Calvin Sports News
|Spring 2002 sports highlights|
The baseball team captured its second MIAA title in the last three years including its seventh league crown overall, finishing 16-2 in the conference race and 28-13 overall. As MIAA champions, Calvin also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the second time in the last three years and for the third time in school history. Calvin faced an uphill climb in its quest for the MIAA title heading into a final three-game series with rival Hope. Needing a three-game sweep to overtake a Hope team that was unbeaten in MIAA competition and carried a 26-game win streak, Calvin did just that, winning all three games in come-from-behind fashion to finish one game ahead of Hope in the final league standings. Calvin's overall and conference win totals were both school records. During the year, the Knights also established a school record win streak of 12 games that included an 11-9 upset of Division II Grand Valley State on the road.
With its 28 victories, Calvin reached the 20-win plateau for the third straight year and for the fourth time in school history.
Calvin freshman pitcher Jim Deters (Portage, Mich.) also helped rewrite sections of the Calvin and MIAA record books during the year as he established MIAA and Calvin single-season records for strikeouts and pitching victories. Deters finished the year with a 10-2 record along with a 2.67 ERA and 100 strikeouts. In conference play, Deters posted a spotless 8-0 record and struck out 66 batters as he was named to the All-MIAA 1st team and was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player. A two-time MIAA Pitcher of the Week in 2002, Deters was also named to the All-Mideast Region 1st team by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Joining Deters on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin were senior catcher Ben Dykhouse (Grand Rapids, Mich.), freshman shortstop Josh Vriesman (Denver, Colo.), sophomore first baseman Darrell Heuker (Hudsonville, Mich.) and junior designated hitter Arie Eppinga (Walnut Creek, Calif.). Named to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin were senior pitchers Mike Ott (Grand Rapids) and Andy Miedema (Hudsonville, Mich.). Dykhouse finished second in the MIAA batting race with a .415 average while Eppinga was sixth in the league batting race with a .387 league mark. Vriesman batted .360 in the league and led the MIAA in stolen bases with 10, becoming the first Calvin player to lead the MIAA in stolen bases. Heuker batted .344 in league games and overall, he collected 33 RBI'sestablishing a new Calvin single-season record.
Miedema posted a 6-1 overall record including a 4-0 record in MIAA competition. Ott was 5-5 overall including 3-2 in league play with a sparkling 2.77 earned run average. Ott closed out his four-year MIAA career with a four-year earned run average of 2.54. During the season, Ott was selected as MIAA Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time in his career. Also selected as an MIAA Pitcher of the Week from Calvin during the year was senior Matt Schmitz (Ionia, Mich.) who posted a 5-2 record with two saves during the year. Schmitz received honorable mention recognition from the MIAA coaches as did senior third baseman Mike Noorman (Jenison, Mich.) and sophomore outfielders Terry O'Neal (Muskegon, Mich.) and Aaron Griffith (Manhattan, Kansas).
Head coach Jeff Pettinga also reached a milestone collecting the 300th win of his collegiate coaching career. top of page
The softball team reached the MIAA Tournament for the first time since 1999 and posted its first 20-win season since 1998 as the Knights went 20-17 overall and finished fourth in the final MIAA standings. Calvin finished fourth in the MIAA regular season standings with a 7-7 record which qualified the Knights for the four-team MIAA Tournament hosted by Alma College. The Knights then scored a 1-0 first round upset over top-seeded and eventual MIAA champion Alma. The Knights then bowed to Hope in a winner's bracket game and were eliminated the following afternoon in the loser's bracket by Alma.
