College notebook: Charlevoix's Drenth earns second straight Big Ten coaching honor

College notebook: Charlevoix's Drenth earns second straight Big Ten coaching honor

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Two in a row for Michigan State, and two in a row for Walt Drenth.

Drenth, a Charlevoix native, was named the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the second straight year after leading the Spartans to their second consecutive Big Ten championship at the University of Illinois.

Drenth’s Spartans held off Michigan, 55-61, to win the title. Penn State was third with 71. Sophomore Julia Otwell, a Traverse City Central graduate, led the MSU women with a sixth-place finish.

Drenth is in his sixth season at MSU and is the Director of Cross Country/Track and Field at the school. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Central Michigan, and his coaching resume includes stints at William & Mary and Arizona State.

— Petoskey graduate Carly Searles had 15 assists, eight digs and four kills for Trine (Ind.) during a 25-15, 28-26, 25-14 loss to Calvin in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association volleyball tournament.

Calvin is ranked No. 1 in Division III, and the Knights went on to capture their eighth MIAA tournament championships with a win over Hope in the final.

Searles, a freshmen setter, finished the season second on the Thunder roster with 108 assists, and was third on the team in kills, 146; digs, 228; and blocks, 32.

Trine finished 15-13 overall, 9-7 MIAA.

— Becca Madison, a 2008 Charlevoix grad, helped the Ohio Wesleyan women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over Allegheny (Pa.) in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship game.

It was the first NCAC title for the Bishops, 11-4-4, since 2005, and they will face qualify Wisconsin-Oshkosh in an NCAA Division III tournament. opener.

Madison, a senior captain, is a two-time All-NCAC selection. She has scored four goals on the season.

— Brothers Brant and Benjamin Cole, both Harbor Light grads, helped Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) to the No. 1 seed in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

Moody, 12-2-1, opens the tournament on Wednesday against North Central (Minnesota).

Both played key roles in Moody’s victories over Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing) and Northland International (Wis.) in the NCCAA Midwest Regional Tournament.

Brant, a junior goalkeeper, made three saves in the second half in helping preserve a shutout win over Great Lakes, while Benjamin, a sophomore mid, played significant minutes in both victories. He has a goal and five assists on the season.

It is the first time Moody has advanced to the NCCAA national tournament in 10 years.

— Eric Buday, a 2011 Charlevoix grad, finished 32nd while running unattached at the Eastern Michigan University Fall Cross Country Classic. Buday, a student at Michigan State, finished the 5K course in 16 minutes, 13.61 seconds.

— Ben Myers, a 2011 Charlevoix grad, appeared in Clemson’s 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conferecnce men’s soccer victory over Virginia Tech.

Myers, a freshman mid, has appeared in 13 games this season. He has one goal on five shots on goal. Clemenson is 8-8 overall, 4-4 ACC, and is scheduled to play Duke in a league tournament opener today, Tuesday.