2005-06 in Review
2005-06 in Review
2005-06 Reviewed in Photos
Hope won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
Commissioner's Cup for the best cumulative performance in the league's 18
sports for men and women. Hope finished 12th among 419 NCAA Division III
colleges in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings, Hope's best finish in the
Hope captured seven MIAA titles -- men's and women's soccer, men's golf,
volleyball, women's basketball, baseball and softball.
The basketball teams marked their first season at the college's new DeVos
Fieldhouse. The teams had a cumulative 32-0 record on their new home court
and each topped all Division III teams in average home attendance.
Hope qualified individual athletes or teams in 12 NCAA championships --
men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's
basketball, men's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming, and men's and
The women's basketball team won the NCAA Division III national championship
for the second time in school history. Coach Brian Morehouse was named the
Division III national coach of the year and Bria Ebels was chosen the most
valuable player at the Final Four.
Six Hope athletes were voted the MIAA's most valuable player -- Bria Ebels,
women's basketball; Geoff Meyer, men's soccer; Jessica Regnerus, offensive
softball; Becky Whitman, defensive softball; Kurtis Blohm, men's swimming; and
Anneliese Fox, women's tennis.
Fifty-nine players were voted to All-MIAA first teams and a record 172 were
named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. Eight teams received the MIAA
All-Academic Team award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at
least 3.3 during the school year. Honored were women's cross country, women's
soccer, women's track & field, women's swimming & diving, women's golf, men's
tennis, men's golf and softball.
Eighteen athletes achieved NCAA All-America status at the Division III
national championships. Nine came in swimming -- Laura Ansilio, Kurtis Blohm,
Lisa Ekdom, Trisha Meier, Brittaney Reest, Lisa Smith, Chas Vanderbroek, Ryan
Vogelzang and Jeff Vroegindewey. Also honored were Greg Immink and Bria
Ebels, basketball; Ed Huebner, Geoff Meyer and Devin McNeil, soccer; Kylee
Brouwer, softball; Lindsay Lange, Ryan TerLouw and Jennifer VanderMeer, track
Voted Hope's outstanduing senior student-athletes were Kurtis Blohm
(swimming) and Bria Ebels (basketball).
The MIAA sportsmanship award in men's tennis was presented to senior Andy
Several coaches and staff received honors. Richard Ray was elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the highest honor in the athletic training profession. Ray Smith, director of men's athletics, was honored by his California hometown when he was inducted into the Riverside Sport Hall of Fame. Becky Schmidt was honored as the MIAA volleyball coach of the year for guiding the Flying Dutch to a 16-0 record while Karla Wolters and her staff were honored in softball for their league championship season.
Enjoy Our 05-06 Photo Galleries
Highlighting Hope Athletics
Women's Basketball -- National Champion Flying Dutch
Men's Swimming/Diving -- MIAA Championships
Women's Swimming/Diving -- MIAA Championships
Women's Basketball -- Hope versus Calvin at DeVos
Men's Basketball -- Hope versus Calvin at DeVos
The Opening of DeVos Fieldhouse
Panoramic / The Opening /
The Dedication /
The Building /
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