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Grace Takes Two From Marian

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Pictured is Joey Hickerson swinging against Marian on Tuesday

Strong pitching and timely hitting led Grace’s baseball team to a sweep of Marian at Miller Field on Saturday.

Joey Hickerson’s sixth-inning triple led the Lancers to a 4-3 victory in the first game, and Tim Weber’s pitching limited Marian to four hits in Grace’s 10-1 win in game two.

In the opener Grace got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Joey Hickerson walked to lead off the inning and stole second. He went to third off a single from Jacob Bloom. While Marian was trying to tag Bloom out in a rundown on the base paths, Hickerson snuck home for the game’s first tally.

Tyler Weber doubled Grace’s lead in the third with a sacrifice fly ball, bringing in Bloom.

The Knights (11-14; 9-9 Crossroads League) fought their way back in front in the sixth with a two-out rally. After a leadoff single, Sammy Wilkerson retired the next two batters. But Marian showed resolve with a single and a three-run home run on their next two at-bats to jump in front, 3-2.

Not to be outdone, the Lancers (7-16; 6-9 CL) tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Grace had its first two hitters retired before making its game-changing charge with two outs. Jared Lemler and Matt Morgart hit back-to-back singles, and Hickerson cleared the bases with a standup triple to deep center field.

Dellos Schabel finished the game from the mound for Grace, picking up the save.

Bloom was 2-for-3 in the game, and Hickerson drove in two runs and stole two bases. Wilkerson allowed seven hits and three runs in six strong innings from the mound.

In the second game, Grace erupted for eight runs in the second inning to seize control of the game. Five of the first six Lancer batters reached base safely, including four singles and a hit batsman. Wyatt Clemens, Paul Blankley, Joey Hickerson and Aaron Christenberry drove in runs during the second, and Jacob Bloom capped off the inning with a three-run home run over the right field fence.

Marian pulled a run back in the fourth with three singles, but Grace responded in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice ground ball from Bloom that scored Hickerson.

Tim Weber went the distance on the mound, allowing just four hits with two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter and had a one-hitter going through three innings.

Bloom drove in four runs and scored twice himself to pace Grace. Clemens, Jared Lemler and Blankley each finished 2-for-3.

The Lancers continue the series with Marian in Indianapolis on Thursday. Grace will return to Miller Field on Saturday 1 p.m. for a doubleheader against St. Francis.

Track and Field Impresses at Huntington Invite

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A number of athletes from Grace’s track and field team notched personal-best results in a strong showing by the Lancers at the Huntington Invitational.

The Lancers won four events and placed in the top three in several others on a brisk Saturday.

“It was great to have some decent weather and finally get a chance to see where we are,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I think the hard work we have been putting in was evident for many people today. We will keep moving forward and hopefully keep improving in the coming weeks.”

Lance Taylor and Donovan Graham each won two events on the men’s side. Taylor won the 400-meter race in 49.65, Graham won the 800 in 1:57.14. The pair bookended the 4×400 relay team with Taylor leading off and Graham passing two runners in the final leg to finish in first place. Matt Lee and KeJuan Leek joined Taylor and Graham on the winning 4×400 relay team.

Jo Boren won first place in the 400 with a personal-record time of 1:00.04. Boren also had a PR in the 200 with a fourth-place finish of 26.83.

Micah Pollard had an inspirational return to the track to finish second in the 100 (12.69) and third in the 300 (26.02). Pollard was running in her first collegiate meet after battling back from three knee surgeries.

Katelyn McCullough competed well in the 400 hurdles and 100 hurdles, taking second place and fourth respectively. McCullough joined Alicia Hertzler, Erin Jones and Jo Boren for second place in the 4×400 relay. Hertzler also posted her fastest time in the 400 (1:04.14) for fourth place.

Erin McPherson met the NCCAA qualifying standard in the shot put with a mark of 36-feet-5.5, and Sabrina Whitaker was third in the high jump at 4-11.75.

On the men’s side, Drew Perrin was third in the long jump and triple jump, and Jonathan Rex placed fourth in the 1500 with an NCCAA-qualifying time of 4:07.90.

For complete race results, click here.

The Lancers continue action on Friday for the Little State Championships in Marion, Ind.

Adams’s Grand Slam Powers Lady Lancers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A grand slam from freshman Hannah Adams sparked Grace’s softball team on Sunday as the Lady Lancers split St. Francis on the road.

