Alma Eliminated By DePauw In NCAA Finals
Posted: May 22, 2015
A walkoff home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning ended Alma's run in the NCAA Division III softball tournament Friday, as DePauw, Ind. edged the Scots, 5-4, in Salem, Va.
Alma, which was the No. 4 seed in its regional, but stormed to five consecutive victories in the regional and super regional to advance to the national finals for the first time in 10 years, finished its season at 30-17.
The Scots fell behind early Friday, as the Tigers combined three singles and an error into two first-inning runs. But Alma bounced right back in the top of the second, taking advantage of back-to-back errors to begin the inning. Marie Zill's bases-loaded single scored the first run, and Anna Couture followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2-2.
Alma took its first lead in the top of the fifth when Couture walked, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a Kayla Merice sacrifice and scored on Devan Olah's ground out, putting the Scots ahead 3-2. DePauw matched the Scots' run with one in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Cori Witham delivered a two-out single to score Brooke Hein, who had reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Alma had a 4-3 lead, but a two-out error in the sixth allowed the Tigers to score the tying run from third.
In the bottom of the seventh, DePauw nearly pulled out the win on a two-out double to deep center field. However, a perfect relay from Zill to Olah to Witham cut down the potential winning run at the plate, sending the game to extra innings.
But in the eighth, DePauw's Morgan McCord hit an opposite-field home run off Alma's Morgan Stratton for the win.
Stratton, who pitched all 49 innings for the Scots during the NCAA tournament, allowed 10 hits and struck out three against the Tigers. The MIAA's earned run average leader finished the season with a 19-9 record in the circle. Witham led the Alma offense with two hits.
Friday, May 22 - NCAA Division III National Championships at Salem, Va.
Thursday, May 21 - NCAA Division III National Championships at Salem, Va.
Calvin's deWaal Malefyt, Danner Earn All-American Honors at NCAA Championships
Posted: May 18, 2015
The MIAA's first All-American performance came in the men's discus Thursday, as Calvin's Ben deWaal Malefyt finished sixth with a toss of 174 feet, 4 inches. In the women's 10,000 meters, Calvin's Sarah Danner earned All-American honors by finishing eighth in 36:20.54.
In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, two of the three MIAA entrants qualified for the finals as Adrian's Dominick Reed finished 12th in preliminaries (9:17.20) and Olivet's Andrew Benkovsky placed 14th (9:20.59).
In Friday's preliminaries, Calvin's Ethan Valentine qualified for Saturday's finals in the men's 400-meter dash, placing 8th in :48.30.
In Friday's finals, Trine's Kara Eck finished 14th in the women's hammer throw (166' 6") and Hope's Jane Pearson finished 16th in the women's heptathlon (4,738).
Saturday's final day of competition begins at 11:30 a.m.
Men's Team Scores (through 6 events): 1. Wis.-Eau Claire 18. 2. Wis.-La Crosse 17. 3. Bates, Me. 16. T4. North Central, Ill. 13. T4. Springfield, Mass. 13. T27. Calvin 3.
Women's Team Scores (through 6 events): 1. Illinois Wesleyan 24. 2. Mass. Institute of Technology 15. T3. Baldwin Wallace, Ohio, 12. T3. Cornell, Iowa 12. T3. North Central, Ill. 12. T31. Calvin 1.
Click here for the meet schedule of events.
Albion's Fischbach Named to All-America Baseball Team By ABCA
Posted: May 22, 2015
Albion junior outfielder Michael Fischbach has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III All-America second team.
Fischbach was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Position Player this season after breaking the Albion single-season records with 20 doubles, six triples and 44 RBI. He finished the season hitting .414 with 53 hits in 128 at-bats.
In the 28 games against MIAA rivals, he set league bests with a .773 slugging percentage, five doubles, three triples and 29 runs batted in. His 38 hits and 27 runs scored placed him third in the league and his .432 batting average was fourth. His 15 doubles in conference play set a new MIAA single-season mark.
Fischbach was the only MIAA player named to the ABCA All-America team.
