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Women’s Track & Field Team Extends MIAA Title Streak - Calvin Men’s Streak Comes to An End

Friday, May 04, 2012

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Friday’s second day of action at the MIAA Field Day provided mixed results for the Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams. On the women’s side, Calvin took first place with 273 points, finishing nearly 120 points ahead of runner-up Hope. The Calvin women’s track and field teams shares the final MIAA title with Hope as the Flying Dutch took the MIAA Jamboree back in mid-April which makes up the other half of the final league title. Calvin has now claimed at least a share of 23 MIAA titles dating back to 1990. The streak is the longest active championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history. On the men’s side, Calvin’s streak of claiming at least a share of 18 straight MIAA titles came to end on Friday however as Calvin finished second behind Hope as the Knights tallied 170 points, 36 points behind the Flying Dutchmen. Hope claims the outright MIAA title - its first since 1986 - as it also took first place at the MIAA Jamboree in April. It also marks the first time that a team other than Calvin has now won the MIAA Field Day since 1986.

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Baseball Team Splits Doubleheader With Hope

Friday, May 04, 2012

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The Calvin baseball team split a doubleheader with Hope Friday afternoon at Calvin Field. A large crowd was treated to a pair of excellent pitching performances. Game one went to Hope 4-3 while game two went to Calvin 1-0. In the opener, Hope starter Adam Clements outdueled Calvin’s Joe Lambers for the win. Hope withstood a seventh-inning rally by Calvin with the Knights stranding the tying run on second base. Freshman Grant Van Putten swiped a pair of bases in game one to set a new Calvin single-season record for thefts. Van Putten now has 20 steals, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by Peter Steiner last spring. In game two, junior Ben Cok blasted a home run to account for the only run of the game. The Cok homer came in the bottom of the fourth and was his third of the year. Meanwhile, sophomore Grant Vander Wall went the distance to record the shutout victory. Vander Wall outdueled Hope starter Danny Ditmar for the win. It marked the second straight year Vander Wall has edged Ditmar in a pitcher’s duel as Vander Wall edged Ditmar 2-1 a year ago in Holland. Calvin and Hope will conclude the four-game weekend series on Saturday at Hope in a 1 p.m. twinbill.

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Men’s Tennis Season Ends With 5-1 Loss to Kalamazoo in MIAA Tournament Finals

Friday, May 04, 2012

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The 2012 season came to an end for the Calvin men’s tennis team Friday afternoon at Stowe Stadium as the Knights dropped a 5-1 decision to Kalamazoo in the MIAA Tournament Championship final. Calvin concludes its season with an overall record of 11-9. Calvin’s lone point came at No. 1 doubles as the tandem of juniors Philip Reinken and Preston Phillips won by a 9-8 score. Kalamazoo led 2-1 after doubles play and then claimed wins at No. 5, No. 3 and No. 1 singles to close out the win in a match played to decision. Friday’s match marked the second straight year that Calvin has advanced to the MIAA Tournament Final in men’s tennis.

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Women’s Tennis Defeated by Hope 5-0 in MIAA Tournament Semifinals

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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HOLLAND - The Calvin women’s tennis team saw its season come to an end on Thursday as the Knights were defeated by Hope 5-0 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. A youthful Calvin team concludes its season with a final overall record of 7-13.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Build First Place Totals Through Day One of MIAA Field Day

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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After one day of competition at the MIAA Field Day, both Calvin track and field teams are in first place. On the men’s side, Calvin has a first day total of 70 points with Hope second with 39 points. On the women’s side, Calvin has 57 points, 10 points ahead of second place Alma. In the men’s meet, Calvin took first place in four of the five events held Thursday as sophomore Evert Geerlings captured the pole vault (13-10 1/4), junior Aaron Meckes won the shot put (16.66 meters), senior Justin Kremers won the javelin (56.47 meters) and senior Dan Kerr won the 10,000 meters (32:40.12). Kerr led a 1-2-3-4 Calvin finish as junior Job Christiansen was second, junior David VandeBunte third and freshman Jacob Kuyvenhoven fourth. In the women’s meet, Calvin had two individual winners as sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen won the 10,000 meters (37:52.37) while junior Carissa Verkaik repeated as league champion in the high jump, winning with a jump of 1.62 meters. Action continues on Friday with field events set to begin at 10 a.m. and running finals slated to start at 1 p.m.

