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Bittersweet: Despite their season ending earlier than expected, the 2018 Grand Valley State softball squad had quite the season.

Despite abrupt exit, GVSU softball proud of 2018 campaign

All good things have to eventually come to an end, and that’s exactly the case with Grand Valley State softball for the 2018 season.  GVSU had a dominant regular season, posting an impressive 24-2 record in conference and 44-9 season overall, finishing in first place in the GLIAC and winning the GLIAC tournament before falling to Southern Indiana 2-1 on May 13 in the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament.

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GVL / Emily Frye  Zach Berry gets a hit during GVSU's game against Hillsdale on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018.

GVSU baseball caps off disappointing campaign, looks to future

The 2018 Grand Valley State baseball team came into this season confident and anxious to improve on a solid season the year before. “We’ve got the guys, got the talent and I think we can do a lot of damage this year, especially in our conference,” catcher Austin LaDoux said during an interview in January. “I think we’ve got a chance to go all the way to the big time, World Series. No doubt.”

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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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