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MIAA Honors Hope Football, Men’s Soccer Players in Weekly Awards

by Cassandra Basore

Two Hope College athletes have been recognized for their performances in football and men’s soccer, respectively.

Senior quarterback Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill., (Geneseo HS), has been chosen the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Offensive Player of the Week in football, while junior goalie Will Morlock of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) is the MIAA men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

Atwell completed 23 of 33 passes for 442 yards and five touchdowns as the Flying Dutchmen defeated North Park (Ill.) 41-21, in their season opener. Four of Atwell’s TD strikes came in the second half as Hope rallied from an early 14-3 deficit.

Atwell is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time in his career. He is being recognized along with Albion cornerback Mike Vandermus for defense and Trine placekicker Tyler Keck for special teams.

Morlock allowed only one goal in leading the Flying Dutchmen to a pair of nonconference wins. He had three saves in 2-0 victory against Madonna, then turned away eight shots as Hope posted a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked Wheaton (Ill.).

Morlock is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin forward Travis Vegter claimed the weekly award on offense.