Rivals through and through
One of the best-known “small college” rivalries has yielded the first tie in the all-sports competition in America’s oldest athletics conference.
Hope and Calvin -- located about a half-hour’s drive apart -- each accumulated 202 points in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s Commissioner’s Cup competition. The scoring is based on the cumulative performance of each member school in the league’s 18 sports for men and women.
Calvin created the tie when its baseball team clinched a league title in its final game of the season. Hope won the Commissioner’s Cup each of the past seven years. Calvin was the last team other than Hope to claim the honor, winning in 1999-2000.
Hope edged Calvin by seven points in men’s all-sports standings, but Calvin made up the difference in women’s competition.
The MIAA just completed its 121st year of competition, and it has been awarding the Commissioner’s Cup for eight decades. Hope has won the award 30 times, followed by Albion’s 14 and Kalamazoo’s 13. Calvin has won the award nine times.
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