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GVSU boxing club’s Batenburg takes home state championship

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion,” once said former heavyweight boxing champion and American sports icon Muhammad Ali. For Sarah Rae Batenburg, these words from one of boxing’s greatest rang true leading up to her Michigan Golden Gloves state championship fight on April 13. Months of practice, lifting, conditioning and dieting prepared Batenburg for the moment where she would have the opportunity to take home the Michigan Golden Gloves in her weight bracket.

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GVSU baseball rolls to weekend sweep of Wisconsin-Parkside

From Friday, April 12 to Saturday, April 13, it looked as if the troubles that have been plaguing this Grand Valley State baseball team are in the past, as the Lakers swept Wisconsin-Parkside across two doubleheaders over the weekend. According to GVSU head coach Jamie Detillion, this success is what his team is capable of looking like when they play at their best.

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GV softball vs. Davenport April 9

GVSU’s softball team split the week with three wins and three losses

Grand Valley State took on three doubleheaders this week against both the Davenport Panthers and the Purdue Northwest Pride on April 9, 10 and 13. The Lakers were able to tally three more conference wins. The Lakers played the Panthers in a doubleheader played at home to start off the week on Tuesday. GVSU brought home two conference wins that day, the first game ending with a score of 9-4 and second game ending 5-4. 

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GVSU football finishes spring practices, prepares for 2019 season

Spring is in the air in Allendale, and while many students are stressing over finals, the Grand Valley State football team has been conducting their annual spring practices, which culminated on Saturday, April 13 at the 2019 Football Spring Classic at Kelly Family Sports. GVSU football fans were invited to enjoy tailgate food, enter a few raffles, buy Laker football merchandise and, most importantly, watch the football team prepare for the 2019. 

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Final exams to Final Four

The Final Four is no joke.  In 2019, Virginia, Texas Tech, Michigan State and Auburn were all well-represented in Minneapolis, Minn. to participate in the ultimate college basketball weekend of each year – but Grand Valley State was represented, too. 

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Track and field students. Track and field meet. Kelly Field house. Friday, 2/8/19. Athletic training. GVL

GVSU track and field drop times at Gorilla and Bison Classic

The GVSU men’s and women’s track and field teams were all over the Midwest this weekend, competing in the Gorilla Classic, Bison Outdoor Classic, and the Ball State Invite on Saturday, April 13.  The Lakers entered the weekend with high expectations as both teams were ranked in the top five of the latest USTFCCCA index poll, with the men’s team ranked No. 5 with 129.90 points and the women’s team ranked No. 1 with 268.1 points. 

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Softball vs SVSU on Sunday March 25, 2018.

No. 6 GVSU softball earns 24th win, claims victory in three of four games

The No. 6 ranked Grand Valley State softball team had a fairly successful week, winning both games at home to Northwood on Tuesday, April 2 before splitting the doubleheader with Saginaw Valley State two days later. Game one was a dominant fare, as they were able to swiftly defeat the Timberwolves 8-0. The Laker offense had a successful game, with Nikola Holmen leading the way with a two-run home run in the third and a two-run double in the sixth, tallying three hits and four RBI in the contest.

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Bart Williams scans the field for an open target in 2017.

Eyes up: What lies ahead for GVSU's esteemed former quarterback

Making the jump from being a collegiate athlete to one who plays a sport professionally is difficult. In fact, there are an estimated 12,650 NCAA football players in Division I alone, and there is only room for 1,664 players on a National Football League roster, meaning that less than 13 percent of Division I guys will be in the NFL come September.  Then you get to Division II, where the chances are even slimmer. Bart Williams is the next man up looking to defy the normality and follow in the footsteps of former Brandon Carr and Matthew Judon and become an NFL player.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Aimee Hite (19) protects the ball as she moves up field during the game vs Northern Michigan on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

GVSU’s women’s lacrosse team gathers another win, beating Davenport 17-9

The Grand valley State women’s lacrosse team played Saturday, April 6 against Davenport, earning another win for this year with the score of 17-9. The Lakers now hold an overall record of 9-3 and a GLIAC record of 6-1 for this season. GVSU traveled to Caledonia to face the Davenport Panthers in another GLIAC matchup. The Lakers had a quick start, they scored four out of the first five goals and at the half they had eight goals. After the half, GVSU went on the score nine more goals to make the score 17-9. 

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