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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.

    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, unassisted.

    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.

    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).     

    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.

    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. 


    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.


    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.
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.).


    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.


    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 ( and use the #Play4Bryce hashtag.

    Additional information can also be found at

    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.
    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.).


    Oct 08, 2014 3:45:0Oct 08, 2014 -

    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.
    Oct 08, 2014 11:35:14Oct 08, 2014 -

    KENOSHA, Wis. – A non-conference, midweek game on the road can often be difficult for a team in the middle of their season and that was the case for the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team as they traveled to NCAA DII University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Tigers suffered an 18-25, 15-25, 14-25 loss to the Rangers.

    Offensively, Olivet (7-19) was led by senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.). Hatalla finished with six kills in 18 attempts with just one error (.278). Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) added five kills, while senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added five each. Tabisz also finished with 15 assists. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added six assists and a team-leading 10 digs.

    The Tigers will return to action on Oct. 10-11 at the Panther Invitational hosted by Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Olivet will play St. Ambrose University at noon (EST) on Friday and Campbellsville University at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, the Tigers will face Davenport University at noon and Taylor University at 4 p.m.

    Oct 08, 2014 10:40:53Oct 08, 2014 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – Just before time expired in the opening half of play, junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) picked up her second game-winning goal in as many contests when she found the back of the net in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The Tigers improved to 4-0 in conference play and sit atop the standings with the 4-1 win over the Trolls.

    Junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) scored first for the Tigers, taking a pass from Hetrick at the 19:23 mark to tie the game up after the Trolls scored just six minutes earlier. Olivet took the 2-1 lead into the break.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished the first half with four saves, with the Trolls taking a total of 11 shots. Vrosh was perfect in the second half, finishing with three saves before being replaced by junior Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.). Siciak picked up one save in just under seven minutes of play.

    Sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) and senior Jordan Gunn (Peoria, Ill.) each added insurance goals in the second period. West took a pass from freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) at the 63:26 mark to put the Tigers up 3-1. Gunn picked up her first goal of the season off of a pass by senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) with just 13 minutes left in the game.

    The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 11 when they host CCAC rival Saint Xavier University (Ill.) at Ward Field at 5 p.m.


    Oct 07, 2014 9:19:26Oct 07, 2014 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. – The doubles team of junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) and freshman Victoria Monakhova captured second place in Flight 1 of doubles action at the Warhawk/Panther Invite hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Oct. 3-4, giving the Olivet Nazarene University women’s tennis team a taste of what the future holds.  Monakhova also took an individual fifth place finish in the No. 1 spot.

    Ultimately falling 8-4 in the flight championships match to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Alysa Straub and Christina Colarossi, the duo opened play by defeating Cardinal Stritch University’s Alexi Loomis and Natalie Grieve 8-2. Round two pitted Buchmann and Monakhova against Whitewater’s Bridgid McGuire and Alicia Beck, with the Tiger pulling out an 8-6 win.

    On the singles side, Monakhova dropped a close opening round match to Hope Flying Dutch’s Claire Cooper 1-6, 6-3, 10-7. She rebounded to win the next two matches, defeating University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Stephanie Londre 8-5 and Milwaukee’s Mardee Merar 8-4.

    Full results: 

    The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 7, taking on Moraine Valley Community College at home. The match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

    Oct 07, 2014 8:54:17Oct 07, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik and Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team are pleased to announce the signing of Brian Pfaff for 2014-15. Pfaff is coming to ONU from the U18 Sockers FC Chicago Academy and Wheaton North High School. After playing his freshman and sophomore seasons for Wheaton North, he joined the Sockers FC Chicago Academy team and plays year round in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League. He is a starting center back for the Sockers team that qualified for the USSDA playoffs last year. 

    As a sophomore, he played on the Sockers FC U16 National Premier League (NPL) team that played in the Dallas Cup (quarterfinalists) and won the Midwest Development League (NPL) regular season title. As a freshman, he played for Chicago Fire Juniors.

    “I feel that God was leading me to ONU from the very beginning, and I am excited to be an ONU Tiger next fall!” Pfaff said about his decision to play at Olivet. “My goal is to maximize the athletic abilities that God has given me to honor and serve the Lord, both on and off the soccer field.”

    “It has been a pleasure to get to know Brian and his family over the last couple of years. Brian will contribute greatly to ONU in soccer and his other activities,” said Coach Blahnik.

    Oct 06, 2014 9:51:26Oct 06, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University freshman running back Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) earned Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week honors for Oct. 6. This is Tyson’s first honor of his career and the first for any Tiger in 2014. He helped the Tigers to their first win of the season and to a 1-0 record in MSFA Midwest play when ONU defeated Trinity International University (Ill.) 36-29 on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    In that game, Tyson rushed 22 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns. His touchdowns were from four and one yard out, the first two of his career, and gave the Tigers two separate leads in the game. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry (long run of 16 yards). He also had one catch for 31 yards. Tyson was not able to finish the game after leaving late in the third quarter. 

    Oct 06, 2014 9:43:40Oct 06, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Thirty second half points, three takeaways and 10 points off returns gave the Olivet Nazarene University football team their first win of 2014 — and most important, a 1-0 record in MSFA Midwest play. The Tigers earned a 36-29 win over long-time rival Trinity International University (Ill.) on Saturday, Oct. 4.

    After the game, Head Coach Brian Fish had the following to say about his team’s performance: “It was good to see our guys respond well to the adversity we’ve faced the first half of the season. Older guys stepped up and led by making some key plays. Young guys are showing that they are getting more comfortable out there. We showed that we won’t back down and will continue to fight, regardless of the situation.”

    The Tigers (1-4, 1-0) won the initial coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. On the opening kickoff, the Trojans (2-3, 0-1) returned the ball all the way out to their 43-yard line but suffered a three-and-out to start the game. ONU didn’t fare much better on their opening drive, fumbling on the TIU 24 after a 42-yard drive. However, following two defensive stops by both sides, ONU was the first to get on the board with a 25-yard field goal with three minutes left in the first quarter when senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) knocked it through.

    The Tigers were able to get the ball back with 1:53 to go in the first quarter when David Diehl (Indianapolis, Ind.) forced a fumble at the ONU 41. Olivet was able to get the ball into the redzone but unfortunately turned the ball over when Gage Buckley (Lompoc, Ill.) was intercepted by Darwin Stone. On the following drive by the Trojans, they tied the game with a 38-yard field goal with 8:31 remaining in the half.

    On the ensuing kickoff, ONU used a 57-yard return by Charles DeLoach (Chicago Heights, Ill.) to set up a 22-yard field goal from Fightmaster to put the Tigers up 6-3. Trinity International missed a 29-yard field goal on their next possession but, after an ONU punt, tied the game before halftime when Jeremiah Carter made a 32-yard field goal as the clock ran out.  

    To open up the third quarter, Olivet was given great field position as DeLoach returned a second kick for 64 yards to the TIU 34 yard line. The Tigers drove nearly 34 yards on five plays to score the first touchdown of the game on a four-yard run by Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.), set up by an awesome catch and run on fourth down by Matt McDivitt (Marion, Ind.). TIU responded on their next possession with a score of their own on a 13-yard pass from Stephen Anderson to Dillon Turk after a 74-yard drive.

    Junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) used a 41-yard kickoff return of his own to set up a second straight touchdown for ONU. They scored on their next possession with another Tyson rushing touchdown, this time from one-yard out. Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) helped with a 52-yard catch that went from the ONU 49 to the TIU 1. The Olivet defense forced a punt and got the ball back with 5:49 to go, but Tyson fumbled with 4:41 to go and the Trojans recovered. However, the Olivet defense was able to keep TIU’s offense at bay and entered the final quarter of action with a 20-16 lead after a Jeremiah Carter 26-yard field goal went through.

    As soon as the fourth quarter started, the excitement did as well. The Trojans took advantage of a Tiger punt and went 80 yards down the field in two minutes, taking their first lead of the game at 22-20, following a Chris Elliott 12-yard run. However, on the extra point attempt, Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) blocked the kick. Lucas Limberg was able to return it over 90 yards which tied the game at 22 apiece. After this point, the Tigers took the ball and drove 67 yards on 10 plays in 4:35. Gage Buckley found Kyle Love (Kankakee, Ill.) for a six-yard strike.  

    The Trojans needed a score to tie the game for a fifth time but they wouldn’t, as Limberg picked off Anderson and ran it back 56 yards to put the Tigers up 36-22. Although TIU tried to make a comeback following an Elliott touchdown catch that made it 36-29, they fell short after Anderson was picked off by Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) with less than a minute on the clock. Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) made a very athletic play to give Prestia a chance at the turnover.

    The offense had their best output of the season, totaling 362 yards and 18 first downs on 64 plays. In his second start, freshman quarterback Gage Buckley executed well all night, passing for 162 yards (10-for-19) and a touchdown while running for another 90 on 14 carries. Antonio Tyson,the Tigers’ freshman running back, was able to garner 99 yards on 22 carries on the ground while adding two scores of his own before leaving midway through the second half with an injury. Tyler Swindle also had a good outing, most notably adding a 52-yard catch and run which set up a one-yard score for Tyson in the third quarter.

    Defense and special teams were again key for the Tigers in Saturday’s win. Charles DeLoach had 121 return yards on two kickoffs, one for 64 yards. Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) had 15 tackles, three of which were for a loss. Ben Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) had nine tackles. David Diehl added to the Tiger turnovers by forcing a fumble and had six tackles of his own. Overall, the Tigers made big plays and continued to get the stops needed to keep a TIU team — who had scored over 40 twice this season — under 30 points.

    Ruemler now has 344 tackles in his career, 21 shy of fifth all-time in Tiger history. He has the Tiger record with 207 solo tackles. If he finishes out the final six games of his career, he will have played the most games of anyone on the top five list (43).

    Quarterback Stephen Anderson led the team in passing, going 29-for-49 for 304 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 42 yards on six carries. Chris Elliott led the Trojans in rushing with 90 yards on 20 attempts, scoring on a 12-yard run. Wide receiver Cory Windle was busy all night, reeling in 10 catches for 123 yards. Dillon Turk and Chris Elliott each caught touchdowns through the air.

    Darwin Stone led the Trojans with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception for 16 yards. Riley Schussler had 11 tackles, one for loss and a forced fumble. Andrew Henry had six tackles and one fumble recovery.

    The Tigers will be on the road next Saturday, Oct. 11, to take on the No. 8 ranked Vikings of Grand View University (Iowa) at 1 p.m.


    Oct 06, 2014 9:21:25Oct 06, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. – In the first of two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Cross-Over dates, the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team had hoped to improve their ranking within the standings, but came away 1-2 on the weekend. In the Tigers first nine sets of the weekend, the score differential was never more than seven points, most often it was two.

    In the opener, Olivet (7-18, 5-4) kept things close with Cardinal Stritch, but couldn’t quite get the upper hand, falling 22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 26-24 to the Wolves. Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the Tigers with 15 kills, while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added 13 and seniors Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) finished with 10 each. Tabisz also dished out a team-high 31 assists, while adding three blocks. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished with 26 assists and added 12 digs in the contest. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 12 digs.

    It took five close sets, but the Lakers of Roosevelt University (Ill.) pulled out a come-from-behind marathon victory over the Tigers in Saturday’s opening match, finally winning 22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-10. DeRuiter was still hot, finishing with 17 kills in the match with just one error in 35 attempts for an astounding .457 attack percentage. She also added five blocks. Tabisz and Hatalla finished with 10 kills each, while Tabisz added 26 assists and Hatalla added 11 digs. Enz finished with 24 assists.

    The Tigers finished the weekend off with a straight set win over Robert Morris University (Ill.), taking the match 25-18, 25-16, 25-20. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led the offense with nine kills with one error in 13 attempts (.615). Tabisz and Enz finished with 16 and 15 assists, respectively. Hatalla added 11 digs.

    The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 7, traveling to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for a 7 p.m. match-up. 

    Oct 05, 2014 11:34:50Oct 05, 2014 -

    MARION, Ind. — With the start of the 2015 season comes a new tradition in scheduling for the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team. Head Coach Todd Reid decided to put five regular season games on the schedule in October 2014 to add more games and to avoid cancellations and conflicts. The Tigers traveled to Indiana Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, to officially play opening day against the Wildcats and gained two wins, 10-4 and 4-0.

    Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (1-0) started Friday’s game and went five innings, allowing three runs — one earned — off three hits and striking out nine batters. Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (1-0) finished the final four innings, recording a save in game one. He allowed four hits, one run and struck out one.

    Senior Bryan Beachy (0-1) went five innings for the Wildcats (0-2). allowing five runs — two earned — off four hits and striking out seven. Jon Keesling finished the final four innings and allowed five runs off nine hits.

    Indiana Wesleyan took an early 3-1 lead after two innings, using two hits and two errors to their favor. ONU (2-0) was able to get a run of their own to keep it a two-run game but wouldn’t score again until the fifth inning. In the top half of the inning, Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.), Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) and Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) all singled. But all four runs were unearned as the Wildcats committed three throwing errors, giving the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Indiana Wesleyan scored in the bottom half to make a one-run game. At that point, the game was suspended until Saturday afternoon because of weather.

    On Saturday, the only team to score was the Tigers; they did so with five runs in the top half of the eighth. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) led off with a double. Colt Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich.) singled to score Altmann, and Jordan Wanner singled again to bring home two. Logan Pollei (Wickenburg, Ariz.) and Hayes had the other two hits in the inning. Foster was able to keep the Wildcats off the board the remainder of the game.

    At the plate for the Tigers, Hayes was 3-for-5 with an RBI, Altmann went 3-for-4 with two runs, and Wanner had two hits, RBIs and runs.

    For the Wildcats, Calvert went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and three others had one hit apiece.

    On Saturday, junior transfer Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) (1-0) took the ball in his first start for the Tigers and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out five. Junior Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) and freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (1) finished the game. Hentschel recorded the save in 2/3 inning of work.

    Kennan Barnett (0-1) started for the Wildcats and went six innings, allowing four runs off eight hits. Brandon Watkins finished the seventh inning.

    Through three innings, the Tigers scored all four of their runs after a Colt Wolfe triple scored Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) in the second inning. In the third inning, Madison Foster doubled and Logan Pollei scored after he started the inning with a double. Altmann singled, giving Foster and Hayes (HBP) a chance to score. For the remainder of the game, there were a combined eight hits and seven runners left on base.

    At the plate for the Tigers, Wanner had two more hits. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) had two RBIs on his lone hit. and Madison Foster had one hit, RBI and run apiece.

    Indiana Wesleyan had only six hits, but Barnes and Birkey went 2-for-2.

    ONU will finish their fall schedule with a three-game set next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11, against St. Ambrose University (Iowa) at Watson Field. Friday’s game is at 3 p.m., and Saturday’s doubleheader is at 11:30 a.m.


    Oct 04, 2014 10:48:37Oct 04, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Saturday, Oct. 4, a win would have meant three straight for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team — something they have failed to do two other times this season. The Trojans of Trinity International University (Ill.) kept the trend going with a 1-0 win over the Tigers, snapping Olivet’s win streak.

    With the weather as a factor for the first time all season, 41 degrees and a strong wind from the south, the Tigers had to make sure it was not an equalizer. However, ONU (6-5, 2-2) was unable to use the wind in the first half, failing to convert on five shots in the first 10 minutes of play. In the 25th minute, Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.) hit the post, and Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) hit the crossbar with six minutes remaining That was the closest the Tigers would get all night.

    Over the next 20 minutes, ONU failed to put the necessary pressure to find the net. However, the Trojans (4-7, 1-3) scored in the 60th minute with Brett Robinson when the ONU defense failed to clear the ball directly in front of the Tigers’ goal.

    For the remaining 30 minutes, ONU required the Trojans goalkeeper to save only two shots, in the 63rd and 81st minutes. Over the final nine minutes, the Tigers had only one shot, and it was wide.

    The Tigers dominated the shot column again, 17 to four, putting four on goal compared to only one for the Trojans. The Trojan goalie, Sean Avila, had a great game, making four saves that would have each given the Tigers the lead and possibly the win.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) started his third career game and suffered his first loss, allowing the only shot he saw go by.

    ONU will be in action again on Wednesday, Oct. 8, on the road against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 4 p.m.


    Oct 04, 2014 8:53:2Oct 04, 2014 -

    FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) saved his best round of the fall season for the St. Xavier University (Ill.) Fall Invite on Friday, Oct. 3. He shot a 76 (+4) and not only led the second place Tigers, but also finished second overall as an individual — only one stroke back of the medalist. The Invite started an hour and half late because of rain delay. The course conditions were wet, cold and very windy with gusts at 30 mph.   

    A total of 38 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,764-yard course. ONU finished tied for second with a team score of 318 (+30), finishing five strokes back of first. The University of St. Francis (Ill.) finished first with a 313 (+25). Holy Cross College (Ind.) tied with Olivet in second, and St. Xavier came in fourth with a team score of 320 (+32).

    Sophomore Cole Evenson led the Tigers with a 76 (+4), finishing second overall. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot a 77 (+5), good for tied for third. Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot an 81 (+9), good for tied for 18th.

    Sophomore Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot an 84 (+12) to finish tied for 28th. Sophomore Stephen Lowe (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot an 87 (+15), finishing 33rd in his first event of the season.

    ONU will return to the course for the NAIA Midwest Fall Classic on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 13 and 14. The event is hosted by St. Ambrose University at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.


    Oct 01, 2014 3:35:43Oct 01, 2014 -

    Olivet welcomed 4,877 traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult studies students for fall 2014 — exceeding last year’s enrollment by 277 — making this the largest enrollment in the University’s 107-year history. This also represents the largest number of first-time freshmen, totaling 780 students.

    “This year’s record number of new students is our largest freshman class ever, and is complemented with a strong group of transfer students from across the U.S.,” said Susan Wolff, dean of undergraduate enrollment. “We celebrate these increases, but most important is the opportunity that each of our students has in this incredible place to experience transformation in all areas of his or her life.”

    Record enrollments are accompanied with a historically high retention of students, which continues to be a strong emphasis for the University. The results of increased efforts to maintain direct communication with students and support them in their educational process are evident in the 77 percent retention of freshman students who entered in fall 2013. This is the highest percentage since 1994.

    “We want our students to succeed, and we are committed to doing all we can to help them,” said Beth Olney, director of Olivet’s Center for Student Success. “This increase reflects the hard work, collaboration and cooperation of many staff and faculty members across campus. In addition, our Center works closely with the family advocates in the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, and the resident assistants and resident directors.”

