Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The All-MIAA women’s track and field team has been announced and eight members of the MIAA champion Calvin women’s track and field squad have received all-conference honors. Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors Carissa Verkaik, Kaylea Brase, Alyssa Penning, juniors Lauren Madden, Julie Busscher, Nicole Michmerhuizen, Hilary Banning and Olivia Butler. The Calvin women’s track and field team captured the outright MIAA title by taking first place at both the MIAA Jamboree and MIAA Field Day this spring. The title was Calvin’s fourth under fourth-year head coach Bret Otte and the 24th consecutive in program history. The championship streak of 24 titles is the longest active championship streak in MIAA women’s athletics history.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The All-MIAA men’s track and field team has been announced and eight members of the MIAA champion Calvin men’s track and field squad have received all-conference honors.Named to the All-MIAA team from Calvin are seniors David Vande Bunte, Aaron Meckes, Greg Whittle, Matt VanderRoest, junior Sam Kerk, sophomores Erik Holstege and Calvin Kuyers and freshman Jon Cok. The Calvin men’s track and field team captured the outright MIAA title by taking first place at both the MIAA Jamboree and MIAA Field Day this spring. The title was Calvin’s third under fourth-year head coach Bret Otte and the 37th in program history.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
For the first time since the 1999-2000 academic year, Calvin College has won the outright MIAA Commissioner’s Cup. Calvin finished the year with 216 points, finishing ahead of rival Hope which earned 205 points. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 year, Calvin and Hope shared the Commissioner’s Cup as the two schools tied for first place. Hope had since won the last four outright titles. The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup award is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 20 sports for men and women. The final Commissioner’s Cup standings is determined on the basis of each college’s standings in eight of 10 sports for men and eight of 10 sports for women. The Commissioner’s Cup (All-Sports Award) has been presented since 1934-35. Hope has won the award 34 times, followed by Kalamazoo 15, Albion 14, Calvin 9 and Alma 5. In addition, Calvin took first place in the MIAA Men’s All-Sports standings with 102 points, finishing ahead of Hope which tallied 93. Calvin also took first place in the MIAA Women’s All-Sports standings with 114 points, edging Hope by two points. The 2012-13 academic year was an historic one for the Calvin athletics program as it captured an MIAA record 12 conference titles including 10 that were outright league crowns. Calvin competes in 19 of the 20 MIAA-sponsored sports. The Knights do not compete in football.
Tuesday, May 07, 20132013 All-MIAA Baseball Teams
Two members of the Calvin baseball team have received All-MIAA accolades. Sophomore outfielder Grant Van Putten has been named to the All-MIAA first team while freshman shortstop Jalen Bouma has been named to the All-MIAA second team. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Van Putten batted .383 in conference games to rank fourth in the MIAA batting race. In league play, he also led the league in hits (36), finished second in runs scored (27) and total bases (48) and was third in stolen bases (14). Defensively, Van Putten compiled a fielding percentage of .970, committing just two errors in 66 total chances. Bouma hails from Ann Arbor and is a graduate of Ann Arbor Huron High School. Bouma is batting .317 on the season and also batted .330 in league play. Bouma also drove in 19 runs and scored 12 in league play. He was ranked fourth in the MIAA in runs driven in. Calvin is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Hope for a first round MIAA Tournament game slated to start at 4 p.m. Calvin (16-23) is making its first appearance in the double-elimination four-team MIAA Tournament. Top-seeded Hope (26-13) will host the tournament games Wednesday-through-Friday with third-seeded Trine (22-18) and second-seeded Adrian (28-12) also competing.
Tuesday, May 07, 20132013 All-MIAA Softball Teams
Two members of the Calvin softball team have received All-MIAA honors. Named to the All-MIAA first team from Calvin is junior Lina Avila while sophomore Trista Brownlee has been named to the All-MIAA second team. Avila hails from Lakewood, California. She is a graduate of Valley Christian High School. She is the first player from Calvin to be named a first team All-MIAA selection in softball since Jeanne Cole was so honored in 2006. Avila was a multi-threat for Calvin this spring, serving as a pitcher, first baseman and power hitting threat in the lineup. In conference play, Avila picked up a pair of pitching victories in the circle. At the plate, she batted .457 with 17 runs batted in, three home runs, one triple and four doubles. Avila finished eighth in the MIAA in batting average. A native of Saginaw and a graduate of Saginaw Valley Lutheran High School, Brownlee was also a multi-threat for the Knights, splitting time between pitcher and shortstop. As a pitcher, she was 3-2 with a 3.54 earned run average, striking out 17 in 29.2 innings of work. At the plate, she batted .451 which was good for ninth in the MIAA batting race. She also scored 15 runs and drove in 14 while compiling an on-base percentage of .462. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 17-13 which marked its first winning campaign since 2005. In addition, the Knights were 8-8 in league play, good for sixth place in the final conference standings.
