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Hope College Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutchmen Down Adrian For Outright MIAA Title

Forward Caleb Byers scored a career-high 19 points to help the Hope College men’s basketball team clinch the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title outright with a 73-56 win at Adrian College on Saturday.

The senior from Allegan (Allegan HS) shot 87.5 percent from the floor (7-of-8) and 83.3 percent from the foul line (5-of-6) to pass his previous best of 16 points.

The Flying Dutchmen pushed their win streak to 11 games as they improved to 19-6 overall and 13-1 in MIAA play. Hope will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s league tournament.

“It’s certainly something we’ve worked toward for a long time,” Hope coach Matt Neil said of the Flying Dutchmen’s 31st outright MIAA championship and 37th league title overall.

“We were determined not to share it with anybody. Those are the best kind of championships. The championship is the fun that comes after a lot of hard work.”

This is the fifth time the Hope men’s and women’s basketball teams have been MIAA champs in the same season.

Hope earned its title-clinching win by outscoring Adrian 39-21 during the second half.

“They shot 29 percent from the floor in the second half,” Neil said. “We settled it and figured out what to do to stop their dribble drive and what to do to deny their passes. We defended and rebounded. Those were huge keys.”

Sophomore guard Ben Gardner of Carmel, Ind. (Carmel HS), also scored in double figures with 11 points.

The Flying Dutchmen return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they host fourth-seeded Trine in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. at DeVos Fieldhouse.

The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday, March 1, at 3 p.m. to face either Calvin College or Albion College at the site of the highest remaining seed.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Flying Dutch Beat Rochester, Cap Unbeaten Regular Season

The Hope College women’s basketball team completed the third undefeated regular season in team history on Saturday by defeating visiting Rochester College 88-47.

The nationally ranked Flying Dutch improved to 25-0 overall with the nonleague win in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,144.

Hope finished as one of four teams in the country to go undefeated this season. The others were Thomas More (Ky.), Whitman (Wash.) and Farleigh Dickinson-Forman (N.J.).

The Flying Dutch also joined the 2007-08 and 2002-13 Hope teams who went unbeaten in the regular season.

Junior forward Emily Klauka of Holt (Holt HS) topped Hope by scoring a game-high 12 points. She made all six of her field-goal attempts.

Senior guard Anna Kaufmann of Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS) and sophomore forward Maura McAfee of Midland (Midland HS) each scored 11 points.

It was Senior Day for the Flying Dutch.

Kaufmann, senior guard Megan Kelley of Rockford (Rockford HS) and forward Kelsey Masserant of Novi (Novi HS) also were honored during a pre-game ceremony along with student assistant coaches Kristen Slotman of Hudsonville and Christy Miller of Leland.

“They’re just a group of the finest people you would every run into,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “They’re certainly indicative of our basketball program and also the quality of people Hope College attracts in the diversity of their interests, in their service to others and just their selflessness putting the team above their own self-interests.

“I think it’s just a really unique group that came in and fought. Everyone one of these players was on the (junior varsity) team their freshman year. They have all worked incredibly hard to get to the positions they’re in.”

Hope, ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division III coaches poll and No. 3 by d3hoops.com, begins postseason play on Thursday, Feb. 27, when it hosts Adrian College in MIAA Tournament semifinal action. Tipoff for the top-seeded Flying Dutch is 7:30 p.m.

The winner advances to the championship game on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. to play either Olivet College or Calvin College at the site of the highest remaining seed.

MEN’S TENNIS

Flying Dutchmen Lose to Luther (Iowa), Ohio Northern

The Hope College men’s tennis team lost its first two dual matches of the season on Saturday at DeWitt Tennis Center.

The Flying Dutchmen fell to Luther (Iowa) 8-1, then Ohio Northern 6-3 during the Hope College/Kalamazoo College Shootout.

Against Ohio Northern, junior Jonathan Panzer of Rockford (Rockford HS) delivered two points for Hope. He won his No. 3 doubles match with partner Sam Kreps 9-7 while also defeating Sam Prewitt at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-1.  

Freshman Camden Ludlow of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) got his first collegiate singles victory at Hope by defeating J.T. Rapaport at No. 6 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

Click here to see the Hope-Ohio Northern results.

Against Luther, junior Trevor Brogan of East Lansing (East Lansing HS) claimed Hope’s point by outlasting Isaiah Mayerchak 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 at No. 4 singles.

Click here to see the Hope-Luther results.

ICE HOCKEY

Flying Dutchmen Edge GVSU For 13th Consecutive Trip To ACHA Nationals

The Hope College ice hockey team is skating back to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 national tournament after edging Grand Valley State University 3-2 on Saturday.

It is the 13th consecutive trip to nationals for coach Chris VanTimmeren's Flying Dutchmen.

Two goals from junior forward Rob Calvert of Ada (Forest Hills Eastern HS) powered the Flying Dutchmen at Georgetown Ice Arena.

The ACHA Division 3 national tournament is March 11-15 in Coral Springs, Fla.

SCORING SUMMARY

1.  Caleb Morgan from Ryan Restum and Elliott Digison

2.  Rob Calvert from Elliott Digison and Caleb Digison

3.  Rob Calvert from Kaleb Skinner and Austin Bremer

Goalie Drew Cook stopped 23 of 25 shots.