NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Presented to a freshman or transfer, irrespective of gender, that made a significant impact within his or her sport in a given year.
Michael Kiley, Men’s Tennis - In his freshman season, Kiley topped both the singles and doubles lineups for the Flying Dutchmen and led their charge to runner-up performances in the MIAA regular-season and tournament after missing postseason play the previous season. He was named All-MIAA First Team after totaling six league wins between singles and doubles play.
Blair McCormick, Men’s Soccer – As a freshman, McCormick started in goal 16 games this year for the Flying Dutchmen. He averaged 1.44 goals against, completed 64 saves on the year and contributed three shutouts. McCormick comes each day ready to work hard to compete in practice and games.
Paula Nolte, Women's Swimming & Diving – As a freshman, Nolte won the 200-yard breaststroke at the MIAA Championship with a time of 2 minutes, 21.64 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of second place. She was also a member of the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relay teams which both took home a second place finish at the championship. Nolte earned All-MIAA honors.
Thomas Sprys-Tellner, Men’s Lacrosse – Sprys-Tellner won 59.4% off his face offs and amassed 103 ground balls in his freshman season during the spring of 2016. His defensive play and ground ball play was a significant factor in the nine-game win streak for the Flying Dutchmen in the middle of the season.
Kelly Peregrine, Cross Country – Peregrine was a member of the MIAA Championship team and earned All-MIAA honors as a freshman. She ran at the NCAA Cross Country Championship and was the fifth scoring member for the Flying Dutch. Her performance helped the team match their third-highest finish at the national meet with a 10th-place effort.
Brandan Campbell, Football – Campbell played in all ten games for the Flying Dutchmen and averaged 136.1 yards of total offense per game. He finished the season with 1,361 total yards of rushing, the fourth-most by a Hope player in a single season. He also rushed for 14 touchdowns, which is tied for the fourth-most all-time in Flying Dutchmen history. Campbell was named to the All-MIAA First Team and was recognized as a member of the D3football.com All-North Region team.
Justin Freeman, Men’s Track & Field – At the 2016 MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, Freeman was a key member of the 4x100-meter relay team that won the event in a meet record. This relay went on to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championship where they set a school record and ran to an eighth-place finish and All-American honors. Freeman also placed third in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the MIAA Championship and earned All-MIAA honors.