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  • Nov 25, 2014 7:46:23Nov 25, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Monday that 340 women's cross country student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Olivet Nazarene University had four athletes earn the honor.

    Seniors Madison Moyer of Burlington, Iowa and Kylie Lippencott of Crawfordsville, Indiana are two-time honorees. Moyer is an elementary education major, while Lippencott will graduate with a degree in exercise science.

    First-time honors are junior Alysa Faulks and Bethany Pilat. Faulks, a Caldwell, Idaho native is majoring in accounting. Pilat is earning a double-major in business administration and accounting. She is a native of Livonia, Michigan.

    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 to qualify for this honor.

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    Nov 24, 2014 6:14:34Nov 24, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Monday that 340 women’s cross country student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Indiana Wesleyan leads all programs with 10 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 to qualify for this honor.

    To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here

    Olivet Nazarene University had eight athletes honored this year: seniors include Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.), Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.), Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), Joel Lynn (Naperville, Ill.), and David Powers (Security, Colo.). Every senior except is a second time recipient and the other three are first time selections. The juniors were Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Ryan Hull (Chebanse, Ill.) and Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.).  

    The complete list can be found here

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    Nov 24, 2014 10:56:50Nov 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) averaged 28.5 points per game to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to the title at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament held in McHie Arena on Nov. 21-22. The Tigers picked up two big non-conference wins over Indiana University-Northwest and Ashford University (Iowa).

    In the tourney opener, Hengesbach led the Tigers to a 104-101 win over IU-Northwest, leading the team in points (26), rebounds (7), assists (9) and steals (7). She shot .500 from the field, going 8-of-16, plus connected on 7-of-10 free throws. Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) was hot from behind the arc, shooting 6-of-10 (.600) on the night for 18 points. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added 16 points, while junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) and sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) added 12 and 11, respectively. Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) pulled in six rebounds, leading the Tigers on the offensive end with four.

    In the championship match up with Ashford on Saturday afternoon, Hengesbach pumped in a team-high 31 points, while pulling in four rebounds and accounting for five steals. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added a season-high 16 points and pulled in a team-high five rebounds. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 11 points, while Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished with 10.

    Hengesbach was named to the HIE Tournament Most Valuable Player for her two-day performance. She finished the tournament averaging 28.5 points per game, six steals and 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Krassman was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Tigers, as well as Grayce Roach of IU-Northwest, Sam Charney from Rochester College and Ashford's Sarah Vozel.

    Olivet (5-3, 0-1) returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 as they head to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) for a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up with the Fighting Saints. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. in Joliet, Illinois. Last season, the Tigers came away with two wins; a 97-89 victory on Nov. 26 and a 106-90 win on Feb. 6.

    Box Scores:

    IU-Northwest

    Ashford

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    Nov 23, 2014 10:18:32Nov 23, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Cinderella-like run of the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team came to an end at the hands of Davenport University (Mich.) on Saturday, Nov. 22 in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Panthers were too much for the Tigers to handle, claiming a 3-0 win to advance to the final site.

    Olivet (17-26) was led at the net by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) who finished with seven kills. Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added five, while dishing out a team-high 14 assists. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added eight assists and seven digs. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) anchored the defense with 10 digs, while senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) added five blocks.

    Olivet struggled at the net and at the service line. On the night, the Tigers finished with just 29 kills with 21 errors in 96 attempts for an attack percentage at a mere .083. They also handed the Panthers eight point on missed serves.

    "We killed ourselves with unforced errors," said Head Coach Brenda Williams. "You can't do that at this level. But, we had a great season. We got better, we learned a lot. We got a taste of the post season and the girls are hungry for more."

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    Nov 23, 2014 10:4:55Nov 23, 2014 -

    BOURBONNIAS, Ill. - One shot, in the 50th minute of play, is all it took. The No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team played host to Hastings College (Neb.) in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Tigers outshot the Broncos on the day, but couldn't get one to find the back of the net, falling 1-0 and seeing their season come to an early end.

    The Tigers (16-4-1) have advanced to the final site of the NAIA National Tournament in three of the last four years, but it wasn't meant to be this year. The Broncos came out early, controlling the ball most of the first half, outshooting the Tigers 13-9, but neither team could penetrate the net. Olivet goalie, Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished the period with seven saves.

    Just five minutes into the second period, however, Hastings Taylor Geis took a pass from Michaela Vadeboncoeur to put the Broncos on the board and force the Tigers play more aggressively. Olivet finished the second half with 12 shots, to the Broncos four, but none could get past Hastings goalie, Anna Stewart.

    Senior Katie Smith (Silver Lake, Mich.) led Olivet with five shots, while senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) added three.

    Olivet finished their season with a 16-4-1 overall record, including an 11-0 run in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to capture the regular season title and claimed the tournament hardware with two more wins. 

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    Nov 23, 2014 9:47:26Nov 23, 2014 -

    LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country team headed into the 2014 NAIA National Championships with something to prove. The Tigers began the season highly ranked in the Top-25 Coaches Poll, but slowly saw their ranking slip away as injuries hampered the team most of the season.  After a second place showing at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, earning the team their bid to Kansas, the Tigers were rejuvenated and ready to show that they were still a team to be reckoned with.

    It was a typical Kansas day in late November, a chill in the air and fog rolling over the course. Led by a 46th place finish by sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), the Tigers finished 16th in the field of 38. British Columbia repeated as National Champions with Lewis-Clark State taking second, followed by Northwest Christian, Carroll College and Dordt College.

    All of the Tiger runners finished the race with a sub-20 minute time. Ray paced the Olivet charge, finishing at 18:52.30. Junior Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) finished second for the Tigers, 104th of the 336 racers overall, with a time of 19:25.40. Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) was not far behind, finishing 129th overall and crossing the finish line in 19:39.20. Junior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) finished in 19:41.90, placing 140th overall, while sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) placed 148th with a time of 19:43.80.

    The young Tiger team will take some time to relax as the cross country season comes to an end before preparing for the indoor track and field season which begins in January. 

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    Nov 23, 2014 9:9:38Nov 23, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Six games into the 2014-15 season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team had their first setback of the year. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the No. 20 ranked Crusaders from Evangel University (Mo.) held on for a 75-73 overtime win over the host Tigers. ONU can simply look to the statistics and highlight a few that were instrumental in the loss: three-point shooting, free-throws and rebounding. However, the Tigers had more opportunities than maybe they deserved to take the lead late in the game, but they were unable to take advantage because of squandered possessions and defensive breakdowns.

    Olivet Nazarene (5-1) looked primed for another win early in the game when they burst out for a 9-2, 16-8 and eventually a 20-11 lead with 12:04 play. A couple minutes later, Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) made two free-throws to give the Tigers a five-point lead, but it was the most they would lead by the rest of the game. The Crusaders (2-3) went on a 10-4 run to take a 26-25 lead, their first of the game. The Tigers took the lead back one more time; but with 2:17 remaining, Evangel led 33-28. Neither team scored the rest of the half. Combined, there were six missed shots and four turnovers in the final two minutes.

    Only six minutes into the second half, the Tigers were able to tie the game at 42 apiece on an Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) lay-up. With 13:04 to play, an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) lay-up gave the lead back to the Tigers. However, ONU did not score over the next 1:30, and Evangel built a five-point lead and had a seven-point lead with 7:42 left — their largest of the game. Yet, over five minutes, the Tigers tied the game at 58-58 and make it a game. Over the final two minutes, Evangel took three consecutive leads; and the Tigers were able to tie the game each time, sending the game to overtime.

    Neither team scored in overtime until the 2:46 mark when Brodie Wingert was fouled on a post-up. Prior to that, the Tigers missed two shots and turned the ball over, failing to score. Two minutes later, the Crusaders led by five with only nine seconds to go following a Josh Veurink lay-up and a Nick Yocum free-throw. However, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) hit a three-pointer to make a two-point game. Evangel eventually sealed the deal with free-throws and the clock's running out.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the field, 1-for-4 from the three-point line and 5-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes. He is only nine points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis had 12 points, going 5-for-16 from the field and adding two rebounds in 32 minutes. He now has 162 made three-pointers, good for 11th all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had a team-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) added seven points, making 3-of-3 field goals, and had three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) was in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-19 shooting, adding two rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Korry Tillery led Evangel with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line; he had 10 rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes. Nick Yocum had 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes. Brodie Wingert had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes. Richard Chapman had 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 26-for-61 from the field (42.6 percent), 5-for-25 from the three-point line (20.0 percent) and 16-for-25 from the free-throw line (64.0 percent). They were outrebounded for the first time this season by the Crusaders, 43-37, committing only 14 turnovers and totaled 15 assists with six offensive rebounds and 11 steals.

    Evangel shot 28-for-69 from the field (40.6 percent), 5-for-20 from beyond the arc (25.0 percent) and 14-for-18 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent). The Crusaders had 15 assists, 19 turnovers, 10 offensive rebounds and six steals.

    ONU will be back on the court Tuesday, Nov. 25, against CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 7:15 p.m.

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    Nov 22, 2014 10:2:39Nov 22, 2014 -

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A third time did not turn out to be a “charm” as the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team was unable to advance in a shootout against No. 7 Davenport University (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 22. The Tigers fell 5-4 in penalty kicks after the game was tied 0-0 in double overtime in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The Tigers experienced the exact same outcome in the last two postseasons. Saturday’s game was played in poor weather conditions as the temperature was under 40 degrees, and there were piles of snow on the ground in addition to the rain.

    The game did not see any real offensive action until the Tigers (15-5-1) put their first shot on goal at the 13:06 mark. Aaron Orban saved one of three shots to keep it tied. ONU threatened five minutes later when Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) headed a shot, but it was saved as well. The rest of the half was a stalemate as neither team scored. The second half was even more uneventful as neither goalie was contested with a shot; and the game was forced to overtime, the fourth of ONU’s season.

    In the first overtime, the Panthers' (18-3-1) Emmanuel Gorh put a shot on goal, but Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) kept the Tigers in the game. In the second overtime, the Tigers had one shot blocked. But it wasn’t enough to keep the game from a shootout. Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) led the Tigers in shots with three.

    In the shootout, senior Paddy Hoepp (Franfurt, Germany) missed in the first attempt for the Tigers. Dzenan Catic made it 1-0 for the Panthers. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) put it through for ONU, and Lito Esquivel scored for Davenport. Freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sau Paulo, Brazil) made it on the Tigers’ third try, but Dino Duratovic scored to make it 3-2. Sophomore Aaron Chatfield made it for a third score for Olivet, but Tyler Fischer was again able to keep the Panthers ahead 4-3. On the Tigers' fifth try, freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) scored. Cameron Cavanagh missed his, and the shootout was tied 4-4. On the Tigers’ sixth try, senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) missed his to give Davenport a chance to advance, and Kevin LaCroix converted.

    Sophomore Austin Miller filled in for injured goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.). Miller had one save in the shootout, his only one of the game. He finished with a 4-4-1 record this season.

    The loss ends the careers of six Tiger seniors.

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    Nov 22, 2014 4:53:28Nov 22, 2014 -

    Results

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Saturday, Nov. 22, was a special, historic day for 14-year Head Coach Mike McDowell and the No. 6 Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team. The Tigers stood atop the podium as third place finisher at the 2014 NAIA National Championships for the first time in program history. The Tigers, without two returning NAIA All-Americans because of injury, still had five runners in the top 50 of the field.

    A total of 320 runners competed in the event hosted by the Lawrence Sports Corporation at Rim Rock Farm. This was the second year for the event at Rim Rock.

    The rest of the top five teams were Oklahoma City University, who has now won back-to-back titles; Southern Oregon University was second; Eastern Oregon University was fourth; and Aquinas College (Mich.) came in fifth.

    Junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) again led the Tigers for the fourth straight meet and finished 20th with a time of 25:28.80. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in 26th with a time of 25:30.90. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 36th with a time of 25:40.30. Senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in 40th with a time of 25:44.80. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) was 48th with a time of 25:52.20.

    Freshman Matt Meehan (Marshfield, Mass.) came in 59th for the Tigers with a time of 26:02.90. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 161st with a time of 26:58.20.

    Dylan Creger and Caleb Drake both finished in the top 30 of the field and were named All-Americans for the first time in their careers.

    The Tigers finished every meet during the 2014 season in the top three of the field.  

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    Nov 21, 2014 2:25:44Nov 21, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team put themselves in a hole that they could not dig their way out of on Wednesday, Nov. 12 when they traveled to take on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers found themselves down 35-74 at the half. Despite stellar defense that forced 25 Peregrine turnovers in the second half, Olivet couldn't recover and dropped their conference opener 91-122.

    The Peregrines have become a bit of a nemesis for the Tigers, picking up three wins against just last season alone. In three games last year, a total of 598 points were scored, an average of 199.3 per game. Purdue Cal went on to win the CCAC Regular Season and Tournament.

    Olivet (3-3, 0-1) were led by junior CCAC leading scorer, Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.). Hengesbach finished the night with 30 points, while pulling in five rebounds and accounting for four of the Tiger's 16 steals.  Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) pumped in a season-high 14 points, going 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line. She also added a 4-of-5 showing from the charity stripe and tied for the team-lead with six rebounds. Junior Jayne Stuart (Horton, Mich.) added points, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) tied a season-high with 10 points and added three steals.

    The Tigers will host the annual two-day Holiday Inn Express Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 21. The tournament will open with Rochester College (Mich.) taking on Ashford University (Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. Olivet will face Indiana University-Northwest in the nightcap at 7:30. In true tournament format, the losing teams will play Saturday in a consolation game at 1:00 and the victors will play in the championships at 3:00.  

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    Nov 21, 2014 9:50:24Nov 21, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) received Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference received First Team All-Conference recognition when the honor roll was announced by the league office Saturday, Nov. 15.

    Receiving Second Team honors were seniors Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.). Hatalla is the lone repeat honoree, having received First Team recognition in 2013 and Second Team in 2012.

    For a complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/1.php.

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    Nov 21, 2014 9:41:5Nov 21, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer frontrunners Olivet Nazarene University, Trinity International University and Trinity Christian College combined to grab 18 of the 28 all-conference selections when the league announced its award winners for 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 15.

    Regular-season and tournament champion Olivet Nazarene garnered the most recognition earning seven spots between the two teams, including five players on the 14-member first team, and Coach of the Year.

    Representing the Tigers on the First Team are seniors Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) and Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.), juniors Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) and sophomore Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.). Smith, Hetrick and Vrosh are repeat honorees from a year ago.

    Sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) makes her second appearance in just two seasons as a Second Team honoree. Joining West is freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.).

    Olivet's Head Coach, Bill Bahr, was also named CCAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Tigers to this year's regular-season title and tournament titles.

    For the complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/3.php

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    Nov 20, 2014 3:2:14Nov 20, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A post season run by the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team has paid off as the Tigers capture the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. The Tigers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, upsetting No. 3 seeded University of St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 2 seeded Trinity Christian College (Ill.) before falling to regular season champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

    The Tigers (17-25) make their 10th appearance in the national tournament, their first since 2011. Overall, Olivet posts a 7-24 record. Davenport won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament to earn just their second visit to the post season in program history, sporting a 0-1 record.

    Olivet is led by CCAC First Team honoree, junior Becky DeRuiter. DeRuiter enters the post sason with 371 kills in 991 attempts with 174 errors (.199). Seniors Kaia Lenzi  and Heidi Schoenbein are neck and neck behind DeRuiter with 288 and 268 kills, respectively. The setting duo of junior Renee Enz and sophomore Katie Tabisz finished with 756 and 642 assists, respectively.

    On defense, the Tigers are led by senior libero, Haley Hatalla. Hatalla finished with 448 digs, despite moving to outside hitter for a portion of the season due to injuries. Enz is second with 322, while junior Melissa Bartholomew added 246.

    Offensively, Davenport is led by Hannah Stone. Stone led the Panthers with 456 kills in 1,006 attempts with just 150 errors (.304). Marcey DeHaan finished right behind with 420 kills in 1,023 attempts with 151 errors (.263). Setting the way for the Panther attack was Amber Getty who finished the season with 1,599 assists. Defensively, Davenport had three players finish the season with 400+ digs. Morgan Torres led the Panthers with 591, while Krissy Dill and Lexie Spetoskey added 502 and 443, respectively.

    The two teams faced one another earlier this season, with Davenport coming away with a 3-1 victory. The Tigers took the opening set, but couldn't hold on, falling 25-18, 16-25, 13-25, 20-25.The winner will advance to the NAIA National Tournament final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Tournament play will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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    Nov 20, 2014 2:24:11Nov 20, 2014 -

    FINDLAY, Ohio — The Olivet Nazarene University football team had eight individuals represented on the 2014 Mid-States Football Association All-Midwest League team. The Tigers had one selected to the first team defense, one on the second team offense, three on the second team defense and three named as honorable mentions. The Tigers have two repeat selections from the 2013 list; Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) was a second team defense selection (2012, 2013) and honorable mention honoree in 2011; and Alan Knol (Manteno, Ill.) was a honorable mention selection last season.

    Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler was selected First Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four linebackers selected out of 13 total on the team. 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. Ruemler 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.

    Junior defensive end Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive linemen selected out of 13 total on the team. He started five of the 10 games played for the Tigers, finishing with 29 tackles (17-12). He also had four and a half tackles for loss for 17 yards. France finished with four sacks for 13 yards, one fumble recovery, four blocked kicks (led team) and one pass break up and quarterback hurry.

    Junior defensive end Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive linemen selected out of 13 total on the team. He started all 11 games played for the Tigers, finishing with 43 tackles (24-19). He had eight tackles for loss for 42 yards. Dexter led the team with seven sacks (ninth in MSFA) for 35 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one pass break up and quarterback hurry.

    Junior defensive back Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive backs selected out of 13 total on the team. He started all 11 games for the Tigers, finishing with 34 in tackles (25-9). He had one tackle for loss for two yards, six interceptions for 76 yards (led MSFA), eight pass break ups (led team) and one blocked kick. Limberg finished sixth in the NAIA in interceptions.

    Senior offensive lineman Alan Knol was named Second Team Offense for the first time. He was one of five linemen selected out of 14 total on the team. He started all 11 games on the offensive line that averaged 116.5 rushing yards per game with 10 touchdowns.

    Three other Tigers earned honorable mention status (18 total named): sophomore safety Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio); junior defensive lineman Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.); and senior wide receiver Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.). Tuckerman started all 11 games and was third on the team in tackles with 76. Aschemann was second on the team with eight and a half tackles for loss and also had three sacks in 10 games. Swindle started all 11 games and led the team with 31 receptions and 332 yards receiving, catching one touchdown pass. 

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    Nov 20, 2014 10:25:8Nov 20, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Surviving a sloppy, sluggish opening 20 minutes in is important when pursuing a complete 40-minute effort. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team did just that on Wednesday night, Nov. 19, against CCAC foe Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers turned it around in the second half, playing a more complete 20 minutes and outscoring the Peregrines by 22 to give them an 80-60 win.

    ONU’s (5-0, 1-0) fifth consecutive win to open the year is the most since the 2001-2002 season. And they can make it six straight on Saturday night, the most in 14 seasons.

    Through the first eight minutes of the game, the Tigers managed only five points, mostly because of slow ball movement and a Peregrine (1-4, 0-1) defense that had ONU stifled. Purdue-Calumet installed a box and one and a triangle and two to keep Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) from getting touches. While the Tigers were trying to figure out things offensively, the Peregrines led by eight with just over 10 minutes to play. But over the next four minutes, they were able to make it a 20-19 deficit. ONU eventually took a 27-25 lead on a Larson three-pointer with 3:14 to go in the half. For the remainder of the half, Purdue-Calumet scored nine to ONU’s five to lead by two, including a Danny Paschen lay-up at the horn.

    Up until the 17:50 mark of the second half, the game changed leads twice and was tied at 38 apiece. Eventually, the Peregrines took the lead back with Kaspars Brencans and Aaron Davis buckets to give them a four-point lead. The Tigers trailed up until the 12:29 mark when Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) tied the game at 46-46. Then he gave ONU the lead for good when he stole the ball from Noah Allen in the back court and converted one of two free-throws. Six minutes later, the Tigers led by 11 after back-to-back three-pointers from Austin Davis, Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) and Aaron Larson. During that stretch when the Tigers took a double digit lead, Larson scored seven of 10 points. Purdue-Calumet got back within single digits at the 3:48 mark, but Olivet went on a 13-2 run to end the game.

    Junior Aaron Larson finished with a team-high 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. He is 23 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis had 13 points, going 3-for-10 from the three-point line and adding two assists in 26 minutes.

    Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) played 15 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting and was 1-for-1 from the three-point line. He added seven rebounds and two steals.

    Junior Alex Thorson started his first game of the season and added eight points, making 3-of-5 field goals, and had four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Off the bench, freshman Alec Goetz scored in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting and 3-for-5 from the three-point line. He added three assists in 16 minutes.

    Kaspars Brencans led Purdue-Calumet with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line; he had seven rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes. Ryan Rader had 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting with 1-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds in 24 minutes. Aaron Davis had 12 points, four rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Noah Allen had 12 points and two steals in 39 minutes.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 29-for-68 from the field (42.6 percent), 12-for-26 from the three-point line (46.2 percent) and 10-for-15 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent). They outrebounded the Peregrines 44-33, committed only seven turnovers and totaled 18 assists, with 15 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    Purdue-Calumet shot 23-for-51 from the field (45.1 percent), 2-for-6 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and 12-for-25 from the free-throw line (48.0 percent). The Peregrines had nine assists, 14 turnovers, six offensive rebounds and three steals.

    ONU will be back at McHie Arena Saturday, Nov. 22, against NAIA Division I No. 20 Evangel University (Mo.) at 7 p.m.

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    Nov 20, 2014 7:45:48Nov 20, 2014 -

    Olivet (16-3-1) enter today's match riding a 15-game winning streak, dating back to Sept. 13. The streak included a perfect 11-0 run to capture the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season title, then two more wins to pick up the CCAC Tournament trophy too. In typical Olivet women's soccer fashion, the Tigers spread the wealth among their scorers. Junior Liz Wahl lead Olivet with 35 points, made up of 14 goals and seven assists. Right behind Wahl is junior Betsy Hetrick with 13 goals and five assist for 31 points. Senior Jessica Higer adds 16 points, seven goals and two assists, while sophomore Ellen West amassed 15 points in four goals and seven assists. In nearly 1,700 minutes in the net, sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh has allowed just 15 goals while accumulating 82 saves. The notoriously strong Tiger defense is led by senior Kenzie Hengesh, a wall in the middle who keeps the offense off guard. Hengesh is joined by senior Emily Rosenboom, junior Michelle Ditchfield and freshman Tess Marcordes.

