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.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
The All-MIAA men’s tennis teams have been announced and three members of the MIAA tri-champion Calvin men’s tennis team have been so honored. Seniors Brian DeMaagd and Preston Phillips have been named to the All-MIAA first team while senior Philip Reinken has been named to the second team. In addition, DeMaagd has been named the recipient of the MIAA’s Lawrence Greet Scholar-Athlete Award. DeMaagd is the fifth individual in Calvin men’s tennis history to receive the honor. Jeff Admiral was the first recipient from Calvin in 1994 followed by Dan Meester in 1995, Jon VanderArk in 1997 and Ricky Tilton in 2008. The award is based on academic performance in memory of the late Lawrence “Doc” Green, physical educator, athletic trainer and coach at Hope College.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Calvin men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Fri., May 3 at Stowe Tennis Stadium. For the third consecutive year, the Knights fell to the Hornets of Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament final. Kalamazoo was eager for revenge. On Apr. 3, the Knights defeated the Hornets 6-3 for the first time in program history. This day, however, would belong to Kalamazoo. The Hornets took two of three doubles flights. Peter Rothstein and Steve Hanselman defeated Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken 8-4 at first doubles. Calvin seniors Brian DeMaagd and junior Loukas Peterson defeated Alan Faber and David DeSimone 8-3 at second doubles. The Hornets took the lead when Robert Hudson and Mike Korn defeated John Strikwerda and Jarrod Brower 8-5 at third doubles. Calvin needed to win four singles flights, but could not muster any. DeMaagd fell to Rothstein 6-1, 6-4 at first singles. Steve Hanselman defeated Phillips 6-4, 6-1 at second singles. Phillips and Peterson fell at third and fourth singles respectively. The match was played to decision. Calvin finishes its season at 13-6. The Knights won their first conference championship in program history with a conference record of 5-1.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Coming off a loss at the hands of the Flying Dutchmen last week, the Calvin men’s tennis team hosted Hope in the MIAA Tournament semifinals May 2 looking for revenge. The match lasted well over four hours, and also included a rain delay. Calvin edged Hope, defeated the Flying Dutchmen 5-4 at Strikwerda Tennis Center. The Knights won two of three doubles flights. Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken won at first doubles while Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson won at second doubles. Calvin needed three of six singles flights to win the match, and got exactly that. Phillips won a 6-4, 7-5 match over Parker Bussies at second singles. Jarrod Brower defeated Jon Panzer 6-0, 6-3 at fifth singles. The decisive flight came at fourth singles. Loukas Peterson defeated Kyle Kreps in three sets by scores of 7-6 (4) 6-7 (6), 6-3. Calvin improves to 14-5 on the season and is also 5-1 in the MIAA. The Knights earn a berth in the MIAA Tournament final for the third consecutive year. Calvin will travel Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets tomorrow, May 3, for a 4:00 p.m. match at Stowe Tennis Stadium.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
HOLLAND - Calvin concluded play at the two-day MIAA Flighted Tournament at Hope College. The competition was unscored. Calvin’s top singles finish came in the “C” singles flight with junior John Strikwerda taking third place with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Nick Ihrie of Trine. In doubles competition, Calvin’s “B” doubles team of senior Jarrod Brower and Strikwerda took home the title with an 8-3 win over a tandem from Alma. Seniors Preston Phillips and Philip Reinken also combined for a third place finish in the “A” doubles competition. Calvin will now prepare to compete in the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday when it hosts rival Hope at 4 p.m. at Calvin’s Strikwerda Tennis Courts.