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Tonight's Games Broadcasted

Posted by jfullan on January 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonight's Basketball games are available live at the link provided below. The Lady Eagles will be playing at 6pm with eh guys starting their game right after them at 8pm. Tune in and cheer on your eagles from the comfort of your dorm room or house!


Meet Junior John Walker

Posted by jfullan on January 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Tell us about where you are from, when you started playing basketball, and what brought you to Emmaus.

I am from Hutchinson Kansas. I started to play basketball when I was in Middle School with all of my close friends. What interested me most about Emmaus was the rich tradition of teaching the truth about the Bible. I was very interested in the one year Bible Certificate, and wanted to be challenged by professors.


2. What is your major?

My major is Biblical Studies.


3. What is your favorite memory on the court (or involving basketball)?

My favorite moment on the court was the final game of last year when Paul Ruter was our leading scorer for the team. We were all very excited for him, and he made a lot of shots! It was cool seeing a guy with gray hair taking to younger guys.


4. Favorite junk food?

My favorite junk food is definitely brownies with ice cream.


5. Favorite movie?

The Grinch, only because everyone quotes it ALL the time.


6. Favorite verse/passage and why?

Romans 8:26-39 because it shares about the victory we have in Christ, and reminds us that Christ is on our side interceding for us in Heaven. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


7. Tell us why you feel students should come support Emmaus' sports teams. 

Students should come and support Emmaus’ sports teams because the players love the crowd cheering for them! The players put in a lot of hard work, time, and effort to win games, and would love to see the student body, faculty, and staff come out and support your teams!

Meet Freshman Annie Schaeckenbach

Posted by jfullan on January 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

1. Tell us about where you are from, when you started playing basketball, and what brought you to Emmaus.

I am from Iowa City, Iowa. This is my first year playing basketball! I decided to come to Emmaus because I wanted to learn from a biblical perspective and be part of a strong Christian community that will help me to grow in my faith.

2. What is your major?

My major is youth ministry!

3. What is your favorite memory on the field or involving basketball?

One of my favorite memories about basketball is the road trips. We have so much fun watching movies, singing, laughing, talking, drinking coffee. It is just fun to hang out with your teammates.

4. What is your favorite junk food?

My favorite junk food would have to be sour patch kids and homemade chex mix. :)

5. What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie is At the End of the Spear.

6. Favorite verse/passage of Scripture?

One of my favorite verse/passage in the Bible is James 4:8 which says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” I love this verse because it encourages me to continue to seek God with all my heart, and I know that He will be faithful to answer me.

7. Tell us why you feel students should come support Emmaus' sports teams.

Students at Emmaus should do their best to come and support the sports teams. When we get a huge crowd in the gym, it makes the game so much more exciting, and it really helps the players! Also, you will feel like you are connected with the school and student body when you are cheering like crazy with everyone else for the same purpose.

Father and Son Duo Soar with the Emmaus Eagles

Posted by jfullan on January 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Imagine sitting in the crowd at a college basketball game, and the whistle blows for a substitution. Onto the court steps a gray-haired, 55-year-old man in a blue uniform. Yet even more surprising is watching him deftly steal the ball from an opponent half his age (whose face displays a look of shock), and then sprint down the court on a fast break. To top it all off, imagine him passing it off to a particular teammate—his son—who lays it off the backboard for an easy 2 points. You might see that happen this year at Emmaus Bible College (Dubuque, IA). 


Paul Ruter, age 55, attended Emmaus and played for the Eagles 32 years ago, nabbing the MVP title his freshman year. He was unable to finish his one-year degree as he was called home to take over the family farm.


“I loved farming,” Paul said about his decision. “That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to raise my family on the farm, and that took precedence over schooling.”


Since then, it’s always been Paul’s dream to return and complete his degree.  Little did he know that six kids and over 30 years later, he would return and be playing basketball shoulder to shoulder with his youngest son, Caleb.


“I knew I wanted to come back to Emmaus and finish my degree. I always had it in the back of my mind ever since I came here. But the opportunity to come back here with my son made it even more appealing. But I wanted to make sure it was ok with him.”


