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Signing for the Spring Semester!

Posted by jfullan on June 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (4)

We are excited to announce a local Iowa signing with Nathaniel Glidewell. Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Nathaniel attended and graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington. He played at CRW his first two years of high school and then went on to play for a private traveling team, the Defenders, and was team captain his senior year. Nathaniel was also the leading scorer and rebounder his senior year and nearly averaged a double double. Some accolades was being an All Tournament player his junior and senior year. We expect Nathaniel to be a scoring threat, but also to make great passes and provide strong support on defense. We look forward, at times, to having him guard the best player and will be our physical presence down low.

Nathaniel was asked to play for Calvary Bible College in Missouri, but decided on Emmaus because he loved the tight-knit student body and how easily he made friends when visiting. It is also close to his home in Cedar Rapids. Nathaniel is looking forward to not only learning more about the Bible, but living it out on and off the court. He intends to get his elementary school teaching degree at Emmaus.

Mitchell Patzka Signs Letter of Intent

Posted by jfullan on June 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eagles are proud to announce our fourth signing of the season with Mitchell Patzka. Having played 9 years in the Wisconsin Heights school system and nearly every position (shooting guard, power forward and center), Mitchell brings experience and a strong work ethic to the team. Recuited by such colleges as Northwestern College and Maranatha Baptist College for football and Taylor University for lacrosse, Mitchell chose Emmaus because of the similar size to his high school and because he believes that the education one receives at Emmaus is better than anywhere else.

Along with several other of our recruits, Mitchell is not afraid to take charges, sacrifice his body and work hard to make his teammates better. We look to use Mitchell’s size and strength to secure plenty of rebounds and demonstrate what a hard work ethic really is. He has said that he feels the Lord leading him to Emmaus to do great things for Him, on and off the court, and we agree. Welcome to the team, Mitchell!

Kyle Pikaart Signs with the Eagles

Posted by jfullan on June 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Emmaus Eagles are proud to announce our second signing of the season with Kyle Pikaart. Kyle played 8 years for the Wyoming Warriors and will be looked to bring speed and intensity on both ends of the court. Coming in as a point guard, Kyle will be placed in a great position to make his teammates better and provide a scoring threat as well. In addition to our returners and the group of players coming in, Kyle will be huge in pushing the tempo and providing plenty of opportunities on the fast break.

Matthew Tomlinson Signs with Eagles

Posted by jfullan on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eagles men’s basketball team is happy to announce the signing of Matthew Tomlinson from Jackson, Wyoming. Graduating from Jackson Hole High School while being a captain his senior year, Matthew is a high energy, defensive specialist who is not afraid to make the hustle plays and sacrifice his body for the team. With 3 different coaches during his high school career, Matthew was able to become a very versatile athlete who can play at any position. We look to see Matthew compete for leading rebounder and, at times, guard the opposing team’s best player.

We are very blessed to have Matthew be part of our incoming freshman class, as he had the opportunity to play D-II RMAC football—but felt the Lord drawing him to Emmaus. His parents Robert and Kathryn will have plenty to watch this season as both Matthew and his sister Sharon will be attending Emmaus this fall and playing for their respective basketball teams. 

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!

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.

Final Coaches Announced

Posted by jfullan on July 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Emmaus is proud to announce coaches in the two final positions: Robert Kimble as Head Men's Basketball Coach, and Luke Wilkerson as Assistant Men's Basketball Coach.

Robert graduated in 1999 with his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. While attending Emmaus, Robert played all four years of basketball. Robert has over 12 years of coaching experience at the Collegiate and High School levels in the Dubuque Community School District. Robert is an Athletic Director for the Dubuque Community Y. Robert and his wife Nellie have 5 daughters, Cheryl, Cori, Kayla, Nakiah, and Affrica.

Luke was appointed Athletic Director in the summer of 2012. He received his Bachelor's in Bible Exposition & Theology from Emmaus in 2011, and worked in 2011-12 for Enrollment Services as Admissions Counselor and Athletic Recuiter. At the conclusion of his four seasons playing basketball for the Eagles, Lucas climbed the charts to rank 1st in career assists, 1st in career steals, 5th in rebounds, and 7th in points scored. He and his wife Brianna (Doran) were married in the spring of 2012, and are expecting their first child in the fall.

These two are the final coaches announced for next year's intercollegiate teams. Here is this year's coaching roster: Ben Brown as Head Men's Soccer Coach with Lewis Shin as Assistant Coach, Ben Strautmann as Head Women's Volleyball Coach with Hannah Denny as Assistant Coach, Robert Kimble as Head Men's Basketball Coach with Luke Wilkerson as Assistant Coach, and Kyle Graw as Head Women's Basketball Coach with Ashleigh Wilson as Assistant Coach.

Luke, as Athletic Director, is excited about the new lineup: "I feel that the Lord has brought 8 individuals who, first and foremost, have a strong passion for discipling young men and women. Secondly, they know what it takes to win and be competitive in their sports. Emmaus athletics is definitely on the right path to succeed and be relevant at the intercollegiate level."

This new coaching lineup comes in the year of the largest incoming athletic recruitment. "Having so many incoming recruits is a really exciting aspect to this upcoming year," said Luke. "I have full confidence that our coaches will be able to integrate them into their systems and have them ready to play by opening day."

The Emmaus preseason begins Monday, August 12. Be sure to check out the Soccer and Volleyball schedules.