Wednesday, November 30, 2011Box Score
ALBION - Fourth-ranked Calvin survived a frigid second half shooting performance to claim a 69-60 victory at Albion Wednesday night in the MIAA opener for both teams. Wednesday’s game was a tale of two halves. In the first half, Calvin bolted out to a 17-point lead and threatened to blow the game wide open. Calvin (6-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes but allowed Albion to score the final five points of the half to give the host Britons (1-4 overall, 0-1 MIAA) a boost of momentum. Albion closed to within three before a triple by junior Kelsey Irwin, a bucket inside by Julia Hilbrands and two free throws by senior Jill Thomas helped clinch the win for the Knights. Hillbrands had a huge game for Calvin off the bench with 17 points and eight rebounds, connecting on 8 of 9 attempts from the field. Junior Carissa Verkaik notched her 30th career double-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots while Thomas had 12 points. Irwin added nine off the bench on 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
(Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot is traveling with the Calvin men’s soccer team this weekend and filed this first day report)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - After two early morning flights, the Knights have arrived safely in San Antonio. We had a 7:00am flight out of Grand Rapids this morning, and connected to a flight to San Antonio immediately after landing in the Detroit Metro Airport. Since landing in San Antonio, we have enjoyed sunny, mid-sixties weather, and some of the local attractions, as well as our hotel, the Hyatt Regency, located in the heart of the city. We were free during lunch today and some of the squad took advantage of the free time by strolling San Antonio’s famed River Walk and exploring the historic site of The Alamo.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011d3soccer.com Calvin/Oneonta State Semifinal Preview
An extensive preview of the upcoming NCAA III Men’s Soccer semifinal match between Calvin and Oneonta State is now available on the d3soccer.com website at: d3soccer.com Calvin/Oneonta State Semifinal Preview The preview is written by d3soccer.com writer Christian Shirk and offers analysis of both teams and insights on which team might hold the edge in Friday’s 9 p.m. (EST) matchup. Shirk also provides a preview of the other men’s semifinal between Ohio Wesleyan and Montclair State at: d3soccer.com Ohio Wesleyan/Montclair State Preview
Tuesday, November 29, 20112011 Capital One Division III Academic All-America Teams
Calvin College senior Miles Colago has been named a second team Capital One Academic All-American in men’s soccer by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America. Colago is receiving Academic All-America honors at the Division III level. This is the first year that the Capital One Academic All-America program coordinated by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA) has been split into four separate divisions. In past years, the program was split into a University (Division I) and College Division (Division II, III and NAIA schools). Beginning with this year, the program now has a separate division for Division I, Division II, Division III and a fourth division for NAIA and two-year institutions. Calvin is also now located in District 6 which includes Division III schools in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 90 times including 59 times in the last 15 years.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011d3hoops.com Top 25 Poll
The Calvin women’s basketball team has moved up in two spots in the latest d3hoops.com Top 25 poll released earlier today. The Knights are ranked fourth in this week’s poll after opening the season in the number-six spot.Amherst is the top-ranked team with the Lord Jeffs receiving 18 first place votes while the University of Chicago is ranked second (five first place votes) and George Fox ranked third (two first place votes). Calvin is off to a 5-0 start on the season. Calvin returns to action Wednesday night when it travels to Albion for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The game will be the MIAA opener for both teams.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011Collegesoccer360.com
A pair of Calvin men’s soccer players have recently been honored by the website: Collegesoccer360.com. Senior Brad Heethuis has been named a Division III Prime Time Performer by the website while junior Nick Holtrop received the same honor the week before. Heethuis and Holtrop are both graduates of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School. Heethuis scored the game-tying goal in the closing moments of a national quarterfinal contest against the University of Texas-Tyler on November 20. Holtrop scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 first round NCAA III Tournament victory over Carthage on November 12. Heethuis is is honored online at: Heethuis Prime-Time Performer
Holtrop is honored online at: Nick Holtrop Prime-Time Performer
Monday, November 28, 2011
By Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan
Over the last four years, the key for opposing teams to beat Calvin has to be to stop senior middle hitter Rebecca Kamp. Unfortunately for opposing teams, Kamp was nearly unstoppable for the Knights this season and throughout her career. This fall she averaged 3.85 kills and 1.37 blocks-per-set along with a .401 hitting percentage while leading the Knights to 33-1 overall record. She completed her career as Calvin’s all-time leader in kills and total blocks while also establishing a Calvin single-season record for hitting percentage. Kamp is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, a three-time selection for the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and a 2009 selection for the CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American team. She is currently eligible for 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors once again.
Sunday, November 27, 2011Box Score
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Calvin dropped the second game of the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic to Aquinas College by a final score of 69-63.Calvin was led in defeat by Matt DeBoer’s 18 points on 8-14 shooting. Junior Tom Snikkers was the other Calvin player in double figures. His 11 second half points, 13 total, could not propel the Knights to victory. For his efforts in the tournament, DeBoer was named to the all-tournament team. Sophomore Tyler Kruis had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Knights.
Saturday, November 26, 2011Box Score
ADRIAN - The Calvin women’s basketball team captured the Siena Heights Tournament title on Saturday, defeating host Siena Heights (6-1) 75-53 Saturday afternoon in the tournament championship game. Calvin (5-0) led 33-6 in the first half with junior Carissa Verkaik scoring 22 of Calvin’s first 33 points. Verkaik finished the game with 35 points and 12 rebounds and moved past Eileen Boonstra and into seventh place on the Calvin career scoring list in the process. Freshman Kayla Engelhard added a career-high 12 points and dished out four assists. Junior Kelsey Irwin also had nine points for the Knights who improved to 5-0 on the year. Verkaik was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team from Calvin by Engelhard. Junior Kelsey Irwin connected on three triples for the Knights in the win, boosting her career total to 87, moving her past Cara Mulder and into fifth place on the Calvin career list.
Saturday, November 26, 2011Box Score
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—A slow start to the second half proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome in their first contest at this year’s Grand Rapids Hall of Fame Classic hosted by Cornerstone University. Calvin (3-2) came out with great energy and toughness at the start of the game bu the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone (3-4) came out on fire at the beginning of the second half and extended its lead to 20 points at the 16:04 mark. The Knights never recovered from the 17-2 run put together by the Golden Eagles.Tyler Kruis and junior Matt DeBoer led the Knights in defeat with 14 points apiece. Kruis also grabbed 8 rebounds and shot an impressive 10-10 from the line. Junior forward Tom Snikkers reached double figures as well, finishing with 13 points. Cornerstone guards Ronald Bates and Wes Hudson had 23 and 22 points respectively. Fellow backcourt player Justin Yoder contributed with 21. Calvin looks to bounce back tomorrow night as the Knights make a return trip down the East Beltline to Cornerstone University for their showdown with Aquinas College at 6:00 p.m. (EST).