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.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
CASCADE, MI - The Calvin men’s golf team captured the MIAA NCAA Spring Qualifier Sat. afternoon. The tournament consisted of three rounds, two of which were played at Watermark Country Club. The Knights finished with a three round score of 956, five strokes better than second place finisher Adrian. Coming into the final round, Calvin had an eight-stroke lead on second place Trine. The Knights shot a team score of 323 on the afternoon, good for third place. Calvin struggled as a team for most of the day, but did just enough to gain the MIAA’s automatic qualification into the national tournament. Despite the tough conditions, senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) shot the low round of the day (76) and was named the medalist of the round. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens) finished in a tie for fifth place with rounds of 79 apiece. Calvin earns its second trip to the national tournament in the last three seasons. The Knights will play for a national championship in Destin, Fla., from May 17-21.
Friday, April 26, 2013
CASCADE - Despite struggling with the elements, the Calvin men’s golf team increased its overall lead in the MIAA spring standings Friday afternoon at the Watermark Country Club. Calvin entered Friday with a seven-stroke lead for first place and concluded the day with an eight-stroke lead despite taking second place in Friday’s NCAA III Spring qualifying tournament with a team score of 329. Calvin entered with a seven-stroke lead over Hope but now holds an eight-stroke lead over Trine which moved into first place in the overall spring standings with a first place score of 323 on Friday. Calvin will host the final spring qualifier on Saturday with opening tee times set for 10:30 a.m. at the Watermark Country Club. The team that holds first place in the final overall spring standings which includes three 18-hole MIAA spring qualifier tournaments will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament next month.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
CALEDONIA, MI - The Calvin men’s golf team competed in a nine team, one round tournament at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course. The Knights, who won the program’s second MIAA conference championship in history in the fall, finished in fourth place. Davenport won the invitational with a team score of 318. Calvin finished with a score of 331. Junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran) finished second individually with a round of 78 - 39 on the front nine followed by the same score on the final nine holes. Freshman Justin Crow (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) turned in a round of 81 (38-43) while juniors Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian) both shot rounds of 86. Freshman Ben Elenbaas (Byron Center/South Christian) shot 45 on both nines, and finished with a round of 90. Calvin returns to action Fri., Apr. 19, when it hosts the second of three MIAA Spring Tournaments at Watermark Country Club. The tournament is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
WEST OLIVE – The Calvin men’s golf team vaulted into first place in the MIAA spring standings on Saturday afternoon, firing a first place score of 304 strokes at the first of three 18-hole MIAA spring tournament rounds. Saturday’s tournament round was hosted by Hope at the Wuskowhan Player’s Club. Calvin will host the final two 18-hole rounds next weekend at the Watermark Country Club. The first weekend round will be held on April 19 with the second round set for April 20. Only the top four teams from the MIAA’s fall season standings are competing in the spring tournament. In addition to Calvin and Hope, Adrian and Trine are competing. The team that finishes with the top cumulative 54-hole score at the conclusion of the three MIAA spring tournaments will receive the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. In Saturday’s opening round, Calvin battled through cold nasty weather via the play of seniors Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Sarkipato fired a remarkable one-under round of 70 while Kuiper came up with a round of 75 after recording a 43 on the front nine but then charging back with a 32 on the back nine. The scores by Sarkipato and Kuiper were the top two scores on the afternoon. Sophomore James VanNoord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) also had a sub-80 score with a 79 while junior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had an 80 and junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had an 83. Hope took second in Saturday’s competition with a team score of 311 with Adrian third (313) and Trine fourth (318).
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!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
CHARLESTON, SC - The Calvin men’s golf team competed in a head-to-head competition with the Division II Newberry Wolves on Friday. Newberry is coached by 1986 Calvin graduate Howard Vroon. The two teams featured split squads with the Newberry A team posting a team score of 304 while Calvin’s A squad had a score of 322. The Newberry B team came in at 331 while the Calvin B team came in at 334. Calvin’s A team scorers included senior Dave Sarkipato with a 78, senior Ben Kuiper with a 79, sophomore Mark Allen with a 79, junior Jake Hoogstre with an 86 and sophomore James VanNoord with an 87. Calvin’s B team included junior Ross Ryzenga with an 83, freshman Ben Elenbaas with an 85, freshman Justin Crow with an 87 and freshman Luke Tindall with an 88.Calvin’s next scheduled competition is April 10 when it hosts the Furniture City Classic at the Thornapple Pointe Golf Club.
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.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A record-setting fall sports season has allowed Calvin to build an early lead in the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Standings. Through the recently completed MIAA fall sports season, Calvin leads the standings with 100 points, four points better than Hope. In the MIAA Women’s All-Sports Standings, Calvin has a first place total of 58 points with Hope second with 53. Hope leads the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 43 points, one point better than Calvin. This fall, Calvin captured a record six MIAA titles – winning conference crowns in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf and volleyball.