Softball Stays Hot Despite Cold Weather
The Cornerstone University softball team is off to an unprecedented start to the 2013 season. The Golden Eagles are 23-3 overall and 7-1 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). In spite of the outstanding record and gaudy statistics, the Cornerstone women have yet to receive much respect on a national level as they are still not ranked in the NAIA top 25.
The season began with a trip to Florida from which the softball team emerged with a 10-2 record. They have only gotten better as the season has progressed. The next two weeks will go a long way to showing how this team will fare as the softball team gets into the meat of its conference schedule.
Heidi Warmelink (pictured) and Megan Oberst have been leading the offense through the first 26 games. Warmelink is hitting .455 with 8 homeruns and 26 RBI. Oberst is hitting .444 with 5 homeruns and 34 RBI. Both are ranked in the top five in the WHAC in many offensive categories.
Warmelink has also been a force in the circle with a 12-1 record and a 0.76 earned run average. She has held opponents to a .173 batting average and has 86 strikeouts compared to just 9 walks. Her ERA and opponent's batting average numbers both lead the WHAC.
The Golden Eagles have 12 games remaining in the Wolverine -Hoosier Athletic Conference schedule which will wrap up on April 27. Following the regular season, WHAC tournament play will begin on May 1 in Battle Creek, Mich., at Bailey Park.
Baseball Fighting for a Tournament Berth
The Cornerstone University baseball team has been on an up-and-down ride this season. They are currently 12-22 overall and 7-12 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
The Golden Eagles are fighting to break into the top five of the conference to be assured a spot in the conference tournament to be played the first week of May. They are currently in 6th place, three games behind Northwestern Ohio. Cornerstone has conference games against Aquinas and Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) before the end of the season. The final four games of the year will be played against UNOH and could very well determine the fifth seed in the WHAC tournament.
Zach Harbison, Nick Covello, and Zach Bohl (pictured) have led the Golden Eagle's offense all season long. Harbison is hitting .324 with 16 RBI and 8 stolen bases. The switch-hitting Covello is hitting .312 while driving in 14 runs. Bohl is hitting .301 and has played a very solid first base.
Cullen Montgomery and Ryan Harris have anchored the pitching staff and been an outstanding one-two punch for the first-year program. Montgomery has been the ace of the staff and has a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings pitched. He has 40 strikeouts and opponents are hitting just .229 off of him. Harris also has a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings. Justin Geerts has been solid out of the bullpen, posting a 2.50 ERA in 18 innings. Opponents are hitting only .197 off of Geerts, and he has two saves.
Cornerstone Baseball has six conference games remaining on the 2013 schedule and will be playing at home the rest of the way. They are looking to get on a roll and carry it over into the WHAC tournament.
Men's Golf Playing for National Tournament Berth
The Golden Eagles' men's golf team has a new face to the coaching staff as Chester VandenBerg was hired as the new head coach after the regular season. VandenBerg enters his first year as interim head coach after spending the previous year as an assistant with both the men's and women's golf teams. Chester enjoyed a great golf career at Cornerstone from 2007-11. He served as a captain from 2008-11 and is a part of the record book in more than one category. He has had success as an amateur playing in events at a national level, qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2010. During the summer of 2012, Chester played in local events as well as the Michigan Open where he finished T20th and the Michigan Amateur where he made it to the Sweet 16 of match play.
After finishing sixth in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference during the regular season last fall, the men returned to the course on April 15 at the Battle Creek Country Club for the Cereal City Shootout hosted by Ashford University. Cornerstone finished with a total team score of 618, shooting 311 in round one and 307 in round two. The team finished fourth behind Northwestern Ohio and in front of Aquinas College. After two rounds, Anthony DeMarti led the way for the Golden Eagles with a score of 151 putting him +7 for the event and tied for 16th overall.
Before heading into the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship, Cornerstone participated in the Calvin College Invitational at Pilgrim's Run Golf Club on April 16. The men had a strong outing at the Knight Invitational. Cornerstone finished with a total team score of 325, placing them second overall behind Davenport who finished with a 318 score. Calvin College took the third place position with a final team score of 331. Zach Mick led the way for the Golden Eagles, shooting five over par (78) placing him tied for second place with Mark Allen from Calvin College.