    These historic highs have inspired and affirmed success across campus. The School of Professional Studies has the largest number of undergraduate majors in its history. Within that School, the Department of Engineering has nearly doubled enrollment since 2011. The Department of Exercise and Sports Science and the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice also report record enrollment numbers. Nursing continues to be the most popular major with a total of 779 in undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

    With more than 1,900 new students enrolled during the last fiscal year, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) is expanding the reach of Olivet. Solid growth continues in all academic areas.

    Now approved by the Higher Learning Commission to host programs in more than 200 locations throughout Illinois — including the extension centers in Oak Brook and Rolling Meadows — the SGCS has also extended the on-ground presence into Grand Ledge, Michigan, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

    In addition, the SGCS is now approved in 38 states for online study and degree programs. Olivet’s newest online program is a Master of Engineering Management degree.

    Olivet’s fall enrollment data is based on the 10-day count, the standard used by colleges and universities nationwide to measure student enrollment. Its timing is based on the start of the traditional undergraduate calendar.
    Oct 01, 2014 10:53:23Oct 01, 2014 -

    WHITING, Ind. – With a straight set sweep of Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team has put together a mid-season, four-game winning streak while moving themselves into third place in the South Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Firing on all cylinders against the Crimson Wave, the Tigers finished the match with an impressive .343 attack percentage, committing just 10 errors in 99 attempts with 44 kills.

    Olivet (6-16, 4-2) staggered the 44 kills over seven players, led by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with nine. Seniors Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) each added eight. The setting duo of junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 36 assists, 17 and 19, respectively.

    On the defensive side of the court, freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) led the Tigers with 10 digs, while Hatalla added nine. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) finished with three blocks, including one block solo.

    Olivet will return to action on October 3-4 when they travel to Purdue University – Calumet for a CCAC Cross Over weekend. The Tigers will face Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday the Tigers will face Roosevelt University (Ill.) at noon and Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 2 p.m.

    Oct 01, 2014 8:44:54Oct 01, 2014 -

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — For the fifth time in 2014, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team put a zero on the board for its opponents at the end of 90 minutes. On Tuesday night, Sept. 30, the Tigers won their second conference game with the aid of a stifling defense and two more goals from senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.). Olivet took a road game from Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) 2-0 in CCAC play.

    Coming off an emotional overtime win over rival Judson University (Ill.) on Saturday night, the Tigers (6-4, 2-1) were anxious to move above .500 with a road win. They did what they needed to do in the first half to keep the Peregrines (4-4-1, 2-1-1) off the board. In the 30th minute, Tyler Gill used his fifth goal of the season to put the Tigers up 1-0. Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) provided a ball from the corner for his third assist of the year.

    Only 12 minutes later as the defense was continuing to keep the ball on the Tigers’ end, ONU went up by a second goal off the foot of Gill. The goal is his sixth and fourth in the last three games. Hoepp assisted on the goal again on another corner kick for his fourth of the season.

    Neither team was able to score in the second half,much to the benefit of Olivet, but the Tigers did have three shots turned back from Peregrine goalie Miguel David.

    The Tigers dominated the shot column again on Tuesday with a 17 to five advantage, putting 11 on goal compared to zero for Purdue-Calumet. Freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) led the Tigers with five shots and three on goal. He is tied with two others for 15 shots on goal this year to lead the team. Through 10 games, ONU has 7.6 shots on goal more than its opponent each game.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) started his second career game and was able to help the Tigers to their sixth win by recording his first career shutout.

    ONU will be at home again on Saturday, Oct. 4, against CCAC opponent Trinity International University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.


    Sep 30, 2014 5:41:7Sep 30, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - With four of five starters returning and over 90 percent of points scored, rebounds, shots and free-throws made and attempted back for the Olivet Nazarene men’s basketball program, the Tigers are prime to end a three-year drought from NAIA national tournament play. Since the Tigers first appeared in the NAIA Division I National Tournament in 1989, they have made 16 trips, the last in 2011. The 2014-15 squad is fully aware of this three-year absence from the postseason, but they aren’t concerned about the past. Instead, their focus is on accomplishing much this year by making their first trip to Point Lookout, Missouri, and the NAIA Division II National Tournament. In his 36th year, head coach Ralph Hodge, a 700-game winner, has assembled a team equipped to achieve the high expectations set before them.

    From Of the 2013-14 team that finished 16-13 and won nine of its final 11 games, – which put them atop the CCAC South Division – only one senior was lost. The Tigers lost a steady, consistent leader in Tony Banks, who graduated in 2014. Banks ended the 2013-14 season averaging 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, with 96 assists (led team), 29.7 minutes (third on team), and 35 steals (led team). He started 55 of the 72 games he played in his four year career.

    Coach Hodge is specific in his goals for the 2014-15 team, “Our number one goal is a championship season; in order for us to be a championship team it will be important for us to develop in certain areas. However, I like our depth at every position with quality and experienced players. We will also benefit from our versatility and can play people at different positions.”

    One of the bright points from the 2013-14 season was the emergence of Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.). The 2013 CCAC Freshman of the Year took it to a new level in his sophomore campaign earning CCAC All-Conference First Team (third-leading vote getter) and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors. Larson is the second youngest Tiger to earn this distinction from the NAIA. In his junior season he will be asked to continue to do more as a leader and statistically from the inside and perimeter; and do it now with much more attention from ONU’s opponents. He will be one of only two from the CCAC All-Conference First Team that return this season.

    He started all 28 games he was available for last season, averaging team highs in points (16.3), rebounds (8.9), free-throw percentage (80.2), field goals made and attempted (181-of 347), and minutes (31.7). He was third in assists (76), free-throws made and attempted (69-of 86), and third in field goal percentage (52.2) and three-pointers made (25). Larson’s 456 points last season put him 140 shy of the 1,000 point plateau and on pace for over 1,700 in his career. He also has 437 career rebounds and is on pace for just shy of 900 in his career. If he achieves 1,700 points and 900 rebounds it will put him in the top eight and top five all-time, respectively, in Tiger history. Only two Tigers in the program’s 48-year history have achieved that feat.

    Larson finished sixth in the CCAC in points (17.2), fourth in rebounding (8.6), 15th in field goal percentage (51.9), third in free-throw percentage (84.2), seventh in offensive rebounds per game (2.3), and first in defensive rebounds per game (6.3). In addition, he scored in double figures in 24 of 28 games last season and finished with 11 double-doubles, he now has 15 in his career. He also added career-highs in points with 30 on February 1 and grabbed 17 rebounds on January 25.

    Joining Larson and returning from the 2013-14 varsity squad are 12 other Tigers, 10 of whom saw time during the previous season. Highlighting that group is Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), one of five seniors on the 2014-15 team, but the only perimeter player in his fourth year. Davis will continue to play some as point guard, but will help the Tigers more as an off-guard this season. The development of other point guards in the program and the desire to get Davis more scoring opportunities will translate into the Tigers becoming more dangerous on the offensive end.

    Davis has started 44 games in his first three years, starting all 24 games he was healthy for a year ago. Following his junior season, Davis was one of 10 named to the CCAC Honorable Mention All-Conference team. He averaged team highs in three-pointers made and attempted (69-of-174) and three-point percentage (39.7). Davis was second in points (15.2), assists (90), minutes (30.0), field goals attempted (277), free-throw percentage (76.4), and steals (29).  He finished the CCAC season 20th in scoring (13.9), fifth in three-pointers made per game (2.4), and fifth in assist to turnover ratio (2.0). Davis is on pace to reach the 1,000 point mark sometime during his senior year, he presently has 743 in his career. He also is currently 13th in three-pointers made in his career (148) and if he makes at least his total from 2013-14 he will move into the top four all-time in Tiger history.

    “Aaron Larson and Austin Davis are special players on our team. They present tough matchups for our opponents thus helping others helping them to be better.” Coach Hodge states, “Obviously, this is a team game and it will be important for us to blend all of our individual strengths into a strong, collective group.”

    Another player on the rise and looking to make a huge impact this season is junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.). Farchmin came off the bench in the first six games as a sophomore, but started the final 23 playing 25.7 minutes per game. He ended the season averaging 10.5 points (fourth on team), 5.4 rebounds (third), 61 offensive rebounds (second) and led the team in free-throws made and attempted (81-of-106, 76.4). Farchmin made 19 three-pointers, shot 47.2 percent from the field and had two double-doubles. He finished in double figure scoring 15 times last season and with a career-high, 26 points, against No. 1 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).Taking from his experience in 2013-14, Farchmin will help bolster a perimeter that will need his size (6-foot, 4-inch) and effort given on every play to improve from last year.

    In order for the 2014-15 Tigers to go where they want, the perimeter play will need added depth and a breakout season in the form of a few young players. Featured from that group is 6-foot, 3-inchsophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) and junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.). Crater played in 28 games as a freshman. Crater was fifth on the team in scoring (8.0), second in three-pointers made (36), and fifth in field goals attempted (206). He will need to continue to mature into his sophomore season and make more of an impact as his role increases, offensively and defensively.

    In the point guard position, junior Alex Thorson returnswith the most experience besides Austin Davis. Thorson played an important role as the primary back-up to Davis playing in 28 games and starting in five when Davis was down with an injury. He averaged 14.5 minutes and 24.4 in the games he started, finishing with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio in the five games he started, helping Olivet to five wins. Thorson averaged 2.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, shot 47.3 percent, made six three-pointers, and finished with 50 assists (sixth on the team). He will be asked to play more as his minutes will be increased with Davis playing more off-guard.

    Alongside Thorson, Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Texas) will strengthen the point guard position as a junior. Tucker in his first full season played in seven games averaging less than five minutes per game. He played significantly on the junior varsity team and will have an opportunity to add depth to an integral position.

    In the offseason the Tiger coaching staff made an effort to add to the perimeter, complimenting the existing roster. Freshman point guard Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) could possibly work himself into minutes in his first season. Goetz averaged a team-high 17.2 points and four assists for St. Charles North High School. During an outstanding senior campaign, he scored 36 points in a triple overtime loss to Chicago Simeon in the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, making eight three-pointers (new tournament record). He was selected as an Upstate Eight First Team All-Conference selection. Local product, freshman Chris Green (Bonfield, Ill.), who is well known in Kankakee County for his time with Kankakee Trinity Academy, will help strengthen the guard positions as a pure shooter. Chris recently broke the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) record for career points (3,391) in 123 games (32.2 ppg). He averaged 33.9 points and made 112 three-pointers in 2013-14 and was named to The Daily-Journal All-Area team. Another local talent that will be familiar to ONU is Bennet Schimmelpfennig (Bourbonnais, Ill.). He is a BBCHS graduate who was the 2013 Country Companies IHSA 4A Three-Point Shootout champion. All three will play on the junior varsity and help improve the depth needed on the perimeter.

    At the same time, the Tigers anticipate a year of growth for a few who return for the Tigers.  Junior Luke Steelman (Aberdeen, Md.), who spent his freshman and sophomore year on the junior varsity, has the ability and athleticism to impact the game on both ends. Also, sophomores Troy Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) and Abe Barwegen (Vicksburg, Mich.), who will continue to lead the junior varsity team; can supply much needed help on the perimeter.

    Ralph Hodge said, “Every year it seems like there needs to be an unknown player step up and impact a team for more wins. With our developing player from our junior varsity team and freshman, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of these guys make an impact.”

    During the 2014-15 season the Tigers’ inside play will look eerily similar to what it did a year ago, mostly because it will be identical including one new addition. Olivet will have 29-game starter, junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.), back following a solid sophomore campaign. Wagner averaged 11.0 points (third on team), 5.9 rebounds (second), shot 63.6 percent (led team), finished with 75 assists (third) and played 25.4 minutes (fifth). He finished 14th in CCAC in rebounds (5.9) and third in field goal percentage (62.6). Wagner has the opportunity to better in his second full season and prove to the rest of the CCAC that he is possibly the best post man in the conference.

    A new face inside for ONU this season is 6-foot, 6-inch (7-foot, 1-inch wingspan) Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria), who transferred from NCAA Division I, Stetson University (Fla.). During his career with Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference, he played in 52 games. He shot 52.2 percent from the field, going 70 percent from the field his freshman season and finished with 14 blocks between both seasons, nine in his sophomore campaign (third on team). Solanke competed against the likes of University of Miami (Fla.), Clemson University (S.C.), and University of Notre Dame (Ind.). Solanke will be a junior starting this season for the Tigers and brings extreme athleticism and an ability to play above the rim. He will be a great addition to the Olivet post game.

    Coach Hodge comments on Solanke’s impact this season. “Transfer Leke Solanke should make our already deep, solid post-game even better. With his addition we can have a dominate inside game.”

    In addition, four seniors will help anchor a post-game that begins and ends with depth for the Purple and Gold. The most experienced senior returning this season is Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.). He has played in 79 career games and played in 28 last season. He averaged 14.4 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and shot 58.3 percent from the field (second on team). In his second full season with the Tigers, Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) started seven of the 29 games he played last year in which he averaged 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. 6-foot-, 10-inch Seth Johnson (Bringhurst, Ill.) predominantly played for the junior varsity team in his first three seasons but got his first crack at varsity play in 2013-14, where he saw action in 11 games. He will get even more of an opportunity this season to make an impression on the Tiger inside game. Standing alongside him will be his brother, 6-feet, 11-inch, Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ill.), who has battled injuries his entire career, but will get a chance to help on both ends of the floor with his presence in the paint. All four will get an opportunity to provide great depth to a post-game that Hodge’s system has consistently used over 35 seasons.

    Hodge comments on the Tigers’ areas of improvement, “We must improve our scoring output and efficiency, increase our free throws made and attempted and get better, consistent play by our perimeter players. Also, we have to be a better second half team. We let too many games get away from us after leading in the second half last year. This will allow us be the championship team we strive to be.”

    While the Tigers’ primary goal is to return to the NAIA National Championship tournament, they would also like to return to the top of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Last year’s 16-13 (14-5) team finished third in the overall regular-season standings and good enough for a CCAC South Division title. However, the Tigers fell in the first round of the CCAC Tournament to Roosevelt University (Ill.). The Tigers haven’t brought home a regular season or tournament title since 2006.

    For the first season since the blending of the division I and II CCAC conferences, the number of teams represented and the schedule will look very similar to last season. The Tigers will play 11 nonconference contests and 19 conference games before the conference tournament.

    Among the nonconference games is a road game on Dec. 3 against NCAA Division II Lewis University (Ill.). The Flyers finished 21-6 last season and return four starters from last year’s squad. Four days earlier and a feature game for ONU will be on the Saturday, Nov. 29 following Thanksgiving. The Tigers travel south on I-57 to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale to play the Salukis representing the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The Salukis finished tied for fourth in the MVC in 2013-14.

    ONU’s only weekend tournament will be in Lakeland, Fla. for the Southeastern University Classic. ONU will play Evangel for a second time on Thursday, Dec. 18 and NAIA Division I Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.) on Friday, Dec. 19. The Lions finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 12 nationally.

    The 2014-15 schedule will be as challenging as the Tigers have ever played, especially with the consistent increased strength of 14-team Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Not to mention the league produced three teams that played in the NAIA Division II National Championships, including Robert Morris University (Ill.) who was a Fab Four participant.  

    Coach Hodge said of the 2014-15 schedule, “It is as tough as usual with the mix of NAIA national tournament teams and NCAA Division II and I opponents. However, we are allowed more home nonconference games early in our schedule as opposed to last year.

    The Tigers are coached by one of the best in NAIA basketball, recent NAIA Hall of Fame inductee, Ralph Hodge. Hodge is ranked third among active NAIA Division II coaches with 705 career wins and 11th in win percentage (.619) (coaches on active top 25 list).

    Other highlights of the schedule include:

    • The Tigers’ will open up with their annual Homecoming game on Oct. 31, the first time since the 2010 season the Tigers will open up in the month of October. Olivet will host the Indiana Institute of Technology. The Warriors finished 16-15 last year and sixth in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Tigers have won seven of their last nine regular season Homecoming games dating back to the 2003-04 season.

    • Four of the Tigers’ first six games will be in McHie Arena, two of which will be against 2013-14 national tournament teams from a year ago. On Nov. 5, the Foresters from Huntington University (Ind.) will be in Bourbonnais and NAIA Division I Evangel University (Mo.) will travel to campus on Nov. 22. Also, on Nov. 11 the Tigers will travel to Davenport, Iowa and play St. Ambrose University (Iowa) for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

    • Following the New Year (Jan. 4) the Tigers will get a crack at perennial NAIA Division I powerhouse, Georgetown College (Ky.). A year ago the Tigers let a 20-point lead get away in a 93-89 loss on the road.

    • The Purple and Gold begin CCAC play with a matchup with Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) as early as Nov. 19. ONU also plays conference opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) at McHie Arena on Jan. 14. Olivet will travel to rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) only three days later on Jan. 17. One of the Tigers’ late season games is with the six-time reigning CCAC Division II champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Feb. 18 in Bourbonnais.  

    Sep 30, 2014 10:4:5Sep 30, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) authored a rare triple-double in one of two conference victories for the Tigers over the seven-day period from Sept. 22-28 enabling her to claim Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week accolades, it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning.

    Tabisz, a sophomore setter/outside hitter, recorded the feat in a five-set victory over Indiana University South Bend on Thursday.  She totaled 10 kills, 31 assists and 11 digs in the match to go along with three assist blocks.  Two days earlier, Tabisz rang up eight kills, 13 assists, four digs and four assist blocks in a three-set sweep of Purdue University Calumet.

    For the two matches combined, Tabisz averaged 4.4 assists, 1.8 kills, 1.5 digs and 0.7 blocks per set, while posting a .191 attack percentage.

    With the two conference wins on the week, Olivet Nazarene improved to 3- 2 in league play.  Overall, the Tigers are 5-16.

    Sep 30, 2014 10:2:42Sep 30, 2014 -

     CHICAGO --- Trinity International University's Samantha Yasatan (Racine, Wis.) claimed her second straight weekly honor, while Olivet Nazarene University's Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.) picked up her first when the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its women's soccer players of the week for the week ending Sept. 28 on Tuesday morning.

    Yasatan, a junior forward, was named the league's offensive player of the week for the second week in a row after totaling six goals in two league contests, including five in one affair.  That came on Saturday in an 8-1 win over Purdue University Calumet.  On Wednesday, she tallied the Trojans' only goal in a 1-1 tie with Judson University.