    In 2014 the Hastings College Broncos had yet another great season winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship going 16-4-1 (9-1). The Broncos were led by Taylor Geis as she finished with 18 goals and seven assists which earned her GPAC Offensive Player of the Year. Kelsey Nealon added 16 goals and seven assists. Megan Kruse finished with 13 goals and led the conference with 11 assists. Recent history between these two squads went the Broncos way in 2013 when Kruse scored when time expired to win 1-0.

    In four head-to-head meetings between the Tigers and the Broncos, the series sits at 1-1-2. The two teams first met in 2010 in the NAIA Opening Round. Tied after regulation and two overtime periods, Hastings advanced the final site 4-3 on penalty kicks. In 2011, the two teams finished in a 1-1 draw. Olivet picked up a 2-1 win in 2012, before falling 1-0 in a buzzer beater as time expired in the first overtime in 2013.

    This is Olivet's fifth trip the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers have a 5-3-2 overall record, highlighted by a National Runner-Up finish in 2012.

    Hastings also makes their fifth trip to the NAIA National Tournament. The Broncos are 3-4-2 in post season action.

    Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Ward Field. The winner will advance to the final site of the NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama and face the winner of the Reinhardt (Ga.) at No 1 Embry-Riddle game. The field of 16 will begin a single-elimination tournament on Monday, Dec. 1. 

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    Nov 19, 2014 2:31:30Nov 19, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has claimed his second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award, it was announced on Wednesday by the league office.

    During the week of November 10-16, Larson led the Tigers to a 76-74 upset victory of NAIA No. 14-ranked St. Ambrose University (Iowa) last Tuesday (Nov. 11).  The 6-7 junior forward just missed a double-double with his 23 points and nine rebounds to go along with six assists, two steals and one block.  He also converted 10-of-18 shots from the field and was 2-of-5 from three-point range.

    In the second half alone, Larson totaled 14 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven of his nine rebounds to key the come-from-behind road victory.

    Olivet Nazarene is 4-0 on the season and is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll.

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    Nov 18, 2014 9:20:31Nov 18, 2014 -

    On Saturday, Nov. 15, CCAC Coach of the Year David Blahnik and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 1-0 to claim their third consecutive CCAC Tournament title. They now advance to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round.

    The Tigers (15-5) move on to play No. 6 Davenport University (Mich.) (18-3) in the first round of the national tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 2 p.m. The Tigers and Panthers will play at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, and the winner will advance to the round of 16 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Seacrest Soccer Complex in Delray Beach, Florida. The victor of Saturday’s game will play the winner between St. Andrews University (N.C.) (16-1-1) and Thomas University (Ga.) (15-2-3).

    The Tigers and Panthers met two seasons ago on Sept. 8, 2012, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, with Davenport winning 1-0 in an early season nonconference contest. Bernard Brnada scored the lone goal of the game for the Panthers. He has three points in 11 games for Davenport this season.

    This marks the fourth time in ONU history and third consecutive season the Tigers have reached the opening round. The Tigers were in the opening round a year ago but did not advance in the shootout, falling 5-4 to No. 16 Benedictine College (Kan.). ONU currently holds a 15-5 overall record, winning their last nine games and not allowing a goal in their last four games. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 53-19 and 25-7 during their win streak. ONU has also won its last five road games by a difference of 14-2. Olivet is currently receiving 34 votes in the Nov. 16 NAIA Top 25 poll.

    Olivet is led by senior All-CCAC First Team selection midfielder Paddy Hoepp (Franfurt, Germany), who currently leads the team in points (27) and assists (7), not to mention game-winning goals (4). Senior All-CCAC First Team selection Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) leads the team in goals (11) and shots on goal (25). Sophomore all-conference honorable mention selection Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored the lone goal in Saturday’s CCAC Championship win. He has seven goals and five assists for the Tigers. The Tigers’ defense is led by senior All-CCAC First Team member Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.). He has led the best defense in conference all season, allowing only 19 goals in 20 games. Freshman all-CCAC honorable mention selection goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) has a 0.89 goals against average in 12 starts, saving 19 shots and shutting out six opponents.

    The Tigers' opponent Davenport enters Saturday’s game with an 18-3 record after recently defeating No. 17 University of Northwestern Ohio 1-0 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Against five ranked opponents this season, the Panthers are 5-0 and have defeated three top 25 teams in the first three games of the season by a difference of 9-4. The Panthers finished second in the WHAC with an 8-2 record. They did play four common opponents of Olivet and beat all four. Davenport defeated the Michigan-Dearborn (WHAC) 5-0, Northwestern Ohio (WHAC) 1-0 twice, Marygrove (WHAC) 5-2 and Holy Cross (CCAC) 8-3. The Tigers defeated Michigan-Dearborn 3-0, lost to Northwestern-Ohio 1-0 on the road, defeated Marygrove 6-0 and lost to Holy Cross 4-3.

    Davenport is led by Head Coach Chris Hughes, who is in third season with the Panthers and has a 46-14-1 record at the university. The Panthers are spearheaded by junior midfielder Dzenan Catic, who currently leads the NAIA with 35 goals and points (79) and also has nine assists. In 17 games, freshman goalkeeper Aaron Orban currently has a 0.71 goals against average, good for ninth in the NAIA. He has allowed only 11 goals and has 34 saves with seven shutouts.

    Tournament Bracket: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2014MSoc/2014MSBracket.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

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    Nov 18, 2014 8:23:33Nov 18, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - A young team often means a season of ups and downs; just ask the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team. In just five games thus far, the Tigers have shown Head Coach Lauren Stamatis the good and the bad, nights where everything falls in and days where nothing seems to. Saturday, Nov. 15 was a good day as the Tiger's came away with a 122-87 non-conference win over Grace College (Ind.).

    "I was so proud of our girls and the way we played together as a team," said Stamatis after the game. "I thought we made some great improvements defensively in this game. We were starting to react quicker in the press and did a much better job getting everyone involved."

    Led by junior Abbey Hengesbach, Olivet (3-2) shot 41.5% from the field (44-of-106) and 28.6% from behind the arc (16-of-56). Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) pumped in 21 points, while dishing out 10 assists and swiping the ball four times from the Lancers.

    Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) continues to prove herself as someone to keep an eye on, finishing the game with 17 points. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 13 points and finished with seven assists and a team-leading seven steals.

    Sophomores Kayla Krassman  (Hartford, Wis.) and Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) also hit the double-digit mark on the afternoon. Krassman picked up 12 points, all from three-point land, hitting 4-of-7 shots behind the arc. Freeman finished with 11 points.

    The Tigers will host the Holiday Inn Express Tournament on Nov. 21-22. Friday will see Rochester University (Mich.) take on Ashford University (Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. and the Tigers will face Indiana University - Northwest at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.

    Box Score:

    http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/women/games/2014/onuwb05.htm

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    Nov 17, 2014 9:4:28Nov 17, 2014 -

    CHICAGO — Every August, a group of young men in their late teens step foot on Olivet's campus for the first time in their lives as students. Full of fear, anxiousness, energy and excitement, these young men move from everything they have ever known to an unknown world. They have dreams of great times in the classroom, in the dorm rooms and especially on the football field. On Saturday, Nov. 14, against St. Xavier University (Ill.), the group of young men who stepped onto Olivet’s campus for the first time in 2010, full of emotion and hope, represented Tiger football for the final time. The game ended in a 36-6 loss but was much more important than a win or a loss. The game signified the end of an era for the first recruiting class under Head Coach Brian Fish.

    The day did not start according to plan. St. Xavier (8-2, 4-1) got the ball first and quickly built a 15-0 lead behind big plays and a few ONU (2-9, 1-4) miscues. The Tigers, however, would not lie down and let their opponent run away with the game. Down 15 points, the Tiger offense was brought to life by a few freshmen who have been gaining traction in the last few weeks. Freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.) connected with his big play freshman receiver Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) for a huge gain. A beautiful play action fake fooled the Cougar defense into thinking run and leaving Glanders wide open to catch the ball and weave through the secondary to put the Tigers in scoring position on the 27-yard line. Immediately after the big pass gain, Buckley decided to join in the fun. On a quarterback keeper, the freshman showed off his playmaking ability by slashing through the Cougar defense, hitting the sideline and bursting to the end zone for an ONU score.

    The highlight reel plays did not stop there for the Tigers. Senior wide receiver Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) made some nice catches in traffic, some with defenders draped all over him. He finished with three catches for 27 total yards. Swindle was not the lone senior making plays offensively. Wide receiver Kolton Williford (Urbana, Ill.) made his first appearance and did not disappoint, making the first catch of his career. The senior made a phenomenal catch when he reached up in the air and snagged a high ball with one hand that many in the crowd had already pegged for an incompletion.

    Not to be left out, the Tiger defense stuck to their mantra and continued to make big plays happen. Senior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) started off the day by making a first quarter interception to halt another Cougar scoring opportunity. The senior made a leaping grab, reaching back over the head of the receiver to snare the ball while falling back onto the one-yard line. In the third quarter, Carl played part in another turnover created by the defense, recovering a fumble forced by senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.). Ruemler finished his historic ONU career with another day filled with tackles. Ruemler led the way with 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Those numbers push Ruemler’s season totals to a career-high 171 tackles. He finished the year with 103 solo tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and five forced fumbles. Ruemler’s numbers from this season leave him alone atop ONU’s solo tackle career chart, setting the record mark at 267. He also finishes his career with 449 total tackles, placing him second on the all-time list. 

    Senior John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) had another banner day, solidifying his status as one of the best linebackers in the conference. He finished the game with 11 total tackles, two of them being sacks. This gives Litrenta 77 total tackles and four sacks on the year. He finishes his career with 209 total tackles. 

    Senior linebackers Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Texas) and Josh Craig (Anchorage, Alaska) got an opportunity to make an impact on the game and made the most of it. Block completed an impressive series when he wrapped up three tackles in a short six-play sequence in one drive. Craig helped to snuff out a short pass completion on the same drive and stop the Cougars’ receiver for no gain. Sophomores Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) and David Diehl (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had strong game for the ONU defense, finishing with nine and eight tackles, respectively.

    With the loss, the Tigers finish their season with a 2-9 record and 1-4 in the MSFA Midwest. The young ONU team, however, comes away with many positives. Although the seniors on this team will be missed and were very impactful, the team looks to its many young players who received game experience throughout the year to build and improve in the 2015 season.    

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    Nov 16, 2014 8:52:53Nov 16, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Two successful penalty kicks by the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team is all it took to clinch the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Championship to go with their Regular Season title. The Tigers came away with a 2-1 win over No. 24 Trinity International University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 15 on Ward Field.

    Trinity International (14-3-2) got on the scoreboard first when Melissa Loretto netted a pass from Morgan Elzinga just 10 minutes into the game.  Olivet remained silent until the 35th minute when junior Sarah Lentini knocked the first of the two penalty kicks to the right of the Trojan keeper.  The two teams would head to the locker room at the half in a 1-1 stalemate.

    Olivet (16-3-1) took advantage of their second penalty kick, this time off the foot of junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) , just before the 50th minute of play to take the lead. The strong Tiger defense tightened up and the keeper skills of Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) held the Trojans off for the remainder of the game to pick up the win. Vrosh finished the day with seven saves.

    CCAC Player of the Year, Samantha Yasatan led the Trojans with seven shots, but was stymied by the Tiger defense led by senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.). TIU managed 16 total shots on the afternoon, eight on-goal. 

    Trojan goal keeper, Elizabeth Burzynski, was perfect on the day except for the two penalty kicks. She finished the night with 10 saves as the Tigers kept the pressure on most of the game, finishing with 12 shots-on-goal and 21 total shots.

    Both Olivet and Trinity International will receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round to be held on campuses around the country on Saturday, Nov. 22. The official pairings will be announced on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. (CST) on the NAIA website.

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    Nov 16, 2014 8:44:29Nov 16, 2014 -

     

    MILWAUEE, Wis. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team picked a great time to hit their stride, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The No. 6 seeded Tigers took to the road, upsetting two higher seeded teams en route to the championship game against No. 1 seeded and regular season champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). Unfortunately, the Tigers ran out of steam and couldn't pull off the final upset, falling in straight set to the Wolves. Fortunately, Olivet received the conference's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round by advancing to the finals.

    Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the Tigers with nine kills, while senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) added seven. The Tiger's attack cooled off a little from their quarterfinal and semifinal wins, hitting a mere .051 as a team, 29 kills with 23 errors in 118 attempts.

    Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) dished out a team-high 18 assists, while adding tow kills and eight digs. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 16 digs on defense. At the net, senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) posted a team-high four blocks.

    The NAIA Opening Round will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 at host sights around the country, with the winners advancing to the final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Olivet will receive notification of their opponent and location at noon on Monday, Nov. 17 at the selection show on the NAIA website.

     

     

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    Nov 16, 2014 8:26:56Nov 16, 2014 -

    CHICAGO - The Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team picked up a huge dual meet win over the University of Illinois-Chicago, an NCAA Division I institution on Friday, Nov. 14. As with any good swim meet this battle came down to the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, winner-take-all. The Tigers posted the fastest NAIA time in the country, 3:03.73, to defeat the Flames 127.5-111.5.

    Senior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa), freshman Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden), junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and senior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) knew what they had to do in that final race and came ready to prove it. The foursome edged out the Flames who touched in 3:04.37.

    Other top finishes for the Tigers included:

    Junior Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) captured first place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:42.33) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:41.75). 

    Sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.85. He also took the gold in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing at 1:51.78.

    Pheasant finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.89. He also grabbed a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, touching at 21.01.

    Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) placed second in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing at 1:57.31. He also took second place in the 200-yard breaststroke, touching at 2:07.18.

    Arvidsson was right behind Pheasant in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing a close second at 46.57.

    Anderson took first in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:51.88.

    CJ VanWormer (Hinsdale, Ill.) took second in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:55.59.

    Olivet will return to action on Dec. 5-6 when they travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the Eastern Michigan Invite hosted by Eastern Michigan University. The invitational will put the Tigers up against some of the top NCAA Division I swim programs in the Midwest. Events begin at 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

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    Nov 16, 2014 8:24:9Nov 16, 2014 -

     

    CHICAGO - Led by two first places finishes by sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.), the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team held their own against NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Nov. 14. The Tigers fell 154-83, but swam well from opening race.

    Ray started the night with a top finish in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall at 2:11.02. She followed that up with a first place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:06.60.

    Other key performances:

    Laura Bryant (Escondido, Cal.) and Hayley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.) finished back-to-back in the 1000-yard freestyle. Bryant posted a time of 10:47.16, while Ronci finished in 11:00.03.

    Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.) took second in the 200-yard freestyle touching at 1:56.92.

    Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela) finished first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.26. She followed that up with a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:57.30.

    Rachel Jirki (Normal, Ill.) took silver in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25:00. Teammate Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) finished right behind in 25.14.

    Senior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) took third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:12.54 and third in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:08.44.

    Allison Zalinski posted a time of 2:10.50 in the 200-yard butterfly to finish second.

    The 200-yard medley relay team of Anderson, Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Jirik and Weener started the meet off with a time of 1:51.87 to finish second.

    In the final event of the night, the 400-yard freestyle relay of Gerkey, Mattie Miller (Hanna City, Ill.), Ray, Sebastiani took silver, touching the wall at 3:36.83.

    Olivet will return to action on Dec. 5-6 when they travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the Eastern Michigan Invite hosted by Eastern Michigan University. The invitational will put the Tigers up against some of the top NCAA Division I swim programs in the Midwest. Events begin at 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

     

     

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    Nov 15, 2014 9:42:31Nov 15, 2014 -

    CHICAGO — Capturing its first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's soccer regular-season championship, Olivet Nazarene University's men's soccer team received more rewards. They had a league-high seven individuals honored, including six on the all-conference teams, when the CCAC office announced its 2014 honor roll Saturday night, Nov. 15.

    Olivet, which also won the CCAC Tournament title Saturday night, split its six all-conference selections evenly between the first and second teams, both of which had 14 individuals on the respective squads with representation from 10 schools. Head Coach David Blahnik was awarded the Coach of the Year honor for the first time in his career.

    Senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) was named to the first team for the first time. He started all 11 conference games and helped lead the Tigers to a conference best 1.30 goals against average and four shutouts. He also had one goal and two assists (four points). 

    Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) is a second time selection to the first team. He started all 11 conference games and finished with five goals, and made three penalty kicks and had five assists (led team) (15 points, second on team), giving the Tigers 12 shots on goal (second on team). He also had two game-winning goals.

    Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) is also a second time selection to the first team. He started all 11 conference games and finished with nine goals (led team) and one assist (19 points). He also led the team in shots on goal (17).

    Freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) earned All-CCAC Honorable Mention honors for the first time. During the conference season, he started 10 games and went 9-1 with four shutouts. He had 17 saves and helped the Tigers to a league-best 1.30 goals against average.

    Senior Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.) earned All-CCAC Honorable Mention honors for the first time. He started all 11 conference games and helped lead the Tigers to a conference best 1.30 goals against average and four shutouts. He also had one assist.

    Sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) also earned all-conference honorable mention honors for the first time in his career. He started all 11 conference games and had three goals (third on team) and one assist (seven points). He also had 10 shots on goal, good for third on team.

    Previously, Hoepp was selected to the second team (2011) and first team (2012, 2013). Gill was a first team selection in 2013.

    For the complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/2.php

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    Nov 15, 2014 9:14:21Nov 15, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For a third consecutive season, the CCAC Tournament crown is held by the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. Olivet defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 1-0 on Nov. 15, a cold Saturday night that couldn’t stop a “hot” Tigers team that has now won nine straight games leading into the NAIA National Tournament. ONU not only battled a tough Wolves team and through the cold but also overcame significant losses due to injuries.

    The Tigers (15-5) only needed one goal to keep the postseason title, and it came by sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) in the 32nd minute when he put away a deflected shot by the Cardinal Stritch (8-10-2) goalie. This was Chatfields’s seventh goal of the season. The Tigers managed only one other shot on goal compared to the Wolves' three that were saved by Tiger goalkeepers.

    Early in the championship bout, only eight minutes in, ONU senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) had to leave the game due to an injury. However, reserves like Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.), Adam Schaeffer (Manteno, Ill.) and Brett Robertson (Monee, Ill.) came in and played well. Also, freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) was sidelined in the first half, and senior Seth Erickson (Carbondale, Ill.) — and eventually junior Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) — came in to man his position at midfield. Paret made his return late in the game after missing 13 games due to an injury. Also, Ryan Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) went down in the 51st minute, and Keefer Whaley (Conifer, Colo.) played the remaining 39 minutes and helped secure the shutout.

    Freshman goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) played the first 45 minutes of the game but suffered an injury that forced freshman Collin Hewett (Canton, Mich.) to play the second half. They recorded the team’s 10th shutout of the season and fourth straight.

    The Tigers will be back in action a week from today, Saturday, Nov. 22, in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Their opponent will be announced on Nov. 17.

    Box Score: web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/stats/2014/onums20.htm

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    Nov 14, 2014 3:25:46Nov 14, 2014 -

    Olivet officially opened the new engineering addition to Reed Hall of Science during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities. The first phase of this project, the Kenneth E. Johnson Technology Center, was introduced during last year’s Homecoming and opened for students in spring 2014.

    “This new facility, now complete, bears witness that the engineering program at Olivet continues to grow,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Our programs are gaining enhanced regional and national attention. I want to commend the members of the engineering faculty for their fine work and Dr. Shane Ritter for his leadership as department chair.” Enrollment for the Department of Engineering has nearly doubled since 2011.

    Cutting the ribbon during the ceremony were: Dr. Bowling; Dr. Shane Ritter; Dr. Joseph Schroeder, engineering professor; Mrs. Jennifer Johnson, wife of the late Dr. Kenneth Johnson; and engineering students Kendra Maxon (senior, Ottawa, Illinois), Zane DeBeck (junior, East Tawas, Michigan), Sam Kleindienst (sophomore, Peotone, Illinois) and Deirdre Gerke (freshman, South Lyon, Michigan).

    This 19,000-square-foot, three-story engineering addition opened for Olivet’s fall 2014 semester. A spacious lobby area featuring a water sculpture and other environmentally friendly amenities greets those who enter the building each day. New facility capabilities for the engineering program include:
    • Eight offices for full-time and adjunct faculty, designed to accommodate current and anticipated growth of the department
    • Four research/hands-on laboratories (robotics, materials and senior design)
    • Physics laboratory equipped for 32 students
    • Large student collaborative project area and Engineering Technology Center
    • Electrical engineering classroom/laboratory with 30 full workstations
    • Engineering design studio and computer lab with 30 new workstations
    • Industry collaboration conference room for program development meetings and project review meetings with industry sponsors
    • 90-seat classroom to support growing enrollments in engineering and physics courses

    “At Olivet, we seek to offer a value added education,” Dr. Bowling said. “We believe higher education should have a higher purpose, and we work diligently to integrate faith, living and learning. This is a deep commitment on the part of our engineering department and our University.”

    Also during the ceremony, Wes Gerbig, P.E., was recognized as the recipient of the 2014 Engineering Alumni Excellence Award. Currently, he is the validation systems manager with Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Master of Engineering Management degree program for Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and also serves as an adjunct professor. His career includes twelve years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Indiana.

    Following the ceremony, students and faculty hosted visitors in several open house information centers located throughout the new engineering addition, including: Society of Women Engineers, Missioneering, Alumni Connection, Robotics Club, 3D Printing and SAE Baja Club.
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    Nov 14, 2014 11:47:31Nov 14, 2014 -

    Olivet formally dedicated The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success during its Homecoming and Family Weekend activities. Present for the ribbon cutting ceremony were Dr. David L. Elwood '55 — for whom the Center is named — with his wife, Ella (Anderson) '57; his son, Mike; and other family members and friends.

