posted May 25, 2001

Hope College Sweeps MIAA All-Sports Awards

Hope College has won all three all-sports awards presented by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

Since 1998-99 the MIAA has presented separate awards for the best cumulative finish in men's and women's sports as well as an award for the best cumulative finish in all league sports (men and women). The separate awards are known as the Men's All-Sports Award and the Women's All-Sports Award while the cumulative award, presented since 1934-35, is known as the Commissioner's Cup.

The final standings for the all-sports awards were determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of nine sports for men and eight of nine sports for women. These point-totals were added together to determine the winner of the Commissioners' Cup.

Hope won first place in all three categories in the year just completed. It is the third straight year that Hope has won the women's all-sports award.

In the Commissioner's Cup standings, Hope finished 22 points ahead of nearest challenger Calvin, 179-157. Next was Albion with 139 followed by Alma 126, Kalamazoo 119, Adrian 51 and Olivet 44.

In the Men's All-Sports standings, Hope also finished ahead of Calvin, 84-74, followed by Kalamazoo 57, Alma 56, Albion 54, Olivet 26 and Adrian 17.

In the Women's All-Sports standings, Hope's nearest challenger was Albion. Hope ended with 95 points followed by Albion 85, Calvin 83, Alma 70, Kalamazoo 62, Saint Mary's 42, Adrian 34 and Olivet 18.

The Commissioner's Cup (MIAA All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award a league-leading 23 times, including six times in the past decade, followed by Albion 14, Kalamazoo 13, Calvin 8 and Alma 5.

This year Hope crowned five league champions -- baseball, women's basketball, football, men's golf and volleyball. In men's sports, no team finished below third place in their respective MIAA race while in women's sports every team but one finished third or higher.

The finish of Hope men's team by sport were: football, first; cross country, second; soccer, third' golf, first; basketball, second; swimming, second; baseball, first; tennis, second; and track, third.

The finish of Hope women's teams by sport were: golf, second; volleyball, first; cross country, third; soccer, fifth; basketball, first; swimming, second; softball, third; tennis, tied for second; and track, second.

Hope teams and athletes extended their excellence by competing in NCAA championship events in 11 of the 18 college-sponsored sports.