Paul’s son, nineteen year old Caleb Ruter, is a stand out starter at Emmaus, last year averaging 20 points and leading the team in steals. He also was named 2nd Team All-American in the ACCA conference. You might think it would be hard for a college student to play basketball on the same team as his father, but not for Caleb:

“He’s my best friend. He’s been my best friend my whole life, and it’s a blast having him on the team.”


Luke Wilkerson, Emmaus Athletic Director, had good things to say about Paul and Caleb and their relationship: “Having been involved in the recruiting process for both Caleb and Paul, I can attest to the character of both men. You would be hard pressed to find another college freshman who not only doesn’t have a problem with his dad joining him for his experience, but is actually excited about it.”


Emmaus Bible College, enrolling mostly traditional 18 to 22 year old students, has the rare opportunity of educating a senior citizen as a junior in the classroom. His age and life experience puts Paul in a unique spot as well. In classes and on the court, this dedicated husband and father (and grandfather!) is an incredible example to the younger students and players surrounding him. 


Emmaus men’s basketball coach Robert Kimble agrees: ”The Lord has blessed Emmaus Bible College with the father-son example of Paul and Caleb Ruter. I have a tremendous amount of respect for their commitment to their school, their team, and each other. It’s been a pleasure coaching these guys.”


Father and son are in the Teacher Education program at Emmaus, both aspiring to become teachers—Paul in elementary education, and Caleb in secondary education.  For years, Paul's own father dreamed that his son would one day become a teacher, and that dream will soon be fulfilled as Paul sets up his own classroom.


Both Caleb and Paul are surprised at the press their story has received. The original story that aired on CBS Minnesota station WCCO has been picked up by over 60 stations across the country, and the duo will be interviewed on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends" this Sunday, January 12, at around 8:20am.


The emotional appeal of this story has undoubtedly played a part in its viral spread. For a father who loves his kids and loves sports, this is a dream come true. 


“I kind of pinch myself all the time,” Paul says. “I get to play ball with my son.”

UPDATE: Here is the link to the "Fox & Friends" interview: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3044930432001/unlikely-college-basketball-court-companions/#sp=show-clips

Emmaus Father/Son Duo on ESPN

Posted by jfullan on January 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A great TV spot was aired on a Minnesota news station about father/son duo Paul and Caleb Ruter at Emmaus! What a unique and incredible opportunity for these two. Watch, read, enjoy, and share!

UPDATE: This story made national news! The Ruters and Emmaus are featured on national sports news network ESPN!


Posted by jfullan on January 4, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's (January 4, 2014) Men's basketball game vs. Purdue University North Central (PNC) is CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

Sun, Soccer, and Success in the South

Posted by jfullan on November 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus men’s soccer team travelled south to a warm and sunny Joplin, Missouri to compete in the ACCA National Tournament in a full weekend of soccer, fun, and fellowship accompanied by the Emmaus volleyball team.

The Eagles (#5 seed) took on the Warriors of Calvary Bible College (#4 seed) on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the tournament. The team was excited about the rematch with Calvary who had defeated Emmaus 2-1 earlier in the season. The Eagles got off to a great start, possessing the ball and creating scoring opportunities, but the Warriors managed to find the net first when outstanding senior Ross Harris (#14) evaded the Emmaus defense and fired a shot that bounced off of goalkeeper Erik Rasmussen’s hands and trickled into the net. The half ended with the Eagles trailing 0-1, but there was plenty of exciting soccer to be played.

Cheered on loudly by the volleyball team, Emmaus controlled the momentum of the second half and freshman Joe Olsen tied the game up with his 8th goal of the year on a strong shot just wide of the keeper. Emmaus took the lead a few minutes later when the ball rebounded out of the Calvary penalty area off of an Emmaus corner kick. Freshman defender Ryan Bell stepped to the ball and fired a rocket into the upper ninety for his first goal of the season. The Emmaus offense continued to press the attack, but Calvary had an answer when Ross Harris scored his second goal of the game to tie things up on a strong turn in the Emmaus box. Overtime seemed imminent as the two teams battled hard all over the muddy field, each creating near scoring opportunities. Then, in the final minute of play, Andy Bell won a powerful header in the box that deflected off a Calvary defender and into the goal to seal a 3-2 victory for the Eagles.

