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Grace College Business Students Give Back at Grace Village Event

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Grace College President Bill Katip, Carol Buhlman, Jacob Mackin, Georgi Sandlin, and Dr. Jeff Fawcett

On Saturday, March 29, the Grace College Entrepreneurship and Business Practicum class held an event at Grace Village and donated the proceeds of their business class project to Grace Village in the sum of $2,200.  Grace President Bill Katip was present at the event to play the piano and spend time with the students and seniors.

“It is a student led class, so the students do all the work,” explained Katie Van Sloten, the class’ vice president of service. “Dr. Fawcett stepped back and let us run it, and we were able to choose a not-for-profit organization to invest in and volunteer at.”

The class decided to invest in Grace Village, and each member of the class contributed at least 10 hours, combining for over 240 hours of total volunteer work. To fulfill the financial investment portion of the class, the class published and sold copies of a devotional written by members of the Grace faculty and donated the profits to Grace Village. They invited President Katip to contribute to the evening’s festivities by playing the piano and mingling with the attendees.

“It was a pleasure to see the results of these students’ hard work,” said Katip. “It was refreshing to see young Grace students using their newly learned business skills, energy, and passion to turn a great idea into reality and then getting to witness the positive outcome that blessed so many people. I was honored to be a part of it all.”

“[For the volunteer work] we did a lot of gardening…mowing lawns, yard work, baking cookies, playing bingo, and reading to the residents,” said Van Sloten. “I think it was the most work any of us ever had to put into a class, but I think it was worth it. Seeing everyone’s face when we gave them the check and were able to serve them was really big because everyone appreciated it so much.”

Lancers Nearly Sweep St. Francis

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured is Dellos Schabel pitching against St. Francis on Saturday

Grace’s baseball team came within two outs of sweeping St. Francis on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lancers (9-18; 8-11 Crossroads League) had to settle for a split with the Cougars (9-22; 5-9 CL), winning 9-2 in the opener and falling 12-11 in the second game.

Grace opened the scoring in the second inning. Jacob Bloom was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually came around to score on a single by Jared Lemler. Tyler Weber scored on a passed ball, and Joey Hickerson drove in two runs with a two-out single up the middle.

CJ Swartz singled in another run in the third to increase Grace’s lead to five.

St. Francis got its first run with a solo home run in the fourth and added another score in the fifth, but Grace countered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Swartz brought in two more runs with a single through the infield, and Joe Dougherty hit a sacrifice fly ball to score another. Hickerson then showed tremendous speed with a diving effort at first base to beat out the throw for a bases-loaded infield single.

For the game Swartz finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Hickerson was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Bloom scored three times, and Weber scored twice.

Sammy Wilkerson was effective on the mound, allowing six hits and two runs in five innings. Logan Grigsby pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit.

The second game was a slugfest with 23 combined runs and 33 hits. Grace and St. Francis scored in every inning except for the sixth. The Lancers scored one run in the second, third and seventh innings, two runs in the fifth, and three runs in the first and fourth.

Grace led 10-9 after Jacob Bloom and Wyatt Clemens drove in runs during the fifth inning. After neither team scored in the sixth, St. Francis rallied in the top of the seventh. The Cougars tied the game with one out and went on to add two insurance runs, which proved to be crucial.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lancers had the beginnings of a rally when Aaron Christenberry and Bloom doubled to score a run with one out. But needing one more run, Grace was retired with two straight fly outs.

Christenberry and Bloom finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs scored apiece, and Paul Blankley drove in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Swartz was 3-for-4, Jared Lemler was 2-for-3, and Joey Hickerson finished 2-for-5.

Grace and St. Francis will tangle again on Tuesday in Ft. Wayne with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

Grace Splits a Pair with Goshen

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A strong offensive performance from Samantha Johnson highlighted Grace’s softball team on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lady Lancers fell 2-1 in the opener before crushing the Maple Leafs in the second game, 9-1. Johnson finished 5-for-6 during the doubleheader.

Despite outhitting Goshen in the opening game, 8-6, the Lady Lancers came up one run short on the scoreboard. The Maple Leafs (2-30; 1-21 Crossroads League) scored their two runs in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back doubles.

