Monday, February 04, 2013
By Gina de Haan
(during the month of January, de Haan was a student intern in the Calvin sports information office through an intern exchange program with Grand Rapids Christian High School)
Two trios of sisters have contributed to the tradition of Calvin’s women’s basketball – the Post sisters and the Verkaik sisters. Growing up on the family farm, Julie (Post) Febus, Annette (Post) Ediger and Cheryl (Post) Morales played countless hours of driveway basketball with each other and, while doing so, they fell in love with the sport. All three went on to play Calvin women’s varsity basketball in the years from 1984-to-1992. Now, more than 20 years later, another trio of sisters is now making an impact within the Calvin women’s basketball program. Carissa, Breanna and Kally Verkaik are the first trio of sisters to have played varsity basketball for Calvin at the same time; they are all members of the varsity women’s team. Not only is this a first for Calvin basketball, it’s also a first for the Verkaik family. This season is the first time all three sisters are playing on the same team together.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
The Calvin/Trine women’s basketball game scheduled to be played on Saturday at Van Noord Arena has been postponed because of weather conditions that prevented Trine from making the trip up from Indiana. The makeup date for the game will be Monday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Calvin.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik has been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-District 6 team in women’s basketball. As a member of the all-district team, Verkaik now advances to the national ballot and is eligible for Capital One Academic All-America consideration. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is averaging 19.6 points and 8.9 rebounds a game while connecting on 59.0 percent of her field goal attempts. She has also blocked 59 shots for an average just over over three blocks per game. She is ranked nationally in both field goal percentage and blocked shots per-game average. Verkaik carries a 3.76 grade point average while majoring in education.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Mark DeHaan
KALAMAZOO - Calvin continued its undefeated MIAA season Wednesday night when it traveled to Kalamazoo to face the Hornets. The Knights received good minutes and strong play from its bench as they defeated the Hornets 92-35 at the Anderson Athletic Center. Senior Carissa Verkaik finished the game with 19 points, five rebounds and five blocks. Sophomore Hannah Acre added a career high 13 points and nine rebounds while senior Logan Marsh tallied 12 points on four three-pointers. Calvin finished the game shooting 56% from the field. The Knights bench outscored the Kalamazoo bench 47-19. Calvin is now 11-0 in conference play and 18-1 overall, while Kalamazoo drops to 2-18 overall and 1-11 in the MIAA. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will play in the first game of a basketball doubleheader at Van Noord Arena.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
GRAND RAPIDS - Calvin senior Carissa Verkaik became the Calvin career leader in blocked shots on Saturday in helping the second-ranked Knights to a 77-55 victory over visiting Alma College. The senior out of Holland Christian High School blocked six shots to go with 20 points and seven rebounds. She now has 404 career blocks, surpassing the previous record of 399 set by 1990 Calvin graduate Sally Huyser. Earlier this year, Verkaik became the MIAA career scoring leader and also the first player in MIAA women’s basketball history to score more than 2000 points in a career. Calvin (17-1 overall, 10-0 MIAA) also received 14 points from Ally Wolffis and 10 points from Kayla Engelhard in the win. Calvin will travel to Kalamazoo on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Story by Brett Venhuizen/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
Calvin’s second-ranked women’s basketball team took on Albion College Wednesday January 23 at the Van Noord Arena. The Knights kept up their reputation in the MIAA with a sound 82-38 victory over the Britons. The Knights improve to 16-1 and are still undefeated in league play at 9-0 in MIAA action. Calvin shot 50% from the field and also an impressive 13-28 behind the 3-point line with Kelsey Irwin, Kayla Engelhard and Carissa Verkaik tallying three apiece. Carissa led the Knights in points and rebounds with 23 points and 10 boards and shot a perfect 3-3 from downtown. Her performance marked her 44th collegiate double-double. Engelhard and Irwin had 11 points apiece while seniors Heather DeKleine and Logan Marsh and sophomore Breanna Verkaik all have four assists each.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The Calvin men’s basketball team has made a move up in the latest set of D3hoops.com Top 25 rankings while the Calvin women’s team continues to hold its number-two spot. After breaking into the poll last week at the #21 spot, the Calvin men’s basketball team is ranked #17th in this week’s poll. St. Thomas (MN) holds the number-one spot while Rochester (NY) is ranked second. On the women’s side, Calvin is ranked second for the fourth consecutive week. The Knights received two first place votes in this week’s poll with DePauw holding the top spot with 23 first place votes. Rival Hope is right behind the Calvin women as the Flying Dutch are ranked third. The Calvin men’s team travels to Olivet on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. contest while the Calvin women’s team will host Albion at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 21, 2013
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through January 19.Verkaik, a senior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), became the leading career scorer in MIAA women’s basketball history Wednesday as she scored 37 points in an 85-62 road victory over Adrian. She also grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked three shots and added three assists. She now has 1,055 points in 56 MIAA league games for her career. She then became the first player in Calvin women’s history to go over 2,000 career points overall as she added 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 74-54 nonconference victory over Rochester. Verkaik, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and tenth time in her career, shot 57 percent from the field (21 of 37) and 89 percent at the free-throw line (17 of 19) for the week. Calvin is back in action Wednesday evening when it hosts Albion at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Story by Troy Ellens/Photo by Sandy Palmatter
Saturday’s matchup at Van Noord Arena featured a non-conference game between the Rochester College Warriors and the Calvin College Knights. Calvin claimed a 74-54 victory behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from senior Carissa Verkaik and 15 points from senior Kelsey Irwin. Verkaik notched her 42nd collegiate double-double and in the process, became the first player in Calvin women’s basketball history to reach the 2,000 point plateau. She now has 2,008 career points after Saturday’s win. Ranked second nationally, Calvin is also 15-1 overall.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
ADRIAN - It was quite a night for the Calvin women’s basketball team and Carissa Verkaik. Calvin used a 37-point performance from the senior All-American to pick up an 85-62 victory at Adrian College Wednesday night. With her 37-point performance, Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) becomes the all-time career scoring leader in MIAA history for conference games. Verkaik now has 1,055 career points in conference play, surpassing the previous MIAA record of 1,051 points set by Saint Mary’s graduate Allison Kessler. Verkaik established the new mark in 56 games while Kessler did so in 64 games from 2004-to-2008.« First < 2 3 4 5 6 > Last »