posted April 19, 2013

Hope Athletes and Teams are Honored for Accomplishments

The 3rd annual HOPEYs, an event organized by-students-for-students, celebrated team and individual accomplishments on Monday, April 15.

Students, coaches, parents and friends of Hope athletics gathered at DeVos Fieldhouse for the unique event. The honorees were determined through a vote of the college's student-athletes.

In addition to the presentation of the HOPEYs, the college honored 84 senior athletes through the presentation of an H-Club blanket.

EXCEPTIONAL GAME
Women's Cross Country Team - finished 10th at 2012 NCAA Division III championships
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Ben Gardner, Men's Basketball, freshman from Carmel, Ind.
BEST CLUTCH PERFORMANCE
Courtney Kust, Women's Basketball, senior from Cincinnati, Ohio
EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT
Sheri McCormack, Women's Cross Country, junior from Holland
BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Brittany Berry, Women's Basketball, sophomore from Grand Rapids
BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Brooke Nienhuis, Softball, 2012 graduate from Zeeland
BREAKTHROUGH TEAM
Women's Soccer - Advanced to championship game of the MIAA tournament and honored for outstanding sportsmanship by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Kreichelt, Men's Track & Field, senior from Northville
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Liz Ellis, Women's Basketball, senior from East Grand Rapids
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Joel Rietsema, Men's Track & Field, senior from Rockford
OUTSTANDING TEAM
Women's Basketball - advanced to Elite Eight of the NCAA championship and posted 29-2 season record.
KAREN PAGE COURAGE AWARD
Men's soccer player Tarwo Konbloa, sophomore from Kentwood