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  • Mar 01, 2015 12:26:51Mar 01, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. —There was nothing left to do but cut down the nets in McHie Arena on Saturday evening, Feb. 28, as Head Coach Ralph Hodge and Olivet Nazarene University's men's basketball team were crowned CCAC Tournament Champions. The Tigers defeated No. 18 Cardinal Stritch 90-80 as a mass of Olivet fans witnessed history and celebrated as the horn sounded. Almost 15 years to the day, the Tigers were able to capture the sixth tournament championship in program history.

    The Tigers tallied their seventh consecutive win, making for their longest win streak of the year. Also, with a win over nationally ranked Cardinal Stritch (24-9), it was an eighth win over a ranked opponent or team receiving votes this season. The Tigers’ 25th win on Saturday marks the most wins by an ONU (25-8) team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (27-9). The Tigers are 16-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 16-2 in their last 18 games. Of their 16 home wins, 11 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 12 of 18 games. The last time an ONU team won both CCAC titles was in 1999-2000, and that team finished the year 30-9 and as NAIA Division I Final Four participants.

    “[Our game plan] is the same as it’s been all season long,” Coach Hodge said before the game started. “We said it’s going to be a season of poise and purpose. That’s what we talked about all year long: staying in the moment. Being in control of our emotions, our mental state. Playing with a purpose is how we’ve practiced, how we’ve prepared, using our team’s abilities.”

    With 13:12 remaining in the first half, sophomore guard Tyler Semenas hit a three-pointer for Cardinal Stritch, giving them a 12-11 lead, the last of the game. From that point, the Tigers took back the lead and never looked back. They maintained their lead the remaining 33 minutes and led by as many as 13 twice, once in both halves. For the 15th time (15-0) this season, the Tigers shot north of 50 percent from the field and were 42.9 percent from behind the arc. At the same time, the Tigers were 23-for-29 from the free-throw line (.793). ONU was 62-for-74 (.838) from the line in the entire tournament, almost 15 percentage points better than the Tigers’ season average.

    The Wolves managed to shoot 50.9 from the field but only 37.0 from the three-point line. The ONU defensive effort kept the Wolves to only eight points in the paint. The Tigers also outdid the Wolves from the line (12-of-18), where they average over 18 made and almost 25 attempted a game.

    ONU again won on the glass 31 to 29, making it 12 straight games in which they haven’t lost the very important battle of rebounding. Neither team was able to gather many offensive rebounds or convert much off their second chances. The Tigers are 21-4 when they win the rebounding statistic. ONU also had only eight turnovers (lowest in last eight games), compared to 12 for the Wolves. In 21 of the last 23 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. The Tigers scored 16 points off turnovers.

    In addition, the Tigers’ 10-point win is their 17th by double digits this season. The 90 points scored in the win on Saturday marks the ninth time — and sixth consecutive — they have scored 90 or more points. ONU had five Tigers in double figures. When the Tigers have at least four, they are 12-3. The Tigers are currently averaging 80.5 points per game, the most since the 2001-02 season. When Olivet gives up 80 ore more points, they are 4-1. In all 25 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 27, nine more than the Wolves. when ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 21-6.

    Junior All-CCAC First Team selection, Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.), finished with 18 points, going 6-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 4-for-63 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes. With 1,464 career points, he is 15th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 687 for his career. He has the 16th most made field goals (559), 20th most free-throws (258) and 19th most attempted (358) in ONU history.

    Senior All-CCAC Second Team selection, Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting, going 2-for-8 from behind the arc and 7-for-7 from the line. He added two rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Davis has made 67 three-pointers (.523) in his last 19 games. He has 100 this year (school record) and 248 career three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 10 from tying the all-time record. He now has 1,227 points in his career (29th all-time) and 20th in assists (326).

    Junior All-CCAC Honorable Mention selection, Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.), played 33 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 18 points (19th in double digits) on 9-for-13 shooting. He had four rebounds. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had seven points on 2-for-3 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and one rebound in 18 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 12 points (18th in double digits) on 2-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 6-for-8 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 29 minutes, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting, 2-for-3 from the three-point and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and four assists.

    The Tigers will take their CCAC Regular Season and Tournament titles into the NAIA Division II National Tournament. ONU awaits their opponent, to be named on Wednesday, March 4. The Tigers' first round game will be either Wednesday or Thursday, March 11 or 12.

    Box Score

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    Mar 01, 2015 11:13:31Mar 01, 2015 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.. — One point shy of snapping a three-match loss streak, the Olivet Nazarene Nazarene University men’s tennis team fell 5-4 to Aquinas College (Mich.) on the road on Saturday, Feb. .28. The Tigers split in singles action but managed only one of three doubles points, needing two to take the match. ONU will look to bounce back next weekend.

    The Tigers (1-3) were tripped up for a third consecutive time, falling by only one point. ONU managed to get going in doubles play, gaining one point unlike Friday's match, but it wasn't enough in the win. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Saari and Peery, and fell 8-6. Struble and Taylor lost to Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) 8-2. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 8-2 to Buurma and Fedewa from Aquinas.

    In singles play, the Tigers came away with half the points available. No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won ((7-6, (5), 6-3)) over Saari. No. 2 Veys lost to Struble (3-6, 6-2 (6-4)). Sanchez picked up a point over Buurma (6-0, 6-0). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales took a point from Peery (6-1, 4-6 (6-4)).

    Evan Taylor defeated No. 5 Peter Jensen (6-3, 6-2), and Ryan Fedewa won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis (6-3, 6-2).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, March 6, at home versus Davenport University (Mich.).

    Results

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    Feb 28, 2015 7:9:49Feb 28, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Regular Season Co-Champion and Tournament Champion, Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball, had three Tigers — the most of any team — recognized on the all-conference team. Since 1987, ONU has had 92 all-conference selections. The league selects five individuals to the first and second teams, and 10 to the honorable mention list.

    The complete list of conference honors can be found here: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/8.php

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) is a repeat selection to the All-CCAC First Team. He is the first to do so in consecutive seasons since Antonio Marshall in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, he was the CCAC Freshman of the Year.

    Senior point guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) was one of five named to the All-CCAC Second team, his first such honor of his career. He was an All-CCAC Honorable Mention selection last season.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was named to the 10-member honorable mention list for the first time in his career.

    Larson was the second-leading vote-getter and runner-up for Player of the Year behind Cardinal Stritch’s Tony Smit. In 18 games of conference play, the 6'7" guard/forward led the team in minutes (33.7), scoring (17.7 points), rebounds (7.8), blocks (12), three-point percentage (.464), field goals made (117), and free-throws made and attempted (59-of-82). He finished second in three-pointers made (26), field goals attempted (204) and assists (56). He was third in field goal percentage (.574) and free-throw percentage (.720). He also finished with four double-doubles and scored in double figures every game but one. Among CCAC leaders, he was sixth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage and 13th in assists per game (3.1). He led the league in three-point percentage, and was ninth in assist to turnover ratio, second in defensive rebounds and ninth in minutes played.

    Davis, the 5’11" versatile guard, started all 19 conference games, finishing second on the team in minutes (31.6), scoring (17.5), field goals made (114), three-point percentage (.463) and free-throw percentage (.750). He led the team in field goals attempted (229), three-pointers made and attempted (68-of-147), three-point percentage (.463), and steals (26). He was third in assists (53) and free-throws made (.36). He scored in double figures in all but one game in conference play. Among CCAC leaders, he was seventh in scoring, ninth in steals per game (1.4), second in three-point percentage, and led the league in three-pointers made.

    Earning his first nod to the all-conference team, Wagner — the 6’5” Tigers’ big man — played in all 19 league games, starting in 18. He finished third on the team in minutes (27.3) and scoring (12.3); was second in rebounds (5.9); and was third in field goals made and attempted (103-of-176), free-throws attempted (53) and assists (53). He led the team in offensive rebounds (44) and was second in field goal percentage (.585). He scored in double figures 12 times in conference play, including in 10 of the last 14 games. Among CCAC leaders, he was 27th in scoring, 14th in rebounds, seventh in field goal percentage and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).

    The Tigers are currently 25-8 and finished the 2014-15 CCAC season with a 16-3 record.

    Final season statistics: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/stats/2014/teamstat.htm

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    Feb 28, 2015 2:40:4Feb 28, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. —One rebound shy of a third consecutive double-double, junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.)  couldn’t have played any tougher, battling back pain, in the CCAC Tournament Semifinal win over rival St. Xavier University (Ill.). Olivet Nazarene scored 57 second-half points in route to a 90-79 win that catapults them into the CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers sixth-straight win (longest of season) was their fifth game scoring 90 or more points. If ONU wins number seven they will capture the CCAC Tournament crown for the first time since 2000.

    ONU’s 24th win on Friday marks the most wins by a Tigers (24-8) team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (27-9). The Tigers are 15-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 15-2 in their last 17 games; of their 15 home wins, 10 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 11 of 17 games.

    St. Xavier (20-11) trailed by as much as 13 in the first half with only 5:31 to go before the break. The Cougars took an eight-point lead into the lockerroom; however, a quick 14-3 run to start the second half in the first five and a half minutes gave the Tigers the lead for good. For the fourth time this season the Tigers shot north of 60 percent from the field and were 46.7 percent from behind the arc. At the same time, the Tigers were 17-for-20 from the free-throw line (.850). The Cougars only managed to shoot 46.9 from the field and six points from the free-throw line where they average over 18 points a game from the line. The Tigers kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting for a 26th time, ONU is 22-5 in those games. The Tigers put together a defensive effort that kept senior Jack Krieger to only 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Krieger averages a CCAC-leading 22.6 points.  The Tigers scored 34 points in the paint, the seventh straight game they have put up 30 or more points in the lane. ONU is 14-0 when they shoot above 50 percent from the field.

    ONU dominated the rebounding battle 35 to 23, grabbing 20 in the second half compared to only eight for the Cougars. Everyone who played for Olivet grabbed a rebound compared to 7-of-10 for St. Xavier. The Tigers also had eight offensive rebounds and scored 12 second chance points. The Cougars had seven offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 20-4 when they win the battle on the glass. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only nine for the Cougars. In 20 of the last 22 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (411).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 11-point win is their 16th by double digits this season. The 90 points scored in the win on Friday night marks the eighth time this season they have scored above 90, and their fifth consecutive. The Tigers are currently averaging 80.2 points per game, the most since the 2001-02 season. When Olivet allows less than 80 points, they are 16-2, including four of their last six wins. In all 24 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 29, seven more than the Cougars’ bench; when Olivet scores more, they are 20-6.

    Larson led the Tigers with 29 points, going 11-for-19 from the floor, 4-for-7 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes. This is his 11th game this year with 20-plus points. With 1,446 career points, he is 16th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 678 for his career. He has the 17th most made field goals (553), 20th most free-throws (254) and 19th most attempted (352) in ONU history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) scored nine points on 4-for-9 shooting, making one three-pointer, adding three assists in 29 minutes. Davis has made 65 three-pointers (.542) in his last 18 games. He has 246 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 12 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 27 minutes and led the Tigers inside with eight points on 4-for-7 shooting. He had six rebounds. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 11 points on 3-for-3 shooting, going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 29 minutes, finishing with 13 points (career-high), three rebounds and three assists. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had six points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will look to do so in the title game on Saturday, Feb. 28, at home against No. 18 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 4 p.m.

    Box Score

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    Feb 28, 2015 10:33:2Feb 28, 2015 -

    BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Up against a NCAA Division II opponent, Ferris State University (Mich.), on Friday, Feb. 28, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team struggled to gain a foothold in the match. The Tigers lost 9-0, dropping a second consecutive match. However, the Tigers are missing their top three singles players due to injury.

    The Tigers (1-2) struggled to gain any sort of momentum in doubles play, falling in all three matches by at least three points. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Gabrneav and Hernandez, and fell 8-5. Surduk and Dial defeated Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) 8-4 for a second point. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) played Bridges and Grabovic but failed to get a point for the Tigers, losing 8-3.

    In singles play, the Tigers fought hard against Ferris State’s No. 1 and No. 2, as  Mancineiras Cornella fell ((6-3, (3-6), 10-7)) to Babrneav. Sanchez lost to Surduk in a close match ((6-3, 2-6 (10-6)). No. 3 Tyler Ellis lost to Hernandez (6-0, 6-3), and No. 4 Tyler Lingle fell to Bridges (6-1, 6-0).

    Zach Grabovic defeated No. 5 Lucas Bolt (6-0, 6-2), and Simon Levy won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) (6-0, 6-0).

    ONU will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 28, at Aquinas College (Mich.).

    Results:

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    Feb 26, 2015 11:31:36Feb 26, 2015 -

    Speaker and author Patsy Clairmont and Christian music artist Lindsay McCaul will headline Ladies Day 2015 on April 11 at Olivet.

    The annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year’s program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Chapel. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch and a special gift.

    Registration and information are available by calling 815-939-5258 or by clicking here. The program is presented by Olivet and Shine.FM, the University’s Christian radio network.

    Patsy Clairmont is a founding Women of Faith speaker. For nearly 40 years, she has offered spiritual and emotional hope to millions throughout the U.S. and Canada, Israel and Africa.

    She has written books in several genres, including devotional, fiction, children’s and gift offerings. Her newest book, You Are More Than You Know: Face Your Fears, Grow Stronger, is scheduled for March publication. TWIRL: A Fresh Spin at Life was published last year. Her other works include God Uses Cracked Pots, Normal Is Just a Setting on Your Dryer and I Love Being a Woman.

    Lindsay McCaul, singer/songwriter and Shine.FM recording artist, recently released “One More Step,” her second album and her first for the Centricity label. The 11 songs chronicle her journey through personal and professional challenges and convey a message of real hope. She has toured with artists including Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Sanctus Real, The Afters, Brandon Heath and Mandisa.
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:37:31Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In just two short years, the Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team has become a force to reckon with. Not wanting to be outdone by the inaugural edition, the 2014 Tigers inked their names in the Olivet record books by bringing home the program's first national hardware, the 2014 NAIA National Runner-Up trophy.

    The 2015 edition of ONU men's swim looks to be even better than ever. A majority of the squad that got a taste of the championship podium is returning, including two individual national champions and eight NAIA All-Americans.  Add to that experience a solid recruiting class and the Tigers are on the hunt for the top step in the upcoming NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City, March 4-7.

    Olivet is led by junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), who captured his first career national championship in 2014 in the 200-yard Individual Medley, while posting All-American performances in the 100-yard backstroke and in four relays.   Senior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) also brings experience and leadership to the deck with an individual All-American performance in the 100-yard freestyle, as well as five relays.  He finished with the second fastest time in the 100 free, just getting out-touched and narrowly missing setting a new NAIA record. Junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) brings three individual national championships from 2013 to the pool, as well as two All-American performances in 2014. Other key returners include: seniors Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), juniors Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) and Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) and sophomores Chrsitian Daniels (Beliot, Wis.) and Joey Finn (Bloomgfield Hills, Mich.).

    Added to the arsenal of returners, a host of newcomers have come to campus with national qualifying times. Freshmen to watch include: Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.), Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden), Guihlerme Magnoler, Josh Bouma (Jenison, Mich.), and Steven Lee (Walled Lake, Mich.), along with transfer senior C.J. Van Wormer (Hinsdale, Ill.).

     "Every day we try, every week we try, every year we try to get better and we keep getting better every year," says head coach Scott Teeters of his squad.

    The ONU men are putting in the pool time to get the job done and they are poised to take a shot at the title. The Tigers enter competition with a host of NAIA top-10 times (as of Feb. 25, 2015) including:

    • Simon Pheasant
      • 50 freestyle, 8 th , 20.86
      • 100 freestyle, 3 rd , 45.28
      • 200 freestyle, 5 th , 1:42.14
      • 100 backstroke, 9 th , 51.90
    • Jake Anderson
      • 100 backstroke, 4 th , 50.33
      • 200 backstroke, 3 rd , 1:50.36
      • 100 breaststroke, 8 th , 57.73
      • 200 IM, 6 th , 1:54.08
    • Frank Tapia
      • 100 butterfly, 9 th , 50.63
      • 200 butterfly, 3 rd , 1:51.78
    • Josh Lercel
      • 100 freestyle, 7 th , 46.25
    • Joshua Bouma
      • 500 freestyle, 6 th , 4:39.67
      • 1650 freestyle, 9 th , 16:28.60
    • Sam Borgman
      • 500 freestyle, 10 th , 4:41.75
      • 1650 freestyle, 7 th , 16:23.88
    • Charles Bennett
      • 1650 freestyle, 8 th , 16:25.65
    • Calvin Price
      • 100 breaststroke, 5 th , 57.13
    • Christian Daniels
      • 200 breaststroke, 6 th , 2:05.98
    • Andrew Fischer
      • 200 butterfly, 10 th , 1:55.68
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:34:17Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team is prepped and ready to head to the 35th Annual Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships on March 5-7. Once again, the event will be held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Tigers will travel with 17 athletes, competing in 10 different events. Four athletes enter the championships ranked in the top 10, three in the top five.

    The Tigers are led by junior thrower Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.). Blucker is currently ranked first in the NAIA in shot put and third in weight throw and is the early favorite to bring hardware back to Olivet. Week in and week out, Blucker has broken and rebroken her own school record in both events, including setting new Perry Center Field House records in the final meet of the season. Blucker enters the national stage with a shot put distance of 15.18m (49' 9.75") and a weight throw distance of 18.33m (60' 1.75").

    Olivet will field the most participants in the pole vault. The vault crew is led by Emily Reader, who is currently ranked fourth in the NAIA with a jump of 3.65m (11' 11.75"). Not far behind Reader is senior Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.). Stiker enters the competition with a jump of 3.50m (11' 5.75"), currently ranked 16 th . The Tiger's final vaulter will be Kristen Beatty who missed automatic standard qualifying by inches, but earned one of Olivet's three "B" standard spots.

    Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) will compete in the long jump with her 15 th  ranked, 5.50m (18' 0.5") jump. Joining Casey in the jumping events will be Anne Brown in the high jump and Kylie Bradley in the long jump. Brown and Bradley earned the Tigers final two "B" qualifying spots.

    On the track, sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) enters the 5000m run ranked fourth overall. She qualified by posting a time of 17:33.36 on January 24, just shy of her personal best. Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) will take on the 200m dash field, sporting a qualifying time of 25.47, currently 16 th  nationally.

    Olivet will field relay teams in the 4x400m and the 4x800m. Representing the 4x4 team will be Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.), Taneka Lawson (Toledo, Ohio), Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) and Goedhart. The foursome posted a time of 3:58.70, currently ranked 11 th . The 4x8 team enters raked 18 th  overall with a time of 9:40.00. Making up the team will be Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.). Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) will be the alternate for both relay teams.

    Multi events are scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). For a complete schedule of events, click here .

     

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    Feb 26, 2015 10:31:25Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Just two years in and the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team has made quite a name for itself. Improving on the inaugural season's fourth place finish, the 2014 team captured an impressive third place title at the NAIA National Championship, including an individual national championship, three individual All-American performances and three relay All-American finishes. The Tigers head into the 2015 Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 4-7 with their sights set on brining the programs first hardware back to Olivet.

    Olivet returns a host of swimmers with national championship experience, including five All-Americans. Leading the charge for the Tigers will be sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.), who captured a silver medal in the 400-yard individual medley in her rookie season.  Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) were both two-time All-Americans in 2014, leading the 200 medley relay to a second place finish. Weener also helped the 200 free relay to a third place finish.

    Also returning are Hayley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.) and Laura Bryant (Escondido, Calif.), both of whom finished with multiple top-10 finishes in their rookie seasons. Ronci placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle and ninth in the 200-yard butterfly in her first season.  Bryant placed seventh in the 1650-yard freestyle, eighth in 200-yard butterfly and ninth in the 500-yard freestyle. Other key returners include: Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.), Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.), Mary Heinz (Zion, Ill.), Meredith Lee (Hudsonville, Mich.) and Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc, Mich.).

    Looking to make an immediate impact for the Tigers is a long list of newcomers who come to campus with national qualifying times. Leading the charge is Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela). Sebastiani enters the Championships with top-10 times in four events and is a definite contender on being the Tiger's next national champion. Other key rookies include: Audrey Anderson (Chicago), Deirdre Gerke (South Lyons, Mich.), Madeline Miller (Hanna City, Ill.) and Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.).

    The Tigers are hungry to continue to improve their place at the National Championships. Entering competition, the following are currently ranked in the NAIA top-10 performances:

    • Eugenia Sebastiani
      • 20 freestyle, 6 th , 24.17
      • 100 freestyle, 3 rd , 52.54
      • 200 freestyle, 4 th  1:54.35
      • 500 freestyle, 10 th , 5:13.54
       
    • Tiffany Ray
      • 200 backstroke, 3 rd , 2:06.60
      • 400 IM, 7 th , 4:35.22
       
    • Mackenzie Anderson
      • 200 backstroke, 7 th , 2:08.44
      • 100 backstroke, 3 rd , 57.52
       
    • Hayley Ronci
      • 1650 freestyle, 18:11.15
       
    • Allison Zalinski
      • 200 butterfly, 10 th , 2:10.50
       
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:29:10Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In search of a CCAC Tournament crown for the first time in 15 years, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team put away its Quarterfinal opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) 93-68 on Wednesday, Feb. 25, by scoring 55 second-half points. Olivet benefited from having three Tigers with double-doubles, including a 32-point output from junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.)

    Larson moved into the ONU Top 20 all-time for scoring and Top 10 in rebounds in this game. The Tigers advance beyond the Quarterfinal round of the conference tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Also, ONU defeated CCAC foe Robert Morris twice in the same season for the first time since 2005-06.

    ONU’s 23rd win on Wednesday marks the most wins by an ONU (23-8) team since the 2005-06 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (23-11). The Tigers are 14-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 14-2 in their last 16 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of their 14 home wins, 10 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 10 of 16 games.

    The Eagles (16-16) led by as much as eight points three separate times, leading for much of the first half. The Tigers were, however, able to tie the game by halftime, outscoring Robert Morris 12-6 over the last three minutes. For the first time in four games, the Tigers shot below 50 percent from the field and only 25 percent from behind the arc. On the other hand, ONU was 22-for-25 from the free-throw line (.880). The Tigers did score 36 points in the paint. ONU is 10-8 when they shoot below 50 percent from the field. Olivet had four players in double figures for the 14th time this season, and they are 11-3 in those games. The Tigers kept Robert Morris to 38.1 percent shooting from the field, the 26th time they have kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting. ONU is 21-5 in those games.

    ONU dominated the rebounding battle 57 to 25, the fifth game this season they have had 50 or more. ONU had six players with five or more rebounds compared to only one for Robert Morris. The Tigers also had 19 offensive rebounds and scored 26 second chance points. The Eagles had only five offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 19-4 when they win the battle on the glass. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Eagles. In 19 of the last 21 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (397).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 25-point win is their 12th this season, including both games against Robert Morris. The 93 points scored in the win on Wednesday night marks the seventh time this season they have scored above 90. The Tigers are currently averaging 79.9 points per game, the most since the 2004-05 season. When Olivet allows less than 70 points, they are 15-2, including three of their last five wins. In all 23 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 24, 19 more than the Eagles bench; when Olivet scores more, they are 19-6.

    Larson finished with his eighth double-double of the season and the 23rd of his career. He had 32 points, going 12-for-22 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. This is his third game this year with 30-plus points. With 1,417 career points, he is 20th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 669 for his career. He is also 20th all-time for field goals made (542) and free-throws made (251).

