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.