Inside: Men’s and Women’s Basketball Season Previews November 2009
THE PUSH FOR THE POSTSEASON Deanne Scanlon Reaches 400 Wins as the Laker Volleyball Team Makes a Run for the Playoffs
IN THIS ISSUE 2 W. Basketball
YOUNG WOMENS BASKETBALL TEAM LOOKS TO DO DAMAGE The Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team is returning four starters and eight letterwinners from the 2008-09 season, including a pair of sophomore guards that both averaged over 12 points per game...
3 M. Basketball LAKER MEN TURN TO EXPERIENCED YOUTH TO RETURN TO CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL Fresh off of a 21-10 season that resulted in a fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament, Grand Valley State looks to continue its recent success with a roster that very few teams in the country can duplicate...
5 Swimming and Diving LAKER SWIMMING AND DIVING RETURNS TO THE POOL Take a look at the swimmers and divers that will be looking to make an impact in the upcoming season...
10 Main Event 400 AND STILL COUNTING In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Deanne Scanlon was a real estate developer in Ann Arbor, Mich. She made a very good living and enjoyed life with her husband and two children...
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Young Women’s Basketball Team Looks To Do Damage in 2009-10 The Grand Valley State University women’s basketball team is returning four starters and eight letterwinners from the 2008-09 season, including a pair of sophomore guards that both averaged over 12 points per game. The Lakers finished second in the North Division and went 20-10 last year and 15-7 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The 2009-10 squad starts out the year ranked 13th in the first Division II Bulletin poll of the season and is looking to improve this year with the return of a youthful team that gained valuable expericence in 2008-09. Grand Valley State lost one of its top scorers from last year in forward Kim Wyngaard. Wyngaard (13.5 ppg.) was not just looked to for putting the ball in the basket, but was also the team leader. “Kim is a person you will never be able to replace. She was such a solid person on and off the court,” head coach Janel Burgess commented. “We have young women that have learned from her and will bring their leadership qualities to the team this year. Kim has left her mark and has passed it on, now we just continue to grow and enjoy the transition.” The Lakers go from Wyngaard being their leader to four upperclassmen sharing the role. Lone senior Jocelyn Ingram, and juniors Kara
Kelsey Deacon Contributing Writer Crawford, and Elizabeth Van Tiflin will provide the experience and knowledge for a team that has made the NCAA playoffs four out of the last five years. GVSU was dealt a tough draw last year in the NCAA tournament when they lost to the defending national champions and the #1 team in the nation, Northern Kentucky, on the Norse’s home floor. GVSU returns five sophomores from last year’s team and brings in six freshmen, creating a very young team. Coach Burgess is excited about the youth and is excited to see them compete. “This team is hungry and ready to take the next steps needed to get better each day,” Burgess said. “We will enjoy the journey together and watch our youthfulness mature quickly as we compete in each contest night in and night out.” Two young players that are still emerging are returning sophomore guards Emma Veach and Jasmine Padin. Veach scored 404 points (13.5 ppg.), second on the team and pulled down 163 rebounds (5.4 rpg.), third on the team last year. Padin was third on the team in scoring (378 points, 12.6 ppg.) and dished out a team-high 124
assists last year. Padin was 73-for-208 from the three-point line, which broke the school record for three-pointers made and attempted. Burgess is proud of Veach and Padin and hopes they continue their success on and off the court. “Emma and Jasmine are amazing people and will continue to lead this team in their each unique way,” Burgess stated. “I expect nothing more or less out of them than last year. I want them to give everything they have to their teammates and enjoy their careers as a Laker.” Grand Valley State starts its season with two exhibition games at Indiana (Nov. 5) and Michigan State (Nov. 8) before starting regular season play. Burgess hopes the exhibition games will prepare them for the regular season and work out any kinks they may be facing. “Out of each exhibition we have to get better and compete,” she commented. “If we can walk off the court each time and know we played selfless and hard, we know we will be ready for the regular season.” The Lakers open their regular season hosting regional rivals Drury on November 16 at 7:00 p.m. and Kentucky Wesleyan on the 21st at GVSU Fieldhouse Arena.
