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February 2010 Volume 1, Number 5

  • February 2010

    Inside: GVSU Mens and Womens Basketball Reports

    THE MITCHELL

    ERA BEGINSMatt Mitchell Becomes

    the Seventh Head Coach

    in GVSU Football History

  • GVSPORTS Monthly Magazine 1

    VOLUME 1, NUMBER 5

    EDITOR IN CHIEF

    Tim Nott

    MANAGING EDITOR

    Doug Lipinski

    EXECUTIVE EDITOR

    Doug Witte

    ACQUISITIONS EDITOR

    Courtney Goldschmeding

    ADVERTISING DIRECTOR

    Charlie Read

    CONTRIBUTORS

    Kelsey Deacon

    DJ Foster

    Janine Freeman

    Andy Fry

    Sandra Jennings

    Alexis Rangel

    GV Sports Marketing

    GVSU Sports Information

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    GV Sports Monthly Magazine is a

    magazine that focuses on athletics at

    Grand Valley State University. Copies of

    the magazine are free to the community.

    and located on news stands in the greater

    Grand Rapids area. Copies of the maga-

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    GV Sports Monthly Magazine

    GVSU, 192 Fieldhouse

    Allendale MI 49401

    IN THIS ISSUE

    Main Event - Page 10

    MATT MITCHELL NAMED GvSU HEAD

    fOOTBALL COACH

    Tim Selgo, the Director of Athletics at Grand Valley State

    University, announced that Matt Mitchell has been named the

    seventh head coach in the tradition-rich history of the GVSU

    football program ...

    W. Lacrosse - Page 7

    ALICIA GROvESTON BECOMES GvSUS

    fIRST-EvER LACROSSE COACHGrand Valley State Director of Athletics, Tim Selgo, an-

    nounced that Alicia Groveston will be the first-ever head

    women's lacrosse coach at Grand Valley State. GVSU, which

    announced ...

    M. Basketball - Page 3

    MENS BASKETBALLCARRIEDBY

    TOUGHONE-TWOPUNCH

    The saying goes Offense wins games, defense wins cham-

    pionships. Grand Valley State head mens basketball coach

    Ric Wesley appears to prescribe to this theory, as his Laker

    team ...

    W. Basketball - Page 2

    LAKERWOMENLOOKTODEPTH DOWN

    THESTRETCH

    The 2009-10 womens basketball team is experiencing per-

    haps a case of deja vu, with this season shaping up very

    much like the 2008-09 year. For the most part ...

  • GVSPORTS Monthly Magazine 2

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    The 2009-10 womens basketball team is

    experiencing perhaps a case of deja vu, with this

    season shaping up very much like the 2008-09

    year. For the most part, that would be a very good

    thing, as last years GVSU squad finished 20-10

    with a 15-7 record in the GLIAC and a berth in the

    NCAA Tournament. However, at one point last

    season, the Lakers were 15-3 and had won 12

    straight games, only to alternate wins and losses

    for much of the rest of the season.

    This years team was sporting an 11-3

    record with an 8-1 conference mark at press time.

    Just like last season, the 2009-10 team had put to-

    gether a lengthy winning streak early in the year,

    with two of the only blemishes being a pair of

    back-to-back losses at the end of December. To

    make sure the two seasons do not mirror each

    other, Grand Valley State has to avoid the downfall

    that occurred late last year, as the Lakers approach

    the tough second half of their schedule.

    After starting 15-3 last year, GVSU went

    5-7 the rest of the way, with the main reason more

    than likely being connected to the younger players

    simply breaking down towards the end of the sea-

    son. The Lakers look to combat that this year with

    a second consecutive stellar freshman class that has

    head coach Janel Burgess utilizing nearly a dozen

    players in her lineup, without much of a dropoff

    from the starters to the bench.

    The 2009-10 version of Burgess squad is

    extremely talented and deep, as seven different

    players have led the team in scoring in a game dur-

    ing the first 14 contests. While three players were

    toting a double-figure average in scoring, Grand

    Valley State had a whopping 10 players scoring

    more than four points per game.

    Sophomore guards Emma Veach and Jas-

    mine Padin continue to run the show just as they

    did during their freshman campaigns. Veach, the

    2008-09 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, leads the

    team with 11.6 points per game, while throwing in

    5.6 boards, 50 assists, and a 51.6 field goal percent-

    age. The floor general, Padin, was sporting an 11.2

    points per game average, to go along with 62 as-

    sists and 33 three-pointers, both figures ranking in

    the top three in the conference.

