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Lina Avila Named to NFCA Division III All-Central Region Second Team in Softball

Monday, May 14, 2012

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NFCA Division III All-Region Teams

Calvin College sophomore Lina Avila has been named to the Division III All-Central Region second team in softball by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. A native of Lakewood, California, Avila is the first all-region softball selection from Calvin since Jeanne Cole, Abby Konyndyk and Rachelle Heyboer received All-Central Region honors in 2005. A graduate of Valley Christian High School, Avila finished the 2012 season with a .321 batting average with 13 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Her home run total is a new Calvin single-season record while her RBI total matches the Calvin single-season record originally set by Abby Konyndyk in 2005. Avila also collected 11 doubles and a pair of triples for a slugging percentage of .830.

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Calvin Track & Field Athletes Compete at Last-Chance Meets

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams continued to push for qualifying spots for the upcoming NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships as a group of Calvin athletes competes at last-chance meet hosted by Grand Valley State while another group competed at a last-chance meet hosted by North Central College. At a last chance meet hosted by Grand Valley State Friday night, senior Nick Kramer (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had a huge performance in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, winning the race with a season-best time of 9:00.05. The time by Kramer will put him inside the top 10 on the national qualifying list and should assure him of a spot in the event if he chooses to compete in that race at the national meet. Kramer ran with the lead pack through the first 5 and-a-half laps but then broke loose over the final two laps to win the race with plenty of breathing room.

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Ben Cok Named to All-MIAA First Team in Baseball

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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2012 All-MIAA Baseball Teams

Calvin College junior Ben Cok has been named to the All-MIAA first team in baseball. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Cok batted .321 in 28 league games this spring while driving in 17 runs and scoring 18 runs himself. He was credited with nine extra-base hits including three home runs. He had a slugging percentage of .526. He was also 11-for-12 in stole base attempts. Cok finished tied for second in the MIAA in home runs, tied for sixth in runs scored, tied for fourth in runs batted in, tied for fifth in total bases and tied for second in stolen bases. He also led the MIAA in walks (16) and was third in on-base percentage (.444) and slugging percentage. A third baseman, Cok is receiving All-MIAA first team honors for the first time in his career.

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Calvin Lands Eight on All-MIAA Women’s Track and Field Team

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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Eight members of the Calvin women’s track and field team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors Kaitlin Diemer, Jodi Hoekstra and Lindsay Vander Brug, juniors Carissa Verkaik and Alyssa Penning and sophomores Nicole Michmerhuizen, Hilary Banning and Julie Busscher. Diemer and Hoekstra are picking up All-MIAA track and field honors for the third straight year while Busscher and Verkaik are being so honored for the second time. The remaining four athletes from Calvin are All-MIAA track and field athletes for the first time.

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Calvin Lands Eight on All-MIAA Men’s Track and Field Team

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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Eight members of the Calvin men’s track and field team have been named to the All-MIAA team. Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors Nick Kramer, Justin Kremers and Dan Kerr, juniors Matt VanderRoest and Aaron Meckes and sophomores Evert Geerlings, Matt Christians and Sam Kerk. Nick Kramer is being so honored for the third straight year while Kerr is receiving All-MIAA accolades in track and field for the second straight year. The remaining six Calvin athletes are being so honored for the first time.

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Marie Prins and Lina Avila Named to All-MIAA Second Team in Softball

Monday, May 07, 2012

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All-MIAA Softball Teams

Marie Prins and Lina Avila have been named to the All-MIAA second team in softball. Both are receiving All-MIAA second team honors for the first time. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Prins batted .352 in league play this spring with 12 runs scored, 10 runs batted and three home runs. She also had an on-base percentage of .435 and a fielding percentage of .972 while playing first base.Avila hails from Lakewood, California. She is a graduate of Valley Christian High School. This spring she split time between third base and the pitcher’s circle. In league play, she was 4-5 with three shutouts and a 3.15 earned run average. At the plate, she clubbed four home runs and drove in 11 runs. She also had seven doubles, one triple and a slugging percentage of .745. Defensively, she did not commit an error in league play, successfully fielding 58 total chances. She tied for fifth in the MIAA in pitching victories and innings pitched (58.0) and was tied for second in shutouts. At the plate, she tied for the league lead in doubles and was tied for second in home runs.

