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Men’s Basketball Team Falls to Hope in MIAA Tournament Championship Game 78-74

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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The Calvin men’s basketball team dropped a 78-74 decision to Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday night at Van Noord Arena. Calvin led 56-49 in the second half and 72-70 with 2:29 left to play but Hope proceeded to score six unanswered points to take control and gain the win. Senior John Mantel led Calvin (19-9) with a career-high 29 points to go with nine rebounds while Trent Salo had 14. Calvin trailed 27-13 in the first half but closed to within 41-38 at intermission. The Knights then took the lead in the second half before Hope’s late comeback run.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball Team Falls to Hope in MIAA Tournament Final 68-49

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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The Calvin women’s basketball team dropped a 68-49 decision at Hope in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday. Calvin led 21-17 but Hope scored the final 15 points of the first half, en route to a 32-21 halftime lead. Calvin would never get closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Calvin was led in defeat by Carissa Verkaik with 12 points and 9 rebounds while Brook Van Eck had 10 points. Calvin will now hope for an at-large (Pool C) bid to next week’s NCAA III Tournament. Bids will be announced Monday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. (EST).

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Men’s Basketball Advances to MIAA Tournament Championship Game With 63-57 Win Over Olivet

Saturday, February 27, 2010

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(written by Calvin Sports Information Student Assistant Derek Neice)

Calvin’s season is still alive.

Coming back from a deficit as large as 14 in Friday night’s MIAA Tournament semifinal game against Olivet, the Knights took their first lead of the game with 3:21 left in the second half and hung on to that lead to win 63-57 and move on to the championship round against Hope. Hope defeated Adrian 75-66 in Friday’s first semifinal game.

Senior Matt Veltema led all scorers with 15 clutch points, and his baseline fall-away jumper late in the second half to give Calvin the lead proved to be the difference, because that lead was not relinquished once possessed.

Calvin-Hope Rivalry Web site

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Women’s Basketball: Calvin vs. Hope - A look back at their last meeting

Friday, February 26, 2010

Calvin/Hope Women's Basketball Highlights from Feb. 3, 2010

Communications and Marketing student videographer Mike Zaagman provides highlights from Calvin’s final regular season meeting with Hope on February 3, 2010. The two teams will tangle again in the MIAA Tournament Championship game Saturday at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s winner will gain an automatic bid to next week’s NCAA III Tournament. Hope (26-1) is ranked fourth nationally while Calvin (24-3) is ranked 11th.

Calvin/Hope Women’s Basketball Rivalry Site

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Calvin Races To 90-71 Victory Over Saint Mary’s in MIAA Tournament Semis - To Face Hope in Final

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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(By sports information student assistant Derek Neice)

Thursday night’s MIAA Tournament semifinal game between the Knights and Belles saw Calvin set a new MIAA Tournament record for made field goals as Calvin connected on 38 field goals in racing away to a 90-71 victory over Saint Mary’s at Van Noord Arena.  The explosive offense that the Knights have possessed all year, led by freshman sensation Carissa Verkaik, shot nearly 60 percent from the field and now will play Saturday afternoon in the conference tournament finals which will be hosted by Hope.  The previous MIAA Tournament single-game field goal record was 37, set by Albion in a 90-87 loss to Hope in a first round MIAA tournament game in 1996.

John Ross Postgame Audio Interview

Brook VanEck Postgame Audio Interview

Courtney Kurncz Postgame Audio Interview

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Calvin Baseball Season Set to Open on March 6 With Twinbill at Otterbein

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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John Sparks Pre-Season Audio Interview

The 2010 Calvin baseball season is set to open on March 6 at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. Last year, Calvin finished 23-17 overall and in second place in the MIAA standings with a 20-8 conference record. The Calvin Sports Information Department caught up with head coach John Sparks recently to talk about the upcoming season. Listen to that interview in this audio file: John Sparks Pre-Season Audio Interview

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Men’s Basketball Advances to MIAA Tournament Semifinals With 67-49 Win Over Alma

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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The Calvin men’s basketball team advanced to the MIAA Tournament semifinals with a 67-49 victory over Alma Wednesday in a first round MIAA Tournament game at Van Noord Arena. Calvin (18-8) will face Olivet (14-12) in the second of two semifinal games Friday at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Hope (19-7) will face Adrian (15-11) in Friday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m. with the Calvin/Olivet semifinal set for 8:15 p.m. John Mantel led Calvin with 16 points while Matt Veltema had 11 points in Calvin’s win over Alma (4-22). Calvin broke the game open with a 10-2 run early in the second half.

Kevin Vande Streek Postgame Audio Interview

Tom Snikkers Postgame Audio Interview

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Women’s Basketball Team Advances to MIAA Tournament Semifinals to Face Saint Mary’s

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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The Calvin women’s basketball team defeated Olivet in a first round MIAA Tournament game Tuesday night at Van Noord Arena 76-57. The Knights (23-3) will face Saint Mary’s (15-11) in a semifinal game Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Van Noord Arena. In Calvin’s win over Olivet, the Knights connected on 12 three-point shots including four from freshman Kelsey Irwin. Freshman Carissa Verkaik led Calvin in scoring with 15 points to go with nine rebounds. Irwin had 12 points while senior Amber Benthem had 10 points and four assists.

John Ross Post-Game Audio Interview

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Carissa Verkaik Lands MIAA Player of the Week Honors In Women’s Basketball

Monday, February 22, 2010

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For the third time this year, Calvin College freshman Carissa Verkaik has been named MIAA Player of the Week in women’s basketball. A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik established an MIAA single-game scoring record Wednesday as she scored 46 points in leading the Knights to a 93-77 victory over Adrian.

The previous single-game record had been 42 points, set by Hopes Kari Nysse against Albion in 1996. Verkaik also set another MIAA single-game record with 18 field goals, breaking the previous mark of 17 set by Calvin’s Eileen Boonstra in 1980 and matched two years later by Laura Knapp of Adrian.

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Brent Schuster Named MIAA Co-Player of the Week in Men’s Basketball

Monday, February 22, 2010

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For the first time in his collegiate career, Calvin College junior Brent Schuster has received MIAA Player of the Week honors in men’s basketball. A native of Denver, Colorado, Schuster shares this week’s award with Albion’s J.C. Cruse.

A graduate of Denver Christian High School, Schuster averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game off the bench. Schuster scored 12 points in Wednesday’s 78-66 win over Albion and 18 points in Saturday’s 78-73 overtime win over Alma. In the win over Alma, Schuster hit a pair of game-tying free throws with six seconds left in regulation and then scored the first five points of overtime.

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