Hope College June 2013 : Page 16
The drama of winning an extra inning game against your rival to clinch a league championship is captured in this home plate action. TJ Klein slides ahead of the throw to the Calvin catcher for the game-winner, bringing home an MIAA championship. Spring Sports Report S Senior Sarah Venlet qualified for nationals a fourth straight year and came back an All-American. Undefeated in every league match, senior Bobby Cawood was named the MIAA’s most valuable player. uccess in athletics is measured in ways that go beyond runs scored, races run, contests won, and championships claimed. Hope athletics experienced those successes to a great degree this past school year. In men’s tennis, senior Kyle Kreps of Holland, Mich., was named the recipient of the MIAA’s Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship award. He became the 21st Hope recipient of the award, the 10th since 2000. Teammate Bobby Cawood of East Lansing, Mich., this year’s MIAA MVP, received the sportsmanship Kyle Kreps award honor last year. Senior Leah LaBarge of Hudsonville, Mich., was recognized as the MIAA’s outstanding scholar-athlete in women’s tennis. Hope celebrated two Academic All-Americans—senior Laura Tjepkema of Dorr, Mich., in softball and Cory Schmidt of Milan, Ohio, in baseball. A two-time honoree, Tjepkema achieved Leah LaBarge a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average her entire career while Schmidt earned a 3.95 GPA and was named to Phi Beta Kappa. The National Football Foundation honored seniors Mark Karam of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and Brian Lynn of Holland for academic excellence by naming them to the Hampshire Honor Society. Cory Schmidt Visit the athletics website for an in-depth review of the spring sports season. hope.edu/athletics Joy Victory of The From top-to-bottom, every player was a contributor to Hope’s success in men’s tennis. Sixth-flight singles player Jon Panzer won a three-set thriller to clinch the match over rival Calvin and cause a three-way tie for the MIAA championship. Senior Joel Rietsema was consistent from start to finish as he placed fourth at nationals in the 800 for a second year in-a-row. Senior Laura Tjepkema excelled on the softball field (All-Region) and in the classroom (Academic All-American). 16 News News From From Hope Hope College College
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