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  • Jan 26, 2015 3:10:27Jan 26, 2015 -

    Shine.FM radio network officially marked its launch in Michigan at 95.3 FM in the Lansing market with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 12.

    The network — a Christian radio ministry of Olivet — began broadcasting in Lansing on December 1, 2014.

    The ceremony was co-hosted by Shine.FM and Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies for ONU alumni, community leaders and Lansing Regional Chamber professionals.

    “We’re excited about the relationships we’re building in the greater Lansing community,” said Brian Utter, Shine.FM general manager. “This project has been community-funded from the beginning. The Church of Greater Lansing, a network of more than 1,000 area churches — as well as civic, business and government leaders — embraces our ministry. The people of Lansing have grasped the mission of Shine.FM.”

    Shine.FM aims to augment the work of churches, ministries and organizations by providing Christ-centered media and messages to build stronger families and stronger communities.

    In addition to the radio broadcast ministry, Shine.FM will bring top Christian artists to the area for concerts and appearances. On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Shine.FM presents Sidewalk Prophets in concert at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing. Information is available at lansing.shine.fm

    On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Shine.FM will host an evening concert and celebration at the conclusion of the third annual I Love My City-Lansing! event.

    With humble beginnings in 1947 as an AM station operated by Olivet students and faculty using World War II surplus equipment and 13,000 feet of wire, Shine.FM today is among the top Christian contemporary radio broadcasting networks in the country. Dedicated to building stronger families and stronger communities, the network strives to present messages of hope and encouragement through the truth of God’s Word. Providing listeners with meaningful connections to Christ and an optimistic view of the future is the goal of every day’s programming.

    The network has more than 200,000 listeners weekly through stations in Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and Indianapolis. Thousands more worldwide stream Shine.FM, Shine Worship, Shine RX3 and Brilla.FM online or through mobile apps.
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    Jan 26, 2015 11:43:38Jan 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Led by a career-high 23 points by junior Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.), the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked up their third-straight win on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Tigers make quick work of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, Roosevelt University (Ill.), downing the Lakers 107-70. The win keeps Olivet in second place in the CCAC South Division, just one game back from Purdue University - Calumet.

    Nicolas shot an impressive 7-of-15 from behind the three-point line, averaging nearly two points per minute on the court. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points on the afternoon. She also pulled in seven rounds, while dishing out five assists and accounting for two steals. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) tied her career-high, finishing with 16 points.

    Next up for the Tigers is Trinity Christian College (Ill.). Olivet will travel to Palos Heights for a 5:30 p.m. match up on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Last season, the Tigers picked up a 105-77 win against the Trolls in McHie Arena. 

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    Jan 26, 2015 11:29:4Jan 26, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The third annual NAIA/NCAA Challenge proved to be an exciting one. The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team captured a second place overall team finish, while adding two more individual NAIA National qualifiers and a relay team.

    The 4x400 relay team of sophomore Laura D'Angelo, juniors Taneka Lawson and Peyton Kirkland and senior Kamaria Goedhart captured first place, crossing the finish line in 4:00.35. The foursome earned their ticket to the national meet.

    Sophomore Sarah Ray punched her ticket to national with a first place finish in the 5000m run. Ray shattered the competition, finishing in 18:03.96, more than 10 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.

    Other top individual track performances included second place finishes by Kirkland and Goedhart. Kirkland finished the 60m in 7.99, while; Goedhart ran the 400m dash in 59.32. The 4x800 relay team of senior Kylie Lippencott, freshmen Naomi Springer and Alexa Beezhold and sophomore Karley Brown provided an exciting ending to the meet with a come-from-behind win in the final lap, crossing the finish line in 10:03.30.

    Senior Amy Blucker was the Tigers only multi-event winner on the day, capturing gold in the shot put and hammer throw. In the shot, Blucker finished at 13.95m, nearly half a meter ahead of the next competitor. Blucker picked up her ticket to the NAIA national meet in the weight throw, having earned her way last week in the shot put. Her 16.86m weight throw was well ahead of everyone in the field.

    Olivet was edged out of first place by NCAA DII Lewis University (Ill.) who finished with 170 points, 37 points ahead of the Tigers. Bethel College (Ind.) took third place with 115 points, followed by St. Ambrose University (Iowa) with 87.5, University of St. Francis (Ill.) with 68 and Calvin College (Mich.) with 63.5.

    The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. 

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    Jan 25, 2015 11:53:32Jan 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the eighth time during the 2014-15 season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team won by 20 or more points. On Saturday, Jan. 24), they did so by 33 and allowed only 44 points to their opponent, Roosevelt University (Ill.). It was the lowest point total any team has scored on the Tigers all season. ONU’s defense was outstanding, allowing only 19 second half points. The Lakers shot only 28.6 percent from the field. Offensively, nine different Tigers scored in the winning effort.

    The Tigers dominated the glass on Saturday by 23, outrebounding the Lakers 51 to 28 — their largest difference since Dec. 16. ONU totaled 20 offensive rebounds, their most since Nov. 7, and 14 second chance points. They also had only 10 turnovers, four in the second half. It was the lowest turnover total in the last six games.

    ONU (15-7, 9-2) shot below 50 percent from the floor for a second straight game after doing so the previous five games. The Tigers shot only 45.6 percent but defensively kept Roosevelt (13-8, 7-4) to less than 30 percent from the field. They also struggled from behind the arc, making only 7-for-19 three-pointers. However, they kept the second best team in the CCAC to 15 percentage points (.231) less than their average.

    The free-throw line was not friendly to either team as the Tigers shot just over 50 percent from the line, making 18-of-32. Four Tigers were only 50 percent or less in the game. The Lakers were 6-of-11; coming into the game, they were just shy of 75 percent as a team.

    ONU — now 9-2 this season in CCAC games and 9-2 at McHie Arena — held the Lakers to their lowest point total all season. In addition. the Tigers' 44 points allowed on defense is 25 points shy of their season average. The Tigers' 33-point win is their largest since Nov. 7 when Olivet defeated Silver Lake (Wis.) by 46. It is also the eighth time this season the Tigers have won by 20-plus points. When the Tigers score 70-plus points, they are 15-3, losing those three games by an average of 2.7 points.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) led the Tigers with 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting, 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. With 1,253 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only one rebound shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 14 points on 5-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-7 from the three-point line. He added two assists in 25 minutes. He is now 33-of-60 from behind the arc in the last eight games. He now has 1,055 points in his career (39th all-time) and 214 three-pointers, good for fourth all-time.

    Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) had nine points on 2-for-3 shooting and went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added two rebounds and two blocks. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-4 shooting. He added seven rebounds in 26 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) chipped in with nine points on 3-for-8 shooting, including five rebounds in 20 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Ill.) had eight points and four rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had five points and five rebounds in 10 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the road against CCAC opponent Trinity Christian College (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

    Box Score

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    Jan 25, 2015 11:16:44Jan 25, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — For the second year, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team hosted the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center. Just like in 2014, the Tigers came away victorious, defeating five other schools by scoring 165 points. ONU had eight champions on Saturday, Jan. 24, including three relays and two who qualified for the national meet.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a mark of 4.80 meters, qualifying for the “A” standard for the national meet and defeating 21 other athletes. Sophomore Zach Gordon (Carol Stream, Ill.) won the long jump (7.22 meters) over eight competitors and qualified for the NAIA “A” standard. Junior Jonathan Hutchinson (Morton, Ill.) won the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.20. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) won the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:46.54, edging Omero Montalvo by thousandths of a second.

    The 4x200 meter relay team of Jonathan Hutchinson, Zach Gordon, Thomas Zidek (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) and Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) won with a new school record time of 1:29.22. The 4x800 meter relay team of Isaiah Fink (Ypsilanti, Mich.), Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.), David Powers (Security, Colo.) and Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) ran a 7:58.41 to qualify for the NAIA “B” standard. The NAIA No. 1-ranked distance medley team of Marshall Hawn, Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), David Powers and Caleb Drake won with a NAIA “A” standard time of 10:15.90.

    The Tigers performed well on the track. Zach Gordon finished second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.08. Junior Caleb Parsons (Watseka, Ill.) came in second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.81. Senior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) came in fifth in the one mile run with a time of 4:29.18, and Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) was fifth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.54.

    Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.91 meters), and junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) was fourth in the high jump (1.91 meters). Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) won the triple jump with a mark of 13.96 meters. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) came in third in the shot put (15.92 meters). Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 15.63 meters.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Titan Open hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

    Results:

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    Jan 24, 2015 1:13:28Jan 24, 2015 -

    HOMEWOOD, Ill. — After a layoff of more than three months following the fall season, the Olivet Nazarene University men's tennis team opened the spring season with a shutout (9-0) of Prairie State College (Ill.) on Friday afternoon, Jan. 23. Head Coach Chris Tudor had his team ready to compete following such a long time away from competition.

    The Tigers (1-0) won their first dual match of the season. Rodolfo Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) and Juan Lopez-Isasi Morales (Madrid, Spain) defeated S. Nikolic and O. Carroll 8-4 in doubles. Navarro Veys (Mortsel, Belgium) and Oscar Mancineiras Cornella (Lleida, Spain) defeated L. El Jai and J. Gomez 8-1. Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) and Tyler Ellis (Danville, Ill.) shutout M. Harston and J. Horvath 8-0.

    In singles play, the Tigers continued dominant play. No. 1 Mancineiras defeated Nikolic by (6-1, 6-0). No. 2 Veys defeated El Jai (6-0, 6-0). No. 3 Sanchez won against Gomez (6-1, 6-0).

    No. 4 Lopez-Isasi Morales defeated Caroll (6-2, 6-2). No. 5 Jensen won over Harston (6-1, 6-1). No. 6 Ellis defeated Horvath (6-0, 6-0).

    ONU will be back in action Friday, Feb. 20, at Valparaiso University (Ind.) at 10 a.m.

    Results: 

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    Jan 22, 2015 10:34:32Jan 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - People always say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match up on Wednesday, Jan. 21 between the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team and Trinity International University, people would certainly think you shouldn't judge a team by their record. The opening half play of the 2-18 Trojans put a little scare into the Tigers, but some adjustments at the half ultimately led to a 101-53 TigerBall win.

    For the second consecutive game, Olivet (14-7, 6-3) was led by freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.). Barnes finished the night with a team-high 15 points. She also picked up three rebounds and accounted for two steals.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) finished the night with her first double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She also added a team-high five assists and finished with three steals. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added 10 points and six rebounds.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 24 hosting Roosevelt University (Ill.). The CCAC matchup is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in McHie Arena. The two teams faced one another twice last season with the Tigers coming away with two, close wins. In the regular season, Olivet won on the road 112-99 on January 25. They also faced each other in the opening round of the tournament, this time in McHie Arena, with the Tigers winning 109-107. 

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    Jan 22, 2015 9:18:45Jan 22, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Not since Dec. 19 had the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team tasted defeat. On Wednesday night, Jan. 21, at the hands of CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.), the Tigers did so by a score of 81-78. For the past 70 days, Olivet had gone without a loss at McHie Arena; but due to a series of errors and Trinity’s hot shooting, the Tigers were handed their second loss at home this season.

    In the second half on four occasions with 10 minutes or less remainingm the Tigers squandered an opportunity to bolster their lead or take it back. They gave up a three-point play, turned the ball over, took a poor shot and gave up multiple offensive rebounds that led to a three-pointer.

    Also, two things occurred on Wednesday that don’t typically happen. The Tigers were outrebounded (only five times), and they gave up over 50 percent shooting from behind the arc (only five times this season). When the Tigers are beat on the glass, they have lost four of five. Also, the Tigers are 2-3 when they give up over 50 percent for three-point shooting.

    Olivet (14-7, 8-2) allowed the Trojans (9-10, 5-5) to shoot a stellar 61.5 percent from the three-point line, the best mark by any opponent this season. TIU was 16-of-26, making over half of their field goals from deep. They shot only 48.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line. However, the Tigers were only 27.8 percent from the three-point line and 47.6 from the field — marks they haven’t had since Dec. 18 when they only totaled 58 points in a loss to Evangel.

    ONU had five less turnovers than the Trojans and, when the Tigers win the stat, they are 8-1. However, they only managed to score eight points off the 18 TIU turnovers. TIU scored 15 points off the Tiger’s turnovers. ONU dominated the points in the paint 45-to-18; and when they win in the lane, they are 13-1 this season.

    ONU is now 8-2 this season in CCAC games and 8-2 at McHie Arena, losing their first game at home in over two months. Through 10 home games this season, this is the first time the Tigers have given up more than 80 points in a game. It is also only the third time this year ONU has allowed 80-plus points, but it is their first loss in those games. When the Tigers score 70-plus points, they are 14-3, losing those three games by an average of 2.7 points.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 20 points on 7-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-10 from the three-point line and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. He added two assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes. He is now 29-of-53 from behind the arc in the last seven games. He now has 1,041 points in his career (39th all-time) and 210 three-pointers, good for fifth all-time. Davis was honored prior to the game for reaching the career milestone on January 17.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was in foul trouble all evening and played only 25 minutes, eight less than his average. He finished with 11 points, his lowest total of the season, on 5-for-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He added six rebounds and five assists. With 1,234 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only eight rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 16 points (sixth straight game in double figures) on 8-for-10 shooting. He added five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had seven points, one rebound and four assists in 30 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hamsphire, Ill.) chipped in with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting, including three rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 24 minutes off the bench and had six points, four assists and two rebounds.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 24, at home against CCAC opponent Roosevelt University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

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    Jan 21, 2015 2:46:27Jan 21, 2015 -

    Olivet is one of only three higher education workplaces named Best Christian Workplaces in the United States for 2015.

    This is the tenth consecutive year Olivet has earned this honor from Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI), an organization that provides consultation and research to help Christian workplaces flourish.

    To qualify for the Best Christian Workplace designation, Olivet was required to have employees complete the BCWI employee engagement survey. Ninety percent of employees participated. Responses were assessed against BCWI standards in the areas of staff calling and passion, trustworthy culture, talent management, strategy and execution, innovation and staff involvement, authentic Christian leadership, personal development, compensation and benefits, and teamwork. Additional open-ended questions allowed employees to share more information about Olivet as an employer and to suggest improvements.

    “Our employees make this University distinctive,” said David Pickering, Olivet’s director of Business and Human Resources. “For more than 10 years of this survey, our employees have consistently rated their co-workers as dedicated and passionate about the roles they play in meeting the needs of our students. There’s an enduring high level of trust among everyone who works at Olivet, as well as an appreciation for the culture and benefits of being here.”

    This recognition comes on the heels of Olivet’s being named as one of the friendliest college campuses in the United States by Niche.com.
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    Jan 21, 2015 11:44:2Jan 21, 2015 -

    The Olivet Tiger Football family is proud to welcome back former player Jeff DiSandro and introduce him as the offensive coordinator. DiSandro spent four years at Olivet as a key member of the offensive line from 2000-2003.

    Upon graduation in 2004, he began his coaching career, making his first stop at Trinity International University (Ill.). After serving two years at Trinity, DiSandro began the first of two separate stints at Greenville College (Ill.). During the 2009 season, serving as the offensive coordinator, DiSandro led the team to an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Champion and to a National Christian College Athletic Conference (NCCAA) Victory Bowl berth.

    He then spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator for Malone University (Ohio), an NCAA Division II institution. During his time at Malone, DiSandro helped lead an offense that set over 15 separate school records. Upon leaving Malone he spent a year as the offensive coordinator for NCAA DIII Beloit University (Wis.), followed by his second stint at Greenville.  In 2014, he served as the assistant head coach, as well as special teams coach and recruiting coordinator at Greenville.

    Jeff DiSandro will join the ONU staff and serve as both the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 2015 season. 

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    Jan 21, 2015 9:0:45Jan 21, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The 2015 edition of the Olivet Nazarene University softball team finds themselves ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday, Jan. 20.

    The Tigers are coming off of a 49-5-1 season with quite a highlight reel. As a team, the Tigers captured Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles with wins over rival Saint Xavier University. Saints Xavier got a little revenge ending Olivet's 43-game winning streak, not by a loss, but a tie due to darkness. The streak ended one game shy of tying the NAIA record. Olivet also narrowly missed tying yet another NAIA record, going 112 consecutive games without being shutout.

    Individually, the 2014 Tigers had the NAIA Player of the Year in senior, second baseman, Hannah Gardner. Olivet also had three NAIA First Team All-America honorees: Gardner was joined by seniors Justine Phillips and Caitlin Santefort, as well as an Honorable Mention nod to senior Cheryl Sendzik. The Tigers placed an astounding seven players named First Team All-Conference: Garnder, Philllips, Santefot, Sendzik, senior Virginia McAndews and juniors Erika Tatum and Jordy Truelock. Head Coach Ritchie Richardson was named CCAC Coach of the Year, as well.

    There will be plenty of familiar faces on the field for Olivet, and plenty of new ones. The Tigers return nine players from last year's roster, including two CCAC All-Conference players, Tatum and Truelock. They add junior transfer, Maggie Tidrow, and seven freshman. 

    The Tigers will begin their 2015 campaign on at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Columbus, Georgia. The three-day tournament begins on Friday, February 27 and is held at the South Commons Softball Complex, site of the 2016 NAIA World Series.

    See the complete 2015 NAIA Softball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll here.

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    Jan 20, 2015 10:31:58Jan 20, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has claimed his fourth Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award after producing one double-double and a near triple-double in two conference wins during the week of January 12, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

    Larson, a 6-7 junior forward, did it all for the Tigers in victories over both NAIA II No. 25-ranked Robert Morris University (93-71) and Saint Xavier University (105-97 OT) averaging 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last week.  He also shot .594 from the field (19-of-32), including .500 from beyond the three-point arc (4-of-8), and missed only one of his ten free throw attempts, while playing all but five minutes of the two contests.

    Larson authored his fifth double-double of the season in the upset win over Robert Morris on Wednesday totaling 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.  He then delivered one of his top collegiate performances in the overtime victory against Saint Xavier, ringing up 31 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and four blocks on Saturday.

    The 31-point effort marked the second time this season that Larson has hit for 30 or more points and the sixth time he has scored at least 20 points.  He has also scored in double figures in each of his 18 games on the season through Saturday.

    Winners of four games in a row heading into Monday night's conference affair with Indiana South Bend, Olivet Nazarene is 13-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play, 1 1/2 games behind University of St. Francis in the CCAC South Division.  The Tigers are among others receiving votes in the latest poll.    

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    Jan 20, 2015 9:5:58Jan 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Monday’s 84-58 win over CCAC foe Indiana University-South Bend was the fifth straight for Head Coach Ralph Hodge and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, tying their longest run of the season. The Tigers had five individuals in double figures for the first time this season. As a team, they shot over 50 percent for the fifth straight game. Olivet used 49 second half points to stretch a 15-point first half lead to over 20 in the second half, giving the Tigers their seventh win by 20 or more points.

    The Tigers (14-6, 8-1) kept the Titans (10-10, 4-5) 19 points under their season average and kept the second-best three-point shooting team in the nation (field goals made) from besting them from the perimeter. The Titans did get 13 made threes but shot only 37.1 percent from that area of the floor. The Tigers were 47.4 percent, making 9-of-19. ONU was 59.3 percent from the field in the second half compared to 44.8 for the Titans which led to 36.2 for the game for the visiting team.

    Monday’s free-throw shooting was in complete contrast with Saturday’s, as 31 less free-throws were attempted. IU-South Bend was only 3-of-10, and the Tigers were 13-of-22 (.591). ONU has now made more from the charity stripe than their opponents this season (234 to 231); but they are shooting only 61.3 percent at home compared to 72.8 on the road.

    ONU had 19 more rebounds than their opponents and six more on the offensive end, scoring 16 second chance points. Five Tigers had two offensive rebounds, and only one Titan was able to gather more than one. For the third straight game, ONU finished the game with a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio. They had 26 assists and 12 turnovers. ONU is currently in the top five in the nation in assists per game and leading the CCAC.

    ONU is now 8-1 this season in CCAC games and 8-1 at McHie Arena, winning their last five at home. Through nine home games this season, ONU has won by an average of 20 points. It is only the fifth consecutive game in which ONU has scored more than 80 points, winning those games by an average of 14.8. ONU has won 10 games this season by scoring 80-plus points. The Tigers have lost only once when allowing their opponent less than 70 points. ONU has now defeated the Titans by double digits in their last three matchups.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with a team-high 17 points. He went 7-for-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. With 1,223 career points, he is 28th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 14 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 14 points on 5-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-7 from the three-point line and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. He added eight assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes. He is now 26-of-43 from behind the arc in the last six games. He now has 1,021 points in his career (40th all-time) and 207 three-pointers, good for fifth all-time.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 13 points (fifth straight game in double figures) on 5-for-9 shooting and went 3-for-6 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 10 points, going 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) scored 17 points using 5-for-8 shooting from the three-point line. He added four rebounds in 21 minutes. Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 22 minutes off the bench and had a good floor game with six assists, two steals and four rebounds. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 21, at home against CCAC foe Trinity International University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 20, 2015 9:3:15Jan 20, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) pumped in a career-high 24 points to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 115-77 win over Indiana University-South Bend in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Monday, Jan. 12. Barnes and the Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak and moved back into second place in the South Division standings.

