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Calvin Swimmer Refuses to Let Setbacks Derail All-American Career

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jeff Febus

As Elizabeth Counsell looks back on her four years as a student-athlete at Calvin, it’s quite apparent that she has frequently chosen a different road and as the poet Robert Frost so eloquently concluded in his classic poem “The Road Not Taken:” “That has made all the difference.” As a senior at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis, Ind., Counsell considered attending a larger in-state university where she would give up her swimming career and focus on being a student.

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Calvin Summer Knightfile Magazine Now Online

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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Calvin Summer Knightfile Magazine

The latest edition of Calvin’s Knightfile Magazine is now online. The edition features Calvin’s recently completed spring sports season headlined by a look at Calvin’s long-standing steeplechase tradition in track and field. Other sports covered include men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball. This spring, Calvin senior Nick Kramer captured the national championship in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

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Engineering victories

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Mitch Blankespoor

“I first met Phil (Reinken) during my first ever stop on Calvin’s campus,” junior Preston Phillips said. “I knew right then and there we were going to become friends.”

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Track: it’s all in the family

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Andrew Knot

Breanna, left; Carissa, upper right; Lindsay, lower rightThere’s no shortage of clichés equating a team to a family, and there’s good reason for that. In season, athletes see each other daily, perhaps more than their respective families. Teammates liken each other to siblings. College coaches act as parental stand-ins. But for three related members of the track and field team, Lindsay VanderBrug and Carissa and Breanna Verkaik, the team-as-family cliché is more than an adage, it’s reality.

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Steeplechase victories: a Calvin tradition

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Jeff Febus

Mention the word “steeplechase” and a sparkle comes to Brian Diemer’s eyes, with good reason. A three-time U.S. Olympian in the track and field race, including a bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Diemer holds the steeplechase close to his heart.

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Marie Prins: ‘all in’

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Lynn Rosendale

Marie PrinsAs the only senior on this year’s softball team, Marie Prins knows a thing or two about leadership. “It’s been a journey for me,” said Prins. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a leader and captain of this team.”

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Spring 2012 Sports Recap

Friday, June 01, 2012

The baseball team under the direction of head coach John Sparks posted an overall record of 15-25 and finished tied for sixth place in the MIAA standings with a 9-19 conference record. Calvin posted a 5-5 record on its spring trip to Tucson, Ariz., but then suffered a seven-game losing streak in mid- April. Calvin rebounded to win four of its final seven games, including a combined no-hitter between senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and freshman Nate Schepers (Holland, Mich.) in a 6-2 win over Albion. Lambers was later named MIAA Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.

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By bunt or bean, Van Alten finds himself on first—often

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Mark DeHaan

Jake Van Alten “Third basemen (around the league) will be glad when he graduates,” said men’s athletic director Jim Timmer, about Calvin baseball senior Jake Van Alten. Van Alten, a four-year starter in the outfield, is a bunt specialist. Continued Timmer: “He’s got 400 at-bats in his Calvin career, and I think he has squared to bunt in about 350 of them.”

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Young talent defines Calvin women’s tennis

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Andrew Knot

With four freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and no seniors on Calvin women’s tennis team, the squad was short on experience but not lacking for ability.

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Winter 2012 Sports Recap

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Led by head coach John Ross, the women’s basketball team produced a banner year, finishing 28-2 overall while also matching a school record for wins in a season. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title with a 15-1 league record and then won the four-team MIAA tournament capped off by a 65-43 win over rival Hope in the MIAA tournament championship game.

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