in the second half. The Mighty Oaks tallied 12 shots after halftime, eventually finding the game-tying goal in the 75th minute off the foot of Connor Jamieson.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the final 15 minutes of regulation. The last and perhaps best chance came off a leaping header from Dylan Andersen, which had to be saved off the goal line by an Oakland City defender.

The overtime sessions came and went without a goal being scored as the Lancers held a slight 3-2 advantage in shots over the two periods.

The penalty shootout put Robbie Barnhill as Grace’s goalkeeper, and Barnhill came up with a crucial save on Oakland City’s third attempt. The Lancers’ kicks, however, were not good enough to fool the Mighty Oaks’ goalkeeper. Only Jon Sands’s attempt was successful as the other three PKs from Grace were saved.

The match ended tied 16-16 in shot attempts, and Oakland City had a slight 7-5 edge in corner kicks.

Trent Smith and Ben Cahill led all players with four shots, and Danilo Carnelos, Gift Sibukome and Josiah O’Deens each tallied two shots.

Grace Takes Down No. 20 Ashford

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Grace’s men’s basketball team picked up its first signature win of the season with a 57-53 upset of No. 20 Ashford on Saturday.

The Lancers (6-1), playing their second ranked team in as many days, suffered a challenging first half on the offensive end, struggling to make just 5-of-21 from the floor. But Grace recovered thanks to balanced production and a stingy defense for the four-point win.

While Grace’s offense struggled to 24 percent shooting, Grace’s defense was up to the task. Ashford was limited to 19 first-half points but still managed to hold a slight 19-18 lead entering halftime. The Saints made just 32 percent from the floor in the opening half.

On the first possession of the second half, Caleb Featherston made a steal and Kyle Fillman sank two free throws to put Grace on top 20-19. Grace did not trail the rest of the way.

The Lancers quickly opened up a six-point lead, but the Saints refused to fade. With less than nine minutes remaining, Grace made a 10-2 push to grab a 48-40 lead. Niko Read scored half of Grace’s points in that run as he and Logan Irwin buried back-to-back 3-pointers to force a timeout from Ashford.

Ashford made a late push in the final minute, capitalizing on Grace’s misses from the foul line to cut the deficit to 56-53 with 10 seconds remaining. Fillman made 1-of-2 of his free throws on the next possession, and Ashford turned the ball over on the next play to seal Grace’s upset win.

Grace’s offense was much more efficient in the second half, hitting 65 percent of its field goals and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Irwin netted a team-high 13 points with four assists, and Fillman added 11 points.

Dennis Williams’s well-rounded performance included 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, Caleb Featherston added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Brandon Vanderhegghen scored eight points off the bench.

Grace’s next week will be action-packed. The Lancers will travel to NCAA Div. II University of Indianapolis on Wednesday for an exhibition at 7 p.m. Grace will then host the annual KCCCF Hoops for Hope Tournament at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in a combined effort with the women’s basketball team. The Lancers will host Grace Bible College on Friday at 8 p.m.

Lady Lancers Falter to No. 6 Spring Arbor in Title Bout

Monday, November 17th, 2014

pictured is Meredith Hollar on the attack against Spring Arbor on Saturday

Despite doubling up No. 6 Spring Arbor in shots, Grace’s women’s soccer team could not find the back of the net in the 2014 Crossroads League Tournament championship.

The NAIA 17th-ranked Lady Lancers (13-4-3) gave up a goal on a scrum in the penalty box early in the first half and never struck back, falling 1-0 on Saturday.

Grace will still have a shot at qualifying for NAIA Nationals as an at-large invite, but they will have to await the release of the 32-team field on Sunday evening.

The first 10 minutes of the match belonged to Grace as the Lady Lancers rattled off four shots with two corner kicks from the onset. Mallory Rondeau fired a shot into the side netting, and Heather Martin took a hard shot from distance.

But the Cougars (18-1-1) scored on their first corner kick of the match in the 17th minute. Spring Arbor sent a cross into the penalty box and scored on the ensuing loose ball.

The remainder of the first half was evenly played as each team had their fair share of offensive opportunities.

The second half was a different story altogether. Grace outshot Spring Arbor 6-0 in pursuit of an equalizing goal, dominating time on the ball and passing its way around the Cougars’ defense.

One of Grace’s best chances of the game came 10 minutes into the second half. Kaitlyn Hayes laid off a perfect leading pass to Meredith Hollar, whose line-drive shot forced a diving save.

Hollar broke free of a defender a few minutes later from 23 yards out and rifled a hard shot at Spring Arbor’s goalkeeper, and Rondeau also split two defenders at the right edge of the 18-yard box to take a shot attempt.

