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Men’s Basketball Falls at Davenport 88-79 in Season Opener

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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CALEDONIA - For more than 35 minutes, a youthful Calvin men’s basketball team took the nationally-ranked Davenport Panthers to the limit. The Knights were unable to close however, dropping an 88-79 decision at 11th-ranked (NAIA D2) Davenport Tuesday night in the season opener for the Calvin men’s basketball team.Calvin led 37-32 at halftime behind 51.6 percent shooting from the floor. Davenport (5-0) clawed back to take a 51-50 lead with 12:57 left in the second half. Calvin answered with an 11-3 scoring run to build a 63-56 lead capped off by a layup by freshman Mitch Vallie (Goodrich HS) with 9:01 left to play. Davenport regained the lead at 70-69 with just over five minutes remaining however and never trailed again as the host Panthers outscored Calvin 17-8 over the final 4:42 to seal the win.

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Men’s Basketball Drops 91-69 Exhibition Contest at Ferris State

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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BIG RAPIDS - The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped a 91-69 decision at Ferris State Saturday night. Because of different starting dates for NCAA II and NCAA III basketball teams, the game will count as an exhibition contest for Calvin and a regular season non-conference contest for Ferris State.

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Calvin Lands 143 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll - 19 Named to Honor Roll For Fourth Straight Year

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Calvin's MIAA Academic Honor Roll Recipients

The 2009-10 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 143 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 2009-10 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, 19 are from Calvin.

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Ricky Shilts Named Calvin Men’s Basketball Junior Varsity Coach

Monday, June 14, 2010

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GRAND RAPIDS - Ricky Shilts has been named junior varsity men’s basketball coach at Calvin College.

In addition to his duties as the coach of the Calvin junior varsity, Shilts will also serve a dual role as an assistant coach with the Calvin men’s varsity.

Shilts replaces former Calvin junior varsity coach Mark Christner who departed this spring to accept the varsity men’s basketball coaching job at Waynesburg University (PA).

A native of Kalamazoo, Shilts is a 2005 Calvin College graduate and was a two-year starter at point guard for the Knights, helping Calvin reach the NCAA III Tournament in 2004 and 2005 with Calvin claiming MIAA Tournament titles both years. As a senior during the 2004-05 season, Shilts helped lead Calvin all the way to the NCAA III Final Four where the Knights placed third.

Ricky Shilts Feature Story

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Calvin Summer Slam Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments to Take Place at Calvin

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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The 2010 Calvin Summer Slam girls and boys basketball tournaments are about to kick off with the girls tournament set to take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 10-12) with the boys tournament slated to take place July 1-3. The girls tournament will feature 12 high school teams representing three different states while the boys tournament will include 16 high school teams representing four different states. For a preview of the tournament written by Calvin Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Lynn Rosendale, visit the Calvin website at: Summer Slam Preview. The tournament website can be found at: Summer Slam Site.

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Men’s Basketball Team Finishes Second in Final NCAA III Attendance Figures

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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2009-10 NCAA Men's Basketball Attendance Figures

Calvin College is once again among the NCAA III leaders in men’s basketball attendance. Calvin finished second in this year’s standings with an average of 2,135 fans per game. MIAA rival Hope repeated as the NCAA III attendance champion in men’s basketball for the eighth straight year as it averaged 2,836 fans a game during the 2009-2010 season. Hope’s attendance crown is its 12th.

Combined, Calvin and Hope have now combined to win the last 12 NCAA III attendance crowns.

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Mark Christner Named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Waynesburg University

Friday, April 09, 2010

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Waynesburg Coaching Announcement

Longtime Calvin men’s basketball assistant coach Mark Christner has been named the head men’s basketball coach at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. A native of Big Rapids, Christner will take over the helm of a Waynesburg program that is an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the President’s Athletic Conference. Waynesburg is a private Christian University located south of Pittsburgh that was founded by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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Mantel Scores Seven Points, Grabs Five Boards in NABC Division III All-Star Game in Salem, Virginia

Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Calvin College senior John Mantel suited up in a Calvin men’s basketball uniform one final time Saturday morning in Salem, Virginia. Mantel was a member of the West Division division in the first-ever NABC Division III All-Star game. The game was played prior to the NCAA III Men’s Basketball Championship game in Salem on Saturday. The East Team edged the West Team 109-107 in overtime. Mantel finished the game with seven points and five rebounds. He was also credited with two steals. In 20 minutes of action, Mantel was 3 for 8 from field and 1 of 2 from three-point range.

Photo by Ryan Tipps of d3sports.com

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John Mantel Named to NABC All-District Second Team

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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NABC Division III All-District Teams

The post-season awards list continues to grow for Calvin senior John Mantel. The Chelsea native was named to the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Division III All-District second team this afternoon. It marks the third consecutive year that a Calvin men’s basketball player has landed NABC All-District honors as Caleb Veldhouse was a second team selection in 2008 and 2009.

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John Mantel Selected to Play in NABC Division III All-Star Game at NCAA III Men’s Basketball Finals

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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NABC All-Star Game Announcement on d3hoops.com

Calvin College senior John Mantel will kick off his final spring break as a Calvin student with one final collegiate basketball game. A native of Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Mantel has been selected to participate in the first-ever NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Division III College All-Star game this Saturday in Salem, Virginia.

The NABC All-Star game was instituted this year after the NABC decided to permanently eliminate the consolation game from the NCAA III Men’s Basketball Final Four.

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