    Olivet (13-7, 5-3) shot am impressive 40-of-98 (.408) from the field, including 24-of-66 (.364) from behind the arch. They also forced 37 Titan turnovers, 21 of which were steals. At the charity stripe, the Tigers finished the night 11-of-17 (.647).

    Barnes connected on 7-of-17 shots, including five three-pointers. She also shot an impressive 5-of-7 from the free point ling, while pulling in three rebounds, dishing out three assists and accounting for three steals.

    The Tigers had five players finish the night with double-digits in the scoring column. Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points, while leading the team in rebounds with nine, steals with five and assists with four. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) finished the night with 16 points, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) added 12 and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 11.

    Next up, Olivet will take on Trinity International University (Ill.) on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in McHie Arena. When the two faced off a year ago, the Tigers came away with a 116-69 win. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

     

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    Jan 19, 2015 2:41:24Jan 19, 2015 -

    Olivet is among the friendliest college campuses in the United States, according to rankings released late in 2014.

    The Christian liberal arts university placed 13th among 589 colleges in student friendliness rankings compiled by Niche, a content service that provides insight and reviews on neighborhoods and schools. Olivet placed higher than all other Illinois colleges and universities as well as larger institutions including the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M University. Olivet’s main campus is in Bourbonnais, 50 miles south of Chicago.

    Rankings were based on 84,115 opinion-based survey responses from 55,204 current college students and recent alumni.

    “My first day at Olivet, I was sitting alone in the dining room because I didn’t know anyone yet,” said Becca Mooi (junior, social work major, Frankfort, Illinois). “In less than five minutes, an upperclassman started a conversation with me. One of the things I love best about Olivet is how students you don’t know go out of their way to be kind and even open a door for you.”

    “Big smiles and friendly waves are common at Olivet,” said Micah Forshee (freshman, engineering major, Grand Blanc, Michigan). “The students make Olivet such a warm and pleasant place to be.”
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    Jan 19, 2015 10:23:54Jan 19, 2015 -

    ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team have yet to swim against another institution that they will face at the NAIA National Championships. The Tigers traveled to the Oakland University Invite on January 16-17, this time to face two NCAA DI schools, Oakland and the University of Cincinnati and 22-time NCAA DIII National Champions, Kenyon College (Ohio). Olivet finished fourth on the weekend, but came away a better team.

    The Tigers received their top individual performance from sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.). Ray took silver in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.94) and posted a fourth place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.42).

    Other top three finishes included: senior MacKenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) posted a third place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (57.95), while freshman Eugenia Tofano (Caracus, Venezuela) finished third in the 100-yard freestyle (52.54) and the 50-yard freestyle (24.46)

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Jan. 30 at Wheaton College (Ill.) at 4:00 p.m. and then host Lake Forest University on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m. ​

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    Jan 19, 2015 10:22:16Jan 19, 2015 -

    CHICAGO - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team entered their game with No. 4 Saint Xavier University on Saturday, Jan. 16 knowing they would need to bring their "A" game. The Cougars entered the game with an impressive 16-2 overall record and undefeated in the tough Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers have shown signs of greatness while building their 11-7 overall record, but on occasion Head Coach Lauren Stamatis is reminded that she only has five returning players, one transfer and nine rookies. On this afternoon, the two teams gave the crowd their money's worth. Though the Tigers played well, the Cougars coming away with a 105-97 come-from-behind win.

    Saturday's game matched up the top two scoring offenses in all of the NAIA DII. The Tigers entered the game averaging a staggering 110.22 points per game, amassing a total of 1,984 points over 18 games. They have scored 100 points or more 14 times already this season. The Cougars, having broken the 100-point mark four times this season, entered the match up averaging 85.83 point per game. Their 1,545 points over 18 games puts them in second place nationally, significantly behind the Tigers.

    The Tigers (12-7, 4-3) were led by junior Abby Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) with 14 points each. Hengesbach also added a team-high eight rebounds and five steals, while Barnes finished the night with six rebounds and six assists. She also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Westford, Wis.) added 13 points, while freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished with 12. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) dished out six assists and finished 5-of-5 at the charity stripe. On the night, the Tigers were 20-of-23 as a team from the free throw line.

    Olivet will return to action on Monday, Jan. 19 in a CCAC match up with Indiana University - South Bend. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in McHie Arena.
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    Jan 19, 2015 10:15:10Jan 19, 2015 -

    ROCHESTER, Mich. - The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team took to the starting blocks with some of the best competition they had seen all season as they traveled to the Oakland University Invite on January 16-17. The Tigers faced two NCAA DI schools, Oakland and the University of Cincinnati and 32-time NCAA DIII National Champions, Kenyon College (Ohio). Olivet finished fourth overall in the meet, but proved they deserve to swim with the best.

    The Tigers were led by senior Simon Pleasant (Alexandria, South Africa). Pheasant captured gold in the 100-yard freestyle (45.28) and the 50-yard freestyle (21.14). He also took silver in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.14), as well as helping two relays to second place finishes.

    After day one of competition, the four-team field was separated by a mere 43 points. Day two saw Oakland pull away, taking first place with 830 points. Kenyon captured a team silver with 822.5, while Cincinnati finished with 769 and Olivet with 716.5.

    Junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) took second place in all three of his individual events, the 100-yard backstroke (50.33), the 200-yard individual medley (1:54.08) and recorded the top time in the NAIA in the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.36). Junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.90), while sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) captured second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.90) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (50.64). Senior Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.) placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (46.25).

    All four relays teams posted the current top-times in the NAIA, led by the 400 medley relay team of Anderson, Price, Tapia and Pheasant which finished first at 3:22.84. The 200 medley relay team of Anderson, price Tapia and Lercel took second place, touching the wall at 1:32.20. Pheasant, Lercel, senior Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) and freshman Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) finished second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.11, while Lercel, Anderson, Arvidsson and Pheasant combined for second in the 400-yard freestyle relay finishing at 3:03.19.

    Olivet will return to action on Friday, Jan. 30 at Wheaton College (Ill.) at 4:00 p.m. and then host Lake Forest University on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m.

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    Jan 19, 2015 9:13:39Jan 19, 2015 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's indoor track and field team wasted no time getting back into hang of competition, taking second place in the five team field at the Karl Schlender Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Tigers were led by NAIA National Championship "A" standard qualifiers seniors Anna Stiker (Waterman, Ill.) and Amy Blucker (Galesburg, Ill.).

    Blucker shattered her own school record in the shot put, finishing first in the field of 21 competitors with a staggering 14.72m (48-03.05) toss. Stiker took gold in the pole vault, clearing an impressive 3.48m (11-05.00), more than a foot higher than the silver medalist.

    Freshman Anne Brown took second place in the high jump, clearing 1.54m (5-00.50).  The Tigers took second and third in the long jump, led by freshman Erin Farley who posted a 5.26m (17-03.25) jump. Senior Casey Olivia (Bloomington, Ill.) was not far behind, jumping 5.18m (17-00.00).

    On the track, Olivet went 1-2-3 in the 600m run, led by sophomore Karley Brown (Lees Summit, Mo.), who crossed the finish line in 1:43.83. Junior Kayla Gold (Eureka, Ill.) and sophomore Angelica Lafemina (Tinley Park, Ill.) were neck and neck, crossing in 1:45.22 and 1:46.75, respectively. Freshman Alexa Beezhold (St. John, Ind.) took second place in the 800m run in her first collegiate indoor race, crossing the finish line in 2:23.07.

    A great showing by the sprinters, led by second place finishes by junior Peyton Kirkland (Lindenhurst, Ill.) in the 60m dash and Laura D'Angelo (McHenry, Ill.) in the 200m dash. Kirkland crossed the finish line in 8.16, while D'Angelo crossed in 26.83. Right behind D'Angelo in the 200m was freshman Shaelynn White, posting a 27.99. Freshman Emily Troemel took bronze in the 400m dash, finishing in 1:04.85.

    Olivet will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 17 on their home track, hosting the 3rd Annual NAIA/NCAA Challenge. Events will begin in the Perry Center Field House at 10:00 a.m.

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    Jan 18, 2015 11:24:5Jan 18, 2015 -

    WHITEWATER, Wis. — Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s track and field team were chomping at the bit to compete in their first action of the indoor season. They had their opportunity at the at the Karl Schlender Invite hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Four tigers have already qualified for the national championships (NAIA standards) in their events. The Tigers came in second overall with 175 points, besting four other schools at the meet.

    Senior Brian Michell (Reed City, Mich.) won the pole vault with a mark of 4.90 meters, qualifying the “A” standard for the national meet and defeating 12 other athletes. Junior Jacob Armbrust (Metamora, Ill.) won the shot put (16.57 meters) over 21 other athletes, qualifying for the “A” standard. Junior Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.) came in third in the shot put (15.50 meters) (“A” standard) and won the hammer throw (15.84 meters) — a personal record. Junior Elisha DeRamus (Harvey, Ill.) came in second in the long jump (7.02 meters) and qualified for the “B” standard for the national meet.

    The Tigers also performed well on the track. Senior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) came in fifth in the 200 meter dash (22.94). David Powers (Security, Colo.) placed fourth in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:24.36. Freshman Draque Penaflor-Heier (Sterling, Ill.) won the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.01. Junior Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.) won the one mile run (4:33.08), and senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) came in second (4:34.00). Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) won the 3000 meter run (8:57.13), and senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) was second (8:59.41). Junior Caleb Parson (Watseka, Ill.) came in fifth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.77. Senior Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) finished third (1.97 meters), and junior Conner Stroud (Manteno, Ill.) was fourth in the high jump (1.92 meters).

    The 4x400 meter relay team won the event with a time of 3:32.01. Junior Alvin Best (Portage, Ind.), junior Cody Harper (Bourbonnais, Ill.), sophomore Alex Hunt (Eureka, Ill.) and Caleb Parsons competed in this event.

    ONU will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. for their first home meet, hosting the NAIA Challenge at the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center.

    Results:

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    Jan 17, 2015 8:31:7Jan 17, 2015 -

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Keeping with their recent trend, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team notched their fourth straight win on Saturday, Jan. 17, with a 105-97 overtime win over CCAC rival St. Xavier University (Ill.). The Tigers were victorious in a very important game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties. They were able to come away with the tough, hard-fought win. Saturday’s win capped off a big week for the Tigers as they defeated two conference teams that are near the top of the league standings. Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) was again huge for the Tigers as he nearly tabbed a triple-double with 31 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) needed 22 points to accumulate 1,000 for his career, and did so with 29 points against the Cougars (12-7, 6-3). He scored his 1,000th point on a free-throw with 4:57 remaining in the second half. He is the 40th Tiger to reach the milestone and currently has 1,007 points through 95 career games.

    ONU’s (13-6, 7-1) overtime win at the Shannon Center was the Tigers' first against the Cougars since 2011. ONU has lost their last two trips to the southside of Chicago by 11 and three, respectively. The Tigers lost last year’s matchup 68-67 at McHie Arena.

    Saturday’s free-throw shooting was outstanding for both teams and ended up to be very important down the stretch. ONU shot the most they have all season with 26-of-33 (.788), and the Cougars were 25-of-30 (.833). The Tigers shot over 50 percent for their fourth consecutive game (.574) and were outstanding from behind the arc (.643). The Cougars made 10 three-pointers but shot 11 more in the game. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 20 in the paint but were outdone off turnovers by 11.

    ONU had 10 more rebounds than their opponents and 17 more assists but had three more turnovers. ONU won the rebounding battle for the 15th time this season. The Tigers' 31 assists ties the season-high for the season.

    ONU is now 7-1 this season in CCAC games and 6-3 on the road, winning their last three away from McHie Arena. It is the second game the Tigers have played in overtime and the first they have won in extra time. It is only the second time ONU has scored more than 100 points this season, winning both contests. ONU has won nine games this season when they scored 80-plus points. St. Xavier’s 97 points are the most allowed this season by ONU.

    Austin Davis had 29 points on 7-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the three-point line and 10-of-12 free-throws. He added seven assists and three rebounds steals in 36 minutes. He is now 23-of-36 from behind the arc in the last five games. His 22nd point of the game was his 1,000th of his career.

    Aaron Larson finished with a game high 31 points, his second game this year with 30 or more points. He went 11-for-17 from the field, 2-of-5 from behind the arc and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added four blocks in 41 minutes. He now has seven games of 20-plus points this season. With 1,206 career points, he is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 21 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 12  points on 6-for-9 shooting, and added four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had 12 points, going 2-for-6 from the field and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added seven rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) played 33 minutes off the bench and chipped in with two points, five rebounds and three assists. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had five points, three rebounds and two assists in nine minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Monday, Jan. 19, at home against Indiana University–South Bend at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 16, 2015 1:58:36Jan 16, 2015 -

    Olivet students have a new place to go for academic help — from wrestling with a tough assignment to preparing for a test to getting through a rough patch during a course.

    The University’s newly launched Academic Coaching Center is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, in the lower level of Ludwig Center. Peer coaching is available in five subject areas, and others will be added as faculty members identify coaching needs. For now, students may get coaching in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, psychology, sociology and biology.

    Most of the 24 peer coaches who staff the center are juniors and seniors who have completed many of the courses for which students will seek help. Recommended by professors and/or department chairs, the coaches have completed initial training in academic coaching and will continue to receive training throughout the semester. One coach is available for each subject during each hour the center is open. A student receptionist greets students, and Laura Contreras ’09 is the center supervisor.

    Other means of academic assistance already underway — including tutoring and supplemental instruction, mathematics labs and Spanish labs — will continue in other campus locations. Students with disabilities will continue to work through the Learning Development Center to arrange for services they require.

    “Peer coaches will enrich and support the learning process for many levels of student need,” says Dr. Carol Maxson, associate vice president for academic support. “The Academic Coaching Center embodies the concept that academic assistance benefits students at all levels of understanding and accomplishment, and that students should seek help and enrichment at any time — not only when they are failing or close to failing.”

    Students may make appointments for coaching or visit the center during hours of operation. Each coaching session lasts 50 minutes. Students are advised to bring textbooks and any other class materials necessary to complete the work they want to accomplish. Students may bring their own computers or use those available at the center. Cell phones are permitted for academic use only.

    “Though students’ academic progress is the purpose for this center, I’m thrilled about the strong relationships that will be developed through the whole process,” says Ethan Weniger (junior, psychology major, Normal, Illinois), a peer coach. “My desire is that students will come to the center and find a comfortable place where they can grow.”

    More information about the Academic Coaching Center is available at my.olivet.edu, acc@olivet.edu or 815-936-3963.
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    Jan 15, 2015 12:29:6Jan 15, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -In all sports, you will have games when you're on and games when things just aren't quite right. Unfortunately, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball had one of those "off" games on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup with No. 21 Robert Morris University (Ill.). The Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 104-83 final score.

    Olivet (12-6, 3-2) whose up-tempo style of play relies heavily on their three-point game, shot mere 11-of-71 (.155) from behind the three-point arc h and were out rebounded under their basket 50 to 37 by the Eagles. On the opposite end of the court, Robert Morris shot 44-of-76 (.579) from the field to keep the Tigers at bay.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) led the Tigers in points with 21, steals with seven, assists with four and rebounds with seven. Freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) pumped in a 16 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. She also pulled down five rebounds along with freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.). Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 12 points.

    "We met all of our game goals, we just didn't put the ball through the hoop," said Head Coach Lauren Stamatis.

    Things don't get any easier for the Tigers as they travel to No. 4 Saint Xavier University (Ill.) on Saturday, Jan. 17 to take on the only undefeated team left in the CCAC. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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    Jan 15, 2015 10:54:57Jan 15, 2015 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) saved one of his best games for Wednesday night and for a worthy opponent. The senior sharp-shooter was only two points shy of tying his career-high, leading the Tigers with 30 points and missing only three shots in the process. Partnering with Davis was junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) with his fifth double-double of the season. Alongside Davis and Larson were the rest of the Tiger team, and they provided a great performance against CCAC rival, No. 25 Robert Morris University (Ill.), on the way to a 93-71 win over the perennial national tournament team.

    ONU’s (12-6, 6-1) 21-point win over Robert Morris (11-8, 5-3) is the largest win differential for either team in the last 13 seasons. The average win is by 9.3 points through the last 25 games. Robert Morris won by 19 points back in 2004. The Tigers allowed 70-plus points for the ninth time during this season, but it’s only the third time they have come away victorious. Olivet is undefeated when scoring 80-plus points through 18 games.

    Wednesday night’s free-throw shooting was dismal as both teams shot 50 percent or worse. ONU was right at 50 percent (6-of-12), the worst they have shot this season. The Eagles were 6-of-17 (.353). The Tigers shot over 50 percent for the third consecutive game (.591) and were outstanding from behind the arc (.692). The Eagles also made nine three-pointers, but shot eight more in the game. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 10 in the paint.

    ONU had only 32 rebounds to Robert Morris’s 33; it is only the fourth time this season the Tigers have lost the rebounding battle. The Tigers had 24 assists, twice as many as the Eagles, and only 12 turnovers, seven less than Robert Morris. The Tigers outscored the Eagles by 16 off turnovers. ONU’s season assist total is now 100 more than their turnover total (345-244).

    ONU is now 6-1 this season in CCAC games and 7-1 at McHie Arena, winning by an average of 22.1 points. It is also the seventh win this season for the Tigers by 20 or more points. At this season the Tigers are averaging 85.4 points, almost 10 more than the Tigers' average. Away from McHie they average only 69.6 points.

    Austin Davis had a season-high 30 points on 12-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-6 from the three-point line, not to mention one assist and two steals in 36 minutes. He is now 18-of-30 from behind the arc in the last four games. He is 22 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

    Aaron Larson finished with his fifth double-double of the season. He had 20 points, going 8-for-15 from the field, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. He now has six games of 20-plus points this season. With 1,175 career points, he is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 29 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored in double digits for the third straight game, providing 16 points on 8-for-17 shooting, and added five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) chipped in with five points, two rebounds and a career-high nine assists in 25 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had six points, four rebounds and two steals in nine minutes off the bench. Sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) gave the Tigers five points, three rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Saturday, Jan. 17, on the road against rival St. Xavier University (Ill.) at 3 p.m.

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    Jan 12, 2015 1:38:12Jan 12, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. - the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked a victory in their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup of 2015, downing Judson University (Ill.) 127-87. The Tigers had five players finish in double-digits, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) who finished with 25.

    Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.)  added 20 points, shooting 6-of-10 from behind the three-point line. Sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) shot 6-of-8 from the charity stripe to finish with 17 points, while freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 15 points, shooting 5-of-11 from behind the arch. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added 10 points.

    Hengesbach finished with a team-high 11 assists and five steals in just 16 minutes of play. Schmidt and freshman Tori Lempke (Brillion, Wis.) each pulled down six rebounds.

    Olivet will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at home against Robert Morris University (Ill.). The Tigers (12-5, 4-1) now sit tied with No. 8 Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.) atop the South Division of the CCAC standings. Previously unbeaten Purdue Cal was upset by Robert Morris on Saturday. Both Robert Morris and Olivet enter the matchup receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 Coaches Poll. Last season, the Tigers picked up a 134-111 win over the Eagles in their only meeting on January 15 in Chicago. 

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    Jan 12, 2015 11:35:35Jan 12, 2015 -

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. /CHICAGO - It had been 36 days since the Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team went head-to-head in intercollegiate competition. The Tiger's had been training for the majority of those days, but they had only each other to push. On Saturday, Jan. 10 the Tigers split their squad and headed to NCAA DII Lewis University and the University of Chicago.

    At Lewis, the Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 157.5-102.5 final score. Olivet was led by sophomore Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.) and freshman Eugenia Tofano (Caracas, Venezuela). Ray took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:48.90) and second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:30.36), while Tofano took gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.68), the 50-yard freestyle (24.65) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.95).

    Sophomore Holly Risinger (Tremont, Ill.) finished third in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.29) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.55). Freshman Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.) added second place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.39) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.00) and a third place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.85). Senior Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) touched second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.50), while junior Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.) finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (25.51). Sophomore Rachel Jirik (Bloomington, Ill.) added second place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.61).