Grace had numerous opportunities to score but came up empty in several key moments. In the third inning, Grace had runners on second and third with one out but did not score. In the fifth inning, the Lady Lancers (15-21; 11-9 CL) loaded the bases with nobody out, but Goshen’s Jessica Reed struck out the next two batters and escaped the inning unharmed with a pop out.

Brittany Melzoni finally put the Lady Lancers on the scoreboard with a solo homer. Samantha Johnson reached base on the next at-bat via error, but the final two batters for Grace struck out.

Melzoni and Johnson were 2-for-3 in defeat, and Amanda Bowman tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Grace put its first-game woes far behind in the first inning of the second game, exploding offensively for four runs. Brooke Shell led off with a triple, and Clarissa Knight singled her in. Later in the inning, Paige Petrone tallied an RBI single, and Tiffany Featherston drove in two more runs with a single.

Alex Shipley laid down a squeeze bunt in the second inning to score Samantha Johnson. Johnson drove in Featherston with a two-out single in the third.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the fourth with three singles, but the Lady Lancers ended the inning with a double play.

The game ended due to the run rule in the fifth as Grace pummeled the Maple Leafs for three more runs. Johnson brought in Morgan Hutcheson and Melzoni with a double, and Johnson scored the clinching run when she scurried across home plate on a wild pitch. Johnson was 3-for-3 in the second game with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs. Featherston and Knight finished 2-for-2.

Alex Shipley took the win from the mound, surrendering seven hits, one run and a walk in a complete-game effort.

The Lady Lancers’ next games are at home at Tuesday against Bethel starting at 3 p.m.

Lancers Notch Personal Bests at Little State Championships

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Several members of Grace’s track and field teams had personal-best finishes at the Little State Championships over the weekend.

Sabrina Whitaker was second in the high jump at 5-feet-2.5, and Donovan Graham placed third in the 800-meter run at 1:56.70.

“We had some really good performances this weekend as the athletes continue learning how to compete well in these bigger meets,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “We still have a ways to go, but I like our attitudes and strong efforts.”

Grace had a number of other top-10 finishes at the 11-team meet. Lance Taylor finished fourth in the 400 in 49.00, and Drew Perrin was eighth in the triple jump at 41-0.25.

The Lancers’ relay teams had strong showings. The women’s 4×400 squad of Erin Jones, Katelyn McCullough, Alicia Hertzler and Jo Boren was fourth, and the 4×800 team of Allison Zylstra, Jenna McClellan, Sarah Hoff and Rachel Fehring was sixth. The men’s 4×400 squad of KeJuan Leek, Taylor, Matt Lee and Graham and the 4×800 team of Jonathan Rex, Lee, Graham and Brandon Smith both placed fifth.

For the Lady Lancers, Boren was sixth in the 400 at 1:00.01, McCullough and Heather House were seventh and eighth respectively in the 100 hurdles, and Erin Jones (400m) and Jesse Feitz (javelin) both finished ninth in their own events.

Micah Pollard advanced to the finals of the 100 with a PR of 12.62, and Erin McPherson had a season-best toss of 36-11 in the shot put.

For the men’s team, KeJuan Leek had a PR in the 400 preliminary race, and Josh Peterson (shot put) and Macallister Seitz (discus) had PRs as well.

To see complete meet results, click here.

The Lancers continue action on Thursday with the Spartan Invitational at Manchester University.

Lady Lancers Power Past Cougars in Twin Bill

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Pictured is freshman Hannah Adams pitching against St. Francis in the opening game on Friday

Grace’s softball team continued its midseason surge with a convincing sweep of St. Francis at Miller Field on Friday.

The Lady Lancers (14-20; 10-8 Crossroads League) exploded for 22 runs and 32 hits offensively to blow out the Cougars, winning 10-2 in five innings and 12-6 in the second game.

The wins move Grace into a tie for fourth place in the CL standings, two games removed from third place. Brooke Shell, Brittany Melzoni and Samantha Johnson had sparkling offensive performances in the doubleheader. Shell had six hits on the day with three stolen bases, Melzoni drove in six runs, and Johnson had five hits.

