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Olivet's Armstrong Named to D3football.com All-America Team

The postseason honors continue to pour in for Olivet senior defensive end Ryan Armstrong. Prior to Friday night's NCAA Division III national championship game, Armstrong was selected to the 16th annual D3football.com All-America team as a third team selection.

Armstrong, who was this year's MIAA Defensive Most Valuable Player, is the third Olivet football player in school history to be named to the D3football.com All-America team. This season, he was second on the team with 61 total tackles, including 22.5 tackles for loss yardage. Ten of the tackles for loss were quarterback sacks, with one being in the end zone for a safety.




Maas Hired as Olivet's Men's Golf Coach

Bill Maas has been named the head men's golf coach at Olivet, according to an announcement by Athletic Director Dave Sichterman. Maas will continue to serve as head coach of the Comet women's golf program.

"I am thrilled for Bill to take over the men's golf program," said Sichterman. "Over the last 13 years, he has done a great job with our women's golf program. I am hopeful Bill can get the men's golf program turned around and back into one of the elite programs in the conference."

A 1989 Olivet graduate , Maas has served as head coach of the women's golf program since the 2002-03 season. During that time, the Comets have finished in first or second place in the MIAA standings each of the last 11 years, including six MIAA championships, tied for the most by any MIAA women's golf coach (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013).

In addition, Maas has led his team to the NCAA Division III National Championships six of the last seven seasons, finishing as high as ninth in 2007. He has coached four MIAA Most Valuable Golfers and two more who were four-time first-team All-MIAA honorees.




 

Former Albion Basketball Player Reflects on Experience in Nepal

Wayne Bond will always be a Briton as an Albion men's basketball alumnus.

To children in Nepal, he's known as the "black lion," after he delivered nearly 120 books during a self-funded trip that stretched from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1.

"I had grown a beard that was thick and I would growl back at the boys while we were outside playing, and the kids began to joke about how I looked like a big black lion," said Bond, a 2010 Albion graduate.

A biology major at Albion who interestingly completed an internship at a wolf sanctuary during his collegiate career, Bond received the nickname while he was setting up an English center as a memorial-of-sorts to a close friend. Bond also taught English and coached volleyball during his trip.

"[Nepal] was a surreal experience," he added. "The kids are not walking around with electronic devices like here. There are 6-year-olds playing with rocks or running around playing tag. But these kids are happy. There's not a broken smile."

Exhausted from a job in Los Angeles, Bond returned to Michigan where he shifted through multiple jobs before finding a career working with international students at Western Michigan University. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in international development and administration at the university. Although his career choice and area of study have changed, Bond hopes in later life to return to the sciences.

While searching for an experience abroad, Bond said the impact he could make in Nepal inspired him to use the $2,000 he had saved and contact Working Abroad an Non-government Organization out of the UK to learn more about the process. This path led him to Education & Health in Nepal, which helped him to work out the logistics.

"I looked at Argentina and Brazil – places people go to all the time – but I wanted to do something with meaning and something new," Bond said. "Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and there's not much information available about the country."

Bond booked his flight in August and reached out to friends to supply children's books for the English center. He took more than 100 books on the flight, and the exchange rate allowed him to procure even more once he arrived.

He was impressed by how the natives cleared trees to make room for an area to play volleyball, and he reported the balls he brought on the journey were well worn after just three weeks.

The life-changing moments of the trip didn't happen in the classroom or on the makeshift volleyball court, however. They came in the evenings, when power was cut off and Bond spent time with his host family.

"The father is on a two-year contract in the Middle East and I just spent time with the kids," Bond said. "We would go through my phone looking at photos. It was special to be a part of that family, to be myself, to be accepted for who I was. They appreciated me for being me."




Calvin's Warners Named National Division III Volleyball Coach of the Year

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has named Calvin coach Amber Warners its 2014 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year.

It's the fourth time in the last five years Warners has been the Division III Coach of the Year. She was also honored in 2010, 2012 and last year.

Under Warners' direction, the Knights won a share of the MIAA championship, won the conference tournament, advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals for the third straight year and earned its 11th consecutive trip to the Division III Tournament. She had earlier been named the Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Overall in her impressive 14-year collegiate career, Warners has a record of 415-76 for a winning percentage of .845, which is second among active NCAA Division III coaches. The Knights concluded the 2014 campaign with an overall record of 31-4. The Knights were ranked No. 3 in the final AVCA Top 25 coaches poll, and reached the top spot for six weeks during the season. The Knights ranked No. 1 in the MIAA in hitting percentage (.296), assists (12.9 per set) and kills (14.10). The .296 hitting percentage also led the nation.

Click here to read more about Amber Warners.





Players of the Week 

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week: Will Dixon, Trine
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Women's Basketball
Player of the Week: Raeanna Zink, Alma
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Former Briton Greenwood Signs With Ravens

Former Albion cornerback and 2011 MIAA Defensive Most Valuable Player Chris Greenwood has been signed to the active roster of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Greenwood, a fifth-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2012, was signed Wednesday by the Ravens off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad. He had been practicing with the Vikings since being cut by the Lions toward the end of training camp.

Greenwood signed with Baltimore after the Ravens placed two defensive backs, cornerback Asa Jackson and safety Terrence Brooks, on injured reserve with knee injuries. He played in the Lions' final three regular season games last season, making six tackles.




 

Hope Cornerback To Receive Morley Fraser Award

Hope College football player Kirby Crook has been chosen the 2014 NCAA Division III recipient in Michigan of the Morley Fraser Award, given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership.