But the Cougars’ defense held firm in the face of Grace’s possession attack, shutting out the Lady Lancers. Grace went scoreless for only the second time this season and first time since Sept. 20.

Hollar and Martin took four shots apiece to lead Grace and three of Martin’s shots were on goal. Abby Schue made four saves while surrendering a goal in 90 minutes tending Grace’s net.

If Grace does not earn a spot at NAIA Nationals, the team will shift its focus to qualifying for NCCAA Nationals with a potential regional game next week. Check back at www.GCLancers.com for updates.

No. 14 Bees Edge Lancers in Shootout

Monday, November 17th, 2014

A high-powered matchup between No. 14 St. Ambrose and Grace’s men’s basketball team resulted in the Lancers’ first loss of the season.

Grace had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds but ultimately fell 95-91 in their upset bid on Friday.

The Lancers (5-1) got off to a rough start, falling behind 14-5 after just four minutes of action as the Bees came out firing. It didn’t take long for Grace to warm up its offense. The Lancers poured in 11 points in a two-minute span to tie the game at 16-16. Dennis Williams scored five points during Grace’s spurt, and Niko Read buried back-to-back 3-pointers.

Read’s hot shooting continued throughout the first half as he nailed four treys before halftime. St. Ambrose went into the halftime locker room ahead 50-47 after a fast-paced period.

The points continued to pour in during the second half, and Grace eventually battled in front by two points on a basket from Chad Hoffer with 13:12 remaining.

The teams continued to trade baskets as a 3-pointer from Logan Irwin knotted the game at 79-79 with 5:21 on the clock.

The Bees (5-1) seemed ready to pull away a few minutes later, stretching their lead to 90-83 on a 3-pointer with 2:39 on the clock. Grace had plenty of fight left, however. The Lancers trimmed the Bees’ lead to two points twice in the final minute – first on a rebound putback from Caleb Featherston and then on a layup by Irwin.

St. Ambrose made 1-of-2 from the foul line after Irwin’s layup, giving Grace a chance to tie the game behind by three with 16 seconds remaining. But Brandon Vanderhegghen missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, allowing St. Ambrose to hold on for the four-point win.

All nine Lancers who played scored a point. Read took scoring honors on the night with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals, and Irwin added 18 points, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Featherston scored 14 points with five rebounds, Hoffer tallied 11 points and seven boards off the bench, and Williams recorded eight points and seven rebounds.

As a team Grace committed a season-best nine turnovers, but the Bees took advantage by scoring 18 points off those nine mistakes. The Bees also outshot the Lancers from the floor 50 percent to 44 percent.

The Lancers will take another stab at an NAIA Top 25-ranked opponent on Saturday, playing No. 20 Ashford at 2 p.m.

Second-Half Comeback Falls Short

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Grace’s women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season at St. Francis (Ill.) on Friday 62-54.

The Lady Lancers (5-1) trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half and could not complete its comeback bid. Grace’s offense sputtered to its worst shooting percentage of the season at 31 percent.

The first half demonstrated Grace’s offensive struggles. The Lady Lancers scored just 10 points over the first 13:31 of play and trailed 18-10 at that point. The Saints (1-4) held a 29-20 lead at the half.

St. Francis continued to expand its lead in the second half, claiming a 15-point advantage at 39-24 with 13:46 remaining in the game. But Grace had a comeback in its arsenal.

Still behind by 14 points with 8:17 on the clock, Grace mounted a furious 11-1 run to chop the Saints’ lead down to four with 4:31 to play. Allison Kauffman had five points during Grace’s run.

St. Francis scored on their next two possessions to gain separation, but a 3-pointer from Gabby Bryant brought Grace to within five points with less than three minutes left. The Saints made five free throws in the final minute, however, to hold on for the eight-point win.

As a team Grace was credited for a season-high 25 turnovers in defeat. The Saints had 22 turnovers as well, but the hosts hit 44 percent of their field goal attempts. St. Francis’s Katie Gonnering led all players with 30 points on 14-of-22 shooting.

Grace did hold a plus-10 advantage on the boards, but the Lady Lancers could not overcome their 31-percent shooting performance.

Allison Kauffman registered all of her 13 points in the second half to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds, and Lindsey Schaefer led the Lady Lancers with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Kelsey Sule (seven points) and Micah Pollard (five points) provided a spark off the bench, and Gabby Bryant and Darian Patton scored six points apiece.

The Lady Lancers face a stiff test on Saturday when they travel to the No. 1 scoring team in the nation in Olivet Nazarene, who averages 116 points per contest.