    “A deep, heartfelt thank you to my sons, Mike, Mark and John, for stimulating this idea,” said Dr. Elwood during the ceremony. “Never in my life did I have an impulse or a thought or a feeling of any kind that a building would be named in my honor.”

    To encourage success and leadership in the lives of Olivet’s students, Dr. Elwood’s family recently presented a significant gift to the University. The family has designated their gift to expand and strengthen the programming of the Center for Student Success; to coordinate and strengthen various leadership efforts in the new Elwood Leadership Program; to honor the University where Dr. Elwood’s faith and values were firmly established; to recognize the life and legacy of Dr. Elwood, an Olivet alumnus; and to invest directly in future generations of Olivetians.

    “We are seeing the difference that intentional preparation makes when we equip students to lead their peers,” said Mrs. Beth Olney, director of the Center. “We thank the Elwood family for providing the resources needed to equip new generations of Olivetians to lead.”

    The Center is home to Career Services, Counseling Services, Health and Wellness Services, academic support, leadership and relationship initiatives.

    “The Elwood family story is a story of significance,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success touches the life of every student who comes on our campus.”

    To close the ceremony, Olivet’s Concert Singers — directed by Dr. Neal Woodruff '91, music professor — presented the first public performance of “O God Our Friend,” written by Dr. David Elwood.

    “This gift from the Elwood family is very significant for Olivet students,” said Chelsea Risinger (senior, nursing major, Tremont, Illinois), student body president. “The Elwood family is investing in us. The Center for Student Success is helping students grow professionally, to take hold of who they are and what they’ve been given, and then pursue something greater.”

    Dr. Elwood earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology while at Olivet. He also met and fell in love with his future wife, Ella. He and Ella married in 1956. Later, he earned advanced degrees from two other universities. He enjoyed a successful career as a psychologist, and she was a top performer in her real estate career. But that was just the beginning of their unfolding life of significance and success.

    In 1980, he and his son, Mark, founded Elwood Staffing®, and Dr. Elwood continues to serve as chairman of the board. Their company operates in 250 service locations across the United States and Canada, employs nearly 1,000 while serving more than 6,000 clients and putting tens of thousands of people to work every day.
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    Nov 14, 2014 11:12:45Nov 14, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik is pleased to announce Kevin Hoof as his third signee for the 2014-2015 season. Kevin is coming to the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team from Maple Grove High School in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He has just concluded a great high school career that included leading his team to a fourth place finish in the 2014 Minnesota High School State Championship and a final record of 19-2-1. He was also a 2014 finalist for the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Soccer Award. Some of his other accolades include being named the Northwest Suburban Conference Player of the Year, Minnesota State High School All-Tournament Team, Minnesota Soccer Coaches Association All State Team and Star Tribune All Metro Second Team. 

    Kevin plays his club soccer with St. Croix Academy and has been a three-time Region II Championship participant (2010, 2013, 2014); Region II Semi Finalist (2014); two-time Minnesota State Cup Champion (2010, 2013). He has been a two-year Region II team member and Region II showcase team participant (2012, 2013), as well as being a four- year member of the Minnesota State ODP, Regional ODP pool and Regional ODP Extended teams (2009-2013). He also spent time with St. Croix Academy in England training with the Bolton Wanderers and competing against the academy teams of Fulham, Wigan, Tranmere Rovers, Ipswich and Reading.

    Academically, Kevin is an honor roll student who plans on studying clinical psychology or neuroscience at ONU.

    “Kevin brings a lot of experience of being successful at the high school and club level that will help him compete for us right away," said Coach Blahnik. "He is a strong, smart player who understands the game and has great technical ability. Off the field, Kevin is a very bright student who will succeed in the classroom.” 

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    Nov 14, 2014 9:40:45Nov 14, 2014 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team is heading to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round after upsetting No. 2 seeded Trinity Christian College (Ill.) 3-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 13 on the Trolls home court. The Tigers will travel to Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Saturday to face the No. 1 seeded Wolves in the Championship match.

    The Tigers (17-24) jumped on the Trolls early, taking the first two sets by matching 25-21 scores before dropping the third set 20-25. Olivet rallied to take the fourth set 25-21 again, paving their way to the CCAC Championship game. Since Cardinal Stritch earned the conference's first automatic bid to nationals, the Tigers earn the second by just making it to the final bracket. Olivet last advanced to the national tournament in 2011.

    Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) continues to be a force at the net, finishing the night with a team-leading 15 kills in 32 attempts with just five hitting errors for an astounding .312 attack percentage. The setting duo of junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) dished out a combined 41 assists, 22 and 19, respectively.

    On the defensive side, senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) led the Tigers in the effort to stop the strong Trolls attack, finishing with 14 digs. Freshman Jeslyn Roat (Greenview, Ill.) added 13, junior Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) added 12 and Tabisz 10. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) finished with six block assists, while DeRuiter added four as the team combined for 10.

    Seniors Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) each added eight kills, while Tabisz put down five.

    The Tigers and the Wolves are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the earlier meeting this fall, Cardinal Stritch pulled out a 3-1 win on Oct. 3, in four close sets. 

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    Nov 13, 2014 2:56:0Nov 13, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- A record-setting performance during a week in which Olivet Nazarene University earned a pair of victories, ONU junior guard/forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of November 3-9, it was announced by the league office on Thursday. The honor is the second of his career.

    Larson set career-best marks for points (33), field goals made (13) and three-pointers made (four) in an 83-62 win over Huntington University (Ind.) on Wednesday night.  In the same game, he also totaled seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal.  Huntington was among others receiving votes in the current NAIA Coaches' Poll.

    Two nights later, in a 111-65 victory over Silver Lake College, Larson contributed another 25 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, while shooting .647 from the field (11-of-17).

    Over the two games combined, Larson averaged 29.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.  He shot .649 from the field (24-of-37), .667 from three-point range (6-of-9) and .800 from the foul line (4-of-5).

    Olivet Nazarene is a perfect 4-0 to start the season.  The Tigers were among others receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.

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    Nov 13, 2014 7:36:23Nov 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) pumped in a season-high 20 points to help lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 115-84 over Missouri Baptist University on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The win gets the Tigers back in the win column, improving their record to 2-2 on the season.

    The majority of Giampapa's points came from three-point range; finishing 6-of-16 from behind the arc to lead the Tigers. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) continues her dominance on the court, finishing with 20 points. She also added six assists and a team-high nine rebounds.

    Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added a season-high 17 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) finished with 16 points. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) pulled down seven rebounds, while Krassman added six.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 15, hosting Grace College (Ind.). Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in McHie Arena. 

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    Nov 13, 2014 7:17:54Nov 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - With under four minutes left in regulation on the clock, senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) headed the ball through  a needle hole in the Eagles defense to setup a goal by junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) to put the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. The Tigers needed just the one goal to down Robert Morris University in the semifinals on the chilly, windy Wednesday afternoon.

    Olivet (15-3-1) controlled the ball most of the game, outshooting Robert Morris 17-4. Sophomore keeper, Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) recorded her eighth shutout of the season, finishing with three saves.

    The Tiger's threatened in the 74th minute when a penalty kick by senior Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.) hit the cross bar. Eagle's keeper, Adrienne Giglio, kept Robert Morris in the game, recording six saves on the day.

    Olivet will host the CCAC Tournament Championship game on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m. The Tigers will take on Trinity International University. The Trojans enter the game after defeating the University of St. Francis (Ill.) 3-2 in their semifinal matchup on Wednesday. Trinity is 14-2-2 overall on the season, including a 2-0 loss to Olivet on Oct. 4.

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    Nov 12, 2014 9:43:56Nov 12, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — An eighth straight win for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team has landed them in the CCAC Tournament Championship game for the third year in a row and fourth time in six seasons. The Tigers earned the opportunity to host the title game with a 2-0 win over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Tigers defense was outstanding, allowing the Peregrines to only one shot on goal, and finished their ninth shutout of the season. 

    On a night that was meant for something indoors because of sub-30 degree temperatures at game time, Olivet Nazarene (14-5) wanted to get things heated up early offensively. However, they were unable to convert until the 32nd minute, even though they dominated the ball the entire half. The Tigers took advantage of a Peregrines (10-7-2) foul, and Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) scored his fourth goal on a set piece from 30 yards out. The ball sailed in the six-yard box, and nobody made a play on it — costing the visiting team and giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

    Only four minutes later, ONU scored the second goal, and it would be enough for the remaining 55 minutes of the game. Sophomore Ryan Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) headed in his first goal of the season over the goalie’s head after a neat flick by senior Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.). ONU’s defense fended off a pesky Peregrines offense the entire second half and did so throughout a physical game of 33 foul calls.

    Freshman goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) recorded a fifth shutout in Wednesday’s game, needing only one save en route to the win.

    The Tigers will play for a second consecutive CCAC Tournament title on Saturday, Nov. 15, against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at Ward Field. They defeated the Wolves 4-0 earlier in the season.

    Box Score: web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/stats/2014/onums19.htm

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    Nov 12, 2014 11:49:17Nov 12, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) has earned his second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week award, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

    Taborn, a freshman goalkeeper, earned his fourth career shutout in a 3-0 victory over University of St. Francis last Wednesday.  He had to stop just one shot to earn his ninth win in goal in the last 10 games.

    With the victory, the Tigers claimed their first-ever CCAC men's soccer regular-season title by going 9-2 in league play.  They are 13-5 overall.

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    Nov 12, 2014 11:15:26Nov 12, 2014 -

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball started 5-0 during the 2001-02 season. But over the last 12 seasons, the Tigers have not reached as much as four consecutive wins to start the year. On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the 2014-15 Tigers ended that streak by winning 76-74 over No. 14-ranked St. Ambrose University on the road in a game that felt like postseason play.

    Still, the win did not come easy. The Tigers had to defeat a second undefeated squad that did not go away easily as the Fighting Bees made a seven-point game with 17 seconds eventually a two-point loss. The victory put Olivet at 4-0 to begin the season.

    The first 20 minutes were played tentatively and carelessly by the Tigers (4-0) as 12 turnovers and squandered possessions hurt their chances at ever building a significant lead. Even though ONU had only five points through the first six minutes, they led 21-16 at the 8:42 mark following a Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) lay-up. Four three-pointers by Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) over a three-minute stretch helped build the Tigers lead. However, the five-point lead didn't last long as the Bees (4-1) went on a 12-0 run that ended at the 4:53 mark when Sam Ainsworth made a three-pointer. Later in the half, ONU was able to cut the halftime deficit to only two with three free-throws over the final minute.

    Unlike in the first half, the Tigers jumped out to a second half lead only a minute and a half in. Yet the game remained tied at the 9:22 mark (50-50). Overall in the first 11 minutes the score exchanged leads and was tied a number of times — nine to be exact. However, the next three minutes belonged to the Tigers as a 9-2 run gave the Tigers a seven-point lead with six to play. ONU continued to score and got enough stops to still lead by five with 2:54 to play. St. Ambrose was able to make a two-point game at the foul line. The Tigers' next possession was huge as the shot clock was running down. Aaron Larson hit a contested jumper to make a four-point game with under two to play. A rebound later for the Tigers and point guard Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) started a string of 7-of-8 made free-throws that eventually built the lead to seven, 76-69 with 17 seconds. However, the Bees were not done playing as they scored five points in 14 seconds thanks to a Tiger offensive foul, defensive foul and poor defense. Nevertheless, the Tigers were able to get the ball inbounded to end the game.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with a team-high 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field, 2-for-5 from the three-point line and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes. He is 44 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

    Junior Zach Wagner played a season-high 28 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting and was 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson played in his first action of the season following an ankle injury early in the season. He had nine points, making 7-of-8 free-throws, and had five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater scored in double figures with 14 points in the first half. He went 5-for-10 and was 4-for-4 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds in 22 minutes. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) played a season-high 23 minutes and finished with nine points, going 2-for-3 from the field and was 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He also had five rebounds and three assists.

    Darian White led St. Ambrose with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting and went 3-for-5 from the free-throw line; he had five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes. Paul Beene had 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting, 4-for-7 from the three-point line and 3-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes. Tylon Deal had 16 points and nine rebounds in 34 minutes. Sam Ainsworth had nine points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 26-for-55 from the field (47.3 percent), 6-for-18 from the three-point line (33.3 percent) and 18-for-24 from the free-throw line (75.0 percent). They outrebounded the Fighting Bees 40-33, committed 21 turnovers and totaled 21 assists, with 11 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    St. Ambrose shot 26-for-59 from the field (44.1 percent), 8-for-21 from beyond the arc (38.1 percent) and 14-for-25 from the free-throw line (56.0 percent). The Fighting Bees had 10 assists, 19 turnovers, 11 offensive rebounds and 10 steals.

    ONU will begin CCAC play next Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at 7 p.m.

    Boxscore:  http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2014/onumbb04.htm

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    Nov 12, 2014 10:26:5Nov 12, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team showed up at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinal match knowing it's now or never, win or start off-season practice. The No. 6 seeded Tigers proved they were ready to compete for the second coveted bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round by downing the No. 3 seeded Fighting Saints 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17) to advance to the semifinals.

    Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers with a triple-double, leading Olivet in digs with 11, while adding 10 kills and 16 assists. Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the offensive attack with 11 kills, finishing with just two errors in 28 attempts for an attack percentage of .321. She also added three service aces.

     Junior setter, Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) dished out 18 assists, while senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) added eight kills. At the net, senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) finished with five block assists, with DeRuiter, Lenzi and senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) adding three each. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added three service aces, the Tigers combined for 11 as a team.

    The win advances the Tigers to the semifinals of the CCAC Tournament against defending champions and No. 2 seeded Trinity Christian College on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Palos Heights, Illinois. Olivet looks to avenge two losses from earlier this season. The Trolls outlasted the Tigers in a 3-2 marathon on September 9 and a 3-1 win on Oct. 14. 

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    Nov 10, 2014 10:30:36Nov 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Despite a 31 point effort by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and several hundred purple clad fans, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team dropped a non-conference match up with Lindenwood University - Belleville (Ill.), falling 88-98. Some nights, things just don't go your way; Saturday, Nov. 8 was just one of those nights for the Tigers.

    Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) had a breakout night for Olivet, finishing with a season-high 12 points in just 10 minutes on the court. She finished shooting 3-of-8 from the field and hit a key three-pointer to help keep the Tigers close late in the second half.

    Under the basket, senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) pulled in a season and team-high eight rebounds, five on the offensive end and three on defense. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) finished with season-highs in rebounds (7) and points (6). Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) also added seven points, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) added six. 

    The Tigers entered the game averaging 130 points in their first two games, but struggled from all areas of the floor, finishing well below their goals set by the up-tempo style of play that makes them TigerBall. Olivet finished the night shooting a mere 8-of-58 (.138) from behind the arc and 28-of-103 (.272) from the field. A second half turnaround from the charity stripe helped Olivet finish the night 24-of-38 (.632), after missing nearly half of the attempts in the first half.

    Lindenwood was led by Shelby Kohrmann, who accounted for half of the Lynx points, finishing with 49 on the night. Maggie Yandel also hit double-digits with 10 points.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers will host Grace College (Ind.) in non-conference action.  The Lancers enter the game 4-0 on the season.  Both teams have wins over Indiana Institute of Technology this season, with Grace winning 53-44, while the Tigers downed them 136-94 in the season opener. 

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    Nov 10, 2014 10:25:57Nov 10, 2014 -

    ATHERTON, Calif. — On a cold and overcast day in Bourbonnais, the Olivet Nazarene University football team prepared to go to battle for the 10th time this season. Luckily for the gridiron Tigers, they were a couple of thousand miles away … to the West. On Friday, Nov. 7, the team embarked upon a cross-country journey to go head-to-head with Menlo College in Atherton, California. While the time zone was different, the battle was true to form as the Tigers were locked in another close and exciting contest. Thanks to a strong defensive stand on Menlo's final possession, the Tigers left the sun behind but came home with a 28-21 victory. 

    The Tiger defense was the first one to get a crack at the Oaks after the opening kickoff. They promptly answered with a quick three-and-out, and this domination would be a theme of the day for the defense. The strong defense started off the game with four straight stops, putting pressure on the opposing quarterback and ball carriers all day, never allowing them to feel comfortable. Junior defensive end Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) was able to record the first sack of the day on Menlo’s second possession, forcing another Oaks punt.   

    Despite steady defense, the Oaks offense caught life and was able to score their third touchdown of the day with 1:49 left on the clock, cutting the once sizable ONU lead to 28-21. With momentum on their side, Menlo executed an exceptionally well-placed onside kick attempt that took a high bounce in the air and was recovered by the Oaks.

    With only one score separating the two sides and just 100 ticks left on the clock, the Tiger defense needed to stand firm. The first play saw the Oaks attempt to catch ONU off guard with a pass, but the smothering coverage of ONU's secondary caused him to hold the ball just long enough for junior Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) to record his second sack of the day. The Oaks's second attempt from the line of scrimmage was again quickly thwarted by ONU’s defense, making it third and long. Menlo turned to their go-to play, one that had been effective multiple times throughout the day, a screen pass to the running back. Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) quickly sniffed it out and stifled it with an emphatic hit that made the crowd leave their seats. It was do-or-die for the Oaks on fourth and long as Menlo's quarterback dropped back deep, looking to connect with one of his wide outs, but they were turned away on an incomplete pass. 

    Senior John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) led the way defensively for the Tigers with seven total tackles, while Ruemler added six more solo tackles to his illustrious career. Junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) was able to lead the secondary with two broken pass attempts, along with three tackles.

    On the other side of the line, the Tiger offense would not be outdone by their defensive teammates, also striking first. The Tigers were able to punch in the first touchdown of the day just seven minutes into the game. The big play came when the offensive line opened a huge hole through the middle of the Oaks defense, allowing freshman running back Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) to race 39 yards to the end zone.

    The ONU offense was able to maintain their smash mouth reputation throughout the whole game and saw it come to light on their second scoring drive. The Tigers were able to march down the field behind multiple big gains by freshman Erik Anderson (St. Charles, Ill.), finally capping off the drive when the freshman punched it in from the four-yard line for his first career ONU touchdown. 

    The second half opened with ONU up 14-7, looking very strong behind their running game — riding the tandem of Anderson and Tyson, who each had a touchdown and over 50 yards apiece in the opening half. Tyson, however, suffered an ankle injury at the conclusion of the first half. This gave Anderson an opportunity to shoulder the load for the rest of the game, and he did not disappoint. 

    With 8:18 left in the third quarter, ONU went on another scoring drive to put the team up 21-7. This drive was highlighted by a freshman connection between quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompoc, Calif.) and wide receiver Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.). Buckley quickly connected with the wide open Glanders on a route down the sideline, where Glanders raced down the field for a 39-yard gain. The drive was again capped off by an Anderson touchdown, this time a physical two yard run through the teeth of the Oaks defense. 

    The final Tiger scoring drive was propelled by Anderson's longest run of the day, a 33-yard run where he burst through the middle of the Menlo defense, putting a couple of shifty moves on defenders before hitting the sideline to get ONU into scoring position. The drive was capped off by a highlight reel connection between Buckley and Glanders. Glanders leaped over the defenders to snag the Buckley pass for his first collegiate touchdown, a 13-yard pass completion.

    The ONU offensive line paved the way all day for a dominant rushing attack that totaled 239 yards on the day. Anderson was the Tigers' leading rusher with a career-high and ONU season-high of 156 yards. Tyson chipped in 63 yards on the day, while Buckley added 19. Buckley continued to distribute the ball among the receivers, spreading the wealth among five different players, led by Glanders with 52 yards receiving and one touchdown. 

    Olivet looks to take this momentum into their battle with No. 8 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 15, their final game of the 2014 season. The Tigers and the Cougars will battle at 1 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The Cougars are currently 7-2 overall, 3-1 in the MSFA and 4-0 at home. St. Xavier leads the series 13-8, having won the last eight match ups. The Tigers last win over the Cougars was in 2005.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/football/stats/2014/onufb10.htm

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    Nov 10, 2014 8:46:43Nov 10, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University freshman running back Erik Anderson (St. Charles, Ill.) earned Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week honors for Nov. 10. This is Anderson’s first honor of his career and the second for Olivet in 2014. He helped the Tigers to their second win of the season when ONU defeated Menlo College (Ill.) 28-21 on Saturday, Nov. 8.

    In that game, Anderson led the Tigers with 32 rushes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns were from four and two yards out, the first two of his career, and gave the Tigers a seven-point and 14-point lead. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry (long run of 33 yards). Anderson had career-highs in carries, yards, and touchdowns. 

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    Nov 09, 2014 10:17:30Nov 09, 2014 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - Despite sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) and junior Bethany Pilat (Lavonia, Ill.) finishing back-to-back in third and fourth place at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, the Tigers found themselves in second place overall. The race, hosted by Judson University (Ill.) at Wing Park Golf Course, saw 117 runners representing 12 institutions. The runner-up finish was eased greatly by the fact that the Tiger would earn the conference's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.

    Ray posted a team best time of 18:24.33 in the 5k race, setting a 5:56 minute mile pace to finish third overall. Right behind at 18:37.09, Pilat averaged 6:00 minutes a mile to take fourth place. Senior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) placed 13 with a 6:10 minute mile pace, finishing at 19:08.69, while freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) crossed the finish line at 19:13.89, averaging 6:12 miles.

    The Tigers then finished 17-18-19, led by freshman Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.) 19:27.37 with a  6:16 minute mile average. Sophomore Nicole Maier (Burbank, Ill.) shattered her personal best, finishing in 19:33.26 in 18th place, while sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) coming off of a recent injury, finished in 19th place at 19:33.74.

    The University of St. Francis (Ill.) captured first place, taking the title from the Tigers who had won the previous four championships. The Fighting Saints finished with 44 points, edging out Olivet with 53. Judson finished third with 73, followed by Trinity Christian with 73 and St. Xavier University with 142.

    Receiving CCAC All-Conference honors for their finishes were: Ray, Pilat, Moryer and Beezhold.

