Thursday, February 24, 20112011 Calvin Women's Tennis Schedule
The Calvin women’s tennis team will open its 2011 season on Friday when it travels to Wheaton College (IL) for a non-conference match. The Knights will then face Coe College (IA) Saturday afternoon in a match scheduled to be played in Wheaton.Oosterhouse and Spoelhof were both named to the All-MIAA first team last spring. Oosterhouse was also named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and later earned Academic All-America honors as well as the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award which she received while competing at the NCAA III Single Tournament in May. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head Calvin women’s tennis coach Jerry Bergsma to preview the upcoming season. That audio preview can be found online at: Jerry Bergsma Preseason Audio Interview
Wednesday, February 23, 2011Box Score
By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot
Calvin advanced to the semifinal round of the MIAA tournament play with a 72-65 victory over Trine on Wednesday night. Calvin trailed 31-20 but scored the final 16 points of the first half to take a 36-31 halftime lead. Trine crept to within a point in the second half but the Knights never gave up the lead, sinking several clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Sophomore Tom Snikkers led the Knights with 18 points. Senior Danny Rodts added 13 points and led the Knights 9 rebounds. Freshman Jordan Brink chipped in 15 points and junior Brian Haverdink notched nine points off the bench.Scott Rogers led Trine with 17 points. Calvin will face Albion at 6 pm in Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse in an semifinal game Friday night. Hope will face Adrian in the second semifinal game at 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011Box Score
(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)
The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 22-4 overall with an 84-57 victory over Kalamazoo in a first round MIAA Tournament game Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena. The Knights advance to the MIAA Tournament semifinals and will host Albion at 7:30 p.m. Calvin led 37-16 at halftime and held a double-digit lead throughout. Sophomore Carissa Verkaik notched her 23rd collegiate double-double including her 12th of the year with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Julia Hilbrands also picked up her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Ally Wolffis also had 13 points and Kelsey Irwin 12. With her 27 points, Verkaik moved past Brook Van Eck and Julie Post into 11th place on the Calvin career scoring list, boosting her career total to 1,027 points.
Tuesday, February 22, 20112011 Calvin Baseball Schedule
The Calvin baseball team will open its 2011 season with a three-game weekend series at Centre College (KY) March 4 and 5. The Knights will then participate in seven games in Tucson, Arizona, March 18-22. The Knights will return home to open its MIAA campaign with a four-game series against defending league champion Adrian March 25 and 26. Calvin returns 19 letterwinners from its 2010 team that finished 18-20 overall and in fourth place in the MIAA with a 15-13 conference record. The Knights return a first team All-MIAA selection in senior pitcher Keith Spoelstra and a second All-MIAA selection in first baseman/DH Andrew Bosma (pictured left). Spoelstra is one of four returning pitchers from Calvin’s starting rotation from a year ago. Other returning pitchers from the Calvin starting rotation include seniors Peter Steiner and Jeff Groenewold and sophomore Eric Poencet. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head coach John Sparks for a pre-season audio interview previewing the upcoming season which can be found at: John Sparks 2011 Calvin Baseball Preseason Audio Interview
Sunday, February 20, 2011Results
ALLENDALE - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their indoor campaigns on Friday night at Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational.
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Sunday, February 20, 2011Saturday Results
JENISON - The Calvin men’s swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the MIAA Championships with 486 points. Calvin’s point total marked a 58-point improvement over its 2010 conference meet score and it marked Calvin’s highest point total since the MIAA moved to eight places for both for championship and consolation finals. At the conclusion of Saturday’s competition, Calvin freshman Andy Krafft (Fort Wayne, IN/Home Schooled) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver, becoming the first individual in Calvin men’s swimming and diving history to receive the award. During the conference meet, Krafft captured league titles on both the one and three-meter boards, joining 1982 Calvin graduate Dirk Pruis as the only two divers in Calvin men’s history to win both events in the same year. Pruis was the first to do so, winning both the one and three-meter titles at the 1982 MIAA Championships.
Sunday, February 20, 2011Saturday Results
JENISON - The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team continued its MIAA championship streak on Saturday night, completing the three-day MIAA Championships with a first place total of 850 points. The MIAA title is the seventh straight for the Knights including their ninth overall. Calvin finished 171 points ahead of runner-up Hope. At the conclusion of the competition Saturday night, sophomore Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN/Heritage Christian HS) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Swimmer while sophomore Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Diver.
Saturday, February 19, 2011Box Score
ALBION - The Calvin men’s basketball team used a strong final surge to defeat Alboion 51-45 Saturday afternoon at Kresge Gymnasium. With the win, Calvin (14-11 overall) finishes in sole possession of second place in the final MIAA regular season standings at 9-5 in league play. Calvin also gains the second seed for the MIAA Tournament next week and will host Trine in a first round game next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Trailing 45-44 with just under five minutes left to play on Saturday, Calvin scored the final seven points sparked by a three-pointer by senior Brent Schuster that put the Knights ahead to stay. Seniors Trent Salo and Danny Rodts followed with clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Sophomore Tom Snikkers finished the game with 16 points while Schuster had 10.
Saturday, February 19, 2011Box Score
ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin women’s basketball team captured a share of its first MIAA title since the 2006-07 season with a 64-35 win at Trine University. Calvin (21-4 overall) finishes the MIAA at 15-1 and shares the final league title with Hope which also finished league play with a 15-1 conference mark. In its win over Trine, Calvin sophomore Carissa Verkaik became the 13th player in Calvin women’s basketball history to hit the 1,000 point plateau as she scored 18 points to hit 1,000 points on the nose. Junior Courtney Kurncz also had a strong game for Calvin with 15 points. Late Saturday afternoon, Calvin won a coin flip with Hope for the top seed for next week’s MIAA Tournament. As the top seed, Calvin will have homecourt advantage throughout the league tournament. The Knights will host Kalamazoo in a first round MIAA Tournament game Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 2011Day Two Results
JENISON - Calvin freshman Andy Krafft completed an historic two days of competition at the MIAA Championships Friday night at the Jenison Aquatic Center, capturing the MIAA title on the three-meter diving board with an NCAA III qualifying score of 504.05 points. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Krafft is the second individual in Calvin men’s swimming and diving history to capture both the one and three meter diving board titles at the same meet. He is also the first Calvin men’s diver to win the three-meter title since Dirk Pruis did so in 1982. Krafft actually established a Calvin record in the prelims, recording a score of 513.15 points, breaking the previous record of 508.45 set by Pruis in 1982 which had been the oldest record still in the Calvin books. On Thursday night, Krafft captured the one-meter title with a Calvin record point total of 511.45 points. Krafft now owns all four Calvin diving records, establishing new marks this year on the one and three-meter boards for six dives and now also in 11-dive competition. Krafft’s efforts helped the Knights remain in fourth place in the team standings with one day left to go. The Knights currently have a total of 365 points, trailing Olivet by 72 points.