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Calvin Softball Picked to Finish Sixth in MIAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Calvin Softball Coach Tim Syrek Preseason Audio Interview

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Calvin women’s softball team has been picked to finish sixth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll released earlier today. Defending champion Trine has been installed as the preseason favorite to repeat as league champion, receiving eight first place votes. Alma, which was picked to finish second, received the other first-place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team. Calvin is under the direction of first-year head coach Tim Syrek. The Knights return 11 letterwinners from a team that finished 17-13 overall last year and 8-8 in the league which was good for sixth place. Calvin is scheduled to open its season March 14 when it travels to Madonna for a doubleheader.
MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Trine (8) 9 pts. 2. Alma (1) 19. 3. Hope 23. 4. Adrian 25. 5. Saint Mary’s 38. 6. Calvin 41. 7. Kalamazoo 52. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Albion 63.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. – David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilson’s retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidents’ Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAA’s 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nation’s oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Mary’s College and Trine University.

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Tim Syrek Named Calvin Head Softball Coach

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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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.

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Calvin Scholar-Athletes Named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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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).

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

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.

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Lina Avila Named to NFCA Division III All-Central Region Second Team

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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2013 NFCA Division III All-Region Softball Teams

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.

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First Calvin C Club Awards Knight Takes Place at Calvin Wednesday Night

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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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.

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Calvin College Wins MIAA Commissioner’s Cup!!!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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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.

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Lina Avila and Trista Brownlee Receive All-MIAA Softball Honors

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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2013 All-MIAA Softball Teams

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.

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Softball Concludes Season With Doubleheader Split at Hope - Finishes Sixth in Final League Standings

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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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.

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