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Men’s tennis remains perfect in MIAA play with 9-0 victory over Adrian

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Calvin men’s tennis team won its fourth straight MIAA match with a 9-0 victory over Adrian in Wed. afternoon.  The match was played inside Calvin’s Huizenga Track and Tennis Center because of rainy weather conditions.  Calvin improves to 12-3 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in the MIAA.  Calvin won the top four single flights in convincing fashion.  Senior Brian DeMaagd (Grandville/Calvin Christian) defeated Adrian freshman Jordan Verbauwhede (Whitelaw, WI/Lincoln) 6-1, 6-1 at first singles.  Seniors Preston Phillips (Bexley, OH/Bexley HS) and Phil Reinken (Morton, IL/Morton HS) won at second and third singles by scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively.  The two engineering majors also teamed up to defeated Verbauwede and Michael Mertz (Farmington/North Farmington) 8-2 at first doubles.  Calvin junior Loukus Peterson (Brentwood, TN/Brentwood HS) defeated Cameron Hamilton (Mason/Mason HS) 6-2, 6-0 at fourth singles.  The win was Peterson’s second of the day as him and DeMaagd defeated Hamilton and Alex Amos (Delton/Gull Lake) 8-2 at second doubles.  Holland Christian alums senior Jarrod Brower (Holland/Holland Christian) and junior John Strikwerda (Holland/Holland Christian) defeated Ryan Delacy (Novi/Detroit Catholic Central) and Spencer Georgetti (Sylvania, OH/Northview) 8-6 at third doubles.  Brower also won a 7-5, 6-2 match at fifth singles defeating Amos.  The most contested match of the day was at the sixth singles flight.  Sophomore Tom Griffin (Elmhurst, IL/Timothy Christian) outlasted Troy Gargrave (Sterling Heights/Sterling Heights HS) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5. 

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Women’s Golf Take Fourth at First MIAA Spring Qualifying Tournament

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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SOUTH BEND, IN - The Calvin women’s golf team took fourth place at the first MIAA spring qualifying tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Blackthorn Golf Club.  Calvin posted a team score of 370 with Hope third (361), host Saint Mary’s second (353) and Olivet first (330). The tournament is the first of three spring tournaments consisting of the top four teams from the MIAA regular season. The team with the top cumulative score after the three rounds will receive the MIAA’s automatic team bid to the NCAA III Championships. Calvin is making its second straight appearance in the spring tournament field. In Wednesday’s round, Calvin was led by junior Carlia Canto (Marysville/Port Huron Northern HS) and senior Elise Doezema (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) with rounds of 92 while freshmen Casey Harkema (Holt/Holt HS) and Jennie Poole (Summit, NJ/Kent Place School) had rounds of 93. The next scheduled MIAA spring tournament is scheduled for April 26 at the Medalist Golf Club with Olivet serving as host.

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Softball Splits With Saint Mary’s

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Calvin split a doubleheader with visiting Saint Mary’s Tuesday afternoon at the Gainey Athletic Complex, winning the opener 8-2 before dropping the nightcap 3-2. Calvin is now 12-10 on the year and 3-5 in the MIAA.
In game one, junior Lina Avila (Lakewood, CA/Valley Christian HS) retired the final 11 batters she faced while belting a two-run homer and a double to lead the Knights to the victory. Avila went 3-for-4 at the plate while allowing just two hits. Calvin had 13 hits in the victory. Freshman catcher Lydia Gildea (Gobles/Gobles HS) also went 3-for-4 while driving in three runs. Sophomore Trista Brownlee (Saginaw/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and freshmen Megan Rozeveld (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and Ashley Jakus (Muskegon/Muskegon Reeths-Puffer HS) had two hits apiece. Sophomore Christie VanderMeer (Grandville/Grandville HS) also scored three runs. Avila also started game two in the pitcher’s circle and tossed shutout ball through the first four innings. Avila also gave Calvin a 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run in the second inning. In the top of the fifth, VanderMeer led off with a double and later scored on a double by Brownlee. Saint Mary’s (13-11 overall, 3-1-0 MIAA) answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth however including one run that was unearned.  Calvin outhit Saint Mary’s 8-5 in game two but stranded eight runners. Calvin is back in action on Thursday as it travels to Goshen for a non-conference doubleheader slated to start at 3:30 p.m.