    With the six goals over the two games, Yasatan now has 14 goals on the season in just seven games with her next-closest challenger in the league at seven goals.  She also leads the conference in points (29), points per game (4.14) and goals per game (2.0).

    Trinity International, which is ranked No. 22 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll, is 5-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in league play.

    While Yasatan was scoring at will, Marcordes was denying the opposition any goals in the Tigers' two league victories last week leading to her being named the CCAC Defensive Player of the Week.  Marcordes, a freshman defender, helped limit Holy Cross College to just one shot – on goal – in a 3-0 shutout victory on Wednesday.  Then, on Saturday, Marcordes and company gained a 4-0 shutout win over Judson University, which came into the contest among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll.  Judson did get 16 shots off, nine of which were on goal.

    The two shutout wins opened the conference season for the Tigers, who are 4-3-1 overall.  ONU is also among others receiving votes in the latest poll.

    Sep 29, 2014 9:35:37Sep 29, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – On paper the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup between the Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team and the Eagles of Judson University appeared to be all even. The two teams were ranked in a tie for second place in the CCAC standings, both teams were receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches Top-25 Poll and both brought nearly identical records to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 27. In the end, however, the Tigers proved that games aren’t played on paper. Olivet picked up a dominating 4-0 win, never really feeling they weren’t in control of the match.

    The two hundred fans in attendance got their money’s worth early as sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) wasted no time putting Olivet (3-3-1) on the scoreboard. Less than two minutes into the contest, West took advantage of a free kick thanks to a yellow card on the Eagles keeper, lofting a perfect rainbow into the upper corner of the net, scoring her second goal of the season. Sophomore Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) found junior Michelle Ditchfield (Berkeley, Ill.) at the 20:24 mark, putting the Tigers up 2-0 heading into the break.

    Combine outstanding play from the defense with the perfect play of sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) and the Eagles didn’t stand a chance. Judson managed nine shots on goal of their 16 total shots on the night. The defensive wall of senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.), freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.), senior Emily Rosenboom (Kankakee, Ill.) and sophomore Kara Huber (Grand Blanc, Mich.) were simply quicker and more disciplined.

    Senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) took a pass from freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), dribbled through a flock of Eagles to find junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) for the Tigers third goal of the night. The explanation point was delivered just eight minutes later when West took care of business again for her second goal of the game to seal the 4-0 victory.

    The matchup was the 21st time the two teams have faced off, with the Tigers regaining the upper hand with 11 wins.

    Olivet returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 2 when Purdue University-Calumet comes to town for another CCAC matchup. The game will take place at Ward Field at 7 p.m.

    Sep 29, 2014 8:15:40Sep 29, 2014 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The young Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team more than held its own at the 2014 Brissman/Lundeen Cross Country Invitational hosted by Augustana Collge on Friday, Sept. 26. The Tigers captured a second place team finish, nestled between a host of NCAA DI and DII schools as well as some of the top NCAA DIII and NAIA programs.

    Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) set the pace for Olivet, finishing seventh overall in the 498 member field. Ray crossed the finish line in 22:08.9. Sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was 11th overall, finishing at 22:45.01. Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) took 31st place at 23:16.4, while senior Kylie Lippencott (Waveland, Ind.) and sophomore Karley Brown (Lees Summit,Mo.) finished back-to-back in 48th and 49th place. Lippencott crossed in 23:43.4 and Brown at 23:45.0.

    Capturing the overall team title with 115 was University of Chicago, with the Tigers not far behind in second place with 146. Rounding out the top five was Bradley University (Ill.) with 166, Ferris State University (Mich.) with 185 and Augustana College with 209.

    Olivet will split the squad on Saturday, Oct.11, with part of the team heading to the NAIA Preview and part going to the Fighting Bees Invite. The NAIA Preview is hosted by Lawrence Sports Corporation at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas.  The Fighting Bees Invite is hosted by St. Ambrose University at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. 

    Sep 29, 2014 7:52:6Sep 29, 2014 -

    ADRIAN, Mich. — For the first time since week one, the Olivet Nazarene University football team was on the road. On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Tigers traveled to play the Saints of Siena Heights in a MSFA Mideast League crossover game. In a defensive battle of teams that were unwilling to allow points, Siena Heights finally scored on a one-yard run with 1:14 remaining in the game to win 7-0.

    ONU won the toss and decided to defer, so Siena Heights (1-2) started the game with the ball on the Olivet 35. After driving 30 yards, the Saints were forced to punt. Upon receiving the ball at their own 20, the Tigers (0-4) started their first drive and, without being able to gain a first down, Olivet was forced to punt themselves. The exchange of punt by the Tigers was the second of seven in the first half.

    Siena Heights’ third possession would have been the first to merit points as Matt Horton attempted a 42-yard field goal, but Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) blocked it, giving the ball to the Tigers at the Saints' 48. The Saints were halted on their next possession on a fourth-and-two attempt when Gino Prestia (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) stopped Julius Taylor for a six-yard loss.

    The stop led to ONU’s first attempt at a score. The Tigers drove 25 yards to the Siena Heights' 35, and Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) missed a 52-yard field goal short.

    At the beginning of the third quarter, the game started as it was played most of the first half; both defenses dominated as the offenses struggled, gaining only a combined one first down through the first three possessions. With nine minutes left in the third quarter, Ron France blocked his second field goal (27 yards) kick of the day, preserving the shutout and giving the ball back to Olivet.

    The fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game. The Tigers' defense forced two red-zone turnovers on both of the first two offensive possessions for the Saints. The first one was a fumble with 13 minutes left which was recovered by Gino Prestia. Travis Zajkowksi lost the ball on the ONU 16-yard line. The second was an interception of Zajkowski at the ONU five-yard line by Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) with seven minutes left on the clock.

    However, following a punt by Derrick Booth (Sacramento, Calif.) — who did a great job of providing the good field position all day — the Saints’ offense was finally able to breakthrough with a touchdown run. The drive was 72 yards (nine plays) covering 3:46 and scoring with just over a minute to play. With their last possession of the game, ONU drove from their own 20 to about midfield but ran out of time and wasn’t able to reciprocate, resulting in the aforementioned final score.

    The Tiger offense was led by freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.), in his first start of his career. He threw for 103 yards (13-for-28) to four different receivers. The leading receiver was Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) who was busy on the day reeling in five passes (39 yards). Despite the passing game that surpassed the century mark, the Tiger running game was unable to figure out the Saints’ run defense for the entire game. The Tigers were also without their starting day quarterback and running back and five offensive starters.

    The ONU defense played a great game, continually denying points to the Saints and allowing 386 total yards and 19 first downs, and forcing two turnovers. Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led the Tigers in tackles with 13 and three of them coming for a loss (six yards). He has 51 through four games, compared to only 28 at this time last year. Sophomore Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) had 10 tackles and one for loss. Gino Prestia recovered a fumble, and Lucas Limberg had the Tigers’ interception. One of the great stories of the day was Ron France on special teams who kept it close for the majority of the game by blocking not only one, but two field goal attempts.

    The Saints' quarterback Travis Zajkowski passed for 246 yards and ran for an additional 46 on the day. Dont’e Fox led the Saints in rushing on 11 carries, running for 53 yards. Travis Damron scored the only touchdown from one yard out. Siena Height’s leading receiver was Reggie Blackmon with seven catches and 69 yards.

    Kyle Connors led the Saints with eight tackles, four sacks (21 yards), and six and a half tackles for loss (44 yards). C.J. Marious had six tackles, three sacks (24 yards) and two tackles for loss (24 yards).

    ONU will be back at Ward Field next Saturday, Oct. 4, in their first MSFA Midwest action against Trinity International University (Ill.) with a 6 p.m. start.


    Sep 27, 2014 8:26:15Sep 27, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Not since Nov. 17, 2012, in a NAIA Opening Round game has the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team won an overtime game (1-0-2). On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, the team needed three unanswered goals to do so against CCAC opponent, Judson University (Ill.). The Tigers used a Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) goal in the 95th minute to finish off the Eagles 3-2 and move to .500 in conference play.

    Before the Tigers (5-4, 1-1) could settle in defensively, the Eagles (6-2-1, 1-1-1) had already moved the ball and scored off the foot of Noah Price, assist by Daniel Fry, when he put it away from straight away off a dead ball. ONU worked on possessing the ball over the next 20 to 30 minutes as both teams accumulated five and six shots. But in the 33rd minute, the Eagles stretched the lead to 2-0 instead of the Tigers' tying the game. Judson’s Matthew Kimmel scored off a rebound.

    After a long halftime that was much needed for Head Coach David Blahnik and the Tigers, they came out and found the net only 2:41 into the half. Freshman Adam Schaeffer (Manteno, Ill.) used a cross from sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) to make it 2-1. The assist was Chatfield’s fifth of the season. Trailing by a goal and needing a score to go to overtime, the Tigers turned up the energy and pressed the offensive end consistently until the 88:15 mark. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) scored his fourth goal of 2014 when Schaeffer played it in from about 40 yards out on the left side. Gill headed it in the tie the game.

    The game went to overtime, and two 10-minute periods would be played unless someone scored. However, the Tigers had plans of ending it early when Fierro used a cross from the right side off the foot of freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.). The goal was Fierro’s second goal of the year.

    The Tigers and Eagles combined for 31 shots and 14 on goal. Olivet had 20 and nine on goal, and Judson put five on goal. Ten different Tigers recorded a shot, and seven put one on goal. There were 33 total fouls called.

    In goal for the Tigers, freshman Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) started his first career game and was able to help the Tigers to their fifth win by recording three saves.

    ONU will be in action again on Tuesday, Sept. 30, against CCAC opponent Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) at 4 p.m.


    Sep 27, 2014 8:53:43Sep 27, 2014 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — With warm temperatures in northwest Illinois, the Tigers were up against a field of 38 other teams without No. 1 Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.), No. 3 Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) and No. 10 Ryan Larkin (Centerville, Ohio) due to minor injury conditions. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team lost by only four points, finishing in third at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Augustana College). The No. 3 ranked NAIA team had had three runners finish in the top ten among a field of 532 runners in the 8K race at Saukie Golf Course.

    The Tigers were led by junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.), who finished eighth with a time of 25:20.2. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in ninth with a time of 25:23.4. Junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) finished 10th with a time of 25:27.3. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 30th with a time of 25:53.9, and senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in 33rd at 25:56.8. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 43rd with a time of 25:31. Junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) finished at 26:25.8 and in 54th place.  

    In all, 29 Tigers ran in the team's second race of the 2014 season.

    The University of Chicago (Ill.) won the event. NCAA Division II Ferris State University (Mich.) came in second, Augustana College (Ill.) came in fourth, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point rounded out the top five.

    The Tigers will run again on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Fighting Bee Invite, hosted by St. Ambrose University in Bettendorf, Iowa. The meet will be run at Crow Creek Park at 11:15 a.m. Also, a portion of the team will be at the NAIA Preview Meet, hosted by the Lawrence Sports Corporation in Lawrence, Kan.; the meet will be run at Rim Rock Farm.


    Sep 26, 2014 10:19:42Sep 26, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – An Olivet Nazarene University volleyball win and successfully raising money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis through the “Autumn’s Army Night” benefit equals a win-win by any standards. Playing in front of a couple hundred purple clad fans, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead against Indiana University – South Bend on Thursday, Sept. 25, but ended up having to go the distance to put the Titans away in five sets.   

    The offensive attack of Olivet (5-16, 3-2) was led by senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) and junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.), both finishing with 12 kills and nearly identical attack percentages of .296 and .273, respectively. Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) finished the night with a triple-double – 10 kills, 31 assists and 11 digs. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) dished out 21 assists, while freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carlton, Mich.) added 29 digs.

    The 2014 have dedicated this season to be “Autumn’s Army”, to help raise awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis research. Little Autumn Olney was born with Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a life-threatening disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. The 2014 Tiger Volleyball has dedicated this season to be Autumn's Army and help raise awareness and funds to help Autumn and others who suffer from this disorder.

     Autumn is the daughter of Kyle and Amber Olney and the granddaughter of Kent and Beth Olney. Kyle is one of the "voices of Tiger Volleyball" on our live video and audio streams. Amber was a four-year member of Tiger Volleyball, playing from 2004-2007  


    "What a great night. I was very pleased with the way the girls came back and dominated the fifth set," said Head Coach Brenda Williams.  "But most importantly we had a great night for Cystic Fibrosis and our MVP little Autumn Olney. We should have a figure soon on what we have brought in for CF research, but we are still selling Autumn's Army t-shirts and bracelets until they are gone. All proceeds will be sent  for CF Research. Thanks to everyone that helped make the night a great success!! Loved all the purple in the stands!"

    All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To find more information or to make an online donation, please visit: 


    The Tigers take a weekend off before returning to action on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The Tigers and Crimson Wave will face off at 7 p.m. in Whiting, Indiana.

    Sep 26, 2014 10:12:36Sep 26, 2014 -

    Dust off your old hoops shoes and get ready for the Alumni vs. Alumni game. In honor of the 10th anniversary of TigerBall, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s basketball team would like to invite all alumni to return to McHie Arena for some fun and fellowship, a little basketball.

    Game time is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. The Tigers would also love to treat you to a reception with the current players and coaches on Friday, Oct. 31 following their Homecoming matchup with Indiana Institute of Technology. TigerBall will take the court at 5:15 p.m. and the reception will follow.

    If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by October 1 to Brooke Peterson at Also, please take a few minutes to help us update our alumni database by completing the online alumni form at:

    Sep 26, 2014 6:48:3Sep 26, 2014 -

    CALUMET, Ill. — For the fourth time this fall, Head Coach Damon Jensen and Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team took the course for competition. The Tigers played in the Troll Classic hosted by by fellow CCAC school, Trinity Christian College (Ill.), at the Calumet Country Club in Calumet, Illinois, on Thursday, Sept. 25.

    A total of 76 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,589-yard course. ONU finished in ninth with a team score of 322 (+38), finishing 18 strokes back of first. NCAA Division I Chicago State, University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Illinois Central College all tied for first with with a 304 (+20). The Trinity Christian College (Ill.) “B” foursome came in fourth with a 314 (+30), and the Trolls “A” team shot a 316 (+32) for fifth.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Tigers with a 77 (+6), placing tied for 12th. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 30th with an 80 (+9). Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot an 82 (+11), good for tied for 35th. Sophomore Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) shot an 83 (+12) to finish tied for 44th. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in tied for 55th with an 86 (+15).

    Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) shot an 86 (+15), finishing tied for 55th. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) shot an 88 (+17), finishing tied for 59th.

    ONU will return to action on Friday, Oct. 3, for the CCAC Fall Preview at the Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Illinois.


    Sep 25, 2014 2:35:18Sep 25, 2014 -


    His route after graduation was not typical. After receiving his diploma, nursing major Matt Bennett ’14 accompanied Jason Martin (senior, Muncie, Indiana) from Chicago to New York City — on bicycle.

    The tour would document the birth of Jason’s comedy career and test their physical stamina as well as their friendship. Determination to inspire the apathetic helped the roommates reach their goal.

    And they did that — after 33 days of pedaling — on July 11, 2014.

    Effort instead of excuses

    During the spring 2014 semester, as he was preparing his senior speech on the topic of failure, Jason realized that he was afraid of following his dreams to become a comedian. “I was making excuses,” he admits. “People our age feel entitled to success, but we have to put in the effort. We should go out and try something without caring whether it turns out badly.”

    This mindset led Jason to begin his campaign titled “What’s the worst that could happen?” Matt agreed to join, and they planned the bike ride to NYC with stops along the way for Jason to perform. Even though a lot of initial feedback was not positive, the financial support of their family and friends eventually exceeded what they had originally hoped for.

    “Most people think we are stupid,” Matt admitted in their promotional video. Some may argue that criticism was justified as Jason had never camped before or ridden on a bike for more than 22 miles at a time, but he contends: “When people tell me I can’t do things, it just eggs me on to do it.

    “But the first day was 77 miles,” he laughs. “That was a hard day.”

    Pedaling for a purpose

    Departing on June 9, Matt and Jason biked between 80 and 100 miles a day, often beginning at 7:30 a.m. When they didn’t have connections to stay in someone’s home, they quit pedaling to pitch tents in parking lots.

    Other times, they camped in strangers’ backyards. In Francisville, Indiana, they asked a man sitting on his front porch if they could pitch their tent on his property. The man was hesitant. “But he agreed when we offered him ice cream,” Jason says. “Then he thought we were cool enough.”

    Matt may have been more comfortable with the physical demands since he had been a collegiate soccer player, but he went along with the theme of inexperience by attempting standup comedy twice. “If I was going to do the biking thing, he had to try comedy,” says Jason.

    Matt admits that he doesn’t remember anything from his time in the lights in Philadelphia. “He got some laughs!” assures Jason.

    Other trip highlights included:
    • Dodging a tornado with the help of a friendly stranger in Logansport, Indiana
    • Being interviewed for a Washington Post story while watching the U.S. vs. Belgium World Cup game in D.C.
    • Making it on The Today Show in New York City and being interviewed by Kathie Lee after waking up at 4:30 a.m. to get in line

    Memories to save, lessons to share

    Both Jason and Matt kept daily journals during their 33-day journey. They also recorded the trip through GoPro cameras strapped to their helmets. As part of the original plan, Jason is making a documentary about the trip, and Matt is writing a book. They hope that both will be available by March 2015.

    “What’s the worst that could happen? Everyone has something they want to do, and this was mine,” Jason says. “We wanted to inspire people to do things with their lives instead of waiting for the ‘right’ time to do it.”

    And 1,100 miles later, the stories of inspired fans continue affirming a bike ride to the Big Apple.

    Sep 25, 2014 1:40:25Sep 25, 2014 -


    Tiger Baseball Alumni Day

    9:00 a.m.       Players arrive, pick up t-shirts

    9:15 a.m.       Stretch, throw and hit in cages w/ teams

    10:00              Team Purple vs. Team Vegas

    10:45              Team Vegas vs. Team Black

    11:30              Team Black vs. Purple

    12:15 p.m.    Lunch (Seed Teams for Championship)

    1:00                Semi-Final            

    1:45                Championship Game



    Alum 2B

    Alum DH

    Alum OF

    Steward OF

    Wanner OF

    Schubert 3B

    Altmann SS

    Wolfe 1B

    Hill C


    UKhlman 1

    Alum 2

    Douglass 3

    Campe RHP


    Alum 1B

    Alum OF

    Alum DH

    Foster OF

    Gulledge OF

    Sevigny SS

    Hill 2B

    Tschetter 3B

    Minton C


    Cericola 1

    Alum 2

    Hojnicki 3

    Bronkema RHP


    Alum OF

    Alum 2B

    Alum DH

    King OF

    Hayes 3B

    Mclain SS

    Klendworth OF

    Warren 1B

    Crater C


    Hentschel 1

    Alum  2

    Rhynes  3

    Shelton RHP

    Sep 25, 2014 11:37:36Sep 25, 2014 -

    JOPLIN, Mo. — Eight Tigers represented the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team at the USTA/ITA Central-East Regional Championships hosted by Graceland University (Mo.) this past weekend, Sept. 19-21. The bracketed tournament was divided into a singles and doubles draw.

