Californians take Calvin's top athletic awards Dave Meester, of San Jose, Calif., is this year's Beré Memorial Award winner, while Shauna Koolhaas of Escondido, Calif., is the winner of the Kay Tiemersma Award, Calvin's highest athletic awards.
The Beré Memorial Award has been presented annually by Calvin since 1951. The Beré honors the top senior male student-athlete, based on athletic ability, scholastic rank, character and leadership, and is selected by the school's male coaches and the members of the Athletics Committee. It is given in memory of Joe Beré, a Calvin student who was killed in a 1949 auto accident on his way to watch a Calvin basketball game.
Dave Meester, a graduate of San Jose Valley Christian High School, recently concluded a solid four-year tennis career at Calvin. During his four years on the men's tennis team, Meester compiled a singles record of 37-27 and a doubles mark of 39-28. During his first three years on the varsity, Meester played primarily at No. 3 and 4 singles but then moved up to No. 1 singles as a senior this spring as he compiled a 15-8 singles record that included a pair of victories over regionally-ranked opponents. In doubles, Meester played in all three flights during his career but was a member of Calvin's No. 1 singles team as a junior and senior. During his career, Meester helped Calvin finish second in the MIAA four consecutive years behind national power Kalamazoo. The Knights also earned a bid to the NCAA III Regionals during the 1996 season.
As a junior, Meester earned All-MIAA second team honors and as a senior this spring, he was honored with the Stowe Memorial Award -- given to the male tennis player who exudes sportsmanship in the MIAA. Meester also served as a co-captain for the Knights this spring. Meester was recently graduated from Calvin with a degree in business administration and communications and plans to pursue a career in the business field.
This is the 24th year that Calvin has given the Tiemersma award--presented annually to the top senior female student-athlete. The award honors Kay Tiemersma, the first woman physical education teacher in the member schools of the Christian Schools International organization, and a pioneer in women's sports. Its presentation is based on athletic ability, scholastic standing, and character and leadership.
Shauna Koolhaas, a graduate of Escondido Calvin Christian High School, recently concluded an amazing four-year softball career as a pitcher at Calvin that saw her earn All-America honors three times. During her four years on the Calvin varsity, Koolhaas helped lead the Knights to four consecutive NCAA III Tournament berths and one MIAA championship as she compiled a won-loss record of 87-44 along with a school-record 822 strikeouts.
In 1997, Koolhaas was named a First Team All-American by the National Softball Coaches Association, becoming the first First Team All-American in Calvin softball history. She finished the year with a 27-11 pitching record along with a school-record 227 strikeouts to finish as the Division III leader in pitching victories. As a freshman in 1995, Koolhaas compiled a 20-7 record and then posted a 21-11 mark as a sophomore in 1996 as she was named a Third Team All-American by the National Softball Coaches Association both years.
This past spring, she recorded a 19-15 pitching record with a 2.09 ERA and 149 strikeouts as she was named to the All-MIAA First Team for a fourth consecutive year, becoming just the third softball player in MIAA history to earn All-MIAA First Team honors four consecutive years. She also earned All-Region honors for a fourth consecutive year as she was named to the All-Central Region Second Team. During the year, Koolhaas tossed her sixth career no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over Southern Maine in the NCAA III Central Regional as she was named to the All-Region Tournament team for a fourth consecutive season. Koolhaas finished her career as the all-time NCAA III leader in pitching appearances (139) and moved into second place on the all-time NCAA III list in career strikeouts (822), innings pitched (836), games started (126) and victories (87).
A Spanish/education major, Koolhaas recently graduated from Calvin with a grade point average of 3.69. An eight-time member of the Calvin Dean's list, Koolhaas was named a GTE First Team Academic All-American in 1997 and was named a GTE Second Team Academic All-American this spring. During her four years at Calvin, she has been active as a Spanish tutor in several West Michigan schools and plans to pursue a career as a Spanish teacher.