Calvin Hosts NCAA Women's Regional, Hope On The Road
Friday, March 6
Friday, March 6
Calvin To Go On Road For NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Friday, March 6
Players of the Week
Calvin Wins MIAA Men's, Women's Basketball Tournaments
Jordan Brink's foul-line jumper with 5.3 seconds to play capped a furious 14-2 run over the final minutes as Calvin won the MIAA men's basketball tournament Saturday with a 70-69 win over Hope at VanNoord Arena in Grand Rapids. The win gives Calvin the MIAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III men's tournament.
The Knights (21-6), who fell behind 13-0 in the game's first five minutes and never led until the final seconds, trailed the Flying Dutchmen 67-56 before mounting their comeback. Brink scored eight points during that final rally and finished with a game-high 25 points. Daniel Stout added 11 points.
Sam Otto scored a career-high 24 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Hope (18-9), while Ben Gardner added 16 and Brock Benson 14, including a thunderous dunk at the end of the half to give the Flying Dutchmen a 39-24 halftime lead.
Earlier on Saturday, Calvin won the MIAA women's tournament and an automatic NCAA tournament bid with a 77-73 win over Hope, improving to 27-0 on the season. The Knights built up a 17-point lead in the first half, but the Flying Dutch (23-4) rallied to cut the lead to 72-71 on two Autumn Anderson free throws with 20 seconds remaining. However, Calvin made five free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.
Breanna Verkaik led the Knights with 21 points, while Hannah Acre added 13. Tyra Smith came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points for Hope, and Maura McAfee added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The NCAA will announce the field for both the men's and women's tournaments on Monday afternoon, with the men's selection show at 12:30 p.m. and women's selection show at 2:30 on ncaa.com.
Men’s Championship – Saturday, February
Women’s Championship – Saturday, February
Men’s Semifinals – Thursday, February
Women’s Semifinals – Wednesday, February
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Albion's Brugnoni Takes Part In Nicarauga Mission Trip
Over winter break, 27 students belonging to the Global Medical Brigades group at Albion traveled to Nicaragua on an eight-day mission trip. Among them was sophomore softball player Monica Brugnoni.
Brugnoni, who is studying to become an orthopedic physician's assistant, joined the Global Medical Brigades last spring because she wanted to broaden her experience in the medical field. Always having a desire to go on a mission trip, the Central American journey was an ideal opportunity for Brugnoni to gain a valuable learning experience, outside of the college classroom.
People questioned Brugnoni's decision to volunteer in Nicaragua. They would ask her why she was going to another country when she could do something similar in the United States. Her response: "It's just a totally different world down there. I wanted to be able to experience something out of my element."
Although Brugnoni was excited for the opportunity, she also had concerns. "It was scary because I never traveled by myself, let alone to a different country," she said. "I sat next to a guy on the plane who was from America and goes to Nicaragua every year. He changed my feelings towards the trip, and as soon as I got down there everything was so safe and beautiful. I didn't feel at any time that I was in danger."
On the first three days of the trip, Brugnoni helped set up medical clinics in two cities, Los Robles and Dantali. The Global Medical Brigades group set up pharmacies and paid for all the medication. Brugnoni worked with the Nicaraguan patients and shadowed doctors and pharmacists.
The most common conditions affecting the Nicaraguan patients were hypertension, parasites, high blood pressure and diabetes. Spanish translators were present on the trip to close the language gap. To save time, the translators wrote down in Spanish what the volunteers would say to their potential patients. This allowed Brugnoni to ask people about their symptoms in their native tongue and effectively explain to them what medical procedures they would be receiving.
The second part of the trip saw the group build sanitation stations, septic tanks and cement floors for different families living in Nicaragua. Seeing how little people had gave Brugnoni a new sense of perspective.
"I learned more from them than they probably learned from me," she said. "I was able to see how different they live. It's unreal how they can live off of 700 dollars in a year, and we can't live off of that in a week. It put everything into perspective for me. I think I have become a better person."
Brugnoni said her most humbling experience was helping build and install sanitary stations in one Nicaraguan family's home. The group had three days for the task, but managed to finish in two days. On the third day, they held a fiesta with the family celebrating the completion of their new home. There was food and even a piñata for the kids to break open.
After the fiesta, Brugnoni and the rest of the students working on the project took pictures with the family and said their goodbyes. Walking away, Brugnoni turned back to see the tear-streaked face of the mother of the household. "Seeing how these people were so thankful for the work that I have done was amazing," she said. "People have so little here, but they are so thankful, happy and giving."
The mission trip to Nicaragua had such a lasting impact on Brugnoni that she is headed back next year, continuing her service work through the Global Medical Brigades.
Click here to read more about Albion's Medical Brigades program
Calvin's Brink Named To Men's Basketball Capital One Academic All-America® Team
Calvin guard Jordan Brink has been named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America® men's basketball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Brink, a senior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), was named to the Academic All-America® second team announced on Tuesday. He led the Knights to the MIAA championship this season and is averaging 18.6 points per game. He ranks in the top five in the MIAA in conference play in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
In the classroom, Brink is a business marketing and sports management double major at Calvin with a 3.63 grade point average. He is the eighth MIAA student-athlete to receive Academic All-America® honors so far during the 2014-15 academic year. Other honorees so far this year are Kirby Crook of Hope (first team, football), Aaron Wolf of Trine (first team, football), Maggie Kamp of Calvin (first team, volleyball), Travis Vegter of Calvin (second team, soccer), Lucy Mailing of Kalamazoo (second team, soccer), Jenna Grasmeyer of Hope (second team, volleyball) and Elise Biesboer of Calvin (third team, volleyball).
The Capital One Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2014-15 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.
All-MIAA Swimming and Diving Teams Announced
Men's Most Valuable Swimmer: Johnson Cochran,
Men's Most Valuable Diver: Will Guedes,
Former Albion Basketball Standout Has Teamwork Down To A Science
Former Albion women's basketball standout Jaime Fornetti is featured in a new segment on the NCAA's "After The Game" program, which profiles former student-athletes as to what they are doing in their careers and how their experience as a student-athlete shaped their life.
Fornetti, who was a 2006 All-MIAA first team selection and a starter for the 2005 MIAA co-champion Britons, brings a collaborative approach more common in athletics arenas to her science lab, where she researches breast cancer bone metastasis.
A 2006 Albion graduate, Fornetti earned her Ph.d. last year at the University of Colorado and is now in a post-doctoral fellowship program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Facility in Oklahoma City.
As a student-athlete at Albion, Fornetti was a four-year member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. She averaged nearly 12 points per game in conference play her senior year for the Britons.
Click here to read the story by Rachel Stark and watch the video on Jaime Fornetti.
Trine Men's Lacrosse To Host Benefit Game
The Trine men's lacrosse team will host a Rett Syndrome benefit at its home game against Muskingum in March.
The benefit will be held in conjunction with the March 21 game between the Thunder and the Fighting Muskies. Known as BrooklynStrong, the event will serve as a fundraiser for Girl Power 2 Cure, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and funds for treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome. Trine will wear special orange home jerseys and will be selling T-shirts to raise funds for the foundation.
BrooklynStrong is named in honor of Brooklyn Butler (pictured right), a young friend of the team diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Brooklyn is the daughter of Kelly Butler, a former employee at Trine and now the regional director for the Girl Power 2 Cure organization.
T-shirts for the event will be sold in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center in the weeks leading up to the game. T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the game. Fans are encouraged to wear orange in an "Orange-out" in support of the cause.