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Calvin Men Place Fourth - Women Place Fifth in Final Standings at Calvin Winter Invitational

Sunday, December 04, 2011

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Final Overall Meet Results

The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams concluded competition at the three-day Calvin Winter Invitational Saturday night. On the men’s side, Calvin finished fourth in a field of eight teams with 428 points. On the women’s side, Calvin took fifth in a field of 10 teams with 392 points. The point total by the Calvin men marked its highest total in the three-year history of the Calvin Winter Invitational.
Calvin’s divers played a big role in Calvin’s high point totals at the invitational. On the men’s side, sophomore Andrew Krafft won both the one and three-meter boards, winning three-meter board with a score of 518.25 points and the one-meter board with a score of 509.20 points. In the prelims of the three-meter competition on Saturday, Krafft broke the Venema Aquatic Center pool record with a score of 540.90 points which also ranks as an NCAA III qualifying score.On the women’s side, junior Samantha Klaasen took fourth on both the one and three-meter boards, posting a score of 382.85 points on the three-meter board and an NCAA III qualifying score of 403.50 on the one-meter board.

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Men’s Soccer Defeats Oneonta State 4-2 in NCAA III Semifinals

Sunday, December 04, 2011

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Calvin-Oneonta State Box Score

(Photo by Bill Sanderson)

The Calvin men’s soccer team will face the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan in the national championship final Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. (EST) in San Antonio, Texas. Calvin punched its second berth in the national championship final in the last three years with a 4-2 semifinal win over Oneonta State of New York Friday night. Earlier in the evening, Ohio Wesleyan blanked Montclair State 4-0. In its win over Oneonta State, Calvin conceded the first goal of the match in just the seventh minute of play but then scored three unanswered goals in the first half to take a 3-1 halftime lead. First half Calvin goals came from senior Brad Heethuis, freshman Travis Vegter and senior Brad Wassink. In the second half, Travis Vegter ripped in his second goal of the game to give Calvin a 4-1 lead. Oneonta State then scored a goal in the final 10 minutes of the match to close out the scoring. Calvin (19-5-2) will be facing Ohio Wesleyan for the sixth time in NCAA III Tournament play. Ohio Wesleyan has won three of the prior five NCAA III Tournament matchups but Calvin won the last meeting in NCAA III Tournament play, winning 2-1 in a second round match in 2005.

Calvin Stretch Internet Audio Broadcast Link

d3soccer.com Semifinal Coverage

Grand Rapids Press Coverage

Postmatch Audio Interviews with Chris Hughes, Travis Vegter and Brad Heethuis

Calvin-Oneonta State Box Score

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Falls to Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in NCAA III Championship Final

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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(Photo by Emily Daum)

SAN ANTONIO, TX - For the second time in three years, Calvin’s bid for a national championship in men’s soccer came up just short. On Saturday night, Calvin fell to Ohio Wesleyan 2-1 in the national championship final. The game came two years after Calvin had dropped a 2-0 decision to Messiah College in the 2009 national final. Ohio Wesleyan (23-2-0) grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of late first half goals scored less than two minutes apart. Calvin came back to slice the deficit in half as freshman Travis Vegter ripped in a shot off a pass from sophomore Zach Willis five minutes into the second half. Calvin continued to pressure for the tying goal, outshooting Ohio Wesleyan 11-7 over the final 45 minutes but the Knights could not equalize. Calvin closes out the year with an overall record of 19-6-2, matching the Calvin single-season record for victories. The goal by Travis Vegter was his third of the NCAA III Final Four. He was later named to the all-tournament team along with teammates Lawrence Murray and Dan Nederhoed.

d3soccer.com Game Story

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Men’s Basketball Falls to Wheaton 71-66 in CCIW/MIAA Challenge

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/Photo by Paul Evans

A day after completing a comeback victory against Carthage College, Calvin hosted No. 13 Wheaton College in the final game of the CCIW/MIAA Challenge. Bidding for its first win over Wheaton since 2005, Calvin came up short, falling 71-66. Calvin held a 60-47 lead but Wheaton outscored Calvin 24-6 over the final six minutes of the game which included an 18-0 run to claim the win. Junior Matt DeBoer had a career-high 20 points and six rebounds for Calvin, while sophomore Mickey DeVries was the only other Knight in double digits with 10. Junior Tom Snikkers added nine points and six boards while sophomore Tyler Kruis tallied four points and nine rebounds.