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Laker Men Turn to Experienced Youth to Return to Championship Level Fresh off of a 21-10 season that resulted in a fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament, Grand Valley State looks to continue its recent success with a roster that very few teams in the country can duplicate. The Lakers jump into the 2009-10 season without a senior player in their program. GVSU fills out its team with a solid group of five juniors, three sophomores, and seven freshmen. Quite frankly, the 2009-10 team can basically be counted on as the 2010-11 version as well, as the Lakers will not lose a single player to graduation. “In my 29 years of coaching, I’ve never had a team with no seniors on it,” said sixth-year head coach Ric Wesley, who enters the season with a 131-30 career record at GVSU. “It’s a little different, but it just puts more importance on our young veterans, as we call them. As young as we are, I don’t think we’re totally inexperienced. We have guys that have been in the program and played important roles for us before.” Two players who have played important roles in the past few seasons are a pair of juniors and the team’s two leading returning scorers, Justin Ringler and Toreau Brown. Last season, Ringler, a 6-4 guard/forward, averaged 12.2 points and a team-best 5.8 rebounds per game,
DJ Foster Contributing Writer while Brown, a strong 6-5 forward, totaled 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Along with Ringler, junior Mike Przydzial and sophomore Alvin Storrs are the team’s three captains. Przydzial notched 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game off the bench, while Storrs tallied 7.9 points and shot 47.8 percent from the floor. Grand Valley State won at least 20 games for the fourth straight year before falling to GLIAC rival Findlay in both the conference championship game and the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Findlay then went on to win the Division II National Championship. “I think our league gets better and better from top to bottom every year,” Wesley mentioned. “I don’t think the league will have that dominant team this season like we did with Findlay last season and us the year before, but the league is definitely improving every year.” Speaking of the conference improving, Wesley points out that his team needs to do the same thing this year. With a total of 10 sophomores and freshmen, the Lakers will definitely
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have a learning curve to adjust to, but will work on getting better and better throughout the year. “I think for us, our challenge is to continue to work on improving each and every day,” Wesley commented. “One thing that I didn’t think we did last year was compete hard at everything we do, whether it’s a game or practice or conditioning. It takes as many guys competing as possible to get to that championship level.” It appears some people think the Lakers are on the right track back to the championship level, as GVSU was ranked seventh in a preseason poll conducted by The Sporting News. “It’s a nice thing to be recognized at the national level, but I think that’s more a reflection of what we’ve done in the past than where we’re at right now with this team,” said Wesley. “But at the end of the season, we’ll hopefully still be that high in the rankings.” The Lakers open up the season with an exhibition game at Michigan State on Nov. 9. Two years ago in East Lansing, GVSU toppled Michigan State in double overtime, 85-82. Grand Valley State then plays a pair of games against regional opponents Northern Kentucky and Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) before starting conference play on Nov. 30 at West Michigan rival, Ferris State.
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NEWS IN BRIEF WMUS 106.9 Radio Remote Tune in to WMUS-106.9 FM on November 18th for Mornings with Mark and Pam as they help kick off the Laker basketball season. Laker basketball coaches and players will be on air discussing the upcoming season. WMUS will be airing live from 7 am-10 am at the Kirkhof Center on GVSU’s Allendale Campus so stop over to show your support. All Laker basketball games can be heard on WMUS throughout the season as well. Basketball Camp-Out 2009 The second annual basketball camp-out will be held from November 13th – 14th. Bring your tent and camping gear in front of the Fieldhouse and camp out in support of Laker basketball. There will be hot dogs, warm hot chocolate, and a basketball hoop. Laker Nation won’t sleep until the basketball season starts! FOOTBALL KIDS CLUB DAY Saturday, November 7th, Laker Athletics will be hosting Kids Club Day. Bring your children out for a fun filled afternoon of bounce houses, cookie decorating, crafts, and much more. Children 12 and under will receive one free ticket to the 1 pm Laker football game against Wayne State. All activities are free and will take place inside the Fieldhouse Arena from 11 am to 1:00 pm. For more information call 616-331-8630.
How you remember him: Brandon Carr was a shutdown cornerback for the Grand Valley State football team from 200407. Over his college career, he became one of the most effective players at his position. Opponents rarely threw in his direction, but Carr still recorded 11 interceptions during his career. He was an allamerican for his junior and senior seasons and helped lead the Lakers to two national championships. What he’s doing now: Brandon was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL draft in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs. He became the first Chiefs rookie CB to start all 16 games since 1984. Carr’s first interception was from a Jay Cutler pass when the Chiefs played the Denver Broncos on Sept. 29, 2008. He was also named to the USA Today AllJoe Team after his rookie season. He was one of only four rookies in the NFL to record four or more takeaways (2 INT, 2 fumbles recovered). Halfway through the 2009 season, Carr has started every game in the defensive backfield for the Chiefs in his sophomore campaign.
