The team practices pitching the ball onto the green. The team participated in some drills on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017.  GVL / Archive

GVSU men's golf performs well, Mitchell White earns GLIAC Golfer of the Week

The Grand Valley State University men’s golf team traveled to Findlay Country Club on Sept. 24 and 25 to participate in the Doc Spragg Fall Invitational. This is only the second tournament of the year for the Lakers, the first of which saw them take home the victory. This tournament would have a similar finish. On day one of the tournament, GVSU shot a 291 as a team, good enough to put them in second place going into the final round. The only team to perform better was the University of Indianapolis, with UIndy shooting a 288.

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt Football game vs Michigan Tech on September 22, 2018.

High five: Lakers destroy Northwood 52-7 to remain unscathed

After winning back-to-back GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, quarterback Bart Williams was only allowed to throw seven passes before giving way to the second string during the Lakers’ blowout of Northwood, defeating the Timberwolves 52-7 on the road in a true team effort. Williams made the most of his short stint on the field, completing five passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. His second completion, a 23-yard pass to Jalen Bryant, made him the school’s all-time leader in pass yardage, surpassing Cullen Finnerty. 

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GVL / Sheila Babbitt Football game vs Michigan Tech on September 22, 2018.

Behind the face mask with Bart Williams

The Grand Valley State football team is off to a dominant start during the 2018 football season after ripping off four straight wins. Much of that success can be attributed to the play of quarterback Bart Williams, who has thrown for 1,038 yards and 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions.  As is the case with everybody, though, there is more to the new all-time school record holder in pass touchdowns. I took some time out of my day to hang out with the school’s four-year starter and talk about more than just what’s happening on the field.

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GVSU soccer continues on hot start, shuts out Indy 5-0

After losing a bit of their momentum in the past weekend, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team swept University of Indianapolis on Tuesday, Sept. 18, earning the win over the Greyhound’s in a 5-0 match. The Lakers advance their record to 6-0-1 in the season. Tuesday’s game was the third game in five days for the Lakers with the previous two matches resulting in a close win over Northwood University and a draw against Ashland. Head coach Jeff Hosler felt good about the well-earned and needed win.

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‘Loving to hit people’: defensive lineman Dylan Carroll provides GVSU with leadership

It’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s still true to this day: defense wins championships. Thankfully for the Grand Valley State football team, their defense is in great shape thanks to the leadership and determination of senior defensive lineman Dylan Carroll. Carroll has been appearing as the villain in the nightmares of opposing GLIAC quarterbacks over the past four years, as he’s tallied 139 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as of Sept. 21, 2018. Like many college football players, Carroll started his playing career as a running back, but found a passion for playing on the other side of the ball early on. 

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Grand Valley versus Purdue Northwest on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.  GVL / Archive 

GVSU Volleyball heads north, splits matches with NMU and Michigan Tech

With two wins at home last week, the Lakers kept their winning streak alive, beating NMU on Friday, Sept. 21 (3-1 with scores of 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, and 25-21). This improves the team’s record to overall 10-4 with a conference record of 3-3.  GVSU led the first night in blocks, hitting percentage and digs. Overall they held the Wildcats at 11-4 in blocks and also held the advantage in hitting percentages at .227 to the Wildcats' .198. The Lakers also led in digs 76 to 74.

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Four of a kind: GVSU football beats Michigan Tech in historic fashion

Thanks in part to the new all-time school touchdown pass leader Bart Williams, the No. 5 Grand Valley State Lakers (4-0, 2-0 GLIAC) defeated the Michigan Tech Huskies (2-2, 0-2) by a score of 45-20 in front of 16,671 fans - the second largest crowd in Lubbers Stadium history  Williams threw five touchdowns – the second of which passed Curt Anes for the top spot among all GVSU players – along with 382 yards on 23 completions in 37 attempts. 

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Tara Lierman celebrates Gabriella Mencotti's goal against Ohio Dominican on Sunday November 12, 2017.  GVL / Archive

GVSU soccer senior Tara Lierman brings experience to young team

Entering her senior season, Lierman has been assigned a new role with GVSU.  Starting in a holding midfield position, Lierman is now seen as the first line of defense for the Lakers, where she is asked to win pivotal one-on-one match-ups, rescue possessions and be the "quarterback" of the defense. Lierman had a breakout year in 2017, starting all 24 games at midfield and posting the third-most points in the GLIAC (34), while tying for third in goals (13) and fifth in assists (8). 

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GVSU women's golf team begins season with solid performance in Indy

Grand Valley State women’s golf team headed to Indianapolis University last week to begin their tournament season. A rain filled Sunday resulted in difficult playing conditions on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11. Despite the poor state of the greens, head coach Rebecca Mailloux was pleased with the team’s performance, as they placed fifth overall in the tournament.

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