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  • Apr 27, 2015 1:18:18Apr 27, 2015 -

    Four students in Olivet's School of Nursing and Health Sciences have received the prestigious NURSE Corps Scholarship. These were awarded for fiscal year 2014 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    The scholarship recipients are:
    Larina Branch, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Lansing, Illinois
    Margaret Luckenbill, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Bethany, Illinois
    Kendra Vansant, graduate student, Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program, Champaign, Illinois
    Brianna Wolf, senior, nursing major, Bourbonnais, Illinois

    These students received the NURSE Corps Scholarship for their commitment to primary care. The scholarship enables these students to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible critical shortage facility for at least two years after graduation. They will earn the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.

    “We are proud of these Olivet students and their willingness to use their skills and education in service to the underserved,” said Dr. Linda Davison, dean of Olivet’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Their dedication to nursing is demonstrated by their commitment to being part of the NURSE Corps program.”

    For fiscal year 2014, HRSA received a total of 2,467 applications from students at more than 700 schools. Olivet ranked among the top 20 schools for number of students receiving these scholarships. Less than 10 percent of the applicants received the scholarship. The application process is highly competitive, and those applying must fulfill several requirements, including professional reference letters, transcripts, résumé and an essay.

    “After graduation, I’ll be studying for my family nurse practitioner board exams,” said Larina Branch, one of the scholarship recipients. “When I’m licensed, I plan to get out there and focus on patient care. I want to care for my patients and see the difference I’m making in their lives.”

    NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career. Committed to building healthier communities in urban, rural and frontier areas, this organization supports nursing and nursing students as they work in communities with inadequate access to care. The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program has helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002 and helped more than 2,200 dedicated nurses provide quality care where they are needed most.
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    Apr 27, 2015 12:24:13Apr 27, 2015 -

    LISLE, Ill. - It was another great outing for the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team on this time at the Benedictine University Twilight Invitational on Friday, April 24. The Tigers captured third place overall in the 20 team field, led by Kylie Bradley and Amy Blucker who each posted top three finishes in three events.

    Bradley (Portland, Tenn.), a sophomore, best finish was second in the javelin where she posted a toss of 36.34m (119' 3"). She also finished third in both the long jump with a jump of 5.26m (17' 3.25") and the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.40.

    Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) finished the day with a first, second and third place finish. Her top finish came in the shot put with a toss of 14.62m (47' 11.75"). She then finished second in the discus with a throw of 45.10m (147' 11") and third in the hammer throw with a throw of 49.59m (162' 8").

    Other top finishes:

    • Hannah Gee (McKinney, Texas), third place, discus (44.91m, 147' 4")
    • Carlie Vannatta, fourth place, discus (40.51m, 132' 11")
    • Emily Reader, third place, pole vault (3.49m, 11' 5.25")
    • Anna Stiker, fourth place, pole vault (3.49m, 11' 5.25")
    Olivet sent a split squad to the Drake Relays, the top Tiger finish was a "B" qualifying time of 9:28.86 by the 4x800m relay team of Karley Brown, Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Lippencott and Alexa Beezhold. 

    The Tigers return to action at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on May 1-2. The two-day event is hosted by the University of St. Francis (Ill.) at ATI Memorial Stadium in Joliet, Illinois. 

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    Apr 27, 2015 12:20:8Apr 27, 2015 -

    WESTFIELD, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team got just what they needed on Friday, April 24 on the road at Purdue University -North Central (Ind.)…two wins. The Tigers, who have struggled of late, picked up two wins in their final Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference regular season games. The wins came just in time to start preparing for the CCAC Tournament, where everyone starts over and it's anyone's to win.

    In the opener, Olivet (28-21, 11-11) picked up a 13-3 win over the Panthers off of 13 hits. Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) was near perfect at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including a home run. Freshman Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) added a three hit performance, also connecting for a home run.

    In the circle, freshman Jaime Kiefer ( ) picked up the win, throwing five innings. She allowed three hits and three run, striking out five and walking one. Freshman Erica Cebulski ( ) threw the final two innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.

    In the nightcap, the Tiger offense stayed hot, collecting 16 hits.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Megyesi and freshman Sarah Collalti ( ) also added three hits. Megyesi connected for her second homer of the day, Collalti added a double.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow ( ) got the win for the Tigers, throwing five innings. She allowed four hits and one run, striking out seven and walking four. Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) tossed the final two innings, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out one.

    Olivet will return to action on Thursday, April 30 in the CCAC Tournament. Brackets have not been finalized. All games will be hosted by Roosevelt University (Ill.) in Rosemont, Illinois. 

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    Apr 26, 2015 11:43:26Apr 26, 2015 -

    LISLE, Ill. — During the last weekend in April, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team appeared in two separate meets: the world-renowned Drake Relays (Iowa) and the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University (Ill.). 

    Olivet finished second of 20 teams at the Twilight Invite — the fourth time this outdoor season they have finished in the top four at a meet. Each of three Tigers won his respective event. The 12th ranked discus thrower in the world and third in the U.S., junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.), again won the discus with a throw of 54.33 meters. He also won the shot put with a mark of 16.33 meters. Fellow thrower, junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.), won the hammer throw with a mark of 51.54 meters. He also placed fourth in the shot put (14.75 meters) and second in the discus (46.20 meters). Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.70 meters.

    Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 14.22 meters, and was a third-place finisher in the long jump (6.73 meters). Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.62 and helped the 4x100 meter relay team finish fourth with a time of 42.97. He was joined by Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.), Tyson Lersch (Archbold, Ohio) and Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.). Booth also threw the javelin, finishing 14th (41.23 meters). Sophomore Brandon Baker (Lakeland, Fla.) placed sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.40. Senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) came in seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.19. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) was a fifth-place finisher in the 1500 meter run (3:56.57).

    In the 3000 meter steeplechase, sophomore Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in sixth (9:44.34). In the high jump, junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in fifth in with a mark of 1.95 meters.

    At the Drake Relays, the 4x100 meter relay team of Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.), Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) competed in the College Division Heat One Preliminaries and ran a 41.78 (third place). Zidek, Gordon, Hutchison and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) also ran the 4x200 meter relay in the College Division Section 3 and finished 1:26.90 (sixth place).

    ONU will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, for the CCAC Championships hosted by University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

    Results

    Drake Results

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    Apr 26, 2015 11:19:55Apr 26, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — A bid for a fourth consecutive CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, April 25, was spoiled when the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis ran into the Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) team. The Wolves took it from the Tigers 5-0. ONU failed to gain a point on the road after completing the regular season unscathed.

    In the Tigers' (12-6) loss to Cardinal Stritch (14-5), the No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) lost by a score of 8-4. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up short in a tight match by a score of 9-8 (10-8). Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-3 loss to Fiesse and Barros.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella was leading (6-4, 2-4), but his singles match did not matter. No. 2 Navarro Veys’s singles fell to Feo Fiesse (6-1,6-3). No. 3 Sanchez’s match went unfinished, even though he did lead (6-2, 6-3). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales did not finish his match but led (7-5, 3-6, (11-9)).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen’s match went unfinished, but he trailed (1-6, 7-5, 3-6). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis lost a singles point (6-2, 6-1) to Nader Murad.

    ONU will wait for an at-large bid to its 13th consecutive NAIA National Championships appearance.

    Results

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    Apr 26, 2015 9:14:59Apr 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Freshman pitcher Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) looked the No. 5 Saint Xavier University Cougars in the eye on Wednesday, April 22 and didn't flinch. Beno held the Cougars to just one run in eight innings, but the strong veteran team finally got the best of the young pitcher in the top of the ninth inning. The Tigers fell 6-1in nine innings in game two after a 10-0, five-inning loss in game one.

     

    Beno and the Olivet defense had worked out of some sticky situations as the Cougars connected for 16 hits in the nightcap. The Tigers, who managed just four hits off of two of the best pitcher in the NAIA, failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities.

     

    Game two proved to be a close battle to the very end.  The Tigers responded to a run scored by Saint Xavier in the third inning tying the game.  The game remained tied 1-1 pushing it into extra innings.  The Cougars rallied in the top of the ninth scoring five runs to which the Tigers could not respond.  The game ended in a score of 6-1.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) also added a double going 1-for-4.  

     

    Beno, now 6-2, was relieved by freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) in the top of the ninth, striking out the final batter.  

     

    Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) connected for the Tigers only hit of the game.  This lack of offense led to a scoreless end for the Tigers whose defense also lacked allowing the Cougars to score ten earned runs resulting in the final score of 10-0.

     

    Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) struggled in the circle taking her seventh loss of the season.  She allowed five hits and three runs.  Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) came in the second inning to relieve Cebulski.  She struck out six, allowing six hits and seven runs.

     

    The Tigers continue play in a rescheduled game at Purdue University - North Central.  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 25, 2015 11:16:49Apr 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, lll. — Needing every win left on the schedule to have any opportunity to play in the postseason tournament, the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were ready to host Holy Cross College (Ind.) and hopefully get a win. However, the Saints's pitching staff was stingy throughout the game, allowing only five hits to Olivet all game and handing the Tigers a 6-2 loss.

    Game one featured freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-6) on the mound. He went five innings and allowed four runs — three earned — off six hits while striking out four and walking five. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) threw four innings and allowed two runs off five hits.

    For the Saints (27-16, 17-8), Trey Bickel (6-2) went six innings, allowed one run off three hits, struck out five and walked seven. Darwing Ereu (4) earned his fourth save, allowing only one run off three hits in three innings.

    Holy Cross took a quick 2-1 lead after three innings. The Tigers (28-20, 12-26) scored their first run when Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) stole second and made it home on a two-base error by the catcher. Unfortunately, Olivet was unable to score again before the Saints put two more on the board, making it 4-1 after six innings. Again in the ninth, the Saints led 6-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. ONU did manage a second run in its final at-bat on a Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) RBI single.

    At the plate, Foster was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was 2-for-3.  

    For the Saints, Jacob Lanning went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run. Jordan Hinton was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.

    Due to rain, the Tigers will make up Saturday’s games on Wednesday, April 29, at Watson Field.

    Boxscore

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    Apr 25, 2015 10:57:8Apr 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The CCAC Regular Season competition was no match for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team. On Friday afternoon, April 24, the Tigers began their pursuit of their fourth straight tournament title with a match at home against Roosevelt University (Ill.). The Tigers ended the match quickly and short of nine complete points with a 5-0 win, giving them an opportunity to win a fourth consecutive title.

    In the Tigers' (12-5) shutout of Roosevelt (14-9), the No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won by a score of 8-3. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big with a shutout of 8-0. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-8-04 win.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella did not need to finish his match, but he led (6-0, 1-0). No. 2 Navarro Veys’s singles match went unfinished but he was up (6-1, 1-0). No. 3 Sanchez took a point with a shutout (6-0, 6-0). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales also won his singles match (6-1, 6-0).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen’s match went unfinished, but he led (6-3, 3-1). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis was leading (6-3, 1-2), but his singles match went unfinished.

    ONU will play for the CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday, April 25, at Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

    Results

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    Apr 23, 2015 11:22:7Apr 23, 2015 -

    Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) has recognized Ian Lopshire of Olivet as the Illinois Student Employee of the Year. A junior majoring in computer science, he is from Auburn, Indiana. This is the second consecutive year an Olivet student has received this honor.

    In this inaugural year of MASEA’s award for student employment supervisors, Nancy Benoit of Olivet’s Office of Admissions was named Illinois Student Employment Supervisor of the Year, making her the first-ever recipient.

    The Illinois award recognition followed Olivet’s selection of Ian as its Student Employee of the Year and Nancy as its Student Employment Supervisor of the Year.

    Nominations for Olivet’s awards came from students, staff and faculty members to recognize nominees for reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and uniqueness of contribution to their department or office. Olivet’s awards ceremony on April 17 also celebrated the value and contribution of Olivet students who worked in the 1,258 student jobs on campus during the 2014–2015 academic year.

    Ian has worked in the library services department of Olivet’s Benner Library and Resource Center since 2013. His responsibilities include serving the needs of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS). He is also instrumental in the design and maintenance of the library’s website.

    In nominating Ian, Ann (Wissmiller) Johnston '91/'14 MOL, informatics librarian, and Pam (DeZwaan) Greenlee '70/'14 MOL, SGCS librarian, said: “Ian implements critical skills to meet office needs. He teaches skills to new programmers. He coded almost our entire new website, and he is co-authoring an article with a library team about the website redesign process.”

    Nancy serves as the student ambassador supervisor and receptionist for Olivet’s Office of Admissions. This May, she will receive her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing studies during the May 9 Commencement convocation.

    In her nomination of Nancy, Shelby Wegforth (junior, Mokena, Illinois) said: “Nancy models the behavior and poise student employees should have in the office. She expects the best from us and holds us accountable. She is professional in every aspect of her work and treats everyone with respect and care. She makes a difference in the lives of the students she leads.”
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    Apr 23, 2015 10:30:56Apr 23, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, lll. — After a tough one-run loss in game one (5-4) of a doubleheader with St. Xavier University (Ill.) on Wednesday, April 22, the Tigers responded with a 10-5 win in game two. Olivet put together 14 hits in the win which helped them split the doubleheader with the rival Cougars. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) earned his eighth save of the season in game two, and he now leads the CCAC.

    Game one featured junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (6-2) on the mound. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs off six hits while striking out four. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run off two hits.

    For the Cougars (10-26, 8-17), Tyler Hebel (4-2) went 6 2/3 innings and allowed four runs — two earned — off five hits and struck out four. Erik Eggert (2) earned his second save, striking out the final batter.

    In game two, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (4-4) started his eighth game and went eight innings, allowing five runs — three earned — off 13 hits while striking out four. Sophomore Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) pitched 2/3 innings and walked one. Nick Campe (8) earned the save with a fly out.

    Jeremy Dryier (2-4) lost in game two, throwing three innings and allowing seven unearned runs off seven hits, walking four. Matthew McKenzie went 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs off four hits. Dan Wetzel pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run off three hits while striking out three.

    The Cougars started game one with four runs through the first two innings using six hits, two of which were for extra bases. ONU (28-19, 12-15) got two runs back in the fourth and fifth with a Josh Atlmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) triple, who eventually scored, and a Jordan Wanner RBI double. St. Xavier made it 5-2 in the sixth. In the seventh, ONU tried to make a run at a comeback but fell one run short.

    In game two, ONU started hot, scoring seven runs in the first three innings and taking a 7-2 lead. Freshman Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) doubled for three runs. Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) singled for the fifth run of the inning. The Cougars tried to stay within reach, scoring a third run in the fourth and two more in the sixth. But they still trailed by three runs going into the seventh. That’s when ONU tacked on two more runs over the next two innings to seal the deal. Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) added a RBI to his season total on a single in the seventh, and Altmann had a RBI single in the eighth.

    At the plate, Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) went 3-for-8 with three runs and two RBIs for Olivet. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) was 4-for-8 with one run and two RBIs. Jordan Wanner was 4-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs. Josh Altmann went 3-for-7 with three runs and one RBI. 

    St. Xavier’s Alec Barnhart went 5-for-7 with four runs and three RBIs. Bryan Villanova went 3-for-9 with two RBIs.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at home against Holy Cross College (Ind.) for a three-game series starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for a doubleheader.

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Apr 23, 2015 9:42:3Apr 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Saturday, April 18, Olivet Nazarene University junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) made history with his 63.17 meters (207 feet, three inches) throw in the discus at the Augustana College (Ill.) Meet of Champions. His throw earned him NAIA and CCAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week honors.

    Armbrust gained recognition for the second time this season after breaking his own school record in the discus by nearly six meters. His throw qualified him for the USA Outdoor Championships in June, and is the longest ever by a collegiate athlete in the state of Illinois. The effort ranks him third in the nation and ranked him second in a field of 43 competitors at the Saturday meet.

    In addition, his 63-plus meter throw ranks him No. 12 in the world, No. 2 in all college divisions (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA), and No. 1 in the NAIA. He leads all NAIA in Power Ranking Points (every event leader), and this throw was the second longest throw in the history of the NAIA.

    In addition, Armbrust — who is ranked No. 3 in the NAIA — won the shot put event at the meet, outdistancing 37 other challengers with a throw of 16.85 meters (55-3.5). He also collected national recognition in week two (April 1).

    Armbrust says, "I just want to continue to train hard and give everything I have every day. If I continue to work hard and stay hungry, the future is full of great possibilities."

     

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    Apr 23, 2015 9:6:1Apr 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University took on the University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday April 21 at Tiger Field.  The Tigers just can't seem to get out of their slump as they dropped both games against the Fighting Saints 12-5 and 9-7.

     

    The first game on the evening was a rough start as the Saints scored nine runs unanswered runs.  It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth that Olivet was able to put up three runs off of back-to-back homers from seniors Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.).  Truelock and Tatum went 1-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively, with Tatum adding a double.  Also contributing a double was freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) who went 2-for-4.    An additional run in the sixth and seventh innings was not enough to put the Tigers in the lead resulting in the final score of 12-5. 

     

    In the circle for the Tigers was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) who took her fifth loss of the season.  She struck out five, allowing eight hits and nine runs.  Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) came in to relieve Tidrow in the fifth.  She allowed seven hits and three runs. 

     

    Game two was another slow start for the Tigers as they watched the Saints take an early lead, scoring seven runs in the first four innings. A two-run inning in the top of the fourth coupled with three runs in the fifth brought Olivet back in the game.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deerk Creek, Ill.) had a perfect night at the plate going 4-for-4.  Tatum went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.   St Francis scored an additional two runs in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the inning the Tigers tried to battle their way back scoring two runs off a Megyesi homerun, but again their efforts fell short and the game ended in a 9-7 Saints win. 

     

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) now 6-7 pitched the first half of the game.  She struck out one and allowed nine hits and seven runs.  In relief was freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) who struck out two, allowing six hits and two runs. 

