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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Mar 16, 2015 10:44:51Mar 16, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - In 2000, the NAIA launched the Champions of Character program to promote and encourage its member institutions to strive to incorporate the five core character values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership into every day practice.  At its national championships, the NAIA names one institution the Champions of Character Team, based on how they demonstrated the five values. Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce that the men's and women's swim teams are the 2015 recipients for swimming and diving.

    "Being a member of a team that has character which is driven by a focus on Jesus Christ has been a source of strength and encouragement through the entire season," said junior Calvin Price. "It drives the team to have an outlook that is not focused on winning medals and taking trophies, but instead striving to live for a purpose greater than that. When it comes to crunch situations our strength comes from more than just each other, it comes from the strength of Jesus Christ."

    The Olivet swim teams display lives the five core character values in the pool, on campus, the community and globally. Among the many outreaches that the teams have helped with this year are:

    • Habitat for Humanity (January 2015): The team provided about 20 volunteers to help assist two projects in Pembroke, Illinois. This project included cleaning up debris, doing plumbing, installing a basement pump system, connecting water lines, etc. They also helped load and unload trucks moving furniture.

    • Illinois Food Bank and Monee Free Methodist Church (Spring 2014): The team was split into two groups with half assisting in food distribution for the Monee area. The other half of the group assisted at the Monee Free Methodist Church working on various maintenance and construction activities.

    • Pembroke Wood Splitting Day (November 2014): Over 40 members of the team helped out at Pembroke, spending over seven hours splitting wood and delivering to over 50 homes in the community for the winter. These homes rely on the firewood as fuel to help heat their homes for during the winter. Pembroke is one of the 10 poorest communities in the United States.

    • Water 4 Water (September 2014): The team joined forces with Team World Vision to raise money for clean water in rural African communities. World Vision, a Christian relief organization, is the parent body to Team World Vision which specifically raises money for their Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program. Several members of the team were very inspired by the story that their plan was to raise money by swimming across Lake Michigan, from Chicago to New Buffalo, Michigan. Due to severe weather the team was only able to swim one of the two days, swimming 18 miles of the original route. It costs roughly $50 to provide one person with clear water for a lifetime. In all, over $20,000 was raised which provided more than 500 people with clean water.

    "Our team derives its character from their compassion and empathy about everyone, not only their teammates. They continuously raise the spirits and uplift every person they encounter to be the best they can be," said Head Coach Scott Teeters of his teams. "To the team it is a much higher determination than a sport or swimming. To the team it is about influencing and lifting up the life trajectory or paths of others. Their empowerment helps others realize their full potential and in turn other become world changers that God meant them to be." 

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    Mar 16, 2015 10:12:20Mar 16, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. — With 8-7 and 13-3 wins in a sweep of Dickinson State University (N.D.) on Saturday, March 14, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team wrapped up its spring break trip with a 9-3 record — its best finish since the 2003-04 season (14-1-1). The Tigers traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for 12 games in eight days against fellow NAIA teams. When they returned, they held a 16-4 overall record — their best through 20 games since 2003-04 (18-1-1).

    On Saturday, March 7, the Tigers (16-4) led off the week with a 6-5 win against Simpson College (Iowa) (0-2). Later that evening, the Tigers won another close game against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (0-1) 7-5, scoring five runs in their final at-bat.

    Following a day off, Olivet matched up with the (RV) University of Jamestown (S.D.) (2-2). The Tigers fell in game one on Monday, 11-5, but responded to split the doubleheader, winning game two 2-1. 

    On Tuesday, March 10, ONU played Dakota State University (S.D.) (2-8) and lost both games. In game one, the Trojans scored in bunches to win 11-3 and, in game two, pitched well enough to keep the Tigers at bay, winning 3-1. 

    After a day off on Wednesday, the Tigers began a win streak that would last until they returned to Bourbonnais. Thursday afternoon, March 12, the Tigers swept Dordt College (Iowa) (3-6), 5-4 and 5-1. In game one, the Tigers scored three runs in the sixth inning to come from behind. Both wins were complete game efforts on the mound for the Tigers.

    The bats were lively in the final two days of action as ONU scored 16 combined runs in a sweep of Briar Cliff University (Iowa) (5-7-1). The Tigers again used two complete game efforts to stretch their win streak to four. Olivet won its first game on Saturday, March 14, on a walk-off wild pitch. The Tigers exploded for 13 hits in game two to keep their win streak going.

    Notable performances at the plate for the Tigers during the week include junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.). He started all 12 games, going 16-for-34 (.471) at the plate with four doubles, one triple, one homerun and 12 RBIs. Altmann had five multiple hit games (eight game hit streak) and two with two or more RBIs, including a three-run homerun in Saturday’s final game against Dickinson State. He also finished with a .735 slugging percentage and 12 runs scored. 

    Sophomore Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) started eight of the nine games he played. He finished 11-for-23, batting .478 with two doubles and six RBIs, including a .565 slugging and .520 on-base percentage. Sophomore Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) started all 12 games in the leadoff spot, led the team with 15 runs scored and batted .341 in 12 games started. He also walked five times and had only one error throughout the week.

    Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started all 12 games and batted .351 as he finished with 13 hits, five doubles (team best) and two homeruns. Foster also finished with 12 RBIs and 24 total bases, scoring seven runs. He also had a .649 slugging percentage and stole four bases. Freshman Tanner McClain (Rantoul, Ill.) started eight games and appeared in three others. He batted .400 with eight hits and five RBIs.

    The Tigers' pitching staff had 12 different arms see action this week, with six different Tigers starting at least two games for ONU. Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (4-0) started twice for ONU, throwing 12 innings (ERA, 3.00) and allowing seven runs — four earned — off 16 hits and struck out eight. He threw a complete game in the Tigers 5-4 win over Dordt. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (3-1) also threw two complete wins during the week. He went 14 innings (ERA, 3.21), allowing five runs off 13 hits and striking out nine. His wins were against Jamestown and Briar Cliff. 

    Freshman pitcher Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) (1-0) appeared in three games, winning his first career game against Dickinson State in relief and saving another against Simpson College. Foster (2-0) won his only game started this week in a complete game effort against Dordt College. Foster allowed only one earned run in 11 innings (ERA, 0.82) on the mound. Sophomore Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) (1-0) threw 6 1/3 innings in four appearances of relief, allowing one earned run. He finished with a 1.42 ERA and a win in relief against Dakota Wesleyan. In addition, freshman Garret Bronkema (Edwardsburg, Mich.) (1-1) started two games, throwing 7 1/3 innings. Senior Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (2-1) went 1-1 during the week, throwing a complete game against Briar Cliff.

    In all, the Tigers stole 36 bases, finishing with a .766 average, batted .319, and finished with 26 errors and a .934 fielding percentage. Altmann and Wanner both led the team with seven stolen bases and three fielders finished the week without an error.

    ONU will be back on the field Tuesday, March 17, at Watson Field against CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

    Boxscore: All 12 boxscores from spring break trip are at http://web.olivet.edu/sports/baseball/stats/2015/teamstat.htm

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    Mar 16, 2015 9:16:27Mar 16, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. - In their final day of competition at the Tucson Invitational, the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University softball team showed a bit of Jekyll and Hyde in their performances. The Tigers opened game one on Saturday, March 14 with a 10 run inning, sending 15 batters to the plate in their 11-3, five-inning win over Mayville State University (N.D.). In game two, however, Olivet failed to hold an early lead by allowing six runs in the final three innings in the 7-3 loss to Dickinson State University (S.D.).

    Olivet Nazarene 11   Mayville State 3

    Olivet (12-7) sent 15 players to the plate in the bottom of the first inning. In the first time through the line-up, the Tigers recorded five hits, one walk, two hit-by-pitches and the lone out, a sacrifice bunt. Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) recorded two singles in the inning, while junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) and freshman Samantha Alberto ( ) each doubled.  Senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while freshman Sarah Collalti ( ) and junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) also added two hits on the game.

    Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) improved to 4-1 on the season in the circle. She threw a complete came, allowing just one earned run. She finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just one walk.

    Olivet Nazarene 3   RV Dickinson State 7

    In the final game of their spring break trip, the Tigers faced their only ranked opponent, Dickinson State University (S.D.), who is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Tigers scored two runs in the third inning to erase the early lead that DSU had taken in the second. But, the bats cooled off and the Tigers couldn't string hits together to push any more runs across the plate, but DSU used three runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good.

    Tatum finished with two hits in her two plate appearances, including a two-run home run.  Alberto also produced two hits in the game, while junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) added a triple.

    Olivet will open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday, March 17 as they prepare to defend their Regular Season title from a year ago. The Tigers will head to Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) for a 3:00 p.m. double header with the Peregrine.

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    Mar 15, 2015 6:13:26Mar 15, 2015 -

    POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — The CCAC Regular Co-Champion and Tournament title holder, No. 17 Olivet Nazarene University, struggled in the first round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, falling 79-54 to No. 16 Warner Pacific College (Ore.) on Wednesday, March 11. The Tigers appearance is their 17th in the national tournament, and their record in national tournament play is 12-17. Olivet has the most appearances for teams from Illinois. 

    The Tigers fell in the first round of the national tournament for a fifth consecutive appearance and for a 10th time in program history. Warner Pacific’s defeat of ONU was the fifth for the Tigers against a ranked team. It also ended the Tigers’ season-long seven game win streak. However, Olivet did finish the season with a 25-9 record, the most wins by an ONU team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (27-9).

    The Tigers (25-9) were unable to gain any sort of momentum against the Knights, holding only one lead in the game (5-4, 16:39). They cut what was an 11-point lead in the first half to only six with only three minutes remaining, but allowed Warner Pacific (26-7) to score 10 of the next 12 points and lead by 14 at the half. The second half went the way of the Knights as they quickly built a 20-point lead only seven minutes in, and would lead by only as much as a 34-point lead late in the game. ONU scored the final nine points to make it 79-54.

    For only the sixth time (2-4) this season, the Tigers shot below 40 percent from the field, going 29.8 percent in the game. The Tigers were only 4-for-17 (.235) from behind the arc and 16-for-22 from the free-throw line (.727). The Knights managed to shoot 47.7 from the field and 44.4 from the three-point line, making 12. The Tigers were 21-6 when keeping teams under 50 percent shooting from the field. In addition, the Tigers’ 54 points scored on Wednesday marks the second lowest total all season. They allowed 79 — 10 more than their season average. When ONU gave up 70 or more points this season, they were only 9-6.

    ONU again won on the glass, 43 to 32, making it 13 straight games in which they haven’t lost the very battle of rebounding. ONU even outgained the Knights 12 to three in offensive rebounds but managed only nine second chance points. Before Wednesday’s game, the Tigers were 21-4 when winning the rebounding statistic. ONU also had 18 turnovers, compared to 12 for the Knights. This is the most since Dec. 3 in a loss against Lewis University (Ill.).

    All-CCAC First Team selection, junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.), led the Tigers with 13 points, going 6-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-4 from the three-point line. He added eight rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes. With 1,477 career points, he is 15th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 695 for his career. He has the 16th most made field goals (565), 20th most free-throws (258) and 19th most attempted (358) in ONU history.

    All-CCAC Second Team selection, senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), finished with 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting, going 2-for-6 from behind the arc and 4-for-4 from the line. He added four rebounds in 29 minutes. He made a program-record 102 three-pointers this season and 250 for his career, good for second all-time. He finished with 1,239 points in his career (29th all-time) and 20th in assists (326).

    Five seniors completed their careers on Wednesday night: Austin Davis, Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.), Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.), Seth Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.) and Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.).

    Box Score

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    Mar 15, 2015 1:37:36Mar 15, 2015 -

    FLORIDA — The No. 24-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team and Head Coach Chris Tudor traveled over spring break 2015 for three matches, but they only got in two due to weather. The Tigers' match with No. 15 Northwood University (Fla.) was cancelled on Friday, March 13, due to rain. ONU went 1-1 the rest of the week, defeating Catawba College (N.C.) 6-3 on Tuesday, March 10, at the University of South Florida. On Saturday, March 14, the Tigers fell to No. 1 Georgia Gwinnett College, 6-0 in a rain-shortened match.

    Against Catawba (7-5), the Tigers (4-4) managed only two of three points in singles play. ONU took four of six singles matches from the Indians. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Hoover and Mordey, winning 8-0. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) took an 8-4 decision over the team of Miller and McDonald. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 8-4 to Patch and Nunez.

    No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella beat Nunez (6-1, 6-1) in singles play. No. 2 Veys lost to Mordey (6-2, 6-4). Sanchez picked up a point over Miller (6-0, 6-2). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales defeated Patch by a score of (6-4, 6-1).

    McDonald lost to No. 5 Peter Jensen (6-1, 6-1), and ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis lost to Nunez ( 6-3, 6-3).

    The Tigers finished their trip against the No. 1 team in the NAIA, Georgia Gwinnett College (8-1), losing 6-0. ONU lost all three doubles matches 8-2 and two of three singles matches by a score of (6-1, 6-1). The singles matches one through three were unfinished due to rain.

    ONU will be back in action Saturday, March 21, against No. 25 Indiana Wesleyan University at home starting at 2 p.m. (EST).

    Results: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/Tennis/2015/Catawba.pdf

    http://web.olivet.edu/sports/Tennis/2015/Georgia.pdf

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    Mar 15, 2015 9:22:53Mar 15, 2015 -

    TUCSON Ariz. - Friday, March 13 marked the fifth consecutive day of play at the Tucson Invitational for the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University softball team. The Tigers came away with a split to move their overall record to 11-6.  They first shutout Viterbo 8-0 before falling to Texas Wesleyan 9-1.

    Olivet Nazarene  8     Viterbo  0 (5 innings)  

    The Tigers started out strong in the first game of the day scoring four of their eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) was a crucial player against Viterbo going 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run.  Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) added three RBI's, while junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added one RBI going 2-for-2. 

    In the circle for the Tigers was freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.).  In her third win and second shutout of the season, Beno struck out six and allowed only five hits.

    Olivet Nazarene  1     Texas Wesleyan  9 (5 innings)  

    Things took a turn for the worse in the second game as the Tigers offense failed to measure up.  The team went 4-for-19 and was only able to bring in one run.  Accounting for the run was junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) who went 1-for-2.  She was brought in by Truelock who was credited with the only RBI of the game. 

    The loss went to freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.).  Cebulski pitched the first two innings striking out three, allowing eight hits and seven runs.  Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) came in to relieve Cebulski pitching 2.1 innings.  She struck out two and allowed five hits and two additional runs.  Finishing out the final inning was Beno who retired the final two outs, allowing no runs.

    Olivet (11-6) continues play Saturday, March 14 in the final day of the Tucson Invitational.  They take on Mayville State University (N.D.) at 9:00 a.m. (MST) and RV Dickinson State University (N.D.) at 11.

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    Mar 13, 2015 10:28:33Mar 13, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer and head coach David Blahnik are excited to announce the signing of Christian Hocquard. Christian is coming to ONU after completing his high school career at Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He was selected as an all-conference player in his league three consecutive years as well as being named First Team All-Area and first team all-district this past fall. 

    Academically, Christian is planning on majoring in Sport Management and is currently an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. 

    “Christian fits the mold of everything we want as an ONU student-athlete. He is a great player, hard working, a strong student and is a firm believer in the mission of ONU. I am very excited for him to join the program and know that he will succeed in all of the areas of ONU.”

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    Mar 13, 2015 12:19:23Mar 13, 2015 -

    TAMPA, Fla. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team extended their spring winning streak to five matches with a decisive 7-2 victory over University of Northwestern - St. Paul (Minn.) at the University of South Florida on Friday, March 13. The Tigers have used the warm weather and opportunity to play outside to hone their skills as they prepare for their return trip north to open conference play.

    The Eagles picked up their only wins of the match in doubles play. Junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) and sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) suffered their first doubles loss of spring break, falling 8-5 to Megan Johnson and Karen Moe. Sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) and freshman Anna Kuechenberg (Crystal Lake, Ill.) also fell 8-5 in No. 3 doubles to Birdie Bardwell and Tina Matetich. The Tigers lone doubles win came at No. 2 where freshmen Victoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia) downed Rachel Bostrom and Brooke Lapinski 8-1.

    Olivet (7-3) easily swept the singles matches. Nunez picked up the win at No. 1, downing Johnson 6-4, 6-0. Monakhova defeated Moe 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2, while Buchmann added a 6-1, 6-2 win over Bardwell at No. 3. Knezevic didn't allow Bostrom to score a point, dominating her 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Quereda defeated Lapinski 6-0, 6-3 at No. 5, while sophomore Mikaela Coose (Twin Lakes, Wis.) picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Matetich at No. 6.

    The Tigers return to action on Saturday, March 15 taking on Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia at 2:00 p.m. (EST).

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    Mar 13, 2015 12:1:53Mar 13, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University softball team had their seven-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Peru State University (Neb.) on Thursday, March 14 at the Tucson Invitational. The Tigers rebounded nicely, picking up wins in their final two games of the day over Nyack College (N.Y.) and Dordt College (Iowa).

    Olivet Nazarene 2   Peru State 5

    Juniors Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) and Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) and freshman Sarah Collalti ( ) each collected two hits for Olivet. Megyesi connected for the Tiger's only extra base hit, a double in the first inning.

    Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) got the loss in the circle for the Tigers, throwing 4.1 innings while allowing 10 hits and five runs. She struck out one and allowed no walks. Freshman Haley Beno () came in to relieve Cebulski, throwing the final 1.2 innings. She allowed two hits and struck out four.

    Olivet Nazarene 12  Nyack 2 (6 innings)

    The loss earlier in the day seemed to wake up the Olivet bats as they used 14 hits to score 12 runs in six innings to make quick work of NCAA DII Nyack College. Freshman Samantha Alberto () was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, nearly hitting for the cycle with a single, double and triple. Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) finished the game 3-for-4, including a double, with three RBIs. Senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and Megyesi each added two hits. Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) and freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) both connected for doubles.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) improved to 4-1 on the season with a complete game win. She allowed six hits, while striking out seven and walking five.

    Olivet Nazarene 7 Dordt 0

    In the nightcap, the Tigers stayed strong at the plate, combining for 12 hits. Senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double. Megyesi, Alberto and sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.) each added two hits.

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago) picked up her second win of the season, throwing all seven innings. She allowed just three hits while striking out 12 batters. She gave up just four walks.

    Olivet (10-4) returns to action Friday, March 13, taking on Viterbo University (Wis.) at 8:00 a.m. (MST) and Texas Wesleyan University at 12:30.

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    Mar 13, 2015 9:14:48Mar 13, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson Invitational continued for the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University softball team on Wednesday, March 11.  The Tigers added two more wins for the week, scoring nine and allowing just one.  The Olivet softball team is now in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, as they continue to turn around their 1-4 start to the season.

    Olivet Nazarene 3    Aquinas 1  

    It was a true team effort in the first contest of the day.  Six Tigers contributed to the total six hits of the game.  They plated all three runs in the third inning of play.  Both senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) and junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) went 1-for-2, Butler with an RBI and Krippel connecting for a double.  Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) and freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) accounted for one RBI apiece.

    Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) pitched the complete game for the Tigers.  She allowed just three hits and one run while striking out eight.

    Olivet Nazarene 6     Dakota Wesleyan 0  

    In the second win of the day, the Tigers were led offensively by senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  Megyesi went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Krippel and junior Ashley McKnight (Deer Creek, Ill.) added two hits each, while sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.), sophomore Megan Semro (Marengo, Ill.), and Krippel each contributed an RBI.

    Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) had a perfect day in the circle allowing just six hits and no runs.  She struck out seven and allowed only two walks.  

    The Tigers will continue play Thursday March 12.  They will take on Peru State (NE) College at 10:00 a.m. (MST), Nyack College (N.Y.) at 2:30, and Dordt College (Iowa) at 5.

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    Mar 12, 2015 10:22:2Mar 12, 2015 -

    TAMPA, Fla. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team missed qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in many years last season, something that the Tigers are not proud of and are proving they are back and ready to contend.  The Tigers picked up their fourth consecutive win on Tuesday, March 10, easily downing Minnesota State University - Mankato 8-1 at the University of South Florida.

    Olivet (6-3) swept the doubles matches, with sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Serephine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) continuing to dominate in the No. 1 spot, defeating Sarah McCann and K. Dovan 8-1. The freshmen duo of Victoria Manakhova (Moscow, Russia) and Anica Knezevic (Belfrade, Serbia) defeated M Mashburn and P. Lee 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, while Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) and Anna Kuechenberg (Crystal Lake, Ill.) outlasted A. Erdman and L. Dobbcleare 9-8(5) at No. 3 doubles.

