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Laura Bindon Selected As Recipient of AVCA’s Thirty-Under-30 Award

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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2009-10 AVCA Thirty-Under-30 Award List

Calvin College assistant volleyball coach Laura Bindon has been selected as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s yearly Thirty-Under-30 Award.  The award recognizes 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Bindon has been an assistant coach at Calvin for seven years. She also graduated from Calvin in 2003 and was a first team All-MIAA selection in volleyball as a senior in 2002. In addition to her duties as an assistant volleyball coach, Bindon also serves Calvin as the assistant director of athletics and as an instructor in Calvin’s HPERDS department.

Laura Bindon Feature Story

Laura Bindon Audio Interview

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Calvin Currently 6th in Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Sunday, April 04, 2010

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Learfield Division III Director's Cup Standings

The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings have been released and after the recently completed winter sports season, Calvin sits in sixth place place with 490.0 points.

Williams (Mass.) is the leader with 896.75 points, holding a 233.5-point lead over Amherst (Mass.) The latest set of standings includes the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, fencing, men’s and women’s ice hockey, skiing, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s wrestling.

Calvin scored 349 points during the fall sports season and then added 141 points during the winter sports season, scoring in the sports of women’s basketball, women’s indoor track and field and in women’s swimming and diving.

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Keith Spoelstra Named MIAA Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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For the second time in his collegiate career, Calvin College junior Keith Spoelstra has been named MIAA Pitcher of the Week in baseball for games played through March 29. Spoelstra also received the award as a freshman during the final week of the 2008 MIAA season.

A native of Oakland, New Jersey, Spoelstra fired a complete-game six-hitter Monday afternoon in pitching the Knights to a 3-1 road victory over defending MIAA champion Adrian. A graduate of Eastern Christian High School, Spoelstra did not allow an earned run, walked one and struck out six in his seven innings of work. Spoelstra is currently 2-1 on the season with a team-leading 19 strikeouts. Calvin returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Hope in a doubleheader at Calvin Field at 2:00 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Team Headed to Wiconsin to Face St. Nobert (WI) in NCAA III First Round Game

Monday, March 01, 2010

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NCAA III Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket

The Calvin women’s basketball team has gained an at-large bid to the NCAA III Tournament. The Knights (24-4) will journey to DePere, Wisconsin, to face host St. Norbert (22-3) in a first round game Friday night at 7:30 p.m. (CST). Calvin will be part of a four-team regional field at St. Norbert with UW-Stevens Point (21-6) set to take on Minnesota-Morris (19-7) in Friday’s other first round game at 5 p.m. (CST).

Friday’s winners will play in the regional final Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students, senior citizens and children.

St. Norbert Regional Ticket Information

Live Video Stream

Calvin Audio Broadcast

Live Stats Scoreboard

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Calvin Deadlocked With Hope For MIAA Commissioner’s Cup Lead

Monday, February 22, 2010

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The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup standings through the recently completed MIAA winter sports season have been released and Calvin and Hope are tied for first place with 136 points. The MIAA Commissionerís Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 18 sports for men and women.

ē The final Commissionerís Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s best standings in eight of nine sports for men and eight of nine sports for women. The tabulation through the winter season is based on 5-of-6 sports for men and 5-of-6 sports for women.

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Carissa Verkaik Featured on WZZM-TV13 For Record Scoring Performance

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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WZZM TV 13 Feature Story on Carissa Verkaik

On Wednesday night, Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik established a new Calvin and MIAA single-game scoring record with 46 points in a 93-77 victory over Adrian. Verkaik was 18 of 20 from the field, 3 of 3 from three-point range and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Her 18 field goals is also a new Calvin and MIAA single-game record. Her scoring performance is also a single-game high in NCAA III women’s basketball this season.

On Thursday, Grand Rapids ABC affiliate WZZM-TV 13 swung by the Calvin campus for a feature story on Verkaik’s scoring performance.

WZZM-TV 13 Feature on Carissa Verkaik

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Reunion of 2000 Calvin Men’s Hoops Team To Take Place/1000 Pt Scorers Honored in Women’s Hoops

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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uKnight Week Web site

The 2000 national championship Calvin men’s basketball team will be honored this Saturday at halftime of the Calvin-Kalamazoo varsity men’s basketball game. Saturday’s game will mark a 10-year reunion for the 2000 Knights who finished the season 30-2 overall including a 14-0 record in MIAA play. The reunion coincides with Calvin’s recently created uKnight Week which features activities for Calvin alumni, faculty, students and staff in February.

On Wednesday night as part of uKnight Week festivities, alumni of the Calvin women’s basketball team were honored at halftime of the Calvin-Trine women’s varsity basketball game. Alumni that were honored included the 11 individuals that are currently members of the Calvin women’s basketball 1,000 point club.

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Tickets for Friday and Saturday Finals of MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships Sold Out

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

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MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships Site

The MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled to be held February 11-13 at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center. Morning prelims will begin each day at 10 a.m. with championship finals set for 6 p.m. each evening.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s championship finals are now sold out. A limited amount of tickets are still available for Thursday’s championship finals as well as for the prelims each morning.
Ticket information can be found on the Calvin Web site at: Calvin Box Office
The MIAA Swimming and Diving Championships Web site can be found on-line at: MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships Site

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Calvin Graduates Are Part of Super Bowl XLIV

Monday, February 08, 2010

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Denny's Grand Slam Ad

Kiff Vanden Heuvel, a 1992 Calvin College graduate, made his Super Bowl debut Sunday night.

Also a 1988 Grand Rapids South Christian High School graduate, Vanden Heuvel served as the lead pitchman for a series of Denny’s ads that appeared throughout the second half of Sunday night’s CBS broadcast of the Super Bowl game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. Vanden Heuvel’s first ad appeared in the third quarter as he promoted Denny’s upcoming free Grand Slam breakfast promotion on February 9. He later did the voice over for a series of subsequent ads for the Denny’s promotion.

Super Bowl Ads Link - Vanden Heuvel Denny’s Ad

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Brook Van Eck Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Team in Women’s Basketball

Friday, February 05, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Calvin College senior Brook Van Eck has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV third team in women’s basketball in the college division.

A graduate of Lowell High School, Van Eck carries a 3.68 grade point average while majoring in special education.

A senior forward, Van Eck is averaging 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game this year on a Calvin team that is currently 18-3 overall and ranked ninth nationally. Earlier this season, Van Eck was named the Most Valuable Player of the Wilmington Tip-Off Tournament and was later named to the all-tourmament team of the Olivet Thanksgiving Classic.

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