Laker Nation Tailgaters During the month of November, Laker Nation members can get pumped up for basketball games at the Qdoba Laker Nation Tailgater. To No. prepare for the big game, Laker Nation mem- 1. bers will receive free food courtesy of Qdoba. Dates for November tailgate are the 13th, 14th, and 21st. Look for Laker Nation Tailgaters next 2. to the Ticket Office at select games all season long.
The GVSports Magazine Monthly List Top 10 GVSU Football Teams Year 2002
Notes: Arguably one of the best teams in NCAA Division II history
Defeated five ranked teams on the way to the national championship
GVSU Swimming & Diving @ Jenison H.S. On Friday, November 13th, the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will chal- 4. lenge Michigan State University. The meet will take place at Jenison High School at 6 pm.
Would be ranked 1st if not for some key injuries in the playoffs
Gritty team won three playoff games on the road to get to Florence, Ala. and win the title
Chuck Martin’s first national championship team
Highest scoring team before the 2001 season
Won the conference led by Harlon Hill Finalist Jeff Fox
A strong team that quietly advanced to the semifinals
Won the first MIFC Championship
GVSU’s first-ever playoff team
Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships Laker cross country will compete in the Midwest regionals on November 7th in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The meet starts at 11 am CT. If the Lakers finish in the top 2 they will move on to the NCAA Championship in Evansville, Indiana on November 21st at 12 pm CT. Follow the team’s progress on gvsulakers.com
This unofficial list was compiled based on record, national championships, playoff positioning, and other various factors by some members of the GV Sports Monthly Magazine staff. If you would like to send in your thoughts on which teams should or should not be ranked, email email@example.com.
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Laker Swimming and Diving Returns to the Pool Men – Grand Valley State finished second at the GLIAC Championships and ninth at the NCAA Championships a year ago. The Lakers will have a nice blend of experience and newcomers in the mix for the 2009-10 campaign. Following is a list of returning all-americans and returnees that will be expected to make significant contributions.
Tim Nott Contributing Writer
Women’s Swimming and Diving Key Returners Kim Baughman (Jr., Farmington Hills, Mich.) – 200 medley relay (9th place), 200 free relay (6th place), 400 medley relay (13th place) Carly Bush (So., Grandville, Mich.) – 400 medley relay (13th place) Katelyn Childers (Jr., St. John’s, Mich.) – 200 free relay (6th place), 400 medley relay (13th place), 400 free relay (11th place) Lauren Dorsey (So., Howell, Mich.) – 200 medley relay (9th place), 100 breaststroke (8th place), 200 breaststroke (4th place) Melissa Faletti (Sr., South Lyon, Mich.) – 800 free relay (14th place), 400 free relay (11th place) Erin Kinney (Jr., Walker, Mich./West Catholic) – 500 free (16th place), 800 free relay (14th place) Erin Lynch (Jr., Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) – 800 free relay (14th place) Toni Musto (So., Ada, Mich.)/FH Eastern) – 400 medley relay (13th place), 200 breaststroke (7th place) Allison Scholz (Sr., Ada, Mich./Catholic Central) – 200 free relay (6th place), 400 free relay (11th place) Karen Verbrugge (So., Ada, Mich./FH Central) – 1-meter board (4th place), 3-meter board (7th place)
Men’s Swimming and Diving Key Returners Jon Beardsley (So., Northville, Mich.) – 200 free relay (9th place), 800 free relay (5th place), 400 free relay (9th place) Aaron Beebe (So., Grand Haven, Mich.) – 200 butterfly (13th place), 500 free (14th place) Evan Betts (Sr., Milan, Mich.) – 3-meter board (3rd place), 1-meter board (4th place) Reece Bierhalter (So., South Haven, Mich.) – 3-meter board (14th place), 1-meter board (7th place) Hans Hill (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) – 200 medley relay (5th place), 400 medley relay (7th place) Justin Patterman (Jr., Elburn, Ill.) – 200 individual medley (15th place) Jordan Schrotenboer (Jr., Holland, Mich.) – 800 free relay (5th place), 400 free relay (9th place), 200 back (15th place) Patrick VanDommelen (Jr., Wayland, Mich.) – 3-meter board (13th place), 1-meter board (14th place) Matt Witkowski (Sr., South Lyon, Mich.) – 200 medley relay (5th place), 400 medley relay (7th place), 200 free relay (9th place), 800 free relay (5th place), 400 free relay (9th place)
Diver Evan Betts enters the 2009-10 season with high expectations
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Women – Grand Valley State claimed the GLIAC Championships and finished ninth at the NCAA Championships a year ago. Following is a list of returning all-americans and returnees that will be expected to make significant contributions.
