College Showcase: Potter earns MAC honor

Grand Haven graduate John Potter was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Special Team Player of the Week after his outstanding performance for Western Michigan on Saturday. It's the third time in Potter's career that he's earned Player of the Week honors. In the Broncos' 38-7 win over Nicholls State on Saturday in Kalamazoo, Potter was a perfect 5-for-5 on his point-after-touchdowns and also connected on a 40-yard field goal. Potter has now connected on 78-straight PAT's at Western, extending his school record.
Nate Thompson
Sep 13, 2011


Potter and the Broncos host bitter rival Central Michigan on Saturday at Waldo Stadium, with kickoff slated for noon. 


The Ancilla (Ind.) College men’s soccer team has recorded three consecutive shutouts, thanks in part to the effort by goalie Alex Howe, a Spring Lake graduate.

The Chargers started their streak on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when they blanked Cincinnati State Tech and Community College 1-0 in overtime. The victory was Ancilla’s first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked program. Cincinnati State was a national junior college runner-up a year ago.

More impressively, Ancilla earned the win while playing a man down for nearly 60 minutes.

Howe, a sophomore, collected two saves in the win, earning his first shutout of the season.

Howe quickly added shutout No. 2 on Saturday, as the Chargers blanked host Lakeland Community College in the first game on an invitational. Howe made nine saves in the victory, as Ancilla rolled, 6-0.

Backup goalie Adam Calhoun got the start on Sunday, a 8-0 win over Cuyahoga Community College.

The Chargers are now 5-2-2 this season.


Junior Laura Karsten and the Wheaton College women’s soccer team look to be in store for another special season this fall.

The Thunder are off to a 5-0 start, which has included three shutout victories.

Karsten, a Grand Haven native and Western Michigan Christian graduate, is a starting defender for the Thunder. She has recorded four shots and one goal this season — coming in Wheaton’s 6-1 victory over Calvin College on Sept. 7.  

Karsten, who was voted a team captain, earned first-team all-conference honors in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin a year ago, and was also voted a third-team All-American by


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