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Saturday Roundup - September 28th

by Carolyn Binder

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Flying Dutch Excel At MIAA Flighted Tournament

The Hope women’s tennis team won four of the top divisions at the Michigan 

Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Flighted Tournament it hosted this weekend.

The two-day event at Etheridge Tennis Complex wrapped up Saturday, with the Flying 

Dutch taking first in the A singles draw with freshman Nancy Benda of Birmingham 

(Seaholm HS) and the B singles draw with senior Mallory Smith of Grand Haven (Grand 

Haven HS).

Benda defeated teammate Claire Cooper, a sophomore from Williamston (Williamston 

HS) in the finals on a second-set injury default. Benda, who went 5-0 on the tournament, 

took the first set 6-4.

Smith also beat her teammate in the championship match of her flight, topping senior 

Stephanie Huffman of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Eastern HS) by a 6-2, 6-1 margin.

In doubles, Benda teamed with junior Carli Capestany of Hudsonville (Hudsonville HS) 

to win the A doubles draw. In the finals, they beat Kalamazoo’s Sarah Woods and Jenna 

Riehl 8-4.

Huffman and freshman Paige Courts of Caledonia (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) 

won the B doubles draw. They beat Albion’s Marissa Cloutier and Margaret Sheets 8-2 

in the finals.

Smith and sophomore Marie Holaway of Holland (West Ottawa HS) came back to win 

the consolation round of the A Doubles Draw.

MEN’S SOCCER

Flying Dutchmen Scores Four Unanswered, Beat Trine 4-1

Cameron Dice and the Hope men’s soccer team erupted for four unanswered goals to 

defeat Trine 4-1 on Saturday night in front of a Van Andel Soccer Stadium crowd of 584.

Coach Steven Smith’s No. 24-ranked Flying Dutchmen improved to 6-2-1 overall and 2-

1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.

Dice, a junior from Allendale (Hudsonville Unity Christian HS), scored his second goal of 

the season in the 14th

the assist.

Dice scored after Trine’s Kenny Rappuhn put home a rebound off his penalty kick in the 

11th

minute for a 1-0 Thunder lead.

Senior Grant Neil of Holland (West Ottawa HS) gave Hope the lead for good by scoring 

in the 38th

HS). It was Neil’s second goal of the season.

In the second half, Hope tacked on the fifth goal of the season for senior Jason Muller of 

Petoskey (Petoskey HS) and the first goal for freshman Josh Hagene of Caledonia (East 

Kentwood HS). Both were unassisted.

Hope goalie Ethan Beswick made three saves for Hope.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Flying Dutchmen Second At MIAA Jamboree

Three top-eight performances propelled the Hope men’s cross country team to a second-

place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree 

Saturday hosted by Adrian.

Coach Mark Northuis’ Flying Dutchmen totaled 55 points to trail only reigning league 

champion Calvin, which had 38. The jamboree counts one-third toward the overall 

MIAA championship.

Senior co-captain James Rogers of Saginaw (Valley Lutheran HS) led Hope with a third-

place run of 26 minutes, 30 seconds on the 8K course at Lenawee Country Club.

Junior Ben Zank of Midland (H.H. Dow HS) placed seventh for the Flying Dutchmen at 

26:46, while senior co-captain Sam Pederson of Mt. Prospect, Ill. (Prospect HS) came in 

eighth at 26:48.

Hope had seven of the meet’s fastest 22 times, including points from sophomore Joseph 

Beemer of St. Joseph (St. Joseph HS) in 18th

(Gull Lake HS) in 19th

Flying Dutch Runner-Up At MIAA Jamboree

Five of the fastest 11 times sent the nationally ranked Hope women’s cross country team 

to a second-place finish at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

Jamboree Saturday hosted by Adrian.

minute. Junior Gavin Midlam of East Lansing (East Lansing) had 

minute off an assist from junior Logan Sikkenga of Hudsonville (Hudsonville 

at 27:24 and junior Tim Simon of Richland 

at 27:32.

Coach Mark Northuis’ Flying Dutch scored 40 points to finish only behind defending

league champion Calvin, which had 18. The jamboree counts one-third toward the 

overall MIAA championship.

Senior co-captain Sheri McCormack of Holland (West Ottawa HS) topped Hope by 

recording a runner-up time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds at Lenawee Country Club.