In the opener Grace kicked off the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Clarissa Knight singled in Shell for the first run. Olivia Winget and Chelsea Whitesell blasted run-scoring doubles to spark the inning.

The Cougars (9-17; 6-10 CL) rallied in the third with two runs and had the bases loaded, but pitcher Hannah Adams struck out the final batter of the inning. Adams helped her own cause in the bottom of the inning with an RBI ground ball to add an insurance run.

Grace ended the game prematurely due to the run rule with a six-run outburst in the fifth. Shell, Alex Shipley, Adams, Whitesell, Morgan Cody all had singles, and Brittany Melzoni produced a two-run double. Samantha Johnson ended the game with an RBI ground ball to bring in Cody.

Shell was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases, and Knight, Whitesell, Adams and Melzoni drove in two runs apiece. Winget finished 2-for-2, and Johnson was 2-for-3. Adams went the distance on the mound, limiting the Cougars to six hits and zero walks in five innings. The freshman hurler struck out eight batters and allowed two runs.

Grace erupted in second and third innings of the second game. Melzoni recorded two-out, two-run doubles in both the second and third innings, and Johnson had a two-run single with two outs in the third. When the dust had settled, the Lady Lancers were in front 7-3 after three innings.

St. Francis cut Grace’s lead to two during the fourth, scoring twice to make the score 7-5. But the Lady Lancers put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth. Brooke Shell sliced an RBI triple to deep left-center field to tack on a run, and Alex Shipley singled in Shell. Knight and Winget also scored to make the score 11-5.

The home team was poised to end the game early again in the sixth inning after Melzoni scored on a single from Shell. But with the bases loaded and one out, the Cougars escaped the inning without another Grace run crossing the plate.

St. Francis added another run in the seventh, but Grace’s cushion proved too great to overcome.

Shell finished 4-for-5 in the second game, Melzoni was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Johnson was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Morgan Hutcheson also batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Winget scored twice.

The Lady Lancers continue action at Miller Field on Saturday with a doubleheader against Goshen at 1 p.m.

Grace College Students Plan Second Annual CEO Forum

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured from left to right (front row): Hannah Clemmons, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller. Pictured left to right (back row): Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianna Sobey.

On Tuesday, April 29, Grace College business students will have the unique opportunity to showcase the results of many hours of dedicated work at the second annual CEO Forum, “Developing Leaders in your Company,” held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, the forum is entirely planned and executed by Grace College business students Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianne Sobey, Hannah Clemmons, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller; all of whom volunteered to plan and oversee the entire event.

“These kids have been working on this since last fall – they have overseen every detail of the entire process,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute. “Everything from processing invitation lists, bulk mailing over 1,000 invitations, securing a postage permit, designing and printing the program, and planning the breakfast — and that’s just the beginning. They are already working on the next CEO Forum to be held this coming November…they are really putting in a lot of work.”

Garnering over 300 guests last year, the forum is an opportunity for area business professionals to hear from some of the top CEOs from around the country as they present strategies and tactics for developing leaders within a company. This year’s special guests will include keynote speaker Mike Kubacki, former CEO of Lake City Bank, and moderator Pat Miller, WOWO’s political analyst. The panelists are John Tucker, co-president of Maple Leaf Farms; Mark Tarner, president of the South Bend Chocolate Company; Peggy Taylor, global senior vice president of Biomet, Inc.; Randy Lakes, CEO of Old Castle Materials; and David Findlay, CEO of Lake City Bank.

“It’s such a tremendous opportunity for business students to plan a major event like the CEO Forum,” said Grossnickle. “They’re making this whole thing happen and gaining many skills they can use in real life someday.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and for the Grace business program,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace. “Overseeing an event of this magnitude is an opportunity many college students don’t have. I’m proud of our students for taking up this challenge; it will serve not only to enhance their own future careers, but also to pioneer the way for future business students to have such opportunities.”

Businesses and organizations interested in attending can visit to register.  Call Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or email with questions. RSVP on or before April 25.

Green’s Gem Leads Lancers to Split with Knights

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured is Austin Green on the mound (file photo from earlier this season)

A six-inning no-hitter from Austin Green highlighted Grace’s men’s baseball doubleheader with Marian on Thursday.

