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Jill Thomas Named MIAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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For the first time in her career, Calvin guard Jill Thomas has been named MIAA Player of the Week in women’s basketball.A senior from Grand Rapids (West Catholic HS), scored 13 points, including three 3-ponters, as she helped the Knights defeat Hope, 65-43, in the championship game of the MIAA tournament on Saturday. Thomas also had four assists and three steals in a 78-50 tournament semifinal win over Saint Mary’s.

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Calvin Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Receives Scholar All-America Award

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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College Swim Coaches Association Scholar All-America Team List

The Calvin College women’s swimming and diving team has received the Scholar All America Team citation from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America for the 2011 fall semester.To be eligible, a team needed to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale.  The Calvin women’s team recorded a 3.23 grade point average. The Knights were one of four five MIAA women’s teams to receive the award as Albion, Hope, Kalamazoo and Olivet were also so honored. The Calvin women’s swimming and diving team is coached by Dan Gelderloos.

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Verkaik & Hillbrands Named to All-MIAA Women’s Basketball Team - Verkaik Named MIAA MVP

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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For the third straight year, Calvin College junior Carissa Verkaik has been named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in women’s basketball.A native of Holland and a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Verkaik is the first three-time league MVP in MIAA women’s basketball history. Verkaik and junior teammate Julia Hilbrands have also both been named to the All-MIAA first team. Hillbrands is from Grand Rapids and is a native of Grand Rapids Christian High School. Hilbrands averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds a game while playing a reserve role off the bench. She led the MIAA in field goal percentage (.688) while also ranking ninth in rebounding average. In conference play this year, Verkaik averaged a league-leading 17.8 points a game. In addition, she led the MIAA in blocked shots (60\3.75 per game) and free throw percentage (.906). She also finished third in the MIAA in rebounding average (8.5) and second in field goal percentage (.582).

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Carissa Verkaik Named Finalist For Josten’s Trophy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Josten's Trophy Website

Calvin College women’s basketball player Carissa Verkaik has added yet another prestigious award to her athletics resume’. Verkaik has been named one of 10 women’s finalists for the Josten’s Trophy which is presented by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year’s class marks the 15th year the award has been presented.

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Tom Snikkers Named to All-MIAA First Team in Men’s Basketball

Monday, February 27, 2012

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For the second straight year, Tom Snikkers has been named to the All-MIAA first team in men’s basketball. A junior forward at Calvin, Snikkers (Jenison/Unity Christian HS) averaged 15.0 points and 8.1 rebounds a game in league play, ranking fifth in the final MIAA scoring race while leading the league in rebounding.He also finished seventh in the MIAA in assists-per-game average (2.86). During the year, he was named MIAA Player of the Week once. Calvin finished the year with an overall record of 13-13 and tied for third place in the final league standings with an 8-6 conference mark.

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Calvin Sports Report Live Catches Up With Calvin Women’s Basketball Coach John Ross

Monday, February 27, 2012

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Another edition of Calvin Sports Report Live is now available and the latest edition features a one-on-one interview with Calvin women’s basketball coach John Ross. Ross and his women’s basketball team head into NCAA III Tournament play this week, hosting a four-team regional that also includes teams from Wisconsin-Lutheran, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Franklin.

Women’s Basketball 2012 recap from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Calvin Women’s Basketball to Host First and Second Round NCAA III Tournament Games at VanNoord Arena

Monday, February 27, 2012

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NCAA III Tournament Bracket

The Calvin women’s basketball team will host first and second round NCAA III Tournament games March 2 and 3 at Van Noord Arena. The four-team NCAA III Tournament regional field will also include Wisconsin-Lutheran (24-4), Wisconsin-Stevens Point (23-4) and Franklin (25-2). Wisconsin-Stevens Point will face Franklin (IN) in a Friday night first round game at 5 p.m. (EST) with Calvin set to face Wisconsin-Lutheran in the other first round game Friday night at 7:30 p.m (EST). Friday’s winners will play in the second round Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices will be $6 general admission, $3 for senior citizens, students and children (students are K-12 + college students with ID). Tickets will be available through the Calvin Box Office (616-526-6282 / Calvin Box Office Website). Calvin is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA III Tournament including its third straight. The Knights are 15-12 all-time in NCAA III Tournament play. All four schools earned automatic bids to the NCAA III Tournament as Calvin won the MIAA Tournament, Wisconsin-Stevens Point the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Tournament, Franklin the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and Wisconsin-Lutheran the Northern Athletic Conference Tournament.

Jill Thomas Audio Interview

Leah Mattson Audio Interview

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Women’s Tennis Drops Pair of Matches to Regionally-Ranked Foes

Sunday, February 26, 2012

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WHEATON, IL - The Calvin women’s tennis team dropped a pair of matches over the weekend to regionally-ranked foes. On Friday, Calvin fell at Wheaton 8-1 and then dropped an 8-1 decision on Saturday to Coe (IA) in a match played at Wheaton. Wheaton enetered the weekend ranked eighth in the latest Central Region rankings while Coe was ranked ninth. Freshman Alli Roode picked up wins for Calvin in both matches, claiming a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles against Wheaton and then recording a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles against Coe. Calvin returns to action on Thursday when it faces Aquinas College at the Riverview Racquet Club at 2 p.m.

Calvin/Wheaton Box Score

Calvin/Coe Box Score

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Women’s Track and Field Team Captures First Place at Michigan/Indiana Invitational

Sunday, February 26, 2012

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The Calvin women’s track and field recorded a first place total of 161.5 points on Saturday at the Michigan/Indiana Indoor Track and Field Invitational. Calvin finished 50 points ahead of second place Hope and 50.5 points ahead of third place Adrian. Sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen got the running portion of the meet off with a bang for the Knights by winning the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:51.57. She was part of a strong distance contingent for Calvin in the meet as senior Jodi Hoekstra won the mile run with a time of 5:04.82.

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Calvin Men’s Track and Field Team Takes First Place at Michigan/Indiana Invitational

Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Men's Results

Story by Mark DeHaan/Photo by Sandy Palmatter

Calvin hosted the Michigan/Indiana Invitational inside the Huizenga Tennis and Track Center on the Sturrus Track Saturday. The Knights faced off against mostly MIAA schools and one NAIA school. Calvin took first place in the competition with 135 points, 10 points ahead of second place Hope. The Calvin men were able to start out the meet with a victory in the shot-put as junior Aaron Meckes threw a career best 54’0”. The throw places Meckes in the top ten throwers in DIII in the nation. Looking forward, Meckes says that consistency will be big for him in order to improve his throws. The throw by Meckes was one of several standout performances by the Calvin men’s team on Saturday.

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