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Jennings makes British Columbia Lions’ roster

A journey that began in Cleveland, Ohio has taken Jon Jennings to places all over North America. He’s gone from Saginaw, Michigan to Kansas City, Missouri and now British Columbia, Canada.

The former Cardinals’ quarterback signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in April and impressed coaches in camp enough to grab a roster spot heading into the 2015 season. The team showed confidence in Jennings, allowing him to start the first preseason game of the year.

Jennings’ career at Saginaw Valley was phenomenal. The four-year starter set Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference records in both passing yardage (9,546) and total offense (10,700). He is still the all-time leader in both categories.

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June 24, 2015 | Permalink

Baseball team a hit, offense scores in bunches to start the week

Heading towards the end of the season, the SVSU baseball team is looking to get hot at the right time. The team’s 11-15-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) record is good for fourth in the GLIAC north division, meaning the squad needs to keep winning in order to ensure a spot in the upcoming conference tournament.

Last weekend’s slate of games did not help the Cardinals’ cause, as the team dropped two on the road against the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday before coming back on Sunday to take game one of second double-header.

Game one against the Timberwolves resulted in a 3-0 loss. The Cards’ bats struggled to get the big hit, putting up ten hits but leaving all … Read More…

April 27, 2015 | Permalink

Strong camp springs team towards season

Heading into spring camp, the SVSU football team had many questions. The goal for Saturday’s Red-White Spring game was to answer some of these questions while building the foundation for the 2015 season.

In what resulted in a 9-7 victory for the Red team, the spring game was a defensive struggle as both offenses failed to move the ball consistently. Regardless, the coaches felt that several players surfaced as potential playmakers over the course of spring practice and during the game.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

In the annual Red-White Spring football game, members of the SVSU football team faced off against one another in a live game. The team was divided into two units, one wearing red and one

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April 20, 2015 | Permalink

Bats back pitching in weekend split

It was a busy weekend for the Saginaw Valley softball team as the lady Cardinals played doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Overall, the team went 3-1 on the weekend to bring its season record to 16-15 and 6-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Sunday matched SVSU up against Walsh College for a pair of conference games. Game one resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Cardinals as the team’s offense failed to get things going against some tough pitching. Senior infielder Marcy Medina had a strong day at the plate, knocking two pitches out of the park for home runs. The two solo shots were all the team managed in the loss, as the team failed to … Read More…

April 13, 2015 | Permalink

‘Last Night’ wins Cardinal Radio’s BOTB competition

Cardinal Radio’s third annual Battle of the Bands rocked out in the TSAR last Saturday, April 11.

As with the previous two shows, 60 percent of all proceeds went to The Rainbow Connection, a nonprofit organization that helps dreams come true for children with terminal illnesses.

To attend the show, students had to pay $3 while non-students had to pay $5 for tickets.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Saginaw, MI, pop-rock outfit Last Night Saved My Life performed at Cardinal Radio’s third annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition last Saturday evening. The quintet ended up winning the competition, raising more than the other two bands in the competition, Calcaska and The White Oranges.

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April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Theatre department ‘succeeds’ in delivering exceptional production

When I first heard that “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” would be coming to SVSU, I was excited because I know how good the university’s theatre department is. They’ve produced amazing shows before with “The Producers” and several other plays, where they take something good and make it great. “How to Succeed” was no different.

The story follows J. Pierrepont Finch (that’s F-I-N-C-H) as he goes from being a window washer to the top of the food chain as an executive at his company. His inspiration and ability to succeed comes from a book on how to succeed in business, and as he follows the steps he takes great leaps towards the top of the company.


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April 13, 2015 | Permalink

Message to fans: A strong start for Tigers doesn’t necessarily mean a strong season

As with most years, the Detroit Tigers have started their season off with a bang. The team is 6-0, has averaged almost eight runs per game and started the year off with back-to-back shutouts during a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

But fans must beware of buying into this cast of players so soon. There are several reasons the team is only buttering fans up to be utterly disappointed at the year’s end.

The most alarming issue is the elephant in the room. No, I’m not talking about Alfredo Simon, although the resemblance is uncanny. I’m talking about the bullpen.

With the Tigers, there always seems to be a recurring theme of strong pitching outside of the bullpen. It … Read More…

April 13, 2015 | Permalink

SVSU hires Andy Wagstaff as new men’s soccer coach

Months after former men’s soccer coach Cale Wassermann left to take an assistant coaching job at Michigan State University, SVSU has finally found his replacement.

On Friday, April 10, athletic director Mike Watson announced that the program had named Andy Wagstaff as the new head coach for the men’s soccer team. He is the seventh head coach in team history.

Wagstaff has over 10 years of coaching experience. Prior to joining the Cardinals, he  spent three season as an assistant coach with Oakland University, a Division I program. Before that, he spent two season with the University of Michigan as an assistant coach. Wagstaff has also held positions with the Michigan Bucks of the Professional Development League and the Oakland … Read More…

April 10, 2015 | Permalink

Cards strike out against Lakers

The SVSU baseball team traveled to Allendale, MI last weekend to take on the Grand Valley State University Lakers.

After losing a four-game set at Tiffin a week ago 3-1, the Cardinals were looking to get back on a winning track. The tough Lakers’ offense proved too difficult, however, and the Cards dropped the three-game set 2-1.

SVSU started the series on a high note, winning the first game 5-1. Scott Sency picked up his third win on the season, spreading five hits over six strong innings while striking out four. The fourth inning was a big one for the Cardinals, as the offense scored all five of its runs behind timely hitting and some poor defense by the Lakers. … Read More…

March 30, 2015 | Permalink

Fieldhouse facilitates health, future

Like knowing when to expect the big hop of a sharp ground ball to a third baseman, the weather in Michigan can be unpredictable. Student athletes at Saginaw Valley, however, have the means to prepare for both with the Ryder Center’s indoor facility.

Following its construction last year, athletes have found a multitude of uses for the fieldhouse, and the program has, as a result, improved itself. It seems that, given the indecisiveness of Mother Nature, having the ability to practice inside gives athletes at SVSU a leg up on their competition.

Vanguard photo | Jamie Loubert

Members of the SVSU football team participate in drills inside the indoor facility. Aside from being a location for teams to practice, the

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March 23, 2015 | Permalink