2008-09 Athletics RecAp - Finished with a 7-7 record in the MCAC, and Nori Gedei were named to the MCAC
- Park University has had six All-Americans tying for fourth place Second Team
in the 2008-09 school year, with four sports - Team had five All-MCAC performers, in- - Ken Hefner was the MCAC Coach of the
still yet to be awarded for the 2009 spring cluding first-team member Carolina Faria, Year
season. second teamer Gabriela Garcia, and honor- - Five players were named Daktronics-
- Park finished the year with 25 Daktronics- able mention performers Allison Block, Ali- NAIA Scholar Athletes, including Melissa
NAIA Scholar Athlete designations earned son Joens and Daniella Martins Gardner, Gabriela Sa Teles, Angelica Tovar,
by 24 student-athletes. The award is the - Allison Block and Sydney Rennack named Dena Pires and Ivy Chapin
NAIA’s equivalent of Academic All-Ameri- Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes - Ashley Maxwell was placed on the NAIA
ca - Carolina Faria named AVCA West-Central Third-Team All-America squad, while So-
- In all, 69 Park student-athletes were named All-Region Libero phie Chapman was honorable mention All-
to All-Conference teams and 35 were named American in the NAIA
MCAC Scholar Athletes. men’s socceR - The Pirates reached a No. 9 ranking in the
- Park has had three coaches named Coach - Finished with an overall record of 11-4-3, NAIA regular season
of the Year in 2008-09. including a 3-1 record in the MCAC. The
- In 2008-09, seven Park University pro- Pirates finished second in the league men’s bAsketbAll
grams were represented in NAIA national - Season ended with a 1-0 overtime loss to - Park finished the year at 16-14 and reached
post-season competition. Baker University in the NAIA Tournament the semifinals of the 2008-09 A.I.I. Tourna-
- Park University captured the Townsend First Round ment in Orangeburg, S.C.
Trophy over William Jewell in 2008-09, - Sean Kosednar and Adam Tayani named - Of the team’s 16 wins, 10 came against
winning 19.5-to-13.5. Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes teams who were either NCAA Division II
- Park ended the year with a school-record - Efrem Shimlis named MCAC Coach of opponents or who were ranked NAIA op-
seven NAIA Scholar Teams, including the the Year ponents. Park also had seven wins over
nation’s Scholar Team of the Year, Women’s - Nine players named to the All-Conference teams who made either an NCAA or NAIA
Golf, which had the NAIA’s highest team team with six on the first team, including national tournament.
GPA of 837 teams with at least a 3.0 cu- MCAC Defensive Player of the Year and - The Pirates also two academic All-Amer-
mulative GPA or higher. Women’s soccer, first-team member Michael Eade. Other first icans, Deron Cherry II and Michael Zim-
women’s cross country, men’s cross country, team members include Oscar Juma, MCAC merman.
men’s outdoor track & field, men’s indoor Newcomer of the Year Robert Palmer, Raad - Park also had four all-independent team
track & field and women’s softball were also Qumseih, James Katajwa and MCAC Fresh- members (Jon Meriweather, Deron Cherry
on the NAIA’s scholar team list. man of the Year Ramone Palmer. II, Michael Zimmerman and Herschel Rod-
- MCAC second-team included Tazou Ali gers).
cRoss countRy Tagba, Kiefer Mergen and Simon Senfuka - Park had six all-academic independent
- Brian Renshaw Named MCAC Cross - Tazou Ali Tagba, James Katajwa and Ra- team members – Deron Cherry II, Michael
Country Coach of the Year mone Palmer named Honorable Mention Zimmerman, Philip Garnett, Eduardo
- Men’s Cross Country was the 2008 All-Americans Quintero, Jeremy Voorhees and Milan Sus-
MCAC champion - Team was ranked as high as No. 6 during njar.
- Micah Conkling (MCAC Men’s Runner the NAIA regular season - Jon Meriweather was named a second-
of the Year) one of five All-MCAC runners, team All-American after scoring his 1,000th
including Eric Zorn, Will Zibers, Tyler Women’s socceR career point and grabbing his 700th career
Kranz and Trey Crawford - Finished 14-2-3 overall, including a 5-0 rebound earlier in the season. Meriweather is
- Women’s Cross County won the 2008 MCAC record which earned the Pirates a two-time All-American and was named to
MCAC championship their third-straight MCAC championship the preseason first-team by Basketball Times
- Romona Nicholls (MCAC Women’s Run- - Park advanced past Dordt in the NAIA to begin the season. Meriweather was in the
ner of the Year) one of five All-MCAC run- Tournament’s first round, tying 1-1 in the nation’s top 10 for blocked shots, points and
ners, including Maria Tutu, Erycka Fisher, game but advancing 5-3 on penalty kicks rebounds during the season.
Melinda Jansen and Keyon Harrison - Nine players named to All-MCAC teams, - Head coach Jason Kline got his 200th ca-
- Melinda Jansen also named to the 2008 including six on the first team. Ashley Max- reer victory against Missouri Baptist Uni-
Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete team well was the MCAC Offensive Player of the versity in January.
- Women’s Cross Country team finished Year and Dena Pires the MCAC Defensive
25th at national championship in Kenosha, Player of the Year. Other first-team mem- Women’s bAsketbAll
Wisc. bers were Sophie Chapman and Megan - Women’s Basketball reached the quarter-
Newland. finals of the 2008-09 A.I.I. Tournament in
Women’s VolleybAll - Ivy Chapin, Lisa Buzzotta, Kitti Katona Orangeburg, S.C.
