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Nederhoed a Model of Consistency for Calvin Men’s Soccer Program

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Not many things keep Dan Nederhood off of the soccer field. During his career at Calvin, Nederhoed started 95 of 98 games wearing the maroon and gold. An injury at the start of his sophomore year held Nederhood out of a three-game trip to Rochester, N.Y.  A graduate of East Kentwood (Mich.) High School, Nederhoed chose Calvin primarily because of the soccer program.

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Storied Career Ends for Calvin’s Top Scorer

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mark DeHaan ‘15

The past four years of Calvin women’s basketball have been among the most successful in the history of the program. With a senior class that posted a 100-16 overall record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and three MIAA championships, the past four years have been something special for the Knights on the hardwood. And while all of this has been done with a very special six-member senior class, senior Carissa Verkaik stands out. The all-time Calvin career leader in points, with 2,236; rebounds, with 1,071; and blocked shots, with 440, Verkaik was named the MIAA MVP all four years of her career, becoming the first player in MIAA women’s basketball history to be so honored four consecutive years. Verkaik is also the MIAA career leader in points in conference games, posting 1,219 points in 64 career MIAA contests.

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Snikkers Finishes Career With Goal Attained

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Lynn Bolt Rosendale

“Calvin challenges you a lot,” said Tommy Snikkers, senior forward on the men’s basketball team. “The classes are not easy; the workload is not easy; the sports are not easy. Calvin’s very demanding in all aspects, and that’s something you should embrace if you’re up for the challenge.” Snikkers certainly has. As a three-time All-MIAA first team selection, Snikkers has led the team in scoring each of the last three years. Averaging 13.4 points per game this season, Snikkers led a balanced scoring attack with three other players in double digits for the Knights.

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Persistence Pays Off for Calvin Swimmer

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Mitch Blankespoor

Calvin College senior swimmer Mark Rushlow recently concluded his collegiate swimming career at the MIAA swimming and diving championships, but Rushlow has learned much more than just how to swim faster during his four years at Calvin.  As a senior at Northridge High School in Goshen, Ind., Rushlow visited Wheaton College (Ill.) with thoughts of attending college there as well as swimming for the Thunder. After deciding that Wheaton was not the place for him, Rushlow went home. A month later, he received a phone call from Calvin head swimming coach Dan Gelderloos. 

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Calvin Swimmer Refuses to Let Setbacks Derail All-American Career

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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By Jeff Febus

As Elizabeth Counsell looks back on her four years as a student-athlete at Calvin, it’s quite apparent that she has frequently chosen a different road and as the poet Robert Frost so eloquently concluded in his classic poem “The Road Not Taken:” “That has made all the difference.” As a senior at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis, Ind., Counsell considered attending a larger in-state university where she would give up her swimming career and focus on being a student.

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