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Jenn DeBoer fades away for one of her many buckets against Ashland on Dec. 6 at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. 
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Lakers blow out No. 1 Ashland, Wayne State in dominant weekend

The No. 15 Grand Valley State women’s basketball team scored. Then they scored again. Then again. Then again, and they scored themselves all the way to two blowout wins at home during the weekend with a 94-61 drubbing of the previously undefeated No. 1 Ashland Eagles on Thursday, Dec. 6 and a 73-42 victory over the Wayne State Warriors on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Over the course of the two games, the Lakers never trailed and led for 118 minutes and 53 seconds out of 120 minutes of in-game time.

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Rally for the Rapids 11-27-18.  Dan Pacheco/GVL

A game to remember

When you entered Fieldhouse Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 27, there was a buzz in the air; a certain amount of electricity that most sports fans are familiar with this time of year. With Grand Valley State cheerleaders on one baseline and the GVSU dance team on the other, warm-up music blared over the sound system as Special Olympics basketball players from Area 5 at Ferris State and Area 12 at GVSU went through their warm up routines.

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GVSU Meadows golf course, September 29th 2018.  GVL/Katherine Vasile 

GVSU men's golf adds four new recruits

The Grand Valley State men’s golf team recently signed four new golfers for the 2019-20 season. Drew Coble, Charles DeLong, Alex Jordan and Nick Krueger are all golfers who have racked up accomplishments in their high school careers.  With the graduation of one of the team's best senior classes ever, the four recruits will be coming into next season with expectations to contribute right away, as head coach Gary Bissell reflects on how good it is, and how good it can be.

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GVSU soccer falls in final

After beating Lee 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 29, the undefeated Grand Valley State women's soccer team fell in the national title game 1-0 to Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1 to finish the season as national runner-ups in Pittsburgh, Penn. 

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GVSU basketball uses solid defense to open GLIAC play undefeated

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball played lockdown defense to win their first two GLIAC matchups this season. They traveled to the other side of Lake Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 29 to beat Wisconsin-Parkside 88-77 before traveling again on Saturday, Dec. 1 to defeat Purdue Northwest 79-62. The old cliché in football also reigns true for basketball: defense wins championships, or perhaps conference championships. Head coach Ric Wesley has loved the defensive improvement as he attributes it to the team's hot start in conference play.

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Former Laker Quarterback Cullen Finnerty runs the ball against North Dakota during his senior season.   GVL / Archive

Late GV quarterback lawsuit against NCAA revisited following new complaints

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is on the defending end of a lawsuit citings its preference of personal branding and profits over the protection of its athletes. Filed by attorney Vincent Circelli representing a variety of former NCAA athletes — with the majority of athletes being former football players — the lawsuit could result in damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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GVSU men’s and women’s cross country teams win national titles

The Grand Valley State men’s and women’s cross country teams both won national titles at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 1. The national title was the first in program history for the men, and the women’s squad continued to add to their dynasty with their sixth national title since 2010. The Lakers became only the third Division II program to ever win both titles in the same year. 

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GVSU Soccer vs. Rockhurst, 11/9/18, GVSU Soccer Field. GVL / Katherine Vasile

GVSU soccer advances to national championship

The undefeated Grand Valley State women’s soccer team is headed to the Division II NCAA national championship. The Lakers faced off with Lee on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the semi-final game in Pittsburgh, Penn, winning 3-0. They will now prepare for Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 1. GVSU continues with a record of 25-0-1, and Lee ends their season at 17-7-1.

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