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20 October 2009

Fall Sports Update

Renderings of new Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium

Excitement continues to surround Thunder athletics. The Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC) officially opened this fall. Plans were unveiled for an expanded and renovated multi–purpose facility at Shive Field. At the end of September lights were added to the facility, and in October it hosted its first–ever night football game, featuring Angola and Fremont high schools.

Individually, women′s soccer continues to transition to the aggressive style of Indiana Hall of Fame Coach Terry Stefankiewicz. In August, the Thunder participated in the prestigious National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. The event is considered the premier pre–season college soccer event in the nation.

Cross country – Thunder runners have made great strides individually and as a whole. With a slew of freshman and several upperclassmen, the team looks to build on last year′s success. They have won the Goshen Hokem Karem and taken several second–place finishes. Senior Darin King (Archbold, Ohio/Archbold) finished second at the MIAA Jamboree at Hope with a time of 25:28. King was part of the winning duo at the Manchester Hokem Karem, second at the Goshen event and second at the Jackson Community College Invitational.

Women’s golf finished fourth in the MIAA overall. Senior Becca Miller and junior Katlyn Pero led the Thunder with outstanding individual performances. Miller finished second at the MIAA championship. She also finished second at the Olivet Invitational and third at the DePauw Small College Classic. Pero shot a four–over par 76 to share the top spot in the Albion MIAA Jamboree.

Trine football continues to flex its muscles in both conference and non–conference action. The Thunder′s only loss was a 30–29 upset against Franklin College. However, the Thunder bounced back with wins over Hope College and Alma. Quarterback Eric Watt, linebacker Aaron Shoemaker and kicker Jeremy Howard were named players of the week by the MIAA. Linebacker Jacob Vance was also recognized by D3football.com. Coach Matt Land is also one of the leading vote getters in Liberty Mutual′s Coach of the Year fan voting.

Though early struggles plagued the men′s golf team, it climbed back into contention by winning the Trine MIAA Jamboree at Zollner Golf Course. Andy Wolf won the MIAA Jamboree at Calvin. Wolf was also third at the Trine Jamboree. Alex Lorencz won the Kalamazoo Jamboree, and in the process set a course record of 70 at Milham Golf Course. Patrick Bailey was third at the Alma Jamboree. Wolf capped the season shooting a 69 at the Hope Jamboree. When the dust settled, Thunder finished in a three-way tie for second place in the MIAA.

Men′s soccer, battling injuries, remains competitive, especially against the conference powers. Femi Adejidi earned MIAA player of the week honors and was among the conference offensive leaders through much of the season.

A nice freshman class is showing results for volleyball. The Thunder have been consistently competitive, including solid showings at in–season tournaments and taking nationally ranked Calvin to five games in September. If the improved play continues, Trine could host an early round conference tournament game. Freshman Betsy Irwin was named an MIAA player of Player of the week.

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2 October 2009

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Thunder Legacies - Generations of Thunder Athletes

12 October 2009

The connection between Jim Buttery (′58) and his granddaughter, Allie, is obvious. Even when he moved to Florida when she was in grade school, they stayed close. Those visits to the Sunshine State became impromptu golf lessons. The tutoring from her "Pa–Pa" later turned into more heated competitions and tournaments. He wasn′t surprised she took to golf, but didn′t predict her decision to attend Trine.

"It′s probably just the fact that I went there and her mother was born there. Allie and I connected pretty well. With all of our time together and playing golf and going to tournaments, she really took a liking to the game," the elder Buttery said. There were no decisions about college visits or academic traditions or programs. Allie simply learned that Trine had a golf management program and remembered that her grandpa attended. After investigating the school, she made her decision.

He had some souvenirs, a license plate and a coffee mug and maybe some other small items. There was no shrine to Tri–State. There wasn′t any arm–twisting, either. "She knew I was an engineering major, that′s about it," he said of her choice. During Buttery′s time Tri–State was an engineering school, and engineering wasn′t something she showed an interest in. He does recall times when Allie was exposed to Trine through the friend–raising efforts of the alumni and development offices. Buttery and his wife spent a lot of time with Melanie Harmon on college trips to Florida. Some of those visits included Allie.

Last summer, Jim and Allie visited campus. "She was glued to the fact I went there. They′ve done a great job to make it a top–notch institution. We explored, and there were a couple buildings that were still around from when I was in class. "Back then, we had quarters. I painted dorms in the summer. Those dorms are all gone. The campus is so much larger. One thing lead to another, and it′s working out for her."

"She seems very happy. I know she appreciates the low student–to–professor ratio. I know she won’t be lost in the mix and she′s close to her family," he said.

Fifty years after leaving Angola, Buttery sees the university′s tradition and values remaining largely the same, especially among other graduates from varying eras. "The biggest thing is the closeness of my relationships to my classmates, or even meeting Tri–State graduates in the field after I graduated. I′d like to see more opportunities to meet with other graduates here in Florida and throughout the South. Even if it′s just small groups, I would love to see the school continue more of that."

"They’ve done a beautiful job. They′ve got a lot of great things going on," Buttery said. "I couldn’t be prouder of her. She′s going to be walking where I walked."

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