    In singles action, the Tigers swept Nos. 1-3 and 5-6, the only loss coming at No. 4. Nunez downed Doran at No. 1, 6-2, 6-0 while Monakhova defeated Mashburn 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2. Buchmann defeated Lee at No. 3 with in matching 6-1 sets. Quereda picked up the win at No. 5, easily defeating Erdman 6-1, 6-1 and sophomore Morgan Winnie (Northbrook, Ill.) defeated Abbey Schmidt in a marathon at No. 6 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-4.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, March 13 in Tampa, Florida against the University of Northwestern - St. Paul (Minn.). The match is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

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    Mar 11, 2015 1:41:36Mar 11, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head coach David Blahnik and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team are pleased to announce the signing of Thomas “Nati” Nuzzi for the 2015 season. Nuzzi is coming to ONU from the TKO Crew and Battle Creek Central High School in Battle Creek, Mich. Nati is a midfielder who just concluded a fantastic high school career where he garnered all-city (2014), all-district (2012-2014) and all-conference (2011-2014) recognition.

    Nati is a tremendous student who is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a part of the High Honor Roll all four years. Because of his high academic achievement, he was selected to attend the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. He is planning to study engineering as a Tiger and is proudly following a long line of family members who have attended ONU.

     “Nati has been on my radar for a couple of years and I couldn’t be more excited for him to be joining our program. Not only is he a great player but he has an incredible work rate which helps him both on the field and in the classroom.” – Coach Blahnik

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    Mar 11, 2015 9:48:42Mar 11, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. - It was a break out day for the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University softball team at the Tucson Invitational on Tuesday, March. 10. The Tigers picked up three wins, while going 36-for-88 (.409) at the plate, including 11 doubles, while scoring 32 runs. In the circle, three different pitchers picked up wins. The staff combined for a 1.56 ERA, while allowing just 12 hits and four runs. They struck out 16 and allowed just two walks on the day.

    Olivet Nazarene 10   Missouri Valley 1 (six innings)

    Eight Tigers connected at the plate for nine hits, four of which were doubles. Olivet was led by freshman Sarah Collalti's (St. Charles, Ill.) 2-for-3 performance. Seniors Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.), junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) and sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) each connected for doubles.

    In the circle, freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) picked up her first collegiate win, going all six innings. She allowed just three hits, while striking out seven and walking one.

    Olivet Nazarene 7   Ashford 2

    Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) threw a complete game to earn her first collegiate win. She allowed six hits, while striking out one and allowing no walks.

    Freshman Samantha Alberto (Tinley Park, Ill.) had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-four with a double and five RBIs. Tatum and senior Megan Butler (Frankfort, Ill.) added two hits apiece, while Krippel and freshman Mikaela Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) each doubled.  

    Olivet Nazarene 15    Presentation 1 (5 innings)

    Game three of the day turned into an offensive showcase for the Tigers, scoring 15 runs on 14 hits in just five innings of play. Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.), Alberto, Shahan and Goetz all connected for two hits each. The foursome accounted for nine RBIs, led by Goetz with three. Megyesi, Alberto, Goetz and Collalti all doubled in the winning effort.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ill.) improved to 2-1 on the season, throwing all five innings. She allowed just three hits, while striking out eight and walking one.

    Olivet (6-4) returns to action on Wednesday, March 11 taking on Aquinas College (Mich.) at 9:00 a.m. (MST) and Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) at 11.

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    Mar 10, 2015 12:43:55Mar 10, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head coach David Blahnik is pleased to announce Blake Van Bruggen as the next signee for the 2014-2015 season. Blake is coming to Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team from Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL. Blake has just concluded a great high school career that included leading his team to a regional championship in 2013 and being named IHSA All-State in 2014.  Blake plays his club soccer with the Chicago Fire Juniors. and was a key contributor to their teams that won Illinois State Cup Championship, MRL championship, Region II championship and National Championship qualifier.

    Academically, Blake plans on studying accounting here at ONU. He has been a member of the “A” Honor Roll and is an Illinois State Scholar.

    “Blake is another top addition to a great recruiting class for us. He has played at a very high level of club and High School soccer and I expect he will be ready to compete to contribute for us right away. Not only is Blake a great soccer player but he is a fantastic student who I believe will greatly contribute to our Business and Accounting programs.”

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    Mar 10, 2015 9:42:11Mar 10, 2015 -

    TUCSON, Ariz. - Opening day of the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene Univeristy softball team's annual spring break trip to the Tucson Invitational proved to be a good one. The young Tiger team picked up two much needed wins, downing Concordia University (Neb.) 7-6 in the opener and the University of Jamestown (S.D.) 8-6 in the nightcap.

    Olivet (3-4) was led offensively in the opener by freshman Sam Albert (Tinley Park, Ill.) who picked up her first collegiate home run in a 2-for-2 performance at the plate. Junior Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) also homered in the contest, while senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and freshman Courtney Pych (Homer Glen, Ill.) each doubled. Of the Tiger's eight hits, half were for extra bases.

    Junior Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) picked up her second win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings.  She allowed six hits while allowing five runs, three earned due to four Tiger defensive errors. She struck out two and walked three. Freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago, Ill.) came in to throw the final 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and one run. She walked one and struck out one.

    The Tiger offense picked up in game two, led by senior Erica Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) and Megyesi who both went 3-for-4.  Junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.) added her second home run of the season, while Truelock added a double. Megyesi picked up four RBIs in the winning effort.

    Kiefer picked up her first collegiate win on the mound, throwing four innings. She allowed seven hits and six runs, five earned. She struck out six and walked three. Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) got the save, throwing the last three innings. She allowed three hits and struck out one.

    Olivet will return to action on Tuesday, March 10 in Tucson. At 9:00 a.m. (MST), the Tigers will face Missouri Valley College, then will face Presentation College (S.D.) at 3:30 and Ashford University (Iowa) at 1:30. 

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    Mar 09, 2015 1:52:32Mar 09, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday, March 6 that 48 women's swimming student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The lone honoree on the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team was senior Tia Schrader.

    Schrader, a senior, is a native of St. Joe, Indiana. She will graduate in May with a degree in exercise science.

    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.

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    Mar 09, 2015 1:51:30Mar 09, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday, March 6 that 27 men's swimming student-athletes have been named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) leads all institutions with five individuals on the list.

    The lone senior to make the list, Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa), will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.  There were four juniors to earn the honor: Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa), Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) and Collin Brown (La Fontaine, Ind.).

    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.

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    Mar 09, 2015 10:2:13Mar 09, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head Coach Bill Bahr and the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team are pleased to announce the addition of Emily Bushue to the Tiger roster for the fall of 2015. Bushue, a 5-7 center defender, bring two years of collegiate experience to the Tigers defense.

    A transfer from Parkland College (Ill.), Bushue prepped at Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, Illinois. While at PC, she earned all-region honors both seasons. She was also a four-time all-conference honoree at RCHS. She is also a member of the Windy City Pride club team.

    "We think Emily will be a fantastic addition to our team.  Emily brings two years of quality college experience and maturity to our team," said Bahr.  "Her play at her junior college was exemplary and we are looking forward to seeing how she will be able to use her talents to help the Tigers.  She will bring a quality presence to our midfield this fall."

    While at Olivet, Bushue intends to major in secondary education with a minor in history. She is the daughter of Brian and Audra Bushue and sister to Aaren, Ellen and Ryan.

    "I'm looking forward to continue my soccer career, education, and spiritual journey at such a great school," said Bushue of her decision.

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    Mar 09, 2015 8:47:28Mar 09, 2015 -

    WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team started their annual spring break trip off with a 5-2 win over the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday, March 7. The match was the first time the Tigers had played outside since resuming their season this spring.  

    The doubles duo of sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland) got things started for the Tigers, defeating Isabella Dale and Erin Hart 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain) and Anna Kuechenberg (Crystal Lake, Ill.) dominated at No. 3 doubles, downing Victoria Sisom and Kaylin Collette 8-0.

    Monakhova picked up the win at No. 2 singles for Olivet (5-3) defeating Chanel Williams 7-5, 6-1. Buchmann continues to dominate at No. 3 singles, adding a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sydni Grimes. With No. 4 singles not finishing, the final point was earned by junior Clara Ruegsegger (Greenfield, Ind.) at No. 6 singles. Ruegsegger defeated Haley Owens 6-4, 6-2.

    Olivet returns to action on Saturday, March 10 against Minnesota State University - Mankato at the University of South Florida. 

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    Mar 09, 2015 8:36:56Mar 09, 2015 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team picked up a big win over No. 12 Davenport University (Mich.) on Friday, March 6 as they head into their annual Spring Break trip. The Tigers, who had dropped out of the most recent NAIA Coaches Poll, picked up an impressive 7-2 win over the first nationally ranked team they have faced this spring season.

    Sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and junior Seraphine Buchmann (Illnau, Switzerland)  got things started for Olivet, picking up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Alyssa Fuentes and Emily Spiech. Freshman Anica Knezevic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Victoria Monakhova (Moscow, Russia) then defeated Puck Luttikhuis and Marcie Kooyers 8-5 at No. 2 doubles.

    Olivet (4-3) nearly swept all of the singles matches, dropping only a close match at No. 6. Nunez dominated at No. 1 singles, defeating Fuentes 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Monakhova defeated Luttikhuis 6-2, 6-4, while Buchmann remained undefeated in the spring with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Spiech at No. 3 singles. Knezevic outlasted Montserrat Elizondo in a marathon match at No. 4, finally winning 6-2, 5-7, 10-6. Marta Quereda (Alicanta, Spain), playing No. 5 singles, downed Angelica Woods 6-3, 6-2.

    Olivet returns to action on Saturday, March 8 taking on the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) in their first outdoor match of the spring. 

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    Mar 08, 2015 5:42:21Mar 08, 2015 -

    GENEVA, Ohio — During a historic weekend, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team placed seventh of 53 teams at the NAIA Indoor National Championships, March 5-7. The Tigers featured three national runners-up, seven All-Americans and earned the first top 10 finish in program history. ONU scored 34 points, placing better than 45 other schools at the Spire Institute.

    The Tigers were represented well, posting seven All-American performances (top eight finish). Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) finished his great indoor season by placing as runner-up in the 200 meter dash (21.31), a new school indoor record. He also placed 13th in the long jump with a mark of 6.72 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) also was a national runner-up, throwing a personal record mark of 17.06 meters in the shot put. Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) was the runner-up in the pole vault with a jump of 4.95 meters.

    In the 1000 meter run, senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) ran a time of 2:27.95 to place fourth, edging the fifth and sixth place finishers by thousandths of a second. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) finished seventh in the 5000 meter run with a time of 13:57.17. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in eighth in the triple jump with a personal record of 14.34 meters, and he also finished 12th in the long jump with a mark of 6.81 meters. The distance medley relay team of sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.), Marshall Hawn, senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) and junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.) placed seventh with a time of 10:09.89.

    Other notable performances included: junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.), 10th in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:47.11; junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.), 13th in the shot put with a personal record of 15.54 meters; junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.), 10th in the high jump with a mark of 2.01 meters, tying his personal record.

    The 4x800 meter relay team of junior Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.), sophomore Alex Hottle (Waterloo, Iowa) and freshman Tyler Gabriele (Wheaton, Ill.) finished 13th with a time of 7:55.94.

    ONU will begin the outdoor season with the Viking Olympics, hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) in Rock Island, Ill., on March 27 and 28. .

    Results:

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    Mar 08, 2015 3:41:52Mar 08, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - For the second year in a row, the Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team earned a spot on the podium at the NAIA National Championships, finishing second.  In just its third year of existence, the Tigers have finished second twice and third once. On day three, the Tigers crowned an individual national champion and produced four individual and one relay All-American performances.

    "We continue to get better and we raced extremely well against an amazing team [OBU] in their home turf," said Head Coach Scott Teeters of the week. "This intense rivalry exists because we do challenge the, and this year we matched them in their pool, but they still have a little more experience. Without a doubt, we are the best third year team in America at any level."

    Sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) became the Tiger's second individual national champion, taking gold in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.87. The event proved to be a great on for Olivet with Andrew Fischer Graaf-Reinet, South Africa) taking silver, touching the pads at 1:50.59.

    "This weekend we saw swimming at its best," said Calvin Price. "Two teams fighting it out, giving it all they had, but having the greatest of respect for each other's achievements."

    In true championship spirit, the final race of the meet proved to be an exciting one. The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) was in a near dead heat with Oklahoma Baptist University the entire race before finishing second in one of the closest races of the entire week. The Tiger's set a new school record of 2:57.56, with the Bison touching in 2:56.93. Both teams swam under the old NAIA record time.

    "I will never forget the memories that I made with this team over the past two years," said Jacobs, a senior. "I would never have gone as fast as I did without them. I love and respect all of them."

    Other top performances:

    1650 Freestyle

    Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) led the Tigers in the 1650, finishing in 16:02.76 in fifth place. Teammate Joshua Bouma (Jenison, Mich.) finished not far behind in seventh place, touching in 16:07.60. Drew Logan (Greenfield, Ind.) also scored points for Olivet, finishing in 14 th place with a time of 16:31.51.

    200 Backstroke

    Anderson produced his sixth All-American performance of the meet in the 200 backstroke, placing third. He set a new school record, finishing in 1:48.30. CJ VanWormer (Hindsale, Ill.) finished in 12 th  place with a time of 1:52.42.

    100 Freestyle

    Pheasant narrowly missed the podium in the 100 free, being out touched at the end to take fourth place with a time of 44.70. Lercel  and Jacobs finished back-to-back in seventh and eighth place. Lercel posted a time of 45.13, while Jacobs finished in 45.49.

    200 Breaststroke

    Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) nabbed the silver in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:00.72, shattering his own school record. Christian Daniels (Beloit, Wis.) finished 13 th  with a time of 2:07.41, while Joey Finn placed 16 th  touching the wall at 2:09.46.

    The Tigers finished with a team score of 575.5. OBU captured its fourth straight title, finishing with 876.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) in third with 403, Concordia University - Irvine (Calif.) with 324 and St. Andrews University with 210.

    In all, throughout the championship weekend, the Tigers finished with two individual national champions, one relay national champion, nine individual and four relay All-American performances by a total of eight different individuals.

    "It says in Isaiah 40:31, 'Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.' Our team had hope in the Lord and hope in each other," said Student Assistant Coach Jordan Epp. "I know without a doubt we have a special team that I thank God for."

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    Mar 08, 2015 1:38:44Mar 08, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2014-15 ONU baseball season started early once again. On Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, the Tigers travelled to Marion, Indiana, to open the season against Indiana Wesleyan University. The Tigers swept the Wildcats while introducing a new lineup with four new positional starters, including two freshmen.  Sophomore David Cericola got the opening day start and the win on Friday night. Transfer Blake Uhlman followed with an impressive debut on Saturday, tossing 6 and 2/3 innings of shutout baseball for his first career win as ONU swept the series. 

    One week later, ONU hosted future CCAC opponent St. Ambrose University (Iowa) in the 2014-15 home opener at Watson Field. On Friday night, a seven-run inning against the home team — including three hits, two walks and two errors — was the difference as the Tigers dropped game one of the series. Saturday, however, was a different story as the ONU nine swept the Bees, capping off the day with an extra inning walk-off win. The Tigers’ bullpen had allowed a big inning the day before but rebounded with 5 and 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing Olivet to come from behind and eventually walk off with a series win.

    The 4-1 start confirms the high expectations for this year’s club. After the first sub .500 season in almost two decades, the Tigers expect to be back in contention for the CCAC South title and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

    First Team All-Conference shortstop Josh Altmann returns to anchor the infield along with third-year starter Jordan Hayes at third base. Newcomers on the infield include Illinois All-State shortstop Tanner McLain from Rantoul High School and Andrew High School standout Jeff Szubert, along with returners Travis Hill and Gabe Sevigny who platooned at second base a year ago. 

    The outfield is arguably the most talented group with returners Madison Foster, Jordan Wanner, Bryan Klendworth and Aaron King, all three of whom were significant contributors a year ago. Foster hit .331 and led the team with three home runs while Wanner, Klendworth and King hit .317, .288 and .276, respectively. They are joined by junior transfer Logan Pollei and freshman Phillip Steward. Pollei started all five fall games the Tigers played, and Steward collected his first hit off the bench — one that started a big inning and ensured a win over Indiana Wesleyan.

    At catcher, the Tigers return starter Tyler Crater after basketball season is complete. Look for Michigan All-State performer Ben Hill and fellow freshman Kurtis Minton to step in and vie for the top spot. Seth Tschetter and Stefan Sauder also return and will provide veteran leadership to the group, both on and off the field.

    And on the mound, the previously mentioned Cericola and Uhlman are just two members of the young but talented staff. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel figured in three of the Tigers’ first five games, going 1-1 with a save. He is joined by freshmen Nick Campe and Garret Bronkema and senior transfer Stephen Miller, all who will figure prominently in their first year. The Tigers also have some up-and-coming arms in Josh Hojnicki and Chris Rhynes who will add depth while developing. Returning are two-way players Foster and Wanner, as well as Eric Douglass, Parker Shelton and Ken DeCook. 

    The Tigers will resume play on Feb. 13, 2015, in McKenzie, Tennessee, when they take on Bethel College in a three game series. They will then travel to Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb. 20 and 21, and then host a series against Bethel University (Ind.). ONU will complete their nonconference play with a trip to Tucson, Arizona, for 12 games on their spring trip. And finally, the Tigers will return to Bourbonnais and open CCAC play at home against Roosevelt University (Ill.) on March 17. 

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    Mar 08, 2015 1:34:48Mar 08, 2015 -

    WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — For a second consecutive day, the top 25 ranked Tigers prevailed in nonconference action. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team took a close 5-4 win over the University of Cumberlands (Ky.). ONU has won their last two matches and is back to a .500 record (3-3).

    The Tigers took two of three matches in doubles play, giving them the start they needed for a win. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Fraser and Heshaam, winning 9-7. Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) took an 8-3 decision over the team of Cabrera and Elduque. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 8-4 to Butcher and Matsuoka.

    In singles play, the Tigers split, taking three points and the match away from Cumberlands (Ky.) (1-3). No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won (6-4, 6-1) over Heshaam. No. 2 Veys defeated Cabrera in a tight match ((3-6, 6-4 (10-3)). Sanchez picked up a point over Matsuoka (6-0, 6-3). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales fell Fraser by a score of (6-4, 7-6).

    Adrian Elduque defeated No. 5 Peter Jensen (6-1, 6-2), and ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis lost to Marc Homs Sanou (6-3, 6-1).

    ONU will be back in action Tuesday, March 10, against Catawba University (N.C.) in Florida.

    Results

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    Mar 08, 2015 10:9:36Mar 08, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team came away from the three-day NAIA National Championships with a sixth place finish. Day three saw three more school records broken. The Tigers finished with one individual All-American performance and two relays, with a total of eight new records.

    Olivet finished with 331 points, just a point away from fifth place. Oklahoma Baptist captured their third straight title, accumulating 745 team points, well ahead of second place Savannah College of Art and Design with 481 points. Rounding out the top five were Brenau University (Ga.) with 439, Concordia University - Irvine (Calif.) with 348 and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) with 332.

    Day three top finishes:

    1650 Freestyle

    Laura Bryant finished fourth overall, posting a time of 17:49.16. Teammate Haley Ronci finished in 11 th  with a time of 18:08.43.

    200 Breaststroke

    Whitney Whitehead touched the pads in 2:31.93 to finish in 14 th place.

    200 Backstroke

    Tiffany Ray dropped over two seconds off her time to set a new school record with a time of 2:03.80 to finish in 5 th  place. Mackenzie Anderson finished 9 th  with a time of 2:06.21.

    100 Freestyle

    Eugenia Sebastiani placed 4 th  with a time of 51.35, breaking the school record. Deirdre Gerke  finished in 11 th  at 52.58.

    200 Butterfly

    Allison Zalinski and Laura Bryant finished back-to-back in 12 th and 13 th  places. Zalinski posted a time of 2:12.13, while Bryant finished at 2:13.69.

    400 Freestyle Relay

    The Tigers finished the meet with a fifth place finish in the 400 free relay. The team of Gerke, Kelsey Weener, Anderson and Sebastiani posted a time of 3:31.53, setting a new school record.

