Women’s Basketball Dominates HAAC
MNU women's basketball continued its recent dominance with a 27-7 overall record, a fourth straight trip to Nationals, and second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16. The Pioneers ran through the conference with a 17-1 record, capturing the crown for the third time in four years. Jon Lewis (Coach of the Year), Daria Sprew (1st team), Megan Balcom (1st), Kyleesha Weston (3rd), and Tristin Wicks (honorable mention, Freshman of the Year) earned All-Conference honors. Sprew (2nd team) and Balcom (honorable mention) were named All-American.
Strong Second Half for Men’s Basketball
MNU men's basketball went through a season of transition, but used a strong second half to propel the program into the future. After a 3-14 start, the young Pioneers finished 8-2 to salvage a tie for 4th place in the HAAC. Nate Launius (2nd team), Justin Randall (3rd), and Gabriel Jordan (Freshman of the Year) earned All-Conference Honors. Launius (honorable mention) was also named All-American.
Seventh-Straight Year of Strong Finish for Softball
MNU Softball used a strong second half of the season to finish above .500 for the seventh-straight year. After a 10-22 start, the Pioneers got hot and rattled off 12-straight victories to even their record, closing the year on a 4-3 stretch to finish 26-25. Hayley Gately (1st team, Gold Glove), Macie Jones (1st), Alexis Pacheco (1st), Kaity Wills (2nd), Taylor Pearcy (honorable mention), and Shelby Frans (honorable mention) earned All-Conference honors.
Baseball Hits Nationals Second Year in a Row
MNU Baseball qualified for Nationals for the second straight season after finishing runner-up in the HAAC Post-Season Tournament. After starting the conference schedule 4-8, the Pioneers won their next nine HAAC contests and finished 16-10. After a run in the conference tournament and a victory at Nationals, MNU finished 34-23. Clayton Brandt (1st team, Player of the Year), Carlos Vargas (1st), Phillipe Graham (1st), Santiago Romero (2nd), Jordan Eckley (2nd), and Seth Lieser (2nd) earned All-Conference honors. Brandt was named MNU's first 1st team All-American honoree in program history.
MNU cheer is ready for cheerleading to become an NAIA Championship Sport in 2016-2017. They won a spot at Nationals this March at Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Competing in a field of 12 they came in 10th.