The Hope men’s golf team grabbed control of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) race in convincing fashion last week Thursday, winning the 18-hole jamboree it hosted by 15 strokes.
Juniors Collin Breit of Muskegon (Western Michigan Christian) and Ben Lewis of Grand Haven both carded even-par rounds of 71 at Wuskowhan Players Club to share medalist honors and lead the Hope College men’s golf team to a winning score of 290.
Hope overtook Calvin for the league lead heading into Monday's final MIAA Jamboree at Watermark Golf Club in Grand Rapids. The Flying Dutchmen lead Calvin by 20 strokes and third-place Trine by 22.
"The past six matches we'd been playing pretty well, but we said we were waiting for one day where we were going to have all four scores at our best. I think today was pretty close to that," Breit said. "It was a great day."
Both Breit and Lewis were named to the all-MIAA second team for their performances on the Hope golf team this fall.
The winner of the MIAA fall championship will host the final two rounds of the 54-hole spring tournament that determines the league's qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championships.
KROLL CONTRIBUTES AT HOPE
Grand Haven’s Matt Kroll has made an impact on the Hope College football team as a sophomore.
Kroll has eight catches through the Flying Dutchmen’s first five games, going for 131 yards. That’s an average of 16.4 yards per catch. Two of those eight catches were for touchdowns, putting him tied for second in the team in touchdown receptions, one behind senior Vincent Boddy.
Spring Lake’s Brandon Zervas, a junior running back, has played in five games for Hope, rushing for 26 yards on five carries and making two catches for 14 yards. Zervas’ largest contributions have been on special teams, where he’s returned seven kicks for 120 yards and 16 punts for 98 yards.
Former Lakers Tyler Goeglein (sophomore OL) and Cody Berkobein (freshman FB) are also members of the Hope football team this fall.
VIRGINIA RANKED NO. 1
The University of Virginia women’s soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the nation and is the only unbeaten, untied team remaining in Division 1 women’s soccer.
Grand Haven native and Spring Lake High School graduate Annie Steinlage is a starting midfielder for the Cavaliers. Her official position is “sitting midfielder,” which essentially means she’s a midfielder who devotes a majority of her time to the defensive side of the game. Steinlage, the daughter of Bob and Lucy Steinlage, has started all 12 games for Virginia, recording a pair of assists and registering nine shots.
The Cavaliers’ latest victory was a 3-0 shutout against Clemson on Sunday.
Virginia will put its unblemished record on the line Thursday when it hosts No. 6-ranked Notre Dame.