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Travis Vegter Named NSCAA College Division Scholar All-American

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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2013 NSCAA Men's College Division Scholar All-America Teams

Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has been named named a second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Scholar-Athlete in the college division. A forward, Vegter (Hudsonville, MI/Unity Christian HS) is the first individual from Calvin to receive the award. To be named an NSCAA Scholar All-American, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale). The player must also start more than 50 percent of all games and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member. This fall, Vegter stood out on the pitch, scoring 27 goals to go with six assists for a total of 60 points. He was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player and also to the All-MIAA first team. He was later named to the NSCAA Division III All-Central Region first team and last week, was named to the NSCAA Division III All-America second team.

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Carter and Hearn Receive NSCAA College Division All-North Central Region Scholar-Athlete Honors

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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NSCAA All-North Central Region Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s soccer team have received academic honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Senior Danielle Carter has been named to the NSCAA Division III Scholar All-North Central Region second team while senior Ashton Hearn has been named to the third team. A four-year starter in midfield, Carter (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) scored four goals and added two assists for a total of 10 points this fall. She scored game-winning goals against Adrian and Olivet and was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week once as well as to the All-MIAA first team. She concluded her career with totals of 19 goals and 10 assists. She was also named to the NSCAA All-Central Region second team. A kinesiology major, Carter carries a 3.76 grade point average. A goalkeeper, Hearn (Port Huron/Port Huron Northern HS) was also a four-year member of the Calvin women’s soccer team and a three-year starter in nets.  This fall, she compiled a goals-against-average of 0.67 and a won-loss record of 18-3-2 to go with 10 shutouts. Over the course of her career, she recorded 33 shutouts and an overall won-loss record of 53-13-5.  Hearn carries a 3.88 grade point average at Calvin while majoring in speech pathology. Earlier this fall, she was named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-District team.

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Men’s Basketball Rolls to 106-56 Win Over Finlandia

Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Box Score

The Calvin men’s basketball rolled to a 106-56 victory over Finlandia University Saturday afternoon at Van Noord Arena. The Knights (7-2) went on a 28-8 run to open the game and never looked back. Calvin led 61-23 at halftime, establishing a new Calvin Van Noord Arena record for most points scored in a half, breaking the previous record of 60 set by Calvin in a 2012 win over Alma. Sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS) had a career-high 14 points off the bench along with five assists while junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had 14 points as well. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) had 13 points as he was 4-of-4 from the field and 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Freshman Brad Visser (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) added a career-high 12 points including a pair of acrobatic layups in the second half. Junior Tyler Dykstra (Holland/Holland Christian HS) chipped in with nine points. All 14 of Calvin’s players reached the scoring column. Calvin will now break until December 28 when it travels to California to take on the University of Redlands. Calvin will play a pair of games in California as the Knights will also face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on December 30.

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Calvin in Fourth Place in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Fall Sports Standings

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Learfield Directors' Cup Standings for 12-12-13

The latest set of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall sports standings have been released and after an outstanding fall sports campaign, Calvin College stands in fourth place with 269 points. Williams (Mass) leads the standings with 376 points with Middlebury (Vt.) second with 310 points and Trinity (Tx.) third with 281 points. Calvin picked up 100 points from its women’s volleyball team that captured the national championship last month in Holland, Michigan. Calvin also received 72 points from its women’s cross country team that placed seventh at the NCAA III Championships, 50 points from its women’s soccer team that reached the second round of the NCAA III Tournament and 47 points from its men’s cross country team that finished 27th at the NCAA III Championships.

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Calvin Swimming and Diving Teams Crack Collegeswimming.com Top 25 Polls

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Collegeswimming.com Division III Top 25 Poll

Fresh off impressive performances at their own Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams continue to hold lofty spots in the national rankings. In the latest Collegeswimming.com Division III Top 25 rankings, the Calvin men are ranked 15th while the Calvin women are ranked 17th. In addition, the Calvin men’s swimming and diving team is ranked in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 20 poll. The Calvin men are ranked 20th.  At the Calvin Winter Invitational, the Calvin men’s team posted its highest finish at the event, recording a second place team score of 583 points. Meanwhile the Calvin women’s team had a solid third place team score of 593 points. The Knights were the top finishing Division III team in the women’s competition. Both Calvin teams are in the midst of preparing for a Christmas break training trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trip will take place from December 31-to-January 7.

