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Men's Golf Wins Furniture City Classic

The Golden Eagles started the spring season on the right foot taking first place honors at the Furniture City Classic on April 7 at Stonewater Country Club. The Classic consists of local colleges from the West Michigan area that include Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Hope College and Aquinas College. Cornerstone finished the Classic with a two day total of 598. The team had the best score on the first day shooting a 299. They followed that up with a score of 299 on the second day but Davenport took the best score of the day with a 293. The overall score of 598 was 9 strokes better than runner-up Davenport (607).

Ben Vanbiesbrouck and Chet Vandenberg tied for second with a 148. Vanbiesbrouck shot 75 and 73 while Vandenberg shot 73 and 75. Marcus Brussee came in 7th overall with a two day score of 151 (76-75). Josh Mick (75-77) and Ryan Zwier (76-76) tied for 8th overall with a 152.


Cornerstone Women's Basketball Team Adopts Spartans

Cornerstone University women's basketball team "adopted" the Sparta High School JV basketeam this season, similar to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. The Cornerstone girls serve as mentors, or just as friends, who help and support the JV girls. They attended a few of the home games, and the JV girls have also supported the Eagles. The goal of these relationships is to enforce confidence in the girls and help them set high standards for themselves on and off the court. The Cornerstone girls are great female role models because they have achieved good grades and reached the next level in their basketball careers.


"It's been so much fun going to their games, and hanging out in the locker room," said Sparta sophomore Kaylee Penland.


In addition, Head Coach Carla Fles, invited the Sparta team to attend a private clinic this season as well. The girls worked with CU players for 45 minutes, and then attended their game.


"This has not only been a great opportunity for the younger girls, but for us too. It's given us a chance to give back to the community," said Cornerstone guard Kathy DeYoung.


Golden Eagles Softball Struggle after Fast Start

Cornerstone softball started WHAC play winning four of its first seven games but, unfortunately, have not  won since and are currently 4-12 in conference play.  Freshman Elayna Citko currently leads the Golden Eagles with a .305 batting average and 32 hits. Melanie Creager and Jessica Kuhlman both have 27 hits on the season. Creager leads the team in home runs with five. Kaycee Kuiper leads the pitching staff with four wins.
The Golden Eagles are currently 7-28 overall with 14 games remaining. 12 are WHAC games. The WHAC Tournament is scheduled for May 6-7 (May 10 rain date) at Bailey Park in Battle Creek, Mich.



CU Alum Wins Puma Contract

Cornerstone cross country and track and field stand-out, Derek Scott (BS'07), won a $10,000 contract from Puma after winning the Puma Mile on April 16th at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Scott, who won the Fifth Third River Bank Run 5k last year, finished in 4:00.51 edging Liam Boylan-Pett who finished in 4:00.92. Scott was the NAIA National Champion in the 1500m. 

The competition consisted of  8 women, 15 men, all toeing the line with the same goal. Cross the finish line first for a $10k contract with PUMA.
The women started 29 seconds ahead of the men. With less than 200 meters to go Scott led the charge for the men and held on for the win to become the newest PUMA athlete!


Men's Basketball  Celebrate Season with  Awards Banquet


The men's basketball team capped off their outstanding season with the annual awards banquet held on April 17. The team had a lot to celebrate this year after claiming a WHAC conference and tournament championship and an Elite Eight finish at the national tournament. 

The Golden Eagles said goodbye to an outstanding senior class of Dennis Jones, Matt Kingshott, Corbin Donaldson and Ryan Zwier. 

"It's always a difficult time at the awards banquet to say goodbye to the seniors,"  said Head Coach Kim Elders. "This year's seniors are no exception.  Dennis, Matt, Corbin and Ryan are all quality young men who have displayed Christlikeness both on and off the basketball court during their careers at Cornerstone. They all deserved the Golden Eagle Award because they have been ambassadors for CU and the mission of our program and university.  We will miss these four young men very much. They all have bright futures in the next chapter of their lives." 

Donaldson received the Ted Smith Defensive Award while Ronald Bates earned the Mike Long Hustle Award.

Caleb Simmons and Kelvin DeVries were named Co-Most Valuable Players this year. 

For more information about Golden Eagle news, visit www.cornerstone.edu/athletics.

