Grace College Announces Spring Dean’s List

June 11th, 2014

Grace College has released the names of students who displayed academic excellence in spring 2014. These students have therefore earned the honor of being placed on the Dean’s List.  To be eligible for the honor, students must be enrolled full-time and have a grade point average of 3.940 or greater for any given semester and a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or greater.

The following students were named on the spring 2014 Dean’s List:

Krista Acksel of Elkhart, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Acksel

Sarah Ahern of Grayslake, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ahern

Hannah Alcorn of Argos, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jon Alcorn

Kimberly Allred of Selma, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Allred

Erick Anderson of Gurnee, Ill., son of Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Anderson

Brennan Angle of Nappanee, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Shannon Angle

Nathan Arnold of Winona Lake, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Howard Arnold

Tammy Baughman of Osceola, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Samuels

Brandon Bellinghausen of Conyngham, Pa., son of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Bellinghausen

Rachael Bellinghausen of Liberty Township, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Russell Neumeier

Kristi Berlet of Walton, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Berlet

Jessica Bickle of Columbia City, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Bickle

Paul Blankley of Mooresville, N.C., son of Dr. & Mrs. Alan Blankley

Seth Booker of Bloomfield, N.M., son of Mr. & Mrs. Ted Booker

Jason Boyle of Auburn, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Steven Boyle

Mary Anne Brenner of West Chester, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Brenner

Jennifer Brewington of Danville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Brewington

Caitlin Brown of Elkhart, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Brown

Joshua Brown of New Paris, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Brown

Katherine Brueck of Lakeville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Brueck

Ethyn Brumbaugh of Winona Lake, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. David Brumbaugh

Carissa Buttermore of Canton, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Cliff Buttermore

Claire Byers of Ostrander, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brad Byers

Grace Cahill of Lansing, Kan., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Cahill

Thomas Carini of Brookfield, Wis., son of Mr. & Mrs. Filippo Carini

Megan Carpenter of Pendleton, Ind., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Scott Carpenter

Kayla Cervenka of Geneva, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cervanka

Christopher Chapman of Warsaw, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. David Chapman

Hannah Clemmons of Muncie, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Clemmons

Jacob Crone of White Pigeon, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Crone

Rachel Cross of Delaware, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cross

Drake Darrah of Buffalo Grove, Ill., son of Mr. & Mrs. Craig Darrah

Kathleen DeVries of Oswego, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John DeVries

Laura Dewlen of Medaryville, Ind., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Dewlen

Sarah Kreft of Winamac, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. DeWayne Doty

Carissa Eisenman of Woodburn, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Eisenman

Taylor Fanning of Bremen, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fanning

Amanda Farrell of Evart, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Farrell

Kailee Feldman of Bremen, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tim Feldman

Samantha Fisher of Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fisher

Alisa Frankland of Jessup, Md., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Frankland

Samantha Furto of Westville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Furto

Bryce Glock of Leesburg, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Glock

Jennie Gold of Orrville, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Gold

Mitchell Graff of Clarksville, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Spies

Kathleen Graham of Westfield, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Graham

Maile Grout of Seymour, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Grout

Sarah Grube of Meyersdale, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Grube

Rachel Gruenloh of Jasper, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gruenloh

Emily Guinter of Crawfordsville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Earl Guinter

Adam Gutwein of Warsaw, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Gutwein

Savannah Hadden of Carmel, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hadden

Lanae Haessig of Milford, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dave Haessig

Madisson Heinl of Natronna Heights, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Heinl

Emily Hickerson of Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Hickerson

Sarah Hinkel of Lawton, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Hinkel

Jessica Hoffman of Helena, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Hoffman

Laura Hoke of Marysville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. P. Jeffrey Hoke

Meredith Hollar of Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Steven Hollar

Jayna Huber of Peru, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Huber

Holly Hunt of Crawfordsville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Hunt

Carolyn Jaacks of Elgin, Ill., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Dale Jaacks

Cassandra Jensen of Danville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lane Jensen

Allison Kauffman of Monroeville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Kauffman

Kyle Kent of Indianapolis, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Duane Kent

Hannah Knepper of York, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Knepper

Holly Kolberg of Syracuse, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doyle Kolberg

Emily Koontz of Merrillville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Larry Koontz

Andrew LaGioia of Winona Lake, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Rock LaGioia

Michael LaGioia of Winona Lake, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Rock LaGioia

Gabrielle Lawrence of Columbus, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lawrence