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) did not score in tonight’s game. He has been held scoreless in two games this year. He has 245 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 13 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 24 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting — his 19th game in double figures. He had 11 rebounds, recording his first double-double of the season. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting, going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists in 29 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting, going 4-for-5 from the free-throw line; this game was his 17th game in double figures and fifth straight. He added five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 23 minutes, finishing with five points, two rebounds and nine assists (tying career high). Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had four points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will continue their pursuit of the title on Friday, Feb. 27, hosting a CCAC Tournament Semifinal against rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) at 7 p.m.

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    Feb 25, 2015 10:47:53Feb 25, 2015 -

    The School of Education at Olivet and Two Rivers Reading Council (TRRC), an affiliate of the Illinois Reading Council, invite area educators to a presentation by noted Illinois educator and reading specialist Dr. Maria Walther.

    Dr. Walther will present “Common Sense Strategies for Meeting Common Core Standards” on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Olivet's Wisner Auditorium.

    Tickets are $10 each for TRRC members and $20 each for non-members. Ticket price includes breakfast and the program. Tickets and information are available by emailing tworiversreadingcouncil@gmail.com. Payment for tickets may be made by mail to TRRC, 2208 W. Garden Dr., Kankakee, IL 60901.

    Dr. Walther was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year. She earned the 2008 ICARE for Reading Award from the Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education for fostering the love of reading in children. She also received the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University. She is the author of several books, including Month-by-Month Instruction for the Differentiated Classroom, Transforming Literacy Teaching and Month-by-Month Trait-Based Writing Instruction.

    Committed to staying in the classroom, Dr. Walther teaches first-grade students in Indian Prairie District 204, Aurora, Illinois. She has earned National Board Certification and has served on numerous committees dedicated to helping teachers improve literacy instruction. She is also dedicated to inspiring other education professionals by sharing ideas rooted in her continued commitment to teaching, researching, reading, reflecting, writing and collaborating with her colleagues.
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    Feb 24, 2015 11:23:26Feb 24, 2015 -

    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this month reauthorized the institutional accreditation of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, culminating the extensive self-study process the University undertakes every 10 years for accreditation.

    Olivet was recognized for maintaining a solid financial situation, being significantly mission-focused, having realistic goals and planning processes, and meeting all criteria for accreditation.

    The University has earned accreditation continuously since 1965. Accreditation assesses an institution’s capacity to assure its own quality and requires the institution to produce significant evidence that it does so. The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

    “This accreditation continues to justify the trust that our students, prospective students and their families have in our University,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “The comprehensive review process allowed the Higher Learning Commission to affirm our vision and the progress that has taken place at the University over the past decade.”

    In addition to assuring quality and adherence to academic standards, accreditation determines a school’s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs and supports institutional eligibility for employer tuition assistance.

    Accreditation standards ensure the acceptance and transfer of college credit, and a degree from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for many graduate programs. Also, professions that require licensure may not accept degrees from schools without regional accreditation.

    Dr. Bowling thanked everyone on the University faculty and staff for meeting the rigorous requirements of the HLC’s affirmation process. He cited the efforts of the Olivet committee that shepherded the University-wide project over a two-year period: Dr. Sue Rattin, committee chair and Olivet’s director of Assessment and Learning Support Services; Dr. Kent Olney, chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Paul Koch, business professor; Dianne Schaafsma, director of Financial Services; Jonathan Bartling, dean, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Dr. Ivor Newsham, consultant; and Cheryl Paarlberg, administrative assistant for Dr. Rattin.

    “Commitment to educating our students well, along with professional diligence, continues to make the Olivet experience an educational hallmark for our students and alumni,” said Dr. Rattin. “We take our place confidently among the best higher education institutions. The key to a successful effort to receive HLC reauthorization of accreditation is the collection of substantive and meaningful evidence to support the claims we make about our University.”

    “Through focus groups, surveys, end-of-course evaluation, faculty and staff evaluations, audit reports, and a plethora of other sources of evidence, we have affirmed that Olivet is indeed a place that fosters ‘Higher Learning for a Higher Calling,’ the theme of our self-study,” Dr. Rattin added.
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    Feb 24, 2015 11:0:24Feb 24, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Authoring two different types of double-doubles, Olivet Nazarene University's Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) has earned her third Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the league office.

    Hengesbach, a 5-9 junior guard, went right to work in a 133-100 upset of NAIA II No. 5-ranked Cardinal Stritch University on Wednesday.  Playing just 18 minutes due to receiving stitches from a cut on her chin, Hengesbach poured in 28 points and provided another 11 assists, not to mention three rebounds and three steals before departing.  Three days later, she produced the more conventional double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals over 21 minutes in a 101-96 loss to Indiana University South Bend.

    For the two games combined, Hengesbach averaged 26.5 points, 8.5 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game.  She also shot .488 from the field (20-of-41), .400 from three-point range (4-for-10) and .750 from the line (9-of-12).

    Hengesbach ranks among the top four players in the nation in no fewer than three categories topped by her No. 2 billing in assists per game (6.0).  She is also No. 3 in steals per game (4.0) and No. 4 in points per game (22.5).

    Olivet Nazarene finished the regular season 20-10 overall and 11-6 in league play.

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    Feb 24, 2015 10:55:23Feb 24, 2015 -

    GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Despite the frigid temperatures and remnants of the last snow storm, the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team is back in action for the spring 2015 season. The Tigers took to the road on Saturday, Feb. 21 heading to DePauw University (Ind.) for a pre-season tri-match. Olivet came away with a split, falling to DePauw 6-3 before defeating Rhodes College (Tenn.) 7-2.

    Olivet's (2-2) three wins against Depauw came at the hands of sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and freshman Viktoria Monakhova. The duo started things off for the Tigers against DePauw, defeating Claire Marshall and Maggie MacPhail 9-8 (5) in No. 1 doubles.

    In singles action, Nunez and Monakhova both picked up victories, with nearly identical scores. Nunez defeated Marshall at No. 1 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-3, while Monakhova downed MacPhail 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2. DePauw swept the remaining singles matches.

    Nunez and Monakhova stayed hot in the night cap with Rhodes, picking up an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Amelia McIasaac and Anna Volkov , before adding easy wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Nunez downed McIsaac 6-1, 6-1, while Monakhova didn't allow any points, picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Volkov. Freshman Anica Knezevic  added her first win as a Tiger at No. 3 singles, downing Morgan Wilkins 5-7, 6-1 (10-8). Freshman Mikaela Coose also picked up a win at No. 5 singles, defeating Macon Wilson 6-0, 6-2. The Tigers final two points were by default.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 at Ferris State University (Mich.). 

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    Feb 24, 2015 10:15:36Feb 24, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Needing three wins last week to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Olivet Nazarene University did just that keyed by 5-11 senior guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) who was named the CCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the seven-day period ending February 22, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Davis led the Tigers in scoring in all three contests, including a 94-85 upset of NAIA II No. 14-ranked Cardinal Stritch University last Wednesday.  Olivet Nazarene also claimed a 97-61 win versus Purdue University North Central on Monday and a 95-75 decision over Indiana University South Bend on Saturday.

    Davis averaged 21.0 points per game, while shooting a red-hot .710 from the field (22-of-31) and an even more impressive .682 from beyond the three-point arc (15-of-22).  He also averaged 3.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during the week.

    In the win over Purdue North Central, Davis missed only one shot from the field (7-of-8) in a 16-point, 5-assist night.  He then totaled 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field (4-of-6 from three-point range) and 4-of-5 accuracy from the free throw line in the upset win over Cardinal Stritch.  Davis closed out the week with an exclamation point, notching a school-record nine three-pointers (in 13 attempts) in a 27-point, 5-rebound contest against Indiana South Bend.

    With the nine three-pointers, Davis also became the Tigers' single-season leader in that category with 97.  His 3.2 field goals made per game rank 10th in the nation.

    Winners of 14 of its last 16 games, Olivet Nazarene is ranked No. 22 in the latest NAIA II poll with a 22-8 mark.  The Tigers claimed a share of their first league title since 2006 with their 16-3 conference record and with it gained advancement to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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    Feb 23, 2015 2:7:42Feb 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and his coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program will again host a summer full of camps and shootouts during the month of June 2015. The Tigers have scheduled 22 days of activities, three weeks of individual skills camps and two weekends of high school shootouts to be held on campus using McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC).

    During last summer’s camp schedule — starting with three weeks of individual skills camps — the Tiger coaches had the privilege of working with nearly 190 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Prospect Camp. 

    Each camp included teaching through terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. Throughout every camp in their morning devotions, the ONU coaches took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in campus housing, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the aquatic center.

    The Tigers also held two ONU High School Shootouts. The round-robin style shootouts were open to any team willing to make the trip. Last summer, 30 teams — including more than 350 athletes and coaches — played at least five games on ONU’s campus and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout, including: Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Bishop McNamara, Dwight, Gardner-South Wilmington, Herscher, Milford and Watseka.

    For information on the 2015 ONU men’s basketball summer camps, go to http://athletics.olivet.edu/basketball/men/ and click on the "Summer Camps" link on the right side of the page.

    Camp Schedule  

    Monday, June 8, to Friday, June 11 (Perry SLRC): Little Tigers Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 4 to 12), Session I (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    Friday, June 12, to Saturday, June 13 (Perry SLRC): High School Shootout I (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Monday, June 15, to Friday, June 18 (Perry SLRC): Little Tigers Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 4 to 12), Session II (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    Friday, June 19, to Saturday, June 20 (Perry SLRC): High School Shootout II (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Sunday, June 21, to Wednesday, June 24: Overnight Skills Prospect Camp (Boys entering grades 5 to 12) (Cost: $175 for resident, $125 for commuter), campus housing available

    If you need more information or have questions, contact:

    Assistant Coach Nick Birkey
    nbirkey@olivet.edu
    815-928-5565

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    Feb 23, 2015 9:41:41Feb 23, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team took on the Indiana-South Bend Titans on Saturday, Feb. 21 in their last regular season match up before heading into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. In what turned out to be an action-packed, physical game, the Tigers came up short falling 96-101. 

    It was a standout game for junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.), who led the Tigers both offensively and defensively. Hengesbach pumped in 25 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.  She also accounted for six of the Tiger's 21 steals and dished out six assists.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) and sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) both added 14 points and three steals each.  Also hitting double-digits were junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) with 12 points, and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) with 11.

    With post-season looming in the future, the game turned quite physical with a total of 40 personal fouls being called, including a flagrant foul on an IU-South Bend player. The Tigers were charged with 23 personal fouls, and the Titans took full advantage of the free shots, shooting 26-of-33 from the free throw line.

    Olivet, who finished third in the South Division of the conference, will head to north on Wednesday, Feb. 25 to take on No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in the quarterfinals of the CCAC Tournament. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The Wolves earned the home court advantage, despite being upset by the Tigers 133-100 just last week, by finishing second in the North Division. The victor will face the winner of the Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) and Judson University (Ill.)/Trinity Christian College (Ill.) game on Friday, Feb. 27. 

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    Feb 22, 2015 1:45:54Feb 22, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With much at stake in the final regular season game of the year, the Tigers did not disappoint. Saturday, Feb. 21, turned out to be an historic, title-winning day for the No. 22-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team. Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the Tigers defeated CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend 95-75 to capture the CCAC Regular Season Co-Championship and No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament. This is the Tigers’ 12th such title in program history and first since the 2005-06 season. The win stamps ONU’s bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, March 11-17, which will be the Tigers’ first appearance in the Division II tournament and 17th overall national tournament bid since 1989 (ONU last appeared in 2011). ONU shares the regular season title with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) and University of St. Francis (Ill.) but earned the automatic bid due to tiebreakers.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) made Saturday’s game one he will not soon forget. He broke two school records as he led the Tigers with 27 points. With nine made three-pointers, Davis broke the previous single game record for three-pointers made (7), held by eight Tigers (22-8, 16-3) including himself. He also now has a league-leading 97 made three-pointers this season, breaking the single season record for three-point field goals made in a season, previously held by Brian McCauley (88, 1998).

    ONU’s 22nd win on Saturday marks the most wins by an ONU team since the 2005-06 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight. ONU’s 22 wins to finish the regular season are the most by a team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers also finished in the Elite Eight. The Tigers are 9-4 in true road games this year, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. 

    ONU is 13-2 in their last 15 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of their nine road wins, five are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in six of 13 games. ONU has scored over 90 points in six games this season, and all are wins.

    On Saturday, the Titans (12-18, 6-13) led for only four possessions in the first half but weren’t able to catch a foothold as the Tigers were too good for the field, shooting a red-hot 62.1 percentage from the field and 66.7 from behind the arc (12-of-18). ONU scored 38 points in the paint compared to only 14 for IU-South Bend. It is the third time this season the Tigers reached the 60 percent plateau and 13th time they were above 50 percent. ONU has won all 13 games in which they have shot north of 50 percent. Olivet had four players in double figures on Saturday for the 13th time this season, and they are 10-3 in those games. The Tigers held IU-South Bend to 40.4 percent shooting from the field, the 25th time they have kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting. ONU is 20-5 when they keep opponents under 50 percent shooting.

    In the Tigers' game with the Titans, ONU dominated the rebounding battle 41 to 18. ONU had four players with five or more rebounds compared to only one for IU-South Bend. The Tigers also gave themselves 10 offensive rebounds and scored 17 second chance points. The Titans had only five offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 18-4 when they win the war on the glass. ONU also had only 12 turnovers, compared to only seven for the Titans. In 18 of the last 20 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (383).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 20-point win is their 11th this season, including both games against IU-South Bend this season. The 95 points scored in the win on Saturday night marks the sixth time this season they have put that many points on the board. The Tigers are currently averaging 79.5 points per game, the most since the 2004-05 season. When Olivet allows above 70 points, they are 8-5, including their last two wins. In all 22 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points. When ONU leads at the half, they are 15-0, including Saturday’s game when they led 42-37. The Tigers' bench scored 20, tied with the Titans.

    Austin Davis played huge for the third time this week, leading the team with 27 points and going 9-for-15 from the field, including a record-breaking 9-for-13 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 16 games. He added three assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes. He has now made 64 three-pointers (.566) in his last 16 games. He now has 1,199 points in his career (30th all-time) and 245 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 13 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with his seventh double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career. He had 23 points, going 9-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the three-point line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes. With 1,385 career points, he is 21st all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 11th all-time in rebounds with 659 for his career. He is also 20th all-time for field goals made (530).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 35 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting — his 18th game in double figures. He had five rebounds and led the Tigers with six assists. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He added three assists 20 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line; this game was 16th game in double figures and fourth straight. He added four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 17 minutes, finishing with six points, eight rebounds (career-high) and three assists.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will begin their pursuit of the title on Wednesday, Feb. 25, hosting a CCAC Tournament Quarterfinal against the winner of Robert Morris University (Ill.) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 7 p.m.

    Box Score

     

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    Feb 22, 2015 12:31:25Feb 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the third time this season, Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Olivet Nazarene University track and field teams have hosted a variety of teams at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center fieldhouse for an event. Each of those weekends, the men’s team has come away the champion of the event. On Saturday, Feb. 21, in the ONU Qualifier, the Tigers were first of 12 teams scoring 227 points. Olivet defeated second place finishers University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Carthage College (Wis.) by 161 points. The win stemmed from six different qualifying times, two record-breaking performances and a season-best relay time.

    Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) continued his great indoor season by breaking his own school record in the 200 meter dash (21.78), a NAIA “A” Standard time, defeating 45 other runners. He also won the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.89. In the long jump, he won the individual title with a mark of 6.87 meters, barely bettering two teammates in the process.

    In the 1000 meter run, senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) won the event and broke the fieldhouse record, qualifying for the NAIA “A” standard with a time of 2:30.97. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) won the one mile run (4:17.81) and qualified for the “A” standard. In the 5000 meter run, senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) won the event with a time of 14:58. 07, good enough for the “A” standard. Teammate senior Ian Lofgren (Rock Island, Ill.) finished second (15:05.29), barely missing out on the “A” standard but achieved “B.” Junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) won the high jump with a mark of 2.01 meters , qualifying for the NAIA “B” standard.

    Other great performances on Saturday included: senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) won the 600 meter run (1:23.92), beating nine others. Junior Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.) finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58. 98, only .05 seconds behind first place. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:58.71, better than 19 other runners.

    The 4x400 meter relay time ran a season-best time of 3:26.60, finishing third. Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), Jeff Britton (Norton Shores, Mich.), Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) made up the team.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.95 meters, besting the second place finisher, teammate freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) who had a mark of 4.40m. Sophomore Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in second in the long jump behind Gordon (6.85 meters). Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in third (6.82 meters) but came away with the triple jump title with a mark of (14.05 meters). Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 15.87 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the weight throw (16.35m).

    ONU will be back in action for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, March 5-7 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

    Results

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    Feb 22, 2015 10:3:51Feb 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In their final tune-up before heading the NAIA National Championships, the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team not only dominated the field as a whole, but also picked up four more qualifiers and bettered many of their own personal records and set a couple of new Perry Center Field House Records. The Tigers played host to a ten team field at the ONU Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 21, the last chance for athletes to earn their ticket to the Championships in two weeks.

    Though already qualified in both the shot put and the weight throw, junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) continues to dominate the field week in and week out, setting two new school and field house records this week. With a toss of 15.18m (49' 9.75") in the shot put, she not only captured first place, but is currently ranked first in the NAIA. Her 18.33m (60' 1.75") weight throw performance also captured first place and is currently the third best throw nationally.

    The senior pole vault duo of Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.) and Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.), both early qualifiers to nationals, continue to hone their skills in preparation. Reader captured first place with a jump of 3.60m (11' 9.75"), while Stiker was right behind in second place at 3.50m (11' 5.75").

    Sophomore Kylie Bradley (Lees Summit, Mo.) earned a "B" standard qualification in the long jump, taking fourth place with a 5.43m (17' 9.75") performance. She also posted a new personal best time in the 60m hurdles, finishing third with a time of 9.48.

    On the track, the Tigers picked up two more automatic qualifiers in freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) and junior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.). Beezhold posted a time of 2:19.93 in the 800m, while Goedhart added the 400m to her previous 200m qualifying time, taking first at 58.51. Junior Karley Brown ( ) finished second in the 600m with a time of 1:38.59 to qualify at a "B" standard.

    As a team, Olivet finished with 178 points, well ahead of the University of St. Francis (Ill.) who finished in second place with 97.5 points. Illinois Wesleyan University took third place with 94 points, while St. Ambrose University (Iowa) and Carthage College (Wis.) tied for fourth with 59 points.

    Olivet will take a week to fine tune and prepare for the 35th Annual Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships on March 5-7 held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

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    Feb 20, 2015 1:54:33Feb 20, 2015 -

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Almost a month removed from its last match, the No. 18-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team is playing in only its second dual match. The Tigers traveled to play NCAA Division I Valparaiso University (Ind.) on Friday, Feb. 20. The Crusaders defeated the Tigers 6-1, keeping the road team at bay all morning.

    The Tigers (1-1) struggled to gain an advantage against a very good Horizon League team. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton, and gained the lone point for the Tigers by way of score, 7-5. Garrett Gardner and Lucas Waak defeated Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) 6-2. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) played Kyle Dunn and Danny Oakes, but the 6-1 score was left in default.

    In singles play, the Tigers fought hard against Valpo’s No. 1 and No. 2, as  Mancineiras Cornella fell ((7-6, (7-1), 6-1)). Sanchez lost to Kyle Dunn in a close match ((6-2, 1-6 (10-6)). No. 3 Lopez-Isasi Morales lost to Gardner (6-3, 6-1), and No. 4 Tyler Ellis fell to Lucas Waak (6-3, 6-0).

    Michael Savaglio defeated No. 5 Lingle (6-0, 6-0), and Brian Hickey won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Lucas Bolt (6-2, 6-1).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, Feb. 27, at Ferris State University (Mich.) starting at 1 p.m. EST.

    Results:

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    Feb 19, 2015 12:31:47Feb 19, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - With the post-season looming next week, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team took full advantage of hosting a highly ranked team on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Tigers, who find themselves just slightly out of the NAIA Top 20 Coaches Poll, knew that this was their chance to make a statement and pick up some momentum heading into the upcoming Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Olivet came away with a decisive 133-100 win, never finding themselves behind to No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), allowing the Wolves to get close enough to tie it only once, four minutes into the game.

    Olivet (20-7, 11-5) used their up-style tempo of play to out hustle the visiting Wolves, always seeming to be in control. Cardinal Stritch (23-4, 14-3) struggled to keep control of the ball as the Tigers forced 38 turnovers, 18 of which were credited to steals. The Tigers shot an impressive 43-of-92 (.467) from the field, including 23-of-52 (.442) from behind the three-point line.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) led the Tigers with 28 points in just 18 minutes of play, shooting 10-of-20 (.500) from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free-throw line. She also dished out a team-high 11 assists and accounted for three of the team's steals.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 24 points in the winning effort, including an impressive 10-of-13 at the charity stripe. Stuart also finished with six assists. Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished the night with 18 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) added 15 and 14, respectively. Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) finished with a team-high four steals.

    Olivet will travel to Indiana University - South Bend for their final regular season game on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Tigers defeated the Titans 115-77 on January 19. ONU looking to finish the season with another win as they begin to prepare for the CCAC Tournament which begins on Monday. Olivet will likely receive a first round bye and begin play on Wednesday, Feb. 25. More details of the tournament schedule will be provided as they become available. 

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    Feb 19, 2015 8:52:48Feb 19, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The No. 14-ranked team, Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), in NAIA Division II was in McHie Arena on Wednesday night, Feb. 18, for a heavyweight title bout with the No. 22-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team. This NAIA Division II Game of the Week featured two CCAC teams vying for the regular season lead and title. With the support of an outstanding home crowd, the Tigers claimed a 94-85 win. Olivet’s victory on Senior Night moves them one win away from claiming the CCAC regular season title.

    Wednesday’s game was tied at 10-10 (15:51) following an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) lay-up. From that moment, the Tigers never trailed, leading by as much as 17 with under two minutes to play. The Wolves’ largest lead was by four at 10-6 just three and a half minutes in. The Tigers' lead was as slim as four points around the 11 minute mark but never any closer. 

    ONU’s 58.2 percentage from the field was the 12th time this season the Tigers (21-8, 15-3) reached the 50 percent plateau. ONU has won all 12 games in which they have shot north of 50 percent. The Tigers held Cardinal Stritch (21-8, 15-3) to 45.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.0 from the three-point line, just percentage points less than their season field goal average. ONU is 17-5 when they keep opponents under 50 percent shooting.

    Olivet had six in double figures for the first time this season. They have had only five in double figures twice this year, including Monday’s win over Purdue-North Central (Ind.). Four Tigers have been in double figures in 12 games this season, going 9-3 in those games.

    The Tigers went 23-33 (.697) from the free-throw line, compared to 21-of-30 (.700) for the Wolves — the second most made free-throws in a game this season for the Tigers — and ties the second-most attempted. ONU’s season average from the charity stripe is 66.4 percent, going 360-for-542. Cardinal Stritch’s 21 made free-throws is their eighth-best mark, and 30 attempted is sixth-best this season. The Wolves' season average is 74.1 percent (520-for-702).