Calvin placed freshman third baseman Laurel Sands (Rockford, Mich.) on the All-MIAA first team. In her first year of collegiate ball, Sands belted a school record five home runs while also collecting a .345 batting average with 31 runs scored and 25 RBI's. Sands batted .400 in conference games to rank fifth in the MIAA batting race. She also led the MIAA in home runs (4) while finishing second in total bases (29) and slugging percentage (.725) and third in RBI's (11). Named to the All-MIAA 2nd team from Calvin was senior designated player Susannah Knust (Grandville, Mich.). Knust batted .277 overall with 17 RBI's and 11 runs scored.
mention recognition from the MIAA coaches from Calvin
In addition, Knust and junior second baseman Becky Austen (Pembroke, Ont.) received Verizon Academic All-District IV honors as Knust was named to the first team and Austen to the second team. Head coach Amber Warners also reached a milestone during the year as she collected her 100th career victory. top of page
The men's tennis team under the direction of head coach Milan Norgauer finished third in the final MIAA standings, posting a 3-2 MIAA dual match record and then posting a third place score of 39.5 points at the MIAA Tournament. In overall dual match competition, Calvin recorded an 8-10 record.
At the league tournament, Calvin took third at three singles flights led by freshman Kevin VanHaitsma (Hudsonville, Mich.) who took third at no. 1 singles. Junior Tom Zeilstra (Hinsdale, Ill.) also took third at no. 2 singles. At no. 5 singles, junior Nate Kraai (Grand Rapids). Junior Jon Meyer (Orange, Calif.) also reached the third place match at no. 3 singles but fell to Albion's Matt Brady.
In doubles, VanHaitsma
and Zeilstra took third at no. 1 singles, defeating
VanHaitsma was then
named to the All-MIAA 1st team while Zeilstra was named to
The women's tennis team finished tied for fourth with Hope in the final league standings. Led by second-year head coach Jerry Bergsma, Calvin recorded an overall dual match record of 9-7 and an MIAA record of 3-4. At the MIAA Tournament, Calvin recorded a fourth-place score of 62 points, allowing the Knights to move into a fourth place tie with Hope in the final league standings. St. Mary's repeated as MIAA champion with a first place total of 93 points.
In singles play, junior Sally Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.) reached the championship finals in flight one before falling to Meaghan Clark of Kalamazoo in the final. In flight two singles, freshman Erica Baic (Traverse City, Mich.) took fifth place while freshman Rachel Pater (Byron Center, Mich.) took fourth at flight three singles. At flight four singles, sophomore Renee VanDommelen (Sheboygan, WI) took fifth, defeating Alma's Sarah Keller 6-2, 6-2 in the fifth place match. Senior Trisha Plaisier (Kalamazoo Christian) then took third at flight five singles, defeated Kalamazoo's Jessa Margoni 6-2, 6-2 in the third place match.
Freshman Laura Mans
(Holland Christian) was also a winner in the third place
In doubles, Skodinski
and Baic took third at flight one doubles while Mans and
Skodinski was then
named to the All-MIAA 1st team for the first time in her
The men's track and field team under the direction of head coach Jong-Il Kim captured its ninth consecutive MIAA title including its 15th in the last 16 years. Calvin posted a 5-0 MIAA dual meet record, stretching its MIAA dual meet unbeaten streak to 38, dating back to 1994. At the MIAA Championships, Calvin posted a first place total of 267 points as the Knights took first place in 12 out of a possible 19 events to capture its 27th MIAA title overall. Calvin's distance runners played a pivotal role in the first place outcome as 113 of Calvin's 267 points came from the 800 meter events on up. Senior Justin Pfruender (Midland, Mich.) highlighted a 1-2-3-4 Calvin finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with an MIAA record time of 9:09.20, breaking the previous MIAA record by nearly 17 seconds.
Sophomore Hendrik Kok (Lynden, Wash.) also had a huge league meet for Calvin as he took first place in the 800 meters (1:53.84) and 1,500 meters (3:53.79). In the 5,000 meters, senior Joel Klooster (Chatham, Ont.) came up with a first place time of 14:56.88. In the sprints, Calvin senior Keith VanGoor (Midland Park, N.J.) closed out his MIAA career in style by winning the 200 meters with a time of 21.99 and the 400 meters with a time of 48.87. VanGoor also ran a leg on Calvin's 4 x 100 meter relay team that took first place with a time of 42.16. He was joined on the relay by freshman Chris Friebel (Shelby, Ohio), sophomore Francis Ikwueme (Jos, Nigeria) and junior Steve Abbring (Highland, Ind.). In the field events, Calvin came up with three individual titles Friday as senior Jonathon Hutchful (Accra, Ghana) won the triple jump with a career-best mark of 46-2; junior Cameron Baron (Lake Stevens, Wash.) took first in the high jump with a mark of 6-6 and senior Ryan Moore (Wexford, Pa.) took first in the discus with a throw of 154-9. Also taking first place for Calvin were sophomore Dave Haagsma (Grand Rapids) who repeated as league champion in the 10,000 meters, clocking in with a time of 31:23.446 while freshman Nate Meckes (Bay City, Mich.) made his first league competition a big one as he won the shot put with a throw of 48-7.
