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Calvin Lands Four on Capital One Academic All-America Teams

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Teams

Four members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. On the men’s side, seniors Dan Kerr and Greg Whittle have been named Capital One First Team Academic All-Americans while senior Job Christiansen has been named a Capital One Second Team Academic All-American. On the women’s side, junior Nicole Michmerhuizen has been a Capital One First Team Academic All-American.Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA (Capital One) Academic All-America accolades 103 times including 71 times in the last 16 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

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Carissa Verkaik Named Recipient of MIAA’s Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award

Friday, June 14, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Awards by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to the outstanding senior athletes from its member schools during the 2012-13 academic year have been announced by Commissioner David Neilson. Cory Schmidt of Hope College has received the Albert L. Deal Scholar-Athlete Award, while Carissa Verkaik of Calvin College has been presented the Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award. The awards recognize senior class athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as displayed outstanding leadership in their respective communities. The awards honor two former MIAA commissioners, Albert Deal (1971-91) and Sheila Wallace Kovalchik (1991-2002). Verkaik is the seventh individual from Calvin to receive the Kovalchik Award as Annie VanderLaan (2003), Christine Hendricks (2006), Lisa Winkle (2007), Sarah Wittingen (2008), Melissa Oosterhouse (2011) and Rebecca Kamp (2012) were all previously so honored.

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Calvin’s Mitch Blankespoor Named Co-Recipient of Renner Associate SID Award

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Renner Associate SID Award.  Mitch Blankespoor, a student assistant in Calvin College’s sports information office, and Forrest Tarsa, a student assistant in Hope College’s sports information office, share this year’s Renner Award. The Renner Award honors outstanding efforts by student assistants in sports information offices at MIAA schools. Tom Renner of Hope College, who is concluding his SID position at Hope after 47 years on July 1.

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Calvin Finishes 15th in Final Division III Learfield Director’s Cup Standings

Thursday, June 06, 2013

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Final Director's Cup Standings

For the 18th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 15th in the nation in Division III in 2012-13 with a total of 651.0 points. Calvin is one of only six schools in the country to finish in the top 25 every year that the competition has been held at the NCAA III level.Joining Calvin in that elite group are Williams, Mass., Amherst, Mass., Middlebury, Vt., the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga. Williams won the title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning with a score of 1,273.75 points. The Cup is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country, and is based on points earned by teams that compete in NCAA Championship events.

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Shift in Athletic Seasons Pays off For Calvin Distance Runner

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan

It was a shift in athletic seasons that allowed junior Nicole Michmerhuizen to first try cross country as a sophomore at Holland (Mich.) Christian High School. When Michigan moved girls high school basketball from the fall to the winter in 2007, Michmerhuizen, a basketball player in her freshman year, decided to pick up cross country as her fall sport. 

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Sarkipato Gains Life Lessons During Calvin Men’s Golf Career

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Four short years ago, a freshman named Dave Sarkipato came to Calvin with the hopes of being the star on Calvin’s golf team. Fast-forward to the present day.  Sarkipato, now a senior, still strives to be the best golfer he can be, but the team’s goals come before his own. Sarkipato played mainly tennis growing up.  It wasn’t until high school that he picked up golf.

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Talented Freshman Bolsters Women’s Golf Team

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jordan Brink

Calvin women’s golf is coming off a fall season in which it finished fourth in the MIAA and one of the reasons for the team’s success was the freshmen class, led by Casey Harkema.  With a season average of 88.5 strokes-per-round and a 16th-place finish in the final MIAA standings, Harkema played a valuable role as a newcomer to the women’s golf program. 

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Calvin Runner Continues Family Running History

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jeff Febus

With arms and legs churning furiously, Job Christiansen is a sight to watch on the cross country course. In short, the Calvin senior gives it his all. “I’ve had coaches from around the country tell me, ‘Wow. I wish I had a team full of runners who gave that kind of effort,’” said Calvin head cross country coach Brian Diemer. “Job is the kind of guy who never gives less than his best, and his leadership to our team throughout his career has been incredible. He’s a quiet guy but when he talks in person or writes something to our team on e-mail, people pay attention.”

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Knight Performs Double Duty

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

Julia Hilbrands doesn’t like to quit things once she’s started. “I’m a very driven person,” she said. That personality trait is exactly why Hilbrands has found herself in a key role for two highly ranked programs at Calvin—volleyball and basketball. At one time both NCAA III teams were ranked No. 1 in the country, and Hilbrands was technically a member of both.

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Danielle Carter Delivers in Clutch for Calvin Women’s Soccer Team

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Troy Ellens ‘15

With 12 incoming freshmen and a pre-season ranking of fifth in the MIAA, the Calvin women’s soccer team did not know what was in store for their 2012 season. It took experienced veterans such as Danielle Carter to help direct the way. Carter, a junior from DeWitt, Mich., has been playing soccer since she was four years old. She was looking for a Division III college that was excellent academically and where she could play soccer.

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