2015 All-MIAA Men’s Basketball Team Named; Calvin’s Brink Selected Most Valuable Player
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced its 2015 All-MIAA men’s basketball team.
Calvin guard Jordan Brink (pictured right), who led the Knights to the MIAA championship and hit the game-winning shot with time running out Saturday to give Calvin the MIAA tournament championship, has been named the conference’s Most Valuable Player.
A senior from Dyer, Ind. (Illiana Christian HS), Brink has averaged an MIAA-high 18.8 points per game this season. In conference play, Brink ranked third in scoring, second in 3-point shooting percentage, and fourth in assists and free throw shooting. He also last week was named to the Division III men’s basketball Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Brink’s teammate, Calvin senior Tyler Dykstra, was named the recipient of the first MIAA men’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year honor.Click here for the complete All-MIAA men's basketball team
All-MIAA Women's Basketball Team Announced; Calvin's Verkaik Named MVP
The MIAA has announced its 2015 All-MIAA women’s basketball team.
Calvin forward Breanna Verkaik (right), who led the Knights to the MIAA championship, the conference tournament championship and the first unbeaten regular season in school history, was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in the vote of the league’s coaches.
A senior from Holland (Holland Christian HS), Verkaik averaged 14.2 points per game in league play and ranked among the MIAA top five in six statistical categories, including 3-point shooting percentage (first), free throw percentage (second), field goal percentage (fourth), assists (fifth) and scoring (fifth). She becomes the second member of her family to earn MIAA women’s basketball Most Valuable Player honors, joining her older sister, Carissa, who became the first player in MIAA history to win four consecutive MVP awards in 2010-13 for Calvin.
Kalamazoo senior Perri Nicholson was named the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year.Click here for the complete All-MIAA women's basketball team
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
Former Adrian Student-Athlete With Tigers At Spring Training
Chris Schornack has been used to stopping people from getting what they wanted as a goaltender from Adrian's ACHA Division III Gold ice hockey team over the years.
However, the native of Warren will now be letting Detroit Tigers players have whatever they need. Schornack is currently at spring training with the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. as a member of the clubhouse staff. He is responsible for issuing equipment, maintaining a clean clubhouse and the less-glamorous job of doing the laundry. In addition, he is in charge of all incoming and outgoing packages that come through the clubhouse.
Schornack knew that graduation in the winter from Adrian meant that he needed to find employment and his love for baseball led him to inquire about a position as a potential equipment manager. He searched in the world of baseball and hockey and knew that landing a coveted position would be difficult.
In a true hustle style, Schornack picked up the phone and began calling every Major League Baseball organization and their affiliates. Upon contacting every organization, he had run into a brick wall. It had seemed that there simply was no room in the various organizations. That did not deter Chris from making his dreams happen. After being fed up with dead ends, Schornack directly contacted Jim Schmakel, the head clubhouse and equipment manager of the Detroit Tigers. Chris began to sell himself and after a few minutes on the phone became a member of the Tigers' clubhouse staff.
"This is truly a dream come true for me being able to work with the Tigers," said Schornack. "I'm just getting started with spring training and been shuttling players from the airport which has been a very unique experience. I'm hoping to prove myself during the next few weeks and then see what assignment I get for the regular season. No matter was happens I'm grateful for this opportunity and will apply hard work I learned through being a student-athlete into this role."
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.
Men’s Championship – Saturday, February
Women’s Championship – Saturday, February
Men’s Semifinals – Thursday, February
Women’s Semifinals – Wednesday, February
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
All-MIAA Swimming and Diving Teams Announced
Men's Most Valuable Swimmer: Johnson Cochran,
Men's Most Valuable Diver: Will Guedes,