Quick hits: GLIAC defensive player of the week, rifle club wins two events, dance team clinic announcement

Robbie Triano

GVSU soccer player named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Grand Valley State women’s soccer team bounced back by recording two straight shutouts in their 2-0 victories over Cedarville University and Minnesota State-Mankato.

Being rewarded for her work on the defensive end is freshman Cecilia Steinwascher, who was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Defensive Player of the Week Monday, Sept. 11.

The freshman attended Henry Ford High School and was named All-Academic, All-Conference, All-County and All-District in each of her first three seasons. In 2016, Steinwascher was named to the All-State Dream Team, one of the highest recognitions for a high school athlete in Michigan.

Steinwascher was rewarded with the GLIAC award for her excellence in the air, ball tackling and decision making during the team games this past weekend.

GVSU women’s (2-2) soccer will continue its season against Ashland at home Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

GVSU rifle club wins pair of virtual matches

The Grand Valley State rifle club participated in two Orion Scoring System Monthly Virtual Matches, where both of GVSU’s teams placed in first and second. 

The competition consists of two separate categories: air rifle and smallbore rifle shooting. The air rifle competition consists of 60 shots fired from the standing position, while smallbore consists of 60 total shots from the prone, standing and kneeling positions.

GVSU dominated the air rifle event, carried by senior Christian Yap, the Lakers’ top performer who posted a score of 586.0 (out of 654) for third place overall. Sophomores Joseph Lentine and Alexander Straith also helped the team out in posting an overall team score of 1729.3 for first place overall. Lentine finished fourth individually with a score of 575.2, while Straith finished sixth with a score of 568.1.

In the smallbore category, Yap finished second individually with a score of 523 (out of 600), marking a personal best. With senior David Cantillon’s score of 512 for third place and head coach Cameron Zwart’s 543, the team came in first overall with a total score of 1578. 

GVSU Dance Team announces 2017 fall clinic

The Grand Valley State Laker Dance Team will be hosting a fall dance clinic Saturday, Oct. 14, at the GVSU Recreation Center.

Prior to the clinic, the team will be hosting a meeting for all prospective 2018-19 members and their parents. The meeting will introduce those interested to the coaches and captains, who will be answering questions about the program and discussing expectations and anything regarding the college dance team experience.

This event is set to attract high schoolers who are thinking about attending GVSU, future transfer students and anybody currently at GVSU who would want to be a part of the team. The team stresses that the event is not mandatory and no commitment is required from any participant of the clinic.

Clinic participants will have the opportunity to work on jazz and pom dance techniques, hip-hop tricks, choreography and other skills essential in the art of dance. All levels of skill are welcomed, as dance experience is not required.