Halftime Lead Slips Away Against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch

November 24th, 2014

pictured is junior point guard Gabby Bryant driving in the first half against Cardinal Stritch.

Grace’s women’s basketball team let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers on Saturday, losing a second-half lead against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch.

The Lady Lancers (6-3) led by eight points at halftime, but a sloppy second-half performance doomed Grace’s upset bid by the score of 60-44 in the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

Grace’s offense was slow to start the game, managing just two points over the first four minutes of play. But the team was about to spark to life, propelled by a stingy defense.

Grace rattled off a 15-1 run, aided by a trio of 3-pointers by Darian Patton, Kelsie Peterson and Gabby Bryant to go on top 17-7. The Wolves were held nearly seven minutes between made field goals during Grace’s charge.

Cardinal Stritch trimmed Grace’s lead to five with three minutes left in the half, but the Lady Lancers still held a 29-21 advantage at the break thanks to a late driving basket from Heather House.

Grace’s offensive woes began at the onset of the second half. The Lady Lancers were held to three points for the first 7:31 of the period. Cardinal Stritch’s defense continued to give Grace fits as the Wolves eventually built up a 10-point lead.

Kelsey Sule did her best to singlehandedly keep Grace in contention, scoring eight of Grace’s points in a row. But the Lady Lancers could not slow down the Wolves down the stretch. Cardinal Stritch outscored Grace 39-15 in the second half en route to the 16-point win.

Cardinal Stritch hit a sizzling 64 percent of its shots after halftime. Grace, on the other hand, made just five field goals and had 12 turnovers in the second half. The Lady Lancers struggled to a 28-percent shooting percentage over the final 20 minutes.

The Wolves held a dominant 33-18 advantage in rebounding and scored 40 of their 60 points in the paint. Cardinal Stritch also tallied 30 points off Grace’s 22 turnovers.

Sule led Grace with 12 points from the bench. Heather House and Allison Kauffman had seven points apiece, and Kelsie Peterson added six.

Grace opens the Crossroads League season on Tuesday with a road game at Taylor 7 p.m. Grace’s next home game is on Dec. 3 against Indiana Wesleyan.


Offensive Barrage Leads Grace Past Tigers

November 24th, 2014

pictured is Logan Irwin against Grace Bible on Friday night

Grace’s opening game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope turned into a rout as Grace’s men’s basketball team blasted Grace Bible 88-66 on Friday night.

The annual home tournament for Grace raises funds and awareness for cancer care in Kosciusko County through the county’s Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF).

Four players reached double figure scoring for the Lancers (7-1) and seven scored at least seven points in the rout.

Grace drained 12 3-pointers and shot a sizzling 52 percent from the floor for the game, led by 17 points and four triples by Niko Read.

It took Grace until the final five minutes of the first half to gain a comfortable lead against the Tigers (4-4). Grace opened up a 35-24 lead on a 3-pointer from Read with 3:49 remaining, going ahead by 16 points at the halftime break.

The Lancers quickly propelled their lead up to 20-plus points in the early stages of the second half and never looked back. Head coach Jim Kessler substituted freely in the final six minutes of regulation, allowing 15 players to see the court and 11 Lancers to score.

Read’s 17 points came with a team-high five rebounds, and Brandon Vanderhegghen notched 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Logan Irwin and Caleb Featherston tallied 10 points apiece.

Adrian Makolli was an efficient 4-for-4 from the floor with 8 points, 2 dunks and 2 blocks in 8 minutes of action. Stephen Halstead racked up eight points in six minutes, and Erik Bowen scored seven off the bench.

As a team Grace posted an impressive ratio of 18 assists and nine turnovers. Grace outscored the Tigers 40-28 in the paint and had 25 points off turnovers.

The Lancers will aim for the championship of the tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. against IU-East, who is receiving votes in the NAIA poll along with Grace. IU-East held off Clarke 70-68 on Friday.

Grace Powers Past Judson

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

November 24th, 2014

pictured is Brandon Vanderhegghen on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.