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Women’s Basketball Opens Home Schedule With 64-46 Win Over Adrian

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Story Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan/(Photo by Paul Evans)

Playing in its first home game of the season, the Calvin women’s basketball team hosted the Adrian Bulldogs Saturday afternoon. Calvin recorded a 64-46 win to remain unbeaten on the season. Carissa Verkaik led the Knights on offense with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelsey Irwin finished with nine points and Courtney Kurncz added eight. Irwin had a trio of triples and in doing so, moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Calvin career three-point list with 93. Senneca Scott led the Bulldogs on offense with 12 points and seven rebounds while Boggs chipped in nine points and senior Jenn Headley added eight. Calvin moves to 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in conference with the win, while Adrian is now 1-4 and 0-2 in the MIAA.

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Vande Streek Records 300th Win at Calvin in 71-68 Triumph Over Carthage in MIAA/CCIW Challenge

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Hosting the MIAA/CCIW Challenge, Calvin played in the nightcap against Carthage College after Hope defeated Wheaton in a 79-78 thriller. Head Coach Kevin Vande Streek came into the match with 299 wins on his Calvin resumeí, and was looking for his 300th. Vande Streek got that 300th win on Friday night as Calvin recorded a come-from-behind 71-68 victory over Carthage College on the first night of the MIAA/CCIW Challenge. Juniors Tom Snikkers and Matt DeBoer scored 15 points apiece to help lead the Knights to the win. Calvin is now 4-3 on the year including 4-0 at Van Noord Arena this season. Vande Streek is now 300-126 in his 16 years at the helm of the Calvin men’s basketball program. Calvin will face Wheaton on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. while Hope will take on Carthage at 3:30 p.m. Earlier on Friday, Hope edged Wheaton 79-78.

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Records Fall and NCAA III Cuts Galore on Day Two of Calvin Winter Swimming & Diving Invite

Saturday, December 03, 2011

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Day Two Results

(Photo by Paul Evans)

With one day of competition left at the Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team is in fourth place with 216 points while the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team is in fifth place with 210 points. Grand Valley State leads both competitions with the Laker men leading with 651.5 points while the Laker women have a first place total of 546 points. In the men’s meet, Calvin got the morning off to a bang as senior Greg Gorham blasted away his own record in the 100 breaststroke prelims, recording an NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of 57.73. In the evening finals, Gorham took seventh with a time of 58.40. On the women’s side, junior Elizabeth Counsell had a monster swim in the 100 breaststroke, winning the event with a strong NCAA III B’ cut qualifying time of of 1:03.62 that was less than two-tenths of a second of an NCAA III A’ cut time.  Junior Stephanie Fox also had a huge night, placing second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:54.07. Her swim came one night after she clocked an NCAA B’ cut qualifying time of 1:53.42 as the leadoff leg of Calvin’s 800 freestyle relay.

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Day Two San Antonio Diary For Calvin Men’s Soccer Team

Friday, December 02, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photos Courtesy of NCAA Photos

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Team breakfast in the hotel kicked off a loaded day for the squad.  After breakfast, the squad traveled in team vans to Blossom Soccer Complex to get to know the facility.  While there, they relived previous tournament goals, took pictures, and enjoyed the sunny, 70-degree weather.  After the stadium walk-through, the team practiced at another local soccer complex.  The training session, filled with fast-paced possession drills, marked the last of the 2011 season for the Knights. Following the practice, the team had a chance to participate in a divison-wide partnership between the schools and the Special Olympics.  The team broke into groups and led dribbling and shooting drills with the Special Olympians, who were eager to interact with college athletes

Miles Colago Banquet Speech

Final Four Interviews with Chris Hughes, Brad Wassink and Miles Colago

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Calvin Women 2nd/Calvin Men 5th Through Day One of Calvin Winter Invitational

Friday, December 02, 2011

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Winter Invitational Day One Results

(Photo by Paul Evans)

The first day of competition of the 2011 Calvin Winter Invitational is in the books and after day one, the Calvin women’s team is in second place in a field of eight teams with 71 points while the Calvin men’s team is fifth in a field of eight teams with 51 points. Just two events were held on Thursday night - the 800 freestyle relay and the 1,650 freestyle.

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Calvin’s Brad Wassink Named Recipient of Men’s Soccer Elite 89 Award

Thursday, December 01, 2011

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NCAA Elite 89 Website

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Brad Wassink, a senior at Calvin College, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2011 NCAA Division III Menís Soccer Championship. A native of Long Beach, California, and a graduate of Valley Christian High School, Wassink is majoring in English and political science and carries a 3.94 GPA.  Wassink was presented with the award during the (NCAA III menís and womenís soccer banquet/presentation) Thursday night in San Antonio, Texas. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAAís championships.

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