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Carissa Verkaik Named Michigan Female College Athlete of Year by Detroit Athletic Club

Monday, May 06, 2013

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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.

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Baseball drops two at Hope - will return to face Hope in MIAA Tournament

Saturday, May 04, 2013

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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. 

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Men’s tennis falls to Kalamazoo 6-1 in MIAA Tournament Finals

Friday, May 03, 2013

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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.

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Men’s tennis defeats Hope 5-4 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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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.

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Women’s tennis falls 5-0 at Hope in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

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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.

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Men’s golf wins MIAA NCAA Spring Qualifier - earns trip to nationals

Saturday, April 27, 2013

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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.

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Baseball splits twinbill with Albion

Friday, April 26, 2013

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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.

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Men’s lacrosse falls at Hope 20-5

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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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. 

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Women’s tennis remains in MIAA Tournament hunt with 5-4 win over Saint Mary’s

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s tennis team kept its MIAA Tournament hopes alive Wed. afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 come from behind victory over the Belles of Saint Mary’s College.  Calvin finishes its regular season with a 6-10 record and a 4-4 mark in MIAA play.  Calvin fell behind early, losing at first and second doubles.  Calvin rebounded to win third, fourth and sixth singles.  The clinching match came at first singles.  Sophomore Megan Visser defeated Mary Catherine Faller in three sets by scores of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.  Calvin needs a Kalamazoo win over Saint Mary’s Sat. to earn the fourth and final seed in the MIAA Tournament.  If the Belles defeat the Hornets, Saint Mary’s will earn the fourth seed. 

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Men’s tennis falls 6-3 at Hope - shares MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Story and Photo by Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team traveled to the DeWitt Tennis Center on the campus of Hope College Tues. afternoon in search of an outright MIAA men’s tennis championship.  The Knights clinched a share of the title with a 7-2 win over Albion on Apr. 19.  Hope defeated Calvin 6-3 to clinch a share of the MIAA title with Calvin and Kalamazoo.  Hope won all three doubles flights.  After Preston Phillips defeated Park Bussies at second singles and Brian DeMaagd fell to Bobby Cawood at first singles, Calvin needed to win all four remaining singles flights to win the match.  The match-clinching flight came at sixth singles.  Calvin sophomore Tom Griffin fell behind a set, but battled back to force a decisive third.  Hope sophomore Jan Panzer won the set and won the match by scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.  Calvin shares the MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo.  The Hornets’ incredible streak of 75 straight conference titles, dating back to 1936, continues.  Through a tiebreaker, Calvin gains the number-two seed for the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday while Hope is the third seed and Kalamazoo the number-one seed. The fourth seed has not yet been determined. Calvin will host Hope next Thursday in an MIAA Tournament semifinal match at 4 p.m.

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