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Late Goal Spoils Lancers’ Championship Dreams

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Damon Binkley fought for a loose ball in the second half on Saturday.

Grace’s men’s soccer team may have outshot Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday night, but the Wildcats saved their most important shot for last.

Indiana Wesleyan netted in the 85th minute to defeat the Lancers 2-1 in the 2015 Crossroads League Tournament championship.

“I’m proud of the work that the guys did tonight. I thought they played with heart and class. We struggled early in the match, and I’d give the first half to IWU. I thought we controlled the second half with the exception of about five minutes,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “We had some very good opportunities that we didn’t convert tonight. Some nights those go in, and tonight they didn’t. But these guys represented Grace well.”

Grace, playing for the program’s first NAIA National Tournament bid since 1982, erased a one-goal lead at halftime and nearly netted the go-ahead goal in the second half.

The first half was evenly played. The teams were each credited with four shots, but the Wildcats (15-5) struck first. IWU sent a deep free kick into the penalty box in the 22nd minute, and the ball remained untouched and found its way into the back of Grace’s net.

Kyle Hamlin had a pair of chances in the first half. The first was a blast from outside the 18-yard box that was saved in the eighth minute. The second came late in the half when a rebounded effort from close range went wide of the net.

The Lancers (12-6-2) came out as the aggressors in the second half and dominated time on the ball. Grace scored its equalizer at the 50:41 mark. Damon Binkley drove along the right sideline and crossed a ball into a dangerous position. An IWU defender deflected the cross into his own net to level the score at 1-1.

Hector Torres and Josiah Osborn each had shots saved in the final 15 minutes, but Grace’s best chance at a winner came in the 77th minute. Nakilee Weni gained position at the top of the penalty box and attempted an acrobatic bicycle kick. His effort beat the outstretched gloves of IWU’s goalkeeper, but the shot clanged off the crossbar.

The Wildcats found their winner in the 85th minute, cleaning up a loose ball in the penalty box. Binkley tried a last-minute shot from 20 yards out, but his effort was saved.

“It’s tough to lose a big game like that, pick yourself back up, put it in perspective, learn from it, grow and move onto what is next. I think we have a great group of men,” Hotchkin said. “Now we have a big week ahead as we work to earn an NCCAA region title. I know these guys will bounce back.”

As a team, Grace outshot IWU 9-6 with five shots on goal. The Lancers also had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

The Lancers will transition to qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships. Grace hosts Oakland City on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Midwest region semifinals. The championship game will be played on Saturday at Grace if the Lancers beat Oakland City.

Lancers Claim Hoops for Hope Championship

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Pictured is Logan Irwin driving to the hoop late against Grace Bible.

Logan Irwin refused to let Grace’s men’s basketball team taste defeat for the first time this season.

With Grace locked in a dogfight with Grace Bible College on Saturday, Irwin made play after play in the final minutes to lift the Lancers to a 72-66 win. Irwin scored 11 points in the final five minutes, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to help Grace secure the championship of the annual Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

Erik Bowen earned Tournament MVP status for his performance. He finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday. Irwin scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 beyond the arc. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Eric Miller got Grace off to a fast start with five points in the opening 2:09, but it was Grace Bible who started off faster. The Tigers jumped out to an 18-9 lead after 11 minutes of action.

The Lancers (6-0) found life after a timeout and quickly cut into Grace Bible’s lead. In the final minute of the half, Grace used a 3-pointer by Josh Ruggles and a last-second layup by Brandon Vanderhegghen to trim the deficit to 30-29 at the break.

The score remained close for the duration of the second half; the lead never grew by more than six points for either team over the final 20 minutes. Incredibly, it was a one-possession game from 12:04 to 1:00 remaining in the contest.

Kyle Fillman hit a baseline jumper with 3:03 on the clock to give Grace a 63-62 advantage. The Tigers responded with a pair of free throws to grab a one-point lead, but Irwin buried a 3-pointer on Grace’s next possession with 2:22 left to give the Lancers the lead for good.

After a defensive stop by the Lancers, Irwin hit two free throws only to be matched by the Tigers with less than a minute to play. Irwin then hit a jumper with 22 seconds left to essentially ice the game. After another stop defensively, Ruggles swished two more free throws for the final six-point margin of victory.

Fillman was named the recipient of the Hoppus Mental Attitude Award, tallying seven points and five rebounds. Ruggles had 13 points with three 3-pointers.

