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The Ferris softball program is set to hold their unique eight-hour “Bulldog Softball-AThon” Saturday, Sept. 8, located at the Ferris softball field in Big Rapids. The event will highlight opportunities to support the softball program and will provide opportunities for the Bulldog female athletes to intermingle with the community, members on campus and other families to help expand the softball program’s network. The Bulldog softball program is asking fellow sports teams, families, community members, alumni and student-organizations to come to the field and compete against the softball student-athletes. There will be variations of play that consist of slow pitch, fast pitch or whiffle ball softball. The event is set to run for eight-straight hours from approximately 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Each team will have to pay $80 per inning for this event. If people do not have a desire to play in the actual games, there are opportunities for people to sponsor an inning for $80, as well. There will also be a meet and greet table present at the event for spectators to meet the Ferris student-athletes. The daylong event is also set to have a “Throw like a Girl” competition, Bulldog softball merchandise and gear sale and auctions for prizes.

The time is now
The Ferris men’s and women’s track and field teams will be looking for new talent throughout the student body as they set to host tryouts for the 2018-19 season Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Top Taggert Field. Participants must have a completed physical within the last six months and a waiver form containing sickle cell clearance. Each participant must be registered with the NCAA eligibility center and must possess a 10-digit ID number. Freshman at Ferris need to be a full qualifier and current students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 with 12 credits passed each semester. Tryouts for running events and throwing positions are available. Final roster spots will be announced after tryout performance and academic requirements have been reviewed.

Shining stars
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2018 All-Academic Teams and Scholar-Athletes this past summer, as 10 student-athletes from the Ferris men’s and women’s teams received personal awards for their success in the classroom. On the women’s side, six members received acknowledgement as apart of the All-Academic Team: Silvia Verebes, Nika Hein, Teodroa Stefanovic, Arien Kissinger, Lauren Lomax and Nicole Stay. The men’s side saw four members receive honors, which consisted of Simon Levy, Daniel Bennett, Steward Sell and Pablo Munoz Baroja. All-Academic Team awards as apart of the ITA are awarded to programs with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.2 or higher. In terms of earning an ITA Scholar-Athlete award, an athlete must have a 3.5 grade point average for the current semester, be a varsity letter winner and have been enrolled at their existing university for at least two whole semesters. Both teams will be looking to continue their successes once again for the upcoming school
year on and off the court as they both begin play in early September.