     

    The Tigers return to action Wednesday April 22 at Tiger Field playing No. 4 Saint Xavier University (Ill.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 23, 2015 8:56:36Apr 23, 2015 -

    GELENA, Ill. - Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) continues to pace the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team, this time capturing the individual title at the Clarke Spring Invitational on Wednesday, April 22 at the Eagle Ridge Resort. Fisk and the Tigers posted a team score of 365 to take first place in the five team competition.

    Fisk shot an 85 on the par 72, 6,386 yard North Course to pace the Olivet contingency. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) finished tied for fourth in the 25 player field, entering the club house with a 91. Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) was right behind with a 92 to finish in sixth place. Rounding out the Tigers top-five finishers were sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) with 97 and 104, respectively.

    The Tigers will defend their Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title on April 27-28 at the CCAC Championship at the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox, Illinois. The winner of the two-day event will earn an automatic bid to the21st Annual Women's Golf NAIA National Championships on May 12-15 in Pooler, Georgia. 

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    Apr 22, 2015 10:36:41Apr 22, 2015 -

    LONG BEACH, Calif. - Former Olivet Nazarene University swimmer, Bradley Adamson, has recently been named the head swim coach at Long Beach Community College.

    In his career Olivet, Adamson helped build the ONU program into the national powerhouse it has become in just its three short years of existence. His leadership in the pool and out has helped prepare him for this new endeavor.

    "I am excited about continuing my swim coaching career at the collegiate level," said Adamson of the opportunity.  "I have learned a lot about the sport from all different perspectives, from being an athlete, a coach and a student in the Exercise Science program at Olivet.  God's timing opened up this opportunity and I am eager to accept the challenge."

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    Apr 22, 2015 9:59:40Apr 22, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team took on Judson University Thursday, April 16, dropping both games to the Eagles,  2-1 and 9-3. The loses put the Tiger's record at 22-13 and 9-5 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. 

     

    Game one was a battle to the end.  Judson scored their first run in the bottom of the first and the Tigers responded with a run of their own in top of the seventh to tie it up.  In an extra inning Judson scored an additional run bringing the final score to 2-1.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) went 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) went 2-for-3 accounting for the Tigers only run. 

     

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) took the loss for the Tigers putting her record at 10-4.  She struck out six allowing eight hits and two runs.

     

    Game two the Tigers were down early.  Judson scored eight runs in the bottom of the second leaving a large deficit for the Tigers to overcome.  Olivet scored two runs in the top of the fifth off a Goetz homerun and an additional run in the top of the sixth off a Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) homerun.  Despite their efforts, the Tigers were unable to close the gap and the game ended in a score of 9-3. 

     

    In the circle was freshman Erika Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) who took her fifth loss of the season.  She was relieved after giving up seven runs in the second inning by freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.).  Kiefer struck out eight and gave up five hits and two runs.

     

    The Tigers return to action on Tuesday April 21 at Tiger Field against the University of Saint Francis. Game one is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 21, 2015 1:48:58Apr 21, 2015 -

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Freshman Eugenia Sebastiani recently returned home to compete at the Venezuela National Swim Championship where she captured silver in the 50m freestyle. Sebastiani posted a 26.88 time in the long course event. The national meet was held in at the Parque Naciones Unidas. More details will be provided as they become available.
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    Apr 21, 2015 11:44:44Apr 21, 2015 -

    Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies recently opened a new regional center in Indianapolis and began accepting enrollment for classes there in summer and fall 2015.

    Programs open for enrollment are:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Master of Business Administration

    The Indianapolis center, at 7302 Woodland Drive, is Olivet’s first location in the state of Indiana. Located on the northwest side of Indianapolis near Interstate 465 and 73rd Street, the 17,000-square-foot building is home to nine classrooms, a student break room and offices.

    The University’s main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Additional Olivet sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; and Hong Kong.

    “As a nationally recognized university, Olivet is committed to strategic growth as part of our mission and vision,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “This expansion into Indianapolis provides opportunities for more students to benefit from Olivet’s commitment to providing education with a Christian purpose.”

    Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Olivet have entered into an articulation agreement which paves the way for Ivy Tech students to continue studies at Olivet. In addition, all Ivy Tech students, employees and alumni are eligible to receive Olivet tuition discounts for programs offered through the Indianapolis location.

    As a member of the local community, Olivet continues to lay the groundwork for developing affiliations with companies and organizations throughout Indiana. To date, employees of Community Health Network, Indiana University Health, Hendricks Regional Health, The Villages and Hamilton County are eligible to receive Olivet tuition discounts for programs offered through the Indianapolis location.

    Information about graduate programs and enrollment is available at graduate.olivet.edu and 877-965-4838.
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    Apr 20, 2015 10:56:24Apr 20, 2015 -

    Pixar Animation Studios co-founder Ed Catmull and best-selling business author Jim Collins are among presenters at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit, the world-class leadership training event to be broadcast live August 6 and 7 from Willow Creek Community Church to GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.

    Olivet and GatheringPoint Church will co-host the live telecast for leaders from all sectors, especially business, academia, non-profit organizations and churches. This live telecast in Bourbonnais provides a rare opportunity for local leaders to experience the quality speakers and learning of the Summit close to where they live or work.

    Registration for the live telecast site in Bourbonnais is available at http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership or 800-570-9812. A discounted registration fee is offered through May 19.

    Local event information is available from Laura Warfel at lwwarfel@olivet.edu or 815-928-5403.

    The 2015 event is the 21st annual Summit produced by the Willow Creek Association. Here is the full list of this year’s presenters:

    Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois
    Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Brian Houston, founder and global senior pastor of Hillsong Church

    Business experts
    Jim Collins, nationally acclaimed business thinker and best-selling author of Good to Great
    Sallie Krawcheck, chair of Ellevate Network and former president of Bank of America’s Global Wealth & Investment Management
    Horst Schulze, chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, founding president and former COO of The Ritz-Carlton Group
    Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group and best-selling author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

    Church leaders
    Sam Adeyemi, founder and senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Nigeria
    Albert Tate, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Monrovia in southern California
    Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv

    Educators
    Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and best-selling author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection
    Adam Grant, professor at Wharton School of Business and best-selling author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
    Sheila Heen, founder of Triad Consulting Group and professor at Harvard Law School

    The Summit is a tool for transforming Christian leaders around the world with an injection of vision, skill development and inspiration. Following the August live event, Summit events will take place in an additional 850 cities in 150 countries and be translated into 52 languages.
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    Apr 20, 2015 9:11:32Apr 20, 2015 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team used six NAIA National Outdoor Championship performances to capture first place at the Augie Invite hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) on Friday, April 17. The Tigers added two automatic qualifiers to their growing list as two pole vaulters, Kristin Beatty and Emily Reader, punched their tickets to Alabama.

    Both Beatty and Reader cleared 3.60m (11'9.75"), but because Beatty did it in her first attempt, she earns the second place finish while Reader finishes third overall. The 3000m steeplechase duo of Alyssa Faulks and Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) both earned "B" standard qualifications with their 2-3 finish. Faulks finished in 11:27.54, while Moyer was right behind at 11:29.01. Emily Troemel also added a "B" standard finish in the 400m hurdles, plaing sixth overall with a time of 1:04.68.

    Other top finishes:

    • Kamaria Goedhart, second place, 400m dash (58.14)
    • Karley Brown, second place 800m run (2:17.19)
    • Angelica Lafemina, third place 800m run (2:18.25
    • 4x100m relay (Laura D'Angelo, Peyton Kirkland, Taneka Lawson, Goedhart), third place (48.98)
    • 4x400m relay (Kirkland, Kalla Gold, D'Angelo, Goedhart), second place (3:57.27)
    • Anne-Lorraine Brown, second place, high jump (1.58m, 5' 2.25")
    • Olivia Casey, first place, long jump (5.43m, 17' 9.75")
    • Amy Blucker, first place, shot put (14.78m, 48' 6")
    • Amy Blucker, sixth place, discus (40.86m, 134' 1")

    Olivet finished the event with a team total of 165 points, followed by the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with 158. Rounding out the top five were the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with 143.5, Augustana with 132 and St. Ambrose University (Iowa) with 103.

    Olivet will return to action on April 23-25 at the Drake Relays hosted by Drake University (Iowa) and April 24 at the Twilight Invite hosted by Benedictine University (Ill.). 

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    Apr 20, 2015 8:27:13Apr 20, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) dropped two strokes off her opening day performance to move up six spots in the final standings and finish fifth overall at the Pilot Spring Invitational. The annual, two-day event hosted by Bethel College (Ind.) was held April 17-18 at the Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana.

    Fisk opened the weekend with an 80, but followed it up with a 78 to finish at 158 (+14). Sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) started things off for the Tigers on Friday shooting an round low 73, but fell off slightly on Saturday shooting an 87 to finish at 169 (+16) tied for eighth place. Junior Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) and freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) played back-to-back steady rounds. Tyler finished tied for 19 th place with rounds of 87 and 85 to put her at 172 (+28), while Hogan opened with an 89 and followed it with an 87 for a 176 (+32) to finish tied for 26th.  Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) opened with a 91, but shaved four strokes off on day two to finish at 178 (+34) in 27 th place.

    The University of St. Francis (Ill.) captured the overall team championship, shooting a two-day 638. Bethel College (Ind.) took second with a 646, followed by Olivet and Grand View University (Mich.) in third with matching 655's. Rounding out the top five was Saint Xavier University (Ill.) with a 688.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, April 22 at the Clarke University Spring Invitational. The event will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Resort and is scheduled for a shot gun start at 10:30 a.m.

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    Apr 19, 2015 12:37:1Apr 19, 2015 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) had an exciting weekend. He won the shot put and came in second in the discus throw at the Meet of Champions hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) on Saturday, April 18. He helped lead the Tigers to a fourth place finish out of 12 teams (108.5 points) with a new school record in the discus of 63.17 meters — almost six more than his former record. His mark exceeds the qualifying mark for the USA Outdoor Championships in June, and he is currently ranked No. 3 in the U.S.

    Ambrust won the shot put with a mark of 16.85 meters, beating out 37 other athletes. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash by breaking a 16-year record, running a 21.02 in the finals. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the triple jump with a mark of 14.50 meters, beating out 20 others. He also was a third-place finisher in the long jump (7.10 meters). Gordon was also a member of the second place finisher 4x100 meter relay team. He was joined by Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.). Gordon, DeRamus and the 4x100 meter relay team were all NAIA “A” qualifiers with their times on Saturday.

    In addition, Hutchison finished sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.94. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed eighth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.06. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) was a third-place finisher in the 1500 meter run (3:57.93). Sophomore Alec Ondrajka (Interlochen, Mich.) came in seventh in the 5000 meter run with a time of 16:06. 87. Junior Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) came in fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 56.01. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) placed sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:56.23.

    In the high jump, junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in third in with a mark of 1.93 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in sixth in the shot put with a toss of 15.11 meters and fifth in the discus (50.85 meters).

    ONU will be back in action on Thursday through Saturday, April 23-25, for the Drake Relays hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Also on Friday, April 24, is the Benedictine University Twilight Invite at 3 p.m.

    Results

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    Apr 19, 2015 9:57:21Apr 19, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. - The No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team used a 9-0 win over Purdue University -Calumet (Ind.) to clinched second place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season on Saturday, April 18. The CCAC Tournament begins next week with an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships on the line.

    Olivet (15-6, 6-1) picked up straight 8-0 wins at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles. Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) finished the CCAC regular season undefeated in the No. 1 spot by downing Lori Hass and Amber Haworth. Junior Clara Ruegsegger  (Greenfield, Ind.) and Marta Quereda ( ) topped Kasey Kulesa and Emily Pearson in the final doubles match. The freshmen duo of Viktoria Monakhova (Belgrade, Serbia) and Anica Knezevic (Moscow, Russia) defeated Ashely Pahey and Abbey Kuachkoft 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.

    The Peregrine were little match for the Tigers in singles action, picking up just a combined 17 games on the days. Nunez, Monakhova and Buchmann all finished the CCAC Regular Season undefeated in singles action. Nunez added another win at No. 1 singles, downing Hass 6-3, 6-1. Monakhova made quick work of Haworth winning 6-0, 6-1h in the second slot. Buchmann defeated Pahey 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Quereda downed Kulesa 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5, while sophomore Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6 over Pearson.

    The Tigers will host Robert Morris University (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the CCAC Tournament on Monday, April 20. The match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. The winner will advance to the semifinals on Thursday, April 24 to face the winner of the University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). Should the Tigers win on Monday; the match on Thursday will be at home.

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    Apr 18, 2015 6:40:53Apr 18, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill.  — Following their first multiple game win streak since late March, the Tigers were anxious to stretch it but were unable to do so against rival CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.). ONU fell in all three games of the series with the Saints over the weekend. On Friday, April 17, the Tigers lost 12-11 in 11 innings after leading 11-5 after five innings. On Saturday, April 18, the Saints handed Olivet a 10-2 lost in game one and scored two runs in the ninth inning to win 6-4.

    In game one, Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) started and went only three innings, allowing five runs off six hits. In 1 2/3 innings of relief, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) allowed four runs off four hits. Eventually freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, lll.) (2-2) gave up the winning run in the 11th.

    Cori Herbert started for the Saints (21-21, 17-6) but went only three innings, allowing four runs off five hits. Eventually Dan Darling (2-2) pitched the final four innings, allowed only two hits and gained the win.

    The Tigers (27-18, 11-14) sent freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) (3-2) to the mound for game two. He went three innings and allowed nine runs — four earned — off nine hits. Junior Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) threw the final four innings and allowed only one run off four hits.

    Adam Panayotovich (10-1) pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs — one earned — off six hits while striking out eight.

    In game three, ONU junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started and went seven innings, allowing three runs off eight hits. Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-5) gave up the winning run to the Saints. He threw 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs off two hits, walking three.

    For the Saints, Kevin Mampe started and went 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs — three earned — off six hits. Dan Darling (3-2) went 2 1/3 innings, allowing only four hits in the win.  

    At the plate for the Tigers in the series, Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 6-for-12 with two RBIs and one run. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) was 5-for-10 (four doubles) with four runs and three RBIs, walking three times. Madison Foster was 5-for-12 with three RBIs and one run. Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) had four hits and two doubles.

    St. Francis’s bats were good all weekend. They totaled 37 hits led by Zach Barkdull who was 7-for-12 with five RBIs. Kyle Cunningham was 7-for-15 with four runs and six RBIs. Matt Scott was 5-for-11 and had two runs with one RBI.

    In game one, the Tigers led 11-5 after five innings. But with four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the ninth, they put the game into extra innings; and the Saints gave themselves a chance to win it. The Tigers struggled to put the ball in play after the fifth inning, managing only two hits the final six innings.

    Game two went the way of the Saints as they scored seven quick runs through three innings. They tacked on three more through five, as the Tigers could manage only two of their own. Through the first five innings, St. Francis had 12 of their 13 hits while Olivet managed only six altogether.

    Game three was tied 3-3 after six innings. With a fourth run in the seventh, the Tigers led going into the eighth; but a Saints hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded brought home the tying run. In the ninth, the Saints needed only two extra base hits to make it 6-4.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 22, on the road against St. Xavier University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

    Boxscore (Friday)

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Apr 17, 2015 9:11:35Apr 17, 2015 -

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — For the second time in three days, Head Coach Damon Jensen and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team were on the course for competition. Coming off their best finish of the spring season, the Tigers placed seventh of 13 teams at the Elmhurst College (Ill.) Spring Invite played at Oak Brook Golf Club on Thursday, April 16.

    A total of 83 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,541-yard course. ONU finished seventh with a team score of 312 (+24), only five strokes back of third. Elmhurst College (Ill.) won its own event with 295 (+7). Carthage College (Wis.) came in second with 298 (+10). Aurora University (Ill.) came in third with 307 (+19).

    For the third consecutive tournament, the Tigers were led by a different player. On Thursday, they sent five golfers and were led by sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.), who finished with 74 (+2), tied for seventh. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot a career-best 78 (+6) and tied for 22nd. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) finished with 79 (+7), coming in tied for 30th.

    Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 81 (+9) and tied for 46th. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) finished second for the Tigers, shooting 73 (+2) and finishing tied for sixth

    The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, for the CCAC Championships played at Flossmor Country Club in Flossmor, Illinois. The event is hosted by St. Xavier University (Ill.).

    Results:

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:43:27Apr 16, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Leading their teams to unbeaten weeks, Olivet Nazarene University's Kristina   Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.)  and Saint Xavier University's Nicole Nonnemacher (Bloomington, Ill.) have claimed Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively, for their performances the week of April 6-12, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Shahan, a sophomore catcher, opened her week authoring five straight multi-hit games among the six contests played by the Tigers and finished with a .706 batting average and a 1.059 slugging percentage.  She collected 12 hits in 17 at bats with four doubles - one in each of her first four games - and one triple.  She also drove in eight runs, while scoring another two.

    Shahan's biggest game on the week was a perfect 4-for-4 reading at the plate in a 17-6 win against Ashford University (Iowa) on Friday.  Each of her other four multi-hit affairs were two-hit games.  She also drove in three runs twice.

    Olivet Nazarene is 26-11 overall and 9-1 in league play, two games behind front-running Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:40:51Apr 16, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A busy week paid off for Olivet Nazarene University's Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) , who was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the seven-day period ending April 12, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

    Monakhova, a freshman, went 6-2 on the week, including an unblemished 4-0 mark in singles play at the No. 2 spot.  On the doubles side, three of her four matches came in the No. 2 slot with the other one coming at No. 1.

    Two of Monakhova's biggest wins during the week came on the singles side, where she gained a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 win against NCAAA II Lewis University and a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory versus No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University.

    For the year, Monakhova is 12-2 in singles play and 11-5 in doubles action.

    Ranked No. 20 in the nation, Olivet Nazarene is 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play after going 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the CCAC last week. 

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:37:21Apr 16, 2015 -

    WHITING, Ind. - It was another tough night for the Olivet Nazarene University softball team as they dropped two more to Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday April 15.  The Tigers are now 26-15 after their two losses 8-5 and 6-4.

