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Calvin Men’s Basketball Team to Travel to UW-Stevens Point for Second Round of NCAA III Tourney

Sunday, March 03, 2013

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The Calvin men’s basketball team is headed to Wisconsin-Stevens Point for a second round NCAA III Tournament game on Saturday, March 9. The game time has been set for 8 p.m. (EST) - 7 p.m. (CST). Ticket information for Calvin fans will be announced later. Calvin will be facing each other for just the second time in school history and for the first time in NCAA III Tournament history. The two teams nearly met in the NCAA III Tournament in 2005 as both teams reached the Final Four but Calvin was defeated by Rochester in the semifinals with Stevens Point later defeated Rochester in the subsequent national championship game. Calvin reached the second round with a 72-52 first round win over Rose-Hulman Saturday night. Wisconsin-Stevens Point advanced with a 71-54 first round win over Northwestern (MN).

Live Video Stream of Calvin-Stevens Point Game

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are currently on sale at the Stevens Point Dreyfus University Center at the University Information & Tickets office. To purchase tickets by phone, please contact 715-346-4100 (identify yourself as a Calvin fan when calling). Reserved seats are $8. Tickets will be placed at Will Call. An additional 400 general admission tickets ($6) available for Calvin fans will also be available at the door on Saturday.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Team Explodes For 72-52 First Round NCAA III Tournament Win at Rose-Hulman

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

TERRE HAUTE, IN - Playing against the nation’s top scoring defense, Calvin remained unfazed, exploding for 47 second half points en route to a 72-52 first round NCAA III Tournament victory at Rose-Hulman Institute Saturday night. The host Engineers (24-4) came into Saturday’s game limiting opponents to just 51.0 points a game but the Knights connected on 60.9 percent (28-of-46) of their field goal attempts including a blistering 18-of-22 (.818) in the second half to gain its first NCAA III Tournament win since 2007.Calvin (25-3) will travel to Wisconsin-Steven Point (22-5) next Saturday in a second round game with the game time set for 8 p.m. (EST). . Calvin received 20 points from senior Tom Snikkers and 16 from senior Bryan Powell. Junior Mickey DeVries also had 11 points off the bench. Calvin held a 33-22 rebounding advantage. Rose-Hulman picked up 17 points from Julian Strickland. The 72 points is the most Rose-Hulman has allowed this year.

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Samantha Klaasen Completes Big Diving Weekend With Second Place on Three-Meter At Regional Meet

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Photo by Sandy Palmatter

Calvin senior Samantha Klaasen (Holland/Holland Christian HS) had a stellar performance on day two of the NCAA Division III diving regional at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center Saturday afternoon, finishing second on the three-meter board with a score of 482.60, finishing just three points behind winner Renee Jordan of Macalester College. On Friday night, Klaasen captured the regional one-meter diving title with a pool record score of 496.60 points to earn an automatic qualifying spot to the NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenandoah, Texas. Klaasen will be eligible to compete on both the one and three-meter boards and will be making her first trip to the national meet. Also competing for Calvin on Saturday was freshman Sarah Roth (Brighton/Brighton HS). Roth took 14th with a score of 388.35 points.

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Men’s Lacrosse Team Picks Up First Victory as a Varsity Program

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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DEFIANCE, OH - The Calvin men’s lacrosse team picked up its first win as a varsity program, edging host Defiance 5-4 Saturday afternoon. Calvin (1-4) scored a pair of fourth quarter goals to gain the come-from-behind win. Senior Greg Boer (Demotte, IN/Kankakee HS) tied the game at four in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter on a feed from freshman D.J. VanderBaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). With 10:52 remaining, junior Casey Harless (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt HS) scored the game-winner with sophomore Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) drawing the assist on the play. Calvin is back in action next Saturday when it hosts Elmhurst University at 1 p.m. at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

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Calvin Softball Doubleheader With Centre Wiped Out By Weather

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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Calvin’s season opening doubleheader with Centre College was postponed on Friday because of snow. The Knights will now attempt to play three single games on Saturday in Kentucky, facing Manchester, Centre and Spalding.

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Baseball Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader With Defiance

Friday, March 01, 2013

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The Calvin baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader with Defiance Friday afternoon, falling 6-5 and 7-5. In the opener, Calvin held a 5-1 lead only to see Defiance score five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. Sophomore Nate Schepers (Holland Christian HS) tossed five shutout innings to start the game. Sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland Christian HS) went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington HS) took the loss. In game two, Calvin held a 4-3 lead but could not make it stand up as the Yellow Jackets again came from behind for the win. VanPutten went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base while junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee Lutheran HS) had a single and two runs scored. Junior Jeff Victor (Holland Christian HS) took the loss for the Knights.The two teams are scheduled to play a single nine-inning game on Saturday.

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Samantha Klaasen Captures NCAA III Regional Title on One-Meter Board - Qualifies for Nationals

Friday, March 01, 2013

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After two consecutive years of sitting on the outside of the NCAA III Championships, Calvin senior Samantha Klaasen was determined to make good on her final opportunity to advance to the national meet. Klaasen did just that Friday night and did so with aplomb as she captured the NCAA Division III Central Regional one-meter title Friday night at Calvin’s Venema Aquatic Center with a pool record point total of 496.60 points. Her point total breaks the previous pool record of 452.30 set by Grand Valley State’s Karen VerBrugge in 2010.  The one-meter title gives Klaasen an automatic trip to the NCAA III Championships March 20-23 in Shenendoah, Texas.

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Women’s Basketball Team Ends Season With 64-62 First Round NCAA III Tournament Loss To St. Thomas

Friday, March 01, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

MOUNT VERNON, IA - The Calvin women’s basketball team traveled to the campus of Cornell College for its first round matchup of the NCAA DIII Tournament Friday evening. Facing the University of St. Thomas in a rematch of the first game of the year, the Knights looked to knock off the Tommies for the second time in as many attempts while avenging a quarterfinal loss to St. Thomas in last year’s tournament. Calvin defeated St. Thomas 78-72 earlier this year, while in last year’s tournament, the Knights fell to the Tommies 83-72. In the end, it was the Tommies who would again get the best of the Knights in the tournament, hitting a go-ahead three-pointer with eight seconds remaining to claim a 64-62 victory and knock Calvin out of the tournament for a second straight year.

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