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Megan (Groeneweg) Raman

Megan (Groeneweg) Raman


The Dordt College softball team completed a 15-23 campaign with the programís sixth straight berth in the eight-team Great Plains Athletic Conference post-season tournament. The Lady Defenders bounced back from a 0-8 start to post an 11-13 record in the conference, good for seventh place in the 13-team league.

Megan (Groeneweg) Raman, a senior from Rock Valley, Iowa, was named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference first team after banging out 40 hits for a .357 batting average. Amanda Pothoven, a sophomore from Kellogg, Iowa, moved to second all-time in career homeruns by slugging six this season and upping her career total to 10. The fleet-footed third baseman also stole 21 bases and started all 38 games for the Lady Defenders. Pothoven was named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference second-team.

Joining Pothoven on the all-GPAC second team was Mandy Visser, a junior from Sanborn, Iowa. Visser batted .353 this season with 17 runs batted in and set a new-single season Dordt College record for walks with 19. Also entering the Dordt College record books was Carissa Van Gorp, a freshman from Pella, Iowa, who set a new record for innings pitched with 176 2/3 innings and also saved a record three games. All totaled Van Gorp had a hand in 14 of the Lady Defendersí wins with an 11-14 win loss record and the three saves.


The Dordt College baseball team battled through a 10-26 year where the squad lost six one-run games and four two-run games while posting a 6-14 Great Plains Athletic Conference record.

The Defenders had two players named to the All-GPAC second team at the conclusion of the season. Travis De Jong, a sophomore from Hull, Iowa, caught 34 games for the Defenders and had a .301 batting average with 31 hits and 21 runs batted in. De Jong also cut down 15 of the 39 runners who attempted stolen bases. Chris Liebhart, a sophomore from Chino Hills, California, also earned second team honors after posting a 3-5 pitching record with a 3.65 earned run average and struck out 34 batters while issuing just six walks. The right-hander led the Defenders in innings pitched for the second straight year with 49 1/3 innings and also had a .378 batting average, going 17-45 at the plate.

Jeff Zomer, the Defendersí centerfielder earned honorable mention honors along with Nate Daane. Zomer, a senior from Inwood, Iowa, started all 36 games for the Defenders with a .312 batting average and 22 runs batted in. Daane, a junior from Waupun, Wisconsin, played third base when he wasnít pitching. The lanky righthander had a .280 batting average with 26 hits and 16 runs batted in. Daane also worked 32 2/3 innings on the mound and had a hard-luck 1-3 record, sporting a 1.93 earned run average.


The Dordt menís tennis team placed fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference meet after posting an 11-14 overall meet record and a 5-2 conference record. The Defender men were led by all-conference performers Aubrey Kooistra, Ryan Vander Aa, Jake Compaan and Tim Walstra.

Tim Walstra

Tim Walstra

Vander Aa, a junior from Crete, Illinois, was 12-8 in singles play and earned all-conference honors at number five singles. Kooistra, a junior from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, earned all-conference honorable mention in singles play with a 12-10 record. Walstra, a freshman from Muskegon, Michigan, also earned the honorable mention accolades by posting a 14-11 singles record.

Compaan, a sophomore from Holland, Michigan, earned honorable mention honors as well after posting an 11-13 record while playing as the number one singles player all season. Compaan teamed with Luke Nieuwsma, a junior from Pella, Iowa, to earn honorable mention in doubles as well.

The Dordt College Lady Defender tennis team advanced to the NAIA regional tennis tournament for the second straight year after finishing as the runner-up in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament. The Lady Defenders ended the year 10-10 in match play, getting eliminated in the semifinal round of the region III tournament. The Lady Defenders posted a 6-2 conference mark.

The Lady Defendersí coach, Rudy Folkerts, was named the GPAC coach of the year for the second year in a row, sharing the honor with Rick Harley of Nebraska Wesleyan. Folkerts is in his fifth year as head coach of the Lady Defenders.

Three Lady Defenders earned all-conference honors with Alanna Dake, a sophomore from Excelsior, Minnesota, claiming honors at number one singles. Dake had an 11-9 singles record and a 9-11 doubles mark.

Betsy Borr, a sophomore from Holland, Michigan, earned honors at number two singles, with a 9-7 singles record and a 9-11 doubles record. Sandra Beusselmann, a freshman from Odenthal, Germany, was picked for all-conference at number four singles as recording an 8-1 singles record. She also was 7-5 in doubles play.


The Dordt College menís golf team capped their 2006 season with a trip to the NAIA Region III meet in Elkhorn, Nebraska, on May 1 and 2. The berth in the regional meet came by virtue of the Defenders third place finish in the GPAC meet with a team total of 610. Jason Kroese, a sophomore from Sioux Center, earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top-15 at the conference meet with a two-round total of 147. Jared Rempel, a freshman from Chilliwack, British Columbia, earned honorable mention all-conference honors after posting a team-best 78.2 average score over 16 rounds in the split season.

The Defenders placed fifth at the regional meet with a two-day total of 644 where the top four individual scores make up your team score. Eric Vander Pol, a senior from Kent, Washington, shot a team-best 152 for fourth place at the event and was seven strokes off the lead.


The Defender track and field teams completed their local season with a strong performance at the Great Plains Athletic Conference meet. The Lady Defenders posted a fourth place finish at the ultra-competitive meet while the men placed sixth. Dordt coach, Dr. Syne Altena, earned GPAC womenís coach of the year.

Jen Kempers, a sophomore from Sioux Center, earned conference meet outstanding performer honors with a record setting performance in the 3000 meter steeplechase where she set a new meet record of 11:02.02. The time was also a school record. Kempers also won the high jump by clearing 5í6, qualifying for the NAIA national meet in the process. The womenís 4 x 800 meter relay team of Chelsea Gerdes (Junior; Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Joy Horstman (Freshman, Sioux Center, Iowa), Lori Rowenhorst (Junior; Orange City, Iowa) and Tami Wieringa (Freshman; Lombard, Illinois) paced out a time of 9:33.53 which also qualified the quartet for the national meet.

In menís track Dan De Jong, a junior from Lansing, Illinois, assaulted the Dordt record book in the triple jump all season. The junior capped the year with a school record hop-skip and jump of 47í7.5 inches which qualified him for the NAIA outdoor meet in Fresno, California, in late May. The junior entered the meet with a season best that was 1.5 inches shy of automatic qualification.

Other highlights during the day featured a school-record setting performance by Jared Van Wyk, a junior from Grinnell, Iowa, in the 200 meters. The junior ran the event in :22.35 for ninth placeóa testimony to the competitiveness of the meet.