Quick Hits 8/10/20


Cassidy Boensch, Courtesy / GVSULakers

Zack Goodrow, Sports Editor

Cassidy Boensch receives GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award 

GVSU woman’s basketball alumna Cassidy Boensch has received a high honor for her success on the court and in the classroom. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has awarded Boensch the female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Boensch earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences this year with a 3.92 GPA. Her excellence in the classroom is matched by her dominating presence on the basketball court. 

Last year, Boensch helped lead the Lakers to a 28-3 record. She averaged 19.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and shot 58% from the floor. Unfortunately for her and the team, the season was tragically cut short before Boensch could truly take off in the NCAA tournament. 

Regardless of what transpired at the end of the 2020 season, Boensch has left her legacy at GVSU. She ends her tenure as a Laker as the all-time leader in games played at 129. She’s scored 1,826 points and brought in 989 rebounds. 

MAC cancels football season 

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has canceled the fall football season for 2020. Not only were concerns about player and coach safety factors at the forefront of this decision, but there were financial concerns as well. 

With no out-of-conference games on the schedule and championships canceled, there simply wasn’t enough money to sustain the football season. For example, the MAC games played out of conference, like in the Big Ten, can bring in millions of dollars to the program. 

Without this extra cash flow, the MAC is the first Division I conference to cancel its football season. Other dominos are sure to fall soon with other conferences, including the fate of GLIAC and GVSU’s football season. MAC and other conferences who decide to cancel will look towards spring to play once again. 

Hunter Rison joins Lakers Football 

Hunter Rison is the newest addition to the Lakers’ wide receiver corp. He is the son of Andre Rison, former Pro Bowl star wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs. 

In 2017, the younger Rison played at Michigan State University and caught 19 passes for 224 yards. After the season, he transferred to Kansas State. 

After sitting out of 2018 because of transfer rules, Rison found himself in legal trouble as the 2019 season began and was arrested for domestic battery, in which he pleaded guilty. Kansas State suspended him and he transferred to Fullerton College in California. 

At the junior college, he recorded 36 catches for 604 yards and seven scores. A Michigan native, Rison is on his way back home announcing late last month he would be a Laker. When the time comes to get back on the field, Rison can be used as a new weapon for the team.