    In the Tigers' battle with the Wolves on Wednesday, the rebounding battle was tied at 34 apiece, but was lost on the offensive glass, giving up 10 to their opponent with only six for the home team. Both teams had 12 second chance points, but the Tigers won the battle in the paint with 32 points to only 20 for the Wolves. The Tigers are 17-4 when they win on the glass this season. ONU also had only 10 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Panthers. In 17 of the last 19 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or less turnovers. ONU has the sixth least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    ONU’s 21 wins are the most by a team since the 2010-11 season. The Tigers are now 15-3 in CCAC play, tied for first place overall with No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University and No. 24 University of St. Francis (Ill.). However, if the Tigers win on Saturday, Feb. 21, they will have the tiebreaker to claim the regular season title. 

    The Tigers are 13-2 at McHie Arena, their most wins at home since the 2005-06 season when they finished 12-1, and haven't lost at home since Jan. 21. ONU is 12-2 in their last 14 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of the their 13 home wins, nine are by double digits; and in nine games, they have scored 80 or more points. ONU has scored over 90 points in five games this season, and all are wins.

    In addition, the 85 points allowed by ONU in the win is only fourth time this year, and their third win in those games. . In all 21 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points; and in 15 of those they have scored 80 or above. When ONU leads at the half, they are 14-0, including Wednesday’s game when they led 44-33 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 49 points, their most this season. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 18-6.

    Austin Davis played huge for the Tigers, leading the team with 20 points on 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the three-point line and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. He has been in double figures the last 15 games. He added two assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He has now made 55 three-pointers (.529) in his last 15 games. He now has 1,172 points in his career (30th all-time) and 236 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 10 points, going 3-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. With 1,362 career points, he is 22nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 12th all-time in rebounds with 649 for his career. He is also tied for 20th all-time for field goals made (521).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) came off the bench and played only 16 minutes because of foul trouble. He scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and one assist. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting, going 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 1-for-2 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 14 minutes. He was saddled with foul trouble all night but had four assists, two rebounds and went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had four points, five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.

    ONU honored six seniors prior to the game: Taylor Dace (athletic training major, Chatham, Ill.), Austin Davis, Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.), Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ill.), Seth Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.) and Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.). The Johnson brothers both started their first career game ever on Wednesday night.

    For Cardinal Stritch, Tony Smit led all scorers with 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting, going 4-for-10 from behind the arc and 7-for-10 from the line. He had six boards and six assists in 40 minutes. Garrett Borgrud had 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting and 6-for-10 from the line, including seven boards in 28 minutes. Chad Mazur chipped in with 14 points and made six shots, 2-for-9 from the three-point line. He added five boards and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Highlights:

    • ONU’s defeat of No. 14 Cardinal Stritch is the seventh win over a team ranked nationally or receiving votes in the NAIA Division I or Division II Top 25 polls. Wednesday's game was the 11th over a team ranked nationally or receiving votes this season.
    • With four made three-pointers in tonight’s game, Austin Davis now has 88 made three-pointers this season. He ties the single season record for three-point field goals in a season, set by Brian McCauley in 1998.
    • Olivet’s head coach Ralph Hodge won his 726th career game tonight. He is the third winningest active NAIA Division II coach. He is one of seven active NAIA coaches with 700-plus career wins.
    • ONU is now 1-5 against Cardinal Stritch since joining the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division II side of the league in 2012-13.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 21, on the road against CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend at 2 p.m. (EST).

    Box Score  

    **
    Feb 18, 2015 1:23:44Feb 18, 2015 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Kayla Albrecht, Amanda Aldeir, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Sarah Allison, Kaitlyn Altmann, Abigail Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Bethany Anderson, Emily Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Maria Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Joel Andrade, Jessica Arellano, Liliana Arroyo, Anton Arvidsson, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Felicia Baer, Candace Baird, Claire Barber, Madylin Barker, Kilmeny Barnell, Brandon Barrows, Elizabeth Bart, Abraham Barwegen, Mary Bass, William Bates, Morgan Baumert, Justin Baur, Emily Baylor, Anthony Bazil, Hannah Beals, Sara Becker, Alicia Beckmann, Brigette Beggs, Emily Belschner, Teagan Bencsics, Charles Bennett, Haley Beno, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Daniel Berkiel, Kathleen Berns, Jesse Beutler, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Anthony Bird, Brittany Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Austin Blair, Alexander Blakeley, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Carly Blystone, Megan Bohac, Katelyn Boicken, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Hannah Bontrager, Tyler Bontrager, Brittany Booth, Taylor Bordewick, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Austin Borop, Katie Bosket, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Fleur Breuker, Cameron Brewer, Casey Bronson, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Brandon Brown, Erica Browning, Jessica Brown, Kari Brown, Karley Brown, Lauren Brown, Zachary Brown, Maxwell Buche, Jennifer Buhr, Brandon Burchfield, Ryan Burch, Austin Burdine, Haley Burge, Anna Burkey, Sara Burmeister, Amanda Bursztynsky, Madeline Buseth, Jazmine Buster, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers

    C

    Brittlee Cadle, Jenna Cain, Madison Caise, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Zechariah Carlton, Annette Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Megan Casali, Steven Case, Olivia Casey, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Tamara Chalikian, Sara Chamberlain, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Alena Christopherson, Ryan Clendening, Karisa Cobb, Taylor Coble, Matthew Cockroft, Vanessa Cohn, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Taylor Cole, Sarah Collalti, Alissa Combe, Erin Connelly, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Mikaela Coose, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Sydney Couch, Shanna Covarrubias, Andrew Cowen, Mary Cowen, Jonathan Cramer, Abigail Crane, Rebecca Crane, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Courtney Crawford, Jara Crawford, Loren Crawford, Molly Crawley, Breanna Creek, Dylan Creger, Brandon Crockett, Jose Cruz Mejia, Samuel Cullado, Michelle Curran, Brandi Curtis, Maggie Cusey

    D

    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Mitchell Dale, Riley Dale, Clay Dargert, Madison Davis, Emily Davisson, Stephen Davis, Lynnae De Jong, Joel DeArmond, David Decker, Kenneth DeCook, Rachael DeGraff, Marissa DeGroot, Dustin Dehart, Kate Dekoning, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Mary DeMent, Chase DeMott, Amelia Denison, Jared Dennis, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Devlin DeVore, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Stephanie DiLeonardo, Joshua Dille, Isaac Dillman, Scott Dillman, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Jessica Dirkse, Sarah Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Erin Doherty, Liza Dollenbacher, Andrea Donley, Eric Douglass, Brandon Doyle, Molly Dragoo, Clarence Driver, Amber Drozd, Caleb Duffy, Jonathan Dulinsky, Alexandra Duncan, Kaci Dunnum, Celia Durazo, Randi Durbin, JoAnne Dusenbury, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Rebecca Eller, Gretchen Elliott, Jonathan Elliott, Shauna Elliott, Jessica Ellison, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Rachel Elson, Samuel Emaus, Roman Endrizzi, Renee Enz, Valerie Erickson, Ericka Esters, Nicole Eulert, Zackry Everett

    F

    John Falco, Thomas Farmer, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, David Faux, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Brittany Fischer, Scott Fischer, Caleb Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Melyssa Fitzpatrick, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Morgan Fly, Tyler Ford, Micah Forshee, Rachel Fosdal, Laura Fosnaugh, Sarah Fosnaugh, Matthew Fowler, Alynn Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Drew Frey, Lindee Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Tyler Gabriele, Katherine Gajewski, Keila Galloway, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, Julie Gant, Genesis Garcia, David Gardner, Lydia Gardner, John Gargiulo, Mariah Garratt, Charlton Garr, Dolly Garrison, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Kate Geiman, Kelsey Geiman, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Andrea Gibson, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Carolyn Gillespie, Tyler Gill, Jeffery Glitz, Sarah Gliwa, Mikaela Goetz, Bryce Goldade, Ana Gomez, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Jacob Gouge, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Ariel Grainger, Derek Grainger, Cleda Grammer, Meredith Green, Rebecca Gremar, Kathryn Grimes, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Lydia Grosse, Whitney Grossman, Stephanie Grossoehme, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Lillian Guenseth, Ryan Guertin, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Robert Gunderson, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman

    H

    Andrew Haack, Janelle Hackathorn, Caitlin Hacker, Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Heather Halverson, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Brittany Hanenburg, Robert Harjo, Cody Harper, Colleen Harris, Danyne Harris, Neely Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Lisa Hartman, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Marshall Hawn, Rachel Haworth, Andrea Hay, Jordan Hayes, Brooke Heaton, Kayla Hedgren, Jenna Height, Cole Heinz, Mary Heinz, Jessica Hemmer, Tiffany Henderson, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassidy Henning, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Lindsy Hentschel, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Larita Hickey, Jessica Higer, Ethan Hiles, Brittany Hilleary, Zachary Hir, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Anna Hoekstra, Anneka Hoekstra, Patrick Hoepp, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, Rachel Holaway, Alina Holliday, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Jordan Horn, Jacqueline Horwood, Jacob Hoskins, Alexander Hottle, Jordan Houser, Noelle Howard, Allison Howell, Elizabeth Hubbell, Taylor Hudelson, Christina Huebner, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Ryan Hull, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Chaz Hutchison, Ryan Hutton, Isabelle Huyck

    I

    Erin Ifft, Baylie Isaacs, Hayley Ivanic

    J

    Kati Jackson, Lauren James, Emilie Janes, Marta Quereda Jareno, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann

    K

    Christian Kalfas, Andrew Kallas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Michaela Kane, Callie Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Morgan Kauffman, Rachel Keck, Michael Keigher, Austin Kelly, Anne Kennedy, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Jamie Kiefer, Rachel Kilbry, Celina Kilhefner, Brittany Killion, Paul Kime, Kent Kinnersley, Philip Kinnersley, Courtney Kinstle, Devin Kirkland, Sydney Kirkpatrick, Samuel Kleindienst, Kurtis Klein, Breanne Klemm, Andrew Kline, Luke Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Victoria Kober, Elizabeth Koch, Courtney Kodat, Casey Koerner, Colin Koerner, Sandra Koljovic, Mikaela Komp, Leighton Kraft, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Samuel Kuehl, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Kari Kwiatkowski

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Nathan Lain, Kellen Lake, Nicole Landis, Elizabeth Lanham, Caleb Lankford, Jacqueline LaPash, Connie Lapinski, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, David Latko, Justin Lautermilch, Renee Layman, Carrie Leato, Kaley Ledford, Grace Leighton, Kendra Leimbach, David Leman, Drew Leman, Mason LeMay, Victoria Lemke, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Monica Lewis, Emma Lilley, Victoria Lilly, Andrew Lindell, Ciara Lindgren, Caleb Lingle, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, On Ling, Stephanie Linquist, Brian Linsner, Kylie Lippencott, John Litrenta, Mitchell Lockwood, Ian Lofgren, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Alyse Long, Ashley Longnecker, Tiara Long, Jordan Loudermilk, Abigail Loughran, Jonathon Loughran, Kyle Love, Laura Love, Melissa Luby, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Julia Luecke, Isaac Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Michaela Lutz, Joel Lynn

    M

    Andrea MacDonough, Tiffany Madura, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Kasey Main, Oscar Manciñeiras Cornella, Jessica Manning, Joseph Mantarian, Danielle Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Brianna Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Keren Marsh, Danielle Martin, Jason Martin, Joel Martin, Joshua Martin, Ryan Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Katherine Maurer, Collin Maxon, Kendra Maxon, Kara Mayer, Quincie McCalla, Ethan McCallister, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Melissa McDannell, Matthew McDivitt, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Ashley McKnight, Samantha McLain, Tanner McLain, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Jill Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Gabriella Mejia, Makayla Meredith, Adam Metzler, Bethany Metzler, Brianna Meyers, Erin Meyers, Jessica Middleton, Ronald Milbocker, Caroline Miller, Jacob Miller, Kelly Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Maggie Miller, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, David Modica, Maha Mohammad, Sanni Mohammed-Haruna, Rebekah Molnar, Rebecca Mooi, Andrew Moore, Taylor Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Hope Morris, Lindsay Morris, Michaela Morris, Lindsay Morr, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Maria Munoz, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Sadie Navas, Joseph Neely, Elizabeth Nellis, Nathaniel Nelson, Carolyn Neubaum, Robert Newell, Rachel Nichol, Kathleen Nicholson, Carolyn Nicodemus, Stephen Njoroge, Kyle Nolan, Brenda Norman-Campbell, Steven Nowinski, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Priscila Nunez, Morgan Nusbaumer

    O

    Desiree O'Brien, Kayla O'Donohue, Gabriel Ojeda, Johanna Oksnevad, Whitney Olson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Alexandra Ortiz, Kevin Osterink, Victoria Owings

    P

    Ingrid Palmer, Geena Paoli, Richard Paret, Cali Pargulski, Jaron Parke, Colton Parker, David Parker, Caleb Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Seth Patchett, Lillian Patton, Allyssa Paulsen, Gwendolyn Payne, Samantha Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Marriah Peebles, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Grant Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Austin Peters, Haley Jo Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Hannah Piatek, Brian Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Saige Pilgrim, Francisco Pirela, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Kelli Poole, Matthew Posladek, Renee Poucher, David Powers, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Colin Prominski, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Lydia Puentes, Natalie Puent, Jessica Putnam, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych

    Q

    Marta Quereda Jareno

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Shani Rademan, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Abigail Ragsdale, Francisco Ramirez, Kelsey Rasmussen, Megan Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Emily Reader, Sarah Ready, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Kristen Reese, Jake Reeverts, Alexander Regets, Amanda Regets, Sabra Reichow, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Julie Reopelle, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Jared Richey, Kristen Richey, Shana Riedlinger, Samuel Riggenbach, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Rebekah Rivers, Seth Rivett, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Jeslyn Roat, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Vanessa Rodriguez, Taylor Roix, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Catherine Rose, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Capri Rubitschung, Clara Ruegsegger, Emily Rull, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Rittu Sabu, Maggi Sall, Luke Salomone, Rodolfo Sanchez, Emily Sanders, Samantha Sanders, Ashley Sarver, Stefan Sauder, Katherine Saunders, Grace Savage, Paige Schaefer, Evan Schafer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Bennet Schimmelpfennig, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Maggie Schmidt, Annika Schmit, Autumn Schmitz, Andrew Schneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Collin Schoonover, Christian Schrader, Tia Schrader, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, Anamar Serrano, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Katelyn Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Hannah Shiner, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Morgan Shride, Amanda Siciak, Breanna Sikes, Kallie Siscoe, Emilly Siwicki, Matthew Slack, Kyle Sleik, Kyle Smeltzer, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Katherine Smith, Kylie Smith, McKenzie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Neil Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Timothy Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Bradley Soendlin, Katelynn Soendlin, Ashley Sonnenberg, Christopher Sonnenberg, Elizabeth Sonneveld, Kenneth Sons, Alexander Southe, James Southerland, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Matthew Spear, Christopher Spence, Amy Spencer, Shyanne Spence, Jessica Springer, Naomi Springer, Wesley Sproul, Emily Sprunger, Samuel Sprunger, Courtney Spurgeon, Emily Spychalla, Morgan St Aubin, Allison Staggs, Marena Stair, Monica Stamper, Taylor Stark, Shannon Steffen, Samuel Steiber, Erin Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Kyce Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Corinne Stout, Caleb Strand, Kaitlyn Strand, Luke Strasser, Conner Stroud, Sarah Struck, Jayne Stuart, Spencer Sumner, Todd Suttor, Etienne Swanepoel, Justine Szetela, Michael Szostek, Jeffrey Szubert

    T

    Honomi Takizawa, Jessica Tarchala, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Jordan TerBush, Grace Tervin, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Bradley Thomas, Morgan Thomas, McKenzie Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Parker Tibbs, Adam Timmer, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Alexander Tolley, Bradley Ton, Jordyn Truelock, Hannah Tschetter, Seth Tschetter, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Briana Turner, Sydney Tyler

    U

    Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich

    V

    Dustin Vail, Morgan Van Peursem, Jenna Vance, Alexandra VanDehey, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Jacob Vangore, Carlie Vannatta, Benjamin Vertin, Kelsey Vihnanek, Ashli Voeller, Justine Von Arb, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Zachary Wagner, Elisabeth Wahl, Joellen Wainwright, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Jamie Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Natalie Wangler, Yichao Wang, Samantha Wanless, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Troy Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Shelby Wegforth, Gabrielle Weitzel, Nathan Wells, Ethan Weniger, Michael Whalen, Tyler Whitaker, Leslie White, Lynn White, Hope Whitis, Joseph Wickes, Brittany Widdowson, Jennifer Wieland, Jennifer Wieringa, Laprincia Wiggins, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Nicole Wilder, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Edmund Williams, Hannah Williams, Jayna Williamson, Rebecca Williams, Connor Willis, Samuel Wilner, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Eva Winters, Sadie Witvoet, Andrea Wojciechowski, Ashley Wolfe, Colton Wolfe, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Jeff Woodward, Staci Woolley, Jennifer Workman, Logan Wright

    Y

    Morgan Youman, Carissa Young, Caleb Yourdon, Olena Yousif

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Jonathan Zatorski, Kyle Zeman, Jasmine Zenobia, Hannah Zobrist, Amanda Zoladz
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    Feb 18, 2015 10:21:1Feb 18, 2015 -

    FORTVILLE, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team is pleased to announce the addition of Bailey Fleming, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, to the team beginning in the fall of 2015. Fleming recently signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career with the Tigers.

    As a sophomore and junior, Fleming helped lead MVHS to back-to-back Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Sectional Championships. In 2014, Fleming finished the season with a nine-hole average of 46 and an 18-hole average of 93. She finished tenth overall at the Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) Tournament, earning HHC Honorable Mention recognition and received the team's Mental Attitude Award.

    In the classroom, Fleming is a member of National Honor Society, as well as National Art Honor Socieity. She also was named a 2014 School Board Scholar. While at Olivet, she intends to major in biology.

    "It was always my intention to attend a Christian university with a God centered environment," said Fleming of her decision. "ONU was the perfect combination of a strong Christian environment and an exceptional education. Additionally, I love being a part of a team, so being able to play golf at the collegiate level made Olivet the complete package."

    Fleming is the daughter of Brendan and Jennifer Fleming. 

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    Feb 17, 2015 8:50:42Feb 17, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — With three games in six days this week and much at stake, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team started strong by defeating CCAC foe Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) 97-61 on Monday night, Feb. 16. The Tigers 36-point win was their 20th of the season, making it the 26th time in 49 seasons ONU has won 20 or more games in a season. 

    The Tigers took a quick 8-0 lead through two and a half minutes and never looked back. ONU scored 97 points, making 79.2 percent of their shots, their best mark of the season. ONU was 84.6 in the first half, missing only four shots. Over the last 13 seasons, the next best field goal percentage in a game is 65.3 (49-of-75) on Feb. 21, 2004, with a 44-point over Barat College (Ill.).

    On Monday night, the Tigers (20-8, 14-3) had five in double figures for only the second time this season. The only other time was in the 84-58 win over IU-South Bend in January of this year. Four Tigers have been in double figures in 10 games this season. 

    The Tigers made 42 field goals, the second most converted this season. ONU made 47 in their 111-65 win over Silver Lake College (Wis.) in the third game of the season. Also, the Tigers’ 31 assists are tied for the most this season in one game, They have reached this total two other times this season.

    Against the Panthers (8-20, 4-13), the Tigers won the rebounding battle 33 to 22 but lost on the offensive glass, giving up 15 to their opponent. The Tigers are 17-4 when they win on the glass this season. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Panthers. In 16 of the last 18 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or less turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    The Tigers are now 14-3 this season in CCAC play, now tied for second place overall and first in the South Division — only one game back of No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), their opponent on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Tigers are 12-2 at McHie Arena, their most wins at home since the 2005-06 season when they finished 12-1. ONU is 11-2 in their last 13 games. Of the Tigers’ 12 home wins, nine are by double digits; and in eight games, they have scored 80 or more points.

    In addition, the 36-point win is the third game this season ONU has won by 30 or more points and the 10th by 20 or more points. The 61 points allowed in the win on Monday night marks the 14th time this season the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a win, including their last three. In all 20 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points; but in three losses, they have scored 70-plus. When ONU leads at the half, they are 13-0, including Monday’s game when they led 52-25 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 40 points. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 17-6.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) led the Tigers with 16 points on 7-for-8 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 14 games. He added five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes. He has now made 51 three-pointers (.520) in his last 14 games. He now has 1,152 points in his career (30th all-time) and 232 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 13 points, going 5-for-5 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. With 1,352 career points, he is 21st all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 13th all-time in rebounds with 640 for his career.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 25 minutes and scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and three assists. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting and 2-for-6 from the three-point line. He added six assists in 21 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points, six rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. Senior Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.) saw his first action as a Tiger and played four minutes, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Feb. 18, at home against CCAC foe No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers' five seniors will be honored prior to the game.

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    Feb 16, 2015 10:39:27Feb 16, 2015 -

    Student life at Olivet is about more than simply obtaining a degree. For many, the desire to gain experience in the field through service to the community drives them to experience more. In the senior level course, “Professional Issues and Actions,” Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students manifest their ideas into service projects that impact the local community.

    Students learn firsthand how to work with professionals, enhancing the lives of children and families through their service projects. Learning the ins and outs of event planning, organizing and research, the course prepares students to make the transition from school to the workplace.

    This year, 35 senior FACS majors formed seven groups to assess community needs and choose organizations with which to partner. The teams spent a minimum of 10 hours with their organizations for researching, planning, organizing and conducting each service project.

    In partnering to serve meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House, Hannah Moyers (senior, Montello, Wisconsin) was able to maintain a meaningful relationship she had created prior to college. “I worked at a camp in northern California for the Ronald McDonald House before coming to Olivet,” she says. “I have a huge heart for the organization. I thought it would be hard to continue serving, but this project provided me with that opportunity.”

    Previous projects have included giving baby showers for teen moms, teaching horseback riding to children with disabilities, coordinating a mother-daughter sewing night, and running a school fun fair. “The focus on Family and Consumer Sciences resides in the community,” says Professor Debra Kimberlin, who teaches the course and oversees the projects.

    Dr. Diane Richardson, department chair, attests to the impact students are able to make. “We are the hands and feet of Jesus,” she says. “We want to encourage our students to continue to serve others.”

    The program has seen overwhelming success, with all students involved voicing their desire to continue these partnerships with the local organizations.

    “It’s been a wonderfully successful year already,” Hannah says, “We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

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    Feb 15, 2015 4:27:39Feb 15, 2015 -

    MCKENZIE, Tenn. — After a strong start to the spring season, on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, Head Coach Todd Reid and the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team continued to use good pitching and timely hitting to sweep the Wildcats of Bethel University (Tenn.) in this weekend’s three-game series. On Saturday, the Tigers allowed only six hits in a 3-1 win in game one and followed it up with a 6-4 victory, using 10 hits in a breakout game for the Tiger bats. In the eight year history of playing Bethel (Tenn.) in February, this is the first sweep for the Tigers.

    Senior transfer Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (1-0) started his first game as a Tiger (7-1) and went six innings, allowing five hits while striking out two. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (2) earned his second save with one inning of relief, allowing one run off one hit while striking out three.

    Bethel’s (1-5) John Woodard (0-2) started and went six innings, allowing three runs off six hits and striking out four. Blake Chandler finished the game for the Wildcats and struck out two.

    The Tigers scored three runs on a Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) solo shot in the second inning and a freshman Kurtis Minton (Decatur, Ill.) double that scored senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.). In the sixth inning, Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) scored his third run of the series on a wild pitch.

    ONU’s Altmann hit the first homerun for a Tiger this season, and Minton went 2-for-3 in his first start for the Tigers.

