Historical information (standings and statistics) about America's oldest collegiate conference is being added to this website with the addition of archival material dating back to the founding years in each of the 20 league-sponsored sports. This is a work in progress.

Watch this space during the 2014-15 school year for interesting historical anecdotes. Click here for more.

 

 

MIAA Unveils Composite Schedule/Live Scoreboard Feature

With the start of the 2014-15 season of competition, the MIAA and PrestoSports is offering a new feature for visitors to its website: a composite schedule and live scoreboard function for most of its contests.

The feature offers one-click access to up-to-the-minute game results across the conference. Once on the scoreboard, users can click onto audio and video broadcasts of each contest.

The composite schedule and live scoreboard will be available throughout the season.


   
 

Players of the Week

 

Football
Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Brynaert, Hope (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Ellis Ewing, Adrian (center)
Special Teams Player of the Week: Cameron Cook, Adrian (right)
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Volleyball
Player of the Week: Jenna Grasmeyer, Hope (left)
Specialty Player of the Week:  Carly Searles, Trine (right)
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Men's Soccer
Offensive Player of the Week: Travis Vegter, Calvin (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Ethan Beswick, Hope (right)
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Women's Soccer
Offensive Player of the Week: Erin Mishu, Saint Mary's (left)
Defensive Player of the Week: Allie Brodsky, Kalamazoo (right)
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Cross Country
Men's Runner of the Week: Adam Schaaf, Trine
Women's Runner of the Week: No nominations
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Women's Golf
Player of the Week: Morgan Leep, Hope
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Belles' Hussey Completes GE Aviation Internship

Saint Mary's student-athlete Mary Kate Hussey balances a robust academic schedule with her on-field performance for the Belles' soccer team.

Hussey, a senior from Elmhurst, Ill., spent her summer completing a chemical engineering internship with General Electric (GE) Aviation in Lynn, Mass. The plant she worked at designs and builds jet and helicopter engines for the United States military.

Hussey is enrolled in a dual degree program in engineering at Saint Mary's and the University of Notre Dame. She will obtain a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Saint Mary's in May of next year and then receive a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame in May 2016. Upon completing the dual degree program, she aspires to be accepted into GE's OMLP (Operations Management Leadership Position) program.

A defender for the Belles, Hussey was a first-team All-MIAA selection last fall and has started each of Saint Mary's first eight games this season, scoring two goals.

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MIAA Teams Go 6-1 In NACC Football Challenge 

MIAA football teams had a strong performance on Saturday in the third year of the MIAA/Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Challenge.

MIAA teams won six of the seven games against their NACC opponents, capped off by Adrian's 23-6 victory over Benedictine, Ill. Here are Saturday's results:

Olivet 49, Aurora, Ill. 20
Trine 27, Rockford, Ill. 7
Hope 25, Lakeland, Wis. 22
Albion 57, Concordia, Wis. 20
Wisconsin Lutheran 32, Kalamazoo 20 
Alma 24, Concordia, Ill. 21
Adrian 23, Benedictine, Ill. 6

NACC schools hosted Saturday's games. MIAA schools had only gone 2-5 the last time NACC schools hosted the series in 2012. The MIAA is now 11-3 over the last two seasons in the Challenge. The two conferences have an agreement to continue the series thorugh 2017.



   
 

NCAA Reaches Out to Former Student-Athletes

The NCAA is excited to announce a new initiative in which they will be celebrating and reaching out to former student-athletes.

NCAA After The Game is a new resource for former NCAA student-athletes to help them search for and potenially gain employment, and will also act as a source for them to access helpful information regarding staying healthy after college.  Additionally, After The Game will share stories of former student-athletes who are continuing to give back to their communities, highlight a student-athlete’s success in college and beyond, and will also link them to other former student-athletes from their alma mater.

NCAA After The Game features a career center that fosters connections between former student-athletes and employers who want to hire them. Former NCAA student-athletes can post resumes, search for employment, and get job-seeking advice. Research shows that this is the number one service student-athletes wanted.

Click here for more information on NCAA After The Game.



   
 

Calvin Men's Golf Coach Part Of Research Effort Connecting Sport and Faith

More and more, athletes are displaying gestures of faith in response to a moment of athletic achievement. This begs the question as to what role faith plays in sports – or perhaps, more importantly, what role sports play in faith.

That is the question that Calvin kinesiology professor and men's golf coach Brian Bolt and ten others attempted to address at gatherings around the country over the past two years.

What the 11 coaches, scholars, and theologians came up with is a Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life.

"It is a declaration that comes from people that have been following, thinking about, participating in, and writing about sports and Christianity for some time.  We are intrigued by the sport and Christianity connection, and are largely concerned with some of its trends," Bolt said. "It's about how sport has become symbiotically connected to faith, and because of that, how the two have become cheerleaders for each other.  We love sport, but there are all sorts of distortions along the way that have caused us to be concerned."

One of those distortions is the way that sport can, at times, dictate the lives of those who play – taking up weekends via tournaments and weekdays with practices and night games, regardless of what they replace.

"Like anything else, sport can become an idol, and we've seen several indications where it has – and I think that pastors, churches, Christian schools and organizations, and just about every family has to sort through how to deal with sport and their faith together," said Bolt. "So we're hoping that this declaration prompts discussion and provides some grounding for reasoned decisions going forward."

The group largely came together through networking and conversations at conferences where the idea for a declaration was launched. The Declaration was developed over a two-year period at meetings in Raleigh, N.C.; Waco, Texas; and most recently in Grand Rapids, sponsored by the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. The Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life was officially released this week, when it was sent to media sources as well as colleges around the nation. So far, the Declaration has been sent to a few notable figures in sports and theology, and Bolt says the response has been good.

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