Grace Bible outshot the Lancers, making 48 percent compared to 42 percent for the hosts. The Lancers only turned the ball over nine times, however, and forced the Tigers into 14 turnovers.

The Lancers hit the road next week, playing at Lincoln Christian (Ill.) on Thursday and Clarke (Iowa) on Friday.

Grace Runners Enjoy Successful NCCAA Meet

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace’s cross country team competed at the 2015 NCCAA National Championships on Saturday.

The women’s team placed 7th out of 21, and the men’s squad finished 11th out of 18 and had the best team time of the season.

“I’m very pleased with the way we ran today,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “Ten of our 12 runners ran faster than last week at our league meet, so it was a positive way to end the season.”

Katelyn McCullough, who earned All-Crossroads League honors last week, led the Lady Lancers with a 23rd-place finish of 19:13. Freshman sisters Ariel Arellano and Raven Arellano both had top-50 finishes out of 142 runners. Ariel placed 31st in 19:34, and Raven was 20:10 for 45th place.

Sarah Hoff was fourth for Grace in 21:14, Karla Singer crossed the finish line in 21:35, and Liz Fox was next in 22:11.

“Our goal for the women was a top-10 finish so coming in seventh was a great effort,” Raymond said. “Kate[lyn McCullough] ran a solid race up front and only missed All-American honors by a few places. Ariel and Raven [Arellano] ran very well, and Sarah [Hoff] ran her best race of the season.”

On the men’s side, sophomore Tyler Houvener was Grace’s top finisher with a 40th-place showing of 26:54. Brandon Smith was not far behind in 27:06.

Sam Hall (27:29) and Joel Bertelsen (27:33) were close behind each other, and Brendan Hamilton rounded out the top five in 28:42.

“Our guys finished with their best team time of the year so we feel good about placing 11th,” Raymond said. “Tyler [Houvener] and Brandon [Smith] posted their best individual times of this year, and Sam [Hall] was very close to his season best. This result should build confidence in our young team.”

Katelyn McCullough will officially conclude the cross country season at the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 21.

Grace Opens Hoops for Hope With 46-Point Rout

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace improved to 5-0 on the season with an impressive 95-49 win over Great Lakes Christian on Friday.

The Lancers are hosting their annual Terry Polston Hoops for Hope to raise funds for cancer care in the area. Grace will play in the championship of the tournament on Saturday against Grace Bible College (Mich.). Grace Bible defeated Purdue Calumet 99-82 in Friday’s opener.

Grace played with a lighter-than-usual roster on Friday and leaned heavily on production from its bench. Tim Swanson provided a spark with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, and Tre Olive added 13 points, 4 assists and 3 steals off the bench.

Brandon Vanderhegghen was dominant in limited action. He hit 5-of-6 on 3-pointers, producing 17 points and three steals in just 13 minutes. Kyle Fillman scored 13 points (6-of-6 field goals) in 11 minutes, and Stephen Halstead had 10 points in a starting role.

The Lancers took the lead for good on the game’s first possession. Caleb Featherston converted in the paint on the first play, and Grace’s momentum continued. The Lancers opened the contest on a 16-0 run and did not allow the Lakes (0-11) to score for the first 6:23.

Grace entered halftime with a comfortable 49-22 advantage, and the Lancers eased away for the 46-point final margin of victory.

For the game, Grace made better than half of their shots in each half and connected on 58 percent of its field goals overall. The Lancers buried 11 treys and nabbed 15 steals.

The Lakes shot 35 percent from the floor and committed 24 turnovers.

Grace Overwhelms Crimson Wave

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Grace’s women’s basketball team picked up its first road win of the season 83-44 over Calumet St. Joseph on Friday.

Ten players scored for the Lady Lancers (3-3), including six players with at least eight points.

Grace’s defense proved to be stifling for the Crimson Wave (0-4). CCSJ was held to 29 percent shooting and committed 27 turnovers. The Lady Lancers scored 28 points off CCSJ’s miscues in the route.

The Lady Lancers doubled up CCSJ after just one quarter of play. Haley Richardson ripped off Grace’s first eight points and finished with 10 for the quarter, leading the visitors to a 22-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.

In the second quarter, Grace ballooned its lead up to 25 at 46-21 on a Kelsie Peterson 3-pointer; Grace went into halftime with a 48-24 advantage.

The contest only got worse for the Crimson Wave in the second half. Grace eventually led by 40 and coasted to its 39-point victory.

