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Lakers' women's basketball routs Concordia-Ann Arbor

While students were wrapping up their short Thanksgiving break and preparing for the two-week spring leading to finals, the No. 18 ranked Grand Valley State women’s basketball team blew out the Concordia Cardinals 86-42 on Saturday, Nov. 24 at GVSU’s Fieldhouse Arena. Center Cassidy Boensch was the star of the Lakers’ show, scoring 24 points on 12-15 shooting while pulling down 16 rebounds and swatting three blocks while obtaining her double-double before halftime. 

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GVSU women’s basketball drops first road game against Lewis

Despite a trio of Lakers scoring in double digits, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball lost for the first time this season, falling to the Lewis Flyers 74-66. With the loss, the Lakers post a 2-1 record heading into Thanksgiving break.  While GVSU was winning 19-17 at the end of the first quarter and was able to match Lewis’ 18 fourth quarter points, the lead built up by LU in the second and third quarters ended up being too much for the Lakers.

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Tenacious 'D': GVSU men's basketball uses defensive effort to win home opener

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team was able to keep the ball rolling on Friday, Nov. 16 as they came away with a 97-81 victory over the Tiffin Dragons in a back-and-forth game at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. Sophomore standout Jake Van Tubbergen led all Lakers with 21 points and nine rebounds, with five of those coming on the offensive end. He wasn’t the only Laker to light up the scoreboard, as Zach West poured in 20 points, Jeremiah Ferguson finished with 17 and Hunter Hale contributed 16 to help GVSU to victory.

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GVSU women’s basketball starts out strong with two wins

The Grand Valley State women’s basketball season opened their season on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 and picked up two wins at home, beating Maryville on Friday 74-50 before throttling Missouri-St. Louis 87-44. GVSU was able to shake off the first game jitters with a solid win over the Maryville Saints to open their season 1-0. Senior guard Jenn DeBoer led the Lakers with 21 points on 9-12 shooting, with center Cassidy Boensch and guard Natalie Koenig chipping in 18 and 13 points, respectively. 

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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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