With the start of the 2014-15 season of competition, the MIAA and PrestoSports is offering a new feature for visitors to its website: a composite schedule and live scoreboard function for most of its contests.
The feature offers one-click access to up-to-the-minute game results across the conference. Once on the scoreboard, users can click onto audio and video broadcasts of each contest.
The composite schedule and live scoreboard will be available throughout the season.
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MIAA Relays Kick Off Swimming and Diving Season
The MIAA swimming and diving season got underway Saturday with the annual MIAA Relays at the Holland Aquatic Center.
The non-scoring meet launched the start of the season that will reach its conclusion in mid-February with the MIAA Championships, also to be held at Holland Aquatic Center. Calvin is the defending champion in both men's and women's swimming and diving, with the Knights coming off their first men's title in school history a year ago.
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Adrian Adds Athletic Trainers To Press Box To Spot On-Field Injuries
Adrian has made a significant move to enhancing player-safety measures during athletic events. On October 4, the Bulldogs had an additional set of eyes watching every play, not to spot the penalties, but rather to watch for potential injuries. During the Bulldogs' football game against Olivet, the college positioned a certified athletic trainer in the press box acting as an “eye in the sky,” as the National Football League labeled it three seasons ago.
"While all levels of football are looking to do a better job at spotting medical concerns, this approach is really unprecedented in our league," Adrian athletic director Mike Duffy said.
The ATC (athletic trainer, certified) is required to be certified by the national Board of Certification and licensed in the state of Michigan. The spotter maintains a full view of the field with the ability to identify players who may require further evaluation, and can communicate any concerns immediately through a headset to the athletic training personnel on the sidelines. Should a player require attention, they are pulled and evaluated to ensure they can continue to play.
"In collaboration with Professor Vic Liberi, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS, STS and our continual awareness and concern for the safety of our athletes, it became apparent we needed to follow suit," said Adrian head athletic trainer Jamie Fetter, MS, AT, ATC. "It is reassuring to know that we have that additional set of eyes watching the plays. While initially the focus was on concussions, there is a significant benefit to being able to identify other potential injuries and keeping our players safe."
Albion DB's Playbook A Successful Balancing Act
Chris Jakubik could have walked away from football as a champion. After all, he was an all-league second-team pick as a member of Albion's 2013 MIAA championship team.
A student in one of Albion's programs of distinction, the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, Jakubik could have found a job and let another defensive back take care of the hassle of preventing fleet-footed receivers from streaking down the sideline.
Jakubik had a year of eligibility remaining after transferring to Albion, however, and the bonds that form between teammates proved to be too strong to walk away from.
So instead of completing his degree and moving behind a desk, Jakubik slowed his coursework last spring to experience life as a student, an athlete, and as a professional for one last season with the Britons. He is taking two classes; averaging 20-25 hours per week as the accounting and finance controller for Caster Concepts, one of the leading manufacturing plants in Albion; and serving as one of the veteran leaders for the Britons.
"I came back for the guys I came in with," said Jakubik, who was also recently featured in the Detroit Free Press. "We've grown up together. I feel like we haven't accomplished all that we could have done. We've won the MIAA championship, but there are certain goals we've set every year – winning games when the team has an overnight stay and competing with some of the better teams in the country. That's what we set our minds on after our first year here when we walked into an MIAA championship team.
"It is about putting in all the work with your teammates, your brothers on the football team, and wanting to enrich the program with more success."
Albion ended the 2013 campaign with a loss to North Central (Ill.) in an NCAA Division III Championship first-round game, and as he looked at the seniors in the postgame huddle, Jakubik wasn't ready to walk away.
"There were a lot of emotions from the seniors [after the loss at North Central ]– it was all the emotions of 20 years of football running together," Jakubik said. "And that's how I knew I had to come back because it wasn't hitting me like it should have."
Click here to read more about Albion's Chris Jakubik.
Calvin Men's Golf Teams Up With First Tee Youth Golf Program
The Calvin men's golf team recently joined forces with the Grand Valley State women's golf team in an event to help out local youth, hosted by The First Tee of West Michigan at Cascade Hills Country Club.
15 participants of The First Tee paired up with GVSU women and Calvin men's golfers in a nine-hole alternate shot event. Afterwards, participants, their families and the college golfers ate dinner together and discussed the year.
"This our fourth year doing this event, and our participants say it's their favorite event of the whole year. It's a great opportunity for our participants to rub shoulders with young role models and learn what the game of golf has done for them," said Tyler Smies, a 2010 Calvin graduate and executive director of The First Tee of West Michigan.
"We worked with over 340 students at The First Tee program this year, but it really comes down to each individual participant, and how they are growing as a person. This event gives our young people a confidence boost, and gets them thinking about what they want to be when they grow up," said Smies, who competed in men's golf as a student-athlete at Calvin and is now an assistant coach for the Knights.
The chapter serves youth age 7-17 from all socio-economic backgrounds teaching them life skills, values, and healthy habits through the game of golf. This year, The First Tee of West Michigan partnered with Kentwood Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, The Boys & Girls Club, Arbor Circle and many others.
Participants took part in The First Tee's Life Skills Experience at five area courses in West Michigan. Sessions are held in Grand Rapids at The Highlands Golf Course, Fellowship Greens Golf Course, Cascade Hills Country Club, and Kent Country Club. The First Tee also hosted classes in Muskegon, at University Park Golf Course.
The First Tee students wrap up outside classes next week, but their clubs are not put away for long. Starting in mid-November, The First Tee runs their winter program, dubbed "Homework & Hitting," out of The Highlands Golf Course in Grand Rapids and Encounter Church in Kentwood.