    The 400 free relay team of Ray, Weener, Risinger and Jirik captured gold with a 3:44.76 finish, while the 400 medley relay team of Gerke, Ray, Miller and Tofano finished second at 4:05.28.

    At Chicago, the Tigers were led by sophomore Haley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.) and freshman Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.). Ronci captured first in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:11.15) and third in the 400-yard individual medley (4:50.40). Zalinski took second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:15.40).

    Olivet will travel to Oakland University (Mich.) on January 16-17 to take on NCAA powerhouses Oakland, Kenyon College (Ohio) and University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Events are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and resume at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning.

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    Jan 12, 2015 10:57:48Jan 12, 2015 -

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill./CHICAGO - The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team had not swum competitively since Dec. 6 when they split the squad up to head to NCAA DII Lewis University (Ill.) and the University of Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Tigers had spent hours in training over the long break, taking barely a week off around Christmas. The Tiger's fared well in Chicago, finishing fourth of the eight teams, impressive given they skipped the first day of competition.  At Lewis, the Tigers kept it close despite faulty touch pads forcing many races to go to hand back up times or judges decisions, losing 139-122.

    The distance team headed to Chicago, making quite a statement as they finished 1-2-3-4 in the 1,650-yard freestyle and captured first in the 800 free relay (7:15.05) and second in the 400 free relay (3:15.58). The Tigers were led by freshman Joshua Bouma (Jenison, Mich.) who captured gold in his only two individual events, 200-yard freestyle (1:45.95) and the 1650-yard freestyle (16:28.60). Bouma also anchored the 800 free relay and led off the 400 free relay.

    Junior Sam Borgman (Zeeland, Mich.) took silver in the 1,650 (16:44.29), while freshman Charles Bennett (Edwards, Ill.) took third (17:10.366). Bennett also captured silver in the 400-yard individual medley (4:16.24). Junior Andrew Fischer (Graaff-Reinet, South Africa) finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (52.80) and fourth in the 1,650 (17:24.14).

    At Lewis, the Tigers had great performances by seniors Simon Pheasant (Alexandria, South Africa) and Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.), juniors Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) and Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) and sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.). Pheasant took second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.76) and the 50-yard freestyle (21.86) and third in the 100-yard freestyle (47.26). Lercel finished second in the 100 free (46.78) and third in the 200 free (1:46.72) and 500 free (4:55.75).

    Anderson captured gold in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.96) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.05) and second in 100-yard backstroke (1:53.96). Price took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.49) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.87) and second in the 200 IM (2:02.88).

    Tapia finished first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.27) and second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:50.91) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.73).

    Freshmen Guilerme Magnoler (Lins, Brazil) and Ryan Bohl (Zionsville, Mich.) each added a third place individual finish. Mognoler in the 100-yard backstroke (55.63) and Bohl in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.81).

    The two relay teams each captured second place finishes. The 400 medley relay team of Anderson, Price Anton Arvidsson (Kama, Sweden) and Lercel touched in 3:27.20. The 400 freestyle relay team of Pheasant, Mognoler, Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.) and Tapia finished in 3:12.78.

    Olivet will travel to Oakland University (Mich.)on January 16-17 to take on NCAA powerhouses Oakland, Kenyon College (Ohio) and University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Events are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday night and resume at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning.

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    Jan 10, 2015 7:57:46Jan 10, 2015 -

    ELGIN, Ill. — Through the first four minutes, the Tiger men's basketball game seemed to be in the favor of Olivet Nazarene University; however, an 11-0 lead evaporated at the hands of the Judson University (Ill.) Eagles only four minutes later due to streaky shooting. Meanwhile, through the first 20 minutes of play, the Eagles commanded the Tigers' respect despite the records represented in the game. ONU lost all momentum early and Judson used a boost of energy from the home crowd to take as much as an eight-point lead. Yet, the Tigers got back within two right before halftime and took the lead back for good only five minutes into the second half. The remainder of the game belonged to the Tigers as they poured it on going into the paint, scoring point-blank buckets and putting the defensive clamps on the Eagles while keeping them to 36.4 percent shooting in the last 20 minutes.

    The Tigers (11-6, 5-1) 83-67 win over Judson (4-14, 1-6) was their fifth in conference play and seventh double-digit victory this season. The Tigers' 16-point win is three points shy of their average win differential over the Eagles during the last five seasons (19.6). It is the ninth time ONU has allowed less than 70 points to an opponent this season; the Tigers are 8-1 in those games.

    Judson had nine more field goal attempts and 17 more from behind the arc, but the Tigers won the free-throw battle, shooting 10 more at the charity stripe. The Tigers shot 59.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from the three-point line, making 72.2 percent from the free-throw line. ONU missed only 10 shots in the first half and 12 in the second. Judson managed only 39.7 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from the three-point line.

    ONU had 32 rebounds to Judson’s 31, but the Eagles had 12 offensive rebounds to ONU’s seven. The Tigers had 18 assists to only eight turnovers, and Judson was equally good with only nine giveaways.

    ONU is now 5-1 this season in CCAC games and is 5-3 in games away from McHie Arena. This is the Tigers’ fifth win this season after trailing at halftime. It is the second time the Tigers have scored 50-plus points in the second half.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) led the Tigers with 25 points, going 11-for-14  from the field. He made 2-of-3 three-pointers, and added nine rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes. Today's total is the most points Larson has scored since the third game of the season. He now has 1,155 career points and is 30th all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. He is also only 40 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting and added four rebounds  in 27 minutes. Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had 16 points on 6-for-11 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the three-point line, not to mention his three assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes. Davis is 52 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) chipped in with four points, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes. Another junior, Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.), had eight points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) gave the Tigers six points, including a 4-for-4 performance from the free-throw line. He also had two rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had eight points on 3-for-5 shooting and had three rebounds.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at home against No. 21 Robert Morris University (Ill.) at 7:30 p.m.

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    Jan 08, 2015 10:29:18Jan 08, 2015 -

    PEORIA, Ariz. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team is pleased to announce the addition of Brittany Neal for the fall of 2015. Neal, a Liberty High School standout, signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career as a Tiger.

    As a senior, Neal was awarded the Lion Pride Award Neal, a prestigious award at LHS. A 6-2 middle hitter, Neal finished her final season with 138 kills and 60 blocks, earning AIA Honorable Mention honors, as well as First Team All-District. She also served as team captain. As a junior, she earned All-District honors and was voted Most Improved Player by the coaching staff.

    "I chose ONU because the second I stepped on campus, I knew it was meant to be," said Neal of her decision. "I can't see myself anywhere else."

    In the classroom, Neal has earned honor roll distinction three times.

    Neal intends to major in law enforcement and psychology while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Randy and Monica and sister to Madelyn and Kaitlyn.

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    Jan 06, 2015 2:30:55Jan 06, 2015 -

    CHICAGO --- Registering team-high totals in points and rebounds to help Olivet Nazarene University knock off NAIA I No. 15-ranked Georgetown College (Ky.), Tiger junior forward Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending January 4, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

    The award marks the third time this season that Larson has been recognized.  He was also honored in back-to-back weeks in November.

    Larson posted 17 points and 11 rebounds in authoring his fourth double-double of the season in Olivet Nazarene's 84-82 win on Sunday.  He also handed out six assists and one steal.

    Olivet Nazarene's win put it at 10-6 on the season, including a 4-1 mark in conference play.

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    Jan 06, 2015 10:11:43Jan 06, 2015 -

    Olivet’s School of Music has received the Apple Distinguished Program designation for 2014 through 2016 for its iLearn@Olivet initiative which provides iPad to every member of the Marching Tigers and all music majors, as well as faculty and staff members.

    The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

    For the marching band, using iPad for music scores and formation diagrams greatly reduces the amount of items band members have to carry with them. The Coaches’ Eye is a valuable app which allows directors to video the band’s performance with iPad. Then directors use the video to give feedback to the students and isolate sections on the field for drills. And practices can continue later into the evenings because the screens light the music.

    Olivet is partnering with the creators of “Drill Book” in making it fully available on iPad. The ease of this new technology and the convenience of having new drills sent directly to each band member’s device are benefiting students and directors.

    iPad content and usage is tailored for Olivet’s School of Music needs as iPad is used for all band, orchestra, choral and instrumental ensemble music scores, ebooks, note-taking and email. Right at the students’ fingertips are countless thoughtful and innovative applications of the technology, including vocal coaching and recording apps and solutions. In some instances, students won’t even need to lift a finger with the use of AirTurn Bluetooth page turning devices paired with iPad These allow instrumentalists to focus on creating beautiful music while turning the pages of their music wirelessly with the use of a foot pedal.

    To enhance iPad usage, Larsen Fine Arts Center — home of the School of Music — has tripled the number of WiFi access points throughout the building.

    “The selection of Olivet’s School of Music as an Apple Distinguished Program highlights our success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment,” said Dr. Don Reddick, dean of the School of Music. “Working with our Information Technology specialists, we determined that iPad is the best technology available for transforming the teaching and learning experience for our students and faculty. Having the iPad in the hands of our School’s faculty, staff and students is fundamentally transforming the higher education experience for everyone.”
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    Jan 05, 2015 12:29:40Jan 05, 2015 -

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Players dream of the shots like the one Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) made to win the game for Olivet men's basketball in Sunday’s matinee match-up with No. 15 (NAIA Division I) Georgetown College (Ky.). Crater’s number was called by Head Coach Ralph Hodge with just 3.7 seconds remaining and the scored tied at 82. He caught the in-bounds pass from Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and made a difficult fall-away jumper from the baseline about 10 feet out. The Tigers didn’t let Georgetown get a return shot and won their first-ever game against the NAIA powerhouse 84-82. The win was ONU's 10th of the season, and the 2014-15 Tigers are the quickest to 10 wins since the 2009-10 season.

    Despite losing by six (80-74) with 1:59 to go in the game, the Tigers (10-6) didn’t show any signs of giving up in front of the road crowd. They responded with two consecutive three-pointers from senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) that tied the game at 80 with just over a minute to play. Georgetown’s Noah Cottrill finished with a game-high 35 points that put Georgetown (12-3) up 82-80 on a running score at the basket with 39 seconds. ONU answered with a field goal of their own when junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) took it strong to the hole and tied the game with 23 seconds. On the next possession for Georgetown, junior Zach Wagner took his third charge of the game when Darion Burns took it at the basket with just over seven seconds remaining. The Tigers inbounded the ball and raced it over half court so Coach Hodge could call a timeout. The 30-second timeout setup the shot from Crater.

    Olivet trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half and by nine in the second. The Tigers led for only approximately four minutes of the game despite shooting 51.4 percent from the field with 55.9 from the field and 41.7 percent in the second half alone. ONU outrebounded Georgetown 36 to 32 and gathered nine offensive rebounds. The Tigers also had 23 assists to only eight turnovers. The Tigers had four in double figures, and Georgetown had three, including playing only six players double-digit minutes.

    Georgetown shot 15 more free-throws than the Tigers but managed to make only 12 for 57.1 percent. They totaled 14 less field goal attempts but shot 55.4 percent from the floor, 60.7 in the first half.

    ONU is now 6-5 this season in nonconference games and is 4-4 against teams ranked nationally or receiving votes. This is the Tigers’ third win this season over a team ranked in the top 15 nationally. Sunday’s game is also the first time this season ONU has allowed its opponent to score over 80 points.

    Junior Aaron Larson led the Tigers with 17 points, making on 7-for-16 shooting, made 2-of-5 three-pointers, and added 11 rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes. He now has 1,130 career points and is 32nd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. Larson is also only 49 rebounds shy of the top 20 rebounders in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, and added one rebound and three assists in 30 minutes. Senior Austin Davis had 14 points on 5-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-9 from the three-point line, not to mention two in the last two minutes that eventually tied the game at 80.

    Junior Alex Thorson chipped in with six points and seven assists (career-high) and collected two steals in 24 minutes. He made two big lay-ups down the stretch, and one tied the game at 82 with under a minute to play. Junior Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) got his first start on Sunday and had eight points, four rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes.  Another junior, Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.), had eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater gave the Tigers 10 points, including two three-pointers, but none were bigger than his final two points as he made the game-winning shot with just 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock. He added four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) added eight points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in CCAC action on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at home against Indiana University-South Bend (Ky.) at 7:30 p.m. 

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    Jan 04, 2015 9:58:46Jan 04, 2015 -

    GARY, Ind. -An extended break is not always conducive to the up-tempo style of basketball the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team has become known for, but the Tigers had not faced an opponent in 16 days. In fact, Olivet took a much needed 10 day break to rest and recuperate over the Christmas holidays. At first, the break seemed to work on Saturday, Jan. 3 when TigerBall returned to the court at Indiana University-Northwest as Olivet jumped out to a lead early in the first half, but the Red Hawks tied things up at the 15:52 mark in the second period and held on for a 98-95 win to start 2015.

    Olivet (11-5) had four players finish in double-digits, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach's (Westplalia, Mich.) 20 points. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 15, while sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) each added 14. Hengesbach also led the Tigers with seven assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Capriana Christian finished the day with a team-leading three steal and added eight points.

    The Tigers return to McHie Arena for the first time in 2015 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 to face Indiana University -South Bend. The important Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up will start at 5:30 p.m.

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    Dec 21, 2014 2:19:44Dec 21, 2014 -

    Box Score (12/18)

    Box Score (12/19)

    LAKELAND, Fla. — During a beautiful week of weather provided by Central Florida, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team was anticipating the same type of play at the 1st Annual Southeastern University (Fla.) Classic. However, a dismal offensive performance on Thursday, Dec. 18, and a tough last second loss on Friday, Dec. 19, kept the Tigers from enjoying the Sunshine State even more. 

    A 67-58 loss was the result the first game against No. 24 Evangel University (Mo.), as the Tigers had only one player in double figures. In the second game, Olivet gave up 61.7 percent shooting to the No. 23-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) Lions that led to a 78-75 loss.

    Evangel (6-4) made 10-of-20 three-pointers on Thursday and made six more free-throws en route to the nine-point win. They also limited the Tigers (9-6) to only 42.1 percent shooting and 22.7 from the three-point line. The Tigers cut the deficit to only three points with just under five minutes remaining but managed only two more points the rest of the game, preventing any further comeback.

    ONU looked to leave Florida with a win on Friday, but a sluggish first-half start had the Tigers down double digits against SAGU (10-3); however, a small run cut it to only seven at the break. The entire second half, the teams remained close as ONU finally took a 73-72 lead with only 2:17 left and — with 54 seconds — had the ball as the score was tied 75 apiece. Yet, a Tiger turnover with six seconds led to a Lion lay-up and free-throw that ended the game.  

    For the second straight game, the Tigers gave up double digit three-poinerts (13-of-22) but did improve their own shooting 46.2 from the field and 37.5 from the three-point line. Olivet even won the free-throw line by 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

    ONU is now .500 (5-5) this season in nonconference games and 3-4 against teams ranked nationally or receiving votes. In the Tigers' last six games played away from McHie Arena, ONU is 1-5.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) averaged 14 points, including six three-pointers.  He also averaged 4.5 assists per game in 32.5 minutes per contest.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) averaged 16 points, making 13 field goals, including 12 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. He now has 1,113 career points and is 33rd all-time on the Tigers’ all-time scoring list. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) averaged four points and collected three assists and five rebounds between both games. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) averaged nine points and 5.5 rebounds, starting both games.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) averaged 8.5 points, making two three-pointers and 5-of-7 free-throws between both games.  

    The Tigers will be back on the court following Christmas break on Sunday, Jan. 4, at Georgetown College (Ky.) for a 2 p.m. (EST) start.  

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    Dec 18, 2014 4:19:57Dec 18, 2014 -

    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team picked up a 116-110 win over NCAA Division III Buena Vista University (Iowa) on Friday, Dec. 18 in non-conference action at the JustAgame Holiday Classic. The Tigers improve to 11-4 on the season and head into a much needed break to enjoy Christmas with their families.

    Olivet had five players finish the game with double-digits in the point's column. The Tigers were led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) and freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartless, Ill.) who each finished with 16 points. Hengesbach also added six rebounds, nine assists and six steals. Giampapa, meanwhile, added seven steals.

    Sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) finished with 14 points and three steals, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) continues to produce, finishing with 11 points. Nicolas also added two assists and three steals. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 10 points and four assists.

    The Tigers will take a 15 day break from action. They will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 3 when they travel to Indiana University-Northwest. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

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    Dec 18, 2014 2:9:21Dec 18, 2014 -

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Thursday that 319 football student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Taylor (Ind.) led all institutions with 14 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. 

    ONU had seven Tigers honored for their work in the classroom; Seniors; Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Tex.), Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.), Jeff Glitz (Grand Blanc, Mich.), Ryan Smith (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) and Jonathan Fightmaster (Bourbonnais, Ill.). Zach Gross (Elgin, Ill.) was the lone junior awarded.  All but Fightmaster and Gross were named to the list for a second time; only  because they were not eligible.

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    Dec 18, 2014 7:46:6Dec 18, 2014 -

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cal State San Marcos leads in the second set of the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup fall standings.  The Cougars have accumulated 222 total points after placing ninth in women's soccer and 25th in women's volleyball.

    Olivet Nazarene currently occupies the second spot with 218.50 points after placing 17th in both men's and women's soccer and earning a 25th place finish in women's volleyball.

    The Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson are in third place with 217 points. They captured the women's soccer title and finished ninth in both men's soccer and women's volleyball.

    Southern Oregon currently occupies the fourth spot with 197 points due to a 13th place finish in women's volleyball.

    Rounding out the top five is Indiana Wesleyan with 195.50 points. They placed 13th in women's volleyball and 17th in men's soccer.

    Five of the six fall NAIA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men's cross country - Oklahoma City; women's cross country - British Columbia (Can.); women's soccer - Lindsey Wilson; men's soccer - Davenport; women's volleyball - Park.

    The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.  Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six women's and six men's.

    The final NAIA fall standings will be released Wednesday, December 24.

    Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial.  Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org.  In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.

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    Dec 18, 2014 7:41:14Dec 18, 2014 -

    WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - With final exams in the books, the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team headed out on their annual Christmas Break trip. For a change of pace, the Tiger's headed north to the JustAgame Holiday Classic hosted by JustAgame Fieldhouse in the waterpark capital of the world, Wisconsin Dells. The two-day, four-team event began Wednesday, Dec. 17 with the Tiger's facing William Penn University (Iowa).

    Olivet (10-4) picked up a 120-103 non-conference win over the Statesmen, led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.). Hengesbach finished the night with 22 points, while dishing out a team-leading seven assists. She also accounted for seven rebounds and three steals.

    Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 15 points and seven boards in the winning effort, shooting 5-of-12 from behind the three-point line to account for all of her points. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) finished with 14 points. She also added four assists.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 13 points, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) finished with 12. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) rounds out the double-digit scorers, finishing with 11. Nicolas also had three steals.

    The Tigers will face NCAA Division III Buena Vista University (Iowa) today at 1:30 p.m. at the JustAgame Fieldhouse. 

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    Dec 17, 2014 9:27:23Dec 17, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on December 15 that Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer head coach, Bill Bahr, has been named the 2014 NAIA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

    Bahr led the Tigers to a 16-4-1 record, including a perfect 11-0 run en route to capturing the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season title. Olivet entered the CCAC Tournament as the top-seed, picking up two more victories to claim to championships.

    Olivet earned their fourth consecutive bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round with their conference title. For the third time in as many years, the Tigers earned a home field advantage. Unfortunately, they saw their 15-game winning streak come to an end in a 1-0 defeat to Hastings College.

    On the field, Bahr had three players earn NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors, five players named CCAC First Team All-Conference and two receive Honorable Mention All-Conference. In the classroom, he had four named NAIA Scholar-Athletes and nine recognized at CCAC All-Academic honorees.

    Bahr will be formally recognized at the annual NSCAA College Coaches Reception, Thursday, January 15, 2015.  The event will be held in conjunction with the 68th annual NSCAA Convention, January 14-18 in Philadelphia.  

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    Dec 16, 2014 9:9:28Dec 16, 2014 -

    Box Score

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A complete 40-minute effort was the answer the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team had as they kept a nationally ranked opponent to 15 points shy of their season average. The Tigers defeated the No. 11 St. Ambrose University (Iowa) 89-68 at McHie Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 16, playing the defensive end as well as the offensive. Olivet shot 52.3 percent from the field while keeping St. Ambrose to only 39.0, leading to a second defeat of the Bees this season.

    Tonight’s nonconference win was the first for the Tigers (9-4) since Nov. 11 when they defeated the Bees (9-4) 76-74 in Davenport, Iowa. The Tigers scored their second highest total of the season and did so with 52 combined points from three starters (Davis, Larson and Wagner). Olivet was able to continue and push their 13-point halftime lead forward with a 57.6 percent field goal shooting clip and by making 8-of-10 free-throws.

