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Big things: 2020 forward Kaylee Bakker excited to join GVSU

Recruiting isn't just for high school seniors anymore. Kaylee Bakker, a high school sophomore from Zeeland West in Zeeland, Michigan, recently committed to Grand Valley State's women’s basketball team. Though the forward still has two more years to prepare, it’s no wonder GVSU picked up on this 6-foot-one-inch superstar.  Bakker played power forward for her school’s varsity girls basketball team as a freshman. After finishing her successful sophomore season, she committed to playing for Grand Valley State shortly after.

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Pitcher Josh D. Smith. Courtesy / GVSU Baseball

“It’s just playing baseball”: GVSU Pitcher Josh D. Smith drafted by the Texas Rangers

Summer is finally here, which for many of college kids means going right to work. That is exactly the case for Grand Valley State pitcher Josh D. Smith. While many of us are mowing lawns or mopping floors, Smith is spending his summer in a less traditional summer job: playing baseball professionally. Smith spent two years playing baseball for the University of Kentucky before transferring to GVSU prior to the 2018 season. Before he got hurt, he was an ace on the mound for the Lakers, posting a 2-1 record with 25 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA in 24 innings, mostly in relief.

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GVSU Track and Field take the GLIAC Championship title for both men’s and women’s, adding points to the university en route to the president's cup

Dominance: For the 25th time, GVSU captures GLIAC President’s Cup

When it comes to the subject of dominance in the GLIAC, the conversation has to start with Grand Valley State, because they have the hardware to prove it. It was announced on May 29 that GVSU has captured the GLIAC Presidents’ Cup Trophy for the 25th time in the prestigious school’s history. GVSU won the award for the 20th consecutive year, mostly due to the the Lakers' 13 GLIAC titles in the 2017-18 athletics seasons. They finished with 172 points, with 104 from women's sports and 68 from men’s sports.

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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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