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Hope College Weekend Sports Roundup

by Carolyn Binder


Flying Dutchmen Down Trine, Earn MIAA title show

The Hope football team is going to play for a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) championship as well as a berth in the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

The Flying Dutchmen won at Trine 35-7 on Saturday to stay one game behind first-place Albion in the MIAA standings, with Albion coming to Ray & Sue Smith Stadium on Nov. 16.

“We are right where we need to be,” Hope coach Dean Kreps said. “This sets up a big showdown with Albion at our place. We are looking forward to the bye week.  I want to give our coaches and players some much needed rest.  

“I am so excited for what lies ahead.  We are coaching exceptional kids.  I've said that all along. I love this team.  I really do.  We are very fortunate.”

Hope improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in MIAA play. Albion (7-2, 4-0) plays at Adrian next week then faces the Flying Dutchmen.

Against Trine, Hope scored 35 unanswered points after the Thunder took its first drive down for a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Michael Atwell of Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS) threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns while completing 18-of-28 passes.

Senior receiver Vincent Boddy of West Bloomfield (West Bloomfield HS) collected six receptions for a game-high 158 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in touchdowns catches of 27 yards in the second quarter and 60 yards in the third quarter.

Atwell also connected with junior receiver Taylor Brynaert of Washington (Romeo HS) for a 10-yard touchdown late in the first half.

The Flying Dutchmen also scored on a 21-yard touchdown run by senior Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) in the first quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run by freshman Zach Boersema of Holland (West Ottawa HS) in the third quarter.

Hope limited Trine to 197 passing yards and 119 rushing yards.

“We had a broken coverage on the first drive. Take that out and I thought our defense was outstanding all day,” Kreps said. “The fact that Trine scored on its first possession led me to believe that we could be in for a dog fight. (Kicker) Evan Finch was good from there, but I thought we needed to make a statement on offense, and we did.

“Stephen Gerger, Kirby Crook and Greg Bird all played well today. The front guys were able to keep pressure on and Kirby played his usual great game.”

Bird, a senior defensive end from Byron Center (Byron Center HS), and Crook, a junior defensive back from Beech Grove, Ind. (Beech Grove HS), both finished with a team-high eight tackles.


Hope Runner Claims MIAA Most Valuable Honors, Flying Dutch Second

Sheri McCormack was not one of the Hope women’s cross country team’s best runners when she finished her freshman season.

Three years later, the senior from Holland (West Ottawa HS) is the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) MVP.

McCormack secured the individual accolade on Saturday by finishing second at the MIAA Championships Hope hosted at West Ottawa Golf Club.

Her time of 21 minutes, 47 seconds resulted in the same finish as she had at the MIAA Jamboree on Sept. 28. The conference championship counts two-thirds toward the overall standings.

“It’s such a blessing. When I was racing, people were saying I was MVP, but at the moment, I didn’t know what it meant,” McCormack said. “When I crossed the line it hit me. It was overwhelming. It was a great way to end my senior season.”

McCormack is Hope’s sixth MIAA Most Valuable runner. She joins a club that includes Tina Pike (2004), Marcia Vandersall Bannink (1992), Katy Conlen (1991) and Tauna Jecmen (1987-88).

McCormack headlines an All-MIAA First Team that includes two teammates — senior Camille Borst of Allendale (Allendale HS) and Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS).

Hope freshman Erin Hermann of Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South) made All-MIAA Second Team.

Hope took second at the nine-team MIAA Championships with a score of 36 points. Calvin (21) won.

Borst placed sixth at the conference meet with a time of 22:39. She crossed four seconds ahead of Campbell, who was seventh.

The Flying Dutch also received points from senior Meredith Busman of Coopersville (Coopersville), who was took 10th at 22:48, and Herrmann, who was 11th at 22:48.


Flying Dutchmen Runner-Up At MIAA Championships

The Hope men’s cross country team placed second at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships it hosted on Saturday at West Ottawa Golf Club.

The Flying Dutchmen finished with 59 points to edge third-place Albion by two points. Calvin won the eight-team meet with 28 points.

Junior Ben Zank of Midland (H.H. Dow) topped Hope with a sixth-place, 8K run of 25 minutes, 57 seconds.

Senior Sam Pederson of Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS) took eighth for the Flying Dutchmen in 25:58.

Sophomore Joseph Beemer of St. Joseph (St. Joseph HS) recorded an 12th-place time of 26:07 for Hope.

Senior James Rogers of Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS) finished 19th for the Flying Dutchmen in 26:22.

Junior Zach Zandbergen of Grandville (Grandville HS) rounded out Hope’s scoring with a 25th-place effort of 26:31.


Flying Dutch Blank Kalamazoo. Set Up Showdown With Calvin

Two first-half goals propelled the Hope women’s soccer team to a 2-0 win at Kalamazoo on Saturday.

The Flying Dutch set up a showdown at Calvin on Monday that will decide the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular-season champion.

Hope (15-2-1 overall, 12-3, MIAA) will take a seven-match win streak into Monday’s 3 p.m. rematch at Calvin. The Flying Dutch’s last loss came in a 2-1 defeat to the Knights on Oct. 5.

Against Kalamazoo, senior forward Raisa Yewah of East Lansing (Okemos HS) struck 3 minutes, 13 seconds into the game to stake the Flying Dutch to a 1-0 lead. Her team-leading 10th goal of the season came on an assist from junior defender Maria DeShaw of Holland (West Ottawa HS).

Sophomore Kristin Hazlett of Bay Village, Ohio, (Bay HS) netted her third goal of the season. Junior midfielder Lindsey Bieri of Holland (Holland Christian HS) had the assist.