Adams’s homer powered Grace to an 11-3 win in the opener, but Grace let a four-run lead slip away in the seventh inning of the second game in an 8-7 extra-innings defeat.

In the opening game, Grace got off to a fast start with four runs in the top of the first. Adams had an RBI single, Tiffany Featherston drove in two runs with a single, and Alex Shipley doubled in an early onslaught.

The Lady Lancers’ offense spilled over into the second inning when the first three batters reached base safely. Olivia Winget had an RBI single on the next at-bat, and Hannah Adams cleared the bases with a grand slam over the center-field fence.

Grace ended the game early with the eight-run mercy rule, taking the easy 11-3 victory. Winget went the distance from the mound, allowing three runs with two strikeouts.

Adams drove in five runs on a 2-for-4 performance, scoring twice herself. Brooke Shell finished 2-for-3 with three runs and a stolen base, Shipley was 3-for-4 with two runs and a steal, and Winget, Clarissa Knight and Featerston had two hits apiece.

The offense for the Lady Lancers (11-19; 7-7 Crossroads League) did not come as early during the second game. The Cougars (7-15; 4-8 CL) pulled ahead 3-0 after three innings before Grace began its rally.

Olivia Winget launched a solo home run in the fourth to put Grace on the scoreboard. The Lady Lancers threatened to score again when Hannah Adams, Chelsea Whitesell and Morgan Hutcheson reached base consecutively to load the bases with one out. But the Lady Lancers stranded all three runners with a pop out and a line out.

In the fifth, Grace struck again. Winget’s single allowed Brooke Shell to score. Hannah Adams then stepped up to the plate and laced a two-run triple down the left-field line to put Grace on top, 4-3. Whitesell added another run with a ground ball to plate Adams.

Alex Shipley produced a two-out single in the sixth to score Brittany Melzoni, increasing Grace’s lead to three. Winget scored again in the seventh off a sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Whitesell.

In St. Francis’s final at-bats of the seventh inning, the Cougars were poised to rally when they loaded the bases with one out. St. Francis hit a two-run single to cut Grace’s lead in half, and a two-out double tied the game at 7-7. The Cougars could have won the game with a runner on third base, but the final batter of the inning grounded out to second.

After Grace was retired in the top of the eighth, the Cougars won the game with a bases-loaded single to secure the series’ split. The teams will meet again at Miller Field on Friday.

Winget was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the second game, and Adams was 2-for-3. Adams recorded seven RBIs and four hits over the doubleheader.

The Lady Lancers host three doubleheaders at Miller Field this week – Taylor on Tuesday, St. Francis on Friday and Goshen on Saturday.

Winget Breaks Grace’s Career Hit Record

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Senior Olivia Winget reached a major milestone on Friday, becoming Grace’s softball team’s all-time leader in hits in a doubleheader at Spring Arbor.

Winget, who entered Friday’s games tied with Sam Fields (2010-13) with 154 career hits, moved atop the school’s all-time hits’ list in the fourth inning of Grace’s first game. Her one-out single was hit No. 155 in Winget’s impressive Lady Lancer career.

Although Grace lost the first game 9-1, Winget went on to add a two-run home run in the Lady Lancers’ second game to fuel a 6-3 comeback victory over the Cougars (13-11; 6-6 Crossroads League).

Winget has increased her production each year in a Lady Lancer uniform, tallying 38 hits as a freshman, 48 hits as a sophomore and 53 hits last season. She has a career batting average of .320 and holds the program’s record for most home runs in a career with 29 to date.

Spring Arbor got off to a fast start in the opener, ripping off nine runs over the first three innings. The Lady Lancers (10-16; 6-4 CL) struggled defensively with an error in the first, second and third inning.

Brittany Melzoni singled in Chelsea Whitesell during the fifth inning for Grace’s only run of the game. Clarissa Knight was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Lady Lancers.

The Cougars were first onto the scoreboard during the second game again, scoring twice in the bottom of the second. But Winget responded with a two-run homer in the next inning.

Spring Arbor went on to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, but Grace eased away with the victory with two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth. Clarissa Knight and Hannah Adams drove in runs during the fifth, and Brooke Shell and Samantha Johnson scored in the sixth.

Knight finished 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two runs driven in, and Morgan Hutcheson and Adams notched two hits apiece.

