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Quicks Hits: What you missed

Former Grand Valley State soccer player Clare Carlson has earned many accolades during her time as a Laker, including two-time GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-GLIAC First Team, NSCAA Scholar All-American, two-time Fall GLIAC Commissioner’s award (2015 and 2016), and a 3.9 GPA.

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GVL / Luke Holmes - Head Coach, Jeff Hosler, looks on to the play. GVSU Women's Soccer defeats University of Findlay at home Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

Looking forward

Grand Valley State women’s soccer fell short of tying a record in 2016. After falling to Western Washington in 2016’s Division II National Championship, the Lakers' run of three consecutive national championships came to an end. It was the first time in the three-year tenure of Head Coach Jeff Hosler (68-5-4) that GVSU had failed to capture the national title.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Myles Miller (12) moves in to the paint during the game versus Findlay at the University of Findlay on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.

The hustle continues

The Grand Valley State men's basketball team’s season came to an end in late February in GLIAC Tournament action with a 67-59 loss to Findlay. The Lakers, who closed the 2016-17 season 16-13 overall, said goodbye to three seniors in Trevin Alexander, Luke Ryskamp and Juwan Starks. As players leave and seasons end, new young and hungry prospects show up to GVSU summer camps hoping to impress the coaches and get an offer to join Laker basketball.

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Kalen Dunham - game against Findlay on Saturday Oct. 29, 2016.

GVSU defensive back Kalen Dunham dubbed future of secondary

During Grand Valley State football team’s Spring Classic game at Lubbers Stadium Saturday, April 15, the Laker coaching staff made it a point to challenge its younger talent to see if the players had improved their "growth mindset" and approach to the game. One player who proved himself to head coach Matt Mitchell was defensive back Kalen Dunham, who was claimed by Mitchell as the best corner out of the spring practice.

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Coach Matt Mitchell during the game against Wayne State University on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016

No days off

For football fans across the country, the offseason is a long, brutal period that keeps the pigskin away from fans more effectively than the 2015 Denver Broncos defense kept opposing teams from scoring touchdowns. Nothing truly fills the prolate spheroid-shaped hole in the heart during the spring and summer. The same cannot be said for the players. While fans daydream about their favorite team, that team is in the weight room daydreaming about correcting that one wrong step, penalty or ball that slipped through their hands the season prior.

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