Green and Dellos Schabel combined to no-hit the Knights (12-15; 10-10 Crossroads League) in the second game to win 2-0, helping ease the letdown of an 8-6 defeat in the opener. The Lancers (8-17; 7-10 CL) won three of four from Marian in the season series after sweeping the Knights at Miller Field.

Grace started the opener with three straight singles. The Lancers’ third single from CJ Swartz drove in Joey Hickerson for the game’s first run. Grace tacked on another run in the third when Brook Vosler drove in Jared Lemler.

The Knights tied the game in their half of the third, but the Lancers struck twice in the fourth.  After Grace loaded the bases with one out, Grace coach Bill Barr called for a squeeze bunt. Logan Grigsby’s well-executed sacrifice bunt allowed Swartz to score, putting Grace on top. Jacob Bloom then scampered across home plate from third base on a passed ball.

Bloom scored again in the sixth on an RBI double by Steven Hovermale. Lemler also drove in Grigsby in the inning. But Marian changed the game with a six-run sixth inning. The Knights were aided by a fielding error and pounded out four hits in the inning to take the lead for good.

Vosler singled in the seventh – his fourth hit of the game – but he was stranded at second as the game ended on a strikeout. Vosler was 4-for-4 from the plate to lead Grace. Lemler and Hickerson also tallied two hits.

Defense was the name of the second game. Although the Lancers only mustered three hits in the contest, Austin Green’s masterful pitching performance handcuffed Marian throughout the game.

Grace’s first run came in the fourth inning when Frank Rocchio’s ground ball allowed Matt Morgart to plate. The Lancers added an insurance run in the seventh when Vosler’s ground ball scored Tyler Weber.

Dellos Schabel came in to close the game in the seventh inning, retiring the only three batters he faced. Green did the heavy lifting from the mound, shutting down the Knights for six innings. The only thing separating Green from a shot at a perfect game was a hit batsman in the fifth. Green did not walk a batter and struck out one. Hickerson, Bloom and Paul Blankley notched hits for the Lancers.

Grace returns to Miller Field on Saturday to start the season series with St. Francis at 1 p.m. Grace’s softball team will also play at Miller Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Grace Beats League-Leading Taylor

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Pictured is Brooke Shell's at-bat against Taylor

Grace’s softball team picked up its biggest win of the season on Tuesday, splitting with Crossroads League-leading Taylor at Miller Field.

The Lady Lancers (12-20; 8-8 CL) lost a narrow 3-1 contest in the opener before Hannah Adams produced the game-winning hit in a 2-1 victory in the second game.

Grace had its share of opportunities in the first game, but the Lady Lancers stranded eight runners on base. Taylor scored one run in the second and two more in the third for its only tallies of the game. Grace’s run came in the third inning when Samantha Johnson walked, Brooke Shell doubled, and Olivia Winget hit a ground ball to bring in Johnson.

The Lady Lancers had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but both situations came up fruitless.

Amanda Bowman and Winget combined on the pitching effort for Grace with Winget tossing the final five innings.

In the second game, Grace claimed its first lead of the afternoon in the opening inning. Brooke Shell led off the game with a single, and, after being sacrificed to second base, she scored on a single from Winget.

On the mound for Grace, Hannah Adams had Taylor’s high-scoring bats tied in knots for most of the second game. She limited the Trojans to three hits in 5.1 innings of work – including zero hits through the first four innings.

The Trojans finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, converting a squeeze bunt to tie the game.

But Grace retaliated in the bottom of the fifth to score the game-winning run. Johnson and Shell singled to start the inning, and Adams hit a two-out single to left field to bring Shell in to score.

Alex Shipley came in to throw the final 1.2 innings for the Lady Lancers, picking up the save by allowing just one hit down the stretch.

Shell was 2-for-3 for Grace, scoring both of the team’s runs. Johnson finished 2-for-2 for the Lady Lancers as well.

Grace ends the week with a pair of home doubleheaders. The Lady Lancers host St. Francis on Friday at 3 p.m. and host Goshen on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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.