    For the Wildcats, Taylor Paterson was 2-for-2 while four other Wildcats had one hit.

    In the third game of the series, junior transfer Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) (2-0) started and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs — two earned — off seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. Junior Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) struck out one batter, and sophomore Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) earned his first save of the season to get the final out of the game.

    Clay Treece (0-1) started for Bethel and went four innings, allowing four runs — three earned — off five hits, while striking out six. Isaac Carr went the final three innings and allowed two runs — one earned — off five hits, while striking out six batters of his own.

    Trailing 1-0 going into the fourth inning, the Tigers exploded for four runs. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) singled to score Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) following a leadoff double. Freshman Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) doubled to score Klendworth and Altmann. Eventually Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) singled to score Steward. ONU tacked on two more runs over the next two innings: one was an Altmann RBI single, and the other was Szubert’s run on an error by the pitcher following a steal.

    Foster went 3-for-4 with two runs. Altmann was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Szubert was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Klendworth had a hit with one RBI and one run scored. Steward doubled to score two, and he eventually scored.

    For the Wildcats, Paterson went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Wes Warren went 2-for-4 with two runs.

    ONU will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 20, against Bethel College (Ind.) starting at 6 p.m.

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    Feb 15, 2015 3:56:26Feb 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team traveled to Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene for the ninth consecutive year to give back with Nazarene Athletics, a youth sports organization. They were there for morning worship, lunch and a basketball clinic.

    Following lunch with Senior Pastor Randy Dodd and Nazarene Athletics Director Jeff Hale, the Tigers held a basketball clinic involving children from the league. The Tigers led drills, demonstrated basketball techniques and participated in an autograph session. There were also contests to win prizes and time set aside for the children to interact with the players before the Tigers left to return to Bourbonnais.

    During morning worship, senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had the opportunity to share his experiences while at ONU over the last four years. “It was awesome getting to be a part of the Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene service today," he says. "The worship and message were uplifting, the food was amazing, and the clinic with the kids was a blast!”

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    Feb 15, 2015 3:26:3Feb 15, 2015 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the fifth consecutive week, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team had NAIA qualifying times. For the second straight week, sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) broke a school record. 

    At the Tom Hathaway Distance Carnival, hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 14, Gordon broke his own school record in the 60 meter dash (6.87). Also, the 4x800 meter relay team qualified for the NAIA “A” Standard with their 7:55.97 time, finishing second in the event. They were among four qualifiers on Saturday. This was the first year the Tigers have attended this event.

    Gordon finished second in the 60 meter dash with his record-breaking time, only .02 behind the runner who won the event. He also came in third in the long jump with a mark of 6.91 meters, .08 meters behind his teammate for second. The 4x800 meter relay is now seventh on the list according to NAIA “A” standards. David Powers (Security, Colo.), Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) and Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) made up the team on Saturday.

    Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) also had a huge day, winning the triple jump with a mark of 14.15 meters, earning a NAIA “B” standard — over one meter better than the second place finisher — and finishing second in the long jump (6.99m). Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.86 meters, besting the second place finisher (NCAA DII) for the title. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) was also a champion on Saturday, winning the shot put with a mark of 16.75 meters — his best throw of the year — and defeating almost 50 other competitors in the process. He has moved up on the NAIA “A” standard list to third.

    Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) placed fifth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:09.46. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) placed eighth with a time of 15:13.45. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) came in 12th with a time of 15:17.30. All three runners qualified for the NAIA “B” standard.

    Additional top finishers for the Tigers were junior Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) who came in sixth in the 200 meter dash (23.17). Marshall Hawn was the eight place finisher in the one mile run (4:22.24). Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in as the runner-up in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:45.94. The 4x400 meter relay team placed first with a time of 3:27.69.

    Junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in second with a mark of 1.93 meters in the high jump. Freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) came in fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.40m. Sophomore Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) placed fourth in the long jump (6.77m). Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in eighth in the shot put (15.04m) and sixth in the weight throw (16.15m).

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 21, hosting the ONU Qualifier at home in the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center on ONU’s campus.

    Results

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    Feb 15, 2015 10:20:47Feb 15, 2015 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -Senior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) and the 4x800m relay team each secured their spots at the NAIA Indoor National Championships next month, hitting the "A" qualifying standards on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Tom Hathaway Distance Carnival hosted by the University of Indianapolis. The No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team also set a new school record and numerous personal records.

    Goedhart captured second in the 200m dash, crossing the finish line in a new school record time of 25.47 to earn her ticket to Ohio next month. The 4x800m relay team of sophomore Karlee Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), junior Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.), senior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) took first place, crossing in 9:40.00.

    Other top finishes in on the track included junior Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.) who captured gold in the 400m dash in 59.85. Teammate Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) was right behind in third place at 59.99. Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) posted a new personal record in the 5000m run, finishing in 17:33.36 to finish second. Brown also took second in the 800m run, crossing in 2:21.29.

    On the field side, junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) finished first in the weight throw with a 17.76m toss, while sophomore Hannah Gee finished ninth with a new personal record of 14.69m. Freshman Valerie Johnson broke the freshman weight throw record with a 15.43m throw. Blucker also finished second in the shot put, throwing 14.38m.

    Senior Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) took second place in the pole vault, clearing 3.5m. Senior Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) finished third in the long jump at 5.28m.

    The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host the ONU Qualifier. Field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and track events at 11. 

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    Feb 15, 2015 9:31:52Feb 15, 2015 -

    CLINTON, Iowa -The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team used a bye weekend in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to travel north, picking up a 111-97 win over Ashford University (Iowa) on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Tigers had five players finish in double-digits, led by junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) who pumped in a team-high 26 points.

    Stuart shot 11-of-16 from the field, including three three-point shots. She also dished out five assists and finished with two steals. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points, while pulling in five rebounds and accounting for seven assists. Junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) finished with 15 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) each added 11.

    Olivet (19-9) took a slim, one point lead into the locker room with the score at 51-50 at the half. The Tigers then outscored the Saints 60-47 in the second half, after Ashford took the lead briefly.  

    Krassman also finished with a team-leading eight rebounds with Giampapa right behind with seven. Giampapa also added three assists.

    Olivet will return to action in a key CCAC match up on Wednesday, Feb. 18 when No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) come to McHie Arena. Currently the Wolves sit in second place overall and in the North Division of the conference standings. Olivet is tied for second place in the South Division.  

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    Feb 14, 2015 4:1:16Feb 14, 2015 -

    MCKENZIE, Tenn. — Following a four-month layoff, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team picked up right where they left off, defeating Bethel University (Tenn.) 2-1 in eight innings on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13. The Tigers saw their first action since mid-October and continued a three-game win streak that dates back to Oct. 11. Friday’s battle was certainly a pitcher’s battle with only three runs scored and 14 strikeouts between both teams. 

    Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-0) gained his second win of the year in relief, throwing one inning and striking out one. Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started Friday’s matinee and through six innings allowed only one run off seven hits while striking out six. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) earned his first save, throwing one inning and striking out two.

    Bethel’s (1-3) Garrett Perry started and went seven innings, allowing one run off seven hits and striking out five. Logan Dietz (1-1) earned the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth inning and walking two.

    The Tigers (5-1) started early with a run in the first off the bat of junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) when he singled, scoring Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.). Bethel tied the game in the third when Chase Howell doubled to bring home the tying run. Neither team garnered more than two hits in an inning the rest of the way. In the eighth inning, Madison Foster hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hayes for the second time and giving the Tigers the eventual winning run.

    ONU’s Hayes went 1-for-2, Altmann was 2-for-2 with one RBI, and Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was 2-for-2.  

    For the Wildcats, Wes Warren went 3-for-3 with the lone run, and Chase Howell was 2-for-4 with the lone RBI.

    ONU will be back in action for a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 14, against Bethel University (Tenn.) starting at noon.

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    Feb 12, 2015 10:24:17Feb 12, 2015 -

    WHITING, Ind. — Following a tough conference loss on Saturday afternoon, Feb 7, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team responded with a 73-65 road win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The Crimson Wave were coming off a big win, but the Tigers were ready to halt that win streak before it began. Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) poured in 19 points each to go along with sophomore Tyler Crater’s (Hampshire, Ill.) 13 off the bench. ONU is still in second place in the CCAC with only three regular season games remaining.

    From the 19:47 mark of the first half on, the Tigers (19-8, 13-3) led the rest of the game — by as much as 10 in the first half and 12 in the second. For the second consecutive game, ONU shot shy of 40 percent from the floor but used a 52.6 percent effort from behind the arc to spark them. Defensively, they kept the Crimson Wave (12-14, 5-11) to only 40.7 percent from field and 29.6 percent from behind the arc. The Tigers also scored two more points at the charity stripe, despite going only 11-for-19.

    Credit goes to the Tiger perimeter defense as they kept Franqlin Gatson (13.6 avg.) to only nine points, 3-for-9 shooting through the first 39 minutes of the game. He scored eight points in the final minute, but that did not make a difference in the outcome of the game.

    On Wednesday night against the Crimson Wave, the Tigers were outrebounded 40-35, but won the offensive glass 14 to 12. The Tigers have been outdone on the glass only seven times this season, going 3-4 in those games. ONU also had only 10 turnovers, compared to only 10 for the Crimson Wave. This is the fourth straight game the Tigers have had 11 turnovers or less. ONU has the sixth least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    The Tigers are now 13-3 this season in CCAC play, now in third place, only one game back of St. Francis (Ill.) and Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Tigers are 8-4 on the road, their best record away from McHie Arena since the 1998-99 season when they finished 14-4. ONU is 5-1 in their last six games. Of their five road wins, this is the Tigers’ only win when scoring less than 80 points.

    In addition, the 65 points allowed in the win on Wednesday night ended up as the 13th time this season the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a win, including their last three. In all 19 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points, but in three losses they have scored 70-plus. When ONU leads at the half, they are 12-0, including Wednesday’s game when they led 32-28 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 25 points. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 16-6.

    Aaron Larson led the team with 19 points, going 6-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-4 from the three-point line and 4-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes. With 1,339 career points, he is 22nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 13th all-time in rebounds with 637 for his career.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 19 points, all in the second half on 6-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-8 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 13 games. He added four assists and two steals in 33 minutes. He has now made 49 three-pointers (.515) in his last 13 games. He now has 1,136 points in his career (33rd all-time) and 230 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 33 minutes and scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists. Off the bench, Tyler Crater had 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds in 22 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had six points, three rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 14, at home against CCAC foe Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) at 3 p.m.

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    Feb 12, 2015 8:37:59Feb 12, 2015 -

    WHITING, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team used a huge first half effort to pick up an important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division win on the road at Calumet College of St. Joseph on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The Tigers outscored the Crimson Wave 73-34 in the opening half, coming away with a 128-71 final score.

    Olivet (18-9, 10-5) had four players post double-digits in the points column, led by freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) who finished with 18. Barnes shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line. She also added four assists, three rebounds and three steals.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 17 points in the winning effort, shooting 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. She also pulled down six rebounds and dished out six assists. Junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) added 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) finished with 14 points.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) pulled in a team-leading 10 rebounds, seven on the defensive end of the court. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    With the post season quickly approaching, the win keeps the Tigers in second place in the South Division. Olivet remains in fifth place overall.

    The Tigers will travel to Ashford University (Iowa) on Saturday, Feb. 14 for a non-conference match up. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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    Feb 12, 2015 8:18:24Feb 12, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -Amy Blucker of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been selected as the NAIA National Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week  and Hannah Fields of Oklahoma Baptist the NAIA National Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week the national office announced Wednesday, Feb. 11. Blucker and Fields were selected based on their performances from Feb. 2 - 8 and out of a pool of conference winners. This is the fourth award of the 2015 indoor track & field season.

    Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week

    • Blucker earned two individual crowns on Feb. 7 in the Olivet Nazarene Invite in the weight throw and shot put.

    • In the weight throw, the Galesburg, Ill., native broke 18 meters for the first time in her career, setting a new school and facility record with 18.06 meters (59-3).

    • Her weight throw mark bested 19 other competitors and currently sits as the second-best in the NAIA.

    • Blucker won the shot put by hitting 14.81 meters (48-7 ¼)

    • This is the junior's first career national award.

    Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

    • Fields took home two individual wins at the NCAA Division I Frank Sevign Husker Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 7.

    • The senior set the NAIA's top time this season in the mile (4:43.70) and beat a field that included Division I runners from Oklahoma State, Alabama and Kansas.

    • She turned in the third-fastest time this season in the NAIA in the 5,000-meters (17:31.70), taking victory away from the likes of Division I Auburn (Ala.), Nebraska and Kansas State.

    • Fields also earned the Jan. 21 national honor.

     

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    Feb 12, 2015 8:14:8Feb 12, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Simon Pheasant of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA Men's Swimmer of the Month, the national office announced Wednesday. Pheasant was selected for his performances from Jan. 12 - Feb. 1. This is the second swimming honor of the 2014-15 season.

    National Swimmer of the Month
     
    Simon Pheasant, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
    Sr., Alexandria, South Africa

    • Pheasant took first in 8-of-12 events he competed in, and finished runner-up in the remaining five races.
    • The senior posted five victories in individual events and three wins in relay competition.
    • The Alexandria, South Africa, native's 50-meter free time of 21:14 on Jan. 17 in the NCAA Division I Oakland (Mich.) 2015 Winter Invite is currently sixth-best in the NAIA.
    • Collects his first national award.

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    Feb 11, 2015 2:51:16Feb 11, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2014 Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team hosted their annual post-season banquet on Sunday, Feb. 8 in the President's Dining Room. For the third consecutive year, senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) came away with the team's Most Valuable Player award, while freshman Rachel Kirby (Overland Park, Kan.) was voted Most Improved Player.

    The Tigers finished their season 17-26 overall and 12-6 in the conference. The season was highlighted by a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament run which ultimately earned them a runner-up finish and the conference's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

    Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and Kirby were awarded the Nicole Garde Award. Each year the Tigers present this award Christian character, servant leadership and perseverance on and off the court.

    Hatalla and senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) were recognized as the team captains, while freshman Jesleyn Roat (Greenview, Ill.), sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) and Enz were acknowledged as the Leadership Council.

    Senior Awards were given to Hatalla, Schoenbein, Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) and Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.). Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) was also recognized for her AVCA Honorable Mention All-Region award.

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    Feb 10, 2015 3:55:25Feb 10, 2015 -

    Olivet’s musical theatre production of “The Spitfire Grill” weaves student talent with the compelling story of personal redemption and a folk/bluegrass musical score.

    Show times are Thursday and Friday, February 26 and 27, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, February 28, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All shows are at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and senior adults over age 65. Tickets and information are available at 815-939-5110.

    Olivet’s production stars:
    Joe Brunker (senior, communication major, Plainfield, Illinois) as Caleb Thorpe
    Cody Curtis (junior, criminal justice major, Kankakee, Illinois) as The Visitor
    Paul Davison III (freshman, multimedia studies major, Gilberts, Illinois) as Sheriff Joe Sutter
    Selina Gaines (senior, music major, Flushing, Michigan) as Shelby Thorpe
    Reilly Roberts (sophomore, music performance major, Dixon, Illinois) as Percy Talbott
    Ashley Sarver (senior, multimedia studies major, Urbana, Ohio) as Hannah Ferguson
    McKenzie Smith (junior, communication studies major, Columbia City, Indiana) as Effy Krayneck

    Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as music director. Olivet’s School of Music provides the orchestral accompaniment.

    First a film released in 1996, “The Spitfire Grill” was performed off-Broadway in 2001, just after the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The musical depicts the journey of a young woman just released from prison and ready to restart her life in Gilead, a rural Wisconsin town that represents a redemptive hideaway.
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    Feb 10, 2015 12:19:10Feb 10, 2015 -

    Olivet will host gatherings in several cities beginning this spring to inform University alumni and friends about the University’s growth, progress and plans. 

    The first three gatherings are scheduled: 

    • March 7 in Tampa Bay, Florida
    • March 28 in Washington, D.C. 
    • April 18 in Kansas City, Kansas  

    Additional gatherings will be announced as they are scheduled. Olivet alumni from any class as well as friends of the university, donors and parents of students are encouraged to attend any of the gatherings. Registration is available at http://olivet.edu/events/briefings or through Olivet Alumni Relations at 815-939-5258.

    “Over the past two decades, Olivet has experienced the greatest era of expansion and growth in the university’s 108-year history,” said Denny Williamson, 2015 president of the Olivet Alumni Association. “We know that many Olivet alumni and friends all over the world cannot always make it back to campus for Homecoming or other events. So the Alumni Association will visit various regions of the United States to give nearby alumni the opportunity to hear about all the great things happening at the alma mater.”

    Williamson, regional vice president for Ash Brokerage of Bradenton, Florida, is a 1975 graduate of Olivet. He and other Alumni Association board members will host the regional gatherings along with Gary Griffin, director of Olivet Alumni and University Relations.

     

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    Feb 09, 2015 10:1:12Feb 09, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ind.) pumped in a career-high 24 points to help lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 113-73 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Holy Cross College on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Tigers, who played without their leading scorer, had five players finish the night in double-digits.

    Despite falling behind early, Olivet (17-9, 9-5) wasted little taking the lead and holding on to it. At the 15:28 mark in the opening half, the Tigers took control for good, entering the half with a 60-33 lead.

    All of Nicolas' 24 points came from behind the three point line and at the free throw line, finishing the night 7-of-12 from behind the arch and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. Back from a recent injry, freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 16 points, shooting 5-of-11 from the field, including four threes. She also added three assists.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 15 points to the winning effort, while dishing out four assists and accounting for two steals. Freshman Lauren Rouse (Mundelein, Ill.) led the Tigers on the boards, pulling down a season-high 13 rounds, six offensive and seven defensive. Freshman Tori Lempke ( ) added 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) added 11 points.

    Olivet returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 11 facing Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on the road. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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    Feb 09, 2015 9:31:17Feb 09, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The No. 14 Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team dominated the field in the 2015 ONU Invite on Saturday, Feb. 7 in their home facilities. The Tigers captured an overall team victory, earning four more automatic qualifiers to the NAIA Indoor National Championships and setting a new facility record. The six team field included two of the top NCAA DIII programs in the area and an NCAA DI and DII opponent.

    The Tigers finished the day with 204.5 points, followed by North Central College (Ill.) with 139.5 and Augustana College (Ill.) with 115.5. Rounding out the field were the University of Illinois - Chicago with 72, McKendree University (Ky.) with 28.5 and Benedictine University (Ill.) with 20.

    Sophomore Taneka Lawson (Toledo, Ohio) stamped her ticket to nationals, posting a 59.20 in the 400m dash, the top collegiate finisher in the field. Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) added the 3000m to her arsenal for the nationals, posting a qualifying time by capturing first place at 10:29.28. Earlier this season, she qualified in the 5000m run.  

    Other top finishes on the track included both the distance medley relay and 4x400m relay teams. Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurts, Ill.) captured first place in the 60m dash, crossing the finish line in 7.97. The DMR team of senior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.), sophomore Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.), freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) and Ray crossed the finish line in 12:42.95, taking first place. The 4x4 relay team of D'Angelo, junior Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.), Kirkland and senior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) also captured gold, finishing in 4:01.02.

    On the field side, the Tigers added a second automatic qualifier in the pole vault. Senior Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) captured a second place finish on the day, clearing 3.65m (11' 11.75"). Teammate, sophomore Kristin Beatty, posted a new personal record and a "B" qualifying jump, taking third overall at 3.45m (11'11.75")

    Senior Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) took first in the long jump, qualifying for nationals with a 5.50m (18' 0.5") jump.

    Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) finished the day with two top finishes, a new school record and a new facility record. In the weight throw, Blucker topped her own records with a 18.06m (59' 3.00") toss surpassing 18m for the first time in her career.  Freshman Carlie Vannata broke Blucker's freshman record in the weight throw, having tied it just last week, with a 15.00m (49' 2.5") throw. Blucker also took first place in the shot put, posting a 14.81m (48' 7.25") mark.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the University of Indianapolis Relays. Events are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (EST).

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    Feb 08, 2015 10:30:59Feb 08, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — By the slimmest of margins (0.5 point), the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team won their second event of the season, defeating North Central College (Ill.). The Tigers’ 158.5 points placed them better than six other teams. Six individual Tiger champions helped pace Olivet to the win on Saturday, Feb. 7. 

    Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash (21.69) over 45 other competitors and was second in the 60 meter dash (7.03). His 200 meter dash time was a NAIA “A” standard time and new indoor school record is No. 2 in the NAIA currently. The previous record was set by Kevin Hill (22.36) at the 2004 NAIA Indoor National Championships.

    Senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) won the 600 meter run with a time of 1:23.71, running in a field of 12.

    Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) won the 3000 meter run title with a time of 8:39.61. His time was a NAIA “A” standard qualifier. 

    Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the long jump with a mark of 6.87 meters, bettering eight others. He also won the triple jump with a jump of 13.87 meters, beating out eight others. 

    Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the shot put event with a 16.30 meters throw to defeat nine others.

    In addition to the top finishers on Saturday, junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) was a fourth place finisher with a 1:24.82 time in the 600 meter dash. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) placed second (8:40.22, NAIA “A” standard qualifier). Senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in third (8:47.88) in the 3000 meter run. Junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) was sixth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.75.

    The 4x400 meter relay team of Alvin Best, Caleb Parsons, sophomore Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and David Powers placed fourth with a time of 3:29.21.

    Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.96 meters) in the high jump finals. Junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in fourth with a similar mark to Limberg's (1.96m). Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) came in third in the pole vault (5.00m), and freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) (4.40m) and sophomore Jacob Wilson (Geneseo, Ill.) (4.40m) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Sophomore Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) placed second in the long jump (6.73m). Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) came in fifth in the in the weight throw with a mark of 16.20 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the University of Indianapolis Relays in Indianapolis, Indiana, starting at 1 p.m. EST.

    Results:

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    Feb 07, 2015 7:20:39Feb 07, 2015 -

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For only the fourth time this season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball scored less than 60 points, falling to  the Saints of Holy Cross College (Ind.) in CCAC play by a score of 62-56. From start to finish, the Saints had all the energy needed to win the game. The Saints used a 50 percent shooting effort, compared to only 34.3 for the Tigers, to take the upset win over the nationally ranked Tigers. The Saints held junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) to only six points, his first game in single digits all season. 

    On Saturday, Feb. 7, the game featured 13 ties and eight lead changes, but the only lead the Tigers (18-8, 12-3) had in the second half was 30-29 just 30 seconds in. The Saints (12-14, 6-9) controlled the rest of the game, even after the Tigers tied the game twice around the 10-minute mark. Olivet struggled all day to find the net, making only 34.3 percent of shots and 11.5 percent from the three-point line, their worst mark of the season. Holy Cross was 50 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from the three-point line. The Tigers had 13 more field goal attempts than the Saints, but had four less makes.

    Even though the Tigers dominated on the glass and had 17 offensive rebounds, they were able to score only 12 second chance points. ONU and Holy Cross had only 11 turnovers apiece, but neither team did much with the extra possessions.

    The Tigers are now 12-3 this season in CCAC play, now in third place, and 7-4 on the road. It is ONU’s first road loss since Dec. 3. Of their four road losses, this is the Tigers’ only loss  by single digits.

    In addition, the 62 points allowed in a loss by the Tigers on Saturday ended up being a winning score for an opponent for only the second time in 14 games this season. When ONU scores 60 or fewer points, they are 0-5 this year. At the same time, of the 16 games this season in which the Tigers have trailed at the half, they are 8-8. The Tigers' bench scored only nine points, the first time all season they have been in single digits. When Olivet is outscored by their opponents, they are 3-2 this season.

