The Thunder football team is off to another great start, including home wins over Wisconsin-River Falls, Bluffton and an overtime victory on the road at LaGrange. Trine did suffer their first conference loss in 20 tries when they fell on homecoming to Adrian. Several players rank near the top in the nation in statistical categories including quarterback Ryan Hargraves and wide receiver/return specialist Ja Vontae Hence. Hence has twice been named MIAA Player of the Week this season while Hargraves along with defensive backs Myron Puryear and Blaek Combs have been honored as well.
The men’s soccer team got off to one of their best starts in program history as they began their season 7-0-2 before dropping their first game to Olivet. Goalkeeper Nick Thon posted eight shutouts during their run while twice being honored as MIAA Player of the Week along with Curtis Holcom and Andy Ohanesian. Thon was the last goalie in Division III to allow a goal as he led the nation in several categories. The Thunder were ranked as high as third in the central region by the NSCAA.
The women’s soccer team also has been off to a great start as they equaled their win total from a season ago just seven games into the season. The Thunder also earned their first MIAA win since 2004 when they beat Albion College 1-0. Trine scored six goals in a win over Anderson University. Goalkeeper Jen Wall has also earned MIAA Player of the Week honors twice.
The women’s golf team finished their fall season sixth in the MIAA standings. The Thunder hosted the NCAA Preview Tournament where four teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA Championship participated. The ladies also won the John Speiss Invitational where Trine took home the top four spots including medalist honors by Leisha Beutler.
For the men’s golf team, finished runner-up for the conference championship for the second straight season. Trine had two golfers named to the All-MIAA Second Team for the second consecutive year. Junior Pat Wolcott (Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) and senior Max Niehans (Nashville, Ind./Brown County) were honored for their season averages placing them in the top tier of the conference. Wolcott’s season score of 614 for an average of 76.7 tied him for seventh while Niehans score placed him tied for 11th on the season with a total score of 619 and an average of 77.4. The Thunder posted wins at the first MIAA Jamboree of the season at Albion and the final Jamboree at Adrian. The Thunder also took home the title at the Defiance College tournament. Pat Wolcott turned in the team’s best performance of the season as he garnered co-medalists honors at the MIAA Jamboree at Adrian. Max Niehans and Nick Ihrie also turned in top performances of the season placing second at the first MIAA Jamboree and the John Speiss Invitational respectively.
The cross country team hosted the MIAA Jamboree for the first time in five years at the Zollner Golf Course at the end of September. The men placed sixth while the women were eighth at the event. The MIAA conference meet will be hosted by Alma College on October 29. The teams will travel to the regional meet at Oberlin College on Nov. 12.
The field hockey team dropped two close 2-0 games to start the season at a tournament hosted by Earlham College. Despite a lingering concussion to start the season, goalkeeper Tristen Huntley has, again, played stellar for the Thunder as she ranks in the top three in the country in saves per game. Huntley even turned in a 36-save performance against DePauw, ranking her 23rd in NCAA Division III field hockey history. The Thunder spent most of their season on the road while playing only two games at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium. Trine was fortunate to play two games at the USA National Training Facility in Virginia Beach, Va.
The volleyball team is off to another solid start to their season. The Thunder traveled to the 23rd annual Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Volleyball Invitational, where they came home with the championship after going 4-0. The Thunder took down host RIT along with the three-time defending champion NYU. Betsy Irwin was named tournament MVP while Darcy Crabtree was also named to the all-tournament team. Irwin was also honored that same week with the MIAA Player of the Week. The Thunder nearly took down the defending national champion Calvin College in a close three-set match. The Thunder also won six straight matches at one points, tying a school record for consecutive wins.
Student-athlete spotlight: Sarah Radekin
Career records don’t happen overnight. Junior volleyball setter Sarah Radekin began her third season at Trine tied for second all-time in assists.
It was only a matter of time until she broke former player Tori Bluhm’s record of 2,005, and Radekin didn’t have to wait long. While the team was at their first tournament of the season at Ohio Northern and in just the second game against Theil, Radekin finished the match with 35 assists to surpass Bluhm.
Radekin finished the tournament with 144 assists in four games to position herself in front. With a solid season, Radekin could easily surpass the 3,000 assist mark later this season. Radekin isn’t just an outstanding athlete, she is a model student and is involved in the community.
Carrying no less than a 3.5 grade-point average, she has been named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll at Trine.
Radekin has also spends time volunteering in the community; she was even featured in an article by Girl Power 2 Cure. Radekin and fellow student-athlete Lauren Burns, spend their time working with Brooklyn Butler, who suffers from Rett Syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder that primarily affects girls.
Trine selected to host NCAA Division III Golf Championship
Trine University and Zollner Golf Course were selected to host the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship, but many people don’t know the process that goes into getting selected for such an honor.
Like all NCAA Championships, it starts with submitting a bid to host the event. This requires institutions to fill out information on where the proposed event is to take place. School officials must gather information regarding facilities, hotels, budgets, volunteers and contacts. Any site that is to be selected must meet specific criteria set forth by the NCAA.
The NCAA then goes through a selection process to determine the best place to host the championship. Depending on the sport, this process may take months or even up to a year. When all was said and done, the NCAA felt Trine offered a tremendous opportunity to host the championship with the on-campus venue and lodging available in villas and apartments on the course.
It’s rare when a Division III school is chosen to host the golf championships over such prestigious courses such as Mission Inn Resort & Club who hosted last year. It’s even rarer that it is hosted at a school-owned golf course. According to the PGA, only four NCAA Division III schools have 18-hole golf courses: Trine, Williams College in Massachusetts, Methodist College in North Carolina and St. Lawrence University in New York. Of those, only Trine and St. Lawrence are public courses.
In the week prior to the tournament, the city of Angola will begin to see an influx of activity in and around the Zollner Golf Course, as over 100 golfers from 19 schools arrive on campus to compete. The event will need at least 100 volunteers over the course of the four-day tournament. Volunteers will range from ball spotters, to parking lot attendants, shuttle drivers, ticker sellers and everything in-between.
Trinethunder.com - your online gateway to all things Thunder athletics
Trine University has launched their new athletic website www.trinethunder.com. The site will not only be home to all 21 Trine’s athletic teams, but will have several new features including a re-designed home page that will showcase the most recent news stories, upcoming events and scores.
“Our marketing department has worked hard to provide a site that will not only be fan friendly and, but one that will highlight our student-athletes and every team here at Trine,” athletic director Jeff Posendek said.
Users will find the new website easier to navigate and use with a mobile device (the site is built with a mobile device responsive template) and locate information regarding their favorite sports. In the coming months several other new features will include individual game links to live stats and audio broadcast along with new and updated individual sport specific archives and records.
Dress for success
Be sure to check out the all–new Tgear store when you′re on campus. All the Trine gear you could want – from sweatshirts to T–shirts to polo shirts and ties.
The store is within walking distance of the university, at 705 W. Maumee St. It will be open for business Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with special extended game–day hours)
You can also shop all things Thunder online. Go to trine.edu/tgear to access our online shop.