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Calvin-Hope Women’s Basketball Rivalry Featured on d3hoops.com

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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d3hoops.com Around the Nation Column

The Calvin-Hope women’s basketball rivalry is featured in d3hoops.com’s most recent edition of: “Around the Nation.” The weekly column focuses on two local teams that have not only battled for conference bragging rights but also national honors. Both teams are currently ranked in the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll with the Calvin women ranked fourth and the Hope women ranked 14th. The column is written by Gordon Mann and can be found online at: As the Rivalry Turns

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Calvin Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Teams in Second Place Through Day One of Chicago Invite

Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Day One Results

CHICAGO, IL - The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are in second place through one day of competition at the University of Chicago Invitational. In the men’s competition, Calvin is in second place in a field of seven teams with 262 points. On the women’s side, Calvin is in second place in a field of six teams with 232 points. Host Chicago leads the men’s competition with 326 points while Lincoln College leads the women’s field with 263 points.

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Men’s Basketball Snaps Four-Game Losing Skid With 68-47 Win Over Kalamazoo

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot/Photo by Sandy Palmatter

The Knights put a conclusive stamp on their first conference win with a 68-47 victory over Kalamazoo Wednesday evening.  After an even first half, Calvin outscored the Hornets 41-20 in the game’s final twenty minutes. Junior Bryan Powell had 18 points including 12 in the second half while junior Tom Snikkers had 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomores Jordan Mast and Tyler Kruis had eight points apiece with Kruis blocking four shots to go with seven rebounds while Mast nailed a pair of three-point shots. Calvin will travel to Alma on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.

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Women’s Basketball Remains Unbeaten with 86-44 Win Over Alma

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan

Days after posting a 72-59 victory over rival Hope, the Knights were back in action, this time playing host to the Alma Scots. Calvin, ranked fourth in the nation in Division III, came into the game 13-0 and 6-0 in the MIAA while the Scots came in 4-10 overall and 2-3 in the MIAA. Calvin remained unbeaten, defeating Alma 86-44 Wednesday night at Van Noord Arena. Junior Carissa Verkaik had 26 points and nine rebounds while junior Julia Hilbrands had 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Calvin also connected on seven three-point baskets including two apiece from sophomore Shelby Sheehan and senior Leah Mattson.

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Samantha Klaasen Continues to Excel on Diving Boards for Calvin

Monday, January 09, 2012

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Mark DeHaan

After winning MIAA Most Valuable Diver and posting NCAA qualifying scores in her sophomore year, Samantha Klaasen was hoping for an invitation to dive at the NCAA Championships. Unfortunately, Klaasen was not invited to the meet limited to 22 divers nation-wide. The disappointment was initially a set-back for the Holland Christian graduate but has since turned into motivation to dive stronger in her junior year. Klaasen is off to a strong start to her junior campaign, already posting national qualifying marks on both the one and three-meter boards.

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Underwater Lens Captures Calvin Divers in Florida

Monday, January 09, 2012

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Stephen Frink Photography website

The Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams spent Christmas break training in the Florida Keys. Photographer Stephen Frink was there to document Calvin’s divers in training. Frink used a new underwater camera to do so. A photo gallery of Frink’s photography can be found online at: Stephen Frink Photo Gallery

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Carissa Verkaik Named MIAA Player of the Week in Women’s Basketball

Monday, January 09, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through January 7. Verkaik, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), averaged 17 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in leading the Knights to a pair of wins that moved them into sole possession of first place in the MIAA. She scored 21 points and added seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action in an 81-29 rout of Kalamazoo, then came back with a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds as Calvin defeated Hope, 72-59, in a battle for first place. Verkaik, who is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season and eighth time in her career, made 13 of 20 shots from the field (65 percent) and all seven of her free throws for the week.

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Men’s Basketball Defeated by Albion 64-59

Saturday, January 07, 2012

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Photo by Sandy Palmatter

The Knights fell to 0-2 in conference with a 64-59 loss against Albion on Saturday.  In the game’s opening seven minutes, Albion went on a 13-4 run with a flurry of three point plays.  Alex Harville knocked down two triples and Luke Walker added one to cap off the run. The Britons maintained a lead for most of the first half until Calvin chipped away at the deficit.  Calvin was led in defeat by DeBoer with 15 points while Snikkers had 14 points, 7 assists and six rebounds. Kruis added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Calvin hosts Kalamazoo Wednesday at 8 p.m. 

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Team Claims 72-59 Win Over Hope

Saturday, January 07, 2012

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In a meeting of nationally-ranked teams, Calvin claimed a 72-59 victory over rival Hope Saturday afternoon at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Ranked fourth in the most recent d3hoops.com Top 25 poll, Calvin outrebounded Hope 46-30 and connected on 20 of 27 attempts from the free throw line to pull away for the win. Calvin (13-0 overall, 6-0 MIAA) received a career-high 16 points and seven assists from freshman Kayla Engelhard while senior Courtney Kurncz and junior Carissa Verkaik both had double-doubles. Kurncz had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Verkaik posted her 32nd collegiate double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Julia Hilbrands also had 10 points to go with eight rebounds. Hope was led by senior Maddie Burnett with a game-high 18 points.

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Holland Sentinel Story

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Men’s Basketball Drops MIAA Opener at Adrian 68-61

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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ADRIAN - The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped its MIAA opener Wednesday night at Adrian, falling by a score of 68-61. Calvin trailed 34-26 at halftime but came back to take a 35-34 second half lead. Adrian came back to take a 58-47 lead only to see Calvin creep to within five at 64-59 before a late set of Adrian free throws kept Calvin at bay. Junior Bryan Powell led Calvin in defeat with a career-high 21 points while junior Tom Snikkers had 15 points and Jordan Mast 12 points. Sophomore Tyler Kruis added nine points and eight rebounds. Calvin (5-7 overall, 0-1 MIAA) returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Albion at 3 p.m. at Van Noord Arena.

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