    Aaron Larson scored only six points, in single digits for the first time all season. He was 2-for-16 from the floor, 0-for-8 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.  He added 12 rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. With 1,320 career points, he is 25th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now tied for 16th all-time in rebounds with 629 for his career.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 13 points on 5-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-11 from the three-point line. He added two assists and three steals in 36 minutes. He has now made 44 three-pointers in his last 12 games. He now has 1,117 points in his career (33rd all-time) and 225 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 33 minutes and came away with a team-high 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, nine rebounds and two assists. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had two points, six rebounds and six assists in 13 minutes. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had nine points and six rebounds in 14 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Feb. 11, on the road against CCAC foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 7 p.m.

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    Feb 06, 2015 10:11:26Feb 06, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Olivet Nazarene University Tiger Football is proud to announce the members of the Class of 2019. Forty-three student athletes, from every region of the country, have committed to continue their academic and football career at ONU next season. As a program, Tiger Football has been committed to finding the best players throughout the country, and the program has garnered commitments from players in 12 different states. The class was fueled mainly by prospects from Illinois (14), California (8) and Indiana (7). These student athletes look to carry on and build a greater tradition of success in the classroom and on the football field. Those committed are:

    Josh Anderson — 6’1”, 185 lbs., Kicker and Punter, San Juan, California

    Austin Barron — 5’11”, 200 lbs., Linebacker, Terre Haute, Indiana

    Austin Berns — 5’8”, 160 lbs., Running Back, Kankakee, Illinois

    Joel Boser — 6’3”, 230 lbs., Defensive End, Cicero, Indiana

    Jacob Brugger — 5’10”, 205 lbs., Linebacker, Adrian, Michigan

    Larry Calvin Jr. — 5’8”, 160 lbs., Defensive Back, Alton, Illinois

    Davis Clay — 6’5”, 305 lbs., Offensive Line, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

    Caleb Coe — 6’1”, 200 lbs., Running Back, Xenia, Ohio

    Connor Dowd — 6’1”, 215 lbs., Linebacker, Oakdale, California

    Khalil Driver — 5’10”, 175 lbs., Running Back, Aurora, Illinois

    Daniel Dunham — 6’1”, 268 lbs., Defensive Line, Morgan Hill, California

    Stephen Erutti — 6’0”, 190 lbs., Running Back, Eureka, Missouri

    Andrew Franklin — 6’2”, 235 lbs., Defensive Line, Mahomet, Illinois

    Daniel Goff — 6’0”, 175 lbs., Wide Receiver, Lafontaine, Indiana

    Johnathan Grosvenor — 6’1”, 195 lbs., Running Back, Decatur, Michigan

    John Horan — 6’3”, 280 lbs., Offensive Line, Oak Forest, Illinois

    Yusuf Hadad — 5’10”, 175 lbs., Defensive Back, Tracy, California

    Cody Hodges — 6’3”, 280 lbs., Offensive Line, Lakewood, Illinois

    Jack Johnson — 5’9”, 140 lbs., Wide Receiver, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Logan Katsetos — 5’11”, 175 lbs., Wide Receiver, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Zachary Kennel — 6’2”, 260 lbs., Offensive/Defensive Line, Clifton, Illinois

    TJ Layne — 6’2”, 215 lbs., Defensive Line, Morris, Illinois

    Justin Linthicum — 5’11”, 160 lbs., Defensive Back, Nashville, Tennessee

    Victor Lopez — 6’3”, 195 lbs., Athlete, San Jose, California

    Karosn Lueck — 6’0”, 270 lbs., Offensive Line, Bloomington, Illinois

    Andrew Mathena — 6’4”, 270 lbs., Offensive Line, Coal City, Illinois

    Micah Melton — 6’1”, 235 lbs., Defensive Line, Andrews, Texas

    Conner Messer — 6’4”, 180 lbs., Wide Receiver, Ashland, Kentucky

    Jake Miller — 6’1”, 160 lbs., Kicker and Punter, Washington, Illinois

    Nicholas Papenhagen — 6’3”, 275 lbs., Offensive Line, Dundee, Michigan

    Justus Pedrero — 5’7”, 175 lbs., Running Back, Godfrey, Illinois

    Nicholas Ratti — 5’10”, 225 lbs., Linebacker, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Isaiah Riffel — 6’2”, 220 lbs., Athlete, San Jose, California

    Mason Southall — 6’0”, 180 lbs., Long Snapper/Athlete, Wilmington, Illinois

    Brice Spaulding — 6’2”, 260 lbs., Offensive Line, Weeki Wachee, Florida

    Sam Steward — 6’1”, 255 lbs., Offensive Line, Lowell, Indiana

     Cameron Straub — 6’3”, 190 lbs., Wide Receiver, Roanoke, Indiana

    Trevor Thomas — 6’5”, 295 lbs., Offensive Line, San Jose, California

    Ben Toberman — 6’0”, 210 lbs., Linebacker, Clifton, Illinois

    Christian Webster — 6’0”, 240 lbs., Offensive Line, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

    Robert Welch — 5’10”, 200 lbs., Linebacker, Lakeside, California

    Nate Williams Jr. — 5’10”, 205 lbs., Linebacker, Flint, Michigan

    Nicholas Wood — 6’2”, 180 lbs. Athlete, Excel, Alabama

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    Feb 05, 2015 11:19:59Feb 05, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In front of a raucous McHie Arena crowd, the No. 25-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team handed No. 14 St. Francis (Ill.) their first CCAC loss of the season, increasing their home win streak against the Saints to 11 dating back to 2006. The 72-65 win on Wednesday night, Feb. 4, was the ninth in 10 games for the Tigers, equaling last year’s win total; and it was their sixth over a ranked opponent this year. Not since the 2006-07 season have the Tigers been 11 games over .500. The last time ONU won 18 of their first 25 games was in 2001-02 (19-6).

    With 4:41 remaining, the Tigers (18-7, 12-2) took their largest lead of the game, 68-54, but over the three and one-half minutes saw it disappear at the hands of the Saints (19-6, 13-1). Costly turnovers, missed free-throws and big shots for St. Francis made it 68-65 with 1:06 to go. With 43 seconds left, an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) backdoor lay-up made it a five-point game. Two free-throws by Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and a defensive stop later, the Tigers won their biggest game of the year.

    The last four minutes were not indicative of the Tigers second half, which became the difference in the game. Both teams struggled in the first half to find any rhythm. Nevertheless, ONU shot 56.7 percent from the field and 60.0 percent from the three-point line, scoring 45 second half points. Overall, the Tigers were 49.1 and 45.0 percent, respectively. On the other hand, the Saints shot only 37.9 percent from the field and 31.0 percent from the three-point line, both well below their season averages. In the second half, the Saints shot 37.9 and 21.4 percent, respectively.

    The Tigers lost the battle on the glass 36 to 34 but ultimately outdid the Saints in second chance points 10 to nine. ONU had only six offensive rebounds to St. Francis’ 10. Both teams took care of the ball throughout the game, totaling only 16 turnovers: nine for St. Francis and seven for the Tigers, which was the lowest in a game for ONU since Nov. 19, 2014. However, the Tigers again used the turnovers to their advantage, scoring 17 points to only two for the Saints.

    The Tigers are now 12-2 this season in CCAC play, only one game back of the Saints, and 11-2 at home. ONU’s seven-point win on Wednesday night was their closest outcome since the 84-82 win over Georgetown on Jan. 4. Olivet has won by single digits in only five of their 18 wins this season. ONU’s 12 wins in league play are the most since season the 2005-06 season when the Tigers went 11-1 and were regular season champions.

    In addition, the Tigers' 72 points scored on Wednesday night tied for the least amount of points scored in a win this season. When ONU scores over 70 points, they are 18-3 this year. At the same time, of the 13 games in which the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a game, they have won all but one, including Wednesday’s. Eight different Tigers chipped in for the 72 points, and again the bench outscored St. Francis’ 18-11. When Olivet outdoes their opponents, they are 15-6 this season.

    The five-time CCAC player of the week, Aaron Larson, led the Tigers with his sixth double-double of the season. He had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting, 2-for-5 from the three-point line and was 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 37 minutes. With 1,314 career points, he is 26th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 17th all-time in rebounds with 617 for his career.

    Austin Davis had 17 points on 7-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-6 from the three-point line. He added two assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes. He is now 41-of-76 from behind the arc in the last 11 games. He now has 1,104 points in his career (34th all-time) and 222 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had nine points on 3-for-9 shooting, going 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line, including four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 32 minutes and came away with seven points, seven rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had eight points on 4-for-9 shooting, including four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-3 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the three-point line, including three assists and one rebound in 29 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 7, on the road against CCAC foe Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 3 p.m. (EST).

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    Feb 05, 2015 10:28:59Feb 05, 2015 -

     Tickets are on sale for “Date Night 2015: A Celebration of Marriage,” this year’s evening of entertainment and marriage enrichment sponsored annually by Marriage, Inc., for couples who are married, engaged or dating.

    Date Night 2015 takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at Centennial Chapel on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Tickets are $15 per person and may be ordered at celebrationofmarriage.org or 815-939-5385. The first 1,000 couples who purchase tickets online prior to the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book, The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn.

    Featured entertainers at Date Night 2015 are Jay and Laura Laffoon, founders of Celebrate Ministries; and Michael Jr., comedian and author. The evening also features musical entertainment, a photo booth, marriage enrichment resources and opportunities for fellowship.

    The Laffoons are self-titled marriage “edu-tainers” for their comic approach of blending their 30-plus years of relationship experience with insight and encouragement for couples. They have interviewed thousands of couples about marriage and family issues.

    “Creating and regularly celebrating a thriving marriage reaches beyond a husband and wife to positively impact three critical arenas in our culture: our homes, churches and local communities,” says Jay Laffoon. “We’re determined to be a part of that impact.”

    Comedian Michael Jr. uses comedy to explore universal themes that resonate with family audiences. In addition to television and comedy club appearances, Michael Jr. regularly speaks at universities, church events and conferences, including Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit. He authored a children’s book, The Parts We Play, and directed the documentary, “Comedy: The Road Less Traveled.”

    Marriage, Inc. is a co-operative of citizens and organizations in the Kankakee, Illinois, community who are “concerned about marriage and the future we are leaving for the next generation,” says Beth Olney, co-director of Marriage, Inc.

     

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    Feb 05, 2015 7:28:49Feb 05, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The fans in attendance at the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball with the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Wednesday, Feb. 4 certainly got their money's worth. They saw the Tigers come back from two double-digit deficits, junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) hitting two free throws with six seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 108 and junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) achieve a rare triple-double. They didn't, however, get to see a TigerBall win as the Saints used those six seconds to push the ball down the court and come away with a 110-108 win as the buzzer sounded.

    With 9:03 left in the opening half, Olivet (16-9, 8-5) found themselves down by 15 points, but battled back to enter the locker room with the score all squared at 53. But the Tiger struggled again in the second half, letting the Saints get up by as much as 18 points at the 6:16 mark.

    Hengesbach pumped in 23 points on the evening, going 8-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line. Even more impressive is the 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while swiping the ball four times with just one personal foul.

    Stuart added 15 points, going 4-of-4 from the line, including those clutch two at the end of the game. She also added four steals. Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) finished the night with 14 points, while freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added 12. All three also pulled down four rebounds each. Freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) added nine points and five rebounds.

    With the post season push on, the loss didn't change much in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. Olivet now sits in third place in the South Division with St. Francis and Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) in the top two spots. Overall, the Tiger dropped from fifth to sixth, with No. 4 Saint Xavier University still at the top, undefeated, followed by No. 6 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) and No. 17 Robert Morris University (Ill.). The conference tournament is scheduled to begin February 24.

    Olivet will travel to South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 7 to take on Holy Cross College. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EST). Earlier this season, the Tiger defeated the Saints 108-74. 

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    Feb 03, 2015 1:43:42Feb 03, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Averaging 22.0 points per game in two league wins, including netting his seventh 20-plus point performance in one contest, Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, the most of anyone in the league, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the league office.

    Larson, a 6-7 junior forward, shot .609 from the field (14-of-23) en route to his 22.0 scoring average in conference wins against Trinity Christian College (87-76) on Wednesday and Purdue University Calumet (88-65) on Saturday.  He also averaged 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks over the two contests.

    Larson led the team in scoring in the Purdue Calumet victory, where he totaled 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 9-of-10 accuracy from the foul line.  His other contributions included six rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

    Larson added another 18 points, six rebounds and two steals in the win over Trinity Christian.

    For the season, he leads the Tigers in scoring (19.0 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg), assists (74), blocks (17), free throws made (64) and three-point field goal percentage (.438) among other categories.

    Olivet Nazarene, which is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA II Coaches' Poll, is 17-7 overall and 11-2 in league play.  

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    Feb 02, 2015 12:1:35Feb 02, 2015 -

    WHEATON, Ill./BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -  The Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team picked up three dual meet wins in their final week of competition before heading to the NAIA National Championships. On Friday, Jan. 30, the Tigers went down to the wire with NCAA DIII Wheaton College (Ill.), coming away with a close 104-101 win in the end. On Saturday, Olivet dominated both NCAA DI Butler University (Ind.) and DIII Lake Forest College (Ill.) in the home pool on Senior Day. The Tigers beat Butler 176-81 and Lake Forest 176-74.

    Olivet set the tone early in their double dual on Saturday, winning the opening race in dominating fashion. The 400-yard medley relay team of Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), junior Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.), Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.) and Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela) touched the wall in 4:01.12, over seven seconds ahead of the second place team.

    The Tigers kept the heat on, going 1-2-3 in the 1000-yard freestyle and the 50-yard freestyle. In the 1000,sophomore Tiffany Ray set the pace at 10:50.00 with sophomore Haley Ronci (Gosen, Ind.) in second at 10:54.54 and Laura Bryant Escondido, Cal.) in third at 10:59.18. In the 50, Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon,  Mich.) took gold with a 25.04, followed by Jirik in 25.09 and Holly Risinger (Tremond, Ill.) in 25.43.

    Sebastiani captured gold in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:55.11 and the 100-yard freestyle at 53.05. Anderson took first in the 100-yeard backstroke, touching in 59.05. Gerke finished second in both the 100 free and the 100 back, finishing the 100 free in 54.01 and the 100 back 1:01.39. Whitney Whitehead ( ) won the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:10.77, while Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.) took first in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:11.62.

    Anderson and Ray went 1-2 in the 200-yard backstroke, with Anderson finishing at 2:09.55 and Ray at 2:10.18. Ray also captured first place in the 400-yard individual medley, finishing at 4:41.04. Whitehead took gold in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the pads at 2:34.33. Sebastiani finished the 500-yard freestyle in 5:15.42, well ahead of the field for first place. Jirik took first in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing at 59.89.

    On Friday, Ray picked up the Tigers first win of the night, taking first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:50.32 in her first collegiate time competing in the event. Sebastiani captured gold in the 100-yard freestyle, touching in at 53.36, while Ronci won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:18.88.

    In the winning effort, the Tigers also had seven second place finishes and seven third place finishes.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, March 4 at the NAIA National Championship. The four-day event is hosted by Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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    Feb 02, 2015 9:26:33Feb 02, 2015 -

    WHEATON, Ill./BOURBONNAIS, Ill.  - In their final weekend of competition before heading to the NAIA National Championship, the No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team picked up a pair of dual wins. On Friday, Jan. 30, the Tigers defeated Wheaton College (Ill.) in their own pool, 150-55. The next afternoon, Olivet dominated Lake Forest College (Ill.) on Senior Day in the Perry Center, posting a 177-82 win.

    On Friday, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead, capturing first in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:36.90.

    Joshua Bouma took first in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 1:43.79. Senior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) captured gold in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing at 21.11, followed by senior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) in second at 21.32. Junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and freshman Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) went 1-2 in the 200-yard individual medley. Anderson touched the wall in 1:54.44 with Arvidsson at 1:59.27.

    The Tigers dominated the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing 1-2-3 in all three events. In the fly, sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) took gold with a time of 50.63, with Lercel in second at 52.51 and senior Cole Heinz (Zion, Ill.) in third at 53.12. In the breast, less than a second separated Anderson (58.12), senior Mat Prasser (58.22) and freshman Stephen Lee (58.89). Junior Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) went 16:23.88 to take first in the mile, followed by freshman Charles Bennett (Edwards, Ill.) in second at 16:25.65 and junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet , South Africa) at 16:35.30.

    Junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) took first in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in 54.29 with freshman Ryan Bohl (Zionsville, Ind.) in second at 55.70. Pheasant took first in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing a second and a half ahead of freshman Drew Logan (Greenfield, Ind.) at 1:54.29.

    On Saturday, in front of a packed house on Senior Day, the Tigers started things off with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard medley relay and ended with a first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

    In between, Olivet took first and second in the 1000-yard freestyle, led by Bouma who touched the pad in 9:38.40 and followed by Logan at 9:56.30. Pheasant captured gold in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 52.21 followed by CJ VanWormer (Hinsdale, Ill.) at 53.19.

    Led by Price, the Tigers went 1-4 in the 100-yard backstroke. Price touched the pads in 57.63, followed by Anderson at 57.73, Prasser at 57.9 and Lee at 59.72. The Tigers repeated the sweep in the 100-yard freestyle, with Prasser in first at 47.84, followed by freshman Guilherm Magnoler (Lins, Brazil) in second at 47.98, senior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) in third at 48.79 and freshman Todd Suttor (New Carlisle, Ind.) in fourth at 49.17.

    Tapia took first in the200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:52.07 with Fischer in second at 1:55.68. Lercel posted a 21.27 in the 50-yard freestyle to take gold, while Bohl won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.41. Bouma touched the wall in 4:42.55 to take first in the 500-yard freestyle. Pheasant captured gold in the 100-yard butterfly, touching in 51.07 with Bennett winning the 400-yard individual medley in 4:13.94.

    It was another 1-2-3 in the 200-yard breaststroke with Anderson winning in 2:07.96, followed by Price in 2:08.09 and Lee in 2:12.66.

    Olivet won't return to action on Wednesday, March 4 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the NAIA National Championship. The four-day event will be held at Oklahoma City Community College. The national champion will be crowned on Saturday evening. 

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    Feb 02, 2015 8:37:53Feb 02, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Despite matching 23 points efforts by juniors Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.), the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball fell to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference South Division leading Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) 106-96.

    Hengesbach posted her second double-double of the season, leading the Tigers (16-8, 8-4) with 10 rebounds. She also dished out a team-high seven assists and accounted for three steals. Stuart shot 6-of-13 from behind the three-point line, accounting for a third of the team's 18 on the day.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) added 12 points, shooting 4-of-9 from behind the arch. The Tiger's forced 30 Peregrine turnovers, led by freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) with five steal.

    The loss keeps the Tigers in second place in the South Division of the CCAC. They currently sit fifth place overall with Saint Xavier University still undefeated in first place and a three way tie for second place between Cardinal Stritch University, Robert Morris University and Purdue Cal. Olivet has five conference games before the CCAC Tournament begins on February 24.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 4 taking on CCAC rival University of St. Francis (Ill.). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in McHie Arena. 

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    Feb 02, 2015 7:56:59Feb 02, 2015 -

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - For the second time in three weeks, junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) not only captured gold in the shot put, but also set the broke her own school record in route to the longest throw in the NAIA. Blucker helped lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team to a second place finish at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University on Saturday, Jan. 31.

    Blucker finished the day with a 14.96m (49' 1") toss, well ahead of anyone else in the 19 person field. She also capture first place in the weight throw, finishing at 17.45m (57' 3"), the second longest throw this season in the NAIA. Carlie Vanatta also tied the ONU freshman weight throw record with a 14.88m (48' 10") throw.

    The Tigers placed second in the 12 team field of teams from the NAIA and all levels of the NCAA. Illinois Wesleyan captured first place with 146 points, followed by Olivet with 98.5 and Missouri S&T with 89.75. Rounding out the top five were the University of St. Francis (Ill.) with 55 points and Illinois State University with 53.

    Emily Reader finished second in the pole vault hitting 3.35m (10'11.75"). Anne Brown took first place in the high jump, qualifying "B" standard for NAIA Nationals, posting a 1.63m (5'4.25") jump.

    On the track side, the 4x400m relay team of Laura D'Angelo, Kalla Gold, Peyton Kirkland and Kamaria Goedhart continued to fine tune in preparation for the NAIA National meet, taking first place with a time of 4:00.75. Karley Brown crossed the finish line in the 800m in 2:19.56 to take first place and qualify "B" standard to NAIA Nationals.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 7 on their home track as they host the ONU Invite. Events are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.

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    Feb 01, 2015 10:38:48Feb 01, 2015 -

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — With 92.50 points, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team placed second of 12 teams at the Titan Open, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. This is the third straight week this season that the Tigers have placed in the top two. NCAA Division II Missouri S&T won the event with 133 points. Olivet’s Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) was a two-time champion on Saturday, Jan. 31, and helped lead the way to the runner-up finish. 

    Sophomore Zach Gordon won the 60 meter dash long jump (6.99) over 13 other competitors. He also won the long jump with a mark of 7.17 meters, defeating 14 other athletes.

    Senior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) came in second, in a field of 38, in the 200 meter dash finishing with a time of 22.88. Junior Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) finished fourth with a time of 23.18. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) was a seventh place finisher in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.78, defeating 34 others. Senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) finished eighth in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.21, running in a field of 46. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) was the seventh place finisher in the one mile run, recording a time of 4:27.45. Junior Noah Ballweg (Prairie du Sac, Wis.) placed eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9:11.

    The 4x400 meter relay team of Alvin Best, freshman Draque Penaflor-Heier (Sterling, Ill.), junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.), and sophomore Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) placed fifth with a time of 3:31.54.

    Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.90 meters) in the high jump finals. Freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) and sophomore Jacob Wilson (Geneseo, Ill.) placed sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.27 meters. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) was the runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 13.96 meters, defeating 11 other jumpers. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) came in second in the shot put (15.54 meters). Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the shot put (15.00 meters) and fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.71 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the ONU Invite, hosted by Olivet Nazarene University at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center and starting at 10 a.m.

    Results: http://www.iwusports.com/custompages/MTrack/MTRK2015/13115_Results.htm

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    Feb 01, 2015 10:11:53Feb 01, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Junior Aaron Larson’s (Tolono, Ill.) 26 points led the Tiger men's basketball team to a 12th 20-point win in 2014-15. ONU dominated Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) 88-65 on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 31. His 26-point output was his seventh 20-plus point game this season and kept Olivet winning, doing so in eight of their last nine contests. This 23-point win over the Peregrines was the second defeat of Purdue-Calumet by 20 or more points this season. The Tigers continue to win at McHie Arena, winning their 10th game at home and moving them to 10 games over .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

    From the 17:43 mark in the first half on, the Tigers (17-7, 11-2) did not trail and built as much as a 26-point lead in the second half. They built their lead by using a winning formula that has worked over the last month: play efficiently on offense, crash the offensive glass, limit turnovers and win the free-throw line. The Tigers converted 56.6 percent of their field goals and 53.8 from the three-point line, using 36 points in the paint to help their shooting percentage. They outscored the Peregrines (10-12, 5-7) 21 to 12 at the free-throw line, as both teams made only 60 percent of their foul shots. Purdue-Calumet shot only 47.2 percent from the field and 30.0 from the three-point line.

