Hope College senior catcher Mike Meeuwsen of
Rockford (Grand Rapids Christian HS) has been named to the
NCAA Division III All-Mideast Region first baseball team.
The All-Mideast Region consists of Division III teams in
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Hope won the championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate
Athletic Association (MIAA) this spring and qualified for its
first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III championships.
Meeuwsen, who was co-captain of the team and was voted the
most valuable player in the MIAA, batted .407 during the regular
season and was the second leading batter in conference games with
a .417 average. He committed only four errors in 34 games and
finished with 15 extra base hits including eight homeruns.
A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, Meeuwsen
also excelled in the classroom. He was recently named to the GTE
All-District Academic team and is now eligible for Academic All-
America consideration. He majored in accounting at Hope and was
named to the Dean's List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll all four
years. He was the recipient of the 1998 Wall Street Journal
Award as the college's outstanding senior student in economics
and business administration.
Meeuwsen has been selected by USA Athletes International to
represent the United States this summer in the Flanders
Invitational Baseball Tournament in Brasschatt, Belgium.
Hope players receiving All-Mideast Region honorable mention
recognition were junior second baseman Matt Klein of DeWitt and
senior third baseman Chad Ruby of Humboldt, Iowa.