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Hope College Weekend Roundup

by Carolyn Binder


Flying Dutchmen Top Alma 43-23

The Hope football team did not have the ball much against Alma, but made the most of every minute.

The visiting Flying Dutchmen used touchdowns in all three phases to beat the winless Scots 43-23 on Saturday.

Hope won on the road despite only 18 minutes, 13 seconds of possession and 206 yards of total offense.

“Alma was impressive. They came to play,” Hope coach Dean Kreps said. “They slowed the tempo of the game and kept us off the field. The best I have seen them on a while. We only had 18 plays in the first half and they were able to sustain drives. We were efficient and scored when we needed to.” 

A 92-yard fumble return by sophomore Augie Mata of Holland (West Ottawa HS) capped the scoring for Hope, which improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.

It was the second consecutive game Mata scored. He returned a blocked Olivet punt for a touchdown last week.

“Another great game for Augie. So proud of him,” Kreps said. “He is a special guy. Great attitude and work ethic.”

The Flying Dutchmen, who outscored Alma 25-7 during the second half, forced turnovers on Alma’s last three possessions beginning with Mata’s interception at the Hope 1-yard line.

Mata’s fumble recovery came on the next series after junior linebacker Cody Lindemulder of Mulliken (Lakewood HS) forced Alma quarterback Jarrett Leister to fumble. Lindemulder then intercepted Leister on the Scots’ final possession.

Hope snared a season-high four interceptions, with Lindemulder collecting two and junior defensive end Brett Stewart of Kalamazoo (Comstock HS) grabbing one.

Senior receiver Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield HS) scored twice. He returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown 4:44 into the second quarter and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS) during the second quarter.

Atwell, who threw for 110 yards, also threw a 7-yard scoring strike to sophomore Matt Kroll of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) during the third quarter.

Senior running back Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) rushed for 59 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. He scored on runs of 7 yards in the first quarter and 10 yards in the second quarter.

Hope set up Jackson’s second touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the first half when Lindemulder picked off Leister at the Alma 32-yard line with 1:36 remaining.

The Flying Dutchmen were outgained 456-206.

“Shawn and Mike both did what they needed to,” Kreps said. “The numbers weren't huge because of the reduced number of snaps. Only one stat counts in the end anyway.”

The Flying Dutchmen return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when theyt host Kalamazoo. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.


Flying Dutch Match Season-High In Goals

Senior Jason Muller of Petoskey (Petoskey HS) registered a hat trick and his Hope men’s soccer team matched a season-high in goals Saturday during a 6-3 win at Albion.

The Flying Dutchmen equaled the six goals they had Sept. 12 during a nonleague home match against Grace Bible.

Muller scored in the fifth and 32nd minutes to keep Hope tied 2-2 at halftime.

Muller extended the Flying Dutchmen lead to 4-2 in the 66th minute with his team-best 11th goal of the season. Nearly two minutes later, sophomore David Porte of Mattawan (Mattawan HS) tacked on his fifth goal of the season.

Hope improved to 11-3-1 overall and 7-2 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). The Flying Dutchmen remained tied with Calvin for first place in the league standings.

Hope also received goals from junior back Logan Sikkenga of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) and freshman forward Josh Hagene of Caledonia (East Kentwood HS). It was Sikkenga’s fifth and Hagene’s fourth.

Senior Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) recorded three assists in the Flying Dutchmen’s fourth consecutive win.

Hope returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when it plays at Trine at 4 p.m.


Flying Dutch Blank Olivet On The Road

The Hope women’s soccer team inched closer to clinching a berth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament by blanking host Olivet 3-0 on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch moved within three points of securing a berth in the MIAA semifinals while improving to 12-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in league play. They have 28 points with four league matches remaining.

Hope joins Calvin atop the MIAA standings with 28 points, but the Flying Dutch have played one fewer match than the Knights.

Against Olivet, the Flying Dutch received goals from three different players.

Senior forward Raisa Yewah of East Lansing (Okemos HS) netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season off a breakaway in the 14th minute.

Senior forward Kristina Bosch of Holland (Holland Christian HS) added her fifth goal of the season 52 seconds before halftime to extend the Flying Dutch’s lead to 2-0.

Sophomore midfielder Kristin Hazlett of Bay Village, Ohio, (Bay Village HS), headed in her second goal this season from three yards out.

Hope goalie Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill., (Grayslake Central HS) made three saves.

The Flying Dutch return on action on Tuesday when they host Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m. in the regular-season home finale.


No. 2-Ranked Flying Dutch Sweep Saint Mary’s

The Hope volleyball team quickly put its biggest win of the season behind it, claiming a three-game sweep at Saint Mary’s on Saturday.

The 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 win came less than 24 hours after the second-ranked Flying Dutch beat top-ranked Calvin in five sets.

Hope (25-1 overall) gave coach Becky Schmidt her 299th career win while also moving into a first-place tie in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings with Calvin. Both teams are 12-1 in league play.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Jenison (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS) led the Flying Dutch with 12 kills.

Senior middle hitters Courtney Earles of Kentwood (East Kentwood HS) and Mari Schoolmaster of Portage (Portage Central HS) chipped in nine kills apiece for Hope. Earles totaled 11 attempts for a .818 kill percentage.

Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp of Fruitport (Fruitport HS) collected 29 assists for the Flying Dutch.

Hope also extended its win streak to 13 matches. The Flying Dutch return to action Wednesday, Oct. 23 against Adrian.