The Lady Lancers dominated in the post, outrebounding the Crimson Wave by 11 and outscoring them 34-18 in the paint. Grace also earned an impressive 51 points off the bench.

Richardson led Grace in scoring with 16 points and added five rebounds and five assists. She made 8-of-14 from the floor.

Sarah Feasby was an efficient 6-of-8 shooting for 14 points, and Jesse Feitz made 4-of-5 for 10 points to go along with eight boards.

Jenna Kieper and Kelsey Sule plagued the Crimson Wave from the 3-point line as each buried a trio of treys, and Kelsie Peterson hit two more 3’s for eight points and four steals.

Maycee Davis amassed 7 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds, and Gabby Miller added five points and three rebounds.

The Lady Lancers will take on a NCAA Div. I foe on Monday, traveling to IPFW at 5 p.m. for an exhibition against the Mastodons. Grace will return home next weekend for the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Nov. 20-21.

Grace College School of Education Receives NCATE Accreditation

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The Grace College School of Education has received continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education.  NCATE accreditation signifies that the School of Education passed rigorous external review by education professionals and they are operating at a high level of quality and integrity.

Dr. Laurie Owen, Dean of the School of Education, said “We are delighted to receive renewed accreditation from NCATE.  It validates our relevancy and quality of programs, and demonstrates that our students are well-prepared in content and pedagogical practice.”

Due to consolidation of NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Grace College School of Education has begun preparing to meet new CAEP standards. The school’s NCATE accreditation will be in effect until spring of 2022, when the next accreditation visit using the CAEP standards is scheduled.

Owen continued, “The School of Education is deeply grateful to our local P-12 school partners, especially teachers and administrators in the Warsaw Community School District and the Smith Academy for Excellence.  We sincerely value their partnerships as well as the support of Grace College administration, faculty and staff.”

Fifth Annual Supermarket Sweep: Give “Til You Drop” to take Place November 18

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Pictured: Grace College students participate in Supermarket Sweep 2014

For the fifth year, Grace College and Mission Point Community Church will partner to host Supermarket Sweep: Give ‘Til You Drop at Owen’s Supermarket , 2211 E. Center Street, Warsaw, on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.  This all-day event was created to allow Grace students and the surrounding community to give to those in need in our area.

The concept of this fundraising event is simple: shoppers shop for needed non-perishable food and baby products and leave them at the store for donation to area non-profits which distribute the items effectively to those in need.  Products purchased for Supermarket Sweep 2015 will be donated to Combined Community Services, Our Father’s House, The Salvation Army and Heartline Pregnancy Center. Volunteers will be on hand to provide a shoppers a recommended shopping list at the entrance to Owen’s and additional volunteers will collect their donations at check-out.

Last year, more than $22,000 worth of goods were purchased during the one-day event.  That equated to 14,871 pounds of food and 8,621 diapers provided to local men, women and children.  Kearstin Criswell, coordinator of student involvement for Grace College and founder of Supermarket Sweep had this to say: “We are prepared for the biggest and best event ever this year.  We hope to surpass last year’s collections and provide much-needed assistance to families in need throughout our community.  With dedicated Grace students, the Mission Point Community Church body and a supportive community beside us, I’m confident we can do it!”

A special student competition will run from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.  During these hours, Grace students will compete in small groups to win a variety of prizes donated by community businesses.  The friendly competition, reminiscent of the former television game show Supermarket Sweep, is designed to encourage students’ strong participation in the event, and acts as the culmination and highlight of the all-day fundraiser.

Sponsors of this year’s Supermarket Sweep: Give ‘Til You Drop include Grace College, Mission Point Community Church, DePuy Synthes, Nextremity Solutions and Wildman Business Group.

For more information, please contact Kearstin Criswell at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6407 or


MVNU Bounces Grace in Semifinals

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Grace’s volleyball team was unable to deal Mt. Vernon Nazarene its second loss of the season, falling in four sets in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (19-17) will shift focus to qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships. Grace will need to win the Midwest Regional Tournament next week to punch its ticket to NCCAA Nationals.

Grace struggled to get its offense in rhythm in the semifinal match against top-seeded Mt. Vernon. The Lady Lancers hit .108 as a team compared to .247 for Mt. Vernon.

The Cougars (32-1) scored nine of the first 12 points of the opening set, forcing Grace to burn an early timeout. Grace struggled to bridge the gap, however. The Lady Lancers amassed just five kills in the set and fell 25-14.