The senior defensive back from Beech Grove, Ind. (Beech Grove HS), was honored on Wednesday during a National Football Foundation and Detroit Free Press banquet in Dearborn.

The Morley Fraser Award is named in honor of the late Morley Fraser, who coached baseball and football at Albion between 1954 and 1972. He led the Britons to six MIAA baseball championships during his 18 years as head coach, and directed Albion to an 81-41-1 record and five MIAA football championships in 14 seasons. The football field at Albion's Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium is named in Fraser's honor.

The Morley Fraser Award is presented annually by the Awards Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Crook is Hope's second consecutive winner, following quarterback Michael Atwell (2013).

Earlier this month, Crook was selected to the Division III Capital One Academic All-America first team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He completed his degree in management earlier this month. He had a 3.96 GPA coming into the fall semester.

Crook led all MIAA players with seven interceptions during the 2014 season, and was named an All-MIAA first team defensive back by the league's coaches. He finished sixth on the Flying Dutchmen with 49 tackles.




Albion Women's Soccer Player Gives Boost To New Community Food Hub

Albion junior Alice LaLone has known for some time that she wants an agriculture-focused business career.

The Ortonville native and forward for the Britons' women's soccer team made progress along that path last summer as an intern for the Albion College Student Farm. During the just-concluded fall semester, she developed more valuable skills as the first intern for the soon-to-open Albion community Food Hub, where she put her experience and interest to the test in helping to develop a new and exciting community initiative.

A "food hub," as opposed to a food pantry, "is usually a place to aggregate produce, like a farmer's market," LaLone explains. The city's plan, however, is more ambitious. "We need a business incubator, to allow people to start up food-related businesses," she said.

Later this month, Albion's Food Hub will open at 112 W. Erie St., not just with an indoor farmer's market, but with a commercial kitchen that will be available to the entire community. LaLone explains that, primarily, the kitchen will allow small producers such as beekeepers or bakers to process foods for retail sale, following safety standards and even providing nutrition and ingredient labeling.

Such entrepreneurs "probably don't want the risk involved with purchasing a commercial kitchen," LaLone said. "With the Food Hub, they can essentially rent our kitchen, and test the market while they develop their business."

While business incubation is the kitchen's primary focus, LaLone notes that it will serve many other uses. Private individuals or professional caterers may also rent the kitchen for large-scale cooking projects. Albion Innovation, a nonprofit organization providing free food in Albion, has storage space in the Food Hub building and may utilize the kitchen to prepare food as well.

Click here to read more about Alice LaLone and the Albion Food Hub project.



MIAA, CCIW Announce Second Year of Football Agreement

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) will play the second of two installments of a football scheduling agreement in 2015.

The seven MIAA football playing schools, along with St. Norbert of the Midwest Conference, will travel to the eight CCIW institutions next season after the MIAA and St. Norbert hosted the CCIW in 2014. St. Norbert will again serve as the MIAA’s eighth institution for this scheduling agreement.

Games for 2015 will be played on September 12 as Hope travels to Elmhurst, Albion to Augustana, Trine to North Central, Adrian to Wheaton, Alma to Illinois Wesleyan, Kalamazoo to Millikin, Olivet to Carthage and St. Norbert to North Park.

MIAA commissioner Penny Allen-Cook and CCIW commissioner Chris Martin randomly selected the matchups for 2015 based upon each team's 2014 record, taking the top four teams, and the bottom four teams in each conference and randomly paired them together.

"The MIAA football teams are looking forward to the strong competition that the CCIW will present us in this final season of the scheduling agreement,” Allen-Cook said. “It has been a great opportunity for our programs to challenge ourselves early on in the season."

Last season, the MIAA/St. Norbert posted a 4-4 record against the CCIW with wins by Adrian, Alma, Hope and Trine.

"The CCIW is looking forward to the final year of our scheduling agreement with the MIAA and St. Norbert,” Martin said. “We are happy to serve as hosts in 2015 and welcome the MIAA institutions and St. Norbert for our final season of football competition.”

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association is the nation's oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private liberal arts colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary's College and Trine University. During the 2013-14 academic year, the conference recognized more than 1,000 Academic Honor Roll members, 16 CoSIDA Academic All-American selections and three NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) was founded in 1946 and currently services eight member institutions including Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.), Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.), Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, Ill.), Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Ill.), Millikin University (Decatur, Ill.), North Central College (Naperville, Ill.), North Park University (Chicago, Ill.) and Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.). During the 2013-14 academic year, the CCIW honored over 1,400 academic all-conference recipients, 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 33 CoSIDA Academic All-District recipients and 87 all-Americans.



Hope Leads MIAA Commissioner's Cup Standings After Fall Season

Commissioner's Cup Standings (through fall season): 1. Hope 64. 2. Calvin 51.5. 3. Trine 41.5. 4. Adrian 40. 5. Albion 37.5. 6. Alma 34.5. 7. Kalamazoo 33. 8. Olivet 31.5.

Men’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 29.5. 2. Calvin 25. 3. Trine 24.5. 4. Adrian 24. 5. Albion 19.5. 6. Kalamazoo 19. 7. Olivet 18.5. 8. Alma 14.

Women’s All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 34.5. 2. Calvin 26.5. 3. Alma 20.5. 3. Saint Mary’s 20.5. 5. Albion 18. 6. Trine 17. 7. Adrian 16. 8. Kalamazoo 14. 9. Olivet 13. 

Highlights

  • 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 is 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 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.
Click here for complete fall all-sports standings.