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April 23, 2018


  Seniors Reflect on 4 Years of Softball Memories


      The regular season is winding down, and the Lady Cougars are looking to finish strong and head into playoffs at the top of their game.

      With just one week remaining, the team has put together a 21-13-1 record (13-9-1 in the Crossroads League), and the players are feeling optimistic about the conference tournament.

      “We’re a lot stronger all around this year,” junior pitcher Jenn Kurelic said.

      Early in the season, the Lady Cougars put together an 11-game winning streak.

      The team has four seniors who have been an important part of this season’s success. Savannah Bryner, Natalie Carpenter, Anna Boue’ and Emily Kauble have all been with the team for four years.

      For them, their sport is more than just a game; it’s family, friendship, fellowship and pure joy.

 "My freshman year I was told not to worry about what happens in the games...

          As the 2016-17 season heads toward its end, MVNU’s softball team and coaches are sad to see their lone senior, Courtney Rengert, move to the next chapter of her life.

          Finishing up her fourth and final season as a Lady Cougar, Rengert said it is hard to leave her teammates and the program that has helped shape her life.

          “MVNU softball has helped shape my relationship with Christ by having team devotions, worship nights in Florida, and investing in my teammates,” Rengert said. “The program has taught me how hard work and sacrifice can go a long way on the field and in your studies.”

          Head Coach Jeana Howald said Rengert has embodied what a Lady Cougar softball player should and needs to be every single day.

          “She has led by example,” Howald said. “She shows true sportsmanship. When an opponent goes to the ground, she is there to extend a hand to help...

          The Lady Cougars continue season play at home this weekend against Grace College.

         Leading the team offensively are freshmen Maddie Johnston, Meghan May and Sarah Boue. The three players have made an immediate impact on the field for the team. Johnston is batting .328. May has recorded an average of .318 with 24 RBI and Boue is hitting .317 with 22 RBI. Sophomore Jennifer Kurelic is close behind batting .307 and 14 RBI.

         The Boue sisters and Kurelic have secured the mound for the season.

         Anna Boue records a 1.86 ERA and is 6-8 on the season.

         Sarah Boue has a 3.26 ERA with a 5-7 record. Kurelic currently holds a 3.91 ERA and a 3-8 record.

            The MVNU softball team (14-24, 8-18) fell to Huntington University (19-15-1, 14-11) in a doubleheader over the weekend. The team also honored their lone senior, Courtney Rengert.

            The Lady Cougars’ lone run came when freshman Sarah Boue sacrificed a fly ball to bring home freshman Maddie Johnston.

Huntington won the first game 5-1.

            Pitching for the Lady Cougars was sophomore Jennifer Kurelic, who led the Cougars with 12 strikeouts.

            The second game mirrored the first as Huntington scored two runs in the first inning. But, MVNU came back with energy and determination.  

           Boue and freshmen Meghan May tied the score in the third inning with one run each. The fourth inning gave the Lady Cougars the lead as sophomore Alison Harris crossed...

          A young MVNU softball team is approaching the 2017 season with energy and confidence.

          The Lady Cougars (8-12, 2-6) kicked off their season last month during their spring break trip to Florida.

          The team has just one senior this year, and will rely on several freshmen in key roles, but Head Coach Jeana Howald says the Lady Cougars are “up for the challenge.”

          According to Howald, the Cougars will look to lone senior Courtney Rengert for leadership on and off the field.

          Rengert has recorded 13 hits in 38 at bats (.342) and 10 RBI, second-most on the team.

          Junior Anna Boué has also stepped up for the young team. She leads the Cougars as an infielder and pitcher, and so far has recorded four hits in 12 at-bats.

          Boué has struck out 33 batters and holds opposing batters to a .186 average....

          The Lady Cougars will host the 12th annual softball clinic on Saturday, Feb. 18.

         This day is a time for young athletes to learn drills and gain experience as they seek to become better at basic softball skills.

         The clinic will emphasize hitting, bunting, slapping, defensive skills and position play. Participants will receive group instruction and individual training the day of the clinic.

         “The goal is to get them excited about softball and provide them with a solid foundation,” MVNU softball Head Coach Jeana Howald said.

         For older athletes who are interested in playing at the collegiate level, the softball clinic is an opportunity to talk with coaches and current players as they look toward higher education.  

         The MVNU softball players will help the coaching staff instruct drills and work with the girls who attend....

September 18, 2016

MVNU athletes brought in a multitude of academic honors last year, with 12 MVNU teams garnering NAIA Scholar-Team Honors for the 2015-16 school year.

To receive this accolade, teams must have a combined grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The women’s soccer team topped the MVNU list with a team GPA of 3.58 followed closely by volleyball with a 3.57.

“We use the same diligence we use on the field to transfer over in our studies,” senior women’s soccer player Shannon Gwynn said. “This means studying on the bus during long road trips, studying late after practice and just using our free time wisely.”

Many MVNU athletes also brought in individual honors. In June, the Crossroads League office announced that 20 Cougar athletes received Crossroads League All-Academic Honors.

To be given the honors the athlete must be a junior or senior, maintain a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be nominated by the institution’s head coach or sports information director.

Cougars who received the accolade...

     The Lady Cougars softball program will bid farewell to four seniors at the end of the season.

     Pitcher Lauren Arndt, third baseman Hayley Gray, outfielder Hannah Shaffer and shortstop/catcher Konnor Byers will all graduate this spring.

     All four athletes said softball has been a key part of their identity through college.

     The sport helped them make “lifelong friends” and taught them many valuable lessons, they said.

     “The memories that come from softball are unforgettable,” Byers said.


Lauren Arndt

     Lauren Arndt is a pitcher from Canal Winchester, Ohio. She is earning her degree in life science education and plans to become a high school biology teacher. After graduating college, Arndt is getting married to her high school sweetheart, Brendon Buchler.

     Arndt had big shoes to fill coming into college. Her father, Joe Arndt, played basketball at MVNC, and her mother, Barb Arndt, played basketball, volleyb...

     The Lady Cougar softball team is struggling to find a rhythm after completing the first round of play for the 2016 season.

     After putting together a 7-8 record during the spring trip to Florida, the Lady Cougars came home and dove into Crossroads League play, where tough competition has continually tested their strength.

     With nine new players, the team is still trying to find its groove.

     The Lady Cougars lost 21 of their first 32 games and then came back to win six games in a row, four of which came from Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University last weekend.

     “Last weekend was a great weekend for us,” junior infielder Courtney Rengert said. “I expect us to continue working towards reaching our potential as a team. We have a great group of athletes; we just need to put the pieces together.”

     Despite an impressive weekend performance, the Lady Cougars failed to carry the momentum into the week. The team star...

     With a solid core of returning veterans and a large number of new players, the Lady Cougar softball team is looking forward to the new season.

     The Cougars have added nine freshmen and three transfer students to their roster for the 2016 season. Returning are 10 upperclassmen, including four seniors: pitcher Lauren Arndt, third baseman Hayley Gray, catcher Konnor Byers and centerfielder Hannah Shaffer.

     Coach Jeana Howald said she is counting on this group for big things. “Our seniors are hard workers with

pride in the program on and off the field,” she said. “When they come together, they’re a really strong group.”

     Eager to put their hard work onto the field, the Cougars left Feb. 28 for a 12-day trip to Florida. They played 15 games, returning home with a 7-8 record.

     The spring trip is a great early season test “to see how strong we can be,” Howald said. “It’s hard to really get a gauge in the gym.”...

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