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Men’s tennis defeated 6-3 by Oglethorpe University

Monday, March 18, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

ORLANDO, FL - The Calvin men’s tennis team began its spring break trip with a 6-3 loss to Ogelthorpe University (GA) 6-3 on Mon. afternoon. All three doubles flights were close, but saw the Stormy Petrels taking two of the doubles flights from the Knights.  Calvin seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) defeated Ethan Motz and Nick Roby 8-6 at the first singles flight.  Bryan Bailey and CJ Antonio defeated the Calvin second doubles team of senior Brian Demaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) and junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) by a score of 8-6.  Former high school teammates senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and sophomore John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) fell in a tiebreak 9-8(7-1) at the third doubles flight.  Calvin needed to win four of the six singles flights to win the match, but could muster just two wins.  DeMaagd defeated Motz 7-5, 6-3 at the first singles flight.  Peterson picked up the other Calvin victory at the four singles flight 6-2, 0-6 (10-4) over Kirk Zhao.  Reinken was able to take his match to a third set, but after winning the first 6-1, Reinken was unable to win another game, and fell 6-0, 6-0 in the final two sets.  Calvin continues its spring break trip tomorrow, Tues., March 19, when it takes on Lawrence. 

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Calvin Softball Upsets Eighth-Ranked Tufts University - Tops Thomas to Start Out 2-0

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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CLERMONT, FL - The Calvin softball team opened its season with a bang, defeating Thomas College of Maine 6-0 and nationally-ranked Tufts University 6-4. In the win over Thomas, Calvin received a two-hit shutout from junior pitcher Caitlin Callow (Rochester/Muskegon Catholic Central HS) while freshman catcher Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) belted a two-run RBI double while sophomore Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and junior Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon Reeths-Puffer HS) had two hits apiece. In the victory over eighth-ranked Tufts, junior Lina Avila (Lakewood,CA/Valley Christian HS) stole the show, belting a two-run homer in the first and tossing a complete game victory in the pitching circle. Calvin added four runs in the in the second inning and held on from there to gain the win.The Knights are scheduled to take on Trinity College (CT) and Washington and Jefferson (PA) in single games on Monday.

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Track & Field Teams Compete at Lynchburg Open

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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LYNCHBURG, VA - The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Lynchburg College Open on Saturday. The Calvin men’s team took third with 75 points while the Calvin women’s team took sixth with 39 points. Top marks for the Calvin men included senior Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS) winning the 5,000 meters (15:34.74) and senior Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS) winning the 10,000 meters (31:18.23). Sophomore Steven Haagsma (Grandville/Calvin Christian HS) also took second in the steeplecahse with a time of 9:37.77. On the women’s side, junior Alyssa Oram (Cheboygan) took second in the steeple (11:45.92), senior Kaylea Brase (Lino Lakes, MN/Centennial HS) took second in the 1,500 meters (4:46.46) and sophomore Kate Ardinger (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian HS) took third third in the 5,000 meters (18:38.06).

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Baseball Drops Two to Augsburg in Tucson

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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On Saturday, Calvin faced Augsburg College (MN) in a pair of games and dropped both contests. Calvin lost the opener 6-5 and then dropped game two 16-10. Calvin is now 1-5 on the year.In the opener against Augsburg, sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a single, RBI and a run scored while freshman Michael Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) had an RBI triple. In game two, VanPutten went 2 for 3 with a double while freshman Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Cok also had a double and three runs batted in. Calvin will face Williams (Mass.) in a single game on Monday at 10 a.m.

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Knights Drop Heartbreaker to Top-Ranked St. Thomas 63-62 in Round of 16 NCAA III Tourney Game

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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(Story by Mitch Blankespoor)  (Photo by Ryan Coleman)

