Top News of the Week
Alma to be Presented with NCAA Team Works Challenge Award
The NCAA will present the Alma College athletics department with the organization's Team Works Challenge Award during halftime of the men's basketball game against Calvin this Wednesday (Jan. 30). Alma earned the honor in December 2018, for the second consecutive year. Over 500 Alma student-athletes logged nearly 3,000 hours of community service from September through November. Student-athletes wrote Christmas cards, shopped for gifts, and packed and sent them to military troops in tandem with a local insurance company. Student-athletes have also been involved with volunteering at the local Masonic Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Much of these efforts were led by Alma's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Men's Basketball Drops Two MIAA Contests
The men's basketball team fell in two tight games last week, first 87-86 to Trine on Wednesday (Jan. 23) and later to Kalamazoo 92-82 in overtime on Saturday (Jan. 26). The Scots led by as much as 14 against the Thunder before allowing Trine back in the game. All five starters scored in double-figures, led by junior Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) who scored 19 points and added nine assists and four steals. Junior guard Steven Harvey (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern) scored 15 points and pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds. Against Kalamazoo, the Scots came back from down 16 behind junior Kyle Woodruff's (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) 30 points, including the game-tying layup with ten seconds left. Alma would go cold in overtime, though, leaving with a loss. Freshman center Brandon Rake (Whitehall, Mich. / Whitehall) set career-highs in rebounding in both games with 10 against Trine and 14 against Kalamazoo.
Scots Light up the Scoreboard, Take Two Games
The women's basketball had a 2-0 week with wins over Olivet College on Wednesday (Jan. 23) and Kalamazoo College on Saturday (Jan. 26). Alma led the entire game in their 63-44 victory over the Comets as sophomore center Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) picked up her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Scots followed it up with a dominating 76-47 win versus the Hornets. The freshmen pair of guards Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) and Stasha Warchock (Marquette, Mich. / Marquette) were the team's leading scorers with 15 and 14 points respectively. The Scots shot a season-high 51.7 percent from the floor against Kalamazoo.
Track and Field Competes at Defiance Invitational
The women's track and field team took second place while the men's team finished third at the Defiance Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 26). Distance runner junior Luke Reed (Benzonia, Mich. / Benzie Central) took first in the men's 3000-meter run and sophomore Nolan Rowland (Battle Creek, Mich. / Richland-Gull Lake) won the men's pole vault event with a four-meter jump. Meanwhile, sophomore Grace Hearth (Freeland, Mich. / Valley Lutheran) reached 1.47 meters in the women's high jump, placing second. In the pole vault event, senior Erin Goggins (Hastings, Mich. / Hastings) took second at 3.25 meters.
Cheer and STUNT Wins Two, Comes up Short Against Davenport
The Scots opened the 2019 season with two wins against Ferris State and Oakland University before falling 16-11 in a tight match to Davenport. Alma swept both the Bulldogs and Grizzlies before its game with the defending champion Panthers. In a rematch of last year's STUNT Championship rematch, the Scots took a one-point lead into the second round of the fourth quarter before conceding each routine to Davenport in the final two quarters.
Wrestling Battles in Illinois
Alma went to Wheaton College (IL) for its Willson Wheaton Invitational this past weekend. The Scots finished 22nd out of 38 schools in the two-day tournament. Junior Zachary Cooper (Chippewa Hills, Mich. / Whitehall) pinned the third-ranked wrestler in the nation in his weight class to take third place. Six Scots in total earned at least one win at the invite.
Bowling Wraps up Play at the American Heartland
The Alma College women's bowling team finished in fifth place at the American Heartland III Tournament on Saturday (Jan. 26) and fourth at the American Heartland IV Tournament on Sunday (Jan. 27). Rachel Kuczajda, Josee Hale (Defiance, Ohio / Defiance Senior High) and Emma Davis (Horton, Mich / Hanover Horton) each finished in the top three for the Scots on both days. Kuczajda led the team with an average of 181 over nine rounds, while Hale averaged 180 and Davis 179 while putting up a team-best 236 in the final game of the weekend.
Swimming Drops Dual Meet to Kalamazoo
The Alma College swimming and diving team fell in its last home meet of the season on Saturday (Jan. 26), 338.50 to 117.50 against Kalamazoo College. Senior Kate Lehman (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett) won the women's 100-yard butterfly with her time of 1:03.09. In the women's 500-yard freestyle, junior Sydney Louis-Ferdinand (Southfield, Mich. / Birmingham Groves) was ahead of her opponent by a second, hitting the wall at 5:40.63. In addition, Freshman Matthew Thomas (Griffith, Ind. / Griffith Senior) set a new personal best time in the men's 1000-yard freestyle, finishing the race in 10:52.18 and in third place.
What's Happening This Week
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Women's Basketball at Calvin College, 7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Calvin College 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31
Wrestling at Trine University, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Swimming and Diving at Hope College, 1:00 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Hope College, 3:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Albion, 3:00 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse at University of Michigan-Dearborn, 5:00 p.m.
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