    Olivet will now prepare for the NAIA National Championships, held Saturday, Nov. 22 in Lawrence, Kansas. The race is hosted by Lawrence Sports Corp. at Rim Rock Farm. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

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    Nov 09, 2014 8:44:21Nov 09, 2014 -

    ELGIN, Ill. — Entering the 2014 CCAC Championships, Head Coach Mike McDowell and the No. 3 Olivet Nazarene men’s cross country team were looking for a second consecutive title. However, stiff competition was looming as the No. 8 University of St. Francis (Ill.) — the team the Tigers defeated the year before — were champions three of the last four years. The Tigers, without two returning NAIA All-Americans, finished second, placing all of top seven runners in the first 15 finishers.

    A total of 132 runners competed in the event hosted by Judson University (Ill.) at Wing Park Golf Course. The course was relatively flat with a number of smaller rolling hills. The temperature was 40 degrees, and the day was cloudy.

    The rest of the top five teams were Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), Trinity Christian College (Ill.) and Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.).

    Junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) led the Tigers for the third straight meet and finished third with a time of 25:32.79. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in fourth with a time of 25:36.20. Senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in eighth with a time of 25:46.30. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) was 10th with a time of 25:54.89. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 12th with a time of 26:02.77.

    Freshman Matt Meehan (Marshfield, Mass.) came in 13th for the Tigers with a time of 26:07.67. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 15th with a time of 26:21.88. 

    All seven of the Tigers who finished in the top 15 were named CCAC All-Conference. In all, 32 Tigers ran in the team's sixth race of the 2014 season.

    The Tigers will await an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championships hosted by Lawrence Sports Corporation on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Lawrence, Kansas, at Rim Rock Farm. The race will start at 11:45 a.m.

    Results: http://www.runnersedgeracetiming.com/data/uploadedfiles/ccacmens8kresults2014.htm

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    Nov 08, 2014 9:47:40Nov 08, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Not since Nov. 25, 2005, had the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team scored as many points as they did on Friday night, Nov. 7, 2014. Almost exactly nine years ago, the Tigers defeated East-West University (Ill.) 125-82 in a runaway win. ONU put 111 points in a drought of Silver Lake College (Wis.), winning by 46 points — a margin that Olivet had not reached since February 9, 2013, when they defeated Judson University (Ill.) by 47. The victory gives ONU three straight to start the season, and all have been at McHie Arena.

    It was all ONU (3-0) as the Tiger defense didn't allow a fourth point to Silver Lake (1-3) until just over nine minutes into the game. By that time, the Tigers had built a 19-point lead. A minute later, Olivet led by 24 when Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) took a steal the distance for a two-hand dunk. However, Silver Lake turned around and used five three-pointers by John Duke to cut the deficit by 10 points over the next five minutes. That’s when the Purple and Gold defense responded, allowing only two more points to the Lakers over the final five minutes and giving the offense a chance to build the lead back to 21 points.

    For the opening minutes of the second half, the Tigers still led by 21 points. The game was back and forth as each team traded baskets. A John Duke long ball around the 15-minute mark, however, lit a fire for the Tigers as they went on an 18-3 run to build a 35-point lead with 10 minutes to play. At the tail end of Olivet’s run, Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) rejected two Laker shots into the stands, getting the crowd into the game. The Tigers reached the 100-point mark around 3:17 and got valuable time on the court for some young players.

    Larson finished with a team-high 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. He is 67 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) scored nine points, making three three pointers on 3-for-10 shooting, and had five rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes. He currently has 157 three-pointers in his career, good for tied for 12th all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was able to get solid minutes avoiding foul trouble. He finished with 16 points on 8-for-15 shooting, and added nine rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) finished with 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, and had five rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had four points, six rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes off the bench.

    In his third career start, junior Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Texas) played 17 minutes, and had three assists, two rebounds and three steals to go along with his first points of the season. Freshman Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had nine points, a team-high six assists and two steals.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored in double figures with 12 points in 15 minutes. He added five rebounds and three assists. Junior Leke Solanke had a career-high eight points, nine rebounds and three assists to go along with two big blocks in the second half.

    John Duke led Silver Lake with 27 points on 9-for-21 shooting and went 7-for-13 from the three-point line; he had eight rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. Jordan Portee had seven points on 2-for-8 shooting, and five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes. Austin Walker had seven points and three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 47-for-95 from the field (49.5 percent), 8-for-19 from the three-point line (42.1 percent) and 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent). They outrebounded the Lakers 63-37, committed only six turnovers, and totaled 31 assists with 24 offensive rebounds and 11 steals.

    Silver Lake shot 24-for-74 from the field (32.4 percent), 10-for-27 from beyond the arc (37.0 percent) and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent). The Lakers had 11 assists, 16 turnovers, 11 offensive rebounds and two steals.

    The Tigers will be on the road for the first time this season Tuesday, Nov. 11, at No. 14 St. Ambrose University (Iowa) at 7:30 p.m.

    Boxscore:  http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2014/onumbb03.htm

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    Nov 06, 2014 10:38:25Nov 06, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It was a career night as junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) went off scoring a career-high 33 points while leading the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team to a 83-62 win over previously undefeated (RV) Huntington University (Ind.). The all-conference selection had 20 second-half points and four makes from behind the arc and helped stretch the Tiger lead to almost 30 points. Larson not only had a career-high in points, but also in field goals made and attempted and in three-pointers made and attempted.

    A 7-6 deficit with just over 16 minutes left in the first half was the closest Huntington (3-1) would get as the Tigers (2-0) blew the game wide open, taking a 10-point lead four minutes later, mostly with the shooting aid of Aaron Larson and his three long balls made. Eventually the Tigers took a 17-point lead with over five minutes to play in the half when Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) stole the ball in the back court and took it the distance. The Foresters got it back to 11 points (35-24) with 2:22 to play; but following a timeout. the Tigers finished the half on a 5-2 run.

    In the final 20 minutes of play, ONU started on a 10-0 run and took a 24-point lead. Four minutes later, the Tigers led by 29, their largest margin of the game. Austin Davis made a second consecutive three-pointer against the Forester zone to bust the game wide open. Huntington went on a 10-2 run to make it a 21-point game with just under 10 minutes; but a few more spurts by Olivet kept the spread north of 20, which is where the final score would be.

    Larson finished with a career-high 33 points on 13-for-20 shooting from the field, 4-for-6 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes. He is 92 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis scored eight points, making two three pointers on 3-for-9 shooting, and had one rebound and six assists in 24 minutes. He currently has 154 three-pointers in his career, good for 13th all-time in Tiger history.

     

    The Tiger post game was led by senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.). He finished with 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting and 1-for-2 from the free-throw line. He had five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was in early foul trouble but had six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 13 minutes.

     

    Junior Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Texas) in his second career start played 24 minutes and had four assists. Freshman Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had nine points, making two three-pointers, one assist and three rebounds, and two steals.

     

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored nine points in 17 minutes. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had four points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had three points and eight rebounds to go along with two blocks.

     

    Derek Hinen led Huntington with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting and went 6-for-9 from the free-throw line; he had three rebounds and four assists in 32 rebounds. Kyle Platt had nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from the three-point line and had three rebounds off the bench. Kyle Pipenger had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting and had two rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 34-for-72 from the field (47.2 percent), 9-for-24 from the three-point line (37.5 percent) and 6-for-11 from the free-throw line (54.5 percent). They outrebounded the Foresters 43-29, committed only 11 turnovers and totaled 23 assists, with 14 offensive rebounds and eight steals.

    Huntington shot 20-for-50 from the field (40.0 percent), 6-for-19 from beyond the arc (31.6 percent) and 16-for-25 from the free-throw line (64.0 percent). The Foresters had eight assists, 12 turnovers, four offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    The Tigers will be back at McHie Arena on Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. against Silver Lake College (Wis.)

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2014/onumbb02.htm

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    Nov 06, 2014 10:34:56Nov 06, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — History was made on Wednesday night, Nov. 5, at Ward Field when Head Coach David Blahnik and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team clinched its first-ever CCAC Regular Season championship. This gives them an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. A 3-0 win over rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) in the Tigers’ final regular season game handed the title to Olivet. En route to the crown, senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) scored his 34th career goal, putting him fifth all-time in the Tigers’ record books.

    The Tigers finished with 27 points in CCAC play and are on a seven-game win streak. They will host a CCAC Semifinal round game on Wednesday, Nov .12, against Roosevelt University (Ill.) or Holy Cross College (Ind.).

    Entering Wednesday’s game with St. Francis (Ill.) (3-14-1, 1-9-1), the Tigers (13-5, 9-2) had to win outright to earn the regular season title. Early (4:27) in the game, they benefited from a gift from the Saints defense as an own goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. An ONU corner kick led to the goal, and ONU had five to the Saints's one.

    For the next 65 minutes, the defenses prevailed as neither team scored. But the ONU offense threatened throughout the game, outshooting the Saints 23-3, but put only three on goal, two of which would find the net. Paddy Hoepp led the Tigers with six shots in Wednesday’s game; he has 42 on the season.

    ONU finally broke through and scored a goal of its own in the second half when Hoepp put away his 10th goal of the year when senior Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.) found him to make it 2-0. Only three minutes later, sophomore Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) scored his third goal when Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.) found him to put the game out of reach for the Saints.

    The Tigers will begin their pursuit of back-to-back CCAC Tournament titles on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Ward Field.

    Box Score: web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/stats/2014/onums18.htm

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    Nov 06, 2014 7:27:47Nov 06, 2014 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Another NAIA record gave ways to the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team and their up tempo style of play. On Tuesday, Nov. 5 the Tigers combined with Marian University (Ind.) to combine for 259 total points in a game. Unfortunately, the Tigers were on the short end of the 135-124 final score.  Actually, this is the second time that TigerBall has set this particular record; the last time was one year ago to the day, setting the total as 256.

    Junior Abbey Hengeshbach (Westphalia, Mich.) finished with an astounding 40 points to Olivet, going 12-of-24 from the field, 5-of-11 from behind the arc and 11-of-13 at the charity stripe. She also pulled down a team-leading six rebounds and dished out seven assists, while swiping the ball four times in just 20 minutes on the court.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) continued to make a name for herself, showing that she is a force to be reckoned with behind the three point line. She finished the night 6-of-10 for 18 points, once again connecting on the opening tip to put the Tigers on the board first.

    The score went back-and-forth the entire first half, finally entering the locker rooms with the Tigers holding a slight lead at 68-66.  The Knights shot 27-of-34(.794) from the field, 6-of-8 (.750 from three point range and connected on 9-of-17 (.529) from the free throw line to turn the tide in the second half.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 16 points on the night, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) pumped in a season-high 10 points. Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) pulled down six rebounds.

    The Knights had seven players finish with double-digits, led by Kaylee Walters with 31.

    Olivet (1-1) will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers will take on Lindenwood University - Belleville (Ill.) in McHie Arena.

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    Nov 05, 2014 5:18:21Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet presented its fourth annual Young Alumni Awards to Katherine Kalemkarian and Scott Karalis, during the morning chapel service on Friday, October 31, as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.

    With a vision for a fashion industry career, Katie Kalemkarian '06 graduated summa cum laude from Olivet with a degree in family and consumer sciences. Majoring in fashion merchandising, she also completed minors in business management, marketing and French.

    In 2006, she was hired by TJX Companies as an allocation analyst and moved to Boston to work out of the corporate headquarters there. This is the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods in the U.S., as well as retail chains in Canada and Europe. In 2010, her two-year assignment as a planning manager with TK Maxx, the European division, took her to London to live and work. Currently, as a ladies dress buyer with TJX, she is based in the Los Angeles satellite buying office. Each year, she purchases dresses that ship to nearly 2,000 stores nationwide. Identified as a potential leader for her company, she is on a leadership mentoring and training track.

    Beginning his academic career at Olivet, Scott Karalis '08 graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication and received the communication department’s Honor Award. In 2007, he studied jurisprudence and Aristotle as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford in England.

    Focusing on his career goal of practicing law, he graduated with distinction in 2011 from the University of Iowa College of Law, one of the top 30 law schools in the nation. He was executive editor of The Journal of Corporation Law, which is ranked third in the nation for corporate law journals. Today, he is an associate at the Chicago firm of BatesCarey LLP, one of the largest firms in the country focused exclusively on representing and protecting the interests of insurers and reinsurers. 

    Scott and his wife, Brittany (Dahl) '08, reside in Palatine, Illinois. She teaches Spanish at Wauconda High School. They are expecting their first child in December.

    Each year, as part of the Homecoming celebration, Olivet honors one outstanding alumna and one outstanding alumnus with this award. Recipients are chosen by vote of the Alumni Board, and must have graduated from Olivet within the last 10 years. These awards are underwritten by alumni Mel '73 and Judith (Tucker) '73 Sayes of Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Also honored during the Friday morning chapel service were two current Olivet students who are juniors: Laura Graven (social work major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) and Zane DeBeck (engineering major, East Tawas, Michigan). They received financial scholarships underwritten by the Sayes family. Laura and Zane were selected by a committee of faculty and administrators, and approved by the executive committee of Olivet’s Alumni Board of Directors, to receive these scholarships.

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    Nov 05, 2014 3:0:52Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Alumni Association recently honored Ralph Hodge with the 2014 Lay “O” Award and Dr. Edward Heck with the 2014 Ministerial “O Award. Begun in 1957, this is the highest honor that the University gives to its alumni. The awards were presented as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend activities.

    “Ralph Hodge has influenced not only hundreds of Tiger athletes and staff members, but also NAIA and CCAC coaches and teams, by his commitment to excellence and Christian character,” said University President John C. Bowling. “We are delighted to honor him for his contributions to Olivet and God’s kingdom, as well as for his many career achievements.”

    For more than 35 seasons, Ralph Hodge '75/'96 M.A.E. has manned the sidelines as the head coach of the Olivet men’s basketball team. Since 1979, he has led 16 Tiger teams to national tournament appearances, the most by any team from Illinois. 

    Coach Hodge is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 700-win club, one of only five other active NAIA coaches who have reached this career achievement. His induction as a member of the 2013-14 NAIA Hall of Fame class — along with Olivet alumnus Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays — made him the first Tiger to receive this honor. This distinction recognizes service to intercollegiate athletics and is the highest individual honor that the NAIA bestows. For his achievements and success as a Tiger basketball guard, Olivet honored him by retiring his number 20 in 1975.

    He and his wife, Janice (Barr) '75, are the parents of three adult children, Scott '03, Kurt '06 and Kellie '09, and have one grandson, Paxton.

    “Dr. Ed Heck is one who lives out what it means to be an Olivetian and a minister of the gospel,” said President Bowling. “His service for our Lord in the global Church marks him as a good and faithful servant. This award is one small way to recognize the great impact of his dedicated service.”

    Dr. Edward H. Heck '76 is in his 15th year as the senior pastor of Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene, Kankakee, Illinois. Broadly experienced in the ministry of the local church, he brings to the pulpit a heart sensitized by nearly 35 years of pastoral ministry.

    Prior to his ministry at Kankakee First, Dr. Heck experienced great growth and spiritual vitality in each of his pastor assignments, including Morenci, Michigan; First Church of the Nazarene, Flint, Michigan; Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Vicksburg, Michigan; and Vandalia, Ohio.

    He travels and speaks frequently for the Nazarene Church. He has served on the Future of the Church Commission for General Assembly, as well as on other boards and committees of the Global Church of the Nazarene. Currently, he is the district secretary of the Chicago Central District and a mission area assistant to the District Superintendent. At Olivet, he is an adjunct professor in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and also teaches courses for the new interdisciplinary minor in leadership.

    He and his wife of 39 years, Kathy (Welton) '77, have one daughter, Alea, who is a junior at Olivet.
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    Nov 05, 2014 11:32:33Nov 05, 2014 -

    Olivet’s Department of Athletics recognized the newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, Friday, October 31, 2014. This year’s honorees are Lauren (Chessum) McLain, softball; Hilary (Disch) Lochner, women’s basketball; Michelle (McFadden) Schneider, volleyball; Ben Zobrist, baseball; and Coach Ralph Hodge, men’s basketball. An additional honor for Zobrist is the retiring of his Tiger number 12 and baseball jersey.

    “Recognizing these outstanding representatives of Tiger athletics is one of the highlights of every year at Olivet,” said Gary Newsome, director of athletics. “Lauren, Hilary, Michelle, Ben and Coach Hodge continue to uphold our standards of excellence in their careers and post-college activities.”

    Lauren (Chessum) McLain

    During her four-year softball career at Olivet, Lauren (Chessum) McLain '09 dominated in the circle from 2005 to 2008. When the dust settled, she held 10 individual records, seven of which were new program records, including: games started (144), appearances (159), complete games (112), innings pitched (918.4) and strikeouts (967). She was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Freshman of the Year in 2005, and the CCAC Pitcher of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Player of the Year all four years and was a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American.

    She is married to Marc McLain '06/'09 M.A.T., an Olivet football alumnus and former assistant coach, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She is a teacher at The Master’s Academy and is the head of the student government association.

    Hilary (Disch) Lochner

    A Tiger women’s basketball player from 2004 to 2008, Hilary (Disch) Lochner '08/'11 M.A.T. holds the all-time program scoring record with 1,875 points while averaging just 18 minutes of play per game. She is also ranked first in program history in steals with 398 and seventh in assists with 401. She helped ONU lead the nation in scoring all four seasons and captured two CCAC regular season titles and a tournament championship. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2005, the CCAC Most Valuable Player in 2008, a four-time CCAC All-Conference honoree and an NCCAA First Team All-American in 2008.

    She is married to Jeremy Lochner '09, an Olivet football alumnus. The couple has a daughter, Charlee Mae, and is expecting their second child in 2015. The couple resides in Upland, Indiana, and she is a first grade teacher at Marion Community Schools.

    Michelle (McFadden) Schneider

    Coming to Olivet as a middle blocker, Michelle (McFadden) Schneider '09 was an important part of Tiger volleyball from 2004 to 2008. After a teammate's injury, she was moved to outside hitter. She definitely made the best of it by becoming a NAIA All-American. She reached that honor two more times, in two different positions. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2004, CCAC Player of the Year in 2007 and received the Larry Watson Ambassador Award as a senior. She helped lead the Tigers to three CCAC regular season titles and four tournament championships.

    She is married to Seth Schneider, and the couple is expecting their first child. A watercolor illustrator specializing in custom portraits, she owns her own business, The Art of Michelle. She was recently named “Best New Artist” at an art show in Lincoln, Illinois. The couple resides in Minier, Illinois.

    Ben Zobrist

    A three-year (2000 to 2003) letter winner with the Tigers, Ben Zobrist '04 helped lead Olivet to a 120-39-1 record, three CCAC Championships and the programs first two NAIA World Series appearances in 2002 and 2003. He was an NAIA First Team All-American in 2003 and an Honorable Mention in 2002. He still holds the records for the longest hitting streak at 25 games and is second in saves in a season with six. He finished with a career batting average of .376 with 65 runs scored and 65 RBIs. He is the 2003 recipient of the NAIA’s AO Duer Award, awarded annually to one male junior student-athlete who demonstrates character and citizenship. In 2014, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004, he just finished his ninth season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    He is married to Julianna, a nationally acclaimed Christian alternative recording artist. The couple has two children and resides near Nashville, Tennessee, in the off-season. In nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has amassed 1,016 hits in 3,850 at-bats for a career batting average of .264. He is a two-time MLB All-Star (2009, 2013), played in the 2008 World Series and was a member of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

    Ralph Hodge

    Coach Hodge is the first person to be inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame in two categories. In 1988, he was honored for his career as a player, and this year he is recognized for his coaching career at the helm of the Tigers. He took over the Tiger men’s basketball program in 1979 and currently has a career record of 705-433. He has led the Tigers to 16 NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a final four appearance in 2000. Under Coach Hodge, the Tigers have claimed 12 CCAC regular season titles and five tournaments championships. He has coached 86 CCAC All-Conference players, 24 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and 16 NAIA All-Americans. He was a 2002 recipient of the NAIA’s Charles A. Kriegel Award for Sportsmanship and was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2002, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2014.

    He and his wife, Janice (Barr) '75, are the parents of three adult children — Scott '03, Kurt '06 and Kellie '09, all of whom are Olivet graduates — and have one grandson, Paxton. During the 2014 Homecoming festivities, he was also honored with the Lay “O” Award.

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    Nov 05, 2014 9:49:23Nov 05, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In 2012, the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team captured the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season title with a perfect record. That team went on to play in the program's first ever NAIA National Championship game. On Tuesday, Nov. 4 the 2014 edition of ONU women's soccer put the finishing touches on another perfect CCAC record, defeating the University of St. Francis (Ill.) 3-1 to improve to 11-0 in conference action.

    The Fighting Saints (8-9, 6-5) put pressure on the Tiger early, scoring in the 38th minute to take an early lead. Liceth Robles snuck a shot right under sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) to take a 1-0 lead.

    The goal, however, lit a fire under the Tigers (14-3-1, 11-0). Senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) took a pass from sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) and lofted a beautiful shot over the Saints keeper to tie things up in the 41st minute.

    The match was fairly even in the opening half, each team with one goal apiece and the shots relatively even with the Tiger slightly outshooting the Saints 13-8. Of the Tigers 13 opening half shots, nine were on goal, while Vrosh finished the half with five saves.

    The deadlock remained until the 71st minute when junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) took a beautiful pass from senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) to put the Tigers up 2-1.  Just six minutes later, Higer added her second goal of the night, off a pass from junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) to add the finishing touch to the Tiger's perfect season.

    Olivet will enter the CCAC Tournament as the top-seed, receiving a bye in the opening round. The semifinal game will be held at Ward Field at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Final brackets will be announced later today, but it appears that the Tigers will face the winner of the No. 4 seeded Judson University and No. 5 seeded Robert Morris University game.

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    Nov 04, 2014 9:22:44Nov 04, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's McKenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.)  helped limit the opposition to just one goal in two league games to earn CCAC Defensive Player of the Week recognition for the week ending November 2, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Hengesh, helped Olivet Nazarene clinch the CCAC regular-season title with her strong play on defense in two conference wins, where the Tigers allowed just nine shots on goal combined.  In a 9-1 win over Roosevelt University on Wednesday, the senior was part of a defense that held the Lakers to five shots on goal, while also scoring a pair of goals herself, including the game-winner.  Three days later, on Saturday, Robert Morris was limited to four shots on goal in a 4-0 Tiger victory.

