Friday, October 23, 2009
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
In what was billed as, “The Battle for CRC Ice Supremacy,” the Calvin College Knights took total control of the Dordt Blades, capitalizing on seemingly unlimited chances, conceding limited opportunities, and exercising an irresistible perseverance in an 8-3 victory at Calvin’s home Jolly Roger Arena.
But interdenominational competition was not the only focus of the game. The game served as a fundraiser for breast cancer. Pink shirts, shoelaces, and stick tape set the scene for a special night. Calvin College President Dr. Gaylen Byker and Academic Services Disability Coordinator June DeBoer ceremonially dropped the first puck. The night marked the one year anniversary of DeBoer’s diagnosis of breast cancer, which she has since overcome.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS—The Calvin women’s volleyball team and the Calvin ACHA hockey team will be raising cancer awareness and funds for cancer research Friday night.
The volleyball team will be participating in the Dig for a Cure drive, sponsored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association during its home match with Adrian Friday at the Van Noord Arena at 6:30 p.m. As part of the evening’s events, players from both teams will be wearing pink uniform attire. Calvin volleyball players have been accepting pledges for the drive with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. Pledges include donations for each dig recorded by a player as well as direct donations and pledges for the drive.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Calvin men’s and women’s basketball teams are both ranked nationally in the preseason issues of DIII News and WDIII News respectively.
In the DIII News preseason top 25 poll, Calvin is ranked 18th. Defending national champion Washington University of St. Louis is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason top 25 poll as Hope is ranked 11th.
Meanwhile, the Calvin women’s basketball team is ranked 20th in the WDIII News preseason top 25 poll. Washington University of St. Louis - last year’s national runner-up - is the preseason number-one ranked team. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason WDIII News poll as defending MIAA champion Hope is ranked third.
Monday, October 12, 2009
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin outside hitter Erin VanderPlas its Player of the Week and Calvin setter Nora Bruskewitz its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for the week ending October 11.
VanderPlas, a sophomore from McBain (Northern Michigan Christian HS), delivered 28 kills for a hitting percentage of .566 in leading the Knights to a 3-0 record in MIAA matches for the week. She had 12 kills in a sweep of Kalamazoo, and 11 kills with a hitting percentage of .786 in a sweep of Saint Mary’s. VanderPlas, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career, added 12 digs, five blocks and three service aces for the week.
Bruskewitz, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis. (Milwaukee Lutheran HS), dished out 111 assists (12.3 per set) in Calvin’s three matches for the week. She added 11 digs and four blocks as Calvin swept Saint Mary’s, Albion and Kalamazoo to remain within striking distance of first place in the MIAA. Bruskewitz is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Monday, October 12, 2009
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin forward Alex McKenzie its MIAA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending October 11.
McKenzie, a senior from Lindenhurst, Ill. (Antioch HS), scored both of Calvin’s goals in the second half as the Knights posted a 2-0 MIAA win over Trine. The win moved Calvin into sole possession of first place in the MIAA. McKenzie is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
For the first time this year, the Calvin women’s cross country is alone in the top spot in the Division III Top 35 rankings released by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Knights received 279 points in this week’s poll to move into sole possession of the top spot. Johns Hopkins (271 points) is now ranked second after sharing the top spot with Calvin a week ago.
Monday, October 05, 2009
For the second time in his career, Calvin College junior Lucas Wilgenburg has been named the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer.
Wilgenburg, a junior from Visalia, Calif. (Central Valley Christian HS), backstopped the Calvin defense with his marking and heading skills as the Knights posted back-to-back shutouts, blanking Olivet, 1-0, and Albion, 5-0. With Wilgenburg playing a key role, Calvin has been unscored upon in its first four MIAA games and has allowed just two goals in 10 games this season.
Monday, September 28, 2009
For the second time this season and for the fourth time in her collegiate carere, Calvin College sophomore Rebecca Kamp has been named the MIAA’s Volleyball Player of the Week.
A sophomore from Orland Park, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), Kamp pounded home 42 kills and had a hitting percentage of .359 in leading the Knights to a 2-1 record in MIAA action for the week.
Monday, September 21, 2009
For the first time in his collegiate career, Calvin College junior forward Kurt Van Sickel has received MIAA Offensive Player of the Week honors in men’s soccer. Van Sickel shares the award this week with Olivet forward Mike May.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Van Sickel scored four goals this past weekend as the nationally-ranked Calvin men’s soccer team rolled to a pair of victories at a weekend tournament hosted by Wittenberg, Ohio.
Monday, September 14, 2009
For the fourth time in his collegiate career, Calvin sweeper back Greg Snapper has been named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Week in men’s soccer. A senior from Madison, Wis. (Madison West HS), Snapper led a strong Calvin defense at the Knights posted a pair of wins at the Cal Bergsma Memorial Tournament.
Snapper’s play helped the Knights defeat Wheaton, Ill., 2-1 and 12th-ranked Kenyon, Ohio, 1-0. Calvin has allowed only two goals in its first four games of the season.
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