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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 87-61 Victory Over Olivet To Remain on Top of MIAA Standings

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

The Calvin women’s basketball team, first in conference with a perfect 13-0 record, hosted the third-place Comets of Olivet Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. On an afternoon in which they honored their six seniors, the Knights kept their MIAA record perfect, defeating the Comets 87-61 and improving to 14-0 in conference and 21-1 overall. Verkaik led the way with 32 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. Hilbrands added 11 points and seven rebounds while Wolffis finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore Maria DeKuiper added 11 points. For Olivet, Campbell scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

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Calvin Men’s Lacrosse Defeated by Carthage 30-2 in Varsity Debut

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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(Photo by Joe Dykstra)

PONTIAC, Mich. - Calvin’s first-ever varsity lacrosse match took place on Saturday at the Pontiac Ultimate Soccer facility. Calvin was defeated by Carthage 30-2.Calvin trailed after the first quarter 3-1 and closed to within 3-2 but could not hold strong against a veteran Carthage team that had a significant advantage of depth with over 40 players on its roster. Calvin’s goals were scored by sophomore Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Casey Harless (DeWitt/DeWitt HS). Calvin is back in action next Saturday, traveling to Baldwin-Wallace College for a 1 p.m. match.

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Men’s basketball falls to Hope 73-70

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor,  Photo Credit: Sandy Palmatter

HOLLAND, MI – The 184th meeting between Calvin and Hope took place Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out DeVos Fieldhouse on the campus of Hope College.  The Flying Dutchmen defeated rival Calvin 73-70, marking the Knights’ first defeat since falling to Carthage in the MIAA/CCIW Challenge back on Dec. 1 of 2012.  Both teams finished with balanced scoring.  The Knights were led by Snikkers with 14 points and nine rebounds.  Powell, Kruis, De Vries and Brink all finished in double-digits in scoring. Freshman Ben Gardner (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) led Hope with 16 points.  Van Arendonk and DeMaagd finished with 12 points.  Three other Flying Dutchmen finished with 11 points.  Hope shot 19-26 from the charity stripe while Calvin shot just 8-16.  Hope also held the advantage in rebounds, outrebounding the Knights 41-33.With its loss, #13 Calvin drops to 20-3 and 11-1 in the MIAA this season.  The Knights are currently one game ahead of Hope, who sits at 15-8 and 10-2 in the MIAA.  Calvin returns to action Wed., Feb. 13, when it hosts the Trine University Thunder. 

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Compete Well at Own Calvin Invitational

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams put together a solid day of competition in hosting their own Calvin Invitational inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center Saturday. The invitational was unscored.In the women’s competition, Calvin had several first place finishes. Winners for Calvin included junior Julie Busscher (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) in the 200 meter dash (26.18), sophomore Jordyn Platt (Wood Dale, IL/Timothy Christian HS) in the 800 meter run (2:28.32), sophomore Lisa Schultz (Caledonia/Caledonia HS) in the mile run (5:53.58), junior Alyssa Oram (Chebogyan/Home Schooled) in the 3,000 meter run (10:40.30), sophomore Christina Geating (Abington, PA/Abington HS) in the high jump (5-1), junior Hilary Banning (Whitinsville, MA/Whitinsville Christian HS) in the triple jump (34-4) and long jump (15-8) and Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Kelley Tuinenga (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS), freshman Hope Hinken (Twin Lake, Mich.), freshman Kacie Van Hofwagen (Exeter, CA) and junior Olivia Butler (Grant/Grant HS) in a time of 4:18.17. In the men’s competition, Calvin also had a handful of first place performances. First place efforts included junior Gabe Gunnink (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the 3,000 meter (8:58.79), sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) in the 60 meter hurdles (8.74), senior Aaron Meckes in the shot put (50-3) and Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of Holstege, freshman Justin Dykema (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS), sophomore Steven Norregaard (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North HS) and sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) also took first place in a time of 3:29.22. Both Calvin teams are back in action next Saturday at the Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational in Allendale.

In the men’s competition, Calvin also had a handful of first place performances. First place efforts included:

*Junior Gabe Gunnink (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) in the 3,000 meter (8:58.79).

*Sophomore Erik Holstege (Kewsick, VA/Monticello HS) in the 60 meter hurdles (8.74).

*Senior Aaron Meckes in the shot put (50-3).

*Calvin’s 4x400 meter relay team of Holstege, freshman Justin Dykema (Zeeland/Holland Christian HS), sophomore Steven Norregaard (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton North HS) and sophomore Calvin Kuyers (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) also took first place in a time of 3:29.22.

Both Calvin teams are back in action next Saturday at the Grand Valley State Tuneup Invitational in Allendale.