Flying Dutch Fifth At 37-Team Invitational In Wisconsin

Senior Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) posted a 10th-place finish to lead the Hope women’s cross country team to a fifth-place effort at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational.

The Flying Dutch totaled 180 points at the 37-team event. Calvin won with 71 points.

McCormack clocked a time of 21 minutes, 58 seconds.

Hope also received points from sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS) in 35th at 22:45, senior Camille Borst of Allendale (Allendale HS) in 37th at 22:47, freshman Erin Hermann of Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South) in 47th at 23:00 and sophomore Julia Stock of Spring Lake (Grand Haven HS) in 52nd at 23:03.

The Flying Dutch return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, when it hosts the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships at West Ottawa Golf Course.


Flying Dutchmen 14th At Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invite

The Hope men’s cross country team ran to a 14th-place score of 406 points at the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on Saturday.

North Central (Ill.) won the 37-team event with 33 points.

Junior Ben Zank of Midland (H.H. Dow HS) topped the Flying Dutchmen by scoring 46th with a time of 25 minutes, 44 seconds.

Hope also received points from senior Sam Pederson of Mount Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS) in 68th at 26:01), senior James Rogers of Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS) in 86th at 26:13), sophomore Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph (St. Joseph HS) in 92nd at 26:17) and junior Zach Zandbergen of Grandville (Grandville HS) in 114th at 26:34).

The Flying Dutchmen return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, when it hosts the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships at West Ottawa Golf Course.


Flying Dutchmen Open Season At Non-Scoring MIAA Relays

The Hope men’s swimming & diving team started the 2013-14 season at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Relays.

Hope placed second in the 200-yard backstroke relay with freshman Danny Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio, (Upper Arlington HS, senior Drew Krumm of Brighton (Brighton HS), freshman Christian Otteman of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) and junior Chris Waechter of Ventura, Calif., (Foothill Technology HS), posting a time of 1:45.42.

The Flying Dutchmen were runner-up in the 500 freestyle progressive relay. Sophomore Trevor Billinghurst of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), sophomore Micah Sall of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS), sophomore Sam Gallmeyer of Grand Rapids (East Grand Rapids HS) and sophomore Nathaniel Rommel of Overland Park, Kan., (Blue Valley NW HS), went 4:35.35.

Hope took third in the 200 breaststroke relay with freshman Jon Maat of Holland (Holland HS), sophomore Jeff Zita of Holland (Holland Christian HS), freshman Trevor Wagoner of Hixson, Texas, (McCalle HS), and senior Alexander Perkins of Brighton (Howell HS), going 1:55.49.

The Flying Dutchmen came in third in the 200 butterfly relay as junior William Greenlee of Northville (Northville HS), Rommel, junior Erick Skaff of Flint (Carman-Ainsworth HS) and senior Jake Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS) posted a time of 1:38.26.

Hope placed third in the 100 breaststroke relay. Perkins, Otteman, Wagoner and Zita went 52.34.

The Flying Dutchmen took third in the 100 freestyle relay as Greenlee, Maat, Hunt and senior Andrew Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) finished in a time of 39.87.

The Flying Dutchmen came in third in the 400 individual medley. Zita, Waechter, Perkins and Maat went 3:53.93.


Flying Dutch Start Season At Non-Scoring MIAA Relays

The Hope women’s swimming & diving team opened the 2013-14 season at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Relays.

Hope took second in the 200-yard backstroke relay with senior Maria Kieft of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS), freshman Molly Meyer of South Bend, Ind. (John Adams HS), sophomore Sarah Bettag of Mukilteo, Wash. (Archbishop Murphy HS) and sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) going 1:53.75.

The Flying Dutch were runner-up in 1,500 relay. Freshman Payton Hoff of Clarkson (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep HS), sophomore Lindsay Wiederhold of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) and sophomore Virginia Cotterall of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) went 16:40.43.

Hope placed second in the 100 backstroke relay as Northuis, sophomore Michelle Hance of Noblesville, Ind., (Noblesville HS), junior Lauren Girard of Rockford (Rockford HS) and sophomore Hannah Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) finished in 53.43.

The Flying Dutch came in third in the 200 medley relay with Larson, sophomore Jorgie Watson of Grand Rapids (Catholic Central HS), Wiederhold and Northuis going 1:54.56.

Hope took third in the 200 breaststroke relay. Junior Taryn Gras of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS), Hance, Girard and Watson clocked a time of 2:15.25.

The Flying Dutch were third in the 200 butterfly relay. Meyer, senior Bethany Schmall of Portage (Portage Central), sophomore Emily Weber of Milan (Milan HS) and Wiederhold posted a time of 1:53.39.

Hope placed third in the 200 butterfly relay. Schmall, Weber, Meyer and Hoff went 51.29.

The Flying Dutch took third in the 100 freestyle relay as Kieft, Cotterall, freshman Mikalya Freyling of Alto (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) and Weber clocked a time of 47.43.

Hope tied for third in the 200 freestyle relay. Freyling, Larson, Bettag and Hance finished in 1:42.91.


Flying Dutchmen Suffer First Loss of Season

The Hope ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat to Oakland at Edge Ice Arena.

The Flying Dutchmen fell to 3-1 on the season.

Senior goalieDrew Cookof Columbus, Ohio, (Upper Arlington HS) recorded 33 saves for Hope.

The Flying Dutchmen return to action next weekend with a two-game series against Adrian Gold. They play at Adrian on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. and host Adrian on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8:10 p.m. at Edge Ice Arena.