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Story and Photo by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team traveled to the DeWitt Tennis Center on the campus of Hope College Tues. afternoon in search of an outright MIAA men’s tennis championship. The Knights clinched a share of the title with a 7-2 win over Albion on Apr. 19. Hope defeated Calvin 6-3 to clinch a share of the MIAA title with Calvin and Kalamazoo. Hope won all three doubles flights. After Preston Phillips defeated Park Bussies at second singles and Brian DeMaagd fell to Bobby Cawood at first singles, Calvin needed to win all four remaining singles flights to win the match. The match-clinching flight came at sixth singles. Calvin sophomore Tom Griffin fell behind a set, but battled back to force a decisive third. Hope sophomore Jan Panzer won the set and won the match by scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. Calvin shares the MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo. The Hornets’ incredible streak of 75 straight conference titles, dating back to 1936, continues. Through a tiebreaker, Calvin gains the number-two seed for the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday while Hope is the third seed and Kalamazoo the number-one seed. The fourth seed has not yet been determined. Calvin will host Hope next Thursday in an MIAA Tournament semifinal match at 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
ALBION, MI - The Calvin College men’s tennis team clinched a share of the MIAA conference championship for the first time in school history Fri. with a 7-2 win at Albion. The Knights improve to 14-4 on the season and a perfect 6-0 in the MIAA. Calvin jumped out to an early lead in the match, winning all three doubles flights. The top two flights, however, were hotly contested. Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) pulled out a 9-8 (7-5) victory over Albion senior Tucker Blake (Bloomfield Hills/Birmingham Seaholm) and freshmen Eric Guidini (Plymouth/Detroit Catholic Central) at first doubles. Calvin senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated the Albion second doubles team of freshman Jonathan Gurnee (Midland/Dow) and sophomore Aaron Stanley (Flint/Carman-Ainsworth) 9-7. Calvin won the third doubles flight without much resistance. Senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated junior Steve Nawrocki (Lake Orion/Lake Orion HS) and Will Pearl 8-3. The Knights needed just three of the six singles flights to clinch a share of their first MIAA title in program history. The Knights did that and more, winning four singles matches. DeMaagd won a 7-6(5), 6-0 match over Gurnee at first singles. Peterson defeated Stanley 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles. Jarrod Brower took care of Ross Kynast (Highland/International Academy) 6-3, 7-5 at fifth singles. Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) defeated Pearl 6-3, 6-1 at sixth singles. Calvin travels to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen of Hope College on Apr. 23. Calvin clinches the top seed in the MIAA Tournament and an outright conference title with a win. The match is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Calvin dropped a 6-2 decision late Thursday night to Davenport University in a non-conference match played at the MVP Sportsplex. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Calvin Christian HS) and junior Loukas Peterson (Brentwood, TN) teamed up for Calvin’s lone doubles point, winning 9-8 at No. 2 doubles. In singles play, senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was a three-set winner at No. 3 singles. Calvin (12-3) will journey to Albion on Saturday for a key MIAA match slated to start at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team won its fourth straight MIAA match with a 9-0 victory over Adrian in Wed. afternoon. The match was played inside Calvin’s Huizenga Track and Tennis Center because of rainy weather conditions. Calvin improves to 12-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the MIAA. Calvin won the top four single flights in convincing fashion. Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) defeated Adrian freshman Jordan Verbauwhede (Whitelaw, WI/Lincoln) 6-1, 6-1 at first singles. Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) won at second and third singles by scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively. The two engineering majors also teamed up to defeated Verbauwede and Michael Mertz (Farmington/North Farmington) 8-2 at first doubles. Calvin junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Cameron Hamilton (Mason/Mason HS) 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles. The win was Peterson’s second of the day as him and DeMaagd defeated Hamilton and Alex Amos (Delton/Gull Lake) 8-2 at second doubles. Holland Christian alums senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Ryan Delacy (Novi/Detroit Catholic Central) and Spencer Georgetti (Sylvania, OH/Northview) 8-6 at third doubles. Brower also won a 7-5, 6-2 match at fifth singles defeating Amos. The most contested match of the day was at the sixth singles flight. Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) outlasted Troy Gargrave (Sterling Heights/Sterling Heights HS) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.2 3 > Last »