     

    In game one the Tigers pulled ahead in the first inning scoring one run on an error.  The lead did not last long as Calumet scored all of their eight runs in the bottom of the second.  Olivet made an attempt at a comeback in the top of the seventh but their efforts fell short and the game ended in a final score of 8-5.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 3-for-4.  Both freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) and sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) went 2-for-3 and Semro added two RBIs.

     

     Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) took the loss in the circle.  She pitched all six innings of play, gave up nine hits, eight runs, and struck out three.

     

    In game two the Tigers started out strong scoring three runs in the second inning.  A homerun by senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) brought in two runs followed by a triple by junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) to bring in the third.  Goetz was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate accounting for two of Olivet's four runs.  The Tigers scored an additional run in the fourth but were unable to answer Calumet's three consecutive two-run innings putting the final score at 6-4.

     

    In the circle for the Tigers was freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) who pitched the first five innings of play.  She struck out nine and gave up six hits and six runs.  Coming in to relieve Kiefer in the final inning was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.).  She struck out two and allowed no hits or runs. 

     

    The Tigers return to action Thursday April 16 at Judson University (Ill.).  Play begins at 5:00 p.m.

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    Apr 16, 2015 10:18:55Apr 16, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — With 6-1 and 4-2 wins over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) on Wednesday afternoon, April 15, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team completed the sweep and moved back to .500 in league play. It was the Tigers' first sweep of an opponent since March 21, giving them four wins in their last six games.

    Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (4-4) started his sixth game and threw his third complete game, allowing only one run off six hits.  

    For the Peregrines (18-11, 11-11), Phil Madvek (5-2) threw five innings and allowed five runs off eight hits. Jeremy Swart gave up one run off two hits in two innings of relief.

    In game two, Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (3-4) started his seventh game and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run off four hits while striking out four. Freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) pitched one inning and allowed one unearned run off one hit. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (7) earned his CCAC-leading seventh save in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

    Willie Bennett (2-2) lost game two and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off seven hits while walking two. Justin Stowe and Mike Poulos pitched in relief and allowed one run off four hits.

    The Tigers (27-15. 11-11) put together multiple runs in two separate innings to help propel them to a 6-1 win. It wasn’t until the third inning that Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) tripled to put the first run on the board and Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.) eventually scored him. In the fifth inning, McLain tallied another RBI on a single, and Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) doubled to bring home the fourth and fifth runs. ONU scored again in the seventh inning on a Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) single.

    In game two, Purdue-Calumet started with a run in the top of the first and led until the third inning when Madison Foster singled and McLain scored. Two innings later, Foster recorded another RBI, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) walked with the bases loaded and gave Olivet a 3-1 lead. The Tigers added a fourth run before the inning was over. ONU’s pitching staff shut the door late in the game, allowing only one run and holding on to the win.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Foster was 3-for-7 with one run and three RBIs. McLain was 2-for-7 with three runs and two RBIs. Wanner was 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI in the doubleheader.  

    Purdue-Calumet’s Eric Sickles was 3-for-6 with two runs and one RBI. Micah Rooke was 3-for-7.

    ONU will be back on the field Friday, April 17, on the road against University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Apr 16, 2015 9:14:52Apr 16, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second consecutive year, the Tiger men's tennis team has won the CCAC Regular Season Championship and did so with an undefeated league record. ONU took care of its final two opponents on Wednesday afternoon, April 15: Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) with a 9-0 result and Roosevelt University (Ill.), winning 8-1. The Tigers will be the No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament.

    In the Tigers' (11-5, 6-0) shutout of Purdue-Calumet (1-8, 1-5), Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) and Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) won their doubles match 8-2. Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) and Kyce Stewart (Galesburg, Ill.) won 8-3. The third point was won by default.

    In singles play, senior Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) won (6-2, 7-6 (5)). Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) gained a point by a score of (6-1, 6-3), and Tyler Lingle won (6-1, 6-0). The No. 4 singles match was won by Lucas Bolt (6-2, 6-0), Kyce Stewart took his match (6-0, 6-0), and the Tigers took the ninth point by default.

    Against the Lakers (11-8, 2-3), the Tigers nearly captured their fifth shutout of the season. The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) won by a score of 8-3. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big with a shutout of 8-0. Tyler Ellis and Peter Jensen finished with an 8-0 win.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella gained a point with a (6-1, 6-0) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys came up with a big win (6-1, 6-2). No. 3 Lopez-Isasi Morales took a point with a shutout (6-0, 6-0). No. 4 Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales also won his singles match by shutout (6-0, 6-0).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen won his match (8-6). ONU’s No. 6 Lucas Bolt took a point for the Tigers (6-7 (3), 6-0 (10-7).

    ONU will begin postseason play in the CCAC Tournament next week.

    Results

    Results

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    Apr 16, 2015 8:44:32Apr 16, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their seventh member to the 2015 recruiting class: Jake Tuttle, a 6'5" forward from Hampshire, Ill. He played for Hampshire High School during his high school career.

    As a varsity player, Tuttle averaged 21 minutes, 7.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 assist. He shot 45.2 percent from the floor, 33 percent from behind the arc and 70 percent from the free-throw line. He helped lead Hampshire to a 17-12 record and IHSA 3A Regional Championship. One of his standout games his senior season was a 15 point, eight rebound, five block and one steal performance.

    In addition to his career at Hampshire, Tuttle played AAU for Illinois Select. He played high-level events in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. He finished second in scoring at nine points per game, led the team in three-pointers made and was 84 percent from the line (31-for-37).

    Tuttle was also a four-year varsity golfer at Hampshire and will play for ONU. At Hampshire, he played the No. 1 position and led the Whippurs to a regional championship his senior year. His best recorded rounds include 36 for nine holes and 79 for 18 holes. He was the medalist four times for Hampshire and finished fourth out of 115 golfers at the 2013 Fran Noyes Invite in Genoa, Illinois. He finished 12th out of 115 varsity golfers at the 2014 Fran Noyes Invite in Genoa, Illinois.

    Tuttle was in the top five percent of his graduating class, finishing with a 3.96 GPA. He plans to major in engineering while at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Illinois, where he has served at the food pantry.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.); and Solomon Barwegen (Otsego, Mich.). 

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    Apr 15, 2015 6:48:26Apr 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A 5-1 week, including a singles win over an NCAA II program, has netted Olivet Nazarene University's Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week honors for the week ending April 12, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Morales, a sophomore, went 4-0 in CCAC action and 1-1 against NCAA II Lewis University, not to mention being perfect (3-0) in singles action over the seven-day period.  Two of his singles wins came in the No. 4 slot with the other one coming at No. 3.  All three of his doubles matches were at No. 1.

    Morales was a key contributor in a battle of first-place teams last Wednesday when the Tigers defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), 6-3.  He won at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9), and No. 1 doubles, 8-4.  His win against Lewis (6-2, 6-2) came at No. 4 singles.

    Morales is 10-8 overall in singles play and 11-6 in doubles action this year.  As a team, Olivet Nazarene is 9-5 overall and 4-0 in league play.  The Tigers are ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll.

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    Apr 15, 2015 6:47:2Apr 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A pair of top two finishes by both Olivet Nazarene University's Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) earned him Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week recognition for the seven-day period ending April 12, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Gordon, a sophomore, picked up CCAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors after placing first in the 200-meter dash and second in the long jump at the Chicagoland Championships over the weekend.  He bested 46 others in the dash with a time of 21.78 seconds, while authoring a height of 22 feet, 8 inches in a field of 22 competitors in the long jump.

    Gordon helped lead his team to a second-place finish out of 17 teams at the Chicagoland Championships.

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    Apr 15, 2015 11:11:52Apr 15, 2015 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. — For the third time this season, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team won in extra innings. With three runs off four hits in the 10th inning, the Tigers won 6-3 over Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). On Tuesday afternoon, April 14, junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) won his sixth game of the year, allowing only three runs through nine innings and striking out eight batters.

    Foster pitched nine innings and allowed three runs off six hits. He has won three straight decisions and leads the team in wins. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (6) earned the save in the 10th inning, allowing one hit, striking out one and walking two.

    Anthony Spangler (3-1) was handed his first loss by the Tigers (25-15, 9-11). He went 9 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off seven hits while striking out seven. Aurelio Cazares went 2/3 inning and allowed two runs off three hits.

    Neither team was successful at getting someone across home plate until the fifth inning when the Peregrines (18-9, 11-9) scored on an Eric Sickles single. The Tigers responded with three runs in the sixth inning, using two walks, a hit-by-pitch plus freshman Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) doubling all three runners. The Tigers led 3-1 until the bottom of the ninth when Purdue-Calumet tied the game at 3-3, using a triple and single to tie the game with two outs. However, in the 10th inning, ONU put together three consecutive singles following the first out, and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) gave the Tigers the go-ahead run. Freshman Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) then laid down a sac bunt and scored two more runs who had stolen second and third on the pitch before.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Philip Steward was 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) was 2-for-4 with two runs. Bryan Klendworth was 2-for-5 with one run and RBI.   

    Purdue-Calumet’s Eric Sickles went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. John Cristo was 1-for-3 with one RBI and run scored.

    ONU will be back on the field Wednesday, April 15, on the road against Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) for a doubleheader at 2 p.m.

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    Apr 15, 2015 8:36:45Apr 15, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — On Tuesday, April 14, senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) was the individual medalist at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite. He shot a two-under 69, winning by two strokes. He led the way on a day meant for golf at Inwood Golf Club in Joliet, Illinois. He led the Tigers to second place, their best finish of the spring season.

    A total of 76 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-71, 6,078-yard course. ONU finished second with a team score of 300 (+16), seven strokes back of first. University of St. Francis finished first with 293 (+9). Trinity Christian College (Ill.) came in third with 301 (+17). Purdue University-North Central came in fourth with 305 (+21).

    The Tigers sent five golfers and were led by Michael Bork who shot 69 (-2), winning the event. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) finished second for the Tigers, shooting a 73 (+2) and finishing tied for sixth. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished with 77 (+6), tied for 16th.

    Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 81 (+10) and tied for 33rd. Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 82 (+11) and tied for 39th.

    Results:

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    Apr 14, 2015 2:21:10Apr 14, 2015 -

    Shine.FM, a broadcasting ministry of Olivet, recently announced staff appointments, effective April 1, 2015.

    Gary Dearth is now Shine.FM’s director of broadcast systems. He has been an Olivet staff member for 12 years, supporting Shine.FM through the information technology office. He is certified for computer system repair and Apple technical repair. At GatheringPoint Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois, he volunteers in information technology. An ordained pastor,
    Dearth served as a youth and associate pastor for Church of the Nazarene before starting at Olivet.

    Rob Rodewald is now the assistant program director graduate assistant of the Shine.FM network. A graduate of Olivet’s radio broadcasting program, he has worked in several capacities for Shine.FM over a 10-year period and currently serves as the morning news anchor. Rodewald has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of radio station operations. He also manages public relations for a local school district, is president of the school board in another school district, and serves on the board of directors for the Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Charles Sheldon is now the traffic director graduate assistant for the Shine.FM network. A native of Naperville, Illinois, he majored in multimedia communication and recently received his bachelor’s degree from Olivet. While at Olivet, Sheldon served as co-vice president of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honor society. He also volunteered in the Pembroke community and helped establish the library there. As an undergraduate student, he completed an internship at STARadio in Kankakee.
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    Apr 14, 2015 2:2:14Apr 14, 2015 -

    The Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team and Head Coach Chris Tudor welcome Tyler Cannon of Denison, Texas, as the newest signee. Tyler has an extensive amount of tournament play and is a three-star recruit on the Tennis Recruiting website. He honed his skills through tournaments, club lessons and private instructions rather than playing on his high school team.

    Tyler plans to study economics and finance at Olivet. Throughout high school, he maintained a high GPA and is one of the top students in his class.

    The men’s tennis team is excited to have him join the Tigers and to see the impact he will make. Not only is he a gifted athlete, but Tyler also exemplifies great character that will help shape his teammates in a positive way.

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    Apr 14, 2015 8:30:24Apr 14, 2015 -

    MORRISON, Ill.  - It was a winning weekend for the Olivet Nazarene University softball team at the Ashford Jamboree on Friday, April 10   and Saturday, April 11.  The Tigers went 4-0 in the tournament, bringing their record for the season to 26-11.

       

    Olivet Nazarene 10     Robert Morris 0  

    Game one of the tournament added another shutout to the Tigers season.  They scored early on and continued to put runs on the board throughout the game.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, added a double, and accounted for three of the Tigers 10 runs.  Senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.  Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) also contributed three RBIs, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.  Freshmen Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) were good for two RBIs apiece and added a double and a triple respectively. 

    In the circle for the Tigers was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.).  Tidrow ended the game with eleven strikeouts and gave up just four hits and no runs. 

    Olivet Nazarene 17     Ashford 6  

    Game two on Friday proved to be an offensive showcase.  Although the Tigers started out slow scoring just one run in the first three innings, the bats came alive in the fourth as they tacked on sixteen more runs by the end of the game.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) was 5-for-6 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs.  Four more Tigers added doubles including senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) who was 1-for-6 with two RBIs, Shahan (4-for-4), senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) 1-for-1, and freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) who went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Alberto was also good for a homerun and two RBIs.

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) was credited with the win.  She pitched 4.2 innings allowing four hits and five runs.  She struck out five.  Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) was solid in relief pitching 2.1 innings.  She allowed just two hits and one run and struck out four. 

    Olivet Nazarene 3     Purdue Calumet 2  

    Back in action on Saturday, the Tigers added yet another win.  The defense was solid for both teams and the bats struggled in what turned out to be a low scoring game.  Sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) and Shahan both went 2-for-3 and added an RBI apiece.  An additional unearned run was scored to give the Tigers their 3-2 victory over Purdue.

    It was a team effort in the circle.  Beno pitched the first four innings of the game striking out seven and allowing just four hits and one run.  Tidrow, credited with the win pitched 2.2 innings.  She struck out three and allowed four hits and one run.  Kiefer ended the game striking out one, allowing no hits or runs.

    Olivet Nazarene 7     Trinity Christian 0  

    The Tigers ended the tournament on Saturday in yet another shutout win, against Trinity Christian.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) went 3-for-3 at the plate snagging two RBIs.  Collalti went 2-for-3 adding a double and a triple.  Goetz went 1-for-4 with a homerun and an RBI.  Alberto added two RBIs as well. 

    In the circle with the win was freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.).  She ended the game allowing just six hits and striking out five.   

    The Tigers return to action Tuesday, April 14 at Tiger Field against No. 24 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 13, 2015 10:57:21Apr 13, 2015 -

    MARION, Ind. - Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ind.) shot a team-leading 162 in the Indiana Wesleyan University Spring Invitational on April 10-11 to help the Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team finish fourth overall for the second consecutive week. The two-day event was held at the 5,820 yard, par 73 Arbor Trace Golf Course in Marion, Indiana.

    Bilyeu, who shot an opening round 79, finished tied for eighth overall in the 51 player field. Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) finished tied for 20 th  place, shooting rounds of 84 and 86 to finish at 170. Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) shot a two day 173, 91 and 82, to finish tied for 25 th . Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) shot 185 to finish tied for 42 nd , while Tara Schneider (Davison, Mich.) finished 44 th  with a 186.

    The University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) captured to overall team title, finishing at 630. Siena Heights University (Mich.) combined for a 642 to finish second. Rounding out the top five were Marian University (Ind.) in third at 665, Olivet in fourth at 687 and Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in fifth at 688.

    Olivet will return to action on April 17-18 at the Pilot Invitational hosted by Bethel College (Ind.). The two-day event will take place at the Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana. 

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    Apr 13, 2015 10:42:42Apr 13, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A year ago, the Wolves of Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) surprised the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team, capturing the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title and earning the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers haven't forgotten that, but also knew that the regular season matchup is just a chance to see what the Wolves have, a chance to know what they need to do to prepare for the CCAC Tournament, when the match really matters.  Though disappointed to not upset the No. 14 ranked Wolves, the No. 20 ranked Tigers came away from their 5-4 loss on Friday, April 10 with a game plan for their next matchup.

    The always strong duo of sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) outlasted Jitsupa Sirinit and Volcy Boilevin at No. 1 doubles, picking up a 9-7 win.  The freshmen combination of Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic  battled hard at No. 2 doubles, but fell in a tie-breaker 9-8 (1) to Alexis Loomis and Amanda Timm.

    Nunez and Buchmann both picked up relatively easy singles wins. In the top spot, Nunez downed Loomis 6-2, 6-1, while Buchmann defeated Grieve 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. Monakhova and Knezevic followed up their marathon doubles match with an equally intensive, grueling singles matches. Monakhova outlasting Boilevin 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in the No. 2 spot, but Knezevic couldn't hold Timm at No. 4, falling 7-5, 7-6 (3).

    With the win, Cardinal Stritch clinches home court for the CCAC Tournament. Post season action begins on Thursday, April 23. Olivet's opening opponent is yet to be determined.

    Olivet (13-6, 4-1) returns to action on Saturday, April 11 in a CCAC matchup with Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). The match is scheduled to begin at noon.

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    Apr 13, 2015 9:20:54Apr 13, 2015 -

    GLEN ELYN, Ill. - Outdoor athletes learn to adjust to just about anything. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team proved that at the two-day Chicagolands Championship hosted by the College of DuPage on April 10-11. Friday's high, gusting winds turned into a beautiful, sunny spring Saturday. The Tigers were unaffected by the drastic weather changes however, capturing second place overall of the 22 competing teams.

    Among the biggest highlights came at the pole vault where the Tigers went 1-2-3, led by senior Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.), followed by Kristin Beatty and Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.). Stiker cleared an NAIA "B" standard height of 3.50m with Beatty clearing 3.35m and Reader 3.2m.

    Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) had another impressive weekend, capturing first in the discus and shot put and second in the hammer throw. Freshman Emily Troemel picked up a first place finish in the 400m hurdles.

