posted February 27, 2008

Hope Tops MIAA Commissioner's Cup Standings After Winter Season

Hope College is in the familiar position of leading the MIAA Commissioner's Cup standings after the winter season.

With league championships in three of the four winter sports, Hope has taken an eight-point lead over rival Calvin in the Commissioner's Cup standings which are based on the cumulative finish in league-sponsored play.

With twelve of the MIAA's 18 sports completed for this school year, Hope has crowned five champions -- football, men's golf, men's and women's basketball, and men's swimming/diving.

Hope teams have finished in the top half of the standings in every MIAA sport so far this year.  In addition to the five champions, other finishes have included: men's soccer, volleyball and women's swimming/diving, 2nd place; men's and women's cross country and women's soccer,  3rd place; and women's golf, 4th place.

Hope is bidding for an eighth consecutive Commissioner's Cup and a 30th alltime, tops in the MIAA.

Commissioner's Cup Standings: 1. Hope 134, 2. Calvin 126, 3. Albion 99, 4. Olivet 85, 5. Kalamazoo 62, 6. Tri-State 61, 7. Alma 56, 8. Adrian 51.

Men's All-Sports Standings: 1. Hope 67, 2. Calvin 50, 3. Olivet 48, 4. Albion 44, 5. Tri-State 35, 6. Alma 30, 7. Kalamazoo 27, 8. Adrian 18.

Women's All-Sports Standings: 1. Calvin 76, 2. Hope 67, 3. Albion 55, 4. Saint Mary's 48, 5. Olivet 37, 6. Kalamazoo 35, 7. Adrian 33, 8. Alma 26, 8. Tri-State 26.

The final Commissioner's Cup standings will be determined on the basis of each college's standings in eight of the nine sports for men and eight of the nine sports for women.