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12 December 2009

December Sports Update

Women′s volleyball finished 16–15 overall and 8–8 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association — the program′s best season since joining the NCAA. Betsy Irwin (Athens, Ohio/Alexander) was named Freshman of the Year and was a second–team all conference player.

Trine football continues to reach new heights. The Thunder captured their second–straight MIAA title and NCAA playoff berth. The Thunder stunned No. 9–ranked Case Western Reserve in the first round before falling to Wittenberg in the regional semi–final. The Thunder finished 10–2 overall and 6–0 in the MIAA. Kicker Jeremy Howard (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) was named a third–team Academic All–American by the College Sports Information Directors of America and ESPN the Magazine.

Eric Watt (Kentland, Ind./South Newton) was the MIAA′s offensive player of the year. Thirteen players were first– or second–team players. Coach Matt Land was also one of the top vote getters in the early rounds of fan balloting in the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year contest.

Men′s soccer finished 8–11–1 overall and 5–8–1 in the MIAA and struggled with a myriad of injuries but stayed competitive in the MIAA. Midfielder Femi Adediji (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) was a second–team All–MIAA selection.

Injuries have also hit women’s basketball hard. With the early setbacks, the Lady Thunder opened 4-2.

Men′s basketball opened the season against nationally–ranked Wheaton College and Ohio Northern in the Lee Pfund Tournament at Wheaton. There are high hopes for this talented and experienced squad. Insiders say this team could be near the top of the conference by February.

Trine wrestling is currently 3–3 and in the midst of its toughest schedule, facing a number of nationally ranked Division III programs. The Thunder will face 21 of the top 30 teams in dual meets or tournament action this season.

Stay current with the latest Thunder scores and results by visiting our athletic Web site.

Al Rhodes

15 December 2009

Tri–State University graduate Al Rhodes has found his niche, literally. His name will soon join those of more than 200 other Indiana basketball legends when the 1974 alumnus is enshrined in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rhodes and 14 other state sports icons will be inducted as the Class of 2010 in March ceremonies. Rhodes coached Warsaw High School to the 1984 boys′ basketball championship.

He is head coach at Penn High School in Mishawaka. In 29 years of coaching, he′s won more than 460 games and has an all–time winning percentage of more than 69 percent.

Rhodes was a four–year basketball player and later an assistant for TSU under Mark Peterman in 1975.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame is based in New Castle. For more information log onto www.hoopshall.com

Our Athletes come from...

Dec 2009

Currently there are 588 student–athletes from 22 states in the Thunder program.

Here′s a state–by–state analysis:


  • 270 – Indiana
  • 145 – Michigan
  • 102 – Ohio
  • 31 – Illinois
  • 5 – Texas, Pennsylvania
  • 4 – California
  • 3 – Colorado, Missouri, N.Y.
  • 2 – Wisconsin
  • 1 – Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Tennessee

Data compiled by Trine University′s Registrar′s Office and Sports Information.

Thunder Club membership

Dec 2009

Great college athletic programs are built through great private support!

Trine University is committed to a high-quality athletic program, which benefits student-athletes and our entire university community. The Thunder Varsity Club is the primary means through which we raise funds for the Trine University Athletic Department. By becoming a member of the Thunder Varsity Club you support nearly 500 Trine student-athletes to reach their goals of excelling both in the classroom and on the fields of competition. Support from alumni, parents and fans enable our teams to compete consistently at the highest levels within the MIAA Conference and NCAA Division III. All gifts to the Thunder Varsity Club will help meet the needs that are most critical to the athletic department and each individual athletic team.

To join and pay online - click here

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