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Women’s Basketball Records 74-38 Win at Luther College - Now 11-0 on Season

Saturday, December 31, 2011

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DECORAH, IA - Calvin improved to 11-0 on the year with a 74-38 victory at Luther College Saturday afternoon. The Knights used swarming man-to-man defense to gain the win as Luther shot just 22.2 percent from the field including just 17.9 percent in the second half. Ranked fourth by d3hoops.com, Calvin also connected on eight three-pointers in the win led by junior guard Kelsey Irwin who was 4-for-5 from three-point range to finish with a game-high 12 points. Junior Carissa Verkaik was next with 11 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocked shots while junior Julia Hilbrands came off the bench to provide 10 points and nine rebounds. In scoring 11 points on Saturday, Carissa Verkaik moves past Kerry Walters for third place on the Calvin career scoring list. Verkaik currently has 1,333 points in her career with Walters now fourth at 1,332 points. The Knights return to action next Wednesday, traveling to Kalamazoo for a 6 p.m. conference game.

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Men’s Basketball Defeated by Whitman 84-67 in Lynden, Washington

Saturday, December 31, 2011

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LYNDEN, WA - Calvin dropped its second game in as many nights in the state of Washington, falling 84-67 to the Whitman College Missionaries. Calvin was led in defeat by junior Tom Snikkers with 16 points while sophomore Mickey DeVries had 15 points and DeBoer 14. DeBoer’s scoring effort extended his double-figure scoring streak to seven games. Junior Nate Van Eck blocked five shots off the bench while junior David Rietema had four assists, four rebonds and four steals. Junior Bryan Powell also had five points, four rebounds and four assists. Calvin will now prepare for its MIAA opener next Wednesday at Adrian with the game scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Claims 60-40 Victory at Wisconsin-LaCrosse in Family Affair

Friday, December 30, 2011

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(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Sports Information Department)

LACROSSE, WI - Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross will carry family bragging rights into the new year. On Friday afternoon, his fourth-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team claimed a 60-40 victory over the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The host Eagles include Mark Ross, a younger brother of John Ross, as an assistant coach on its coaching staff. Calvin was led by junior center Carissa Verkaik who poured in 27 points along with 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals to notch her 32nd career double-double and her seventh double-double of the season. Junior post Julia Hilbrands added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench while junior forward Ally Wolffis had nine points and seven rebounds. Senior Courtney Kurncz also keyed a Calvin defense that recorded 13 steals as she picked up five steals individually.

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Men’s Basketball Defeated by Whitworth 76-51 in Seattle

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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SEATTLE, WA - Calvin opened its trip to northwest Washington with a 76-51 loss to eighth-ranked Whitworth University Thursday night at Mercer Island High School. Whitworth (9-2) owned the boards in the win, outrebounding Calvin (5-5) 47-32 led by 6-8 center Felix Friedt who scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Friedt had his way in the first half, scoring 12 points and forcing Calvin sophomore center Tyler Kruis to the bench with three fouls while Calvin’s backup post Nate Van Eck was also whistled for a pair of first half fouls. Calvin (5-5) placed three players in double-digits in scoring led by junior Tom Snikkers with 12 points while juniors Bryan Powell and Matt DeBoer had 10 points apiece with DeBoer stretching his double-figure scoring streak to six games in the process. Calvin returns to action Friday night when it travels north to Lynden Public High School to take on Whitman College at 10 p.m. (EST).

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Travis Vegter Named Prime Time Performer by CollegeSoccer360.com

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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College Soccer Prime Time Performer List

Calvin College freshman Travis Vegter was recently named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Championship Week Prime Time Performer team. A native of Hudsonville and a graduate of Unity Christian High School, Vegter was saluted by the website for his efforts at the NCAA III Final Four earlier this month where he scored three goals and was named to the NCAA III Final Four All-Tournament team. Vegter finished the year with 16 points on the strength of six goals and four assists. He scored two goals in a 4-2 NCAA III Semifinal win over Oneonta State and scored another in a 2-1 loss to Ohio Wesleyan in the national final.

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Miles Colago Named D3soccer.com All-American

Friday, December 23, 2011

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D3soccer.com All-America Men's Soccer Teams

For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior has been named a D3soccer.com All-American. Colago has been named to the D3soccer.com All-America third team. He was also a third team selection in 2010. A defender, Colago hails from Anoka, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Anoka High School. Earlier this month, Colago was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America third team. For the second consecutive year, Calvin College senior has been named a D3soccer.com All-American. Colago has been named to the D3soccer.com All-America third team. He was also a third team selection in 2010. A defender, Colago hails from Anoka, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Anoka High School. Earlier this month, Colago was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America third team.

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Familiar Cheers Fuel Passion Within Calvin Distance Standout Nick Kramer

Friday, December 23, 2011

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By Sports Information Student Assistant Andrew Knot

Coming around the fourth turn at Grand Valley State University’s Early Bird Open, he heard them, the cheers of his teammates.

Calvin! Calvin! Calvin!

These cheers weren’t new to Nick Kramer; he was actually quite familiar with them.  For the past three years he’d heard them at conference jamborees and regional meets.  He even heard them at last year’s nationals, where just enough Advil and an uncanny amount of focus allowed him to momentarily ignore the pangs of a torn hamstring to finish fourth in the 5000 meters at the 2011 NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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Tickets to the Public Now On Sale for February 11 Calvin-Hope Men’s Basketball Game

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Tickets for the men’s basketball game between Calvin and Hope on February 11 at Van Noord Arena are now on sale to the public at the Calvin Box Office. Tickets can be ordered by phone (616) 526-6282 or online at: Calvin Box Office Tickets are $8.00 and all seats are reserved. The men’s Calvin vs. Hope series now spans 90 years and 179 games. Hope leads the series 92-87.

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Women’s Basketball Defeats Olivet 72-33 - Moves Back into Tie for First Place in MIAA Standings

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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The fourth-ranked Calvin women’s basketball team moved back into a tie for first place in the MIAA standings with a 72-33 win over Olivet Saturday in a conference contest at Calvin’s Van Noord Arena. Calvin is now 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA. The Knights are tied with rival Hope for first place in the league standings. Calvin scored the first 16 points of the game and never looked back. The Knights led 33-8 at halftime and continued to stretch their lead in the second half. Junior center Carissa Verkaik led all scorers with 19 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. With her 19 points, she moves past Sharon Boeve (1,285) and Sarah Ondersma (1,288) for fourth place on the Calvin career scoring list with 1,295 points.

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Miles Colago Named Third Team All-American by National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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NSCAA Division III All-America Men's Soccer Teams

Calvin College senior Miles Colago has added one more prestigious award to his long list of honors. This morning, Colago was named a third team Division III All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A defender, Colago hails from Anoka, Minnesota. He is a graduate of Anoka High School. Colago is the sixth individual in Calvin men’s soccer history to receive All-America honors. Other individuals in Calvin men’s soccer history to receive the honor include Casey TeHaar (1962), Doug DeSmit (1983), Joey Barone (1991), Kurt Visker (2004 & 2005) and Dan Kmetz (2009).

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