Five From MIAA Make Track/Cross Country Academic All-District
Posted: May 22, 2015
Five MIAA student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District® track & field/cross country teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The honorees - Erik Holstege and Lauren Strohbehn of Calvin, Kaitlyn Arnold of Alma, Jalen Weaver of Olivet and Trisha King of Trine - are now eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.
Holstege (pictured top left), a senior from Keswick, Va. (Monticello HS), was the MIAA's male Most Valuable Field Athlete for the second consecutive year, winning the conference championship in the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump. He has a 3.79 grade point average as a biochemistry major at Calvin.
Weaver (pictured top left center), a senior from Albion (Albion HS), successfully defended his conference title in the 800-meter run this season at Field Day. He graduated from Olivet with a 3.83 grade point average as an exercise science major.
Arnold (pictured top center), a sophomore from Jackson (Northwest HS), was a first team All-MIAA selection in cross country last fall, finishing fourth at the conference championships. A integrative physiology and health sciences major at Alma, she has a 4.00 GPA.
Strohbehn (pictured top right center), a sophomore from Stillwater, Minn. (St. Croix Prep Academy), earned All-MIAA recognition in both cross country and track during the 2014-15 season. She has a 3.97 grade point average as a biology major at Calvin.
King, (pictured top right), a senior from Archbold, Ohio (Archbold HS), was a two-time All-MIAA selection in track and field, winning the 800-meter run at the 2014 Field Day. She finished ninth in the 800 meters at this year's NCAA indoor track championships. A third team Academic All-America® selection last year, King graduated with a 3.89 GPA.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Calvin Wins 2014-15 MIAA Commissioner's Cup
Posted: May 14, 2015
Final Commissioner's Cup All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 133. 2. Hope 125. 3. Trine 92. 4. Adrian 91.5. 5. Kalamazoo 87.5. 6. Albion 84.5. 7. Alma 83.5. 8. Olivet 71.
Final Men's All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 67.5. T2. Adrian 57.5. T2. Hope 57.5. 4. Trine 50.5. 5. Kalamazoo 45. 6. Albion 43.5. 7. Alma 38. 8. Olivet 36.
Final Women's All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 67.5. 2. Calvin 65.5. 3. Alma 45.5. 4. Kalamazoo 42.5. 5. Trine 41.5. 6. Albion 41. 7. Saint Mary's 36.5. 8. Olivet 35. 9. Adrian 34.
Trine's Searles, Fox Named Softball All-Americans
Kalamazoo's Woods, Dass Fall In Opening Round At NCAA Championships
Thursday, May 22
Albion's Dziewit Becomes MIAA's First MLAX All-American
Posted: May 20, 2015
Albion midfielder Alexander Dziewit has become the first MIAA player to receive NCAA Division III All-America recognition from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Dziewit, who was the MIAA's Most Valuable Offensive Player this season, was selected as an honorable mention pick on the USILA All-America team. He scored 51 goals and added 20 assists for the Britons this season, and tied for the MIAA lead in points with 27 (19 goals, eight assists) in conference play.
Dziweit, a senior from Clarkston (Clarkston HS), scored at least two points in all but two contests during the season, but he saved his best for the most important games, including a five-goal burst in the MIAA Tournament championship game against Adrian and a pair of goals in the NCAA Division III Championship second round game at Ohio Wesleyan.
Six From MIAA Named D3Baseball.com All-Region
Posted: May 19, 2015
Six baseball student-athletes from MIAA schools have been named to the All-Mideast Region team by D3Baseball.com, including three first-team honorees who are now eligible for All-America consideration.
The first-team selections include this year's MIAA Most Valuable Players, Albion outfielder Michael Fischbach and Adrian pitcher Eric Schmidt, as well as last year's Most Valuable Position Player, Adrian shortstop Ryan Dorow.
Named to the third team were Adrian outfielder Jeff Gertley, Adrian pitcher Jordan Frayer and Calvin outfielder Grant Van Putten.
