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Men’s Golf Will Take Eight-Stroke Lead Into Final MIAA Spring Qualifier Round Saturday

Friday, April 26, 2013

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CASCADE - Despite struggling with the elements, the Calvin men’s golf team increased its overall lead in the MIAA spring standings Friday afternoon at the Watermark Country Club. Calvin entered Friday with a seven-stroke lead for first place and concluded the day with an eight-stroke lead despite taking second place in Friday’s NCAA III Spring qualifying tournament with a team score of 329. Calvin entered with a seven-stroke lead over Hope but now holds an eight-stroke lead over Trine which moved into first place in the overall spring standings with a first place score of 323 on Friday. Calvin will host the final spring qualifier on Saturday with opening tee times set for 10:30 a.m. at the Watermark Country Club. The team that holds first place in the final overall spring standings which includes three 18-hole MIAA spring qualifier tournaments will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament next month.

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Men’s lacrosse falls at Hope 20-5

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor,  Photo by Dan Vos

HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s lacrosse team traveled to Van Andel Stadium Wed. evening for an MIAA game against rival Hope.  The Flying Dutchmen outscored the Knights 7-1 in the first quarter, and coasted to a 20-5 victory.  Calvin was led in scoring by a pair of Grand Rapids Christian graduates.  Sophomore Tim Marco (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored a goal in the third and fourth quarter while sophomore Jonathan VanderLaan (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) scored the game’s final two goals.  They came at the 7:14 mark and 6:48 mark of the fourth quarter.  Calvin was outshot 53-19 in the contest including 26-9 in the first half.  Calvin senior goalkeeper Drew Sroczynski (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian) was credited with 10 saves.  Calvin’s biggest undoing, perhaps, came in the faceoff circle.  The Knights won just three of 28 faceoffs, and did not win their first until midway through the third quarter.  Hope outgained Calvin in ground balls, scooping up 51 compared to Calvin’s 25.  Both teams cleared at a decent percentage.  Calvin converted 16 of 25 attempts while Hope was 13-17.  Calvin falls to 2-11 on the season and 1-4 in MIAA play.  With the loss, Calvin is mathematically eliminated from MIAA Tournament contention.  Calvin returns to action Sat., Apr.27, when it hosts the Comets of Olivet College. 

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Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Albion

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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ALBION - Calvin got back to the .500 mark in league play and improved to 16-12 overall with a doubleheader sweep at Albion Wednesday, winning by scores of 10-0 and 9-0. Both games were shortened to five innings because of the mercy-rule. In game one, Calvin used an eight-run third inning to blow the game open. Junior Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon CC) scored three runs while sophomore Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS), junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) and freshman Megan Rozeveld (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) had two hits apiece. All three players also drove in two runs apiece.Sophomore Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) was credited with the pitching victory, striking out three and walking two, upping her season record to 4-2. In game two, Calvin scored seven runs in the bottom of the first capped off by a solo home run by sophomore Merin Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). VanderMeer and Brownlee had two hits apiece. Sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a run-scoring triple. Freshman Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) also drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Junior Caitlin Callow (Muskegon/Muskegon CC) was the winning pitcher as she scattered five hits in improving to 5-5 on the year.Calvin will now prepare to travel to rival Hope on Saturday for a 1 p.m. twinbill.

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Women’s Lacrosse Defeated at Hope 10-4

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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HOLLAND - Calvin’s MIAA Tournament hopes came to a close with a 10-4 loss at rival Hope Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the year, Calvin nipped Hope 10-9 in a non-conference game but on Wednesday, Hope turned the tables with a strong second half. Calvin (3-12 overall, 1-4 MIAA)  battled Hope to a 2-2 halftime draw but the host Flying Dutch (5-8 overall, 3-2 MIAA) scored five unanswered goals in the second half to build a 9-3 lead and never looked back.Both teams finished with 25 shots and Calvin held a 22-20 edge in ground balls but Hope was able to find the back of the net more often than the Knights. Calvin received lone goals from freshman Cory Remy (Zeeland/Zeeland East HS), sophomore Nikita Blaauwendraat (Princeport, Nova Scotia/Cobequid Educational Centre), sophomore Lissa Busscher (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and sophomore Karissa Reed (Greenville/Greenville HS). Senior Lauren Spoelstra (Oakland, NJ/Eastern Christian HS) had 10 saves in goal for Calvin. The Knights conclude their season on Saturday, hosting Olivet at 12:30 p.m.

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Women’s tennis remains in MIAA Tournament hunt with 5-4 win over Saint Mary’s

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin women’s tennis team kept its MIAA Tournament hopes alive Wed. afternoon with a thrilling 5-4 come from behind victory over the Belles of Saint Mary’s College.  Calvin finishes its regular season with a 6-10 record and a 4-4 mark in MIAA play.  Calvin fell behind early, losing at first and second doubles.  Calvin rebounded to win third, fourth and sixth singles.  The clinching match came at first singles.  Sophomore Megan Visser defeated Mary Catherine Faller in three sets by scores of 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.  Calvin needs a Kalamazoo win over Saint Mary’s Sat. to earn the fourth and final seed in the MIAA Tournament.  If the Belles defeat the Hornets, Saint Mary’s will earn the fourth seed. 

