MALE BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Presented to an athlete (sophomore and above) that has made the best or most significant breakthrough in his or her sport in a given year.
Josh Gibson, Men’s Golf – In his sophomore season, Gibson stepped up for the Flying Dutchmen and led the team to their fourth consecutive MIAA Championship title. He claimed MVP honors as the top men’s golfer in the MIAA. Gibson finished the fall season with two individual wins and was named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Darren Ford, Football – As a junior, Ford set a Flying Dutchmen record for the longest field goal with two 46-yarders during a 16-13 victory at Albion. He also equaled the team record by reaching 13 field goals on the entire season. At the league level, Ford tied the MIAA record with 11 field goals in league games. He earned MIAA Player of the Week honors three times during the 2016 season and was named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Julian Morrison, Men's Cross Country and Track & Field – Morrison moved from a supporting role to the top runner for the Flying Dutchmen over the past year. He won the 10,000-meter race at the 2016 MIAA Track & Field Championship with the fourth fastest time in Hope College history. Morrison received All-MIAA honors in track and also in cross country this fall. Additionally, he earned all-region honors in cross country for his performance at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional.
Chris Bosscher, Men’s Lacrosse – Bosscher made a significant impact on the team performance for the Flying Dutchmen. In the 2016 season, he had 35 ground balls and caused 36 turnovers while anchoring the defense. Bosscher is an excellent ball handler and had a significant effect on the team’s clearing percentage.
Dante Hawkins, Men’s Basketball – Hawkins had a breakthrough season for the Flying Dutchmen as he went from averaging eight points-per-game as a sophomore to 16.5 points-per-game in the 2016-17 season. He earned All-MIAA First Team honors and helped led Hope to a regular season MIAA title.