Sports Shorts January 18, 2012

Two Bulldog hockey players up for prestigious Hobey Baker Award

Senior defenseman, who always serves as captain, Chad Billens and senior goaltender Taylor Nelson are two of the top 77 players who were nominated for the Hobey Baker award. This award is annually given to the nation’s top hockey player. Hobey Baker was a top hockey player at Princeton University and a World War I veteran. The Hobey Baker award not only reflects a player’s talents and achievements on the ice, but also the character and integrity of the athlete off of the ice. You can help the two Bulldogs in the next stage of voting by logging on to and voting.

FSU Basketball Programs reach out to kids

This past Saturday Ferris State University hosted “Kidz Dayz” at both men’s and women’s collegiate basketball games. This was the first of four events planned on being held by FSU, and the event, sponsored by Jet’s Pizza, is for kids in grades K-12. Various activities included an arts and crafts table, face-painting and a bounce house among other things. Kids got in free with a paid adult as the men’s basketball team took home a thrilling overtime victory against Northwood University and as the women’s basketball team routed Northwood University by 34 points.

Ferris State volleyball program adds two

The women’s volleyball team has added two commitments starting with Illinois native and outside hitter Danielle Dowd as well as prep hitter Paige Weaver. Danielle is from New Lenox and she attained All Southwest Subarban League honors for the second straight year. Paige, who orginates from Bloom Field Hills, Mich., earned a Michigan class B honorable mention accolade and achieved all conference for three consecutive years to finish out her high school career. FSU looks to build on its outstanding 2011 campaign by pumping some new life into the program as the Lady Bulldogs compiled a 27-4 record last season.

FSU’s Kenny Brown is averaging more than 20 points per game in GLIAC play

The Ferris State men’s basketball team currently holds onto first place in the GLIAC North Division after this past weekend, but not without a key helping hand. Junior guard and #00 Kenny Brown currently is averaging 20.5 points per game in conference play. After not starting for the majority of the season Kenny Brown got his chance and cashed in and has now started seven consecutive games for the Bulldogs. In his last three games Brown scored 21, 23 and 25 points respectably and is leading the Bulldogs to a position to challenge for the GLIAC championship.