College Showcase: Potter sets extra point record in WMU's loss

Grand Haven graduate John Potter connected on a career-high nine extra-points during Western Michigan University's wild 66-63 loss to Toledo last Thursday.
Tribune Staff
Nov 15, 2011

In the process, Potter established a new record in the Mid-American Conference by connecting on his 114th consecutive PAT without a miss. The former record was held by Miami’s (Ohio) John Scott.

Potter’s record-breaking performance earned the senior kicker the MAC West Division’s Special Teams Player of the Week. It’s the third time this season Potter has earned the honor.

Potter’s nine points during the shootout also gave him 81 this season, which is the sixth-most in a season in WMU history. It also tied Brad Selent for the most points in a career in Broncos’ history.

GH DUO SPARKING HOPE’S TOURNEY RUN

Although considered an underdog to advance in NCAA Division 3 tournament, Hope College’s men’s soccer team is still alive after a pair of heart-racing victories.

On Friday, the Flying Dutch edged Thomas More (Ky.) College, 2-1, in an NCAA first-round game. Grand Haven graduate Nic Heyboer got Hope on the board in the first half, scoring a goal off an assist from teammate Tarwo Konbloa.

Thomas More tied the contest later in the half, and it remained deadlocked with just three minutes left in the contest. Hope’s David Whitaker broke the tie, scoring an unassisted goal that also proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 final.

On Saturday, another Grand Haven graduate ignited the Flying Dutch offense early, as Matthew VanZytveld scored the game’s first goal against Ohio Dominican — coming off a throw-in from teammate Grant Neil.

ODU tied the game in the second half and the contest appeared to be headed to overtime when Hope worked some late magic. Junior Jason Mueller’s lofted a corner kick toward a packed Dominican box with just 19 seconds remaining. The kick was aided by a stiff breeze and hooked untouched into the far upper corner of the net, giving the Dutch the lead and the win.

Hope’s amazing 2-1 victory improves their season record to 17-4-3 overall. The Flying Dutch will battle in the Sectional tournament in Delaware, Ohio, on Friday against Luther (Iowa). In the other sectional semifinal, Ohio Wesleyan will challenge Ohio Northern.

GAGNON EARNS ALL-CONFERENCE NOD

Former Spring Lake standout Michael Gagnon was named first-team all-conference in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference recently after his strong season for the Aquinas College men’s soccer team.

Gagnon, a sophomore midfielder, scored four goals and assisted on six others during the Saints’ strong season. They finished 15-4-2 overall but fell to Madonna in an upset in the WHAC Tournament Championship game, 1-0.

Gagnon was also named to the conference’s “Champions of Character” team, which awards student-athletes for sportsmanship.

ADDISON HELPS U-M WIN REGIONAL

University of Michigan runners finished 1-2 at Saturday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional and also fielded four in the top 10, helping the Wolverines capture the team title at Toledo’s Ottawa Park Golf Course.

U-M was led by fifth-year senior Danielle Tauro, who crossed the finish line in first at 20 minutes, 27.9 seconds. Second-place went to Grand Haven graduate Becca Addison, as she was just seven seconds off of Tauro’s time.

In the team standings, U-M finished with 45 points, Michigan State was second with 77 and host Toledo was third at 84.

For placing in the top 25, Addison was one of four Wolverines to earn All-Great Lakes region honors.

Addison and the Wolverines now set their sights on the NCAA Championships, which will be held Monday, Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind.

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