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Goshen College Sports Information Recognized For Notes, Preview, Schedule Cards
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Leafs - Tue, Jun. 13, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Goshen College sports information department earned five top-10 finishes, including first- and second-place recognition in the game notes category and second-place honors in season previews, in the publications contest at the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association annual conference Monday.

The Maple Leafs took the top two places in game notes, a weekly document prepared to provide fans and media with detailed game-by-game statistical information and notes in each of Goshen's seven sports for which the NAIA mandates the use of statistical software. First prize went to the women's basketball entry from the week of November 21, followed by the men's soccer conference tournament notes from the week of October 24. 

The first-place finish was Goshen's first in any category since GoLeafs.net, the official website of Goshen College athletics, was named the top outsourced website in the NAIA in 2012.

The other second-place honor came for a preview of the 2016 GC men's soccer team, which highlighted head coach Arron Patrick's optimism for the season with a more experienced team despite losing 38 percent of the scoring from a 5-13 team the year before. (The 2016 side went on to improve its winning percentage by 19.4 percentage points while almost doubling its ratio of goals scored to goals allowed.)

Goshen also brought home a pair of top-10 finishes for its fall and winter schedule cards.

"It is a tremendous honor just to be included on the list with these high-quality departments, for the college, the athletic department, and myself personally," said Tony Miller, a Goshen alumnus concluding his third year as the school's sports information director. "We strive to make our work reflective of the effort put in by our athletes, coaches, adminstrators and the Goshen community, and to be recognized by our peers for that work just makes us more excited to continue and expand it in the future."

The Maple Leafs were the only Crossroads League department recognized in the top two of a category in publications and writing; Marian University, Spring Arbor University and Grace College were all recognized in similar capacities in social media and digital media contests, while Spring Arbor's six top 10s in publications and writing made them the only conference school to top Goshen's five.

Other schools that claimed titles in writing and publications included Carroll College (Montana), Dakota Wesleyan University (South Dakota), Faulkner University (Alabama), Friends University (Kansas), Georgia Gwinnett College, the University of Houston-Victoria, Purdue University Northwest and Southern Oregon University. Goshen, Dakota Wesleyan and Georgia Gwinnett were the only two schools to finish first in one category and second in another.

The Goshen College sports information department is responsible for the promotion and marketing of the college's intercollegiate athletic teams, which included 231 athletes on 13 teams in seven sports for the 2016-17 school year. For more information on Goshen College athletics at any time throughout the year, visit the Maple Leafs online at www.GoLeafs.net.