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Softball player Heidi Walburg honored by the NAIA at the Dr. LeRoy Walker Award. Walburg played four seasons for the Golden Eagles and was a 2-time All-American. Walburg led the Golden Eagles to the NAIA Tournament last season.
Walburg's award honors Dr. LeRoy Walker, former NAIA President and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee and recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and future ambition.
Walburg is a three-time NAIA All-American on the softball field and a two-time Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field for the Golden Eagles. She holds school records in home runs and RBIs, and was the Cornerstone (Mich.) offensive player of the year for four-straight seasons. Walburg was a humble team captain who loves, respects and cares for her teammates, and was willing to put in the hard work to be the best she could be, according to the NAIA release.
(Grandville, Mich.) Cornerstone hosted WHAC Jamboree #2 today at Sunnybrooke County Club. Cornerstone finished 8th overall with a team total of 318 shots. Senior Sam Vos and Junior Tyler Coyne led the Golden Eagles with scored of 75 to tie for 7th place overall. Sophomore Noah Wildeman finished with an 83 to tie for 41st. Senior Chris Wisen shot and 85 to round of the scoring for the Golden Eagles. Will Clarke also shot an 86 but only the top four scores were counted in the team score. Davenport won the event with a score of 296. Cornerstone will return to action on Sept. 27th when they travel to Adrian for the next WHAC Jamboree #3 hosted by Siena Heights at Lenawee Country Club.
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Cornerstone senior, Louis Falland cruised to a convincing win at the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College. The overnight rain and the preceding women's race turned sections of the 8 kilometer course in to slick mud, slowing times at the usually fast Gainey Athletic Complex.
Running with the leaders from the start, Falland moved to the front after three miles and held the lead to the finish, winning by six seconds in 25:06. The only real drama in the race came when the lead vehicle got stuck twice and required the help of spectators to get it moving before the runners caught up.
Senior, Jared Holmberg paced a pair of freshmen. Holmburg placed 87th in 27:22 with Kevin Vroegh (98th / 27:30) and Brent Dunn (109th / 27:39) close behind. Sophomore, Jacob Benson completed the team scoring taking 156th in 28:19.
Calvin won with 55 points ahead of two top ranked NAIA teams – St. Francis (Ill) with 79 and Aquinas at 109. Cornerstone took eleventh with 303 points.
(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Led by senior Julie Oosterhouse's fifth place finish, the Cornerstone Golden Eagles placed fifth out of 25 teams at Calvin College Knight Invitational.
A cool 48 degree morning followed a night of steady rain and the usually fast course ran slower than usual as the 292 runners churned the corners into mud over the repeating loops in the first two miles.
Oosterhouse positioned herself at the back of the lead pack then used a 5:48 final mile to move into fifth, clocking 18:24. Sophomore Cathy Coryell raced well finishing 27th in 19:13.
CU's third through sixth finishers were just nine seconds apart with senior, CallyAnne Wyma heading the pack (49th / 19:41) with Audrey Tremaine (53rd / 19:46), Ally Rabe (54th / 19:45 and Joy Reist (61st / 19:50) right behind.
Calvin took the team title with 27 points followed by St. Francis of Illinois with 109, Aquinas at 124, Case Western 135 and Cornerstone 170.
The Golden Eagles hosted Grace Bible tonight in a non-conference game and they played very well in a 7-0 win. Junior Josie Litty opened the scoring in the 10th minute of play on an assist from Kerri Hoffman. Litty hit a shot from just outside the box into the upper left side of the goal. Kerri Hoffman scored the second goal unassisted on a deflected shot the wrong footed the GK to make it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. Lexanna Siemasz made it 3-0 just a couple minutes later on a rebound the she hit to the lower right corner of the goal. Cornerstone had 29 shots in the first half of play. Josie Litty opened the second half with a goal in just 4 minutes. Litty hit a ball from the right side of the goal that the Tiger GK couldn't get to completely and she pushed the ball into the goal. The freshman took over at this point. Kelsey Gensler scored her second goal of the season on a cross from Ashton Gossett to make it 5-0 at 58:13. Gossett dished out another assist to Mykayla Denison in the 78th minute and then scored one of her own by pouncing on a rebound and putting it in the net in the 83rd minute. The Golden Eagles played most of the non-starters for most of the second half and they played very well. Cornerstone improves to 3-0-2 on the season. Cornerstone will return to action on Tuesday night when they host Goshen College at 7:00 p.m.