Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Calvin men’s basketball team fell just short of a season sweep over crosstown rival Aquinas, falling to the Saints 78-76 Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. Earlier this season, Calvin defeated Aquinas 61-44 but on Saturday, the Saints (7-8) turned the tables by connecting on 10 three-point shots. Calvin had a chance to win at the buzzer but an off-balance three-pointer by sophomore Tom Snikkers bounced off the rim after Snikkers pushed the ball up the court with only 4.2 seconds left to do so. Sophomore Matt DeBoer scored a career-high 17 points off the bench for the Knights while Snikkers had 15 points and seven boards. Senior Brad Schnyders also had 14 points off the bench while sophomore Bryan Powell had 12 points and five assists. Calvin (4-5) will face Benedictine (IL) on December 29 at 6:30 p.m. (EST) in a first round game of the Elmhurst Bluejay Classic.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The first installment of the Calvin (men’s and women’s basketball) Coaching Corner audio program is now available. The Calvin sports information office caught up with John Ross, head coach of the Calvin women’s basketball team and Kevin Vande Streek, head coach of the Calvin men’s basketball team for the first installment this year. The Calvin women’s basketball team is off to a 7-2 start overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Knights will host Albion on Saturday at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Calvin men’s basketball team is off to a 4-4 start overall and will host Aquinas on Saturday at 3 p.m. Also, be sure to check back throughout the season for more installments of the Calvin Coaching Corner.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
PALOS HEIGHTS, IL - The Calvin men’s basketball team picked up a 90-79 victory at Trinity Christian College Saturday night. Calvin (4-4) led by 12 points in the first half but Trinity Christian (7-7) rallied to tie the game 35-35 at halftime. In the second half, Calvin used a 9-0 run inside the final three minutes to pull away for the win. Senior Danny Rodts cashed in on two three-point shots in the late surge while junior Brian Haverdink also connected on a triple in the run. Rodts finished the game with 20 points on the strength of five three-point field goals. Six Calvin players notched double digits in scoring as Bryan Powell had 13, Tom Snikkers 12, Matt DeBoer 11 and Brent Schuster and Brad Schyder 10 points apiece. Calvin was 11 of 24 from three-point range and shot 50.8 percent overall.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
A big week of action is on tap for the Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams this week. On Wednesday, the Calvin women’s basketball team will host unbeaten and fifth-ranked Carthage College (6-0) at 7 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. On Saturday, the Knights will journey to Kalamazoo for a 3 p.m. conference game. On the men’s side, Calvin is preparing to travel to Palos Heights, Illinois, on Saturday for a 6 p.m. (EST) matchup against Trinity Christian College. The varsity game will be preceded by a 4 p.m. (EST) contest between the Calvin and Trinity Christian College junior varsity teams.In last Saturday’s 88-80 loss to nationally-ranked Carthage College, Calvin sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) scored a career-high 33 points. To see a list of Calvin’s all-time 30-point scorers, visit the Calvin website at: All-Time List of 30 Point Scorers
Saturday, December 04, 2010
KENOSHA, WI - A career-high 33 points by sophomore forward Tom Snikkers were not enough to lift the Calvin men’s basketball team to victory as the Knights were defeated by nationally-ranked Carthage 88-80 on the second day of competition at the MIAA/CCIW Challenge. Snikkers also grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 33 points to post his first collegiate double-double. Senior Danny Rodts also had 17 points for the Knights while Schnyders chipped in with eight points off the bench.
Friday, December 03, 2010
KENOSHA, WI - A five-minute stretch to open the second half proved to be the undoing for the Calvin men’s basketball team Friday night at the MIAA/CCIW Challenge as the Knights suffered an 86-64 defeat to the Wheaton College Thunder. Calvin was led in defeat by senior Brad Schnyders (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) who tossed in 13 points off the bench while sophomore Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) had 11 points. Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it faces Carthage - the host of the four-team MIAA/CCIW Challenge - at 4 p.m. (EST).
Thursday, December 02, 2010
KALAMAZOO - With her husband coaching to her left and her son coaching to her right, Carol Shilts figured she was a in a win-win situation Wednesday night. “I figured no matter what the final outcome, a Shilts would win,” she said with a laugh at the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting between the Calvin men’s junior varsity basketball team and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College squad. She was right.In a special meeting between father-and-son, Kalamazoo Valley Community College prevailed over the Calvin men’s junior varsity basketball team 68-50. The host Cougars were led by longtime coach Dick Shilts who went head-to-head for the first time against his son Ricky Shilts who is in his first year as the Calvin men’s junior varsity coach.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Calvin’s 10-year drought is over. On Saturday night, Calvin captured its first Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic title since 2000, defeating East Beltline rival Cornerstone 81-76 in the championship game at the Aquinas College Sturrus Sports and Center. The tournament crown is Calvin’s third overall. The Knights (3-2) previously won in 1999 and 2000. Sophomore Tom Snikkers scored 20 points in the win and was named the recipient of the Ray McCahill Tournament Most Valuable Player Award. He was joined on the all-tournament team by senior teammate Brent Schuster who scored 14 points in the win over Cornerstone including a clutch triple down the stretch and two clinching free throws in the final seconds.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Calvin opened play at the 15th annual Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Classic with a 61-44 victory over host Aquinas and snapped a five-game losing streak against the Saints in the process. The Knights will face Cornerstone in Saturday’s championship game at 8 p.m. at the Aquinas College Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Calvin was led in scoring by senior Brad Schyders (Unity Christian HS) and sophomore Tom Snikkers (Unity christian HS) with 11 points apiece while freshman Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Senior Brent Schuster (Denver, CO/Denver Christian HS) and sophomore Bryan Powell (Wyoming Park HS) added eight poitns apiece with Schuster blocking a pair of shots. Freshman Tyler Kruis (Calvin Christian HS) also hauled down a career-high eight rebounds in the win.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Calvin bounced back from a disappointing loss the night before to Grace Bible College with an 87-60 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in the consolation game of its own Calvin Tipoff Tournament.
Calvin (1-2) shot 57.7 percent from the field in the first half en route to taking a 45-30 halftime lead. The Knights continued to roll in the second half, outscoring the Battling Bishops 42-30 to cruise to the double-digit win. Saturday’s contest was the first meeting between Calvin and Ohio Wesleyan since the 1991-92 season with Calvin know holding a 3-1 series lead.