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2012 Calvin Women’s Golf Outlook

Monday, August 20, 2012

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By Jordan Brink

Calvin is seeking to build upon a strong 2011-12 campaign that saw the Knights finish fourth in the final MIAA regular season standings and qualify for the four-team MIAA spring tournament for the first time in school history. While Calvin is bringing in new talent to the program, three experienced letter-winners return.  Seniors Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Rachel Whitaker (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern HS) combine with Junior Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) to put together a strong nucleus of experience and success. Doezema and Canto were both members of the All-MIAA second team last fall.

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2012 Calvin Men’s Golf Outlook

Monday, August 20, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan

A year after capturing its first MIAA championship, the Calvin men’s golf team’s repeat bid was dismantled by a rash of injuries and an inconsistent line-up. Still, the Knights finished sixth in the MIAA and vied for a spot in the spring tournament through the very end of the fall season. Returning all but one golfer from last season and two All-MIAA performers, this fall promises to be exciting for the Knights’ golf squad. Both of Calvin’s All-MIAA performers, Ben Kuiper and Dave Sarkipato, will be seniors this year. Sarkipato was named to the second team All-MIAA while Kuiper was named to the first team All-MIAA and the MIAA MVP. Kuiper’s average round of 74.6 was best in conference and gave Calvin its first MIAA MVP in men’s golf since 1965. Kuiper was also named to the Division III Ping Great Lakes All-Region team.

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2012 Calvin Women’s Soccer Outlook

Sunday, August 19, 2012

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By Mark DeHaan


From 2005-2010, the Calvin women’s soccer team was a model of consistency as the Knights made the NCAA National tournament each of those years and won no less than 15 games.Unfortunately for the Knights, that streak ended in 2011 as one of the youngest teams in Calvin history earned a 10-10-0 overall record including a 10-6-0 mark in league play. Calvin graduated just one senior from a year ago however and returns a pair of first team All-MIAA selections in seniors Liz Cancel and Francesca Smith. Calvin will open the season on September 4 at home against 2011 national runner-up Wheaton College.

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2012 Calvin Women’s Cross Country Outlook

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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With several returning letterwinners, the Calvin women’s cross country team will seek to compete for an MIAA title and another trip to the NCAA III Championships.  A year ago, Calvin saw its five-year run as MIAA champions come to an end as rival Hope claimed first place at the MIAA Championships in October. Calvin rebounded two weeks later to claim the Great Lakes Regional title and then finished 13th at the NCAA III Championships one week later. In order to compete for a league title and a trip to the NCAA III Championships, the Knights will need to rely on a strong one-two punch up front and receive solid contributions from a deep group of returning runners.

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2012 Calvin Men’s Cross Country Outlook

Saturday, August 18, 2012

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2012 Calvin Men'x Cross Country Outlook

With three All-Americans and six individuals that were members of its team that competed at the 2011 NCAA III Championships, the Calvin men’s cross country team is looking forward to the 2012 season with great anticipation and excitement. Returning letterwinners that ran at the 2011 NCAA III Cross Country Championships include seniors Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS), Matt VanderRoest (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS), Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) Rhett Morici (St. Charles, IL/St. Charles North HS) and David VandeBunte (Byron Center/Byron Center HS). The alternate from last year’s nationals team - senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich NH/Mascenic Regional HS) also returns.

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Volleyball Gains Top Spot in MIAA Poll/Ranked Third in National Poll

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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AVCA Division III Top 25 Preseason Poll

The Calvin women’s volleyball team has been picked to win its third consecutive MIAA regular season championship. The defending MIAA champion Knights received six of a possible nine first place votes in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll released this afternoon to gain the top spot. Rival Hope picked up the other three first place votes and is second in the poll. Alma is third followed by Trine in fourth. In addition, Calvin has been ranked third in the preseason Top 25 Division III poll conducted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association of America.  Christopher Newport (NC) is the top-ranked team while Washington University (Mo.) is ranked second with Emory University (GA) ranked fourth and Wittenberg University (OH) ranked fifth.

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Women’s Volleyball Team Anticipates Upcoming 2012 Campaign

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Coming off a 33-1 campaign a year ago that included an NCAA III Regional Finals appearance, the Calvin College women’s volleyball team is fired up and ready for the 2012 season to begin. Calvin returns several letterwinners from last year’s team including 2011 All-Americans Lizzie Kamp and Megan Rietema. Lizzie Kamp is one of six seniors expected to play a role on this year’s squad. The other five seniors include Julia Hilbrands, Rebecca Ratkov, Jen Pluymert, Kim Start and Kelly (Gordon) Hiskes. Calvin opens its season on August 31 and September 1 at a tournament co-hosted by Capital University and Otterbein University.

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Six Calvin Teams Receive MIAA Team GPA Award

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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MIAA Team GPA Award List

The Faculty Athletic Representatives of the MIAA member colleges present the MIAA Team GPA Award every year.  This award recognizes conference athletic teams for performance in the classroom of a 3.3 cumulative GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale).  During the recently completed 2011-12 school year, six of Calvin’s athletic teams achieved this distinction. Five of Calvin’s women’s teams received the MIAA Team GPA Award while the men’s cross country team also achieved the feat.  Calvin’s teams receiving the honor are as follows; women’s cross country team, women’s track and field team, women’s basketball team, women’s volleyball team, women’s tennis team, and men’s cross country team. 

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Calvin Lands 123 Scholar-Athletes on MIAA Academic Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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2011-12 MIAA Academic Honor Roll

The 2011-12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and 123 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list. The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2010-11 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.

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Calvin Men’s Soccer Program Set to Kick Off Season Under Ryan Souders

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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By Mitch Blankespoor

The Calvin College men’s soccer team looks to start a new season with new leadership.  A year ago, the Knights were champions of the MIAA for a record fifth year in a row, and advanced all the way to the national finals.  Calvin finished with a record of 19-6-2. The upcoming season, however, is not the only new thing upon the Calvin’s men’s soccer program.  Ryan Souders will take the reins for his first year as the Knights’ head coach. The team Souders takes over has one thing: experience in big games.  The senior class is one of the most successful in school history, having been to two national championship games and an NCAA III Elite Eight appearance. 

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