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Travis Vegter Named NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III All-American

Friday, December 13, 2013

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2013 NSCAA Division III Men's Soccer All-America Teams

Calvin College junior Travis Vegter has been named a second team Division III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as sponsored by Continental Tire. The award was announced earlier this morning. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School, Vegter is receiving Divison III All-America honors for the first time. A forward, Vegter tallied a team-leading 27 goals and 60 points this fall while also receiving credit for six assists. Four of his goals were game-winners during the season. Last month, Vegter was named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-America first team for achieving high marks in the classroom. He is the first individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to be named both an NSCAA Division III All-American and a Capital One Academic All-American.

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Calvin Selected to Host NCAA III Finals in Women’s Basketball & Women’s Volleyball in 2015 & 2017

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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NCAA Championships Announcement

The NCAA has awarded NCAA III womenís basketball and womenís volleyball championships to the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-18 seasons. Calvin College will host the following championships:

Womenís Basketball / 2015
Womenís Volleyball / 2015
Womenís Basketball / 2017
Womenís Volleyball / 2017

This will mark the first time since 1988 that Calvin has hosted an NCAA III Championship final. Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in menís basketball from 1982-to-1988 at the Calvin College Fieldhouse. In 1977, Calvin also hosted the NCAA III Menís Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In 1986, Calvin hosted the NCAA III Finals in women’s volleyball.

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MIAA Commissioner David Neilson to Retire at Conclusion of 2013-14 Academic Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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ALBION, Mich. Ė David L. Neilson, the commissioner of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2002, has announced he will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. The announcement of Commissioner Neilsonís retirement came Tuesday from Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College and vice chairwoman of the MIAA Presidentsí Council.  He is the eighth and third-longest serving commissioner in the MIAAís 126-year history. Commissioner Neilson and his wife, Karen, live in Royal Oak. They have four children and five grandchildren. The MIAA is the nationís oldest collegiate athletic conference, founded in 1888. The MIAA consists of nine private colleges from Michigan and northern Indiana. Member institutions are Adrian College, Albion College, Alma College, Calvin College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Olivet College, Saint Maryís College and Trine University.

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Calvin Women’s Soccer Team Cracks Final Division III Top 25 Polls

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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The Calvin women’s soccer team has finished ranked in a pair of final season-ending national polls.  Calvin is ranked 22nd in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III Top 25 post-season poll. Under the direction of head coach Mark Recker, the Knights finished the 2013 season with an overall record of 19-3-2. Calvin captured the MIAA regular season title with a 13-2-1 conference mark and then won the league tournament for the second straight year, defeating Adrian and Hope in tournament play. Calvin also advanced to the NCAA III Tournament for the second straight year and for the eighth time in the last nine years.

NSCAA Division III Top 25 Poll

D3soccer.com Top 25 poll

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Maggie Kamp Named Capital One Academic All-American in Women’s Volleyball

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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CoSIDA.com Academic All-America Volleyball Announcement

Calvin College sophomore Maggie Kamp has become the third member of her family to be named a Capital One Academic All-American in women’s volleyball. A native of Palos Heights Illinois, Maggie Kamp was named to the Capital One Division III All-America second team earlier today by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA). A year ago, her sister Lizzie Kamp was named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year. In 2011, her oldest sister Rebecca Kamp was also named the Capital One Division III Academic All-American of the Year.  Combined the Kamp sisters have now received Capital One Academic All-America honors five times with Lizzie doing so in 2011 (2nd team) and 2012 (first team) and Rebecca achieving the feat in 2009 and 2011. She is the second Calvin athlete to receive Capital One Academic All-America honors this fall as Travis Vegter of the Calvin men’s soccer team was also so honored last month. Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America accolades 105 times including 73 times in the last 17 years. Calvin currently ranks sixth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans.

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