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RB James Berezik leaps into the endzone despite the efforts of Hillsdale LB Mat Szula (4). The Chargers upset the Lakers 27-24 in the game. Photo by Doug Witte
Leading scorer for the Lakers, Ashley Botts (4), tries to beat an Ashland defender to the ball. Botts recorded two goals and an assist in the match. Photo by Doug Witte
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Deanne Scanlon was a real estate developer in Ann Arbor, Mich. She made a very good living and enjoyed life with her husband and two children. One day, Scanlon walked into her office and told her boss that she was quitting her job. This decision changed the course of Grand Valley State volleyball for the foreseeable future. It took a few more stops before GVSU and Scanlon were brought together, but it was her love of the sport that caused Scanlon to make such an abrupt life-altering decision. “I didn’t even tell my husband before I quit my job, but I’m not afraid to do something different if I have a gut feeling,” Scanlon mentioned, while recalling the story. “And it actually makes me get sick to my stomach when I think about leaving Grand Valley State.” Fans of the Laker volleyball program would be equally as sick if they lost Scanlon, who has taken GVSU to record-setting heights during her 15 seasons. On Oct. 17 at the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover in Lansing, Mich., Scanlon won her 400th career match in a 3-0 victory over Missouri-St. Louis. “I’ll take more time to reflect on this milestone at the end of the season, but I take a lot of pride in everything we’ve accomplished at Grand Valley State,” she pointed out. “I can’t even begin to put together a ‘thank you’ list of the people and players who have helped make this program successful since I’ve been here.” As of press time, Scanlon owned a career record of 400-111 and ranks 24th among active Division II coaches in total victories. However, she is ninth-best amongst that group with a .783 winning percentage. "Achieving 400 victories is a great accomplishment for any coach,” said GVSU Athletic Director, Tim Selgo. “One of the measures of a great coach is if he/she can stand the test of time. Deanne has certainly proven that year in and year out, GVSU has one of the best volleyball programs in the country and we are very proud of what she has accomplished.” “We are very fortunate to have Deanne as our volleyball coach as she is about more than just volleyball victories,” Selgo continued. “Her teams have always achieved great success in the classroom as well and represent our school in a first-class fashion. She is deserving of all of the
DJ Foster Contributing Writer accolades that go along with 400 victories." “I don’t look at it as I have 400 wins,” Scanlon explained. “I’ve realized how many people it takes to help get those victories and it makes me very proud to know what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past 15 years.” What Scanlon and the Lakers have accomplished during that time is a resume as stacked as perhaps any team in the country. Grand Valley State has made five trips to the NCAA Final Four and won seven regional championships, which has led to seven Elite Eight berths. GVSU has also won five GLIAC Tournament championships and won the North Division title eight times. All of those laurels are capped off by the program’s first Division II National Championship in 2005. Scanlon mentioned, to no surprise, that the four-set victory over NebraskaKearney was the biggest win of her career. “During matches, I normally have a onefoot radius where I don’t even know what else is going on besides what’s happening on the court,” Scanlon said. “But during that match, in that environment with over 5,000 fans, I was able to be in the moment and I vividly remember most of the match from start to finish. Our team that year allowed me to do that.” The 2005 team finished the year with a 32-6 record, but Scanlon pointed out how they were the lowest-ranked team entering the Elite Eight. Six losses in a full season is still a great
Laker head coach Deanne Scanlon is 400-111 in 15 seasons at Grand Valley State
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year, but Scanlon-coached teams have lost fewer than six matches six times in her 15 seasons. So what made that team so special? “That whole season, we faced so much adversity,” described Scanlon. “We had six losses that year, we were the lowest seed left, we had injuries to two of our starters, we couldn’t find a steady lineup until late October. The neatest thing about winning the national championship was that it wasn’t easy at all.” One of the main reasons that Scanlon has topped the 400-win plateau is the caliber of athletes she puts on the floor. She has coached 10 different players to a total of 14 all-america citations, including at least one all-american in eight of the last nine seasons. “We’ve done a good job of recruiting, but also a good job of recruiting the players that are under recruited,” Scanlon explained. “[First team All-American] Tracy Kirk didn’t receive a lot of offers from other schools. [Two-time All-American] Danielle Alexander received a late offer from a MAC school. [Honorable mention AllAmerican] Erica Vandekopple didn’t receive a lot of attention in the recruiting process. We’ve been able to find those types of kids, who have the ability to play Division I volleyball, but also strive for the personal success and the overall experience they know they can get here.” Among her 400 wins, a good number of victories have come in the confines of Fieldhouse Arena, where the Lakers are 185-31 in home contests during Scanlon’s tenure. That tally includes four undefeated home seasons and separate 37match and 30-match home win streaks. “I think there is a sense of tradition in the Fieldhouse and whenever we walk into the gym for practice or a match, I try to have our players recognize and appreciate the banners hanging from the ceiling,” said Scanlon. “I tell them not to take anything for granted and hope they take some pride and responsibility in what they do. I think other teams also see that tradition and our home environment with our fans and our great crowds and we use all of that to our advantage.” One of the people that Scanlon thanks for her success is the person who helped lay the foundation for the Laker volleyball program, former head coach Joan Boand. “Joan was very instrumental in the process of me getting hired here,” Scanlon ex-
