posted May 14, 1998

Hope College Wins MIAA All-Sports Championship

Hope College has captured the 1997-98 Michigan
Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) All-Sports
championship for a record 21st time.
The MIAA All-Sports award is presented to the MIAA member
college with the best cumulative performance in the league's 18
sports for men and women.
Member schools of the MIAA include Adrian, Albion, Alma,
Calvin, Defiance, Hope, Kalamazoo, Olivet and Saint Mary's. New
members Defiance and Saint Mary's did not calculate into the All-
Sports standings because the college did not compete in every
league sport.
The All-Sports award has been presented by America's oldest
collegiate conference since the 1934-35 academic year. It is the
second year in-a-row that Hope has won the All-Sports award and
the 14th time in 19 years.
Hope showed a balance in its men's and women's athletic
programs. The women's program contributed 83 All-Sports points
to the total while the men's program added 82 points.
Hope ended with 165 All-Sports points followed by Calvin
with 138, Alma 109, Albion 103, Kalamazoo 102, Adrian 62 and
Olivet 48.
Hope crowned six MIAA champions during the 1997-98 school
year and no team finished below third place. League champions
were crowned in baseball, men's basketball, football (co-
champions with Adrian), volleyball, women's swimming and women's
tennis.
Second place finishes came in women's basketball, women's
cross country, men's and women's golf, men's soccer, men's
swimming, men's tennis (tied with Calvin), and women's track
(tied with Alma). Finishing in third were men's cross country,
women's soccer, softball, and men's track (tied with Adrian).