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Since they enrolled at GVSU as wide-eyed freshman in 2009 to now when they jettison the athletic program as seasoned veterans of 15 varsity seasons together the Taylor8217s have combined to supply 2177 points 975 rebounds 280 assists 206 steals 29 blocks and 110 3-pointers in 4004 minutes on the hardwood as well as 237 runs 305 hits 200 RBI 26 doubles 18 triples 38 home runs 481 total bases 66 walks 24 hit-by-pitches and 41 stolen bases and counting on the softball diamond in 836 at-bats.
Frost clung to grass tips and chain links in the backstop as senior shortstop Briauna Taylor stepped to the plate in the second inning of Monday morning8217s double-header matchup with Lake Erie College but not even a forenoon chill could keep Taylor8217s motor from running.
At 10 a.m. Sunday morning an inch of snow coated the Walsh University softball field. The outfield was waterlogged with leveed runoff a breeze brought a chill to infield but for the first time since March 8 the Grand Valley State University softball team returned to the dirt and by 2 p.m. in the afternoon morning winter storm be damned the teams played ball.
The defending national champion Grand Valley State University soccer team took the pitch for just the second time this spring on Saturday afternoon with a trio of 30-minute scrimmages against Spring Arbor University and returned home with a 1-0 victory.
A deeper glance into Gevaart8217s player bio produces proof that she just so happens to be one of the most accomplished prep pitchers to rise up through the Michigan softball ranks in the last decade and has studied athletic training at GVSU since 2011.
In accordance to the lingering residual affects of one of the harshest Michigan winters in decades the Lakers have already been forced to cancel 13 games this season and have not played a single inning of softball since returning home from a spring trip to Florida more than two weeks ago.
After 38 years at GVSU 24 as the institutions softball coach Woods will retire upon the completion of the 2014 season this spring leaving more time to fish as one of the most accomplished coaches in Division II history and an indelible cornerstone of the Laker athletic program.
In the game of baseball a sport where every step along the base path counts the same walk or jog as long as the trip ends up back at home in a run 8212 it8217s not always where a team puts its hits but where it doesn8217t.
To replace her would be a daunting task for anyone let alone a freshman but indirectly that8217s what incomer Jenna Lenza has been tasked to do. And just like a pair of BOGO shoes purchased at Payless through the first 15 games of spring play Lenza has worn and filled both roles left to her without missing a step.
The Grand Valley State University women8217s basketball team traveled back in time Saturday afternoon to an era of radio programs and bulldog newspapers delivered on bike by neighborhood kids just a little past noon.
The line of scrimmage is set at the 10-yard line a wide-out flashes across the backfield in motion and the ball is snapped. A quarterback in blue No. 5 collects the football and bounds back into a drop with his head on a swivel and arm cocked to throw but before traversing the threshold into the pocket in that one moment he sees it a chance to do something spectacular and he takes it.
In realty it8217s no secret that location is everything. Although it turns out that in the realm of collegiate rowing location like each oar blade and every stroke plays a role.
Senior guard Dani Crandall receives an inbound pass from the sideline off a timeout with 14.7 seconds left in the game works a clear out off a high-ball screen crosses over her defender from right to left careens in toward the rim from the left through contact and finishes her first layup of the game off the glass with 6.8 seconds remaining on the clock despite being fouled.
8220Every day is a new opportunity8221 Cleveland Indian pitching great and first-ballot MLB Hall of Famer Bob Feller once said. 8220You can build on yesterday8217s success or put its failures behind and start over again.
Senior guard Dani Crandall stole the show as the Grand Valley State University women8217s basketball team defeated Northwood University 76-67 in an overtime thriller performed Saturday evening on the Fieldhouse floor she scored the first and last points of the game and played in 43 minutes of the 45-minute affair.
Dani Crandall joined the Grand Valley State University womens basketball team in 2010 with dreams winning a national championship for one and the right to chase them.
Senior guard Dani Crandall propelled the Grand Valley State University women8217s basketball team to a 32-19 halftime lead over Michigan Technological University on Saturday afternoon after scoring the first nine Laker points.
8216Omne trium perfectum8217 is a latin phrase that suggests every set of three is not only complete but more satisfying than other numbers of things 8212 that everything that comes in threes is perfect.
The Grand Valley State University women8217s basketball team was close in its last two games 8212 a 91-79 loss at Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday and a 78-76 defeat against Wayne State University on Saturday back in Allendale 8212 but didnt cut it on the scoreboard or in the standings.
A successful basketball team functions like a successful song. Every player on the court like every note on a page of sheet music has its place and when strung together melodiously a natural rhythm is synthesized.