- Brianne Edwards was named to the 2008- tiano were honorable mention selections. - Park finished the MCAC regular season
09 All-A.I.I. Team. - Junior Jeff Hall and senior Nick Koura- with a second-place finish and a record of
- Meghan Cummings was named an aca- tou were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar- 8-2. Despite losing to Bellevue University
demic all-independent member. She also Athletes. twice in the regular season, Park went up
scored her 1,000th career point and 700th - The Pirates were ranked as high as No. 22 to Bellevue, Neb. for the MCAC Tourna-
career rebound during the season. during the regular season and were inside ment and defeated the Bruins twice on their
the NAIA Top 40 throughout the season. home field to win their first ever MCAC
men’s VolleybAll - Park was No. 36 to begin the season and Tournament and first ever bid to the NAIA
- The Park men’s volleyball team was the during the regular season, the Pirates were National Championship tournament.
preseason No. 1in the NAIA and finished No. 34 or better until the final rating of the
with an overall record of 22-9. season, when the Pirates were No. 38. tRAck & field
- The Pirates finished the year in the NAIA - Jesse Kearns and Adam Shupe became No. - Junior sprinter Sadiki James ran past the
tournament, falling twice in pool play. 1 and No. 2 all-time for Park in RBIs, with competition in many races this season in-
- Park started the season on a seven-match Kearns leading the way with 60 RBIs, while cluding a first-place finish in the 55-meter
winning streak and the Pirates enjoyed an Shupe drove in 56. dash at the Highland Invitational back on
11-match streak during the regular season. - Darian Sandford led the NAIA in stolen January 31.
bases per game, swiping 43 bags in 53 tries, - James also ran the fastest time of any Pirate
Women’s Golf playing in 45 of the team’s 46 games. in the 60-meter dash in the indoor season
- Freshman Plern Promboobpa had five top - Josh Hake became the school’s all-time and ran the second fastest time of any Pirate
10 finishes on the season, taking over as the leader in pitching wins, going 17-2 in his in the 200-meter dash.
team’s No. 1 player after current assistant two-year career with the Pirates. - Erycka Fisher and James qualified for the
coach Ashley Nicks concluded her career for 2009 NAIA Indoor National Champion-
the Pirates in 2008. softbAll ships back in March. Fisher ran a time of
- Park earned its only win of the season in - The Pirates finished the season with a stel- 1:38.72 in the 600-meter preliminary race
the 2008-09 opener at Claycrest Golf Club lar 27-13 record and qualified for their first and James ran in the 60-meter preliminary
in Liberty, winning the 2008 William Jewell NAIA Softball National Championship race and finished fourth in his heat with a
Fall Invite. Tournament in the history of the program. time of 6.99.
- The Pirates were also third at Northwest - Park went 1-2 in the National Champion- - Three Pirates qualified for the NAIA Out-
Missouri, fourth at Maryville-St. Louis, ship tournament, defeating Hastings Col- door National Championships in St. Louis,
sixth at Southwestern College, fourth at the lege, 6-1, losing to the No. 1 ranked team Mo., including Sadiki James, Erycka Fisher
Park Invitational and third in the RRAC/ in the nation, California Baptist, 2-0, and and Romona Nicolls.
MCAC Conference meet. losing to No. 22 ranked Friends University, - James qualified in the 100-meter race,
- Allison Vaughn, Roxanne Chadwell, Ni- 6-5. while Nicolls qualified in the 800-meter run
cole Ainsworth and Nicole Wiehe were - Park softball ended the year with two and Fisher earned her spot in the 400-meter
named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes - Jamie hurdles.
Garman and Ashley Scates. - Luke Wolkers ran the fourth fastest time in
bAsebAll - Park’s Amy Reif became the all-time win- the history of the Track and Field program
- Park established a new school record for ningest coach in the history of the program in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of
wins, going 34-12 on the season. The Pirates with her overall record of 86-83. 57.74 in the Mule Relays back on April 17.
tied the record against Peru State and broke - The Pirates posted 10 All-Conference Se- - Park’s Tina Gaines also ran one of the fast-
it in the regular season finale doubleheader lections on the year, highlighted by Justine est times in the history of the Track and
against Ottawa University. Riner’s Freshman of the Year selection. Field program in the 100-meter race with a
- Head coach Cary Lundy got his 200th ca- - Park had one honorable mention selection, time of 12.34, good for the seventh fastest
reer win in the MCAC tournament, mov- as pitcher Brittany Johnson got the nod and time in Park history.
ing the Pirates into the championship game four Pirates earned second team honors - Sophomore Micah Conkling, senior Devin
with a 17-4 win over Peru State. including first baseman Jennifer Cordell, Haddix, junior Luke Wolkers, senior Rachel
- Park had 12 all conference players, includ- second baseman Lisa Luettinger, third base- Fessenden and senior Melinda Jansen were
ing MCAC Pitcher of the Year Josh Hake. man Alicia Wedel and center fielder Kristen all named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Ath-
Jesse Kearns, Pete Peters, Adam Shupe and Hansen. letes. The award also made Jansen Park’s
Matt Lackner were also first-team perform- - Five players were named to the first team only two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar
ers with Hake, while Nick Kouratou was the including Justine Riner, catcher Emily Athlete in 2008-09.
conference’s Gold Glove shortstop. Dustin Calder, short stop Ashley Scates, right field-
Laird, Darian Sandford, Brett Gordon, er Abby Welker and designated player Jamie
Ryan Weedin, Kiki Fuentes and Joe Chris- Garman.