Monday, October 21, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin’s Brett Stoughton its Athlete of the Week in men’s swimming and diving for meets through October 19. Stoughton, a freshman from Centerville, Ind. (Centerville HS), helped pace the Knights to a one-two finish in the 200 medley relay at Saturday’s MIAA Relays by posting a meet-best :24.85 50-yard backstroke on the lead leg of the relay. He also swam on four other winning relays – the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley. Stoughton is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin will host Hillsdale and Grand Valley State in a triangular this Friday at 5 p.m. inside the Venema Aquatic Center.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Maggie Kamp, a sophomore outside hitter for No. 1 Calvin College, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week. It was another dominate week for the Knights, notching another five wins, all in straight sets, with four of them coming against teams ranked in the top-15 of the AVCA Coaches Poll. After nailing 14 kills on .520 hitting in the sweep over Olivet, she went on to tally an additional 55 combined kills, 20 digs and 11 blocks in the next four matches over No. 7 Mount Union, No. 13 Wittenberg, No. 6 Elmhurst and No. 15 Chicago. In her final three matches of the week she never hit lower than .400, finishing with a 15-kill performance and a .517 hitting percentage over the Maroons. For the week, the sophomore averaged 4.6 kills, 1.47 digs and one block per set to go along with her .382 hitting percentage. Also of note, in 86 reception attempts she recorded just two errors, which came in one match against Wittenberg. This is the seventh time a student-athlete from Calvin has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week, with the most recent coming from her sister Rebecca Kamp on September 20, 2011. The Knights are coached by Amber Warners.
Monday, September 16, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named Calvin College freshman Cassie Vince its NCAA Division III National Athlete of the Week for week three of the NCAA cross country season. A native of Amherst, Ohio (Amherst HS), Vince of No. 11 Calvin led the Knights to a decisive team victory at their own Calvin Knight Invitational that included a top-35 team in Case Western and a top-25 NAIA program in No. 9 St. Francis (Ill.). Vince completed the 5K course in 17:40.77, more than 13 seconds ahead of the next-fastest finisher. Behind Vince’s average per-mile pace of 5:41, No. 11 Calvin easily triumphed over St. Francis and Case Western in the team race by 61 points, scoring a first place team score of 40 points. Calvin is back in action on September 28 when it competes at an MIAA Jamboree hosted by Adrian College.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
Ryan Souders was inspired. A former standout soccer player at Wheaton and currently the head men’s soccer coach at Calvin, Souders had never really needed any extra motivation to get the most out of himself on the pitch. But when he took some time to take a trip to impoverished areas Africa with Team World Vision, an internationally-recognized committee for social justice, he began looking for ways to integrate his love for soccer and a vision for social change. After a lot of hard work by multiple people and schools, a part of this vision is coming to Calvin College on September 17th. The event, which has been dubbed “The Knight of Nets,” has a simple yet effective concept, focusing for a game not on the nets present in sports, but on the mosquito nets that can save lives in Africa by helping prevent malaria. Every spectator that pays $10 at the Calvin/Hope men’s soccer or women’s volleyball games on the 17th will get a T-shirt and a barbeque dinner, but more importantly, $6 of that money will buy one mosquito net to be sent over to a third-world country.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Defending champion Calvin has been chosen the preseason favorite to win the 2013 MIAA men’s soccer championship.The Knights, who won the both the MIAA championship and the conference tournament last fall, edged out Hope in the preseason poll by one point, with both teams receiving three first-place votes. Kalamazoo, which was picked to finish third, received two first-place votes in the poll of the league’s coaches. Olivet, which advanced to the championship game of the MIAA tournament last fall, was picked fourth, followed by Adrian, Alma, Trine and Albion. Calvin will open its season on August 30 at 2011 national champion Ohio Wesleyan University. Calvin’s opening conference game is slated for September 17 at home vs rival Hope at 4:30 p.m. Calvin has won at least a share of the last six MIAA regular season titles.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (3) 13 pts. 2. Hope (3) 14. 3. Kalamazoo (2) 21. 4. Olivet 22. 5. Adrian 32. 6. Alma 36. 7. Trine 39. 8. Albion 47.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
For the second consecutive year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team has received the AVCA Academic Team Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.Under the direction of head coach Amber Warners, the Calvin women’s volleyball team compiled a 3.527 grade point average as a team during the 2012-13 academic year. It was a landmark year for the Calvin women’s volleyball team as the Knights captured their third straight MIAA regular season title, garnered their second straight MIAA Tournament title and then advanced all the way to the NCAA III National Championship final before falling in five sets to St. Thomas. Earlier this year, the Calvin women’s volleyball team received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award. Individually, senior Lizzie Kamp was named the Division III Capital One Academic All-American of the year.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have once again received the All-Academic Team Award from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The Calvin women’s team has now received the award 12 consecutive years while the Calvin men’s team has received the honor five straight years. In order to receive the award, a team needed to have posted a minimum 3.10 grade point average or better. The Calvin women’s team posted a 3.40 grade point average and was one of 148 teams to receive the award while the Calvin men’s team recorded a 3.18 grade point average and was one of 80 men’s teams to be so honored. In addition, seven members of the Calvin men’s track and field and five members of the Calvin women’s track and field team have received individual all-academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Both Calvin track and field teams were led by fourth-year head coach Bret Otte. His men’s and women’s teams have received the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award all four years during his tenure.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Calvin College women’s tennis team has once again received Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Honors. In addition, four members of the Calvin women’s tennis team have received ITA All-Academic honors. The Calvin women’s tennis team was named a 2013 ITA All-Academic Team for achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or above. Calvin had had a 3.503 cumulative GPA this year. The members of the Calvin women’s tennis team that received individual honors included senior Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), sophomore Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS), sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and freshman Anneke Knot (Flossmoor, IL/Illiana Christian HS). To receive the award, individuals must earn a varsity letter in tennis, carry at least a 3.5 grade point average for the 2012-13 academic year, and be enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).
Thursday, July 18, 2013
For the second consecutive year, the Calvin women’s basketball team has finished as one of the top academic squads in Division III. Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Knights have received the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Academic Honor Roll Award. The Knights finished 20th amongst all Division III schools with a team GPA of 3.485. The honor comes on the heels of a 2012-13 season that saw the Calvin women’s basketball team gain a share of the MIAA regular season title, receive a bid to the NCAA III Tournament and finish 23-4 overall. Calvin was one of three MIAA institutions to receive the WBCA Academic Honor Roll award as Hope and Olivet were also so honored. The WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college institutions that carry the highest combined grade point averages inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.
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.< 1 2 3 4 5 > Last »