    Olivet finished the meet with one individual NAIA All-American honor, Sebastiani  for her third place finish in the 200 freestyle. The Tigers also had two relay team earn the honor, the 200 Medley Relay team of Anderson, Weener, Whitehead and Sebastiani and the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Sebastiani, Weener, Holly Risinger and Gerke.

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    Mar 07, 2015 4:4:18Mar 07, 2015 -

    GENEVA, Ohio - Junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) inked her name in the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field record book, becoming the first thrower in school history to win an NAIA National Championship. Blucker, who entered the preliminaries as the top seed in the shot put, but broke her own school record with a toss of 15.51m (50' 10 ¾"), blowing the field away. The All-American performance is her second of the 2015 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, having placed fourth in the weight throw just the day before with a throw of 18.10m (59' 4 ¼").

    Olivet also fielded two relay teams, both earned All-American honors. The 4x800m relay team of Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.), who bettered the entry time in the prelim by more than 25 seconds, crossed the finish line in 9:22.65 to finish seventh. The 4x400m relay team of Peyton Kirkland, Kalla Gold, Laura D'Angelo and Kammy Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) posted a time of 3:51.07 to take seventh overall.

    The Tigers finished the three-day competition with a team placement of 13 th in the 47 team field. Claiming the team national championships was Oklahoma Baptist University with 87 points. Roudning out the top five were Indiana Tech with 79, Wayland Baptist University with 73, Sienna Heights University (Mich.) with 43 and Westmont University with 41. Olivet finished with 19 points.

    Other top performances:

    200m Dash  

    Goedhart just missed breaking her own school record, crossing the finish line in 25.68 in 20 th  place.

    Pole Vault  

    Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) cleared 3.58m to finish just off the podium in tenth place. Teammates Kristin Beatty and Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.) finished 14 th  and 16 th , respectively. Beatty cleared a new personal record of 3.53m, while Stiker cleared 3.45m.

    Long Jump  

    Kylie Bradley (Portland, Tenn.) finished 13 th  overall and Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) placed 18 th . Bradley jumped her second best jump ever at 5.30m. Casey finished at 5.17m.

    5000m Run

    Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) finished 10th overall with a time of 18:14.33. 

    Olivet will take a slight break, enjoying the school's spring break next week, before returning to workouts to prepare for the outdoor season. The first meet is the Viking Olympics hosted by Augustana College at Rock Island, Illinois on March 27-28. 

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    Mar 07, 2015 3:12:33Mar 07, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Day two of competition at the 2015 NAIA National Championships proved to be a successful one for the No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team. The Tigers finished the day with four individual All-American performances and one relay, while setting four new school records.

    200 yard Medley Relay  

    Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa), Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) set a new school record of 1:20.25 to take second place.

    400 Individual Medley  

    Taking sixth place, freshman Austin Bennett (Edward, Ill.) touched the pad in 4:07.29. Sophomores Christian Daniels (Beloit, Wis.) and Joey Finn (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also earned points, finishing ninth and tenth. Daniels posted a time of 4:10.057, while Finn finished in 4:11.72.

    100 Butterfly  

    Sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) set a new school record, touching in 48.56 to take silver. Senior CJ VanWormer (Hinsdale, Ill.) placed eighth, touching in 50.04.

    200 Freestyle  

    Pheasant was edged out at the end, finishing second at 1:38.66, setting a new school record. Lercel finished in 1:40.56 to take fourth.

    100 Breaststroke  

    Junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) rewrote his own school record, finishing third with a time of 54.98.

    100 Backstroke  

    Anderson captured another NAIA All-American honor, finishing third in 49.39.

    400 Medley Relay  

    The Tigers relay team captured second place, but was later disqualified.

    Through two full days of competition, the Tigers sit securely in second place with 381.5 points. Oklahoma Baptist University has a dominating lead having accumulated 585.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) in third with 274, Concordia University - Irvine with 224 and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) with 151.

    Competition finalizes on Saturday, March 7. Preliminaries are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m., with finals at 5:00 p.m.

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    Mar 07, 2015 3:9:25Mar 07, 2015 -

    OKALAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Led by an individual NAIA All-American performance by freshman Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela), the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team sits in fifth place overall at the 2015 NAIA National Championships after two days of competition.

    200 yard Freestyle Relay  

     Sebastiani,  Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.), Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.) and Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.) captured silver, setting a new school record at 1:34.99.

    400 Individual Medley  

    Sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.) broke her own school record, touching the pad in 4:31.54 to take fifth place. Teammate sophomore Haley Ronci (Goseh, Ind.) captured seventh, finishing in 4:37.10.

    200 Freestyle  

    Sebastiani captured bronze, finishing in 1:52.72, breaking the school record.

    100 Backstroke  

    Senior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton ,Ill.) captured fourth place, touching the pad in 56.40. 

    400 Medley Relay  

    Anderson, Weener, sophomore Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.) and Sebastiani swam a combined 3:57.34 to take sixth place.

    Through two full days of competition, the Tigers sit in fifth place overall in the 16 team field with 226 points. Leading the pack is two-time defending champion Oklahoma Baptist University with 483 points. Rounding out the top five are Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) with 326, Brenau University (Ky.) with 318 and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) with 229.

    Competition finalizes on Saturday, March 7. Preliminaries are scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m., with finals at 5:00 p.m. 

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    Mar 07, 2015 1:33:9Mar 07, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — By the score of 6-3, the No. 24-ranked Olivet Nazarene Nazarene University men’s tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak with a win over (RV) Davenport University (Mich.) on Friday, March 6. The Tigers took two points in doubles play and closed it out with four in singles.

    Olivet (2-3) did away with its losing streak by starting strong in doubles play. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Carvalho and Rogerson, winning 8-4. Slagh and Denise lost to Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) 8-5. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 9-7 in a close match to Vink and Van Ant.

    In singles play, the Tigers came away with four very important points, helping them to win the match. No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won (6-2, 6-3) over Van Ant. No. 2 Veys defeated Rogerson (6-2, 6-1). Sanchez picked up a point over Vink (6-2, 6-1). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales took a point from Woods (6-4, 6-0).

    Denise defeated No. 5 Peter Jensen, and Slagh won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis (6-2, 6-1).

    ONU will be back in action Saturday, March 7, at the University of Cumberlands (Tenn.).

    Results:

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    Mar 06, 2015 12:50:34Mar 06, 2015 -

    GENEVA, Ohio - Opening day of the 2015 NAIA Indoor National Championships proved to be quite successful for the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team. The Tigers fielded athletes in three events preliminaries, an individual and two relay teams, and all three advanced to the finals of their respective events.

    Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) got things started for Olivet, running a very smooth and controlled race to finish fourth in her heat with a time of 17:49.23. The performance earned her an automatic spot in Saturday's 12-person final.

    The 4x800m relay team of sophomore Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), Angelica Lafemina, senior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) came ready to race, setting a new school record of 9:15.36, more than 25 seconds off of their qualifying mark. The foursome took third in their heat, qualifying sixth overall.  The finals are Friday afternoon.

    The 4x400m relay team bettered their qualifying time by more than seven seconds, finishing second in their heat at 3:51.45. The foursome of junior Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.), junior Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.), sophomore Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) and senior Kammy Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) will compete in the finals on Saturday afternoon.

    Competition resumes on Friday, March 6 with field events starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and running events at noon.

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    Mar 06, 2015 12:13:16Mar 06, 2015 -

    Two-time Grammy-nominated artist David Crowder will bring his “Neon Steeple Tour” to Olivet's Centennial Chapel at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

    Tickets are on sale at www.itickets.com. Information is available at 815-939-5330, shine@olivet.edu and http://chicago.shine.fm. The concert is sponsored by Olivet-owned radio network Shine.FM.

    David Crowder has nine Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for excellence in gospel music. He has 22 Dove Award nominations and has sold nearly two million albums and three million digital tracks. After a long run as lead singer of the David Crowder Band, Crowder launched his solo career in 2012. “Neon Steeple,” Crowder’s debut solo album, includes “I Am,” a single that reached no. 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. The New York Times called Crowder one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music.”

    The concert at Olivet will also feature contemporary Christian singer-songwriters Tim Timmons and Dan Bremnes.
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    Mar 06, 2015 11:20:18Mar 06, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The No.2 ranked Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team has one thing on their mind, beating two-time defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist University in the pool. The Tigers know the chances of them bringing home the national championship is slim since we do not have any diver's qualified for nationals, but they also know that things are different in the pool. After day one of competition at the 2015 NAIA National Championships, the Tigers hold a slight lead over the Bison in the pool thanks to two national championship performances. Junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) repeated as the 200 Individual Medley champion, while the 800 Freestyle Relay team came from behind to edge out the competition to stand on the top of the podium.

    200 Medley Relay

    Anderson swam lead off for the 200 medley relay, followed by junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa), freshman Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) and senior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa). The Tigers touched the pads in a new school record of 1:27.80, just 0.67 behind Oklahoma Baptist.

    500 Freestyle

    Olivet amassed 59 total team points in the 500-yard freestyle, with six individuals placing in the top 14. Tapia led the Tigers, placing fourth overall with a time of 4:31.36, a new school record. Junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa ), the 2013 NAIA National Champion in the event, was right on Tapia's heals, finishing fifth in 4:34.23. Junior Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) placed eighth, touching the pad in 4:40.89. Freshmen Joshua Bouma (Jenison, Mich.), Charles Bennett ((Edwards, Ill.) and Drew Logan (Greenfield, Ind.), placed 9-10-14, respectively.

    200 Individual Medley

    Anderson narrowly missed breaking his own school record when he finished 1:49.92 in the 200 IM to capture back-to-back titles. Price finished sixth, touching in 1:52.62. Sophomore Christian Daniels (Beloit, Wis.) also picked up some points for the Tigers, finishing 14 th  with a time of 1:56.64.

    50 Freestyle

    Pheasant led the three qualifiers in the 50-yard freestyle, tying for fifth place overall with a time of 20.32. Senior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.)placed 10 th  overall at 20.43, while senior Mat Prasser (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 15 th  at 21.13.

    800 Free Relay

    The Tigers found themselves in a near dead-lock with OBU and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the final event of the evening, but came from behind to capture the programs first relay national championship. Tapia swam the opening leg, followed by Anderson, senior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Pheasant. The Tigers narrowly missed setting a new school record, finishing in 6:39.73.

    After five swimming events, the Tigers have collected 191.5 points with OBU sitting at 183.5. Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.) is in third with 118, with SCAD in fourth at 110. Rounding out the top five is Union College (Ky.) with 75. Oklahoma Baptist has accumulated 79 points in diving, making them the overall leader.

    Competition resumes on Friday, March 6 with preliminaries starting at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 5. 

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    Mar 06, 2015 11:18:21Mar 06, 2015 -

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team used a relay All-American performance and two new school records to put themselves in a great place in the standings after day one of competition at the 2015 NAIA National Swim and Dive Championships. The three-day competition kicked off on Thursday, March 5 at the aquatics center of Oklahoma City Community College.

    200 Medley Relay

    The 200 yard medley relay team of senior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), junior Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.), sophomore Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc, Mich.)and freshman Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela) got things started for the Tigers, capturing bronze in the opening event. The foursome touched the pad in 1:45.55, just shy of a new school record.  The performance earned NAIA All-America honors.

    500 Freestyle

    Senior Laura Bryant (Escondido, Calif.) finished the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.36 to take ninth place overall. Close behind in 11 th place was teammate Haley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.). Ronci touched the pad in 5:08.92. Sebastiani rounded out the point placement, finishing 16 th in 5:13.90.

    200 Individual Medley

    Sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.) posted a time of 2:08.20 to finish fifth overall. Whitehead touched the wall in 2:12.88 to take 14 th place.

    50 Freestyle

    Weener dropped over a second on her entry time to take seventh place overall with a time of 23.98, a new ONU school record. Freshman Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.) finished 11 th  at 24.17.

    800 Freestyle Relay

    Ronci, Ray, Gerke and Sebastiani set a new school record in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing at 7:44.47 for sixth place.

    The Tigers currently sit in fourth place with 109 points, behind Oklahoma Baptist University with 195, Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) with 137 and Brenau University (Ky.) with 124. Rounding gout the top five is the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) with 102. Competition resumes on Friday, March 6 with preliminaries at 9:00 a.m. and finals at 5:00 p.m.

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    Mar 05, 2015 9:48:22Mar 05, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — On Saturday, Feb. 28, NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Ralph Hodge and the CCAC Regular Season Co-Champion, Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, defeated No. 19 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 90-80 to claim the CCAC Tournament championship — the sixth in the program’s history and first since 2000. They now advance to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, March 11 to 17.

    The Tigers (25-8) move on to play No. 16 Warner Pacific College (Ore.) Knights (25-7) in the first round of the national tournament at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., on Wednesday, March 11, at 9:45 p.m. The winner will advance to the round of 16 on Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m. to play the winner of the No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan University (31-2) and Brescia University (Ky.) (19-10) game.

    The Tigers and Knights met four seasons ago on Nov . 18, 2011, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Olivet won 99-85 in an early non-conference game at the Daytona Mitsubishi Shootout hosted by Embry-Riddle University (Fla.). The Knights’ leading scorer this season, Doug Thomas (senior), played in that game as a freshman, scoring eight points in 18 minutes. Also, Ryan Parks (senior) played off the bench in that game, scoring three points in 18 minutes. Seniors Matt Ryan and Austin Davis played for the Tigers. Ryan started and scored 12 points in 15 minutes, and Davis had two assists in nine minutes.

    This marks the 17th national tournament appearance in ONU history but the first in Division II. The Tigers have not been to the postseason tournament since 2011, falling 83-76 to Georgetown College (Ky.). ONU currently holds a 25-8 overall record, winning their last seven games and 16 of their last 18. The Tigers hold their best record since the 2001-02 season (27-9). The Tigers have scored 90 or more points in the last six games and have won by an average of 19.8 during their seven-game win streak. ONU finished 16-2 at McHie Arena this season, winning their last eight games and completing their best season at home since the 1998-99 season. Olivet is currently ranked No. 19 and is receiving 155 votes in the Feb. 24 NAIA Top 25 poll.

    Olivet is led by junior All-CCAC First Team selection guard/forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) who currently leads the team in minutes (32.9), points (18.9), rebounds (7.8), field goals made and attempted (229-of-413), three-point percentage (.422), free-throws made and attempted (97-of-136), blocks (23), and double-doubles (8). He is second in three-pointers made (49) and assists (97). 

    Senior All-CCAC Second Team selection Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) leads the team in three-pointers made and attempted (100-for-250), free-throw percentage (.800), and steals (38). He is second in minutes (29.9) and points (14.7). 

    Junior all-conference honorable mention selection Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) is third on the team in points (11.5) and minutes (26.1). He is second in field goals made and attempted (168-of-284) and rebounds (5.4), and leads the team in offensive rebounds (64). 

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) is averaging 9.5 points, has made 43 three-pointers, and has been in double figures seven of the last 10 games. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) is fifth in minutes (24.4), currently leading the team in assists (106) and assist to turnover ratio (2.2), is second in steals (37) and free-throw percentage (.797).

    The Tigers' opponent, Warner Pacific (Ore.), is making their ninth national tournament appearance and enter Wednesday’s game with a 25-7 record after recently losing to No. 23 Southern Oregon University 81-66 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinal. Against eight ranked (or receiving votes) opponents this season, the Knights are 4-4 and defeated No. 3 College of Idaho 81-62 back on Jan. 31, 2015. The Knights finished as co-champions of the CCC with a 14-4 record; winning a share of their fifth league title. Warner Pacific and Olivet did not play any common opponents this season; however, both did play at least two teams that are in the national tournament. Olivet is joined by fellow CCAC teams, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and St. Francis (Ill.). Warner Pacific is joined by CCC schools Southern Oregon, Concordia (Ore.), College of Idaho and non-conference opponent Cal-State Maritime.

    Warner Pacific is led by Head Coach Jared Valentine, who is in his fourth season with the Knights and has a 92-38 record at the university. The Knights are spearheaded by senior forward Doug Thomas, who is fifth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference in scoring (16.1), currently leading his team. He also leads his team in field goals made and attempted (190-for-436) and steals (49). Thomas also averages 4.6 rebounds and is second on the team in made three-pointers with 70. In addition, senior Coletun Tarr leads the team in minutes (32.4), averaging 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and 42.0 from behind the arc. Tarr leads the team in free-throws made and attempted (99-of-123). The Knights are second in NAIA Division II in field goal defense (.391), fifth in scoring margin (13.2) and 10th in three-pointers made (279).

    Tournament Bracket: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2015DIIMBB/2015DIIMBB_Bracket.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

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    Mar 04, 2015 9:12:56Mar 04, 2015 -

    WASHINGTON, Ill. - Head Coach Mike McDowell is pleased to announce that Hailey Widder of Washington High School has signed a letter of intent to continue her education Olivet Nazarene University and her running career as a member of the Tiger women's track and field and cross country teams.

    As a senior, Widder placed 6 th  in the 300m hurdles at the 2A Illinois High School Association State Track and Field Championships with a time of 46.28. She enters Olivet with a personal best three mile time of 19:07.

    "Hailey is a really nice young lady who brings a very competitive spirit with her," said McDowell. "I foresee her being a solid contributor in our 400m hurdle crew."

    Widder is the daughter of Brent and Lisa Widder and sister to Connor and Taylor.

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    Mar 04, 2015 8:39:1Mar 04, 2015 -

    NEW LENOX, Ill. - Head Coach Bill Bahr and the Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team are pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Ortman of Lincoln Way Central High School for the fall of 2015. Ortman recently signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career as a Tiger.

    As a senior, Ortman earned All-Southwest Suburban Conference honors. She finished the season with two goals and 11 assists. Ortman is a member of the Chicago Fire Jrs. Red South travel program. She has been named to the Chicago Fire Jrs. Nationals ID Team and the All-Area Genteration Red Team for four consecutive years, from 2012-2015.

    "We think Sarah will make an immediate impact on our team.  She has good speed, size, and strength," said Bahr. "These qualities as well as Sarah's desire to win the ball will help our team in the central areas of the pitch.  Her quality vision and touch will continue the ONU tradition of excellent possession oriented soccer."

    In the classroom, Ortman is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. While at Olivet, she intends to major in communications.

    "When I first visited campus everyone was so friendly and nice," said Ortman of her decision.  "The atmosphere felt just like home.  I love what Olivet stands for and all the University has to offer."

    Ortman is the daughter of Mike and Tina Ortman and the sister to Elizabeth and Matthew.  

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    Mar 03, 2015 9:33:19Mar 03, 2015 -

    CHICAGO - When the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference recently announced their post-season awards, it comes as no surprise that Olivet Nazarene University's Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) was among the five players named First Team All-Conference.  Hengesbach is currently ranked in the top ten in the NAIA Division II in seven statistical categories, while playing an average of just 19.6 minutes per game.

    Hengesbach's team- leading 674 points ranks second nationally, while her 22.5 point per game average ranks fourth. She finished the season leading the CCAC in assists (177) and steals (124), nationally ranked second and third, respectively.  Her assist to turn over ratio of 2.299 is first in the CCAC and eighth nationally.

    Hengesbach finished the season shooting 254-of-513 (.495) from the field and 116-of-155 (.748) from the charity stripe. She also connected on 50-of-155 (.323) three-point shots. Under the basket, she pulled in 201 rebounds, averaging 6.7 per game. She also committed just 40 personal fouls.

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    Mar 03, 2015 7:56:18Mar 03, 2015 -

    COLUMBUS, Ga. - Senior Erika Tatum (Bourbonnais, Ill.) did everything she could to carry the young Olivet Nazarene University softball team on her back as the Tigers opened their 2015 season at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Columbus, Georgia on Feb. 27-March 1. Tatum finished the five-game tournament hitting a blazing .643, going 9-for-14 at the plate with two home runs and nine RBIs. Olivet, having lost nearly their entire starting lineup to graduation, experienced some growing pains that they just couldn't overcome. The Tigers finished 1-2 in pool play before dropping both games in the Silver Bracket of the preseason, invitation only tournament held at the site of the 2015 NAIA National Tournament.

    Olivet Nazarene 6    Reinhardt 8  

    The young Olivet (1-4) team was thrown to the lions in game one, taking on No. 3 Reinhardt University (Ga.). The Tigers got down early, allowing three runs in the second inning, but battled back to take a 6-3 lead by the end of the fifth. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on, falling 8-6. Offensively, the Tigers were led by Tatum and freshman Samantha Albert (Tinley Park, Ill.), both finishing 2-for-3. Tatum's performance produced three RBIs, while Albert added a double. In the circle, junior transfer Maggie Tidrow (Liberty, Ind.) got the start, throwing 5.1 innings. She allowed nine hits and six earned runs while striking out five and walking six. The loss, however, went to freshman Jamie Kiefer (Chicago) who threw the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hit and two earned runs. She struck out two and walked two.

