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Calvin Men’s Basketball Concludes California Trip With Loss at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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CLAREMONT, CA - Calvin’s two-game trip to Southern California concluded with a 66-50 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Monday night. Calvin (8-3) struggled to find an offensive rhythm throughout the game, shooting just 33 percent from the field. The two teams battled through a low-scoring first half but the host Staggs (6-4) used an 8-0 run to build a 26-18 halftime lead. Calvin closed to within four at 28-24 early in the second half but the Staggs then went on an 11-2 run fueled by a trio of three-point shots by Jack Grodahl. The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps lead later ballooned to 20 points at 53-33 before Calvin mounted a late rally, whittling the deficit down to 10 at 55-45 with 4:17 remaining. The Staggs responded with seven unanswered points including another three-pointer by Grodahl to put the game away. Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) led Calvin with 16 points while junior Jordan Brink (Dyer, IN/Illiana Christian HS) had 11 points and sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS) nine. Grodahl had 18 points and eight rebounds while Tyler Gaffaney had 13 and Scott Lynds 11 for Mudd-Scripps. The Staggs shot 48 percent from the field overall and hit 9-of-24 (.380) from three-point range. Mudd-Scripps also held a 39-28 rebounding advantage. Monday’s game marked the third-ever meeting between the two teams in men’s basketball but the first meeting in California. Calvin still leads the all-time series 2-1. Calvin is back in action on January 8 when it travels to Alma for an 8 p.m. contest.

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Follow Jordan’s Journal on Calvin Men’s Basketball Southern California Swing

Monday, December 30, 2013

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s basketball team is currently in Southern California where it recently defeated the University of Redlands 88-82 and will face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on December 30 at 10 p.m. (EST). Jordan Brink, a junior on the Calvin team, is providing updates every-other day on the team trip. Click the headline above to read his journal entries. The photo with the story was taken on December 29 at the home of Daniel Stout in Escondido, California.

JORDAN’S JOURNAL PART 2 UPDATED DEC. 29

Last night we played University of Redlands and won 88-82.  There was an amazing turnout by Calvin alumni and friends; we had a home court advantage 1,800 miles from Grand Rapids!  Running out of our locker room to a gym packed full of Knights fans while in Southern California was a pretty special experience for all of us.  After the game we had a reception at The River Christian Reformed Church in Redlands where we shared a meal with Calvin alums.  Doug Jorritsma put on the event and has helped make our trip amazing, for that our team is extremely grateful. (Click the headline above to read more)

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Men’s Basketball Opens California Campaign with 88-82 Victory at U. of Redlands

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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REDLANDS, CA - In a matchup of defending conference champions, Calvin defeated the University of Redlands 88-82 Saturday afternoon inside the Redlands Currier Gymnasium. An NCAA III Tournament team a year ago and the defending champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Redlands had Calvin (8-2) on its heels throughout most of the first half with its frenetic offensive pace. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-18 lead but the Knights fought back with a 19-9 run to tie the game at 37. Calvin then grabbed a lead on three occasions late in the first half only to see Redlands sink a three-pointer to take a 45-44 halftime lead. Redlands (4-6) connected on 10-of-18 attempts from three-point range in the first half for a blistering 55.6 percent clip. Calvin was not far behind however, hitting 8-of-16 from beyond the arc including four triples by sophomore Austin Parks (Niles/Niles HS). In the second half, Parks continued his hot shooting with back-to-back three-pointers that capped off a 14-2 Calvin run that gave the Knights a 58-47 lead. Parks finished the game with a career-high 20 points off the bench as he was 6-of-10 from the floor including 6-of-9 from three-point range. Senior center Tyler Kruis (Grand Rapids/Calvin Christian HS) also pumped in 20 points including 13 in the second half. Brink connected for 16 points and snared a career-high eight rebounds.  Senior Mickey DeVries (Lansing/Lansing Christian HS) added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.

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Women’s Basketball Suffers 80-50 Defeat to Nationally-Ranked Davenport

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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CALEDONIA - A three-minute stretch to end the first half and a five-minute stretch to open the second half combined to knock Calvin out of a non-conference contest at cross-town foe Davenport Saturday afternoon as the Knights suffered an 80-50 defeat. Saturday’s game was part of the two-day Davenport Holiday Classic.For 17 minutes of the first half, Calvin stood toe-to-toe with fourth-ranked (NAIA D2) Davenport University, trailing just 28-24.  The host Panthers went on an 11-2 run to end the half however to take a 39-26 halftime lead. Davenport (13-1) then went on an 18-2 run over the opening five minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) was the only Calvin player to notch double-digits in scoring as she had 12 points to go with four rebounds. Junior Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) chipped in with eight points off the bench.

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Calvin Men’s Basketball Travels to Southern California - Journal Entry #1

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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(Editor’s Note: The Calvin men’s basketball team is currently in Southern California where it will face the University of Redlands on Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps next Monday at 10 p.m. (EST). Jordan Brink, a junior on the Calvin team, is providing updates every-other day on the team trip. Click the link above to read his latest journal entry. The photo with the story was taken on December 27 at Venice Beach).