    ONU had its largest advantage on the glass of the season 51 to 22 and had 19 offensive rebounds to only nine for the Bees. The Tigers used their 19 offensive rebounds to outscore St. Ambrose 24 to four in second chance points. Four Tigers had five or more rebounds, and ONU tallied seven deadball rebounds to help their total.

    Olivet is now 6-1 at McHie Arena this season and is 15-4 dating back to the beginning of last season. The Tigers have a 20.3 win differential in those games.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had a team-high 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting, going 4-for-11 from the three-point line and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. He had six assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had 17 points (12 in the second half) on 8-of-15 shooting, including 12 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 30 minutes. He now has 1,081 career points and had his third double-double of the season in this game. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored 14 points, going 7-for-9 from the field. He had one rebound with two assists in 20 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had two points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals in 28 minutes. Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had nine points, eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had nine points on 4-for-9 shooting and had four rebounds in 18 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had eight points in 12 minutes.

    Paul Beene led the Fighting Bees with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and 3-for-7 from the three-point line in 24 minutes. Darian White had 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting with 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds in 30 minutes. Sam Ainsworth had 15 points, five rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in action Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. (EST) against NAIA Division I No. 24 Evangel University (Mo.) at the Southeastern University (Fla.) Classic.

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    Dec 16, 2014 2:38:36Dec 16, 2014 -

    WACO, Texas — Olivet Nazarene University’s senior middle linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) has topped off an outstanding season and career for the Tigers with his selection to the 25-man 2014 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA All-America First Team, announced on Dec. 16 by the AFCA-NAIA All-America Committee.

    The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

    Ruemler was selected First Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of three linebackers selected out of 11 total on the team. He joins Takari Johnson from Concordia University-Ann Arbor (Mich.) as first team selections, representing the Mid-States Football Association.

    He started all 11 games for the Tigers, leading the team in tackles for the fourth straight season with 103 unassisted, 68 assisted (171 total, career-high). He also led the team in tackles for loss with 23.5 for 68 yards. He finished with two sacks for 10 yards, six forced fumbles (led team), one blocked kick and one pass break up. He finished second in the MSFA and NAIA in tackles per game (14.9). He was second in the MSFA and third in the NAIA in tackles for loss (23.5). He also finished his career with 449 tackles (267-182), good for second all-time in Tiger history.

    Ruemler is the first Tiger since his former teammate, Andrew Muzljakovich, was named in 2013 to the distinction. He is the eighth overall in the history of the program.

    2014 AFCA-NAIA Coaches’ All-America First Team                                                                                             

    Defense                                                                                              

    Pos.       Name    Ht.          Wt.         Yr.           School   Hometown

    DL           Greg Haywood  6-3          230         Sr.           Saint Xavier (Ill.)               Oak Lawn, Ill.

    DL           Phil Latimer*      6-0          255         Sr.           Nebraska Wesleyan        Broomfield, Colo.

    DL           Kyle Connors     6-2          285         Sr.           Siena Heights (Mich.)     Tecumseh, Mich.

    DL           Ty Phillips*          6-2          270         Sr.           Missouri Valley East St. Louis, Ill.

    LB           Takari Johnson  6-1          235         Sr.           Concordia (Mich.)            Lansing, Mich.

    LB           Brandon Ruemler            6-0          208         Sr.           Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)     Williamsport, Ind.

    LB           Sean Blomquist*              5-11       235         Sr.           Carroll (Mont.)  Helena, Mont.

    DB          Justin Wohlert   5-9          189         Jr.           Northwestern (Iowa)     Hartley, Iowa

    DB          Adam Sauder     6-3          205         Jr.           Taylor (Ind.)       Grabill, Ind.

    DB          Carlos Cox           5-11       180         Sr.           Friends (Kan.)    Newark, N.J.

    DB          Marte Sears       6-5          220         Sr.           Faulkner (Ala.)  Fresno, Calif.

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    Dec 14, 2014 10:1:46Dec 14, 2014 -

    HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Despite a career-high 28 point performance by junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.), the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team came up short in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 13 on the road at No. 16 Huntington University (Ind.). The Tigers had a 71-52 lead at the half, but found themselves on the short end of the 124-106 final with the Foresters.

    Stuart made a career-high nine baskets, including seven from behind the three-point line. She finished the night shooting 9-of-18 from the floor, 7-of-12 from behind the arc and 3-of-5 at the charity line. She also added a pair of steals and assists.

    Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) added 21 points for the Tigers while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added her sixth double-digit night to her career, finishing with 12 points. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) led Olivet with four assists.

    Olivet (9-4) found themselves with some foul trouble throughout the game, finishing with 33 personal fouls on the afternoon. The Foresters used the fouls to their advantage, hitting 44-of-52 of their charity shots. Huntington, in return, only committed 20 personal fouls.

    Olivet will head north to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin for the two-day JustAgame Holiday Classic. The Tigers will open play against William Penn University (Iowa) on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, the Tigers will face Buena Vista University (Iowa) at 1:30 p.m.

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    Dec 13, 2014 6:21:10Dec 13, 2014 -

    Box Score

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — It has been 13 seasons since the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team has started a season with such a good win percentage. The Tigers won their eighth game in 12 tries with a 74-71 victory over Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in CCAC action on Saturday, Dec. 13. ONU hasn’t started so well since the 1999-2000 season when the Tigers finished in the NAIA Division Fab Four. Olivet was able to capture the win by shooting their highest field goal percentage of the season (.536) and had only 10 turnovers.

    The Tigers (8-4, 4-1) scored in the 70s for the eighth time in eight wins and were able to do so without ever letting the Crimson Wave (8-5, 1-2) lead during the game. ONU had to grind possession after possession because Calumet-St. Joseph was able to shoot 46.3 percent from the floor and make six more free-throws than the Tigers, recording only nine turnovers of their own.

    ONU had the advantage on the glass 34 to 26 and 14 to 10 on the offensive end. But besides that one specific stat, the game was almost identical except that the Tigers made five more field goals. ONU’s bench did outscore the Crimson Wave reserves 21 to seven.

    Olivet continues to have a stranglehold on the Crimson Wave as the Tigers have won all eight meetings over the last five seasons. This is the second closest result between the two teams.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) scored a career-high 25 points, going 12-for-16 from the field. He had six rebounds with three assists in 29 minutes.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) had 19 points (14 in second half) on 6-of-8 shooting and made 3-of-4 three-pointers, including four rebounds in 25 minutes. He now has 1,064 career points.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had five points, seven rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes, including a three-pointer with under 30 seconds to make it a five-point game. 

    Junior Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.) had four points, two rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting and had three assists in 20 minutes.

    Franqlin Gatson led the Crimson Wave with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, and 3-for-7 from the three-point line. He had three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Brian Brilmyer had 19 points on 5-for-15 shooting with 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds in 34 minutes. Michael Brooks had 12 points, two rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. against No. 11 St. Ambrose University (Iowa).

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    Dec 13, 2014 8:46:13Dec 13, 2014 -

    MIAMI, Fla. - A rush of adrenaline begins to well up inside your body as you feel pressure building inside your chest. The anticipation begins to build as the brevity between the beats of your heart shortens; each thump comes faster and faster with seemingly endless speed. You attempt to take deep breaths and calm your nerves as breathing becomes less controlled. These are not frightening feelings; they are what you crave, they are what allows you to thrive, they are what you expect as competition approaches.

    For many athletes sports is a way of life, they competed in the realm of athletics ever since the time they were able to be enrolled in youth league competitions. Athletics are a unique animal, they require individuals who can thrive under pressure and create something special.  The success of these athletes is often measured by a myriad of landmarks.

    One of the biggest indicators of athletic success is the privilege that is earned by participating in college athletics. No honor is greater than being recognized as having the skill to compete at the collegiate level. And few accomplishments compare to having the sustainability, and longevity, to complete four years of collegiate sports. 20 seniors finished their ONU Football career on November 15th. Many of these seniors were honored with awards for their achievements. A few of these young men were honored with the best thing they could ask for, another opportunity to play the game they loved.

    Senior linebackers Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) and John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) accepted an invitation to play in a showcase this past Saturday, December 7th. The two seniors embarked on a trip last Thursday for Miami, Florida to participate in the National Bowl on the campus of Florida International University. The seniors were joined by athletes from various NAIA, NCAA Division 2 and Division 3 universities from around the country. To get selected was not easy; both of these men had storied careers for the Tigers.

    Brandon Ruemler is a three-time MSFA Midwest All-League selection at linebacker. Ruemler is a two-time second team selection (2012, 2013) and earned a first team selection this past season (2014). Ruemler has led ONU in tackles each of his four seasons. He has totaled 449 tackles in his career putting him second all-time. Ruemler is also the schools record holder for solo tackles in a career. Ruemler ends his career with 48 tackles for loss, six sacks, seven passes broken up, three interceptions, and eight forced fumbles.

    Litrenta finished this season as ONU’s 2nd leading tackler, having 77 on the year. Throughout his career Litrenta proved to be versatile in stopping both the run and the pass. Litrenta finishes his career with 209 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks, seven passes defended, two interceptions, and four fumble recovers  with one returned for a touchdown.

    After receiving the invite, the two seniors spoke with each other and decided to follow in the footsteps of 2013 senior kicker Andrew Muzljakovich. Muzljakovich attended the 2013 game and was the special teams MVP.  This year’s invitees participated in the game, and although they did not leave with any awards like Muzljakovich, they still made an impact. Ruemler made his mark while carving a niche for himself as an outside linebacker. It was a new position and a new scheme, but Ruemler was able to show the crowd what Tiger Football fans have become accustomed to seeing from him over the years. Ruemler made a big hit early in the game that caught their attention.

    “When I hit him I heard the crowd, so I knew I got him pretty good,” said Ruemler.

    Ruemler also recorded a pass break up when the quarterback tried to get the ball to the running back out of the backfield. While Litrenta did not record any statistics, the experience is what he treasured the most.

    “The competition was a step up in terms of the athletes and speed of the game,” said Litrenta.  “It’s always fun competing with the best of the best”.

     The two players will certainly treasure the honor and will use the experience gained to spur them on in their next opportunity. The linebackers were also selected to compete in the D2 vs NAIA challenge in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina later in December. The game will take a similar style format, but this time they will be playing with players they have competed against over the year.

    When asked about the opportunities Litrenta was very grateful, “The best part for me is to be in the presence of NFL scouts for the weekend; it’s very humbling to be even selected to play in this game.”

     Although both men’s ONU career is over, the opportunities and recognition keeps rolling in. And even though they’ll have to hang up their cleats soon, it’s a great honor to continue to get to represent their university across the country, in any all-star games.  

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    Dec 12, 2014 1:38:19Dec 12, 2014 -

    DANVERS, Ill. - Head Coach Brenda Williams and the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team are excited to announce the addition of Olympia High School standout Alex Ewalt for the fall of 2015.

    Ewalt, a 5-9 outside hitter, is a two-time First Team All-Conference honoree in the Cornbelt Conference. She served as team captain as a junior and senior and was named to the Central Illinois Traveling Tournaments All-Tournament team twice.  As a senior, she finished with 204 kills (3.0/game) and 267 digs (4.0/game).

    In the classroom, Ewalt is a member of National Honor Society and has been received High Honors distinction all four years. She also serves on student council, yearbook and Keyclub. As a junior she received the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award. She serves as on the senior class and bank boards.

    "Olivet ended up to be the exact college I was looking for. When I finally visited the campus and got to really feel the positive environment, I knew it was the place for me. I was looking for a university where I would have a chance to play volleyball but also a place to deepen my relationship with Christ," said Ewalt of the choice.  "I also chose it because of the great opportunities it will provide and the fun volleyball program! Everyone has been so welcoming and I am beyond excited to be a Tiger."

    Ewalt plans to major in business administration while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Eric and Mindy Ewalt and the sister to Addison and Andria.

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    Dec 12, 2014 11:22:1Dec 12, 2014 -

    CARLSBAD, Cal. - The Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team is pleased to announce the addition of Santa Fe Christian High School standout, Ellie Adamson. Adamson signed her letter of intent to join Tiger volleyball for the fall of 2015.

    Adamson, a 5-9 setter, served as team captain as a senior and was named Most Dedicated and Hard Working Player as a junior and senior. She finished her 95 set, two-year varsity career with 461 assists (4.9/game), 13 service aces, 141 digs and 20 kills. In the off-season, Adamson plays for the Coast Volleyball Club.

    In the classroom, Adamson is a member of National Honor Society and is a four-time Union Tribune San Diego All-Academic Team honoree. She also serves as the French Club treasurer.

    "I know ONU is the next step for me because God has confirmed this University in many ways, like my favorite high school math teacher graduated from ONU. I appreciate ONU's commitment to maintaining strong academics as well as athletically in volleyball," said Adamson of her decision. "Coming from a Christian high school, I was also looking for the right culture, which is why a Christian school was also very important to me. Olivet is the right fit."

    Adamson is the daughter of Robert and Tonilee Adamson and the younger sister of Robby and Emilee. While at Olivet, she intends to major in education and multimedia studies.

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    Dec 12, 2014 10:38:57Dec 12, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's track and field team is excited to announce the addition of Danielle Wojciechowski. Wojciechowski has signed a letter of intent to continue her pole vaulting career and education as a member of the Tigers beginning in the fall of 2015.

    Wojciechowski is a three-time IHSA 3A state pole vault qualifier, finishing in eighth place as a sophomore with a height of 11'0". She was the DuPage Valley Conference champion in 2014 and also captured the sectional title. She placed second at the USATF Midwest Regional meet with a height of 11'9". Her personal best, accomplished in the summer of 2014 with the DuPage Track and Field Club, is an astounding 12'6" and she holds the high school record at 12'1". She was also a state qualifier in diving in 2013.

    In the classroom, Wojciechowski has been named to the High Honor Roll six times.

    Wojciechowski is no stranger to Olivet and the track and field team; she is the sister of sophomore cross country and track distance runner Andrea and the daughter of Diane and Bill. While at Olivet, she intends to major in exercise science.

    "I picked ONU because I was looking for a small Christian school with a competitive track team and ONU is just that," said Wojciechowski of her decision.  "I really wanted a Christian team that will encourage me in athletics along with my walk with Christ. The dynamic that ONU has is awesome and I'm really looking forward to being a part of the ONU family. Having my sister on my team is a major plus. It's always good to have family around when you need them."

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    Dec 12, 2014 10:19:1Dec 12, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Bison of Oklahoma Baptist are tied atop the ratings with SCAD Savannah (Ga.) in the first release of the 2014-15 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll, the national office announced Thursday. Since the program's inception during the 2011-12 season, the Bison have been ranked among the top three in all 13 coaches' polls - including four-straight in the top-spot.

    SCAD Savannah - the 2014 runner-up - comes in tied for first. The Lady Bees, who collected one first-place vote and 55 points, are fresh off a second-place finish in the SCAD Invite that wrapped up on Dec. 6. Making waves for SCAD Savannah was Caroline Lepesant, who won the 500-Yard Freestyle with a time of 5:03.04 and was third in the1,650-Yard Freestyle with a total time of 17:29.65.

    Rounding out the rest of the top five is No. 3 Cumberlands (Ky.) (two first-place votes and 54 points), No. 4 Brenau (Ga.) (48 points) and fifth-ranked Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (38 points). Both Brenau and Olivet Nazarene are guided by 2014 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Co-Coaches of the Year, Blair Bachman and Scott Teeters, respectively.

    The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association. The rating was expanded to 10 teams beginning this season. The second Top 10 poll will be released on Jan. 22, 2015.

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    Dec 12, 2014 10:15:38Dec 12, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three-time defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist is the head of the pack in the first edition of the 2014-15 NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll, the national office announced Thursday. The Bison earned their No. 1 ranking courtesy of a strong start to the season after putting on a dominant display in last year's national championships in Oklahoma City on March 8.

    Reigning NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year Scott Teeters and his Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) squad come in at No. 2 with 53 points. The Tigers - 2014 national runners-up - are paced by NAIA All-American Jake Anderson, who took home the title in the 200-yard Individual Medley in the 2014 championships. Most recently, Olivet Nazarene took fourth in the Eastern Michigan Invite on Dec. 5-6, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

    The rest of the top five includes: third-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) (48 points), No. 4 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) (45 points) and St. Andrews (N.C.) is fifth (36 points).

    The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association. The rating was expanded to 10 teams beginning this season. The second Top 10 poll will be released on Jan. 22, 2015.

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    Dec 12, 2014 9:31:20Dec 12, 2014 -

    YPSILANTI, Mich. - The No. 5 Olivet Nazarene University women's swim team may have finished sixth of the six teams at the Eastern Michigan University Invite on Dec. 5-6, but the first five teams were all NCAA Division I and II institutions. The Tigers held their own against the big fish, recording numerous NAIA National Championship qualifying times.

    The Tigers achieved automatic qualification times in the following events:

    1650-yard freestyle

    • Haley Ronci (Goshen, Ind.), 18:38.44
    • Laura Bryant (Escondido, Cal.), 18.46.65

    200-yard backstroke

    • Tiffany Ray (Grandville, Mich.), 2:08.55

    100-yard freestyle

    • Eugenia Tofano (Caracas, Venezuela), 52.98 - just missed school record of 52.61
    • Deirdre Gerke (South Lyon, Mich.), 55.27
    • Rachel Jirik (Normal, Ill.), 55.64

    200-yard butterfly

    • Allison Zalinski (West Bloomfield, Mich.), 2:15.02
    • Madeline Miller (Hanna City, Ill.), 2:16.68
    • Ronci, 2:19.79

    400-yard freestyle relay

    • Gerke, Ray, Miller, Tofano, 3:42.67

    200-yard medley relay

    • Gerke, Whitney Whitehead (Grand Blanc,Mich.), Jirik, Kelsey Weener (Holland, Mich.), 1:54.49

    400-yard IM

    • Ray, 4:43.69

    100-yard butterfly

    • Jirik, 1:00.79

    200-yard freestyle

    • Tofano, 1:56.80
    • Gerke, 1:59.91

    100-yard backstroke

    • Mackenzie Anderson (Clifton, Ill.), 58.70

    800-yad freestyle relay

    • Gerke, Ray, Ronci, Tofano,7:58.16
    • Bryant, Meredith Lee (Hundsonville, Mich.), Zalinski, Miller, 8:29.15

    200-yard freestyle relay

    • Tofano, Gerke, Weener, Jirik, 1:39.37
    • Audrey Anderson (Chicago), Bryant, Ronci, Kathleen Berns (Peoria, Ill.), 1:47.27

    500-yard freestyle

    • Ronci, 5:23.05
    • Bryant, 5:24.03
    • Gerke, 5:26.45

    200-yard IM

    • Ray, 2:11.99
    • Anderson, 2:15.07

    50-yard freestyle

    • Tofano, 24.17
    • Jirik, 25.23
    • Weener, 25.55

    400-yard medley relay

    • Anderson, Ray, Jirik, Tofano, 4:05.20
    • Gerke, Whitehead, Miller, Weener, 4:15.98

    Eastern Michigan captured the overall team title, finishing with 908 points. Bowling Green State University (Ohio) was right behind in second place with 900, while Oakland University (Mich.) finished with 881.5. Ball State University (Ind.) took fourth with 643.5, followed by Wayne State University (Mich.) with 301 and Olivet with 85.

    Olivet doesn't return to the competitive pool until Saturday, Jan. 10 when they head to NCAA DII Lewis University for a dual meet. The event is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois.

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    Dec 11, 2014 10:3:48Dec 11, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Averaging better than a point per minute in two wins during the week, Olivet Nazarene University's Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the seven-day period from December 1-7, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning.

    Hengesbach, a 5-9 junior guard, totaled 49 points in just 36 minutes of action over two games en route to averaging 24.5 points per game to go along with her 7.5 rebounding, 6.0 steal and 2.5 assist averages.  She also shot .500 from the field and .846 from the foul line.

    Hengesbach netted 17 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and two assists in a 101-78 victory over Clarke University (Iowa) on Wednesday.  She followed that up with a 32-point outburst in just 15 minutes of action in a 108-74 conference win against Holy Cross College (Ind.) on Saturday.  In the latter affair, she also totaled seven rebounds, five steals and three assists, while shooting .632 from the field (12-of-19).

    Among national leaders, Hengesbach ranks first in NAIA II in total steals (51), steals per game (4.6) and total points (289), while sitting second in points per game (26.3) and sixth in total assists (58).

    Olivet Nazarene, which is 8-3 overall and 2-1 in conference contests, is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll. 

