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K Sports, What You Missed

Junior Dave Smith’17 smiles following a birdie at K’s home MIAA Jamboree (Van Forsman / The Index) Junior Dave Smith’17 smiles following a birdie at K’s home MIAA Jamboree (Van Forsman / The Index)

Hornets have been very active and winning games the past few weeks.

Football

K’s football team started their season on September 5 with an away loss to Rose-Hulman. The final score was 14-29. Quarterback Alex White K’18 connected on two touchdown passes with Collin Feilla K’17. The Hornets took a two-touchdown lead early on, but were unable to hold off a fourth quarter charge by the hosts.

K quickly rebounded, however, and won their next game at Milikin 16-13. This time White K’18 connected with senior KJ Schultz K’16 for a touchdown pass, and then Viet Nguyen K’17 added three field goals.

Finally, in their home opener, K beat Concordia 61-15. The game was an absolute thriller as White K’18 tied the school record with six touchdown passes. The team performed well as a whole as they put up 637 yards of total offense, the third highest in school history. They play next Saturday, October 3 at Benedictine (Ill.).

Golf

The men’s golf team is just over halfway through their MIAA season, and currently sit in fourth place. The top four teams qualify for the MIAA Conference playoff in the spring season. This season has been K Golf’s best season since the 1970s.

Outside of their convincing MIAA play, the team won their first ever tournament under Coach Mitch Wilson, the Anderson University Invite on September 13.

Dave Smith K’17, and two first-years, Nick Ludka and Travis Veenhuis, have led the team this year. Ludka tied the school record for low individual score with a 70 at the Anderson Invite.

The women’s team welcomed two new first-years this year in Claire Kalina and Cydney Martell. Kalina is averaging 95.7 this season and Martell is averaging 91.3. The team is captained by senior Sarah Manski K’16 who is averaging 95.8 this season. Due to roster size, K hasn’t competed in MIAA events yet this season.

Soccer

The men’s soccer team is well into their MIAA season with a winning record. They have three conference victories over Olivet, Trine and Hope. In all games they have a 4-3-1 record.

Kyle Hernandez K’17 and Cal Kirchen K’17 lead the team with four goals each. Hernandez had a hat trick against Olivet, and curled in a beautiful free kick against Hope. In five appearances sophomore keeper Griffin Hamel has had two shutouts.

The men next play tonight, September 30, at Alma.

The women’s soccer team has an overall losing record, but are 3-2-1 in MIAA play. Victories came at home to Trine, St. Mary’s, and Alma.

At home the Hornets are undefeated with two victories from two games. Madison Moote K’18 is the leading scorer this year with five goals. Keeper Grace Smith K’17 has had three shutouts so far this season and boasts a .719 save percentage.

The women next play Saturday, October 3, at Olivet.

Cross Country

The men’s cross country has had two competitions this season, with finishes of 23rd and 7th. Jordan Henning K’16 has been the top finisher for K in both of the events. He finished 30th at the Calvin Knight Invite and 7th at the MIAA Jamboree hosted in Holland, Mich.

The top five runners for K at the MIAA Jamboree were Henning K’16, Connor Vogt K’18, Andrew Feeley K’16, Paul Tshele K’16 and Alex Townsend K’16. Vogt K’18 had a personal record time.

The women’s team finished 21st at the Calvin Knight Invite and 8th at the MIAA Jamboree. Lauren Arquette K’19 led the women at both events, with a 3rd place finish at Calvin and a 4th place finish at the MIAA Jamboree.

The top five runners for K averaged 41 seconds faster than last year in the same event.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams next run at the Lansing Invitational on October 9.

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