    Olivet Nazarene 4    Thomas 7  

    In game two, Olivet once again got behind early, allowing four runs in the bottom of the first inning to Thomas University (Ga.). The Tigers fought back again, to pull within one in the top of the fifth, but allowed two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall 7-4. Olivet managed just five hits in the game, two of which were the season's first home runs for senior Jordy Truelock (Princeton, Ind.) and junior Lindsey Krippel (Fairbury, Ill.). Freshman Erica Cebulski (Lockport, Ill.) picked up the loss in the circle, going 5.2 innings. She allowed seven hits, seven runs, six earned. She also struck out four and walked three. Freshman Haley Beno (St. Charles, Ill.) pitched the final third inning, striking out the only batter she faced.

    Olivet Nazarene 12   Friends 3 (5 innings)  

    Olivet snapped their early losing streak in game three, picking up a 12-3 win over Friends University (Mo.) in five-innings.  Truelock and Tatum combined for a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate to account for five of the Tigers nine hits. Of Truelock's three hits, two for were extra bases, including her second homer of the season and a double.  Tatum also connected for a home run, her first of the season.  Junioir Katie Megyesi (Washington, Ill.) added a double. Beno got the start in the circle, going 2.2 innings, while allowing five hits and three earned runs. She struck out three and walked three. Tidrow picked up her first win as a Tiger in relief, throwing the final 2.1 hitless innings. She struck out two and walked three.

    Olivet Nazarene 7   Park 11 (8 innings)  

    Earning the two seed out of pool play, the Tigers entered the Silver Bracket in tournament play. Game one pitted them against Park University (Ore.). This time, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead, picking up two runs in the bottom of the first, four in the third and one in the fifth. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold on, allowing three in the top of the sixth and four in the seventh to let the Pirates tie the game up and send it into extra innings. Park added four more runs in the top of the eighth and the Tigers were unable to muster any more offense, falling 11-7. Tatum added another home run, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs. Sophomore Kristina Shahan (Plainfield, Ill.) went 2-for-4 on the day with an RBi. Megyesi and freshman Sarah Collalti (St. Charles, Ill.) each doubled. Kiefer got the start, going 6.2 innings allowing 10 hits and seven runs, only seven earned due to four Tiger fielding errors. She struck out five and walked three. Tidrow suffered the loss, throwing the final 1.1 innings, allowing four run, three earned.

     

    Olivet Nazarene 3   Corban 4  

    Corban scored three runs in the bottom of the first and added what turned out to be the game winner in the bottom of the second to hand Olivet a 4-3 loss and eliminate the Tigers from the bracket. Beno picked up the loss in the circle, lasting just one inning. She allowed seven hits and three earned runs, while walking two and striking out one. Kiefer threw 3.2 innings in relief, striking out seven and walking three. She allowed two hits and one run. Tidrow threw the final inning, walking two and striking out one.  Tatum went 2-for-4 at the plate, picking up two more RBIs. Megyesi added her third double of the season.

    In the five game tournaments, the Tigers finished with a team batting average of .287 (39-for-136). They accumulated 13 extra base hits, including five home runs. In the circle, the four pitcher staff has a 6.12 ERA, having allowed 42 hits and 33 runs, 28 earned. They struck out 31 batters and walked 28.

    Olivet will head south for their annual Spring Break trip to the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Arizona from March 9-14. They will play 14 games in six days, starting with Concordia University (NE) and the University of Jamestown (N.D.) on Monday, March 9.

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    Mar 03, 2015 6:32:19Mar 03, 2015 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team continued their early 2015 season, heading north on Feb. 27-28 to take on Ferris State University (Mich.) and Aquinas College (Mich.)…inside. The Tigers came away with a split, falling to Ferris State 7-2 on Friday before defeating Aquinas 6-3 on Saturday.

    The lone Tiger wins against NCAA DII Ferris State came from Viktoria Mondakhova at No. 2 singles and junior Serephine Buchmann at No. 3. Mondakhova retired Shawnee-Ann Brelsford 4-6, 6-5 in a long hard fought battle. Buchmann picked up her first win of the spring, easily downing Matilda Ackered 6-1, 6-0.

    "We are still a little rusty playing indoors," said Head Coach Chris Tudor. "Priscilla (Nunez) played well at No. 1, but their player has a game suited for indoor, big serves and ground strokes. It was a tough match."

    On Saturday, Olivet picked up wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles and Nos. 2 through 5 singles. Nunez and Buchmann picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Ankita Bhatia and Tiffany Tuoiri. At No. 2 doubles, Viktoria Monajhova and Anica Knezevic dominated Remi Gerst and Anna Musyenko, picking up an 8-2 win.

    In singles action, Monakhova defeated Gerst 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Buchmann downed Musyenko 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3. The toughest match of the day came at No. 4 singles where Knezevic out-lasted Tuori 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 in a marathon match. Marta Quereda picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win over MJ Bothma at No. 5 singles.

    "The Aquinas women were very tough, but we fought hard to overcome and overtake the match. There were times when our ladies were almost out of the fight, but they were able to refocus and fight back."

    "I am very proud of how the women played this weekend and most of all, how they represented Olivet on and off the court," continued Coach Tudor. "I know we are stronger than last year, there are just a few things to work on, but once we correct those little issues, we will be a tough team to beat."

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    Mar 03, 2015 6:30:58Mar 03, 2015 -

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. - It certainly isn't how the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team had hoped their season would end, especially having been so successful all season with such a young team. The Tigers, who finished third in the South Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, hit the road for a quarterfinal matchup with No. 6 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Despite having upset the Wolves just a week earlier, the injury ridden Tigers couldn't muster another worthy performance, ending their season with a 94-64 loss.

    Olivet (20-11), who was down to just 10 players due to injuries, was led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) with 21 points. The Tigers, who live by the three-point shot, finished the game making a mere 5-of-43 (.147). Hengesbach also accounted for almost half of the Tiger's 15 steals, finishing with seven.

    Freshman Capriana Christian ( Vacaville, Calif.) added 14 points for Olivet, picking up most of them at the free throw line, where she made 8-of-16 attempts. Junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) finished the night with 10 points, including two of the five three-pointers. Freshman Lauren Rouse (Mundelein, Ill.) picked up a team-high 12 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end of the court.

    The 2015 team once again left their mark on the NAIA Division II statistics, finishing the season ranked at the top of 10 categories, including breaking the single season scoring record which was set just a year ago by the Tigers. Olivet finished the year averaging 108.258 points per game, up from 107.5. Other categories include:

    • Scoring Offense per Game (108.258)
     
    • Steals per Game (19.452)
     
    • Total Rebounds per Game (50.484)
     
    • Total 3-Pt FG Made (540)
     
    • Turnover Margin (16.097)
     
    • Total Steals (603)
     
    • Total Scoring Offense (3356)
     
    • Total Rebound Offense (1565)
     
    • 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (17.419)
     

    The early end to the 2015 season will give the Tigers time to rest the injuries and return ready for the 2016 season. 

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    Mar 01, 2015 12:26:51Mar 01, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. —There was nothing left to do but cut down the nets in McHie Arena on Saturday evening, Feb. 28, as Head Coach Ralph Hodge and Olivet Nazarene University's men's basketball team were crowned CCAC Tournament Champions. The Tigers defeated No. 18 Cardinal Stritch 90-80 as a mass of Olivet fans witnessed history and celebrated as the horn sounded. Almost 15 years to the day, the Tigers were able to capture the sixth tournament championship in program history.

    The Tigers tallied their seventh consecutive win, making for their longest win streak of the year. Also, with a win over nationally ranked Cardinal Stritch (24-9), it was an eighth win over a ranked opponent or team receiving votes this season. The Tigers’ 25th win on Saturday marks the most wins by an ONU (25-8) team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (27-9). The Tigers are 16-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 16-2 in their last 18 games. Of their 16 home wins, 11 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 12 of 18 games. The last time an ONU team won both CCAC titles was in 1999-2000, and that team finished the year 30-9 and as NAIA Division I Final Four participants.

    “[Our game plan] is the same as it’s been all season long,” Coach Hodge said before the game started. “We said it’s going to be a season of poise and purpose. That’s what we talked about all year long: staying in the moment. Being in control of our emotions, our mental state. Playing with a purpose is how we’ve practiced, how we’ve prepared, using our team’s abilities.”

    With 13:12 remaining in the first half, sophomore guard Tyler Semenas hit a three-pointer for Cardinal Stritch, giving them a 12-11 lead, the last of the game. From that point, the Tigers took back the lead and never looked back. They maintained their lead the remaining 33 minutes and led by as many as 13 twice, once in both halves. For the 15th time (15-0) this season, the Tigers shot north of 50 percent from the field and were 42.9 percent from behind the arc. At the same time, the Tigers were 23-for-29 from the free-throw line (.793). ONU was 62-for-74 (.838) from the line in the entire tournament, almost 15 percentage points better than the Tigers’ season average.

    The Wolves managed to shoot 50.9 from the field but only 37.0 from the three-point line. The ONU defensive effort kept the Wolves to only eight points in the paint. The Tigers also outdid the Wolves from the line (12-of-18), where they average over 18 made and almost 25 attempted a game.

    ONU again won on the glass 31 to 29, making it 12 straight games in which they haven’t lost the very important battle of rebounding. Neither team was able to gather many offensive rebounds or convert much off their second chances. The Tigers are 21-4 when they win the rebounding statistic. ONU also had only eight turnovers (lowest in last eight games), compared to 12 for the Wolves. In 21 of the last 23 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. The Tigers scored 16 points off turnovers.

    In addition, the Tigers’ 10-point win is their 17th by double digits this season. The 90 points scored in the win on Saturday marks the ninth time — and sixth consecutive — they have scored 90 or more points. ONU had five Tigers in double figures. When the Tigers have at least four, they are 12-3. The Tigers are currently averaging 80.5 points per game, the most since the 2001-02 season. When Olivet gives up 80 ore more points, they are 4-1. In all 25 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 27, nine more than the Wolves. when ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 21-6.

    Junior All-CCAC First Team selection, Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.), finished with 18 points, going 6-for-9 from the floor, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 4-for-63 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes. With 1,464 career points, he is 15th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 687 for his career. He has the 16th most made field goals (559), 20th most free-throws (258) and 19th most attempted (358) in ONU history.

    Senior All-CCAC Second Team selection, Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.), led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting, going 2-for-8 from behind the arc and 7-for-7 from the line. He added two rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes. Davis has made 67 three-pointers (.523) in his last 19 games. He has 100 this year (school record) and 248 career three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 10 from tying the all-time record. He now has 1,227 points in his career (29th all-time) and 20th in assists (326).

    Junior All-CCAC Honorable Mention selection, Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.), played 33 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 18 points (19th in double digits) on 9-for-13 shooting. He had four rebounds. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had seven points on 2-for-3 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and one rebound in 18 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 12 points (18th in double digits) on 2-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 6-for-8 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 29 minutes, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting, 2-for-3 from the three-point and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and four assists.

    The Tigers will take their CCAC Regular Season and Tournament titles into the NAIA Division II National Tournament. ONU awaits their opponent, to be named on Wednesday, March 4. The Tigers' first round game will be either Wednesday or Thursday, March 11 or 12.

    Box Score

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    Mar 01, 2015 11:13:31Mar 01, 2015 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.. — One point shy of snapping a three-match loss streak, the Olivet Nazarene Nazarene University men’s tennis team fell 5-4 to Aquinas College (Mich.) on the road on Saturday, Feb. .28. The Tigers split in singles action but managed only one of three doubles points, needing two to take the match. ONU will look to bounce back next weekend.

    The Tigers (1-3) were tripped up for a third consecutive time, falling by only one point. ONU managed to get going in doubles play, gaining one point unlike Friday's match, but it wasn't enough in the win. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Saari and Peery, and fell 8-6. Struble and Taylor lost to Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) 8-2. Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) fell 8-2 to Buurma and Fedewa from Aquinas.

    In singles play, the Tigers came away with half the points available. No. 1 Mancineiras Cornella won ((7-6, (5), 6-3)) over Saari. No. 2 Veys lost to Struble (3-6, 6-2 (6-4)). Sanchez picked up a point over Buurma (6-0, 6-0). Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales took a point from Peery (6-1, 4-6 (6-4)).

    Evan Taylor defeated No. 5 Peter Jensen (6-3, 6-2), and Ryan Fedewa won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Tyler Ellis (6-3, 6-2).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, March 6, at home versus Davenport University (Mich.).

    Results

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    Feb 28, 2015 7:9:49Feb 28, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Regular Season Co-Champion and Tournament Champion, Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball, had three Tigers — the most of any team — recognized on the all-conference team. Since 1987, ONU has had 92 all-conference selections. The league selects five individuals to the first and second teams, and 10 to the honorable mention list.

    The complete list of conference honors can be found here: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/8.php

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) is a repeat selection to the All-CCAC First Team. He is the first to do so in consecutive seasons since Antonio Marshall in 2010 and 2011. In 2013, he was the CCAC Freshman of the Year.

    Senior point guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) was one of five named to the All-CCAC Second team, his first such honor of his career. He was an All-CCAC Honorable Mention selection last season.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) was named to the 10-member honorable mention list for the first time in his career.

    Larson was the second-leading vote-getter and runner-up for Player of the Year behind Cardinal Stritch’s Tony Smit. In 18 games of conference play, the 6'7" guard/forward led the team in minutes (33.7), scoring (17.7 points), rebounds (7.8), blocks (12), three-point percentage (.464), field goals made (117), and free-throws made and attempted (59-of-82). He finished second in three-pointers made (26), field goals attempted (204) and assists (56). He was third in field goal percentage (.574) and free-throw percentage (.720). He also finished with four double-doubles and scored in double figures every game but one. Among CCAC leaders, he was sixth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, ninth in field goal percentage and 13th in assists per game (3.1). He led the league in three-point percentage, and was ninth in assist to turnover ratio, second in defensive rebounds and ninth in minutes played.

    Davis, the 5’11" versatile guard, started all 19 conference games, finishing second on the team in minutes (31.6), scoring (17.5), field goals made (114), three-point percentage (.463) and free-throw percentage (.750). He led the team in field goals attempted (229), three-pointers made and attempted (68-of-147), three-point percentage (.463), and steals (26). He was third in assists (53) and free-throws made (.36). He scored in double figures in all but one game in conference play. Among CCAC leaders, he was seventh in scoring, ninth in steals per game (1.4), second in three-point percentage, and led the league in three-pointers made.

    Earning his first nod to the all-conference team, Wagner — the 6’5” Tigers’ big man — played in all 19 league games, starting in 18. He finished third on the team in minutes (27.3) and scoring (12.3); was second in rebounds (5.9); and was third in field goals made and attempted (103-of-176), free-throws attempted (53) and assists (53). He led the team in offensive rebounds (44) and was second in field goal percentage (.585). He scored in double figures 12 times in conference play, including in 10 of the last 14 games. Among CCAC leaders, he was 27th in scoring, 14th in rebounds, seventh in field goal percentage and fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.3).

    The Tigers are currently 25-8 and finished the 2014-15 CCAC season with a 16-3 record.

    Final season statistics: http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/men/stats/2014/teamstat.htm

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    Feb 28, 2015 2:40:4Feb 28, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. —One rebound shy of a third consecutive double-double, junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.)  couldn’t have played any tougher, battling back pain, in the CCAC Tournament Semifinal win over rival St. Xavier University (Ill.). Olivet Nazarene scored 57 second-half points in route to a 90-79 win that catapults them into the CCAC Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers sixth-straight win (longest of season) was their fifth game scoring 90 or more points. If ONU wins number seven they will capture the CCAC Tournament crown for the first time since 2000.

    ONU’s 24th win on Friday marks the most wins by a Tigers (24-8) team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (27-9). The Tigers are 15-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 15-2 in their last 17 games; of their 15 home wins, 10 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 11 of 17 games.

    St. Xavier (20-11) trailed by as much as 13 in the first half with only 5:31 to go before the break. The Cougars took an eight-point lead into the lockerroom; however, a quick 14-3 run to start the second half in the first five and a half minutes gave the Tigers the lead for good. For the fourth time this season the Tigers shot north of 60 percent from the field and were 46.7 percent from behind the arc. At the same time, the Tigers were 17-for-20 from the free-throw line (.850). The Cougars only managed to shoot 46.9 from the field and six points from the free-throw line where they average over 18 points a game from the line. The Tigers kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting for a 26th time, ONU is 22-5 in those games. The Tigers put together a defensive effort that kept senior Jack Krieger to only 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Krieger averages a CCAC-leading 22.6 points.  The Tigers scored 34 points in the paint, the seventh straight game they have put up 30 or more points in the lane. ONU is 14-0 when they shoot above 50 percent from the field.

    ONU dominated the rebounding battle 35 to 23, grabbing 20 in the second half compared to only eight for the Cougars. Everyone who played for Olivet grabbed a rebound compared to 7-of-10 for St. Xavier. The Tigers also had eight offensive rebounds and scored 12 second chance points. The Cougars had seven offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 20-4 when they win the battle on the glass. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only nine for the Cougars. In 20 of the last 22 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (411).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 11-point win is their 16th by double digits this season. The 90 points scored in the win on Friday night marks the eighth time this season they have scored above 90, and their fifth consecutive. The Tigers are currently averaging 80.2 points per game, the most since the 2001-02 season. When Olivet allows less than 80 points, they are 16-2, including four of their last six wins. In all 24 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 29, seven more than the Cougars’ bench; when Olivet scores more, they are 20-6.

    Larson led the Tigers with 29 points, going 11-for-19 from the floor, 4-for-7 from the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes. This is his 11th game this year with 20-plus points. With 1,446 career points, he is 16th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 678 for his career. He has the 17th most made field goals (553), 20th most free-throws (254) and 19th most attempted (352) in ONU history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) scored nine points on 4-for-9 shooting, making one three-pointer, adding three assists in 29 minutes. Davis has made 65 three-pointers (.542) in his last 18 games. He has 246 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 12 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 27 minutes and led the Tigers inside with eight points on 4-for-7 shooting. He had six rebounds. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 11 points on 3-for-3 shooting, going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 29 minutes, finishing with 13 points (career-high), three rebounds and three assists. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had six points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will look to do so in the title game on Saturday, Feb. 28, at home against No. 18 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 4 p.m.

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    Feb 28, 2015 10:33:2Feb 28, 2015 -

    BIG RAPIDS, Mich. — Up against a NCAA Division II opponent, Ferris State University (Mich.), on Friday, Feb. 28, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team struggled to gain a foothold in the match. The Tigers lost 9-0, dropping a second consecutive match. However, the Tigers are missing their top three singles players due to injury.

    The Tigers (1-2) struggled to gain any sort of momentum in doubles play, falling in all three matches by at least three points. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Gabrneav and Hernandez, and fell 8-5. Surduk and Dial defeated Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) 8-4 for a second point. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) played Bridges and Grabovic but failed to get a point for the Tigers, losing 8-3.

    In singles play, the Tigers fought hard against Ferris State’s No. 1 and No. 2, as  Mancineiras Cornella fell ((6-3, (3-6), 10-7)) to Babrneav. Sanchez lost to Surduk in a close match ((6-3, 2-6 (10-6)). No. 3 Tyler Ellis lost to Hernandez (6-0, 6-3), and No. 4 Tyler Lingle fell to Bridges (6-1, 6-0).

    Zach Grabovic defeated No. 5 Lucas Bolt (6-0, 6-2), and Simon Levy won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Ryan Champlin (Manhattan, Ill.) (6-0, 6-0).

    ONU will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 28, at Aquinas College (Mich.).

    Results:

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    Feb 26, 2015 11:31:36Feb 26, 2015 -

    Speaker and author Patsy Clairmont and Christian music artist Lindsay McCaul will headline Ladies Day 2015 on April 11 at Olivet.

    The annual Ladies Day program brings together the best in Christian teaching and music to provide hope, encouragement and inspiration for women. This year’s program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Chapel. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch and a special gift.

    Registration and information are available by calling 815-939-5258 or by clicking here. The program is presented by Olivet and Shine.FM, the University’s Christian radio network.