    Other top finishes:

    • 4x800m Relay: (Alexa Beezhold, Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Bradley, Karley Brown), second place, 9:48.65
    • 3000m Steeplechase:  Alyssa Faulks, third place, 11:40.63
    • 400m Hurdles: Emily Troemel, first place 1:08.22
    • Discus: Amy Blucker, first place, 45.95m
    • High Jump: Anne-Lorraine Brown, second place, 1.58m
    • Hammer Throw: Amy Blucker, second place, 49.17m
    • Javelin: Kylie Bradley, second place, 32.92m
    • Shot put: Amy Blucker, first place, 14.90m

    Olivet finished the event with 134 points, just 17 points behind Northern Illinois University. Rounding out the top five were North Central College (Ill.) in third place with 99 points, Chicago State University with 64 and DePaul University with 64.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, April 17 at the Augie Invite hosted by Augustana College (Ill.). Events are scheduled to being at noon.

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    Apr 13, 2015 8:44:1Apr 13, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their sixth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Solomon Barwegen, a 6'1" guard from Otsego, Michigan. He played for Otsego High School his senior season and for Vicksburg his freshman through junior seasons.

    During his varsity career, Barwegen averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals. He was named All-Wolverine conference (2014, 2015); Kalamazoo Area Dream Team Honorable Mention; Kalamazoo Gazette Player of the Week; and was ranked the 31st best senior by “Eyes on Michigan” Basketball Report.

    He helped lead Otsego to a 24-4 record in 2014-2015 (best record in school history), conference championship, district championship, regional championship and state quarterfinal appearance. Otsego’s only losses were to teams ranked in the top five of the state. 

    He had a career-high 29 points against Dowagiac and a career-high six three-pointers and 25 points against Plainwell. During his junior season, he scored 27 points, had eight assists and 11 rebounds against Paw Paw. Against No. 2-ranked team in the state, Wayland Union, he had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. He scored nine points, had four rebounds and three assists against No. 1-ranked Milan.

    In addition to his career at Otsego and Vicksburg, he played AAU with ACB Hoops beginning in seventh grade. He played in tournaments in Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Louisville, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

    He also played football and track, playing defensive end and long snapper, and ran the 400m and 800m in track.   

    Barwegen was a member of the academic all-state basketball team and earned honor roll distinction in each semester his junior and senior years.

    He and his family are members of Cross Community Church of the Nazarene in Portage, Michigan. He will join his older brother, Abe, a sophomore at Olivet, on the men’s basketball team.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.)Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio); and Zac Craig (Monroe, Tenn.).

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    Apr 12, 2015 1:5:51Apr 12, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Friday, April 10, Olivet Nazarene University baseball team experienced its largest win of the season with a 21-6 (7 innings) win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.). However, two losses on Saturday gave the series to the Crimson Wave with a 3-2 win in game one and a 13-6 win in the finale.

    Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (5-1) pitched six innings on Friday afternoon, allowing five runs — four earned — off eight hits while striking out four. Junior Eric Douglass (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched the seventh inning and gave up one run off two hits.

    Jake Ahlf (0-6) started for the Crimson Wave (10-21, 7-11) and went 3 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs — nine earned — off seven hits. Four pitchers came in relief and allowed 10 runs — six earned — off five hits.

    In game two, sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (6-2) went to the mound and lost in a complete game effort. He allowed three runs off six hits.

    Enrique Zamora (4-3) threw a complete game and allowed two unearned runs off three hits while striking out six.

    For the Tigers (24-15, 8-11), junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) started the third game of the series and went four innings, allowing six runs off seven hits. Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) came in relief and pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs — two earned. Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) pitched one inning and allowed four runs off two hits. Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) went 2/3 inning.

    The Crimson Wave started Francisco Unzueta in game two on Saturday. He pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing six runs off 15 hits.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) went 4-for-10 with three RBIs and four runs, including two homeruns in the series. Freshman Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) had a great weekend, going 4-for-10 with five RBIs and one run, including his first career homerun. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 5-for-11 with five runs and three RBIs. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) finished the weekend with three hits, four runs and four RBIs.

    Calumet-St. Joseph’s Cesar Mari went 5-for-12 with two RBIs and three runs. Michael Ryerson went 4-for-8 with two runs and eight RBIs. Joseph Romero chipped in with four hits, one run and two RBIs.

    During the three-game series, there were a total of 18 stolen bases, 12 combined errors and 16 extra base hits, including four homeruns in the series.

    ONU will be back on the field, Tuesday, April 14, on the road against Purdue University-Calumet at 3 p.m.

    Boxscore (Friday)

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Apr 12, 2015 12:11:56Apr 12, 2015 -

    GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — With a weekend between meets, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team showed well in only its second meet of the outdoor season, coming up with seven individual and relay titles. The Tigers finished second overall out of 18 teams with 145 points.

    Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) was an individual champion in the 10000 meter run with a time of 32:11.84, beating 14 other runners. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) won the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.65. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.78, and he came in second in the long jump as well with a mark of 6.91 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the discus with a throw of 54.02 meters, beating 34 other throwers; and in the shot put, he threw 16.41 meters, better than 28 other athletes. Two relay teams won: the 4x800 meter relay team with a time of 7:57.59 and the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 42.14.

    Other Tigers who performed well included: Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) who placed sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:55.34; Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) who came in sixth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.77; Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) who came in fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.16; Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) who finished third in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:13.53. The 4x400 meter relay team finished second with a time of 3:23.16.

    On the field, Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third in the discus with a toss of 46.18 meters. He also finished fourth in the hammer throw with a mark of 45.91 meters and fourth in the shot put with throw of 14.87 meters. Derrick Booth (Roseville, Calif.) came in seventh in the javelin throw with a mark of 42.43 meters. Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in fourth in the long jump with a mark of 6.80 meters. Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in second in the triple jump with a mark of 14.00 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, April 18, for the Meet of Champions at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, starting at noon.

    Results

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    Apr 12, 2015 11:46:33Apr 12, 2015 -

    MILAN, Ill. — Playing three consecutive days, the Tigers were unable to take advantage of any rhythm gained on the course. At the Augustana College (Ill.) Invite at the Pinnacle Country Club, ONU managed 18th place finish out of 20 teams. Unlike later in the week, they avoided any inclement weather on the western edge of the state and had great playing conditions.

    A total of 115 golfers played in the 36-hole, two-day event at the par-72, 6,877-yard course. ONU finished 18th with a team score of 685 (+109), finishing 71 strokes back of first and one back of 17th. Illinois Wesleyan University finished first with 614 (+38). Indian Hills Community College (Ill.) came in second with a score of 620 (+44). Illinois Wesleyan JV came in third with a team score of 636 (+50).

    The Tigers sent five golfers, and they were led by sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) who shot 165 (83-82) (+21) and tied for 37th. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot 170 (90-80) (+26) and tied for 63rd. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished with 174 (92-82) (+30), tied for 85th.

    Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 176 (93-83) (+32) and tied for 94th. Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 184 (96-88) (+11), finishing tied for 102nd.

    Results:

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    Apr 12, 2015 11:32:56Apr 12, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the first time since March 6, the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team played at home. Since that time, the Tigers have played 10 matches on the road or at neutral locations, going 8-2 in those matches. On Saturday afternoon, the Tigers won 9-0 against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.), allowing only 16 games all day.

    For only the third time this season, the Tigers (9-5, 4-0) took all nine points, and on Saturday, it was in dominating fashion over the Crimson Wave (0-5, 0-4). The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated the team of Cristian Bael/Herman Krazkow by a score of 8-0. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big over Nils on Cano/Andres Farfan 8-1. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-2 win over Istup Singh/Felipe Espinosa.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella gained a point with a win over Nils on Cano (6-1, 6-0) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys came up big over Cristian Bael (6-0, 6-0). No. 3 Lopez-Isasi Morales defeated Herman Krazkow  (6-0, 6-1). No. 4 Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) won a point over Andres Farfan (6-0, 6-1).

    No. 5 Lucas Bolt won his match over Istup Singh (6-1, 6-3). ONU’s No. 6 Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) took a point for the Tigers over Felipe Espinosa (6-4, 6-3).

    ONU will be back in action Tuesday, April 14, at home against CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.).

    Results

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    Apr 11, 2015 10:33:56Apr 11, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team was able to stay unbeaten in CCAC play with a 6-3 decision against previously undefeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Tigers have now won eight of their last 10 matches and move into sole possession of first place in league play.

    For the sixth time this season, the Tigers (8-5, 3-0) have won by a score of 6-3. The Wolves (9-5, 3-1) managed only one point in doubles play and two in singles. The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Ray Erich/Fabio Perasso by a score of 8-4. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up big in a match against George Watson/Abe Da Costa 9-8 (4). Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-1 loss to Feo Fiesse/Caio Barros.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella defeated Fabio Perasso (6-3, 6-4) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys came up big against Feo Fiesse (7-5, 6-2). No. 3 Sanchez took a point from former teammate Caio Barros  (6-2, 6-3). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales won a fourth singles point for the Tigers against Ray Weich (7-5, 3-6, 11-9).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen lost a very close match to Jimmy Le (1-6, 7-5, 3-6). ONU’s No. 6 Lucas Bolt fell to Nader Murad  (6-0, 6-1).

    ONU will be back on the court Saturday, April 11, at home against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at noon.

    Results

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    Apr 10, 2015 1:56:8Apr 10, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their fifth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Zac Craig, a 5'11" guard from Monroe, Tennessee. He played for Livingston Academy High School.

    During his senior season, Craig averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals, while finishing with nearly 1,000 points and earning all-district first team honors. Against Knoxville Carter, he scored 28 points, making five three-pointers. He added five assists and seven rebounds. In a game against DeKalb County, he had 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. He helped his team to a trip to substate, where they fell in triple overtime. They also were District 8AA Tournament and Region 4AA Tournament runners-up.

    As a junior, he was named all-region, all-district second team and district most-improved player. He scored a career-high 32 points against district-rival Upperman. Craig helped his team to a District 8AA Regular Season title, District 8AA District Tournament and Region 4AA Tournament runner-up finish and substate appearance. In 2013, Livingston Academy was Smokey Mountain Classic Champion, 8AA District Tournament Champion, 4AA Region Tournament Champion, AA State Final Four champion and made substate. As a freshman, he was District 8AA Regular Season Champion, District 8AA District Tournament, Region 4AA and Class AA Sectional Champion, and made a Class AA State Tournament appearance.

    In addition to his career at Livingston Academy, he played AAU with the Highland Knights (2014) and Cookeville DAWGS/Cavaliers (2011-2013). He and his team traveled across Tennessee (Nashville, Knoxville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Lebanon and also in Georgia).

    Craig had a 3.975 GPA while at Livingston Academy, putting him in the top 10 of his class. He is also the president of the National Honor Society and co-founder of the Livingston Academy FCA. He is interested in studying biology/pre-med while at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Jamestown First Church of the Nazarene in Jamestown, Tennessee. He has participated in service projects with the Nashville Rescue Mission (2014) and Evansville Rescue Mission (2015).

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class: Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.); and Brady Williams (Defiance, Ohio).

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    Apr 10, 2015 9:7:36Apr 10, 2015 -

    CRETE, Ill. — In its second tournament of the spring, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team finished fourth for the second time. Just 11 days ago, the Tigers placed fourth in their beginning action of the spring. ONU hosted the 12-team ONU Spring Invite at Balmoral Woods Country Club. The round was suspended for two hours due to local storms, and there were strong winds throughout the day. The Tigers defeated eight teams to finish in the top five, putting two Tigers in the top 15 of the field.

    A total of 59 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,648-yard course. ONU finished fourth with a team score of 326 (+38), finishing 11 strokes back of second. Illinois Central College finished first with 303 (+15). Trinity Christian College-A (Ill.) came in second with a score of 314 (+26). Purdue University-Calumet-Gold came in third with a team score of 315 (+27).

    The Tigers team “A” was made up of senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) who shot an 80 (+8) and tied for 13th. Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 80 (+8) and also tied for 13th. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 83 (+11) and tied for 22nd. Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 83 (+11), finishing tied for 22nd. Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) finished an with 85 (+13), finishing tied for 33rd overall.

    Team “B” was led by junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) who finished with an 83 (+11), finishing tied for 22nd. Freshman Zack Thorson (Philo, Ill.) shot 85 (+13) to finish tied for 33rd. Sophomore Stephen Lowe (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot an 86 (+14) and tied for 39th. Junior Darin LaMont (Crawfordsville, Ind.) finished tied for 53rd with a 95 (+23). Sophomore Jordan Spay (Bettendorf, Iowa) came in 57th and shot 96 (+24).

    ONU will return to the course for the Augustana College (Ill.) Invite at Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Illinois, on Friday, April 10.

    Results:

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    Apr 10, 2015 8:37:49Apr 10, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their fourth member to the 2015 recruiting class: Brady Williams, a 6'2" guard from Defiance, Ohio. He played for Defiance High School.

    Williams helped his team win the OHSAA Division II State Championship, going 26-2 during the process. The Bulldogs won their league and district and were also regional semifinalists in 2014. He had a career high game with 16 points, going 4-for-6 from the three-point line against Archbold.

    In addition to his career at Defiance, he played football and was a member of the track and field team. He was the league runner-up in the 300 meter hurdles his junior season.

    Williams was a Top Bulldog Scholar (4.0 GPA) while at Defiance, finished in the top one percent of his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is a Silver Scholar Award recipient. He is interested in studying pre-med while at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Napoleon Church of the Nazarene in Napoleon, Ohio.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.); Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.); and Josh Berquist (Crown Point, Ind.).

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    Apr 09, 2015 11:3:11Apr 09, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Amy Blucker of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Blucker were selected based on her performance from March 30 – April 5.


    Blucker took home three event victories at the NCAA Division III Anderson (Ind.) Easter Invite on April 2 - shot put, discus and hammer throw.

     • Her shot put mark of 15.5 meters (50-10 ¼) stands as the No. 1 finish in the NAIA this year. The junior hit 44.2 meters (145-0) in the discus - a stadium record.
    • In the Galesburg, Ill., native's final competition, the hammer throw, she nailed 54.32 meters (178-2). That effort set a new stadium record and is tops in all of the NAIA.
    • Blucker's last national honor came in week five of last year (April 16, 2014).e third award of the 2015 outdoor track & field season.
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    Apr 09, 2015 10:57:7Apr 09, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Serephine Buchmann (Illinau, Switzerland) posted four wins without a loss during the week of March 30-April 5 to claim Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Buchmann, a junior, lost only three games in a pair of singles matches, winning 6-0, 6-3 on Monday against University of St. Francis and 6-0, 6-0 versus Judson University on Tuesday in the No. 3 slot.  At No. 1 doubles, she was part of a tandem that won 8-3 on Monday and 8-2 on Tuesday.  Olivet Nazarene won both matches by identical 9-0 counts.

    Buchmann is 9-3 in singles play and 6-6 in doubles action this season.  As a team, the No. 20-ranked Tigers are 11-4 overall and 2-0 in league play, one-half game behind No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University.

    Other Nominees: Lori Haas (Purdue Calumet).

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    Apr 09, 2015 10:52:52Apr 09, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Notching medalist honors at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Spring Invite over the weekend, Olivet Nazarene University junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for the seven-day period from March 30-April 5, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday.

    After opening with an 82 on Thursday, Fisk led the field on Friday with her 79 to close with a 161 and the first-place finish among 57 golfers.  As a team, Olivet Nazarene placed fifth out of nine squads.

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    Apr 09, 2015 10:34:30Apr 09, 2015 -

    ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team returned to action Tuesday, April 7 against the Roosevelt University Lakers.  After having their five game winning streak cut off over the weekend, the Tigers came to Rosemont ready to play.  Olivet took down Roosevelt in both games bringing their overall record to 22-11, 9-1 in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

    Game one was an offensive battle between the two teams. The Tigers scored their first two runs in the top of the second in response to Roosevelt's pair of runs in the bottom of the first.  They answered again to a three run Laker inning in the top of the fourth.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) who went 2-for-3 scored off a single up the middle by senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) (3-for-5).  Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) scored on a wild pitch and Truelock was brought in for the third run of the inning after freshman Mikaela Goetz (3-for-3) walked.   The Tigers added four more runs off a handful of singles in the top of the fifth.  The win was solidified in the top of the seventh as the Tigers added three additional runs.  Senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) who went 2-for-5 and sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) who went 2-for-2 both contributed a double.  Roosevelt battled back in the bottom of the seventh scoring three runs.  Their efforts ran out however, ending the game in a final score of 12-9.

    Starting the game in the circle was freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) who pitched the first three innings.  She struck out four allowing six hits and five runs.  A pitching change in the fourth inning brought in junior Maggie Tidrow (8-2) who was credited for the win.  She struck out three allowing seven hits and four runs.  Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) closed the game striking out three and allowing just one hit. 

    Game two was an easier battle for the Tigers who came out strong, scoring four runs in the top of the first.  Freshman Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) (3-for-4) brought in two of those runs off a double to center field.  A pair of doubles by Alberto and Shahan (2-for-3) led to an additional run in the third and the Tigers closed the deal in the fifth inning scoring five runs ending the game in a final score of 10-2.

    In the circle was Kiefer who picked up fifth win of the season.  She struck out seven and allowed just four hits and two runs on the night. 

    The Tigers return to action Thursday, April 9 at Purdue University - North Central (Ind.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Apr 09, 2015 10:12:3Apr 09, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Following a weekend series win, the Tigers were anxious to continue building momentum against the reigning CCAC champions, the Judson University (Ill.) Eagles. ONU hosted the Eagles in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 8, but fell short, losing game one 5-4 and game two 5-0. The Tigers dropped two games below .500 in league play, having lost 10 of their last 13. The Tigers will have three games this weekend to rebound. 

    Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (3-4) pitched six innings and allowed five runs — four earned — off 11 hits. Junior Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) pitched the final inning, striking out two batters.

    Angel Sanchez (2-0) started for the Eagles (26-11, 12-5) and went five innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off seven hits while striking out four. Ryan Perez (2) pitched the final two innings and gave up one run off one hit.