    The Tigers won the game on the glass for the third straight game, outrebounding their opponent by eight (36-to-28). They also collected 16 offensive rebounds, making this their third straight game with 15-plus offensive rebounds. These accounted for 20 second chance points compared to only 16 for the Peregrines. Also, there were a total of 22 turnovers in the game, 10 for the Tigers and 12 for Purdue-Calumet. ONU had three turnovers below their average.

    The Tigers are now 11-2 this season in CCAC play and 10-2 at home, and have won five of their last six games by 20-plus points dating back to Dec. 16.  ONU is still in second place in the CCAC, tied with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), the CCAC North Division leader. ONU’s 10-2 mark at McHie Arena is their best since the 2009-10 season when they went 9-1. The Tigers have won by 20 or more points in eight of their 10 games at home.

    In addition, the Tigers' 88 points scored in this game gives them 12 games this season in which they have scored 80-plus points. At the same time, of the 12 games in which the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a game, they have won all but one, including Saturday’s. Nine different Tigers chipped in for the 88 points, but the bench outscored Purdue-Calumet’s 28-13. When Olivet outdoes their opponents, they are 14-6 this season.

    Aaron Larson led the Tigers with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting, 1-for-2 from the three-point line and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes. With 1,297 career points, he is 26th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 17th all-time in rebounds with 607 for his career.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 15 points on 5-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added three assists, one rebound and two steals in 28 minutes. He is now 38-of-70 from behind the arc in the last 10 games. He now has 1,087 points in his career (34th all-time) and 219 three-pointers, tied for third all-time.

    Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-5 from the free-throw line, including three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.), saddled with foul trouble all game, played only 21 minutes; but he managed nine points, going 4-for-6, including 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. He had six rebounds and three assists.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) had 15 points (12th double digit game, leads reserves) on 5-for-7 shooting, including a 2-for-3 effort from the three-point line and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He also had two assists in 25 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.), and seniors Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) and Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) combined for 13 points and nine rebounds.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Feb. 4, at McHie Arena against CCAC rival No. 16 University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

    Box Score

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    Jan 29, 2015 1:57:0Jan 29, 2015 -

    FINDLAY, OHIO — The 2014 Mid-States Football Association all-academic selections honor 15 Tigers for their work in the classroom. This year's selections include 53 players who have been honored previously. A record total of 154 players have been named to this year’s all-academic team.

    Candidates must be a junior, senior or graduate student; must have made a contribution to the team; and must have recorded a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.

    Tigers honored are:

    Seniors 

    • Tight end Colton Parker (history/psychology major, Franklin, Tenn.) 
    • Defensive end Ryan Smith (math education major, Belleville, Ill.) 
    • Strong safety Jared Carl (engineering major, Galesburg, Ill.) 
    • Linebacker Keegan Block (accounting major, Caddo Mills, Texas) 
    • Offensive lineman Jeff Glitz (business administration major, Grand Blanc, Mich.) 
    • Defensive back Lucas Limberg (criminal justice major, Rockford, Ill.) 
    • Offensive lineman Alan Knol (business administration major, Manteno, Ill.) 
    • Linebacker Josh Craig (athletic training major, Anchorage, Alaska) 

    Juniors

    • Defensive back Drew Philson (actuarial science major, Horton, Ill.) 
    • Quarterback Zachary Gross (biology major, Elgin, Ill.) 
    • Defensive lineman Dexter Thomas (zoology major, Canal Winchester, Ohio)  
    • Defensive back Chandler Tuckerman (accouting major, Wauseon, Ohio) 
    • Defensive lineman Andrew Manganiello (economics/finance major, Lemont, Ill.) 
    • Runningback David Payne (recreation/sport/fitness major, Chebanse, Ill.) 
    • Wide receiver Matt McDivitt (public policy major, Marion, Ind.)

    Colton Parker is the only three-time recipient. Ryan Smith, Jared Carl, Keegan Block, Jeff Glitz, Lucas Limberg, Alan Knol and Josh Craig all received the distinction twice. 

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    Jan 29, 2015 8:29:29Jan 29, 2015 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — One of the young, up-and-coming teams in the CCAC is the Trinity Christian College (Ill.) Trolls. But on Wednesday, Jan. 28, they met their match, losing to the experienced, road-tested Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University 87-76. Defeating the Trolls who have struggled all year to find their footing, the Tigers got their 10th league win. ONU’s 16-7 record is the best through 23 games since the 2009-10 season.

    Even though the Tigers (16-7, 10-2) were faced with playing against a zone defense all 40 minutes, they adapted and found new ways to score at the rim, pouring in 44 points in the paint. They converted 50.8 percent of their field goals and outscored the Trolls (6-17, 2-11) 22 to 2 at the free-throw line, making 73.3 percent of their foul shots. ONU did not depend on the perimeter shot, making only five all game — compared to the Trolls who made 12-of-23. They entered the game with 39 percent of their shots being three-pointers and 48 percent of their attempts from behind the arc.

    The Tigers dominated the glass for the second straight game, outrebounding their opponent by double digits. On Wednesday, they won the battle 38 to 25, gathering 17 offensive rebounds to only six for the Trolls. The Tigers had 18 second chance points to only 10 for their opponents. Also, there were a total of 35 turnovers in the game, 16 for the Tigers and 19 for the Trolls. It is the most (20) for the Tigers since Dec. 3 when ONU lost 75-49 to Lewis University (Ill.)

    Even though the Trolls gave up a 50 percent shooting effort to the Tigers, they were even better putting together a 56.4 percent shooting game, making 31-of-55 shots. The Tigers are 2-2 when their opponents shoot over 50 percent from the field.

    Now 10-2 this season in CCAC games and 7-5 on the road are at a neutral site, the Tigers have won their last four away from McHie Arena. Not since the 2005-06 season have the Tigers started the CCAC season with this hot a start. Ten seasons ago, the Tigers went 11-1 through their first conference games to claim the league title.

    In addition, the Tigers' 87 points scored in this game gives them 11 games this season in which they have scored 80-plus points. At the same time, of the 11 games in which the Tigers have allowed more than 70 points in a game, they have won only six, including Wednesday's. Eight different Tigers chipped in for the 87 total, but the four starters in double digits did a majority of the damage by scoring 75 percent of the points. When Olivet has four players in double digits, they are 9-2 this season.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting, 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes. With 1,271 career points, he is 27th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 18th all-time in rebounds with 601 for his career.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 17 points on 6-for-13 from the field, including 3-for-8 from the three-point line. He added three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 35 minutes. He is now 36-of-68 from behind the arc in the last nine games. He now has 1,072 points in his career (37th all-time) and 217 three-pointers, good for fourth all-time.

    Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 11 points on 4-for-7 shooting, going 3-for-5 from the free-throw line; it is his third game in the last five in which he had double digits. He added four rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was big inside for the Tigers, scoring a game-high 19 points for the Tigers and going 8-for-10, including 3-for-7 from the free-throw line. He had eight rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes.

    Off the bench, junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had seven points, making 4-for-4 free-throws in the final two minutes. He also had five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes. Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) chipped in with nine points on 3-for-12 shooting, including a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line. He also had three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 31, at McHie Arena against CCAC foe Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at 3 p.m.

    Box Score

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    Jan 28, 2015 8:27:3Jan 28, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- An efficient Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) of Olivet Nazarene University has claimed her second Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor for 2014-15, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the league office.

    A 5-9 junior guard, Hengesbach averaged 18.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.3 steals in just 17 minutes of action per contest in three conference wins, while shooting .600 from the field during the week of January 19-25.  She also authored her first double-double of the season in the process.

    Hengesbach, who was also recognized back in early December, just missed out on notching a pair of double-doubles when she opened the week scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds to go along with five steals and four assists in a 115-77 victory over Indiana University South Bend last Monday.  She secured the double-double two nights later in a decisive 101-53 win versus Trinity International University, where she posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Hengesbach closed out the week totaling 21 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 107-70 decision over Roosevelt University on Saturday.

    With its 3-0 record on the week, Olivet Nazarene is now 15-7 overall and 7-3 in league play.  The latter record places the Tigers second in the CCAC South Division.  They are also among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA II Coaches' Poll.

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    Jan 27, 2015 11:16:27Jan 27, 2015 -

    Head Coach David Blahnik of Tiger men's soccer is pleased to announce Marcus Wollak as the newest signee for the 2014-2015 season. Coming to the Olivet Nazarene University team from Memorial High School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, he has just concluded a great high school career. He led his team to a Final Four appearance in the Wisconsin Division I Men’s Soccer State Championship. 

    Marcus is an attacking player who finished his career with 61 goals and 44 assists with 25 goals and 22 assists coming his senior season. He was named to the Big River’s Conference First Team, Big River’s Conference Player of the Year, All-Area First Team, All-Area Player of the Year and the Wisconsin All-State First team. He plays his club soccer with Sporting St. Croix Academy and has been a part of their Minnesota State Cup Championship Team, US Club Nationals Qualifier, US Club Regional Championship and State Cup Semi Finalist teams. He was also a member of the ODP state team several times, as well as being a member of the ODP Region II team.

    Off the field, Marcus is an excellent student who plans on studying biology at ONU. He has been an “A” honor roll student in high school every semester, a member of National Honor Society and the recipient of the E-squared Award for Excellence & Effort in English and Civics. He is also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    Coach Blahnik said: “Marcus is a fantastic addition to our program and school. He has played at a very high level for both high school and club soccer, and has had great success in both. His work ethic both on the field and in the classroom will make him a great addition to Olivet.”  

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    Jan 26, 2015 3:10:27Jan 26, 2015 -

    Shine.FM radio network officially marked its launch in Michigan at 95.3 FM in the Lansing market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 12.

    The network — a Christian radio ministry of Olivet — began broadcasting in Lansing on December 1, 2014.

    The ceremony was co-hosted by Shine.FM and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies for ONU alumni, community leaders and Lansing Regional Chamber professionals.

    “We’re excited about the relationships we’re building in the greater Lansing community,” said Brian Utter, Shine.FM general manager. “This project has been community-funded from the beginning. The Church of Greater Lansing, a network of more than 1,000 area churches — as well as civic, business and government leaders — embraces our ministry. The people of Lansing have grasped the mission of Shine.FM.”

    Shine.FM aims to augment the work of churches, ministries and organizations by providing Christ-centered media and messages to build stronger families and stronger communities.

    In addition to the radio broadcast ministry, Shine.FM will bring top Christian artists to the area for concerts and appearances. On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Shine.FM presents Sidewalk Prophets in concert at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing. Information is available at lansing.shine.fm

    On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Shine.FM will host an evening concert and celebration at the conclusion of the third annual I Love My City-Lansing! event.

    With humble beginnings in 1947 as an AM station operated by Olivet students and faculty using World War II surplus equipment and 13,000 feet of wire, Shine.FM today is among the top Christian contemporary radio broadcasting networks in the country. Dedicated to building stronger families and stronger communities, the network strives to present messages of hope and encouragement through the truth of God’s Word. Providing listeners with meaningful connections to Christ and an optimistic view of the future is the goal of every day’s programming.

    The network has more than 200,000 listeners weekly through stations in Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and Indianapolis. Thousands more worldwide stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship, Shine RX3 and Brilla.FM online or through mobile apps.
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    Jan 26, 2015 11:43:38Jan 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Led by a career-high 23 points by junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.), the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked up their third-straight win on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Tigers make quick work of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, Roosevelt University (Ill.), downing the Lakers 107-70. The win keeps Olivet in second place in the CCAC South Division, just one game back from Purdue University - Calumet.

    Nicolas shot an impressive 7-of-15 from behind the three-point line, averaging nearly two points per minute on the court. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points on the afternoon. She also pulled in seven rounds, while dishing out five assists and accounting for two steals. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) tied her career-high, finishing with 16 points.

    Next up for the Tigers is Trinity Christian College (Ill.). Olivet will travel to Palos Heights for a 5:30 p.m. match up on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Last season, the Tigers picked up a 105-77 win against the Trolls in McHie Arena. 

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    Jan 26, 2015 11:29:4Jan 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The third annual NAIA/NCAA Challenge proved to be an exciting one. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team captured a second place overall team finish, while adding two more individual NAIA National qualifiers and a relay team.

    The 4x400 relay team of sophomore Laura D'Angelo, juniors Taneka Lawson and Peyton Kirkland and senior Kamaria Goedhart captured first place, crossing the finish line in 4:00.35. The foursome earned their ticket to the national meet.

    Sophomore Sarah Ray punched her ticket to national with a first place finish in the 5000m run. Ray shattered the competition, finishing in 18:03.96, more than 10 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

    Other top individual track performances included second place finishes by Kirkland and Goedhart. Kirkland finished the 60m in 7.99, while; Goedhart ran the 400m dash in 59.32. The 4x800 relay team of senior Kylie Lippencott, freshmen Naomi Springer and Alexa Beezhold and sophomore Karley Brown provided an exciting ending to the meet with a come-from-behind win in the final lap, crossing the finish line in 10:03.30.

    Senior Amy Blucker was the Tigers only multi-event winner on the day, capturing gold in the shot put and hammer throw. In the shot, Blucker finished at 13.95m, nearly half a meter ahead of the next competitor. Blucker picked up her ticket to the NAIA national meet in the weight throw, having earned her way last week in the shot put. Her 16.86m weight throw was well ahead of everyone in the field.

    Olivet was edged out of first place by NCAA DII Lewis University (Ill.) who finished with 170 points, 37 points ahead of the Tigers. Bethel College (Ind.) took third place with 115 points, followed by St. Ambrose University (Iowa) with 87.5, University of St. Francis (Ill.) with 68 and Calvin College (Mich.) with 63.5.

    The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. 

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    Jan 25, 2015 11:53:32Jan 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the eighth time during the 2014-15 season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team won by 20 or more points. On Saturday, Jan. 24), they did so by 33 and allowed only 44 points to their opponent, Roosevelt University (Ill.). It was the lowest point total any team has scored on the Tigers all season. ONU’s defense was outstanding, allowing only 19 second half points. The Lakers shot only 28.6 percent from the field. Offensively, nine different Tigers scored in the winning effort.

    The Tigers dominated the glass on Saturday by 23, outrebounding the Lakers 51 to 28 — their largest difference since Dec. 16. ONU totaled 20 offensive rebounds, their most since Nov. 7, and 14 second chance points. They also had only 10 turnovers, four in the second half. It was the lowest turnover total in the last six games.

    ONU (15-7, 9-2) shot below 50 percent from the floor for a second straight game after doing so the previous five games. The Tigers shot only 45.6 percent but defensively kept Roosevelt (13-8, 7-4) to less than 30 percent from the field. They also struggled from behind the arc, making only 7-for-19 three-pointers. However, they kept the second best team in the CCAC to 15 percentage points (.231) less than their average.

    The free-throw line was not friendly to either team as the Tigers shot just over 50 percent from the line, making 18-of-32. Four Tigers were only 50 percent or less in the game. The Lakers were 6-of-11; coming into the game, they were just shy of 75 percent as a team.

    ONU — now 9-2 this season in CCAC games and 9-2 at McHie Arena — held the Lakers to their lowest point total all season. In addition. the Tigers' 44 points allowed on defense is 25 points shy of their season average. The Tigers' 33-point win is their largest since Nov. 7 when Olivet defeated Silver Lake (Wis.) by 46. It is also the eighth time this season the Tigers have won by 20-plus points. When the Tigers score 70-plus points, they are 15-3, losing those three games by an average of 2.7 points.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) led the Tigers with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. With 1,253 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only one rebound shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 14 points on 5-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-7 from the three-point line. He added two assists in 25 minutes. He is now 33-of-60 from behind the arc in the last eight games. He now has 1,055 points in his career (39th all-time) and 214 three-pointers, good for fourth all-time.

    Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had nine points on 2-for-3 shooting and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds and two blocks. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting. He added seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) chipped in with nine points on 3-for-8 shooting, including five rebounds in 20 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Ill.) had eight points and four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had five points and five rebounds in 10 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the road against CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 25, 2015 11:16:44Jan 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second year, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team hosted the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. Just like in 2014, the Tigers came away victorious, defeating five other schools by scoring 165 points. ONU had eight champions on Saturday, Jan. 24, including three relays and two who qualified for the national meet.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a mark of 4.80 meters, qualifying for the “A” standard for the national meet and defeating 21 other athletes. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the long jump (7.22 meters) over eight competitors and qualified for the NAIA “A” standard. Junior Jonathan Hutchinson (Morton, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.20. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:46.54, edging Omero Montalvo by thousandths of a second.

    The 4x200 meter relay team of Jonathan Hutchinson, Zach Gordon, Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) won with a new school record time of 1:29.22. The 4x800 meter relay team of Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.), David Powers (Security, Colo.) and Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) ran a 7:58.41 to qualify for the NAIA “B” standard. The NAIA No. 1-ranked distance medley team of Marshall Hawn, Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), David Powers and Caleb Drake won with a NAIA “A” standard time of 10:15.90.

    The Tigers performed well on the track. Zach Gordon finished second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.08. Junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) came in second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.81. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in fifth in the one mile run with a time of 4:29.18, and Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) was fifth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.54.

    Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.91 meters), and junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) was fourth in the high jump (1.91 meters). Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the triple jump with a mark of 13.96 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) came in third in the shot put (15.92 meters). Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.63 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

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    Jan 24, 2015 1:13:28Jan 24, 2015 -

    HOMEWOOD, Ill. — After a layoff of more than three months following the fall season, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team opened the spring season with a shutout (9-0) of Prairie State College (Ill.) on Friday afternoon, Jan. 23. Head Coach Chris Tudor had his team ready to compete following such a long time away from competition.

    The Tigers (1-0) won their first dual match of the season. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) defeated S. Nikolic and O. Carroll 8-4 in doubles. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) defeated L. El Jai and J. Gomez 8-1. Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) shutout M. Harston and J. Horvath 8-0.

    In singles play, the Tigers continued dominant play. No. 1 Mancineiras defeated Nikolic by (6-1, 6-0). No. 2 Veys defeated El Jai (6-0, 6-0). No. 3 Sanchez won against Gomez (6-1, 6-0).

    No. 4 Lopez-Isasi Morales defeated Caroll (6-2, 6-2). No. 5 Jensen won over Harston (6-1, 6-1). No. 6 Ellis defeated Horvath (6-0, 6-0).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, Feb. 20, at Valparaiso University (Ind.) at 10 a.m.

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    Jan 22, 2015 10:34:32Jan 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - People always say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match up on Wednesday, Jan. 21 between the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team and Trinity International University, people would certainly think you shouldn't judge a team by their record. The opening half play of the 2-18 Trojans put a little scare into the Tigers, but some adjustments at the half ultimately led to a 101-53 TigerBall win.

    For the second consecutive game, Olivet (14-7, 6-3) was led by freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.). Barnes finished the night with a team-high 15 points. She also picked up three rebounds and accounted for two steals.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) finished the night with her first double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also added a team-high five assists and finished with three steals. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added 10 points and six rebounds.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 hosting Roosevelt University (Ill.). The CCAC matchup is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in McHie Arena. The two teams faced one another twice last season with the Tigers coming away with two, close wins. In the regular season, Olivet won on the road 112-99 on January 25. They also faced each other in the opening round of the tournament, this time in McHie Arena, with the Tigers winning 109-107. 

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    Jan 22, 2015 9:18:45Jan 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Not since Dec. 19 had the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team tasted defeat. On Wednesday night, Jan. 21, at the hands of CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.), the Tigers did so by a score of 81-78. For the past 70 days, Olivet had gone without a loss at McHie Arena; but due to a series of errors and Trinity’s hot shooting, the Tigers were handed their second loss at home this season.

    In the second half on four occasions with 10 minutes or less remainingm the Tigers squandered an opportunity to bolster their lead or take it back. They gave up a three-point play, turned the ball over, took a poor shot and gave up multiple offensive rebounds that led to a three-pointer.

    Also, two things occurred on Wednesday that don’t typically happen. The Tigers were outrebounded (only five times), and they gave up over 50 percent shooting from behind the arc (only five times this season). When the Tigers are beat on the glass, they have lost four of five. Also, the Tigers are 2-3 when they give up over 50 percent for three-point shooting.

    Olivet (14-7, 8-2) allowed the Trojans (9-10, 5-5) to shoot a stellar 61.5 percent from the three-point line, the best mark by any opponent this season. TIU was 16-of-26, making over half of their field goals from deep. They shot only 48.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line. However, the Tigers were only 27.8 percent from the three-point line and 47.6 from the field — marks they haven’t had since Dec. 18 when they only totaled 58 points in a loss to Evangel.

    ONU had five less turnovers than the Trojans and, when the Tigers win the stat, they are 8-1. However, they only managed to score eight points off the 18 TIU turnovers. TIU scored 15 points off the Tiger’s turnovers. ONU dominated the points in the paint 45-to-18; and when they win in the lane, they are 13-1 this season.

    ONU is now 8-2 this season in CCAC games and 8-2 at McHie Arena, losing their first game at home in over two months. Through 10 home games this season, this is the first time the Tigers have given up more than 80 points in a game. It is also only the third time this year ONU has allowed 80-plus points, but it is their first loss in those games. When the Tigers score 70-plus points, they are 14-3, losing those three games by an average of 2.7 points.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 20 points on 7-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-10 from the three-point line and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes. He is now 29-of-53 from behind the arc in the last seven games. He now has 1,041 points in his career (39th all-time) and 210 three-pointers, good for fifth all-time. Davis was honored prior to the game for reaching the career milestone on January 17.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was in foul trouble all evening and played only 25 minutes, eight less than his average. He finished with 11 points, his lowest total of the season, on 5-for-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He added six rebounds and five assists. With 1,234 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only eight rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 16 points (sixth straight game in double figures) on 8-for-10 shooting. He added five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had seven points, one rebound and four assists in 30 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) chipped in with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting, including three rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 24 minutes off the bench and had six points, four assists and two rebounds.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 24, at home against CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

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    Jan 21, 2015 2:46:27Jan 21, 2015 -

    Olivet is one of only three higher education workplaces named Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2015.

    This is the tenth consecutive year Olivet has earned this honor from Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish.

    To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. Ninety percent of employees participated. Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

    “Our employees make this University distinctive,” said David Pickering, Olivet’s director of Business and Human Resources. “For more than 10 years of this survey, our employees have consistently rated their co-workers as dedicated and passionate about the roles they play in meeting the needs of our students. There’s an enduring high level of trust among everyone who works at Olivet, as well as an appreciation for the culture and benefits of being here.”

    This recognition comes on the heels of Olivet’s being named as one of the friendliest college campuses in the United States by Niche.com.
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    Jan 21, 2015 11:44:2Jan 21, 2015 -

    The Olivet Tiger Football family is proud to welcome back former player Jeff DiSandro and introduce him as the offensive coordinator. DiSandro spent four years at Olivet as a key member of the offensive line from 2000-2003.

    Upon graduation in 2004, he began his coaching career, making his first stop at Trinity International University (Ill.). After serving two years at Trinity, DiSandro began the first of two separate stints at Greenville College (Ill.). During the 2009 season, serving as the offensive coordinator, DiSandro led the team to an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Champion and to a National Christian College Athletic Conference (NCCAA) Victory Bowl berth.

    He then spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Malone University (Ohio), an NCAA Division II institution. During his time at Malone, DiSandro helped lead an offense that set over 15 separate school records. Upon leaving Malone he spent a year as the offensive coordinator for NCAA DIII Beloit University (Wis.), followed by his second stint at Greenville.  In 2014, he served as the assistant head coach, as well as special teams coach and recruiting coordinator at Greenville.