Leah Lazer of Bedford, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lazer

Sarah Leichty of Bourbon, Ind., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Brent Leichty

Andrea Maier of Anderson, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Scott Maier

Tricia Main of Belmont, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Main

Erica Manchess of Pendleton, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Manchess

Elizabeth Manko of Blacklick, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Eric Manko

Leah Manning of Garden City, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brett Manning

Lydia Marsh of Danville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Marsh

Kyle May of Carmel, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth May

Tiffany McCartney of Warren, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy McCartney

Danielle McCowan of Muncie, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Terry McCowan

Grace McDillion of Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Gerber

Amanda Medley of Clyde, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Medley

Ashley Meyer of Defiance, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Meyer

Meredith Michalski off Xenia, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Morris Michalski

Abigail Miller of South Charleston, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Miller

Adam Miller of Fort Wayne, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. John Miller

Daniel Moore of Wayland, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Moore

Katherine Morrisroe of Valparaiso, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Morrisroe

Emily Musser, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scot Musser

Rachel Nesbitt of Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Nesbitt

Joseph Nishimoto of Lakewood, Calif., son of Mr. & Mrs. Darrel Nishimoto

Jessica Norris of Niles, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Norris

Brea Olson of Minneapolis, Minn., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Olson

Danielle Olson of Gaylord, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Olson

Jessica Otteman of Whittier, Calif., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Otteman

Haley Owen of Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randall Owen

John Parker of Hanover, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Parker

Stephanie Perik of Batavia, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Perik

Bethany Pierschbacher of Des Moines, Iowa, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Pierschbacher

Rebekah Pityer of Essexville, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chris Pityer

Alyssa Potter of Jackson, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Potter

Emily Propp of Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Propp

Marina Ramirez of Conesville, Iowa, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Eugenio Ramirez

John Robertson of Mansfield, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Robertson

Danielle Rupp of Kittanning, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. K. Charles Rupp

Brittany Salazar of Lake in the Hills, Ill., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Basilio Salazar

Georgianne Sandlin of Xenia, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doral Sandlin

Alexandra Sanford of Eaton, Colo., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. L. Lane Sanford

Lindsey Schaefer of Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Schaefer

Megan Schmucker of Milford, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Don Schmucker

Alexa Schneider of Bear Lake, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Schneider

Laura Schwartz of Plymouth, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Schwartz

Hannah Scott of Canyon Country, Calif., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Peter Scott

Stephanie Seitz of Plymouth, Ind., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Colin Seitz

Michael Shank of Elmhurst, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Shank

Rachel Shebek of Des Moines, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Shebek

Mariah Shetler of Ubly, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Shetler

Hannah Shields of Hebron, Ind., daughter of Mr. &  Mrs. Douglas Shields

Corrina Shiflet of Myersville, Md., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Shiflet

Alessa Smith of Shorewood, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Smith

Sarah Smith of Loveland, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Smith

Carianne Sobey of Bull Valley, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Sobey

Carly Sprunger of Syracuse, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sprunger

Melissa Stephan of Goshen, Ind. daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Stephan

Mitchell Stewart of Perrysburg, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Stewart

Jordyn Stowers of Merom, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Stowers

Maribeth Strong of DeMotte, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Strong

Sydney Sullivan of Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clint Sullivan

Brett Taulbee of Auburn, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Taulbee

Jessica Taylor of Elk Grove Village, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Keith Taylor

Kylie Tester of Huntington, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Tester

Jalisa Thayer of Syracuse, N.Y., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roger Thayer

Kaitlin Thompson of Bluffton, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thompson

Jamie Todd of Elm Grove, Wis., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Todd

Eric Totheroh of Montgomery, Ill., son of Mr. & Mrs. Mitch Totheroh

Jared Treadway of Kokomo, Ind., son of Rev. & Keith Treadway

Paige Vandergriff of Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Estel Vandergriff

Gabriel Vervynckt of Plymouth, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. James Vervynckt

Jarod Ward of Elida, Ohio, son of Dr. & Mrs. Shawn Ward

Lauren Watt of Bedford, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Watt

Hannah Wehrle of Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Wehrle

Mary Wick of Mazomanie, Wis., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Wick

Lauren Williams of Pierceton, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Williams

Jordan Woodruff of Newark, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Woodruff

Melanie Woodruff of Peru, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Willie Woodruff

Elisa Yonge of Three Rivers, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mikeal Yonge

Cody Young of Wanatah, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Young

Mariah Zumbrun of Warren, Ind., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Mel Zumbrun

Shell earns All-American status from NAIA, NCCAA

June 10th, 2014

Pictured is junior All-American Brooke Shell stealing a base at NCCAA Nationals

Grace’s softball team earned a plethora of postseason awards after the 2014 season, highlighted by All-American Brooke Shell.

