GVL / Sheila Babbitt Nick Dodson during GVSU's football game vs Ferris State University on Oct. 13, 2018.

Weathering the storm: Late game heroics push GVSU past Davenport

On a day where the Wolverines traveled to East Lansing and the Chippewas hosted the Broncos, it would have been easy for the game between the No. 8 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers and the surprising Davenport Panthers - who both came in 6-1 (3-1 GLIAC) - to be buried in the football commotion on Saturday, Oct. 20.  While a small crowd of 2,400 in Caledonia, Mich. may suggest that it was, the game itself ended up being anything but overlookable. The Lakers ended up beating the Panthers 19-14, but it took two weather delays, six total turnovers and a game-winning drive from a backup quarterback to seal the deal.

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Bigger and Better: GVSU Athletics announces Jamie Hosford Football Center

Despite Grand Valley State being one of the most successful DII Football programs in the past 15 years, they do not currently have the state-of-the-art facilities to match the state-of-the-art team. Thankfully for future football teams here, that is all about to change. As part of the homecoming festivities on Oct. 6, the GVSU Athletic Department announced a building expansion to the football locker rooms and facilities, which will be named after accomplished former Grand Valley State football player and wrestler Jamie Hosford. 

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GVSU Cross Country turns in solid performance as they approach postseason

The GVSU men finished second and the women took fourth in weather that produced snow, rain and temperatures that never even hit the 40s. The day saw course conditions go from wet to mush to mud as time progressed. In far from ideal conditions, Zach Panning and Enael Woldemichael finished first and second for the fourth consecutive race for the Lakers, who were narrowly defeated by Bradley University from the Missouri Valley Conference, 83-63. After Panning and Woldemichael, Tanner Chada turned in his best performance to date. Chada finished 15th and posted an 8k time of 24:57.9. Jacob Domagalski and Ben Zaremba rounded out the top five runners for the Lakers, finishing 32nd and 33rd.

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Cardinal Down: GVSU soccer beats Saginaw Valley in overtime, remain undefeated on the year

The Lakers started out strong and quick, scoring their first goal in the first two minutes of the game. After a bit of bobbling around the goal, sophomore Sydney O’Donnell nabbed the ball on the left corner of the 18’ and was able to send it into the goal, unassisted. The Lakers showed great determination in keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard, despite pressure in playing against cross-Valley rivals. Head coach Jeff Hosler said that the team doesn’t worry too much about their opponents, no matter who it is.

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GVSU volleyball falls short at Midwest Region Crossover

As the saying goes, bad things come in threes. That was the case on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 for the Grand Valley State volleyball team. The Grand Valley State women’s volleyball team traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Midwest Region Crossover where they lost to Tiffin, Illinois-Springfield and Bellarmine.

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Chawntez Moss trots into the end zone for a score against Ferris State on Oct. 13. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU football gets first loss, falls to Ferris State at home

The No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers football team suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, Oct. 13, dropping a home contest to the rival No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs 35-31, dropping to 6-1 (3-1 GLIAC).  “We’re all very disappointed,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “I think our players are very hurt that we lost the game, especially because I think there were a lot of opportunities we had out there. That wasn’t lack of effort. It wasn’t like I’m heading the locker room saying we had lack of effort. We competed.”

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt Homecoming football  game vs Dixie State on October 7th, 2018.

What to Watch: GameDay Special coming to Allendale

The Grand Valley State athletic department announced earlier this week that an hour-long "GameDay Special" will broadcast live from inside Lubbers Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 10 a.m. This special will preview that evening's Anchor-Bone classic between GLIAC rivals No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 3 Ferris State. 

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt Homecoming football  game vs Dixie State on October 7th, 2018.

Preview: An Anchor-Bone Classic unlike any other

Every year in college football, there are big games. Ranked teams duking it out for bragging rights. Rivals meeting up for their annual battle. Conference leaders squaring off to gain regional supremacy.  Not often are all of those aspects and more combined into one game as they will be this weekend when the No. 2 Grand Valley State Lakers (6-0, 3-0 GLIAC) host their archrival No. 3 Ferris State Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0) at Lubbers Stadium for the first time since 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Kwanii Figueroa takes an interception to the house in a game against Dixie State on Saturday, Oct. 6. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Six-won-six: GVSU handles Dixie State, remains unbeaten

On a cool fall Homecoming evening in Allendale, the No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers football team defeated the visiting Dixie State Trailblazers 35-14 in the first ever match-up between the Michigan and Utah schools behind a stout defensive effort to improve to 6-0. Before Head Coach Matt Mitchell ushered out the second unit defense in the fourth quarter, GVSU had held the Trailblazers to only 173 yards on 55 plays – an average of only 3.1 yards per play – with a measly 25 carries for 21 yards on the ground. Both of DSU’s touchdown came in the fourth quarter against the backups.

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