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Men’s Tennis Beats Hope 5-4, Advances to MIAA Tournament FInal

Thursday, May 03, 2012

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Calvin College men’s tennis defeats rival Hope College 5-4 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals.  Despite the weather delay, the Knights needed a huge comeback from junior Preston Phillips to clinch the win.This earns Calvin a matchup against the Kalamazoo Hornets, a team the Knights have never beaten, in the MIAA Tournament Championship.  The match will be played at 4pm at Kalamazoo’s Stowe Tennis Stadium.

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Nick Kramer and Jodi Hoekstra Named MIAA Runners of the Week in Men’s/Women’s Track & Field

Wednesday, May 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 the week ending April 29. Calvin distance runners Nick Kramer (men) and Jodi Hoekstra (women) have been named the MIAA Track Athletes of the Week, Kramer, a senior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), set a Calvin school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:12.30, finishing second at the Gina Relays at Hillsdale. Kramer’s time is tops in the MIAA this season and fourth among NCAA Division III runners. Hoekstra, a senior from Homer Glen, Ill. (Chicago Christian HS), won the 5,000 meters at Hillsdale’s Gina Relays with a school-record time of 16:40.25. Hoekstra’s time is first among MIAA runners this season and fourth nationally. Calvin is currently preparing to host the MIAA Track and Field Championships May 3 and 4.

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Softball Closes Out Season With Dramatic Walk-Off 1-0 Win at Adrian

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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ADRIAN - For the second time in three games, Calvin recorded a walk-off win, defeating the host Bulldogs of Adrian 1-0 Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) smacked a two-out single into right field to score the game-winning run from third give the Knights the win. With Tuesday’s victory, Calvin concludes its 2012 season with an overall record of 15-21 – a nine-game improvement over its 2011 campaign. The Knights also finish 6-10 in the MIAA, good for a tie for sixth place in the league standings with Olivet. Calvin concludes the season with four wins in its last six games including two wins over teams (Adrian and Alma) headed to the four-team MIAA Tournament later this week.Senior Marie Prins (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) closed out her Calvin career in style, going 3-for-3 at the plate to finish with a season batting average of .394 and a season hit total of 41. Her average is the highest by a Calvin player since Jeanne Cole batted .425 in 2005. Her hit total is also the highest since Cole collected 51 hits in 2005. Prins concludes her Calvin career with a four-year batting average of .336 (140-for-417).

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Baseball Extends Win Streak to Three Games With Non-Conference Win Over Aquinas

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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The Knights came through with an 8-3 victory over crosstown rival Aquinas on Tuesday. Freshman Jeremy Kamp started for the Knights, and held the Saints scoreless in his four innings of work. Calvin’s bats were silent in the first two innings, but the Knights drew first blood in the bottom of the third. Freshman Grant Van Putten knocked a single passed the drawn-in infield to score Dan Miedema, putting the Knights on top 1-0. Calvin added three runs in the fourth. Mike Fuller drew a walk to score a run and Drew Vos and Miedema added RBI groundouts to put Calvin on top by four. Tom Bouwkamp, who came on in the sixth, got the win for the Knights, who improved their record to 14-22 overall. Calvin will now prepare to host rival Hope on Friday at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader.

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Joe Lambers Named MIAA Pitcher of the Week in Baseball

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin lefthander Joe Lambers its Pitcher of the Week for games played through April 30. Lambers, a senior from Grosse Pointe (Grosse Pointe South HS), teamed up with Nate Schepers to throw Calvin’s first no-hitter ever in an MIAA game as the Knights defeated Albion, 6-2. Lambers struck out eight and walked two in five innings of work as Calvin recorded the first no-hitter in an MIAA game since 2009. He also struck out seven and allowed two earned runs in 5-1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to Alma. Lambers is being honored as Pitcher of the Week for the first time in his career.

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