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Men’s Tennis Defeated by Davenport

Monday, April 02, 2012

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Calvin dipped to 3-5 overall with a 7-2 non-conference loss to Davenport University Monday afternoon at the Canepa Tennis Center in East Grand Rapids.The match was hard-fought but the Panthers won several close matches. The Panthers swept the three doubles points including 8-6 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Junior Brian DeMaagd was a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 winner at No. 1 singles and sophomore Loukas Peterson a 6-2, 6-4 winner at No. 4 singles but Davenport picked up three-set victories at 2, 3, 5 and 6 singles to secure the win. Calvin is back in action on Thursday when it hosts Trine in a conference match at 4 p.m. at the Strikwerda Tennis Courts.

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Carissa Verkaik Named MIAA Field Athlete of the Week in Women’s Track & Field

Monday, April 02, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich.  – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced its Athletes of the Week in track and field for meets through March 31. Olivet sprinter James Williams and Adrian sprinter Senneca Scott have been named the Athletes of the Week in track events, while Adrian thrower Jacob Mehr and Calvin high jumper Carissa Verkaik were recognized as Athletes of the Week in field events. Verkaik, a junior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), took first place in the high jump at the Grand Rapids Open meet with a jump of 5 feet, 5 inches. Verkaik’s leap is tops in the MIAA this season and tied for fourth nationally in Division III.

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Winter 2012 Sports Recap

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Led by head coach John Ross, the women’s basketball team produced a banner year, finishing 28-2 overall while also matching a school record for wins in a season. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title with a 15-1 league record and then won the four-team MIAA tournament capped off by a 65-43 win over rival Hope in the MIAA tournament championship game.

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Senior swimmer shapes course of program

Sunday, April 01, 2012

When Ross Battoclette and three pool-bound peers set foot on campus as freshmen, they could not have conceived of the difference four years would make.

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Artist on the court

Sunday, April 01, 2012

When senior Courtney Kurncz came to Calvin as a freshman in the fall of 2008, the women’s basketball team was coming off a 15-9 season, a down year for the Knights over the past decade. In her first year, Calvin went 16-10. The next year, they were 24-5. Last year, the Knights went 25-5. This year, Calvin captured an outright MIAA regular season title and an MIAA tournament crown while carrying a 25-1 record into the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin has continued to improve over her career, and what perfect timing for a senior.

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Senior cager embraces leadership role

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Being the lone senior on the hardwood for the Calvin men’s basketball team is a bit unusual; Brian Haverdink prefers to call it “lucky.”

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Determined diver sets goal for 2013

Sunday, April 01, 2012

After winning MIAA Most Valuable Diver and posting NCAA qualifying scores in her sophomore and junior year, Samantha Klaasen was hoping for an invitation to dive at the NCAA Championships. Unfortunately, she was not invited to the meet, limited to 22 divers nationwide, this season or last. The disappointment was initially a setback for the Holland (Mich.) Christian graduate but has since turned into motivation to dive stronger in her senior year.

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