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February / March 2013

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Thunder Update

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Men’s Basketball
The Thunder men’s basketball team secured back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. Trine was led by a pair of seniors in Ian Jackson, who lead the MIAA in scoring, and Scott Rogers. Rogers had a fantastic overall year and ranked in the top 7 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots. The duo earned a combined five MIAA Player of the Week honors.

Jackson became Trine’s fifth all-time leading scorer against Albion on Feb. 6. Jackson followed that with a career game, scoring 44 points at Olivet, which ranked tied for the seventh most in NCAA Division III this season. Also in the game, Jackson set a school record with 23 free throw attempts and tied a school record with 17 made free throws.

Sophomore Dustin Hall ranked second in Division III in Assist Turnover Ratio.

Women’s Basketball
In its first season under former NBA All-Star Steve Mix, the Trine women’s basketball team battled all season for a spot in the MIAA tournament. Early on in the season against Olivet on Nov. 28, senior Sydney Spragg came within two points of tying a school record for a single game as she netted 38 against the Comets. The Thunder went on a four-game winning streak in mid-December, three of which came at home in Hershey Hall.

Spragg was the second leading scorer in the conference, trailing only the reigning conference player of the year, and ranked third in steals. Fellow senior Haley Killingbeck was fourth in the MIAA and 44th nationally in blocked shots. The third senior of the trio, Megan Loveberry, ranked fourth in the conference in steals and seventh in rebounding and assists.

For the first time in school history, the Trine wrestling team has three athletes ranked nationally in the top 10. Senior Elias Larson is the top ranked wrestler at 157 pounds while fellow senior Ryan Pieper is 10th at 174 pounds. Sophomore Brandon Preston made a big jump recently from being ranked 25th to a No. 9 ranking in the 125 division. All three wrestlers have had outstanding seasons that have included defeating several other nationally ranked opponents.

Larson, a two-time All-American, was named the George Olson Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Pete Wilson-Wheaton Invitational where he won the 157 pound title with a 5-0 record. At the meet, Larson plowed his way through three nationally ranked opponents, including the top wrestler in Division II. Larson also took home the Jack Schwartz award for the most falls in the least amount of time as the only wrestler to pin four opponents on the weekend.

Football seniors go ′bowling′

A pair of Trine University football seniors, Myron Puryear (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) and Mario Brown (Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Central), were invited to participate in the third annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl on Dec. 15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Puryear and Brown played for the North squad.

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Spring Sports Schedules

Spring break is right around the corner and that means Thunder spring sports. Click the sport below to check out season previews and the schedule for your favorite sport.

Many Thunder teams travel down south for spring break (next week) so check out their schedule if you are in the area. Softball goes to Orlando, Fl., tennis travel to South Carolina (Hilton Head), and baseball travel to Auburndale, Fl.