Cornerstone Says Goodbye to its Graduating Golden Eagles
Megan April played in 357 sets during her career at Cornerstone as a Golden Eagle. The Manchester, N.H., native served as an outside hitter during her four years. April totaled 590 kills during her career with a 1.65 kills per game average. The senior had a career-high 16 kills and three assists at the St. Francis (IL) Tournament against Ashford University on Oct. 10, 2012.
Erin Swinger was a member of the Cornerstone volleyball squad for two years. The six-foot middle hitter had a standout 2011 season. During her career, the Comstock Park native averaged 0.70 kills per game, 1.04 points per game, and 0.216 attacking percentage. Swinger had a career game against Marygrove College, posting eight kills and three digs to go alongside an ace and a block.
During Kate Zwier's career at Cornerstone, the senior appeared in 363 sets, with 126 sets coming from her sophomore year. The Byron Center native posted 573 kills, averaging 1.58 kills per game during her career. The middle hitter also totaled 114 digs and 202 blocks (184 BA and 18 BS). Zwier had a career high 10 kills and six blocks at Mol Arena against Davenport University on November 2, 2012.
Larissa Deshetsky served as co-captain for the Golden Eagles' volleyball squad during her 2012 senior season. The North Branch, Mich., native played a career high 90 sets during her junior season. The defensive specialist totaled 471 digs during her four years, averaging 2.2 per game. Deshetsky picked up seven digs against conference opponent Marygrove College on Oct. 6, 2012, for her career high in digs. The co-captain was a tremendous leader for Cornerstone during her four years.
Women's Track & Field / Cross Country
Julia Contreras (Fowler, MI) captained the most dominant women's distance group in program history. Indoors she defended her 800 meter conference title, and anchored the distance medley to All-America honors for the second year in a row. Outdoors she moved to #2 on the CU all-time list in the 1500 meters and helped qualify the 4x800 meter relay for nationals. A six-time academic All-American, Contreras graduated Magna Cum Laude and earned the CU Athletic Department's highest honor for academic, athletic and spiritual excellence, the Golden Eagle Award.
Kayleigh Hammond (Zeeland, MI) improved her discus best to 117' 7" in her final season. She finishes her T&F career #3 all-time in the discus and #4 on the all-time list in the hammer throw. Academically she had her best semester, earning a spot on the dean's list and finishing her degree in accounting in just four years while being a two-sport athlete.
Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Zach Bourdon (Muskegon, MI) completed a remarkable senior season claiming All-WHAC honors in the distance medley relay as well as All-American status in the event. Academic-All Conference and academic All-American, Bourdon will continue his education at Bowling Green State University working on a Masters Degree in Applied Statistics.
Zach Yeo (Cedar Springs, MI) leaves behind an impressive body of work: school records in the 600 meters, as well as the Indoor and Outdoor 4 x 400 meter relays. Yeo picked up All-America plaques in both the distance medley and 4 x 400 meter relays at the NAIA Indoor Championships this season.
Eric Schroeder (Scotts, MI), a freshman walk-on worked his way to being a senior captain, six-time national qualifier, school record holder and All-American in the 4 x 400 meter relay. For his leadership and strength of character, Eric earned CU Athletic Department's highest honor for academic, athletic and spiritual excellence, the Golden Eagle Award.
Derek Kingshott was a member of the men's basketball team for four years and an important part of the 2012-13 team, averaging 10.6 PPG and 5.9 RPG during his senior year. "Derek is the kind of player that you dream about coaching," praised head coach Kim Elders. "He's a Godly young man who is a leader on and off the court. He is a hard worker and a very humble person. His accomplishments both in the classroom and on the court are beyond measure. He is well respected by his teammates and the entire Cornerstone community."