Shell was named NCCAA First Team All-American and honorable mention NAIA All-American after an outstanding season. She set three single-season records in 2014, including the most hits (94), most runs (64) and most stolen bases (38) in team history. Additionally, Shell moved into a tie for first place among Grace’s career stolen bases leaders with 59 and sits in second place for career hits with 171.

Shell was also named to CoSIDA Second Team All-America® for her athletic and academic prowess. She along with Becky Almack were Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes as well.

Freshman pitcher Hannah Adams earned a spot on the NCCAA All-Tournament Team as the Lady Lancers enjoyed their first postseason trip in 17 years.

Shell and Adams joined Olivia Winget and Clarissa Knight on the NCCAA All-Region Team and Heather Johnson was the region’s Coach of the Year. Shell, Winget, Knight, Tiffany Featherston, Amanda Bowman and Alex Shipley appeared on the NCCAA Midwest All-Tournament Team.

After the regular season, Shell and Knight were named First Team All-Crossroads League and Adams was honorable mention for All-CL status.

The Lady Lancers racked up 29 wins this spring, signifying the highest win total since 1994. Grace also had its most league victories for a season with 19 and finished fourth in the CL.

Associate Pastor – Harmony, PA

May 27th, 2014

The Associate Pastor will focus on building mature and fully committed disciples of Jesus Christ among the members and attendees of Grace Church of Harmony and will provide leadership to develop the members as mature disciples applying biblical truths in their life and the lives of others.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
The Associate Pastor will provide leadership, vision, training, direction and oversight, along with the additional items listed below:

  1. Christian Education: Oversee the Christian Education requirements for all age groups for all the Sunday school classes. Will be required to maintain and recruit, as needed the required teachers for all Sunday school classes.
  2. Provide discipleship/strategize on how to best produce mature disciples of Jesus in the Congregation.
  3. Fellowship: Assist or direct and promote, as required to provide events to maintain and promote fellowship of the adult members and attendees of Grace Church. Observe what the needs are of Grace Church and willing to lead and teach as required.
  4. Small Groups: Organize small group Bible studies, with designated leaders and provide guidance for study material and provide consistent direction of the small groups.
  5. Connecting and communicating with new members and identifying their spiritual gifts and inspiring them to use their gifts as members for the ministry of Grace Church Of Harmony.
  6. Evaluate all the ministries at Grace Church to determine their current effectiveness and determine if they should be continued, expanded or modified to be of the most value possible.
  7. Preach on Sunday morning and at special services as needed. (Current services are 8:00 am and 10:45 am, Lenten Luncheons.)
  8. Provide or assist the Senior Pastor in Communion services.
  9. Teach the adult Sunday school classes as required.
  10. Current Ministries at Grace Church Of Harmony that require oversight/involvement:

             A. Men’s Ministry
             B. Women’s Ministry
             C. Awana
             D. Stephen Ministry
             E. Mosaic Ministry (adoption and safe homes)

Education and Experience:

The Associate Pastor will be in agreement with the vision, philosophy of the ministry, the doctrine and the statement of faith of Grace Church of Harmony.

  1. Achieved a degree in Theology and be ordained or willing to be ordained as a Pastor at Grace Church of Harmony. 
  2. Demonstrate performable experience of about five years in leadership and shepherding the members and attendees of a Bible studying Church.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact the Search Committee:

Send your resume to: info@gcoh.org / subject line: Search Committee
Or by mail:
Search Committee/Grace Church of Harmony
538 Main Street
Harmony, PA 16037
Website: http://www.gcoh.org/

Family Life Ministry Assistant – FT – Fort Wayne, IN

May 27th, 2014

The primary responsibility is to assist Family Life Minister in the children and youth ministries of Fort Wayne Baptist Church. The objective is to work with the children and youth under the leadership of Family Life Minister. Your task is to accomplish ministry visions and goals of the church while growing in your own personal leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have Bachelor or Associate degree in Early Childhood or Christian Education. 
  • Must have experience and proven track record in Children’s and youth ministries (If you have no degree) 
  • Must have experience and proven track record with early childhood learning and Christian education 
  • Must be a team player with a high energy level and readiness to take on a significant challenge 
  • Must be able to work with teams and volunteers 

MISSION 

Your mission is to glorify God by working and helping in all aspects of family ministries, focusing your efforts on the following: supporting the community and mission of the church, supporting Family Life Minister to accomplish the vision and goals of the church.