    Over a three-day period, the Tigers saw much success, including a singles bracket champion in sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain), as well as two doubles bracket semifinalist teams of senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and sophomore Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.), and junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Mancineiras Cornella.

    The Tigers competed against players from the University of St. Francis (Ill.), Ashford University (Iowa), Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), Graceland University and Missouri Valley College.

    Six Tigers competed in the singles bracket, and No. 6 Mancineiras Cornella won five matches to take home the singles title. He won his first match (6-1, 6-4), second match (6-0, 6-2), third match (6-2, 6-0), semifinal match over No. 10 ranked Chang Tun Jie (Graceland) (6-2, 1-6, 6-2), and the title match over No. 1 Jose Razo from Graceland (6-3, 6-1). Veys reached the quarterfinals with a win over Van Rooijen (Ashford) (6-5, 6-2) and No. 15 Hamilton (Graceland) (6-4, 2-6, 10-3) to reach the quarterfinals. He lost to Chang Tun Jie in the round of eight.

    Senior Peter Jensen won his first match over Alhamzawi (Missouri Valley) (6-5, 6-1) and lost to No. 14 Borja Perez (Graceland) in the second round (6-3, 6-3). Tyler Ellis lost his first match (6-1, 6-0), and No. 2 Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) fell in round one by default. Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) lost in round one to Watson (Cardinal Stritch) (6-1, 6-0).

    In doubles action, the team of Veys and Cornella won 9-8 (3) over St. Francis (Ill.) in round one, 8-6 over Ng/Garcia from Missouri Valley in the second round, and over Parker/Munoz 8-3 in the quarterfinals. They fell to Hamiliton/Tun Jie (Graceland) on their way to the title match by a score of 9-7. Jensen and Ellis defeated No. 4 Pico/Benites (Ashford) 8-3 and then Yanez/Parra 9-8 (4) of Graceland to move to the quarterfinals. In the round of eight, they beat No. 5 Weich/Barros (Cardinal Stritch) 9-7 and eventually lost to No. 1 Razo/Perez (Graceland) 8-3. No. 3 Morales/Sanchez lost by default in round two. Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) and Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) lost to Hamilton/Tun Jie (Graceland) in round one by a score of 8-2.

    Mancineiras Cornella advances to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships held at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C., on Oct. 9-12.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Huntington University (Ind.).


    Sep 24, 2014 9:7:4Sep 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In only six minutes of time on Wednesday night, Sept. 24, between the 81st and 87th minute, there were four goals scored between the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team and CCAC opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.). However, the Saints tallied two other goals, compared to the Tigers’ one, leading to a 4-3 win in the Olivet conference opener.

    Right before the 15-minute mark, sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored his fourth goal for the Tigers (4-4, 0-1), finishing a series of four rebound shots to put Olivet up 1-0. The Tigers led throughout the remainder of the first half and for the first eight minutes of the second.

    The Saints (4-2-2, 1-0) were able to tie the game when Jonghyun Son put it in from 45 yards out on a set piece. With the game at one goal apiece, the Tiger and Saint defense controlled for the next 13 minutes until Tiger goalie Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) went to clear the ball out of his own zone. He miss hit it, and it deflected off of Lukman Ahmed-Shaibu who was able to put in the second goal for the Saints.

    Suddenly trailing by a goal and with only 20 minutes to play, ONU played with more urgency and was rewarded with a penalty kick. Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) missed an opportunity in the 81st minute, but it went out of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick. senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) scored to tie the game; he was assisted by Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.). However, only two minutes later, Fabio Aiello scored on a quick push of the ball unassisted. In the 86th minute, Harry Francis made it 4-2 off a rebound about 25 yards out. The Tigers were the victims of a 4-1 goal turnaround since the 53rd minute. ONU tried one final attempt to tie the game with a Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) header to make it 4-3, but it wasn’t enough as time ran out. Totsch assisted on the goal.

    The Tigers allowed only five shots on goal compared to the Saints’ 11. Olivet put 20 total shots on the stat sheet. Ten different Tigers recorded a shot, and eight had multiple shots. ONU had 11 corner kicks to Holy Cross’s one.

    In goal for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller started his eighth game — one he had yet to see in 2014. He only recorded one save but gave up four goals, the most so far this season.

    ONU will be at home again Saturday, Sept. 27, against CCAC opponent Judson University (Ill.) at 4:30 p.m.


    Sep 24, 2014 10:43:41Sep 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Coming off a 10 day break from competition, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team showed they were well rested, picking up a 3-0 win over Holy Cross College (Ind.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) action on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The Tigers dominated from start to finish, outshooting the Saints 37-1 in the match.

    Just five minutes into the match, Olivet (3-3-1) put a point on the board when junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) took a pass from sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) and found the back of the net from just inside the box.

    Senior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho), appearing in just her second match of the season due to an injury, picked up her first goal of the season off of a goalie block at the 14:18 mark.

    Olivet shot early and often, finishing the opening 45 minutes with 22 shots.  The Tigers were a little too anxious however, missing the majority high and wide as Saints keeper, Hayley Deisinger finished the half with just six saves.

    Tiger keeper, sophomore Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.), was only challenged once saving the only shot the Saints were able to get off on the night.

    Keeping possession on their end of the field for the majority of the game, the Tigers finished with 37 shots, 13 on-goal. Senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) finished with eight shots, two on-goal, while junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) finished with six.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., hosting CCAC rival Judson University (Ill.) at Snowbarger Athletic Field.

    Sep 24, 2014 9:49:18Sep 24, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. – Twenty matches into her 19th season at the helm of the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball program, 30 years total of collegiate coaching, Head Coach Brenda Williams picked up her 800th career win. The Tigers kept Coach Williams on her toes, but finally handed Purdue University – Calumet a 3-2 loss in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

    Olivet (4-16, 2-2) fell behind early to the Peregrines, dropping the opening set 23-25 before coming back to pick up the next two 25-21, 25-17. The Purdue-Cal fought back to take the fourth set 25-14 before succumbing to the Tigers in the final set 15-12.

    The Tiger’s attack was led by senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) who finished with 11 kills with just two errors in 21 attempts for an astounding attack percentage of .429, while adding a team-leading seven blocks. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) each added nine kills, while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added eight. Junior setter, Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added a double-double, finishing with 23 assists and 14 digs. Freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) and senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) combined for 27 digs on defense, 14 and 13, respectively.

    Purdue –Cal (3-8, 0-3) spread their offensive attack around with three players finishing with double-digit kill totals. Gabrielle Martin led the Peregrine with 14, while Carissa Jones and Akeelah Muhammad each added 11. Haley Smith dished out 40 assists on the night, while Samantha Basar finished with 14 digs.

    Williams built the women’s volleyball program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, an NCAA DI institution, coaching for 11 seasons and amassing a 290-227 record before coming to Olivet. In her 18 seasons with the Tigers, she has an impressive 510-324 record including numerous CCAC titles and trips to the NAIA National Championships. She was inducted into the ONU Hall of Fame in 2011 and the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2005. She was named National Christian College Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and has received the honor eight times in the CCAC. She was also named the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 1989 while at UA-B.

    Olivet returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 25 in McHie Arena, hosting Indiana University-South Bend at 7 p.m. The Tigers are hosting “Autumn’s Army” night, a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis. Autumn is the almost two year old daughter of Kyle and Amber Olney and the granddaughter of Kent and Beth Olney. Kyle is one of the "voices of Tiger Volleyball" on our live video and audio streams. Amber was a four-year member of Tiger Volleyball, playing from 2004- 2007. The Tigers have dedicated their season to help raise awareness and funds to help Autumn and those afflicted with CF. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  If you would like to donate, please visit:

    Sep 24, 2014 8:35:55Sep 24, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University gained a sweep of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors after teammates Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) and Matheus Guimaraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the Tigers to a 2-0 week for the seven-day period from Sept. 15-21, it was announced on Tuesday by the conference office.

    Totsch, the CCAC Defensive Player of the Week, was a key figure in Olivet Nazarene's two shutouts on the week, a 6-0 victory over Marygrove College (Mich.) on Thursday and a 5-0 defeat of Moody Bible Institute on Saturday.  The senior defender helped limit the two teams to a combined six shots with only one on goal.  That came in the Marygrove game, which also turned out to be the lone shot for the Mustangs.

    Totsch, who tallied his first goal of the season in the Moody Bible contest, has anchored a defense that has allowed just five goals on the year.

    Guimaraes, meanwhile, gained the league's top offensive honors for the week after producing at least one goal in each of the two victories despite playing just over half of each contest.  The freshman midfielder came off the bench to net one goal against Marygrove and two versus Moody Bible.

    Olivet Nazarene is 4-3 on the season and is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll.

    Sep 23, 2014 3:12:45Sep 23, 2014 -

    Expanding Borders, the First Annual Regional Juried Exhibition at Olivet Nazarene University, showcases the work of Midwestern artists from Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky. An exhibit will open soon at Olivet, and three winners will receive recognition.

    For this exhibition, judges reviewed over 125 submissions, and 35 will be on display at Olivet’s Brandenburg Gallery in the Larsen Fine Arts Center and Strickler Gallery in Strickler Planetarium on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. First, second and third prize winners will be announced during the opening reception and awards ceremony that evening. The opening welcome and comments begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Guest juror for the exhibition is Sergio Gomez, a Chicago based visual artist and owner/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery. A graphic designer and art/design faculty member at South Suburban College, Gomez is the founder/director of 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.

    To compete in Expanding Borders, artists submitted one to three pieces — both two- and three-dimensional — of their work. Any paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture and small installations made within the last three years were eligible for submission.

    There is no admission charge for the opening reception and awards ceremony. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Professor Mary Beth Koszut at 815-928-5612 or
    Sep 23, 2014 2:40:32Sep 23, 2014 -

    On Saturday, October 25, and Monday, October 27, 2014, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team will be hosting two fall ID camps. The two one-day camps are open to students in grades 9 to 12 and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on ONU's Ward Field's with a brand new artificial turf surface with lighting.  

    Please contact Coach Steve LaCosse at or 815-939-5123 to register for either day.  

    Sep 22, 2014 1:55:32Sep 22, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Holiday Inn Express Invitational has built quite a reputation, good enough to attract some of the best NAIA volleyball teams in the nation to comet ot he home court of the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. As with the majority of their games this season, the Tigers didn’t pad their schedule with easy teams as they played host to the invitational on Sept. 19-20 in McHie Arena. Day one saw the Tigers play No. 5 Columbia College of Missouri only to follow that up with No. 14 Grand View University (Iowa), while facing NCAA DII Ohio Valley University (W.V.) and always strong Campbellsville University (Ky.) on day two.

    Columbia showed their power early and often, finishing the three-set match with 46 kills in 108 attempts with just 15 errors (.287) to down the Tigers 25-15, 25-23, 25-17. Olivet (3-16) was led by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with six kills, while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) and senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) each added five. Junior setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) finished with 14 assists and eight digs, while senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) added 12 digs.

    The Tigers came alive in game two, taking the highly ranked Vikings to five sets, falling 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11. DeRuiter finished the match with a team-high 15 kills, while Hatalla added nine. Senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) led the Tigers with seven block assists. Enz added 24 assists and 13 digs to finish with a double-double, while Tabisz finished with 19 assists and three service aces.

    DeRuiter continued to dominate the net, finishing the match with Ohio Valley with a season-high 19 kills. Tabisz dished out a season-high 23 assists on the match, while adding five kills and nine digs. Hatalla tied her career-high with 11 kills and picked up a double-double with 10 digs. Enz also added 21 assists and 12 digs. Freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) added a career-high 26 digs.

    Enz picked up a career-high 39 assists in the five-set marathon win over Campbellsville to finish out the weekend. Down two-sets to none, the Tiger battled back to sweep three sets in a row to win 20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-12. DeRuiter finished with 17 kills in 39 attempts with just seven errors (.256), while Lenzi added 14 kills with four errors in 27 attempts (.370). Junior Melissa Bartholomew (Newton, Iowa) led the defense with 19 digs, while Hatalla added 14 and junior Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) added 11.

    Olivet returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 23 traveling to Purdue University – Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers and the Peregrines will face off at 7 p.m. in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

    Sep 22, 2014 8:51:5Sep 22, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Despite a valiant effort on both sides of the ball, the Olivet Nazarene University football team experienced a tough loss on Saturday, Sept. 20, falling 24-21 to the Cardinals of Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.). The Cardinals overcame an 11-point deficit on two scores through the air. Olivet was unable to overcome the late difference to claim the win, falling by three in the second home game of the season.

    After forcing a quick three-and-out on the Cardinals (2-1) opening drive of the game, junior Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) was able to connect with Antonio Tyson (Bourbonnais, Ill.) on a broken play for a 59-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead with 12:09 left in the first quarter.  In the following series, the Tigers (0-3) were unable to secure the football and lost possession on three consecutive drives. At the same time, the Tiger defense was able to force two punts, and junior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) intercepted Beau Perry in their third possession. On the Cardinals' final series of the first quarter, Corey Turner caught a four-yard pass for a score, making it 7-7.

    After three straight punts to begin the second quarter, M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.) fumbled on a 2-and-9 with six minutes to go in the half. The next Cardinal possession led to 35-yard field goal by Brayden Bennett and their first lead of the game. The remainder of the half was left with punts and an ONU possession that ended on the 50-yard line with an incomplete pass. However, prior to halftime, there was a 45-minute lightning delay.

    Upon returning to the field after the break, freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.) took over for the Tiger offense. In their second drive, they scored on four plays in only a minute and 28 seconds. Buckley ran it in from 11 yards out. Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) caused a fumble to give the Tigers the ball on the possession prior to the touchdown drive.

    Later in the third quarter with only 36 seconds remaining, sophomore Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) ripped the ball away and ran it back for a 65-yard touchdown. This put the Tigers up 21-10 entering the fourth quarter.

    ONU’s first possession of the fourth quarter started with a fumble by Gage Buckley on the ONU 24-yard line. The Tigers were able to stop the Cardinals and get the ball back but had to punt after a four and out. Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) intercepted Beau Perry on the next drive to give the ball back to the Tigers on the Concordia 48. However, they punted for the seventh time after four plays. On the Cardinals' next drive, Tyler Steele led them 69 yards for a Herman Mason touchdown and a Corey Turner two-point play to make it 21-18. ONU punted on the next possession, and Steele again led Concordia down the field for the go-ahead score. Ashton Hundley caught a one-yard score to make it 24-21. The Tigers' final drive went eight plays and to the ONU 45-yard line, but the ball was turned over on downs.

    Three different ONU quarterbacks took snaps on Saturday. Zach Gross started his third straight game but left with a leg injury late in the first quarter. He was 1-for-3 for 59 yards and a touchdown, running for eight yards on four carries. Freshman Derek Durkes (Converse, Ind.) went 3-for-9 and 37 yards. In his debut, Gage Buckley saw his first action in uniform and went 3-for-9, throwing for 47 yards and running nine times for 16 times and a score, fumbling once.

    Antonio Tyson led the Tigers on the ground with 90 yards on 25 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, and fumling once. He also scored the first touchdown of the game, going 59 yards after the catch. M.J. Green rushed for 20 yards on eight carries and fumbled twice. Freshman Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) caught two balls for 42 yards, and senior Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) had two catches for 32 yards.

    The Olivet defense allowed the least amount of yards all season (331). The Tigers also forced the Eagle offense into four turnovers. Senior Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led the way for the third straight game with 11 total tackles, four for loss (seven yards). Sophomore Gino Prestia (Elk Grove, Ill.) finished with five tackles, one for loss (three yards) and returned a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

    Concordia-Ann Arbor threw it 62 times on Saturday, led by 44 attempts from Beau Perry. He went 21-for-44 for 183 yards, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. Tyler Steele came in the fourth quarter, went 12-for-18, threw for 131 yards and made both scores in the final quarter. Ashton Hundley ran for 31 yards on 13 carries. Nine different Cardinals caught passes, Corey Turner had six for 90 yards and a score, and Herman Mason went for five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

    The Cardinal defense was led by Takari Johnson, who finished with a team-high 16 tackles, three tackles for loss (15 yards), two sacks (12yards), one forced fumble and two forced fumbles. Ty Peterson had seven tackles, two sacks (18 yards), and two and a half tackles for loss (23 yards).

    The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. (EST) against Siena Heights University (Mich.).


    Sep 20, 2014 10:7:53Sep 20, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In a matter of 72 hours, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team recorded 11 goals and allowed none en route to two wins. Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) led the way with a goal and assist in the Saturday, Sept. 20, game giving him eight points for the week. The Tigers defeated Moody Bible Institute (Ill.) 5-0 in a home game. Olivet is undefeated so far on campus this season.

    Unlike in Thursday’s game, the Tigers (4-3) needed only eight minutes to score their first goal. Sophomore Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) put away his first goal of the year off the foot from Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.). Fierro headed it in after the ball was crossed in from left side. Following the 1-0 goal, neither defense gave in again until right before the half when freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) scored his second goal for 2014 off a deflection right in front of the goal. Olivet allowed only one shot to Moody Bible (3-4) the entire first half.

    Following the half, Guimaraes was back at it when Hoepp played it in off a set piece, and the ball found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Hoepp was able to get a goal of his own in the 62nd minute to make it 4-0. Henock-Berhanu assisted for a second time in the goal, and Hoepp scored his fifth goal — good for top five in the conference. Finally, senior defenseman Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) scored off a corner kick from sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). The goal is Totsch’s first of the season and made it 5-0. He also played on the Tiger defense that has allowed only five goals all year.

    The Tigers allowed only five shots for the Archers but none on goal. For ONU, nine different Tigers recorded a shot, and two had multiple shots. ONU had 11 corner kicks to Moody Bible’s one.

