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Jessica Koster Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior Jessica Koster has been named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Koster is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades once again in the women’s college track and field/cross country college division. A cross country and track and field standout, Koster has earned All-America accolades three times in her Calvin running career - twice in track and field and once in cross country. This past fall, she pciked up an All-America berth in cross country by placing 34th at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships. Last month, she claimed All-America honors for the second straight year in the 10,000 meters, placing sixth in the event at the NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the 2009 national meet, she placed fifth in the 10,000 meters.

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Calvin Finishes 14th in Final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Final NCAA III Learfield Director's Cup Standings 2009-10

For the 15th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, finishing 14th in the nation in Division III in 2009-10 with a total of 634 points.
Calvin’s point total is its second-highest ever in the 15 years of the competition.

Calvin continues to be one of only seven 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., Wisconsin-LaCrosse, the State University of New York at Cortland and Emory, Ga.

Williams College, Mass., defended its title as the best athletics program in the nation in Division III by winning its 14th U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with 1,292.25 points.

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Calvin Summer Sports Camps In Full Gear

Monday, June 21, 2010

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Calvin Summer Sports Camp Registration

The Calvin College summer sports camps are in full swing. Calvin is currently hosting tennis and swimming camps this week. In the upcoming weeks, Calvin will host boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and soccer camps.

The soccer camps for boys and girls will feature individualized instruction which is geared towards the select intermediate and beginning soccer players with an academy style training emphasis. The academy style training will place importance on the technical portion of the game. Calvin’s soccer camps are scheduled to take place July 12-16 and July 19-23.

Calvin Summer Sports Camps Site

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Ricky Shilts Named Calvin Men’s Basketball Junior Varsity Coach

Monday, June 14, 2010

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Ricky Shilts Audio Interview

GRAND RAPIDS - Ricky Shilts has been named junior varsity men’s basketball coach at Calvin College.

In addition to his duties as the coach of the Calvin junior varsity, Shilts will also serve a dual role as an assistant coach with the Calvin men’s varsity.

Shilts replaces former Calvin junior varsity coach Mark Christner who departed this spring to accept the varsity men’s basketball coaching job at Waynesburg University (PA).

A native of Kalamazoo, Shilts is a 2005 Calvin College graduate and was a two-year starter at point guard for the Knights, helping Calvin reach the NCAA III Tournament in 2004 and 2005 with Calvin claiming MIAA Tournament titles both years. As a senior during the 2004-05 season, Shilts helped lead Calvin all the way to the NCAA III Final Four where the Knights placed third.

Ricky Shilts Feature Story

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Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams

Calvin College juniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in the women’s college at-large division as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America. Oosterhouse has been named to the first team while Bressler has been named to the third team. The Women’s At-Large program for Academic All-America® includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo. Calvin has now had its athletes receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades 85 times including 54 times in the last 12 years.

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Calvin Summer Slam Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments to Take Place at Calvin

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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Summer Slam Site

The 2010 Calvin Summer Slam girls and boys basketball tournaments are about to kick off with the girls tournament set to take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (June 10-12) with the boys tournament slated to take place July 1-3. The girls tournament will feature 12 high school teams representing three different states while the boys tournament will include 16 high school teams representing four different states. For a preview of the tournament written by Calvin Associate Director of Communications and Marketing Lynn Rosendale, visit the Calvin website at: Summer Slam Preview. The tournament website can be found at: Summer Slam Site.

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Jessica Koster & Rachel Boerner Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams

Two members of the Calvin women’s track and field program have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Senior Jessica Koster has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District first team in the women’s college track and field field/cross country division while junior Rachel Boerner has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team. As a member of the first team, Koster advances to the national ballot and is now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration. The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA). To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a starter or a key reserve with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.

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Calvin Places Third in Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Standings

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award Team Standings

Calvin College has finished in third place in the second annual Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year Award standings as announced by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association. A year ago, Calvin finished fifth in the inaugural year of the award.

In what was an extremely close finish between UW Oshkosh, MIT, and Calvin, the Titans pulled out the Program of the Year victory via their second-place team finish at last weekend’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In the meet, UW Oshkosh with 53 held off MIT’s third-place showing (37) and Calvin’s fifth-place finish (35). In the final Program of the Year standings, UW Oshkosh ended with 17 points (13 cross country, 2 indoor track & field, 2 outdoor track & field), MIT had 18 points (5 XC, 10 ITF, 3 OTF) and Calvin notched 19 points (3 XC, 11 ITF, 5 OTF). Last year’s Program of the Year winner, Wartburg – who won the NCAA indoor track & field team title in 2010 – was fourth with 21 points .

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