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Calvin College Athletics Program to Join Nation-wide Division III Partnership With Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website

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. 

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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

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.

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Calvin Softball Players Volunteer Time With Special Olympics

Friday, May 13, 2011

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NCAA SAAC Partnership Announcement With Special Olympics

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.

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Shelby Mast Named to All-MIAA Second Team in Softball

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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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.

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Softball Concludes Season With Doubleheader Loss to Saint Mary’s

Saturday, April 30, 2011

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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.

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Softball Swept at Trine

Friday, April 29, 2011

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ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin softball squad suffered a pair of tough defeats at the hands of the Trine Thunder on Friday. The Knights were defeated by Trine 4-0 in game one and then fell 13-0 in game two. Calvin closes out its season on Saturday, hosting Saint Mary’s at 1 p.m.

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Softball Drops a Pair to Nationally-Ranked Alma Monday Afternoon

Monday, April 25, 2011

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The Calvin softball team dropped a pair of games to nationally-ranked and league-leading Alma Monday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex. In game one, Calvin dropped a 4-0 decision. in game two, Calvin fell by a 6-1 score. the Knights are now 4-8 in league play heading into a conference doubleheader at Trine Wednesday afternoon.

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Softball Splits Doubleheader at Albion

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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ALBION - A dramatic two-run eighth inning allowed Calvin to gain a doubleheader split at Albion Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Hannah DeWeerd looped a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Calvin to a 6-5 game two victory. The win allowed the Knights to salvage a split after falling in Saturday’s opener 3-2. DeWeerd had a bid day at the plate, going 5-for-8 during the twinbill with three runs batted in. In the opener, she belted her third homerun of the spring - a solo shot in the second - that lifted Calvin into a 1-0 lead.

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Mast Tosses One-Hit Shutout As Softball Splits With Olivet

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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Calvin rode the right arm of sophomore pitcher Shelby Mast to gain a doubleheader split over visiting Olivet Thursday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex. Mast tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout in the opener Thursday as the Knights gained a 2-0 victory. She then allowed just five hits and one run in game two but the one run proved to be enough for Olivet as it held on for a 1-0 win over the Knights. The game one victory by Calvin allowed the Knights to snap a 10-game losing streak. Calvin is now 3-5 in the MIAA, good for sixth place in the current league standings.

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Softball Drops Twinbill to Finlandia

Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Calvin dropped both ends of a doubleheader with visiting Finlandia University Thursday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex, falling 7-3 and 16-6. Finlandia (19-9) entered the doubleheader with 19 homeruns to its credit and clubbed four more during the afternoon including three in game two. Calvin will travel to Naperville, Illinois, on Saturday where it will face Monmouth College in a morning game and host North Central in an afternoon game.

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