    In goal for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) finished his fourth career shutout against the Archers. He has a goals against average of 0.74 this season, good for tops in the CCAC. Freshman Collin Hewett (Canton, Mich.) played 21 minutes in his first action of the year.

    ONU will be at home again Wednesday, Sept. 24, against CCAC opponent Holy Cross College (Ind.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 20, 2014 9:40:16Sep 20, 2014 -

    On Saturday, October 4th at 6 p.m., the Olivet Nazarene University football team, in conjunction with Legends Sportsplex, will BLACK OUT Ward Field by sponsoring the “Black Out Ignorance and Spread the Hope” campaign.  On this evening, the team invites everyone to dress in black and help the Tigers support the Village of Hope and the fight against the ignorance associated with HIV.

    The Village of Hope exists to nurture needy children in a holistic manner, to provide excellent secondary-level health care services, and to educate students to excel in character, scholarship, service and leadership to transform the world.  They are primarily focused on special need orphans living with HIV/AIDS.   Founders of Village of Hope, Todd and Amy Block, parents of ONU football player Keegan Block, partner with Project Hopeful ( in order to spread awareness for these children.

    For the past two years, members of the Tiger football program have traveled to San Lucas, Guatemala to serve in an orphanage and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Last season the Tiger Football team kicked off the year with a “spRED the Hope” campaign. This campaign raised over $4,000 in support of the orphanage.  This year, black t-shirts will be sold in the weeks leading up to the game against Trinity International University, with all proceeds going to The Village of Hope in Guatemala.

    Tiger Football would like to thank Legends Sportsplex for sponsoring this event.  

    For more information regarding Village of Hope please view the video



    Sep 18, 2014 10:16:11Sep 18, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following their toughest stretch of the season, playing three road games against teams with a combined record of 12-1-1, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team responded in a big way. During the first home game since August, the team won 6-0, defeating Marygrove College (Mich.) on a beautiful evening. Four Tigers scored goals during the match on Thursday, Sept. 18.

    It took all of 32 minutes before either team scored. At the 31:36 mark, Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) scored his third goal of the season off a free kick around 35-40 yards off the left side of the 18-yard box. Only three minutes later, ONU (3-3) went up 2-0 when sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) found the net when freshman Richard Schneider (Moerfelden-Walldorf, Germany) put the ball on net. It was deflected, earning the assist.

    The Tigers took a two-goal lead into the break, but they were dominating on all fronts. Only 4:07 into the second half, Hoepp scored his second goal of the game off a set piece five yards north of the 18-box. He curved it around the wall and into the right side of the goal to make it 3-0. ONU was pulling away and, in the 53rd minute, senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) headed it in off a corner kick from Hoepp to earn his second goal of the season.

    Only seven minutes later, the Tigers showed that they had no signs of stopping. Marygrove (0-7) couldn’t stop Olivet as freshman Clay Selby (Fenton, Mich.) scored on a deflection, when Aaron Chatfield assisted on the goal. In the 67th minute, freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) put away his first goal of 2014 when Seth Erickson set him up for the Tigers’ sixth goal.

    The Tigers allowed only one shot to the Mustangs and had 17 of their own, 11 of which were on goal. Hoepp led the Tigers with three on goal, and nine Tigers total put shots on Ryan Plonka, the Marygrove keeper.

    In goal for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) came away with his third career shutout against the Mustangs. He had one save on the night, bringing his goals against average to 0.83.

    ONU will be at home again Saturday, Sept. 20, against Moody Bible Institute (Ill.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 18, 2014 7:25:25Sep 18, 2014 -


    “Every audition is a chance to do what I love: perform,” says Merrick Robison ’12, who is pursuing a professional acting career in Chicago. “I’m usually more nervous when I’m about to go in. But once I enter the room, the performer in me kicks in.”

    On September 23, Merrick will appear on NBC’s Chicago Fire — his first time on network television and his biggest break in acting to date.

    Stage beginnings

    “Merrick was always very eager and talented,” says Professor Jerry Cohagan, who serves as Olivet’s theater director. While at Olivet, Merrick acted in several shows, directed “Broadway Revue” and “Number’s Down,” and performed with instrumental and vocal ensembles.

    “More importantly, though,” adds Professor Cohagan, “Merrick had and has a great work ethic—such passion and discipline and commitment.”

    And that work ethic has kept Merrick busy as a Chicago actor.

    Always auditioning

    “Actors audition for a living,” he says. “That’s the life we lead. God has blessed me with the talents and drive to do this, and I love it.”

    He began actively pursuing a career in acting after attending Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ seminars. AMTC prepares Christians to positively influence the entertainment industry. “That gave me the push to move to Chicago,” says Merrick. He moved a year after graduation.

    The concept of AMTC reflects what he learned at Olivet: “Professor Cohagan directed me to look at human material and see the need for Christ,” he says.

    In the Chicago theater scene, Merrick has discovered a mission field as well as a remarkable community. “If you’re an actor in Chicago, you have to have a second job. So you have to love what you do. And after a couple of shows, you start to know everyone.”

    A God-given role

    Two months ago, Merrick saw a casting notice for a role that fit his description perfectly. “It was like God said, ‘What role can I make specifically for you to appear in Chicago Fire?’” He submitted his information and was invited to audition.

    “There are hundreds of applicants, so to be separated from the crowd at that point is a huge deal,” he says.

    After some weeks of waiting, Merrick received a call from his agent telling him that he had booked the role.

    “Just being able to audition in front of very important people in Chicago was cool enough; booking the role was icing on the cake,” says Merrick. “It is a big deal to put Universal/NBC on my résumé.”

    He will appear in the premiere episode of Chicago Fire’s third season on September 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. (CDT), playing a character who is rescued from a fire. “I can’t tell you much, but I can tell you they use real fire,” he laughs.

    Sep 17, 2014 1:30:25Sep 17, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- A first-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships has netted Olivet Nazarene University's Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, NJ) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades for the week ending Sept. 14, it was announced on Wednesday by the conference office.

    Gallagher, a senior, authored a time of 25:06 over the 8K course at the Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais, Ill. to defeat 157 other runners in claiming top individual honors.

    Olivet Nazarene, as a team, also captured first-place honors at the 14-team meet.

    Sep 17, 2014 1:6:8Sep 17, 2014 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Led by junior Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.), the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team finished third at the Battle at Blackthorn, hosted by Bethel College on Sept. 12-13. The Tigers finished with a combined 661 (+85) on the 7,136-yard, par 72 course.

    Wolff capitalized on her consistent play to finish tied for fifth overall in 50 player field.  After shooting an opening round 81, she followed up with an 83 on day to to finish at 164 (+20) on the weekend.

    Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) opened the tournament with an impressive 78, but fell behind on day two shooting an 83 to finish at 165, tied for ninth overall. Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) also showed her consistent side, shooting near-matching rounds of 83 and 82 to finish tied with Bilyue in ninth place.

    Rounding out the top five for the Tigers were junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) and senior Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.). Fisk finished at 167 (+23) with rounds of 84 and 83, while Eckerley finished at 189 (+45) shooting 93 and 96.

    Madonna University (Mich.) captured the team overall title, shooting 639 (+63), followed by Bethel College (Ind.) at 658 (+82). The University of St. Francis (Ill.) placed fourth overall at 674 (+98) with Saint Xavier University (Ill.) rounding out the top five at 681 (+105)

    The Tigers will return to action on Sept. 26-27 at the University of St. Francis Invite at the Autumn Ridge/Cherry Hill Golf Course in Fort Wayne, Ind. Tee times are set for 12:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday and 8 a.m. (EST) on Saturday.

    Sep 16, 2014 2:53:4Sep 16, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — It was an exciting day from the start for the Olivet Nazarene University men's golf team as junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) scored a hole in one (first career) on his first shot of the day, hole No. 11, a 161-yard, par-3. He helped the Tigers finish strong on day two of the two-day event hosted by fellow CCAC school, Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.), at Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, Indiana, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16.

    A total of 41 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,803-yard course. ONU finished with a team score of 639 (+63) and shot 15 strokes better on day two with a score of 312, finishing six strokes back of fifth after trailing by 14 to start the day. Carthage College (Wis.) won the event with a 604 (+28). Owens Community College (Ohio) came in second with a 613 (+37) with the host school Purdue-Calumet finishing third with a score of 614 (+38). Fellow CCAC school, Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), shot a 631 (+55).

    Placing in the top 10 was senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.), who shot two strokes (152: 77-75, +8) better on day two to move up one spot in the standings. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 19th with a 158 (80-76, +14). Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in tied for 25th with a two-day score of 163 (83-80, +19).

    Muzljakovich shot a 170 (87-83, +26), finishing 31st. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) shot a 173 (94-79, +29), finishing tied for 34th.

    ONU will return to action in the Troll Classic, hosted by Trinity Christian College and played at the Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois, on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m.


    Sep 16, 2014 1:35:39Sep 16, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has been ranked as one of the Best Colleges for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report” in its “College Guidebook” and on its website. This is the University’s 10th consecutive year for inclusion on the list.

    “U.S. News & World Report” has shared this ranking in the 30th edition of its Best Colleges rankings and guidebook, which is the most widely recognized list of its kind. Students around the country use the report as a tool to help them find the right college to attend.

    “Education with a Christian Purpose guides everything that Olivet does,” said Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president for academic affairs. “We strive to prepare men and women intellectually, spiritually and relationally for impacting our world in meaningful ways. This recognition is an affirmation of Olivet’s commitment to investing in the lives of our students.”

    The 2015 Best Colleges rankings and data are now available at The guidebook may be ordered online or by calling (800) 836-6397.
    Sep 15, 2014 5:7:48Sep 15, 2014 -

    ADRIAN, Mich. – After suffering a loss to their national rival, the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team headed north to the Siena Heights Classic on Sept. 12-13. In the tournament opener, the Tigers let at 2-1 lead slip through their fingers as Siena Heights scored four unanswered goals to pick up a 2-5 win. The Tigers rebounded in game two, picking up a 2-1 overtime win over Madonna University.

    Off the opening kick, Siena Heights’ Samantha Bartelotti had an open shot to find the back of the net just 28 seconds into the match on Friday night. Olivet (2-3-1) came right back as junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) tied things up at 9:56 on a long shot over the top from 30 yards out off of a pass by freshman Taylre Devine (Chabanse, Ill.). The Tigers took the lead at 30:25 briefly when junior Sarah “Lenny” Lentini (Kouts, Ind.) made her first goal of the season off of a pass by freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.). The Saints came right back with the first of their four unanswered goals just six minutes later on a free kick from 40 yards out to tie the score going into the half. In the closing 45 minutes, the Saints were unstoppable, finding the net three more times.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) played 77:35 of the match, finishing with all five goals against, with four saves. Junior Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) came in to finish the match out, finishing with one save in 12:25 of play.

    Saturday proved to be a better day for the Tigers, coming away with a 2-1 overtime win over Madonna University (Mich.).  The Crusaders struck first, scoring at the 19:36 mark to take an early lead. Junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) capitalized on a pass from Wahl to knot the score at 23:34 in the opening half.

    Wahl found the open net just five minutes into extra time with assists to freshman Sara Chamberlain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) to break the three-game losing skid the Tigers had found themselves on.

    Siciak played the entire 95:29 in goal for Olivet, finishing with four saves.

    Olivet takes a 10 day break from action before opening Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against Holy Cross College (Ind.). The match is set to start at 7 p.m. at Snowbarger Athletic Field in Bourbonnais. A year ago, the Tigers came away with a 6-0 win over the Saints in their only match up of the season.

    Sep 15, 2014 9:18:44Sep 15, 2014 -

    CHARLESTON, Ill. — Only five days prior to the Eastern Illinois University Fall Invitational, the event was added to the schedule for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team. The Tigers traveled to Charleston, Illinois, and competed in the individual round-robin event against NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois and NCAA Division III University of Missouri-St. Louis.

    There were three Flights (A, B, C) in singles play, and doubles had Flights A and B. Junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) finished 0-4 in singles play in Flight A, falling to Touliatos (EIU), Henderson (EIU) in three sets, Mueggenburg (UMSL) and Skolik (EIU) in three sets. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) finished 3-1 in singles play in Flight A, defeating Mueggenburg (UMSL) (3-6, 6-3, 15-13), Heyburn (UMSL) (6-1, 6-2) and Skolik (EIU) (6-0, 6-0), then losing to Touliatos (EIU). Sophomore Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) went 0-2 in singles play in Flight A, losing to Henderson (EIU) and McLarty (EIU).

    In singles Flight B, senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) went 1-3 with a win over Maza (UMSL) (6-4, 3-6, 11-9) and losses to Thompson (EIU), Silva (EIU) and Vidaurre (UMSL). Sophomore Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) won a match against Woodson (EIU) (3-6, 7-5, 10-6). He lost to Vidaurre (UMSL), Lindal (UMSL) in three sets and Thompson (EIU). Sophomore Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) finished with losses to Woodson (EIU), Mazal (UMSL) and Lindal (UMSL).

    In Flight C, sophomore Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) lost in matches to Constantinescu (EIU), G. Reiman (EIU) and T. Reiman (EIU). Freshman Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) went 0-3, falling to Corrales (UMSL), T. Reiman (EIU) and Bower (UMSL).

    The Tigers, in total, went 5-7 in doubles play. In Flight A play. Lopez-Isasi Morales and Jensen defeated Thompson and Constantinescu (EIU) 8-6. They lost to Touliatos and Skolik (EIU) 8-6, and Mueggenburg and Maza (UMSL) 8-7. Navarro Veys and Mancineiras Cornella won two matches: 8-1 over Mueggenburg and Mazal (UMSL), and McLarty and Vidaurrel (UMSL) 8-5. They lost to Thompson and Constantinescu (EIU) 8-7.

    In Flight B doubles play, Tyler Ellis and Tyler Lingle won against Lindal and Bower (UMSL) 8-2 but lost to Heyburn and Corrales (UMSL) 8-1, and Henderson and Silva (EIU) 8-3. Riley St. Clair and Ryan Champlin lost to Reiman and Reiman (EIU) 8-0, and Henderson and Silva (EIU) 8-3 but defeated Lindal and Bower (UMSL) 8-5.

    ONU will be back in action on USTA-ITA Central-East Regional on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19-21, in Joplin, Missouri.


    Sep 14, 2014 4:59:52Sep 14, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – On a night perfect for football, the Olivet Nazarene University football team had a great opportunity to put a win on board in its first game played on the flawless new Ward Field surface. The visiting Robert Morris University (Ill.) Eagles had different plans, however. ONU got off to a strong start, taking an early 13-0 lead. But only three second-half points and key injuries affected the remainder of the game. The Eagles finished a comeback and handed the Tigers a 17-16 loss in the Tigers' home opener.

    After forcing a three-and-out in the Eagles (2-0) first possession, the Tigers (0-2) scored after only six plays, highlighted by two 20-plus-yard runs by running backs senior Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) and M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.). Junior quarterback Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) ended the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Matt McDivitt (Marion, Ind).

    After exchanging a few punts, Olivet Nazarene struck again, this time on a 51-yard bust-out touchdown run by M.J. Green to start off the second quarter. However, following the score there was a blocked extra point attempt by the Eagles. making it 13-0 — which would prove to be costly in the closing minutes of the game.

    After struggling to find continued consistency on offense for the rest of the half, largely due to the injury sustained to the Tigers' Michael Ho-Lewis, the Eagles were able to muster up three points on a made field goal by Josh Techeira after a fake punt in their final possession of the half.

    A seven-minute drive opened up the second half for Olivet, but the Tigers were able to come up with only a 37-yard field goal by senior Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) to make it 16-3. The clock read 8:16 in the third quarter, and it would be important as the Tigers would fail to score for the remainder of the game. Robert Morris went on to score twice before the end of the night.

    Matt Westerkamp found Deshawn Weaver for a 65-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 16-10. Following the Eagles' score, there were three consecutive turnovers and a punt by the Tigers that gave the Eagles the ball at their own 42. Their drive ended with a Weaver 43-yard catch to give them the lead.

    A Robert Morris fumble late in the third quarter and two early punts in the fourth quarter led to the Tigers' best and final attempt at taking the lead back from the Eagles. However, a 49-yard attempt by Nick Paquet (Cadillac, Mich.) was blocked. ONU got the ball back at their own 14 with 5:19 to play but only managed to gain 12 yards and turned it over on downs.

    The Tiger offense got started quick on Saturday night but suffered due to key injuries in the running game. However, there was much improvement from week one. Zach Gross had a steady night passing for 85 yards and a touchdown going 7-for-13, making plays with his feet throughout the night. Senior Michael Ho-Lewis went for 20 yards on three carries before he left the game in the second quarter. M.J. Green was the leading rusher for Olivet, going for 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. 

    The defense played up to par for the entire game, allowing 135 total yards less than last week. The Tigers also forced the Eagle offense into three turnovers. Robert Morris was among the league leaders in turnovers last season. Senior Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) once again led the way with 16 total tackles and a forced fumble. Junior Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) added five tackles, two sacks (five yards) and one and a half tackles for loss (five yards).

    Special teams played a big difference in the outcome, ONU had only half of their combined tries converted, missing one field goal, and Robert Morris blocked an extra point. On the flip side, the Tigers’ punter Derrick Booth (Sacramento, Calif.) had a very productive night, averaging 41.2 yards per attempt on six punts and pinning the Eagles inside their 20 yard line four times.

    Dontaye Johnson finished with eight tackles, one sack (four yards) and a half tackle for loss (five yards). Alex Spanos had seven tackles, three sacks (21 yards), and two and a half tackles for loss (21 yards).

    Eagles' quarterback Matt Westerkamp went 14-for-22 for 195 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and an interception. Lamont Wims dominated the backfield for Robert Morris, garnering 26 carries and totaling 147 yards. Deshawn Weaver caught 10 balls for 169 yards and two scores, one for 65 yards.

    Tigers will be back at Ward Field on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1:30 p.m. against the Cardinals of Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.).


    Sep 13, 2014 11:3:0Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team showed the amount of depth that they hold when nine runners finished the 2014 Illinois Intercollegiate Championship cross the finish line in under 20 minutes each. The Tigers captured first place overall in the 14 team field, with sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) and junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) leading the way. 
    Ray finished third overall in the 93 athlete field, crossing the finish line at 18:13.4. Pilat was not far behind at 18:38.1, finishing in fifth place overall. Sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Livonia, Mich.) finished 11th overall at 19:03.9, while freshman Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.) and junior Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) rounded out the Tigers top-five finishers, crossing back-to-back in 11th an 12th place. Springer finished at 19:17.3 and Faulks at 19:18.5. 
    “I’ve said all along that our ladies are a mid-season team and today they started to show that they are on their way,” said Head Coach Mike McDowell. “Young, but with endless potential.”