The Flying Dutch, ranked 19th

Coaches Association NCAA Division III cross country poll, also received points from 

sophomore Casey Campbell of Swartz Creek (Swartz Creek HS) in eighth at 23:23, 

senior co-captain Camille Borst of Allendale (Allendale HS) in ninth at 23:23, senior 

Katie Carlson of Rockford (Rockford HS) in 10th

of Dearborn (Divine Child HS) in 11th

MEN’S GOLF

Flying Dutchmen Third At MIAA Jamboree

Hope College golfer Winton Munch carded a 3-over-par 68 to claim medalist honors

at the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree on Saturday in 

Angola, Ind.

Coach Bob Ebels’ Flying Dutchmen posted a team score of 294 at Zollner Golf Course to 

place third. They finished six strokes behind Calvin and Trine. Calvin moved six strokes 

ahead of second-place Hope in the overall standings.

Munch, a freshman from Traverse City (Traverse City Central HS) recorded four birdies, 

13 pars and one bogey.

Hope also received a 74 from junior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven (Grand Haven HS) for a 

-place tie and a 75 from Evan Telzerow of Grand Rapids (Forest Hills Northern HS)

14th

-place tie. Junior Collin Breit of Muskegon (Western Michigan Christian HS) 

for a 16th

chipped in the last scoring round for the Flying Dutchmen of 77.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Flying Dutch Fourth At MIAA Jamboree

Junior Montana Leep of Hastings (Grand Rapids South Christian HS) carded a 10-

over-par 82 for the Hope women’s golf team to tie for sixth place at the Michigan 

Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree on Saturday in Kalamazoo.

The Flying Dutch posted a team score of 353 at Milham Park Golf Club. They trailed

Olivet (321), Saint Mary’s (336) and Calvin (349).

in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country 

at 23:38 and sophomore Michelle Kerr 

at 23:39.

Hope had two golfers in the top 10. Freshman Dominique Molinaro of Port Huron (Port 

Huron Northern HS) shot a 10th

The Flying Dutch also received scoring rounds from junior Andrea Powell of Jenison 

(Hudsonville HS) at 92 and junior Stephanie Stover of Grand Rapids (Grandville Calvin 

Christian HS) at 94.

FOOTBALL

Flying Dutchmen Suffer First Loss In 14-7 Defeat At Illinois Wesleyan

A late interception thwarted the last scoring chance for the Hope football team in a 14-7

defeat at Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.

The Flying Dutchmen will take a 3-1 record into next week’s Michigan Intercollegiate 

Athletic Association (MIAA) opener against reigning league champion Adrian. Kickoff for 

Hope’s homecoming game is 2 p.m. at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium.

Illinois Wesleyan (3-0 overall) intercepted Hope quarterback Michael Atwell at the Titans

6-yard line with 1 minute, 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“Defense was solid again,” Hope coach Dean Kreps said. “We gave up five sacks and 10 

penalties for 95 yards and that killed us. The good news is that everything is fixable. IWU 

played well, but we shot ourselves in the foot repeatedly. Clean up the penalties and sacks

and get ready for a big game next week.”

Atwell, a senior from Geneseo, Ill. (Geneseo HS), completed 21-of-46 passes for 252 yards 

and two interceptions. He entered the game leading NCAA Division III in passing yards 

and fourth in touchdown passes.

Illinois Wesleyan sacked Atwell five times and recorded a total 12 tackles for loss.

Atwell did become the fourth Hope quarterback to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark for 

passing. He now has 5,229 yards — good for third all-time. He passed Greg Heeres 

(5,120 between 1981-84) on Saturday.

Senior running back Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) rushed for 87 

yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He now has 2,579 rushing yards for his career.

Jackson scored on a 24-yard touchdown run with 5:17 remaining in the first quarter to 

give Hope a 7-0 lead.

Illinois Wesleyan put together two 70-yard scoring drives to grab a 14-7 lead early in the

second quarter.

MEN’S TENNIS

-place 95.

Hope Wins Two More Times At ITA Central Region Championships

The Hope men’s tennis team wrapped up play at the United States Tennis Association/

Intercollegiate Tennis Association by winning two more matches on Saturday in 

Kalamazoo.

Freshman Sam Kreps of Holland (Holland HS) outlasted Danny Lim of Wheaton (Ill.) by 

a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 1-0 (7) margin.

Kreps and Cameron Ludlow teamed to win their first consolation match in the college 

draw before exiting. They beat Wabash’s Mazin Hakim and Drew Sawyer 8-2 before

losing to Wheaton (Ill.).

The Flying Dutchmen also won two matches during Friday’s opening round.