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Men’s Basketball Captures Tipoff Tournament Title

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Led by a well-rounded effort in the post, Calvin claimed the title in its own Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday with an 81-76 victory over Willamette University on Saturday.  Tom Snikkers, Matt DeBoer, and Mitch Vallie joined Kruis in double digit scoring.  The Knights outrebounded the Bearcats 52 to 38.  Snikkers was named the tournament’s MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by Vallie.

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Grace Bible Claims Consolation Game at Calvin Tipoff Tournament

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan

After a heart-wrenching double overtime loss to Calvin Friday night, Grace Bible came out strong against D’Youville College Saturday afternoon. With the Tigers starting lineup averaging just under 6’4”, Grace Bible held an average two inch advantage over the Spartans. The Tigers would utilize this advantage all game long, outscoring D’Youville by 34 points in the paint en route to a 100-67 victory.

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Calvin Uses OT Heroics to Defeat Grace Bible at Calvin Tipoff Tournament

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Calvin received 27 points from junior Tom Snikkers in gaining a 92-88 double-overtime victory over visiting Grace Bible College Friday night in a first round game of the Calvin Tipoff Tournament.Calvin advances to the championship game on Saturday to face Willamette University which claimed a 108-101 win over D’Youville in Friday’s opening first round game. Junior Bryan Powell had 11 points off the bench from junior Bryan Powell including a key three-pointer in the second overtime. Sophomore Mickey DeVries had 13 points off the bench while sophomore Mitch Vallie had 15 points including a key triple near the end of regulation that gave Calvin a brief one-point lead. The Calvin/Willamette game will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Willamette Claims 108-101 in Opener of Calvin Tipoff Tournament

Friday, November 18, 2011

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The first game of the Calvin Tip-off Tournament turned into a shootout as the D’Youville College Spartans (Buffalo, NY) and Willamette University Bearcats (Salem, OR) fought for a spot in the tournament championship. In the highest scoring game in the history of the Calvin Tipoff Tournament, Willamette prevailed 108-101. In the loss, D’Youville was lead by Raysean Johnson, who scored 36 points and had five rebounds. Johnson’s 36 was both a Tip-Off Tournament scoring record and a Van Noord Arena scoring record.

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Men’s Basketball Drops Season Opener 73-60 at Anderson University

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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ANDERSON, IN - The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 73-60 at Anderson University Tuesday night. Anderson grabbed control early, shooting 57.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes - en route to taking a 44-29 halftime lead. Calvin came back to close within 10 at 50-40 early in the second half but got no closer as the host Ravens held the Knights at bay. Calvin was led in defeat by Bryan Powell with 14 points while Tom Snikkers had 12 points. Andrew Bowman was one of four Anderson players to notch double-digits in scoring as he recorded 24 points. Calvin returns home to host its own Calvin Tipoff Tournament this weekend. Calvin will host Grace Bible College Friday night with D’Youville and Willamette meeting in the other first round game.

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Men’s Basketball Claims 79-72 Exhibition Game Victory Over Ferris State

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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(By Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)

In a home exhibition contest Tuesday night, Calvin came out and impressed as the Knights took down Division II foe Ferris State in a thrilling 79-72 victory.  Leading by a mere two points with under two minutes to play, the Knights managed to hold on and get the win. Leading the way for the Knights was junior Tommy Snikkers, who led all scorers with 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting despite getting into some foul trouble early on.  Junior Bryan Powell hit on 5 of 10 shots for 12 points on some clutch shooting, and sophomore Tyler Kruis also added 10 points with 6 rebounds as well.

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Women’s Basketball Picked as MIAA Preseason Favorite - Men Picked to Finish Second in MIAA Polls

Thursday, November 03, 2011

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – Calvin College has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the MIAA women’s basketball championship as the Knights received eight first place votes in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll. Fellow defending co-champion Hope received the other first place vote in the women’s poll. The Flying Dutch are picked to finish second in the poll, with Saint Mary’s third.  In the men’s poll, the defending MIAA champion Flying Dutchmen captured seven first-place votes, while Calvin received one first-place vote. The Knights are picked to finish second in the poll, followed by Adrian.

Men’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Hope (7) 7 pts. 2. Calvin (1) 13. 3. Adrian 24. 4. Albion 30. 5. Trine 31. 6. Olivet 34. 7. Kalamazoo 38. 8. Alma 49.

Women’s Poll Results (First-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Saint Mary’s 21. 4. Albion 36. 5. Olivet 38. 6. Adrian 41. 7. Trine 50. 8. Alma 51. 9. Kalamazoo 63.

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2011-12 Calvin Men’s Basketball Preview

Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Calvin returns eight letterwinners from a 2010-11 team that finished 16-12 and in second place in the MIAA regular season standings with a 9-5 conference mark. Of the eight returning letterwinners, two have starting experience. Junior Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) headlines the list of returning players. The 6-4 forward was a first team All-MIAA selection last year as well as a second team d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region choice. After averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, Snikkers has already been named a pre-season honorable mention All-American selection by the Division III Newsletter. 

Kevin Vande Streek Preseason Audio Interview

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Men’s Basketball Ranked 18th by DIII News - Sporting News Pre-Season Honors for Tom Snikkers

Friday, October 14, 2011

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The Calvin men’s basketball team has been ranked 18th in the preseason edition of the Division III Newsletter. The Knights are one of two MIAA teams in the Top 25 as Hope is ranked 13th. In addition, Calvin junior Tom Snikkers has been named a preseason honorable mention Division III All-American by the Sporting News preseason basketball magazine. A 6-4 junior forward, Snikkers was named to the All-MIAA first team last year after averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. As a team, Calvin finished 16-12 last year and in second place in the MIAA.The Calvin men’s basketball team is scheduled to open practice for the upcoming season tomorrow morning.

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Men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek has published his second book of devotionals for athletes

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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Strong and Courageous

Men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek has published his second book of devotionals for athletes.  Working with German professor emeritus Wally Bratt, Vande Streek took stories from the book of Joshua and used them to teach about commitment, encouragement, leadership, perseverance and teamwork. 

Read more and purchase copies here:Strong and Courageous

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