    Patsy Clairmont is a founding Women of Faith speaker. For nearly 40 years, she has offered spiritual and emotional hope to millions throughout the U.S. and Canada, Israel and Africa.

    She has written books in several genres, including devotional, fiction, children’s and gift offerings. Her newest book, You Are More Than You Know: Face Your Fears, Grow Stronger, is scheduled for March publication. TWIRL: A Fresh Spin at Life was published last year. Her other works include God Uses Cracked Pots, Normal Is Just a Setting on Your Dryer and I Love Being a Woman.

    Lindsay McCaul, singer/songwriter and Shine.FM recording artist, recently released “One More Step,” her second album and her first for the Centricity label. The 11 songs chronicle her journey through personal and professional challenges and convey a message of real hope. She has toured with artists including Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Sanctus Real, The Afters, Brandon Heath and Mandisa.
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:37:31Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In just two short years, the Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team has become a force to reckon with. Not wanting to be outdone by the inaugural edition, the 2014 Tigers inked their names in the Olivet record books by bringing home the program's first national hardware, the 2014 NAIA National Runner-Up trophy.

    The 2015 edition of ONU men's swim looks to be even better than ever. A majority of the squad that got a taste of the championship podium is returning, including two individual national champions and eight NAIA All-Americans.  Add to that experience a solid recruiting class and the Tigers are on the hunt for the top step in the upcoming NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City, March 4-7.

    Olivet is led by junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), who captured his first career national championship in 2014 in the 200-yard Individual Medley, while posting All-American performances in the 100-yard backstroke and in four relays.   Senior Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) also brings experience and leadership to the deck with an individual All-American performance in the 100-yard freestyle, as well as five relays.  He finished with the second fastest time in the 100 free, just getting out-touched and narrowly missing setting a new NAIA record. Junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) brings three individual national championships from 2013 to the pool, as well as two All-American performances in 2014. Other key returners include: seniors Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), juniors Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) and Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) and sophomores Chrsitian Daniels (Beliot, Wis.) and Joey Finn (Bloomgfield Hills, Mich.).

    Added to the arsenal of returners, a host of newcomers have come to campus with national qualifying times. Freshmen to watch include: Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.), Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden), Guihlerme Magnoler, Josh Bouma (Jenison, Mich.), and Steven Lee (Walled Lake, Mich.), along with transfer senior C.J. Van Wormer (Hinsdale, Ill.).

     "Every day we try, every week we try, every year we try to get better and we keep getting better every year," says head coach Scott Teeters of his squad.

    The ONU men are putting in the pool time to get the job done and they are poised to take a shot at the title. The Tigers enter competition with a host of NAIA top-10 times (as of Feb. 25, 2015) including:

    • Simon Pheasant
      • 50 freestyle, 8 th , 20.86
      • 100 freestyle, 3 rd , 45.28
      • 200 freestyle, 5 th , 1:42.14
      • 100 backstroke, 9 th , 51.90
    • Jake Anderson
      • 100 backstroke, 4 th , 50.33
      • 200 backstroke, 3 rd , 1:50.36
      • 100 breaststroke, 8 th , 57.73
      • 200 IM, 6 th , 1:54.08
    • Frank Tapia
      • 100 butterfly, 9 th , 50.63
      • 200 butterfly, 3 rd , 1:51.78
    • Josh Lercel
      • 100 freestyle, 7 th , 46.25
    • Joshua Bouma
      • 500 freestyle, 6 th , 4:39.67
      • 1650 freestyle, 9 th , 16:28.60
    • Sam Borgman
      • 500 freestyle, 10 th , 4:41.75
      • 1650 freestyle, 7 th , 16:23.88
    • Charles Bennett
      • 1650 freestyle, 8 th , 16:25.65
    • Calvin Price
      • 100 breaststroke, 5 th , 57.13
    • Christian Daniels
      • 200 breaststroke, 6 th , 2:05.98
    • Andrew Fischer
      • 200 butterfly, 10 th , 1:55.68
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:34:17Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team is prepped and ready to head to the 35th Annual Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships on March 5-7. Once again, the event will be held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Tigers will travel with 17 athletes, competing in 10 different events. Four athletes enter the championships ranked in the top 10, three in the top five.

    The Tigers are led by junior thrower Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.). Blucker is currently ranked first in the NAIA in shot put and third in weight throw and is the early favorite to bring hardware back to Olivet. Week in and week out, Blucker has broken and rebroken her own school record in both events, including setting new Perry Center Field House records in the final meet of the season. Blucker enters the national stage with a shot put distance of 15.18m (49' 9.75") and a weight throw distance of 18.33m (60' 1.75").

    Olivet will field the most participants in the pole vault. The vault crew is led by Emily Reader, who is currently ranked fourth in the NAIA with a jump of 3.65m (11' 11.75"). Not far behind Reader is senior Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.). Stiker enters the competition with a jump of 3.50m (11' 5.75"), currently ranked 16 th . The Tiger's final vaulter will be Kristen Beatty who missed automatic standard qualifying by inches, but earned one of Olivet's three "B" standard spots.

    Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) will compete in the long jump with her 15 th  ranked, 5.50m (18' 0.5") jump. Joining Casey in the jumping events will be Anne Brown in the high jump and Kylie Bradley in the long jump. Brown and Bradley earned the Tigers final two "B" qualifying spots.

    On the track, sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) enters the 5000m run ranked fourth overall. She qualified by posting a time of 17:33.36 on January 24, just shy of her personal best. Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) will take on the 200m dash field, sporting a qualifying time of 25.47, currently 16 th  nationally.

    Olivet will field relay teams in the 4x400m and the 4x800m. Representing the 4x4 team will be Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.), Taneka Lawson (Toledo, Ohio), Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) and Goedhart. The foursome posted a time of 3:58.70, currently ranked 11 th . The 4x8 team enters raked 18 th  overall with a time of 9:40.00. Making up the team will be Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), Angelica Lafemina, Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.). Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) will be the alternate for both relay teams.

    Multi events are scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. (EST). For a complete schedule of events, click here .

     

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    Feb 26, 2015 10:31:25Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Just two years in and the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team has made quite a name for itself. Improving on the inaugural season's fourth place finish, the 2014 team captured an impressive third place title at the NAIA National Championship, including an individual national championship, three individual All-American performances and three relay All-American finishes. The Tigers head into the 2015 Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 4-7 with their sights set on brining the programs first hardware back to Olivet.

    Olivet returns a host of swimmers with national championship experience, including five All-Americans. Leading the charge for the Tigers will be sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.), who captured a silver medal in the 400-yard individual medley in her rookie season.  Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) were both two-time All-Americans in 2014, leading the 200 medley relay to a second place finish. Weener also helped the 200 free relay to a third place finish.

    Also returning are Hayley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.) and Laura Bryant (Escondido, Calif.), both of whom finished with multiple top-10 finishes in their rookie seasons. Ronci placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle and ninth in the 200-yard butterfly in her first season.  Bryant placed seventh in the 1650-yard freestyle, eighth in 200-yard butterfly and ninth in the 500-yard freestyle. Other key returners include: Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.), Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.), Mary Heinz (Zion, Ill.), Meredith Lee (Hudsonville, Mich.) and Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc, Mich.).

    Looking to make an immediate impact for the Tigers is a long list of newcomers who come to campus with national qualifying times. Leading the charge is Eugenia Sebastiani (Caracas, Venezuela). Sebastiani enters the Championships with top-10 times in four events and is a definite contender on being the Tiger's next national champion. Other key rookies include: Audrey Anderson (Chicago), Deirdre Gerke (South Lyons, Mich.), Madeline Miller (Hanna City, Ill.) and Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.).

    The Tigers are hungry to continue to improve their place at the National Championships. Entering competition, the following are currently ranked in the NAIA top-10 performances:

    • Eugenia Sebastiani
      • 20 freestyle, 6 th , 24.17
      • 100 freestyle, 3 rd , 52.54
      • 200 freestyle, 4 th  1:54.35
      • 500 freestyle, 10 th , 5:13.54
       
    • Tiffany Ray
      • 200 backstroke, 3 rd , 2:06.60
      • 400 IM, 7 th , 4:35.22
       
    • Mackenzie Anderson
      • 200 backstroke, 7 th , 2:08.44
      • 100 backstroke, 3 rd , 57.52
       
    • Hayley Ronci
      • 1650 freestyle, 18:11.15
       
    • Allison Zalinski
      • 200 butterfly, 10 th , 2:10.50
       
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    Feb 26, 2015 10:29:10Feb 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — In search of a CCAC Tournament crown for the first time in 15 years, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team put away its Quarterfinal opponent Robert Morris University (Ill.) 93-68 on Wednesday, Feb. 25, by scoring 55 second-half points. Olivet benefited from having three Tigers with double-doubles, including a 32-point output from junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.)

    Larson moved into the ONU Top 20 all-time for scoring and Top 10 in rebounds in this game. The Tigers advance beyond the Quarterfinal round of the conference tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Also, ONU defeated CCAC foe Robert Morris twice in the same season for the first time since 2005-06.

    ONU’s 23rd win on Wednesday marks the most wins by an ONU (23-8) team since the 2005-06 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight (23-11). The Tigers are 14-2 in games at McHie Arena, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. ONU is 14-2 in their last 16 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of their 14 home wins, 10 are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in 10 of 16 games.

    The Eagles (16-16) led by as much as eight points three separate times, leading for much of the first half. The Tigers were, however, able to tie the game by halftime, outscoring Robert Morris 12-6 over the last three minutes. For the first time in four games, the Tigers shot below 50 percent from the field and only 25 percent from behind the arc. On the other hand, ONU was 22-for-25 from the free-throw line (.880). The Tigers did score 36 points in the paint. ONU is 10-8 when they shoot below 50 percent from the field. Olivet had four players in double figures for the 14th time this season, and they are 11-3 in those games. The Tigers kept Robert Morris to 38.1 percent shooting from the field, the 26th time they have kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting. ONU is 21-5 in those games.

    ONU dominated the rebounding battle 57 to 25, the fifth game this season they have had 50 or more. ONU had six players with five or more rebounds compared to only one for Robert Morris. The Tigers also had 19 offensive rebounds and scored 26 second chance points. The Eagles had only five offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 19-4 when they win the battle on the glass. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Eagles. In 19 of the last 21 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (397).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 25-point win is their 12th this season, including both games against Robert Morris. The 93 points scored in the win on Wednesday night marks the seventh time this season they have scored above 90. The Tigers are currently averaging 79.9 points per game, the most since the 2004-05 season. When Olivet allows less than 70 points, they are 15-2, including three of their last five wins. In all 23 wins this season, the Tigers have scored more than 70 points. The Tigers' bench scored 24, 19 more than the Eagles bench; when Olivet scores more, they are 19-6.

    Larson finished with his eighth double-double of the season and the 23rd of his career. He had 32 points, going 12-for-22 from the floor and 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes. This is his third game this year with 30-plus points. With 1,417 career points, he is 20th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 10th all-time in rebounds with 669 for his career. He is also 20th all-time for field goals made (542) and free-throws made (251).

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) did not score in tonight’s game. He has been held scoreless in two games this year. He has 245 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 13 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 24 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting — his 19th game in double figures. He had 11 rebounds, recording his first double-double of the season. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting, going 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists in 29 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and 10 rebounds in only 15 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting, going 4-for-5 from the free-throw line; this game was his 17th game in double figures and fifth straight. He added five rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 23 minutes, finishing with five points, two rebounds and nine assists (tying career high). Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had four points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will continue their pursuit of the title on Friday, Feb. 27, hosting a CCAC Tournament Semifinal against rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) at 7 p.m.

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    Feb 25, 2015 10:47:53Feb 25, 2015 -

    The School of Education at Olivet and Two Rivers Reading Council (TRRC), an affiliate of the Illinois Reading Council, invite area educators to a presentation by noted Illinois educator and reading specialist Dr. Maria Walther.

    Dr. Walther will present “Common Sense Strategies for Meeting Common Core Standards” on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Olivet's Wisner Auditorium.

    Tickets are $10 each for TRRC members and $20 each for non-members. Ticket price includes breakfast and the program. Tickets and information are available by emailing tworiversreadingcouncil@gmail.com. Payment for tickets may be made by mail to TRRC, 2208 W. Garden Dr., Kankakee, IL 60901.

    Dr. Walther was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year. She earned the 2008 ICARE for Reading Award from the Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education for fostering the love of reading in children. She also received the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University. She is the author of several books, including Month-by-Month Instruction for the Differentiated Classroom, Transforming Literacy Teaching and Month-by-Month Trait-Based Writing Instruction.

    Committed to staying in the classroom, Dr. Walther teaches first-grade students in Indian Prairie District 204, Aurora, Illinois. She has earned National Board Certification and has served on numerous committees dedicated to helping teachers improve literacy instruction. She is also dedicated to inspiring other education professionals by sharing ideas rooted in her continued commitment to teaching, researching, reading, reflecting, writing and collaborating with her colleagues.
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    Feb 24, 2015 11:23:26Feb 24, 2015 -

    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this month reauthorized the institutional accreditation of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, culminating the extensive self-study process the University undertakes every 10 years for accreditation.

    Olivet was recognized for maintaining a solid financial situation, being significantly mission-focused, having realistic goals and planning processes, and meeting all criteria for accreditation.

    The University has earned accreditation continuously since 1965. Accreditation assesses an institution’s capacity to assure its own quality and requires the institution to produce significant evidence that it does so. The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region.

    “This accreditation continues to justify the trust that our students, prospective students and their families have in our University,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “The comprehensive review process allowed the Higher Learning Commission to affirm our vision and the progress that has taken place at the University over the past decade.”

    In addition to assuring quality and adherence to academic standards, accreditation determines a school’s eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs and supports institutional eligibility for employer tuition assistance.

    Accreditation standards ensure the acceptance and transfer of college credit, and a degree from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for many graduate programs. Also, professions that require licensure may not accept degrees from schools without regional accreditation.

    Dr. Bowling thanked everyone on the University faculty and staff for meeting the rigorous requirements of the HLC’s affirmation process. He cited the efforts of the Olivet committee that shepherded the University-wide project over a two-year period: Dr. Sue Rattin, committee chair and Olivet’s director of Assessment and Learning Support Services; Dr. Kent Olney, chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Paul Koch, business professor; Dianne Schaafsma, director of Financial Services; Jonathan Bartling, dean, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; Dr. Ivor Newsham, consultant; and Cheryl Paarlberg, administrative assistant for Dr. Rattin.

    “Commitment to educating our students well, along with professional diligence, continues to make the Olivet experience an educational hallmark for our students and alumni,” said Dr. Rattin. “We take our place confidently among the best higher education institutions. The key to a successful effort to receive HLC reauthorization of accreditation is the collection of substantive and meaningful evidence to support the claims we make about our University.”

    “Through focus groups, surveys, end-of-course evaluation, faculty and staff evaluations, audit reports, and a plethora of other sources of evidence, we have affirmed that Olivet is indeed a place that fosters ‘Higher Learning for a Higher Calling,’ the theme of our self-study,” Dr. Rattin added.
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    Feb 24, 2015 11:0:24Feb 24, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Authoring two different types of double-doubles, Olivet Nazarene University's Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) has earned her third Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor, it was announced on Tuesday morning by the league office.

    Hengesbach, a 5-9 junior guard, went right to work in a 133-100 upset of NAIA II No. 5-ranked Cardinal Stritch University on Wednesday.  Playing just 18 minutes due to receiving stitches from a cut on her chin, Hengesbach poured in 28 points and provided another 11 assists, not to mention three rebounds and three steals before departing.  Three days later, she produced the more conventional double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals over 21 minutes in a 101-96 loss to Indiana University South Bend.

    For the two games combined, Hengesbach averaged 26.5 points, 8.5 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game.  She also shot .488 from the field (20-of-41), .400 from three-point range (4-for-10) and .750 from the line (9-of-12).

    Hengesbach ranks among the top four players in the nation in no fewer than three categories topped by her No. 2 billing in assists per game (6.0).  She is also No. 3 in steals per game (4.0) and No. 4 in points per game (22.5).

    Olivet Nazarene finished the regular season 20-10 overall and 11-6 in league play.

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    Feb 24, 2015 10:55:23Feb 24, 2015 -

    GREENCASTLE, Ind. - Despite the frigid temperatures and remnants of the last snow storm, the Olivet Nazarene University women's tennis team is back in action for the spring 2015 season. The Tigers took to the road on Saturday, Feb. 21 heading to DePauw University (Ind.) for a pre-season tri-match. Olivet came away with a split, falling to DePauw 6-3 before defeating Rhodes College (Tenn.) 7-2.

    Olivet's (2-2) three wins against Depauw came at the hands of sophomore Priscila Nunez (Montreal, Canada) and freshman Viktoria Monakhova. The duo started things off for the Tigers against DePauw, defeating Claire Marshall and Maggie MacPhail 9-8 (5) in No. 1 doubles.

    In singles action, Nunez and Monakhova both picked up victories, with nearly identical scores. Nunez defeated Marshall at No. 1 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-3, while Monakhova downed MacPhail 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2. DePauw swept the remaining singles matches.

    Nunez and Monakhova stayed hot in the night cap with Rhodes, picking up an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Amelia McIasaac and Anna Volkov , before adding easy wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Nunez downed McIsaac 6-1, 6-1, while Monakhova didn't allow any points, picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win over Volkov. Freshman Anica Knezevic  added her first win as a Tiger at No. 3 singles, downing Morgan Wilkins 5-7, 6-1 (10-8). Freshman Mikaela Coose also picked up a win at No. 5 singles, defeating Macon Wilson 6-0, 6-2. The Tigers final two points were by default.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 at Ferris State University (Mich.). 

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    Feb 24, 2015 10:15:36Feb 24, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Needing three wins last week to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, Olivet Nazarene University did just that keyed by 5-11 senior guard Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) who was named the CCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the seven-day period ending February 22, it was announced on Tuesday.

    Davis led the Tigers in scoring in all three contests, including a 94-85 upset of NAIA II No. 14-ranked Cardinal Stritch University last Wednesday.  Olivet Nazarene also claimed a 97-61 win versus Purdue University North Central on Monday and a 95-75 decision over Indiana University South Bend on Saturday.

    Davis averaged 21.0 points per game, while shooting a red-hot .710 from the field (22-of-31) and an even more impressive .682 from beyond the three-point arc (15-of-22).  He also averaged 3.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during the week.

    In the win over Purdue North Central, Davis missed only one shot from the field (7-of-8) in a 16-point, 5-assist night.  He then totaled 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field (4-of-6 from three-point range) and 4-of-5 accuracy from the free throw line in the upset win over Cardinal Stritch.  Davis closed out the week with an exclamation point, notching a school-record nine three-pointers (in 13 attempts) in a 27-point, 5-rebound contest against Indiana South Bend.

    With the nine three-pointers, Davis also became the Tigers' single-season leader in that category with 97.  His 3.2 field goals made per game rank 10th in the nation.

    Winners of 14 of its last 16 games, Olivet Nazarene is ranked No. 22 in the latest NAIA II poll with a 22-8 mark.  The Tigers claimed a share of their first league title since 2006 with their 16-3 conference record and with it gained advancement to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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    Feb 23, 2015 2:7:42Feb 23, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Led by Head Coach Ralph Hodge and his coaching staff, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program will again host a summer full of camps and shootouts during the month of June 2015. The Tigers have scheduled 22 days of activities, three weeks of individual skills camps and two weekends of high school shootouts to be held on campus using McHie Arena, Birchard Gymnasium, and the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center (SLRC).

    During last summer’s camp schedule — starting with three weeks of individual skills camps — the Tiger coaches had the privilege of working with nearly 190 campers from ages six to college-age. In addition, all current and incoming ONU men’s basketball student-athletes were on campus participating and helping with the Overnight Skills Prospect Camp. 

    Each camp included teaching through terminology, warm-up, demonstration, drills, practice situations, 1-on-1 and 3-on-3. Throughout every camp in their morning devotions, the ONU coaches took time each day to talk about the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, sacrifice within a team concept and integrated faith. Campers also had the opportunity to stay in campus housing, eat meals in Ludwig Center, and swim each night in the aquatic center.

    The Tigers also held two ONU High School Shootouts. The round-robin style shootouts were open to any team willing to make the trip. Last summer, 30 teams — including more than 350 athletes and coaches — played at least five games on ONU’s campus and were given the opportunity to stay on campus. Many local teams took advantage of the shootout, including: Bradley-Bourbonnais, Beecher, Bishop McNamara, Dwight, Gardner-South Wilmington, Herscher, Milford and Watseka.

