Wednesday, May 08, 2013
For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Two members of the Calvin softball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin is junior Lina Avila while sophomore Trista Brownlee has been named to the All-MIAA second team. Avila hails from Lakewood, California. She is a graduate of Valley Christian High School. She is the first player from Calvin to be named a first team All-MIAA selection in softball since Jeanne Cole was so honored in 2006. Avila was a multi-threat for Calvin this spring, serving as a pitcher, first baseman and power hitting threat in the lineup. In conference play, Avila picked up a pair of pitching victories in the circle. At the plate, she batted .457 with 17 runs batted in, three home runs, one triple and four doubles. Avila finished eighth in the MIAA in batting average. A native of Saginaw and a graduate of Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School, Brownlee was also a multi-threat for the Knights, splitting time between pitcher and shortstop. As a pitcher, she was 3-2 with a 3.54 earned run average, striking out 17 in 29.2 innings of work. At the plate, she batted .451 which was good for ninth in the MIAA batting race. She also scored 15 runs and drove in 14 while compiling an on-base percentage of .462. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 17-13 which marked its first winning campaign since 2005. In addition, the Knights were 8-8 in league play, good for sixth place in the final conference standings.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik will head to Detroit next week. This afternoon, the two-sport standout was named the recipient of the 2013 Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the third individual in Calvin athletics history to receive the award. Lisa Winkle (basketball, track & field) was the inaugural DAC Female College Athlete of the Year in 2006 with Becky Weima (swimming) receiving the same honor in 2007. The honors, recognizing both academic and athletic excellence, will be presented during this year’s 17th Annual DAC Athletic Awards at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the DAC. The event continues the Club’s tradition of supporting athletics in the community and will benefit the Foundation’s mission. A total of six female and six male high school nominees as well as one female and one male college athlete are selected each year.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo Credit: Jeff Febus
HOLLAND, Mich. - After a two-game split with Hope at Fifth Third Ballpark Fri., May 3, the Calvin men’s baseball dropped two games by scores of 8-5 and 7-6 (9 innings) at Boeve Stadium on the campus of Hope College Sat., May 4. Fortunately for the Knights, they had already earned a berth in the MIAA Tournament for the first time in three years with the win at Fifth Third. Hope jumped all over the Knights in the first two innings of game one. The Flying Dutchmen scored one run in the first and seven runs in the second. Calvin chipped away at the lead scoring runs in three consecutive innings to cut the lead to 8-5. The Knights could not muster any more runs, and dropped game one. In game two, junior Cory Laster gave up three earned runs in five innings, and was in line for the win when Calvin scored four runs in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored a single run before Hope tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh after Calvin walked the bases loaded. Hope eventually won the game on a walkoff single by TJ Klein in the bottom of the ninth. With its win, Hope clinches a share of the MIAA championship and the top seed in the MIAA Tournament. Calvin, now 16-23 on the season and 15-13 in the MIAA. The Knights clinch the fourth seed, and will return to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen in the MIAA Tournament final. The game is scheduled for Wed., May 8. The time is to be determined.
Friday, May 03, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Calvin men’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Fri., May 3 at Stowe Tennis Stadium. For the third consecutive year, the Knights fell to the Hornets of Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament final. Kalamazoo was eager for revenge. On Apr. 3, the Knights defeated the Hornets 6-3 for the first time in program history. This day, however, would belong to Kalamazoo. The Hornets took two of three doubles flights. Peter Rothstein and Steve Hanselman defeated Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken 8-4 at first doubles. Calvin seniors Brian DeMaagd and junior Loukas Peterson defeated Alan Faber and David DeSimone 8-3 at second doubles. The Hornets took the lead when Robert Hudson and Mike Korn defeated John Strikwerda and Jarrod Brower 8-5 at third doubles. Calvin needed to win four singles flights, but could not muster any. DeMaagd fell to Rothstein 6-1, 6-4 at first singles. Steve Hanselman defeated Phillips 6-4, 6-1 at second singles. Phillips and Peterson fell at third and fourth singles respectively. The match was played to decision. Calvin finishes its season at 13-6. The Knights won their first conference championship in program history with a conference record of 5-1.