    The Eagles started hot, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth inning. ONU (23-13, 7-9) responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) had a RBI and then scored on an error. The Tigers scored again in the third inning on a Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) single, bringing home Tanner McLain (Rantoul, Ill.). Two innings later and still trailing by two, Olivet made it a one-run game when Altmann scored on a sacrifice fly. However, the Tigers failed to tie the game in the ninth, going down one-two-three.

    In game two, senior Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (2-4) started and went five innings, allowing two runs off five hits. Freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) gave up three runs off five hits through three innings. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) pitched the ninth inning.

    For Judson, Andrew Bergmann (8-0) stayed unbeaten with a shutout effort through 8 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out 11 batters. Ryan Kendall finished the game.

    Through four innings, game two remained scoreless until Judson put two on the board in the fifth and then led 2-0 until the seventh inning when they added a third run. Trailing 3-0, the Tigers put runners on second and third in the eighth inning but failed to score, striking out in back-to-back at-bats. The Eagles scored two more runs in the ninth to make it 5-0.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Josh Altmann was 3-for-7 with two runs and one RBI. Madison Foster was 4-for-8 with one RBI. Tanner McLain collected two hits and scored twice in the game one.  

    Judson’s Luke Rojas went 6-for-10 with three runs. Tony Rallo was 3-for-7 with two runs and one RBI.  

    ONU will be back on the field, Friday, April 10, at home against Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.

    Boxscore (G1)

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    Apr 08, 2015 11:43:12Apr 08, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- A perfect 4-0 week on the courts has earned Olivet Nazarene University's Oscar Mancineiras-Cornella (Lleida, Spain) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week accolades, it was announced on Wednesday.

    Mancineiras-Cornella, a sophomore, won both his two singles and two doubles conference matches during the week ending April 5 yielding just seven games in the process.  He gained a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles and an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles versus University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Monday followed by a 6-1, 6-0 No. 1 singles win and an 8-2 No. 2 doubles decision against Judson University on Wednesday.

    Olivet Nazarene went on to win both matches by 6-3 and 9-0 counts, respectively.

    For the season, Mancineiras-Cornella is 18-7 on the singles circuit and 16-6 in doubles play.  Both win totals lead the club.

    Olivet Nazarene, ranked No. 23 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll, is 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

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    Apr 08, 2015 9:6:24Apr 08, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Despite the chilly temperatures and overcast skies, the No. 20 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team was happy to finally compete on their home courts. The Tigers hosted Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference foe Robert Morris University (Ill.) on Tuesday, April 7 after having several home matches cancelled or postponed due to weather. It didn't take long for the Tigers to send the Eagles soaring, picking up an easy 9-0 win.

    In doubles action, sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) defeated Beatriz Miranda and Giants Robakidze 8-2, while the freshmen duo of Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic (Belgrade,Serbia) defeated Nicole Witczak and Brianna Jones 8-1. The Eagles did not field a No. 3 doubles team.

    Nunez wasted little time downing Miranda at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-0. The only truly close match was at No. 2 singles where Monakhova outlasted Robakidze 7-5, 6-3. Buchmann remained hot at No. 3 singles, downing Witczak 6-1, 6-0. Knezevic and sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) both picked up 6-0, 6-0 wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, defeating Nalani Carter and Jones, respectively. Robert Morris did not field a No. 6 singles player.

    Olivet (12-5, 3-0) returns to action on Thursday, April 9. The Tigers will host Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.

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    Apr 07, 2015 11:39:8Apr 07, 2015 -

    ANDERSON, Ind. — The Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team sent its throws team to the Anderson University Easter Invitational on Thursday, April 2. All four participants threw personal records, and one broke a school and facility record. The Tigers earned 53 points to finish fourth of seven teams.

    Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the discus with a new personal, school and facility record of 57.29 meters. Qualifying for the NAIA “A” standard, he still has the NAIA’s No. 1 ranking. He also threw a personal record in the hammer throw of 46.33 meters, finishing third. He finished fifth in the hammer throw (43.81 meters).

    Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third in the discus with a personal record of 49.21 meters, qualifying for the NAIA “A” standard. He currently has the NAIA’s No. 7 ranking. He won the hammer throw with a toss of 52.70 meters, a personal record and NAIA “B” standard, as well as No. 5 ranking in the NAIA.

    Grant Judson (Toledo, Ohio) came in seventh in the hammer throw with a personal record of 37.11 meters. Tristan Coghill (Merrillville, Ind.) threw a personal record in the hammer throw of 38.54 meters, placing sixth.

    ONU will be back in action for the Chicagolands, hosted by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m.

    Results

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    Apr 07, 2015 11:36:37Apr 07, 2015 -

    Marriage, Inc. will host events in Bourbonnais and Bradley on April 25 and 26 to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2015. This year’s theme is “Respect the Ring: Join the Celebration!”

    On Saturday, April 25, an Interactive Marriage Workshop takes place at 2 p.m. in Olivet's Chalfant Hall. Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Lady Karen Clark-Sheard will offer insight on marriage and life with relevant content for married and engaged couples.

    The Sheards have been married for more than 30 years. Bishop Sheard is a megachurch pastor in Detroit, and Lady Clark-Sheard is a Grammy-award winning gospel music artist. Their most recent project is “The Sheards,” a weekly docudrama airing on the BET network.

    Tickets for the Interactive Marriage Workshop are $35 per person before April 15 and $45 per person on and after that date. Tickets will not be available at the door. Information and tickets are available by clicking here or calling 815-939-5385.

    On Sunday, April 26, at 6 p.m., a community worship service will celebrate and encourage marriage, specifically black marriages. The service will feature a vow renewal service for which brides are asked to white, and grooms wear black. The service will take place at Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 650 Fairview Avenue, Bradley.

    Keynote speaker is Dr. James Hudson, a Kankakee native and senior pastor of the Harrison Street Baptist Church, Paducah, Kentucky. Information is available clicking here or calling 815-933-3411 or 815-937-1817.

    Marriage, Inc., a cooperative organization based in Kankakee, sponsors the annual Black Marriage Day celebration in cooperation with Wedded Bliss Foundation. Wedded Bliss is a community-based organization helping teens, singles and couples develop healthy relationships and healthy marriages to improve their lives, better the outcomes for children and create stronger communities.

    “Although the primary focus of Black Marriage Day is on black marriages, this celebration is designed to and will offer resources to empower the divine institution of marriage in all races,” said Alisha Clark, associate director/cultural liaison for Marriage, Inc. “This event is not exclusively for black married couples and is open to all who are interested in learning more about the culture of black marriage, in particular.”
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    Apr 07, 2015 8:35:45Apr 07, 2015 -

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — In its last nonconference action of the season, the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team had their four match win streak snapped by NCAA Division II Lewis University (Ill.). The Flyers won 8-1 on Monday afternoon, April 6. ONU had previously won seven of eight matches before Monday. With the loss, the Tigers are now 5-5 in nonconference contests.

    For the fourth time this season, the Tigers (7-5) managed only one or fewer points in the match. The Flyers (11-6) won every doubles match. The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) lost to the team of Armand Levandi/Mate Srdanovic by a score of 8-4. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) came up short to Andre Norasith/Erik Aunapuu 8-6. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) finished with an 8-3 loss to Chris Jastrab/Alan Fijalkowski.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella dropped a point to Armand Levandi (6-2, 6-2) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys came up short to Erik Aunapuu (4-6, 6-0, 6-3). No. 3 Sanchez lost to Mate Srdanovic  (6-0, 6-1). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales won the Tigers' lone point over Andre Norasith (6-2, 6-2).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen lost a close match to Chris Jastrab (4-6, 6-3, 10-2). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) fell in the closest match of the day to Alan Fijalkowski  (5-7, 7-6 (8-0), 10-6).

    ONU will be back on the court Thursday, April 9, at home against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 3:30 p.m.

    Results

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    Apr 06, 2015 11:17:51Apr 06, 2015 -

     

    DES MOINES, Iowa/OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Not since 2010 has the Olivet Nazarene University softball team suffered three consecutive losses, but the Tigers saw a five game winning streak snapped by Grand View University (Iowa) on Friday, April 3 and were unable to recover in a doubleheader the following day with William Penn University (Iowa). Olivet was able to pick up one win on the weekend, downing Grand View in the series opener.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 8  Grand View 4

    Senior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a home run for three RBIs to lead the Tigers.  Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and junior Ashley McKnight ( ) also connected for two hits each. Truelock added two RBIs.

    In the circle, freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) picked up the win, pitching five innings. She allowed six hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out four and walking four. Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) came in to throw the final two innings, allowing three hits and one run.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 3  Grand View 4

    The nightcap proved to be a pitching duel with no one scoring through five innings. The Knights, however, busted things open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Jamie Kiefer (Chicago) suffered the loss. Kiefer, a freshman, allowed five hits and two runs before giving the ball over to freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) who allowed four hits and two runs. Kiefer finished with seven strikeouts and allowed just two walks. Cebulski added one strike out.

    The Tigers, who had not managed a hit until the seventh inning, saw their comeback come up short as they could only push three runs across. Truelock broke up the no-hitter with a home run to lead off the seventh. Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) later doubled in a run. Freshman Mickey Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) added a single.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 0  William Penn 4

    Things didn't prove to be better offensively for the Tigers on day two of the road trip as William Penn held the normally powerful offense hitless until the fifth inning when senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) picked up the lone Tiger hit of the game.

    Tidrow did her part in the circle for Olivet, holding the Statesmen scoreless until the fourth inning. Tidrow suffered the loss, throwing 5.1 innings. She allowed seven hits and was responsible for all four runs, though only two were earned. She struck out four and walked one. Kiefer threw the final two outs of the game, striking out both batters she faced.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 4  William Penn 6

    The Tigers bats came back to life in Saturday's nightcap as seven players accounted for 11 hits. Freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.), Truelock, McKnight and Goetz each finished with two hits apiece. Truelock and Goetz both doubled in the contest.

    Cebulski suffered her fourth loss of the season as she was unable to hold the lead, allowing three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. She threw 3.1 innings and allowed five hits. Beno entered in relief, throwing the final 2.2 innings. She allowed five hits and two runs.

    Olivet (20-11, 7-1) will return to action on Tuesday, April 7. The Tigers will face Roosevelt University (Ill.) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action in Rosemont, Illinois. Game one is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m.

     

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    Apr 06, 2015 10:40:5Apr 06, 2015 -

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Junior Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) shot a round low 79 on day two of the University of St. Francis Spring Invite to come from behind and capture the top individual spot with a 161. The two-day event took place at the Cherry Hill and Autumn Ridge Golf Courses in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Tigers finished fifth overall in the nine team field with a team score of 693.

    Fisk opened play with an 82 on Thursday on the slightly shorter Cherry Hill course which lists at 5,803 yards. Teammate Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill) finished with the low round of the day, posting a 79.

    Day two moved the event to the slightly longer Autumn Ridge Course which measures 5,861 yards. Fisk posted the round low of 79 to finish in the top spot overall with a 161. Bilyeu followed up her opening round with an 86 to finish tied for fifth overall with a 165.

    Rounding out the top five Tiger finishes were Bridgett Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) in 28 th  place overall with rounds of 97 and 89 to finish at 180. Sophomore Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) posted a two-round total of 188, shooting 92 on day one and 96 on day two. Freshman Julie Hogan (Pontiac, Ill.) posted matching rounds of 95 to finish at 190 in 43 rd place.

    Madonna University (Mich.) captured the team title, finishing at 678 with Davenport University (Mich.) right behind at 678. The University of Northwestern Ohio took third place with a team total of 681, while the University of St. Francis. (Ill.) took fourth with a 685.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, April 10 at Arbor Trace Golf Course in Marian, Ind. for the Indiana Wesleyan University Invitational. The two-day event will start on Friday with shot guns starts at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and resume Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

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    Apr 06, 2015 9:42:20Apr 06, 2015 -

    ANDERSON, Ind. - Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) didn't let a little rainstorm keep her from not only capturing the title in all three throwing events at the Anderson University Easter Invite on Thursday, April 2, but she did it by breaking the stadium record in all three events. Two of her victories put her atop the current standings in the NAIA, while the third ranks sixth.

    Blucker broke a 16-year old stadium record in the discus. The 44.22m (145-01) toss currently ranks sixth nationally. In the shot put, Blucker broke a record that has stood since 2001, finishing at 14.50m (47-07) to rank atop the NAIA standings. Her hammer throw of 54.32m (178-02) also ranks atop the NAIA and broke a 14-year old stadium record.

    Freshman Valerie Johnson (Denison, Iowa) picked up a couple of personal bests in the discus (39.65m) and hammer throw (44.29m). Freshman Carlie Vannatta (Zionsville, Ind.) also added a new personal best in the hammer (37.74m).

    The Tigers will return to action on Friday, April 10 at the Chicagolands hosted by the College of DuPage (Ill.). The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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    Apr 06, 2015 9:25:58Apr 06, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Combining for 37 hits and 28 runs in a three-game series against Purdue University-North Central (Ind.), the Tiger bats awoke after managing onlyh 26 runs in the previous seven games combined. On Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, Olivet won the series 2-to-1. The Tigers took game one 8-3 in Westville, Ind.; but they fell in the first game of the doubleheader 9-7 on Saturday, giving up six runs in the fifth inning. They finished off the series with a 13-12 come from behind victory after trailing 9-0 in the seventh inning on Saturday.

    Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (4-1) pitched a complete game on Friday afternoon, going nine innings and allowing only three runs — two earned — off six hits while striking out five.

    Justin Landgrebe (2-3) started for the Panthers (12-16, 8-7) and went five innings, allowing four unearned runs off six hits. Brody Kutch went the final four innings, allowing four runs off five hits.

    In game two, Coach Reid sent sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (6-1) to the mound, and he fell for the first time in 2015. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs — one earned — off six hits. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) went 2 2/3 innings of relief and allowed one run off five hits.

    Alex Ricica (1-3) earned his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing six runs — three earned — off nine hits while striking out five. Cody Jansen (5) earned the save in the seventh inning, allowing one run off one hit while walking three and striking out two.

    For the Tigers (23-11, 7-7), junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) started the third game of the series and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs off 12 hits. Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) (3-1) came in relief and pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs and a walk. Nick Campe (5) pitched the ninth and earned his fifth save, allowing one run off a hit.

    The Panthers started Mitch Prickett in game two on Saturday. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs — four earned — off eight hits. Jordan Polito (1-1) gave up eight runs — six earned — off seven hits.

    At the plate, the Tigers’ Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) went  5-for-11 with three RBIs and four runs. Freshman Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) had a great weekend, going 8-for-12 with three RBIs and runs apiece. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) went 3-for-11 with three runs and two RBIs. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) finished the weekend with three hits, five runs and three RBIs..

    Purdue-North Central’s Cody Haver went 4-for-11 with seven RBIs and one run. Joe Czarnecki went 5-for-13 with three runs and four RBIs. Josh chipped in with three hits, three runs and two RBIs.

    In game three of the series, the Tigers trailed 9-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, managing only six hits through the first six innings. However, everything would change for the Tigers. They put eight runs on the board using six hits and two errors. Foster and Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) both doubled in the inning. The Panthers tacked on two more runs in the eighth to make it 11-8, but ONU took a 13-11 lead in the bottom of the inning using four hits and an error. Foster hit a second double of the game, and Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) singled to score two runs, allowing the go-ahead run to score. The Panthers scored a 12th run in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to take back the lead.

    During the three-game series, there were a total of 14 stolen bases, 21 combined errors and 13 extra base hits.

    ONU will be back on the field, Wednesday, April 8, at home against Judson University Central (Ill.) in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

    Boxscore (Friday)

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    Apr 06, 2015 9:19:2Apr 06, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - The No. 20 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team wasted little time picking up their second Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win in just two days, this time on the road at Judson University (Ill.). The Tigers swept all nine matches.

    The Eagles were able to win just seven games in singles competition and a mere six in doubles. The closes of all the matches was a No. 2 doubles where freshman Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia) allowed Emmie Chan and Lauren Saiki to take three games before ultimately beating them 8-3. Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) took No. 1 doubles over Nysa Fetzner and Marcilyn Rowan 8-2, while sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) and Anna Kuechenberg (Crystal Lake, Ill.) downed Abby Jungles and Leanna Krueger 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.

    Buchmann and Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) swept their singles competition in straight sets, Buchmann over Jungles at No. 3 and Coose over Megan Hunt at No. 6. Nunez, Monakhova and Quereda picked up 6-1, 6-1 wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 6 singles over Chan, Fetzner and Saiki, respectively. Knezevic defeated Rowen 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 5 slot.

    Olivet (11-4) returns to action on Monday, April 6 in a doubleheader of sorts.  The Tigers will travel to NCAA DII Lewis University (Ill.) for a morning match against the Flyers and return home for an exhibition with NCAA DIII North Park University in the afternoon.

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    Apr 06, 2015 8:54:14Apr 06, 2015 -

    DEERFIELD, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team picked up two more wins in their double-header against Trinity International on Tuesday, March 31. The Tigers, now 19-8, beat the Trojans in game one 7-1 and in game two doubled their score winning in a shutout 14-0.

    The offense took some time to warm up in game one with the first three innings remaining scoreless, but the Tigers scored three in the fourth due to a pair of Trinity errors. Olivet scored an additional three runs in the sixth inning off a junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) triple and a senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) single. The final run came in inning seven when freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) doubled bringing in junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.). Megyesi ended the game with three RBIs followed by Tatum with two. Goetz and freshman Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) also contributed one RBI apiece.

    Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) pitched all seven innings in her third win of the season. She allowed eight hits and struck out five. The Trojans scored just one unearned run in the bottom of the seventh.

    Game two was another shutout for the Tigers ending in a score of 14-0. Olivet scored multiple runs in all but one inning of the 5-inning game. Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a home run and three RBIs, Goetz added two, and Alberto and senior Rachel Holaway (Wheaton, Ill.) contributed one apiece.

    In the circle in game two was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) who was credited with her seventh win of the season. She struck out seven allowing just two hits and no runs.

