Grinnell College’s JP Prouty ’10 has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-North Region Team. The defender from Stilwell, Kan., was named to the All-Region third team. A three-time All-Region performer and three-time All-Midwest Conference first-teamer, Prouty anchored a Pioneer defense that gave up a measly 1.43 goals per game and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. He ranked second on the team in assists with three and third in goals with five.
Grinnell College's Frances Leslie '10 was named to the honorable mention list of the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Central Region Women's Team.
The forward also helped the Pioneer women claim the 2009 Team Academic Award from the NSCAA. Leslie led the Pioneers in goals in 2009, including a four-goal performance against Illinois College that was just one shy of the school record.
Grinnell's men had two honorees on the All-North Central/Region Team, as JP Prouty '10 was named to the first team and Alex Exarhos '10 the second team.
Claire Reeder '11 of Grinnell College has been named the 2009 Midwest Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, while the Pioneers' Jackie Hutchison was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year.
The Pioneers enjoyed a historic season in which they qualified for the MWC Championships for the first time since a qualifying system was implemented in 2005. Grinnell finished third in league with a 5-4 mark.
The Grinnell College volleyball team has secured a spot in the Midwest Conference Championships for the first time since a qualifying system was implemented in 2005. Grinnell's fate was up in the air entering Saturday, but a loss by Ripon College loss propelled the Pioneers into the tournament and all the way up to the third seed. That means Grinnell, which finished 5-4 in the league, will take on second-seeded Beloit College in the first round this coming Friday at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis. The top seed and host Green Knights will face Ripon in the other first-round match.
Claire Reeder, a 6-foot junior middle hitter from Grinnell College (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township), has been named Midwest Conference Volleyball Performer of the Week.Reeder was named to her fourth all-tournament team in as many outings this season during the Grinnell College Volleyball Invitational. She averaged 3.20 kills per set during the four matches, hit at a.239 efficiency clip and recorded 10 blocks. For the season, Reeder averages 3.47 kills per set and is hitting .265. [file:42113]
1846 -- Trustee James J. Hill created the College's endowment with a single silver dollar on the table.
1882 -- After a cyclone ravaged the campus just before Commencement in 1882, the College rallied, with the help of local leader J.B. Grinnell, to raise the funds to completely rebuild the campus.
1910s -- President John H.T. Main's "Campaigns of Progress" raised enough money to begin his building plan, which would culminate in the Quad and the North Campus residence halls.
Bonnie Tinker, a lifelong equal rights and peace activist, was killed recently in a bike accident in Blacksburg, Va. A Portland, Ore., resident, Bonnie was attending a national Quaker meeting where she had been presenting her "Opening Hearts and Minds" workshop devoted to nonviolent change.
Grinnell College's Henry Reich '09 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First Team. Reich was one of 15 athletes named to the elite team in the College Division. He is the third Pioneer athlete to earn Academic All-America honors for Track and Field/Cross Country, but the first to be voted to the First Team.