Fischbach, a junior from Valencia, Calif. (Valencia HS), ranked among the MIAA leaders in eight statistical categories, hitting .432 with a league-leading 29 runs batted in against conference opponents. He set an MIAA record with 15 doubles in league play and set Albion school records for doubles (20), triples (6) and RBI (44).
Schmidt, a senior from Blissfield (Blissfield HS), posted a 9-2 record this season with a 2.38 earned run average in 87 innings, including a perfect 6-0 record with a league-leading 43 strikeouts in conference play. He finished his career with a 30-5 record, 2.79 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 261.2 innings. His 30 career wins are an Adrian school record.
Dorow, a sophomore from South Haven (South Haven HS), batted .383 with 59 hits in 154 at-bats. He scored 43 runs while collecting 13 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs. He drove in 38 runs and had a .688 slugging percentage.
Gertley, a junior from Northville (Northville HS), batted .358 and tied a school record with 11 home runs while driving in 48 runs for the Bulldogs. He hit .417 with two home runs and nine RBI during the MIAA tournament. Gertley also scored 39 runs while recording 19 doubles.
Frayer, a junior from New Boston (Huron HS), posted a 7-2 record with a 2.40 earned run average in 71.1 innings of work this season. He led the MIAA in earned run average with a 1.97 ERA with a 5-0 record in conference play. He made 12 starts and threw four complete games with 42 strikeouts and a .221 opponent batting average.
Van Putten, a senior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), led the MIAA in hitting this year with a .471 average in league play, setting a conference record with 49 hits. Overall, he set a school record with 72 hits, stole 22 bases and struck out just five times. He concluded his Calvin career as the MIAA career leader in stolen bases (62) and the school record holder in hits, doubles, runs and stolen bases.
Hope Women's Basketball Special Olympics Effort Nominated For NCAA Spotlight Poll
Posted: May 8, 2015
A story promoting the Hope women's basketball team's partnership with Special Olympics has been nominated by the NCAA for the Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll for May.
You can help the Flying Dutch win a voting contest that will give $500 toward a Special Olympics event to the winner. The school with the highest number of votes at this time will be named the winner. Voting is open until May 25 at 5 p.m. ET. Fans are allowed one vote per computer.
The MIAA has been well-represented in the Special Olympics Spotlight Poll, as past efforts by Kalamazoo and Saint Mary's have won the monthly spotlight polls.
The Flying Dutch basketball team has been active with the local Special Olympics chapter for several years. They held their annual skills clinic in January and hosted a 12-team, 120 player basketball tournament in February for local Special Olympic athletes.
The purpose of the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Partnership is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
Click here to vote for Hope: www.ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics
Briton Athletes Work With Special Olympics Volleyball Teams
Posted: May 8, 2015
(story by Albion student-athlete Kit Maher)
On Saturday afternoons, the Bernard T. Lomas Fieldhouse inside Albion's Dow Recreation & Wellness Center is typically unoccupied.
However, on Saturday, April 18, the gym was in a state of organized chaos. Fourteen Special Olympic volleyball teams from different areas of Michigan came to Albion to compete in a day-long tournament. Three different courts were set up alongside each other with rows of chairs for spectators and scorekeepers. Members of the Albion volleyball team volunteered as line judges, and sat in their elevated chairs with whistles.
Walking inside to watch the games, I found the Area 19 team warming up for their 1 p.m. match on the middle court. Dressed in red and white jerseys, they practiced bumping and spiking the ball with two of their coaches: Melissa Walton, Albion’s senior associate athletic director, and Melissa Wilson, one of three seniors on the Briton women’s lacrosse squad.
The first serve of the game was an ace by Area 19, and the team quickly took a 5-0 lead against their opponents. It was clear that they were the more skilled team, but they played with a positive competitiveness. High fives were seen often, and when one teammate fell down trying to return a serve, another quickly helped her up.
The atmosphere was consistently supportive and encouraging; when the teams got into volleys back and forth the crowd would erupt in cheering and applause. The athletes had their game faces on and used teamwork, with Area 19 ultimately winning the game.Click here to read more on this story.