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The Calvin men’s basketball team will head to the campus of Washington University of St. Louis this weekend to participate in a four-team NCAA III Regional. Ranked 24th in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25 poll, Calvin will face #23 Wittenberg in a first round game on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. (CST). The game will mark the seventh meeting between the two teams in the NCAA III Tournament in men’s basketball and the first since 1995. Wittenberg is 5-1 against Calvin in NCAA III Tournament play. This will be the second meeting between the two teams in the NCAA III Tournament on a neutral floor as the two teams met in a regional consolation game in 1987 at Otterbein University. Calvin (22-5) advanced to to the NCAA III Tournament by winning the MIAA Tournament title this past Saturday, defeating Hope 78-53 in the title tilt. A member of the North Coast Athletic Conference, Wittenberg (21-7) received an at-large (Pool C) bid to the NCAA III Tournament. The Tigers advanced to the NCAC Tournament finals this past Saturday, falling to host Wooster 71-63. Second-ranked Washington University (23-2) will face Wilmington (19-8) in Friday’s other first round game at 8 p.m. (CST). Washington University is a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) while Wilmington is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).
Friday - March 3
Calvin vs. #22 Wittenberg – 530 pm (CT)
Wilmington vs. #3 Washington U. - 8 pm (CT)
By Mark DeHaan
Spending a summer in Honduras is not the typical way a college student fills his or her summer vacation. Instead of trips to the beach, movies with friends, or family vacations, Calvin College student Dan Stout was taking classes, translating for American visitors, and living with a Honduran family. As a Spanish major, Stout is required to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish speaking country in order to fulfill his major requirements. Also a member of the Calvin men’s basketball team, Stout wanted to avoid any conflict with the sport that spans both the fall and spring semesters. So, with the help of faculty at Calvin, Stout was able to work out a summer semester, one that fulfilled his major’s requirements while also avoiding any conflicts with basketball. A junior from Escondido, California, a town just 30 miles north of San Diego, Stout chose to be a Spanish major because of his familiarity with the language and the ease with which he picked it up.
Two members of the Calvin women’s basketball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin are junior Breanna Verkaik while junior teammate Kayla Engelhard has been named to the All-MIAA second team. This year, Breanna Verkaik finished third in the MIAA scoring race, averaging 16.3 points a game in league play. She closed the year with a nine-game double-figure scoring streak, averaging 19 points a game during that stretch. She also led the league in field goal percentage (.549) and was second in free throw percentage (.836) and three-point field goal percentage (.424) and was third in blocked shots per-game (1.19). She was named MIAA Player of the Week once during the year. Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) averaged 12.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per-game while connecting on 37 percent of her three-point field goal attempts in league play. Engelhard was ranked third in the MIAA in steals, tied for fourth in assists, sixth in three-point field goal percentage and 11th in scoring average. In the MIAA Tournament, she averaged 17.5 points a game.
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