    Jeff DiSandro will join the ONU staff and serve as both the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 2015 season. 

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    Jan 21, 2015 9:0:45Jan 21, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2015 edition of the Olivet Nazarene University softball team finds themselves ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday, Jan. 20.

    The Tigers are coming off of a 49-5-1 season with quite a highlight reel. As a team, the Tigers captured Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles with wins over rival Saint Xavier University. Saints Xavier got a little revenge ending Olivet's 43-game winning streak, not by a loss, but a tie due to darkness. The streak ended one game shy of tying the NAIA record. Olivet also narrowly missed tying yet another NAIA record, going 112 consecutive games without being shutout.

    Individually, the 2014 Tigers had the NAIA Player of the Year in senior, second baseman, Hannah Gardner. Olivet also had three NAIA First Team All-America honorees: Gardner was joined by seniors Justine Phillips and Caitlin Santefort, as well as an Honorable Mention nod to senior Cheryl Sendzik. The Tigers placed an astounding seven players named First Team All-Conference: Garnder, Philllips, Santefot, Sendzik, senior Virginia McAndews and juniors Erika Tatum and Jordy Truelock. Head Coach Ritchie Richardson was named CCAC Coach of the Year, as well.

    There will be plenty of familiar faces on the field for Olivet, and plenty of new ones. The Tigers return nine players from last year's roster, including two CCAC All-Conference players, Tatum and Truelock. They add junior transfer, Maggie Tidrow, and seven freshman. 

    The Tigers will begin their 2015 campaign on at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Columbus, Georgia. The three-day tournament begins on Friday, February 27 and is held at the South Commons Softball Complex, site of the 2016 NAIA World Series.

    See the complete 2015 NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll here.

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    Jan 20, 2015 10:31:58Jan 20, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has claimed his fourth Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award after producing one double-double and a near triple-double in two conference wins during the week of January 12, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

    Larson, a 6-7 junior forward, did it all for the Tigers in victories over both NAIA II No. 25-ranked Robert Morris University (93-71) and Saint Xavier University (105-97 OT) averaging 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last week.  He also shot .594 from the field (19-of-32), including .500 from beyond the three-point arc (4-of-8), and missed only one of his ten free throw attempts, while playing all but five minutes of the two contests.

    Larson authored his fifth double-double of the season in the upset win over Robert Morris on Wednesday totaling 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.  He then delivered one of his top collegiate performances in the overtime victory against Saint Xavier, ringing up 31 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four blocks on Saturday.

    The 31-point effort marked the second time this season that Larson has hit for 30 or more points and the sixth time he has scored at least 20 points.  He has also scored in double figures in each of his 18 games on the season through Saturday.

    Winners of four games in a row heading into Monday night's conference affair with Indiana South Bend, Olivet Nazarene is 13-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play, 1 1/2 games behind University of St. Francis in the CCAC South Division.  The Tigers are among others receiving votes in the latest poll.    

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    Jan 20, 2015 9:5:58Jan 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Monday’s 84-58 win over CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend was the fifth straight for Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, tying their longest run of the season. The Tigers had five individuals in double figures for the first time this season. As a team, they shot over 50 percent for the fifth straight game. Olivet used 49 second half points to stretch a 15-point first half lead to over 20 in the second half, giving the Tigers their seventh win by 20 or more points.

    The Tigers (14-6, 8-1) kept the Titans (10-10, 4-5) 19 points under their season average and kept the second-best three-point shooting team in the nation (field goals made) from besting them from the perimeter. The Titans did get 13 made threes but shot only 37.1 percent from that area of the floor. The Tigers were 47.4 percent, making 9-of-19. ONU was 59.3 percent from the field in the second half compared to 44.8 for the Titans which led to 36.2 for the game for the visiting team.

    Monday’s free-throw shooting was in complete contrast with Saturday’s, as 31 less free-throws were attempted. IU-South Bend was only 3-of-10, and the Tigers were 13-of-22 (.591). ONU has now made more from the charity stripe than their opponents this season (234 to 231); but they are shooting only 61.3 percent at home compared to 72.8 on the road.

    ONU had 19 more rebounds than their opponents and six more on the offensive end, scoring 16 second chance points. Five Tigers had two offensive rebounds, and only one Titan was able to gather more than one. For the third straight game, ONU finished the game with a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. They had 26 assists and 12 turnovers. ONU is currently in the top five in the nation in assists per game and leading the CCAC.

    ONU is now 8-1 this season in CCAC games and 8-1 at McHie Arena, winning their last five at home. Through nine home games this season, ONU has won by an average of 20 points. It is only the fifth consecutive game in which ONU has scored more than 80 points, winning those games by an average of 14.8. ONU has won 10 games this season by scoring 80-plus points. The Tigers have lost only once when allowing their opponent less than 70 points. ONU has now defeated the Titans by double digits in their last three matchups.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with a team-high 17 points. He went 7-for-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. With 1,223 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 14 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 14 points on 5-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-7 from the three-point line and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added eight assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes. He is now 26-of-43 from behind the arc in the last six games. He now has 1,021 points in his career (40th all-time) and 207 three-pointers, good for fifth all-time.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 13 points (fifth straight game in double figures) on 5-for-9 shooting and went 3-for-6 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 10 points, going 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored 17 points using 5-for-8 shooting from the three-point line. He added four rebounds in 21 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 22 minutes off the bench and had a good floor game with six assists, two steals and four rebounds. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 21, at home against CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 20, 2015 9:3:15Jan 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) pumped in a career-high 24 points to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 115-77 win over Indiana University-South Bend in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Monday, Jan. 12. Barnes and the Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and moved back into second place in the South Division standings.

    Olivet (13-7, 5-3) shot am impressive 40-of-98 (.408) from the field, including 24-of-66 (.364) from behind the arch. They also forced 37 Titan turnovers, 21 of which were steals. At the charity stripe, the Tigers finished the night 11-of-17 (.647).

    Barnes connected on 7-of-17 shots, including five three-pointers. She also shot an impressive 5-of-7 from the free point ling, while pulling in three rebounds, dishing out three assists and accounting for three steals.

    The Tigers had five players finish the night with double-digits in the scoring column. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points, while leading the team in rebounds with nine, steals with five and assists with four. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) finished the night with 16 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) added 12 and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 11.

    Next up, Olivet will take on Trinity International University (Ill.) on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in McHie Arena. When the two faced off a year ago, the Tigers came away with a 116-69 win. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

     

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    Jan 19, 2015 2:41:24Jan 19, 2015 -

    Olivet is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.

    The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet’s main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.

    Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.

    “My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn’t know anyone yet,” said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). “In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don’t know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you.”

    “Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet,” said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). “The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be.”
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    Jan 19, 2015 10:23:54Jan 19, 2015 -

    ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team have yet to swim against another institution that they will face at the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers traveled to the Oakland University Invite on January 16-17, this time to face two NCAA DI schools, Oakland and the University of Cincinnati and 22-time NCAA DIII National Champions, Kenyon College (Ohio). Olivet finished fourth on the weekend, but came away a better team.

    The Tigers received their top individual performance from sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.). Ray took silver in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.94) and posted a fourth place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.42).

    Other top three finishes included: senior MacKenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) posted a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (57.95), while freshman Eugenia Tofano (Caracus, Venezuela) finished third in the 100-yard freestyle (52.54) and the 50-yard freestyle (24.46)

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Jan. 30 at Wheaton College (Ill.) at 4:00 p.m. and then host Lake Forest University on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m. ​

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    Jan 19, 2015 10:22:16Jan 19, 2015 -

    CHICAGO - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team entered their game with No. 4 Saint Xavier University on Saturday, Jan. 16 knowing they would need to bring their "A" game. The Cougars entered the game with an impressive 16-2 overall record and undefeated in the tough Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers have shown signs of greatness while building their 11-7 overall record, but on occasion Head Coach Lauren Stamatis is reminded that she only has five returning players, one transfer and nine rookies. On this afternoon, the two teams gave the crowd their money's worth. Though the Tigers played well, the Cougars coming away with a 105-97 come-from-behind win.

    Saturday's game matched up the top two scoring offenses in all of the NAIA DII. The Tigers entered the game averaging a staggering 110.22 points per game, amassing a total of 1,984 points over 18 games. They have scored 100 points or more 14 times already this season. The Cougars, having broken the 100-point mark four times this season, entered the match up averaging 85.83 point per game. Their 1,545 points over 18 games puts them in second place nationally, significantly behind the Tigers.

    The Tigers (12-7, 4-3) were led by junior Abby Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) with 14 points each. Hengesbach also added a team-high eight rebounds and five steals, while Barnes finished the night with six rebounds and six assists. She also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Westford, Wis.) added 13 points, while freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished with 12. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) dished out six assists and finished 5-of-5 at the charity stripe. On the night, the Tigers were 20-of-23 as a team from the free throw line.

    Olivet will return to action on Monday, Jan. 19 in a CCAC match up with Indiana University - South Bend. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in McHie Arena.
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    Jan 19, 2015 10:15:10Jan 19, 2015 -

    ROCHESTER, Mich. - The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team took to the starting blocks with some of the best competition they had seen all season as they traveled to the Oakland University Invite on January 16-17. The Tigers faced two NCAA DI schools, Oakland and the University of Cincinnati and 32-time NCAA DIII National Champions, Kenyon College (Ohio). Olivet finished fourth overall in the meet, but proved they deserve to swim with the best.

    The Tigers were led by senior Simon Pleasant (Alexandria, South Africa). Pheasant captured gold in the 100-yard freestyle (45.28) and the 50-yard freestyle (21.14). He also took silver in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.14), as well as helping two relays to second place finishes.

    After day one of competition, the four-team field was separated by a mere 43 points. Day two saw Oakland pull away, taking first place with 830 points. Kenyon captured a team silver with 822.5, while Cincinnati finished with 769 and Olivet with 716.5.

    Junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) took second place in all three of his individual events, the 100-yard backstroke (50.33), the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.08) and recorded the top time in the NAIA in the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.36). Junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.90), while sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) captured second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.90) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (50.64). Senior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (46.25).

    All four relays teams posted the current top-times in the NAIA, led by the 400 medley relay team of Anderson, Price, Tapia and Pheasant which finished first at 3:22.84. The 200 medley relay team of Anderson, price Tapia and Lercel took second place, touching the wall at 1:32.20. Pheasant, Lercel, senior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) and freshman Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) finished second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.11, while Lercel, Anderson, Arvidsson and Pheasant combined for second in the 400-yard freestyle relay finishing at 3:03.19.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Jan. 30 at Wheaton College (Ill.) at 4:00 p.m. and then host Lake Forest University on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m.

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    Jan 19, 2015 9:13:39Jan 19, 2015 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's indoor track and field team wasted no time getting back into hang of competition, taking second place in the five team field at the Karl Schlender Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Tigers were led by NAIA National Championship "A" standard qualifiers seniors Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.) and Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.).

    Blucker shattered her own school record in the shot put, finishing first in the field of 21 competitors with a staggering 14.72m (48-03.05) toss. Stiker took gold in the pole vault, clearing an impressive 3.48m (11-05.00), more than a foot higher than the silver medalist.

    Freshman Anne Brown took second place in the high jump, clearing 1.54m (5-00.50).  The Tigers took second and third in the long jump, led by freshman Erin Farley who posted a 5.26m (17-03.25) jump. Senior Casey Olivia (Bloomington, Ill.) was not far behind, jumping 5.18m (17-00.00).

    On the track, Olivet went 1-2-3 in the 600m run, led by sophomore Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), who crossed the finish line in 1:43.83. Junior Kayla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) and sophomore Angelica Lafemina (Tinley Park, Ill.) were neck and neck, crossing in 1:45.22 and 1:46.75, respectively. Freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) took second place in the 800m run in her first collegiate indoor race, crossing the finish line in 2:23.07.

    A great showing by the sprinters, led by second place finishes by junior Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.) in the 60m dash and Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) in the 200m dash. Kirkland crossed the finish line in 8.16, while D'Angelo crossed in 26.83. Right behind D'Angelo in the 200m was freshman Shaelynn White, posting a 27.99. Freshman Emily Troemel took bronze in the 400m dash, finishing in 1:04.85.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 17 on their home track, hosting the 3rd Annual NAIA/NCAA Challenge. Events will begin in the Perry Center Field House at 10:00 a.m.

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    Jan 18, 2015 11:24:5Jan 18, 2015 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. — Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team were chomping at the bit to compete in their first action of the indoor season. They had their opportunity at the at the Karl Schlender Invite hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Four tigers have already qualified for the national championships (NAIA standards) in their events. The Tigers came in second overall with 175 points, besting four other schools at the meet.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a mark of 4.90 meters, qualifying the “A” standard for the national meet and defeating 12 other athletes. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the shot put (16.57 meters) over 21 other athletes, qualifying for the “A” standard. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third in the shot put (15.50 meters) (“A” standard) and won the hammer throw (15.84 meters) — a personal record. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in second in the long jump (7.02 meters) and qualified for the “B” standard for the national meet.

    The Tigers also performed well on the track. Senior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) came in fifth in the 200 meter dash (22.94). David Powers (Security, Colo.) placed fourth in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:24.36. Freshman Draque Penaflor-Heier (Sterling, Ill.) won the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.01. Junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) won the one mile run (4:33.08), and senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) came in second (4:34.00). Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) won the 3000 meter run (8:57.13), and senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) was second (8:59.41). Junior Caleb Parson (Watseka, Ill.) came in fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.77. Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.97 meters), and junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) was fourth in the high jump (1.92 meters).

    The 4x400 meter relay team won the event with a time of 3:32.01. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), junior Cody Harper (Bourbonnais, Ill.), sophomore Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Caleb Parsons competed in this event.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. for their first home meet, hosting the NAIA Challenge at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center.

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    Jan 17, 2015 8:31:7Jan 17, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Keeping with their recent trend, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team notched their fourth straight win on Saturday, Jan. 17, with a 105-97 overtime win over CCAC rival St. Xavier University (Ill.). The Tigers were victorious in a very important game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties. They were able to come away with the tough, hard-fought win. Saturday’s win capped off a big week for the Tigers as they defeated two conference teams that are near the top of the league standings. Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was again huge for the Tigers as he nearly tabbed a triple-double with 31 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) needed 22 points to accumulate 1,000 for his career, and did so with 29 points against the Cougars (12-7, 6-3). He scored his 1,000th point on a free-throw with 4:57 remaining in the second half. He is the 40th Tiger to reach the milestone and currently has 1,007 points through 95 career games.

    ONU’s (13-6, 7-1) overtime win at the Shannon Center was the Tigers' first against the Cougars since 2011. ONU has lost their last two trips to the southside of Chicago by 11 and three, respectively. The Tigers lost last year’s matchup 68-67 at McHie Arena.

    Saturday’s free-throw shooting was outstanding for both teams and ended up to be very important down the stretch. ONU shot the most they have all season with 26-of-33 (.788), and the Cougars were 25-of-30 (.833). The Tigers shot over 50 percent for their fourth consecutive game (.574) and were outstanding from behind the arc (.643). The Cougars made 10 three-pointers but shot 11 more in the game. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 20 in the paint but were outdone off turnovers by 11.

    ONU had 10 more rebounds than their opponents and 17 more assists but had three more turnovers. ONU won the rebounding battle for the 15th time this season. The Tigers' 31 assists ties the season-high for the season.

    ONU is now 7-1 this season in CCAC games and 6-3 on the road, winning their last three away from McHie Arena. It is the second game the Tigers have played in overtime and the first they have won in extra time. It is only the second time ONU has scored more than 100 points this season, winning both contests. ONU has won nine games this season when they scored 80-plus points. St. Xavier’s 97 points are the most allowed this season by ONU.

    Austin Davis had 29 points on 7-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the three-point line and 10-of-12 free-throws. He added seven assists and three rebounds steals in 36 minutes. He is now 23-of-36 from behind the arc in the last five games. His 22nd point of the game was his 1,000th of his career.

    Aaron Larson finished with a game high 31 points, his second game this year with 30 or more points. He went 11-for-17 from the field, 2-of-5 from behind the arc and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added four blocks in 41 minutes. He now has seven games of 20-plus points this season. With 1,206 career points, he is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 21 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 12  points on 6-for-9 shooting, and added four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 12 points, going 2-for-6 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 33 minutes off the bench and chipped in with two points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had five points, three rebounds and two assists in nine minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Monday, Jan. 19, at home against Indiana University–South Bend at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 16, 2015 1:58:36Jan 16, 2015 -

    Olivet students have a new place to go for academic help — from wrestling with a tough assignment to preparing for a test to getting through a rough patch during a course.

    The University’s newly launched Academic Coaching Center is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, in the lower level of Ludwig Center. Peer coaching is available in five subject areas, and others will be added as faculty members identify coaching needs. For now, students may get coaching in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and biology.

    Most of the 24 peer coaches who staff the center are juniors and seniors who have completed many of the courses for which students will seek help. Recommended by professors and/or department chairs, the coaches have completed initial training in academic coaching and will continue to receive training throughout the semester. One coach is available for each subject during each hour the center is open. A student receptionist greets students, and Laura Contreras ’09 is the center supervisor.

    Other means of academic assistance already underway — including tutoring and supplemental instruction, mathematics labs and Spanish labs — will continue in other campus locations. Students with disabilities will continue to work through the Learning Development Center to arrange for services they require.

    “Peer coaches will enrich and support the learning process for many levels of student need,” says Dr. Carol Maxson, associate vice president for academic support. “The Academic Coaching Center embodies the concept that academic assistance benefits students at all levels of understanding and accomplishment, and that students should seek help and enrichment at any time — not only when they are failing or close to failing.”

    Students may make appointments for coaching or visit the center during hours of operation. Each coaching session lasts 50 minutes. Students are advised to bring textbooks and any other class materials necessary to complete the work they want to accomplish. Students may bring their own computers or use those available at the center. Cell phones are permitted for academic use only.

    “Though students’ academic progress is the purpose for this center, I’m thrilled about the strong relationships that will be developed through the whole process,” says Ethan Weniger (junior, psychology major, Normal, Illinois), a peer coach. “My desire is that students will come to the center and find a comfortable place where they can grow.”

    More information about the Academic Coaching Center is available at my.olivet.edu, acc@olivet.edu or 815-936-3963.
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    Jan 15, 2015 12:29:6Jan 15, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -In all sports, you will have games when you're on and games when things just aren't quite right. Unfortunately, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball had one of those "off" games on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup with No. 21 Robert Morris University (Ill.). The Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 104-83 final score.

    Olivet (12-6, 3-2) whose up-tempo style of play relies heavily on their three-point game, shot mere 11-of-71 (.155) from behind the three-point arc h and were out rebounded under their basket 50 to 37 by the Eagles. On the opposite end of the court, Robert Morris shot 44-of-76 (.579) from the field to keep the Tigers at bay.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) led the Tigers in points with 21, steals with seven, assists with four and rebounds with seven. Freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) pumped in a 16 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. She also pulled down five rebounds along with freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.). Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 12 points.

    "We met all of our game goals, we just didn't put the ball through the hoop," said Head Coach Lauren Stamatis.

    Things don't get any easier for the Tigers as they travel to No. 4 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) on Saturday, Jan. 17 to take on the only undefeated team left in the CCAC. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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    Jan 15, 2015 10:54:57Jan 15, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) saved one of his best games for Wednesday night and for a worthy opponent. The senior sharp-shooter was only two points shy of tying his career-high, leading the Tigers with 30 points and missing only three shots in the process. Partnering with Davis was junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) with his fifth double-double of the season. Alongside Davis and Larson were the rest of the Tiger team, and they provided a great performance against CCAC rival, No. 25 Robert Morris University (Ill.), on the way to a 93-71 win over the perennial national tournament team.

    ONU’s (12-6, 6-1) 21-point win over Robert Morris (11-8, 5-3) is the largest win differential for either team in the last 13 seasons. The average win is by 9.3 points through the last 25 games. Robert Morris won by 19 points back in 2004. The Tigers allowed 70-plus points for the ninth time during this season, but it’s only the third time they have come away victorious. Olivet is undefeated when scoring 80-plus points through 18 games.

    Wednesday night’s free-throw shooting was dismal as both teams shot 50 percent or worse. ONU was right at 50 percent (6-of-12), the worst they have shot this season. The Eagles were 6-of-17 (.353). The Tigers shot over 50 percent for the third consecutive game (.591) and were outstanding from behind the arc (.692). The Eagles also made nine three-pointers, but shot eight more in the game. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 10 in the paint.

    ONU had only 32 rebounds to Robert Morris’s 33; it is only the fourth time this season the Tigers have lost the rebounding battle. The Tigers had 24 assists, twice as many as the Eagles, and only 12 turnovers, seven less than Robert Morris. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 16 off turnovers. ONU’s season assist total is now 100 more than their turnover total (345-244).

    ONU is now 6-1 this season in CCAC games and 7-1 at McHie Arena, winning by an average of 22.1 points. It is also the seventh win this season for the Tigers by 20 or more points. At this season the Tigers are averaging 85.4 points, almost 10 more than the Tigers' average. Away from McHie they average only 69.6 points.

    Austin Davis had a season-high 30 points on 12-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the three-point line, not to mention one assist and two steals in 36 minutes. He is now 18-of-30 from behind the arc in the last four games. He is 22 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

    Aaron Larson finished with his fifth double-double of the season. He had 20 points, going 8-for-15 from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. He now has six games of 20-plus points this season. With 1,175 career points, he is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 29 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored in double digits for the third straight game, providing 16 points on 8-for-17 shooting, and added five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) chipped in with five points, two rebounds and a career-high nine assists in 25 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had six points, four rebounds and two steals in nine minutes off the bench. Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) gave the Tigers five points, three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Saturday, Jan. 17, on the road against rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

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    Jan 12, 2015 1:38:12Jan 12, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked a victory in their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup of 2015, downing Judson University (Ill.) 127-87. The Tigers had five players finish in double-digits, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) who finished with 25.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.)  added 20 points, shooting 6-of-10 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) shot 6-of-8 from the charity stripe to finish with 17 points, while freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 15 points, shooting 5-of-11 from behind the arch. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added 10 points.

    Hengesbach finished with a team-high 11 assists and five steals in just 16 minutes of play. Schmidt and freshman Tori Lempke (Brillion, Wis.) each pulled down six rebounds.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at home against Robert Morris University (Ill.). The Tigers (12-5, 4-1) now sit tied with No. 8 Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) atop the South Division of the CCAC standings. Previously unbeaten Purdue Cal was upset by Robert Morris on Saturday. Both Robert Morris and Olivet enter the matchup receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll. Last season, the Tigers picked up a 134-111 win over the Eagles in their only meeting on January 15 in Chicago. 

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    Jan 12, 2015 11:35:35Jan 12, 2015 -

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. /CHICAGO - It had been 36 days since the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team went head-to-head in intercollegiate competition. The Tiger's had been training for the majority of those days, but they had only each other to push. On Saturday, Jan. 10 the Tigers split their squad and headed to NCAA DII Lewis University and the University of Chicago.

    At Lewis, the Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 157.5-102.5 final score. Olivet was led by sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.) and freshman Eugenia Tofano (Caracas, Venezuela). Ray took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:48.90) and second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:30.36), while Tofano took gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.68), the 50-yard freestyle (24.65) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.95).

    Sophomore Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.) finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.29) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.55). Freshman Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.) added second place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.39) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.00) and a third place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.85). Senior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) touched second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.50), while junior Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (25.51). Sophomore Rachel Jirik (Bloomington, Ill.) added second place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.61).