Robyn Veltkamp was the definition of a true leader on and off the court for the Golden Eagles' women's basketball program during her four years. Veltkamp ended her career with 1,717 total career points, ranking fourth in CU history for total points scored. The guard averaged 13.5 PPG, 4.1 APG and 4.4 RPG during her career. Veltkamp had an outstanding senior year, averaging 18.0 PPG and 6.7 RPG while scoring her career-high 31 points against Northwestern Ohio. Robyn was honored as an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American her junior year and Third Team NAIA All-American her senior season.
Kayleigh Hammond was a member of the women's basketball and track & field programs during her four-year career at Cornerstone. As a basketball l player, the forward scored a total of 529 points and grabbed 407 rebounds. Hammond had a standout year as a senior, posting a season-high 13 points against Northwestern Ohio on her way to scoring 182 total points this season. The Zeeland native had a mindset of outworking her opponent every time she was on the court.
Kathy DeYoung participated in both the women's basketball and softball programs at Cornerstone. On the basketball court, the guard played in 115 games, posting 245 total points, dishing out 105 assists, and grabbing 180 rebounds. DeYoung had a career high 14 points against Lourdes University her senior year. Kathy served as an outfielder for the softball team during her four years, providing depth and versatility for the Golden Eagles.
Kyle Breckan...goalkeeper who has been a rock for 4 years in the back of the Golden Eagles' defensive unit...he has made all kinds of remarkable saves and often has been the deciding factor in CU victories...he has been an outgoing and deeply committed member of the soccer community...he's traveled to the Dominican Republic to do mission work and helped to draw in remarkable support from his home community outside Chicago for the Night of Nets project this year...
Isaac Grotenhuis...striker who has scored plenty of big goals at CU...he's been a team captain and a true leader in every facet over the last two years...he's been part of the team's mission work in the DR and Zambia...and helped to drive the Night of Nets campaign to provide over 5000 bed nets during his time at CU...he personifies what a CU soccer player will become over their 4 years of athletic and spiritual development at school...
Trevor Hunt...outstanding center back who has made a game-saving tackle preventing goals over and over again...he's a guy who is looked up to for his spiritual maturity and has helped to start a Fellowship of Christian athletes chapter on Cornerstone's campus...he is loved for his energy and adventurous spirit among his teammates...
Tyler Mitchell...speedy midfielder who always goes at 100 percent on the field...he is known as a great encourager on the team, and truly loves being part of the soccer community...he has been involved in missions work in the DR and even traveled to Niger to help with medical work there as he heads to medical school after graduation at CU...he will be a wonderful representative of the men's soccer program in the years to come!
Brian Nimmo...fast and dynamic winger who has energized and been a catalyst in the offensive attack...he gives incredible effort and plays with great passion...he has been a vocal team leader and everyone on campus knows how much he loves being part of this team...he's a second generation CU soccer player who has continued a great family legacy...
Matthew Osorio...an incredibly skilled offensive force who has created and scored many, many goals during his 4 years as an attacking midfielder...he has brought a flare and flash to the field that makes him a crowd favorite...he always believes that the team can reach its goals and has left a huge mark on the soccer program that will be hard to replace...
Jesse Pipe...strong and physical defender who is without peer in the air...he's scored several goals off set pieces in his career and loves the beautiful game he plays...he's traveled with the team to the DR, is one of the most outstanding academic students at the university and is recognized by his teammates as a person of authentic character and spiritual vitality in the soccer community...
Joshua Rimel...hard working midfielder who is always ready to step in and give a fantastic effort in the middle third of the field...he is simply one of the most well-liked guys in the program by all of his teammates...and he's traveled on mission trips to the DR and Zambia, and has used his gifts to help produce videos that have shared the Night of Nets projects with people all over the world...
Douglas Sjoerdsma...he is a strong and dependable defender who consistently works to get better and make others better in the program...he is a leader academically on the team and is known as a young man who cares for his teammates and represents Christ well in his example on and off the field...
Brice Snellink...a physical force as a center back and central midfielder as a player who has only gotten better as his playing career has continued...he really wants the team to perform at its highest possible level and has brought spiritual and personal life maturity to the soccer community as the only married player during his time at CU...
