Calvin, Hope Win Semifinals In MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Men’s Semifinals – Thursday, February
Women’s Semifinals – Wednesday, February
Women’s Championship – Saturday, February
Men’s Championship – Saturday, February
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Calvin's Brink Named To Men's Basketball Academic All-America® Team
Calvin guard Jordan Brink has been named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America® men's basketball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Brink, a senior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), was named to the Academic All-America® second team announced on Tuesday. He led the Knights to the MIAA championship this season and is averaging 18.6 points per game. He ranks in the top five in the MIAA in conference play in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
In the classroom, Brink is a business marketing and sports management double major at Calvin with a 3.63 grade point average. He is the eighth MIAA student-athlete to receive Academic All-America® honors so far during the 2014-15 academic year. Other honorees so far this year are Kirby Crook of Hope (first team, football), Aaron Wolf of Trine (first team, football), Maggie Kamp of Calvin (first team, volleyball), Travis Vegter of Calvin (second team, soccer), Lucy Mailing of Kalamazoo (second team, soccer), Jenna Grasmeyer of Hope (second team, volleyball) and Elise Biesboer of Calvin (third team, volleyball).
The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.
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All-MIAA Swimming and Diving Teams Announced
Men's Most Valuable Swimmer: Johnson Cochran,
Men's Most Valuable Diver: Will Guedes,
Former Albion Basketball Standout Has Teamwork Down To A Science
Former Albion women's basketball standout Jaime Fornetti is featured in a new segment on the NCAA's "After The Game" program, which profiles former student-athletes as to what they are doing in their careers and how their experience as a student-athlete shaped their life.
Fornetti, who was a 2006 All-MIAA first team selection and a starter for the 2005 MIAA co-champion Britons, brings a collaborative approach more common in athletics arenas to her science lab, where she researches breast cancer bone metastasis.
A 2006 Albion graduate, Fornetti earned her Ph.d. last year at the University of Colorado and is now in a post-doctoral fellowship program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Facility in Oklahoma City.
As a student-athlete at Albion, Fornetti was a four-year member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. She averaged nearly 12 points per game in conference play her senior year for the Britons.
Click here to read the story by Rachel Stark and watch the video on Jaime Fornetti.
Adrian Picked To Repeat As MIAA Baseball Champs
Defending champion Adrian has been picked as the preseason favorite to repeat as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball champions.
The Bulldogs, who have won six consecutive MIAA championships and all three tournaments since the MIAA began its postseason tournament in 2012, received seven out of eight first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Hope, who was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote.
Preseason poll results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Adrian (7) 7 pts. 2. Hope (1) 13. 3. Calvin 26. 4. Albion 28. 5. Kalamazoo 30. 6. Trine 34. 7. Alma 37. 8. Olivet 49.
Adrian is poised for another run at the MIAA championship this spring. The Bulldogs return the reigning MIAA Position Player of the Year in sophomore shortstop Ryan Dorow, who last year won the national Freshman of the Year award from D3baseball.com. Dorow batted .392 with 21 doubles, five homers and 40 RBI. Senior Eric Schmidt, who has amassed a career record of 21-3 with a 2.99 earned run average, is expected to be the team's ace in the rotation.
Hope, which finished 22-21 and third in the MIAA last year, brings back two-time All-MIAA infielder Brady VanderWeele and its four top pitchers for the 2015 season. VanderWeele, a junior, is moving to shortstop from second base after hitting .323 last season. Senior righthander Currey Thomas returns after posting a team-high five wins on the mound in 2014. He is joined by three teammates who totaled four wins apiece: junior Austin Goodyke, junior Jake Chipka and sophomore Ty Van Wieren.
Under the direction of first-year head coach John Rypel, Calvin will be seeking to continue the momentum it gained from a 28-16 campaign last spring that saw the Knights finish second in the league and reach the MIAA tournament finals. Calvin will be led by senior captains Grant VanPutten, Nate Schepers, Peter Cupery and Ben Wohl. An outfielder, VanPutten is a two-time first team All-MIAA selection and the Calvin record holder in stolen bases. Schepers and Cupery will help anchor the Calvin pitching staff with Cupery also providing a big bat in the lineup.