Klooster was then named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner and landed a spot on the All-MIAA team. Earlier in the year, Klooster established new Calvin records in the 10,000 and 5,000 meter runs. Klooster set a new 10K mark at the Hillsdale "Gina" Relays April 27 with a first-place time of 29:42.79. The time also ended up as the fastest in NCAA Division III track and field this spring. Klooster's marks were part of three Calvin records this spring as senior Josh Senavoe (Accra, Ghana) broke the triple jump record with a mark of 46-8 ¼.
Also named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin were VanGoor, Moore, Pfruender, Peter Armstrong (Lacey, Wash.), Dan Hoekstra (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Steve Abbring (Highland, Ind.), Hutchful, Baron, Kok, Haagsma, Brian Maat (Zeeland, Mich.) and Meckes.
At the NCAA III Championships, Calvin came up with nine All-America performances to record its best-ever national finish as the Knights placed second with a school-record total of 41 points.
The distance quartet of Klooster, Pfruender, Hoekstra and Kok accounted for eight of Calvin's nine All-America berths while VanGoor earned All-America citations in the 200 meters, placing seventh with a time of 21.79. Calvin opened the three-day competition with a pair of All-American performances in the 10,000 meters as Klooster took second (30:45.90) and Hoekstra sixth (31:09.06). In the race, Klooster challenged for the national title before finishing seconds behind eventual national champion J.B. Haglund of Haverford College.
Pfruender then stepped up and delivered a third-place performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, recording a career-best time of 9:04.90, becoming the sixth Calvin All-American in the event. On the final day of competition at the three-day national meet, Calvin received an All-America effort from Kok in the 1,500 meters as he took sixth with a time of 3:52.81. The Knights then moved into fifth place with VanGoor's seventh place finish in the 200 meters, setting up a dramatic Calvin performance in the 5,000 meters. In the 5,000, Calvin produced four All-America performances as Klooster took second (14:51.68), Kok third (14:53.77); Pfruender sixth (14:55.06) and Hoekstra seventh (14:55.19). The Calvin finish in the 5,000 meters produced 19 points and vaulted the Knights into second place in the team standings with one event left to go. The quartet of All-America performances in the 5,000 meters matched the NCAA III record of four All-Americans (from one school) in the event originally established by North Central College in 1994.
Also competing for Calvin at the national meet were Moore in the discus and senior Jason DeVries (Hudsonville, Mich.) in the pole vault. Moore placed 12th in the discus with a throw of 151-6 while DeVries took 13th in the pole vault with a height of 15-2.
Head coach Jong-Il Kim was also honored at the conclusion of the season as he was named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field Coaches Association (USTCA). In addition, Klooster, Hoekstra, senior David Ritsema (Denver, Colo.) and sophomore Tim Avery (Rochester, N.Y.) received Verizon Academic All-District IV honors with Klooster, Hoekstra, and Ritsema named to the first team and Avery to the second team. top of page
The women's track and field team captured an unprecedented 13th straight MIAA title including its 17th league crown overall. Calvin went 5-0 during the MIAA dual meet season, stretching its MIAA dual meet unbeaten streak to 61, dating back to 1989. At the MIAA Championships Calvin racked up a first place total of 299 points, taking first place in 14 of a possible 19 events.
