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Justin Greason goes in for a layup during the scrimmage against Macomb on Sunday October 22, 2017.  GVL/ Sheila Babbitt 

Five Lakers score in double digits as GVSU men’s basketball starts 1-0

Most good seasons are jump-started by a strong start, and that may be exactly the case for the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team as they traveled to West Virginia on Saturday,  Nov. 10 to pound the Alderson Broaddus Battlers 96-74. The season opener for the Lakers was highlighted by a hot start and a balanced scoring attack, as winning the first half by a margin of 54-32 helped carry GVSU to victory. 

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Jake Van Tubbergen scans the court at the game vs Ashland on February 15th, 2018. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Jake Van Tubbergen and GVSU basketball prepare for a successful season

As students around campus bust out their winter coats, the best time of year comes upon us. The start of the Grand Valley State basketball season is finally here, and the 2018-19 team is prepared to rule the GLIAC. The path to success for GVSU will be lead by sophomore Jake Van Tubbergen, who was recently named to the preseason All-GLIAC South Division team. This isn’t the first prestigious GLIAC honor that Van Tubbergen has earned, being that he is the reigning GLIAC Freshmen of the Year and a former second team All-GLIAC nominee.

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Big things: 2020 forward Kaylee Bakker excited to join GVSU

Recruiting isn't just for high school seniors anymore. Kaylee Bakker, a high school sophomore from Zeeland West in Zeeland, Michigan, recently committed to Grand Valley State's women’s basketball team. Though the forward still has two more years to prepare, it’s no wonder GVSU picked up on this 6-foot-one-inch superstar.  Bakker played power forward for her school’s varsity girls basketball team as a freshman. After finishing her successful sophomore season, she committed to playing for Grand Valley State shortly after.

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Quick hits: Women's golf, football, men's basketball

If there were ever a time to find their winning groove, the Grand Valley State women’s golf team found the perfect time to do so right before the GLIAC Championships. After earning a first-place finish at the NC4K Classic on Tuesday, April 10, the Lakers repeated success with another victory, this time at the Ashland Invitational on Saturday, April 14, to close out the regular season. The final day of competition was canceled due to rain. 

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Column: What went wrong with the Detroit Pistons

It’s a rough time to be a Detroit sports fan. While cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Cleveland are riding a recent wave of success across their major sports (excluding the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Browns, sorry), Detroit has abruptly sunk from being a top three sports town in the U.S.

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Column: Lanthorn writer's guide to the 2018 National Championship game

Sadly, the greatest month in all of sports has come to a close. This March has been one of the maddest in recent memory, featuring many buzzer beaters; the one overall seed getting blown out by 16-seed UMBC; and 11-seed Loyola-Chicago making a shocking run to the Final Four with phenomenal ball movement, excellent shooting and possibly a little divine help from above.

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GVL / Dylan McIntyre. Thursday, February 15, 2018. Grand Valley Womens Basketball against Ashland.

Season in review: GVSU women's basketball

Usually, when a team brings back zero starters and loses even more rotation players to graduation from one season to another, the outlook is not particularly bright for the upcoming campaign. Such was the case with the transition from the 2016-17 Grand Valley State women's basketball team to the 2017-18 team. At that point, there was not exactly a championship vibe floating around Allendale.

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