Friday, August 30, 2013
BATTLE CREEK - The Calvin men’s golf team is in 10th place with a team score of 311 through the first day of competition at the Olivet College Lou Collins Memorial Tournament. The tournament is taking place at the Bedford Valley Country Club. Owens Community College currently leads the 17-team field with a first day team score of 298.Junior James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) led Calvin with a round of 75 that was good for a tie for 12th place individually. Senior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) was next with a 76 for the Knights while senior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a 77. Rounding out Calvin’s lineup were sophomore Justin Crow (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) with an 83 and senior Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian HS) with a 92. Action continues on Saturday morning.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
With two MIAA titles and two appearances at Nationals in the past three years, the Calvin men’s golf program has put together its most successful stretch in program history. The Knights finished 26th nationally at the NCAA III Championships in the spring of 2011 and 30th this past spring. With the pair of national appearances, fifth-year head coach Brian Bolt thinks Calvin is ready to contend for the MIAA annually.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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).
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
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.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
By Mitch Blankespoor
Four short years ago, a freshman named Dave Sarkipato came to Calvin with the hopes of being the star on Calvinís golf team. Fast-forward to the present day. Sarkipato, now a senior, still strives to be the best golfer he can be, but the teamís goals come before his own. Sarkipato played mainly tennis growing up. It wasnít until high school that he picked up golf.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DESTIN, FL - The Calvin men’s golf team saw its season come to a close on the second day of competition at the NCAA III Championships as the Knights fired a score of 321 Wednesday afternoon. The 321 score was a repeat of a Tuesday’s performance that also saw the Knights shoot 321. The two-day total of 642 strokes leaves Calvin in 30th place in a field of 41 teams. The top 15 teams through Wednesday advance to Thursday and Friday. Calvin’s top finisher was senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) who had back-to-back rounds of 77 for a two-day total of 154. Sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) had a solid second day, firing a round of 77 to go with a first day round of 81 for a two-day total of 158. Senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) was next with an 81 after shooting 82 on Tuesday (163 total) while junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had an 81-86 (167) and junior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) an 87-86 (163).
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
DESTIN, FL - The Calvin men’s golf team had an up-and-down day on the first day of competition at the NCAA III Championships held at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. As a team, Calvin carded a score of 321 that leaves the Knights in 27th place heading into Wednesday’s competition. Calvin will need to move up to 15th place in order to make the cut for the final two rounds scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Guilford College is in 15th place with a team score of 307 strokes. Starting on the back nine of the links portion of the golf resort, Calvin struggled through its first nine holes but picked up momentum through its final nine holes of play. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) led Calvin with a round of 77 while sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens H) and junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had rounds of 81 while senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) had an 82 and junior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) an 87. Host Methodist leads with a team score of 290. Jeff Wells of Methodist had the top first day score with a round of 69. Calvin is scheduled to tee off on Wednesday morning at 8:20 a.m. on the Raven Course of the complex and will be joined by golfers from St. John Fisher and Rutgers-Camden. Calvin is making its second appearance in the last three years at the NCAA III Championships. In 2011, Calvin finished 26th at the national finals.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
DESTIN, FL - The Calvin menís golf team will make it second appearance in the NCAA III Tournament this week. Led by head coach Brian Bolt, the Knights will begin play on Tuesday afternoon at 12:50 p.m. Competing for the Calvin menís golf team will be seniors Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), juniors Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) and sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens HS). Competition will take place at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. Methodist University (NC) will serve as host. Calvin will open play on Tuesday afternoon and will be joined by teams from St. John Fisher and Rutgers-Camden. On Wednesday, Calvin will tee off with the same three teams beginning at 8:20 a.m.
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.