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Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Post Commanding Leads After Day One of MIAA Field Day

Thursday, May 06, 2010

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ALMA—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams have taken commanding leads through day one of the MIAA Track and Field Championships.

In the men’s competition, Calvin holds a 41-point lead over Hope as the Knights have a first place total of 73 points. Calvin had two individual champions on Friday with junior Joel Klingenberg (Hamilton, ON) winning the javelin for the second year in a row, recording a throw of 186-10. Senior Zack VanderLaan (Lansing, Mich.) also captured the long jump title, uncorking a winning jump of 22-8 1/2 on his last and final jump of the afternoon. In the women’s competition, Calvin holds a 40-point lead over Hope with the Knights building a first place total of 95.5 points. The Calvin women’s team crowned three individual champions on Friday led by senior Jessica Koster (Grand Rapids Christian HS) who repeated as league champion in the 10,000 meters with a time of 38.02.93. Calvin senior Joy Leach (Charlottsville, VA) also repeated as league champion in the pole vault, winning with a vault of 12-1 1/2. Junior Leigha Oberle (Grand Rapids Christian HS) also won the discus with a throw of 136-3.

Bret Otte Day One Audio Interview

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T-Shirts for Matt DeVlieger Continue To Be On Sale - Video Stories Recap MIAA Tournament Experience

Thursday, May 06, 2010

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This past weekend at the MIAA Mens Tennis Tournament, all seven menís tennis teams competing at the tournament donned royal blue t-shirts designed by Hope menís tennis coach Steve Gorno that honored Calvin junior menís tennis player Matt DeVlieger (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian HS). DeVlieger is currently continuing his rehabilitation from a December 2009 scuba diving accident that left him paralyzed from the waste down. The T-shirts were designed by Gorno as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the medical expenses that the DeVlieger family is incurring as Matt recovers. Calvin Media Relations Manager Matt Kucinski was there to document the opening of the MIAA Tournament and caught the opening speech given to the competing players by Gorno.

T-Shirts can be ordered directly through Andrew DeVlieger by email: at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at: 616-835-1170.

Catch the video at: MIAA Tournament Introductory Speech by Steve Gorno

In addition, WZZM-TV 13 sports director Tom Clyde was there to document the story. Check the WZZM-TV 13 Web site to catch Clyde’s report at: WZZM-TV 13 Matt DeVlieger Story

Tribute to Matthew DeVlieger from Calvin College 

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Busscher, DeGroot and VanVeen Reflect on Calvin Women’s Tennis Season - Upcoming NCAA III Tournament

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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The Calvin Sports Information office recently caught up with seniors Jill Van Veen and Rachel DeGroot and junior Michelle Busscher of the 2010 MIAA champion Calvin women’s tennis team for audio interviews.

Van Veen is a native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School majoring in sports management with a business minor. DeGroot is from Lombard, Illinois. She is a graduate of Timothy Christian High School and is majoring in nursing.

Busscher is also a nursing major. She hails from Whitehall and is a graduate of Muskegon Western Michigan Christian High School. All three have played key roles on Calvin’s run to an MIAA title and a berth in the NCAA III Tournament this spring. Calvin is currently 18-3 overall heading into NCAA III Tournament play. The NCAA III Tournament bracket will be announced on May 10.

Rachel DeGroot Audio Interview

Jill Van Veen Audio Interview

Michelle Busscher Audio Interview

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Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Aquinas - Snaps 10-Game Losing Streak Against Saints

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with non-conference rival Aquinas Tuesday afternoon at Fifth/Third Ballpark and in the process, snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Saints dating back to the 2001 season. Aquinas captured game one 8-4 but Calvin came back to win game two 10-0 behind a grand slam home run by junior Andrew Bosma in the third inning. Bosma drove in eight runs in the doubleheader, raising his season RBI total to 32, moving him into a tie for seventh place on the Calvin single-season RBI list.  Bosma went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader to raise his season batting average to .396. Senior Rob Kool went the distance in game two to pick up his second collegiate victory on the mound. Junior Tyler Berger also went 4-for-7 in the doubleheader with three runs batted in, raising his season batting average to .339.

Grand Rapids Press Story on Andrew Bosma

Andrew Bosma’s grand slam from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Trine University - Remains in Fifth Place in MIAA Standings

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter) - ANGOLA, IN - Calvin split a doubleheader at Trine University on Saturday, falling 4-2 in game one and them coming back to win the nightcap 5-4. In game two, junior Keith Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) flirted with a no-hit bid for the second straight week. Spoelstra carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning until the Thunder broke up the bid with a one-out single.

Trine’s Brad Laucher then connected on a two-run homer to cut Calvin’s 4-0 lead in half. Calvin (14-19 overall, 11-13 MIAA) added an important insurance run in the top of the seventh as sophomore Jake VanAlten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) led off with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Andrew Bosma (Holland/Holland Christian HS) to put the Knights up 5-2.

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Calvin Women’s Tennis Team Captures MIAA Tournament Title - Punches NCAA III Tournament Ticket

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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The Calvin women’s tennis team is NCAA III Tournament bound!! The Knights punched their post-season ticket with a 6-3 win over rival Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship final on Saturday afternoon at West Ottawa High School. The MIAA Tournament title is Calvin’s first since 1982. At 18-3 overall, Calvin will be making its first trip to the NCAA III Tournament. The NCAA III Tournament field will be announced on May 13. The MIAA Tournament crown came on the heels of an MIAA regular season title clinched by the Knights earlier in the week. In Saturday’s win over Hope, Calvin trailed 2-1 after doubles but won five straight singles flights to clinch the match. -

MIAA Tournament Web site

MIAA Tournament Photo Gallery

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Softball Upsets Regionally-Ranked Adrian in Season Finale - Finishes Sixth in Final MIAA Standings

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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(Photo by Sandy Palmatter) ADRIAN - The Calvin softball team closed out its 2010 campaign on a high note, upsetting regionally-ranked Adrian to gain a doubleheader split in its regular season finale. Calvin upset the host Bulldogs 2-1 in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday and then fought valiently before falling 4-3 in game two. With the split, Calvin moved up into a tie for sixth place in the final MIAA standings at 6-10 in league play. Calvin’s conference finish was an improvement of two spots from a year ago while its conference win total was an improvement of six wins from its 2009 league campaign. At 11-24 overall, Calvin also upped its final season win total by seven over its 2009 win total.

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Men’s Tennis Takes Third at MIAA Tournament With Dramatic Come-From-Behind 5-4 Win Over Albion

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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(written by sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor)

KALAMAZOO Ė Calvinís menís tennis team took to the courts one final time this season.  After a 5-3 defeat at the hands of rival Hope Friday afternoon, the Knights found themselves in the third place match versus the Albion Britons; a team Calvin had defeated 6-3 at Strikwerda Tennis Center earlier this season.  On Saturday, the Knights prevailed, defeating the Britons 5-4 in dramatic fashion to claim third place in the MIAA Tournament.

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Calvin Track & Field Teams Compete at Benedictine Twilight Invitational

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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LISLE, IL—The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed on Friday evening at the Benedictine Twilight Invitational. Full results were not available Friday night but early reports had several Calvin athletes producing strong results despite strong winds and subsequent thunderstorms that halted the meet two events shy of completion.

A highlight for the Calvin women’s team came from junior Rebekah VanDyk (Bellflower, CA/Valley Christian HS) who recorded an NCAA III provisional qualifying jump of 5-6 in the high jump. The jump was a collegiate-best for VanDyk and gives her a solid shot at qualifying for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. After clearing the bar at 5-6, VanDyk just missed clearing at 5-7.

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