Top News of the Week
Stevens, Kleiver Lead Men's Basketball
Men's basketball split a pair of games last week, defeating Adrian 84-64 and falling to Trine 79-71. Senior Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) and sophomore Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston) were in complete control against the Bulldogs; they combined for 44 points on 18-of-28 shooting. Stevens added seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block while Kleiver grabbed five rebounds and dished out one assist. Alma held Adrian to 37 percent shooting from the field while shooting 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep, themselves.
Bowling Wins Buckeye Baker Classic
The bowling team won the Buckeye Baker Classic over the weekend; its the third time Alma has finished first in a tournament this season. The Scots finished second in the qualifying round behind Wright State, then defeated Northern Kentucky in the championship, winning the first two games in a best-of-three series.
Women's Basketball Drops a Pair
Alma fell 66-48 to Calvin last Wednesday (Jan. 8), then 56-38 to Trine on Sunday (Jan. 12). Sophomore Oretha Humphries (Detroit, Mich. / Detroit Edison Public) and junior Jeny Brandt (Escanaba, Mich. / Escanaba) led the Scots in each game: Humphries with 11 points against Calvin and Brandt with 13 against Trine. Overall, Alma struggled from the field, shooting 32 percent. Though it may come as no surprise, as both Calvin and Trine are two of the top three teams in the MIAA in defensive field goal percentage, holding its opponents to under 35 percent.
Wrestling Competes at the National Duals
The Alma College wrestling team went 1-2 at the national duals this weekend. The Scots fell to No. 14 New York University, 45-10, and No. 13 Ithaca College, 35-6. They bounced back to defeat Washington & Jefferson University, 25-21. Brendan Ladd (Ortonville, Mich. / Brandon) went 3-0, including a victory against No. 10 Ben Brisman for Ithaca College. Jayce Kuehnlein (St. Louis, Mich. / St. Louis) went 2-1 on the weekend. Trent Lashuay (Saint Johns, Mich. / Saint Johns) had the 11th fastest technical fall of the duals. He also finished tied for 10th in most single match points.
Track and Field Competes at SVSU
The track and field team competed in the Saginaw Valley State University Classic on Friday (Jan. 10). Alma had four women competing in the final in the shot put our of nine total competitors. Charley Hengesbach (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) led the Scots with a fifth-place finish, going for 12.03 meters in the final. Grace Hearth (Freeland, Mich. / Valley Lutheran) had a season-best jump in the triple jump, jumping 9.75 meters, beating her previous season-high of 9.67 meters. Nolan Rowland (Battle Creek, Mich. / Richland-Gull Lake) also set a new personal best in the pole vault, jumping 3.90 meters. Jacob Wildenhaus (Jackson, Mich / Lumen Christi) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.84. Cornelia Gotaas (Alma, Mich. / Alma) was second in the 800 with a time of 2:38.15. Abigail Mooney made the long jump final with a distance of 4.44 meters. Timothy Carlington (Cadillac, Mich. / Cadillac Senior High School) finished third in the men's 800 meters run with a time of 2:04.57.
What's Happening This Week
Wednesday, January 15
Men's Basketball vs. Albion College, 7:30 p.m.
Women's Basketball at Albion College, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 16
Wrestling at Adrian College, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 17
Track and Field at SVSU Doug Hansen Open, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18
Wrestling, Alma Open, 9:00 a.m.
Women's Bowling at Kegel/ISBPA Midwest Collegiate Classic
Swimming & Diving vs. Kalamazoo College, 1:00 p.m.
Men's Basketball at Olivet College, 7:00 p.m.
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