Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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.
The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
GRAND RAPIDS - Calvin College has lost one of its legendary Knights. Dr. Marvin A. Zuidema passed away late this afternoon after a battle with illness of just over a year. He was 75. Known as “Dr. Z” to those in the Calvin community, Zuidema touched many lives at Calvin, in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and in collegiate athletics across the country. A native of Muskegon, Zuidema graduated from Calvin College in 1957. He continued on to earn a master’s degree at Michigan State University and in 1961, returned to Calvin as an instructor and coach in the school’s physical education department. For the next 43 years, he served the Calvin physical education department as a professor, department chair, coach and director of men’s athletics.
Visitation will take place at Zaagman Funeral Home in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, June 21, from 5-to-8 p.m. and on Wednesday, June 22, from 5-to-8 p.m. The funeral will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at Shawnee Park Christian Reformed Church located directly (east) behind Grand Rapids Christian High School.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The All-MIAA baseball teams have been announced and two members of the Calvin baseball team have been selected to the All-MIAA second team. Selected to the All-MIAA second team from Calvin are senior Keith Spoelstra and junior Jake Van Alten. Spoelstra is from Oakland, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Eastern Christian High School and is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the second time in his career. A pitcher, Spoelstra was third in the MIAA in pitching victories (5), complete games (6) and innings pitched (48.1) while also ranking ninth in strikeouts (33). Van Alten is from Holland and is a graduate of Holland Christian High School. Calvin’s starting leftfielder over the last three years, Van Alten batted .329 in league play to rank 10th in the MIAA batting race. He also collected nine sacrifice hits and was superb on defense, commiting only one error in 54 chances for a .981 fielding percentage
Saturday, May 07, 2011
ALMA - Calvin closed out its season with a doubleheader split at Alma Saturday afternoon, falling in the opener 4-3 before coming back in the nightcap to win 7-4. The doubleheader split clinches at least third place in the final MIAA standings for the Knights who finish 20-20 overall and 15-13 in the MIAA. Calvin’s 20-win total marks the third time in four years that the Knights have hit the 20-win mark and also marks the seventh 20-win campaign in school history and the third 20-win campaign under fourth-year head coach John Sparks.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader to visiting Alma on Friday, falling 9-4 in eight innings in game one and 4-2 in game two. In game one, Calvin mounted a comeback to tie the game 4-4 and had the bases loaded with one out in the seventh but could not bring home the winning run. Alma then scored five times in the top of the eighth to pull away. In game two, Calvin held a 2-0 lead but Alma scored four runs in the top of the seventh with three of the runs unearned to gain a come-from-behind win. The Knights are now just a game ahead of the Scots in the MIAA standings at 14-12 in league play. The two teams will close out the season tomorrow at Alma’s Klenk Park in a doubleheader slated to start at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
COMSTOCK PARK - The Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Aquinas College at Fifth/Third Ballpark Tuesday afternoon. The Knights dropped game one by an 8-3 score and then fell in game two 5-1. Calvin is now 19-17 on the year heading into a four-game weekend series with Alma. The Knights will host Alma on Friday in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and will then travel to Alma on Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Calvin split a doubleheader with visiting Trine Saturday afternoon at Calvin Field, winning the opener 2-1 before falling in the nightcap 6-5. The Saturday split also gives Calvin a split in the four-game weekend series with the Thunder as the two teams also split two games on Friday. Calvin is now 19-15 overall and in third place in the MIAA standings at 14-10 in league play. The Knights have six games remaining as they will face Aquinas in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at Fifth/Third Ballpark and will then face Alma in a four-game weekend series next weekend.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Calvin split a doubleheader with visiting Trine Friday afternoon at Calvin Field, winning the opener 5-4 and falling in game two 7-6. In game one, Calvin threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning. Trine then returned the favor in game two, throwing out a Calvin runner attempting to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The two teams will play again on Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Calvin Field.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
For the first time in his career, Calvin College senior Peter Steiner has been named the MIAA’s Position Player of the Week in baseball. Steiner shares the award this week with Trine’s Zach Ebersole. Steiner, a senior from Chicago, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS), went 3-for-9 at the plate for a .333 average with six RBIs and four runs scored as the Knights swept a four-game series from Olivet. He delivered a game-winning two-run double on Friday in a 4-2 win over the Comets, then belted a two-run homer that was the difference the next day in a 3-2 victory. Steiner also stole three bases and drew three walks in the series, and pitched a complete-game victory in the 4-2 win, scattering eight hits.