The conference tournament was scheduled for April 22 &23 at Stonewater Country Club in Caledonia, Mich., hosted by Davenport University. After the first day of play, Cornerstone currently sits in sixth place. Cornerstone ended the day, after two rounds, with a team score of 621, putting them 53 over par. Davenport is the current leader after two rounds, shooting a team score of 581, placing them 13 over par for the day.
Bailey Mathieson and Drew DeMarti will lead the Golden Eagles this spring into the WHAC Championship. As a team, Davenport will lead the way into the championship holding a 27-stroke lead over second place team, Northwestern Ohio. Cornerstone entered the tournament with a total of 1557 stokes, 42 strokes behind the Panthers.
Mathieson, the freshman from Kalamazoo, was named to the WHAC All-Conference First Team last fall and is currently holding an average score of 76.5, placing him third overall compared to other WHAC competitors. He will look to be a major contender at the conference tournament.
"[Mathieson] is a player that lacks in distance off the tee, but more than makes up in touch around the green. Mathieson was our number one golfer from the fall season," commented VandenBerg.
The transfer from Oakland Community College, DeMarti, was a standout athlete at OCC, being one of the top two golfers on the team that made it to nationals.
Coach VandenBerg had nothing but good things to say about the transfer, commenting, "He is our team leader, being a very vocal individual. Look for great things this spring, and next season."
Looking forward to the remainder of the spring season, VandenBerg noted, "We enjoyed our spring trip to Orlando. We played many good golf courses and were able to watch other teams that participated down there. The spring is going to be an opportunity to put the fall season behind us and become a Cinderella story. We finished fifth in the conference and are definitely an underdog going into the WHAC tournament, but we have the talent and charisma to win and make our second trip to nationals."
Women's Golf Looking Forward to WHAC Championships
The Cornerstone women's golf team will enter the spring season after finishing seventh overall in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference during the fall regular-season. The Saints from Aquinas College were the regular season conference champions after a total of 1657 strokes. The Golden Eagles finished with a stroke total of 1968.
On Friday, April 12, the Golden Eagles participated at the Hantz Country Club hosted by Siena Heights where they placed fifth out of six teams. Siena Heights shot a 380 to lead the pack. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles shot a 458 to take the fifth place position, putting themselves ahead of Concordia. Sammi Cook led all players for Cornerstone with a score of 109, placing her tied for 22nd in the player standings.
The spring season is short and the Golden Eagles have had a hard time practicing due to the inclement weather in Grand Rapids; however, looking ahead, Cornerstone will participate in the rescheduled WHAC Championship hosted by Aquinas College at the Scott Lake Country Club on May 6-7 in Comstock Park.
Men's Outdoor T&F Hit the Ground Running
During the Cornerstone spring break, the Men's Outdoor Track and Field Team began their season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC, on March 9-10. Since then, the Golden Eagles have participated in the Goshen College Track & Field Invitational and the Aquinas Grand Rapids Open.
Sunny skies and warm temperatures in Myrtle Beach created ideal conditions for the sprint crew to begin the season. Senior Eric Schroeder combined with freshman Jon Brinks, Austin Hazen and Tyler Kubik for second place in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Their time of 42.88 was less than one second away from the NAIA provisional standard.
"For three freshmen to pass the baton effectively in the first meet and run a good time is impressive," said CU coach, Rod Wortley.
Schroeder also ran a personal best 11.25, taking twelfth in the 100 meters while Ryan Versen claimed third in the 400 meters in 49.05. Spencer Perry placed eighth in the 400 with a new best time of 50.36. Perry also added over 14' to his best in the javelin, taking tenth with a throw of 167'10".
Travis Mabe and Cody Risch ran a well-paced race in the 10,000 meters. Mabe placed third with a 32:43.37 time while Risch was seventh, lowering his PR to 32:54.43.
Goshen, Ind., brought a school record in the race walk for Risch at the Goshen College T&F Invitational. The senior led a 1-2-5 Cornerstone finish in the 5,000 meter race walk.
Leading from the gun, Risch set an ambitious pace in pursuit of several goals. About the only thing he didn't do was break 21 minutes. Cody's winning time of 21:02.18 broke the track and meet records, bettered the school record from 2011, and bettered the NAIA and USA T&F national championships qualifying standards.
