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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Tate Brawley (22) and Connor Glick (16) fist bump at the mound after closing out an inning during the game vs. Ashland on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Conversation: GVSU pitcher Tate Brawley discusses two stints on ESPN's SportsCenter

Grand Valley State senior baseball pitcher Tate Brawley has secured his moment of fame not once but twice in the past week with two appearances on ESPN’s flagship highlight show, SportsCenter Top 10 Plays. Each time, he made no-look catches from the mound on screaming-line drives hit back up the middle behind his back. His first play was credited as the No. 7 play of the day on Tuesday, April 10, and the second was credited at No. 3 on Friday, April 13. Brawley sat down with Grand Valley Lanthorn Assistant Sports Editor Brady McAtamney for a conversation about his highlights.

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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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GVSU club gymnastics captures NAIGC National Championship

The Grand Valley State club gymnastics team traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, last week to participate in the NAIGC National Championship.  This is the first time in program and school history that the team has qualified for Nationals as a team. In their first National Championship final appearance, they managed to leave Texas as the NAIGC National Champions. 

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GVL / Kevin Sielaff – Kaylie Rhynard (6) catches for Ellie Balbach (11). Grand Valley takes the victory over Walsh in both games held in Allendale on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

Know your Lakers: GVSU catcher Kaylie Rhynard delivering at the plate

The Grand Valley State softball team is exceeding already-high expectations this season, as the Lakers' current record is 29-5. They remain undefeated in the GLIAC with a 16-0 record, holding sole possession of first place in the conference while being in the midst of a 21-game winning streak. There have been many reasons for this team’s success, including the high performance and consistency from the catcher position. Redshirt junior Kaylie Rhynard is the reason for that consistency.

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Marty Carter runs the ball down the field on Saturday April 14th, 2018.

GVSU football holds annual Spring Classic

The Grand Valley State Laker football team hosted the annual Spring Classic practice on Saturday, April 14, in conclusion of the 15-practice spring schedule.  The event, which typically takes place at Lubbers Stadium, was moved to the Kelly Family Sports Center due to inclement weather. The event is held to show fans, friends and family what the team has been working on during spring practice and give them a taste of what can be expected come August.

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Women’s Lacrosse vs Univeristy of Indianapolis on March 29th, 2018.

GVSU lacrosse falls to UIndy, rebounds with win over McKendree

The Grand Valley State women’s lacrosse team took to the road once again to face off against two GLIAC opponents over the weekend.  On Friday, April 13, the Lakers traveled to Indiana to take on No. 15 ranked University of Indianapolis and then to Illinois to play McKendree University on Sunday, April 15. The Lakers would split the weekend series after dropping the first matchup 18-16 against UIndy but redeeming themselves with a 21-10 victory over McKendree.

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