    The No. 18-ranked Tigers have won 12 straight games to put them at a perfect 10-0 in league play and 13-3-1 overall.

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    Nov 04, 2014 9:7:13Nov 04, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Two goals by Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) and two wins in goal by Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) have earned the Olivet Nazarene University duo Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week honors, it was announced Tuesday morning by the league office.

    Hoepp, the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored a pair of go-ahead goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-3 double-overtime victory against Roosevelt on Tuesday.  The two goals gave the senior midfielder nine on the season, which ranks eighth-best in the conference.

    Taborn garnered the CCAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades after recording four saves in the win over Roosevelt.  The freshman followed that up with his third career shutout in a 2-0 victory over Robert Morris University Saturday night.

    Winners of six games in a row, Olivet Nazarene needs one more victory on Wednesday night against University of St. Francis (Ill.) to claim its first-ever CCAC regular-season title.  The Tigers, 12-5 overall, sit one point behind league leader Judson University, which ended its regular season with an 8-2-1 conference record and 25 points.  Olivet Nazarene is 8-2 with 24 points.

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    Nov 03, 2014 2:42:21Nov 03, 2014 -

    Tigers head coach Todd Reid has announced that the baseball program will be hosting a high school camp on December 5-6th. Prospects will need to bring their personal baseball equipment.

    Registration can be completed by mailing the registration form (attached) and sending payment to the ONU Baseball office.

    Questions regarding the camp can be sent to assistant coach Josh Rebandt at jarebandt@olivet.edu

    Camp Letter: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/games/prospectletter2014.doc

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    Nov 03, 2014 9:14:33Nov 03, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University's Department of Athletics recognized the 2014 inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend festivities, Friday, October 31, 2014. This year's honorees are Lauren (Chessum) McLain, softball; Hilary (Disch) Lochner, women's basketball; Michelle (McFadden) Schneider, volleyball; Ben Zobrist, baseball; Coach Ralph Hodge, men's basketball. An additional honor for Zobrist is the retiring of his Tiger number 12.

    "Recognizing these outstanding representatives of Tiger athletics is one of the highlights of every year at Olivet," said Gary Newsome, director of athletics. "Lauren, Hilary, Michelle, Ben and Coach Hodge continue to uphold our standards of excellence in their careers and post-college activities."

    During her four-year softball career at Olivet, Lauren (Chessum) McLain dominated in the circle from 2005 to 2008. When the dust settled, she held 10 individual records, seven of which were new program records, including: games started (144), appearances (159), complete games (112), innings pitched (918.4) and strikeouts (967). She was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Freshman of the Year in 2005, and the CCAC Pitcher of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2008. She was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Player of the Year all four years and was a three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American.

    She is married to Mark, an Olivet football alumnus and former assistant coach, and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She is a teacher at The Master's Academy and is the head of the student government association.

    Hilary (Disch) Lochner, a Tiger women's basketball player from 2004 to 2008, holds the all-time program scoring record with 1,875 points while averaging just 18 minutes of play per game. She is also ranked first in program history in steals with 398 and seventh in assists with 401. She helped ONU lead the nation in scoring all four seasons and captured two CCAC regular season titles and a tournament championship. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2005, the CCAC Most Valuable Player in 2008, a four-time CCAC All-Conference honoree and an NCCAA First Team All-American in 2008.

    She is married to Jeremy Lochner, an Olivet football alumnus. The couple has a daughter, Charlee Mae, and is expecting their second child in 2015. The couple resides in Upland, Indiana, and she is a first grade teacher at Marion Community Schools.

    Michelle (McFadden) Schneider was an important part of Tiger volleyball from 2004 to 2008. She came to Olivet as a middle blocker, but was moved to outside hitter due to a teammate's injury. She definitely made the best of it by becoming a NAIA All-American. She reached that honor two more times, in two different positions. She was the CCAC Freshman of the Year in 2004, CCAC Player of the Year in 2007 and received the Larry Watson Ambassador Award as a senior. She helped lead the Tigers to three CCAC regular season titles and four tournament championships.

    She is married to Seth Schneider, and the couple is expecting their first child. A watercolor illustrator specializing in custom portraits, she owns her own business, The Art of Michelle. She was recently named "Best New Artist" at an art show in Lincoln, Illinois. The couple resides in Minier, Illinois.

    A three-year (2000 to 2003) letter winner with the Tigers, Ben Zobrist helped lead Olivet to a 120-39-1 record, three CCAC Championships and the programs first two NAIA World Series appearances in 2002 and 2003. He was an NAIA First Team All-American in 2003 and an Honorable Mention in 2002. He still holds the record for the longest hitting streak at 25 games and saves in a season with six. He finished with a career batting average of .376 with 65 runs scored and 65 RBIs. He is the 2003 recipient of the NAIA's AO Duer Award, awarded annually to one male junior student-athlete who demonstrates character and citizenship. In 2014, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004, he just finished his ninth season with the Tampa Bay Rays.

    He is married to Julianna, a nationally acclaimed Christian alternative recording artist. The couple has two children and resides near Nashville, Tennessee, in the off-season. In nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, he has amassed 1,016 hits in 3,850 at-bats for a career batting average of .264. He is a two-time MLB All-Star (2009, 2013), played in the 2008 World Series and was a member of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

    Ralph Hodge is the first person to be inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame in two categories. In 1988, he was honored for his career as a player, and this year he is recognized for his coaching career at the helm of the Tigers. He took over the Tiger men's basketball program in 1979 and currently has a career record of 705-433. He has led the Tigers to 16 NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a final four appearance in 2000. Under Coach Hodge, the Tigers have claimed 12 CCAC regular season titles and five tournaments championships. He has coached 86 CCAC All-Conference players, 24 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes and 16 NAIA All-Americans. He was a 2002 recipient of the NAIA's Charles A. Kriegel Award for Sportsmanship and was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2002, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2014. 

    He and his wife, Janice, are the parents of three adult children - Scott, Kurt and Kellie, all of whom are Olivet graduates - and have one grandson, Paxton. During the 2014 Homecoming festivities, he was also honored with the Lay "O" Award.

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    Nov 03, 2014 8:55:30Nov 03, 2014 -

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference women's soccer regular season title is back in Bourbonnais.  The No. 18 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team needed to win just one of their last two matches of the season to reclaim to title that eluded them a year ago. On Saturday, Nov. 1 in the cold and blustery winds, the Tigers beat Robert Morris University (Ill.) 4-0 to capture the title and earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

    Just a little over 22 minutes into the game, junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) took a cross pass from junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) at the top of the 18 yard box to find the back of the net and put the Tigers on the board first with the eventual game-winner.  The goal was Hetrick's twelfth of the season.

    With seconds left before the half, senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) recorded her fifth goal of the season when she snuck one past the Eagles keeper from the top of the 18 yard box.  The Tigers outshot the Eagles 15-5 in the opening period, with sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) saving the only shot-on goal.

    Wahl and Hetrick teamed up again early in the second period, this time with Wahl picking up her twelfth goal of the season on a Hetrick assist. Wahl beat the keeper to the left to find an empty net and put the Tigers up 3-0. Freshman Taylre Devine (Chebanse, Ill.) added the fourth and final goal for Olivet when she ripped a shot off of a pass by sophomore Jenna Ayers (Colfax, Ill.) from 25 yards out. The goal was Devine's second of the season.

    The second half of play was much less lopsided, as the Tigers took eight shots to the Eagles four. Vrosh finished the half with three saves before giving the net up to junior keeper Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) to finish the game out.

    Olivet (13-3-1, 10-0) will play their final regular season game on Tuesday, Nov. 4 on Ward Field. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. The Tigers will be the top seed entering the CCAC Tournament which begins on Saturday, Nov. 8. Further details will follow.

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    Nov 03, 2014 8:51:20Nov 03, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The final home match for the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team for the 2014 season proved to be a quick one. Taking just over an hour to play, the Tigers defeated the visiting Crimson Wave of Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in three quick sets, 25-12, 25-10, 25-21 as homecoming festivities came to an end on Saturday, Nov. 1.

    Olivet (15-24, 12-6) took the opportunity to allow the entire team to receive playing time, showcasing the four seniors while allowing the freshman time to show what the future holds. Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers in both kills and assists, finishing with six and 15, respectively. Senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) and junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) each added five kills in limited playing time. Freshman Jeslyn Roat (Greenview, Ill.) added a team-high 12 digs with five kills.

    Saturday was the final regular season match for the Tigers who will take a week off from action before entering the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Tigers will likely be the sixth seeded team entering the tournament and will travel to the site of the third seed. More details will follow.

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    Nov 03, 2014 8:43:7Nov 03, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Homecoming weekend, a time of welcoming back old friends. Senior day, a time to honor the backbone of the team, the guys who have made a commitment to make the team better year-in and year-out, to teach the underclassman how to represent the program. On Saturday, Nov. 1 the Olivet Nazarene University football team celebrated both of these as they took on No. 16 William Penn University (Iowa) in front of a sellout crowd. It was a perfect fall afternoon for football with old friends and young men who have made Tiger Football their family. Despite carrying a lead into the fourth quarter, the Tigers came up just short, falling 21-13 to the Statesmen.

    While all of the seniors made the most of their last game on Ward Field, Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) inked his name in the record books. Ruemler finished the day with 21 tackles, 12 solo and nine assists, making him currently second all-time in career tackles with 411. A mainstay in the Tiger defense for four seasons, Ruemler has accumulated 133 tackles (career-high) in 2014, giving him a team-high in tackles all four seasons of his career. He is also second in the MSFA and NAIA in tackles after nine games.

    Ruemler and the defense held the strong Statesmen offense to just 266 total yards on the afternoon, as expected the majority of those were on the ground. William Penn entered the game as the No. 1 rushing offense in the NAIA; the Tigers held them to 96 yards below their average. Ruemler had two tackles for loss, including a five yarder. Junior Lance Craft (Onondaga, Mich.) added six tackles, three solo and three assisted.

    Senior John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) put the Tigers on the board when he recovered a Statesmen fumble and rambled 55 yards to the endzone just before time expired at the half. Senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added the point after to make it 12-7 going into the locker rooms.

    Freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompoc, Calif.) looked confident running the offense, finishing 6-of-16 with just one interception. Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) was Buckley’s favorite target, including a 13-yard reception. On the ground, the Tigers were led by freshman Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) who amassed 68 net rushing yards on 12 carries for a 5.7 yard average. Sophomore M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.) posted the longest run of the day, scrambling for 15 yards, while accumulating 44 total yards in 11 carries. As a unit, the Tiger rushed for 143 yards on the afternoon on 47 carries.

    Tyson gave Olivet a 13-12 lead with six minutes left in the third quarter, when he busted through the defense for a 12 yard touchdown run. Buckley’s pass was incomplete in the end zone as the Tigers went for the two-point conversion.

    The Statesmen added a short rushing touchdown and a field goal late in the fourth quarter to squelch the Tiger’s hopes of picking up the win.

    Olivet will travel to Atherton, Calif. this week for a showdown with nonconference opponent Menlo College on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Tigers and Oaks will play at 12 p.m. (PST).

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/football/stats/2014/onufb09.htm

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    Nov 03, 2014 8:43:2Nov 03, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - There were a lot of new names and faces when the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team took the court to kick off the 2014-2015 season in front of several hundred fans in attendance during homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 31. New faces, but not new results as the Tigers came away with an impressive 136-94 win over Indiana Institute of Technology.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.), a transfer from Concordia University (Mich.), made sure no one would forget her name and proved that she was ready to lead the team. She finished the night leading the team with 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

    Several familiar faces also showed they were ready to pick up where they left off. Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.), who saw limited time last season due to an injury,  more than doubled her season total from a year ago, finishing with a career-high 24 points. Krassman was on fire from behind the arc, hitting 8-of-13. Sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) tied her career-high, pumping in 18 points. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 14 points, while adding five assists and three steals.

    Freshmen Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added nine points in the winning effort, while Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.), Ally Giampapa (Barlett, Ill.) and Rachel Losey (Otter Lake, Mich.) each added eight points in their first time on the McHie Arena court. Schmidt also pulled down five rebounds.

    Despite jumping out to an early lead to start the game, the Tigers and the Warriors entered the locker room at the half in a near deadlock at 62-61. In the 15 minutes the teams were in the locker rooms, the Tigers worked things out and never looked back as they outscored the Warriors 74-33.

    "Tonight was a tale of two halves", said head coach Lauren Stamatis after the game. "We had a lot of jitters in the first half with so many newcomers which led us to foul like crazy. Once we finally calmed down and got disciplined on defense, things started to flow and we were able to keep much better pace."

    Olivet (1-0) will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 5 as they take on Marian University (Ind.) on the road. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (EST).

    Click here for full box score.

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    Nov 02, 2014 9:0:30Nov 02, 2014 -

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A sixth consecutive win and seventh shutout by the Tiger defense has put the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team only 90 minutes away from its first-ever CCAC Regular Season title. Olivet went on the road and won for a fifth straight time, defeating Robert Morris University (Ill.) 2-0 on Saturday, Nov. 1. During the Tigers' streak, they have outscored opponents 19-7.

    Throughout the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s contest, the Tigers (12-5, 8-2) struggled to keep the ball on their half of the field as the Eagles (4-10-1, 4-5-1) were threatening early on. However, in the 21st minute, Head Coach David Blahnik made a substitution that would prove costly for the Eagles. Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.) scored his third goal this season — only 50 seconds after he entered the game — when he capitalized on a turnover by Robert Morris. Freshman Richard Schneider (Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany) helped with the assist.

    The remainder of the half, neither team would score, but both defenses were tested as the physicality picked up and intensity of the game kept the ball from being dominated by one team. Late in the half, Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 with a header, but Juan Castrejon saved one of his five shots to keep it a one goal game.

    In the second half (62:40), the Tigers were able to breakthrough with a second goal when sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored his sixth goal of the season on a 30-yard shot that hit the cross bar and fell in. Richard Schneider chipped in with a second assist of the game and his fourth of the season.

    The Eagles were unable to threaten the 2-0 Tiger lead the rest of game as the stingy Tiger defense stayed strong and recorded the shutout.  

    ONU won in the shot column, 11 to eight, but most importantly the Tigers had seven shots on goal to the Eagles' zero.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) won his sixth straight game and is now 8-1 this season, recording his third shutout.

    ONU will finish the regular season at Ward Field on Wednesday, Nov. 5, against the University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 7 p.m. The Tigers will recognize their senior class prior to the game.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2014/onums17.htm

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    Nov 01, 2014 10:9:45Nov 01, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the ninth time in 12 years, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team was victorious in front of the Homecoming crowd — doing so this time by an average margin of 24.8 points. The Tigers were able to claim an 88-49 win over Indiana Institute of Technology, partly because of a 18-0 first-half and 17-0 second-half run that gave the Tigers a runaway win. Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had a 17th career double-double in the 60th start, and four Tigers were in double figures. 

    ONU was able to give Head Coach Ralph Hodge win No. 706 during a night in which he was inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame along with four other honorees prior to the game. He is the only member to be inducted into two categories (Athlete, 1988). 

    A three-pointer by Aaron Larson gave the Tigers (1-0) a 3-0 lead, but not until six minutes later did they score again. Over those six minutes, the Warriors (0-1) built a 10-3 lead. But the next six minutes went completely in the Tigers' favor as an 18-0 run eventually gave Olivet a double-digit lead they would never relinquish. The Warriors managed only 10 points during the last 14 minutes of the first half, as the Tiger defense and effort on the glass increased and ONU started to look refined offensively. Olivet took a 40-20 lead into the half.

    The first eight minutes of the second half looked like the first half as neither team could quite gain a foothold. The Tigers' lead wasn’t extended, and the Warriors weren’t able to cut into the deficit as the score was 49-29 with 12:46 left. However, over the next four minutes, the Tigers went on a 17-0 run to make it 66-29. Not until the five minute mark did the crowd get back into the game as the Tigers reached a lead of 35-plus points. On back-to-back scoring plays, the Tigers had alley-oop passes from Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) to Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) and Seth Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.).

    Junior Aaron Larson finished with 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 1-for-3 from the three-point line. He added 11 rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Senior Austin Davis scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-16 shooting, 4-for-9 from the three-point line, and had three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. He currently has 152 three-pointers in his career, good for 13th all-time in Tiger history.

    The Tiger post game was solid all night, led by senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.). He finished with 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting, 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 4-for-7 from the free-throw line. He had five rebounds and four assists in 22 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was in early foul trouble but had 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting, going 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    The Olivet point guards were solid in their first action of 2014, and junior Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Texas) got his first career start playing 21 minutes. He had a great floor game with four assists and four rebounds. Freshman Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had six points, three assists and two steals, and was able to produce some crowd-pleasing passes along the way in his career debut.

    Off the bench, freshman Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored in double figures with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting, and had six rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had six points, six rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes. Junior Leke Solanke had five points and seven rebounds in his first career game, but most memorably an alley-oop dunk in the second half that had McHie Arena on its feet.

    Torrance Evans led Indiana Tech who did not have one player in double figures; he had nine points on 3-for-10 shooting to go along with four rebounds. Chester McFadden led the team in shots (16), but only made two to finish with seven points, two assists and two steals. Tyrece Edwards had eight points and six rebounds off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 35-for-70 from the field (50 percent), 8-for-21 from the three-point line (38.1 percent) and 10-for-18 from the free-throw line (55.6 percent). They outrebounded the Warriors 55-35, committed only 13 turnovers and totaled 26 assists, with 20 offensive rebounds and eight steals.

    Indiana Tech shot 16-for-61 from the field (26.2 percent), 4-for-23 from beyond the arc (17.4 percent) and 13-for-23 from the free-throw line (56.5 percent). The Warriors had six assists, 16 turnovers, 14 offensive rebounds and six steals.

    The Tigers will be back at McHie Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. against (RV) Huntington University (Ind.)

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/games/2014/onumbb01.htm

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    Oct 31, 2014 9:24:40Oct 31, 2014 -

    Pfizer.Yale. Lilly. A career path any science graduate would be proud of. And F. David Tingley III ’86 is grateful for those achievements. But he is even prouder to be an Olivetian.

    During a recent presentation to Olivet chemistry students in Dr. Douglas Armstrong’s seminar class, David shared about his career, some recent research, his focus and some career advice. His primary areas of expertise are drug discovery, assay development and biomarker identification in neuroscience. He has a wealth of experience in the areas of in vivo and in vitro pharmacology with instrumentation, is a neuroendocrine and biomarker specialist, and has worked extensively with animal models.

    As a scientist, David has conducted landmark research in the areas of neurochemistry and behavioral pharmacology. While at Pfizer, one of the world’s oldest and largest pharmaceutical companies, he devoted 12 years to the development of Chantix® (Varenicline), a prescription smoking cessation medication. The drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within six months of submission in 2005.

    “When some legal matters surfaced with regard to Chantix, I learned that it really is important to keep a detailed, well-organized research notebook,” he says. “Just like my Olivet professor, Dr. Larry Ferren, told us so many times.”

    In 2012, David did postgraduate work at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, in the area of neurophysiology. The research that he and his team conducted on the use of neurophysiological biomarkers to understand Huntington’s disease is now on PubMed.gov: “Application of neurophysiological biomarkers for Huntington's disease: Evaluating a phosphodiesterase 9A inhibitor.

    Today, he is a consultant biologist with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, doing neurodegeneration-related research in a laboratory setting. “Science gets very narrow and very specific,” he says. “Now in research, we are targeting material inside of cells, not just binding to the outside of cells. One of the biggest challenges is staying up on research that is going on in your field.”

    Since his Olivet days of studying chemistry with Dr. Ferren and Dr. Armstrong, and then biology with Dr. Robert Wright and Dr. Richard Colling, David has pursued a career in research. Opting out of the pre-med track after his graduation, he went on to earn a master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois in 1990.

    “I was pre-med at Olivet, and research was my Plan B,” David says. “My best advice to students is to always have a Plan B. I’m living out my Plan B.”
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    Oct 30, 2014 4:38:9Oct 30, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - It was a night of numbers for the No. 18 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team as they took on Roosevelt University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Ward Field Wednesday, Oct. 29. The night saw 27 Tigers take the field, 13 players take a total of 38 shots, 23 of those shots were on-goal, six different players score goals, seven different players record assists, one player recorded a rare hat-trick and two keepers allow just one goal on the night as the Tigers came away with a deceive 9-1 win.

    Junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) got things started early and often for the Tigers, recording Olivet's first, fourth and sixth goals. At the 12:42 mark, she took a pass from sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) to junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glenn, Ill.) to get on the board first. At 24:59 she dribbled past a lake of defenders to win one-on-one with the keeper. Just three minutes into the second half, she picked up the coveted hat-trick, netting a pass from freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).

    The actual game-winning goal came at 18:32 off of the foot of senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.). Hengesh took a pass from freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.) that came from West and lofted a perfect rainbow over the keepers head into the back of the net. Hengesh added the third goal of the game for the Tigers beating the keeper one-on-one in a beautiful display of dribbling, after taking a pass from senior Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.)

    Marcordes teamed up with West at the 33:03 mark to make it 5-1 before Roosevelt's Jamie Beniac snuck a shot past Olivet keeper sophomore Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) at 43:21 to send it to the locker rooms 5-1 in favor of the Tigers.

    Olivet (12-3-1, 9-0) continued to dominate control of the ball in the second half, keeping possession on the opposing team's end of the field. The Tigers would take 22 shots in the second half, with Roosevelt's keepers, Sydney Hebel and Maria Narcisis, saving eight and allowing four more goals. Vrosh turned the net over to junior Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) in the second half. Siciak finished the night with three saves.

    After Hetrick's early score in the second half, the Tigers would find the net again at 53:04 when Wahl netted a pass from senior Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.). Senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) teamed up with sophomore Megan Woods (North Canton, Ohio) for a goal at 70:01. The Tigers ninth and final goal came at 83:40 when freshman Natalie Cash (Gardner, Ill.) recorded her first career goal off of a pass from senior Jordon Gunn (Peoria, Ill.).

    The Tigers travel to Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 1 for an important CCAC match-up. The Tigers, who sit alone atop the CCAC standings, need one win in the final two games to clinch the CCAC Regular Season title and earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. 