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Coming off a loss at the hands of the Flying Dutchmen last week, the Calvin men’s tennis team hosted Hope in the MIAA Tournament semifinals May 2 looking for revenge. The match lasted well over four hours, and also included a rain delay. Calvin edged Hope, defeated the Flying Dutchmen 5-4 at Strikwerda Tennis Center. The Knights won two of three doubles flights. Preston Phillips and Phil Reinken won at first doubles while Brian DeMaagd and Loukas Peterson won at second doubles. Calvin needed three of six singles flights to win the match, and got exactly that. Phillips won a 6-4, 7-5 match over Parker Bussies at second singles. Jarrod Brower defeated Jon Panzer 6-0, 6-3 at fifth singles. The decisive flight came at fourth singles. Loukas Peterson defeated Kyle Kreps in three sets by scores of 7-6 (4) 6-7 (6), 6-3. Calvin improves to 14-5 on the season and is also 5-1 in the MIAA. The Knights earn a berth in the MIAA Tournament final for the third consecutive year. Calvin will travel Kalamazoo to take on the Hornets tomorrow, May 3, for a 4:00 p.m. match at Stowe Tennis Stadium.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end Thursday, May 2, on the campus of Hope College. The Knights fell 5-0 to the Flying Dutch in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. In a match played at Vande Poel-Herrings Stadium, Hope won all three doubles flights. Calvin did put up a fight in two of the three flights, however. Seniors Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) fell to Melissa Bieri (Holland/Holland Christian) and Anna Garcia (Battle Creek/Lakeview) 8-6 at second doubles. Calvin sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) were defeated by Stephanie Huffman (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) and Andrea Pickelman (Marshall/Marshall) 8-5 at third doubles. Hope needed to win only two singles flights to clinch the match. The Flying Dutch won the first two matches off the courts. Casey Baxter (Saline/Saline) defeated Ipema 6-1, 6-1 at second singles. Leah LaBarge (Hudsonville/Hudsonville) defeated Calvin junior Bethany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles. The match was played to decision. Calvin finishes its season with a 6-11 record including a 4-4 mark in MIAA regular season play.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
CASCADE, MI - The Calvin men’s golf team captured the MIAA NCAA Spring Qualifier Sat. afternoon. The tournament consisted of three rounds, two of which were played at Watermark Country Club. The Knights finished with a three round score of 956, five strokes better than second place finisher Adrian. Coming into the final round, Calvin had an eight-stroke lead on second place Trine. The Knights shot a team score of 323 on the afternoon, good for third place. Calvin struggled as a team for most of the day, but did just enough to gain the MIAA’s automatic qualification into the national tournament. Despite the tough conditions, senior Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) shot the low round of the day (76) and was named the medalist of the round. Senior Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and sophomore James Van Noord (Troy/Troy Athens) finished in a tie for fifth place with rounds of 79 apiece. Calvin earns its second trip to the national tournament in the last three seasons. The Knights will play for a national championship in Destin, Fla., from May 17-21.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Story by Mark DeHaan
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Looking to solidify its hold on a top four spot in the conference, the Calvin College baseball team hosted the Britons of Albion College Fri. afternoon for the first half of a home-and-home MIAA series, with the second pair of games to be played at Albion on Saturday. Calvin entered the day with an 11-8 record in MIAA play - good for fourth place, while Albion was sixth at 9-11. Hoping to still jump into the tournament picture, Albion stole game one 4-0. Calvin then won a thriller in game two, twice coming from behind and then winning on a walk-off single from Jalen Bouma in extra innings to win 6-5. With the doubleheader split, Calvin moves to 13-18 overall and 12-9 in conference while Albion is now 11-19 and 10-12 in the MIAA. Calvin returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Albion for another twinbill, with first-pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo by Dan Vos
HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s lacrosse team traveled to Van Andel Stadium Wed. evening for an MIAA game against rival Hope. The Flying Dutchmen outscored the Knights 7-1 in the first quarter, and coasted to a 20-5 victory. Calvin was led in scoring by a pair of Grand Rapids Christian graduates. Sophomore Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored a goal in the third and fourth quarter while sophomore Jonathan VanderLaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored the game’s final two goals. They came at the 7:14 mark and 6:48 mark of the fourth quarter. Calvin was outshot 53-19 in the contest including 26-9 in the first half. Calvin senior goalkeeper Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian) was credited with 10 saves. Calvin’s biggest undoing, perhaps, came in the faceoff circle. The Knights won just three of 28 faceoffs, and did not win their first until midway through the third quarter. Hope outgained Calvin in ground balls, scooping up 51 compared to Calvin’s 25. Both teams cleared at a decent percentage. Calvin converted 16 of 25 attempts while Hope was 13-17. Calvin falls to 2-11 on the season and 1-4 in MIAA play. With the loss, Calvin is mathematically eliminated from MIAA Tournament contention. Calvin returns to action Sat., Apr.27, when it hosts the Comets of Olivet College.« First < 3 4 5 6 7 > Last »