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Men’s Basketball Fighting Through Injury Bug in 2008-09

Saturday, January 31, 2009

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By Bruce Van Baren (Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant)

ANGOLA, IN – The injury bug, which had been dormant for the previous three seasons, has bitten the Knights throughout the 2008-2009 MIAA campaign.

“I don’t think that people realize how hard it is to go without somebody that you’ve played with, practiced with and set your substitution rotation accordingly,” coach Kevin Vande Streek said.

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Men’s Basketball Holds Off Trine And Hangs Onto Share of First Place in MIAA

Saturday, January 31, 2009

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By Bruce Van Baren (Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant)

ANGOLA, IN—Calvin knocked down clutch free throws to preserve an 82-80 win at Trine in first game of the second round through the MIAA schedule. The Knights won their third straight game to hold on to a share of first place in the MIAA.

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Knights Ride Veltema’s Hot Shooting To Victory Over Kalamazoo

Thursday, January 29, 2009

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By Chaz Amidon

GRAND RAPIDS – Matt Veltema has been even more productive in Calvin’s starting lineup than he has off the bench, but he claims that nothing has changed since last week.

Nothing, except for a few more open shots.

After pouring in a career-best 21 points in a win over Albion on Saturday, Veltema set a new personal record by totaling 23 points in the Knights’ 74-60 win over Kalamazoo on Wednesday, jump-starting a fresh win streak for a Calvin team that dropped its previous contest at Van Noord Arena.

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Men’s Basketball Digs Deep For Win at Albion - Vande Streek Now Calvin Leader In Victories

Saturday, January 24, 2009

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ALBION – The Calvin men’s basketball team dug down deep for a key conference victory on the road Saturday afternoon, defeating Albion 79-73 at Kresge Gymnasium to remain in first place in the MIAA standings.

The victory also allowed Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek to become the all-time leader in coaching victories as he boosted his Calvin coaching record to 255-101 to move past Ed Douma who recorded 254 victories at Calvin from 1984-to-1996.

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Mike Zwier Emerges as Key Member of Calvin Men’s Basketball Team

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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By Bruce Van Baren (Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant)

Mike Zwier is proof that hard work and determination pays off. Zwier earned a starting spot this season after spending most of his first two varsity seasons on the bench.

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Win Streak Over As Knights Fall to Olivet at Van Noord Arena

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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By Chaz Amidon

GRAND RAPIDS – The Knights misfired on four straight 3-pointers in the final 37 seconds and their late-game comeback surge was halted, falling 60-57 to Olivet in their first home loss at the Van Noord Arena.

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John Mantel Named MIAA Player of the Week in Men’s Basketball

Monday, January 19, 2009

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ROYAL OAK - The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin College center John Mantel its Player of the Week in men’s basketball.

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Calvin Takes Sole Possession Of First Place in MIAA Standings With Thrilling Win at Hope

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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By Bruce Van Baren (Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant)

HOLLAND –The Knights snapped a four game losing streak to Hope with a 66-64 win Saturday before a sold-out crowd of 3,653 at DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope’s Jesse Reimink missed a potential game winner with five seconds remaining to give Calvin its sixth straight win and sole possession of first place in the MIAA.

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Adrian to Set Up Saturday Showdown at Hope

Thursday, January 15, 2009

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ADRIAN—With a share of first place on the line in the MIAA standings, Calvin rose to the occasion with an 87-56 victory over the host Adrian Bulldogs Wednesday night. The Calvin victory sets up a first place showdown on Saturday at Hope as the two storied rivals both head into the contest at 3-0 in league play, one game ahead of 2-1 Adrian.

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WBBL’s On the Bench Visits Van Noord Arena

Sunday, January 11, 2009

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The Van Noord Arena hosted its first men’s and women’s varsity basketball games on January 7 against Trine University. Earlier in the day before the games, local Grand Rapids all-sports radio station WBBL 1340 AM was there as WBBL sports director Bret Bakita hosted his morning “On the Bench” program live from the Van Noord Arena. During the program, Bakita interviewed Calvin men’s basketball coach Kevin Vande Streek, Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross, Calvin men’s athletics director Dr. Jim Timmer Jr. and Mike Zwier and Sarah Partridge of the Calvin men’s and women’s basketball team respectively.

Continue on to listen to the archived interviews, courtesy of WBBL.

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