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    Oct 30, 2014 1:31:49Oct 30, 2014 -

    Alana Steward became the 60th Homecoming Queen for Olivet Nazarene University during the coronation ceremony on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Chosen by her peers for this honor, she is a senior and a leader among the student body. She is the daughter of David and Lois Steward of Overland Park, Kansas.

    At Olivet, Alana is majoring in accounting with a Spanish minor. She has been involved in varsity track and field, Enactus and intramural sports. She has served as a resident assistant in Williams Hall and the Oaks apartments, as an accounting tutor, and as a student manager in Ludwig Center.

    Philip Caffee (Oak Lawn, Illinois), was Alana’s escort. A senior and a Christian education major, he is the son of Philip and Debra Caffee.

    Other members of the 2014 Homecoming Court, all seniors and also chosen by their peers, are: Haley Carroll (elementary education major, Mokena, Illinois), escorted by Caleb Burkey (elementary education major, Lima Ohio); Loren Crawford (engineering major, Lima Ohio), escorted by Daniel Hegel (nursing major, Elgin, Illinois); Sarah Fox (music major, Visalia, California), escorted by Enos Hershberger (music performance major, Clare, Michigan); and Susan Morrill (music ministry major, Oak Lawn, Illinois), escorted by Kyle Zeman (exercise science major, Kenosha, Wisconsin).

    Michaela Maris (junior, youth ministry major, Atlanta, Illinois), vice president for Women’s Residential Life at Olivet, welcomed the guests. She emphasized the theme scripture verse, Proverbs 10:6, “Blessings crown the head of the righteous.” Then she introduced Chaplain Mark '81 and Mrs. Terry (Hodge) '82 Holcomb as emcees for the ceremony.

    Soloist Ali (Carter) Deckard '13 and musicians Melissa Carroll, Ben Cherney, Lynnae Dejong, Wes Reece, Jacqulynn Rhea and Kari Sunnarborg provided music for the evening.

    Olivet’s Homecoming Queen and members of her Court have been honored each year since 1955. The Queen is a senior woman chosen by the student body. She is a person of integrity; gives glory to God in her life; helps others feel loved and accepted; and expresses Olivet’s academic, social, and spiritual ideals.
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    Oct 29, 2014 4:2:43Oct 29, 2014 -

    She is 23 and graduated from Olivet in 2013 with 2 majors. Her cozy apartment is number 202, and she lives an ideal 60 minutes from her family.

    Numbers certainly play a large role in Sarah Langeland’s life — in her work as well as in her play. But truthfully, math used to make her cry.

    “I am a logical thinker, but I wasn’t always that way,” she laughs. “In elementary school, I would come home crying because I couldn’t understand the problems.”

    Today, she just began her second year as the senior actuarial analyst at Jackson, an annuity provider in Lansing, Michigan. Her title reflects the three professional exams she has already passed in her field.

    Odds for a favorable future

    “My classes at Olivet prepared me well,” says Sarah, who served as president of the math club while a student. “The professors are really good about getting us ready for work in our field, and they do everything they can to help us get jobs after we graduate.”

    Sarah interned at Transamerica in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the summer before her senior year at Olivet. “Sarah passed the first two actuarial exams on her first attempt,” says Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of the mathematics department. “These are challenging exams with an overall pass rate of about 40 percent.”

    Sarah says that the tools her professors shared with her more than educational tools. “My time on campus gave me a solid spiritual foundation. My professors taught me that faith and business can be integrated.”

    When Transamerica offered her a position, Sarah knew that she really wanted to find a career near her family in Michigan. She applied to Jackson and was offered a job four months before her graduation.

    More than numbers

    Her way with numbers often leaves Sarah as scorekeeper when she plays games with friends, but she doesn’t mind. “And I love it when friends come to me with math questions,” she says.

    Although she is a genius at reading numbers, she treasures words as well. “I love reading,” Sarah says, adding that she is currently moving through three novels. “I try to read at least a few pages before turning out the lights at night.”

    “I’m starting to get more involved in Lansing,” she says. “At work, I’m in a younger department. So I’m hanging out with my co-workers.” She has also enjoyed getting to know people through her church and by volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

    Sarah was thrilled to return to Michigan, and her job allows her to use applied math like she always wanted to do. “I like having a plan in place and knowing what I have to do to achieve a goal,” she says. And this tenant of apartment 202 has already realized more than one of her goals.
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    Oct 29, 2014 12:1:33Oct 29, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Led by their four seniors, the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team picked up another important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win, downing Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) in straight sets (25-16, 25-22, 24-14) on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The Tigers honored the four seniors before and after the match, sandwiching a well-rounded performance in the middle.

    Seniors Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) finished the night with team-leading 11 kills. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) led the Tigers with 16 digs, while senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led with three blocks. Madura also added four kills and nine digs on the evening. Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) dished out 23 assists, while junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added 14.

    The win puts Olivet (13-24, 10-6) in third place in the CCAC South Division, leading into the final week of regular season play and the determination of tournament seeding. The Tigers will travel to Indiana University-South Bend on Thursday, Oct. 30 to face the fourth place Titans. The eight-team CCAC Tournament begins on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The top three teams from each division will receive automatic bids, while the final two at-large spots will go to the two remaining teams with the best record. All matches will be hosted at the higher seed.  

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    Oct 28, 2014 9:47:8Oct 28, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Two minutes and three seconds into double overtime, senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) controlled a loose ball around the 30-yard mark and put away a gorgeous game-winner, giving the Tigers a 4-3 win over CCAC leader Roosevelt University (Ill.). This was definitely one of the most exciting soccer games at any level.

    Over the last three weeks, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team hasn’t tasted defeat, giving them a real shot at a first-ever CCAC regular season title. The Tigers’ 4-3 double overtime win over Roosevelt (12-4, 7-2) on Tuesday, Oct. 28, opened the door to the opportunity for the program to make history. With 21 points and two games remaining, Olivet has the “ball” in its court.

    ONU’s (11-5, 7-2) defense was the first to give up a goal in the heavyweight matchup, but not for lack of effort. A foul in the box gave Jose Garcia a penalty kick and a 1-0 lead to Roosevelt in the 11th minute. However, the Tigers responded 10 minutes later when Matheus Guimaraes (Sau Paulo, Brazil) scored in the box off an assist from Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.), his 25th point of the year.

    Throughout the next 25 minutes, neither team could break the tie. Olivet had numerous chances to do so, including a stretch of four consecutive corner kicks, but without a goal. However, with only 10 seconds remaining in the half, a foul on Roosevelt gave freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) a dead ball opportunity. He put one in from 35 yards out for his third goal.

    Shortly after the half, Roosevelt’s Evan Trychta scored a nifty goal in the 48th minute to tie the game. That lasted until the 66:47 mark when a Roosevelt defender was called for a foul in the box, giving Paddy Hoepp a shot at a fourth made penalty kick of the season. Hoepp made it count and gave ONU a 3-2 lead.

    The lead would last until the final five minutes when Trychta tied the game with his a goal off a ball from the corner, his second of the game. During a first overtime, neither team scored. The Tigers controlled the ball for a majority of the 10 minutes, but were unable to end the game with a goal. Not until the second overtime did the fireworks occur off the foot Hoepp, giving the Tigers a fifth straight conference win.

    ONU won in the shot column, 18 to 12, as the Tigers put eight on goal to the Lakers’ seven. The Tigers did have the deciding factor in corner kicks, 15 to one.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) won his team-high seventh start and fifth straight, saving four shots against the CCAC leader in shots and goals.

    ONU will be on the road Saturday, Nov. 1, against CCAC opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2014/onums16.htm

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    Oct 28, 2014 9:17:24Oct 28, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Trinity International University's Samantha Yasatan (Racine, Wis.) continued her scoring onslaught, while Olivet Nazarene University's Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.) helped deny the opposition all but one goal in two games to earn the pair Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors for the week beginning October 20, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

    The CCAC Defensive Player of the Week award went to Rosenboom, who helped extend Olivet Nazarene's winning streak to 10 matches and kept the Tigers perfect at 8-0 in league play last week.  A senior defender, Rosenboom and her teammates allowed just one goal in the two games, including a 2-1 conference victory over Purdue University Calumet on Tuesday.  In that game, the Peregrines were limited to just two shots on goal and seven total shots.

    Olivet Nazarene also blanked Ashford University (Iowa) 2-0 in a non-conference affair on Saturday, where Rosenboom and company held the Saints to four shots on goal and ten total.

    Yasatan, a junior forward, was recognized as the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season after netting four goals in a 7-4 victory over Roosevelt University on Saturday.  For the day, she took eight shots with six being on goal.

    Yasatan has now scored in 11 of the team's 13 matches this season with Saturday's game being her third with four or more goals.  She has also produced multiple-goal games seven times.

    Yasatan, who was the NAIA National Player of the Week earlier this year, became the NAIA leader in goals per game (1.92) with the four tallies.  She also ranks third in the nation in total goals with 25.

    Trinity International is 9-2-2 overall and 5-1-2 in league play, putting the Trojans in third place in the league standings with 17 points.

    Olivet Nazarene, ranked No. 19 in the latest NAIA poll, is 11-3-1 overall.

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    Oct 27, 2014 1:44:6Oct 27, 2014 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team entered the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference cross over weekend at Trinity Christian College knowing that they were in control of their chances of making the conference tournament.  The Tigers entered the weekend on the cusp, losing matches to the North Division teams could really hurt their chances. The Tigers more than likely solidified their post season hopes, going 2-1 on the weekend.

    Olivet (12-24, 9-6) picked up a quick, straight set (25-13, 26-27, 29-27) win over Trinity International University to get the weekend started. Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the attack with 10 kills. The setting duo of junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 29 assists, with Enz leading with 15. Senior libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) finished the match with 21 digs, while freshman Jeslyn Roat (Greenview, Ill.) added 12.

    Game two of the day matched the Tigers with the Eagles of Judson University (Ill.). The Eagles entered the match with the second best record in the CCAC, but the Tigers buckled down after falling behind 1-2 and picked up an exciting 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 17-15) win. DeRuiter stayed hot, finishing with 17kills, while adding five blocks. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) added a season-high 13 kills and Roat finished with an impressive 11 kills. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) was a wall at the net, finishing with seven blocks. Enz dished out 32 assists, while Tabisz was right behind with 31.

    Unfortunately, Friday's momentum didn't carry over to Saturday as the Tigers fell 3-0 to Saint Xavier University (25-19, 25-18, 25-20). DeRuiter finished with 11 kills with just four errors in 19 attempts for an attack percentage of .368. Enz added 16 assists a team-high eight digs. Tabisz finished with 12 assists and three kills.

    The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 28 as they host Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena. Prior to the match, the Tigers will recognize their four seniors. 

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    Oct 27, 2014 12:19:5Oct 27, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The No. 19 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer used their bye weekend from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to host a non-conference game with Ashford University (Iowa) on Saturday, Oct. 25. On what was the picture perfect afternoon, the Tigers picked up a 2-0 win while recognizing their five seniors.

    Junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) picked up her team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season at the 32:22 mark when she weaved in and out of defenders, beating the keeper to finding the upper corner of the net. The goal is her eighth on the season.

    The Tigers (11-3-1) added an insurance goal late in the second half when senior Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.) lofted a perfect pass to junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.), who headed the ball past the Saints keeper. Wahl leads the Tigers in goals on the season with nine.

    Olivet controlled the ball most of the match, outshooting the Saints 22-10 on the day, 13-4 in the opening half. Ashford managed to get four shots-on-goal, three in the second period. Sophomore keeper, Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) picked up her seventh shut-out of the season.

    The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 29 hosting Roosevelt University (Ill.) in CCAC action. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Ward Field.

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    Oct 27, 2014 9:36:42Oct 27, 2014 -

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. – With 4:17 left in the third quarter, freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompoc, Calif.) connected on a 32-yard pass to freshman Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) to put the Olivet Nazarene University football team on the board. Unfortunately, the perfect execution was a little too late to overcome the first half deficit as the Tigers falling 29-7 to the Lynx of Lindenwood University-Belleville (Ill.) in non-conference action on Saturday, Oct. 25.

    The Olivet (1-7) defense took the field first on the beautiful fall afternoon, looking set the tone early. The Lindenwood (2-5) offense strung together a few good plays and began to drive down the field when suddenly the Tiger defense perked up with a spark provided by junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.).  Limberg continued his dominance in the backfield by intercepting his team leading sixth pass of the season.

    Limberg and the Tiger defense limited the Lynx quarterback to just 85yards in the air on the day, while the stingy run defense proved to hold firm as well. The Lynx offense rushed the ball 48 times, mustering only 148 yards. Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led the charge, eclipsing the double-digit tackle mark again, finishing the day with 13 tackles, 2 for loss and one sack.  Ruemler wreaked havoc all day flying around, stuffing defenders in the backfield and making huge plays.  Junior defensive lineman Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) also had a very productive day in the trenches, recording 3.5 tackles for loss, along with a sack.

    On the offensive side of the ball, the young Tigers continued their trend of generating most of their yards through the air, netting 174 yards on the pass. In his usual manner, Buckley spread the ball around, connecting with eight different ONU players. Freshman wide receiver Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) led all receivers with four receptions for 37 yards.  The lone Tiger score was a highlight reel worthy play as the QB scrambled out of trouble to buy some time and to find Best, who out jumped the Lynx defensive back in the end zone. The historically strong Tiger rushing attack struggled to get things going, netting just 79 yards. Buckley led the team, rushing for 88 yards. Turnovers again doomed the Tiger offense, finishing with six on the day, surrendering five interceptions and one lost fumble.

    Olivet will prepare for their last home game of the season as they host No. 11 William Penn University (Iowa) on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Tigers will honor their seniors, as well as celebrate Homecoming weekend. Kickoff is set for noon. 

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/football/stats/2014/onufb08.htm

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    Oct 27, 2014 8:52:36Oct 27, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) continues to the lead the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country team, this time at the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational hosted by Aquinas College on Saturday, Oct. 25. Ray crossed the finish line in 18:37.86, finishing fourth overall in the field of 367 runners.  As a team, the Tigers finished eighth, of the 35 institutions represented.

    Lacking sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to injury, who regularly finishing in the top of the pack for the Tigers, Olivet looked to its depth. Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) finished second for the Tigers, placing 23rd overall with a time of 19:15.15. Senior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) finished at 19:48.37 taking 59th place, while freshman Alexa Beezhold (Saint John, Ind.) and sophomore Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.) placed 67th and 69th, respectively to round out the top five. Beezhold finished in 19: 58.20 and Brown in 20:01.04.

    Capturing the title was Shawnee State University (Ohio), followed by Aquinas College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University (Ind.) and the University of St. Francis (Ill.). Individually, Alex Berends, a freshman from Taylor took the gold, finishing at 17:56.66.

    Olivet will take a couple of weeks to regroup before looking to defend their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference title on Saturday, Nov. 8. This year's conference meet is hosted by Judson University and will be held at Wing Park Golf Course in Elgin, Illinois. The women's race is set to start at 11 a.m.

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    Oct 25, 2014 3:3:16Oct 25, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For the second straight meet and third time in 2014, the No. 3 ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team took top honors. In its fourth straight meet with No. 1 runner Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.), the Tigers were able to still pick up a win at the NAIA Great Lakes Invite. Olivet finished first of 35 teams and was beat by the second most teams all season.

    A total of 375 runners competed in the event hosted by Aquinas College (Mich.) at Gracewil Golf Course.

    The top-five ranked Tigers were led by junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) for the second straight meet who finished fourth with a time of 25:43.34. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in fifth with a time of 25:44.57. Senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in 11th with a time of 26:06.76. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 28th with a time of 26:33.01. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) was 29th with a time of 26:36.28.

    Freshman Matt Meehan (Marshfield, Mass.) came in sixth for the Tigers with a time of 26:40.75 and came in 33rd place overall. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 44th with a time of 26:56.63.

    In all, 24 Tigers ran in the team's fifth race of the 2014 season.

    The Tigers will run again in the CCAC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8, hosted by Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, at Wing Park Golf Course. The event will start at 11:45 a.m.

    Results: http://runnersedgeracetiming.com/data/uploadedfiles/glcmens8k2014.htm

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    Oct 24, 2014 4:22:16Oct 24, 2014 -

    What is bigger than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and viewed by more people than Pasadena's Rose Parade? London, England’s New Year’s Day Parade and Festival is the biggest event of its kind in the world! And Olivet’s Marching Tigers have been invited to perform there for the 30th annual event on New Year’s Day 2016.

    The official invitation came by personal delivery on Thursday, October 23, 2014, when Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London Roger Bramble and his entourage visited Olivet’s campus. Lord Bramble, representing Queen Elizabeth II, is the senior patron of the Parade. Olivet is one of only 12 schools to receive such an invitation.

    “My greatest passion from childhood has been music, and I seize the musical chores of this event, including this Parade,” said Deputy Lieutenant Bramble in his address to the audience of Olivet students, staff and faculty who gathered in Kresge Auditorium. “Olivet’s bands have a reputation for outstanding performance abilities.

    “I extend this invitation to the bands of Olivet Nazarene University to participate in the Parade and Festival in London, England, on New Year’s Day 2016.” Mr. Bramble presented Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, with the formal invitation, printed and framed.

    “We are honored by this invitation, and we look forward to participating,” Dr. Bowling said as he accepted the invitation on behalf of Olivet. Addressing the students present, he added, “What a great opportunity for you to participate in this great event. This will be a signature event in your Olivet experience and one that you will cherish for the rest of your life.”

    The London Parade and Festival’s magnificent, prestigious and historic parade route will include Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall with a final arena adjacent to The Palace of Westminster, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The Parade lasts for nearly four hours and includes 8,500 participants who represent 20 countries. The street audience will be in excess of 650,000 plus a television broadcast on 500 stations that will reach more than 300 million people worldwide. The band will also perform in one of the London Gala concerts that are part of the Parade and Festival.

    “We have some work to do to get ready for this event,” said Dr. Matthew Stratton, associate director of bands and director of athletic bands at Olivet. “And we’ll do that with joy and enthusiasm!”

    This year’s Marching Tigers, including 196 students, is the largest marching band at any Christian university in the United States. Dr. Neal McMullian of Olivet’s School of Music is director of bands. Dr. Matt Jacklin is director of percussion studies.

    “This is an honor for our School of Music and the University,” said Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music. “I commend Dr. Stratton on this achievement. He has been instrumental — in more ways than one — in making this a reality for Olivet.”
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    Oct 24, 2014 11:38:12Oct 24, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. - In a game that has been rescheduled twice, including being rained out once, it only took the No. 19 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team 30 seconds to show Purdue University - Calumet why they are ranked first in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference with an undefeated record.  The Tigers came away with a 3-1 victory to improve to 8-0 in the conference.

    Junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) wasted no time, finding a hole just to the right of the Peregrine keeper off of a rebound of a shot by senior Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) as just 30 seconds had ticked off the game clock.

    The Peregrine did little to help themselves in the first 45 minutes of play, scoring an own goal just nine minutes later off of a shot by Wahl. The Tigers kept the pressure on with senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) scored at 37:52 on a breakaway, pulling up just shy of the goal and sneaking a shot just out of the keepers reach to the left side.

    Olivet (10-3-1, 8-0) outshot the Purdue Cal 20-7 on the day. Sophomore keeper, Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished the day with just one save, coming in the second half. The Peregrine got on the board late in the second half when Michelle Wartman took a pass from Rachel Gregory to find the back of the net.

    Olivet returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 25 when they host Ashford University (Iowa) in non-conference action. The match is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Ward Field.

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    Oct 24, 2014 11:34:21Oct 24, 2014 -

    Olivet announces the winners of its First Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Expanding Borders:

    • First Prize: Hannah Freeman, Jacksonville, Illinois
    No Outlets
    Oil on Maple
    24" x 24" x 0.75"

    • Second Prize: Paige Mostowy, Bloomington, Indiana
    Mother and Daughter
    2 channel audio, frames w/ 4 transparent photos, table
    4’ x 4’ x 2’

    • Third Prize: Chelsea Vinyard, Chrisman, Illinois
    The Creation
    Found Objects
    13" x 11" x 12"

    For this exhibition, guest juror Sergio Gomez reviewed over 125 submissions from Midwestern artists in Illinois and its surrounding states. There are 35 selected works, including the prize winners, now on display at Olivet’s Brandenburg Gallery in the Larsen Fine Arts Center and Strickler Gallery in Strickler Planetarium, Bourbonnais, Illinois. The exhibit continues through October 28, 2014.

    Mr. Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist and owner/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery. A graphic designer and art/design faculty member at South Suburban College, he is the founder/director of VisualArtToday.com. His professional résumé also includes contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, co-founder and creative director of 3C Wear, and curator of the National Wet Paint Exhibition and Chicago's Twelve.

    For more information, contact Professor Mary Beth Koszut in Olivet’s Department of Art and Digital Media at 815-928-5612 or mbkoszut@olivet.edu.
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    Oct 24, 2014 11:23:16Oct 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference volleyball match between Olivet Nazarene University and the University of St. Francis on Tuesday, Oct. 21 was huge for the Tigers and their post season hopes. The straight-set (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) victory solidified the Tigers spot in the conference tournament and gave them some much needed momentum and confidence to make a late season run.

    Olivet (10-23, 7-5) spread the offensive attack out with senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) leading the way with nine kills in 17 attempts with just three errors for an impressive .353 attack percentage. Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) was right behind with seven kills, while seniors Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) each added five. Madura also added four blocks on the night.

    Defensively, the Tigers were led by senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.). Hatalla who is back in the libero roll after being moved for part of the season to help out in the front row, finished with 10 digs. Freshman Jeslyn Roat ( ) came up big with nine digs.  Both Hatalla and Roat also finished with two service aces.

    Olivet returns to action on Oct. 24-25 as they travel to Trinity Christian College (Ill.) for the second CCAC Cross Over tournament of the season. On Friday, the Tigers will take on Trinity International University (Ill.) at 4 p.m. and Judson University (Ill.) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Olivet will face Saint Xavier University at noon. 

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    Oct 23, 2014 5:26:5Oct 23, 2014 -

    DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES AT 815-939-5340.

