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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.

Grace Spikers Bounce Bethel from League Tourney

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Grace’s volleyball team swept its rivals from the North on Saturday, beating Bethel 3-0 in the opener of the Crossroads League Tournament.

The Lady Lancers (19-16) made short work of the Pilots (18-18), winning 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17.

Grace limited Bethel to just 20 kills in the three sets, and the Pilots hit .033 as a team.

The tone was set in the first game as Grace won by eight points. The Lady Lancers pounded out 16 kills and limited the Pilots to six in the set. Kari Feddema and Kaitlin Kerrigan had four kills apiece in the opener.

Grace cruised to a nine-point win in the second set and clinched the sweep with a 25-17 win in the third. Sierra Smith, who finished with a match-high 11 kills, ended the match with a kill.

Bethel was held to five kills on 31 swings in the last set.

Kerrigan just missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs. Feddema finished with 6 kills, 4 block assists and 1 solo block, and Sara Miller had a match-best 17 digs.

Laken Chaney passed out 18 assists with seven digs, and Taylor Baird had 15 assists and three aces. Annie Salazar dug 14 times, and Kelsee Zuidema ended with seven kills on a .636 percentage.

The Lady Lancers will travel to No. 1 seed Mt. Vernon Nazarene in the CL semifinals on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Marian Eliminates Lady Lancers in Semifinals

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Despite 15 shots and a number of near-misses, Grace’s women’s soccer team was unable to find the back of the net on Saturday.

Marian pulled out a 1-0 victory in the Crossroads League Tournament semifinals thanks to an early goal.

The Lady Lancers (14-2-3) miss out on a chance to earn an automatic bid to NAIA Nationals, and they will await the release of the at-large teams on Nov. 16 as they pursue the program’s first NAIA National Championship appearance.

The Knights (12-7-1) stunned Grace with an early goal, netting in the 4th minute. The goal was Marian’s only attempt of the first 20 minutes of play.

Mallory Rondeau and Meredith Hollar had strong looks in response that were denied. Grace gradually increased its offensive presence and fired off eight shots before halftime.

Maile Grout made an incisive run into the penalty box midway into the first half and passed near goal to Jordan Hairgrove, but the senior’s shot sailed high.

The score remained 1-0 in Marian’s favor at halftime despite an 8-5 advantage in shots and 4-1 advantage in corner kicks for Grace.

The second half saw a continued push toward the Knights’ goal. Hollar had a shot saved with one hand off the crossbar 15 minutes into the period. Ten minutes later Meghan Wiles had a deep blast that forced a diving save.

Kristen Bellinger’s free kick produced a few touches by Grace inside the six-yard box, but the Lady Lancers could not convert their chance.

Grace had two more opportunities in the final minutes. Rondeau tried a long, curling shot from 25 yards that brought another acrobatic save by Marian. Rondeau had another attempt with three minutes to play that rolled inches wide of the left post, but the Knights’ net remained unharmed.

For the game Grace outshot Marian 15-7, including seven shots on goal. Rondeau had as many shots (7) as Marian by herself. Wiles and Darcy Johnston had two shots apiece.

Marian’s Melissa Sturgill made five saves in 83 minutes as goalkeeper before departing due to injury. Abby Schue made two saves in 90 minutes for Grace.

McCullough Qualifies for NAIA Nationals

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Katelyn McCullough made history at the 2015 Crossroads League Championships on Saturday, qualifying for the NAIA National Championships.

McCullough finished fifth in the women’s race at 18:59 to earn All-League status and a place at NAIA Nationals. She becomes just the second women’s runner to reach NAIAs in program history, joining MariJean Wegert who qualified in 2010 and 2008.

“Katelyn ran a PR on a fairly tough course in a league championship meet. That’s all anyone needs to know to understand how great a race it was,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “She put herself in position during the first mile and then finished really well, passing a few people in the final mile.”

McCullough’s finish helped Grace to a fifth-place showing in the race — the team’s highest since 2009. The men’s team ended eighth out of nine teams.

For the Lady Lancers, freshman sisters Raven Arellano (20:35) and Ariel Arellano (20:36) crossed the finish line within one second of each other. Sarah Hoff was fourth for Grace in 21:30.

Karla Singer was next in line with a time of 21:48, and Liz Fox followed her in 22:13. “Moving into the top half of the conference is a significant improvement after being eighth last year,” Raymond explained. “It also bodes well for the future with a young team.”

On the men’s team, Tyler Houvener finished 32nd to pace Grace in a time of 27:34. Brandon Smith and Sam Hall were second and third in 28:19 and 28:23 respectively.

Brendan Hamilton (28:54) and Joel Bertelsen (28:57) rounded out the top five for the Lancers.

“I though our guys really battled. We’ve fought through a myriad of injuries and still are not anywhere near full strength. But everyone did what they could today, and I’m proud of the effort,” Raymond said. “Tyler [Houvener] is coming on late in the season and has set himself up to run some strong races once track gets started. With no seniors on this squad and three freshmen in the top six, we have great hopes for the future.”

The Lancers will compete in the NCCAA Championships next Saturday at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.

Irwin Reaches 1,000 Points in Rout of St. Xavier

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Senior Logan Irwin netted his 1,000th point as a Lancer during Grace’s 78-65 win over St. Xavier on Friday night.

The No. 14-ranked Lancers improve to 3-0 on the young season. Grace used an explosive first half to outpace the Cougars (1-3), who are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll.

Irwin topped the century mark four minutes into the second half, drilling a jump shot from the top of the key. With his 11th and 12th points of the night, Irwin became the 46th member of Grace’s 1,000-point club. He was honored with a short ceremony after Grace’s win.

