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Shift in Athletic Seasons Pays off For Calvin Distance Runner

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

It was a shift in athletic seasons that allowed junior Nicole Michmerhuizen to first try cross country as a sophomore at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School. When Michigan moved girls high school basketball from the fall to the winter in 2007, Michmerhuizen, a basketball player in her freshman year, decided to pick up cross country as her fall sport. 

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Sarkipato Gains Life Lessons During Calvin Men’s Golf Career

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Four short years ago, a freshman named Dave Sarkipato came to Calvin with the hopes of being the star on Calvin’s golf team. Fast-forward to the present day.  Sarkipato, now a senior, still strives to be the best golfer he can be, but the team’s goals come before his own. Sarkipato played mainly tennis growing up.  It wasn’t until high school that he picked up golf.

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Talented Freshman Bolsters Women’s Golf Team

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jordan Brink

Calvin women’s golf is coming off a fall season in which it finished fourth in the MIAA and one of the reasons for the team’s success was the freshmen class, led by Casey Harkema.  With a season average of 88.5 strokes-per-round and a 16th-place finish in the final MIAA standings, Harkema played a valuable role as a newcomer to the women’s golf program. 

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Calvin Runner Continues Family Running History

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jeff Febus

With arms and legs churning furiously, Job Christiansen is a sight to watch on the cross country course. In short, the Calvin senior gives it his all. “I’ve had coaches from around the country tell me, ‘Wow. I wish I had a team full of runners who gave that kind of effort,’” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. “Job is the kind of guy who never gives less than his best, and his leadership to our team throughout his career has been incredible. He’s a quiet guy but when he talks in person or writes something to our team on e-mail, people pay attention.”

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Knight Performs Double Duty

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

Julia Hilbrands doesn’t like to quit things once she’s started. “I’m a very driven person,” she said. That personality trait is exactly why Hilbrands has found herself in a key role for two highly ranked programs at Calvin—volleyball and basketball. At one time both NCAA III teams were ranked No. 1 in the country, and Hilbrands was technically a member of both.

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Danielle Carter Delivers in Clutch for Calvin Women’s Soccer Team

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Troy Ellens ‘15

With 12 incoming freshmen and a pre-season ranking of fifth in the MIAA, the Calvin women’s soccer team did not know what was in store for their 2012 season. It took experienced veterans such as Danielle Carter to help direct the way. Carter, a junior from DeWitt, Mich., has been playing soccer since she was four years old. She was looking for a Division III college that was excellent academically and where she could play soccer.

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Nederhoed a Model of Consistency for Calvin Men’s Soccer Program

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Not many things keep Dan Nederhood off of the soccer field. During his career at Calvin, Nederhoed started 95 of 98 games wearing the maroon and gold. An injury at the start of his sophomore year held Nederhood out of a three-game trip to Rochester, N.Y.  A graduate of East Kentwood (Mich.) High School, Nederhoed chose Calvin primarily because of the soccer program.

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Storied Career Ends for Calvin’s Top Scorer

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan ‘15

The past four years of Calvin women’s basketball have been among the most successful in the history of the program. With a senior class that posted a 100-16 overall record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and three MIAA championships, the past four years have been something special for the Knights on the hardwood. And while all of this has been done with a very special six-member senior class, senior Carissa Verkaik stands out. The all-time Calvin career leader in points, with 2,236; rebounds, with 1,071; and blocked shots, with 440, Verkaik was named the MIAA MVP all four years of her career, becoming the first player in MIAA women’s basketball history to be so honored four consecutive years. Verkaik is also the MIAA career leader in points in conference games, posting 1,219 points in 64 career MIAA contests.

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Snikkers Finishes Career With Goal Attained

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

“Calvin challenges you a lot,” said Tommy Snikkers, senior forward on the men’s basketball team. “The classes are not easy; the workload is not easy; the sports are not easy. Calvin’s very demanding in all aspects, and that’s something you should embrace if you’re up for the challenge.” Snikkers certainly has. As a three-time All-MIAA first team selection, Snikkers has led the team in scoring each of the last three years. Averaging 13.4 points per game this season, Snikkers led a balanced scoring attack with three other players in double digits for the Knights.

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Persistence Pays Off for Calvin Swimmer

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Calvin College senior swimmer Mark Rushlow recently concluded his collegiate swimming career at the MIAA swimming and diving championships, but Rushlow has learned much more than just how to swim faster during his four years at Calvin.  As a senior at Northridge High School in Goshen, Ind., Rushlow visited Wheaton College (Ill.) with thoughts of attending college there as well as swimming for the Thunder. After deciding that Wheaton was not the place for him, Rushlow went home. A month later, he received a phone call from Calvin head swimming coach Dan Gelderloos. 

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