    Other Nominees: Christina Ekhomu (St. Francis), China Cordova (Calumet St. Joseph), Cassidy Deno (Purdue Calumet), Morgan Stuut (Saint Xavier).

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    Dec 11, 2014 9:50:38Dec 11, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Santa Claus may have been in the lobby of McHie Arena while the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team battled Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) inside, but the Tigers didn't need a wish to pick up a 121-61 win over the Crimson Wave.  The Tigers were just too much for the Wave to handle as Olivet improves to 3-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference to take firm hold on second place in the South Division.

    Olivet (9-3, 3-1) had eight players hit the double-digit mark in the contest, led by sophomoreAshley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) with 15. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillions, Wis.) added 14, while junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) finished with 13, sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) and  freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) and Rachel Losey (Otter Lake, Mich.) each had 12, freshmen Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) added 11 andMaggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) rounded it out with 10.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) pulled in a team-high six rebounds, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.), freshmen Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) and Schmidt each added five. Hengesbach dished out a team-high seven assists, while freshman Lauren Rouse (Mundelein, Ill.) lead the Tigers with four steals.

    Freeman paced the Tigers behind the three-point line, shooting 5-of-13 to account for all of her 15 points. Krassman finished 4-of-7, while Nicolas added a 3-of-6 night for her nine points. As a team, the Tigers shot 23-of-64 (.359) from behind the arc.

    Olivet will travel to No. 16 Huntington University (Ind.) on Saturday, Dec. 13 for a non-conference showdown with the Foresters. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. (EST).  The Foresters are currently 8-2 on the season and play in the strong Crossroads League.  The two teams went head-to-head last season with Huntington coming away with a 121-101 win on the Tigers home court.

    Box Score

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    Dec 10, 2014 3:3:29Dec 10, 2014 -

    The world famous Harlem Globetrotters®, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour to Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois. Enjoy this unrivaled family show on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 7 p.m., at McHie Arena. This game night is presented by Olivet and Shine.FM radio network.

    The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year as their rivals, the Washington Generals, are more determined than ever to match their historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off. The Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

    In addition to the highly-anticipated matchup on the court, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, will honor a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at this game — one of their 310-plus games in North America. The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character. Fans can nominate a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at harlemglobetrotters.com. The Globetrotters will also play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball as a sign of respect to all who protect our freedom.

    With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Moose Weekes — plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* — the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and be available to the fans for photos.**

    Tickets start at $20 and are available now at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketweb.com or by phone at 866-468-3401. Information on group and scout tickets is available at harlemglobetrotters.com. Tickets will also be available at the McHie Arena box office the day of game.**

    *Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change.
    **Subject to availability.
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    Dec 10, 2014 2:3:26Dec 10, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Nick Fiene, a senior at Illiana Christian High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue his education and run cross country and track at Olivet Nazarene University. He is the first signee of the 2015 recruiting class among the distance squad, which recently finished third at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.

    In cross country, Fiene led his team to a seventh place individual finish at the IHSA State Cross Country Championships in 2013, where his team finished second in Class 2A. As a senior, he was the individual champion in the 2A Wheaton Academy Sectional, and he contributed to his team’s third place finish at the state championships.

    On the track, Fiene was a member of the 2A state champion and all-time state record 4x800m team in 2014 with a time of 7:46.38. Individually, he has run 1:55 in the 800m (relay split), 4:22 in the 1600m, 9:35 in the 3200m and 14:50 in cross country for three miles.

    A native of St. John, Indiana, Fiene plans to major in biology with a pre-med emphasis. He is the son of John and Michelle Fiene and has two siblings: Mike, who is a sophomore on the ONU soccer team, and younger sister, Gillian.

    Fellow cross country teammate Thomas McGuire will also be joining the Tiger distance squad in 2015. Hailing from Lansing, Illinois, McGuire finished his high school cross country career with his best race at state, running a three-mile PR of 15:26. His role contributed tremendously to his team that won back-to-back state trophies in 2013 and 2014.

    Individually, McGuire garnered All-Conference, All-Regional and All-Sectional accolades as a senior. In 2013, he earned Illinois Milesplit’s No. 5 Runner of the Year award and was named All-Conference.

    McGuire has played baseball his whole life but will be a member of both the cross country and track teams at ONU. He is the son of Jim and Kristin McGuire and has a sister, Jensen, who is currently a sophomore at Illiana Christian. He plans to major in criminal justice.

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    Dec 10, 2014 11:13:42Dec 10, 2014 -

     

    The best teachers are not always seen. An interesting philosophy for a teacher who was just named the 2014 Outstanding Biology Teacher of Illinois this fall by the National Association of Biology Teachers. But that is exactly how Jennifer Pfannerstill ’01 MED runs her classroom.

    A peek beyond her door at North Shore Country Day School reveals pods of students coming to their own conclusions while she navigates the room as well as their ideas. And according to her peers, Pfannerstill’s strategy works. As she battles the belief that teachers belong in front of the class, she hopes that her unconventional way of teaching will continue to find a larger place in education.

    Life science on the lake

    Jennifer initially studied pre-med. “But the roots of teaching in my family changed my mind,” she says. “I knew in the end that I was supposed to be a teacher.”

    Biology was a natural choice for her. After growing up on a lake, Jennifer says, “I just had a natural love for being outside. We would go on hunts in the woods and that is one of the first things that drove me to life science.

    “And I always ask questions,” she adds.

    Jennifer graduated from Olivet’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies with her master’s in education in 2001. She went through the program with her husband, Noel ’01 MED, at a time while they were both already educators.

    Noel is now a primary teacher, and Jen is the scientist in residence at North Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. They have three daughters: Kali, Meg and Haidyn.

    “I think going back to school when you’re a practicing teacher is different. We were thoughtful practitioners because we could try what we were learning,” she says. “A master’s program shouldn’t be theoretical.”

    Lessons in learning

    Jennifer was immediately able to apply what she learned at Olivet, just as she hopes her students can do in her biology classes. “We need to put students in authentic situations,” she says.

    “Teachers don’t have to be Google, and lessons don’t have to go perfectly. As teachers we need to remember that we are facilitators,” says Jennifer. “If we provide the questions and the means, what our students do with those questions is what drives the lesson.”

    Even though she may be hard to find in her own classroom, her students find her worthy of the award. “They were really excited,” she says. “They like hearing that we are doing something a little bit different and that it is being recognized.”

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    Dec 09, 2014 11:41:6Dec 09, 2014 -

    Marking the launch of the Catalyst Innovation Center for Kankakee County, Illinois, area business, education and community leaders gathered at the historic David Bradley Building in Bradley on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Founded to provide comprehensive services and programs to support both business growth and entrepreneurial opportunities in Kankakee County, this business and research venture is a cooperative effort of Olivet Nazarene University, Riverside Healthcare and the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County.

    “Catalyst Innovation Center is the first of its kind in Kankakee County and neighboring counties,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “South of Chicago and north of Champaign, Catalyst is the only creative, entrepreneurial space for business and research that is available.”

    Other collaboration leaders for this venture are:

    • Phillip Kambic, president and CEO, Riverside Healthcare
    • Michael Van Mill, president and CEO, Economic Alliance of Kankakee County
    • Pat Martin, president and CEO, HomeStar Bank, and chair, Economic Alliance Board
    • Dr. Doug Perry, vice president of finance, Olivet Nazarene University
    • Dr. Jeff Williamson, director of corporate and community engagement, Olivet
    • Dr. Shane Ritter, chair, Olivet’s Department of Engineering
    • Jesse Erickson, director of Catalyst and project manager, Olivet’s Department of Engineering

    “The organizations and ideas that are bringing the Catalyst Innovation Center to life represent a commitment to creativity, innovation and growth for our community,” Kambic said. “Riverside is excited to be part of this collaboration.”

    The vision for Catalyst is to assist in creating local economic growth and diversity, business success, new employment opportunities and overall community enrichment. One of the outcomes of this focus will be growth of a culture that supports entrepreneurship in Kankakee County. Discussions about this initiative began in summer 2013. Construction will begin in early 2015. Full facility programming is scheduled to begin in fall 2015.

    The first phase of the launch utilizes 22,000 square feet located on the first floor of the five-story building with walk-in access from the east side. Open floor space will be utilized as collaboration stations for Olivet’s engineering students and faculty. The overall plan is to provide a creative educational and work environment while preserving the building’s history and integrity throughout the entire space.

    Future plans include:
    • More student and faculty workspace to be utilized by Olivet’s Department of Business
    • MakerSpace programming, providing workspace and tools for creating and building projects
    • Training, meeting and event space
    • Co-working facilities for business start-ups and small businesses
    • Partnerships with more local businesses to provide internships, full-time and part-time jobs for students and recent college graduates
    • Project support, workforce training and technical assistance for local businesses utilizing the expertise of Olivet students, faculty and staff as well as area professionals
    • Mentoring services to help businesses succeed
    • Dedicated space to house up to 35 small or start-up businesses
    • Riverside innovation design space and multi-discipline engagement projects, including student collaboration

    “The Economic Alliance has ambitious goals for small business and entrepreneurial development through 2019, as outlined in our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy,” said Van Mill. “Catalyst will absolutely be a hub in not only our business attraction plan, but also for post-secondary graduate and Millennial retention in our community. We salute ONU and Riverside for this monumental investment in Kankakee County’s workforce and economic vitality.”
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    Dec 09, 2014 8:33:20Dec 09, 2014 -

    MASON, Mich. - Mason High School standout, Taylor Delbridge, has signed her letter of intent to continue her playing career as a member of the 2015 Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team.

    Delbridge, a 5-9 outside hitter, was a two-time captain for the Bulldogs. She was named All-Conference and All-Area as a senior, helping lead the team to league, district and regional championships. In the classroom, Delbridge is a member of National Honor Society.

    "From the first time I visited the campus, I knew that it was the school for me," said Delbridge of her decision.  "Every time I have been on campus, everyone has been very welcoming and made me feel like I really did belong at ONU. I also really value getting a quality Christian education."

    Delbridge intends to major in elementary education while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Lance and Tine Delbridge and sister to Cameron and Karsyn. 

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    Dec 09, 2014 8:22:38Dec 09, 2014 -

    BROWN COUNTY, Ind. - Lizzie Jackson, a three-time varsity letter winner from Brown County High School, has signed her letter of intent to continue her volleyball career and education at Olivet Nazarene University.

    Jackson, a 6-1 middle blocker, was named Western Indiana Conference (WIC) All-Conference as a junior and a senior. She was also selected as the Most Complete Player her senior year and played in the North/South and the East/West All-Star games as a junior.

    In her senior season, Jackson finished with 353 kills and 38 blocks. She recorded 29 service aces and on defense, finished with 80 digs. For her career, she finished with 731 kills.

    In the classroom, Jackson received the 2014 Superintendent Award and is an Illinois State Scholar. She is a four-year member of the honor roll and was inducted into National Honor Society in 2013.

    "I knew I wanted to be at a school where I could not only continue my volleyball career, but more importantly be challenged by academics and in my faith. Olivet embodies all of these things and more," said Jackson.  "I cannot wait to continue my future there."

    While at Olivet, Jackson plans to major in graphic design and marketing. She is the daughter of Tom and Carrie Jackson and sister to Will and Grace.

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    Dec 09, 2014 8:10:8Dec 09, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Though the dust on the 2014 season has barely started to settle, the time has come for the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team to start replacing the graduating seniors. Head Coach Brenda Williams and her assistants, Rachelle Wiegand and Morgan Fox have been busy, signing three new Tigers. The first to sign was Hannah Collins, a 5-6 libero/defensive specialist from Normal Community West High School.

    Collins is a two-time defensive player of the year for the Wildcats. As a senior, she was also named Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention and All-Area Honorable Mention.

    Off the court, Collins is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and Mu Alpha Theta and is currently the class valedictorian. She has been recognized by the Big 12 and the IHSA as a scholar-athlete.

    "I chose ONU because it has a competitive volleyball program and a quality engineering program with a Christian perspective," said Collins of the decision.

    Collins plans to major in engineering while at Olivet. She is the daughter of Tim and Veronica Collins and little sister to Ben and Nick.

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    Dec 09, 2014 7:47:57Dec 09, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has revealed the 2014 NAIA Women's Soccer All-America teams, the national office announced Monday, Dec. 8.  The NAIA All-America Committee, which consists of the NAIA-Women's Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women's soccer coaches, select the three 11-member teams and an honorable mention team.

    The Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team had three players receive honorable mention honors: seniors Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) and Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) and junior Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.).

    Smith and Hengesh, both leaders on and off the field, roamed the mid-field helping to anchor the defense that allowed just 17 goals in 21 games. Smith finished with two assists, while Hengesh added two goals and three assists. Hetrick was second on the team in scoring, finishing with 31 points, accumulating 13 goals and five assists.

    The trio helped the Tigers to a 16-4-1 record, including a perfect 11-0 en route to claiming the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title.  Olivet also captured the CCAC Tournament title and made their fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.

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    Dec 08, 2014 5:3:47Dec 08, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2014 NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America teams Monday, Dec. 8. The NAIA All-America committee consists of the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches — selected based on geography. Each team — first, second and third — consists of 11 members.

    The All-America teams consist of 11 individuals covering all four positions on the field. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) was selected to the third team as a midfielder for the first time in his career, and he is the first to be selected in the 38-year history of Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer. The CCAC First Team All-Conference selection started all 21 games and finished with a career-high 11 goals (led team) and three assists (25 points, second on team). He also led the team in shots on goal (26) and had two game-winning goals. During a 10-game stretch in the middle of the Tigers’ season, he had 10 of his 11 goals; ONU was 8-2 in those games.

    Gill helped lead Olivet to an unforgettable season, winning a third consecutive CCAC Tournament title and bid to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

    Also, the Tigers won a program-best 15 games en route to a CCAC Regular Season Championship, the first in the history of the team.

    For the complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=209800988

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    Dec 08, 2014 11:10:40Dec 08, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Head Coach David Blahnik is excited to announce that Dair Smith, a senior at Greenville High School in Greenville, Mich., has signed a letter of intent to continue his career and education at Olivet Nazarene University. Dair will be a great addition to a Tiger soccer team that is coming off winning both the CCAC Regular Season Championship and the CCAC Tournament Championship. 

    Dair has been a key member and starter for the Alliance 97 academy team which has been ranked as one of the top club teams in the country. Some of their accomplishments include being the 2013 Region II Champions, 2013 Michigan State Champions, 2013 US Youth Soccer National League participants, qualifying for the 2013 National Championship Tournament, three time national finalists for SuperY league championships and being ranked as one of the Top 10 club teams in the country in 2013 by GotSoccer.com. He took a break from the academy this past fall to play his senior season for Greenville High School and helped lead them to their first winning season in years. For Greenville, Dair was named team captain, All-District, All-Conference and concluded the year with eight goals and 17 assists.

    Dair intends to study psychology at Olivet and pursue a career in industrial/organizational psychology.

    “I am very excited to add Dair to our program for next year," said Coach Blahnik. "He will be a great addition to our midfield, and brings great character and work rate to the team as well. He is a great fit for the Olivet and will represent the University well, both on the field and in the classroom.” 

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    Dec 08, 2014 11:6:7Dec 08, 2014 -

    REGISTRATION/WAIVER FORM 

    The Tigers will be hosting an instructional youth (ages 6-12) pitching camp over Christmas break. Youth pitchers will learn the basic fundamentals of pitching including mechanics, grips, drills, arm care/injury prevention and overall conditioning, along with competitions focusing on accuracy and velocity.  This would make a great stocking stuffer for any youth pitcher.

    The Tigers’ pitching coach Josh Rebandt will be the director of the camp. The camp will use the indoor facilities on campus. For further questions, you may contact him by email at jarebandt@olivet.edu

    Please mail your registration (attached) to: Olivet Nazarene University, Baseball Office, One University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

    When:

    December 29-December 31

    8:30 AM  - 12 PM

    Location:

    Olivet Nazarene University

    One University Avenue

    Bourbonnais, IL 60914

    Who:

    Youth Baseball Players Ages 6-12

    Cost:

    $75 (includes snacks)

    Please make checks payable to ONU Baseball.

    Parent’s will need to sign a waiver form.

    What to bring:

    All personal baseball equipment.

    Purpose:

    To instruct youth pitchers on the basic fundamentals of pitching.

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    Dec 08, 2014 9:11:20Dec 08, 2014 -

     

    YPSILANTI, Mich. - What approach does the 2014 NAIA National Runner-Up Olivet Nazarene University men's swim team take to improving? Easy, in order to improve, you must swim against the big fish. On December 5-6, the Tiger headed north to the Eastern Michigan University Invite to go head-to-head with NCAA DI EMU, Oakland University (Mich.), Bowling Green State University (Ohio), Ball State University (Ind.) and DII Wayne State University. The Tiger's finished fifth overall, but came away with several impressive individual and relay finishes.

    Junior Calvin Price (Grahamstown, South Africa) recorded the highest finish, placing third in the 100-yard breaststroke (57.13). Senior Simon Pleasant (Alexandra, South Africa) took fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (51.57) and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.76). Junior Jake Anderson (Clifton, Ill.) captured a fifth place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (51.57) and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.52). Sophomore Frank Tapia (Clearwater, Fla.) also took seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (51.03) and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:47.65).

    The Tiger relay teams also fared well on the weekend. Capturing fourth place finishes were the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Josh Lercel (Mishawaka, Ind.), Ty Jacobs (West Lafayette, Ind.), Anderson and Pheasant (1:24.56) and the 400-yard medley relay  team of Anderson, Price, Tapia and Pheasant (3:23.27). Taking fifth place were the 800-yard freestyle relay team of Charles Bennett (Edwards, Ill.), Joshua Bouma (Jenison, Mich.), Tapia and Pheasant (7:02.01) and the 200-yard medley relay team of Anderson, Price, Tapia and Lercel (1:33.95).

    EMU captured the overall team title, finishing with 1,156.5 points. Oakland took second with 940, followed by Ball State with 562, Olivet with 507.5 and Wayne State with 439.

    Olivet doesn't return to the competitive pool until Saturday, Jan. 10 when they head to NCAA DII Lewis University for a dual meet. The event is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois. 

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    Dec 07, 2014 10:35:45Dec 07, 2014 -

    Boxscore:

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Sometimes a coach's message is simply efficiency and effort. On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball fully bought in and won a very important CCAC win. Trailing by 10 at the break and by as much as 12 in the second half, the Tigers played with determination on the defensive end. ONU allowed only 36 percent shooting for the Holy Cross Saints (Ind.) and won the rebounding battle 47 to 30, claiming a 72-69 win.

    The Tigers (7-4, 3-1) have kept opponents under 70 points in six of their seven wins this season. They kept the Saints (6-6, 1-2) to only 27 points in the second half, using a 10-2 run to start the second half through the first five minutes. They can attribute the difference in halves to a difference of 18 percentage points from the field. They scored 12 less points from behind the arc, and the Tigers shot nine more free-throws.

    ONU had their greatest advantage at the free-throw line of the season, scoring nine more points and attempting 15 more. They went 15-of-19 in the second half, getting six made free-throws from Reid Farchmin (Mahomet, Ill.). He finished with a season-high 10 points, a career-high 14 rebounds (third career double-double) and two steals in 28 minutes. In addition, Olivet shot their worst percentage from the field but did make 10 three-pointers, had only 14 turnovers (five in the second half) and 17 offensive rebounds (21 second chance points).

    Holy Cross played a very efficient offensive game, shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 8-of-15 from the three-point line and had only 12 turnovers. However, they had only three offensive rebounds and three points to show off those boards.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had a season-high 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting and made 6-of-17 three-pointers, including one rebound and two assists in 36 minutes. He now has 176 career three-pointers and is tied for 10th all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) scored 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting, went 1-for-1 from behind the arc and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added 12 rebounds in 39 minutes, good for a second double-double of the season. He now has 1,045 points, good for 38th in Tiger history. He was honored prior to the game for reaching the career milestone back on Nov. 29. 

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had 13 points, going 5-for-10 from the free-throw line, and had seven rebounds with four assists in 30 minutes. Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had nine points on 3-for-8 shooting from behind the arc and had two rebounds in 17 minutes.

    Karl Columbus led the Saints with 21 points on 10-for-20 shooting, making an array of mid-range jump shots all game. He had three rebounds, three assists and four steals in 39 minutes. Drew Moore had 20 points on 7-for-16, shooting with 4-for-8 from the three-point line. He added two rebounds in 34 minutes. Zoe Bauer had 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

    The Tigers will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. against CCAC opponent Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.).

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    Dec 07, 2014 9:50:15Dec 07, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - In just 15 minutes on the court, junior Abbey Hengesbach did more than most players do on a career night playing the entire game. Hengesbach led the No. 25 Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 108-74 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Holy Cross College (Ind.) on Saturday, Dec. 6.

    Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) finished the night with 32 points, while adding a team-leading five steals and three assists. She also pulled down seven rebounds. Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) appear that she was born to play "the system"; the freshman added 13 points, her fifth time in double-digits just 11 games into the season.

    Freshman Rachel Losey (Otter Lake, Mich.) added a season-high 11 points, going 3-of-6 from behind the three-point arch and 2-of-3 at the charity line. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) and freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) each added nine points, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) and freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added seven each.

    Stuart led TigerBall with six assists, while swiping the ball three times. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) pulled in seven rebounds.

    Olivet (8-3, 2-1) will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The Tigers will face CCAC foe Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) in McHie arena at 7 p.m. Last season the Tigers swept the two-game series, coming away with a 118-107 win on December 3 and a 121-75 win on February 12. 

    Box Score

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    Dec 07, 2014 9:27:44Dec 07, 2014 -

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 455 volleyball student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Two-time honoree Haley Hatalla led the Olivet Nazarene University team, joined by three first-time receipients.

    Hatalla, a senior from Manteno, Illinois, will graduate in May with a degree in English. She has played the role of libero for the majority of her four-year career as a Tiger.

    Receiving their first national scholastic honor are senior Tiffany Mardura and juniors Renee Enz and Hannah Reister. Madura, a native of Munster, Indiana, will receive her interior design degree in May.  Enz, a setter from Wilmington, Illinois, is majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. Reister is earning her degree in business administration with a concentration in management. She is a native of Mason, Michigan.

    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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    Dec 06, 2014 5:22:15Dec 06, 2014 -

    413 student-athletes honored

    Web Site Link

    By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 413 men’s soccer student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Great Falls (Mont.) and Hastings (Neb.) lead all institutions with nine individuals each on the list. Ashford (Iowa) is next in line with eight players recognized.

    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.

    Last year, 355 student-athletes were honored.

    Olivet Nazarene University had three Tigers honored this year: senior Kyle Reopelle (Elgin, Ill.), juniorJoel Andrade (Evergreen Park, Ill.) and junior Richard Paret (West Chicago, Ill.). Reopelle is a second-time recipient.

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    Dec 04, 2014 10:23:40Dec 04, 2014 -

    Boxscore:

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Wednesday, Dec. 3, was a tough night for the road weary Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team, having played six of their last seven games away from McHie Arena. The Tigers were handed a fourth loss of the year at the hands of NCAA Division II Lewis University (Ill.) due to 20 turnovers and 36.7 percent shooting. ONU fell 75-49 with only 18 points in the first half, their worse defeat since December 2012 to the Flyers.

    The Tigers (6-4) had not scored less than 50 points since that same defeat (Dec. 6, 2012) at the hands of the Flyers (5-1) two seasons ago when ONU struggled with 21 turnovers and shot only 30.8 percent. In three of the Tigers’ four losses this year, they have scored 60 or fewer points and given up 75-plus in each of the four. The double digit win for the Flyers is nothing new as they have done so in all of their five wins this season.

    The Tigers struggled from the field, shooting under 40 percent and only 11.8 from behind the arc, a low for the season. The Tigers did win the free-throw battle but managed to make only 11-of-16.

    Lewis played a clean game with only six turnovers and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, scoring 15 second chance points. At the same time, they were still able to win big, shooting 13 percent under their average and nine free-throws less than they do per game.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) scored a team high 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting. He added six rebounds and six assists in 36 minutes. He now has 1,035 points, good for 38th in Tiger history. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had 11 points and six rebounds with three assists in 30 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) had eight points on 4-for-10 shooting and had three rebounds in 23 minutes.

    Max Strus led the Flyers with 15 points on 6-for-14 shooting and went 1-for-5 from the three-point line. He had five rebounds in 28 minutes. Julian Lewis had 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting with 2-for-2 from the three-point line. He added seven rebounds in 29 minutes. Ryan Jackson had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes.

    ONU will be back on the court Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. against CCAC foe Holy Cross College (Ind.).

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    Dec 04, 2014 8:3:31Dec 04, 2014 -

    DUBUQUE, Iowa - The quickness of the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team was too much for Clarke University (Iowa) to handle when they hosted TigerBall on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in non-conference action. The Tigers used 22 steals and 34 Crusader turnovers to capture a 101-78 victory on the road.

    Olivet had four players finish with double-digits in the point column. The Tigers were led by junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) who finished with 17 points, while adding a team-high seven steals and eight rebounds. She finished the night 6-of-17 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity line.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) was not far behind, finishing the night with 15 points, while dishing out a team-high five assists and pulling in five boards. Sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) used the night to pick up a career-high 13 points, shooting 4-of-7 from behind the arch. Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) added 10 points and eight rebounds.

    "Clarke was physically tough and had a good game plan against us. Anytime you take a long road trip there are a number of challenges that you face," said Head Coach Lauren Stamatis of the win. "I was proud of our girls for responding well to adversity and things that weren't going our way. Our girls really stepped up the last part of the second half. They made some big plays defensively that helped us gain some momentum to finish strong."

    Olivet (7-3) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 6 facing Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Holy Cross College (Ind.). Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. in McHie Arena. Last season, the Tigers picked up wins in both head-to-head matchups with the Saints. Olivet escaped a near upset on Dec. 7, coming away with a close 88-81 win before taking a more decisive win on Feb. 8, downing the Saints 125-92.

    Find complete box score here

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    Dec 03, 2014 9:56:57Dec 03, 2014 -

    For the first time in the history of the Reed Leadership Award, Olivet honored two individuals simultaneously: Trudy Dickinson and Jean Thomas. During a recent luncheon, they were inducted as Reed Leadership Fellows in recognition of their lifetime of achievement. This award and the Reed Institute for Advanced Study of Leadership were established by Dr. Harold W. Reed, who was president of the University from 1949 to 1975.

    “As business and science leaders, Trudy and Jean have shown us how to move from an idea to a product to an end result,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, as he presented the award to Dickinson and Thomas. “This award honors the lasting legacy of both of you and Dr. Harold W. Reed.”

    Family members, friends, pastors and former employees came from Florida, Texas and California — as well as the greater Kankakee area — to participate in honoring Trudy and Jean. Professors and students representing the business, communication, biological sciences and engineering departments also attended.

    In 1953, two young chemists at Armour and Company (later Armour Pharmaceuticals, now CSL Behring) in Bradley decided to start their own company for the production of specialized biochemicals. Added to this entrepreneurial endeavor was one important fact: Both of them were women. And women just didn’t own businesses or even work as chemists at that time. Together — along with Arlan Roberts, John Henninger and Ed Nelson — Trudy Dickinson and Jean Thomas founded Pentex, Inc. Soon, the company grew to reach the international marketplace.

    Trudy headed up the research and development aspects. Jean was responsible for sales and developed their business internationally.

    Miles Laboratories bought all of the Pentex stock in 1968. Trudy and Jean remained with the company until 1995. The business has been sold several times and has had several different names but continues to operate today as EMD Millipore. The company holds eight patents.

    “I learned about the value of teamwork while I was with Pentex,” said Joe Montalto, now retired. “I also learned about listening, serving the customer and blending theory with practice. I thank Trudy and Jean for being an inspiration to their employees.”

    Business isn’t the only area where these two Kankakee residents have made a contribution. Trudy has served in several Kankakee organizations, including the YMCA, Salvation Army and United Way. In addition to her professional growth, she credits these experiences with teaching her how to interact with people and how to network. Thomas is an active member of the Board at Riverside Medical Center. Both are active members of Zonta, a worldwide organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women.

    “We will never forget those who worked for us,” Trudy said in her acceptance of the award. “And the world will never forget what our employees have done through this business.”

    Jean added, “Many people have worked with us for 25 or more years, and we appreciate them.”
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    Dec 02, 2014 11:46:46Dec 02, 2014 -

     

    “Because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Because I’m happy…”

    Pharrell Williams’s lyrics and catchy tune have perhaps been heard in every corner of the world except Olivet’s Centennial Chapel. This year, that is going to change.

    There is a new choir ensemble on campus called “Apollo” and, unlike every other choir at Olivet, the only music it performs is secular.

    The choir’s chaplain, senior Sierra Navarro (Rochester, Indiana), explains that the mission of Apollo is to reach out to the community surrounding Olivet. “Singing secular music allows us to go into places the School of Music and the University have never gone before,” she says. “We go straight into the schools in the Bourbonnais community and even perform at community events, like the Kankakee Farmers Market.”

    “We knew we wanted it to be different,” says Kay Welch, Apollo director and adjunct professor. “We wanted it to be something Olivet hasn’t had before, and that’s how we decided to do pop music.”

    Not the norm

    The co-ed, 52-member choir is hoping to bring worship to the Bourbonnais community in a new, nontraditional way. All of Olivet’s choral ensembles are known to minister through music, and Apollo’s ultimate objective is the same. “It just looks a little different,” says Professor Welch.

    The choir hopes that what sets them apart will further their reach and, therefore, further the reach of the gospel message. "Apollo Choir will bring God's love, healing, and beauty to others through music,” says its mission statement. “We will serve and support all of those whom we encounter, going beyond our comfort zones to be a light to those in need."

    Going out and getting in

    Apollo will go on educational outreach tours this fall to junior high and high schools in local towns like Peotone, Chebanse, Bradley and Bourbonnais. Programs like “Choir Buddy” will allow Apollo members to connect with public school students individually through workshops and demonstrations. The students they work with will then be invited to participate in Apollo’s spring concert as well as a virtual choir video that will be debuted at the same event.

    Building relationships is their main goal. “We get to set an example of what it means to be a choir, what it is to be a college student, show them that they are loved and, most importantly, what it means to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ,” says Sierra.

    “We believe that Apollo Choir can truly make a difference and shine God’s light to the students of Kankakee County,” she adds.

    Only this time, an Olivet choir will shine by singing words shared by Natasha Bedingfield, Elvis Presley, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye.

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    Dec 02, 2014 11:25:8Dec 02, 2014 -

    Within the span of three months, Olivet Nazarene University has welcomed four leading Christian music artists to campus in partnership with Shine.FM. Some of the top names in the industry — TobyMac, Tenth Avenue North, Switchfoot and Gungor — have performed this fall semester alone.

    Each event has been a unique experience, providing plenty of opportunities for interaction with students. The husband and wife duo of Gungor brought their recent album “I Am Mountain” to life as the opener for the Switchfoot concert. Switchfoot’s lead singer Jon Foreman hung out with concertgoers after the group’s performance, putting on a set of acoustic songs for his fans.

    As students sat in Crawford Auditorium for a morning chapel service, anticipating a “secret show,” Tenth Avenue North set up an arrangement of acoustic instruments in the foyer of Centennial Chapel.  As students exited, the group greeted them with two of their current songs. To watch the performance, click here.

    Most recently, Toby Mac returned to campus, bringing the high-energy Diverse City band along with him. 

    The caliber of these artists speaks volumes to the work Shine.FM has accomplished. There are a combined 42 GMA Dove Awards among the four artists mentioned as well as three Grammy Awards. 

    “Shine.FM is proud to bring the biggest names in Christian music to the campus of Olivet,” says Brian Utter, general manager of Shine.FM. “We love to share great family experiences with our audience and introduce them to this beautiful campus.”

    The recent concerts truly have been great experiences in the lives of students on campus. Junior Ryan Muzljakovich (Vicksburg, Michigan) was overcome with nostalgia during the Switchfoot and Gungor concert in Centennial Chapel. “I grew up listening to Switchfoot, so I was excited to hear that they were coming here. Being able to see them live for the first time with all of my friends was an incredible experience.” 

    The Shine.FM team consistently coordinates events for the community that bring a diverse set of talented artists to Olivet. The University and Shine.FM look to continue that trend, bringing more high-profile Christian artists to campus in years to come.

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    Dec 02, 2014 10:27:34Dec 02, 2014 -

    Boxscore:

    LAPORTE, Ind. — In the second of four games in the stretch of seven days, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team won their second CCAC game of the season with a 72-55 outcome against Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) on the road. The Tigers led the entire game and by double digits for almost 23 minutes.

    A quick start by the Tigers (6-3, 2-1) earned them a 20-8 lead only five minutes into the game. But by the 11:23 mark, the Panthers (1-8, 0-3) had widdled it down to a 23-19 deficit. Again with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half, a Kendric Lee lay-up made a four-point game. Olivet then used a 15-4 run to end the first 20 minutes and give themselves a 15-point lead at halftime. Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) and Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) combined for 22 points for ONU in the first half and helped break the game open late in the half.

    The Panthers tried to get back into the game immediately as the second half began, cutting the deficit to only nine (48-39) using a Cody Nelms free-throw. However, seven of the next nine points went to the Tigers as they built the lead back to 14 points. But Purdue-North Central wouldn’t go away as they made it a single digit game on a Clarence Heath lay-up with around nine minutes to go. That’s when another Tiger run (13-4) gave the Tigers a little breathing room and would do so for the remainder of the game. The Panthers would not threaten again as they only scored two points the final six minutes of the game.

    Junior Aaron Larson scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting. He added six assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes. He now has 1,019 points, good for 39th in Tiger history.

    Senior Austin Davis had 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting and went 2-for-7 from the three-point line. He added two assists and steals in 29 minutes. He now has 169 made three-pointers, good for 11th all-time in Tiger history.

    Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had seven points on 3-for-6 shooting with four rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes. Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had seven points and a team high nine rebounds with three assists in 26 minutes.

    Off the bench, freshman Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had nine points, making 3-of-8 three-pointers, and had three rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) led all scorers inside with 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting, and he added two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes.

    Kendric Lee led the Panthers with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting and went 1-for-3 from the three-point line. He had nine rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. Clarence Heath had 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting with 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds in 34 minutes. Caleb Brannon had nine points, three rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes. Cody Nelms had nine points and six rebounds in 33 minutes.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 30-for-66 from the field (45.5 percent), 6-for-21 from the three-point line (28.6 percent) and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent). They outrebounded the Panthers 42-39, committing 16 turnovers, and totaled 22 assists with 12 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    Purdue-North Central shot 21-for-64 from the field (32.8 percent), 4-for-24 from beyond the arc (16.7 percent) and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line (81.8 percent). The Panthers had 11 assists, 18 turnovers, 14 offensive rebounds and eight steals.

    ONU will be back on the court Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. against NCAA Division II Lewis University (Ill.).

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    Dec 01, 2014 9:45:23Dec 01, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Head Coach Bill Johnson is excited to announce that Jessica Ackman, a senior at  Beecher High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue her career and education at Olivet Nazarene University. Ackman, a 2014 state qualifier, will be a great addition to the Tiger golf team.

    On the links, Ackman has an endless list of honors. In both her junior and senior seasons, she captured Twin Valley Conference titles. She is also a two-time state qualifier, having finished fifth in sectionals and third in regionals as a senior, and fifth in regionals as a junior. She is a two-time captain of the Beecher team and has seen her average go from a 130 as a freshman to an 82 as a senior.

    In the classroom, Ackman is a two-time honor roll honoree, and likely a three-time as her senior year comes to an end in the spring.

    "I chose Olivet because of its safe, small school atmosphere with competitive athletics and great education opportunities," said Achman of her decision.

    While at Olivet, Ackman intends to study nursing. She is the daughter of James Ackman and has one sister, Jamie.

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    Dec 01, 2014 9:0:20Dec 01, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Friday that 578 women's soccer student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. The Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team had four players earn the honor, led by two-time honorees, seniors Katie Smith and Jessica Higer.

    Smith, a native of Spring Lake, Michigan, will graduate with dual degrees in Christian Education and intercultural studies. Higer, is will complete her degree in science education with a minor in zoology and a concentration in biology. She is a native of Kuna, Idaho.

    Earning their first honors are juniors Michelle Ditchfield and Cortney Smith. Ditchfield, a native of Berkeley, Illinois, is majoring in accounting. Smith, a dietetics majors, is a native of Morton, Illinois.

    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 qualify for this honor.

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    Nov 30, 2014 12:53:45Nov 30, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — Saturday, Nov. 29, was an historic day in the 49-year history of the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball program. Olivet took the court against a Missouri Valley Conference opponent, the nation’s second-oldest NCAA Division I conference, for the first time. The Tigers matched up against the Salukis of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for a rare regular season contest against a NCAA Division I opponent. The Tigers were within single digits with 10 minutes to play in the second half, but the home team was too much as ONU fell 76-60.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.), needing only nine points to reach 1,000 for his career, did so with 14 points against the Salukis. He scored his 1,000th point on a three-point field goal with 3:10 remaining in the game. He is the 39th Tiger to reach this career milestone and currently has 1,005 points through 66 games. 

    For the first five minutes of Saturday’s game, the Tigers (5-3) led until an 11-0 run by the Salukis (3-3) gave them a 17-9 lead. They would hold that lead until the remainder of the game. ONU stayed back within three points on two separate occasions in the first half when Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) hit two long balls. Meanwhile, Aaron Larson picked up his third foul and sat the remaining 9:46 of the half. However, the Tigers trailed only 28-24 with 6:36 to play in the first half, but the Salukis used a 12-4 run to lead by 12 at the break. Anthony Beane and Jalen Pendleton had nine of the 12 SIU points during that stretch.

    With Larson back in the lineup, the Tigers immediately cut the lead to only eight as Larson scored the Tigers' first six points. The Tigers stayed within 10 points until the 10:43 mark (53-43) and down only by 11 with 4:58 to go. But immediate scores by Southern Illinois would keep the double-digit spread in favor of the Salukis. With 2:16 remaining, the Tigers trailed by only 10 (70-60) but were unable to cut into the deficit, turning the ball over on their next possession.

    Larson battled foul trouble all night but scored all 14 of team-high points in the second half on 5-of-11 shooting, going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) had nine points on 3-for-11 shooting and went 3-for-8 from the three-point line. He added one assist in 26 minutes. He now has 167 made three-pointers, good for 11th all-time in Tiger history.

    Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) had nine points on 4-for-7 shooting with six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater was in double figures with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting, going 2-for-4 from the three-point line. He added two steals in 21 minutes. Freshman Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) had seven points, making 3-of-11 field goals, and had  two rebounds and two assists 20 minutes off the bench.

    Anthony Beane led the Salukis with 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting and went 4-for-4 from the three-throw line. He had three rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes. Jordan Caroline had 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting with 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds in 20 minutes. Sean O’Brien had 13 points, four rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes. Bola Olaniyan had 10 points and three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 23-for-57 from the field (40.4 percent), 7-for-22 from the three-point line (31.8 percent) and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line (70.0 percent). They were outrebounded by the Salukis, 29-28, committing 17 turnovers and totaled 12 assists with 11 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    SIU-Carbondale shot 28-for-49 from the field (57.1 percent), 2-for-9 from beyond the arc (22.2 percent) and 18-for-20 from the free-throw line (90.0 percent). The Salukis had seven assists, 13 turnovers, four offensive rebounds and 10 steals.

    ONU will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. against CCAC opponent Purdue University-North Central (Ind.) at the LaPorte Civic Auditorium. 

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    Nov 26, 2014 8:23:13Nov 26, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    JOLIET, Ill. — It was tough go on Tuesday night, Nov. 25, for the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team in CCAC action. The Tigers managed only three points in the first seven minutes of the game and nine through the first 14. ONU shot less that 40 percent from the floor and had their most turnovers since Nov. 23 of last year. Olivet has now dropped two straight, which they haven’t done for 19 games dating back to last season.

    The Saints (6-1, 2-0) led 12-3 with 12:54 to play in the first half, mostly because the Tigers (5-2, 1-1) had missed nine of their first 10 shots and had two turnovers. Fast forward to the 6:36 mark when ONU trailed 26-9; the Tigers missed three of their five field goals and had five turnovers to give the Saints a 17-point lead. However, over the final six minutes, the Tigers scored 17 points and kept St. Francis to only 10, cutting the deficit to 10 at halftime.

    Coming into the final 20 minutes of the game, the Tigers understood that the second half had to be much different from the first, but the Saints didn’t care to accommodate. They took a 10-point lead and made it an 18-point lead only five minutes in. They led by 22 points with just under 10 minutes to play in the game following a Breshion Tucker lay-up. ONU fought back one more time, making a 12-2 run to get the game back to 61-49; but five quick Saint points made it 17 again, and the Tigers were out of reach for the remainder of the night.

    Juniors Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and Leke Solanke (Abeokuta, Nigeria) missed tonight’s game because of injuries. Their return is day-to-day.

