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2013-14 Calvin Men’s Basketball Preview

Friday, November 01, 2013

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2013-14 Preseason Audio Interview with Kevin Vande Streek

The 2012-13 season proved to be a landmark year for the Calvin men’s basketball team. The Knights hit the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006, captured the MIAA Tournament title and reached the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2007 and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament for the first time since 2005, eventually finishing with an overall record of 26-4. What can the Knights do for an encore? With a solid group of returning players, the Knights should field a strong squad for the upcoming season but will also have to find a way to replace four graduated seniors including a pair of 1,000 point scorers in combo guard Bryan Powell and wing forward Tom Snikkers. Calvin will have an ample supply of frontcourt depth but finding ways to fill holes in the backcourt will be key.  Along with Powell, the Knights must also replace starting point guard David Rietema who has graduated. Powell was a first team All-MIAA selection last year despite coming off the bench while Rietema was a stellar defender and ball-handler.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Picked to Win MIAA in Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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The MIAA preseason men’s basketball coaches’ poll has been released and rivals Calvin and Hope have been picked to finish first and second respectively. Defending MIAA champion Calvin received six of a possible seven first place votes while Hope received two first place votes. Adrian was picked to finish third followed by Trine in fourth. A year ago, Calvin finished 26-4 overall and on top of the MIAA standings with a 13-1 conference mark. Calvin returns three starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team. Combined, Calvin or Hope have won at least a share of 54 of the last 58 MIAA men’s basketball titles.The two rivals are scheduled to meet on January 11 at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena and on February 5 at Hope.

MIAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON COACHES’ POLL FOR 10-30-13
1.  Calvin 8 (6)
2. Hope 12 (2)
3. Adrian 21
4. Trine -26
5. Alma-32
6. Olivet-37
7. Kalamazoo-41
8. Albion-47
Total points (First place votes)

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Team Ranked 17th in D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll

Friday, October 25, 2013

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D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll

The Calvin men’s basketball team has cracked a pair of preseason Division III Top 25 polls. The Knights are ranked 17th in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll released earlier today. They are also ranked 18th in the preseason poll produced by DIII News. The DIII News poll was released earlier this month. A year ago, the Calvin men’s basketball team finished 26-4 overall and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament.Calvin will open its season on November 7 when it hosts an exhibition game against Ferris State University at Van Noord Arena.

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Calvin to Host MidKnight Madness on October 31 at Van Noord Arena

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Calvin Game Day Website

Calvin Game Day is hosting the second annual “MidKnight Madness” on Thursday, October 31, to introduce the 2013-2014 Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams and to rally Knight Nation for the fall postseason and winter sports seasons.The Calvin men’s basketball team returns nine players from a 26-4 team that made an NCAA III Sweet Sixteen appearance last year and captured MIAA regular season and MIAA Tournament titles.The Calvin women’s basketball team returns eight players from a successful 23-4 campaign last year that saw the Knights capture a share of the MIAA regular season title and reach the NCAA III Tournament.The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. inside Van Noord Arena but students should arrive at 9:30 p.m. so they can purchase the new student section t-shirts and take pictures for the costume contest. Students are encouraged to dress up because cash prizes will be given to the most creative costumes.  The best individual costume will win $100, the best pair/couple will win $200, and the best group of four or more will win $400.  On top of that, everyone that shows up in a costume will be entered into a contest to win an iPad.  The night will be full of games, giveaways, and fun! For more information add Calvin Game Day on Facebook and follow @CalvinGameDay on Twitter. Last year Calvin student Brendan Coallier won a free semester’s worth of books by hitting a half-court shot at Calvin’s MidKnight Madness Event.

MidKnight Madness Video Promo

2012 Calvin MidKnight Madness Half-Court Shot

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Calvin Finishes Second in NCAA III Men’s Basketball Attendance Figures

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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2012-13 NCAA III Men's Basketball Attendance

The MIAA continues to be the dominant Division III conference in America when it comes to men’s basketball attendance.The MIAA led all Division III conferences in the country in attendance for the 22nd consecutive year, averaging 923 fans a game for 88 home dates during the 2012-13 season. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) finished a distant second with an average attendance of 772 fans per contest.MIAA members Hope and Calvin finished one-two in attendance for the season. Hope won the Division III team attendance title for the 11th year in a row with an average attendance of 2,748 fans per game at DeVos Fieldhouse. Calvin averaged 1,949 fans per game at Van Noord Arena, a 39 percent increase from a year ago, in moving up from fourth to second among Division III schools.

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Tom Snikkers Signs Professional Contract to Play Basketball in Netherlands

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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By Jacob Kuyvenhoven

Tom Snikkers, a 2013 graduate of Calvin and former member of the men’s basketball team, has signed a contract to play for Aris Leeuwarden in the Dutch Basketball League.  Snikkers is eighth on Calvin’s all-time scoring list and is coming off a senior season where he led the Knights to an MIAA title, averaged 13.4 points per game and was named a Division III Honorable Mention All-American. Snikkers will be one of two Calvin graduates to be playing professional basketball overseas next year as 2005 graduate Dan Aultman is currently playing overseas in France. Snikkers is also the second student-athlete from Calvin this year to sign a professional contract as Joe Broekhuizen signed a pro contract with a team in the United Soccer League earlier this spring.

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 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 2012-13 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, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).

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Calvin lands record 11 teams on MIAA Team GPA List

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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MIAA Team GPA List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year. This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale). During the recently completed 2012-13 school year, a record 11 of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction.Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while four of its men’s teams also achieved the feat. Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s track and field, men’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s golf and men’s basketball.

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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Snikkers Finishes Career With Goal Attained

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

“Calvin challenges you a lot,” said Tommy Snikkers, senior forward on the men’s basketball team. “The classes are not easy; the workload is not easy; the sports are not easy. Calvin’s very demanding in all aspects, and that’s something you should embrace if you’re up for the challenge.” Snikkers certainly has. As a three-time All-MIAA first team selection, Snikkers has led the team in scoring each of the last three years. Averaging 13.4 points per game this season, Snikkers led a balanced scoring attack with three other players in double digits for the Knights.

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