     Jessica Disselkoen of Trinity Christian College (Ill.) took the overall individual title, finishing at 18:11.7.  North Central College’s Megan Constanzo finished second at 18:12.0. 

    Led by Constanzo, North Central placed second in the team standings, followed by Judson University (Ill.), Trinity Christian and Elmhurst College (Ill.). 
    Olivet will travel to Augustana College on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the Bissman Lundeen Invitational. The meet will take place at the Saukie Golf Course with the women’s race beginning at 5:45 p.m.
    Sep 13, 2014 10:38:14Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The much needed win, that’s what the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team came away with on Thursday, Sept. 11 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The Tiger’s took the match with Purdue University – North Central in straight sets, putting a nine-match losing streak behind them.

    The Tigers (2-12, 1-1) put together an impressive offensive attack, finishing the match with an amazing team attack percentage of .341, with 39 kills in 82 attempts with just 11 errors. The Tigers also combined for 20 team blocks, limiting the visiting Panthers to just 15 kills on the night.

    Leading Olivet was junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with 11 kills in 14 attempts with only one error (.714). Seniors Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) each added six kills, while senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) led the Tigers with six block assists, while adding five kills.

    The setting duo of junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 25 assists, Enz with 13 and Tabisz with 12. Enz also added 11 digs, along with freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.).

    “A win is always good, this team needed one,” said Head Coach Brenda Williams. “I liked the way we stayed in control.”

    “(Becky) DeRuiter had a great match, a total all-around game. (Renee) Enz and (Kelsey) Geiman both had double figure digs, and 10 team blocks was great to see”.

    Olivet will travel to CCAC rival University of Saint Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Tigers are set to face the Fighting Saints at 7 p.m. in Joliet, lllinios.

    Sep 13, 2014 12:4:0Sep 13, 2014 -

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With a result of the same score (3-2) almost exactly a year ago, No. 12 Grand View University (Iowa) reversed the outcome in their favor. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team upset the Vikings by the same score on Sept. 21, 2013, when the Vikings were a top 10 team, but they were unable to do the same again in 2014. Two late goals by sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) got the Tigers back within one goal with less than 11 minutes to play. But when a third goal escaped ONU, the Tigers experienced a third straight loss.

    Olivet Nazarene (2-3) played the first 18 minutes of the first half without a blemish until Paul Riesthuis was able find the back of the net to put the Vikings up 1-0. Jordan Burns assisted in the first goal of the year for Riesthuis. The rest of the first half, neither team was able to score, but a total of 18 shots were tallied.

    The start of the second half was similar to the end of the first until the Vikings (4-1) benefited from a second goal from Riesthuis in the 59th minute. Jeppe Madsen was able to provide the assist. Down 2-0 and heading into the final 30 minutes of the game, the Tigers couldn’t afford another Grand View goal. At the 77:00 mark, Aaron Scott scored his third goal of the season when he was assisted by Marten Muelenhaus.

    However, only 40 seconds later, Aaron Chatfield provided some excitement for the Tigers when he scored his first goal of 2014 to make it 3-1. Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) assisted on the goal, his first of the season. A minute and 34 seconds later, Chatfield scored again when Miguel Fierro (Urbana, Ill.) provided his first points of the year in his second game back from injury. With only 10 minutes to play, the Tigers were unable to find the net for a third time to tie the game.

    The Vikings outshot the Tigers 22 to 13, and 10 to six in shots on goal. Tuesday’s game was a very cleanly played game with only 24 fouls between the two teams. Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.) and Aaron Chatfield each had two shots on goal to lead the Tigers in shots on goal.

    In his fifth start for the Tigers, sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) had a career high seven saves against the Vikings, seeing 10 shots on goal.

    ONU will be at home again Thursday, Sept. 18, against Marygrove College (Mich.) at 7 p.m.


    Sep 13, 2014 11:5:53Sep 13, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following a cancellation of the Midwest Classic a week ago, the No. 3-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team and Head Coach Mike McDowell finally were able to get on the course at Aspen Ridge Golf Course. The reigning Illinois Intercollegiate meet champions did not disappoint, following up last year’s title by completing the task as back-to-back champions on Friday, Sept. 12, over 13 other teams. The Tigers had eight runners in the top 15. A total of 158 runners competed in the 8K race.

    The course was relatively flat with a couple of minor inclines. It also was soft due to the recent amount of rain, not to mention the 55 degree temperature at race time with light winds.

    The Tigers were led by senior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) who won the race (25:06.5) by more than five seconds. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished fourth with a time of 25:31, only four seconds ahead of teammate, sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.), who came in seventh with a time of 25:35.1. Junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished ninth with a time of 25:38.1.

    Finishing fifth for the Tigers was junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) who finished 25:49.1 and in 11th place. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in 12th at 25:49.4, and junior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) finished 13th with a time of 25:50.

    In all, 14 Tigers ran in the team's first race of the 2014 season.

    North Central College (Ill.) finished second, Augustana College (Ill.) came in third, Harper College (Ill.) came in fourth, and Elmhurst College (Ill.) rounded out the top five.

    The Tigers will run again on Friday, Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill., hosted by Augustana College.


    Sep 11, 2014 2:44:6Sep 11, 2014 -


    Hear about an ordinary woman who served as a nurse during extraordinary times in world history. Susan Fox, R.N., will speak about her book, Little Women of Baghlan, at Olivet on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the auditorium of Wisner Hall of Nursing.

    Susan’s book is the true account of how Joanne (Carter) Bowling answered the call to serve others. Drawing from Joanne’s journal and recordings, Susan documents the many adventures — against the backdrop of world challenges and changes — that took Joanne first to Afghanistan with the Peace Corps in 1968. There, she began a nursing school for Afghan girls. During her career, Joanne witnessed changing social mores, much of the Cold War, the rise and fall of governments, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East. In the midst of change, she faithfully continued to care about and for others.

    After returning from Afghanistan, Joanne went on to direct a medical-surgical unit at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

    A Kankakee County resident, author Susan Fox has been a keynote speaker at The Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, hosted by Dr. Michael Spath, and has read excerpts from her book at one of Chicago’s premier independent book stores, The Book Cellar. The opening pages of the book recently took honors in the nonfiction category at the Writers’ Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Professionally, she has worked as a technical writer for a major consulting firm in the Chicago area and is a member of the Literary Writers Network, currently serving as senior editorial assistant for its online publication, “10,000 Tons of Black Ink.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a nursing degree, and a certificate in technical writing from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

    Fox works at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee; serves on the Human Rights Committee for Good Shepherd Manor in Momence; and is a member of the Kankakee Valley Wind Ensemble. She lives in Momence with her husband, Ken.

    This event is hosted by Olivet’s Kappa Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. All are invited and welcome to attend this exceptional presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

    There is no admission charge, but all attendees are asked to bring women’s scarves and hats as donations. The items will go to “A Pretty Hat for Her,” a supportive effort for women battling breast cancer.

    Sep 10, 2014 11:10:1Sep 10, 2014 -


    How does a community best honor a departed musician and composer who enjoyed a career spanning 50-plus years and over 7,000 performances? Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m., Olivet will host a memorial concert honoring the artistic work of Dr. Ovid Young, who passed away in August. This concert will take place in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel.

    The Ovid Young Memorial Concert will be a grand night of music featuring outstanding musical guests. Soloists include acclaimed soprano Shirley Close, a 1970 Olivet graduate and associate professor of voice at Florida State University; and bass-baritone opera singer Robert Hale. Stephen Nielson — Dr. Young’s musical partner in the Nielson & Young piano duo for more than four decades — will perform on piano. The program also includes Olivet’s Orpheus Choir, the ONU Orchestra, a 240-voice Festival Choir and artists playing the 125-rank Ruffatti pipe organ.

    A Steinway artist, Dr. Young performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. As an organist, he played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — span Europe, Asia and the U.S. From 1974 to 1984, he served as the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

    A 1962 graduate of Olivet, Dr. Young served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5258 or email

    Click HERE for a Downloadable PDF 

    Sep 10, 2014 10:43:36Sep 10, 2014 -

    LIMA, Ohio — For the third time in five days, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer game saw action. The Tigers traveled over four hours to the University of Northwestern Ohio for an afternoon match against the Racers. Olivet would see a second consecutive team without a defeat, and the Racers would leave the game in that way, winning 1-0.

    Early on in the Tuesday, Sept. 9, contest, the Tigers (2-2) and Racers (3-0-1) showed that their respective defenses were both something to be appreciated. Not until the 26th minute of the game did the first shot of goal occur when Adam Waern challenged ONU’s net. Only nine minutes later, Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put one of goal, but Liam Davies was there to save it. The Tigers had a corner kick and one more shot over the next two minutes but were unable to finish. Olivet finished with two more shots before the half but were unable to convert.

    In the second half, the first 20 minutes-plus were played similar to the first half. Following a goal kick by the Racers, Pascal Debowiak scored his fifth goal of the year when he was assisted by Carlos Suarez. The Tigers played the remaining 20 minutes trying to find the tying goal but weren’t able to threaten until five minutes left when Liam Davies turned away two shots on goal by the Tigers.

    The Racers won in the shot column, finishing with 15 shots to ONU’s 12. UNOH had seven on goal to ONU’s four. Tuesday’s game was very physical with 26 fouls and a yellow card handed out. Henock-Berhanu led the Tigers in shots with three on goal.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) had a career high in saves, six, against the Racers. Even though the Tigers have dropped the last two games, they still hold the best mark in the CCAC in goals against average with .500.

    ONU will be on the field again Friday, Sept. 12, against Grand View University (Iowa) starting at 7 p.m.


    Sep 10, 2014 9:56:9Sep 10, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — On a gorgeous day for golf, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team competed in the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fall Invite at Inwood Golf Course. In only their second match of the year, the Tigers tried to better their effort from five months earlier when they finished second and eight strokes better at the same course when St. Francis hosted a spring invite.  

    A total of 95 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,196-yard course. ONU finished with a team score of 311 (+27). The host, University of St. Francis (Ill.), won the event with a 278 (-6). Lewis University (Ill.) came in second with a 288 (+4), fellow CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) finished third with a score of 295 (+11), and North Central College (Ill.) shot a 297 (+13).

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Tigers for the second straight tournament with a 76 (+5), placing tied for 28th. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished tied for 34th with a 77 (+6).

    Three Tigers placed tied for 43rd; senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot a 79 (+8); junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) also finished with a 79; and freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.), in his second match of his young career, came in at eight over.

    ONU will return to the course on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 15 and 16, for the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invitational, hosted by Purdue University-Calumet at Lost Marsh Golf Club in Hammond, Ind. The Tigers play at 11 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Tuesday.


    Sep 10, 2014 9:36:54Sep 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 3 Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) have become a bit of a nemesis to the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team. The two teams have faced each other annually since 2012, the first two times at the NAIA National Championships with the Raiders winning both, eliminating the Tigers and sending them home. On Tuesday, Sept. 9 the Tigers went head-to-head with them on their own turf, hoping to break the streak.  Unfortunately, Olivet found themselves on the losing end of a 2-0 final.

    Lindsey Wilson’s (3-1) Anna Vig found the net at the 32:32 mark off of a pass by Amanda Kander to take an early lead. The Tigers managed three shots in the opening half, but none were on-goal.

    Senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) played an impressive defensive match in the mid-field, breaking up numerous offensive attacks by the Blue Raiders. Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished with five saves, four in the opening half. The Tigers managed five shots on the night, led by junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) with two, none on-goal.

    With time about to expire, Vig found the net again to put the Raiders up 2-0 with just under three minutes to play.

    “Our team played very well in every phase of the game,” said Head Coach Bill Bahr. “The second goal was a result of taking a risk to try to equalize. Ultimately, the game shows that we can still compete with the best.”

    “I am encouraged by our performance and think if we can regularly play like this, we are going to win a lot of games this season.”

    Olivet will head to Adrian, Michigan for the Sienna Heights Classic on Sept. 12-13. The Tigers will face the host Sienna Heights at 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and Madonna University (Mich.) on Saturday at 6 p.m. local time.

    Sep 10, 2014 9:0:47Sep 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Every team needs a break out game - game with high intensity and lots of enthusiasm, where the parts all start to click. On Tuesday, Sept. 9 in McHie Arena that is exactly what the match between Olivet Nazarene University and Trinity Christian College was. The only problem was, it was a break out game for both teams and the Tigers found themselves on the short end of the 2-3 final.

    “It was a fun game to coach and watch,” said Head Coach Brenda Williams. “The team is learning to get their confidence back; they are beginning to play like a team. I loved their fight, they never quit. I really hated to see them lose, but loved the process and what they took away from the match.”

    Olivet (1-12, 0-1) Trinity Christian (4-5, 1-0) both played tough schedules heading into the match. The Tigers had faced seven teams ranked in the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll already this season, while Trinity Christian had faced four. Both saw last night that they tough competition early only helps in a close match later.

    Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) led the Tigers with 17 kills with just five errors in 41 attempts (.293), while senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) finished with an impressive .379 attack percentage with 13 kills in 29 attempts with just two errors.

    Junior setter Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) not only played stellar defense with 22 digs, but also dished out a team-high 26 assists. Sophomore setter Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added 23 assists, while also finishing with seven kills in 18 attempts with one error (.333).

    The Tigers return to action on Thursday, Sept. 11 when they take on Purdue University – North Central (Ind.) at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena in CCAC action. 

    Sep 08, 2014 9:44:31Sep 08, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team that played in the second half of their match with the University of Northwestern Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 6 did not seem like the team that played in the opening half. The Tigers dropped their home opener 0-1 on an early goal by the Racers.

    Olivet (1-1-1), normally upbeat and quick, seemed unusually sluggish or out of sorts in the opening half, not even getting a single shot off. The Racers took advantage of this just four and a half minute into the match when Alice Coyne put a deflected shot into the back of the net.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) kept the game close for her teammates, finishing the first half with five saves. The Racers outshot the Tigers 13-0 in the opening 45 minutes of play.

    In the second half, however, the Tigers came alive. Olivet outshot UNOH 11-5, with three shots-on-goal, all stopped by Racer’s keeper Nadine Stonejek. The Tigers had two other shots hit off the cross bar.

    Olivet will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9, hosting No. 3 Lindsey Wilson University (Ky.) at 7 p.m. The Tigers have some unfinished business they would like to take care of with the Blue Raiders. Lindsey Wilson has been the team to send the Tigers home from the NAIA National Tournament the past two seasons. In 2012, it was the Raiders who squelched the Tigers hopes of the University’s first ever National Championship when they came away with a 3-2 win. Last season, the Tigers fell 1-5 in the round of 16.

    Sep 08, 2014 9:21:55Sep 08, 2014 -

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Eight matches into the 2014 season, the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team has noticed a pattern in the team’s performance. If the offensive attack is playing well then the passing game is struggling, and vice versa. Hoping to snap that pattern, the Tigers headed south to the 2014 Rumpke Invitational hosted by Georgetown College (Ky.) on September 5-6.

    In the opening match, the Tigers (1-11) fell in straight sets to Asbury University (Ky.), 24-26, 13-25, 21-25. Senior Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) led with seven kills in 13 attempts with just two errors (.385), while sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added six kills, while dishing out a team-high 15 assists. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added 14 assists, five digs and two service aces. Senior libero Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) anchored the defense with nine digs.

    Things didn’t get any easier for the Tigers who faced No. 11 Georgetown in their second match of the day, falling 18-25, 16-25, 11-25. As a team, the Tigers mustered a mere 16 kills combined while committing 17 hitting errors in 82 attempts (-.012). Senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.) led with five kills, while Tabisz added four. Enz and Tabisz combined for 15 assists, eight and seven, respectively. On the other side of the net, Georgetown combined for 47 kills.

    Olivet kept things much closer in their third match of the weekend, falling 1-3 to Marian University (Ind.), 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 20-25. Schoenbein and junior Hannah Reister (Mason, Mich.) each finished with nine kills to lead the Tigers. Hatalla, a three-year starter at libero, moved to outside hitter and added four kills, two solo blocks, two block assists and 13 digs. Enz led with 23 assists, while Tabisz added 12 assists and six kills. Freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.) took over the libero roll and finished with 18 digs.

    In their final match, the Tigers struggled early against St. Catherine College (Ky.), dropping the first two sets 7-25 and 14-25, but came back to win the third 25-22 before falling 17-25 in the final. Schoenbein led with six kills in 22 attempts with just one error (.227), while adding four block assists and a solo block. Lenzi added five kills and five block assists. Enz dished out 14 assists, while Tabisz added eight. Geiman finished with 11 digs.

    Schoenbein was named to the Rumpke All-Tournament Team for her performance on the weekend.

    The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 9 hosting Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference defending champion Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7 p.m. in McHie Arena. The Trolls swept the two match series a year ago, winning both in straight sets.

    Sep 08, 2014 9:12:18Sep 08, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — A win in its season opener for the Olivet Nazarene University Tiger football team would end an eight-year drought of victories in week one. The Tigers opened the season, unfortunately, with a loss to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Saints 41-10.

    After gaining possession following a missed field goal by the Fighting Saints (1-0), the Tigers (0-1) were unable to gain traction and ended up punting the ball away. The game was deadlocked as a defensive struggle for much of the first quarter. But as the second and third quarter number came, the 20th-ranked Saints twice scored touchdowns on consecutive drives, taking a 28-0 lead into the fourth quarter.

    Despite the deficit of four touchdowns, Olivet continued to fight and finally broke through in the box score when senior kicker Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.) converted on a 35-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter. In addition to this, despite the tame passing game, the Tigers were able to total 214 yards on the ground. The two biggest contributors were senior Michael Ho-Lewis (Boise, Idaho) and sophomore M.J. Green (Albany, Ga.), who ended up scoring a quick touchdown for ONU on a 25-yard run in the closing minutes of the game.

    Freshman quarterback Derek Durkes (Converse, Ind.) played in his first collegiate game as a Tiger and struggled to get things going against St. Francis, giving up three interceptions and completing three of his passes for a total of 30 yards. Running back Michael Ho-Lewis led all rushers with 125 yards on only 16 carries, while M.J. Green provided Olivet’s lone touchdown and tacked on 59 yards.