Junior goalie Kat Dickson of Grayslake, Ill., (Grayslake Central HS) made three saves for Hope’s fifth consecutive shutout and ninth this season.

The Flying Dutch are one win from matching the 2003 school record for single-season wins.


Flying Dutch Junior Honored For Academics

Hope College junior Lindsey Bieri has been selected to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The midfielder from Holland (Holland Christian HS) is pursuing a double major of management and economics. She carries a 3.95 grade point average.

Bieri ranks fifth at Hope with 10 points this season. She has scored three goals and recorded four assists for the Flying Dutch, who take a 14-2-1 overall record into Saturday’s match at Kalamazoo.

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.

The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.

The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

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 2013-14 Division II and III Academic All-America teams program.


Flying Dutch Ranked Ninth In D3Hoops.Com Poll

The Hope women’s basketball team sits ninth in the D3Hoops.com Preseason Poll announced today.

Coach Brian Morehouse’s Flying Dutch received 371 points in the 15th annual NCAA Division III rankings.

Reigning national champion DePauw (Ind.) topped the poll with 617 points and 20 of the 25 possible first-place votes.

DePauw led a group that included in the Top 10 — Washington University in St. Louis in second, Christopher Newport in third, Wisconsin-Whitewater in fourth, St. Thomas in fifth, Montclair State in sixth, Amherst in seventh, Thomas More in eighth and Tufts in 10th. Washington landed three first-place votes, while Christopher Newport garnered two.

Earlier this week, Hope debuted fourth in the USA Today Women’s Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Flying Dutch tip off the season on Nov. 15-16 when they play at a two-day tournament at North Central College near Chicago.


Flying Dutch Win At Kalamazoo

Jason Muller’s second multi-goal game in a row lifted the Hope men’s soccer team past host Kalamazoo 4-1 on Saturday.

The senior from Petoskey (Petoskey HS) helped the Flying Dutchmen clinch home-field advantage for the semifinals of next week’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.

Hope (14-4-1, 10-3 MIAA) is in second place in the league standings. The Flying Dutchmen trail Calvin by one game with one match remaining at Alma on Tuesday.

Muller scored with 27 seconds remaining in the first half to extend Hope’s lead to 2-0. It came from 18 yards off an assist from junior forward Brandon Underwood of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS).

The Flying Dutchmen scored twice in a span of 2 minutes, 50 seconds. Freshman forward Josh Hagene of Caledonia (East Kentwood HS) headed in his fifth goal of the season in the 42nd minute.

Muller answered Kalamazoo’s goal 1:14 into the second half with an unassisted goal 1:49 later. He now has a team-leading 15 goals this season.

Underwood added his second goal of the second in the 84th minute off an assist from senior midfielder Matthew VanZytveld of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS).

Sophomore goalie Ethan Beswick of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) made five saves for Hope.

The Flying Dutchmen are on a three-match win streak.


Flying Dutch Defeat Olivet 122-72

The Hope women’s swimming & diving team defeated Olivet 122-72 on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action at the Dow Center.

The Flying Dutch won eight events, including the 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Sophomore Sarah Sheridan of Richmond, Ind. (Richmond HS) swept 1-meter diving with a score of 244.25 points and 3-meter diving by totaling 281.9 points.

Sophomore Klare Northuis of Holland (Holland HS) took first in the 200 freestyle by swimming 2:01.62.

Sophomore Lindsay Wiederhold of Plainwell (Plainwell HS) posted the top time in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.15.

Freshman Molly Meyer of South Bend, Ind. (John Adams HS) swam to a winning 200 backstroke time of 2:13.03.

Sophomore Ginny Cotterall of Spring Lake (Spring Lake HS) won the 500 freestyle in 5:33.38.


Flying Dutchmen Sink Olivet 132-90

The Hope men’s swimming & diving team beat Olivet 132-90 on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action at the Dow Center.

The Flying Dutchmen took first in nine events, including the 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Freshman Zach Diener of Lake Orion won the 1,000 freestyle in 10:37.03.

Senior Jake Hunt of Muskegon (Mona Shores HS) took first in the 200 freestyle with a swim of 1:47.07.

Freshman Jean Luc Miralda of Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Honduras American HS) posted the top scores in 1-meter diving with 228.75 points and 3-meter diving with 212.40 points.

Senior Andrew Larson of Jackson (Jackson HS) posted the fastest time in the 100 freestyle at 48.58.

Freshman Ryan Johnson of Milford (International Academy) won the 500 freestyle in 5:09.66.

Freshman Trevor Wagoner of Hixson, Texas (McCalle HS) took first in the 200 backstroke in 2:09.48.


Hope Sweeps Two-Game Series From Calvin

The Hope ice hockey team swept a two-game weekend series from Calvin, winning 4-2 Saturday at Edge Ice Arena and 6-2 Friday in Grand Rapids.

Senior forward Justin Glick of Fort Wayne, Ind., (Blackhawk Christian HS) scored two goals in each game as the Flying Dutchmen improved to 7-2 overall and handed Calvin (9-3-1) its first losing streak of the season.

Hope senior goalie Drew Cook of Columbus, Ohio, (Upper Arlington HS) recorded 17 saves on Saturday and 29 on Friday.


Hope 4, Calvin 2

1.  Justin Glick from Drew O'Brien

2.  Rob Calvert from Ryan Restum

3.  Justin Glick from Caleb Digison and Andrew Dolehanty

4.  Drew O'Brien from Drew Cook

Hope 6, Calvin 2

1.  Justin Glick from Rob Calvert

2.  Justin Glick from Jamie Haak and Zach Schaap

3.  Rob Calvert from Justin Glick

4.  Jared Lehman from Joe Pappas

5.  Jared Lehman from Joe Pappas

6.  Rob Calvert from Joe Pappas and Justin Glick