Sports Shorts

Women’s basketball starting slow

The Ferris State women’s basketball team has had a rough start to the season so far, but GLIAC play has not yet begun. It is much too early in the season to judge the team, though, and they have time to get prepared for their GLIAC opener.

The Bulldog women do not lack in things to be positive about, as they have had different leading scorers in every game so far including their exhibition game against Michigan, a sign that the team has the ability to put points on the board.

The women have had a rough go-around on the boards, being out rebounded by 19 in their game against Cedarville last week. The Trevecca Nazarene Pops Duncan Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 13-14 saw the Lady Dawgs sent back to Big Rapids after two losses during the weekend tourney. The team is back in action against Lake Erie at Big Rapids High School on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Hockey Splits Weekend

The Bulldog hockey team was looking for their first weekend sweep of the season last weekend before the Lake Superior State Lakers snuck by for a win on Saturday. The Dawgs handled the Lakers on Friday, protecting their side of the rink and shutting out LSSU in a 1-0 victory.

On Saturday, Ferris State seemed to have the game in the bag as they led LSSU 2-0 through the first two periods. The Lakers made the decision that they weren’t going to allow the Dawgs to shut them out twice in one weekend, coming back in the third and scoring three goals to the Bulldogs zero. Two of those Laker goals came within the first two minutes of the third period.  Hockey will be back in Big Rapids this Friday, Dec. 4 when they begin the weekend series against Bemidji State at 7:07 p.m. in Ewigleben Ice Arena.

End of an Era

With the crushing loss suffered at the hands of the Grand Valley State University Lakers last weekend, the Bulldog football team’s season has come to a close. In a fitting end to what was an amazing career for quarterback Jason Vander Laan, he led his team not only in passing yards with 281 yards, but also in rushing yards with 126.

The records that Vander Laan broke will never be forgotten by the Ferris State faithful, but other seniors such as Justin Zimmer, Antonio Agurs and Jake Lampman have also had a lasting influence on the team. Zimmer was absolutely dominant this season, tallying up a team high 13 sacks while also piling up 28 tackles.

Lampman and Agurs were both weapons for Vander Laan, Agurs with the reliability factor, leading the team in receptions with 65, totaling to 641 yards. Lampman was the go-to senior receiver when Vander Laan looked to the end zone, racking up eight touchdowns and contributing 731 yards. These are only a few seniors who helped to make this Bulldog football program top-notch, and hopefully they left a lasting impression on the younger guys to continue what they started.