Quick Hits 2/6


Anthony Clark Jr., Sports Editor

DIII hockey club moves up in ACHA rankings

Jumping up two places in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division III rankings, the Grand Valley State University DIII hockey club is now No. 7 overall with a record of 18-4 (20-7 overall).

After a 1-1 split against Saginaw Valley State Jan. 27-28, GVSU faced off against Hope College Feb. 3-4 and dropped both of the matchups to add their sixth and seventh loss of the season.

The Lakers will play in a double header against Oakland University Feb. 10-11 with the latter date being Senior Night at 5 p.m. at the Griff’s Georgetown Ice Arena.

Track and field continues their intensity

GVSU track and field hosted the Snowdown Showdown meet Feb. 3 as a large number of Lakers placed highley in their events.

On the women’s side, senior Kassidie Stimmel finished first in the women’s pole vault with an NCAA DII provisional mark of 3.85m. 

Junior Reette Thorns also took the women’s shot put with a 14.10m distance (provisional mark) as Junior Alaina Omonode led women’s weight throw (18.84m, provisional mark).

For the men’s, junior Jacody Sikora took first in the 60m dash (6.93 seconds) with junior Eli Kosiba placing first overall in the high jump event with a 2.18m provisional mark.

To cap it off, the men’s pole vault was swept by the Lakers: senior James Nutt (4.85m, provisional mark), freshmen Colton Emeott (4.85m, provisional mark) and Camryn Battjes (4.55m), senior Max Rauch (4.55m), and juniors Wyatt Alwine (4.55m) and Logan Clark (4.25m) all finished first through sixth, respectively.

Men’s football welcomes 32 recruits for 2023 class

With the announcement of the 2023 regular season schedule, GVSU men’s football also broke the news of their newest additions to their roster.

Of the 32 total signings, 16 of the recruits are offensive players, 15 being defensive players and a long snapper also committed to GVSU.

The Lakers will kickoff their 2023 campaign on Aug. 31 as Wooster enters his inaugural season with the team as the head coach.

Women’s Lacrosse ranked No. 1 in preseason coaches poll

With the spring season just a few weeks away, the GVSU women’s lacrosse team was ranked first overall in the GLIAC Preseason Poll as the two-time defending conference champions (2021 and 2022 seasons).

As the team prepares to take on Flagler University and Rollins University Feb. 16-18, the team will hope to continue the same level of success as the most recent seasons.