Jacob Stanko...a truly gifted soccer player who has made life miserable for many opposing defenders during his career at CU...he's been both a playmaker and finisher on the field and has definitely helped to raise the level of expectation and play on the field during his time at CU...he's developed into a talented filmmaker and he will be missed by all involved with CU soccer!
Brian Wierenga...an energetic and quick attacker who always makes something happen when he is on the field...he is without a doubt one of the most beloved guys on the squad...his teammates think the soccer experience for everyone is better because Brian is around...he's been involved in missions work in the DR and has made a positive impact in many ways and in many places as a student athlete at CU...
Marissa Bliss started out playing volleyball at Cornerstone but finished by playing soccer. Bliss sacrificed for the team by training and playing in the goal as a senior because the team didn't have a second goalkeeper. She played in five games as a senior.
Kelley Ritsema played all four years of her career. Ritsema played through injury for much of her career but battled through and had her best season as a senior. She scored four goals and had three assists last year. The forward also spent some time in Zambia doing mission's work after both her junior and senior year.
Paige Knott played all four years at Cornerstone. The Zeeland, Mich., native served as captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Knott scored the game winner in overtime against Siena Heights as a sophomore which helped propel Cornerstone to the WHAC championship. She was a very hard working and dedicated player.
Morgan Vance played all four years as a Golden Eagle and graduated with an Education major. Vance became a regular starter and enjoyed her best season as a senior scoring three goals including two game winning goals against Huntington and Grace Bible.
Kathy Butt came to CU as a walk-on player but set a great example of work over her career as a Golden Eagle and earned the starting goalkeeper position as a junior. She started in all but two games her last two seasons. Kathy spent the last two summers training and playing for the Chicago Eagles.
Nicole Ybema improved as much as any player in the history of the women's soccer program over her four-year career at Cornerstone. Ybema played in almost every game over her last two years and was a key part of the defense during her time.
Anna Stegink started in almost every game since she came to Cornerstone four years ago. She was one of the best defenders in the conference and was named to the First Team All-Conference Team as a senior. Stegink also collect assists (17) and even a couple of goals from taking corner kicks for the team.
Riley Steen played and started in most of every game during her four years at Cornerstone. Steen enjoyed her best season as a senior scoring five goals to go with six assists. The Farmington Hills, Michigan, native served as a co-captain and was named Honorable Mention All-Conference in her senior season. She spent her last semester in school doing missions work in Ghana.
Adam Brooks played his senior year in Cornerstone's first season of having baseball again this year. Brooks was a very good defensive outfielder with great speed. A center fielder for the Golden Eagles, Adam hit .300 with an on-base-percentage of .429. Brooks led on and off the field as he was a small group leader this year as well.
Mark Fila was an infielder for Cornerstone and spent most of his innings at second base and shortstop. Fila hit .200 with a .333 on-base-percentage. Mark, who had stopped playing baseball after a severe knee injury, stole seven bases. Mark, like Adam, was one of the core spiritual leaders in the program.
David Mitroff was a pitcher and catcher in his final collegiate season. David was 1-2 on the mound with a 6.14 earned run average. He moved back behind the plate during the last few weeks of the season and hit .368 with a .429 on-base-percentage during that time. David earned the respect of his peers early on in the season when he was voted a co-captain for the Golden Eagles.
Madison Bucilla was a pitcher and utility player for Cornerstone softball, although a shoulder injury kept her from playing as a senior. Madison was a career .291 hitter, pitched 175.2 innings, and had a 4.79 earned run average in her three seasons as an everyday player for the Golden Eagles.
Tahni Bruno played second base and outfield for the Golden Eagle softball program. She was a career .269 hitter with 60 runs, 45 RBI, and 10 stolen bases during her four year career. Bruno was twice named an honorable mention all-conference player in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).