    Olivet is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kappa Sigma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society. To mark this milestone, a gala event, “History in the Making,” takes place on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Christian Life Center at College Church of the Nazarene. This event also celebrates Olivet’s new School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    All alumni, current students, faculty, staff, community leaders and health care professionals are invited to attend. This special evening will include a formal dinner, live music and a silent auction to raise funds for an upcoming nursing mission trip.

    Guest speaker for the gala event is Dr. Paul Dillinger, retired Olivet nursing professor and member of Olivet's first graduating class of nurses. Also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he served as a staff and head nurse on several different mental health units, and later became the head nurse of a surgical unit in the United States Army Nurse Corps. He taught at ONU from 1989 to 2013, and his specialty is mental health nursing. As a member of the Kappa Sigma chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, he continues to mentor those who are preparing for nursing careers.

    Tickets for the gala event are $45 per person or $320 for a single reservation table of eight. Order tickets online at kappasigma.nursingsociety.org (click on the “Gala” tab) or by mail from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Attention: Dr. Rosalie Tuttle, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Ave., Box 6046, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.

    For more information about this event, contact Professor Mary Nehls at 815-939-5362 or manehls@olivet.edu or Dr. Rosalie Tuttle at 815-939-5304 or rtuttle1@olivet.edu.

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    Oct 23, 2014 1:8:40Oct 23, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head coach David Blahnik is pleased to announce Tyler King as his second signee for the 2014-2015 season. Tyler is coming to Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team from North High School in North Saint Paul, Minn. Tyler has just concluded a great high school career that included captaining his team to a Minnesota state championship in 2013. He was also a 2014 semi- finalist for the prestigious Minnesota Mr. Soccer award. He has also been named first team all-state (2014), first team all-conference (2013, 2014) and conference player of the year (2014).  Tyler plays his club soccer with St. Croix Academy and has been a part of their MN State Cup Championship, US Club Nationals Qualifier, US Club Regional Championship and State Cup Semi Finalist teams. Tyler was also a member of the ODP Regional Camp.

    Academically, Tyler plans on studying Computer Engineering at ONU. He has been a member of the “A” Honor Roll all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honor Society.

    “I am very excited for Tyler to join us here at ONU. He will compete right away at midfield for us and has an incredible work rate and positive attitude.” Not only is Tyler a great player but he is also a great student who will be joining our fantastic Engineering program.”

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    Oct 22, 2014 11:59:40Oct 22, 2014 -

    Olivet recently honored Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., of Laurel, Maryland, with the Harold W. Reed Leadership Award for a lifetime of ethical leadership and her service in the areas of education, government, human rights and religious freedom. She is the 14th recipient of this prestigious award.

    "Dr. Crouse knows how to lead effectively and be a voice for change," said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, in presenting the award. "She is a strong public voice on many of society's most pressing issues. Her work has had an international impact."

    "This award honors the lasting legacy of both Janice Crouse and Dr. Harold W. Reed," said Dr. Bowling. The award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.

    Wealth of experience

    A recognized authority on national and international issues, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse serves on the executive committee for the Howard Center and is chairman of the board for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com, American Thinker, The Washington Times, The American Spectator and HumanEvents.com. Her opinion editorials and columns appear in major newspapers, journals and magazines across the nation, including Washington Post and USA Today.

    She appears on all the major television networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, C-SPAN, MSNBC and CNN - as a commentator on contemporary events and as an expert on domestic issues. And she is a popular speaker at national and international events and on college campuses.

    "My life is testimony to the importance of faith," Dr. Crouse says. "I lead a very practical life. We have to bring our faith down to where we live, in the practicalities of life."

    Her career also includes serving as a presidential speechwriter during the George H.W. Bush administration, authoring major presidential policy addresses; heading up a Washington, D.C. think tank; leading the Beverly LaHaye Institute; directing the work of a 94-member faculty as associate vice president for academic affairs at Taylor University; serving as president of Crouse Communications; and teaching interpersonal communications and coaching debate at Asbury College and Ball State University.

    Wisely influencing others

    One of the most influential people in Dr. Crouse's life is her mother, Ruth (Baird) Shaw, who married at 15 and gave birth to her first child at 16. "My mother was a full-time mom," Dr. Crouse says. "Her life seemed like drudgery to me then. Now I admire her." When Mrs. Shaw was 65, she became a widow. Her husband was a pastor, so she filled in as interim minister at their church. Then she went to seminary, served in full-time ministry until she was 70 and has continued serving in ministry ever since.

    Dr. Crouse is the author of Children at Risk (2010) and Marriage Matters (2012), released by Transaction Publishers, as well as Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century. She co-authored A Different Kind of Strength, which was a Conservative Book of the Month selection in 2000 and has been printed in four foreign language editions.

    Passionate about children's issues and ending human trafficking, Dr. Crouse received two appointments (2002 and 2003) from the President of the United States as a delegate to the United Nations. In 2013, she was named Woman of the Year by the World Congress of Families. She continues to serve on national task forces and coalitions on national and international issues: against sexual trafficking, against abuse of women, promoting human rights and promoting religious freedom.

    Family first

    Dr. Crouse's husband of 53 years, Dr. Gil Crouse, has also enjoyed a successful career in public service. Together, they are the parents of two adult children and grandparents to seven grandchildren. Dr. Crouse takes the greatest satisfaction in being able to balance family and career - and in being an example and role model for young women.

    "Marriage and children are a privilege," she says. "Guard them. Protect them. Be the best spouse and parent you can be."

    During a difficult time in their marriage, the Crouses were both unemployed. When the opportunity came for them to move to Washington, D.C., God opened doors for them there that resulted in more than 25 years of being a Christian influence in our U.S. government and political scene. 

    "God still works miracles," Dr. Crouse says. "When God wants you somewhere, He will put you there, even against the odds."

    Her best advice to those who are still studying for or just beginning their careers is grounded in her strong faith. "Put God and your family first, and everything else falls into place," she says. "When you're not looking for power, prestige, fame or celebrity and when you are looking for service for the Lord, you'll find it."

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    Oct 22, 2014 9:53:23Oct 22, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University’s fall play will leave audience members thinking about humanity as they exit after the final bows. This year’s production, “The Boys Next Door,” takes the stage at Kresge Auditorium in the Larsen Fine Arts Center at Olivet.

    Show times are: Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.; Friday. Nov. 7, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

    “The Boys Next Door,” written by Tom Griffin, premiered in 1987, off Broadway in New York City at the Lamb’s Theatre, which was owned and operated under the auspices of the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene. A wonderful combination of laughter and heart, this play follows the lives of four mentally disabled men living in Boston. Through humor and pathos, the audience learns about the memorable moments and monumental changes in their lives.

    Directed by Professor Jerry Cohagan of Olivet's Department of Communication, this hilarious and heartfelt production stars:
    Nick Allen (senior, Kankakee, Illinois) as Lucien P. Smith
    Brady Bettis (sophomore, Bolingbrook, Illinois) as Arnold Wiggins
    Joe Brunker (junior, Plainfield, Illinois) as Mr. Klemper
    Cody Curtis (junior, Kankakee) as Barry Klemper
    Dan Flynn (junior, Mascoutah, Illinois) as Mr. Corbin
    Lisa Hartman (sophomore, Aurora, Illinois) as Clara
    Jessa Hendricker (sophomore, Clinton, Illinois) as Mrs. Warren
    T. Paul Hubbard (freshman, Cascade, Idaho) as Mr. Hedges
    Matthew Jones (graduate student, Roanoke, Illinois) as Norman Bulansky
    Logan Long (senior, Washington, Illinois) as Senator Clarke
    Miles Kolby Meador (senior, Oreana, Illinois) as Jack
    Hope Morris (freshman, Houston, Texas) as Sheila
    McKenzie Smith (junior, Columbia City, Indiana) as Mrs. Fremus

    For the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 shows: Tickets are $13 for adults; and $6 for students, children ages 4 through 17, and senior adults 60 and older. For more information or to purchase tickets for these shows, call 815-928-5791.

    For the Nov. 7 and 8 shows: Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets for these shows, call 815-928-5543.
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    Oct 21, 2014 4:45:38Oct 21, 2014 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - Historically when the Olivet Nazarene University and the Trinity Christian College volleyball teams meet up, it's almost guaranteed to be a close match. Tuesday, Oct. 14 was no exception as the Tigers and the Trolls went four-sets, with the largest differential in score being just six points. The Trolls got the best of the Tigers, winning 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21 on their home court.

    Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) led the Tigers at the net with 15 kills in 32 attempts with just five errors (.312), while adding 17 assists and five digs from the back row. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) each added 11 kills. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished with a team-leading 27 assists and added 13 digs on the night. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) finished with 18 digs.

    Olivet (8-23, 5-5) returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Purdue University-North Central. The Tigers and the Panthers are set to start 7 p.m.

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    Oct 21, 2014 1:32:6Oct 21, 2014 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis./Whiting, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team picked up two big road Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference wins, improving to 7-0 in conference play and sitting alone atop the standings. The Tigers fell behind early to Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Wednesday, Oct. 15 before coming back for a 2-1 win. On Saturday, Oct. 18 the Tigers easily handled Calumet College of St. Joseph, picking up a 4-0 victory.

    On Wednesday against the Wolves, Olivet (9-3-1, 7-0) gave up an unassisted goal to Anna Stadler at the 8:55 mark. Junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) then took a pass from junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) to tie things up at the 32:34 mark. The match would go to the half all squared up.

    Freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) picked up the game -winning goal. Just three and half minutes into the second half, she found the back of the net, off of a pass from Hetrick.

    The Tigers dominated throughout the match, out shooting the Wolves 34-10 on the day. Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) allowed just the one goal, finishing with two saves, both in the second half.

    On Saturday, Olivet saw four different players find the net with Hetrick getting things started right off the bat with an unassisted goal at the 4:44 mark. Junior Michelle Ditchfield (Berkeley, Ill.) added to the lead off of a pass from sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) just 10 minutes later. Olivet took a 3-0 lead into the locker rooms on goal by senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) when she netted a pass from Wahl at 23:58.

    Wahl picked up her second goal of the week half way through the second half off of a pss from Hetrick to put the final touches on the 4-0 win for the Tigers.

    Vrosh was perfect on the day, saving the four shots that the Crimson Wave had on-goal.  Olivet outshot Calumet 20-9 on the afternoon.

    Olivet will return to action on Thursday, Oct. 23 when they travel to Purdue University-Calumet for a make-up game with the Peregrine. The game was originally scheduled for Oct. 2 but was postponed due to rain. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at Munster High School in Munster, Indiana.

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    Oct 21, 2014 1:23:45Oct 21, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- A pair of game-winning goals by Trinity Christian College's Rachael Webb (Riverside, Calif.) and allowing just one goal in two league wins by Olivet Nazarene University's Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) have earned the duo Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors for the week of October 13-19, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the league office.

    Vrosh landed CCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after keeping Olivet Nazarene alone atop the league standings with six saves in the two conference wins.  She stopped a pair of shots in a 2-1 victory over Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Wednesday before delivering her league-leading sixth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Saturday.  In the latter affair, Vrosh stopped four shots on goal.

    Olivet Nazarene remained perfect in the league at 7-0 with the two wins.  Overall, the Tigers are 9-3-1.

    Webb, a senior forward, was named the league's offensive player of the week after scoring the game's first goal in a 2-0 victory over University of St. Francis on Wednesday and then breaking a 1-1 tie in a 2-1 win over Saint Xavier University on Saturday.  The two goals gave Webb four game-winning goals on the season, tying her with two other players for first place in the league in that category.

    Trinity Christian's two wins moved the Trolls into second place in the conference standings with a 5-1-1 record.  Overall, Trinity Christian is 8-4-2.

    Other Offensive Nominees: Alex Truhlar (St. Francis), Elisabeth Wahl (Olivet Nazarene), Danielle Inzinga (Saint Xavier).

    Other Defensive Nominees: Alex Perry (Saint Xavier).     

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    Oct 20, 2014 4:57:24Oct 20, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ind.) scored two goals in an upset of NAIA No. 22-ranked Trinity International University and Trinity Christian College's Jesse Bultsma (Grand Rapids, Mich.) blanked TIU as well as Roosevelt University in goal to earn Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors for the week ending Oct. 5, it was announced Tuesday morning by the league office.

     

    Hetrick, a junior forward, gained CCAC Offensive Player of the Week accolades after accounting for all the scoring in the Tigers' lone game of the week, a 2-0 upset win over Trinity International.  Coming into the contest, TIU had not given up a goal in 200 minute of play.

     

    The win kept Olivet Nazarene - among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll - perfect in the league at 3-0 with University of St. Francis.  Overall, the Tigers are 5-3-1.

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    Oct 20, 2014 4:54:55Oct 20, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2014 version of Olivet Nazarene University football has been known for the heart stopping nature of its games. This year's team has time after time been in a contest where the team enters the fourth quarter knowing that the final 15 minutes of play will be an epic battle to determine the victor. On Saturday, Oct. 18 against visiting St. Ambrose University (Iowa), it was no different. The Tigers entered the fourth quarter trailing the Fighting Bees just 24-17, with an opportunity to defeat a team who was a 2013 NAIA Playoff participant.  Unfortunately, some late miscues led to a 41-17 loss for the Tigers.

    The game began with St. Ambrose jumping out to an early 14-0 first quarter lead, but Olivet (1-6, 1-2) would answer with their first drive in the second quarter. From 38-yards out, senior place kicker Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.)  put the ball through the uprights to get the Tigers on the board. The field goal was set up by a junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.)  47-yard kickoff return and subsequent offensive drive. The return was sparked after the Tiger return man broke out of a defenders tackle and raced down the field to cross the 50-yard line. 

    Just before the half, freshman quarterback, Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.), connected on an 8-yard pass to sophomore tight end, Grant Perkins (Sweetser, Ind.), for a Tiger touchdown.  Perkins jumped over a St. Ambrose defender to snare the highlight reel touchdown grab. The connection capped a 64-yard ONU drive highlighted by a 22-yard Buckley scramble and a catch and run by freshman Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.)  that resulted in an ONU first down.  The touchdown and point-after cut the St. Ambrose lead to 10-17 heading into the locker rooms.

    On the Tiger's final drive of the third quarter, the offense received the ball on its own nine-yard line. For most teams this would spell disaster, but Olivet was able to engineer an impressive 91-yard touchdown drive.   The drive was highlighted by an 18-yard first down reception by freshman Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) and ended when Buckley connected with senior wide receiverTyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) for a 28-yard touchdown.

    The Tiger defense was strong again forcing two fumbles. In the fourth quarter senior linebacker, Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) forced a fumble that was recovered by junior defensive end Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio). Ruemler once again stuffed the stat sheet; leading all defenders with 15 total tackles. He recorded 1.5 tackles for loss along with the forced fumble.  Junior corner Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) was also strong on the day recording nine tackles and breaking up two passes, one of which prevented a big gain for St. Ambrose. Senior linebacker Jon Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) had eight tackles and one broken pass leading to a huge defensive stop.  Sophomore Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) also was very active on the day, recording stops to the tune of eight tackles.

    The strength of ONU's first three quarters, however, was overshadowed by miscues in the fourth.  The Tiger offense committed three turnovers in quarter, two fumbles and an interception, that never allowed the team to get going offensively. Buckley ended the day with 17 completions to six different receivers. The quarterback totaled 161-yards through the air, while also gaining 70-yards on the ground.  Swindle led all receivers with six receptions for 75 yards. Freshman Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.)was the leading rusher on the day with 33 yards.

    Olivet returns to action on the road Saturday, Oct. 25, heading south to Lindenwood University - Bellville (Ill.). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. 

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/football/stats/2014/onufb07.htm

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    Oct 20, 2014 4:45:54Oct 20, 2014 -

    WHITING, Ind. — Ranked No. 21 in the NAIA in goals scored and in the top 10 among CCAC leaders in goals scored and points, senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) is having a career season in 2014. He continued a streak of four straight games with a goal as he helped the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Tigers' road win on Saturday keeps the Tigers undefeated on the road in league play and gives them a fourth straight win.

    Olivet's (10-5, 6-2) leader in goals (11) and points (24) put the Tigers on the board first in the 32nd minute when senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) provided a team-high seventh assist of the season on the goal.

    The Crimson Wave (4-10-1, 1-6-1) struggled to score prior to and after the Tigers' first goal, tallying only one shot all day. ONU's defense, led by senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.), played tough like they have all year, giving up only 1.09 goals per game.

    Following halftime, neither team could find the net. Then the Crimson Wave defense gave in, and the Olivet offense made it 2-0. Freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) scored his second goal of the season when sophomore Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) provided his fourth assist.

    Still standing strong and holding on to a shutout with 15 minutes left on the clock, ONU's defense finally allowed a goal when Kyle Uzubell scored in the 76th off an assist by Emmanuel Awuku. The Calumet-St. Joseph threat ended there as they never had another opportunity the rest of the game to tie it at two.

    ONU won in the shot column, 16 to one, as the Tigers put six on goal. It was a very physical game as six yellow cards and one red card were handed out.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) won his sixth of seven starts for the Tigers, allowing one goal.

    ONU will be off the next nine days and return to action Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Ward Field for a CCAC match up with CCAC leader Roosevelt University (Ill.) at 6 p.m.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2014/onums15.htm

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    Oct 20, 2014 3:29:14Oct 20, 2014 -

    Honored members of the Olivet Nazarene University community are now being honored in the greater Kankakee, Illinois, area as influential leaders under the age of 40. The Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce has released its new “40 Under Forty” list, and five Olivet alumni have been recognized after being nominated by members of the community: Matt Smith, Trevor Alcorn, Justin Caldwell, Todd Creek and Cierra Davis.

    Matt Smith, Olivet’s director of campus recreation, has become the face of the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. A 2000 Olivet graduate, Smith was as a youth pastor at South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, Michigan, until he returned to Bourbonnais, Illinois, in 2008. A natural emcee, he is a popular campus personality through his hosting of events such as JumpStart and Ollies Follies. He also currently serves as interim pastor for GatheringPoint Church, Bourbonnais.

    “Olivet is fortunate to have Matt Smith,” said Dr. Woody Webb, vice president for student development. “He is a natural relationship builder.”

    Appreciation for Smith now extends beyond the campus with this recognition of his regional leadership in the Kankakee area. He is humbled to think that people see him as one of the area’s “40 Under Forty.”

    “I am blessed with opportunities to interact with students on Olivet’s campus and people in our community daily,” Smith said. “I often find I come away learning more from that person than he or she did from me. I’m grateful for the chances I have to speak into someone’s life.”

    Other Olivet graduates recognized as regional leaders are:

    Trevor Alcorn began working as an IT system analyst at CSL Behring right after he graduated from Olivet in 2013. When he was 20 years old and still a student, he served as a village trustee in Herscher, Illinois. Currently, he serves as the chair of the CSL Behring United Way committee.

    Justin Caldwell earned his Ed.D. in ethical leadership from Olivet in 2013, as well as his master’s degree in organizational leadership in 2008. Currently, he is in his seventh year as director of retail at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

    Todd Creek, a 1997 graduate of Olivet, is an expert in information technology and services. He is currently the president of Webfoot Designs and Dura-Tech Enterprises, web consulting firms located in Manteno, Illinois, specializing in establishing clients’ professional online presence.

    Cierra Davis received her master’s degree in professional counseling from Olivet in 2009. Today, she is the assistant director of the pre-college program TRIO Talent Search at Kankakee Community College. She works with the high school population of the area and is described by her supervisor, Jamal Hawkins, as “a dynamic interpersonal communicator.” As a role model for the young women and men with whom she works, she helps them achieve their collegiate dreams.

    In addition to the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, the “40 Under Forty” list is sponsored by Presence St. Mary’s Hospital, ComEd, Riverside HealthCare, Midland States Bank, Borschnack Pelletier & Co., McColly Bennett Commercial, Peoples Bank of Kankakee County, HomeStar Bank and CSL Behring.
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    Oct 13, 2014 10:47:43Oct 13, 2014 -

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team took one final weekend to fine tune their games before heading inside for the winter. The Tigers traveled north to the William Penn Invitational hosted by William Penn University (Iowa) for a seven team showdown at the Edmundson Golf Course on Oct. 10-11. Olivet posted a team 691 (+123) over the two days to finish fourth overall.

    Olivet was led by senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) who shot back-to-back 81’s to finish tied for seventh overall. Sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) finished tied for 17th overall with rounds of 87 and 86, while sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and senior Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) finished tied for 20th at 178 (+36) on the weekend. Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) rounded out the top-five Tiger finishers with a 182 (+40), tied for 24th overall in the 41 player field.

    The host Statesmen captured first and second place in the event with their top team posting an impressive 615 (+47), 65 strokes ahead of their second team. Mount Mercy University took third overall with a 681 (+113). Rounding out the top five was Ashford University (Iowa) coming in at 703 (+135).

    The Tigers finish up a success fall campaign and will return to action in early March of 2015.

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    Oct 13, 2014 9:22:48Oct 13, 2014 -

    LAWRENCE, Kan. – On a beautiful fall morning in the heartland of America, the No. 5 ranked Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team got the opportunity to not only run on the course that the NAIA National Championship will be held on, but also to go head-to-head with many of the teams that will vie for the plaque in November.  On Saturday, Oct. 11 the Tigers captured a sixth place finish at NAIA Preview Meet hosted by Lawrence Sports Corp at Rim Rock Farm. 

    The Tigers were led by sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.). Ray crossed the finish line in 18:32.0 to take fifth place overall in the field of 300 of the country’s best runners.  

    In all 32 teams were represented at the national preview.  Dordt University (Iowa) captured the overall title, followed by Taylor University (Ind.), Oklahoma Baptist University and Shawnee State University (Ohio).  The Tigers sixth place finish was a mere 1:38 behind the leader. 

    Coming in under the 20 minute mark were sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.). Soper finished 31st overall at 19:20.7, while Pilat crossed at 19:32.5 in 45th place overall.  

    Rounding out Olivet’s top-five on the day were juniors Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) who finished 72nd overall at 20:04.7 and Kylie Lippencott who finished at 20:08.6 in 81st place. 

