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Jay Bushen


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7 summer questions for GVSU football

In the wake of a 12-3 season, a trip to the national semifinals and a No. 3 finish in the final 2013 AFCA Division II Coaches’ Poll, it seems a familiar prominence has been restored in Laker Land.

Undrafted GVSU star heats up in Lakeland

After posting one of the most impressive careers in Grand Valley State University baseball history, all Giancarlo Brugnoni wanted was a chance to prove himself in the big leagues, an opportunity to get his foot in the door.

NFL players speak at GVSU Football Alumni Youth Camp

About 250 kids from the Grand Rapids and Holland Boys and Girls Clubs poured into the facility for a chance to hear GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell and a trio of former Lakers – New Orleans Saints center Tim Lelito, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Charles Johnson and wide receiver Jovonne Augustus, an Arena Football League player – share their thoughts on developing healthy lifestyle habits.

Centers of attention

A pair of former Grand Valley State University football players have a chance to be teammates once again – on one of the most explosive offenses in the National Football League.

Lakers finish 3rd, 7th as NCAA T&F hosts

With home fans cheering and her friends, family, coaches and teammates looking on, Grand Valley State University senior Kristen Hixson had one final opportunity to cement her name in program history.

The GVSU Sunday Rundown (May 19-24)

Seven of the week's top sports stories at GVSU.

GVSU fails to protect regional championship

A conference championship, a conference tournament title and a top-three finish at the regional tournament would be considered a terrific season for most college baseball programs.

The GVSU Sunday Rundown (May 12-17)

Seven of the week's top sports stories at GVSU.

Brugnoni, Lakers win title in historic fashion

XENIA, Ohio — With one swing of the bat, the Grand Valley State University baseball team made a resounding statement that led to an outright conference championship.

The GVSU Sunday Rundown (May 5-10)

Seven of the week's top sports stories at GVSU.

GVSU edges Tiffin to win GLIAC tourney

GVSU closed out the 2014 campaign by hoisting its second consecutive GLIAC Tournament Championship trophy after grinding out a 10-6 home victory against Tiffin University on Sunday.

GVSU baseball enters postseason as top seed

GVSU (33-11, 24-6) begins its postseason quest this week with high expectations after finishing its 2014 campaign with the best record in the GLIAC and the second-highest ranking in the region.

Schipper's heroics spark 3-0 series for GVSU

Freshman outfielder Joel Schipper stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the 11th as the timeless children’s song “Skip to My Lou” blared over the PA system.

Brugnoni powers GV in series win at Walsh

Brugnoni hit his 40th and 41st career home runs in his first two at-bats of a three-game series as the No. 15 Grand Valley State University baseball team took two out of three games (a 10-1 win, a 5-2 win and a 15-12 loss) at Walsh University to maintain its place atop the GLIAC standings.

GV honors Jamie Hosford in Spring Classic

Parents, alumni and fans alike did their best to determine who was who at the 2014 Spring Classic as all members of the Grand Valley State University football team donned the same jersey number.

Nietfeldt emerges as ace for GVSU baseball

The first time he boarded an airplane, he jumped from it. He’s a skydiving, strike-throwing, out-garnering right-hander who seemingly fell from the sky and onto the Grand Valley State University baseball team.

Lakers cruise past SVSU in home opener

The traveling roadshow that is the Grand Valley State University baseball team returned home for a delightful day on the diamond after playing its first 26 games away from Allendale.

GVSU blanks ODU twice, sweeps series

The No. 17 Grand Valley State University baseball team outscored Ohio Dominican University 21-4 in a three-game sweep over the weekend as a trio of junior college transfers paved the way for 10-0, 2-0 and 9-4 Laker wins.

Keep calm and Detilli-on

Winning. The process manifests itself in the shiniest of ways inside the Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse foyer as well as any at the NCAA Division II level.

Top-ranked Lakers head west for NCVFs

The members of the high-flying Grand Valley State University women’s club volleyball team will not care to see the Mizuno Women’s Division II rankings when they depart from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

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