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West is best: Senior brings leadership to GVSU basketball team

Every basketball team is only as good as their captain, as a person who can focus the team, lead by example and bond with fellow teammates is helpful to have on any basketball team, especially the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team. Senior Zach West is that leader for the Lakers. Sharing the captain’s role with junior Hunter Hale, West has learned to connect with his teammates as a vocal leader, which is something he never expected to do when he came onto campus as a high school senior.

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Ryan Blake-Jones steps up to bat at the game against Ashland on April 12th, 2018.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU baseball looks to reclaim GLIAC throne as season begins

GVSU looks to continue that tradition when they open up their season against No. 23 Ohio Dominican and Truman State on Sunday, Feb. 24. GVSU ended last season with a record of 28-23, going 15-13 during conference play. GVSU’s season ended in 2018 with back to back loses during the first round of the GLIAC tournament.

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt basketball games on Feb 9th, 2019

Lakers beat SVSU, Northwood on final road trip of the season

After a rather rough week, the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team got things back on track this week in their final road trip of the season, beating Saginaw Valley State 81-64 on Thursday, Feb. 14 before defeating Northwood two days later with 67-63. The double-digit win for the Lakers on Thursday marks their second time beating the Cardinals this season, sweeping SVSU and continuing to rise to victory in the ‘Battle of the Valleys’. 

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GVSU men’s tennis split weekend GLIAC double-header

The GVSU men’s tennis team started GLIAC play on the road this weekend, defeating Michigan Tech on Friday, March 22, before losing to Lake Superior State on Saturday, March 23. Last year, GVSU finished fourth in the conference with a 5-3 record, and despite starting 1-1, they are still looking to reclaim their crown.

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Pitcher, Noah Lamboley, pitches at the game against Ashland on April 12th, 2018. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU baseball loses two against Wayne State

If you would have asked any of the talking heads that surround Grand Valley State University’s baseball team at the beginning of the year what their record would look like by the end of March, few would have guessed that they would be three games under .500. But that is exactly where the Lakers’ baseball team stands after falling to Wayne State 3-0 and 7-2 in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader in Detroit.

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GVSU's Harry Shalamon swims his way to first individual national championship

 Grand Valley State took to the 2019 NCAA DII Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis from March 13 to 16, where junior Harry Shalamon swam in the 200 back race with the time of 1:42.46, earning his first individual national championship title. Shalamon’s hard work paid off that Saturday when he broke his previous 2018 NCAA DII record of 1:44.73 in the 200 back. Through increasing his weight training, focusing on his endurance and working with the freestyle team, he was able to shave off two point twenty-seven seconds off of his time. 

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GVSU basketball falls in first round of NCAA tournament to Lewis

The clock has struck twelve on the Cinderella season for the Grand Valley State men’s basketball team, as their thrilling journey to the NCAA Tournament last weekend has ended in defeat. The Lakers fell to the Lewis Flyers 65-63 on Saturday, March 16. The Lakers were minutes away from upsetting the hosts of the tournament, keeping the lead for more than 26 minutes in one of the most complete games they’ve played all season.

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Laker softball improves to 14-2

After going 44-9 and 24-2 in conference last season, the GVSU softball team has picked right back up where they left off a year ago. The Lakers have opened up the season 14-2 and have gone 11-1 over their last 12 games. This is due in large part to dominant pitching by senior Allison Lipovsky and sophomore Hannah Beatus. In 16 combined starts (eight each) so far this season, Lipovsky and Beatus have thrown for 16 complete games, eight shutouts, 124 strikeouts and own a combined earned run average of 0.79.

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