Amanda Bowman was strong on the mound, taking the victory with three runs allowed over six innings.

The Lady Lancers continue action on Saturday with a doubleheader at Indiana Wesleyan.

Grace College to Offer Three New GOAL Online Degree Programs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Pictured from left to right: Steve Grill, Grace College, Dean of the School of Adult and Community Education; Leslie Carnes, Ivy Tech, Department Chair for Business Administration; Seelpa Keshvala, Ivy Tech, Warsaw Campus President; Lori Roe, Ivy Tech, Assistant Chair for Liberal Arts and Science; Bill Katip, Grace College, President; Tim Ziebarth, Grace College, Dean of Online Education

Grace College and Ivy Tech have recently approved articulation agreements for three new online degree completion programs through the Grace Opportunity for Adult Learners (GOAL) program. These articulation agreements allow individuals graduating from Ivy Tech with an associate degree to seamlessly transfer all their college credits into one of GOAL’s Bachelor of Science degrees. Beginning in August 2014, Grace College will offer three additional degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in General Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

The GOAL program is specifically designed for adult learners, Ivy Tech graduates, and others who have obtained at least 60 hours of college credit, allowing them to complete their four-year degree while continuing full-time life responsibilities. With convenient scheduling, current technology, and outstanding instruction, Grace offers the faculty, courses, and academic resources to make completing a bachelor’s degree a reality.

These three new degree options serve those who have interrupted their higher education journey for work, family, or other commitments, building upon previous college credits and life-long learning experiences to allow a student to complete the GOAL program in 16 months.

“Grace is excited to deepen our partnership with Ivy Tech students in offering alternative access to new online bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Steve Grill, dean of the School of Adult and Community Education. “We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen education in the state of Indiana, and this is a prime opportunity.”

“This new transfer agreement with Grace College will allow for greater opportunity for our students to pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Dr. Russ Baker, vice president of the University and Transfer Division at Ivy Tech Community College. “With the help of Grace College we are creating a seamless higher education system that is more accessible and affordable for our students.”

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Late Heroics Propel Grace to Wins Over Marian

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Pictured is Olivia Winget scoring the winning run over Marian on Tuesday

Grace’s softball team opened up Miller Field for the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, taking down Marian in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers upended the defending Crossroads League champs 12-11 on a walkoff double from Hannah Adams in the first game. Grace then rallied for a 7-5 victory in the second game.

It took a heroic effort from Hannah Adams to put away Marian in the opener. The Lady Lancers (9-15; 5-3 CL) saw leads of 7-0 and 10-7 disappear against the Knights (11-11; 5-7 CL) as Marian refused to fade.

The Knights faced a three-run deficit as they entered their final at-bats in the seventh. But Marian rallied with four runs on three doubles to take its first lead of the day.

In Grace’s half of the seventh, Brooke Shell led off with a single. Olivia Winget was walked, putting the winning run on base. That set the stage for Adams, who laced a double to deep right-center field to bring in Shell and Winget for the winning tallies.

Adams finished 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs in a standout performance. Clarissa Knight, Winget, Shell and Chelsea Whitesell notched two hits apiece, and Shell scored three runs and stole two bases. Winget homered and scored three runs.

In the second game, Grace’s offense got off to a slow start. The Knights seized a 5-1 lead after their half of the fourth inning before Grace started its rally.

In the bottom of the fourth, Grace’s first two batters were retired. But the Lady Lancers showed resolve with a two-out rally of four runs. Brittany Melzoni, Samantha Johnson and Brooke Shell hit three straight singles to load the bases, and Alex Shipley hit a two-run single to right field. Clarissa Knight followed that up with a bases-clearing double to tie the game at 5-5.

Shipley came in to pitch the final three innings for Grace, limiting the Knights to one hit. She also struck out six batters in an impressive relief performance.

In the bottom of the sixth, Grace scored the decisive two runs. After loading the bases with two singles and a walk, Paige Petrone was walked to plate Jordan McKinley. A wild pitch on the next at-bat allowed Knight to scamper home for the final 7-5 margin. Shipley went on to strike out two of the three batters in the top of the seventh to earn the win on the mound.

Shipley and Knight finished 3-for-4 at the plate as each player drove in two runs.

The Lady Lancers have their second home series of the season on Thursday when Grace welcomes Huntington at 3 p.m.

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.