    The Tigers return to action Friday April 3 vs Grand View University (Iowa) in Des Moines, Iowa. Play begins at 2:00 p.m.
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    Apr 02, 2015 1:49:12Apr 02, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their third member to the 2015 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes Indiana product Josh Berquist, a 6'1" guard from Crown Point, Indiana. He played for Crown Point High School .

    Berquist helped his team win an IHSAA 3A Sectional title and played in the Regional Championship. During his senior season, he averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds. He scored a team-high 19 points against Merrillville. He was named the Crown Point High School Defensive Player of the Year.

    In addition to his career at Crown Point, Berquist played with a local fieldhouse AAU team.

    Berquist was on the A-B Honor Roll while at Crown Point and has earned an Honors Diploma. He is interested in studying business, accounting or engineering while at Olivet.

    He joins fellow members of the 2015 recruiting class; Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.) and Joey Olson (Muskegon, Mich.). 

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    Apr 02, 2015 1:34:41Apr 02, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their second member to the 2015 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes Michigan product Joey Olson, a 6'3" guard from Muskegon, Michigan. He played for Reeths-Puffer High School there.

    During his senior season, Olson averaged 9.0 points, 2.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds. He also had some outstanding performances, including: scored 21 points and had a school record seven three-pointers against Holland; against Potters House, scored 16 points; and scored 14 points in games versus Grand Rapids Union, Ludington and Zeeland West.

    In addition to his career at Reeths-Puffer, Olson played with Basketball Basics and participated in numerous tournaments throughout Michigan, including the GVSU Showcase Tournament.

    Olson finished high school with an overall 3.786/4.0 GPA. He was an honor roll student for four years. At Olivet, he plans to major in accounting and hopes to become a C.P.A. after graduation.

    He and his family attend Lakes Community Church of the Nazarene. Olson served on a mission trip to Forge Flint and is joining a group that will be traveling to the inner city of Chicago in summer 2015.

    Olson joins Zach Tuxhorn (Naperville, Ill.) in the 2015 recruiting class.

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

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed their first member to the 2015 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes Zach Tuxhorn, a 6'3" guard from Naperville, Illinois. He played for Naperville North High School.

    During his senior season, Tuxhorn averaged 6.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. He also had standout games of 20 points, going 5-for-6 from behind the arc, and recorded a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Against the No. 6-ranked team in the state, he scored 15 points. During the Hoops for Healing Thanksgiving Tournament, he was named as a player of the game.

    Tuxhorn made it to the sectional round of the Country Companies Three-Point Shootout in 2013 and 2015, qualifying in 2014 as well.

    In addition to his career at Naperville North, Tuxhorn played with Paradise Basketball, traveling to tournaments in Akron, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

    While in high school, Tuxhorn played wide receiver for the football team, playing for the varsity as a junior and senior.

    Tuxhorn finished high school with an overall 3.75/4.0 GPA, earning DuPage Valley Conference All-Academic honors. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. He will study accounting and finance at Olivet.

    He and his family attend Trinity Church of the Nazarene, and he has served on a mission trip to Poas, Costa Rica. 

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    Apr 02, 2015 12:48:24Apr 02, 2015 -

    ElGIN, Ill. — To say the No. 23-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team is on a roll is an understatement. The Tigers have won four straight and seven of eight matches. They shutout CCAC opponent Judson University (Ill.) 9-0 on Wednesday, April 1, giving them a 2-0 start to their conference season.

    For only the second time this season, the Tigers (7-4, 2-0) shutout the Eagles (10-5, 1-1) in doubles play. The No. 1 team of Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) and Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated the team of Daniel Hendel/Elisha Hougland by a score of 8-4. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated Jon Moment/Isriz Balase 8-2. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) came away with an 8-5 win over Tyler Kerley/Michael Bruen

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won his match over Elisha Houghland (6-1, 6-0) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys gained a point by defeating Isriz Balase (6-1, 6-0). No. 3 Sanchez picked up a point over Daniel Handel (6-0, 6-1). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales won over Michael Bruen (6-1, 6-0).

    No. 5 Tyler Ellis won his match over Jon Moment (6-3, 6-2). ONU’s No. 6 Peter Jensen defeated Josh Gronowski  (6-1, 6-1).

    ONU will be back on the court Friday, April 3, at home against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.).

    Results

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    Apr 02, 2015 8:37:38Apr 02, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jacob Armbrust (junior, Metamora, Ill.) of Olivet Nazarene University has been named the NAIA National Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, the National office announced Wednesday, April 1. He was selected based on his performances from March 23 to 29. This is the second award of the 2015 outdoor track and field season.

    At the Viking Olympics on March 28, Armbrust broke the school record in the discus with a 56.10-meter (184-1) throw. His toss also set a new meet record that had stood since 1976. In the shot put, he also set a meet record with a mark of 16.82 meters (55-2 ¼). Both wins were against 40-plus athletes, and both finishes are tops in the NAIA this season. He claims his first career National Field Athlete of the Week award. 

    Armbrust was also named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his two record-setting performances this past weekend. It is the first such honor of his career. The award was announced by the league office on Thursday, April 2.

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    Apr 01, 2015 2:50:18Apr 01, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis.  — In game one of ONU’s doubleheader with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon, March 31, the Tigers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Wolves, ending Stritch’s three-game win streak. Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) went for his sixth win of the year, allowing only two runs. However, Stritch managed to salvage game two (8-6) to split the series behind 11 hits. For the third consecutive season, each team came away from the two-game series with a win.

    Cericola (6-0) went in game one for the Tigers (21-10, 5-6) and allowed only two runs off five hits, walking five and striking out two in 6 1/3 innings. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (4) earned the save in 2/3 inning of action, striking out both batters.  

    In game two, senior Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (2-3) went five innings and allowed eight runs off 10 hits, striking out two. Junior Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) went 2 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit. Junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) pitched 1/3 inning.

    The Wolves (8-10, 4-5) started Luke Erickson (1-3) in game one. He pitched a complete game, allowing three runs — two earned — off three hits while striking out six and walking five. Kevin Murphy (3-2) started game two and went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs — four earned — off five hits while walking four. Vincent Collelo went 1/3 inning and allowed one run off two hits. Nate Van Ells (2) earned the save with 1 1/3 innings of work.

    Game one was scoreless until the fourth inning when Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) hit a solo shot, his fourth of the season. Eventually Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) stole home to make it 2-0. ONU scored its third run on a Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) bunt single with one out. Stritch scored a late run to make it 3-2, but it wasn’t enough.

    In game two, the Wolves took a commanding 7-1 lead after only three innings, putting together six runs off six hits in the third inning alone. The Tigers scratched and clawed back to make it 8-6 with four runs of their own in the eighth inning, using a wild pitch and a three-run homerun by Bryan Klendworth to make it a two-run ballgame. However, a double play in the ninth ended the threat for the Wolves and gave them the win.

    For Olivet, Klendworth was 2-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Altmann went 3-for-7 with two RBIs and two runs. Foster was 2-for-7 with one run and RBI apiece.

    Stritch had Chad Mazur go 3-for-7 with four runs scored. Brandon Fowler was 3-for-6 with three RBIs. Kornowski was 2-for-5 with one RBI and run scored.

    ONU will be back in action Friday, April 3, on the road in CCAC action against Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) in a nine-inning game at 3:30 p.m.

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    Apr 01, 2015 7:42:57Apr 01, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head Coach Bill Bahr and the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team are pleased to announce the addition of Abigail Wright for the fall of 2015. Wright is a senior at Rockford Christian School in Rockford, Illinois.

    Wright led the Royal Lions to an IHSA Final-Four appearance in 2014, earning the state sportsmanship award. Heading into her senior season, she has earned Big Northern Conference All-Conference honors three times and has been selected Defensive MVP three times.

    In the classroom, she has earned High Honor Roll every year and became a member of National Honor Society in the fall of 2014. She is a two-year member of Key Club and has served as Student Council Vice President all four years.

    While at Olivet, Wright intends to major in pre-physical therapy. She is the daughter of James and Nicole and sister to Tyler. 

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    Apr 01, 2015 7:21:7Apr 01, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - With the goal of returning to the NAIA National Championships, the No. 20 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team started their quest for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference title that would give them the automatic bid that eluded them a year ago. On Monday, March 30 the Tigers traveled to the University of St. Francis (Ill.), coming away with a decisive 9-0 win.

    The Fighting Saints could only field two doubles teams, with the Tigers (10-4) making quick work of them in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Candana) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) downed Danielle Hoffman and Eva Lopez 8-3, while Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia) defeated Gabby Demchenko and Brittney Kupiec 8-1.

    Olivet has been strong all season top-to-bottom in singles action. In the top slot, Nunez downed Demchenko 6-2, 6-0. Monakhova defeated Hoffman at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0. Buchmann, who has not lost a singles match since the fall, defeated Lopez 6-0, 6-3. In No. 4 singles, Knezevic defeated Kupiec in straight 6-0 sets, while sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) defeated Haley Collins in No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-1. St. Francis did not field a No. 6 singles match.

    The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, March 31, traveling to Judson University (Ill.) for another CCAC match-up. Doubles action is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

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    Apr 01, 2015 6:59:40Apr 01, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University softball team returned to action Monday, March 30 at Tiger Field after unexpected some time off due to postponed games. The Tigers looked sharp against opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.).  Monday night's events led to two more shutout wins for the Tigers putting their overall record for the season at 17-8. 

    Game one started the evening off nicely with the 8-0, five-inning win over the Trolls.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) was a solid 2-for-3 at the plate bringing in two runs.  Freshmen Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) and Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) also went 2-for-3 with Collalti adding an RBI.  Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) and senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) both went 1-for-3 and contributed two RBI's apiece. 

    In the circle, freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) was credited with her fifth win of the season.  It was a no-hitter for Beno as she pitched all five innings, striking out six and allowing just one walk. 

    The momentum continued for the Tigers in the second shutout of the evening as they scored four of their seven runs in the bottom of the first.   Goetz stayed hot, again going 2-for-3 with two RBI's.  Also contributing two RBI's was Truelock with a homerun, and sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) who went 2-for-2 with a double. 

    The win went to freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) (4-3) who pitched the first five innings of the game.  She allowed five hits, no runs, and struck out eight.  Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) was solid in relief in the final two innings of play.  She struck out two and did not allow any runs.

    The Tigers return to play Tuesday March 31 at Deerfield, Ill. against Trinity International University.  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.  

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    Mar 31, 2015 10:36:1Mar 31, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Friday, March 27, was too cold for CCAC baseball action at Watson Field; therefore, the Tigers' nine-inning game was moved to Monday afternoon, March 30. The Tigers hosted Trinity Christian College (Ill.) for the third game of the series. Olivet needed a win to snap its current four-game skid, but the league’s best lineup was again too good and handed ONU a loss (7-4). 

    Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (3-3) started his fourth game for the Tigers (20-9, 4-5) and went three innings, allowing six runs off eight hits, and struck out two. Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) went the last six innings, allowing one run off five hits.

    The Trolls (16-11, 9-2) started Tanner Reklaitis (5-1) who went seven innings, allowing four runs — three earned — off seven hits while walking two. Nick Nauracy (1) went the last two innings in relief. He walked one and struck out one in his first save opportunity of the season.

    In the top of the first inning, Dylan Hatch hit a three-run homerun to give the Trolls an early 3-0 lead. Sophomore Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) came right back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run triple to cut the deficit to 3-2. Trinity Christian tacked on three more runs in the next two innings to make it 6-3, using six hits. They eventually scored a seventh run in the fifth to take a four-run lead. The Tigers responded with a run in the sixth when Tanner McClain (Rantoul, Ill.) grounded out and Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.) scored. However, the Tigers managed only one more hit through the remaining three innings.

    In Monday’s game, Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) was 2-for-5, Bryan Klendworth was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, and Tanner McClain had two RBIs.

    For the Trolls, Dylan Hatch was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and one run, including a three-run homerun in the first inning. Kyle VanKalkaer was 3-for-5 with three runs. Blake Kerzich was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Joshua Pieper was 2-for-4 with one run.

    ONU will be back in action on Tuesday, March 31, on the road in CCAC action against Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m.

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    Mar 31, 2015 9:44:11Mar 31, 2015 -

    JOLIET, Ill. — In its first CCAC action of the season, against rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), the No. 24-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team notched its third straight win. The Tigers defeated the Saints 6-3 on the road, their third straight by that score and sixth win in seven matches.

    The (6-4, 1-0) Tigers scored two points in doubles play against the Fighting Saints (8-8, 0-2). The No. 1 team of Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated the team of Alex Haizel/Boris Poshev by a score of 8-1. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) lost an 8-6 decision to Mark Zubov/Lucas Navarro. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) came away with an 8-4 win over Anders Sandberg/Lucas Randall.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won his match over Mark Zubov (6-1, 6-2) in singles play. No. 2 Navarro Veys gained a point by defeating Boris Poshev (7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-4). No. 3 Sanchez picked up a point over Alex Haizel (4-6, 6-0, 6-3). Tyler Ellis lost to Anders Sandberg by a score of (6-3, 6-2).

    No. 5 Peter Jensen won his match over Luka Dordevic (6-3 ,4-6,  6-4). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) lost to Lucas Navarro (6-4, 6-1).

    ONU will be back on the court Wednesday, April 1, on the road against CCAC opponent Judson University (Ill.), starting at 4 p.m.

    Results

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    Mar 31, 2015 9:28:30Mar 31, 2015 -

    BRISTOL, Ill. — Head Coach Damon Jensen and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s golf team did not miss a beat in their first match of the spring season after taking off 167 days from competition. ONU competed in the 16- team Aurora University (Ill.) Spring Collegiate Invitational at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, Illinois. On a very windy day and on an unfamiliar course, the Tigers defeated 12 teams to finish in the top five, putting three Tigers in the top third of the field.

    A total of 89 golfers played in the 18-hole, one-day event at the par-72, 6,505-yard course. ONU finished fourth with a team score of 320 (+32), finishing 15 strokes back of second. The University of St. Francis (Ill.) finished first with 304 (+16). Wheaton College (Ill.) and Carthage College (Wis.) “B” tied for second with a score of 305 (+17). Concordia University-Wisconsin came in fifth with a team score of 323 (+35).

    Sophomore Cole Evenson (Princeton, Ill.) led the Tigers with 77 (+5), finishing tied for seventh overall. Sophomore Luke Lambert (Crown Point, Ind.) shot 79 (+7) and tied for 18th. Senior Michael Bork (Rapid City, Mich.) shot 81(+9) and tied for 30th. Freshman Kyle Dwyer (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 83 (+11) and tied for 39th. Junior Robert Wagner (Bethel, Ohio) rounded out the top five with 86 (+14), finishing tied for 55th.

    As individuals, freshman Zack Thorson (Philo, Ill.) shot 83 (+11) to finish tied for 39th. Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Bourbonnais, Ill.) shot 85 (+13), finishing tied for 50th.

    ONU will return to the course for the Olivet Spring Invite at Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Illinois, on Thursday, April 9, at 9 a.m.

    Results:

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    Mar 30, 2015 9:17:59Mar 30, 2015 -

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — Despite losing two games on Wednesday in CCAC play, the Tigers were back on the diamond and ready to get back in the win column on Saturday, March 28. They traveled north to Trinity Christian College (Ill.) for a doubleheader against the Trolls. However, the Trolls brought out the bats and combined for 29 hits and 14 runs. ONU fell in game one 8-2 and lost in game two on a walk off hit 6-5.

    Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) (3-1) lost game one after going four innings, allowing eight runs off 11 hits and walking three batters. Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) went the last two innings, allowing only two hits.

    In game two, junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) went the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs off nine hits and striking out five. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (2-1) allowed three runs off six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) pitched to the final batter and gave up the walk-off hit.

    The Trolls (15-11, 8-2) started Nick Nauracy (3-1) who went the distance, allowing two runs — one earned — off five hits while striking out five. In game two, Robert Wilmsen started and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing all five runs off 11 hits. Clay DeHaan went 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one hit. Tanner Reklaitis (4-1) pitched the ninth inning, allowing only one hit.

    In Saturday's game, the Tigers (20-8, 4-4) collected 18 hits. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) went 4-for-7 with two runs. Senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) went 3-for-5 with one run and RBI. Foster was 3-for-8 with two RBIs. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) was 2-for-6 with one run, and Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) was 2-for-7 with one run.

    For the Trolls, Dylan Hatch was 5-for-8 with three runs and one RBI. Marty Mennenga was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and a run scored. Zack Jones was 4-for-9 with two RBIs.

    ONU will be back in action on Monday, March 30, at Watson Field in CCAC action against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 3:30 p.m.

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    Mar 30, 2015 8:54:50Mar 30, 2015 -

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — During a cold day on Saturday, March 28, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team gave a great effort — especially junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) and senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.). Both athletes are currently No. 1 in the NAIA in their respective events. Armbrust broke two meet records and a school record. The Tigers finished third overall out of 18 teams with 135 points.

    Armbrust won the discus and shot put with record-breaking efforts, both NAIA “A” standards. He broke the school record and meet record in the discus (56.10 meters), outdoing 42 other athletes and breaking the meet record by over 18 feet (set in 1976). He also won the shot put (45 athletes) with a mark of 16.82 meters, breaking the meet record (set in 2005). He finished fifth in the hammer throw (43.81 meters). 

    Michell won the pole vault with a jump of 5.05 meters, an all-time personal record, qualifying for the NAIA “A”standard.

    Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) had a great start to the outdoor season, winning the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.13. Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) finished 11th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.83, and Jeff Britton (Norton Shores, Mich.) was 12th (51.95). Alex Hottle (Waterloo, Iowa) came in 13th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:00.57. Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) finished ninth in the 110 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles with a time of 17.09 and 57.65, respectively. Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) came in fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:23.24.

    Andy Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) qualified for the NAIA “B” standard at the Sam Costa Half Marathon (3/21/15) with a time of 1:13.38.

