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Men’s Basketball Defeats Ohio Northern 70-67 in OT - Mantel Hits 1,000 Point Plateau

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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PHOENIX, AZ—The Calvin men’s basketball team picked up its first victory over Ohio Northern since the 1991-92 season and stretched its win streak to three games in the process with a 70-67 overtime victory over the Polar Bears Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Canyon Cactus Jam.

Heading into Tuesday’s game, Ohio Northern had won the last three meetings against Calvin, winning in 1993, 2001 and 2003 with the victories in 1993 and 2001 coming in NCAA III Tournament play. Calvin’s last victory over Ohio Northern had been a 65-50 decision on Thanksgiving weekend of Calvin’s 1991-92 national championship season.

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Men’s Basketball Records 79-78 Victory Over Lewis & Clark College at Grand Canyon Cactus Jam

Monday, December 28, 2009

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PHOENIX, AZ—The Calvin men’s basketball team has put together back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The Knights did so in thrilling fashion with a 79-78 victory over Lewis and Clark College (OR) Monday night on the first day of competition at the Grand Canyon Cactus Jam. Monday’s game was the first for Calvin since an 86-59 victory over Trinity Christian College (IL) on December 18.

Calvin (4-5) led by as many as nine points in the first half but trailed 44-43 at halftime.

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Carissa Verkaik Named MIAA Player of the Week in Women’s Basketball

Monday, December 28, 2009

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Calvin center Carissa Verkaik its Player of the Week in women’s basketball for games played through December 27.

Verkaik, a freshman from Holland (Holland Christian HS), scored 19 points and added 14 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists as the Knights posted a 59-56 victory over Madonna. She has averaged 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, tops in the MIAA in both categories, in leading Calvin to an 11-1 start. Verkaik is being honored as Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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Men’s Soccer Receives NSCAA College Team Academic Award

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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NSCAA Team Academic Award Recipients

The Calvin College men’s soccer team excelled on the field this fall, advancing all the way to the NCAA III Championship finals. Under the direction of head coach Chris Hughes, the Knights have also excelled in the classroom too.

The Calvin men’s soccer team was recently selected as a recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award. To receive the honor, a team needed to post a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or above.

The Calvin men’s soccer team posted a 3.19 grade point average for the 2008-09 academic year. This marks the first time the Knights have received the NSCAA College Team Academic Award.

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Women’s Basketball Holds of Madonna 59-56 at Van Noord Arena

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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GRAND RAPIDS—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team held off a determined Madonna squad Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Crusaders 59-56 at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Madonna (4-6) held a 53-51 lead with under five minutes remaining but the Knights (11-1) retook the lead at 54-53 on a triple by freshman Kelsey Irwin (Fraser HS) with 3:57 left to play. The triple was the fourth of the game for Irwin who played a key role in cracking Madonna’s zone defense.

(Photo by Sandy Palmatter)

John Ross Post-Game Interview

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Women’s Basketball Rolls to 78-54 Victory at Olivet To Remain Unbeaten in MIAA Play

Saturday, December 19, 2009

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OLIVET—The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA with a 78-54 victory at Olivet Saturday afternoon.

At 10-1, Calvin is off to its best start since the 2006-07 season when it won 25 of its first 26 games.

Calvin’s inside attack proved too much for Olivet to overcome as freshman center Carissa Verkaik (Holland Christian HS) had 26 points on 12 of 13 shooting while senior forward Brook Van Eck (Lowell HS) had 11 points and freshman forward Allison Wolffis (Muskegon-Mona Shores HS) 10 points. Sophomore wing Courtney Kurncz (St. Johns HS) also had nine points, four rebounds, three blocked shots and a pair of assists.

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Men’s Basketball Gets Back on Winning Track With 86-59 Victory Over Trinity Christian College

Saturday, December 19, 2009

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Calvin gained a much-needed boost of momentum with an 86-59 victory over visiting Trinity Christian College Friday night at Van Noord Arena. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid and boosted Calvin’s season record to 3-5 heading into a 10-day break before the Knights face Lewis and Clark (OR) in a tournament in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 28.

Calvin used a 10-2 run late in the first half to build a 32-23 lead before settling on a 38-32 halftime advantage.

WFUR Post-Game Interview With Kevin Vande Streek

Post-Game Interview With Matt Veltema

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Dan Kmetz Named Third Team All-American By National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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NSCAA Division III All-America Men's Soccer Teams

Calvin College junior midfielder Dan Kmetz has been named a Performance Subaru third team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award was announced late Friday evening.

A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Kmetz is the first All-American in men’s soccer at Calvin since Kurt Visker was so honored in 2005. A graduate of Strongsville High School, Kmetz is the fifth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to earn All-America honors, joining Casey TerHaar (1962), Doug DeSmit (1983), Joey Barone (1991) and Visker (2004 & 2005) to have been so honored.

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Women’s Basketball Moves To 9-1 With 78-35 Victory Over Kalamazoo at Van Noord Arena

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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The Knights made a big statement in early conference play with a 78-35 victory over Kalamazoo on Saturday afternoon.

Calvin, now 9-1 and 2-0 in conference, led 43-12 at half and outrebounded Kalamazoo, now 0-8 and 0-3 in the MIAA, by a margin of 45-40. 

Calvin broke the game wide open from the first minute of a game it never trailed in. 

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Women’s Basketball Team Defeats Saint Mary’s 64-58 at Van Noord Arena

Friday, December 11, 2009

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The nationally-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team opened its MIAA campaign on a winning note, defeating Saint Mary’s 64-58 at the Van Noord Arena Friday night in a game that had originally been scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of weather conditions.

Friday’s game featured a rematch of last year’s MIAA Tournament semifinals, won by Saint Mary’s. In fact, the Belles (4-3 overall, 1-1 MIAA) won all three meetings against Calvin last year but on Friday, Calvin came out on top thanks to a solid all-around team effort.

Emily Ottenhoff Post-Game Audio Interview

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