    For information on the 2015 ONU men’s basketball summer camps, go to http://athletics.olivet.edu/basketball/men/ and click on the "Summer Camps" link on the right side of the page.

    Camp Schedule  

    Monday, June 8, to Friday, June 11 (Perry SLRC): Little Tigers Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 4 to 12), Session I (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    Friday, June 12, to Saturday, June 13 (Perry SLRC): High School Shootout I (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Monday, June 15, to Friday, June 18 (Perry SLRC): Little Tigers Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 1 to 3)/Advanced Training Camp (Boys/Girls, Grades 4 to 12), Session II (Cost: $60 for Little Tigers, $75 for Advanced Training)

    Friday, June 19, to Saturday, June 20 (Perry SLRC): High School Shootout II (Cost: $300 for first team, $250 for second team), campus housing available

    Sunday, June 21, to Wednesday, June 24: Overnight Skills Prospect Camp (Boys entering grades 5 to 12) (Cost: $175 for resident, $125 for commuter), campus housing available

    If you need more information or have questions, contact:

    Assistant Coach Nick Birkey
    nbirkey@olivet.edu
    815-928-5565

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    Feb 23, 2015 9:41:41Feb 23, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team took on the Indiana-South Bend Titans on Saturday, Feb. 21 in their last regular season match up before heading into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. In what turned out to be an action-packed, physical game, the Tigers came up short falling 96-101. 

    It was a standout game for junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.), who led the Tigers both offensively and defensively. Hengesbach pumped in 25 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the week.  She also accounted for six of the Tiger's 21 steals and dished out six assists.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) and sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) both added 14 points and three steals each.  Also hitting double-digits were junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) with 12 points, and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) with 11.

    With post-season looming in the future, the game turned quite physical with a total of 40 personal fouls being called, including a flagrant foul on an IU-South Bend player. The Tigers were charged with 23 personal fouls, and the Titans took full advantage of the free shots, shooting 26-of-33 from the free throw line.

    Olivet, who finished third in the South Division of the conference, will head to north on Wednesday, Feb. 25 to take on No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) in the quarterfinals of the CCAC Tournament. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. The Wolves earned the home court advantage, despite being upset by the Tigers 133-100 just last week, by finishing second in the North Division. The victor will face the winner of the Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) and Judson University (Ill.)/Trinity Christian College (Ill.) game on Friday, Feb. 27. 

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    Feb 22, 2015 1:45:54Feb 22, 2015 -

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With much at stake in the final regular season game of the year, the Tigers did not disappoint. Saturday, Feb. 21, turned out to be an historic, title-winning day for the No. 22-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team. Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the Tigers defeated CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend 95-75 to capture the CCAC Regular Season Co-Championship and No. 1 seed in the postseason tournament. This is the Tigers’ 12th such title in program history and first since the 2005-06 season. The win stamps ONU’s bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament, March 11-17, which will be the Tigers’ first appearance in the Division II tournament and 17th overall national tournament bid since 1989 (ONU last appeared in 2011). ONU shares the regular season title with Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) and University of St. Francis (Ill.) but earned the automatic bid due to tiebreakers.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) made Saturday’s game one he will not soon forget. He broke two school records as he led the Tigers with 27 points. With nine made three-pointers, Davis broke the previous single game record for three-pointers made (7), held by eight Tigers (22-8, 16-3) including himself. He also now has a league-leading 97 made three-pointers this season, breaking the single season record for three-point field goals made in a season, previously held by Brian McCauley (88, 1998).

    ONU’s 22nd win on Saturday marks the most wins by an ONU team since the 2005-06 season when the Tigers finished in the Elite Eight. ONU’s 22 wins to finish the regular season are the most by a team since the 2001-02 season when the Tigers also finished in the Elite Eight. The Tigers are 9-4 in true road games this year, their best record since the 1998-99 season when they were 13-4. 

    ONU is 13-2 in their last 15 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of their nine road wins, five are by double digits, and they have scored 80 or more points in six of 13 games. ONU has scored over 90 points in six games this season, and all are wins.

    On Saturday, the Titans (12-18, 6-13) led for only four possessions in the first half but weren’t able to catch a foothold as the Tigers were too good for the field, shooting a red-hot 62.1 percentage from the field and 66.7 from behind the arc (12-of-18). ONU scored 38 points in the paint compared to only 14 for IU-South Bend. It is the third time this season the Tigers reached the 60 percent plateau and 13th time they were above 50 percent. ONU has won all 13 games in which they have shot north of 50 percent. Olivet had four players in double figures on Saturday for the 13th time this season, and they are 10-3 in those games. The Tigers held IU-South Bend to 40.4 percent shooting from the field, the 25th time they have kept their opponent under 50 percent shooting. ONU is 20-5 when they keep opponents under 50 percent shooting.

    In the Tigers' game with the Titans, ONU dominated the rebounding battle 41 to 18. ONU had four players with five or more rebounds compared to only one for IU-South Bend. The Tigers also gave themselves 10 offensive rebounds and scored 17 second chance points. The Titans had only five offensive rebounds. The Tigers are 18-4 when they win the war on the glass. ONU also had only 12 turnovers, compared to only seven for the Titans. In 18 of the last 20 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or fewer turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC (383).

    In addition, the Tigers’ 20-point win is their 11th this season, including both games against IU-South Bend this season. The 95 points scored in the win on Saturday night marks the sixth time this season they have put that many points on the board. The Tigers are currently averaging 79.5 points per game, the most since the 2004-05 season. When Olivet allows above 70 points, they are 8-5, including their last two wins. In all 22 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points. When ONU leads at the half, they are 15-0, including Saturday’s game when they led 42-37. The Tigers' bench scored 20, tied with the Titans.

    Austin Davis played huge for the third time this week, leading the team with 27 points and going 9-for-15 from the field, including a record-breaking 9-for-13 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 16 games. He added three assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes. He has now made 64 three-pointers (.566) in his last 16 games. He now has 1,199 points in his career (30th all-time) and 245 three-pointers (second all-time in Tiger history), only 13 from tying the all-time record.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with his seventh double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career. He had 23 points, going 9-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the three-point line. He added 10 rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes. With 1,385 career points, he is 21st all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 11th all-time in rebounds with 659 for his career. He is also 20th all-time for field goals made (530).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 35 minutes and led the Tigers inside with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting — his 18th game in double figures. He had five rebounds and led the Tigers with six assists. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He added three assists 20 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting, 1-for-1 from the three-point line and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line; this game was 16th game in double figures and fourth straight. He added four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 17 minutes, finishing with six points, eight rebounds (career-high) and three assists.

    Olivet looks to claim the CCAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2000. The Tigers will begin their pursuit of the title on Wednesday, Feb. 25, hosting a CCAC Tournament Quarterfinal against the winner of Robert Morris University (Ill.) and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) at 7 p.m.

    Box Score

     

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    Feb 22, 2015 12:31:25Feb 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the third time this season, Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Olivet Nazarene University track and field teams have hosted a variety of teams at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center fieldhouse for an event. Each of those weekends, the men’s team has come away the champion of the event. On Saturday, Feb. 21, in the ONU Qualifier, the Tigers were first of 12 teams scoring 227 points. Olivet defeated second place finishers University of St. Francis (Ill.) and Carthage College (Wis.) by 161 points. The win stemmed from six different qualifying times, two record-breaking performances and a season-best relay time.

    Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) continued his great indoor season by breaking his own school record in the 200 meter dash (21.78), a NAIA “A” Standard time, defeating 45 other runners. He also won the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.89. In the long jump, he won the individual title with a mark of 6.87 meters, barely bettering two teammates in the process.

    In the 1000 meter run, senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) won the event and broke the fieldhouse record, qualifying for the NAIA “A” standard with a time of 2:30.97. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) won the one mile run (4:17.81) and qualified for the “A” standard. In the 5000 meter run, senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) won the event with a time of 14:58. 07, good enough for the “A” standard. Teammate senior Ian Lofgren (Rock Island, Ill.) finished second (15:05.29), barely missing out on the “A” standard but achieved “B.” Junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) won the high jump with a mark of 2.01 meters , qualifying for the NAIA “B” standard.

    Other great performances on Saturday included: senior David Powers (Security, Colo.) won the 600 meter run (1:23.92), beating nine others. Junior Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.) finished second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58. 98, only .05 seconds behind first place. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:58.71, better than 19 other runners.

    The 4x400 meter relay time ran a season-best time of 3:26.60, finishing third. Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), Jeff Britton (Norton Shores, Mich.), Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) made up the team.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.95 meters, besting the second place finisher, teammate freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) who had a mark of 4.40m. Sophomore Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) came in second in the long jump behind Gordon (6.85 meters). Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in third (6.82 meters) but came away with the triple jump title with a mark of (14.05 meters). Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 15.87 meters. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the weight throw (16.35m).

    ONU will be back in action for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, March 5-7 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

    Results

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    Feb 22, 2015 10:3:51Feb 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In their final tune-up before heading the NAIA National Championships, the Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team not only dominated the field as a whole, but also picked up four more qualifiers and bettered many of their own personal records and set a couple of new Perry Center Field House Records. The Tigers played host to a ten team field at the ONU Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 21, the last chance for athletes to earn their ticket to the Championships in two weeks.

    Though already qualified in both the shot put and the weight throw, junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) continues to dominate the field week in and week out, setting two new school and field house records this week. With a toss of 15.18m (49' 9.75") in the shot put, she not only captured first place, but is currently ranked first in the NAIA. Her 18.33m (60' 1.75") weight throw performance also captured first place and is currently the third best throw nationally.

    The senior pole vault duo of Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.) and Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.), both early qualifiers to nationals, continue to hone their skills in preparation. Reader captured first place with a jump of 3.60m (11' 9.75"), while Stiker was right behind in second place at 3.50m (11' 5.75").

    Sophomore Kylie Bradley (Lees Summit, Mo.) earned a "B" standard qualification in the long jump, taking fourth place with a 5.43m (17' 9.75") performance. She also posted a new personal best time in the 60m hurdles, finishing third with a time of 9.48.

    On the track, the Tigers picked up two more automatic qualifiers in freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) and junior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.). Beezhold posted a time of 2:19.93 in the 800m, while Goedhart added the 400m to her previous 200m qualifying time, taking first at 58.51. Junior Karley Brown ( ) finished second in the 600m with a time of 1:38.59 to qualify at a "B" standard.

    As a team, Olivet finished with 178 points, well ahead of the University of St. Francis (Ill.) who finished in second place with 97.5 points. Illinois Wesleyan University took third place with 94 points, while St. Ambrose University (Iowa) and Carthage College (Wis.) tied for fourth with 59 points.

    Olivet will take a week to fine tune and prepare for the 35th Annual Women's Indoor Track and Field National Championships on March 5-7 held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

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    Feb 20, 2015 1:54:33Feb 20, 2015 -

    VALPARAISO, Ind. — Almost a month removed from its last match, the No. 18-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s tennis team is playing in only its second dual match. The Tigers traveled to play NCAA Division I Valparaiso University (Ind.) on Friday, Feb. 20. The Crusaders defeated the Tigers 6-1, keeping the road team at bay all morning.

    The Tigers (1-1) struggled to gain an advantage against a very good Horizon League team. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) played a match with Dave Bacalla and Chase Hamilton, and gained the lone point for the Tigers by way of score, 7-5. Garrett Gardner and Lucas Waak defeated Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) 6-2. Lucas Bolt (Anderson, Ind.) and Tyler Lingle (Avon, Ind.) played Kyle Dunn and Danny Oakes, but the 6-1 score was left in default.

    In singles play, the Tigers fought hard against Valpo’s No. 1 and No. 2, as  Mancineiras Cornella fell ((7-6, (7-1), 6-1)). Sanchez lost to Kyle Dunn in a close match ((6-2, 1-6 (10-6)). No. 3 Lopez-Isasi Morales lost to Gardner (6-3, 6-1), and No. 4 Tyler Ellis fell to Lucas Waak (6-3, 6-0).

    Michael Savaglio defeated No. 5 Lingle (6-0, 6-0), and Brian Hickey won in a match against ONU’s No. 6 Lucas Bolt (6-2, 6-1).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, Feb. 27, at Ferris State University (Mich.) starting at 1 p.m. EST.

    Results:

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    Feb 19, 2015 12:31:47Feb 19, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - With the post-season looming next week, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team took full advantage of hosting a highly ranked team on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Tigers, who find themselves just slightly out of the NAIA Top 20 Coaches Poll, knew that this was their chance to make a statement and pick up some momentum heading into the upcoming Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Olivet came away with a decisive 133-100 win, never finding themselves behind to No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), allowing the Wolves to get close enough to tie it only once, four minutes into the game.

    Olivet (20-7, 11-5) used their up-style tempo of play to out hustle the visiting Wolves, always seeming to be in control. Cardinal Stritch (23-4, 14-3) struggled to keep control of the ball as the Tigers forced 38 turnovers, 18 of which were credited to steals. The Tigers shot an impressive 43-of-92 (.467) from the field, including 23-of-52 (.442) from behind the three-point line.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) led the Tigers with 28 points in just 18 minutes of play, shooting 10-of-20 (.500) from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) from the free-throw line. She also dished out a team-high 11 assists and accounted for three of the team's steals.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 24 points in the winning effort, including an impressive 10-of-13 at the charity stripe. Stuart also finished with six assists. Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished the night with 18 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) added 15 and 14, respectively. Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) finished with a team-high four steals.

    Olivet will travel to Indiana University - South Bend for their final regular season game on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Tigers defeated the Titans 115-77 on January 19. ONU looking to finish the season with another win as they begin to prepare for the CCAC Tournament which begins on Monday. Olivet will likely receive a first round bye and begin play on Wednesday, Feb. 25. More details of the tournament schedule will be provided as they become available. 

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    Feb 19, 2015 8:52:48Feb 19, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The No. 14-ranked team, Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), in NAIA Division II was in McHie Arena on Wednesday night, Feb. 18, for a heavyweight title bout with the No. 22-ranked Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team. This NAIA Division II Game of the Week featured two CCAC teams vying for the regular season lead and title. With the support of an outstanding home crowd, the Tigers claimed a 94-85 win. Olivet’s victory on Senior Night moves them one win away from claiming the CCAC regular season title.

    Wednesday’s game was tied at 10-10 (15:51) following an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) lay-up. From that moment, the Tigers never trailed, leading by as much as 17 with under two minutes to play. The Wolves’ largest lead was by four at 10-6 just three and a half minutes in. The Tigers' lead was as slim as four points around the 11 minute mark but never any closer. 

    ONU’s 58.2 percentage from the field was the 12th time this season the Tigers (21-8, 15-3) reached the 50 percent plateau. ONU has won all 12 games in which they have shot north of 50 percent. The Tigers held Cardinal Stritch (21-8, 15-3) to 45.8 percent shooting from the field and 37.0 from the three-point line, just percentage points less than their season field goal average. ONU is 17-5 when they keep opponents under 50 percent shooting.

    Olivet had six in double figures for the first time this season. They have had only five in double figures twice this year, including Monday’s win over Purdue-North Central (Ind.). Four Tigers have been in double figures in 12 games this season, going 9-3 in those games.

    The Tigers went 23-33 (.697) from the free-throw line, compared to 21-of-30 (.700) for the Wolves — the second most made free-throws in a game this season for the Tigers — and ties the second-most attempted. ONU’s season average from the charity stripe is 66.4 percent, going 360-for-542. Cardinal Stritch’s 21 made free-throws is their eighth-best mark, and 30 attempted is sixth-best this season. The Wolves' season average is 74.1 percent (520-for-702).

    In the Tigers' battle with the Wolves on Wednesday, the rebounding battle was tied at 34 apiece, but was lost on the offensive glass, giving up 10 to their opponent with only six for the home team. Both teams had 12 second chance points, but the Tigers won the battle in the paint with 32 points to only 20 for the Wolves. The Tigers are 17-4 when they win on the glass this season. ONU also had only 10 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Panthers. In 17 of the last 19 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or less turnovers. ONU has the sixth least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    ONU’s 21 wins are the most by a team since the 2010-11 season. The Tigers are now 15-3 in CCAC play, tied for first place overall with No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University and No. 24 University of St. Francis (Ill.). However, if the Tigers win on Saturday, Feb. 21, they will have the tiebreaker to claim the regular season title. 

    The Tigers are 13-2 at McHie Arena, their most wins at home since the 2005-06 season when they finished 12-1, and haven't lost at home since Jan. 21. ONU is 12-2 in their last 14 games, dating back to Jan. 4. Of the their 13 home wins, nine are by double digits; and in nine games, they have scored 80 or more points. ONU has scored over 90 points in five games this season, and all are wins.

    In addition, the 85 points allowed by ONU in the win is only fourth time this year, and their third win in those games. . In all 21 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points; and in 15 of those they have scored 80 or above. When ONU leads at the half, they are 14-0, including Wednesday’s game when they led 44-33 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 49 points, their most this season. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 18-6.

    Austin Davis played huge for the Tigers, leading the team with 20 points on 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the three-point line and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. He has been in double figures the last 15 games. He added two assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He has now made 55 three-pointers (.529) in his last 15 games. He now has 1,172 points in his career (30th all-time) and 236 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 10 points, going 3-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-3 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes. With 1,362 career points, he is 22nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 12th all-time in rebounds with 649 for his career. He is also tied for 20th all-time for field goals made (521).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) came off the bench and played only 16 minutes because of foul trouble. He scored 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and one assist. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting, going 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 11 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 1-for-2 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 14 minutes. He was saddled with foul trouble all night but had four assists, two rebounds and went 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had four points, five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.

    ONU honored six seniors prior to the game: Taylor Dace (athletic training major, Chatham, Ill.), Austin Davis, Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.), Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ill.), Seth Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.) and Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.). The Johnson brothers both started their first career game ever on Wednesday night.

    For Cardinal Stritch, Tony Smit led all scorers with 33 points on 11-for-23 shooting, going 4-for-10 from behind the arc and 7-for-10 from the line. He had six boards and six assists in 40 minutes. Garrett Borgrud had 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting and 6-for-10 from the line, including seven boards in 28 minutes. Chad Mazur chipped in with 14 points and made six shots, 2-for-9 from the three-point line. He added five boards and three steals in 37 minutes.

    Highlights:

    • ONU’s defeat of No. 14 Cardinal Stritch is the seventh win over a team ranked nationally or receiving votes in the NAIA Division I or Division II Top 25 polls. Wednesday's game was the 11th over a team ranked nationally or receiving votes this season.
    • With four made three-pointers in tonight’s game, Austin Davis now has 88 made three-pointers this season. He ties the single season record for three-point field goals in a season, set by Brian McCauley in 1998.
    • Olivet’s head coach Ralph Hodge won his 726th career game tonight. He is the third winningest active NAIA Division II coach. He is one of seven active NAIA coaches with 700-plus career wins.
    • ONU is now 1-5 against Cardinal Stritch since joining the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Division II side of the league in 2012-13.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 21, on the road against CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend at 2 p.m. (EST).