    The Tiger defense was forced to hold strong throughout the afternoon, giving up 470 total yards and allowing 147 through the air and 374 on the ground. Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) led all Tigers with 11, two tackles for loss (19 yards) and one forced fumble. Junior Lane Craft (Onondaga, Mich.) added a sack for six yards, two tackles for loss (10 yards), as well as an interception (eight yards), while adding seven tackles of his own.

    Sophomore punter Derrick Booth (Sacramento, Calif.) had quite the day on special teams, averaging nearly 40 yards per attempt and pinning the Saints inside their 20 twice, featuring a long of 51 yards.  

    Fighting Saints quarterback Trace Wanless threw for 113 yards and a touchdown through the air going 5-for-13. He was also St. Francis’s leading rusher with 100 yards on the ground. Wide out Tray Torrence was the main beneficiary of the Saints' passing game, gaining 106 yards on three receptions.

    Mike Passo led the Saints with 12 tackles and had one of the three interceptions for St. Francis. Brett Ditchman had eight tackles and a sack for five yards.

    The Tigers will be back at it this coming Saturday, Sept. 13, for their home opener against Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 6 p.m.


    Sep 07, 2014 11:40:8Sep 07, 2014 -

    SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — A solid effort on Saturday night, Sept. 6, was needed to complete a sweep at the Cougar Showcase against the undefeated host, Spring Arbor University (Mich.). The Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team faced the Cougars on the road and lost by a score of 1-0. The Tigers were unable to convert any of their 11 shots on goal.

    In the first half, the Tigers (2-1) put together a barrage of shots and tallied six only 16 minutes into the game. Again in the 18th minute, Olivet had four shots, two on goal, and a corner kick to take the lead. But they were unsuccessful as Cobi Piper kept the game scoreless for Spring Arbor (5-0).

    ONU started the second half just as they did in the first by attacking the Cougar end, putting two shots at goal in the first eight minutes but again failed to score. As soon as the Cougars got the ball, they quickly scored the first goal of the game when Michael Caccavo headed it in off the foot of Stevenson Storm.

    For the remainder of the game, the Tigers tried to find the equalizer and had many chances with 13 shots in the second half. The Cougar defense and goalie were just there to keep the Tigers out of the net.

    The Tigers again controlled the stat column, finishing with 23 shots and 11 on goal to only eight and five, respectively, for the Cougars. Saturday’s game was more physical than the first two games for the Tigers, as each team had fouls in double digits. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) led the Tigers in shots with five and three on goal.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) saw his first real action of the season facing five shots on goal, finishing with four saves in his third start.

    ONU will play again at the University of Northwestern Ohio on Tuesday, Sept. 9, starting at 4 p.m. (EST).


    Sep 06, 2014 8:58:54Sep 06, 2014 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. — Following the loss of only one senior and the return of a host of solid upper classmen, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team began its fall season. The Tigers played in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawk Invite. The team competed in eight different singles flights and four doubles flights. Sophomore Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) led the Tigers with a win in the No. 2 Singles Flight and, along with his teammate junior Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium), won the No. 3 Doubles Flight.

    The Tigers competed against players from NCAA Division I Chicago State University (Ill.), NCAA Division II Grand Valley State University (Mich.) and Ferris State University (Mich.), Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), University of St. Francis (Ill.) and UW-Whitewater.

    Junior Navarro Veys got things started for the Tigers by playing in the Consolation Final in the No. 1 Singles Flight, falling to Mario Naboa (Chicago State) (6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)0. Mancineiras Cornella won the No. 2 Singles Flight with victories over Raman (UW-Whitewater), Bridges (Ferris State) and Muresan (Chicago State) (6-2, 6-3) in the title match. Junior Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) was one win short of claiming a second title for the Tigers, losing in the championship of the No. 3 Singles Flight to Navratil (UW-Whitewater) (4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)). He defeated players from Cardinal Stritch and St. Francis en route to the final.

    In the No. 4 Singles Flight, sophomore Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) finished third, defeating Grabovic (Ferris State) (7-6, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)) to come away with a win. He defeated Murad (Cardinal Stritch) and lost to Phillips (Grand Valley) in the semifinals. Senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) also was a third place finisher with a win over Penna (Cardinal Stritch) (6-0, 6-4). He beat Da Costa (Cardinal Stritch) in the quarterfinals and lost to Schnarr (UW-Whitewater) in the semifinals.

    Sophomore Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) won the third consecutive third place finish for ONU in the No. 6 Singles Flight. He had to defeat Guimaraes (Cardinal Stritch) and Watson (Cardinal Stritch) (6-2, 6-1). Sophomore Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) fell in the Consolation Final to Zurowski (UW-Whitewater) (6-3, 6-3) after winning over Lauterback (UW-Whitewater) by default. Sophomore Riley St. Clair (Corona, Calif.) finished seventh in the No. 8 Singles Flight with a win over Vugrnick (Cardinal Stritch) (6-0, 6-1).

    In doubles action, Morales and Sanchez made it to the semifinals in the No. 1 Doubles Flight after defeating  Fresse and Le from Cardinal Stritch 8-4. They finished third with a win over Chavez and Sandberg (St. Francis) 8-3. Jensen and Ellis finished fourth in the No. 2 Doubles Flight after winning their first match over Penna and Murad (Cardinal Stritch) 8-4. They fell to Heckman and Phillips from (Grand Valley) 8-3.

    Veys and Mancineiras Cornella won the No. 3 Doubles Flight with wins over a team from UW-Whitewater 8-1, St. Francis 8-1 in the semifinals, and Bole and Sylow (Grand Valley) 8-4 in the finals. Tyler Lingle and Riley St. Clair fell in the quarterfinals of the No. 4 Doubles Flight 8-4.

    ONU will be back in action on USTA-ITA Central-East Regional on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 21 and 22, in Joplin, Missouri.


    Sep 06, 2014 7:4:47Sep 06, 2014 -

    SPRING ARBOR, Mich. — In its second shutout of the season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team displayed offensive fire power. Four different Tigers scored a goal en route to a 4-0 win in the first of two games at the Cougar Showcase hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.). Head Coach David Blahnik and the Tigers defeated Huntington University (Ind.) and will go for a win on Saturday, Sept. 6, to stay unbeaten.

    The Tigers (2-0) used an early goal by junior Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.) when he chipped it in from eight yards out. He was assisted by sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). Only three minutes later, freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put his first career goal in the back of the net from the right side. Junior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) helped in action with an assist.

    For the rest of the first half, the Tigers continued to put pressure on the Foresters (0-3) with shot after shot — unable to manage a third goal but putting 16 shots on the stat sheet. Defensively, Olivet was very solid, not allowing any shots in the first 45 minutes.

    In the second half, junior Tyler Gill got his first goal of the season in the 48th minute when he headed it in off a corner kick from Christian Henock-Berhanu. The Tigers again found the net only nine minutes later on a goal by junior Brett Robertson (Monee, Ill.). Robertson’s first goal of the year was assisted by Gill for his fourth point of the game.

    For the remainder of the game, ONU continued to play strong and put shots on goal. They also played 20 different players in Friday’s win.

    Olivet absolutely controlled in all aspects of the game including shots and shots on goal; 35 to four in shots and 25 to one in shots on goal. ONU also included seven corner kicks to Huntington’s zero.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) saw only one shot on goal all afternoon and recorded a save, finishing with his second shutout of his career in the young season.

    ONU will play again in the Cougar Showcase, hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.), on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m (EST) against Spring Arbor University (Mich.).


    Sep 06, 2014 6:43:25Sep 06, 2014 -

    CRETE, Ill. — Following a successful 2014 campaign and with all but one Tiger back for the new season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team started the fall season on familiar ground. The Tigers hosted the ONU Fall Invite at Balmoral Woods Country Club on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5. Inclement weather forced a three-hour rain delay on Thursday, allowing only nine holes to be played and making the course wet on both days.  

    A total of 46 golfers played in the 27-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,648-yard course. Olivet (A) finished with a team score of 491 (+59), and its second team came in with a team score of 514 (+74). Fellow CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) won the event with a score of 475 (+43), College of Holy Cross College (Ind.) came in second with a 476 (+44), and Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) tied with ONU’s team A for third at 491.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) took off from where he left off in spring 2014 as he led the Tigers with a 117 (40-77, +9), placing fifth. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot a 122 (41-81, +14), finishing ninth. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished 21st with a 126 (42-84, +18). Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) finishedtied for 22nd in his first collegiate action, shooting a 127 (41-86, +19). Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Mich.) rounded out the first team with a 132 (47-85, +24), placing tied for 32nd.

    The Tigers played a second team of five led by junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) who shot a 125 (45-80, +17) and placed tied for 17th. Sophomore Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) was one stroke behind with a 126 (41-85, +18), finishing 20th. Freshman Cody Kinstner (Momence, Ill.) shot a 129 (41-88, +21) in his first action as a Tiger, coming in tied for 28th. In their first rounds for ONU, sophomore Stephen Lowe (Bourbonnais, Ill.) put up a 134 (45-89, +26) (tied for 37th), and freshman Zack Thorson (Philo, Ill.) shot a 136 (46-90, +28) (40th).

    ONU’s junior Darin LaMont (Crawfordsville, Ind.) played as an individual and was unable to finish, shooting 47 (+11) in day one.  

    ONU will return to the course on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fall Classic at Wedgewood Golf Course in Plainfield, Ill., at 11 a.m.


    Sep 05, 2014 11:54:37Sep 05, 2014 -

    LOCKPORT, Ill. – Battling the unpredictable weather, as well as a strong field of competitors, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team still struggles to find consistency. The Tigers fielded two teams at the Prairie State Preview hosted by Lewis University on Friday, Sept. 5.

    Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) posted at team-leading 78 (+6), to finish sixth overall, followed by junior Bridgett Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) at 80 (+8) in ninth. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) finished tied for 17th overall with an 82 (+10). Sophomores Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and Hannah Petraitis (Frankfort,Ill.) finished back-to-back at 24th and 25th, shooting 89 (+17) and 90 (+18), respectively.

    The second Tiger team was led by freshman Tara Schneider (Davidson, Mich.) who placed tied for 20th overall with a round of 85 (+13). Rounding out the team were Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) who posted a 96 (+24), senior Jessie Eackerly (Peru, Ind.) at 97 (+25) and freshman Madison Brown (Linden, Mich.) with a 98 (+26).

    Next up for the Tigers is Midwest Collegiate Invitational at The Preserve Gold Course at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa on Sept. 8-9. Tee times for both days will be 10:00 a.m.

    Sep 05, 2014 11:23:6Sep 05, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – With a thunderstorm looming in the distance, the No. 4 Olivet Nazarene University women’s cross country team was anxious to get the 2014 season underway. The Tigers, who finished fifth at last year’s NAIA National Championship, aren’t satisfied and feel that there is some unfinished business to take care of. So, on a hot and humid afternoon, the new season kicked off with the annual Midwest Classic held at Aspen Ridge Golf Course.

    Leading the Tigers charge was sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), crossing the finish line third overall at 19:05.92. Ray missed most of the spring track season with an injury, but showed signs of complete recovery today. The only two runners to edge her out were Jessica Disselkoen of Trinity Christian College (Ill.) who finished at 18:45.19 and Brianna Hickey of the University of Chicago who crossed at 18:52.77.

    Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) was the second Tiger to finish, coming in sixth overall at 19:09.19. Sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) placed ninth at 19:25.67, while freshman Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.) made the most of her Olivet debut finishing 13th overall at 19:47.89. Rounding out the top five, in 15th place was senior Kylie Lippencott (Waveland, Ind.) crossing at 19:59.97, the last of the sub-20 finishers.

    The University of Chicago captured the overall team title, with their top five finishers averaging 19:15.71. Olivet was not far behind at 19:29.73, followed by Trinity Christian at 20:09.71. Rounding out the top five in the six team field were Moraine Valley Community College (Ill.) and Trinity International University (Ill.).

    "Considering that Sarah Ray was sick and Alyssa Faulks dropped out early, the team performed very well," said Head Coach Mike McDowell. "The University of Chicago ladies are ranked fourth in the NCAA DIII preseason poll and only beat us by 14 points. With our ladies not at 100% and being so young as a team, I believe we competed very well today."

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Sept. 12 as they host the Illinois Intercollegiate at Aspen Ridge. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., with the men to follow.



    Sep 04, 2014 11:17:6Sep 04, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Kara Huber (Grand Blanc, Mich.) sparked a Tiger defense that allowed just one goal over two games, while Calumet College of St. Joseph's Rebecca Berry (Bendingo, Victoria, Australia) made quite the impression in her first week of college soccer as the pair came away as the recipients of the first 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer weekly honors, it was announced on Wednesday morning.

    Huber, a sophomore defender, anchored an Olivet Nazarene defense that went 1-0-1 on the week, including a 2-1 win Friday over Grace College (Ind.), which was among others receiving votes in the preseason NAIA rankings.  The Tigers then tied Taylor University (Ind.) on Saturday, 0-0.

    Over the two games, Huber and her defensive unit limited the opposition to just 13 shots on goal with 12 saves leading to her being named the CCAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week.

    Berry, the CCAC Offensive Player of the Week, was named the Crimson Wave Soccer Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading the hosts to the invite title with a pair of goals and one assist.  The freshman forward tallied a goal and an assist in a 5-1 victory over St. Mary of the Woods College (Ind.) on Friday before adding a single tally in a 3-2 win over Clarke University (Iowa) on Saturday to claim the invitational.

    Olivet Nazarene is ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.

    Sep 04, 2014 11:0:27Sep 04, 2014 -


    Are we alone in the universe? “We Are Aliens” — the newest show added to the collection at Olivet’s Strickler Planetarium — examines that question. This 360-degree digital presentation is from NSC Creative, based in the United Kingdom. The Museum of Science in Boston, the Royal Museums in Greenwich, London, England, and several other planetaria have also shown it.

    The first showings at Strickler Planetarium will be on Saturday, September 13, and Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Each showing also includes a live tour of the Kankakee summer skies and a ride on a space coaster.

    “We’re finding that earth-like planets seem to be common in our galaxy,” Dr. Case says. “Even five years ago, we couldn’t say this.”

    Ideal for all age groups, the show is narrated by Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame. It is also timely because of two current scientific trends in science: discovery of earth-like planets and discovery of thriving ecosystems on earth in places where we wouldn’t expect to find life. “We Are Aliens” combines these two ideas in a fun, family-friendly way.

    “This show is an excellent example of how the scientific community works together to discover, apply and share information,” said Dr. Steve Case, director of Strickler Planetarium.

    As part of the planetarium’s collection, this show is available for viewing by the public, as well as by school and special interest groups who book and request it. Accompanying classroom activities and lesson starters are available. “My four children, ages three through seven, give this show a thumbs up,” Dr. Case added.

    Tickets are $3 per person and available at the door. For more information about viewing “We Are Aliens” and other shows at Strickler Planetarium, go to, call 815-939-5395 or email

    Strickler Planetarium, located near the center of Olivet’s main campus, is a state-of-the-art digital planetarium dedicated to educating the public about the natural world. Constructed in 1967, the recently renovated venue features the Evans and Sutherland Digistar 3 SP2 HD digital projector. This planetarium is one of only a few in Illinois with digital projection capabilities.

    Sep 03, 2014 2:55:19Sep 03, 2014 -


    Olivet's Department of Engineering announces a 90 percent pass rate for its students who took the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during the 2013–2014 academic year.

    Dr. Shane Ritter, chair of the department, underscores that a 90 percent pass rate is a phenomenal achievement. “This test sets the standard across the country,” he says. “Since the average pass rate was 76 percent for 2013 and 84 percent for 2014, our high score indicates that we are on the right track.”

    Passing the FE exam is half of the requirement in order to become a Professional Engineer in the United States; the next step is to pass the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam (PE exam). Generally, engineering students take the FE exam during the fall or spring semester of their senior year.

    The FE exam incorporates several branches of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical and computer, environmental, industrial and mechanical. The exam became computer-based in January 2014 and is made up of 110 questions to be answered in five hours, with additional time set aside for a break and a survey.

    “It was more difficult than I had expected,” says Kaleb Soller, who spent hours in preparation by taking pretests with classmates. “The pretests really helped and made me feel more confident after I took the test.”

    Due to the test’s transition to a computer-based format this year, students received their test results just one week after taking the exam. Kaleb took the test on May 8, 2014; graduated on May 10; and learned his results the very next week. Now he is a test engineer at Honda R&D Americas in Raymond, Ohio.

    Dr. Ritter knows that the high pass rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Olivet’s engineering department. “We are confident that our students are well-equipped to enter the workforce as engineers,” he says.

    Sep 03, 2014 9:15:49Sep 03, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) registered his first collegiate shutout to land Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, for the week ending August 31, it was announced by the conference office Wednesday morning.

    Miller, a sophomore making his collegiate debut in goal, kept all shots away from the net in a 3-0 victory over University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday.

    Olivet Nazarene is among others receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll.

    Sep 02, 2014 10:48:50Sep 02, 2014 -


    In 2009, Ed Gilbreath made his commute to work alongside prophetic billboards advertising Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

    At the time, he was not planning on getting a master’s in philosophy of history. When the purple and gold advertisements caught his attention, Ed had been developing himself as a writer for years. His résumé already included Christianity Today, Promise Keepers’ magazine New Man, and Urban Ministries, Inc. But when he began perusing Olivet’s SGCS website to explore the MBA program, he caught a glimpse of the history option.

    “My eyes lit up,” he says. “I was like a little kid with a toy catalog.”

    He soon found himself at breakfast with the chair of Olivet’s Department of History and Political Science, and Dr. William Dean’s warmth and wisdom added another affirmation to Ed’s interest in the MHIS degree. “I have a passion for connecting the dots between history and present events,” he says. “I felt like the program could enrich me as a thinker and as a writer.” He joined his master’s cohort in 2010.

    Nailing a thesis

    Ed is determined to combat mankind’s unfortunate tendency to forget. “Philosophies and ideas have led to the predicaments and situations that we are in today, but we have a short memory,” he says. As a prominent writer and speaker on issues of race, faith and culture, he knew early on that he wanted his master’s thesis to be about Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of justice.

    A conversation with his professor Dr. David Van Heemst steered Ed toward MLK’s letter written during his Birmingham imprisonment. “I began thinking about the letter as a centerpiece for King’s vision and philosophy. More than any other message from King, it gives you a picture of his theology,” he says. The title of Ed’s thesis became “The Birmingham Epistle.”

    While piecing his paper together, Ed did not foresee publication. “I was not thinking about turning it into a book; I was in survival mode,” he says. Toward the end of reshaping his work and receiving feedback, however, Ed was “finally able to take a deep breath and realize: there’s something here.”

