MIAA To Add Indoor Track As Conference Sport In 2015-16
Posted: March 27, 2015
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced today that it will add men’s and women’s indoor track and field as varsity conference sports, effective with the 2015-16 school year.
"We are excited to be adding men's and women's indoor track and field to our lineup of sponsored sports. This will give our student-athletes an opportunity to compete for conference championships," MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook said. "Currently, only the few elite track and field student-athletes have a chance at end-of-season recognition in their sport by qualifying for the NCAA National Championships. This is another affirmation of our membership's commitment to providing a quality, competitive experience for MIAA student-athletes."
The MIAA previously sponsored men’s indoor track as a conference sport from 1936-48, with Kalamazoo winning the first league championship in 1936. Albion won six conference titles during that span, the most of any MIAA school, including the final championship in 1948.
Some MIAA member schools already offer indoor track as a sport, with four student-athletes from MIAA member colleges earning All-American honors at the recent NCAA Division III indoor championships.
The addition of men’s and women’s indoor track will bring the number to 22 sports sponsored by the MIAA – 11 for each gender. They are the first sports to be added to the conference’s lineup since men’s and women’s lacrosse were added during the 2012-13 academic year.
Albion Basketball Teams, SAAC Team Up For Clinic
Posted: March 28, 2015
A total of 135 kids turned out Saturday for a basketball clinic hosted by Albion's men's and women's basketball teams and the college's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Kids participated in drills and learned some of the basics of the game, such as passing, shooting, and defense, from members of the Britons' basketball teams.
It was the latest in a series of sports clinics sponsored by Albion's SAAC and the college's athletic department. Last weekend, 64 kids took part in a golf clinic at Albion where they learned skills from members of the Britons' golf teams and the coaching staff.
Click here to see a Facebook photo gallery of the Albion basketball clinic.
From The Gridiron To the Boardroom: K Grad, Former Coach Heath Makes An Impact
Posted: March 28, 2015
About 40 years after he first arrived at Kalamazoo College to study and play football, Jim Heath continues to make an impact at the college and in the greater Kalamazoo community.
Heath, a 1978 graduate of Kalamazoo, is now president of Stryker Instruments, a division of Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp., a Fortune 500 company that produces medical devices and equipment. He continues to serve his alma mater as a member of Kalamazoo's Board of Trustees.
Heath played football for four years at Kalamazoo while earning his bachelor's degree in history. After earning a master's degree and serving on the football coaching staffs at Ohio State University, and New Mexico State University, Heath came back to Kalamazoo in 1985 as the Hornets' football and baseball coach. He coached the football program for three seasons and the baseball team for two years, while also serving the college as an assistant professor.
In 1988, Heath joined Stryker as a manager of training, and progressed through the company's managerial ranks, holding such positions as general manager for the dental implants division and vice president of sales and service before assuming the presidency of Stryker Instruments.
Click here to read more about Jim Heath.
Albion's LaCavera Shows "A Little Fight, A Little Drive" In Return to Softball Diamond
Posted: March 27, 2015
Albion first baseman Megan LaCavera has overcome great obstacles in returning to play the sport that she loves.
A junior from Armada, LaCavera has overcome multiple knee injuries and surgeries that sidelined her for her senior year of high school and her first two years at Albion to return to the diamond this spring. She is already making her presence felt for the Britons, having driven in 10 runs in Albion's first 14 games and belting a grand slam home run in a win over Lourdes, Ohio.
Click here to read more about LaCavera's comeback and the impact her experience has had on her, not only on the field, but her potential career direction.
Trine Men's Lacrosse Raises More Than $3,000 For Rett Syndrome Awareness
Posted: March 23, 2015
The Trine men's lacrosse team not only won its match last weekend against Muskingum, Ohio, but also raised money and awareness toward fighting a rare childhood illness.
The Thunder raised more than $3,000 to benefit Girl Power 2 Cure, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome. The name BrooklynStrong honors Brooklyn Butler, a young friend of the team who is diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Brooklyn is the daughter of Kelly Butler, a former Trine employee and now the regional director for the Girl Power 2 Cure organization. The men's lacrosse team raised funds for Girl Power 2 Cure by selling t-shirts and organizing several raffles.
The weeks of fundraising culminated in the team presenting Brooklyn with her own no. 7 jersey prior to the March 21 game against Muskingum. The team wore special orange and purple jerseys for the game in honor of Brooklyn and all those fighting Rett Syndrome. Trine fans supported the cause with an "orange out" theme at the game.
"I think the most important thing for me was seeing that not only did my teammates and their parents welcome Brooklyn for just one game, they embraced her and welcomed her into our Trine lacrosse family forever," said Zach Mathews, a senior on the men's lacrosse team and one of the driving forces behind the benefit.
The men's lacrosse team first learned about Brooklyn through another member of the Trine family. The team did some volunteer work for the family in the fall and decided to commit to holding a game in honor of Brooklyn this spring.
"I think everyone- coaches, players, parents and staff, all had a huge part to play in making the BrooklynStrong game as successful as it was," said Matthews. "Hopefully, this is a stepping stone our program can use to build a tradition of giving back."
Rett Syndrome is a non-inherited, post-natal neurological disorder that causes impairments affecting the ability to speak, walk and eat. Its hallmarks are near-constant, repetitive hand movements while awake. The condition affects mostly girls and is very rarely seen in boys.
For more information on Rett Syndrome, please visit the Girl Power 2 Cure website HERE.
Trine earned a 9-2 victory over the Fighting Muskies to improve to 2-3 on the season.
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Hope Leads Commissioner's Cup Standings After Winter Sports Season
Posted: March 17, 2015
Commissioner's Cup Standings: 1. Hope 94.5. 2. Calvin 87.5. 3. Albion 57.5. 3. Kalamazoo 57.5. 5. Trine 54.5 6. Alma 51.5. 7. Olivet 48.5. 8. Adrian 48.
Men’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 44. 2. Calvin 43. 3. Trine 32. 4. Albion 29.5. 4. Kalamazoo 29.5. 6. Adrian 29. 7. Olivet 26. 8. Alma 24.
Women’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 50.5. 2. Calvin 44.5. 3. Albion 28. 3. Kalamazoo 28. 5. Alma 27.5. 6. Olivet 22.5. 6. Trine 22.5. 8. Saint Mary’s 21.5. 9. Adrian 19.
• The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league's 20 sports for men and women.
• The final Commissioner’s Cup standings are determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of ten sports for men and eight of ten sports for women. All eight fall sports and four winter sports are tabulated in this tabulation.
• This year marks the institution of a new Commissioner’s Cup scoring formula that awards the same number of points to the MIAA champion in each sport, regardless of gender.
• Hope won the 2013-14 Commissioner’s Cup.
• The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 35 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 & Alma 5.