In second place, Nathan Vanderwall took 1:12 off his previous best, clocking 22:54.81. He also qualified for the NAIA and USATF nationals. Isaac Withrow took fifth in 24:56.99, just under the NAIA provisional qualifying mark of 25:00.0.
During the Grand Rapids Open, Cornerstone totaled five top-three performances, including two freshman records.
Mike Mahon erased the freshman record in the hammer throw. The previous record of 138' set by Ross Raymond was broken by Mahon three times during the event with his best throw of 163'8" to place fourth. Freshman Daniel Door threw a 139'6" in the discus placing him fifth overall and adding 18 inches to the old CU mark of 138' set in 2012 by Jon Norris.
The Golden Eagles did well in other throwing events as Spencer Perry won the javelin with a 160'11" effort and Ross Raymond set a new outdoor season best, 43'6.5", for third in the shot put. In the jumps, Logan Norton took second in the pole vault, clearing 13'11.25", and Deon Fox placed third in the long jump at 20'7".
Cornerstone ended the meet by winning the 4 x 400 meter relay. Eric Schroeder, Nick Hayes, Zach Bourdon, and Ryan Versen got the stick home in 3:23.67.
On April 6, the Cornerstone men won seven events while taking second in five others at the Adrian College All-American Invitational. Highlighting the day, freshman Deon Fox and sophomore Logan Norton accounted for four wins, including three of the four jumps. Fox also won the 110 meter hurdles clocking 16.00 into a stiff headwind. Ryan Versen won the 400 meter hurdles clocking 56.36.
Bryant Langdon's 154'9" effort in the fifth round of the hammer throw gave him the win while Ross Raymond finished second in the shot put with a mark of 34'2.25".
To end the day, Spencer Perry, Zach Bourdon, Versen, and Zach Yeo won the 4 x 400 meter relay comfortably in 3:25.36.
The Cornerstone Men's Outdoor Track and Field will continue preparing for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships that are scheduled for May 2-3 when they compete in the GVSU Al Owens Classic/Jessie Owens Classic and the Hillsdale Gina Relays in April.
Women's Outdoor T&F Setting the Mark
The Cornerstone Golden Eagles also began their season participating in Myrtle Beach, SC, at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. After a week of practice and oceanfront relaxation, the Golden Eagles put up two national qualifying marks.
After earning All-America honors in the 60 meter hurdles at the NAIA Indoor National Championships one week earlier, Anita Souza ran her way to outdoor nationals in the 100 meter hurdles. The sophomore from Brazil took sixth in 14.58, well under the automatic qualifying mark of 14.90. Brittany Green took fourteenth in 15.57. Green also took third in the long jump with a mark of 17' 9".
In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Jill Louisignau (pictured) came within one second of her school record, taking second in 11:19.74, bettering the NAIA automatic qualifying standard of 11:25.00. Liz Baller was sixth in the event with a time of 12:17.41.
The women took a few weeks off until they participated in the Goshen College Track & Field Invitational on March 28. The race walkers opened their outdoor season at the event. Monica Lawrence took control of the race in the opening laps of the 5,000 meter race walk, building a lead of over 30 seconds. Her winning time of 25:50.28 chopped 1:17 off her best time and was well under the NAIA automatic qualifying standard of 27:45.0. The junior from Schoolcraft, Mich., also bettered the qualifying time for the USA Track & Field Championship. Freshman Kayla Ovokaitys made her debut at the 5,000 meter distance, finishing fifth in 29:17.20.
On Saturday, March 30, the conditions were perfect for early season competition at the Grand Rapids Open hosted by Aquinas College. The women took full advantage of this, winning relays to start and end the meet while earning five other top four performances.
The 4 x 400 meter relay of Lindsay Lip, Anita Souza, Larissa Hampton and Katie Walker got things started by winning easily in 49:27.
Brittany Green and Lipa placed second and third in the long jump; Green's best mark measured 17'.5" to Lipa's 16'11.25". Brittany also took second in the javelin, throwing 104'1". Haley Russell took second in the shot put with a mark of 36'11.5" and sixth in the discus with a throw of 126'1". Kayleigh Hammond was seventh in a new best of 117'7". Hammond also took sixth in the hammer throw.
