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 Statesí Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic departmentís 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 ďto enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,Ē according to the organizationís website.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
For the seventh consecutive year, the Calvin men’s tennis team has received the ITA All-Academic Award. All seven awards have come under the watch of current Calvin men’s tennis coach John Ross. In order to receive the award, a team needed to maintain a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition, five members of the Calvin men’s tennis team have received ITA Scholar-Athlete academic honors for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above during the 2010-11 academic year. The five individuals from Calvin to be so honored are sophomore Brian DeMaagd, senior Roland Eldridge and freshmen Stephen Healy, John Strikwerda and Loukas Peterson.
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.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAAís Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. Seven of Calvinís womenís teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the menís cross country team and menís golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the womenís cross country team, womenís soccer team, menís cross country team, womenís volleyball team, womenís track and field team, womenís tennis team, womenís swimming and diving team, menís tennis team and womení basketball team.
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.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
ALBION - Calvin’s run through the MIAA Tournament came to a conclusion Saturday afternoon as the Knights were defeated by defending champion Kalamazoo College 6-0 in the MIAA Tournament final. With the victory, Kalamazoo gains the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin concludes its season with an overall record of 16-8. After the conclusion of the tournament, Calvin senior Andrew DeVlieger was named to the All-MIAA first team while senior Roland Eldridge and sophomore Preston Phillips were both named to the All-MIAA second team. In addition, Eldridge was named the recipient of the MIAA’s prestigious Allen B. Stowe Memorial Award - becoming the ninth individual in Calvin history to be so honored.
Friday, April 29, 2011
ALBION - For the fourth time in the last five years, the Calvin men’s tennis team has advanced to the MIAA Tournament finals. The Knights advanced to the MIAA Tournament finals with a 6-0 first round win over Adrian and a 5-0 semifinal victory over Hope in the semifinals. Calvin will face top-seeded Kalamazoo in the championship final Saturday at noon with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA III Team Tournament. Calvin is now 16-7 overall heading into Saturday’s title tilt, scheduled to take place at Albion College.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
HOLLAND - The Calvin men’s tennis team picked up an all-important 8-1 victory at rival Hope Tuesday afternoon to finish second in the final MIAA regular season standings and also gain the second seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament. The Knights finish the MIAA regular season 5-1, one win ahead of 4-2 Hope. The Knights are also now 14-7 overall heading into the MIAA Tournament. Calvin will open MIAA Tournament play on Friday against Adrian in a first round tournament match. Albion will host the MIAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Calvin bumped its season record to 13-7 overall and to 4-1 in the MIAA. The Knights have one league dual match left before the conference tournament and that match will take place against rival Hope next Tuesday in Holland. Both teams will head into the Tuesday tilt with 4-1 league records with the Tuesday match likely determing second place in the league standings and the second seed for the upcoming MIAA Tournament. In its victory over Adrian on Thursday, Calvin rolled to straight sets victories in all three doubles flights and in all six singles flights.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
LANSING - Calvin upped its overall record to 12-7 with a 7-2 victory over Spring Arbor University Tuesday afternoon inside the Lansing Michigan Athletic Club. The match began in reverse order as the six singles flights were completed before the doubles action began. Calvin jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind victories from sophomore Brian DeMaagd at No. 3 singles, sophomore Preston Phillips at No. 4 singles, freshman Loukas Peterson at No. 5 singles and sophomore Philip Reinken at No. 6 singles. The Knights then clinched the match by sweeping all three doubles flights.
Calvin is back in action on Thursday, hosting Adrian at 4 p.m. in an MIAA conference match.