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Mar 15, 2016
Inside: GVSU Mens and Womens Basketball Reports
ERA BEGINSMatt Mitchell Becomes
the Seventh Head Coach
in GVSU Football History
GVSPORTS Monthly Magazine 1
VOLUME 1, NUMBER 5
EDITOR IN CHIEF
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IN THIS ISSUE
Main Event - Page 10
MATT MITCHELL NAMED GvSU HEAD
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
M. Basketball - Page 3
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
W. Basketball - Page 2
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 ...
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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-
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