Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:
BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis
RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters
ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball
PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament
MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer
FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer
FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field
EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving
GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope
KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik
BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field
The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The winter sports season was recently completed for NCAA Division III athletics and the latest set of Learfield Director’s Cup standings for Division III have been announced. Calvin is ranked ninth in the latest set of standings with 508 points. The Knights garnered 199.5 points during the recent winter sports season. The Learfield Director’sCup is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events and is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The Learfield Director’s Cup race is held at the NCAA I, II and III levels and also for NAIA institutions. Scoring points for Calvin during the winter season were the Calvin women’s basketball team (25 points), men’s basketball (64 points), women’s indoor track and field (47.5 points) and women’s swimming and diving team (63 points). During the fall sports season, Calvin produced 308.5 points as its men’s and women’s soccer teams, volleyball team and men’s and women’s cross country team all scored points. Calvin has now had nine of its 21 varsity sports teams score points in the Director’s Cup chase. The competition will conclude at the end of the spring sports season with a final set of standings set to be released in June.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
In Calvin athletics, what was the best play of the year? Who were the male and female newcomers of the year? What was the most exceptional performance in an individual event? Come to the arena on May 8 to find out. On Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the Van Noord Arena, the Calvin C Club welcomes student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Knights to an evening of celebrating Calvin athletics. There will be desserts and refreshments, trophy displays, a “Year in Review” video and the presentation of 13 awards, culminating in the Tiemersma and Beré Awards for female and male athlete of the year. Registration for current Calvin student-athletes is available through their coaches, and registration for all others is available online now! Cost is just $10 for guests (reduced to $5 for current students and C Club members). Business attire is desired.
Don’t miss this historic first-ever night of Calvin athletic awards—RSVP by May 1!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Calvin College senior Tom Snikkers has added one more honor to his list of post-season awards. Snikkers has been named a honorable mention All-American by Division III News. Earlier this year, he was named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team as well as to the NABC Great Lakes All-District second team. In addition, he was named to the All-MIAA first team for the third straight year. A senior forward, Snikkers hails from Jenison and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. This year Snikkers averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game while connecting on 45.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He was a first team All-MIAA selection for the third straight year and was named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region team. Snikkers finished his career with 1,464 points - good for eighth place on the Calvin all-time scoring list in men’s basketball.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Calvin College men’s basketball coach has landed another post-season honor as has Calvin senior Tom Snikkers. Vande Streek has been named the Division III Great Lakes Co-District Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Meanwhile, Snikkers has been named to the Great Lakes Region All-District second team. This year, Vande Streek led Calvin to its third MIAA regular season title in five years and its first MIAA Tournament crown since 2007. He also led Calvin to its first NCAA III Tournament berth since 2007 as the Knights advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin concluded the year with an overall record of 26-4. A senior forward, Snikkers hails from Jenison and is a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. This year Snikkers averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game while connecting on 45.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He was a first team All-MIAA selection for the third straight year and was named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region team.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
(Story by Mitch Blankespoor) (Photo by Ryan Coleman)
ST. PAUL, MN - Calvin’s bid for a trip to the national quarterfinals came up just short as the Knights suffered a heart-breaking 63-62 defeat at top-ranked St. Thomas University. Senior Bryan Powell pumped in a career-high 31 points to lead a valiant Calvin charge as the Knights trailed 39-26 early in the second half only to come back to take a 55-54 lead with 5:22 to go. St. Thomas regained the lead shortly after but the Knights tied the game at 60 on a dunk by sophomore Tyler Dykstra with 1:36 to go. St. Thomas then connected on a three-pointer at the 1:13 mark but Calvin countered with a pair of free throws by Powell with 55 seconds remaining to close to within 63-62. Calvin (26-4) then got a defensive stop, setting up a potential game-winning possession. With time ticking down, Powell was able to work free for a 17-footer but his shot rimmed in-and-out. St. Thomas was able to grab the rebound and after a pair of missed free throws, Calvin was unable to get off another shot. Powell was 11-of-17 from the floor including 6-of-10 from three-point range. With his 31-point effort, he became the 22nd player in Calvin men’s basketball history to hit the 1,000 point plateau, finishing with 1,009 points for his career. Senior Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) added 11 points and finishes his Calvin career with 1,464 points - eighth on the Calvin career list.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Calvin men’s basketball team will travel to St. Thomas for a third round NCAA III Tournament game Saturday scheduled to begin at 8 (EST). You can follow the game online in three ways:
Preview coverage of the game can be found at:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Two members of the Calvin men’s basketball team have received D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region honors while head coach Kevin Vande Streek has been named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region men’s basketball coach of the year. Senior Tom Snikkers has been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team while senior Bryan Powell has been named to the third team. Now in his 17th year at the helm of the Calvin men’s basketball program, Vande Streek has led Calvin to a 26-3 record heading into a Sweet 16 NCAA III Tournament game at St. Thomas this weekend. Earlier this year, he led Calvin to its third MIAA regular season title since 2006 and its first MIAA Tournament crown since 2007. Calvin has also reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth time under his watch and has notched the most wins since the 2004-05 season when it recorded a 27-7 record. Calvin is making its third strip to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA III Tournament under his guidance. At Calvin, he has posted a record of 334-139. Overall as a head coach, he is 426-219.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Calvin College holds the lead in the latest set of MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings as well as in the standings for the MIAA Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Awards. Calvin has a first place total of 147 points in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings with Hope second with 126 points. In the men’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 68 points with Hope second with 56 points. In the women’s individual (all-sports) standings, Calvin has 79 points with Hope second with 70 points. This year, Calvin has captured nine MIAA regular season championships, winning league titles in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s swimming and diving.