The Western Michigan Christian graduate and Grand Haven native was recently selected as a First-Team All-American in Division 3 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Karsten was the leader of Wheaton’s defense that posted a 0.72 goals against average this season, along with 14 shutouts. The team allowed just 20 goals in 27 matches. Offensively, she also recorded five goals and one assist.
Wheaton reached the NCAA Championship game, where they suffered a 3-1 loss to Messiah College, 3-1. The Thunder ended their season with a 23-2-2 record.
SMITH PLAYING FOR TITLE WITH ST. XAVIER
Spring Lake graduate McHale Smith will be playing in the NAIA Football National Championship game on Saturday with his St. Xavier (Ill.) team.
It will be the first national championship game apperance in school history for the Cougars, who advanced to the contest with a 30-27 upset win on the road over No. 1-ranked Marian (Ind.) University on Dec. 3 before 4,270 fans.
St. Xavier will square off against defending national champion Carroll (Mont.) in the title game. Carroll is seeking their seventh championship in school history. The game will be played on Saturday in Rome, Ga., and will be broadcast by CBS Sports Network at 4:30 p.m.
Smith, a sophomore backup tight end and fullback for the Cougars, has recorded four catches for 13 yards, as well as five carries for 18 yards.
HEYBOER NAMED MVP AT HOPE
Grand Haven graduate Nick Heyboer was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player for the Hope College men’s soccer team.
Heyboer, a sophomore midfielder, led the Flying Dutchmen to a 17-5-4 record this season and helped them advance to the NCAA Division 3 sectional finals before bowing out to Ohio Wesleyan, 2-1.
Heyboer, who started just 11 games for Hope, tied for the team lead in goals with eight and also tallied two assists. He had 33 total shots and 15 shots on goal.
Heyboer’s teammate, fellow Grand Haven graduate Matthew VanZytveld, tallied five goals, three assists and two game-winning goals for Hope.
VanZytveld is also a sophomore midfielder.
HOLT COMING ON AT LSSU
Spring Lake graduate Lucas Holt turned in his best performance to date as a member of the Lake Superior State men’s basketball team during their contest at Northwood University on Dec. 3.
Holt scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in just 13 minutes of action, but the Lakers were dealt an 86-78 loss by the Timberwolves in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
A week later, Holt, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, earned his first start for LSSU, but struggled in the Lakers’ 72-56 loss at Hillsdale.
LSSU falls to 5-5 overall and 0-3 in the GLIAC. The Lakers have been victims to three overtime losses this year.
On the season, Holt is averaging 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 7.3 minutes a game.