Quick Hits 9/8

Zack Goodrow, Sports Editor

All-time great signs with Detroit Lions 

The Detroit Lions have added another running back. Adrian Peterson signed with the Lions late last week after he was cut from the Washington Football Team. Peterson, 35, has made his case during his long career as one of the best running backs in NFL history. Peterson has 14,216 career yards on the ground and 117 total touchdowns. 

Peterson joins a very crowded backfield with starter Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift. All the running backs will have to compete for playing time, but Peterson may see touches early on in the year. Johnson and Swift have struggled with injuries during training camp and Peterson looks to be healthy. 

In 2019, Peterson rushed for 898 yards and five touchdowns. He currently sits at fifth all-time in the NFL in rushing yards and is less than 1000 away from Lions legend Barry Sanders. Will Peterson pass Sanders on the list in a Lions uniform? Time will tell.  


Current, former Laker finish top five

At the 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Report, former GVSU Laker Alex Scott finished in second place. Scott, a now professional golfer, finished the course with only 281 strokes and finished seven under overall. Current GVSU freshman, Charles DeLong, placed fifth. He totaled 285 strokes and finished the open at one-under par. His placement at fifth was the highest among any amateur golfers competing. 

Another current GVSU golfer competed at the open. Senior Matt Orwig finished tied for 41st place. He shot nine over with 297 strokes. Former Laker Domenic Mancinelli finished tied for 23rd place. He shot over four with 292 strokes. Bryce Messner, another GVSU alum, finished the open tied for 61st place and made the cut. Messner finished 14 over with 302 strokes. 


Two new Laker swimmers commit 

Michigan native Kayley Gallagher has verbally committed to join the Lakers swimming and diving team next year. Gallagher has competed in long-distance freestyle and breaststroke events. At the Michigan Open earlier this year, she placed 15th in the mile and 23rd in the 200 meter breaststroke. Her best times in long-distance races include 10:43.33 in the 1000 meter and 17:58.28 in the 1650 meters. Her breaststroke times include 1:08.06 in the 100 meter and 2:25.85 in the 200 meter. 

Samantha Weigel also committed to GVSU. The Illinois native has been a freestyle sprinter and backstroker. Weigel competed last year in the 20o and 500 freestyle races at the Illinois State Championships. Some of her best freestyle times include 1:54.31 in the 200-yard freestyle and 5:03.37 in the 500 meter freestyle. In backstroke races, Weigel’s best time in the 100-meter is 59.74 and 2:05.43 in the 200-meter.