“I am really proud of the guys’ efforts today. Both teams battled hard and exemplified both strong play and Christ-like character. It is always a privilege to play the Warriors as they are well-coached and follow the example of their Coach, Dan Nichols.” (Coach Brown)

Thursday night after the game the Emmaus teams met up with the Calvary teams for a time of sharing, singing, prayer, and fellowship. “It was a rich time for both teams to worship and encourage one another, remembering our great Savior together and celebrating being a part of His team.”

On Friday afternoon the Emmaus men took on the #1 seeded hosts, Ozark Christian College. As the game got under way, it was evident that Ozark possessed a great deal of both speed and skill and kept the Emmaus defense busy early and often. Finally, in the 24th minute, Ozark found the back of the net as they managed to claim a hard fought 50/50 ball and cross it into the box where a waiting forward made a strong turn to score a goal. The Emmaus attack struggled to gain much momentum against the speed of the Ozark defense and went into the half trailing 0-1.

Emmaus came out fired up in the second half and after battling primarily in the midfield for 10 minutes they recorded the first shot on goal of the half. It was Ozark, however, that would strike again as outstanding midfielder Connor Wood (#6) played a perfect through ball to streaking outside midfielder Skyler Davis who put the shot away with one neat touch. “There wasn’t a lot the defense could have done as it was a great pass and excellent finish.”

Just minutes later Ozark struck again on a long range shot that beat keeper Erik Rasmussen into the left corner. The score would hold at 0-3 for most of the second half before Ozark managed to notch a two more goals courtesy of their speed and determination.

“No one ever likes to lose, but I have to say our guys fought hard and gave themselves a chance. Erik Rasmussen recorded some phenomenal saves to keep things close and the defense held strong for most of the game. Ozark is a very skilled team with a lot of speed and a skilled bench. Even better, they are a classy team who clearly enjoys both the game as well as the fellowship on the field. It was a privilege to play them and I look forward to seeing them in future years. Coach Greer clearly has his priorities straight in working with his team as they play extremely hard without sacrificing their testimony.”

The final test for Emmaus came on Saturday morning as they faced Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore, OK) in the 3rd place game of the tournament. The Eagles got off to a good start by putting strong pressure on the Hillsdale midfield and setting up a few good crosses early. Hillsdale quickly regained their composure, however, to set the tone for the game. Using crisp passes and strong finishing, Hillsdale managed to knot two goals in the opening half as Emmaus struggled to apply consistent pressure on their shooters. Coach Brown reported that, “We gave them a little too much space, which I realized later had more to do with tired legs than lack of effort on our part.”

The second half brought more of the same as the weekend-weary Eagles struggled to find energy to match Hillsdale’s, who scored just two minutes into the new half and twice more halfway through. “We were clearly tired as we had yet to face 3 games in 3 days this year, and credit Hillsdale for taking advantage of the space we afforded them on defense. They clearly played a better game and I applaud their fitness and finishing.” Emmaus did not give up, however, as they finally managed to score a goal of their own with just two minutes to spare. Travis Holtan (#5) battled for a ball in the left corner, won the endline, and then played a perfect cross to freshman Joe Olsen (#3) who headed the ball into the goal from close range. “The guys don’t give up. Though energy was low and our play was a little frustrating at times, the guys continued to work for one another until the final whistle.”

Despite falling in their final two games of the tournament, the Eagles finished 4th overall and count it a very successful weekend for the team and the program. “Before our first game of the tournament we shared as a team what would make this a successful weekend. Sure, winning games can be part of success, but we all agreed that playing our hardest, growing in our relationships with one another and other teams, and representing our school, families, and Savior well were the key ingredients for a successful weekend. Though there is always room for growth, I would have to say mission accomplished as far as the team goes. This season we grew together through wins and losses, and it is hard for me to imagine working with a more fun group of guys who genuinely care for one another on and off the field. They are not a group to be taken for granted as I only wish I could have them all around for a few more years. I have grown significantly as a coach this year from working with them, and I count it a great privilege to be a part of this team.”

