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GV women’s golf wins Ashland Invitational 

If there were ever a time to find their winning groove, the Grand Valley State women’s golf team found the perfect time to do so right before the GLIAC Championships.

After earning a first-place finish at the NC4K Classic on Tuesday, April 10, the Lakers repeated success with another victory, this time at the Ashland Invitational on Saturday, April 14, to close out the regular season. The final day of competition was canceled due to rain. 

GVSU shot a day-one total of 293 (+5) before day two was canceled. The Lakers’ 293 strokes put them ahead of second-place Tiffin (312, +24) by 19 strokes.

For the second straight week, sophomore Katie Chipman finished as the top individual with a 73 (+1) finish. Chipman was tied in first with teammates Mackenzie Blomberg and Samantha Moss, but won the playoff to earn the victory.

Maria Sol Pose was just behind her teammates with a 74 (+2) to finish tied for fifth place. Olivia Reed, the fifth Laker on GVSU’s team score, finished tied for 20th with an 80 (+8). Both Abbey Pierce and Morgan Janke-Wolff participated as individuals, and they tied for 13th place after carding rounds of 79 (+7). 

The Lakers will next head to Nashport, Ohio, to compete in the GLIAC Championship on Friday, April 20, through Sunday, April 22. 

GV football’s Nick Keizer, Collin Schlosser honored by National Football Foundation

As a final acknowledgment of their time with the Grand Valley State football program, senior tight end Nick Keizer and linebacker Collin Schlosser have been named to the 2018 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

The Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who have earned a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their collegiate careers as starters.

Keizer led all GLIAC tight ends in receptions (29), receiving yards (504) and TD catches (9), while leading the nation in yards per catch (17.4) for tight ends. Twenty-two of his receptions resulted in a first down. Among all receivers in the GLIAC, Keizer ranked second in TD catches and 10th in total receptions. Keizer finished his career with 45 catches for 734 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

Schlosser ranked second on the team in tackles with 80, while also turning in 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 QB sacks during a senior campaign in which he moved into the No. 10 spot in career tackles with 290. The Ada native also recorded 27.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 QB sacks during his career.

GV basketball signs Chicago-native point guard Dravon Clayborn 

To add even more depth to the point guard position, the Grand Valley State basketball program and head coach Ric Wesley announce the signing of incoming freshman guard Dravon Clayborn for the 2018-19 season. 

In just two years of leading the Niles North High School basketball program in the Chicago area, Clayborn scored more than 1,000 points, earning honorable mention All-State honors his junior year and second team in his final senior season. Both seasons, Clayborn earned team MVP honors and was named team captain. 

With the graduation of point guards Myles Miller and Chris Dorsey, expect Clayborn to fill the shoes of those two players next season. Incoming transfer Demetrius Lake, who averaged 17.6 points per game at Schoolcraft College, will also likely see significant minutes in the GVSU backcourt.