During the year, Calvin established eight school records. Setting school records during the year were freshman Ashley Berner (Littleton, Colo.) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:28.46), sophomore Jessie Lair (West Bloomfield, Mich.) in the 10,000 meters (36:01.80), junior Annie VanderLaan (Grand Rapids) in the 100 meter hurdles (14.75) and heptathlon (4,674 points), senior Rachel Veltkamp (Grand Rapids) in the pole vault (12-6), junior Mandy VanDenBosch (Grand Rapids) in the shot put (42-0 1/2), sophomore Katie Corner (Grand Rapids) in the discus (154-0) and sophomore Carrie Zatarga (Coopersville, Mich.) in the hammer throw (137-7).
At the MIAA Championships, VanderLaan captured the league title in the 100 meter hurdles for the third straight year and then anchored Calvin's 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay teams to first place finishes. VanderLaan was then named the MIAA's Most Valuable Runner. Calvin's 4 x 100 meter relay team of Veltkamp, freshman Sue Abbring (Highland, Ind.), senior Mindy Worst (Grand Rapids) and VanderLaan clocked in with an MIAA record time of 48.00 at the MIAA Championships while Calvin's 4 x 400 meter relay team of Worst, Abbring, freshman Laura Hamilton (Downers Grove, Ill.) and VanderLaan clocked in with an MIAA record time of 3:50.39.
Also claiming MIAA individual titles for Calvin were Abbring in the 100 meters (12.68) and 200 meters (25.21). Hamilton was a winner in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.26. Worst also had a big day as she won the 400 meters with a time of 57.79. In the shot put, VanDenBosch continued her remarkable comeback from reconstructive ankle surgery last spring as she led a 1-3-4-5 Calvin finish with a first place throw of 41-3. Calvin also faired well in the distance events as the Knights took first place in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters Junior Tami VerMeulen (Holland, MI) established an MIAA record in the steeplechase while Lair repeated as league champion in the 5,000 meters with a first-place time of 18:05.54 to lead a 1-2-3-4 Calvin finish.
In the 1,500 meters,
Calvin senior Erinn Boot (Kalamazoo, Mich.) led a 1-2-3-4 Calvin finish
with a first-place time of 4:47.61. In the pole vault, Veltkamp won with
an MIAA record of 11-7 to lead a 1-2 Calvin finish as junior Anna VanDrie
(Grand Rapids) took second with a height of 9-6. In addition, Veltkamp
took second in the long jump with a leap of 17-5. Calvin also produced
a 1-2 finish in the discus as Corner took first place with a mark of 147-10.
Also claiming an MIAA title for Calvin was sophomore Sarah Hastings (Traverse
City, Mich.) as she took first place in
Veltkamp was also named the MIAA's Most Valuable Field Performer and along with VanderLaan, was named to the All-MIAA team. Joining Veltkamp and VanderLaan on the All-MIAA team from Calvin were Calvin were Lindsay Carrier (Wyoming, Mich.), Sara Crowe (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), Boot, Worst, VanDenBosch, Corner, VerMeulen, Lair, Hamilton and Abbring.
Calvin then placed 12th at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships with 18 points behind All-American performances in the discus, heptathlon, 4 x 100 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay. The finish was Calvin's 10th consecutive top-20 national team finish. Calvin received an All-America performance from Corner in the discus as she became the first All-American in the event in Calvin women's track and field history with a fifth place throw of 144-9. VanderLaan received All-America recognition in the heptathlon, posting a school record total of 4,674 points to finish fourth in the eventrecording Calvin's best-ever national finish in the event. In addition, the 4 x 100 meter relay team of VanderLaan, Veltkamp, Abbring and Worst took fifth with an All-American time of 47.54 while the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Worst, Abbring, Hamilton and VanderLaan took fourth with an All-American time of 3:47.94.
Head coach Jong-Il Kim also received lofty post-season recognition as he was named NCAA III National Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year by the USTCA, making him the seventh coach in Calvin athletic history to be named national coach of the year. Kim was also named Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in women's track and field.
In addition, Boot, Veltkamp and Lair received Verizon Academic All-District IV honors as Boot and Veltkamp were named to the first team and Lair to the second team. top of page