The Golden Eagles put three in the top six of the 3,000 meters. While Jill Louisignau, Julie Oosterhouse and Julia Contreras converged with 200 meters remaining, Contreras had the best kick, taking third in 10:32.55 ahead of Oosterhouse in fourth at 10:33.10. Louisignau was sixth in 10:38.59 as all three sent new personal bests. Kaylee Carew won the second heat, lowering her PR to 11:01.60.
To finish the day, Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Souza and Hampton combined to win the 4 x 400 meters in 4:01.46, more than two seconds ahead of Hope College.
During the All-American Invitational hosted by Adrian College, the Cornerstone women won seven events. Sophomore Haley Russel had an outstanding performance, winning the first and last events of the meet. Russell threw a 124'4.5" in the discus on her final attempt. During the shot put, Russell bested her teammate, Brittany Green, with a fifth round toss of 38'.75" while Green took third overall with a 36'5" toss.
Lindsay Lipa rode the tailwind to a new best in the triple jump, winning with a mark of 36'1.25". Katie Walker won the 100 meters, clocking 13.34 into the stiff win. Larissa Hampton won the 400 meters easily in 59.66.
During the distance events, Julia Contreras led the way for the Golden Eagles in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:59.05, while teammates Audrey Tremain, Julie Oosterhouse and Jill Louisignau followed behind. The 4 x 400 team consisting of Lindsay Lipa, Kaitlyn Bronkema, Anita Souze and Oosterhouse ran to an easy win with a time of 4:07.50.
The Cornerstone Women's Outdoor Track and Field team will continue preparing for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships scheduled for May 2-3 when they compete in the GVSU Al Owens Classic/Jessie Owens Classic and the Hillsdale Gina Relays in April.
Tennis Preps for WHAC Championships
The men's tennis team began their spring season on Feb. 9 against Grand Valley State. Since then the Golden Eagles are 3-9 during the spring season, 9-12 overall and 0-1 during conference play. Their first WHAC appearance occurred on April 4 with a loss to Davenport University. The men have been able to notch wins this spring against Ursinus College, Warner University and Hanover College.
As a second-year program, the women's tennis team entered the spring season with a 1-8 record from the fall. Their spring matches began on Feb. 15 at Calvin College and the women have gone 1-9 since then. Cornerstone is now 2-16 overall and 0-1 in the WHAC.
Leading the way for the men in the singles competition are Austin Hunt (18-13), Chris Reed (19-8), and Andrew Son (17-9). Reed is the team leader in wins, also holding the team's longest winning streak of seven games. Austin Hunt, who won the ITA Regional backdraw in the fall, recently picked up a win against regionally ranked Daniel Sanchez (Grace College), on April 6. Doubles partners, John Andrew and Reed, hold the best record of 11-11 overall.
Cornerstone's women's tennis team is led by Janie Silvers who holds the best overall record for the Golden Eagles during singles competition. Meanwhile double partners, Ashley Greene and Allison Rusticus, maintain the best overall record during doubles competition.
Both teams will return to the hard court preparing for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships in late April.
CU Baseball Academy: Where Exceptional Talent Meets Elite Instruction
Cornerstone University Baseball and former New York Yankees World Series Hero, Brian Doyle, have come together to create a truly premier baseball academy. The Cornerstone University Baseball Academy with Brian Doyle will focus on teaching solid fundamentals to take the skills of a 13-18 year-old player to another level. The Academy will teach the serious young player to look at the game through the eyes of a professional player.
Camps are scheduled for July 21 - Aug. 2, 2013.
For more information on the Cornerstone University Baseball Academy and for registration, visit www.cornerstone.edu/baseball-academy
Announcing the 2013 Golden Eagles Summer Sports Camps!
Registration is now open for all of our summer youth sports camps. This summer, Cornerstone University Athletics will offer camps in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball.
The Golden Eagles camp staff is committed to developing the whole camper. Outstanding technical and tactical instruction in all aspects of each sport will be provided in both individual and team settings. All camp personnel will emphasize and model Christian values. By the end of camp, each camper will learn valuable lessons in athletics, friendship and hard work.
For more information and registration, visit www.cugoldeneagles.com/f/Sports_Camps/Sports_Camps.php