Irwin finished with 14 points, 5 assists and 5 boards, and Erik Bowen had the game’s only double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Grace’s offense started hot, blitzing St. Xavier with an 18-5 burst after tipoff. Bowen was a key figure early, scoring Grace’s first seven points and assisting on a 3-pointer by Irwin.

Brandon Vanderhegghen, who finished with 15 points, got the hot hand next. The senior guard drained a trio of 3-pointers in less than two minutes to bump Grace’s lead up to 24-7.

Grace’s onslaught continued, leading by as many as 41-15. The Cougars made a late push in the half and trimmed their deficit to 45-28 at halftime.

The Lancers hit 50 percent of their shots in the opening period compared to 23 percent for the Cougars.

St. Xavier never mounted a serious threat to Grace’s cushion in the final period. The Lancers maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of regulation and coasted to a 13-point final margin of victory.

All 15 players saw the court for Grace. Kyle Fillman had a perfect shooting night, hitting both of his field goals and all four of his free throws for eight points. Vanderhegghen’s 15 points came with four 3’s and four rebounds.

Chad Hoffer was a spark off the bench with 8 points, 3 boards and 2 steals, and Logan Godfrey netted six points and four rebounds.

Grace finished with a 47-24 advantage in rebounds. The Lancers hauled in 15 offensive boards. The Cougars forced the Lancers into twice as many turnovers — 16 to 8 — but St. Xavier was held to 33 percent shooting for the contest. Larry Motuzis led all players with 30 points for SXU.

The Lancers hit the road on Saturday for a road game at Trinity International.

Lancers Advance in PK Shootout

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Pictured is Justin Festa on Saturday against Spring Arbor

Robbie Barnhill stood between the goalposts on Saturday night with the weight of Grace’s NAIA hopes on his shoulders.

After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Crossroads League semifinals with Spring Arbor came down to a penalty shootout to determine who would advance.

The Cougars (11-6-3) converted their first four spot kicks while Grace had one try saved. Spring Arbor stepped up for a shot to win with only Barnhill in the way.

The junior goalkeeper guessed correctly, dove to his right and made the save of the season on Spring Arbor’s fifth PK attempt. The student section, straddling the sideline, erupted with joyous relief.

Josiah Osborn took Grace’s next shot and converted to put the Lancers (12-5-2) ahead 5-4. Spring Arbor’s sixth shot sailed wide of the net to secure Grace’s advancement, sending the student rushing onto the field in celebration.

The Lancers will play on Saturday in the Crossroads League Tournament championship match, traveling to No. 1-seed Indiana Wesleyan. Grace defeated IWU 3-1 on Sept. 26 during the regular season.

“The guys played with guts tonight. They had to overcome some serious adversity, and they just kept going. Everybody stepped up tonight,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “The guys were focused all week. They came hungry to practice this week, ready to shore up every last detail. I thought we were prepared and ready for tonight.”

The first half was uneventful compared to what was to come. The teams took turns building their possession attack. Only four shots were attempted between the sides in the opening 45 minutes.

Dominic Harris had the only shot on goal before halftime in the 31st minute.

The opportunities began in earnest in the second half. Grace had 11 second-half shots while Spring Arbor fired off seven of its own. Harris had one of the better chances in the match, breaking loose for a one-on-one with the Cougars’ goalkeeper. But SAU’s goalie snuffed out Harris’s move by diving onto the ball.

In the 64th minute, Josiah Osborn’s corner kick produced a pair of shots. Justin Festa’s low drive was blocked, and Colin Cape’s effort went wide.

The game took an interesting turn in the 74th minute. Grace thought Thomas Tydeman was fouled on a breakaway but no foul was given. Instead, the Lancers were given a pair of yellow cards for dissent.

Less than 10 minutes later, Cape was issued a straight red card for a late challenge. Grace was forced to play the remainder of the regulation and overtime 11v10.

The overtime periods were relatively tame. Spring Arbor had three shots in the first 10-minute session, and the Lancers tried two shots in the second OT to no avail.

Robbie Barnhill made four saves in 110 minutes of action to earn the shutout. He was defended by the backline of Jon Sands, Jon Christensen, Festa and Osborn.

Grace outshot Spring Arbor 13-10 in the match. Tydeman fired four shots and two on goal, and Harris had three shots on goal.

“We seem to be peaking at the right time, and I’m excited to see what this team can accomplish,” Hotchkin said.

Eight Lancers Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Grace’s remarkable soccer seasons were not limited to the pitch this fall. Eight members of Grace’s men’s and women’s soccer teams were named CoSIDA Academic All-District.

For the women, seniors Erica Manchess, Mallory Rondeau, Carianne Sobey, junior Meredith Hollar and sophomore Abby Schue earned a spot on the District 2 Team. Grace’s five All-District winners were the most in the nation.

All five Lady Lancers had GPAs of at least 3.95, including a 3.98 from Manchess and Hollar.

The men’s team was represented by Kyle Hamlin, Justin Festa and Robbie Barnhill. Grace’s three All-District winners was second-most in the nation among men’s programs, behind Biola University’s four winners.

Barnhill boasts a perfect 4.00 GPA as a Health Science major. Hamlin’s GPA is 3.92 and Festa’s is 3.82.

The Capital One All-District Teams, selected by CoSIDA, honor student-athletes from the NAIA as well as NCAA Division I, II and III who have earned at least a 3.3 GPA. The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) then vote through the district and national round of winners from eligible student-athletes.