Monday, May 06, 2013All-MIAA Women's Lacrosse Teams
Calvin College junior Mary Hoogstra has been named to the All-MIAA second team in women’s lacrosse. Hoogstra is the first individual in Calvin women’s lacrosse history to receive All-MIAA honors of any kind as the Knights recently completed their inaugural season of varsity play. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Hoogstra was a standout on defense this spring for Calvin. She was credited with 45 ground balls this spring and was successful in winning 21 draw controls. She was also able to be a part of the offensive attack, scoring five goals along with two assists for a total of seven points.Calvin finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 4-13. The Knights were 2-4 in conference play which was good for a three-way tie for fourth place in the final league standings.
Monday, May 06, 2013Detroit Athletic Club Website
Calvin College senior Carissa Verkaik will head to Detroit next week. This afternoon, the two-sport standout was named the recipient of the 2013 Michigan Female College Athlete of the Year by the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC). A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the third individual in Calvin athletics history to receive the award. Lisa Winkle (basketball, track & field) was the inaugural DAC Female College Athlete of the Year in 2006 with Becky Weima (swimming) receiving the same honor in 2007. The honors, recognizing both academic and athletic excellence, will be presented during this year’s 17th Annual DAC Athletic Awards at 7 p.m. on May 13 at the DAC. The event continues the Club’s tradition of supporting athletics in the community and will benefit the Foundation’s mission. A total of six female and six male high school nominees as well as one female and one male college athlete are selected each year.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
The pairings for the 2013 double-elimination MIAA Baseball Tournament have been announced. Calvin is the fourth seed, Trine the third seed, Adrian the second seed and Hope the top seed. On Wednesday, Calvin (16-23) will travel to Hope (26-13) for a first round game at 4 p.m. while Adrian (28-12) will host Trine (22-18) at 4 p.m. Wednesday’s winners will then meet in a winners’ bracket final at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Hope with Wednesday’s losers set to play in an elimination game at 1 p.m. A third game will follow at 4 p.m. Friday’s final is scheduled for noon with a second game to follow if necessary at 3 p.m.
MIAA TOURNAMENT BASEBALL PAIRINGS
Wednesday, May 8
Game 1: #4 Calvin (15-13, 16-23) at #1 Hope (20-8, 26-13), 4 p.m.
Game 2: #3 Trine (17-11, 22-18) at #2 Adrian (20-8, 28-12), 4 p.m.
MIAA Tournament - Thursday, May 9 at Hope
Game 3: Wednesday winners, 10 a.m.
Game 4: Wednesday losers, 1 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.
MIAA Tournament - Friday, May 10 at Hope
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon
Game 7: Game 6 opponents, if necessary, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 04, 2013Box Score Information
Story by Mitch Blankespoor, Photo Credit: Jeff Febus
HOLLAND, Mich. - After a two-game split with Hope at Fifth Third Ballpark Fri., May 3, the Calvin men’s baseball dropped two games by scores of 8-5 and 7-6 (9 innings) at Boeve Stadium on the campus of Hope College Sat., May 4. Fortunately for the Knights, they had already earned a berth in the MIAA Tournament for the first time in three years with the win at Fifth Third. Hope jumped all over the Knights in the first two innings of game one. The Flying Dutchmen scored one run in the first and seven runs in the second. Calvin chipped away at the lead scoring runs in three consecutive innings to cut the lead to 8-5. The Knights could not muster any more runs, and dropped game one. In game two, junior Cory Laster gave up three earned runs in five innings, and was in line for the win when Calvin scored four runs in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored a single run before Hope tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh after Calvin walked the bases loaded. Hope eventually won the game on a walkoff single by TJ Klein in the bottom of the ninth. With its win, Hope clinches a share of the MIAA championship and the top seed in the MIAA Tournament. Calvin, now 16-23 on the season and 15-13 in the MIAA. The Knights clinch the fourth seed, and will return to Holland to face the Flying Dutchmen in the MIAA Tournament final. The game is scheduled for Wed., May 8. The time is to be determined.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
For the second consecutive year, Calvin College sophomore Megan Visser has been named to the All-MIAA second team in women’s tennis. A native of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School, Visser filled the No. 1 singles spot for Calvin this spring and went 3-5 against league opponents. She also played at No. 1 doubles and went 2-6 against league opponents. During the year she was named MIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Week once. Visser was part of a Calvin women’s tennis team that finished 6-13 overall this spring and in fourth place in the final MIAA regular season standings with a 4-4 league record. The Knights later qualified for the four-team MIAA Tournament before bowing to eventual tournament champion Hope.