EVANGELISM AND PERSONAL EXPECTATION

  • The Assistant is expected to demonstrate the values of the church in all aspects of his /her life both in and out of church and display a passion for his beliefs through his/her actions. 
  • Productive 
  • Professionalism 
  • Ability to take instructions 
  • Interactive and a good communicator

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Mission and Vision of the Church 
  • Work with Family Life Minister in Children and Youth Ministry 
  • Be a participating member of Fort Wayne Baptist Church. 
  • Model Christ-like lifestyle. 
  • Uphold the church and its leaders in prayer. 
  • Teach during weekdays and Sunday mornings 
  • Ensure Good Stewardship of Family Life Ministry Resources 

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

  • The Assistant will help/assist (if needed) in planning and preparing the budget for the youth and family program of the church, as well as maintaining records on payments, attendance and mailing lists. 
  • The Assistant will also help the Family Life Minister for security, which may include performing background checks and designing and implementing safety procedures for the classroom. 
  • The Assistant will assist the pastor in the office and perform administrative duties of the church office.

For more information and/or to send a resume to Pasotr Valui: pastorvalui@yahoo.com

Website: www.fortwaynebaptist.com

Pulpit Minister Needed – TN

May 27th, 2014

Church of Christ located near Nashville, TN is searching for an experienced pulpit minister.  The congregation has four elders and about 100 active members.  We seek a minister that is committed to biblical authority, grace, strives to be Christ-like, a great Bible teacher, and who enjoys serving the Lord.  

Applicants should submit a resume’, along with a DVD/CD containing some recent sermons to:

The Elders
Gallatin Church of Christ
Address: 150 E Main Street, Gallatin, TN  37066
Office Phone:  (615) 452-0271
Email:  info@GallatinChurchofChrist.com
Website: http://www.gallatinchurchofchrist.com/

Taylor Breaks School Record at NAIA Nationals

May 27th, 2014

Pictured is Lance Taylor.

Sophomore Lance Taylor ran the fastest 400-meter time in Grace’s history on Friday at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships.

Taylor crossed the finish line in a record-breaking 48.18 seconds during the preliminary race, placing 11th nationally. He missed qualifying for the finals by just 0.13 seconds.

“Lance handled the pressure of nationals very well and competed with the best in the NAIA,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “He completed a great season today and, as a sophomore, I know we’ll see more success over the next couple of years.”

Friday officially marks the end of Grace’s outstanding track and field season. The Lancers set 13 new school records during the indoor and outdoor season and tied another record as well under Raymond’s coaching.

Grace College & Seminary Mourns Passing of Henry Weber

May 22nd, 2014

Pictured is Henry Weber.

Grace College & Seminary faculty and staff extend sympathies to the family of Henry Weber, who passed away on Saturday, May 3, in Manheim, PA. Henry had fallen at home a week earlier and was in a rehab facility. He was 93.

Henry and his wife, Frances, meant a great deal to Grace. Their generous donations have assisted the college with Westminster Hall, institutional and student financial aid endowment, Indiana Hall, and the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. Their recent donation to establish the Weber Schools in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Ft. Wayne has had an invaluable impact on many students already: Grace will honor their first graduates from the Weber Schools on May 10th. The Webers believed that a quality biblical education is priceless, and they wanted to help make that possible for more students through their donations to the college.

Henry served for on the Grace Board of Trustees for 16 years (from 1995-2011). Frances preceded him in death in 2010. They were the parents of five children. Henry’s sweet spirit, sense of humor, and love for flying and Scrabble will long be remembered on the Grace campus.

“What the Webers began is now reaching out to generations of students to come,” said Ron Manahan, former Grace president.  “Not too many months ago Henry said to me, ‘The Weber School might be the greatest outreach my life will have.’  God alone knows how far the life of Henry Weber will reach because of his care for students.”

Services were held Sunday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. at the Grace Brethren Church located at 501 West Lincoln Avenue, Lititz, PA. There was a fellowship / viewing time from 1:30-3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Lance Taylor to Represent Grace at NAIA Nationals

May 19th, 2014

Pictured is Lance Taylor.

Grace College sophomore standout Lance Taylor will run for the Lancers at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this week.