ST. PAUL, MN - Calvin’s bid for a trip to the national quarterfinals came up just short as the Knights suffered a heart-breaking 63-62 defeat at top-ranked St. Thomas University. Senior Bryan Powell pumped in a career-high 31 points to lead a valiant Calvin charge as the Knights trailed 39-26 early in the second half only to come back to take a 55-54 lead with 5:22 to go. St. Thomas regained the lead shortly after but the Knights tied the game at 60 on a dunk by sophomore Tyler Dykstra with 1:36 to go. St. Thomas then connected on a three-pointer at the 1:13 mark but Calvin countered with a pair of free throws by Powell with 55 seconds remaining to close to within 63-62. Calvin (26-4) then got a defensive stop, setting up a potential game-winning possession. With time ticking down, Powell was able to work free for a 17-footer but his shot rimmed in-and-out. St. Thomas was able to grab the rebound and after a pair of missed free throws, Calvin was unable to get off another shot. Powell was 11-of-17 from the floor including 6-of-10 from three-point range. With his 31-point effort, he became the 22nd player in Calvin men’s basketball history to hit the 1,000 point plateau, finishing with 1,009 points for his career. Senior Tom Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) added 11 points and finishes his Calvin career with 1,464 points - eighth on the Calvin career list.

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Carissa Verkaik Named D3hoops.com National Player of the Year

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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2013 D3hoops.com All-America Women's Basketball Teams

The awards continue to roll in for Calvin senior Carissa Verkaik. On Saturday afternoon, the Holland native was named the D3hoops.com National Player of the Year. The announcement was made at the NCAA III Women’s Basketball finals Saturday afternoon at Hope College by D3hoops.com’s Pat Coleman. In addition, Verkaik has been named to the D3hoops.com All-America first team, marking the third straight year she has done so. She was also a third team D3hoops.com All-American in 2010. It concludes an eventful week for Verkaik who was named the recipient of the Jostens Trophy on Friday, a State Farm Division III All-American on Thursday as well as a finalist for the State Farm Division III Player of the Year Award (set to be announced on April 8). She was also named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Regional Player of the Year earlier in the week.

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Women’s Lacrosse Falls at Notre Dame of Maryland 8-2

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Baltimore, MD - In an early morning contest, Calvin dropped an 8-2 decision to Notre Dame College of Maryland. Calvin trailed 7-0 at halftime and then came back to score a pair of second half goals.Scoring for the Knights were junior Michelle Holwerda (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS)). Holwerda is now second on the Calvin team in scoring with five goals while Busscher has three.Notre Dame (2-1) held a 17-14 shots at goal advantage although Calvin outshot the host school 12-3 in the second half. Junior Mary Hoogstra (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had eight ground balls for the Knights while senior goalkeeper Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had eight saves.Calvin (1-4) is back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Randolph-Macon for a 4 p.m. match.

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Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Bethany Lutheran in Tucson Opener

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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TUCSON, AZ - Calvin split a doubleheader on the first day of its spring trip in Arizona, defeating Bethany Lutheran 7-4 in the opener before falling 14-8 in the nightcap. In game one, junior righthander Jeff Victor (Holland/Holland Christian HS) picked up the win to improve to 1-1 on the year.  Senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) went 2 for 3 ast the plate with a double, triple and three runs batted in. Junior catcher Kyle Spoelma (Grand Rapids/South Christian HS) went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. As a team, Calvin had 11 hits.In game two, junior Grant VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Sophomore Garrett Harder (Fenwick/West Michigan Lutheran HS) went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) also collected two runs batted in as Calvin collected 12 hits as a team. Calvin is set to face Augsburg (MN) in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Recipient of Jostens Trophy - Second Calvin Player to Do So

Friday, March 15, 2013

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Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik Verkaik has been named the recipient of the prestigious Jostens Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III menís and womenís basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community. Verkaik is the second individual in Calvin women’s basketball history to receive the award as Lisa Winkle was also so honored in 2007. Calvin is the first school to have two Jostens Trophy recipients in women’s basketball.

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Women’s Lacrosse edges Hope 10-9 to earn first varsity victory

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

CALEDONIA, Mich. - After narrowly missing out on its first victory in a quadruple overtime 11-10 loss to the College of Mount Saint Joseph last Sat., the Calvin women’s lacrosse team was not to be denied in a non-conference matchup with Hope on Thurs. evening.  The Knights held off a late run from the Flying Dutch, defeated their rival 10-9 to earn the program’s first win as a varsity sport.  Hope’s Maddie Ferguson led all scorers with five goals in defeat.  Katie Pranger scored four goals.  Nicole Perregaux added two goals while four different Knights netted one.  The Knights scooped up 18 ground balls and won 10 draw controls.  Calvin senior goalie Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian) was credited with 10 saves. 

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