Grand Valley Volleyball preparing for set number 2 against Purdue Northwest on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.  GVL / Dylan McIntyre

New Beginnings: After abrupt ending in 2017, GVSU Volleyball is ready to return

While the 2017 Grand Valley State volleyball team had an earlier exit than expected, the girls are back this year and ready more than ever to take back the court. While the Lakers did bring home the GLIAC South Division Championship, they had a heart-wrenching loss to Wayne State in the GLIAC tournament last November, losing 2-3. The team not only lost the game, but also four seniors due to graduation. This opened up some new spots for freshmen to fill in making this year's team very young.

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Nick Keizer on Saturday October 28, 2017.  GVL / Emily Frye   

Where are they now? A glimpse at former Lakers in the NFL

As the NFL season gets closer with each coming day, many rookies are looking to prove themselves and earn a spot on an NFL roster. Among those rookies, a few former Grand Valley State football players are looking to establish themselves, whether it's as a starter or just simply making a team and achieving their dream.

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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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