Taylor qualified in the 400-meter race and will run in the preliminaries on Friday in Gulf Shores, Ala. The sophomore set the school’s record in the 400 this spring when he crossed the finish line in 48.21 seconds at the Crossroads League Championships.

Taylor also qualified for NAIA Nationals in his freshman season, placing 12th nationally in the 4×800-meter relay team.

The NAIA Nationals are held from Thursday to Saturday. Taylor’s 400 trial race is scheduled for Friday at 3:50 p.m. The final race is set to start at 4:40 p.m.

Grace’s Remarkable Season Ends at NCCAA World Series

May 19th, 2014

A memorable 2014 campaign for Grace’s softball team ended on Saturday as the Lady Lancers fell 7-2 to Union at the NCCAA World Series.

The Lady Lancers (29-30) earned fourth place in the national tournament and concluded the season with the program’s most wins since 1994.

After the game, Brooke Shell was named an NCCAA All-American to cap off her outstanding junior season.

Grace was consistent in placing runners on the basepaths against Union’s pitching, but the Lady Lancers struggled to convert runners into runs. Grace notched 10 hits, but the team stranded 10 baserunners in the contest.

Union, who outhit Grace 13-10, plated runs in four different innings. The Bulldogs (31-26) took an early 2-1 lead thanks to a pair of solo home runs.

Brooke Shell scored Grace’s first run in the bottom of the third after reaching base on a leadoff single. After reaching third base on a steal, Shell scampered home on a sacrifice fly from Clarissa Knight. Shell’s stolen base tied the junior for the program’s career steals record. She also increased Grace’s single-season stolen base mark to 38.

Union went on to increase its margin to 7-1 before Grace’s final at-bats. In the seventh inning Hannah Adams lifted a long fly ball to the center field fence, and the ball appeared to cross the temporary fencing. But the potential three-run homer was ruled a ground-rule double as the portion of fence toppled to the ground upon collision. Knight came home to score on Adams’s hit, but the Lady Lancers’ two-out rally ended with two runners on base.

Shell finished 3-for-4 from the leadoff position, and Chelsea Whitesell was 2-for-3.

The 2014 season under head coach Heather Johnson provided a number of milestones. Grace racked up the team’s most wins since 1994, its most league wins ever, and its first national tournament appearance since 1997.

Pictured is Grace's softball team receiving its fourth-place plaque on Saturday.

Grace Advances to Final Day of NCCAA World Series

May 19th, 2014

Pictured is freshman pitcher, Hannah Adams, during her complete-game victory over Campbellsville on Friday evening.

Grace’s softball team survived its first elimination game at the 2014 NCCAA World Series on Friday to advance to the final day of the tournament.

The Lady Lancers (29-29) were bumped from the winners’ bracket by top-seeded Shorter to open the day, but Grace responded with a 3-1 victory over Campbellsville in the evening to survive and advance.

Grace is one of the final four teams remaining in the tournament. The Lady Lancers will play Union (Tenn.) on Saturday at noon. Grace must win three consecutive games on Saturday to reach the national championship at 6 p.m.

In Grace’s first game of the day, the Lady Lancers were knocked off by the tournament’s No. 1 seed Shorter University, 14-0.

The Hawks (40-10) got their bats started from the onset of the game. Shorter’s first four batters reached base safely and all four scored, capped off by a two-run home run.

Shorter went on to rip off four runs in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth and one more in the fifth. The Hawks had 15 hits, which included four home runs and seven extra-base hits.

Grace’s offense, on the other hand, was stifled by pitcher Maddie Bray. Bray tossed a five-inning shutout, holding the Lady Lancers hitless on two walks. Grace’s best chance to score came in the second inning, but Becky Almack was stranded at second base.

The second contest of the day for Grace was an elimination game against Campbellsville. Senior Tiffany Featherston scored Grace’s first two runs of the game, plating in the opening inning on an RBI single by Tiffany Featherston and in the third inning on an RBI double by Hannah Adams.

Grace moved ahead 3-0 in the sixth when Chelsea Whitesell scored on a drive from Brooke Shell.

Adams took care of the rest from the mound. The freshman hurler displayed a gutsy performance from the mound, limiting the Tigers (44-21) to four hits in a complete-game effort. Campbellsville managed to score a run off Adams in its final at-bats, but the Tigers could not muster anything else.

Featherston, Whitesell and Samantha Johnson notched two hits in the win.

Grace is enjoying a breakout season, securing its most wins in a season and first national tournament appearance since 1997 under head coach Heather Johnson.