    Beyond a grade

    “I thought it would be easy because I had done the work already,” says Ed about when he first considered publication. “Just smooth out the transitions.”

    But he realized that his ambitions would require additional effort — almost a year of additional effort. He had avoided his natural writing tendencies by making his paper academic, but his editor at InterVarsity Press was looking for something else.

    Ed’s talent as a writer is evident in his ability to rewrite depending on his audience. He added chapters and an introduction as well as a contemporary wrap-up at the end of what is now the published Birmingham Revolution. “Instead of making some tweaks, I reworked almost everything,” he says. “But the heart of the book is still the thesis.”

    He graduated with his MHIS degree in May 2012. In March 2013, he handed over Birmingham Revolution for publication. His first book, Reconciliation Blues, had been published in 2006.

    Today, Ed is employed as the executive director of strategic communication for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife of nineteen years, Dana, and his children, DeMara and Daniel.

    He has also recently “sensed the rumbling” to write another book. “I have some ideas in mind,” he says, “all related to history and connecting the dots.”

    For a man passionate about studying ideas and their consequences, Ed says that his MHIS degree continues to inform all that he does.

    Sep 01, 2014 2:15:57Sep 01, 2014 -

    Expressions of love and admiration continue to pour in, as the Olivet and musical communities honor the life and legacy of Ovid Young. Fellow musicians, friends, colleagues and former students remember a man who lived life to its fullest, glorifying his Savior all the way.

    Among them, Bill and Gloria Gaither, two of the most prolific songwriters and Gospel recording artists of the past century, write:

    “We are both sad and celebrative to hear of the successful passage of Ovid Young to the waiting arms of Jesus and the place He has prepared for those who trust Him. Ovid was a dear friend and collaborator with us in the beautiful ministry of music, the language of the soul.

    “From the years of working with Ovid at the gatherings we called ‘Praise Gathering for Believers,’ to our most recent visits to Olivet for retreats and concerts, Ovid has been a gracious host, a fellow servant of our Lord, and a visionary who shared so many hopes and dreams of a united and redeemed Body of Christ. We will miss him.

    “At the same time, we rejoice that the suffering of these last few miles of his journey on this earth have given way to freedom, joy and total wholeness in every way. It is our hope that many of the young people he so impacted will rise up as an army of loving and convinced ‘music makers’ to take his place.”

    On Saturday, September 27, Olivet will host the Ovid Young Memorial Concert, where some of Ovid’s closest friends and musical collaborators will also pay tribute to his life and artistry. Performers will include Robert Hale, Stephen Nielsen, Shirley Close, George Wolff, Kay Welch, a 240-member student choir and full orchestra. The event will take place at 7 p.m., in Centennial Chapel, on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.
    Sep 01, 2014 11:2:34Sep 01, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Gary Newsome, director of athletics, has been nominated for and accepted the role of serving on the Board of Directors for the NAIA Athletic Directors Association (ADA). The goal of this newly formed Board is to help lead the NAIA into a more productive future, one in which the ADs are at the forefront. This will include recognizing the accomplishments of members and encouraging professional growth.

    “I am honored to have been asked to fill a spot on the NAIA’s ADA Board,” said Newsome of the appointment.  “I hope I can provide some added insight and direction within our association.”

    Entering his seventh year as Olivet’s athletic director, Newsome will also continue to serve on the NAIA National Administrative Council’s Awards and Statistics committee, and as the commissioner of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA). During his tenure at the helm of the Tigers, Olivet has won five consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports Cups and finished fifth in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings — the highest finish in University history.

    One athletic director from each NAIA conference in the country has been nominated to serve on the new ADA Board. Throughout the past year, the ADA Executive Committee, along with an ad-hoc advisory board, has worked tirelessly to help the ADA become a more relevant and participative organization. NAIA CEO Jim Carr has been very receptive to the goal of greater ADA participation in NAIA initiatives, as well as allowing for more opportunity to increase professional development and visibility. 


    Sep 01, 2014 10:56:34Sep 01, 2014 -

    WINONA LAKE, Ind. – It took just over six minutes into the season opener for junior Liz Wahl (Lockport, Ill.) to put the No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team on the board against Grace College (Ind.) at the Grace Classic held Aug. 29-30. The Tigers would go on to win the opener 2-1 before battling Taylor University (Ind.) to a 0-0 double overtime dual on day two.

    Wahl added a second goal in the game with the host Lancers at the 24:30 mark to lead Olivet (1-0-1), to break the tie after Grace’s Mallory Rondeau tied the game up at 12:55.

    Sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) allowed the lone goal while finishing with eight saves. Offensively, the Tiger were outshot by the Lancers 19-9.

    Saturday’s long draw with Taylor was a statistically balanced game, much like the 0-0 score. The Tigers took 20 shots, nine on goal while the Trojans finished with 19 shots, five on goal. Senior McKenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) and junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) led the Tigers with four shots each, both with two on-goal. Taylor threatened more in the overtime periods, with three shots on goal that were stopped by Vrosh.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 6 when they play host to the University of Northwestern Ohio at 1:00 p.m.

    Sep 01, 2014 10:31:15Sep 01, 2014 -

    GAYLORD, Mich. – Rain is rarely the friend of a golfer and that is certainly the case for the Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team. For the second straight year the Tigers have had their season opener cut short by bad weather. Rain forced the cancellation of day two of the Crusader Classic hosted by Madonna University at The Tradition at Treetops, forcing the scores back to the day one finals.

    Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) led the Tigers, shooting an 83 (+11) in the opening round to finish tied for eighth place overall. No far behind was teammate junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) with an 85 (+13) in 13th place. Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) finished tied for 19th place with an 87 (+15), while senior Jessica Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill. ) finished in 30th and 31st, respectively just one shot apart at 93 and 94.

    The Tiger finished tied for fourth in the team competition, shooting a combined 348 (+60). William Penn University (Iowa) captured the team title with a 317 (+29), well ahead of second place Madonna at 332 (+44). Bethel College (Ind.) finished third at 342 (+54).

    Olivet will return to action on Sept. 8-9 at the Midwest Collegiate Invitational at The Preserve Gold Course at Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa. Competition is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. both days.

    Sep 01, 2014 10:12:59Sep 01, 2014 -

    IRVINE, Calif. – Week two of the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball schedule didn’t get any easier than week one. In reality, it actually got harder. The Tigers traveled across the country to the Asics/Wyndham Labor Day Classic hosted by Concordia University- Irvine, facing two of the top ten teams in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

    Olivet (1-7) came out of the gate a little sluggish in the opening match with Carroll College (Mont.), falling 15-25, 11-25, 25-21, 22-25. The Tigers finished the match with just 35 kills in 115 attempts, led by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) with eight. Junior Melissa Bartholowew (Newton, Iowa) added four service aces.

    The Tigers nightcap put them up against the host, No. 2 Concordia Irvine. Despite strong serving by Bartholomew again, Olivet fell quickly 13-25, 10-25, 24-26 to the Eagles.

    “Concordia was big and very fast,” said head coach Brenda Williams. “They are a legit team with all the pieces.”

    Struggling to put solid sets together, the Tigers lost 1-3 to Menlo University (Calif.) to open day two of competition.  Despite solid defense by freshman Kelsey Geiman (Carleton, Mich.), junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) and senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.), Olivet fell 26-28, 25-17, 18-25, 15-25. Offensively, the Tigers ten mustered an attack percentage of just .079 with 41 kills in 139 attempts with 30 errors. DeRuitter led with kills.

    In the west coast finale, the Tigers fell in straight sets to No. 9 Biola University (Calif.), 17-25, 13-25, 19-25.  Offensively, the Tigers put together a solid game against a good team, finishing with 31 kills in 87 attempts with just 10 errors (.241). The setting duo of Enz and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) combined for 27 assists, 15 and 12, respectively.

    Overall on the weekend, the Tigers were led by senior Kaia Lenzi (Beach Park, Ill.). Lenzi ended the four match tournament with an attack percentage of .264 with 20 kills in 53 attempts with just six errors. She also added 10 blocks. Enz finished with 51 assists, while adding nine service aces. Tabisz added 41 assists and nine kills.

    Next, Olivet travels to Georgetown College (Ky.) for the Rumpke Invitational on Sept. 5-6. On Friday, the Tigers will face Asbury University (Ky.) at 2:30 p.m. and the host, No. 10 Georgetown at 6:45 p.m. Saturday the team will square off with Marian University (Ind.) at 11:45 a.m. and Saint Catherine College (Ky.) at 2:00 p.m.

    Aug 29, 2014 9:56:43Aug 29, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — Senior Paddy Hoepp (Frankfurt, Germany) got the 2014 season started off right with two goals in the season and home opener win for the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team on Friday night, Aug. 29. He converted a penalty kick in the fifth minute and a third goal for the Tigers in the 72nd minute to seal the 3-0 win.

    ONU (1-0) captured their first win of 2014 against the University of Michigan-Dearborn (0-2) in front of one of the largest crowds in ONU men’s soccer history. Over 600 fans showed up to support the home team.

    Following Hoepp’s goal that put the Tigers up 1-0, the defense held steady as the offense continued to throw shots the Wolverines’ way, seven in the first half. Just past halftime, ONU converted a missed shot when sophomore Keefer Whaley (Conifer, Colo.) put in a goal who was assisted by fellow sophomore Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.). 

    Even though the Tigers had 12 more shots in the second half, they were able to manage only one more goal when Hoepp put away a rebound. But it didn’t diminish their excellent play in the first game of the year.

    The Tigers dominated in the shot column, 19 to two, and put nine on goal. It was a very clean game with only 11 fouls on each side.

    Sophomore goalkeeper Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) didn’t have any saves in his first win and shutout as a Tiger. He didn’t see a shot on goal all night.

    ONU will play in the Cougar Showcase hosted by Spring Arbor University (Mich.) on Friday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m (EST) against Huntington University (Ind.).


    Aug 29, 2014 2:9:4Aug 29, 2014 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Indy Eleven Professional Soccer made official today the second addition to its roster in recent days with the signing of defender Cory Miller. Per club policy, terms of the contract will not be released. The 26-year-old Miller, a resident of nearby Zionsville, will be available for selection immediately, starting with this Saturday night’s contest against the New York Cosmos.  

    “We liked what we saw out of Cory while training with us in recent weeks and are glad to bring him on board at an important time of our season,” said Juergen Sommer, Indy Eleven head coach and director of Soccer Operations. “Not only does he give us more cover and flexibility in the back, but he’s also a player with professional experience under his belt that can help bring some composure to the group.” 

    After graduating from Zionsville High School in 2006, Miller went on to stand out for NAIA side Olivet Nazarene University in south suburban Chicago from 2006 to 2009, leading the Tigers to their first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and appearance in the NAIA national tournament during his senior season in 2009. During his time at ONU, Miller also spent two summers suiting up for teams in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) – the Atlanta Blackhawks (2008) and DFW Tornadoes (2009). 

    ONU men’s soccer Head Coach David Blahnik commented on Miller, a former assistant coach: “I am very excited for Cory. He has proven himself as a reliable professional soccer player in both the NASL and USL over the last four years. It is especially exciting because Cory is from Indianapolis, a fantastic organization averaging over 10,000 fans per game.” 

    “I’m just excited about the opportunity here with Indy Eleven," Miller said. "I’ve been looking for an opportunity to play since the last USL PRO season, so to make that happen with my hometown team here in Indianapolis is nice. The results for the team have been tough, but I’ve been watching the squad and it’s a good team that’s been built here. I’m excited to come in and contribute to it.” 

    Miller was the first Olivet Nazarene product to play professionally after signing on with the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in 2011, where he played 10 contests during his rookie season. He played the following two years with the USL PRO League’s Los Angeles Blues, racking up 43 appearances during the 2012-13 seasons. 

    “Cory gives us another physical presence that will ramp up the day-to-day competition in training at the center back position,” said Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt. “He’s another talented player with Indiana roots that can help the team down the stretch drive of the fall season.” 

    Indy Eleven will return to action this Saturday, August 30, welcoming the defending NASL Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. A limited number of tickets for the contest, which will include Indy Eleven’s “Indiana Soccer Heritage Night” festivities, remain available and can be purchased at or by phone at 317-685-1100 during regular business hours through Friday. 

    About Indy Eleven Professional Soccer 

    Indy Eleven has kicked off its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL), a professional soccer league based in the United States and Canada. The squad contests its home games at Michael A. Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis. Born Indy Pro Soccer after launching as the 11th member of the North American Soccer League on January 16, 2013, Indy Eleven established its identity 99 days later on the 152nd anniversary of the establishment of the 11th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War on April 25, 1861. 

    Aug 27, 2014 11:38:49Aug 27, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University is recognized as a 2014–2015 College of Distinction for providing innovative, teacher-centered undergraduate education and preparing students for real-world success.

    Nominated and assessed for this honor by education professionals, Olivet excels in all four stated distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

    As a College of Distinction, Olivet is:
    • nationally recognized as an excellent school
    • strongly focused on teaching undergraduates
    • home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences
    • highly valued by graduate schools and employers for outstanding preparation of its graduates

    College counselors, college administrative members and the Colleges of Distinction selection team nominate U.S. colleges and universities for participation. Olivet — along with the other nominated schools — has an excellent reputation among college admission experts and education professionals, as well as employers and graduate schools.

    Olivet now has a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. To view this profile, or to find more information about the online guide, go to
    Aug 26, 2014 11:46:3Aug 26, 2014 -

    Olivet Nazarene University has received unanimous approval from the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to begin offering a new undergraduate major in Special Education on campus beginning in spring 2015.

    “Olivet is committed to providing students who are called by God to teach special education with the opportunity to pursue that calling,” said Dr. Robert Hull, dean of the School of Education. “We’ve had many requests for this major from prospective students, special education professionals and our local community. This major is designed to begin responding to that demand at the undergraduate level.”

    Distinctives of Olivet’s special education major include preparing teacher candidates to be reflective practitioners who pursue longevity and leadership in their careers. Courses are designed to train them to provide emotional support that goes beyond mere behavior management. As part of their coursework, candidates will complete 173 hours of clinical experience in both self-contained special education classrooms and inclusion settings. Olivet students who successfully complete the requirements for this major will receive the Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree.

    This major is the culmination of diligent work by faculty and staff. The process of receiving SEPLB approval began four years ago with discussions among University faculty and staff, as well as discussions with Illinois state representatives. When Professor Brian Stipp joined Olivet’s faculty in 2013, he was asked to shepherd the writing of a curriculum for this new major.

    While conducting an intense evaluation of programs offered by five other higher education institutions and input from top-rated consultants, Professor Stipp and the team listened to input from area schools. Then they began the work of course design.

    “We included over 250 state and national standards in our courses,” Professor Stipp said. “We also had to adhere to State of Illinois requirements and, at the same time, maintain the spirit of the program as we envisioned it. We want our students to be prepared to carry out their vocation of caring for students with disabilities. And we want them to do that with excellence and for a long time. Ultimately, our program has been built to prepare our candidates in a way that honors the God-given dignity of their future students.”

    Joining Professor Stipp in implementing and teaching the courses related to this new major is Dr. Ruth Reynolds. Both are experienced special education teachers. Professor Stipp taught students with a broad range of disabilities in grades one through eight in the Chicago Public Schools for 10 years. Dr. Reynolds brings 34 years of special education teaching experience in Bradley, Illinois.

    Registration for courses related to this major will begin this October. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at or 815-939-5203.

    Olivet’s School of Education is currently listed among Top U.S. Colleges and Universities for Teaching Education by the online College Database. Colleges and universities included on this list offer their students the widest range of education program options.
    Aug 25, 2014 12:6:13Aug 25, 2014 -

    A memorial concert honoring the life and work of Dr. Ovid Young will be held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. This is open to the public.

    Memorial gifts may be made to Olivet's Friends of the Fine Arts Fund or to the Nielson-Young Piano Scholarship at Olivet.


    Dr. Ovid Young '62 passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 24, 2014. A world-renowned and versatile musician, Olivet’s Artist-in-Residence and alumnus will be remembered by the entire Olivet community as a beloved mentor, teacher, inspiration and friend. 

    “The University, and our community at large, has lost a great man,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Although he will be greatly missed, his legacy will live on, and his music will be performed for generations to come.”

    A pianist, organist, composer and conductor, Dr. Young had to his credit more than 7,000 performances in major concert halls, churches and colleges around the world. He performed for audiences in virtually every sizable city in the United States, as well as in England, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Denmark, India and the Caribbean. Millions more witnessed his performances on television throughout the United States, Australia, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union. In 2000, he was named a Steinway Artist and often said that one of his greatest artistic pleasures was playing Steinway pianos.

    As an organist, Dr. Young played many of the largest and most interesting organs in America, as well as numerous cathedral church organs in Europe. Because of his knowledge of and passion for the instrument, he played an integral role in acquiring the mighty Ruffatti Pipe Organ for Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. He took great joy in bringing it to life through University and community-wide concerts.

    Dr. Young’s orchestral appearances — in addition to a ten-year musical directorship of a Chicago-area symphony — include the English Chamber Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Seoul (Korea) Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinu (Czech Republic) Philharmonic, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Aarhus (Denmark) Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Denver, Phoenix and Nashville. He was the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra from 1974 to 1984.

    His many compositions and arrangements are published by several American publishers. A composer of orchestral scores for several feature-length films, he is widely remembered as the pianist-arranger-conductor for the prominent operatic singing duo of Robert Hale and Dean Wilder, and as one-half of the celebrated piano duo Nielson & Young.

    Dr. Young, a graduate of Olivet, served his beloved alma mater in numerous capacities, including his most recent appointment as artist-in-residence for the School of Music. In this role, he performed, taught and oversaw Olivet concerts and recital series, and acted as an ambassador-at-large for the music program.

    For nearly four decades, Dr. Young was commissioned annually by the president of Olivet — first by Dr. Leslie Parrott in 1976 and later by Dr. Bowling — to write an original arrangement of an outstanding hymn or gospel song for presentation by Orpheus Choir and instrumentalists at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate sermon. His latest composition of “How Deep the Father’s Love” for the 2014 Baccalaureate Service was a fitting summary of Dr. Young’s life and legacy. He did “not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom.” Rather, he always pointed back to his first great love and the saving grace of his heavenly Father.

    Dr. Young is survived by his wife, Laura (Rees) '62; two adult sons: Kirk '85 and Erik '94 and his wife, Heather; and six grandchildren.