JORDAN BRINK JOURNAL ENTRY - DEC. 27

We started the day with practice at Claremont Mudd-Scripps, a school made up of three different colleges.  We actually play there on Monday night, but it is much closer to our hotel than the University of Redlands.  Afterwards we had to stop at In-N-Out Burger because our Californian Dan Stout would not stop raving about it.  The consensus on the team was that it lived up to the hype!  (Click the above headline to read more)

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Women’s Basketball Hits Century Mark in 111-62 Win Over Marygrove

Friday, December 27, 2013

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CALEDONIA - A red-hot shooting performance from the perimeter propelled the Calvin women’s basketball team to a 111-62 victory over Marygrove College at the Davenport Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon. Calvin’s point total is the second-highest single-game scoring total in school history, surpassed only by the 116 points scored against Kalamazoo in 1979. In its win over Marygrove, Calvin (7-3) connected on 12 of 19 attempts from three-point range for a sizzling 63.2 percent clip. Seven different Calvin players connected on at least one three-point field goal led by freshman MacKenzie Shelton (Niles/Brandywine HS) who was 3-of-4 from long range. Calvin led 63-37 at halftime and then proceeded to shoot 70 percent from the field in the second half. Five different Calvin players notched double-digits in scoring led by sophomore Abby Springer (Vernon Hills, IL/Vernon Hills HS) and freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) with 12 points apiece.  Juniors Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) and Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) had 11 points apiece while sophomore Jeanna Sybesma (Dallhart, TX/Dallhart HS) had a career-high 10 points off the bench. Calvin held a 47-37 rebounding advantage with sophomore Kally Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) collecting a team-high seven rebounds to go with nine points. Calvin will now prepare to face host Davenport on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Women’s Basketball Picks Up 95-28 Win at Illinois Institute of Technology

Saturday, December 21, 2013

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CHICAGO, IL - The Calvin women’s basketball team improved to 6-3 with a 95-28 victory over Illinois Institute of Technology Saturday night. Formerly an NAIA school, ITT recently reinstated its men’s and women’s basketball programs and is currently an NCAA III provisional member institution. Calvin jumped out to a 21-4 lead and led 48-6 at halftime. Calvin shot 50 percent in the first half and then shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes of play. Calvin was led by freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) who notched double-digits in scoring for the second straight game with a team-high 11 points. Junior Abby VanderWoude (Hudsonville/Unity Christian HS) was next with 10 points while junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) and freshman MacKenzie Shelton (Niles/Brandywine HS) had nine points apiece. ITT was led in scoring by Lauren Capuano with 14 points. Calvin returns to action on December 27 when it faces Marygrove College at 3 p.m. in a tournament hosted by Davenport University.

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Women’s Basketball Falls at Illinois Wesleyan 103-81

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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BLOOMINGTON, IL - The Calvin women’s basketball team ran into a team that could match its up-tempo attack and then some. On Thursday night, Calvin suffered a 103-81 defeat to Illinois Wesleyan University. The host Titans were able to pierce Calvin’s full-court pressure throughout the game for high percentage shots and followed up with a full-court pressure defense of their own that forced the Knights into a season-high 25 turnovers. Calvin kept pace with Illinois Wesleyan early, trailing 21-15 through seven minutes of play. Then the Titans cranked things into high gear, outscoring the Knights 18-7 over the next eight minutes - en route to taking a 55-37 halftime lead. Calvin (5-3) was never closer than 17 points in the second half as Illinois Wesleyan (5-4) pulled away for the win. Calvin had five players notch double-digits in scoring led by juniors Hannah Acre (DeWitt/DeWitt HS) and Kayla Engelhard (Unionville/Saginaw Valley Lutheran HS) with 13 points apiece. Freshman Anna Timmer (Caledonia/South Christian HS) tossed in a career-high 12 points off the bench while sophomore Kally Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also had a career-high 11 points in a reserve role. Junior Breanna Verkaik (Holland/Holland Christian HS) also had 10 points for the Knights. Illinois Wesleyan had five players notch double-digits in scoring led by Katy Seibring and Colleen McMahon with 25 points apiece. Calvin returns to action on Friday when it travels to Chicago to take on Illinois Institute of Technology. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (EST).

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Calvin Volleyball Coach Amber Warners Named AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2013)  - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Calvin College Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Amber Warners has been selected as the 2013 AVCA Division III National Coach of the Year. In her 12th year as head coach, the Calvin graduate has maintained her outstanding record, leading her team to another remarkable run in their tenth consecutive NCAA Tournament. With an astounding record of 35-1, the Knights ended the season as the top-ranked team in the AVCA Division III Coaches Top-25 Final Poll. In their second consecutive NCAA Championship match appearance, the team managed to overcome a two-set deficit against Cal Lutheran to win their second national title in four years.  After falling to the University of St. Thomas in the national championship match in a similar situation in 2012, they were determined to have a different outcome this year. The team did not get to this match easily, having to defeat two AVCA Top-25 teams in high-intensity five-set matches in the semi and quarterfinals.

Amber Warners Speech from Calvin College on Vimeo.

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Megan Rietema Named DIII Volleyball Nominee for Collegiate Women’s Sports Award

Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Megan Rietema, a senior from Calvin College, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda. She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year. Rietema, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Year and led Calvin to the 2013 NCAA DIII Championship title. She was also a member of the program’s first Championship squad in 2010. The four-year starter is a three-time first-team AVCA All-American. All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

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