    Senior Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) led the Tigers with 13 points on 3-for-11 shooting and went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds in 30 minutes. He now has 164 made three-pointers, good for 11th all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had eight points on 2-for-5 shooting and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds in 26 minutes. Senior Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) had four points and three assists, and led the Tigers with nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) had six points, making 3-of-5 field goals, and had seven rebounds, one assist and two steals in 23 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) was in double figures with 11 points on 3-for-7 shooting, going 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. He added one rebound in 19 minutes.

    Ilya Ilyayev led the Saints with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting and went 2-for-5 from the three-point line; he had nine rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. Jens Kennedy had 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting with 2-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. Edvinas Presniakovas had 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals 24 minutes. Ian Morison had nine points and two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 19-for-48 from the field (39.6 percent), 4-for-16 from the three-point line (25.0 percent) and 17-for-21 from the free-throw line (81.0 percent). They outrebounded the Saints, 37-34, committing only a season-high 24 turnovers and totaled only eight assists with seven offensive rebounds and eight steals.

    St. Francis shot 30-for-70 from the field (42.9 percent), 5-for-22 from beyond the arc (22.7 percent) and 10-for-14 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent). The Saints had 15 assists, 12 turnovers, 13 offensive rebounds and 13 steals.

    ONU will be back in action following Thanksgiving at NCAA Division I and Missouri Valley Conference opponent Southern Illinois University-Carbondale at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29. 

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    Nov 25, 2014 8:27:34Nov 25, 2014 -

    JOLIET, Ill. - Freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) pumped in a season-high 20 points to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to a 126-112 win over Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday, Nov. 25 to send the Tigers home for the Thanksgiving holiday with a little extra to be thankful for. In all, the Tigers had seven players hit the double-digits in points.

    Christian hit 3-of-5 from behind the arc and 9-of-12 from the charity line, while pulling down six rebounds. Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) was right behind with 17 points, hitting 7-of-13 from the field. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added 15 points, hitting 7-of-8 from the field with 6 rebounds.

    The Saints did their best to shut down the  junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.), the NAIA's leading scorer. Hengesbach finished with just nine points, but still led the Tigers with seven steals and pulled in five rebounds.

    Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) finished the night with 12 points, while sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) added 11. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 10 points, while dishing out four assists. She finished the night a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

    Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) led the Tigers with seven rounds, while sophomore Carlee Nicolas (Momence, Ill.) added six.

    Olivet (6-3, 1-1) will travel to Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa for a non-conference match up on Wednesday Dec. 3. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. 

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    Nov 25, 2014 7:46:23Nov 25, 2014 -

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Monday that 340 women's cross country student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Olivet Nazarene University had four athletes earn the honor.

    Seniors Madison Moyer of Burlington, Iowa and Kylie Lippencott of Crawfordsville, Indiana are two-time honorees. Moyer is an elementary education major, while Lippencott will graduate with a degree in exercise science.

    First-time honors are junior Alysa Faulks and Bethany Pilat. Faulks, a Caldwell, Idaho native is majoring in accounting. Pilat is earning a double-major in business administration and accounting. She is a native of Livonia, Michigan.

    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 qualify for this honor.

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    Nov 24, 2014 6:14:34Nov 24, 2014 -

    By Mike DeVader, Communications & Sports Information Intern

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Monday that 210 men’s cross country student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) leads all schools with eight athletes 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 qualify for this honor.

    To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, click here

    Olivet Nazarene University had eight athletes honored this year: seniors include Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.), Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.),Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.),Joel Lynn (Naperville, Ill.), and David Powers (Security, Colo.). Every senior except is a second time recipient and the other three are first time selections. The juniors were Brandon Divan (Oakwood, Ill.),Ryan Hull (Chebanse, Ill.) and Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.).  

    The complete list can be found here

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    Nov 24, 2014 10:56:50Nov 24, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Junior Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) averaged 28.5 points per game to lead the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team to the title at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament held in McHie Arena on Nov. 21-22. The Tigers picked up two big non-conference wins over Indiana University-Northwest and Ashford University (Iowa).

    In the tourney opener, Hengesbach led the Tigers to a 104-101 win over IU-Northwest, leading the team in points (26), rebounds (7), assists (9) and steals (7). She shot .500 from the field, going 8-of-16, plus connected on 7-of-10 free throws. Sophomore Kayla Krassman (Hartford, Wis.) was hot from behind the arc, shooting 6-of-10 (.600) on the night for 18 points. Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) added 16 points, while junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) and sophomore Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) added 12 and 11, respectively. Senior Dakota Hack (Bristol, Tenn.) pulled in six rebounds, leading the Tigers on the offensive end with four.

    In the championship match up with Ashford on Saturday afternoon, Hengesbach pumped in a team-high 31 points, while pulling in four rebounds and accounting for five steals. Freshman Maggie Schmidt (Eldridge, Iowa) added a season-high 16 points and pulled in a team-high five rebounds. Freshman Kaira Barnes (Westland, Mich.) added 11 points, while Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) finished with 10.

    Hengesbach was named to the HIE Tournament Most Valuable Player for her two-day performance. She finished the tournament averaging 28.5 points per game, six steals and 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds. Krassman was also named to the All-Tournament team for the Tigers, as well as Grayce Roach of IU-Northwest, Sam Charney from Rochester College and Ashford's Sarah Vozel.

    Olivet (5-3, 0-1) returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 as they head to the University of St. Francis (Ill.) for a key Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up with the Fighting Saints. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. in Joliet, Illinois. Last season, the Tigers came away with two wins; a 97-89 victory on Nov. 26 and a 106-90 win on Feb. 6.

    Box Scores:

    IU-Northwest

    Ashford

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    Nov 23, 2014 10:18:32Nov 23, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Cinderella-like run of the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team came to an end at the hands of Davenport University (Mich.) on Saturday, Nov. 22 in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Panthers were too much for the Tigers to handle, claiming a 3-0 win to advance to the final site.

    Olivet (17-26) was led at the net by junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) who finished with seven kills. Sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.) added five, while dishing out a team-high 14 assists. Junior Renee Enz (Wilmington, Ill.) added eight assists and seven digs. Senior Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) anchored the defense with 10 digs, while senior Tiffany Madura (Munster, Ind.) added five blocks.

    Olivet struggled at the net and at the service line. On the night, the Tigers finished with just 29 kills with 21 errors in 96 attempts for an attack percentage at a mere .083. They also handed the Panthers eight point on missed serves.

    "We killed ourselves with unforced errors," said Head Coach Brenda Williams. "You can't do that at this level. But, we had a great season. We got better, we learned a lot. We got a taste of the post season and the girls are hungry for more."

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    Nov 23, 2014 10:4:55Nov 23, 2014 -

    BOURBONNIAS, Ill. - One shot, in the 50th minute of play, is all it took. The No. 16 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team played host to Hastings College (Neb.) in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Tigers outshot the Broncos on the day, but couldn't get one to find the back of the net, falling 1-0 and seeing their season come to an early end.

    The Tigers (16-4-1) have advanced to the final site of the NAIA National Tournament in three of the last four years, but it wasn't meant to be this year. The Broncos came out early, controlling the ball most of the first half, outshooting the Tigers 13-9, but neither team could penetrate the net. Olivet goalie, Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished the period with seven saves.

    Just five minutes into the second period, however, Hastings Taylor Geis took a pass from Michaela Vadeboncoeur to put the Broncos on the board and force the Tigers play more aggressively. Olivet finished the second half with 12 shots, to the Broncos four, but none could get past Hastings goalie, Anna Stewart.

    Senior Katie Smith (Silver Lake, Mich.) led Olivet with five shots, while senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.) added three.

    Olivet finished their season with a 16-4-1 overall record, including an 11-0 run in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to capture the regular season title and claimed the tournament hardware with two more wins. 

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    Nov 23, 2014 9:47:26Nov 23, 2014 -

    LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's cross country team headed into the 2014 NAIA National Championships with something to prove. The Tigers began the season highly ranked in the Top-25 Coaches Poll, but slowly saw their ranking slip away as injuries hampered the team most of the season.  After a second place showing at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship, earning the team their bid to Kansas, the Tigers were rejuvenated and ready to show that they were still a team to be reckoned with.

    It was a typical Kansas day in late November, a chill in the air and fog rolling over the course. Led by a 46th place finish by sophomore Sarah Ray (Warsaw, Ind.), the Tigers finished 16th in the field of 38. British Columbia repeated as National Champions with Lewis-Clark State taking second, followed by Northwest Christian, Carroll College and Dordt College.

    All of the Tiger runners finished the race with a sub-20 minute time. Ray paced the Olivet charge, finishing at 18:52.30. Junior Alyssa Faulks (Caldwell, Idaho) finished second for the Tigers, 104th of the 336 racers overall, with a time of 19:25.40. Junior Bethany Pilat (Livonia, Mich.) was not far behind, finishing 129th overall and crossing the finish line in 19:39.20. Junior Madison Moyer (Burlington, Iowa) finished in 19:41.90, placing 140th overall, while sophomore Elizabeth Soper (Grand Rapids, Mich.) placed 148th with a time of 19:43.80.

    The young Tiger team will take some time to relax as the cross country season comes to an end before preparing for the indoor track and field season which begins in January. 

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    Nov 23, 2014 9:9:38Nov 23, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Six games into the 2014-15 season, the Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team had their first setback of the year. On Saturday, Nov. 22, the No. 20 ranked Crusaders from Evangel University (Mo.) held on for a 75-73 overtime win over the host Tigers. ONU can simply look to the statistics and highlight a few that were instrumental in the loss: three-point shooting, free-throws and rebounding. However, the Tigers had more opportunities than maybe they deserved to take the lead late in the game, but they were unable to take advantage because of squandered possessions and defensive breakdowns.

    Olivet Nazarene (5-1) looked primed for another win early in the game when they burst out for a 9-2, 16-8 and eventually a 20-11 lead with 12:04 play. A couple minutes later, Hunter Jacobs (Champaign, Ill.) made two free-throws to give the Tigers a five-point lead, but it was the most they would lead by the rest of the game. The Crusaders (2-3) went on a 10-4 run to take a 26-25 lead, their first of the game. The Tigers took the lead back one more time; but with 2:17 remaining, Evangel led 33-28. Neither team scored the rest of the half. Combined, there were six missed shots and four turnovers in the final two minutes.

    Only six minutes into the second half, the Tigers were able to tie the game at 42 apiece on an Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) lay-up. With 13:04 to play, an Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) lay-up gave the lead back to the Tigers. However, ONU did not score over the next 1:30, and Evangel built a five-point lead and had a seven-point lead with 7:42 left — their largest of the game. Yet, over five minutes, the Tigers tied the game at 58-58 and make it a game. Over the final two minutes, Evangel took three consecutive leads; and the Tigers were able to tie the game each time, sending the game to overtime.

    Neither team scored in overtime until the 2:46 mark when Brodie Wingert was fouled on a post-up. Prior to that, the Tigers missed two shots and turned the ball over, failing to score. Two minutes later, the Crusaders led by five with only nine seconds to go following a Josh Veurink lay-up and a Nick Yocum free-throw. However, Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) hit a three-pointer to make a two-point game. Evangel eventually sealed the deal with free-throws and the clock's running out.

    Junior Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) finished with 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting from the field, 1-for-4 from the three-point line and 5-for-9 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, two assists and three steals in 38 minutes. He is only nine points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis had 12 points, going 5-for-16 from the field and adding two rebounds in 32 minutes. He now has 162 made three-pointers, good for 11th all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior Zach Wagner (Roselle, Ill.) had a team-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Junior Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) added seven points, making 3-of-3 field goals, and had three rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Off the bench, sophomore Tyler Crater (Hampshire, Ill.) was in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-19 shooting, adding two rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Korry Tillery led Evangel with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting and went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line; he had 10 rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes. Nick Yocum had 17 points on 5-for-13 shooting with 2-for-5 from the three-point line. He added four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes. Brodie Wingert had 16 points, five rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes. Richard Chapman had 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes off the bench.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 26-for-61 from the field (42.6 percent), 5-for-25 from the three-point line (20.0 percent) and 16-for-25 from the free-throw line (64.0 percent). They were outrebounded for the first time this season by the Crusaders, 43-37, committing only 14 turnovers and totaled 15 assists with six offensive rebounds and 11 steals.

    Evangel shot 28-for-69 from the field (40.6 percent), 5-for-20 from beyond the arc (25.0 percent) and 14-for-18 from the free-throw line (77.8 percent). The Crusaders had 15 assists, 19 turnovers, 10 offensive rebounds and six steals.

    ONU will be back on the court Tuesday, Nov. 25, against CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) at 7:15 p.m.

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    Nov 22, 2014 10:2:39Nov 22, 2014 -

    Box Score:

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A third time did not turn out to be a “charm” as the Olivet Nazarene University men's soccer team was unable to advance in a shootout against No. 7 Davenport University (Mich.) on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 22. The Tigers fell 5-4 in penalty kicks after the game was tied 0-0 in double overtime in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round. The Tigers experienced the exact same outcome in the last two postseasons. Saturday’s game was played in poor weather conditions as the temperature was under 40 degrees, and there were piles of snow on the ground in addition to the rain.

    The game did not see any real offensive action until the Tigers (15-5-1) put their first shot on goal at the 13:06 mark. Aaron Orban saved one of three shots to keep it tied. ONU threatened five minutes later when Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) headed a shot, but it was saved as well. The rest of the half was a stalemate as neither team scored. The second half was even more uneventful as neither goalie was contested with a shot; and the game was forced to overtime, the fourth of ONU’s season.

    In the first overtime, the Panthers' (18-3-1) Emmanuel Gorh put a shot on goal, but Austin Miller (Manteno, Ill.) kept the Tigers in the game. In the second overtime, the Tigers had one shot blocked. But it wasn’t enough to keep the game from a shootout. Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) led the Tigers in shots with three.

    In the shootout, senior Paddy Hoepp (Franfurt, Germany) missed in the first attempt for the Tigers. Dzenan Catic made it 1-0 for the Panthers. Senior Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) put it through for ONU, and Lito Esquivel scored for Davenport. Freshman Matheus Guimaraes (Sau Paulo, Brazil) made it on the Tigers’ third try, but Dino Duratovic scored to make it 3-2. Sophomore Aaron Chatfield made it for a third score for Olivet, but Tyler Fischer was again able to keep the Panthers ahead 4-3. On the Tigers' fifth try, freshman Christian Henock-Berhanu (Bourbonnais, Ill.) scored. Cameron Cavanagh missed his, and the shootout was tied 4-4. On the Tigers’ sixth try, senior Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.) missed his to give Davenport a chance to advance, and Kevin LaCroix converted.

    Sophomore Austin Miller filled in for injured goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.). Miller had one save in the shootout, his only one of the game. He finished with a 4-4-1 record this season.

    The loss ends the careers of six Tiger seniors.

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    Nov 22, 2014 4:53:28Nov 22, 2014 -

    Results

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Saturday, Nov. 22, was a special, historic day for 14-year Head Coach Mike McDowell and the No. 6 Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team. The Tigers stood atop the podium as third place finisher at the 2014 NAIA National Championships for the first time in program history. The Tigers, without two returning NAIA All-Americans because of injury, still had five runners in the top 50 of the field.

    A total of 320 runners competed in the event hosted by the Lawrence Sports Corporation at Rim Rock Farm. This was the second year for the event at Rim Rock.

    The rest of the top five teams were Oklahoma City University, who has now won back-to-back titles; Southern Oregon University was second; Eastern Oregon University was fourth; and Aquinas College (Mich.) came in fifth.

    Junior Dylan Creger (Almont, Mich.) again led the Tigers for the fourth straight meet and finished 20th with a time of 25:28.80. Sophomore Caleb Drake (Rock Island, Ill.) came in 26th with a time of 25:30.90. Senior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) finished 36th with a time of 25:40.30. Senior Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.) came in 40th with a time of 25:44.80. Junior Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) was 48th with a time of 25:52.20.

    Freshman Matt Meehan (Marshfield, Mass.) came in 59th for the Tigers with a time of 26:02.90. Senior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished 161st with a time of 26:58.20.

    Dylan Creger and Caleb Drake both finished in the top 30 of the field and were named All-Americans for the first time in their careers.

    The Tigers finished every meet during the 2014 season in the top three of the field.  

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    Nov 21, 2014 2:25:44Nov 21, 2014 -

    HAMMOND, Ind. - The Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team put themselves in a hole that they could not dig their way out of on Wednesday, Nov. 12 when they traveled to take on Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Purdue University - Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers found themselves down 35-74 at the half. Despite stellar defense that forced 25 Peregrine turnovers in the second half, Olivet couldn't recover and dropped their conference opener 91-122.

    The Peregrines have become a bit of a nemesis for the Tigers, picking up three wins against just last season alone. In three games last year, a total of 598 points were scored, an average of 199.3 per game. Purdue Cal went on to win the CCAC Regular Season and Tournament.

    Olivet (3-3, 0-1) were led by junior CCAC leading scorer, Abbey Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.). Hengesbach finished the night with 30 points, while pulling in five rebounds and accounting for four of the Tiger's 16 steals.  Freshman Tori Lemke (Brillion, Wis.) pumped in a season-high 14 points, going 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line. She also added a 4-of-5 showing from the charity stripe and tied for the team-lead with six rebounds. Junior Jayne Stuart (Horton, Mich.) added points, while freshman Capriana Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) tied a season-high with 10 points and added three steals.

    The Tigers will host the annual two-day Holiday Inn Express Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 21. The tournament will open with Rochester College (Mich.) taking on Ashford University (Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. Olivet will face Indiana University-Northwest in the nightcap at 7:30. In true tournament format, the losing teams will play Saturday in a consolation game at 1:00 and the victors will play in the championships at 3:00.  

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    Nov 21, 2014 9:50:24Nov 21, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Junior Becky DeRuiter (Chicago Heights, Ill.) received Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference received First Team All-Conference recognition when the honor roll was announced by the league office Saturday, Nov. 15.

    Receiving Second Team honors were seniors Haley Hatalla (Manteno, Ill.) and Heidi Schoenbein (Morton, Ill.) and sophomore Katie Tabisz (Lockport, Ill.). Hatalla is the lone repeat honoree, having received First Team recognition in 2013 and Second Team in 2012.

    For a complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/1.php.

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    Nov 21, 2014 9:41:5Nov 21, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer frontrunners Olivet Nazarene University, Trinity International University and Trinity Christian College combined to grab 18 of the 28 all-conference selections when the league announced its award winners for 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 15.

    Regular-season and tournament champion Olivet Nazarene garnered the most recognition earning seven spots between the two teams, including five players on the 14-member first team, and Coach of the Year.

    Representing the Tigers on the First Team are seniors Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) and Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.), juniors Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) and Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ill.) and sophomore Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.). Smith, Hetrick and Vrosh are repeat honorees from a year ago.

    Sophomore Ellen West (West Chester, Ohio) makes her second appearance in just two seasons as a Second Team honoree. Joining West is freshman Tess Marcordes (Normal, Ill.).

    Olivet's Head Coach, Bill Bahr, was also named CCAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Tigers to this year's regular-season title and tournament titles.

    For the complete list of award winners, go to: http://www.ccacsports.com/awards/0/3.php

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    Nov 20, 2014 3:2:14Nov 20, 2014 -

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A post season run by the Olivet Nazarene University volleyball team has paid off as the Tigers capture the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference's second automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships Opening Round with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. The Tigers entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, upsetting No. 3 seeded University of St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 2 seeded Trinity Christian College (Ill.) before falling to regular season champion Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.).

    The Tigers (17-25) make their 10th appearance in the national tournament, their first since 2011. Overall, Olivet posts a 7-24 record. Davenport won the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament to earn just their second visit to the post season in program history, sporting a 0-1 record.

    Olivet is led by CCAC First Team honoree, junior Becky DeRuiter. DeRuiter enters the post sason with 371 kills in 991 attempts with 174 errors (.199). Seniors Kaia Lenzi  and Heidi Schoenbein are neck and neck behind DeRuiter with 288 and 268 kills, respectively. The setting duo of junior Renee Enz and sophomore Katie Tabisz finished with 756 and 642 assists, respectively.

    On defense, the Tigers are led by senior libero, Haley Hatalla. Hatalla finished with 448 digs, despite moving to outside hitter for a portion of the season due to injuries. Enz is second with 322, while junior Melissa Bartholomew added 246.

    Offensively, Davenport is led by Hannah Stone. Stone led the Panthers with 456 kills in 1,006 attempts with just 150 errors (.304). Marcey DeHaan finished right behind with 420 kills in 1,023 attempts with 151 errors (.263). Setting the way for the Panther attack was Amber Getty who finished the season with 1,599 assists. Defensively, Davenport had three players finish the season with 400+ digs. Morgan Torres led the Panthers with 591, while Krissy Dill and Lexie Spetoskey added 502 and 443, respectively.