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Calvin Athletes Compete at GVSU Big Meet - Prepare to Host Calvin Invitational Saturday

Saturday, February 09, 2013

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ALLENDALE - A small group of Calvin track and field athletes competed in the Division I and Division II dominated Grand Valley State Big Meet on Friday night. On the women’s side, senior Jodi Hoekstra (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had a strong time of 17:31.69 that will put her in contention for a top-10 spot on the national NCAA III indoor performance list. Sophomore Kimby Penning (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) also had a strong time of 18:29.75. In the men’s 5,000 meters, senior Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) had a season-best indoor time of 14:38.52 that should also place him in the top 10 on the national NCAA III indoor list. Senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) added a time of 14:55.22 while junior Phillip Spitzer (Buckley/Buckley HS) came in at 15:20.71 and sophomore Jacob Kuyvenhoven (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) at 15:24.43. The bulk of Calvin’s team will compete in its own Calvin Invitational Saturday inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center. Field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. with running events set to start at 1 p.m.

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Calvin Men’s Lacrosse Picked to Finish Sixth in MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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2013 Calvin Men's Lacrosse Schedule

The preseason MIAA men’s lacrosse poll has been announced and Calvin has been picked to finish sixth in the seven-team league. Adrian was picked the preseason favorite. Coaches could not vote for their own team in the poll. This season will mark the first year of MIAA varsity lacrosse. The Calvin men’s team will kick off its season this Saturday with a non-conference game against Carthage College in Pontiac, Michigan, at the Pontiac Ultimate Soccer facility. The game is set for 1 p.m. The Calvin Sports Information office caught up with Calvin head men’s varsity lacrosse coach Joel Kamstra earlier this month and filed the following preseason audio interview: Joel Kamstra Men’s Lacrosse preseason interview

2013 Calvin Men’s Lacrosse roster

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Men’s basketball hits 20-win plateau with 90-66 win at Alma

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

ALMA, MI – The #13 Calvin men’s basketball team traveled to Alma College Wed., Feb. 6 for an MIAA matchup with the Scots.  The Knights defeated Alma 90-66 to improve to 20-2 and a perfect 11-0 in the MIAA on the season.  Alma could not get any closer in the second half.  Snikkers finished with a game-high 28 points.  This performance moved Snikkers past Chris Prins and Mickey Phelps on Calvin’s all-time scoring list.  Snikkers currently has 1,369 points; good for ninth place all-time.  Powell chipped in 18 points while junior center Tyler Kruis (Grandville/Calvin Christian) scored 13 points.  The Knights shot 9-19 from beyond the three-point arc.  Calvin hits the 20-win plateau for the 16th time in school history and the sixth season under Vande Streek.  Calvin travels to Hope College on Sat., Feb. 9, for a game with its rival, the Flying Dutchmen.  The game is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Claims Win at Saint Mary’s To Hit 20-Win Plateau

Thursday, February 07, 2013

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Story By Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter

The Calvin College women’s basketball team traveled to Saint Mary’s College Wednesday night and continued its winning streak and perfect MIAA record against the Belles, earning the 84-54 victory. Calvin moves to 13-0 in the conference and 20-1 overall, while Saint Mary’s falls to 3-11 in the MIAA and 5-18 on the seasons. It marks the fourth consecutive year Calvin has hit the 20-win plateau, the eighth time under current head coach John Ross and the 14th time in school history. The Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will host the Comets of Olivet, with tip-off slated for 3 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 86-50 Victory Over Trine

Monday, February 04, 2013

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Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter

The Calvin women hosted a rare Monday night conference game at Van Noord Arena against Trine University after it was postponed from Saturday. The Knights had no trouble diverging from their normal schedule, taking the early lead and never giving it up on their way to an 86-50 victory. The Knights now move to 12-0 in the MIAA and 19-1 overall, while Trine drops to 5-7 in conference and 11-10 overall. Calvin now has a quick turnaround before its next contest as the Knights travel down to Notre Dame, IN, Wednesday night to face the Belles of Saint Mary’s. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Two Trios of Sisters Are Part of Proud Tradition In Calvin Women’s Basketball Program

Monday, February 04, 2013

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By Gina de Haan
(during the month of January, de Haan was a student intern in the Calvin sports information office through an intern exchange program with Grand Rapids Christian High School)

Two trios of sisters have contributed to the tradition of Calvin’s women’s basketball – the Post sisters and the Verkaik sisters. Growing up on the family farm, Julie (Post) Febus, Annette (Post) Ediger and Cheryl (Post) Morales played countless hours of driveway basketball with each other and, while doing so, they fell in love with the sport. All three went on to play Calvin women’s varsity basketball in the years from 1984-to-1992. Now, more than 20 years later, another trio of sisters is now making an impact within the Calvin women’s basketball program. Carissa, Breanna and Kally Verkaik are the first trio of sisters to have played varsity basketball for Calvin at the same time; they are all members of the varsity women’s team. Not only is this a first for Calvin basketball, it’s also a first for the Verkaik family. This season is the first time all three sisters are playing on the same team together.

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