Outstanding Spring Caps a Record Year for Hope Athletics
A successful spring season secured the 38th MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy for Hope Athletics, the most among member schools. It was the first time in three years the all-sports award was handed out.
Four spring teams earned MIAA regular-season championships — baseball, men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and women’s outdoor track and field — giving Hope College a school-record 12 league titles for the academic year.
Four student-athletes were selected as the league’s most valuable by MIAA coaches: senior Evan Maday in baseball, senior Jack Radzville in men’s lacrosse for offense, senior Brayden Blackburn in men’s lacrosse for defense and senior Sydney Jackson in women’s tennis. Maday completed his career as Hope baseball’s first player to achieve 200 career hits, tallying 231.
Four teams competed at NCAA Division III Championships during the spring: men’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s outdoor track and field, and women’s outdoor track and field. Junior runner Ana Tucker earned All-America honors in two distance events, placing fifth in the 5,000 meters and eighth in the 10,000 meters and helping the women’s outdoor track and field team finish 46th. Tucker set school records in both the 5K and 10K during the school year. Men’s golf finished 22nd at nationals, having earned a berth by winning the MIAA’s 54-hole NCAA Championships qualifier during spring play. Women’s tennis won an MIAA title for a record seventh year in a row and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Five student-athletes were named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® Teams: Brant Kym and Maday in baseball, senior Kaelin Callow in softball, and Tucker and senior Nick Hoffman in track and field.
Fall and winter athletes also continued to earn acclaim. Volleyball teammates McKenna Otto and Tracy Westra, swimmer Emma Schaefer and women’s basketball’s Kenedy Schoonveld were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Schoonveld was also named a finalist for the Division III Honda Female Athlete of the Year award.
To round out the year’s achievements, 243 student-athletes made the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, and 17 teams claimed the MIAA Team GPA award.