    The 400 free relay team of Ray, Weener, Risinger and Jirik captured gold with a 3:44.76 finish, while the 400 medley relay team of Gerke, Ray, Miller and Tofano finished second at 4:05.28.

    At Chicago, the Tigers were led by sophomore Haley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.) and freshman Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.). Ronci captured first in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:11.15) and third in the 400-yard individual medley (4:50.40). Zalinski took second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:15.40).

    Olivet will travel to Oakland University (Mich.) on January 16-17 to take on NCAA powerhouses Oakland, Kenyon College (Ohio) and University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Events are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and resume at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning.

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    Jan 12, 2015 10:57:48Jan 12, 2015 -

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill./CHICAGO - The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team had not swum competitively since Dec. 6 when they split the squad up to head to NCAA DII Lewis University (Ill.) and the University of Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Tigers had spent hours in training over the long break, taking barely a week off around Christmas. The Tiger's fared well in Chicago, finishing fourth of the eight teams, impressive given they skipped the first day of competition.  At Lewis, the Tigers kept it close despite faulty touch pads forcing many races to go to hand back up times or judges decisions, losing 139-122.

    The distance team headed to Chicago, making quite a statement as they finished 1-2-3-4 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and captured first in the 800 free relay (7:15.05) and second in the 400 free relay (3:15.58). The Tigers were led by freshman Joshua Bouma (Jenison, Mich.) who captured gold in his only two individual events, 200-yard freestyle (1:45.95) and the 1650-yard freestyle (16:28.60). Bouma also anchored the 800 free relay and led off the 400 free relay.

    Junior Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) took silver in the 1,650 (16:44.29), while freshman Charles Bennett (Edwards, Ill.) took third (17:10.366). Bennett also captured silver in the 400-yard individual medley (4:16.24). Junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (52.80) and fourth in the 1,650 (17:24.14).

    At Lewis, the Tigers had great performances by seniors Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) and Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.), juniors Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) and sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.). Pheasant took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.76) and the 50-yard freestyle (21.86) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (47.26). Lercel finished second in the 100 free (46.78) and third in the 200 free (1:46.72) and 500 free (4:55.75).

    Anderson captured gold in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.96) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.05) and second in 100-yard backstroke (1:53.96). Price took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.49) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.87) and second in the 200 IM (2:02.88).

    Tapia finished first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.27) and second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:50.91) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.73).

    Freshmen Guilerme Magnoler (Lins, Brazil) and Ryan Bohl (Zionsville, Mich.) each added a third place individual finish. Mognoler in the 100-yard backstroke (55.63) and Bohl in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.81).

    The two relay teams each captured second place finishes. The 400 medley relay team of Anderson, Price Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) and Lercel touched in 3:27.20. The 400 freestyle relay team of Pheasant, Mognoler, Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) and Tapia finished in 3:12.78.

    Olivet will travel to Oakland University (Mich.)on January 16-17 to take on NCAA powerhouses Oakland, Kenyon College (Ohio) and University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Events are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and resume at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning.

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    Jan 10, 2015 7:57:46Jan 10, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. — Through the first four minutes, the Tiger men's basketball game seemed to be in the favor of Olivet Nazarene University; however, an 11-0 lead evaporated at the hands of the Judson University (Ill.) Eagles only four minutes later due to streaky shooting. Meanwhile, through the first 20 minutes of play, the Eagles commanded the Tigers' respect despite the records represented in the game. ONU lost all momentum early and Judson used a boost of energy from the home crowd to take as much as an eight-point lead. Yet, the Tigers got back within two right before halftime and took the lead back for good only five minutes into the second half. The remainder of the game belonged to the Tigers as they poured it on going into the paint, scoring point-blank buckets and putting the defensive clamps on the Eagles while keeping them to 36.4 percent shooting in the last 20 minutes.

    The Tigers (11-6, 5-1) 83-67 win over Judson (4-14, 1-6) was their fifth in conference play and seventh double-digit victory this season. The Tigers' 16-point win is three points shy of their average win differential over the Eagles during the last five seasons (19.6). It is the ninth time ONU has allowed less than 70 points to an opponent this season; the Tigers are 8-1 in those games.

    Judson had nine more field goal attempts and 17 more from behind the arc, but the Tigers won the free-throw battle, shooting 10 more at the charity stripe. The Tigers shot 59.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point line, making 72.2 percent from the free-throw line. ONU missed only 10 shots in the first half and 12 in the second. Judson managed only 39.7 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from the three-point line.

    ONU had 32 rebounds to Judson’s 31, but the Eagles had 12 offensive rebounds to ONU’s seven. The Tigers had 18 assists to only eight turnovers, and Judson was equally good with only nine giveaways.

    ONU is now 5-1 this season in CCAC games and is 5-3 in games away from McHie Arena. This is the Tigers’ fifth win this season after trailing at halftime. It is the second time the Tigers have scored 50-plus points in the second half.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) led the Tigers with 25 points, going 11-for-14  from the field. He made 2-of-3 three-pointers, and added nine rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes. Today's total is the most points Larson has scored since the third game of the season. He now has 1,155 career points and is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 40 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting and added four rebounds  in 27 minutes. Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 16 points on 6-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the three-point line, not to mention his three assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes. Davis is 52 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) chipped in with four points, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Another junior, Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.), had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) gave the Tigers six points, including a 4-for-4 performance from the free-throw line. He also had two rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting and had three rebounds.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at home against No. 21 Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 08, 2015 10:29:18Jan 08, 2015 -

    PEORIA, Ariz. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team is pleased to announce the addition of Brittany Neal for the fall of 2015. Neal, a Liberty High School standout, signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career as a Tiger.

    As a senior, Neal was awarded the Lion Pride Award Neal, a prestigious award at LHS. A 6-2 middle hitter, Neal finished her final season with 138 kills and 60 blocks, earning AIA Honorable Mention honors, as well as First Team All-District. She also served as team captain. As a junior, she earned All-District honors and was voted Most Improved Player by the coaching staff.

    "I chose ONU because the second I stepped on campus, I knew it was meant to be," said Neal of her decision. "I can't see myself anywhere else."

    In the classroom, Neal has earned honor roll distinction three times.

    Neal intends to major in law enforcement and psychology while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Randy and Monica and sister to Madelyn and Kaitlyn.

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    Jan 06, 2015 2:30:55Jan 06, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Registering team-high totals in points and rebounds to help Olivet Nazarene University knock off NAIA I No. 15-ranked Georgetown College (Ky.), Tiger junior forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending January 4, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

    The award marks the third time this season that Larson has been recognized.  He was also honored in back-to-back weeks in November.

    Larson posted 17 points and 11 rebounds in authoring his fourth double-double of the season in Olivet Nazarene's 84-82 win on Sunday.  He also handed out six assists and one steal.

    Olivet Nazarene's win put it at 10-6 on the season, including a 4-1 mark in conference play.

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    Jan 06, 2015 10:11:43Jan 06, 2015 -

    Olivet’s School of Music has received the Apple Distinguished Program designation for 2014 through 2016 for its iLearn@Olivet initiative which provides iPad to every member of the Marching Tigers and all music majors, as well as faculty and staff members.

    The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

    For the marching band, using iPad for music scores and formation diagrams greatly reduces the amount of items band members have to carry with them. The Coaches’ Eye is a valuable app which allows directors to video the band’s performance with iPad. Then directors use the video to give feedback to the students and isolate sections on the field for drills. And practices can continue later into the evenings because the screens light the music.

    Olivet is partnering with the creators of “Drill Book” in making it fully available on iPad. The ease of this new technology and the convenience of having new drills sent directly to each band member’s device are benefiting students and directors.

    iPad content and usage is tailored for Olivet’s School of Music needs as iPad is used for all band, orchestra, choral and instrumental ensemble music scores, ebooks, note-taking and email. Right at the students’ fingertips are countless thoughtful and innovative applications of the technology, including vocal coaching and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students won’t even need to lift a finger with the use of AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices paired with iPad These allow instrumentalists to focus on creating beautiful music while turning the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

    To enhance iPad usage, Larsen Fine Arts Center — home of the School of Music — has tripled the number of WiFi access points throughout the building.

    “The selection of Olivet’s School of Music as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” said Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music. “Working with our Information Technology specialists, we determined that iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience for our students and faculty. Having the iPad in the hands of our School’s faculty, staff and students is fundamentally transforming the higher education experience for everyone.”
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    Jan 05, 2015 12:29:40Jan 05, 2015 -

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Players dream of the shots like the one Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) made to win the game for Olivet men's basketball in Sunday’s matinee match-up with No. 15 (NAIA Division I) Georgetown College (Ky.). Crater’s number was called by Head Coach Ralph Hodge with just 3.7 seconds remaining and the scored tied at 82. He caught the in-bounds pass from Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and made a difficult fall-away jumper from the baseline about 10 feet out. The Tigers didn’t let Georgetown get a return shot and won their first-ever game against the NAIA powerhouse 84-82. The win was ONU's 10th of the season, and the 2014-15 Tigers are the quickest to 10 wins since the 2009-10 season.

    Despite losing by six (80-74) with 1:59 to go in the game, the Tigers (10-6) didn’t show any signs of giving up in front of the road crowd. They responded with two consecutive three-pointers from senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) that tied the game at 80 with just over a minute to play. Georgetown’s Noah Cottrill finished with a game-high 35 points that put Georgetown (12-3) up 82-80 on a running score at the basket with 39 seconds. ONU answered with a field goal of their own when junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) took it strong to the hole and tied the game with 23 seconds. On the next possession for Georgetown, junior Zach Wagner took his third charge of the game when Darion Burns took it at the basket with just over seven seconds remaining. The Tigers inbounded the ball and raced it over half court so Coach Hodge could call a timeout. The 30-second timeout setup the shot from Crater.

    Olivet trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and by nine in the second. The Tigers led for only approximately four minutes of the game despite shooting 51.4 percent from the field with 55.9 from the field and 41.7 percent in the second half alone. ONU outrebounded Georgetown 36 to 32 and gathered nine offensive rebounds. The Tigers also had 23 assists to only eight turnovers. The Tigers had four in double figures, and Georgetown had three, including playing only six players double-digit minutes.

    Georgetown shot 15 more free-throws than the Tigers but managed to make only 12 for 57.1 percent. They totaled 14 less field goal attempts but shot 55.4 percent from the floor, 60.7 in the first half.

    ONU is now 6-5 this season in nonconference games and is 4-4 against teams ranked nationally or receiving votes. This is the Tigers’ third win this season over a team ranked in the top 15 nationally. Sunday’s game is also the first time this season ONU has allowed its opponent to score over 80 points.

    Junior Aaron Larson led the Tigers with 17 points, making on 7-for-16 shooting, made 2-of-5 three-pointers, and added 11 rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes. He now has 1,130 career points and is 32nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. Larson is also only 49 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, and added one rebound and three assists in 30 minutes. Senior Austin Davis had 14 points on 5-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-9 from the three-point line, not to mention two in the last two minutes that eventually tied the game at 80.

    Junior Alex Thorson chipped in with six points and seven assists (career-high) and collected two steals in 24 minutes. He made two big lay-ups down the stretch, and one tied the game at 82 with under a minute to play. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) got his first start on Sunday and had eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes.  Another junior, Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.), had eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater gave the Tigers 10 points, including two three-pointers, but none were bigger than his final two points as he made the game-winning shot with just 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock. He added four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) added eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at home against Indiana University-South Bend (Ky.) at 7:30 p.m. 

    Box Score

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    Jan 04, 2015 9:58:46Jan 04, 2015 -

    GARY, Ind. -An extended break is not always conducive to the up-tempo style of basketball the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team has become known for, but the Tigers had not faced an opponent in 16 days. In fact, Olivet took a much needed 10 day break to rest and recuperate over the Christmas holidays. At first, the break seemed to work on Saturday, Jan. 3 when TigerBall returned to the court at Indiana University-Northwest as Olivet jumped out to a lead early in the first half, but the Red Hawks tied things up at the 15:52 mark in the second period and held on for a 98-95 win to start 2015.

    Olivet (11-5) had four players finish in double-digits, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach's (Westplalia, Mich.) 20 points. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 15, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) each added 14. Hengesbach also led the Tigers with seven assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Capriana Christian finished the day with a team-leading three steal and added eight points.

    The Tigers return to McHie Arena for the first time in 2015 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 to face Indiana University -South Bend. The important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Box score

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    Dec 21, 2014 2:19:44Dec 21, 2014 -

    Box Score (12/18)

    Box Score (12/19)

    LAKELAND, Fla. — During a beautiful week of weather provided by Central Florida, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team was anticipating the same type of play at the 1st Annual Southeastern University (Fla.) Classic. However, a dismal offensive performance on Thursday, Dec. 18, and a tough last second loss on Friday, Dec. 19, kept the Tigers from enjoying the Sunshine State even more. 

    A 67-58 loss was the result the first game against No. 24 Evangel University (Mo.), as the Tigers had only one player in double figures. In the second game, Olivet gave up 61.7 percent shooting to the No. 23-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) Lions that led to a 78-75 loss.

    Evangel (6-4) made 10-of-20 three-pointers on Thursday and made six more free-throws en route to the nine-point win. They also limited the Tigers (9-6) to only 42.1 percent shooting and 22.7 from the three-point line. The Tigers cut the deficit to only three points with just under five minutes remaining but managed only two more points the rest of the game, preventing any further comeback.

    ONU looked to leave Florida with a win on Friday, but a sluggish first-half start had the Tigers down double digits against SAGU (10-3); however, a small run cut it to only seven at the break. The entire second half, the teams remained close as ONU finally took a 73-72 lead with only 2:17 left and — with 54 seconds — had the ball as the score was tied 75 apiece. Yet, a Tiger turnover with six seconds led to a Lion lay-up and free-throw that ended the game.  

    For the second straight game, the Tigers gave up double digit three-poinerts (13-of-22) but did improve their own shooting 46.2 from the field and 37.5 from the three-point line. Olivet even won the free-throw line by 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

    ONU is now .500 (5-5) this season in nonconference games and 3-4 against teams ranked nationally or receiving votes. In the Tigers' last six games played away from McHie Arena, ONU is 1-5.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) averaged 14 points, including six three-pointers.  He also averaged 4.5 assists per game in 32.5 minutes per contest.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) averaged 16 points, making 13 field goals, including 12 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. He now has 1,113 career points and is 33rd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) averaged four points and collected three assists and five rebounds between both games. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) averaged nine points and 5.5 rebounds, starting both games.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) averaged 8.5 points, making two three-pointers and 5-of-7 free-throws between both games.  

    The Tigers will be back on the court following Christmas break on Sunday, Jan. 4, at Georgetown College (Ky.) for a 2 p.m. (EST) start.  

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    Dec 18, 2014 4:19:57Dec 18, 2014 -

    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked up a 116-110 win over NCAA Division III Buena Vista University (Iowa) on Friday, Dec. 18 in non-conference action at the JustAgame Holiday Classic. The Tigers improve to 11-4 on the season and head into a much needed break to enjoy Christmas with their families.

    Olivet had five players finish the game with double-digits in the point's column. The Tigers were led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartless, Ill.) who each finished with 16 points. Hengesbach also added six rebounds, nine assists and six steals. Giampapa, meanwhile, added seven steals.

    Sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) finished with 14 points and three steals, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) continues to produce, finishing with 11 points. Nicolas also added two assists and three steals. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 10 points and four assists.

    The Tigers will take a 15 day break from action. They will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 3 when they travel to Indiana University-Northwest. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

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    Dec 18, 2014 2:9:21Dec 18, 2014 -

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Thursday that 319 football student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Taylor (Ind.) led all institutions with 14 individuals on the list.

    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. 

    ONU had seven Tigers honored for their work in the classroom; Seniors; Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Tex.), Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), Jeff Glitz (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Ryan Smith (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.). Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) was the lone junior awarded.  All but Fightmaster and Gross were named to the list for a second time; only  because they were not eligible.

    Complete List

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    Dec 18, 2014 7:46:6Dec 18, 2014 -

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cal State San Marcos leads in the second set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup fall standings.  The Cougars have accumulated 222 total points after placing ninth in women's soccer and 25th in women's volleyball.

    Olivet Nazarene currently occupies the second spot with 218.50 points after placing 17th in both men's and women's soccer and earning a 25th place finish in women's volleyball.

    The Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson are in third place with 217 points. They captured the women's soccer title and finished ninth in both men's soccer and women's volleyball.

    Southern Oregon currently occupies the fourth spot with 197 points due to a 13th place finish in women's volleyball.

    Rounding out the top five is Indiana Wesleyan with 195.50 points. They placed 13th in women's volleyball and 17th in men's soccer.

    Five of the six fall NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men's cross country - Oklahoma City; women's cross country - British Columbia (Can.); women's soccer - Lindsey Wilson; men's soccer - Davenport; women's volleyball - Park.

    The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six women's and six men's.

    The final NAIA fall standings will be released Wednesday, December 24.

    Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial.  Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.  In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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    Dec 18, 2014 7:41:14Dec 18, 2014 -

    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - With final exams in the books, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team headed out on their annual Christmas Break trip. For a change of pace, the Tiger's headed north to the JustAgame Holiday Classic hosted by JustAgame Fieldhouse in the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells. The two-day, four-team event began Wednesday, Dec. 17 with the Tiger's facing William Penn University (Iowa).

    Olivet (10-4) picked up a 120-103 non-conference win over the Statesmen, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.). Hengesbach finished the night with 22 points, while dishing out a team-leading seven assists. She also accounted for seven rebounds and three steals.

    Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 15 points and seven boards in the winning effort, shooting 5-of-12 from behind the three-point line to account for all of her points. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) finished with 14 points. She also added four assists.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 13 points, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) finished with 12. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) rounds out the double-digit scorers, finishing with 11. Nicolas also had three steals.

    The Tigers will face NCAA Division III Buena Vista University (Iowa) today at 1:30 p.m. at the JustAgame Fieldhouse. 

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    Dec 17, 2014 9:27:23Dec 17, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on December 15 that Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer head coach, Bill Bahr, has been named the 2014 NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

    Bahr led the Tigers to a 16-4-1 record, including a perfect 11-0 run en route to capturing the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season title. Olivet entered the CCAC Tournament as the top-seed, picking up two more victories to claim to championships.

    Olivet earned their fourth consecutive bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round with their conference title. For the third time in as many years, the Tigers earned a home field advantage. Unfortunately, they saw their 15-game winning streak come to an end in a 1-0 defeat to Hastings College.

    On the field, Bahr had three players earn NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors, five players named CCAC First Team All-Conference and two receive Honorable Mention All-Conference. In the classroom, he had four named NAIA Scholar-Athletes and nine recognized at CCAC All-Academic honorees.

    Bahr will be formally recognized at the annual NSCAA College Coaches Reception, Thursday, January 15, 2015.  The event will be held in conjunction with the 68th annual NSCAA Convention, January 14-18 in Philadelphia.  

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    Dec 16, 2014 9:9:28Dec 16, 2014 -

    Box Score

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A complete 40-minute effort was the answer the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team had as they kept a nationally ranked opponent to 15 points shy of their season average. The Tigers defeated the No. 11 St. Ambrose University (Iowa) 89-68 at McHie Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 16, playing the defensive end as well as the offensive. Olivet shot 52.3 percent from the field while keeping St. Ambrose to only 39.0, leading to a second defeat of the Bees this season.

    Tonight’s nonconference win was the first for the Tigers (9-4) since Nov. 11 when they defeated the Bees (9-4) 76-74 in Davenport, Iowa. The Tigers scored their second highest total of the season and did so with 52 combined points from three starters (Davis, Larson and Wagner). Olivet was able to continue and push their 13-point halftime lead forward with a 57.6 percent field goal shooting clip and by making 8-of-10 free-throws.

    ONU had its largest advantage on the glass of the season 51 to 22 and had 19 offensive rebounds to only nine for the Bees. The Tigers used their 19 offensive rebounds to outscore St. Ambrose 24 to four in second chance points. Four Tigers had five or more rebounds, and ONU tallied seven deadball rebounds to help their total.

    Olivet is now 6-1 at McHie Arena this season and is 15-4 dating back to the beginning of last season. The Tigers have a 20.3 win differential in those games.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had a team-high 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting, going 4-for-11 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He had six assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had 17 points (12 in the second half) on 8-of-15 shooting, including 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes. He now has 1,081 career points and had his third double-double of the season in this game. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 14 points, going 7-for-9 from the field. He had one rebound with two assists in 20 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had two points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals in 28 minutes. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had nine points on 4-for-9 shooting and had four rebounds in 18 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points in 12 minutes.

    Paul Beene led the Fighting Bees with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and 3-for-7 from the three-point line in 24 minutes. Darian White had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting with 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds in 30 minutes. Sam Ainsworth had 15 points, five rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in action Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. (EST) against NAIA Division I No. 24 Evangel University (Mo.) at the Southeastern University (Fla.) Classic.

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    Dec 16, 2014 2:38:36Dec 16, 2014 -

    WACO, Texas — Olivet Nazarene University’s senior middle linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) has topped off an outstanding season and career for the Tigers with his selection to the 25-man 2014 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA All-America First Team, announced on Dec. 16 by the AFCA-NAIA All-America Committee.

    The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

    Ruemler was selected First Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of three linebackers selected out of 11 total on the team. He joins Takari Johnson from Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.) as first team selections, representing the Mid-States Football Association.

    He started all 11 games for the Tigers, leading the team in tackles for the fourth straight season with 103 unassisted, 68 assisted (171 total, career-high). He also led the team in tackles for loss with 23.5 for 68 yards. He finished with two sacks for 10 yards, six forced fumbles (led team), one blocked kick and one pass break up. He finished second in the MSFA and NAIA in tackles per game (14.9). He was second in the MSFA and third in the NAIA in tackles for loss (23.5). He also finished his career with 449 tackles (267-182), good for second all-time in Tiger history.

    Ruemler is the first Tiger since his former teammate, Andrew Muzljakovich, was named in 2013 to the distinction. He is the eighth overall in the history of the program.

    2014 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America First Team                                                                                             

    Defense                                                                                              

    Pos.       Name    Ht.          Wt.         Yr.           School   Hometown

    DL           Greg Haywood  6-3          230         Sr.           Saint Xavier (Ill.)               Oak Lawn, Ill.

    DL           Phil Latimer*      6-0          255         Sr.           Nebraska Wesleyan        Broomfield, Colo.

    DL           Kyle Connors     6-2          285         Sr.           Siena Heights (Mich.)     Tecumseh, Mich.

    DL           Ty Phillips*          6-2          270         Sr.           Missouri Valley East St. Louis, Ill.

    LB           Takari Johnson  6-1          235         Sr.           Concordia (Mich.)            Lansing, Mich.

    LB           Brandon Ruemler            6-0          208         Sr.           Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)     Williamsport, Ind.

    LB           Sean Blomquist*              5-11       235         Sr.           Carroll (Mont.)  Helena, Mont.

    DB          Justin Wohlert   5-9          189         Jr.           Northwestern (Iowa)     Hartley, Iowa

    DB          Adam Sauder     6-3          205         Jr.           Taylor (Ind.)       Grabill, Ind.

    DB          Carlos Cox           5-11       180         Sr.           Friends (Kan.)    Newark, N.J.

    DB          Marte Sears       6-5          220         Sr.           Faulkner (Ala.)  Fresno, Calif.

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