Monday, March 12, 2012D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region Women's Basketball Team
For the second straight year, Calvin College junior Carissa Verkaik has been named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik has also been named to the D3hoops.com Great Lakes All-Region first team for the third straight year. This year, Verkaik averaged 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. She also blocked 128 shots, establishing a new Calvin single-season record. In addition, she tallied 13 double-doubles and connected on 56.8 percent of her field goal attempts, 86.0 percent of her free throw attempts and 40.5 percent of her three-point attempts. She was also named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player for the third straight year.
Monday, March 12, 2012John Sparks Audio Interview
Calvin sports information student assistant Mitch Blankespoor recently sat down with Calvin baseball coach John Sparks to preview the Calvin baseball team’s upcoming trip to Tucson, Arizona, in an online audio interview. In the interview, Sparks previews the rest of the season and breaks down the makeup of this year’s 2012 Calvin team. A year ago, Calvin finished 20-20 overall and in third place in the MIAA with a 15-13 conference record. Calvin will open its spring trip to Arizona Friday when it faces Norwich and Dickinson. Calvin will open its MIAA campaign on March 23 and 24 when it faces Trine University in a four-game series.
Sunday, March 11, 2012Box Score
Calvin dipped to 1-4 on the year with a 7-2 loss to Davenport Friday night. Freshman Alli Roode was a winner at No. 6 singles while sophomore Lauren Schlagenhauf and junior Jordan Ipema were winners at No. 3 doubles. Davenport entered the match ranked 24th nationally in NAIA women’s tennis. Calvin returns to action on March 19 when it takes on Grinnell College in a match in Orlando, Florida.
Saturday, March 10, 2012Box Score
CHICAGO, IL - The Calvin women’s basketball season came to an end Saturday in a national quarterfinal game as the Knights suffered an 83-72 overtime defeat to St. Thomas. Calvin concludes its season with an overall record of 28-2. Calvin trailed 30-25 at halftime and then fell behind 36-25 in the opening minutes of the second half. Calvin battled back to tie the game at 69-69 and had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but a last-second three-pointer by Courtney Kurncz was in-and-out at the buzzer. In overtime, St. Thomas (30-1) outscored Calvin 14-3 to pull away for the win. St. Thomas will face Illinois Wesleyan in a national semifinal game next Friday. Calvin was making its third appearance in the national quarterfinals but like its prior appearances in 2005 and 2007, came up one win shy of the Final Four. Calvin was led in defeat by junior Carissa Verkaik with 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Verkaik finished the season with 128 blocked shots, establishing a new Calvin single-season record, surpassing the previous record of 124. Senior Courtney Kurncz was one of three Calvin seniors who played in their final collegiate game Saturday night. Kurncz had 10 points and four assists. Seniors Jill Thomas and Leah Mattson also played in their final games Saturday night. Calvin shot 45.6 percent overall but committed 26 turnovers. St. Thomas shot 49.1 percent and was led by Taylor Young with 25 points while Maggie Weiers had 16.
Saturday, March 10, 2012Results
GRINNELL, IA - In his first trip to the NCAA III Track and Field Championships, Aaron Meckes walked away an All-American. On Saturday afternoon, the junior thrower out of Bay City took eighth in the shot put with a career-best throw of 54-4 1/2 at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Grinnell College. Prior to this weekend, Meckes had never qualified for either for the NCAA III Championships at either the indoor or outdoor level. He is the third Meckes brother to claim All-America honors in track and field at Calvin College as older brothers Nate and Josh Meckes were All-Americans in outdoor track and field with Nate doing shot on multiple occasions in the shot put and dicus while Josh did so as a long jumper. Combined, the Meckes brothers have now produced seven All-America track and field certificates at Calvin College. In the men’s 5,000 meters, senior Nick Kramer was an All-American, placing eighth with a time of 14:26.84. Junior Matt VanderRoest was 11th with a time of 14:47.99. The All-America finish is the sixth of Kramer’s track and field career including his second indoors.As a team, Calvin finished 48th with a team score of two points.North Central captured the team title with 48 points with Wisconsin-Eau Claire second with 37 points.
Saturday, March 10, 2012Day One Results
GRINNELL, IA - Calvin College junior Greg Whittle competed in the preliminaries of the mile run on Friday at the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) clocked a time of 4:17.80 but did not advance to Saturday’s finals, finishing 11th in the Friday prelims.Scheduled to compete for Calvin on Saturday are senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) and junior Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) in the men’s 5,000 meters and junior Aaron Meckes (Bay City/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) in the men’s shot put.
Saturday, March 10, 2012Box Score
CHICAGO, IL - For the third time in school history, the Calvin women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA III Quarterfinals. The Knights advanced to the national quarterfinals with a 68-50 victory over second-ranked Chicago Friday night in a Round of 16 NCAA III Tournament game. Calvin (28-1) will face St. Thomas (29-1) in a national quarterfinal game Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EST) at Chicago’s Ratner Center. Tickets will be available at the door. In its win over Chicago, Calvin led 30-20 at halftime and then built a double-digit lead at 51-40 on a three-pointer by Jill Thomas with six minutes to go and never looked back. Calvin was led in scoring by Carissa Verkaik with 20 points while junior Ally Wolffis had 10 points. Julia Hilbrands had nine points off the bench while senior Courtney Kurncz had eight points. Calvin shot 57.1 percent from the field including 50 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range. Calvin is now 18-13 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play.
Monday, March 05, 2012NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships Men's Qualifiers
The Calvin men’s track and field team will be sending four athletes to the NCAA III Indoor Track and Field Championships scheduled to be held March 9 and 10 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Representing Calvin will be senior Nick Kramer and juniors Matt VanderRoest, Greg Whittle and Aaron Meckes. Kramer and VanderRoest will compete in the 5,000 meters while Whittle will compete in the mile run and Meckes in the shot put. The Calvin men are ranked 25th as a team heading into the national meet.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Two Calvin swimmers and one diver have received invitations to the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships scheduled to be held March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Representing the Calvin men’s team will be junior Mark Rushlow and sophomore diver Andrew Kraft. Representing the Calvin women’s team will be junior Elizabeth Counsell. Both swimmers will be traveling to their home state as Rushlow is from Goshen, Indiana (Northridge HS) while Counsell is from Indianapolis (Heritage Christian HS). Kraft is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He will be making his second straight appearance at the national meet.
Sunday, March 04, 2012NCAA III Women's Basketball Interactive Bracket
The Calvin women’s basketball team will face the University of Chicago Friday night at 9 p.m. (EST). The game will be part of a four-team sectional at the University of Chicago. Tufts (23-6) and St. Thomas (28-1) will meet in the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) with Calvin (27-1) and Chicago (27-0) meeting in the other first round game Friday at 9 p.m. (EST) Friday’s winners will play in the sectional final Saturday night at 8 p.m. (EST) at Chicago’s Ratner Center. Tickets will be $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students, senior citizens and children under 12. A limited amount of tickets are also expected to be available at the door Friday night.« First < 3 4 5 6 >