    The 4x100 meter relay team of Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.); Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.); Jonathan Hutchison (Morton, Ill.); and Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) finished second with a time of 42.57. The 4x200 meter relay team of Zidek, Hutchinson, Carl and Zach Gordon won the event with a time of 1:28.27. Also, the 4x400 meter relay finished second with a time of 3:23.29; the team is made up of Jeff Britton, Alex Hunt, Austin Holton (Nampa, Idaho) and Draque Penaflor-Heier (Sterling, Ill.). The 4x800 meter relay team of David Powers (Security, Colo.), Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.), Tyler Gabriele (Wheaton, Ill.) and Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in second with a time of 8:00.35.

    In the high jump, Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) won with a mark of 1.95 meters. Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) finished fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.45 meters. Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in fifth (6.50 meters) in the long jump. Grant Judson (Toledo, Ohio) came in fourth in the shot put with a mark of 14.06 meters. Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third in the discus with a toss of (47.59 meters), a NAIA “B” standard.

    ONU will be back in action for the Chicagolands hosted by the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, on Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m.

    Results

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    Mar 29, 2015 8:19:29Mar 29, 2015 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The No. 24-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team is on a roll, winning its fifth match in five tries by defeating (RV) Marian University (Ind.) on the road by a score of 6-3. The Tigers have won two straight away from home and are now one game over .500 for this season.

    In a match against a 17-win Knights (17-3) team, the Tigers dominated doubles play. The Tigers (5-4) got things going with three points. The No. 1 team of Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) defeated the team of Pochop/Albert by a score of 8-6. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) took a 9-7 decision from Denton/Kinney. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) came away with an 8-4 win over Heuer/Hiatt.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella lost in a close match to Jason Denton (7-5, 4-6 (10-6)) in singles play. No. 2 Veys gained a point by beating Jack Hiatt (6-3, 6-2). Sanchez picked up a point over Danny Albert (7-5, 6-2). Tyler Ellis lost to Marty Pochop by a score of (6-4, 6-1).

    Ryan Heuer lost to No. 5 Peter Jensen (6-4 , 6-4). ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) lost to Taylor Kinney (7-6 (4), 6-2).

    ONU will be back in action Monday, March 30, at CCAC foe University of St. Francis (Ill.) starting at 1:30 p.m.

    Results

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    Mar 29, 2015 10:14:28Mar 29, 2015 -

     ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – In their first outdoor meet of the spring season, the Olivet Nazarene University women’s track and field team used six first-place and a host of top five finishes to capture title at the 2015 Viking Olympics hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) on March 27-28. Three Tigers posted NAIA National Championship qualifying finishes, one in two events.

    Seniors Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.), junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) and sophomore Hannah Gee became the first athletes to pencil their names on the list of athletes attending the NAIA Outdoor National Championships at the end of the season. Reader captured the title in the pole vault, clearing 3.50m (11-05.75) to qualify “B” standard. Blucker finished fourth in the hammer throw with a 50.61m (166-08.00) throw to earn an automatic qualification. Gee will make her first appearance at the national level with an automatic qualifying toss in the discus of 43.51m (142-09.00). Blucker also posted a "B" standard toss of 43.41m (142-05.00).  

    Other top finishes:
        • Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa), first place, 3000m Steeplechase (11:38.84)
        • 4x200m Relay: Laura D’Angelo (McHenry, Ill.), Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurts, Ill.), Alissa Combe (Kuna,     Idaho), Kammy Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.), first place (1:44.95)
        • 4x800m Relay: Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.), Naomi Springer (Minier, Ill.), Kylie Lippencott               (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), first place (9:49.89)
        • Goedhart, third place, 400m (1:00.55)
        • Kirkland, fourth place, 400m (1:01.62)
        • D’Angleo, fifth place, 400, (1:02.09)
        • Brown, first place, 800m (2:19.08)
        • Combe, fourth place, 400m Hurdles (1:07.16)
        • Emily Troemel, fifth place, 400m Hurdles (1:09.83)
        • 4x100m Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Kylie Bradley (Portland, Tenn.), Troemel, Brianna Price (Fremont, Neb.),          Combe, first place (1:06.63)
        • Kristin Beatty, second place, pole vault (3.40m, 11-01.75)
        • Anna Stiker, third place, pole vault (3.25m, 10-08.00)
        • Erin Farley, second place, long jump (5.3m, 17-04.75)
        • Bradley, third place, long jump (5.25m, 17-02.75)
        • Olivia Casey, fourth place, long jump (5.24m, 17-02.25)

    Olivet finished the two-day event with 161.5 points, followed by Augustana College with 148.50. Rounding out the top five were Winona State with 113, Luther with 112 and Aurora College with 111.5.

    The 4x800, relay team is extra thankful for their victory, despite maybe being a little disappointed in the time. In the opening leg, Beezhold and a member of the Aurora team were tripped up around the 600m, both hitting the track hard. In a show of great sportsmanship, the Aurora runner stopped to help up a scraped up Beezhold. She was able to hand off to Springer in third place. Lippencott and Brown were able to close the gap and capture the victory. 

    The Tigers will return to action on Friday, April 10 at the Chicagolands hosted by the College of DuPage. Competition is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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    Mar 29, 2015 9:50:25Mar 29, 2015 -

    INDIANPOLIS, Ind. - The No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team picked up another non-conference win on Friday, March 27, this time making a clean 9-0 sweep of Marian University. The early morning departure time and frigid spring temperatures were not enough to hold back the Tigers.

    The Knights kept things closest in doubles competition. Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) outlasted Audrey Rang and Anna Potter, picking up an 8-6 win at No. 1. The freshman duo of Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia)  and Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) made quick work of Grace Neathery and Hannah Elliott in the No. 2 slot, winning 8-1. It took junior Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman Anna Kuechenberg (Crystal Lake, Ill.) a little longer to defeat Sarah Potter and Colleen Yager at No. 3 doubles 9-7.

    In singles action, Nunez quickly downed Rang in the top spot, 6-2, 6-1. Monakhova defeated Neathery 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, while Buchamann picked up another win at No. 3 by defeating Potter 6-0, 6-1. In the No. 4 spot, Knezevic defeated Elliott 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicante, Spain) easily downed Yager at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-3. Freshman Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) picked up a win at No. 6, downing Paige Swan in matching 6-4 sets.

    The Tigers (9-4) return to action on Monday, March 30 as they open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on the road at the University of St. Francis.  The match is set to start at 3:30.

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    Mar 26, 2015 4:20:33Mar 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Each year ONU Football scours the country for high school standouts for their recruiting class. The search for the class of 2020 starts now! Tiger Football wants to give high school prospects an opportunity to showcase their talent at Olivet Nazarene University’s Visit Days. On May 23 and June 17, 2015, prospects will have an opportunity to participate in position specific drills as well as strength, speed and agility testing. Prospects will also have an opportunity to meet coaches and to view Olivet's 250-acre park-like campus. 

    Any rising high school junior or senior in the Class of 2016 or Class of 2017 who is interested in college football and ONU is encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend this event. This is an opportunity for prospects to be evaluated by the staff and get acquainted with ONU Football.

    When: May 23, 12 noon to 5 p.m.; June 17, 5:30 to 10 p.m.

    Where: Olivet's campus, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, IL 60914; Ward Field and Birchard Gymnasium

    What to wear: Workout gear; both cleats and running shoes as you may be inside and outside.

    Registration information: Contact Coach Jeff DiSandro, recruiting coordinator, at jjdisandro@olivet.edu

     

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    Mar 26, 2015 9:9:10Mar 26, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Keying an upset of NAIA No. 14-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University, Olivet Nazarene University's Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.

    Nunez opened the match with an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles before securing a 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 1 singles in leading the Tigers to the 6-3 victory.  For the season, Nunez is 6-4 in singles play and 7-3 on the doubles circuit.

    Olivet Nazarene, ranked No. 22 in the latest NAIA Coaches' Poll, is 8-4 overall.

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    Mar 26, 2015 9:4:25Mar 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Due to weather conditions in the Chicagoland area earlier in the week, the games scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, with CCAC opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) were moved to Olivet's Watson Field. However, the home field advantage was not enough for the Tigers to continue their win streak as the Eagles took both games from Olivet. Robert Morris won game one 5-4 in 10 innings and game two 6-2 (6 innings) in a game shortened because of darkness. The Tigers 10-game win streak and four consecutive wins over Robert Morris both ended.

    In game one, unbeaten sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) started and went five innings, allowing four runs off eight hits and striking out six. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (3-2) came in relief and finished the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.

    The Eagles (11-10, 4-3) started Nick Vidas, and he went nine innings, allowing four runs — three earned — off eight hits while striking out six batters. Anthony Cunniff (4-0) pitched the 10th inning and gave up only one hit and walked two.

    ONU (20-6, 4-2) exploded in the first inning for four runs, using an early error, single by Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.), and intentional walk. That’s when Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) hit a bases-cleaning triple to right field. The catcher, Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.), laid down a bunt and reached on an error, scoring Klendworth to make it 4-0. However, that would be the extent of the Tigers' scoring. The Eagles scored a combined four runs over the next five innings to tie the game, culminating with a game-tying two-run homerun by Wilfredo Feliz in the fifth inning. Fast forward to the 10th inning. With two outs and a runner on second due to a wild pitch, a routine pop out for the Tigers just off the infield became the game-winning run for the Eagles when three Tigers miscommunicated on the play.

    Madison Foster was 4-for-4 with a run scored for ONU. Five other Tigers had a hit in the game, and four different Tigers scored runs.

    For the Eagles, Jeremiah Johnston went 2-for-5 with two runs. Kiel Conway went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run. Matt Venn was 2-for-5, and Wilfredo Feliz was 2-for-4.

    Senior Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (2-2) started game two and went the distance, allowing six runs — all unearned — off six hits while striking out two and walking three.

    Ben Santori (1-2) started for the Eagles and threw a complete game, allowing two runs off three hits while striking out five.

    Just as in game one, the Tigers scored multiple runs in the first inning. Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) doubled to score Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) after he walked. Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly for the second run, allowing Hayes to score. Following the first inning, the Tigers could not get another runner across home plate, managing only two more hits. The Eagles were able to tie the game over the next three innings. Austin Zakroczemski had an RBI single, and Feliz scored on an error by the catcher. In the fifth inning, they put four more runs on the board to take an insurmountable lead.

    For Robert Morris, Matt Venn was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run. Wilfredo Feliz was 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

    ONU will be back in action on Monday, March 30, at Watson Field in CCAC action against Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 3:30 p.m.

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    Mar 24, 2015 12:22:30Mar 24, 2015 -

    Day 1: Back in the Swing of Things  

    After eight tireless weeks of indoor conditioning through the unforgiving cold and snow, six members of the Olivet Nazarene University Women's Golf Team were well-prepared to test our skills against the luscious, green Floridian terrain. Awaking early on March 8, 2015, we set out for Midway International Airport. After hunting down the elusive Tonight Dough, a delicious ice cream concoction created by Mr. James Fallon and found only in a few select locations, we were ready to begin our journey to the Sunshine State.

    Just before noon we landed at Orlando International Airport. We loaded the rental van and headed for Reunion Resort, but not before making a stop at Starbucks, of course. Caffeinated and itching to begin our first outdoor round of the season, we checked into our condo, changed into proper golf attire, and hit one of three courses situated on Reunion: the "Legacy," designed by Arnold Palmer. Despite the extra hour of sunlight provided by Daylight Savings Time, we regretfully only managed to play nine holes before dusk. Even so, those nine holes were enough to get us back in the swing of things, testing our shot-making ability with plenty of water, bunkers, and elevation changes. We left the course ready for more, and surely, more was exactly what awaited us…

     

     

    Day 2: The Trials and Tribulations of Tradition  

    With a good night's rest behind us, we made our way over to Jack Nicklaus' "Tradition" course just as the sun was beginning to rise. The most difficult of Reunion's three courses, the Tradition offered us a chance to play a myriad of shots with every club in our bag. We played from the white tees, a full 6,260 yards, about 400 yards longer than our average competition length of 5,800. Most of us would claim that we had never seen a course with so many bunkers, let alone with bunkers so expansive. But as menacing as the Tradition was, it was also stunningly beautiful. The sun broke through the overcast sky towards the end of our first nine, revealing the majesty of the high-caliber course. Even though we struggled through the round, we enjoyed every minute of it. Walking off the 18 th  green with our inflated scorecards, it was time to put some focused practice in. Two and a half hours of sand and chip shots later, we called it a day. After treating our sunburns, we went for a dip in the pool before hunger set in. Chicagoans through and through, we made ourselves a pizza for dinner and popped in a movie. Just after midnight, we were all finally ready for bed.

       

    Day 3: Oceanside Adventures                                 

    On Wednesday, we traveled northeast to Daytona Beach for our first meet of the spring at Oceanside Country Club, playing against home team, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) member, the University of St. Francis. With our one-day competition, our three teams made history as no other college tournament-men's or women's-had ever been played on Oceanside since its inauguration in 1907. We battled through strong winds to take second place, falling to Embry Riddle, but bettering St. Francis by 20 shots. This captain thoroughly enjoyed the course. The bending fairways, fresh air, and an abundance of water made for a fine day of picturesque golf.    

    Immediately after leaving the course, we set our sights on the Atlantic Ocean, putting our feet in the water and frolicking along the beach during twilight. We plucked a starfish from the sand, named him Patrick, and headed back into the city for dinner. An ONU Women's Golf tradition, we ate at Tijuana Flats, a sassy little Mexican restaurant with delicious food and a smorgasbord of spicy sauces. With our stomachs satisfied we were ready for the two-hour ride back to Reunion.

     

    Day 4: Taming Alaqua  

    You could say that we were all over the map on Thursday. We began the day rather early, leaving Reunion around 7 a.m. for Polk Avenue Elementary School in Lake Wales to volunteer with the kindergartners there. Our coaches taught golf to the morning P.E. classes while the six of us players assisted in six separate classrooms, helping the children with their reading skills as they learned about farms. Needless to say, the kindergartners brightened our day. We left the school around 11:00, wishing we could stay, but knowing another good round of golf was in front of us.

    We arrived at Gary Player's Alaqua Country Club at approximately 12:30. After quickly changing, we met up with Wally Armstrong, former tour player and mentor to our head coach. He gave us some top-notch instruction regarding bunker play and introduced us to one of the wildest courses in Florida as well as one of the stops along the Symetra Tour. Once again, we played against St. Francis, riding with our respective teammates in pairs of two. Each and every hole had unique characteristics, from elevated tee boxes to alligators, hawks, and deer to small lakes and jungles. While our day was cut short by some heavy rain, we most definitely got the full Alaqua wildlife experience.

    Now, we weren't about to waste our Spring Break trip to Orlando without stopping by Downtown Disney for some dinner and entertainment. Though we didn't eat until 10 p.m. that night, the food at Wolfgang Puck's was completely worth it. And walking the streets of the Happiest Place on Earth in the delightfully cool air was the perfect way to end our Florida adventure.

     

    Day 5: Spring Awaits  

    In one of our most efficient pack jobs to date, we loaded the van with all our gear and arrived back at Orlando International Airport with almost two hours to kill before our flight. Although we were a little dejected to end our trip, we were excited to return to Chicago where spring had finally arrived in our absence. We landed safely, took well-deserved naps on the ride back to campus, and unpacked eager to begin the next leg of our spring season in the Midwest. If all goes according to plan, we'll be back out east in just two short months, competing in the NAIA National Tournament in Savanah, Georgia. 

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    Mar 23, 2015 7:55:34Mar 23, 2015 -

    MARION, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team continued to prove that they are ready to play. The Tigers, who climbed back into the NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll this past week at No. 22, traveled to rival Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, March 21 to put their recent ranking to the test. The No. 14 ranked Wildcats were no match for the Tigers who came away with an impressive 6-3 victory.

    Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) picked up the Tigers only doubles win, downing Katie Wilson and Kim Mella 8-5 in the No. 1 slot.

    Nunez picked up a close win at No. 1 singles, downing Wilson 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. Freshman Viktoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) came from behind to beat Rachel Bottorff at No. 2, winning 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the No. 3 spot, Buchmann continued to dominate as she has all spring, winning 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicana, Spain ) both added wins at Nos. 4 and 5 for the Tigers, Knezevic downing Kelsey Vessels 6-4, 6-1 and Quereda easily taking care of Mella 6-0, 6-1.

    Olivet will return to action on Tuesday, March 24 in an exhibition match with North Park University (Ill.). The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

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    Mar 23, 2015 7:51:54Mar 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University softball team went back to work Thursday afternoon, March 19 th  in a double header against Robert Morris University (Ill.).  The Eagles were no match for the Tigers who put them away in both games with final scores of 7-1 and 7-4.

    In the first game of the evening, Olivet kept complete control for the first half of the game.  They scored six of their seven runs and held RMU scoreless until the top of the fifth.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had a perfect night at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double.  Seniors Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) added a double apiece and went 2-for-4 and 1-for-3, respectively.  Tatum also contributed three RBIs. 

    In the circle for the Tigers was freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) who pulled off her second win of the season with the help of a solid defense on the field.  She struck out one allowing just seven hits and one run.

    The Tigers pulled ahead late in game two to win 7-4.  With a scoreless first three innings, Robert Morris came out swinging in the top of the fouth scoring three of their four runs.  The Tigers answered quickly, tying it up in the bottom of the inning.  ONU tacked on two more runs in the fifth and an additional two in the sixth.  Going 2-for-3 was Truelock who contributed a double and two RBIs.  Also hitting for doubles were Tatum 2-for-4, junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) 1-for-3, and Goetz 2-for-4.  Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added a triple, as did junior Ashley Mcknight (Deer Creek, Ill.) who contributed two RBIs for the Tigers.

    Credited with the win was junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) who came in to relieve freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) who pitched 3.2 innings striking out five and giving up four hits and three runs.  Tidrow ended the game striking out two, allowing just two hits and one additional run. 