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Baseball Team Drops 10-0 Decision at Division I Central Michigan University

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Calvin dropped a 10-0 decision at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon. The Knights are now 10-16 on the year. The host Chippewas exploded for nine runs in the third inning to put the game away early. Calvin had five hits in defeat. Freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) to raise his season batting average to .352. Freshmen Jalen Bouma (Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor Huron HS) and Michael Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS) and junior Kyle Spoelma (Kentwood/South Christian HS) all had single hits as well. Freshman Travis Kraai (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 0-1 on the year. Sophomore Jeremy Kamp (Homer Glen, IL/Chicago Christian HS), freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS), sophomore Ben Guilfoyle (Romeoville, IL/Plainfield East HS) and junior Jack Jorgenson (Milwaukee, WI/Milwaukee Lutheran HS) all saw time in relief. Jorgenson pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two batters. It marked his first appearance for Calvin in a month after suffering an injury in March. Calvin is back in action on Friday, traveling to Alma for a conference doubleheader at 2 p.m.

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Men’s Golf finishes Fourth at Knight Invitational

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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CALEDONIA, MI - The Calvin men’s golf team competed in a nine team, one round tournament at Thornapple Pointe Golf Course.  The Knights, who won the program’s second MIAA conference championship in history in the fall, finished in fourth place.  Davenport won the invitational with a team score of 318.  Calvin finished with a score of 331.  Junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran) finished second individually with a round of 78 - 39 on the front nine followed by the same score on the final nine holes.  Freshman Justin Crow (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) turned in a round of 81 (38-43) while juniors Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian) and Ross Ryzenga (Holland/Holland Christian) both shot rounds of 86.  Freshman Ben Elenbaas (Byron Center/South Christian) shot 45 on both nines, and finished with a round of 90.  Calvin returns to action Fri., Apr. 19, when it hosts the second of three MIAA Spring Tournaments at Watermark Country Club.  The tournament is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.

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Calvin’s Busscher and Meckes Receive Weekly Honors from MIAA in Track & Field

Monday, April 15, 2013

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A pair of Calvin College track and field athletes have received weekly honors from the MIAA. Calvin’s Julie Busscher has been named the MIAA Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, while Calvin’s Aaron Meckes has been chosem MIAA Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. Busscher, a junior from Hudsonville (Unity Christian HS), won the 100-meter dash in :12.84 and the 200-meter dash in :26.21 to help lead Calvin to a first-place showing at the MIAA Jamboree at Olivet. She also was part of the Knights’ winning 4x100-meter relay and their 4x400-meter relay team that placed second. Busscher is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career. Meckes, a senior from Bay City (Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS), won the shot put with a toss of 49 feet, 6-1/4 inches at the MIAA Jamboree. He also took second in the discus with a throw of 149 feet, 4 inches. Meckes is being honored as Athlete of the Week for the first time this season and fourth time in his career. Both Calvin track and field teams return to action this weekend, competing at the Al Owens Classic at Grand Valley State University.

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Janelle Agren Named MIAA Position Player of the Week in Softball

Monday, April 15, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin third baseman Janelle Agren its Position Player of the Week and for games played through April 13. Agren, a junior from Cadillac (Cadillac HS), went for 4-6 with four runs scored and five RBIs in leading Calvin to an MIAA sweep of Olivet. In the opener, she belted two doubles and a single, driving four runs in a 17-4 win over the Comets, then followed with a home run in the nightcap in Calvin’s 13-5 victory. Agren is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Calvin is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Saint Mary’s in a conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. at Gainey Field.

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Baseball Team Drops Both Ends of Doubleheader With Visiting Adrian Monday