    While half of the Tiger team was in Kansas, the remainder of the squad was at the Fighting Bees Invite hosted by St. Ambrose University (Iowa). The split squad captured third place overall in the 13 team field, behind the host Fighting Bees and Davenport University (Mich.) The Tigers were a mere 26 seconds off of second place. Rounding out the top five teams were Clarke University and North Iowa Area Community College. 

    Finishing tenth overall and leading the Tiger charge was senior Desiree O’Brien (Saline, Mich.), posting a 20:14 time. Not far behind, in 18th place was sophomore Sarah Hudi (St. John, Ind.) at 20:46, while sophomore Michaella Stone (Williamston, Mich.) finished in 20th place at an even 21:00.  

    Rounding out the top-five were freshman Heather Halverson (Le Roy, Ill.) and sophomore Elizabeth Willford (Edelstein, Ill.). Halverson finished at 21:01 in 21st place, while Willford crossed at 21:18 in 26th place in the 81 runner field. 

    Next up for the Tigers is the NAIA Great Lakes Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 25. The always competitive race takes place at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is hosted by Aquinas College. The women’s race is scheduled to start at noon, local time.

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    Oct 12, 2014 7:15:2Oct 12, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Hoping to hit their stride as the regular season winds down and they prepare for the postseason, the Olivet Nazarene University headed north to Davenport University (Mich.) for the Panther Invitational on Oct. 11-12. The Tigers came away with a 1-3 record, playing some tough competition.

    Olivet (8-22) opened up with a narrow loss to St. Ambrose University (Iowa), falling 23-25, 21-25, 24-26 to the Fighting Bees. Seniors Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led the offensive attack with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) finished with 15 assists, while junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added 13. Four Tigers finished with double-digit digs, led by junior Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) with 12, senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Tabisz with 11 each, and Enz with 10. Madura led with four blocks.

    The Tigers evened out the day with a straight-set win over Campbellsville University (Ky.), winning 25-20, 25-23, 25-16. Senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) led with eight kills, while Schoenbein, junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) and sophomore Jordan TerBush (Metamora, Ill.) each added seven. Enz finished with 16 assists with Tabisz adding 15. Junior Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) finished with a team-leading 11 digs.

    The Tigers jumped out to an early lead on Saturday morning against No. 15 Davenport, taking the first set 25-18 before falling 16-25, 13-25, 20-25 in the next three sets. Lenzi led with 10 kills and four blocks, while Madura and Schoenbein each added seven kills. Enz dished out 23 assists with Tabisz accounting for 14 more.

    In their fourth and final match, the Tigers hung close to Taylor University (Ind.), but ultimately fell 22-25, 25-23, 24-26, 19-25. DeRuiter finished with 11 kills, while Madura and Schoenbein added 10 each. Enz and Tabisz combined for 38 assists with Enz producing 20 and added 16 digs. Bartholomew finished with 13 digs.

    Olivet gets back into Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Tuesday, Oct. 14 when they travel to Trinity Christian College (Ill.) after 10 days off from conference play. Trinity Christian currently sits atop the CCAC standings.

     
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    Oct 12, 2014 11:30:57Oct 12, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A gorgeous Saturday doubleheader matchup between future conference foes proved to be an exciting day of baseball. Game one went to Olivet Nazarene by a score of 5-3 tying the weekend series at a game apiece. However, the rubber game went 10 innings and eventually the series was won by the Tigers when Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) scored on a walk-off wild pitch for a 6-5 win.

    Sophomore Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1-0) and Anthony Gagliardi (0-1) battled in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Both went the distance but Foster ended up with the win. He went seven innings allowing three runs off nine hits and struck out three. Gagliardi allowed five runs – four earned – off nine hits in six innings.

    After three innings the game was tied 2-2, ONU (4-1) used Logan Pollei (Wickenburg, Ariz.) and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) RBIs to score. Not until the fifth inning was the tie broke, but St. Ambrose’s Matt Rosenberger doubled and Jake Johnson scored to make it 3-2. In the bottom half of the inning junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) singled with the bases loaded making it 4-3; Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) and Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) scored. Colt Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) eventually made it 5-3 when he singled and Altmann scored.

    ONU’s Jordan Wanner went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Altmann was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and run, including a walk, and Logan Pollei was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

    For the Bees (1-2), Jake Johnson was 2-for-4 with two runs and Tony Bakeris was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

    Game two on Saturday provided much of the excitement as neither team was willing to give up on a win. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) started game two for ONU and went 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs – four earned off 10 hits. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) threw 4 1/3 innings allowing only four hits and struck out one in his debut. In his third appearance for the Tigers, Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (1-1) pitched the 10th inning and struck out one in route to his first win.

    Nick Alfini started for St. Ambrose and went five innings allowing four runs off six hits. Jim Sweeney entered in the sixth inning and allowed one unearned run off one hit. David Yancey (0-1) finished the final three innings and allowed the walk-off run for ONU. He walked three Tigers through 15 batters.

    St. Ambrose held a three-run lead, 5-2 through three innings after they put up five hits and four runs in the top half of the third inning. The Tiger staff was able to shut out the Bees the remainder of the game giving them a chance to tie the game and eventually win. In the bottom of the sixth the Tigers loaded the bases with no one out but two quick outs later Jordan Wanner was one out away from leaving a great opportunity on the bases. He took advantage of his at-bat and singled to left field and with a bobble by the leftfielder, all three runners scored tying the game. Neither team threatened until the ninth when ONU loaded the bases with one out but two pop outs later squandered a chance to end the game. However, in the 10th they would get a second chance, Colt Wolfe was hit-by-pitch, Logan Pollei reached on an error by the pitcher and advanced to second. Travis Hills pinch ran for Wolfe and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat.

    The Tigers’ Bryan Klendworth went 2-for-4 with one RBI and run and Jordan Wanner was 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

    St. Ambrose’s Jake Johnson was 2-for-4 with one run, Rosenberger was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Pumphrey went 2-for-5 with one RBI and run and Argo had two hits.

    ONU will be back in action for a three-game series on Friday, Feb. 13 against Bethel University (Tenn.) in Nashville, Tenn.

    Bxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/games/2015/onubb04.htm 

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    Oct 12, 2014 10:38:5Oct 12, 2014 -

    DES MOINES, Iowa - In a heavyweight title bout, the champion’s skills are always awed and revered because of his ability to dominate his opponent. At the end of every season, only one team is crowned champion. The defending NAIA National Champions reside in Des Moines, Iowa and on a beautiful fall afternoon that is exactly where the Olivet Nazarene University football team found themselves, going toe-to-toe with the Vikings of Grand View University. Despite an outstanding performance by the Tiger defense, the No. 6 Vikings came away with a deceiving 32-2 win in Mid-States Football Association Midwest action. 

    The Olivet (1-5, 1-1) defense continued to show the same strength it has all season, setting the tone for the day early. On Grand View’s (5-1, 2-0) first offensive play of the game, senior linebacker Ben Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) dropped back and picked off the Viking quarterback. Except for two quick scores in the opening quarter, the Tiger defense was disruptive all day, keeping the Viking offense off balance and never allowing them to get into a rhythm. In the end, the defending national champions were held to just 13 offensive points on the day.

    Junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) led the way defensively, finishing with five tackles and two huge interceptions. Both of Limburg’s interceptions halted Grand View scoring opportunities; including a highlight reel worthy, one-handed snare in the end zone. Senior Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) ended the afternoon with a team-leading seven-and-a- half tackles and combined with junior Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) for a sack.

    Arguably the most exciting play of the day occurred with just eight minutes left in the game when junior Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) broke through the Grand View line for his sixth special team’s block of the season. What ensued was a relay of sorts as the loose ball was picked up by Limberg who lateralled to sophomore Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) to avoid being tackled.  Prestia gained another 25-yard before alertly pitching the ball back to sophomore Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) who ultimately found the end zone for the safety. This was the second week in-a-row for the special teams to block and return a point after attempt.

    The young ONU offense had an opportunity to measure how they stacked up against an experienced opponent.  With just three returning starters from a year ago, the Tigers hoped to build off last week’s success. Freshman running back Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.), who earned MSFA Midwest Offensive Player of the Week  honors for his efforts a week ago, provided the biggest spark for the offense. Tyson totaled 83-yards on the day, including an 18-yard gain that nearly went the distance. The passing game was not as strong as a week ago, never really gaining any momentum. Making just his third appearance and second start, freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompoc, Calif.) was able to connect with five different receivers, but turnovers ultimately doomed any progress. The unit turned the ball over five times, two fumbles and three interceptions, resulting in three scores.

    The Tigers return to Ward Field for a Saturday, Oct. 18 matchup against league opponent St. Ambrose University (Iowa). Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.  The Fighting Bees enter the game with a 2-3 overall record and 1-1 in the MSFA Midwest. Both teams are victorious against their lone shared opponent on the season, Trinity International University. The Tigers came away with a 36-29 win over the Trojans on Oct. 4, while the Bees won 34-23 on Oct. 11.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/football/stats/2014/onufb06.htm

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    Oct 11, 2014 11:31:2Oct 11, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — With just under five minutes to play in the first overtime of Saturday’s CCAC game between Olivet Nazarene and St. Xavier University (Ill.), freshman Richard Schneider (Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany) scored to win the game for the Tigers. A cross by senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) set up the winning score in extra time. The Cougars led for over 56 minutes of the game but couldn’t find the golden goal in overtime to claim the win. ONU’s fourth win in conference play moves them into a tie for second place with 12 points.

    On a chilly night at Ward Field, the Tigers first regular season game on the synthetic surface, ONU (8-5, 4-2) was unable to take an early lead. St. Xavier (5-7-1, 3-2-1) scored in the 12th minute Roger Ciszewski off a misplayed ball by an ONU defender.

    For the next 42 minutes and through a 15 minute halftime their team could score, mostly because of two stingy defenses, but maybe more so because of the physical play on both sides. Consequently, the Tigers benefited from a Cougar foul in the 18’ box and Paddy Hoepp scored his seventh goal of the year on a penalty kick. However, only seven minutes later an ONU defender tripped a Cougar and Erik Ramirez was given a penalty kick and put St. Xavier ahead 2-1 with 29 minutes to play.

    Needing a goal to tie and keep a win or overtime in play the Tigers increased the offensive pressure. They were able to break through when Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) headed in a Richard Schneider assist.  The goal was his eighth of the year. The game went into overtime 15 minutes later after neither team could get their third goal.

    In overtime, only one shot would do it to win the game for either team and ONU would win its second straight game when Schneider put away his first goal of the season.

    ONU won in the shot column, 15 to five, and had nine on goal to the Cougars’ three. It was a very physical game as 34 fouls were called, and a season-high six cards were handed out.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) won his fourth of five starts for the Tigers, saving one shot.

    ONU will be on the road next Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Milwaukee, Wis. For a road CCAC game against Cardinal Stritch University at 2 p.m.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2014/onums13.htm

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    Oct 11, 2014 3:19:39Oct 11, 2014 -

    LAWRENCE, Kan./DAVENPORT, Iowa — Head coach Mike McDowell scheduled two events on Oct. 11 and sent the No. 3 Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team to a junior varsity event at the Fighting Bee Invite where the Tigers finished second of 13 teams. Olivet sent there top eight runners and came in first of 31 teams at the NAIA Preview Meet in Lawrence, Kan. ONU was without their No. 1 runner, senior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) due to an injury for the second straight race. Also the course ran extremely slow due to rain and the terrain was hilly, causing for a tough run.

    300 total runners competed in Kansas at Rim Rock Farm and 120 competitors ran at Crow Creek Park at the invite hosted by St. Ambrose University (Iowa). 

    In the NAIA Preview Meet the Tigers were led by junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.), who finished seventh with a time of 25:44.90. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in eighth with a time of 25:48.40. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) was 21st with a time of 26:26.40. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in 25th at the time of 26:34.10. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 26th with a time of 26:36.40. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 47th with a time of 26:59, and Junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) finished at 27:09 and in 61st place. 

    Freshman Matt Meehan (Marshfield, Mass.) led the Tigers at the Fighting Bee Invite with a time of 26:00 and came in fourth place. Sophomore Reagen Dykhouse (Stamford, Conn.) finished 10th with a time of 26:42. Sophomore Nicholas Borger (St. Charles, Ill.) was 11th with a time of 26:55 and freshman Jonathan Cramer (Avon, Ind.) came in 12th with a time of 26:56. Sophomore Alec Ondrajka (Interlochen, Mich.) came in 22nd with a time of 27:17. Sophomore River Gordon (Arden, N.C.) came in 24th at 27:21 and junior Caleb Burkey (Lima, Ohio) came in 35th with a time of 27:46.

    In all, 24 Tigers ran in the team's third and fourth races of the 2014 season.

    In the NAIA Preview Meet; Aquinas College (Mich.) finished second, Indiana Wesleyan University came in third, Taylor University (Ind.) came in third, and St. Mary College (Kan.) finished fourth. At the Fighting Bee Invite; North Iowa Area Community College won the meet, Davenport University (Mich.) came in third, and St. Ambrose finished fourth.

    The Tigers will be in action again at the NAIA Great Lakes Invite hosted by Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.  The event will be run at Riverside Park at 11 a.m. (EST).

    Results: http://www.heartlandtiming.com/results/naiamen.pdf 

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    Oct 11, 2014 2:24:0Oct 11, 2014 -

    SUMTER, S.C. — Following his singles title at the USTA/ITA Central-East Regional Championships in September, sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) played in the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships singles bracket amongst eight of the nation’s best. Mancineiras Cornella finished third defeating two seeded opponents along the way.

    Over a three-day period, Oscar played three different opponents, one each day. On Thursday he defeated the No. 3 seed Rafael Bulnes (McPherson) (6-3, 6-3) to advance to the semifinals.  On Friday, Mancineiras Cornella fell to No. 2 Jordan Cox (Georgia Gwinnett) (6-2, 7-5), putting him in the third-place match on Saturday morning. He played the fourth ranked Edberg Espinoza (Lindsey Wilson) on Saturday and eventually lost (6-2, 6-0) finishing fourth.

    The bracket featured individuals from Embry-Riddle University (Fla.), Auburn University at Montgomery (Ala.), University of Northwestern Ohio, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), McPherson College (Kan.), Westmont College (Calif.), and Georgia Gwinnett College.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 21, at NCAA Division I Valparaiso University (Ind.).

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    Oct 10, 2014 7:0:58Oct 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Amongst the opening day charm at Watson Field, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball was unable to capitalize on home field advantage falling to St. Ambrose University (Iowa) 10-3. A seven run seventh inning did the Tigers in as four different pitchers failed to stop the Fighting Bees from taking a six run lead that eventually led to a win.

    Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) started Friday’s game and went six innings, allowing three runs off five hits and striking out seven batters. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (0-1) lost his first game giving up the lead with two runs – one –earned in the seventh inning. Josh Hojnicki (Lynwood, Ill.) went the final 2 1/3 innings allowing one run off two hits.

    Tommy Argo (1-0) went the distance in the first game for the Bees allowing three runs – one earned – off seven hits.

    The Tigers (2-1) put up three runs in the third inning; using a Colt Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) double to right field and scored Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.). Wolfe eventually scored on a throwing error by the catcher on the next at-bat. In the bottom of the third Jake Johnson tripled to right field and Alonso and Rutledge scored to make 3-2. Four innings later and the same score on the board, the Fighting Bees (1-0) put seven on the board using three hits and two errors. Ruechel, Rosenberger, and Bakeris all had hits in the inning and four other batters reached either on a walk or hit-by-pitch. ONU only managed two more hits the final three at-bats and St. Ambrose put a 10th run up when Sopko scored in the ninth.

    ONU’s Colt Wolfe was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two run and Josh Atlmann was 2-for-4 with one run.

    For the Bees, Emilio Alonso went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Matt Rosenberger went 2-for-5 with one RBI and run, and Jake Johnson had two RBIs.

    ONU will play a doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 11 against St. Ambrose University (Iowa) at Watson Field. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 11:30 a.m.

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/games/2015/onubb03.htm 

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    Oct 10, 2014 11:21:58Oct 10, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- The real Superman might have met his match and it is not kryptonite.

    Dubbed "Little Superman" by his many relatives and friends, Bryce Nowakowski is battling through Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a rare congenital heart defect.  On Tuesday, October 14 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana, Bryce and his parents, Brian and Jeannine, will have added backup support with baseball coaches and players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) playing in a benefit game tagged as #Play4Bryce.

    Brian is the head baseball coach at Calumet College of St. Joseph, a CCAC member school.

    "The CCAC coaches were just looking for a way to help Brian and his family," said Olivet Nazarene University head baseball coach Todd Reid, the organizer of the event.  "We have been praying for Bryce and hope that the event helps shed some light on his battle that is just beginning."

    Born with the congenital heart defect, Bryce had completed two of his three surgeries needed to reconstruct his heart and put him well on his way to recovery.  Problems, however, developed soon afterwards when a team of doctors at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital found a very large clot in his heart on April 5 of this year.  Proved too large to dissolve, the clot led to Bryce suffering multiple heart attacks with resuscitations during that time.  Less than two weeks later, Bryce was officially listed for a heart transplant.

    Since that time, there have been many ups and downs for Bryce and his family, including other complications leading to injuries to his brain in addition to irreversible damage to his arm and hands.  Brian and Jeannine have been there every step of the way staying at a nearby Ronald McDonald House.

    Numerous benefits have been held for the family to help with Bryce's medical and rehabilitation needs with better than $23,000 being raised, thus far.  The target goal is $50,000.

    The #Play4Bryce game will be an all-star baseball game between players from the CCAC North and South Divisions as part of the conference's annual Scout Day.  Judson University baseball coach Rich Benjamin will head up the North Division squad with University of St. Francis baseball coach Brian Michalak and Brian Nowakowski directing the South Division team.

    The Scout Day will begin at 3 p.m. with the all-star game to follow at 5:30 p.m.  A donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students is being suggested for admission to the events.  An auction will also be held beginning at 5 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the Nowakowski family.

    Oil City Stadium is located at 1700 119th Street in Whiting, Indiana.       

    Supporters are encouraged to visit and "like" Bryce's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bryce.nowakowski) and use the #Play4Bryce hashtag.

    Additional information can also be found at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/bryce-our-superhero/178366

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    Oct 09, 2014 4:24:33Oct 09, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University recently received a significant gift to encourage success and leadership in the lives of its students. In recognition of the life and legacy of alumnus Dr. David L. Elwood, this gift — given by Dr. Elwood’s family — is a direct investment in future generations of Olivetians. It is designated to expand and strengthen the programming of the Center for Student Success, as well as to coordinate and strengthen various leadership efforts in the new Elwood Leadership Program.

    In further recognition, the University will rename the current Center and dedicate it as the David L. Elwood Center for Student Success on October 31, 2014, during Olivet’s Homecoming and Family Weekend.

    The Elwood family gift also honors the University where Dr. Elwood’s faith and values were firmly established. “David Elwood represents what we celebrate as an Olivet community,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, when announcing the gift to the campus community on October 1, 2014. “His life reminds us that success is not just about the bottom line. More importantly, it’s about a life of service, faithfulness, family and achieving a higher purpose.”

    Dr. Elwood graduated from Olivet in 1955 with a degree in psychology. There, he met and fell in love with his future wife, Ella (Anderson) '57. He and Ella married in 1956. Later, he earned advanced degrees from two other universities. He enjoyed a successful career as a psychologist, and she was a top performer in her real estate career. But that was just the beginning of their unfolding life of significance and success.

    In 1980, he and his son, Mark, founded Elwood Staffing®, and Dr. Elwood continues to serve as chairman of the board. Their company operates in 250 service locations across the United States and Canada, employs nearly 1,000 while serving more than 6,000 clients and putting tens of thousands of people to work every day.
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    Oct 09, 2014 9:54:37Oct 09, 2014 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — For only the second time in the last seven games, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team has been on the road for a regular season contest. Wednesday night, Oct. 8, the Tigers were hosted by Trinity Christian College (Ill.) and left the south suburbs with a 4-1 win over the Trolls.  

    It didn’t take long for the visiting Tigers (7-5, 3-2) to score first. ONU has only scored first in one other road game in 2014, and they did come away with a win. Junior Brett Robertson (Monee, Ill.) scored in the 10th minute off an assist from senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.). 

    Neither team was able to finish over the next 33 minutes as the Tigers remained up 1-0. In the 43rd minute, Trinity Christian’s (3-6-1, 1-3) Nate Smith committed a foul inside the 18’. Consequently, ONU’s Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) put away his sixth goal of 2014 on a penalty kick, his second of the year.

    Up 2-0 at the half, the Trolls were not going to go away as they needed only 42 seconds to make it a one goal game. Mauricio Salgado scored his seventh goal of the season unassisted. The game remained 2-1 until Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) put his team-leading seventh goal of the year when he headed in a corner kick from Paddy Hoepp, his fifth assist of the year.

    Five minutes later, Brett Robertson put the game away with his third goal of the season and second of the game when he scored a throw-in from freshman Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.). 

    ONU won in the shot column, 14 to seven, and had seven on goal to the Trolls' three. It was a very physical game as 31 fouls were called, and four cards were handed out.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) started his fourth straight game and won his third game for the Tigers, saving two shots.

    ONU will play their first ever game on Ward Field Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. against CCAC opponent St. Xavier University (Ill.).

    Boxscore: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/soccer/men/games/2014/onums12.htm 

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    Enjoy the music of Sandi Patty, one of the most highly acclaimed vocal performers of our time, as part of the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration. This concert takes the stage on Saturday, November 1, 7 p.m., at the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    As the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, Sandi Patty has received 40 Dove Awards, as well as five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007.

    Her 30-year career, heavily rooted in gospel music, has included the release of more than 30 albums. Her latest project, “Everlasting,” is available exclusively at Target Stores, through Somerset, Ltd.

    Introduced to the world with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” during the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, she became one of the country’s best-loved performers almost overnight. She has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also headlined the title role in sold out performances of the musical “Hello, Dolly!” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2012.

    In addition to her prolific musical career, she is also an accomplished author of seven books. For her bestseller, Broken on the Back Row, she received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her down-to-earth style and sturdy common sense have endeared her to Women of Faith® audiences since 2005.

    Tickets are $34.95, $24.95 and $19.95 with special student prices of $15, $12 and $10, based on seat location. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 815-928-5791. The public is welcome to attend.
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