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Women’s Hoops Ranked 8th in Preseason Poll - Preseason All-America Honors for Carissa Verkaik

Friday, October 14, 2011

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2011-12 Women's Basketbal Schedule

The Calvin women’s basketball team has been ranked eighth in the preseason issue of the Women’s Division III Newsletter. In addition, Calvin junior Carissa Verkaik has been named a preseason All-American by Women’s DIII News. A two-time MIAA MVP, Verkaik averaged 19.8 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.  A 6-2 center, Verkaik hails from Holland and is a graduate of Holland Christian High School. A year ago, Calvin finished 25-5 overall, captured a share of the MIAA regular season title and claimed the MIAA Tournament crown . The Knights also reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament before falling to the University of Chicago. Chicago is ranked second in the preseason WDIII News poll. Calvin is one of two MIAA teams in the preseason WDIII News as Hope is ranked 13th. The Calvin women’s basketball team is scheduled to open practice for the upcoming season on Monday.

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Calvin College Athletics Program to Join Nation-wide Division III Partnership With Special Olympics

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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NCAA Division III Special Olympics Website

By sports information student assistant Andrew Knot

As part of the Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Calvin athletics recently joined a Division III partnership with the United States’ Special Olympic Committee, adding a valuable opportunity to the athletic department’s already service-driven outlook. The SAAC is an NCAA organization tiered at the national, conference, and school level.  The national, and governing, branch of the organization, seeks to “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image,” according to the organization’s website. 

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The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announ

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2010-11 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 111 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom. This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years.
Of the students, 10 are from Calvin.

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Nine Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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MIAA Team GPA Hono Roll

Nine Calvin College athletics teams have received the MIAA’s Team GPA Award for the recently completed 2010-11 academic year. The award, presented by the Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges recognizes conference athletic teams who achieved a 3.3 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2009-10 academic year. Seven of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team and men’s golf teams also achieved the feat. Calvin teams that received the honor this year include: the women’s cross country team, women’s soccer team, men’s cross country team, women’s volleyball team, women’s track and field team, women’s tennis team, women’s swimming and diving team, men’s tennis team and women’ basketball team.

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Calvin Finishes Fifth in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Friday, June 17, 2011

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2010-11 Director's Cup Final Division III Standings

For the 16th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing fifth in the nation in Division III in 2010-11 with a total of 762.25 points. Calvin’s point total and its (placement) finish is its highest-ever in the 16 years of the competition. Calvin is one one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level. Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 15th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,147 points.

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John Ross Named BCAM Women’s Basketball College Coach of the Year

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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Calvin College women’s basketball coach John Ross has been named the Women’s College Coach of the Year by the (BCAM) Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. It marks the second time that Ross has been so honored as he also received the award in 2007. The award honors a women’s basketball coach at a four-year institution in the state of Michigan and includes schools at the NCAA I, II and III levels as well as at the NAIA level. Ross is one of four Michigan collegiate coaches to be honored by BCAM as Gary Bailey of Grace Bible College is the Men’s College Coach of the Year while Jason Cooper of Lake Michigan Community College is the Women’s Junior College Coach of the Year and Dick Shilts of Kalamazoo Valley Community College the Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year.

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New Online Calvin Sports Show Debuts First Episode

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Calvin Sports Report Live Episode I

Watch the first episode of the new show “Calvin Sports Report Live” with host Luke Berlin. This episode recaps the 2011 Women’s Basketball Season with an interview of Coach John Ross.

Women’s Basketball 2011 Recap from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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More All-America Honors For Verkaik - Women’s Hoops Ranked in Top 20 in Final National Polls

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Calvin College sophomore center Carissa Verkaik has received All-America honors from yet one more publication. Verkaik has been named a second team All-American by the publication Women’s Division III News. It is the third All-America honor for Verkaik in the last seven days as she previously was named a first team d3hoops.com All-American and an honorable mention State Farm All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, Calvin has been ranked 16th in the final USA Today/ESPN Division III Top 25 poll conducted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and 19th in the final d3hoops.com Top 25 poll of the year.

Final d3hoops.com Top 25 Poll

Final USA Today/ESPN Division III Coaches Poll

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Carissa Verkaik Named First Team All-American by d3hoops.com

Saturday, March 19, 2011

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d3hoops.com All-America Teams

Calvin College sophomore Carissa Verkaik was named a first team d3hoops.com All-American this evening. The All-America teams were announced at halftime of Saturday’s NCAA national championship women’s basketball game between Amherst and Washington University. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik was a third team d3hoops.com All-American a year ago. Earlier this week, Verkaik was named the d3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year and was also named an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and State Farm. This year, 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.

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Carissa Verkaik Named State Farm Division III Honorable Mention All-American

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Division III State Farm/WBCA All-America List

Calvin College sophomore Carissa Verkaik has added another honor to her growing list of basketball awards. On Friday morning, Verkaik was named a State Farm Division III Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. There are 10 individuals named to the State Farm Division III All-America squad and 30 individuals listed as State Farm Honorable Mention All-Americans. Of the 40 names, Verkaik is the only sophomore listed with the remaining 39 names either juniors or seniors.

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