Worthwhile Reunions: Recapping Alumni Day 2017

Worthwhile Reunions: Recapping Alumni Day 2017

Watertown, Wis. -- The 2017 Alumni Day on the campus of Maranatha Baptist University was a clear success, as the event united some 300-plus alumni for the beginning of Maranatha's 50th year. As is tradition, the Alumni Games were held on campus, and the day yielded exciting competition.

Women's Volleyball started the action-packed day at 10 a.m., and the Sabercats faced an impressive lineup of alumnae. Recent NCCAA All-Americans Alison (Renz) Crum, Pamela (Borchardt) Fiocchi, Torey (DeLozier) Rosen, and Lauren Schulz highlighted the squad. The match was tightly-contested, and it was the Alumnae that came out on top with a 2-1 win in the three-set match.

Next up was an early-afternoon Women's Soccer clash, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Harmony (Lorch) Conley opened the scoring for the alumnae with a well-placed shot from the left side of the penalty area. Conley's attempt flew towards the far corner, caromed off the post, and bounced into the side netting. 

Just two minutes later, however, Leah Ng made the most of her breakaway opportunity for the Sabercats by slotting a tidy finish into the lower corner beyond a diving Michala (Marino) Steinbach. After that brief exchange of goals, the match remained tied until the final whistle.

Notable members of the Women's Soccer alumnae included NCCAA All-Americans Harmony (Lorch) Conley, Audrey (Risma) Knoedler, Julie Muse, Amanda Walton, and Natascha (Vinz) Wenthold.

The Men's Soccer team evened the odds to conclude the day, as a calm finish from Steven Thompson in the 46th minute was the only goal in 90 minutes of action. Thompson collected a well-placed pass from Calvin Perkins and proceeded to dribble around the Alumni goalkeeper before slotting the ball into the gaping net.

Notable alumni from the Men's Soccer program included recent NCCAA All-America selections Drew DeLozier, Charles Leeds, Nathan Lyle, Taylor Pill, and Wira Wama.

The memorable weekend included a hall of fame induction ceremony Friday night.

"It was our pleasure to induct Marsha Jackson and Roy Callan into the MBU Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday," said MBU Director of Athletics, Rob Thompson. "Both Marsha and Roy have demonstrated the very core of what MBU athletics is all about…and that is impacting the lives of students and student-athletes well beyond the respect game itself. Marsha and Roy accepted the award with the same humility, attitude of gratitude and service that earned them the distinguished honor. [click here to read more about the hall of fame induction]
 
"The annual alumni games were a great blessing this past Saturday. The interaction of the present with the past is what this weekend is all about. All the contests were close, and we are very grateful for our alumni who sacrificed their time and energy to help us prepare our current teams for competition. What a blessing to see so many other alumni in the stands to cheer on their 'era' of players! Thank you MBU/MBBC Alumni!"
 
The events of the weekend wrapped up the preseason period for each of the Sabercat teams. Each team will begin regular-season play later this week. You can find a complete schedule at mbusabercats.com/composite.
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