Monday, April 15, 2013

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Calvin was unable to use home field advantage to its advantage Monday afternoon as the Knights dropped both ends of a conference doubleheader with visiting Adrian, losing game one 7-0 and game two 9-1. Adrian (17-9 overall, 11-5 MIAA) moves into a tie for first place with Hope with the victories while Calvin (10-15 overall, 9-7 MIAA) is now tied for third place with Trine. In the opener, Calvin was able to muster only three hits while Adrian erupted for 12 hits including a pair of solo home runs. Sophomore Grant VanPutten (Holland/Holland Christian HS), senior Ben Cok (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) and freshman Jordan VanderWall (Wyoming/South Christian HS) accounted for Calvin’s three hits with VanPutten belting a double - his eighth of the season. Sophomore Nate Schepers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) took the loss for Calvin to fall to 2-1 on the year. Schepers struck out three and walked three in five innings of work. Sophomores Austin Juza (Stevensville/Lake Michigan Catholic) and Tom Bouwkamp (Pella, IA/Pella Christian HS) also saw time in relief.In game two, Calvin rapped out eight hits but could never string enough hits together. Adrian meanwhile picked up four runs in the third innings and never looked back, adding single runs in the fourth and sixth and three more in the seventh. Calvin’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) delivered an RBI single. Freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and senior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) had two hits apiece for the Knights. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS) took the loss to fall to 1-4. Laster struck out five batters in six innings of work. Junior Louis Hill Jr. (Romulus/Romulus HS) and freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) came on in relief later in the game. Calvin will now prepare for a single non-conference game at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. in Mount Pleasant. In game two, Calvin rapped out eight hits but could never string enough hits together. Adrian meanwhile picked up four runs in the third innings and never looked back, adding single runs in the fourth and sixth and three more in the seventh. Calvin’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore Ben Wohl (Canton/Plymouth HS) delivered an RBI single. Freshman Tyler Lambers (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and senior Tyler Tos (Walnut Creek, CA/Berean Christian HS) had two hits apiece for the Knights. Junior Cory Laster (Ludington/Ludington HS) took the loss to fall to 1-4. Laster struck out five batters in six innings of work. Junior Louis Hill Jr. (Romulus/Romulus HS) and freshman Kyle Wasserberger (Spring Lake/Spring Lake HS) came on in relief later in the game.Calvin will now prepare for a single non-conference game at Division I Central Michigan University Tuesday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. in Mount Pleasant.

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Calvin Track and Field Teams Claim First Place at MIAA Jamboree Hosted by Olivet

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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OLIVET – The Calvin men’s and women’s track and field teams took a step forward in seeking bids for MIAA titles on Saturday. Both teams took first place at the MIAA Jamboree hosted by Olivet College. The MIAA Jamboree is worth one-half of the final MIAA title with the upcoming MIAA Field Day scheduled for May 2 and 3 at Hope College making up the remaining half. In the MIAA Jamboree on Saturday, the Calvin men recorded a first place total of 875.50 points using the “true team scoring” formula where up to 21 places receive points.  Hope took second in the men’s standings with 822.5 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin men also finished in first place. On the women’s side, Calvin recorded a first place total of 941.50 points with Hope second with 812 points. Using the traditional NCAA meet scoring format (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), the Calvin women also finished in first place. Both Calvin teams will now prepare to compete at the Al Owens Classic next Friday and Saturday at Grand Valley State.

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Men’s Golf Takes First Place at Opening MIAA Spring Tournament Round

Saturday, April 13, 2013

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WEST OLIVE – The Calvin men’s golf team vaulted into first place in the MIAA spring standings on Saturday afternoon, firing a first place score of 304 strokes at the first of three 18-hole MIAA spring tournament rounds. Saturday’s tournament round was hosted by Hope at the Wuskowhan Player’s Club. Calvin will host the final two 18-hole rounds next weekend at the Watermark Country Club. The first weekend round will be held on April 19 with the second round set for April 20.  Only the top four teams from the MIAA’s fall season standings are competing in the spring tournament. In addition to Calvin and Hope, Adrian and Trine are competing. The team that finishes with the top cumulative 54-hole score at the conclusion of the three MIAA spring tournaments will receive the MIAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament. In Saturday’s opening round, Calvin battled through cold nasty weather via the play of seniors Dave Sarkipato (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS) and Ben Kuiper (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS). Sarkipato fired a remarkable one-under round of 70 while Kuiper came up with a round of 75 after recording a 43 on the front nine but then charging back with a 32 on the back nine. The scores by Sarkipato and Kuiper were the top two scores on the afternoon. Sophomore James VanNoord (Troy/Troy Athens HS) also had a sub-80 score with a 79 while junior Jake Hoogstrate (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS) had an 80 and junior Mark Allen (Oconomowoc, WI/Lake Country Lutheran HS) had an 83. Hope took second in Saturday’s competition with a team score of 311 with Adrian third (313) and Trine fourth (318).

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