Javon Walker turned in another big defensive performance for the Olivet College football team over the weekend.
And the Everett graduate’s performance helped the Comets claim a share of the MIAA football title.
Walker was selected the MIAA defensive player of the week after registering nine tackles and returning an interception 69 yards for the game’s opening score in a 44-37 win over Adrian on Saturday. The junior defensive back has 47 tackles, three interceptions, 10 pass break-ups and a forced fumble this fall for Olivet (8-1).
HOPE COLLEGE: Eaton Rapids native Elizabeth Perkins (Lansing Christian) was named the MIAA women’s soccer most valuable player after helping the Flying Dutch to regular season and conference tournament titles. Perkins is the fourth Hope women’s soccer to earn league MVP honors. The senior forwad has a school-record 25 goals this fall, which is tied for the most in Division III entering the NCAA tournament. Perkins had 19 goals during the 16-game MIAA schedule, which is the sixth-most in league history.
GRAND VALLEY: Sophomore midfielder Tara Lierman (Holt) was named to the GLIAC all-tournament team after helping the No. 2 Laker women’s soccer team win the conference tournament for the 10th straight season. Lierman had a pair of assists in Grand Valley’s 5-0 win over Michigan Tech in the championship game. Lierman has three goals and seven assists for the Lakers, who enter the Division II NCAA tournament with a 19-1-1 record.
Junior tennis player Abby Perkins (Mason) recently earned All-GLIAC honorable mention honors after going 17-2 at No. 3 doubles and 7-6 at No. 3 singles.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Senior quarterback Cooper Rush (Lansing Catholic) ranks second all-time in Mid-American Conference history in career passing yards. Rush took over the No. 2 spot after throwing for 242 yards in a loss to Miami (Ohio) on Friday. He has 12,129 career passing yards, which ranks second in league history behind former CMU standout Dan LeFevour. The MAC record for passing yards set by LeFevour from 2006-09 is 12,905 yards.
FERRIS STATE: Freshman goalkeeper Grace Kraft (Williamston) was named second team All-GLIAC in women’s soccer. Kraft went 6-4-4 in net this fall and had a single-season school record nine shutouts. She had a 0.78 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.
SIENA HEIGHTS: Quarterback Lucas Barner Jr. (Everett) completed 27 of 38 passes for 267 yards for the Saints in their 16-13 road loss to Trinity International (Ill.) on Saturday. Barner has passed for 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall for the Saints (5-4).
CALVIN COLLEGE: Senior defender Jay Noyola (Lansing Christian) and midfielder David Waterson (DeWitt) were named second team All-MIAA in men’s soccer for the second straight season. Noyola has a pair of goals this fall and has played a key part in 11 shutout wins for Calvin. Waterson had two assists in league play and contributed to the Knights’ strong defensive play.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN: Junior defender Ally Milam (Williamston) was selected honorable mention All-GLIAC in women’s soccer. She had two goals while making 17 starts for the Wildcats.