    Box Score  

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    Feb 18, 2015 1:23:44Feb 18, 2015 -

    Olivet congratulates all students named to the dean's list during the fall 2014 semester. To qualify for inclusion, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

    A

    Sarah Aeschliman, Benjamin Agan, Kayla Albrecht, Amanda Aldeir, Monika Alfke, Rachel Alfonso, Abigail Allen, Kaleigh Allen, Nicholas Allen, Spencer Allen, Brooke Alleva, Sarah Allison, Kaitlyn Altmann, Abigail Anderson, Audrey Anderson, Bethany Anderson, Emily Anderson, Jacob Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Maria Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Riley Anderson, Ryan Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Joel Andrade, Jessica Arellano, Liliana Arroyo, Anton Arvidsson, Jenna Ayers, Angelique Azouri

    B

    Felicia Baer, Candace Baird, Claire Barber, Madylin Barker, Kilmeny Barnell, Brandon Barrows, Elizabeth Bart, Abraham Barwegen, Mary Bass, William Bates, Morgan Baumert, Justin Baur, Emily Baylor, Anthony Bazil, Hannah Beals, Sara Becker, Alicia Beckmann, Brigette Beggs, Emily Belschner, Teagan Bencsics, Charles Bennett, Haley Beno, Nathan Benz, Attalyssa Berg, Timothy Berkey, Daniel Berkiel, Kathleen Berns, Jesse Beutler, Gina Bianchi, Karina Bihar, Diana Bilea, Holly Billiter, Lydia Bilyeu, Anthony Bird, Brittany Bird, Candice Birr, Codey Bishop, Marisa Bishop, Austin Blair, Alexander Blakeley, Keegan Block, Madeline Bloom, Amy Blucker, Rachel Blunier, Carly Blystone, Megan Bohac, Katelyn Boicken, Amy Bolton, Holly Bonenberger, Hannah Bontrager, Tyler Bontrager, Brittany Booth, Taylor Bordewick, Nicholas Borger, Michael Bork, Austin Borop, Katie Bosket, Angela Brandon, Danielle Branham, Amy Brenner, Fleur Breuker, Cameron Brewer, Casey Bronson, Jared Broom, Amy Brown, Brandon Brown, Erica Browning, Jessica Brown, Kari Brown, Karley Brown, Lauren Brown, Zachary Brown, Maxwell Buche, Jennifer Buhr, Brandon Burchfield, Ryan Burch, Austin Burdine, Haley Burge, Anna Burkey, Sara Burmeister, Amanda Bursztynsky, Madeline Buseth, Jazmine Buster, Samantha Butera, Cara Butler, Megan Butler, Morgan Byers

    C

    Brittlee Cadle, Jenna Cain, Madison Caise, Christine Cano, Tung Anh Cao, Emma Capps, Victoria Carbonell, Jared Carl, Ryan Carl, Zechariah Carlton, Annette Carr, Jocelyn Carrillo, Haley Carroll, Katelyn Carroll, Megan Casali, Steven Case, Olivia Casey, Natalie Cash, Madison Castle, Michaela Casto, Benjamin Cataldo, Tamara Chalikian, Sara Chamberlain, Cara Champlin, Ambree Chaplinski, Elizabeth Chapman, Jaimie Chen, Kaitlyn Childs, Taylor Chitwood, Claire Chlasta, Justin Chrastina, Jennifer Christensen, Alena Christopherson, Ryan Clendening, Karisa Cobb, Taylor Coble, Matthew Cockroft, Vanessa Cohn, Isabella Colangelo, Nicholas Colangelo, Rebekah Colbert, Taylor Cole, Sarah Collalti, Alissa Combe, Erin Connelly, Ashley Coon, Logan Cooper, Mikaela Coose, Kirsten Cornella-Carlson, Sydney Couch, Shanna Covarrubias, Andrew Cowen, Mary Cowen, Jonathan Cramer, Abigail Crane, Rebecca Crane, Tyler Crater, Ashley Crawford, Courtney Crawford, Jara Crawford, Loren Crawford, Molly Crawley, Breanna Creek, Dylan Creger, Brandon Crockett, Jose Cruz Mejia, Samuel Cullado, Michelle Curran, Brandi Curtis, Maggie Cusey

    D

    Laura D'Angelo, Jennifer D'Onofrio, Mitchell Dale, Riley Dale, Clay Dargert, Madison Davis, Emily Davisson, Stephen Davis, Lynnae De Jong, Joel DeArmond, David Decker, Kenneth DeCook, Rachael DeGraff, Marissa DeGroot, Dustin Dehart, Kate Dekoning, Derek Delgado, Trevor Delgado, Mary DeMent, Chase DeMott, Amelia Denison, Jared Dennis, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Adam Dettman, Anthony Deutsch, Devlin DeVore, Stacie Dexter, Thomas Dexter, Amber DeYoung, Stephanie DiLeonardo, Joshua Dille, Isaac Dillman, Scott Dillman, Trevor Dillman, Thomas Dinkleman, Jessica Dirkse, Sarah Dirkse, Laurel Dispenza, Michelle Ditchfield, Brandon Divan, Erin Doherty, Liza Dollenbacher, Andrea Donley, Eric Douglass, Brandon Doyle, Molly Dragoo, Clarence Driver, Amber Drozd, Caleb Duffy, Jonathan Dulinsky, Alexandra Duncan, Kaci Dunnum, Celia Durazo, Randi Durbin, JoAnne Dusenbury, Michelle Dykstra

    E

    Nicholas Eckart, Taihla Eddins, Rebecca Eller, Gretchen Elliott, Jonathan Elliott, Shauna Elliott, Jessica Ellison, Tammy Ellis, Tyler Ellis, Rachel Elson, Samuel Emaus, Roman Endrizzi, Renee Enz, Valerie Erickson, Ericka Esters, Nicole Eulert, Zackry Everett

    F

    John Falco, Thomas Farmer, Calli Fast, Alyssa Faulks, David Faux, Jacqueline Fayne-Knox, Ashleigh Fedei, Shelley Fellows, Caleb Fernette, Emily Fernette, Chase Fierro, Jonathan Fightmaster, Andrew Fischer, Austin Fischer, Brittany Fischer, Scott Fischer, Caleb Fisher, Bradley Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, Melyssa Fitzpatrick, Travis Fleetwood, Aaron Flemming, Erin Florence, Anna Floyd, Morgan Fly, Tyler Ford, Micah Forshee, Rachel Fosdal, Laura Fosnaugh, Sarah Fosnaugh, Matthew Fowler, Alynn Franklin, Trevor Franklin, Ashley Freeman, Drew Frey, Lindee Fry, Robin Funk, Shealeigh Funni

    G

    Tyler Gabriele, Katherine Gajewski, Keila Galloway, Levi Gambill, Sarah Ganster, Julie Gant, Genesis Garcia, David Gardner, Lydia Gardner, John Gargiulo, Mariah Garratt, Charlton Garr, Dolly Garrison, Christina Garza, Andrew Gaskill, Benjamin Geeding, Kate Geiman, Kelsey Geiman, Robin Gerboth, Jessica Gerig, Deirdre Gerke, Jeffrey Gerstenberger, Andrea Gibson, Frederick Gifford, Samuel Gifford, Carolyn Gillespie, Tyler Gill, Jeffery Glitz, Sarah Gliwa, Mikaela Goetz, Bryce Goldade, Ana Gomez, Haley Goodwin, Kristyn Goodwin, Rachael Gordon, Hannah Gorecki, Seth Gorman, Jacob Gouge, Nichole Goumas, Alexandria Grady, Ariel Grainger, Derek Grainger, Cleda Grammer, Meredith Green, Rebecca Gremar, Kathryn Grimes, Jessica Grimmett, Rachel Grimmett, Mikayla Griwac, Alise Gromala, Allyse Groover, Curtis Groover, Andrew Grosch, Brian Gross, Lydia Grosse, Whitney Grossman, Stephanie Grossoehme, Zachary Gross, Christina Grosz, Nicholas Grosz, Elizabeth Grove, Taylor Grover, Lillian Guenseth, Ryan Guertin, Caleb Gulledge, Julie Gulledge, Robert Gunderson, Margaret Gutwein, Griselda Guzman

    H

    Andrew Haack, Janelle Hackathorn, Caitlin Hacker, Carrie Hacker, Matthew Haerr, Amanda Haffer, Alexander Hagberg, Alaina Hagen, Marianne Hall, Mary Hall, Kayla Hallstrom, Heather Halverson, Lindsey Hamlin, Kyle Hamrick, Tara Hamstra, Abigail Hancock, Shayla Hancock, Brittany Hanenburg, Robert Harjo, Cody Harper, Colleen Harris, Danyne Harris, Neely Harris, Sydney Harris, Aaron Hartke, Lisa Hartman, Haley Hatalla, Lindsay Hathaway, Marshall Hawn, Rachel Haworth, Andrea Hay, Jordan Hayes, Brooke Heaton, Kayla Hedgren, Jenna Height, Cole Heinz, Mary Heinz, Jessica Hemmer, Tiffany Henderson, Jessa Hendricker, Megan Hendrickson, Cassidy Henning, Hannah Henry, Rachel Hensley, Jonathan Hentschel, Lindsy Hentschel, Jacob Herberger, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Elias Hernandez, Rebekah Hernandez, Jonathan Herndon, Lyndsey Herndon, Corbin Hesterberg, Haley Hetfleisch, Larita Hickey, Jessica Higer, Ethan Hiles, Brittany Hilleary, Zachary Hir, Elizabeth Hissom, Emily Hiter, Lara Hoaglan, Jacqueline Hobbs, Anna Hoekstra, Anneka Hoekstra, Patrick Hoepp, Julie Hogan, Grace Hohn, Rachel Holaway, Alina Holliday, Nathaniel Honeyager, Amber Hope, Jordan Horn, Jacqueline Horwood, Jacob Hoskins, Alexander Hottle, Jordan Houser, Noelle Howard, Allison Howell, Elizabeth Hubbell, Taylor Hudelson, Christina Huebner, Amy Huish, Kayle Hull, Ryan Hull, Alexander Hunt, Sydney Hunt, Tori Hunt, Chaz Hutchison, Ryan Hutton, Isabelle Huyck

    I

    Erin Ifft, Baylie Isaacs, Hayley Ivanic

    J

    Kati Jackson, Lauren James, Emilie Janes, Marta Quereda Jareno, Hannah Javaux, Joy Jenen, Elizabeth Jenkins, Ryan Jennings, Allison Jensen, Rachel Jensen, Rachel Jirik, Shannon Jirik, Amanda Johnson, Caitlin Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Rebekah Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Brenda Jones, Rachel Jones, Sarah Jones, Morgan Judson, Luke Jungermann

    K

    Christian Kalfas, Andrew Kallas, Lucas Kamely, Emily Kammin, Teresa Kamper, Emily Kane, Michaela Kane, Callie Kant, Allie Karras, Madison Karrick, Lauren Kasler, Morgan Kauffman, Rachel Keck, Michael Keigher, Austin Kelly, Anne Kennedy, Heather Kennedy, Austin Kennell, Danielle Kensinger, Colin Keppner, Alyssa Keuther, Jamie Kiefer, Rachel Kilbry, Celina Kilhefner, Brittany Killion, Paul Kime, Kent Kinnersley, Philip Kinnersley, Courtney Kinstle, Devin Kirkland, Sydney Kirkpatrick, Samuel Kleindienst, Kurtis Klein, Breanne Klemm, Andrew Kline, Luke Knight, Stacy Knoderer, Scott Knol, Whitney Knox, Victoria Kober, Elizabeth Koch, Courtney Kodat, Casey Koerner, Colin Koerner, Sandra Koljovic, Mikaela Komp, Leighton Kraft, Elizabeth Krumsieg, Anneliese Kuechenberg, Samuel Kuehl, Joseph Kuntz, Katelyn Kuper, Kari Kwiatkowski

    L

    Karlin Labenske, Stephani LaCasse, Jessica Laidler, Karah Lain, Nathan Lain, Kellen Lake, Nicole Landis, Elizabeth Lanham, Caleb Lankford, Jacqueline LaPash, Connie Lapinski, Stephanie Larson, Madalyn Lathrop, David Latko, Justin Lautermilch, Renee Layman, Carrie Leato, Kaley Ledford, Grace Leighton, Kendra Leimbach, David Leman, Drew Leman, Mason LeMay, Victoria Lemke, Michael Leppin, Tyson Lersch, Jocelyn LeSage, Monica Lewis, Emma Lilley, Victoria Lilly, Andrew Lindell, Ciara Lindgren, Caleb Lingle, Megan Lingle, Tyler Lingle, On Ling, Stephanie Linquist, Brian Linsner, Kylie Lippencott, John Litrenta, Mitchell Lockwood, Ian Lofgren, Emily Lohr, Jessica Lolli, Alyse Long, Ashley Longnecker, Tiara Long, Jordan Loudermilk, Abigail Loughran, Jonathon Loughran, Kyle Love, Laura Love, Melissa Luby, Bethany Luchtenburg, Edward Ludwig, Jacob Ludy, Jacquelyn Luecke, Julia Luecke, Isaac Luginbill, Morgan Luhman, Kaitlyn Lukhard, Michaela Lutz, Joel Lynn

    M

    Andrea MacDonough, Tiffany Madura, Guilherme Magnoler, Alexandra Mahaffey, Aaron Maia, Kasey Main, Oscar Manciñeiras Cornella, Jessica Manning, Joseph Mantarian, Danielle Maranion, Hayley Marcordes, Tess Marcordes, Ryan Marcotte, Brianna Marshall, Leeanne Marshall, Keren Marsh, Danielle Martin, Jason Martin, Joel Martin, Joshua Martin, Ryan Martin, Cameron Mason, Erica Matheis, Jessica Matulis, Sarah Matyskela, Kimberly Maue, Abigail Maurer, Katherine Maurer, Collin Maxon, Kendra Maxon, Kara Mayer, Quincie McCalla, Ethan McCallister, Emily McCann, Cammi McClurg, Melissa McDannell, Matthew McDivitt, Michael McFerran, Kaitlin McHenry, Abigail McKay, Ashley McKnight, Samantha McLain, Tanner McLain, Miles Meador, Spencer Meador, Hayley Meadows, Katie Megyesi, Jill Meier, Vaughan Meiss, Faith Meitzler, Gabriella Mejia, Makayla Meredith, Adam Metzler, Bethany Metzler, Brianna Meyers, Erin Meyers, Jessica Middleton, Ronald Milbocker, Caroline Miller, Jacob Miller, Kelly Miller, Leslie Miller, Lindsay Miller, Maggie Miller, Sarah Miller, Stephanie Miller, Abigail Mills, Emily Mills, Kristin Minerd, Daniel Mitchell, David Modica, Maha Mohammad, Sanni Mohammed-Haruna, Rebekah Molnar, Rebecca Mooi, Andrew Moore, Taylor Moore, Shelby Moreland, Samantha Morey, Hope Morris, Lindsay Morris, Michaela Morris, Lindsay Morr, Kayla Moutvic, Ethan Mowry, Shae Mowry, Madison Moyer, Hannah Moyers, Garrett Muhlstadt, Maria Munoz, Bethany Munroe, Macy Murray, Truitt Murrow, Ryan Muzljakovich, Justine Myers

    N

    Sadie Navas, Joseph Neely, Elizabeth Nellis, Nathaniel Nelson, Carolyn Neubaum, Robert Newell, Rachel Nichol, Kathleen Nicholson, Carolyn Nicodemus, Stephen Njoroge, Kyle Nolan, Brenda Norman-Campbell, Steven Nowinski, Amanda Nowman, Casey Nugent, Priscila Nunez, Morgan Nusbaumer

    O

    Desiree O'Brien, Kayla O'Donohue, Gabriel Ojeda, Johanna Oksnevad, Whitney Olson, Hannah Ondrey, Ashley Oosterhouse, Katelyn Oprondek, Alexandra Ortiz, Kevin Osterink, Victoria Owings

    P

    Ingrid Palmer, Geena Paoli, Richard Paret, Cali Pargulski, Jaron Parke, Colton Parker, David Parker, Caleb Parsons, Rachel Pasch, Seth Patchett, Lillian Patton, Allyssa Paulsen, Gwendolyn Payne, Samantha Payne, Seth Peachey, Tai Peachey, Marriah Peebles, Damaris Perez, Emily Perkins, Grant Perkins, Zachary Pessia, Austin Peters, Haley Jo Peterson, Cassandra Petrie, Simon Pheasant, Alexander Phillips, Paige Phillips, Drew Philson, Hannah Piatek, Brian Pickering, Rebecca Piechur, Dustin Pierce, Kaitlyn Pierce, Bethany Pilat, Bethany Pilcher, Saige Pilgrim, Francisco Pirela, Joshua Pityer, Micah Plank, Kristena Poll, Palmer Ponstein, Kelli Poole, Matthew Posladek, Renee Poucher, David Powers, Ayla Price, Calvin Price, Colin Prominski, Gianna Puccinelli, Juleah Puccinelli, Lydia Puentes, Natalie Puent, Jessica Putnam, Phillip Putney, Courtney Pych

    Q

    Marta Quereda Jareno

    R

    Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez, Shani Rademan, Chad Radford, Emily Raduns, Abigail Ragsdale, Francisco Ramirez, Kelsey Rasmussen, Megan Rasmussen, Hannah Rattin, Josilee Ray, Juliana Ray, Sarah Ray, Emily Reader, Sarah Ready, Jacob Rechsteiner, Michael Reddy, Catherine Reed, Matthew Reed, Kristen Reese, Jake Reeverts, Alexander Regets, Amanda Regets, Sabra Reichow, Angela Reinbacher, Daniel Reinke, Hannah Reister, Meredith Rennewanz, Julie Reopelle, Kyle Reopelle, Brandon Reyes, Jared Richey, Kristen Richey, Shana Riedlinger, Samuel Riggenbach, Holly Risinger, Allison Ritzert, Rebekah Rivers, Seth Rivett, Zachary Rivett, Lisa Rizzo, Jeslyn Roat, Kaitlyn Robertson, Jonathen Robey, Vanessa Rodriguez, Taylor Roix, Andrea Rose, Brianna Rose, Catherine Rose, Julia Ross, Kimberly Rothacker, Lauren Rouse, Chesley Rowlett, Capri Rubitschung, Clara Ruegsegger, Emily Rull, Katie Rummery, Morgan Runge, Lyndsey Rupp, Emily Rush, Matthew Ryan

    S

    Rittu Sabu, Maggi Sall, Luke Salomone, Rodolfo Sanchez, Emily Sanders, Samantha Sanders, Ashley Sarver, Stefan Sauder, Katherine Saunders, Grace Savage, Paige Schaefer, Evan Schafer, Josie Schaver, Julie Schaver, Amber Scheidt, Brittany Scheidt, Annah Schick, Bennet Schimmelpfennig, Daley Schimmelpfennig, Hannah Schmerschneider, Maggie Schmidt, Annika Schmit, Autumn Schmitz, Andrew Schneider, Alexandra Schoessler, Nicholas Schoon, Collin Schoonover, Christian Schrader, Tia Schrader, Rachel Schramm, Nichole Schuitema, Troy Schultz, Susan Schulz, Sheri Schweizer, Alyssa Secor, Lindsay Seiberlich, Clay Selby, Hunter Selby, Anamar Serrano, David Shaffer, Nicholas Shaffer, Loren Shattuck, Brian Shaw, Katelyn Shaw, Colin Sheehan, Charles Sheldon, Ryan Shelton, Brooke Shepherd, Hannah Shiner, Lindsey Shoemaker, Charity Shonamon, Morgan Shride, Amanda Siciak, Breanna Sikes, Kallie Siscoe, Emilly Siwicki, Matthew Slack, Kyle Sleik, Kyle Smeltzer, Alexis Smith, Allison Smith, Audrey Smith, Bethany Smith, Brooke Smith, Katherine Smith, Kylie Smith, McKenzie Smith, Nathanael Smith, Neil Smith, Reed Smith, Regan Smith, Ryan Smith, Sonia Smith, Timothy Smith, Steven Snider, Abigail Snow, Lauren Snow, Bradley Soendlin, Katelynn Soendlin, Ashley Sonnenberg, Christopher Sonnenberg, Elizabeth Sonneveld, Kenneth Sons, Alexander Southe, James Southerland, Victoria Sparks, Benjamin Speakman, Matthew Spear, Christopher Spence, Amy Spencer, Shyanne Spence, Jessica Springer, Naomi Springer, Wesley Sproul, Emily Sprunger, Samuel Sprunger, Courtney Spurgeon, Emily Spychalla, Morgan St Aubin, Allison Staggs, Marena Stair, Monica Stamper, Taylor Stark, Shannon Steffen, Samuel Steiber, Erin Stephens, Kylee Stevens, Alana Steward, Kyce Stewart, Rachel Stidham, Sarah Stidham, Anna Stiker, Rebecca Stolberg, Corinne Stout, Caleb Strand, Kaitlyn Strand, Luke Strasser, Conner Stroud, Sarah Struck, Jayne Stuart, Spencer Sumner, Todd Suttor, Etienne Swanepoel, Justine Szetela, Michael Szostek, Jeffrey Szubert

    T

    Honomi Takizawa, Jessica Tarchala, Erin Taylor, Jacob Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Jordan TerBush, Grace Tervin, Ashley Tetter, Chelsea Thacker, Erik Tharp, Bradley Thomas, Morgan Thomas, McKenzie Thompson, Alexander Thorson, Zachary Thurston, Parker Tibbs, Adam Timmer, Debora Timmer, Andrew Tipton, Alexander Tolley, Bradley Ton, Jordyn Truelock, Hannah Tschetter, Seth Tschetter, Taylor Tucker, Abigail Turner, Briana Turner, Sydney Tyler

    U

    Hayley Uhlman, Patrick Ullrich

    V

    Dustin Vail, Morgan Van Peursem, Jenna Vance, Alexandra VanDehey, Justin Vander Ploeg, Marissa Vander Ploeg, Jacob Vangore, Carlie Vannatta, Benjamin Vertin, Kelsey Vihnanek, Ashli Voeller, Justine Von Arb, Samuel Vroman, Sarah Vrosh

    W

    Jacob Wagner, Robert Wagner, Zachary Wagner, Elisabeth Wahl, Joellen Wainwright, Emilie Walder, Cameron Walker, Jamie Walker, Sarah Walmsley, Natalie Wangler, Yichao Wang, Samantha Wanless, Joshua Ware, Jacob Warfle, Troy Watson, Namukulwa Wauna, Luke Weaver, Shelby Wegforth, Gabrielle Weitzel, Nathan Wells, Ethan Weniger, Michael Whalen, Tyler Whitaker, Leslie White, Lynn White, Hope Whitis, Joseph Wickes, Brittany Widdowson, Jennifer Wieland, Jennifer Wieringa, Laprincia Wiggins, Angela Wilcox, Sahara Wilcoxen, Cymone Wilder, Nicole Wilder, Elizabeth Willford, Laura Willging, Edmund Williams, Hannah Williams, Jayna Williamson, Rebecca Williams, Connor Willis, Samuel Wilner, Kayla Wilson, Noah Wilson, Seth Wilson, Eva Winters, Sadie Witvoet, Andrea Wojciechowski, Ashley Wolfe, Colton Wolfe, Bridget Wolff, Megan Woods, Jeff Woodward, Staci Woolley, Jennifer Workman, Logan Wright

    Y

    Morgan Youman, Carissa Young, Caleb Yourdon, Olena Yousif

    Z

    Mateusz Zajchowski, Jonathan Zatorski, Kyle Zeman, Jasmine Zenobia, Hannah Zobrist, Amanda Zoladz
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    Feb 18, 2015 10:21:1Feb 18, 2015 -

    FORTVILLE, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's golf team is pleased to announce the addition of Bailey Fleming, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, to the team beginning in the fall of 2015. Fleming recently signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career with the Tigers.

