Monday, July 15, 2013
By Jacob Kuyvenhoven
At Calvin College, the sports management major is still largely in its infancy. 2007 was the first year students graduated with a degree from the program, and as with anything new, there is bound to be an adjustment period. Luckily, Calvin has seen three recent graduates see success working together in the box office of the Detroit Tigers’ single-A affiliate, the West Michigan Whitecaps. Dean Exoo (’07) works in advertising and sales, while Nick Caudle (’07) and J.D. Triemstra (’09) are ticket sales executives. All three spent time as student workers for Jim Timmer and went on to do graduate work in sports management at Western Michigan University. Their work figures to add a strong dose of credibility to the program and encourage further success in current and incoming students.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The 2012-13 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Academic - Honor Roll has been announced by Commissioner David Neilson and a record 151 Calvin scholar-athletes have been named to the list.The honor roll recognizes scholar-athletes who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the entire 2012-13 academic year. A student needed to have won a varsity letter in a sport to be eligible. The MIAA Academic Honor Roll program was initiated in 1990 to recognize students at MIAA member colleges who excel both in athletics and in the classroom.This year’s Honor Roll includes several students who achieved the distinction four consecutive years. Of the students, seven are from Calvin.The seven Calvin scholar-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for a fourth straight year are seniors Job Christiansen (New Ipswich, NH/Mascenic Regional HS), Eric Doornbos (Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS), Matt DeBoer (Hudsonville, MI/Covenant Christian HS), Jordan Ipema (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian HS), Kelsey Irwin (Fraser, MI, /Fraser HS), Dan Kerr (Petoskey/Petoskey HS) and Greg Whittle (Galesburg, IL/Galesburg HS).
Thursday, June 06, 2013
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.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Calvin College sophomore Grant Van Putten has been named to the D3baseball.com All-Mideast Region second team. In addition, he has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region third team. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Van Putten put together a record-breaking year for the Calvin baseball team this spring. Van Putten batted .426 this spring for the Knights while playing a stellar centerfield. Van Putten’s final season average of .426 is the third-highest single-season average in Calvin history, surpassed only by the .442 average of Ken Stuursma in 1987 and the .463 mark of T. J. Cummings in 1994. His season total of 63 hits is also a new Calvin single-season record as is his season total of 23 stolen bases. Van Putten now has 44 career stolen bases and is the Calvin career record holder in that category as well. In addition, his 41 runs scored this spring is the second-highest single-season total in Calvin baseball history. Finally, his total of 85 total bases is also second on the Calvin single-season list.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
HOLLAND - The 2013 Calvin baseball season came to an end with a 4-3 loss in 11 innings in an elimination game at the MIAA Tournament at Hope College Thursday afternoon. Calvin finishes the season with an overall record of 16-25. Calvin was making its first appearance in the MIAA Tournament this week. The Knights were defeated by Hope 7-3 in a first round game Wednesday. In Thursday’s loss to Trine, Calvin outhit the Thunder 11-7 but stranded 10 base runners. Calvin also failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning as the Thunder scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game and then scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. Sophomore Grant Van Putten and senior Tyler Tos had three hits apiece. Van Putten finished with a Calvin single-season record total of 63 hits while also finishing with a season batting average of .426 - the third-highest single-season average in Calvin baseball history. Senior Ben Cok also finished with a Calvin single-season record of 32 walks.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The first-ever Calvin C Club Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday night inside Van Noord Arena. The following is a list of the award recipients:
BREAKTHROUGH TEAM OF THE YEAR - Men’s Tennis
RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE - Nicole Michmerhuizen - women’s track and field, 10,000 meters
ROLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Bryan Powell, men’s basketball
PLAY OF THE YEAR - Danielle Carter, women’s soccer - game winning OT goal vs Hope in MIAA Tournament
MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Taylor Pruis, men’s soccer
FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Michaela Rookus, women’s swimming & diving
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Nick Holtrop, men’s soccer
FEMALE ATHLETE(S) OF THE YEAR - Lizzie Kamp, volleyball & Carissa Verkaik, basketball & track & field
EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT - Elisabeth Counsell, women’s swimming & diving
GAME OF THE YEAR - Calvin men’s basketball MIAA Tournament final win over Hope
KAY TIEMERSMA AWARD WINNER(S) - Lizzie Kamp & Carissa Verkaik
BERE’ MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER - Dan Kerr, men’s cross country & track & field
The MIAA Commissioner’s Cup trophy was also unveiled at the ceremony.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Story by Mitch Blankespoor
HOLLAND, Mich. - For the third straight game at Boeve Stadium, the Calvin baseball team leaves with a loss. After falling to Hope both games in the MIAA regular season finale last Sat., the two rivals met again on Wed. May 8, the Knights dropped a 7-3 decision in the MIAA Tournament. Junior pitcher Nate Schepers took the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. Junior Cory Later pitched 4.1 innings of two-hit ball in relief. The Knights fell behind 7-1 after three complete innings, but battled back to within four on a two-RBI single in the sixth. Calvin could not get any closer. Sophomore Grant Van Putten led Calvin offensively with three singles in four plate appearances. Calvin returns to MIAA Tournament action tomorrow when the Knights travel to Boeve Stadium to face the Thunder of Trine University. The Thunder were defeated by Adrian 5-4 in the other MIAA Tournament game Wed.
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, 2013
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.
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.