Emmaus finished their season with a record of 6 wins, 14 losses, and plenty of potential looking toward next year.


Exhausted Emmaus Falls to Mt. Mary in Five

Posted by jfullan on October 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

There was not a single person at this tournament that was not tired as not only were the games all pushed back but all matches went to five games. Mt. Mary took a 10-0 lead in the first set as Emmaus seemed out of the match already (25-11). The Emmaus bench appeared anxious to get back in game 2 to show what they were made of. From the beginning one could already tell this was a different team than set 1 as Emmaus took it 25-23. “I’m not really sure what that was Game 1, but it sure wasn’t Emmaus Volleyball. It was key for the girls to bounce back in Game 2 which they did convincingly,” said Coach Strautmann. However, Game 3 said otherwise as Mt. Mary once again took a huge lead and left Emmaus baffled in another loss (14-25). The Lady Eagles would need quite the surge to take this match to 5 and they did exactly that winning 25-23. Set 5 was identical to the one against Grace as the Lady Eagles trailed 8-4. This time Emmaus could not mount a comeback losing 8-15. “I won’t deny today was a LONG day but we are going to face similar days at Nationals so we have to be prepared physically and mentally for these battles, “concluded Coach Strautmann.

An impressive end to an up and down season as the Emmaus Lady Eagles ended the season 4-2 and all close matches. They would now spend the next week and a half preparing for their Nationals in Joplin, Missouri.

Round Three Goes to the Lady Eagles

Posted by jfullan on October 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Emmaus would have an unexpected third bout with Grace this time on a neutral ground; Mt. Mary. Grace was not messing around as they came out strong in Set 1 taking it 19-25. Grace had just come off a huge win against Mt. Mary taking some games to scores of 33-31 so there was no question they were warmed up and ready to go. Emmaus then went on to take games 2 and 3 by scores of 26-24 and 25-17. At this point it looked as if Emmaus would take another before 5 games but Grace had much to say about this. They took an early lead once again and finished out the set with authority with a score of 25-17. This would bring these two teams to the first game 5 of all their meetings this year. Grace jumped to a 8-4 lead and things were not looking good for the Lady Eagles. Statistically speaking the team to reach 8 points first would run away with the match but today things went a little differently. Emmaus then went on a 11-4 run to close out an up and downhill battle with Grace. “First of all Grace did an awesome job this weekend playing without a couple of their starters as there was not one easy win all weekend. And once again I am extremely impressed with how Lady Eagles have come together under a new setter and lineup at such a critical time of the year, “responded Coach Strautmann.


Emmaus Wins a Thriller on Senior Night

Posted by jfullan on October 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

“Observe, Interpret, APPLY!” This was the new battle cry of the Emmaus crowd led by students John Walker and Caleb Ruter. 

Emmaus had played Grace earlier this year losing in four so they were ready for round 2. Katie Koppen would be setting once again as the injured Bethany Scheer supported from the sideline. Set 1 could not have been played tighter as it was neck in neck the entire set. Both teams were making great plays and covering the court well as the set looked to be coming to an end with an Emmaus lead 24-23. However, Grace would not go away as they brought the score back to 26-26 with it being anybody’s game. Between a couple good serves and solid hitting Emmaus won an intense set 28-26. There was little time to celebrate as set 2 was quickly under way with Emmaus taking a strong early lead of 5-0. After a Grace Timeout they seemed to be right back into it bringing the game close once again. It wasn’t until the end of the match one team seized control as Emmaus won 25-21. Game 3 was just as close as the previous sets but Grace seemed to run out of steam as energized Emmaus ran away with it at the end (25-18).

“This was a huge night not only for the seniors but the whole team as Nationals were just around the corner. These girls are playing their best volleyball right now; very fun to watch," remarked Coach Strautmann.