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Women’s Basketball Defeats Kalamazoo 81-29 - Sets Up Showdown For First Place With Hope

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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KALAMAZOO - Calvin rolled to an 81-29 victory at Kalamazoo Wednesday night, setting up a showdown for first place in the MIAA standings with rival Hope on Saturday. Hope defeated Olivet 66-52 Wednesday night. Calvin and Hope are both 5-0 in league play heading into Saturday’s rivalry showdown set to begin at 1 p.m. at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Ranked fourth nationally, Calvin (12-0 overall), connected on 50 percent of its field goals in the first half, en route to taking a 39-7 halftime lead. Calvin connected on a season-high 11 three-point shots in the contest led by senior Leah Mattson who was 3-of-4 from downtown for a nine-point outing. Six different players for Calvin connected on triple tries. Junior Kelsey Irwin added two more three-pointers to build her team-leading season total to 28. Irwin now has 101 three-pointers in her Calvin career. Junior Carissa Verkaik led Calvin in scoring with 21 points to go with seven rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.

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Fall 2011 Sports Recap

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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The men’s soccer team, led by head coach Chris Hughes, had an historic season, capturing its fifth consecutive MIAA regular-season title, finishing with a league record of 11-2-1. In doing so, Calvin became the first team in MIAA men’s soccer history to claim at least a share of five straight MIAA regular-season crowns. The Knights also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the fifth straight year and for the seventh time under Hughes.

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Trio of Kamps bolster volleyball program

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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Senior Rebecca Kamp remembers a time when she and her younger sisters spent a lot of time playing volleyball together. “We used to pepper in the backyard for hours,” she said. “We would completely wear the grass away.”

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Consistent midfielder leads young Knights

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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The 2011 Calvin women’s soccer team was comprised of several young players looking to prove themselves on the field as well as learn what they could from those who already had a wealth of experience playing Calvin soccer.

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Goal (finally) accomplished

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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In the 61st minute of a Sept. 16 men’s soccer game against Wheaton, with Calvin on top 1-0, freshman Travis Vegter (left) won the ball at midfield, dribbled through a crowd and delivered a pass to the top of the box from the right flank. There waiting for it was his older brother. Without hesitation, Tyler (pictured below) buried a shot to give the Knights what would stand as the game-winning goal.

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Canto sets new Calvin golf standard

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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This past fall, Carlia Canto set a Calvin record for lowest strokes-per-round for the women’s golf team at 82.7. And, being just a sophomore, she has two more years to even further lower that mark.

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Junior golfer claims league’s top honor

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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It was an historic fall for Calvin men’s golfer Ben Kuiper. A junior from Grand Rapids, Mich., Kuiper became the first Calvin golfer since 1965 to claim MIAA Most Valuable Golfer honors. Kuiper did so with an MIAA season scoring average of 74.6 strokes-per-round, finishing three strokes ahead of the nearest competition.

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Cross country a natural for former soccer player

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor


A native of Homer Glen, Ill., senior Jodi Hoekstra started and will end her athletic career as a Knight: first as a Chicago Christian High School Knight on the women’s tennis and track and field teams and most recently at Calvin on the women’s cross country team and track and field teams. In between, she spent some time as a Troll.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

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Summer 2012

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No slowing down for Calvin’s Most Valuable Runner

Sunday, January 01, 2012

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His last race was a few weeks ago, so junior track and cross country runner Dan Kerr is still on a break. “It’s just really good for the body to recover and take a physical break from all of the pounding,” Kerr said.

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