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Spring Sports Report MIAA's By Alan Babbitt Best Senior Sheri McCormack qualified for nationals in the 1,500 meters and bettered her school record in the event. (Photo by D3 Photography) league-record 35th Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Commissioner’s Cup all-sports championship and an All-America performance in track and field were among the many highlights during a successful 2014 spring sports season at Hope College. Hope totaled 211 points in the Commissioner’s Cup standings and topped runner-up Calvin College by two points to claim its third all-sports title in four years. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. In track and field, senior Sheri McCormack of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa), made history when she earned All-America honors in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio. McCormack placed sixth to become the Flying Dutch’s first All-American in the event. McCormack also became the fourth Hope athlete in any sport — male or female — to earn A All-America distinction in two sports. She also earned the recognition last fall in cross country. Teammate Jane Pearson also competed at nationals. The sophomore from Lake City, Michigan (Northern Michigan Christian), finished 18th in the heptathlon. McCormack, Pearson and senior Catherine Calyore of Naples, Florida (Barron Collier), all received All-MIAA First-Team honors. McCormack repeated as MIAA Field Day champion in the 1,500 meters, while Pearson helped the Flying Dutch win two relays at Field Day. Calyore was MIAA champion in the 400 meters. Three Hope men’s track and field athletes were named All-MIAA First Team: seniors David Dolfin of Hingham, Wisconsin (Oostburg); Steffon Mayhue of Holland, Michigan (Holland); and James Rogers of Saginaw, Michigan (Valley Lutheran). Mayhue won the long jump at the MIAA Field Day for the second time in three seasons, while Rogers was champion in the 1,500 meters. In men’s golf, Hope advanced to the Division III Championships and tied for 17th place in the overall standings. The achievement matched the Flying Dutchmen’s second-highest finish at nationals. Junior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven), tied for 19th place in the NCAA individual standings at two-over-par. From left, Hope men’s golf coach Bob Ebels and golfers Evan Telzerow, Ben Lewis, Winton Munch, Ben Lanting and Collin Breit. Coach Steve Gorno, center, and the Hope men’s tennis team, along with the women's team, donned pink to raise cancer awareness. 16 News News From From Hope Hope College College

Spring Sports Report

Alan Babbitt


MIAA's Best

A league-record 35th Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Commissioner’s Cup all-sports championship and an All-America performance in track and field were among the many highlights during a successful 2014 spring sports season at Hope College.

Hope totaled 211 points in the Commissioner’s Cup standings and topped runner-up Calvin College by two points to claim its third all-sports title in four years. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women.

In track and field, senior Sheri McCormack of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa), made history when she earned All-America honors in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Delaware, Ohio.

McCormack placed sixth to become the Flying Dutch’s first All-American in the event.

McCormack also became the fourth Hope athlete in any sport — male or female — to earn All-America distinction in two sports. She also earned the recognition last fall in cross country.

Teammate Jane Pearson also competed at nationals. The sophomore from Lake City, Michigan (Northern Michigan Christian), finished 18th in the heptathlon.

McCormack, Pearson and senior Catherine Calyore of Naples, Florida (Barron Collier), all received All-MIAA First-Team honors. McCormack repeated as MIAA Field Day champion in t he 1,500 meters, while Pearson helped the Flying Dutch win two relays at Field Day. Calyore was MIAA champion in the 400 meters.

Three Hope men’s track and field athletes were named All-MIAA First Team: seniors David Dolfin of Hingham, Wisconsin (Oostburg); Steffon Mayhue of Holland, Michigan (Holland); and James Rogers of Saginaw, Michigan (Valley Lutheran). Mayhue won the long jump at the MIAA Field Day for the second time in three seasons, while Rogers was champion in the 1,500 meters.

In men’s golf, Hope advanced to the Division III Championships and tied for 17th place in the overall standings. The achievement matched the Flying Dutchmen’s second-highest finish at nationals. Junior Ben Lewis of Grand Haven, Michigan (Grand Haven), tied for 19th place in the NCAA individual standings at two-over-par.

Coach Bob Ebels and Hope reached nationals for the ninth time in school history by winning a 54-hole MIAA qualifying tournament in April.

The Hope women’s tennis team made it to the second round of the Division III team championships. The Flying Dutch earned the postseason trip by winning the MIAA Tournament.

Coach Adam Ford’s Flying Dutch also qualified two players for the individual national championships in Claremont, California: freshman Nancy Benda of Birmingham, Michigan (Seaholm) for singles and doubles play, and junior Carli Capestany of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) for doubles.

Benda was decorated with Central Region Rookie of the Year honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Benda joined sophomore Claire Cooper of Williamston, Michigan (Williamston) on the All-MIAA First Team.

The Hope College men’s tennis team was awarded the ITA National Team Sportsmanship Award for men’s tennis for the month of May after opponent Alma College provided a nomination. It was the second time in six seasons coach Steve Gorno’s Flying Dutchmen had been selected.

Senior Parker Bussies of Zeeland, Michigan (Zeeland West), earned All-MIAA Men’s Tennis First-Team honors.

The Hope softball team had three players make the All-MIAA First Team: sophomore outfielder Autumn Anderson of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland); junior designated player Julie Sobieski of St. Charles, Illinois (St. Charles East); and junior first baseman Peyton Wells of Rockford, Michigan (Rockford).

Two Hope baseball players picked up All- MIAA First Team distinction: senior catcher Eric Vachon of Sterling Heights, Michigan (Warren De La Salle HS), and sophomore second baseman Brady VanderWeele of Kalamazoo, Michigan (Parchment HS).

Both Hope men’s and women’s lacrosse players earned All-MIAA First-Team recognition: senior face off specialist Michael Schofield of Mendham, New Jersey (Mendham), and senior Stephanie Rogers of Fremont, Michigan (Fremont).

For complete spring sports highlights, please visit the college online. hope.edu/athletics

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