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Kerr, Whittle and Michmerhuizen Named Capital One Academic All-Americans in X-Country/Track

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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2012 Division III Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field Teams

Three members of the Calvin men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have received Division III Capital One Academic All-America honors. Senior Dan Kerr and junior Greg Whittle have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team on the men’s side while sophomore Nicole Michmerhuizen has been selected to the Capital One All-America third team on the women’s side. All three individuals are receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors for the first time. Calvin has now had seven athletes receive Capital One Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 academic year. Other individuals from Calvin to be named Capital One Academic All-America honors this year include Miles Colago (men’s soccer), Lizzie Kamp (volleyball), Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) and Carissa Verkaik (women’s basketball). Calvin has now had its athletes receive CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades 96 times including 65 times in the last 15 years.  Calvin currently ranks eighth on the all-time NCAA Division III list for Academic All-Americans.

Calvin’s All-Time Academic All-American List

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Rebecca Kamp Named Sheila Wallace-Kovalchik Scholar Athlete Award Winner

Friday, June 15, 2012

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Rebecca Kamp has been named the 2012 recipient of the MIAA’s Sheila Wallace Kovalchik Scholar-Athlete Award. She is the sixth individual in Calvin history to receive the honor. A native of Palos Heights, Ill., and a graduate of Chicago Christian High School, Rebecca Kamp lettered in volleyball all four years at Calvin. A middle hitter, she was a four-time All-MIAA first team selection and last fall became the first player in conference history to be named MIAA Most Valuable Player in volleyball three times (2008, 2010 and 2011). She also is one of only two players in NCAA Division III history to be named a first-team All-American all four years of her career.

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Mitch Blankespoor Receives MIAA’s Renner Associate SID Award

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Renner Associate SID Award.The Renner Award honors outstanding efforts by student assistants in sports information offices at MIAA schools.The award is named after longtime sports information director Tom Renner of Hope College. A native of Cutlerville, Mich. and a graduate of Grand Rapids South Christian High School, Mitch Blankespoor recently completed his third year as a student assistant in the Calvin sports information department. Blankespoor is the four student from Calvin to receive the Renner Award as Annalise VenHuizen was so honored in 2009, Bruce Van Baren in 2010 and Nate Triezenberg in 2011.

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Calvin Finishes 24th in Final Learfield Director’s Cup Division III Standings

Thursday, June 07, 2012

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Final Directors Cup Division III Standings for 2011-12

For the 17th consecutive year, Calvin has posted a top 25 finish in the final NCAA III Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, finishing 24th in the nation in Division III in 2011-12 with a total of 483.50 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. Combined, nine of Calvin’s 19 sports teams scored Directors Cup points during the 2011-12 academic year.

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Engineering victories

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Mitch Blankespoor

“I first met Phil (Reinken) during my first ever stop on Calvin’s campus,” junior Preston Phillips said. “I knew right then and there we were going to become friends.”

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Track: it’s all in the family

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Andrew Knot

Breanna, left; Carissa, upper right; Lindsay, lower rightThere’s no shortage of clichés equating a team to a family, and there’s good reason for that. In season, athletes see each other daily, perhaps more than their respective families. Teammates liken each other to siblings. College coaches act as parental stand-ins. But for three related members of the track and field team, Lindsay VanderBrug and Carissa and Breanna Verkaik, the team-as-family cliché is more than an adage, it’s reality.

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Steeplechase victories: a Calvin tradition

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Jeff Febus

Mention the word “steeplechase” and a sparkle comes to Brian Diemer’s eyes, with good reason. A three-time U.S. Olympian in the track and field race, including a bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Diemer holds the steeplechase close to his heart.

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Marie Prins: ‘all in’

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Lynn Rosendale

Marie PrinsAs the only senior on this year’s softball team, Marie Prins knows a thing or two about leadership. “It’s been a journey for me,” said Prins. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a leader and captain of this team.”

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Spring 2012 Sports Recap

Friday, June 01, 2012

The baseball team under the direction of head coach John Sparks posted an overall record of 15-25 and finished tied for sixth place in the MIAA standings with a 9-19 conference record. Calvin posted a 5-5 record on its spring trip to Tucson, Ariz., but then suffered a seven-game losing streak in mid- April. Calvin rebounded to win four of its final seven games, including a combined no-hitter between senior Joe Lambers (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and freshman Nate Schepers (Holland, Mich.) in a 6-2 win over Albion. Lambers was later named MIAA Pitcher of the Week for his efforts.

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By bunt or bean, Van Alten finds himself on first—often

Friday, June 01, 2012

By Mark DeHaan

Jake Van Alten “Third basemen (around the league) will be glad when he graduates,” said men’s athletic director Jim Timmer, about Calvin baseball senior Jake Van Alten. Van Alten, a four-year starter in the outfield, is a bunt specialist. Continued Timmer: “He’s got 400 at-bats in his Calvin career, and I think he has squared to bunt in about 350 of them.”

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