Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Calvin softball team is off to a 2-0 start and the Knights are in the midst of preparing for a 10-game stretch of games in Tucson, Arizona, that will begin on March 17 and carry on through March 22. The Calvin Sports Information Office recently caught up with head coach Sharon DeKleine to discuss the upcoming spring break trip as well as the remainder of the 2012 schedule in an online interview. This year’s Calvin team features a youthful look as the team includes one senior, three juniors, three sophomores and 10 freshmen. Calvin’s home opener is scheduled for March 26 against Concordia (Mich.) with its MIAA opener slated for April 5 at Saint Mary’s.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
DANVILLE, KY – After having a pair of games against Mount St. Joseph canceled on Friday, Calvin came out of the gates with energy on Saturday, sweeping a twinbill from host Centre College. Calvin (2-0) claimed the opener 11-7 and then took the nightcap 6-3. In game one, sophomore Lina Avila belted a grand-slam homerun while freshman Trista Brownlee was credited with the pitching victory. In game two, Avila went the distance in the pitching circle for the Maroon and Gold to close out the sweep.
Friday, February 24, 2012
The 2012 preseason MIAA softball coaches’ poll has been announced and Calvin has been picked to finish eighth out of nine teams. Two-time defending champion Alma has been picked to repeat as champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in the poll while Adrian is picked to finish second and Trine third. Calvin returns seven letterwinners from its 2011 team that finished 6-28 overall. The Knights welcome in 10 freshmen to the 17-player roster this year. Calvin is scheduled to open its season on March 2 with a doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph in Danville, Kentucky. The Knights open their MIAA season on April 5, traveling to Saint Mary’s for a twinbill.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
For the second straight year, the Calvin softball team and its coaching staff hosted a high school softball clinic inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. This year’s clinic took place on January 21 and included nearly 30 clinic registrants. Although the weather outside was cold, the action inside Calvin’s T & T facility was red-hot as the high school players attending were given expert instruction on fielding, hitting and pitching.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Four members of the 2011 Calvin College softball team have received NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors. The four individuals from that Calvin team to be so honored include Shelby Mast (Hudsonville/Hudsonville HS), Heather Sanderson (Rockford/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Malissa Swinkels (Beamsville/Smithville District Christian HS) and Rebekah Kline (Rochester/Oakland Christian HS). The award is given to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher during the 2010-11 academic year. This year’s total of 4,331 honorees bested last year’s total by over 30 student-athletes. The membership category with the most participating institutions this year was Division III with 168, while high school led the way in total honorees with 1,160.The 2011 Calvin softball team was led by head coach Sharon DeKleine.
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 States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s 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 “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website.
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.
Friday, May 13, 2011
A Special Olympics competition took place outside Calvin’s Huizenga Tennis and Track Center on May 7, and the Calvin softball team spent the day volunteering with the Special Olympians. Each Calvin softball player was paired with a competing Special Olympian and assisted in the various events. At the NCAA Convention this past January, The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is initiating a partnership with Special Olympics in a coordinated community-outreach effort that incorporates the hundreds of SAACs at Division III schools and conference offices with the Special Olympics Programs that exist in each state.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
For the second straight year, Calvin sophomore Shelby Mast has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville High School, Mast put together another strong campaign in the pitcher’s circle this spring. In league play, Mast led the MIAA in innings pitched (82.1), appearances (14) and games started (11) while also ranking third in strikeouts (62) and eighth in earned run average (2.81). In a 2-0 win over Olivet on April 21, Mast tossed a one-hitter. During her collegiate career, Mast has tossed four one-hitters and one no-hitter.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Calvin closed out its 2011 campaign by dropping both ends of a doubleheader to visiting Saint Mary’s Saturday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Saint Mary’s took the opener 12-1 and then edged the Knights 2-1 in game two. Calvin closes out its season with an overall record of 6-28 and a league mark of 4-10 in conference play. The Knights finish tied for seventh place in the final MIAA standings.