posted March 3, 1999

MIAA Honors Hope Basketball Players

Two players on both the Hope men's and women's
basketball squads have been named to the all-conference first
team by Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
Junior Lisa Hoekstra and senior Tara Hosford, both graduates
of Calvin Christian High School, have been named to the women's
all-conference first team while senior Pat Stegeman (Caledonia
HS) and junior Ryan Klingler (Holland HS) have been honored as
men's first team players.
Hoekstra is being honored on the first team for the second
year in-a-row. This season she averaged 12.3 points and 5.0
rebounds per game. Hosford was the team's leading scorer,
averaging 13.4 points per game while making a team-leading 44
Stegeman became the 23rd player in Hope men's basketball
history to score more than 1,000 points. This season he averaged
13.4 points per game to lift his career total to 1,016. Klingler
broke into the starting lineup a month into the season and ended
as Hope's leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game. His 67
three-pointers was just four shy of the Hope single season mark.
Hope had one player on each of the All-MIAA second team.
Sophomore Craig Veldman (Jenison HS) was honored by the men's
coaches while sophomore Kristen Koenigsknecht (St. Johns HS) was
recognized by the women's coaches.
Receiving coaches' honorable mention recognition were
freshman Becky Sutton (Eaton Rapids HS) and senior Chris
VanderSlice (Shelby HS).
The Flying Dutchmen were co-champions in the MIAA men's
race, finishing with a 17-10 record. The Flying Dutch posted a
20-6 record and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III
championship tournament.