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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

Team finishes 6th in spring invitational

The Saginaw Valley State University men’s golf team finished the weekend with consistency to earn sixth place in the SVSU Spring Invitational, hosted by SVSU at Boone Links Golf Course in Florence, Kentucky.

The team shot a combined score of 618 over the two days, with the single day scores of 309 on Saturday and Sunday. Lewis University claimed victory at the tournament with the team score of 602. The Cardinals tied for sixth with Ashland University, and were four strokes behind Lake Superior State University for fourth place.

In the individual scores, senior Micah Skidmore led the Cardinal squad by shooting team low-round scores of 75 in each. Skidmore’s combined score of 150, six over par, was good for … Read More…

March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Cardinals serve up the competition

The SVSU women’s tennis team claimed a pair of road victories this weekend with a 6-3 win over West Liberty and an 8-1 victory against Slippery Rock.

Against West Liberty, the team earned victories in two of the three double matches as well as four of the singles matches to earn the 6-3 overall victory.

Freshmen Danielle Slonac and Shea Donahue paired up for the third doubles match, earning a dominant win by the score of 8-1. Senior Meghan Woody and freshman Lauren Sharp were paired for the second doubles match of the day and earned the squad’s first doubles match of the day.

Freshman Abigail Shonk kicked off the singles matches for the Lady Cardinals with a dominant win, … Read More…

March 23, 2015 | Permalink

Frodle finds success on, off court

Bump, set, strike: Three words that have defined the last four years for Makenzie Frodle.

Though the elementary education senior has finished up her last year on the SVSU volleyball team, her mark has been made both as a player and as a student.

Frodle won the 2014 GLIAC Commissioner’s Award for excellent work in the classroom and on the court.

“I feel extremely honored to have been picked out of so many talented people in the conference,” she said. “My most prominent emotions would be surprise and deep gratitude. It’s very rewarding knowing that my hard work is paying off.”

Along with winning the award, the second-team academic All-American worked on and presented her thesis last year, tackling the … Read More…

March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Team swims for success, sends two to nationals

The Saginaw Valley State University women’s swimming and diving season officially came to an end this weekend as two of its members competed in the 2015 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships.

Freshmen Rebeca Martinez and Katy Murphy made the journey to Indiana for the four-day event to represent the school for the first time at the National Championships.

Martinez participated in three events over the weekend, including the 200 Back, 200 IM and 400 IM. In the 200 Back Prelims, she finished 20th overall with a time of 2:03.81. She also placed 20th overall in the 400 IM Prelims with the time of 4:32.87, and 35th overall in the prelims for the 200 IM.

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March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Baseball team comes out swinging to start the season

During its trip to Florida to play in the Clearwater Invitational, SVSU recognized right away that the weather wasn’t the only thing heating up. The Cardinals’ bats were, too.

Led by an offense that averaged over eight runs a game, the team went 5-3 in its start to the season.

Senior Brad Schalk hit .273 with a home run and eight RBIs. Sophomore Chad Carson showcased his offensive abilities by hitting for a .419 average and a .500 on-base percentage. As a team, SVSU hit .302 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .413 slugging percentage.

“We have been sticking to our hitting approach,” senior shorstop Chris Perkovich said. “Everyone in the lineup has been hitting and giving the pitchers … Read More…

March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Track & Field goes the distance

After  a pair of successful seasons, the Saginaw Valley men’s and women’s track and field teams each had several representatives sporting the Cardinal colors in the NCAA indoor track and field national championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

For the women’s team, Taylor Stepanski, Brittany Johnson, Kimberly Balls, Alicia Tomlin, Chantelle Fondren and Anna Fochesato each participated in a series of events.

Stepanski competed in the 800-meter run prelim, finishing 7th with a time of 2:10:89. Fochesato finished 13th in the high jump by recording a 1.73 meter jump. Johnson raced in the one-mile prelims and finished 7th with a 4:53:40 finish.

As a group, all five competed together in the distance medley, finishing third overall with a 11:36:99 final.

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March 16, 2015 | Permalink

Cardinals set sights on championship-caliber season

During the offseason, SVSU softball coach Todd Buckingham and his coaching staff printed T-shirts for their players that said “OKC.” This is because this year’s World Series is being played in Oklahoma City, and the staff wants the players to know what the expectations are for the team: a championship.

“We looked at the talent that we have coming back and the talent that we have coming in, and we wanted to make sure that everyone in the program knew that (a championship) was going to be our mindset when we practice and when we train,” Buckingham said. “That is our goal, and that is what we want to strive for.

Courtesy photo | University Communications

Senior MacKenzie Rousse is

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February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Seniors swing for strong start

Last year, the SVSU men’s baseball team finished 21-25 overall with a 16-16 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

When former coach Walt Head resigned midway through the season, Chris Ebright took over as interim head coach of a club sitting at 9-18 and the team just started winning. After a 12-7 finish to the year, the Cardinals finished third in the GLIAC tournament. Looking forward to this season, Ebright expects the success at the end of last year to carry over to 2015.

“The kids have all bought into our approach,” he said. “I think we’re building off from the run at the end of last year, and the kids are excited because they know that … Read More…

February 23, 2015 | Permalink

Cards drop close contest on senior day

The SVSU men’s basketball team dropped its second-straight contest on Thursday to the Grand Valley State University Lakers, 71-70.

With the loss, the team’s overall record falls to a still steady 20-6 mark, 16-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Both teams battled early on as the lead switched back-and-forth. GVSU pulled to a 38-35 lead with just 16 second remaining in the first half, and the score held up after a last second three-point opportunity fell short for the Cardinals.

SVSU came out ready to play in the second half, pulling to a 57-49 lead at the 9:44 mark. The Lakers made it clear that they did not travel to Saginaw to give up, and fought back, … Read More…

February 20, 2015 | Permalink