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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.

Tameling, 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."

Thenn, 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."

Medema 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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