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College Showcase: Bruinsma nearly records double-double for Titans

Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

The Titans were dealt a 86-73 loss by George Washington University on Monday, dropping their season record to 2-2.

Bruinsma, a 6-foot-8 sophomore small forward, is averaging four points and three rebounds a game, while playing 11 minutes per contest.


Despite a goal from Grand Haven graduate Nicholas Heyboer, the Hope College men’s soccer team couldn’t continue its magical run in the NCAA Division 3 tournament sectional final, falling to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, 2-1, in Delaware, Ohio.

Ohio Wesleyan, a perennial NCAA qualifier, took a 2-0 lead over the Flying Dutchmen in the 53rd minute, but unranked Hope battled back. Heyboer scored on a header following a midfield restart to cut Hope’s deficit in half, but the Flying Dutchmen couldn’t find an equalizer in the final three minutes.

Hope finished its season with a 17-5-4 record. Heyboer totaled eight goals and two assists on the year, while fellow Grand Haven graduate Matt VanZytveld contributed five goals and three assists.


Grand Haven native Rebecca Addison placed 118th at Monday’s NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Championships, hosted by Indiana State University.

Her effort helped Michigan place 15th at the national championship meet with 383 points, one spot and three points ahead of the Michigan State Spartans.

Georgetown captured the national title with 162 points, while Villanova’s Sheila Reid was the individual national champion with a time of 19 minutes, 41.2 seconds.

Addison, a junior, finished the 6000-meter course in a time of 21:11.3. Teammate Danielle Tauro was 45th at 20:33.6l Michigan’s Jilian Smith was 90th at 20:56.1, and Taylor Pogue was 103rd at 21:03.5.


Western Michigan Christian graduate and Grand Haven native Laura Karsten earned first-team all-conference honors in the College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin, as a member of the Wheaton College women’s soccer team.

Karsten sparked a Thunder’s defense that posted 11 shutouts this season, while posting a 0.64 goals against average. Wheaton allowed just 14 goals in its 21 games this season.

Wheaton rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Washington University-St. Louis, 4-2, in the NCAA Division 3 Sectional Final on Saturday. The Thunder now advance to the national semifinals for the sixth time in program history, but its first trip since 2008.

Wheaton (22-1-2) will play Ithaca College on Friday, Dec. 2, in San Antonio. The national championship game will be held on Dec. 3.

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