Wednesday, July 17, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS - Tim Syrek has been named the head coach of the Calvin softball program. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Valley State University, Syrek comes to Calvin from Otsego High School where he has served as an administrator and head varsity girls softball coach since 2000. At Otsego, he served as the Director of Community Education and Middle School Athletics. As the varsity softball coach, he fashioned a won-loss record of 403-207 including a school record 34-win season in 2009. He has also previously served as the high school varsity softball coach at Allegan High School and Big Rapids High School. In addition, he has served as an assistant softball coach with the District 2 Big League softball team for several years and was part of the District 2 team that captured the Big League World Series title in 2000 and finished runner-up three times.
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).
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.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College junior Lina Avila has been named to the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association Division III All-Central Region second team in softball. A native of Lakewood, California, Avila finished the 2013 season with a .400 batting average with six home runs and 29 runs batted in. Avila also collected six doubles and a triple for a slugging percentage of .689. Avila is also Calvin’s career leader in home runs with 25. Avila split time between first base and the pitcher’s circle. As a pitcher this spring, she was 7-6 overall with a 3.23 earned run average, striking out 31 batters in 73.2 innings of work. Defensively, Avila also posted a .986 fielding percentage. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 17-13, marking its first winning campaign since 2005. The Knights also posted an 8-8 conference mark that was good for sixth place in the league standings.
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.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Two members of the Calvin softball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin is junior Lina Avila while sophomore Trista Brownlee has been named to the All-MIAA second team. Avila hails from Lakewood, California. She is a graduate of Valley Christian High School. She is the first player from Calvin to be named a first team All-MIAA selection in softball since Jeanne Cole was so honored in 2006. Avila was a multi-threat for Calvin this spring, serving as a pitcher, first baseman and power hitting threat in the lineup. In conference play, Avila picked up a pair of pitching victories in the circle. At the plate, she batted .457 with 17 runs batted in, three home runs, one triple and four doubles. Avila finished eighth in the MIAA in batting average. A native of Saginaw and a graduate of Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School, Brownlee was also a multi-threat for the Knights, splitting time between pitcher and shortstop. As a pitcher, she was 3-2 with a 3.54 earned run average, striking out 17 in 29.2 innings of work. At the plate, she batted .451 which was good for ninth in the MIAA batting race. She also scored 15 runs and drove in 14 while compiling an on-base percentage of .462. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 17-13 which marked its first winning campaign since 2005. In addition, the Knights were 8-8 in league play, good for sixth place in the final conference standings.
Softball Concludes Season With Doubleheader Split at Hope - Finishes Sixth in Final League Standings
Saturday, April 27, 2013
HOLLAND - Calvin concluded its 2013 campaign with a doubleheader split at Hope Saturday afternoon, dropping the opener 12-7 and coming back to win the nightcap 4-3 in nine innings. The Knights conclude the season with an overall mark of 17-13 and a conference slate of 8-8 - good for sixth place. In game one, Junior Lina Avila took the loss to fall to 7-6 on the year. Avila also had a two-run homer - her sixth of the year and 25th of her career. Calvin had eight hits with sophomore Christie VanderMeer and Avila picking up two hits apiece. In game two, Calvin took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning but Hope rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the inning to send the game into extra innings. Calvin broke through for the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as it loaded the bases and then scored with one out as freshman Megan Rozeveld was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run. Sophomore Trista Brownlee went all nine innings for Calvin to earn the win as she struck out four and scattered nine hits. VanderMeer, Brownlee, Gildea, Rozeveld and freshman Ashley Riemersma all had two hits apiece for the Knights.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ALBION - Calvin got back to the .500 mark in league play and improved to 16-12 overall with a doubleheader sweep at Albion Wednesday, winning by scores of 10-0 and 9-0. Both games were shortened to five innings because of the mercy-rule. In game one, Calvin used an eight-run third inning to blow the game open. Junior Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon CC) scored three runs while sophomore Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS), junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) and freshman Megan Rozeveld (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) had two hits apiece. All three players also drove in two runs apiece.Sophomore Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) was credited with the pitching victory, striking out three and walking two, upping her season record to 4-2. In game two, Calvin scored seven runs in the bottom of the first capped off by a solo home run by sophomore Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). VanderMeer and Brownlee had two hits apiece. Sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a run-scoring triple. Freshman Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) also drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Junior Caitlin Callow (Muskegon/Muskegon CC) was the winning pitcher as she scattered five hits in improving to 5-5 on the year.Calvin will now prepare to travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill.
Monday, April 22, 2013
KALAMAZOO - Calvin got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep at Kalamazoo Monday afternoon, winning 8-0 and 3-1. The Knights are now 14-12 overall and 5-7 in the MIAA. In game one, junior Lina
Avila went all six innings for the Knights to improve to 7-5 on the year while lowering her season earned run average to 2.78. Calvin had 14 hits in the game one win led by sophomore Christie VanderMeer and freshman Megan Rozeveld who were both 3-for-4 at the plate. Sophomore Trista Brownlee, freshman Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) and Avila all had two hits apiece. In game two, junior Caitlin Callow (Muskegon/Muskegon Community College) went all seven innings for Calvin to pick up the win and improve to 4-5 on the year. Calvin had seven hits including three of the extra-base variety. In addition to the double by Agren, Roseveld had a double and sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a triple. Calvin will now prepare for a conference doubleheader at Albion on Wednesday scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.