Flying Dutchmen Hand Olivet First Loss Of Season
A blocked punt for a touchdown and an extra point return for two points highlighted the Hope football team’s 47-14 rout of previously unbeaten Olivet on Saturday.
The Flying Dutchmen spoiled their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) foe’s homecoming while improving to 4-2 overall and evening their league record at 1-1.
Sophomore Augie Mata of Holland (West Ottawa HS) returned a blocked punt 60 yards for a touchdown four minutes into the game that gave Hope a 14-0 lead. Mata also had a game-high eight tackles.
The play came seven plays after the Flying Dutchmen scored on an 11-yard touchdown run from senior Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS).
Alma then fumbled the kickoff, and Hope freshman Zach Boersema of Holland (West Ottawa HS) recovered it at the Scots 12-yard line. Two plays later, senior quarterback Michael Atwell hooked up with senior receiver Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield HS) for a 16-yard touchdown and a 21-0 Hope lead just 5:04 into the game.
After Olivet scored a touchdown, Hope blocked the Comets’ PAT. Junior Kirby Crook took it back 98 yards for two points and a 23-6 Hope lead.
The Flying Dutchmen tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run from junior fullback Bill Brown of Lawton (Lawton HS) and Boddy on a 29-yard pass from Jackson to extend their lead to 37-14 by halftime.
Jackson rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He had an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Boddy finished with a team-high 131 receiving yards on a game-high six catches. Atwell completed 14-of-23 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown.
Hope also snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Flying Dutchmen return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they travel to Alma in MIAA action. Kickoff is 1 p.m.
Flying Dutchmen Beat Two Nationally Ranked Teams, Go 4-0 At Tournament
The second-ranked Hope volleyball team completed a rugged run through the Midwest Challenge they co-hosted this weekend, going 4-0 after a three-set sweep of Mount Union (Ohio) on Saturday afternoon.
The Flying Dutch (23-1 overall) defeated their seventh-ranked foe 25-16, 25-17, 25-16 in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 405.
Mount Union (22-3) was the fourth nationally ranked opponent Hope beat over two days.
Junior Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) totaled a match-high 13 kills.
Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) collected 10 kills with a team-high .500 kill percentage. She had three blocks, giving her 12 on the day over two matches.
Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) recorded 38 assists.
Hope returns to action on Friday, Oct. 18, when it hosts top-ranked Calvin.
In Saturday’s first match, the Flying Dutch rallied to edge No. 13 Wittenberg (Ohio) in five sets (25-16, 19-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13).
The match was the second this season to go the distance for Hope and in a row. The Flying Dutch won a five-set marathon against No. 6-ranked Elmhurst (Ill.) on Friday night.
Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) topped Hope with 15 kills.
Junior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa (Lakewood HS) chipped in 12 kills, while senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and junior outside hitter Amy VanderStoep of Holland (West Ottawa HS) added 11 kills apiece.
Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) totaled a season-high nine blocks. She came within one of matching the school record blocks in a 25-point set match that Kara VandeGuchte set in four sets against Trine in 2008.
Lynch’s three kills led a balanced attack during the fifth set.
Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) totaled a season-high 53 assists.
Pair Of Two-Goal Games Lifts Flying Dutchmen Past Alma
Two-goal games from Josh Hagene and Jason Muller fueled the Hope men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win against Alma at a rain-soaked Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.
The Flying Dutchmen (9-3-1 overall) stayed in second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with a 5-2 record.
Hope hosts MIAA-leading
Hagene, a freshman from Caledonia (East Kentwood HS), opened the scoring with 1:02 remaining in the first half on a blast from 24 yards out. The Flying Dutchmen led 1-0 at halftime.
Muller, who leads Hope with eight goals this season, blasted an unassisted goal from 35 yards out in the 53rd minute for a 2-1 lead. The senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS) scored 5 ½ minutes after Alma (#-#, 3-4) pulled even.
Muller tacked on a goal in the 67th minute, while Hagene finished the scoring in the 79th minute. Junior midfielder Gavin Midlam assisted on Hagene’s second goal.
Sophomore goalie Ethan Beswick of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) made five saves for Hope.
Flying Dutch Edge Adrian At Home 2-1
Two second-half goals powered the Hope women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win against visiting Adrian College on Saturday.
Midfielder Erin Jipping and forward Lindsay Bieri scored within a 14-minute span at Van Andel Soccer Stadium to help the Flying Dutch (10-2-1 overall) solidify their position in the top half of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings.
Bieri, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), snapped a 1-1 tie in the 69th minute with a shot from five yards out. Junior Nora Kirk of Maumee, Ohio, had the assist. It was Bieri’s second goal of the season.
Jipping, a junior from Holland (West Ottawa HS), recorded her fourth goal of the season in the 56th minute for a 1-0 lead. She scored from six yards out thanks to an assist from junior Maria DeShaw of Holland (West Ottawa HS). Adrian tied the score at 1-1 five minutes later.
Junior goalie Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill., (Grayslake Central HS), earned the win by recording two saves. Hope outshot Adrian (8-5, 6-4 MIAA) by a 28-7 margin.
The Flying Dutch are third in the MIAA standings with 22 points and a 7-2-1 league record. They lead fourth-place Adrian by four points and trail second-place Alma by one point. Calvin is in first with 25 points.
Flying Dutch Finish Sixth At MIAA Championship
Junior Montana Leep of Hastings (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) tied for 10th place at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships on Saturday.
Leep shot a team-best 89 during the final round at Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek to finish at 25-over par for the 36-hole, two-day tournament.
Leep received second-team All-MIAA honors.
Hope finished sixth in the final MIAA standings with a 36-hole total of 726. The Flying Dutch shot 363 in each round.
Others to place for the Flying Dutch were freshman Elena Moore of South Lyon (South Lyon East HS) at 32nd (93-91—184), senior Mary Bradley of Pierson (Tri County HS) at 36th (95-92—187), junior Stephanie Stover of Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin Christian HS) at 38th (98-91—189) and freshman Dominique Molinaro of Port Huron (Port Huron Northern HS) at 38th (95-94—189).
Hope Blanks Central Florida, Wins Schupan Tournament
The Hope ice hockey team iced the championship of the season-opening Schupan Tournament in Midland on Saturday, beating the University of Central Florida 4-0.
The Flying Dutchmen went 3-0 over the three-day tournament.
Against Central Florida, senior defenseman Caleb Digison of Midland (Midland HS) led Hope by recording one goal and two assists.
Senior forward Justin Glick of Fort Wayne, Ind., (Blackhawk Christian HS), sophomore forward Ryan Restum of East Lansing (Okemos HS) and junior forward Drew O’Brien of East Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) each chipped in goals for the Flying Dutchmen.
Senior goalie Drew Cook of Columbus, Ohio, (Upper Arlington HS) stopped all 25 shots he faced from Central Florida.