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Calvin’s Sam Kerk Named MIAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced its Athletes of the Week in track and field through April 20 and Calvin’s Sam Kerk has been named MIAA Men’s Track Athlete of the Week. Kerk, a junior from Hartland, Wis. (Lake County Lutheran HS), finished fourth in the men’s 1,500 meters at the Al Owens Invitational at Grand Valley State with a time of 3:54.41. He is being honored as Track Athlete of the Week for the first time in his career. Kerk is scheduled compete in the 5,000 meters at the Hillsdale Gina Relays this weekend.

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Men’s tennis falls 6-3 at Hope - shares MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Story and Photo by Mitch Blankespoor

HOLLAND, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team traveled to the DeWitt Tennis Center on the campus of Hope College Tues. afternoon in search of an outright MIAA men’s tennis championship.  The Knights clinched a share of the title with a 7-2 win over Albion on Apr. 19.  Hope defeated Calvin 6-3 to clinch a share of the MIAA title with Calvin and Kalamazoo.  Hope won all three doubles flights.  After Preston Phillips defeated Park Bussies at second singles and Brian DeMaagd fell to Bobby Cawood at first singles, Calvin needed to win all four remaining singles flights to win the match.  The match-clinching flight came at sixth singles.  Calvin sophomore Tom Griffin fell behind a set, but battled back to force a decisive third.  Hope sophomore Jan Panzer won the set and won the match by scores of 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.  Calvin shares the MIAA title with Hope and Kalamazoo.  The Hornets’ incredible streak of 75 straight conference titles, dating back to 1936, continues.  Through a tiebreaker, Calvin gains the number-two seed for the MIAA Tournament semifinals next Thursday while Hope is the third seed and Kalamazoo the number-one seed. The fourth seed has not yet been determined. Calvin will host Hope next Thursday in an MIAA Tournament semifinal match at 4 p.m.

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Womens tennis remains in hunt for spot in MIAA Tournament with 6-3 win at Trine

Monday, April 22, 2013

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Story by Mitch Blankespoor

ANGOLA, IN - The Calvin women’s tennis team remained in the hunt for the MIAA Tournament with a 6-3 win at Trine Mon. afternoon.  Calvin improves to 5-10 on the season and 3-4 in the MIAA.  Calvin earned victories at first and third doubles.  Sophomore Megan Visser (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) and junior Benthany Zoerhof (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated junior Jessica Huhnke (Newburgh, IN/Castle) and Chrissy Uphaus (Centerville, IN/Centerville HS) 9-8 (7-4).  Sophomores Samantha Reitsma (Grand Rapids/Northpointe Christian) and Ali Roode (Hudsonville/Unity Christian) won their third doubles flight 8-3.  Ipema won a very tight match at second singles, defeating Uphaus 7-6(5), 7-6(5).  Roode defeated Erin Kwaske (Jackson/Western) 6-1, 6-2 at third singles.  Reitsma and senior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) won at fifth and sixth singles respectively at fifth and sixth singles.  With Calvin’s win, the Knights still have a chance to earn the fourth seed to the MIAA Tournament.  Calvin needs to defeat Saint Mary’s on Apr. 24, and cheer for the Kalamazoo Hornets to defeat the Belles on Sat.

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Baseball Takes Two from Alma in Twinbill at Calvin - Van Putten Sets Calvin Career Stolen Base Mark

Monday, April 22, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

Calvin baseball hosted the Scots of Alma for a doubleheader on Monday afternoon. After dropping a game against the Scots last Friday in weather which featured snow flurries and near freezing temperatures, Monday’s outcomes contrasted as much with last Friday as the weather, with the Knights taking game one 4-3 and game two 13-5 under sunny skies. In game one, senior Ben Cok delivered a walk-off single with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Knights to the victory. Junior Jack Jorgenson gained the win in relief. In game two, Calvin exploded for 16 hits to roll to the win. Sophomore Grant VanPutten highlighted the win with three stolen bases with his third stolen base coming with a swipe of home. That steal was the 41st of VanPutten’s career and moved him into first place on the Calvin career list for stolen bases with 41, moving past Kevin VanDuyn who who held the previous record with 40. Calvin is now 12-17 overall and 11-8 in the MIAA. Calvin will host Albion in a doubleheader on Thursday at 2 p.m.

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Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Kalamazoo

Monday, April 22, 2013

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KALAMAZOO - Calvin got back on the winning track with a doubleheader sweep at Kalamazoo Monday afternoon, winning 8-0 and 3-1. The Knights are now 14-12 overall and 5-7 in the MIAA. In game one, junior Lina
Avila went all six innings for the Knights to improve to 7-5 on the year while lowering her season earned run average to 2.78.  Calvin had 14 hits in the game one win led by sophomore Christie VanderMeer and freshman Megan Rozeveld who were both 3-for-4 at the plate. Sophomore Trista Brownlee, freshman Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) and Avila all had two hits apiece. In game two, junior Caitlin Callow (Muskegon/Muskegon Community College) went all seven innings for Calvin to pick up the win and improve to 4-5 on the year. Calvin had seven hits including three of the extra-base variety. In addition to the double by Agren, Roseveld had a double and sophomore Catherine Hilbrands (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had a triple. Calvin will now prepare for a conference doubleheader at Albion on Wednesday scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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