    A group of five freshmen have seen ex-

    tended minutes, including starting center Alex

    Stelfox (10.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 23 blocks), the

    Taylor twin sisters, Briauna (7.6 points, 60.9 three-

    point percentage) and Brittany (4.9 points, 48.4

    percent shooting), and back-up point guard Lauren

    Stodola (4.5 points, 25 assists, 52.0 three-point per-

    centage).

    GVSU opens and closes February with a

    set of home games. The Lakers will take on Find-

    lay and Hillsdale on Feb. 4-6 in Fieldhouse Arena,

    while capping off the regular season with games

    against Wayne State and Northwood (Feb. 25-27)

    in the Fieldhouse Arena. In between those home

    contests is a four-game road trip to the Upper

    Peninsula against Northern Michigan and Michi-

    gan Tech and road games at Lake Superior State

    and Saginaw Valley State.

    Joining Padin, Stelfox, and Veach in the

    starting lineup are juniors Kara Crawford (6.4

    points, 4.7 rebounds) and Elizabeth Van Tiflin (6.0

    points, 6.1 rebounds). Veach is the only one who

    has not started every game of the year, as she was

    nursing an injury during GVSUs season opener.

    The Lakers appear to be hitting their stride after an

    early January stretch where they won four games

    in a row, all by at least 22 points.

    As long as the young players can stay

    healthy and conditioned and the veterans continue

    to lead and produce, GVSU could tally an even

    more successful finish than last season.

    Laker Women Look to Depth to Carry Team Down the Stretch

    DJ FosterContributing Writer

  • GVSPORTS Monthly Magazine 3

    The saying goes Offense wins games, de-

    fense wins championships. Grand Valley State

    head mens basketball coach Ric Wesley appears

    to prescribe to this theory, as his Laker team is

    again one of the top defensive teams in the GLIAC

    and in the Midwest Region.

    As of Jan. 15, GVSU owned an 11-3 over-

    all record with a 7-2 mark in conference play, as

    the Lakers were winners of seven straight contests.

    After a Dec. 12 loss at Findlay, the defending Di-

    vision II National Champions, Grand Valley State

    was just 4-3 on the year.

    Since that point, the Laker defense started

    dominating games at a championship-level, help-

    ing GVSU rattle off seven wins in a row, including

    six straight at home in Fieldhouse Arena. For the

    sixth consecutive season, Grand Valley States de-

    fense ranks in the top two in the league.

    During the Lakers seven-game win streak,

    GVSU held teams to 60 points or less five times

    and did not allow a team to eclipse the 70-point

    barrier. In fact, Grand Valley State had yet to give

    up 80 points in a game all season, as the Lakers

    ranked second in the GLIAC, allowing just 61.3

    points per contest.

    It is just one reason the second half of the

    2009-10 year looks bright for Grand Valley State.

    In those games in late February and early March,

    when teams are playing their 30th game of the year

    and players tired legs affect offensive production,

    defense is the staple that can carry GVSU in the

    conference and NCAA playoffs.

    Although the Laker offense was just ninth

    in the GLIAC in points per game (65.1) at press

    time, Wesleys team featured one of the top indi-

    vidual players in the conference, junior Justin

    Ringler. The combo guard/forward was putting up

    averages of 15.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game

    (third-best in the league) and he had totaled five

    double-doubles, third most in the GLIAC.

    In addition to Ringler, his classmate Toreau

    Brown was scoring 12.2 points per game, while

    shooting 86.0 percent from the free throw line and

    50.4 percent from the field. The one-two punch of

    Ringler and Brown, when coupled with the stingy

    GVSU defense, is enough to frighten any team

    come playoff time.

    Before the Lakers can advance to the con-

    ference and regional tournaments, GVSU must fin-

    ish up the regular season. After returning home

    from a four-game road trip in mid-January and

    closing the month with home games against Michi-

    gan Tech and Northern Michigan, Grand Valley

    State will host Findlay and Hillsdale on Feb. 4-6

    in Fieldhouse Arena. While the Oilers lost most of

    their starting five, they are still in the running for a

    conference and regional title, and that re-match

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