Grace started stronger in the second set and was within striking distance after the first 20 rallies. But the Cougars used a 5-0 run to pull ahead by seven and eased away for a 25-12 win.

The Lady Lancers found revenge in the third set. Grace ran off an 8-3 spurt to gain separation from Mt. Vernon, and the Cougars were forced to call timeout, trailing 17-12. The hosts closed the gap to three at 19-16, but a well-placed timeout from coach Katie Van Hofwegen stemmed the tide. Grace recovered to win 25-20 on a kill from Sierra Smith.

The Cougars went on to finish the match in the fourth set with a 25-16 win. Mt. Vernon had 16 kills on just four errors in the final game.

Kelsee Zuidema had Grace’s strongest offensive game with 12 kills; she also had two aces and four digs. Kaitlin Kerrigan was efficient with 11 kills on a .346 percentage.

Laken Chaney tied for match honors with 22 assists, and Tori Bontrager tallied six blocks and two block assists. Naarah Foster and Kari Feddema had three block assists apiece, Sara Miller notched 15 digs, and Caylie Teel chipped in 10 digs.

Final Lancer Day of the Year is November 13

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Grace College hosts “Lancer Days” throughout the year to welcome groups of high school students and parents interested in learning what the college has to offer as they consider where to invest in higher education.  The last Lancer Day of 2015 will take place on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana.

Although prospective students may schedule a campus tour any time, Lancer Days offer a unique view into life at Grace College.  Families not only benefit from a student-led tour, but they meet with a number of faculty, eat lunch in our dining commons and attend chapel.  Students may also spend the night in a Grace residence hall if they choose.  “Students who visit during Lancer Days have the opportunity to survey the sixty-plus majors at Grace, the diverse student activities and clubs, learn about the many financial assistance opportunities and how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, Grace College Vice President of Enrollment Management.

As Grace College pursues innovative, market-driven responses to a changing higher education landscape marked by concerns about affordability and accessibility, it is seeing positive results.  In 2015, Grace achieved a record enrollment for the fourth consecutive year.  Since August, Grace College has experienced a significant increase in prospective student visits – up a full 40% from last year.

Measure of Grace, which began this fall at Grace College, provides undergraduate students a $500 reduction in tuition for each consecutive year they attend Grace.  Also, they receive free textbook rentals for the entirety of their enrollment, which equates to a $4,800 over four years.  Grace’s innovative three-year accelerated bachelor’s degree program, launched in 2011, allows students to graduate sooner, save a year’s tuition, and enter the workforce a year earlier.  Many students are also taking advantage of the opportunity to procure a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years total.

“We are encouraged by the increasing number of families who are considering and choosing Grace for their higher education institution of choice.  We look forward to welcoming many new families at Lancer Day on November 13,” concluded Sisson.

To register for Lancer Day on Nov. 13, visit  For more information, visit or call866-974-7223.

Grace Pulls Away in Fourth Quarter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Grace’s women’s basketball team nearly led from start to finish against Trinity Christian on Saturday.

The victory, however, was not secured until a fourth-quarter push as the Lady Lancers (2-2) won 74-61.

Grace had its highest scoring output of the young season in the new four-quarter format. Gabby Miller led Grace with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. She was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers and 4-of-4 on free throws.

Grace led 20-16 after the one quarter of action. Haley Richardson had six of her 12 points in the first 10 minutes.

The Lady Lancers built up a nine-point lead midway into the second quarter, but the Trolls (0-3) rallied to cut the gap to 33-29 at the halftime break.

Trinity Christian made a charge a few minutes into the second half. The Trolls rattled off eight unanswered points in less than two minutes, capitalizing off a pair of Grace turnovers to claim a 44-43 lead. Grace recovered, however, and took the lead for good on a triple by Jenna Kieper with 3:31 to play in the period.

Grace led by five at the start of the fourth quarter and made a game-clinching run soon after. The Lady Lancers began the fourth on a 16-4 spurt, blowing open a 17-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. Miller produced seven points during Grace’s run, and Jesse Feitz scored six more.

Feitz scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Kieper buried two 3-pointers for eight points off the bench, and Sarah Feasby added five points and seven boards.

Grace hit 43 percent of its field goals and 41 percent from beyond the arc.

The Lady Lancers travel to Fort Wayne on Wednesday for a game at Indiana Tech.