Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Calvin College sophomore Tom Snikkers has been named to the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region third team. A native of Jenison and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Snikkers is receiving all-region honors for the first time in his collegiate career. Snikkers led Calvin in scoring and rebounding this year, averaging 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game while connecting on 47.9 percent of his field goal attempts and 77.9 percent of his free throw attempts. He notched double-digits in scoring in 25 of Calvin’s 28 games this year and four double-doubles along the way including a 33-point, 12-rebound effort against Carthage College on December 4.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A year ago, Carissa Verkaik was named the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year. This morning, she was announced as the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year while also landing a spot on the d3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team for the second straight year. A native of Holland and a graduate of Hollland Christian High School, Verkaik averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game while also blocking 123 shots for an average of 4.1 blocks-per-game. She also connected on 59.6 percent of her field goal attempts and 86.7 percent of her free throw attempts.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Calvin College senior Rachel Boerner has been named the Division III Women’s Great Lakes Regional Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. The senior from Bergenfield, N.J., recorded the second-fastest time this season in NCAA Division III over 400 meters, a season-best of 56.38 seconds. At the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Indoor Invitational, Boerner had a hand in 22½ team points. She won the 60 meters and the 200 meters and ran a leg on the Knights’ winning 4×400-meter relay to help lead Calvin to the women’s team title. A graduate of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Boerner is set to compete in the 400 meters this weekend at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College sophomore center Carissa Verkaik has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in women’s basketball. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the fourth individual from Calvin to earn MIAA MVP honors during the MIAA winter sports season and is the second from Holland Christian High School to do so as her former high school classmate Samantha Klaasen was named the MIAA Women’s Most Valuable Diver a week ago. Verkaik has also been named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year and is joined on the All-MIAA first team from Calvin by sophomore forward Ally Wolffis. Wolffis hails from Muskegon and is a graduate of Muskegon Mona Shores High School. Under the direction of head coach John Ross, the Calvin women’s basketball team captured a share of its 12th MIAA regular season title and its first since 2007 by finishing 15-1 in league play, sharing the crown with Hope. Calvin then captured its first MIAA Tournament title since 2005 last Saturday, defeating Hope 67-65 in the MIAA Tournament finals.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
For the first time in his career, Calvin College sophomore forward Tom Snikkers has been named to the All-MIAA first team in men’s basketball. A native of Jenison and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Snikkers holds a unique distinction this year as his older sister Carrie Snikkers has been named to the All-MIAA first team in women’s basketball as a member of the Hope College women’s basketball team. The brother/sister combo is the first in MIAA history to receive All-MIAA first team honors in men’s/women’s basketball. In addition, Calvin senior Danny Rodts has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Niles and a graduate of Niles High School, Rodts averaged 12.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. Rodts is receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the first time. Under the direction of head coach Kevin Vande Streek, the Calvin men’s basketball team finished 16-12 overall and in second place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 9-5 conference mark.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
With the MIAA winter sports season recently completed, the MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings have been tabulated and Calvin holds an eight-point (137-129) lead over Hope. In the women’s all-sports standings, Calvin holds a six-point (76-70) lead over Hope while Calvin holds a two-point (61-59) lead in the men’s all-sports standings over Hope. With one-third of the 2010-11 MIAA sports season left to be completed, Calvin has captured seven of the 12 MIAA titles that have been decided thus far. Calvin has captured MIAA titles this year in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and women’s basketball.
Monday, January 31, 2011
The members of the Calvin men’s basketball coaching staff participated in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Association’s Coaches vs Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend this past Saturday. During Calvin’s games against Hope which included a junior varsity game at 12:30 followed by a 3 p.m. varsity contest, every member of the Calvin coaching staff wore sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The Hope College coaching staff also participated in the event. The Calvin coaching staff included head coach Kevin Vande Streek and assistant coaches Tim VanDyke, Jeff Krosschell, Ricky Shilts and student assistant coach Matt Veltema. By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event’s seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country this past weekend spotlighted the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For more on the NABC’s involvement with the Coaches vs Cancer project, visit the NABC website at: NABC Website
Monday, December 27, 2010
Two members of the Calvin men’s soccer team have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-North/Central Region team. Named to the team from Calvin are seniors Ryan Bratt and Scott Hooker. The two players are the first members of the Calvin men’s soccer program to receive NSCAA Scholar All-Region honors. Both players also received ESPN Academic All-District IV honors earlier this fall.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Calvin College head volleyball coach Amber Warners will be honored in the Faces in the Crowd section of the upcoming edition of Sports Illustrated. The Faces in the Crowd section for the December 27 issue can be found online at: Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd - 12/27/10
Monday, December 20, 2010
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through December 19. Verkaik, a sophomore from Holland (Holland Christian HS), narrowly missed a triple-double with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots in 36 minutes of play Saturday as the Knights overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Albion, 73-65, to maintain first place in the MIAA. She made 9 of 15 shots from the field, including two 3-point baskets, and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. She also four steals and three assists in the game. Verkaik is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and fifth time in her career.
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