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Calvin College Athletics Program to Join Nation-wide Division III Partnership With Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website

By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level.  The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website. 

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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.

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Brent Schuster Gets Taste of European Basketball During Weeklong Trip Overseas

Thursday, June 30, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

His commitment to basketball didn’t allow Brent Schuster the opportunity to travel abroad during his four years at Calvin.  All of that changed just weeks after graduation, when basketball gave him that exact opportunity. Along with eight of the top players in Division II and III and their coach Brett Nichols, of Oberlin College, Schuster, the Knights’ standout center, spent 10 days touring Europe and competing against club teams.  The trip, put on through an organization called USA Athletes International took him through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, and massed a total of four games, in which his team finished 3-1.

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Latest Edition of Calvin Sports Report Live Features Men’s Basketball Recap

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Calvin Sports Report Live Men's Basketball Recap

The latest edition of Calvin Sports Report Live features a recap of the 2010-11 Calvin men’s basketball season. In the episode, host Luke Berlin interviews head coach Kevin Vande Streek and looks back on the recently completed year.

Men’s Basketball Recap from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Tom Snikkers Named to d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Third Team

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Men's Basketball Teams

Calvin College sophomore Tom Snikkers has been named to the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team. A native of Jenison and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Snikkers is receiving all-region honors for the first time in his collegiate career. Snikkers led Calvin in scoring and rebounding this year, averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game while connecting on 47.9 percent of his field goal attempts and 77.9 percent of his free throw attempts. He notched double-digits in scoring in 25 of Calvin’s 28 games this year and four double-doubles along the way including a 33-point, 12-rebound effort against Carthage College on December 4.

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Tom Snikkers Named to All-MIAA First Team in Men’s Basketball - Danny Rodts Named to Second Team

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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All-MIAA Men's Basketball Teams

For the first time in his career, Calvin College sophomore forward Tom Snikkers has been named to the All-MIAA first team in men’s basketball. A native of Jenison and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Snikkers holds a unique distinction this year as his older sister Carrie Snikkers has been named to the All-MIAA first team in women’s basketball as a member of the Hope College women’s basketball team. The brother/sister combo is the first in MIAA history to receive All-MIAA first team honors in men’s/women’s basketball. In addition, Calvin senior Danny Rodts has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Niles and a graduate of Niles High School, Rodts averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Rodts is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the first time. Under the direction of head coach Kevin Vande Streek, the Calvin men’s basketball team finished 16-12 overall and in second place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 9-5 conference mark.

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Men’s Basketball Falls in MIAA Tournament Title Game to Hope 72-67

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday night as the Knights suffered a 72-67 defeat to rival Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin trailed 36-29 at halftime and later fell behind by 16 points in the second half. Calvin (16-12) mounted a late rally, closing to within three at 68-65 in the final minute of play but Hope converted two free throws and then a layup in the closing seconds to seal the win. Sophomore Tom Snikkers was Calvin’s lone player in double-digits in scoring with 20 points. Calvin shot 40.0 percent from the field but just 15.8 percent (3 of 19) from three-point range. Concluding their Calvin careers were Calvin seniors Danny Rodts, Trent Salo, Brent Schuster and Brad Schnyders. In the contest, freshman Jordan Brink connected on a pair of free throws to finish the year 52-of-56 at the line for a new Calvin single-season record of 92.9 percent (minimum 50 free throw attempts). The old record had been 92.0 percent shared by Greg Broene (1973-74) and Matt Veltema (2009-10).

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Albion 68-53 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Friday, February 25, 2011

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HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s basketball team defeated Albion 68-53 in the semifinals of the MIAA Tournament Friday night at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin will face rival Hope Saturday night in the MIAA Tournament Championship game at 7:30 p.m. Calvin led 25-20 at halftime but broke loose in the second half by connecting on its first six three-point attempts in the second half. Senior Trent Salo was the catalyst for the Calvin second half surge with three second half trifectas. Senior Brad Schnyders led Calvin in scoring with 15 points including 11 in the first half. Brent Schuster had 11 points and Salo 10. Saturday’s MIAA Tournament title game will mark the 179th meeting between Calvin and Hope in a series that Hope leads 91-87. It will also mark the third consecutive year that the two rivals will meet in the MIAA Tournament final. The winner will receive an automatic bid to next week’s NCAA III Tournament.

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Trine 72-65 In First Round MIAA Tournament Game - To Face Albion in Semis

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

Calvin advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA tournament play with a 72-65 victory over Trine on Wednesday night. Calvin trailed 31-20 but scored the final 16 points of the first half to take a 36-31 halftime lead. Trine crept to within a point in the second half but the Knights never gave up the lead, sinking several clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Sophomore Tom Snikkers led the Knights with 18 points.  Senior Danny Rodts added 13 points and led the Knights 9 rebounds.  Freshman Jordan Brink chipped in 15 points and junior Brian Haverdink notched nine points off the bench.Scott Rogers led Trine with 17 points.  Calvin will face Albion at 6 pm in Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse in an semifinal game Friday night. Hope will face Adrian in the second semifinal game at 8:15 p.m.

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Men’s Basketball Holds Off Albion 51-45 to Gain Second Place in Final MIAA Standings

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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ALBION - The Calvin men’s basketball team used a strong final surge to defeat Alboion 51-45 Saturday afternoon at Kresge Gymnasium. With the win, Calvin (14-11 overall) finishes in sole possession of second place in the final MIAA regular season standings at 9-5 in league play. Calvin also gains the second seed for the MIAA Tournament next week and will host Trine in a first round game next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Trailing 45-44 with just under five minutes left to play on Saturday, Calvin scored the final seven points sparked by a three-pointer by senior Brent Schuster that put the Knights ahead to stay. Seniors Trent Salo and Danny Rodts followed with clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Sophomore Tom Snikkers finished the game with 16 points while Schuster had 10.

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