Swinger Endures Tragedy but is Encouraged and Loved by CU Track Team 


There are questions in life that have no answers.

Cornerstone freshman Erin Swinger asked hers early on a Sunday morning, barely hours after she had attended her grandfather's funeral.

"It was a Sunday morning about 8:30 a.m.," said Swinger. "My mother came into my room to wake me and tell me that my best friend had been killed in a snowmobile accident. I was stunned, and I kept asking 'Why?'. I know that God is faithful, and that he never makes mistakes. But I just couldn't figure out why it happened."

Swinger had just completed a difficult couple of weeks. Her grandfather went into the hospital for a gall bladder problem two days before Christmas.

"It was supposed to be a routine thing," said Swinger. "He's a tough guy and he'd been in the hospital before. We thought he'd be home for Christmas."

But things didn't turn out that way.

"He turned critical and they moved him to intensive care," Swinger said. "They didn't want anybody to visit him and over-stimulate him."

Swinger had planned on a holiday trip to Florida with church friends.

"My mom told me to go," she said. "So we left the day after Christmas. On New Year's Eve my dad called and told me things weren't going well and it was probably a matter of hours. Then the next morning, just before I boarded the plane to come home, he called again to say they had taken my grandfather off life support and he had gone quickly.

"All I could do is come home and go see my grandma.""

 Swinger is a member of the Cornerstone track and field team, a promising young athlete specializing in shot and discus.

"Not only is Erin a great fit for Cornerstone University, she is exactly the type of athlete we look for in our program," said track and field coach Rod Wortley. "She's committed to her teammates and is willing to work very hard to achieve ambitious goals.

"Already this season she's leading the conference in 20-lb. weight throw, which is a new event for her."

"We were doing two-a-days so I went back to practice that Monday," Swinger said. "In the morning it seemed to go OK, but in the afternoon I couldn't practice. I sat the whole time and talked with a friend, who was comforting me."

Because of visitations and family obligations, she didn't go back to practice that week.

The funeral was held on Jan. 9 at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, and the next morning she found out about her friend.

"We had been best friends forever," Swinger said. "Our mothers were best friends in high school. We home schooled together, played soccer together, graduated together. I never lived more than 10 minutes from her. It would have been devastating by itself, but coming so close after the first funeral, it really knocked me back."

When Swinger came back to her dorm room later that week, she found a vase of flowers, a card, a balloon and a Teddy bear at her door.

"It made me cry, but it gave me some peace, too," Swinger said. "To know that my team cared for me and would be there for me."

"Losing a friend at 18 years of age is so hard," said Wortley. "It was wonderful to see our athletes, who went through the experience of losing one of their teammates two years earlier, envelop Erin with exceptional care.

"They were asking the same questions and feeling the same hurt and loss in 2008. In 2010 they're helping Erin walk through the same experience. That's the kind of team we want to be."

With an outstanding athletic resume, Swinger had a number of options for college.

"Actually, I wasn't thinking about Cornerstone," she said, even though her uncle, Rich Gordon, was a long-time holder of the school's discus record, while her brother Grant and cousins Brad and Travis Smith were cross country and track and field alumni of the school.

"I was visiting schools and got a call asking if I wanted to visit," she said. "I was making other visits, so I decided I might as well. And I fell in love with the place. I love the campus, I enjoyed the people I met, I felt comfortable with the atmosphere.

"Plus, they needed a thrower. I look back on it now and I can see what a blessing it was for me, because it allowed me to be here, close to home and my family  when tragedy struck. I am really glad I came here."

Swinger played basketball and volleyball in high school, in addition to track, but now she is a one-sport specialist.

"It has helped me discipline myself because we do so much training before we get into meets and actually compete," she said.

"Academically it isn't a problem because I've been in sports all my life. So this is all I know, budgeting my time to fit everything in. I think competing has shaped my life, helped me learn to set priorities, even to get along with people that I just don't click with.

"When you are on a team you learn that you have to work and train and respect everybody," she added. "And that is something I will take with me after I graduate."

Swinger can't help asking the question, even though she knows everything has a purpose.

"God is in charge," she said. "I can't help wonder why this happened, put I will always put my trust in Him."