Top News of the Week
Basketball teams open 2017-18 seasons with road trips
The men's basketball team will open the 2017-18 season with a pair of road games this week, traveling to Illinois Wesleyan University on Friday, Nov. 17, followed by a showdown with No. 2 Augustana College (IL) on Saturday, Nov. 18. The Scots, picked to finish second in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for the second straight year, will have four road games to begin the season and will appear at home for the first time on Sunday, Dec. 3, when they host No. 9 Washington University (MO). On the women's side, Alma will open the year at the Nan Nichols invitational in Wooster, Ohio, facing the College of Wooster and Hanover College (IN) on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19. The Scots were picked to finish sixth in the MIAA and will open the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 21, hosting Olivet College.
Football falls at Adrian to close out season
The football team suffered a 56-21 loss to Adrian College on Saturday (Nov. 11) as the Scots closed out the 2017 season at Adrian's Docking Stadium. Senior quarterback Dylan Zaborowski (Jackson, Mich./Michigan Center) tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Scots (4-6 overall, 1-5 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) played from behind for most of the game. Seniors Jacob Shields (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) and Jacob McKiddie (Redford, Mich./Redford Union) both caught touchdowns, with McKiddie's catch being the first score of his career in his final collegiate game. Alma was limited to a season-low 86 yards rushing as the Adrian defense held the Scots to 246 yards of total offense, the fewest yards this season. Defensively, freshman John Martinez (Alvin, Texas/Alvin) led the Scots with eight tackles.
Cross Country teams continue improvement at NCAA III Regional
The cross country team made the 280-mile trip to the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional meet on Saturday (Nov. 11), hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Senior Hannah Garn (Charlotte, Mich. Charlotte) finished 33rd, earning All-Region recognition, as the women's team placed 13th. The men's team, led by sophomore Jack Montgomery (Mikado, Mich./Oscoda Area), finished 23rd. Both teams improved upon their team finishes for the third year in a row.
Swimming shows improvement at Kalamazoo
The swimming and diving team opened competition against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association schools on Saturday (Nov. 11), facing Kalamazoo College in a dual meet. The Hornets won the men's and women's events and captured the meet by a combined score of 387-135. The event was a homecoming of sorts for Head Coach Jason Lintjer, who came to Alma after serving as an assistant coach at Kalamazoo during the 2016-17 season. Freshman Haven Westra (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was a double-winner for the Scots, winning the women's 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke events. Sophomore Sydney Louis Ferdinand (Southfield, Mich./Birmingham Groves) and sophomore Cole Malhoit (Canton, Mich./Canton) were also first-place finishers as the Scots swept the 1000 freestyle races.
Ladd places third at Trine Invitational
The wrestling team placed 10th out of 11 schools at the Trine Invitational, held on Saturday (Nov. 11) on the campus of Trine University (IN). Sophomore Brendan Ladd (Ortonville, Mich./Brandon) led the Scots with a third-place finish in the 141-pound bracket, marking the second straight tournament he has placed. Ladd went 4-1 in his bracket, scoring a technical fall over Trine's Nevan Freestone in his first match, then posting a 6-4 decision against Olivet College's Andre Bourlier in the quarterfinal round. In the semifinals, Ladd suffered a 9-7 defeat to North Central College's Anthony Rink, but responded with a major decision victory in the consolation semifinals, defeating University of Chicago's Gage Bayless, 16-5. In the third-place match, Ladd blanked Balwin Wallace's Tanner Mchugh, 4-0.
Bowlers finish in top 10 at Raider Classic
The women's bowling team placed 10th out of 25 teams at the Roto Grip Raider Classic on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 11-12), jumping three spots on the second day of the event. Leading the Scots was sophomore Josee Hale (Defiance, Ohio/Defiance), who had a total score of 882 (176 average) after five games to place 30th as an individual. Junior Sarah Wilson (Croswell, Mich./Croswell-Lexington) had the highest game of the tournament for Alma with a pinfall of 202 in her second game and averaged 172 during the individual competition.
What's Happening This Week
Friday, Nov. 17
Men's Basketball at Illinois Wesleyan University, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Women's Bowling at BGSU Falcon Classic (Rossford, Ohio)
Wrestling at Mount Union Duals (Alliance, Ohio), 10 a.m.
Women's Basketball at College of Wooster (OH), 3 p.m. (Nan Nichols Classic • Wooster, Ohio)
Men's Basketball at No. 2 Augustana College (IL), 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Women's Basketball vs. Hanover College (IN), 1 p.m. (Nan Nichols Classic • Wooster, Ohio)
All times Eastern • Home events in bold
Last Week's Results
Football (4-6 overall, 1-5 MIAA)
11/11 - at Adrian 56, Alma 21
11/11 - Men 23rd out of 36 teams at NCAA III Great Lakes Regional (Powell, Ohio)
11/11 - Women 13th out of 35 teams at NCAA III Great Lakes Regional (Powell, Ohio)
Men's Basketball (0-0 overall)
11/9 - at Cornerstone 73, Alma 59 (exhibition)
Women's Basketball (0-0 overall)
11/7 - at Findlay 91, Alma 43 (exhibition)
11/11 - Alma 10th out of 11 teams at Trine Invitational (Angola, Ind.)
Swimming & Diving
11/11 - at Kalamazoo 387, Alma 135
11/11-12 - Alma 10th out of 25 teams at Roto Grip Raider Classic (Kettering, Ohio)