Men's Basketball—The Golden Eagles' men's basketball team entered last week's Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament as the number four seed.
During the WHAC quarterfinals on Thursday night, Cornerstone welcomed fifth-seeded Indiana Tech. The two teams had met twice during the regular season, with Cornerstone taking both contests. After struggling offensively in the first half, Cornerstone entered halftime with only a five point lead, but the break seemed to set them back on track as they quickly built their lead to 10 points early in the second half. Cornerstone's biggest lead of the night, 19 points, came with 3:20 remaining, and the Golden Eagles rode out that lead to win the quarterfinal contest, 74-68. Cornerstone out-rebounded Indiana Tech by 10, aided by senior Derek Kingshott who grabbed eight rebounds in his final game at Mol Arena. Junior Wes Hudson scored 27 points to lead the team's offense.
The much-anticipated WHAC semifinal, which pitted conference rivals Cornerstone University against the Panthers of Davenport University, stayed true to form on Saturday as the two teams battled through two overtimes before the Panthers prevailed 93-91. Davenport outscored Cornerstone 9-4 to close out the first half, giving the Panthers a 35-30 lead heading into the half. During the second half, Davenport pushed the lead to seven, but from there the two heavyweights traded leads throughout the remainder of the second half. With 23 seconds remaining in regulation, CU's Ty Mason sunk two free throws to tie the game at 65 and push it into overtime. Davenport controlled most of the first overtime and appeared to be heading into the WHAC Championship. However, a crucial steal by Cornerstone and a missed free throw by Davenport gave the Golden Eagles possession with six seconds remaining. CU's Hudson drove the lane, ran into a double team, and dished it off to a wide open Kingshott for an easy layup to send the game into double OT. During the second OT, Davenport held a six point lead with 53 seconds remaining but with two back-to-back three pointers by CU, Cornerstone was down one with just seconds left. Davenport went to the free throw line but was only able to convert one attempt. Cornerstone's final effort came when Wes Hudson fired a 35-footer for the win. The crowd held its breath as the ball seemed dead set on finding the bottom of the net, only to bounce off the front iron as time expired. Kingshott recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds and 14 points.
The Golden Eagles still have a chance to receive an at-large bid to the 2013 NAIA DII National Championship. Cornerstone will await their fate when the announcement for the tournament comes out Wednesday at 5 p.m. Tournament seeding is announced on Thursday. Following the week, Cornerstone is now 21-11 overall.
Women's Basketball—Cornerstone University's women's basketball team participated in the 2012-13 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament last week, traveling to Livonia for the quarterfinal game against Madonna University.
During the Wednesday night contest, the teams were tied at five apiece within the first two minutes of play. However, the Crusaders would outscore the Golden Eagles 18-7 over the next 12 minutes to take a 23-12 lead at halftime. Cornerstone would cut the deficit with a 14-6 run to start the second half, but the Crusaders responded quickly and pushed the lead to an eventual 69-43 victory.
During their final game as Golden Eagles, seniors Robyn Veltkamp, Kayleigh Hammond and Kathy DeYoung each put forth valiant efforts. Veltkamp led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Hammond notched six points and grabbed four rebounds.
The Golden Eagles end their season with a 19-12 overall record and a 13-9 conference record. Looking ahead to the 2013-14 season, Cornerstone graduates three seniors and returns eight players. Head coach Katie Mattera will look to have a successful season next year as she begins her second year as the head coach of the Golden Eagles.
Men's Indoor Track & Field—After finishing fourth in the 2013 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, 17 Golden Eagles will participate in the NAIA National Championships on Feb. 28-March 1.
After receiving the prestigious Performer of the Meet award during the WHAC Championships, Louis Falland hopes to continue his success during the weekend while participating in the mile and relay events.
Jared Courtright cruised through the 5000 meters, earning his first WHAC Indoor title in 15:11.77. Courtright will look to cruise through the event again this coming weekend.
During a successful distance medley relay clocking a final time of 10:32.62, Zach Bourdon, Alex Macias, Tyler Grey and Thomas Bambach will participate in the National Championship this weekend and hope to improve their time.
Spencer Perry took the runner up spot in the 600 with a personal best and NAIA provisional qualifying time of 1:22. 63, while Zach Yeo was second in the 800 meters in 1:58.48 during the WHAC Championships. Both men will race during nationals this weekend as well. Eric Schroeder will join the team in Geneva after running a new best 7:01 in the 60 meter dash, taking fourth in the conference championship.
Senior Bryant Langdon placed fourth in the 35-pound weight throw during the WHAC Championships. Langdon sent the ball 54' 8.3/4" and will represent Cornerstone in the field events this weekend.
The remaining qualifiers traveling to Geneva include Mike Darling, Jared Holmberg, Travis Mabe, Cody Risch, Derrek Schaaf, Nater Vanderwall, Ryan Versen and Isaac Withrow.
The Cornerstone men's track and field participants will head to Geneva, Ohio, on Tuesday morning with events starting on Thursday, Feb. 28. Following the big weekend, the whole team will then head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., during spring break to participate in the Coastal Carolina Invitational set for March 8-9.
Women's Indoor Track & Field—The Cornerstone women finished in second at the 2013 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 15-16. Highlighting the championship, CU dominated the middle distance events where they added a school record and improved their point total from last season. Sixteen Golden Eagles qualified for the NAIA National Championships and will head to Geneva, Ohio, this weekend.
The sixteen participants representing Cornerstone this weekend include Liz Baller, Kaitlyn Bronkema, Kaylee Carew, Julia Contreras, Brittany Green, Brianna Griffiths, Larissa Hampton, Trinity Hulst, Monica Lawrence, Lindsay Lipa, Jill Louisignau, Julie Oosterhouse, Kayla Ovokaitys, Lyndee Sayers, Anita Souza and Audrey Tremaine.
Claiming three individual titles, scoring in four events and earning Performer of the Meet honors, Julie Oosterhouse will lead the competitors this weekend. Oosterhouse will look to continue her streak of powerhouse performances during nationals when she runs in the 800 meter and team relays.
Julia Contreras defended her 2012 title during the 800 meter event in the WHAC Championships. Contreras got the job done in 2:21.11 while teammate Audrey Tremaine finished fifth in 2:26.68.
Lindsay Lipa, Lyndee Sayers, Anita Souza, and Larissa Hampton raced to second in the 4 x 400 meter relay during the conference championship meet. Their 4:01.51 marked the second time this season CU has bettered the NAIA automatic qualifying standard. The women will look to continue their dominant performance this weekend at nationals.
Anita Souza ran a season-best and NAIA automatic qualifying time of 8:88 in the semi-finals of the 60 meter hurdles. Souza finished second in the finals, clock 8.91 during the WHAC Championships. She will also participate in relay events this weekend.
Representing the Golden Eagles in the pentathlon and the long jump, Brittany Green tallied a long jump measurement of 18' 6.5", placing her third overall against other conference competitors. Green hopes to be successful in all events this weekend.
Cornerstone will return to action this Thursday when they travel to Geneva, Ohio, for the 2013 NAIA National Championship meet. After the weekend the whole team will travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to participate in the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
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