    The two teams faced one another earlier this season, with Davenport coming away with a 3-1 victory. The Tigers took the opening set, but couldn't hold on, falling 25-18, 16-25, 13-25, 20-25.The winner will advance to the NAIA National Tournament final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Tournament play will begin on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

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    Nov 20, 2014 2:24:11Nov 20, 2014 -

    FINDLAY, Ohio — The Olivet Nazarene University football team had eight individuals represented on the 2014 Mid-States Football Association All-Midwest League team. The Tigers had one selected to the first team defense, one on the second team offense, three on the second team defense and three named as honorable mentions. The Tigers have two repeat selections from the 2013 list; Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.) was a second team defense selection (2012, 2013) and honorable mention honoree in 2011; and Alan Knol (Manteno, Ill.) was a honorable mention selection last season.

    Senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler was selected First Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four linebackers selected out of 13 total on the team. He started all 11 games for the Tigers, leading the team in tackles for the fourth straight season with 103 unassisted, 68 assisted (171 total, career-high). He also led the team in tackles for loss with 23.5 for 68 yards. Ruemler finished with two sacks for 10 yards, six forced fumbles (led team), one blocked kick and one pass break up. He finished second in the MSFA and NAIA in tackles per game (14.9). He was second in the MSFA and third in the NAIA in tackles for loss (23.5). He also finished his career with 449 tackles (267-182), good for second all-time in Tiger history.

    Junior defensive end Ron France (St. Charles, Ill.) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive linemen selected out of 13 total on the team. He started five of the 10 games played for the Tigers, finishing with 29 tackles (17-12). He also had four and a half tackles for loss for 17 yards. France finished with four sacks for 13 yards, one fumble recovery, four blocked kicks (led team) and one pass break up and quarterback hurry.

    Junior defensive end Thomas Dexter (Canal Winchester, Ohio) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive linemen selected out of 13 total on the team. He started all 11 games played for the Tigers, finishing with 43 tackles (24-19). He had eight tackles for loss for 42 yards. Dexter led the team with seven sacks (ninth in MSFA) for 35 yards, two fumble recoveries, and one pass break up and quarterback hurry.

    Junior defensive back Lucas Limberg (Rockford, Ill.) was selected Second Team Defense for the first time in his career. He was one of four defensive backs selected out of 13 total on the team. He started all 11 games for the Tigers, finishing with 34 in tackles (25-9). He had one tackle for loss for two yards, six interceptions for 76 yards (led MSFA), eight pass break ups (led team) and one blocked kick. Limberg finished sixth in the NAIA in interceptions.

    Senior offensive lineman Alan Knol was named Second Team Offense for the first time. He was one of five linemen selected out of 14 total on the team. He started all 11 games on the offensive line that averaged 116.5 rushing yards per game with 10 touchdowns.

    Three other Tigers earned honorable mention status (18 total named): sophomore safety Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio); junior defensive lineman Chris Aschemann (Carterville, Ill.); and senior wide receiver Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.). Tuckerman started all 11 games and was third on the team in tackles with 76. Aschemann was second on the team with eight and a half tackles for loss and also had three sacks in 10 games. Swindle started all 11 games and led the team with 31 receptions and 332 yards receiving, catching one touchdown pass. 

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    Nov 20, 2014 10:25:8Nov 20, 2014 -

    Boxscore

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Surviving a sloppy, sluggish opening 20 minutes in is important when pursuing a complete 40-minute effort. The Olivet Nazarene University men’s basketball team did just that on Wednesday night, Nov. 19, against CCAC foe Purdue University-Calumet (Ind.). The Tigers turned it around in the second half, playing a more complete 20 minutes and outscoring the Peregrines by 22 to give them an 80-60 win.

    ONU’s (5-0, 1-0) fifth consecutive win to open the year is the most since the 2001-2002 season. And they can make it six straight on Saturday night, the most in 14 seasons.

    Through the first eight minutes of the game, the Tigers managed only five points, mostly because of slow ball movement and a Peregrine (1-4, 0-1) defense that had ONU stifled. Purdue-Calumet installed a box and one and a triangle and two to keep Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) and Austin Davis (North Augusta, S.C.) from getting touches. While the Tigers were trying to figure out things offensively, the Peregrines led by eight with just over 10 minutes to play. But over the next four minutes, they were able to make it a 20-19 deficit. ONU eventually took a 27-25 lead on a Larson three-pointer with 3:14 to go in the half. For the remainder of the half, Purdue-Calumet scored nine to ONU’s five to lead by two, including a Danny Paschen lay-up at the horn.

    Up until the 17:50 mark of the second half, the game changed leads twice and was tied at 38 apiece. Eventually, the Peregrines took the lead back with Kaspars Brencans and Aaron Davis buckets to give them a four-point lead. The Tigers trailed up until the 12:29 mark when Alex Thorson (Philo, Ill.) tied the game at 46-46. Then he gave ONU the lead for good when he stole the ball from Noah Allen in the back court and converted one of two free-throws. Six minutes later, the Tigers led by 11 after back-to-back three-pointers from Austin Davis, Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Ill.) and Aaron Larson. During that stretch when the Tigers took a double digit lead, Larson scored seven of 10 points. Purdue-Calumet got back within single digits at the 3:48 mark, but Olivet went on a 13-2 run to end the game.

    Junior Aaron Larson finished with a team-high 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. He added nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. He is 23 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Senior Austin Davis had 13 points, going 3-for-10 from the three-point line and adding two assists in 26 minutes.

    Senior Matt Ryan (San Diego, Calif.) played 15 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting and was 1-for-1 from the three-point line. He added seven rebounds and two steals.

    Junior Alex Thorson started his first game of the season and added eight points, making 3-of-5 field goals, and had four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Off the bench, freshman Alec Goetz scored in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting and 3-for-5 from the three-point line. He added three assists in 16 minutes.

    Kaspars Brencans led Purdue-Calumet with 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting and went 4-for-6 from the free-throw line; he had seven rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes. Ryan Rader had 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting with 1-for-3 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds in 24 minutes. Aaron Davis had 12 points, four rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Noah Allen had 12 points and two steals in 39 minutes.

    Overall, the Tigers shot 29-for-68 from the field (42.6 percent), 12-for-26 from the three-point line (46.2 percent) and 10-for-15 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent). They outrebounded the Peregrines 44-33, committed only seven turnovers and totaled 18 assists, with 15 offensive rebounds and seven steals.

    Purdue-Calumet shot 23-for-51 from the field (45.1 percent), 2-for-6 from beyond the arc (33.3 percent) and 12-for-25 from the free-throw line (48.0 percent). The Peregrines had nine assists, 14 turnovers, six offensive rebounds and three steals.

    ONU will be back at McHie Arena Saturday, Nov. 22, against NAIA Division I No. 20 Evangel University (Mo.) at 7 p.m.

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    Nov 20, 2014 7:45:48Nov 20, 2014 -

    Olivet (16-3-1) enter today's match riding a 15-game winning streak, dating back to Sept. 13. The streak included a perfect 11-0 run to capture the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season title, then two more wins to pick up the CCAC Tournament trophy too. In typical Olivet women's soccer fashion, the Tigers spread the wealth among their scorers. Junior Liz Wahl lead Olivet with 35 points, made up of 14 goals and seven assists. Right behind Wahl is junior Betsy Hetrick with 13 goals and five assist for 31 points. Senior Jessica Higer adds 16 points, seven goals and two assists, while sophomore Ellen West amassed 15 points in four goals and seven assists. In nearly 1,700 minutes in the net, sophomore keeper Sarah Vrosh has allowed just 15 goals while accumulating 82 saves. The notoriously strong Tiger defense is led by senior Kenzie Hengesh, a wall in the middle who keeps the offense off guard. Hengesh is joined by senior Emily Rosenboom, junior Michelle Ditchfield and freshman Tess Marcordes.

    In 2014 the Hastings College Broncos had yet another great season winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship going 16-4-1 (9-1). The Broncos were led by Taylor Geis as she finished with 18 goals and seven assists which earned her GPAC Offensive Player of the Year. Kelsey Nealon added 16 goals and seven assists. Megan Kruse finished with 13 goals and led the conference with 11 assists. Recent history between these two squads went the Broncos way in 2013 when Kruse scored when time expired to win 1-0.

    In four head-to-head meetings between the Tigers and the Broncos, the series sits at 1-1-2. The two teams first met in 2010 in the NAIA Opening Round. Tied after regulation and two overtime periods, Hastings advanced the final site 4-3 on penalty kicks. In 2011, the two teams finished in a 1-1 draw. Olivet picked up a 2-1 win in 2012, before falling 1-0 in a buzzer beater as time expired in the first overtime in 2013.

    This is Olivet's fifth trip the NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers have a 5-3-2 overall record, highlighted by a National Runner-Up finish in 2012.

    Hastings also makes their fifth trip to the NAIA National Tournament. The Broncos are 3-4-2 in post season action.

    Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Ward Field. The winner will advance to the final site of the NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama and face the winner of the Reinhardt (Ga.) at No 1 Embry-Riddle game. The field of 16 will begin a single-elimination tournament on Monday, Dec. 1. 

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    Nov 19, 2014 2:31:30Nov 19, 2014 -

    CHICAGO --- Olivet Nazarene University's Aaron Larson (Tolono, Ill.) has claimed his second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award, it was announced on Wednesday by the league office.

    During the week of November 10-16, Larson led the Tigers to a 76-74 upset victory of NAIA No. 14-ranked St. Ambrose University (Iowa) last Tuesday (Nov. 11).  The 6-7 junior forward just missed a double-double with his 23 points and nine rebounds to go along with six assists, two steals and one block.  He also converted 10-of-18 shots from the field and was 2-of-5 from three-point range.

    In the second half alone, Larson totaled 14 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed seven of his nine rebounds to key the come-from-behind road victory.

    Olivet Nazarene is 4-0 on the season and is among others receiving votes in the latest NAIA poll.

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    Nov 18, 2014 9:20:31Nov 18, 2014 -

    On Saturday, Nov. 15, CCAC Coach of the Year David Blahnik and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s soccer team defeated Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) 1-0 to claim their third consecutive CCAC Tournament title. They now advance to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round.

    The Tigers (15-5) move on to play No. 6 Davenport University (Mich.) (18-3) in the first round of the national tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 2 p.m. The Tigers and Panthers will play at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, and the winner will advance to the round of 16 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. (EST) at the Seacrest Soccer Complex in Delray Beach, Florida. The victor of Saturday’s game will play the winner between St. Andrews University (N.C.) (16-1-1) and Thomas University (Ga.) (15-2-3).

    The Tigers and Panthers met two seasons ago on Sept. 8, 2012, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, with Davenport winning 1-0 in an early season nonconference contest. Bernard Brnada scored the lone goal of the game for the Panthers. He has three points in 11 games for Davenport this season.

    This marks the fourth time in ONU history and third consecutive season the Tigers have reached the opening round. The Tigers were in the opening round a year ago but did not advance in the shootout, falling 5-4 to No. 16 Benedictine College (Kan.). ONU currently holds a 15-5 overall record, winning their last nine games and not allowing a goal in their last four games. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 53-19 and 25-7 during their win streak. ONU has also won its last five road games by a difference of 14-2. Olivet is currently receiving 34 votes in the Nov. 16 NAIA Top 25 poll.

    Olivet is led by senior All-CCAC First Team selection midfielder Paddy Hoepp (Franfurt, Germany), who currently leads the team in points (27) and assists (7), not to mention game-winning goals (4). Senior All-CCAC First Team selection Tyler Gill (Plainfield, Ill.) leads the team in goals (11) and shots on goal (25). Sophomore all-conference honorable mention selection Aaron Chatfield (Petoskey, Mich.) scored the lone goal in Saturday’s CCAC Championship win. He has seven goals and five assists for the Tigers. The Tigers’ defense is led by senior All-CCAC First Team member Elliott Totsch (Oswego, Ill.). He has led the best defense in conference all season, allowing only 19 goals in 20 games. Freshman all-CCAC honorable mention selection goalkeeper Chris Taborn (Matteson, Ill.) has a 0.89 goals against average in 12 starts, saving 19 shots and shutting out six opponents.

    The Tigers' opponent Davenport enters Saturday’s game with an 18-3 record after recently defeating No. 17 University of Northwestern Ohio 1-0 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Against five ranked opponents this season, the Panthers are 5-0 and have defeated three top 25 teams in the first three games of the season by a difference of 9-4. The Panthers finished second in the WHAC with an 8-2 record. They did play four common opponents of Olivet and beat all four. Davenport defeated the Michigan-Dearborn (WHAC) 5-0, Northwestern Ohio (WHAC) 1-0 twice, Marygrove (WHAC) 5-2 and Holy Cross (CCAC) 8-3. The Tigers defeated Michigan-Dearborn 3-0, lost to Northwestern-Ohio 1-0 on the road, defeated Marygrove 6-0 and lost to Holy Cross 4-3.

    Davenport is led by Head Coach Chris Hughes, who is in third season with the Panthers and has a 46-14-1 record at the university. The Panthers are spearheaded by junior midfielder Dzenan Catic, who currently leads the NAIA with 35 goals and points (79) and also has nine assists. In 17 games, freshman goalkeeper Aaron Orban currently has a 0.71 goals against average, good for ninth in the NAIA. He has allowed only 11 goals and has 34 saves with seven shutouts.

    Tournament Bracket: http://www.naia.org/fls/27900/1NAIA/SportsInfo/Championships/2014MSoc/2014MSBracket.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=27900

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    Nov 18, 2014 8:23:33Nov 18, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - A young team often means a season of ups and downs; just ask the Olivet Nazarene University women's basketball team. In just five games thus far, the Tigers have shown Head Coach Lauren Stamatis the good and the bad, nights where everything falls in and days where nothing seems to. Saturday, Nov. 15 was a good day as the Tiger's came away with a 122-87 non-conference win over Grace College (Ind.).

    "I was so proud of our girls and the way we played together as a team," said Stamatis after the game. "I thought we made some great improvements defensively in this game. We were starting to react quicker in the press and did a much better job getting everyone involved."

    Led by junior Abbey Hengesbach, Olivet (3-2) shot 41.5% from the field (44-of-106) and 28.6% from behind the arc (16-of-56). Hengesbach (Westphalia, Mich.) pumped in 21 points, while dishing out 10 assists and swiping the ball four times from the Lancers.

    Freshman Ally Giampapa (Bartlett, Ill.) continues to prove herself as someone to keep an eye on, finishing the game with 17 points. Junior Jayne Stuart (Jackson, Mich.) added 13 points and finished with seven assists and a team-leading seven steals.

    Sophomores Kayla Krassman  (Hartford, Wis.) and Ashley Freeman (Hartford, Wis.) also hit the double-digit mark on the afternoon. Krassman picked up 12 points, all from three-point land, hitting 4-of-7 shots behind the arc. Freeman finished with 11 points.

    The Tigers will host the Holiday Inn Express Tournament on Nov. 21-22. Friday will see Rochester University (Mich.) take on Ashford University (Iowa) at 5:30 p.m. and the Tigers will face Indiana University - Northwest at 7:30 p.m. The consolation game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.

    Box Score:

    http://web.olivet.edu/sports/basketball/women/games/2014/onuwb05.htm

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    Nov 17, 2014 9:4:28Nov 17, 2014 -

    CHICAGO — Every August, a group of young men in their late teens step foot on Olivet's campus for the first time in their lives as students. Full of fear, anxiousness, energy and excitement, these young men move from everything they have ever known to an unknown world. They have dreams of great times in the classroom, in the dorm rooms and especially on the football field. On Saturday, Nov. 14, against St. Xavier University (Ill.), the group of young men who stepped onto Olivet’s campus for the first time in 2010, full of emotion and hope, represented Tiger football for the final time. The game ended in a 36-6 loss but was much more important than a win or a loss. The game signified the end of an era for the first recruiting class under Head Coach Brian Fish.

    The day did not start according to plan. St. Xavier (8-2, 4-1) got the ball first and quickly built a 15-0 lead behind big plays and a few ONU (2-9, 1-4) miscues. The Tigers, however, would not lie down and let their opponent run away with the game. Down 15 points, the Tiger offense was brought to life by a few freshmen who have been gaining traction in the last few weeks. Freshman quarterback Gage Buckley (Lompac, Calif.) connected with his big play freshman receiver Adam Glanders (Elkhart, Ind.) for a huge gain. A beautiful play action fake fooled the Cougar defense into thinking run and leaving Glanders wide open to catch the ball and weave through the secondary to put the Tigers in scoring position on the 27-yard line. Immediately after the big pass gain, Buckley decided to join in the fun. On a quarterback keeper, the freshman showed off his playmaking ability by slashing through the Cougar defense, hitting the sideline and bursting to the end zone for an ONU score.

    The highlight reel plays did not stop there for the Tigers. Senior wide receiver Tyler Swindle (Lindenhurst, Ill.) made some nice catches in traffic, some with defenders draped all over him. He finished with three catches for 27 total yards. Swindle was not the lone senior making plays offensively. Wide receiver Kolton Williford (Urbana, Ill.) made his first appearance and did not disappoint, making the first catch of his career. The senior made a phenomenal catch when he reached up in the air and snagged a high ball with one hand that many in the crowd had already pegged for an incompletion.

    Not to be left out, the Tiger defense stuck to their mantra and continued to make big plays happen. Senior Jared Carl (Galesburg, Ill.) started off the day by making a first quarter interception to halt another Cougar scoring opportunity. The senior made a leaping grab, reaching back over the head of the receiver to snare the ball while falling back onto the one-yard line. In the third quarter, Carl played part in another turnover created by the defense, recovering a fumble forced by senior linebacker Brandon Ruemler (Williamsport, Ind.). Ruemler finished his historic ONU career with another day filled with tackles. Ruemler led the way with 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Those numbers push Ruemler’s season totals to a career-high 171 tackles. He finished the year with 103 solo tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and five forced fumbles. Ruemler’s numbers from this season leave him alone atop ONU’s solo tackle career chart, setting the record mark at 267. He also finishes his career with 449 total tackles, placing him second on the all-time list. 

    Senior John Litrenta (Orland Park, Ill.) had another banner day, solidifying his status as one of the best linebackers in the conference. He finished the game with 11 total tackles, two of them being sacks. This gives Litrenta 77 total tackles and four sacks on the year. He finishes his career with 209 total tackles. 

    Senior linebackers Keegan Block (Caddo Mills, Texas) and Josh Craig (Anchorage, Alaska) got an opportunity to make an impact on the game and made the most of it. Block completed an impressive series when he wrapped up three tackles in a short six-play sequence in one drive. Craig helped to snuff out a short pass completion on the same drive and stop the Cougars’ receiver for no gain. Sophomores Chandler Tuckerman (Wauseon, Ohio) and David Diehl (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had strong game for the ONU defense, finishing with nine and eight tackles, respectively.

    With the loss, the Tigers finish their season with a 2-9 record and 1-4 in the MSFA Midwest. The young ONU team, however, comes away with many positives. Although the seniors on this team will be missed and were very impactful, the team looks to its many young players who received game experience throughout the year to build and improve in the 2015 season.    

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    Nov 16, 2014 8:52:53Nov 16, 2014 -

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. - Two successful penalty kicks by the No. 13 Olivet Nazarene University women's soccer team is all it took to clinch the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament Championship to go with their Regular Season title. The Tigers came away with a 2-1 win over No. 24 Trinity International University (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov. 15 on Ward Field.

    Trinity International (14-3-2) got on the scoreboard first when Melissa Loretto netted a pass from Morgan Elzinga just 10 minutes into the game.  Olivet remained silent until the 35th minute when junior Sarah Lentini knocked the first of the two penalty kicks to the right of the Trojan keeper.  The two teams would head to the locker room at the half in a 1-1 stalemate.

    Olivet (16-3-1) took advantage of their second penalty kick, this time off the foot of junior Liz Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) , just before the 50th minute of play to take the lead. The strong Tiger defense tightened up and the keeper skills of Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) held the Trojans off for the remainder of the game to pick up the win. Vrosh finished the day with seven saves.

    CCAC Player of the Year, Samantha Yasatan led the Trojans with seven shots, but was stymied by the Tiger defense led by senior Kenzie Hengesh (Canton, Mich.). TIU managed 16 total shots on the afternoon, eight on-goal. 

    Trojan goal keeper, Elizabeth Burzynski, was perfect on the day except for the two penalty kicks. She finished the night with 10 saves as the Tigers kept the pressure on most of the game, finishing with 12 shots-on-goal and 21 total shots.

    Both Olivet and Trinity International will receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round to be held on campuses around the country on Saturday, Nov. 22. The official pairings will be announced on Monday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. (CST) on the NAIA website.

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