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Ryan Souders Named Calvin Men’s Soccer Coach

Monday, May 07, 2012

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Ryan Souders Audio Interview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Ryan Souders is the new head men’s soccer coach at Calvin College. A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Souders (Sow-dirs) is a 2003 Wheaton Academy Graduate and a 2007 graduate of Wheaton College. Souders becomes the seventh head coach in Calvin men’s soccer history. He was preceded by Roul Bykerk (1959), Tony Brouwer (1960), Marv Zuidema (1961-1967, 1969-1997), Ralph Honderd (1968), Dave VerMerris (1998-2001) and Chris Hughes (2002-2011). Hughes departed Calvin earlier this spring to accept the head men’s soccer coaching position at Davenport University. The 27-year old Souders has served as an assistant men’s soccer coach both at Gordon College (MA) and at his alma mater Wheaton. He most recently spent two years an an assistant coach at Division I Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. This past fall, he was part of a Davidson coaching staff that helped the school upset second-ranked North Carolina 1-0. Souders also has experience as both a player and coach at the professional level. He joined the Davidson coaching staff after competing for (non-professional) Bridges F.C. in Chicago in 2009. Prior to returning to the pitch, he served as the goalkeeping coach for the Cleveland City Stars Reserve Team. In 2010, he served as a goalkeeper for the Charlotte Eagles - a member of the USL-2 Pro Division.

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Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader at Hope in Season Finale

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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HOLLAND - The Calvin baseball team closed out its 2012 season by dropping both ends of a doubleheader at rival Hope on Saturday. Calvin dropped the first game 3-0 and the second game 2-1 in eight innings. In game one, Calvin (15-25 overall, 9-19 MIAA) was limited to five hits while Hope scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Freshman Nate Schepers took the loss to finish his freshman campaign with a 4-3 record. In game two, Calvin tied the game 1-1 in the the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by junior Mike Fuller. In the eighth, Calvin had a chance to take the lead but stranded a runner at third base. Hope then used a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a basehit to win the game in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore Jeff Victor took the hard-luck loss to fall to 1-5 on the year. Calvin had six hits in the game while freshman Grant Van Putten stole his 21st base of the season which ranks as a Calvin single-season record.

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Brian DeMaagd and Preston Phillips Receive All-MIAA Men’s Tennis Honors

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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The All-MIAA men’s tennis teams have been announced and Calvin junior Brian DeMaagd has been named to the All-MIAA first team while junior Preston Phillips has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Grandville and a graduate of Calvin Christian High School, DeMaagd is receiving All-MIAA honors for the first time. Earlier this year, he received MIAA Player of the Week honors once.  DeMaagd served as Calvin’s No. 1 singles player this year. In conference play, DeMaagd was 3-3 at No. 1 singles. He was also part of a No. 2 doubles team that went 6-0 in league play this spring.Phillips is from Bexley, Ohio. He is a graduate of Bexley High School. Phillips filled Calvin’s No. 2 singles slot throughout much of the 2012 season. He was 4-2 in singles play against league opponents. He was also part of a No. 1 doubles team for the Knights this spring and posted a 5-1 doubles record against league opponents. Calvin finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 11-9 and a second place finish in the MIAA regular season standings with a 5-1 league mark. The Knights later reached the MIAA Tournament Championship final before falling to Kalamazoo College 5-1.

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Megan Visser Receives All-MIAA Second Team Honors

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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Calvin College freshman Megan Visser has been named to the All-MIAA second team in women’s tennis. A native of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, Visser filled the No. 1 singles spot for Calvin this spring and went 3-5 against league opponents. She also played at No. 1 doubles and went 4-4 against league opponents. Visser was part of a youthful Calvin women’s tennis team that finished 7-13 overall this spring and in fourth place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 5-3 league record. The Knights later qualified for the four-team MIAA Tournament before bowing to eventual tournament champion Hope.

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