Kalamazoo returns several key players from a team that made the MIAA tournament for the first time last spring. Senior outfielder Scott Devine, a second team All-MIAA selection last year, led the Hornets in home runs (4), RBIs (34) and stolen bases last season. Also returning are outfielder Ian Kobernick, who led the team in hitting (.377), and junior lefthander Dylan Pierce, a second team All-MIAA selection who led Kalamazoo in earned run average (2.58), innings pitched and strikeouts. Shortstop Mitchell VanKoevering and pitcher Aaron Schwark also return for the Hornets.
Albion begins the season with catcher Spencer Bonofiglio, outfielder Michael Fischbach and first baseman Kyle Kowal among the players to watch in Division III according to the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Fischbach, a junior, was the MIAA's batting champion after hitting .417 and collecting at least one hit in 24 of the 28 league games last spring. Pitchers Craig Conway and Matt Temrowski return after picking up four victories apiece last spring.
Trine returns the majority of a young roster from last season. Headlining the returners is All-MIAA first baseman Jordan Baer, who led the team in batting average, home runs and RBIs last season. Joining him in the infield is Ethan Prebynski, a veteran with 120 career starts to his credit. Zach Thorn, Kory Shackle and Drew Burgess return after seeing significant time in the outfield last season. The Thunder also return six of their seven leaders in innings pitched from last season, led by senior Eddie Tomich, who has won three games each of the last two seasons.
Alma brings back most of its roster from a year ago, led by junior catcher Doug Walters, who hit a team-high .366, and outfielder Yoan Delrosa, who hit .333. Returning seniors Juan Dominguez and Blake Leddy led the Scots in runs batted in with 18. Juniors Colin Nash, Blake Ordiway and Philip Jock anchor the pitching staff.
Olivet will look to 10 seniors to help the Comets improve on their 10-30 overall record from the 2014 season. Leading the way is catcher Peter Panos, a 2014 second-team All-MIAA selection, who had a .363 batting average. Jonny Zawacki returns to the field after being sidelined for the majority of the 2014 season with an injury. Other three-year starters returning are infielder Tom Kort and outfielder Drew Thompson.
Albion's Novak Prepares for Life Beyond College
Whether it's serving as one of the captains of the women's lacrosse team, traveling to the African nation of Cameroon as a mentor for first-year students on a field trip, holding a leadership position for her sorority, or taking advantage of the hands-on learning opportunities during an internship, Albion's Mackenzie Novak is passionate about the activities that have molded her collegiate experience.
A senior in her final semester, Novak has worked to create the good fortune of being able to concentrate on the three classes she's taking and leading the lacrosse team, which includes 12 first-year players and sophomores, because her internship with CreateMyTee ended with her acceptance of a full-time job as a finance manager starting June 1.
"Everything fell in perfectly for me," Novak said, explaining how an early end to a lacrosse practice last spring allowed her to attend a talk by CreateMyTee President and managing member Josh Fales, '06, with a group of students in Albion's Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. "He was looking for a senior, someone he could hire if everything went well. [It's great] to end up at a young, vibrant company with an amazing culture of being laid-back but holding each other accountable for the work you're doing.
"I'm coming back to play my senior season because I could have graduated if I had not taken a semester off to do the internship," she added. "It's not going to be fun when the season's over because it's going to be part of my life where the book closes, at least for the player aspect and being part of a team."
While she talked about the end of her collegiate career, Novak was quick to add how she "will never put her stick down," though she does not know if she will stay involved in the game through adult leagues or coaching.
Click here to read more about Mackenzie Novak.
Trine Men's Lacrosse To Host Benefit Game
The Trine men's lacrosse team will host a Rett Syndrome benefit at its home game against Muskingum in March.
The benefit will be held in conjunction with the March 21 game between the Thunder and the Fighting Muskies. Known as BrooklynStrong, the event will serve as a fundraiser for Girl Power 2 Cure, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome. Trine will wear special orange home jerseys and will be selling T-shirts to raise funds for the foundation.
BrooklynStrong is named in honor of Brooklyn Butler (pictured right), a young friend of the team diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Brooklyn is the daughter of Kelly Butler, a former employee at Trine and now the regional director for the Girl Power 2 Cure organization.
T-shirts for the event will be sold in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center in the weeks leading up to the game. T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the game. Fans are encouraged to wear orange in an "Orange-out" in support of the cause.