    As a sophomore and junior, Fleming helped lead MVHS to back-to-back Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Sectional Championships. In 2014, Fleming finished the season with a nine-hole average of 46 and an 18-hole average of 93. She finished tenth overall at the Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) Tournament, earning HHC Honorable Mention recognition and received the team's Mental Attitude Award.

    In the classroom, Fleming is a member of National Honor Society, as well as National Art Honor Socieity. She also was named a 2014 School Board Scholar. While at Olivet, she intends to major in biology.

    "It was always my intention to attend a Christian university with a God centered environment," said Fleming of her decision. "ONU was the perfect combination of a strong Christian environment and an exceptional education. Additionally, I love being a part of a team, so being able to play golf at the collegiate level made Olivet the complete package."

    Fleming is the daughter of Brendan and Jennifer Fleming. 

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    Feb 17, 2015 8:50:42Feb 17, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — With three games in six days this week and much at stake, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team started strong by defeating CCAC foe Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) 97-61 on Monday night, Feb. 16. The Tigers 36-point win was their 20th of the season, making it the 26th time in 49 seasons ONU has won 20 or more games in a season. 

    The Tigers took a quick 8-0 lead through two and a half minutes and never looked back. ONU scored 97 points, making 79.2 percent of their shots, their best mark of the season. ONU was 84.6 in the first half, missing only four shots. Over the last 13 seasons, the next best field goal percentage in a game is 65.3 (49-of-75) on Feb. 21, 2004, with a 44-point over Barat College (Ill.).

    On Monday night, the Tigers (20-8, 14-3) had five in double figures for only the second time this season. The only other time was in the 84-58 win over IU-South Bend in January of this year. Four Tigers have been in double figures in 10 games this season. 

    The Tigers made 42 field goals, the second most converted this season. ONU made 47 in their 111-65 win over Silver Lake College (Wis.) in the third game of the season. Also, the Tigers’ 31 assists are tied for the most this season in one game, They have reached this total two other times this season.

    Against the Panthers (8-20, 4-13), the Tigers won the rebounding battle 33 to 22 but lost on the offensive glass, giving up 15 to their opponent. The Tigers are 17-4 when they win on the glass this season. ONU also had only 14 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Panthers. In 16 of the last 18 games, the Tigers have recorded 14 or less turnovers. ONU has the seventh least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    The Tigers are now 14-3 this season in CCAC play, now tied for second place overall and first in the South Division — only one game back of No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.), their opponent on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Tigers are 12-2 at McHie Arena, their most wins at home since the 2005-06 season when they finished 12-1. ONU is 11-2 in their last 13 games. Of the Tigers’ 12 home wins, nine are by double digits; and in eight games, they have scored 80 or more points.

    In addition, the 36-point win is the third game this season ONU has won by 30 or more points and the 10th by 20 or more points. The 61 points allowed in the win on Monday night marks the 14th time this season the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a win, including their last three. In all 20 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points; but in three losses, they have scored 70-plus. When ONU leads at the half, they are 13-0, including Monday’s game when they led 52-25 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 40 points. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 17-6.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) led the Tigers with 16 points on 7-for-8 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 14 games. He added five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes. He has now made 51 three-pointers (.520) in his last 14 games. He now has 1,152 points in his career (30th all-time) and 232 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 13 points, going 5-for-5 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the three-point line and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. With 1,352 career points, he is 21st all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 13th all-time in rebounds with 640 for his career.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 25 minutes and scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and three assists. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, going 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Off the bench, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting and 2-for-6 from the three-point line. He added six assists in 21 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points, six rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. Senior Riley Johnson (Bringhurst, Ind.) saw his first action as a Tiger and played four minutes, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Feb. 18, at home against CCAC foe No. 14 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers' five seniors will be honored prior to the game.

    Box Score

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    Feb 16, 2015 10:39:27Feb 16, 2015 -

    Student life at Olivet is about more than simply obtaining a degree. For many, the desire to gain experience in the field through service to the community drives them to experience more. In the senior level course, “Professional Issues and Actions,” Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students manifest their ideas into service projects that impact the local community.

    Students learn firsthand how to work with professionals, enhancing the lives of children and families through their service projects. Learning the ins and outs of event planning, organizing and research, the course prepares students to make the transition from school to the workplace.

    This year, 35 senior FACS majors formed seven groups to assess community needs and choose organizations with which to partner. The teams spent a minimum of 10 hours with their organizations for researching, planning, organizing and conducting each service project.

    In partnering to serve meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House, Hannah Moyers (senior, Montello, Wisconsin) was able to maintain a meaningful relationship she had created prior to college. “I worked at a camp in northern California for the Ronald McDonald House before coming to Olivet,” she says. “I have a huge heart for the organization. I thought it would be hard to continue serving, but this project provided me with that opportunity.”

    Previous projects have included giving baby showers for teen moms, teaching horseback riding to children with disabilities, coordinating a mother-daughter sewing night, and running a school fun fair. “The focus on Family and Consumer Sciences resides in the community,” says Professor Debra Kimberlin, who teaches the course and oversees the projects.

    Dr. Diane Richardson, department chair, attests to the impact students are able to make. “We are the hands and feet of Jesus,” she says. “We want to encourage our students to continue to serve others.”

    The program has seen overwhelming success, with all students involved voicing their desire to continue these partnerships with the local organizations.

    “It’s been a wonderfully successful year already,” Hannah says, “We’re all looking forward to seeing what happens next.”

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    Feb 15, 2015 4:27:39Feb 15, 2015 -

    MCKENZIE, Tenn. — After a strong start to the spring season, on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, Head Coach Todd Reid and the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team continued to use good pitching and timely hitting to sweep the Wildcats of Bethel University (Tenn.) in this weekend’s three-game series. On Saturday, the Tigers allowed only six hits in a 3-1 win in game one and followed it up with a 6-4 victory, using 10 hits in a breakout game for the Tiger bats. In the eight year history of playing Bethel (Tenn.) in February, this is the first sweep for the Tigers.

    Senior transfer Stephen Martin (Tampa, Fla.) (1-0) started his first game as a Tiger (7-1) and went six innings, allowing five hits while striking out two. Freshman Jonathan Hentschel (Midland, Mich.) (2) earned his second save with one inning of relief, allowing one run off one hit while striking out three.

    Bethel’s (1-5) John Woodard (0-2) started and went six innings, allowing three runs off six hits and striking out four. Blake Chandler finished the game for the Wildcats and struck out two.

    The Tigers scored three runs on a Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) solo shot in the second inning and a freshman Kurtis Minton (Decatur, Ill.) double that scored senior Aaron King (Pekin, Ill.). In the sixth inning, Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.) scored his third run of the series on a wild pitch.

    ONU’s Altmann hit the first homerun for a Tiger this season, and Minton went 2-for-3 in his first start for the Tigers.

    For the Wildcats, Taylor Paterson was 2-for-2 while four other Wildcats had one hit.

    In the third game of the series, junior transfer Blake Uhlman (Tremont, Ill.) (2-0) started and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs — two earned — off seven hits. He struck out four and walked one. Junior Parker Shelton (Columbus, Ind.) struck out one batter, and sophomore Jordan Wanner (Morton, Ill.) earned his first save of the season to get the final out of the game.

    Clay Treece (0-1) started for Bethel and went four innings, allowing four runs — three earned — off five hits, while striking out six. Isaac Carr went the final three innings and allowed two runs — one earned — off five hits, while striking out six batters of his own.

    Trailing 1-0 going into the fourth inning, the Tigers exploded for four runs. Bryan Klendworth (Crystal Lake, Ill.) singled to score Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) following a leadoff double. Freshman Philip Steward (Bourbonnais, Ill.) doubled to score Klendworth and Altmann. Eventually Jeff Szubert (Tinley Park, Ill.) singled to score Steward. ONU tacked on two more runs over the next two innings: one was an Altmann RBI single, and the other was Szubert’s run on an error by the pitcher following a steal.

    Foster went 3-for-4 with two runs. Altmann was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Szubert was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Klendworth had a hit with one RBI and one run scored. Steward doubled to score two, and he eventually scored.

    For the Wildcats, Paterson went 2-for-3 with one RBI, and Wes Warren went 2-for-4 with two runs.

    ONU will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 20, against Bethel College (Ind.) starting at 6 p.m.

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    Feb 15, 2015 3:56:26Feb 15, 2015 -

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team traveled to Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene for the ninth consecutive year to give back with Nazarene Athletics, a youth sports organization. They were there for morning worship, lunch and a basketball clinic.

    Following lunch with Senior Pastor Randy Dodd and Nazarene Athletics Director Jeff Hale, the Tigers held a basketball clinic involving children from the league. The Tigers led drills, demonstrated basketball techniques and participated in an autograph session. There were also contests to win prizes and time set aside for the children to interact with the players before the Tigers left to return to Bourbonnais.

    During morning worship, senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had the opportunity to share his experiences while at ONU over the last four years. “It was awesome getting to be a part of the Chicago Heights Church of the Nazarene service today," he says. "The worship and message were uplifting, the food was amazing, and the clinic with the kids was a blast!”

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    Feb 15, 2015 3:26:3Feb 15, 2015 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — For the fifth consecutive week, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team had NAIA qualifying times. For the second straight week, sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) broke a school record. 

    At the Tom Hathaway Distance Carnival, hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 14, Gordon broke his own school record in the 60 meter dash (6.87). Also, the 4x800 meter relay team qualified for the NAIA “A” Standard with their 7:55.97 time, finishing second in the event. They were among four qualifiers on Saturday. This was the first year the Tigers have attended this event.

    Gordon finished second in the 60 meter dash with his record-breaking time, only .02 behind the runner who won the event. He also came in third in the long jump with a mark of 6.91 meters, .08 meters behind his teammate for second. The 4x800 meter relay is now seventh on the list according to NAIA “A” standards. David Powers (Security, Colo.), Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) and Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) made up the team on Saturday.

    Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) also had a huge day, winning the triple jump with a mark of 14.15 meters, earning a NAIA “B” standard — over one meter better than the second place finisher — and finishing second in the long jump (6.99m). Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a jump of 4.86 meters, besting the second place finisher (NCAA DII) for the title. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) was also a champion on Saturday, winning the shot put with a mark of 16.75 meters — his best throw of the year — and defeating almost 50 other competitors in the process. He has moved up on the NAIA “A” standard list to third.

    Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) placed fifth in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:09.46. Senior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) placed eighth with a time of 15:13.45. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) came in 12th with a time of 15:17.30. All three runners qualified for the NAIA “B” standard.

    Additional top finishers for the Tigers were junior Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) who came in sixth in the 200 meter dash (23.17). Marshall Hawn was the eight place finisher in the one mile run (4:22.24). Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in as the runner-up in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:45.94. The 4x400 meter relay team placed first with a time of 3:27.69.

    Junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) came in second with a mark of 1.93 meters in the high jump. Freshman Matt McCoy (Lewiston, Ill.) came in fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.40m. Sophomore Delano Harris-Samuels (Bourbonnais, Ill.) placed fourth in the long jump (6.77m). Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in eighth in the shot put (15.04m) and sixth in the weight throw (16.15m).

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 21, hosting the ONU Qualifier at home in the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center on ONU’s campus.

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    Feb 15, 2015 10:20:47Feb 15, 2015 -

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -Senior Kamaria Goedhart (Rochester, Minn.) and the 4x800m relay team each secured their spots at the NAIA Indoor National Championships next month, hitting the "A" qualifying standards on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Tom Hathaway Distance Carnival hosted by the University of Indianapolis. The No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team also set a new school record and numerous personal records.

    Goedhart captured second in the 200m dash, crossing the finish line in a new school record time of 25.47 to earn her ticket to Ohio next month. The 4x800m relay team of sophomore Karlee Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), junior Kalla Gold (Eureka, Ill.), senior Kylie Lippencott (Crawfordsville, Ind.) and freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) took first place, crossing in 9:40.00.

    Other top finishes in on the track included junior Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.) who captured gold in the 400m dash in 59.85. Teammate Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) was right behind in third place at 59.99. Sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.) posted a new personal record in the 5000m run, finishing in 17:33.36 to finish second. Brown also took second in the 800m run, crossing in 2:21.29.

    On the field side, junior Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.) finished first in the weight throw with a 17.76m toss, while sophomore Hannah Gee finished ninth with a new personal record of 14.69m. Freshman Valerie Johnson broke the freshman weight throw record with a 15.43m throw. Blucker also finished second in the shot put, throwing 14.38m.

    Senior Emily Reader (Mason, Mich.) took second place in the pole vault, clearing 3.5m. Senior Olivia Casey (Bloomington, Ill.) finished third in the long jump at 5.28m.

    The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 when they host the ONU Qualifier. Field events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and track events at 11. 

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    Feb 15, 2015 9:31:52Feb 15, 2015 -

    CLINTON, Iowa -The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team used a bye weekend in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to travel north, picking up a 111-97 win over Ashford University (Iowa) on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Tigers had five players finish in double-digits, led by junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) who pumped in a team-high 26 points.

    Stuart shot 11-of-16 from the field, including three three-point shots. She also dished out five assists and finished with two steals. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points, while pulling in five rebounds and accounting for seven assists. Junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) finished with 15 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) each added 11.

    Olivet (19-9) took a slim, one point lead into the locker room with the score at 51-50 at the half. The Tigers then outscored the Saints 60-47 in the second half, after Ashford took the lead briefly.  

    Krassman also finished with a team-leading eight rebounds with Giampapa right behind with seven. Giampapa also added three assists.

    Olivet will return to action in a key CCAC match up on Wednesday, Feb. 18 when No. 5 Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) come to McHie Arena. Currently the Wolves sit in second place overall and in the North Division of the conference standings. Olivet is tied for second place in the South Division.  

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    Feb 14, 2015 4:1:16Feb 14, 2015 -

    MCKENZIE, Tenn. — Following a four-month layoff, the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team picked up right where they left off, defeating Bethel University (Tenn.) 2-1 in eight innings on Friday afternoon, Feb. 13. The Tigers saw their first action since mid-October and continued a three-game win streak that dates back to Oct. 11. Friday’s battle was certainly a pitcher’s battle with only three runs scored and 14 strikeouts between both teams. 

    Sophomore Dave Cericola (Villa Park, Ill.) (2-0) gained his second win of the year in relief, throwing one inning and striking out one. Junior Madison Foster (Indianapolis, Ind.) started Friday’s matinee and through six innings allowed only one run off seven hits while striking out six. Freshman Nick Campe (Manteno, Ill.) earned his first save, throwing one inning and striking out two.

    Bethel’s (1-3) Garrett Perry started and went seven innings, allowing one run off seven hits and striking out five. Logan Dietz (1-1) earned the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth inning and walking two.

    The Tigers (5-1) started early with a run in the first off the bat of junior Josh Altmann (Homer Glen, Ill.) when he singled, scoring Jordan Hayes (St. Charles, Ill.). Bethel tied the game in the third when Chase Howell doubled to bring home the tying run. Neither team garnered more than two hits in an inning the rest of the way. In the eighth inning, Madison Foster hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Hayes for the second time and giving the Tigers the eventual winning run.

    ONU’s Hayes went 1-for-2, Altmann was 2-for-2 with one RBI, and Ben Hill (Grand Rapids, Mich.) was 2-for-2.  

    For the Wildcats, Wes Warren went 3-for-3 with the lone run, and Chase Howell was 2-for-4 with the lone RBI.

    ONU will be back in action for a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 14, against Bethel University (Tenn.) starting at noon.

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    Feb 12, 2015 10:24:17Feb 12, 2015 -

    WHITING, Ind. — Following a tough conference loss on Saturday afternoon, Feb 7, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team responded with a 73-65 road win over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The Crimson Wave were coming off a big win, but the Tigers were ready to halt that win streak before it began. Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) poured in 19 points each to go along with sophomore Tyler Crater’s (Hampshire, Ill.) 13 off the bench. ONU is still in second place in the CCAC with only three regular season games remaining.

    From the 19:47 mark of the first half on, the Tigers (19-8, 13-3) led the rest of the game — by as much as 10 in the first half and 12 in the second. For the second consecutive game, ONU shot shy of 40 percent from the floor but used a 52.6 percent effort from behind the arc to spark them. Defensively, they kept the Crimson Wave (12-14, 5-11) to only 40.7 percent from field and 29.6 percent from behind the arc. The Tigers also scored two more points at the charity stripe, despite going only 11-for-19.

    Credit goes to the Tiger perimeter defense as they kept Franqlin Gatson (13.6 avg.) to only nine points, 3-for-9 shooting through the first 39 minutes of the game. He scored eight points in the final minute, but that did not make a difference in the outcome of the game.

    On Wednesday night against the Crimson Wave, the Tigers were outrebounded 40-35, but won the offensive glass 14 to 12. The Tigers have been outdone on the glass only seven times this season, going 3-4 in those games. ONU also had only 10 turnovers, compared to only 10 for the Crimson Wave. This is the fourth straight game the Tigers have had 11 turnovers or less. ONU has the sixth least amount of turnovers in the CCAC.

    The Tigers are now 13-3 this season in CCAC play, now in third place, only one game back of St. Francis (Ill.) and Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.). The Tigers are 8-4 on the road, their best record away from McHie Arena since the 1998-99 season when they finished 14-4. ONU is 5-1 in their last six games. Of their five road wins, this is the Tigers’ only win when scoring less than 80 points.

    In addition, the 65 points allowed in the win on Wednesday night ended up as the 13th time this season the Tigers have allowed less than 70 points in a win, including their last three. In all 19 wins this season, the Tigers have scored north of 70 points, but in three losses they have scored 70-plus. When ONU leads at the half, they are 12-0, including Wednesday’s game when they led 32-28 at the break. The Tigers' bench scored 25 points. When ONU outdoes their opponents, they are 16-6.

    Aaron Larson led the team with 19 points, going 6-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-4 from the three-point line and 4-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added eight rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes. With 1,339 career points, he is 22nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also now 13th all-time in rebounds with 637 for his career.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 19 points, all in the second half on 6-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-8 from the three-point line. He has been in double figures the last 13 games. He added four assists and two steals in 33 minutes. He has now made 49 three-pointers (.515) in his last 13 games. He now has 1,136 points in his career (33rd all-time) and 230 three-pointers (third all-time in Tiger history).

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) played 33 minutes and scored seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists. Off the bench, Tyler Crater had 13 points on 5-for-12 shooting and 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He added three rebounds in 22 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had six points, three rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Feb. 14, at home against CCAC foe Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) at 3 p.m.

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