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Men’s basketball launches new site

Fans of the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s basketball team have a new place online to get a behind-the-scenes look at the program.

The team launched iwuhoops.net Sept. 18. Head Coach Greg Tonagel said the website is the result of his desire to give people a better idea of what the program is all about.

“They can find schedules, scores and stats off of [the school] website, but they can’t find the intangibles,” said Tonagel. “They can’t get behind the scenes; they can’t find out what’s really happening within our program.”

Tonagel enlisted Assistant Coach Jeff Clark to design the website. After researching some of the top college athletics websites in the nation, he built the website from scratch through a company called Squarespace.

Coach Tonagel said the website is a supplement to the IWU Athletic Department’s website, iwuwildcats.com.

“For up-to-date program information you go to our school website,” said Tonagel. “If you want to go behind the scenes you come here.”

The new site contains player and coach profiles, pictures, videos, articles and behind-the-scenes access into the culture of the program.

“We’re fortunate that we’ve had people like [WIWU-TV] who have made some cool things for us,” said Clark.

Coach Tonagel said the website acts as a recruiting tool, but also informs anyone from parents to students to boosters about how the IWU men’s basketball program is different from a typical college athletics program.

“This is an alternative way to run an athletics program,” said Tonagel. “Hopefully it’s lives that are being transformed, leaders that are being built and grown and sent out into the world.”

Clark said his favorite part of the site is the “I Am Third” page, which explains the team’s mission of putting God first, others second, and yourself third.

“When they get to the I Am Third page, they’ll see this program is about more than just basketball,” said Clark. “It’s about building men for Christ.”

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Wildcats open league play with win over Grace

by Mallory Tucker

The Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer team knows how to get a crowd going.

IMG_8375The Wildcats opened up Crossroads League play with an exciting 3-1 win over Grace College in front of a raucous crowd at Wildcat Field.

“We wanted to start off our season winning so that everyone else would have to chase us,” said Wildcats Head Coach Mark Castro. “A tie would not have been acceptable.”

Castro said he was impressed with the composure of his team as they maintained a steady pace and kept Grace chasing them the entire game.

Tyrone Martin (sr) had a tremendous night, scoring the Wildcats’ first goal of the night and assisting on another. Grace answered with a goal by Jon Christensen, and the teams went into halftime tied at 1.

IWU faced a challenge at the start of the second half. Dylan Bronkema (sr) was awarded two yellow cards and was ejected from the game. Castro was forced to make a strategy change and sent Martin to the back line.

IMG_8357“I love the back but it was tough because I just wanted to put goals in,” said Martin.

Soon after the switch in positions, Martin gracefully rebounded from a fall and recovered by flipping the ball back to Evan Young (so). Young scored the go-ahead goal off of Martin’s assist as the crowd went wild.

Not 3 minutes later, Keaton Albert (jr) passed the ball to Young who easily scored his second goal of the night.

Young said his teammates were key to his two-goal effort.

“It felt great,” said Young, “but I have to give the credit to Keaton Albert and Tyrone Martin because they set me up and I was able to tap it right in.”

With the win the Wildcats move to 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in Crossroads League play. They play next Wednesday at Bethel.

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Tedeschi’s Take: Team first

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be playing in his final game this week, after a 20-year Hall of Fame career.

Growing up watching baseball, I hated Jeter because he played for the Yankees. But in the past few years, I have gotten over my hatred of New York and have grown to respect The Captain for the way he plays the game.

Jeter is quite possibly the greatest shortstop of all time, but does not act like it. There are countless stories of Jeter treating teammates, media and fans with respect and always being more concerned with team success than individual stats. In the ego-filled culture of professional sports, Jeter’s humility has been refreshing.

Thinking about Jeter’s career reminded me of a phrase my high school football coach would frequently tell my team: “It’s great to be a part of something bigger than yourself.”

It’s a simple phrase with a simple meaning: good things happen when you put the team’s goals above yourself. As cliché as it sounds, this rang true in Jeter’s career. He worked hard and did his job, and it led to five World Series championships.

The team-first mindset is evident in Indiana Wesleyan University sports as well.

It seems that in nearly every interview I have with an IWU coach or athlete, the conversation naturally drifts straight to the team instead of the individual.

A team-first attitude will go a long way. I challenge you, IWU students, to put the team’s needs over your own, whether it’s an official IWU sport, intramurals or class group projects.

 

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Depth, experience key to women’s golf team’s success

The Indiana Wesleyan University women’s golf team made history on Sept. 13, when they won the NCCAA Midwest Regional Championship and earned their first trip to the NCCAA National Tournament in October.

This is the first time in the program’s three-year history the Wildcats will compete at the tournament as a team.

_MG_1167In past years, teams would have to submit scores to the NCCAA in order to try to get an invitation to the national championship. This year, teams earned automatic berths to the tournament by winning their regional tournament.

Head Coach Julie Wagner said the new regional format is beneficial to smaller, less established programs like IWU.

“I think that this regional format that they’re doing now is allowing more what I would call ‘middle-of-the-road’ programs an opportunity to compete with a smaller group of people to try to get there,” said Wagner.

Coach Wagner has brought the program a long way since its inaugural season in the fall of 2012. She said she expects it will take several years to become successful within the league, but the team is heading in that direction.

“I don’t like to say we’re too much in our infancy anymore,” said Wagner, “but it’s really going to take [five to six years] to build a team that’s really competitive in the Crossroads League.”

Haley Elenbaas (jr), Jessica Meloche (jr) and Jessica Pegg (jr) have emerged as team leaders. Coach Wagner calls the trio her “leadership team.”

“I’ve seen a lot of good things come out of that,” said Wagner. “They’ve been with me for three years and they kind of understand my expectations and where the team needs to go.”

Maggie Kaiser (so) said the junior leaders have made a positive impact.

_MG_1156“Last year we struggled with communication,” said Kaiser. “Having that real leadership and now having Coach ask the juniors to step up; it has been a lot more cohesive.”

This year’s team is the deepest Coach Wagner has ever had, with nine players on the roster.

“We definitely have a deep bench that we haven’t had yet,” said Kaiser. “It’s definitely nice to know when you’re having a rough day that somebody’s going to pick you up.”

The team will compete at the NCCAA National Tournament Oct. 27 – 29 at The Hombre Golf Course in Panama City, Florida.

 

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