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Three recent graduates who
donned the Trolls' blue and white soccer uniforms during the 2003-04 academic
year were honored for their stellar achievements as student-athletes.
Kevin Tameling '04 (Hinsdale,
Illinois), a four-year player, received the Keith Albers Memorial Award
for his exemplary performance and citizenship on and off the field. Julie
(Neerhof) Thenn '03 (Brookfield, Wisconsin) won the Women's Athletics Award
for displaying great leadership and unselfishness. Matt Medema '04 (Tinley
Park, Illinois) was named the recipient of the Tom Krygsheld Memorial Award
for demonstrating Christian commitment and character on campus.
who also played volleyball for two years, graduated with a degree in math
education. In his playing career, which spanned 63 games, he accounted
for five goals and six assists, but it was the intangibles he contributed
that earned the admiration of his teammates and coaches.
"Kevin was by far the hardest
worker on our team and was an excellent co-captain," said Jonathan Lenarz
'96, who coached Tameling, a midfielder, for two seasons. "He had his share
of spotlight moments, but more often than not, he toiled in the trenches
doing the work that required determination, grit, and a tireless work ethic."
a December 2003 business graduate, was also a four-year soccer veteran
at the College, three of which she served as co-captain. She played in
64 games for the Trolls, notching seven assists, and led the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes at Trinity.
"Julie was a tremendous team
leader throughout her years here," said women's coach Josh Lenarz '98.
"Her vision and direction on the field combined with the spiritual mentoring
she provided for her teammates made her significance to our program invaluable.
She is well-deserving of this recognition."
earned a starting position on the varsity team after beginning his playing
days on the College's junior varsity squad. The art graduate embodied the
spirit of Tom Krygsheld, a former soccer player at Trinity who excelled
academically and athletically.
"Matt is quite a success
story, having worked his way from limited soccer experience to a starting
forward spot his senior year," Jonathan Lenarz said. "He was a pleasure
to have on the team because his greatest attributes were his concern for
his teammates and great personality. He was a fantastic teammate and a
terrific player to coach."
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