GVL/Katherine Vasile, GVSU football playoff game, 11-17-18, Lubbers Stadium

Laker football inks 2019 recruiting class

The Grand Valley State football team signed 33 high school players to come play for the Lakers on Thursday, Feb. 6 as part of the annual National Signing Day. The class includes 16 offensive players, 16 defensive players and one kicker.  “This is a strong group in three position groups: receiver, interior defensive lineman and the secondary as a whole, I think we have some good mixtures on those,” said head coach Matt Mitchell. “They’re all really good students, I think they’re going to fit in with our campus culture and environment and what we’re doing academically and socially too and that’s important to me.”

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Column: GVSU basketball needs to stay consistent on offense to contend in the GLIAC

It appears that the Lakers are starting to right their losing ways, as they earned arguably their biggest victory of the season this past weekend, going on the road to beat No. 7 Ashland 60-53. However, despite that, big wins haven’t come often this season for GVSU. Before Saturday’s win, the Lakers had previously lost five of their last seven games, including a winning drought that lasted nearly two months, with their last road victory coming against Quincy on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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Twice is nice: GVSU women's basketball sweeps season series with No. 3 Ashland, Wayne State

For the second time this season, the No. 15 Grand Valley State women’s basketball team has taken down the No. 3 Ashland Eagles in epic fashion. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Lakers defeated then-top ranked AU by 33 points in Allendale. On Saturday, Feb. 2, though, GVSU had to travel to Ohio as part of a spur of the moment back-to-back after taking out Wayne State 73-42 the day prior after the game was rescheduled from Thursday to Friday due to the polar vortex. 

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Poor defense leads GVSU basketball to fall to local rival

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team only had one game this week instead of their normal two, but despite the extra few days to prepare, they still lost on the road to local GLIAC rival Davenport Panthers, falling 80-59 on Saturday, Jan. 26. Slow starts have plagued this basketball team all season long, as was the case in Saturday’s contest, as the Panthers jumped out to a 11-2 run that ultimately led to a 26-11 run within the first ten minutes, digging the Lakers a grave that they could never get out of.

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More than a manager: The head student assistant that drives GVSU

Basketball players on Grand Valley State’s campus are easy to spot, as most are taller than the average student and are always repping the GV logo on their backpacks and on their clothing. It’s easy to see their impact on the team, as it can be quantified through statistics. But as is the case with any college basketball team, there are a lot of jobs that contribute to the success of the team, from making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and filming games to playing scout team in practice and ridding the floor of sweat with a few vigorous wipes.

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