    Up next for the Tigers is a double-header Tuesday, March 24 th at Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.).  Play begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Mar 22, 2015 11:27:53Mar 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Two late-inning wins on Saturday afternoon, March 21, give the red-hot Olivet Nazarene University baseball team a 10-game win streak — its longest since the 2004-05 season (18). Four runs in the sixth inning, capped off a two-run squeeze play by freshman Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.), helped the Tigers complete the 6-4 comeback in game one over Trinity International University (Ill.). In game two, freshman Tanner McClain (Rantoul, Ill.) hit a pinch-hit single to give ONU a walkoff win and the sixth one-run win this season.

    In game one, junior Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) started and went four innings, allowing four runs — three earned — off five hits. He struck out six batters. Freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) (2-1) came in relief and went two innings, allowing only two hits. He struck out four, earning his second win of the year. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (3) earned the save, pitching the seventh inning and striking out two batters.

    TIU’s (1-22, 0-4) A.J. Bruner started and went four innings, allowing two runs — one earned — off three hits. Ryan Helmeid (0-3) finished the game. He gave up four late runs off three hits, taking the loss for the Trojans.

    The Trojans took an early 3-1 lead in the top of the third with two runs off two hits following a tying run by the Tigers (20-4, 4-0) in the bottom of the second. TIU added a fourth run in the fourth inning on a Lindberg bunt RBI single. ONU responded with a run of their own in the fourth when Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) doubled, and Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) scored. The Tigers were able to tie the game in the sixth and eventually take a two-run lead. Back-to-back hits started the inning: Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) singled, and Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) doubled. Following the first out of the inning, senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.) drove in two runs with a single to tie the game at four. The next at-bat was Ben Hill, and he was called upon to put down the squeeze bunt to put the Tigers ahead. It worked to perfection, allowing both runners to score.

    For the Trojans, eight different players had one hit and three recorded RBIs. The Tigers had six batters record one hit. King and Hill each had two RBIs.

    Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) started game two and went eight innings, allowing three runs — two earned – off seven hits while striking out seven. Nick Campe (2-0) saw action in his second game of the day and earned the win, throwing a flawless inning.

    Drake Maltry started for the Trojans but went only two innings, allowing one run. Four relief pitchers saw action before Ben Hylander (0-2) came in during the ninth inning and gave up the winning run.

    In game two, the Tigers took the early lead with a run in the second inning, Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly to score Klendworth. The Trojans tied the game in the third when Jon Grotelueschen came home on a passed ball. Neither team was able to score for the next three innings as only two hits were allowed. In the seventh inning, the Tigers scored two runs. Travis Hill (Romeoville, Ill.) and Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) recorded RBIs. TIU returned the favor, tying the game in the ninth when Crist grounded out to the pitcher. The Trojan runners hustled to get two home. In the bottom of the inning with no one out and runners on second and third, McClain pinch-hit and singled to score Klendworth for the walkoff win.

    For the Tigers, Klendworth scored three times while four Tigers recorded one hit each. For the Trojans, Andrew Grotelueschen went 3-for-4 with one run.

    ONU will be back in action on Wednesday, March 25, on the road against CCAC opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 5 p.m.

    Boxscore (G1)

    Boxscore (G2)

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    Mar 22, 2015 10:54:42Mar 22, 2015 -

    MARION, Ind. — The No. 24-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team won their fourth match in five tries, defeating the No. 23-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats on the road by a score of 6-3. On Saturday, March 21, ONU was back in action after last playing during their spring break trip. The Tigers’ win gets them to .500 on the season.

    Against Indiana Wesleyan (12-4) in doubles play, the Tigers (4-4) scrapped together two points that did not come easy. Both points were earned by a combined margin of only four. ONU took four of six singles matches from the Wildcats to claim the win. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Johnson and Dubuque, winning 8-6. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) took a 9-7 decision over the team of White and Mathews. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 8-3 to Montgomery and Wroughton.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella defeated Johnson (6-3, 6-0) in singles play. No. 2 Veys gained a point by beating White (6-2, 6-3). Sanchez picked up a point over Mathews (6-4, 6-2). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales lost to Montgomery in a tight match by a score of (7-6, 3-6 (10-6)).

    Dubuque lost to No. 5 Peter Jensen (3-6, 2-2, retired), and ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis lost to Christnesz (6-3, 6-4).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, March 27, at Marian University (Ind.) starting at 1 p.m. (EST).

    Results:

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    Mar 20, 2015 12:1:14Mar 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head Coach Scott Teeters and the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team is pleased to announce the signing of Adrienne Anderson. Anderson comes to Olivet from Clifton Central High School.

    A four-year varsity letter winner for Kankakee High School, Anderson has been a sectional qualifier each year. She served as the team captain as a senior.

    In the classroom, Anderson is a two-year member of National Honor Society. She has also earned honor roll standing all four years.

    While at Olivet, Anderson intends to major in business administration with a concentration in corporate communication. She is the daughter of Shannon and Beth Anderson and sister to Mackenzie and Jake.

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    Mar 20, 2015 9:37:14Mar 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - It was a special evening for the No. 22 Olivet Nazarene University softball team as they took on Purdue University - Calumet in a double-header on Wednesday, March 18 at Tiger Field.  Although the Tigers came away with a split, the team's victory in game one led to Head Coach Ritchie Richardson's 900 th career win. 

    In game one, the offense came out strong scoring nine runs in the first inning.  Freshman Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) had a great game going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.  Freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) and senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) contributed two RBIs apiece, while senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ill.) and junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) added a double and a homerun, respectively.  Junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) also contributed a double going 2-for-4.

    In the circle, junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) was credited with her fifth win of the season after coming in to relieve freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) in the first inning.  Kiefer was unable to find her stride facing just five batters and giving up three runs.  Tidrow was solid in relief, striking out four while allowing just one hit and no runs.

    In the nightcap, Purdue Calumet was in charge the first six innings of play holding the Tigers to just two runs.  Down 6-2 going into the final inning, the offense came alive for Olivet scoring four runs in the top of the seventh.  Megyesi went 3-for-4 on in the game, with three RBIs.  Alberto contributed two RBIs and Tatum added one.  Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) and Megyesi both added a double.  Unfortunately the Tigers could not hold onto the lead as the Peregrine's leadoff batter in the bottom of the inning finished the Tigers with a walk-off homerun.

    Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) stayed 5.1 innings in the circle striking out four and allowing ten hits and six runs.  Kiefer, now 3-3, came in to relieve Beno picking up the last two outs of the sixth inning.  She allowed three hits and the final run of the game. 

    The Tigers will take on Robert Morris University (Ill.) in a double header Thursday, March 19 th .  Game one begins at 3:00 p.m.

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    Mar 19, 2015 2:2:49Mar 19, 2015 -

    Shine.FM radio network and Olivet welcome Jeff “Cruz” Cornett as the new network program director and station manager of the WHZN station, effective April 1, 2015. He will be based in Indianapolis.

    “Shine.FM is excited to welcome Jeff to our team” said Brian McIntyre Utter, network general manager. “As a recognized leader in the broadcast industry, he is an asset to our ministry. He brings skills, talents and programming savvy that will help Shine.FM continue to impact lives and build stronger families in our markets.”

    Jeff is a member of the leadership team for Christian Music Broadcasters. Prior to joining Shine.FM, he was with WMHK in Columbia, South Carolina, and Z88.3FM in Orlando, Florida.
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    Mar 19, 2015 12:17:35Mar 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015 Division II Women's Basketball All-America Teams on Wednesday, March 18. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) inked her name in the Olivet Nazarene University record books, becoming the first Tiger to be named Second Team All-American.

    The junior transfer led the Tigers in points, total rebounds, assists and steals. Playing just 18.3 minutes per game, Hengesbach scored 674 points on the season, averaging 22.5 points per game. She currently has 1,726 points in her three-year career. She also dished out 177 assists, while pulling own 103 offensive rebounds. Defensively, she accounted for 124 of the Tiger's 603 steals. Under the basket, she also pulled in 98 defensive rebounds.

    Hengesbach finished the season ranked in the top ten nationally in seven statistical categories, including: second in assists per game (5.90) and steals per game (4.133), fourth in total steals (124), total scoring (674), total assists (177) and points per game (22.467). She also ranked seventh in assist/turnover ratio (2.299).

    Hengesbach was also named Women's Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.

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    Mar 19, 2015 9:23:30Mar 19, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced the 2014-15 Division II Men’s Basketball All-America teams. Olivet Nazarene University forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) is one of 10 players in the nation who have been selected to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Third Team All-America list. 

    The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee. Ten individuals were selected to each of the first, second and third teams plus 25 to the honorable mention list. Of the 55 individuals named to the first, second, and third teams and honorable mention list, one Tiger was honored. Larson is one of five players from the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) who were honored.

    In the 49-year history of Olivet's program, Larson is the eighth different Tiger (three named twice) to be named to this distinction and the fifth junior to be recognized. Five of 11 All-Americans named to the distinction while at ONU were third team selections, five were named to the second team and one was recognized as first team.

    Larson, a 6-7 junior guard/forward, led the Tigers in minutes per game (32.9), scoring average (18.7), rebounds per game (7.8), defensive rebounds (67),  three-point percentage (.417), blocks (23), free-throws made and attempted (97-of-138), and field goals made and attempted (235-428). He was second on the team in three-point field goals made (50) and assists (97).

    He also finished with a team-high eight double-doubles and scored in double figures in 32 of 33 games played. On November 5, 2014, he recorded a career-high 33 points against Huntington University (Ind.), going 13-of-20 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. He scored 20 or more points 11 times and 30-plus points in three games. Among CCAC leaders, he was third in scoring, fourth in rebounding, sixth in field goal percentage, 14th in assists, fourth in three-point percentage, 11th in offensive rebounds, third in defensive rebounds and ninth in minutes played.

    Among NAIA leaders, Larson was 19th in total scoring (617), 22nd in total rebounds (258), 28th in defensive rebounds per game (5.78), 28th in points per game (18.69), 30th in field goal percentage (.549), 35th in total rebounds per game (7.81) and 48th in three-point field goal percentage (.417).

    He finished the season with 1,477 career points, which is 15th all-time on the Tigers’ scoring list. He is only 484 points from the third best mark in program history. He is also now 10th best in rebounds with 695 — 292 from top three all-time. He has the 16th most made field goals (565), 20th most made free-throws (258) and 19th most attempted (358) in ONU history. He is 36 shy of 20th best in field goals attempted, 15 away from top 20 in three-pointers made, and needs 111 assists to reach the top 20 list.

    Larson, a CCAC First Team All-Conference selection in 2014 and 2015, was named the 2013 CCAC Freshman of the Year. He was also recognized as a 2014 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. He is the first Tiger to be named as an honorable mention selection and to a first, second or third team All-American team in consecutive years since Antonio Marshall did so in 2011 and 2012.

    The complete lists are found here. http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209969199

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    Mar 19, 2015 8:36:10Mar 19, 2015 -

     

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - On March 8, 2013, Olivet Nazarene University recognized Head Softball Coach Ritchie Richardson for his 800 th career win. Just over two years later, on Wednesday, March 18, Richardson earned his 900 th  career win. The Tigers downed Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.) 13-3 in five innings to earn the win for their coach.

    Richardson, who began coaching at Olivet in 1994, has amassed a career record of 900-301-1 (.749), making him second winningest active coach in the NAIA. His teams have made 10 NAIA National Tournament appearances and have captured 11 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC) Regular Season titles and 12 Tournament titles.

    As a coach, Richardson was inducted into the CCAC Hall of Fame in 2005 and the ONU Hall in 2011. He was also inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University Hall of Fame as a baseball player in 2009. He has been named the CCAC Coach of the Year 12 times, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year 10 times and received the National Christian College Athletics Association National Coach of the Year honor five times.

    During his tenure, Richards has had 29 players earn NAIA All-American honors and one NAIA Player of the Year. He currently has five former players coaching at the collegiate level and one who played professionally.

    In his 20 year reign as the head coach of the Tigers, the fewest wins came in the first year with 14. In 2003, he led the Tigers to a 61 win season. In 2014, the Tigers strung together a 43-game winning streak, coming just shy of breaking the NAIA record of 44. From May 2011 through May 2014, the Tigers went 112 consecutive games without being shutout. 


     

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    Mar 19, 2015 8:30:53Mar 19, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University has gained the sweep of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball weekly honors after both Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.)  and Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) helped lead the Tigers to an 11-3 week.  Megyesi was named the CCAC Player of the Week, while Beno earned CCAC Pitcher of the Week accolades, it was announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.

    Beno, just a freshman, appeared in six games last week, including four starts, all of which resulted in victories for her.  In 25 1/3 innings, she allowed only 23 hits and two earned runs leading to a 0.55 earned run average.  She also struck out 33 batters opposite just four walks.

    Included in Beno's win count was a pair of shutouts over Dakota Wesleyan University on March 11 and Viterbo University on March 13.

    Megyesi, a junior first baseman, provided the offense by driving in 21 runs, while scoring another 14 over the 14 games.  She also batted .465 (20-for-43) with three doubles and three home runs leading to a .744 slugging percentage.

    Megyesi produced eight multi-hit games during the week, including a stretch of five in a row, highlighted by a 3-for-4, 4-RBI game against University of Jamestown on the first day of the trip, March 9. 

    The No. 22-ranked Tigers are 12-7 on the season.          

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    Mar 18, 2015 10:43:59Mar 18, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Two wins to open the CCAC season against Roosevelt University (Ill.) give the Tigers four consecutive doubleheader sweeps and an eight game winning streak. This is the longest such streak for the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team since April 2013 when they won nine straight. ONU took care of the Lakers on Tuesday afternoon, March 17, in game one 3-1, scoring three late runs to come from behind. In game two, they used a great pitching performance from junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) to shutout Roosevelt 9-0.

    In game one, sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (5-0) stayed unbeaten this year, going the distance and allowing only one run off five hits. He struck out three and walked three. In his last two outings combined, he has allowed only two earned runs, and he currently has a 2.61 ERA.

    Roosevelt’s Cameron Simak (0-1) started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs — two earned — off two hits. He struck out four and walked one. Jared Jayne finished the game.

    The Tigers (18-4, 2-0) were held to only one hit through the first five innings and trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. That’s when pinch-runner Stefan Sauder (Morton, Ill.) advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher on a pickoff attempt. Foster drove him in during the same at-bat to tie the game. Back-to-back runners reached when Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, lll.) walked, and Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) was hit-by-pitch. Freshman Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) bunted home the second run on a fielder’s choice by the pitcher, and freshman Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) brought home Altmann on a sacrifice fly.

    For the Lakers (3-9, 1-4), four different players had one hit. Jon Knies had the lone RBI.

    The Tigers won their eighth straight game on the back of Madison Foster (3-0). Foster went the distance, throwing all nine innings, allowing only seven hits, and striking out 10 batters — a new career-high. This game was his third complete game of the season.

    Matt Dunne (0-2) started for Roosevelt, going five innings and allowing six runs off nine hits. Sam Cook allowed three runs in the sixth inning, Travis Siwiec walked two batters in the seventh, and Kevin Babica gave up only one hit in the eighth.

    In the first and second innings, the Tigers put one run on the board in each inning. In the first, Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) scored on a balk. In the second, Jeff Szubert scored on a Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) sacrifice fly. ONU tacked on seven more runs between the fourth and six innings, stretching their lead to nine. ONU put together seven hits and used the Lakers' three errors in the game to take a commanding lead. Madison Foster and Jordan Hayes both had RBIs in the fourth inning. Tanner McClain (Rantoul, Ill.) put down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Klendworth in the fifth. Foster helped ONU score a seventh run with another sacrifice fly and two wild pitches, allowing the Tigers to get across the plate in the sixth inning.

    The leadoff man for the Tigers, Jordan Wanner, went 4-for-5 and scored two runs. Freshman Kurtis Minton (Decatur, Ill.) went 2-for-2. Jordan Hayes was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and one run scored.

    For the Lakers, Al Neufeld went 2-for-4, and Alvin Perez was 2-for-4.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, March 21, at Watson Field against CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 12:30 p.m.

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    Mar 16, 2015 2:41:31Mar 16, 2015 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday that 131 Division II men’s basketball student-athletes have been named 2014-15 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. AIB (Iowa) leads all institutions with five individuals on the list.

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

    To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here… http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209964494

    ONU had three Tigers honored for their work in the classroom; senior forward Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) and junior guard Taylor Tucker (Tyler, Texas) are both two-time honorees. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) is a first time recipient.

    Complete List: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2015DIIMBBScholarAthlete.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

    CHICAGO -- In addition, eight Tigers were named to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Matt Ryan is a three-time recipient, joined by three second-time honorees: Taylor Tucker, Zach Wagner (Roselle, Illinois), and Reid Farchmin. Sophomores Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.),Abe Barwegen (Vicksburg, Mich.),Ryan Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) and junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) were all named to the list for the first time.

    In order to be nominated for the award an athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, have 30 semester hours completed, and be enrolled in the university for at least one academic year.

    Complete List: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/8.php

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    Mar 16, 2015 1:33:57Mar 16, 2015 -

    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - For the first time in its 108 year history, on Tuesday, March 10 a collegiate golf tournament was held at the Oceanside Country Club in Daytona, Florida. The three team tournament featured Olivet Nazarene University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) and the University of St. Francis (Ill.). The first match of the spring, and the first time to compete outside since fall, the day proved to be a good one for the Tigers, finishing second.

    Leading the Tigers was Bridgett Wolf (East Peoria, Ill.), who finished tied for second overall with an 85. Senior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) shot an 86 to finish tied for fifth, while Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) stayed under the century mark at 95 to finish 12 th . Rounding out the Tiger's performance was Jessie Eckerley (Peru, Ind.) in 14 th  at 100, Sydney Tyler (Bloomington, Ill.) in 15 th  at 102 and Tara Schneider (Davison, Mich.) in 18 th  at 108.

    Embry-Riddle captured the title, shooting a combined 340 on the par 72 5,873 yard course. Olivet was not far behind at 363, 20 strokes ahead of St. Francis.

    Olivet will return to action on March 27-28 at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Classic. The two-day event is held at the Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport, Illinois. Shot gun starts are scheduled for both days at 10:00 a.m.

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