400 ... And Still Counting plained. “She took a lot of time mentoring me through those first couple years and I was always in her office, picking her brain and learning whatever I could from her. I previously had no head coaching experience, but she remembered me from my days as an assistant coach at Wayne State and told me it would be a great fit for me. It was a huge opportunity and it means a lot to me that Joan helped get me to Grand Valley State.” The only two coaches in Laker volleyball history, Scanlon and Boand have combined to record 10 seasons (Scanlon with six) of at least 30 victories and 28 years with 20 or more wins. Scanlon has a dozen 20-win seasons and has never won fewer than 19 matches in a year. She also points out that former GVSU assistant coach Jason Johnson helped her reach all the same milestones during his 12 seasons with the Lakers. “I hired Jason as a 22-year old and I was able to mentor him and see him grow,” Scanlon recalled. “I respected every thought and decision that he shared with me during our time together and over our last few years in the program, we were on such a level that he was my co-coach.” There may be nobody that knows Scanlon better as a college volleyball coach than Johnson, who says that her recruiting and the ability and willingness to change things if something isn’t
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next night, 3-1, ending its season. “Deanne never wavered in her decision,” Johnson described. “She didn’t think once about what it would mean to the program or to the seniors to lose out on a potential national championship. She didn’t look to cover it up and I believe to this date that no one would have been the wiser. She knew the consequences and made the decision to suspend the kids and play with the kids who were not involved. To this day, that decision has still taught me more about being a coach, person, and parent than anything else I had learned at GVSU.” Scanlon has spent 15 quality years at Grand Valley State and turned the program into a national powerhouse, year in and year out. She mentions that she gets asked all the time about going to coach at the Division I level, but says that she has never had a big ego or felt the need to jump to a Division I job to feel fulfilled. “I am constantly telling people - whether it is friends, family, or when I’m recruiting - that I absolutely love what I do,” commented Scanlon. “I’m fortunate to wake up and go to a job that I love and a place that I love. GVSU is more than just a place where I put in hours. In a situation like the one I’m in at Grand Valley State, you can’t help but be successful.”
working have led to her tremendous success. “To amass 400 victories in fifteen years of coaching means you have averaged 26 wins a season,” Johnson noted. “You have to surround yourself with talented kids who are as motivated as you are to winning. Most seasons you play somewhere between 30 and 36 matches and Deanne has averaged 26 wins a year.” “I am sure Deanne will always be remembered for her on-court successes,” Johnson mentioned. “The wins, the conference titles, the national championship. For me, she will always be remembered for the decisions she made away from the court which impacted the program in ways no one else would ever see or understand.” Johnson recalls a story about Scanlon that accurately describes her as a person and as a coach. The night before GVSU was to play in the Final Four in 2002, half of the team’s 14 players used, as Johnson described, a “terrible lack of judgment” and the coaching staff was trying to decide how to proceed with punishments. While only two players were actually caught, Scanlon suspended all seven players that were allegedly involved in the incident, even though the Lakers would have had a strong shot at winning both the semifinal match and the program’s first national championship. GVSU lost to Truman State the
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Q & A with GVSU President Thomas Haas Outside of Grand Valley, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy Skyping with my grandchildren. Two live in upper Quebec province in Canada and the other in Alaska. Using Skype helps us stay connected with voice and image. It is wonderful to be able to “see” them regularly even though they are so far away.
optimistic and helping to create an environment to enable their current and future successes.
In your opinion, what purpose do varsity sports serve on a college campus? Varsity sports, when done right, demonstrate the balance needed in our lives. Student athletes put themselves on the lines in representing their sport and in turn our university and community. When Describe your most memorable coaching expe- we see champions, everyone (students, faculty, rience. staff, community) take pride in our university. I had an opportunity to coach men’s baseball, women’s basketball and softball. My most mem- How do you see Grand Valley being shaped in orable experience was a no-hitter by my #2 pitcher the future? in a double header, but most rewarding was to see I see Grand Valley being shaped with great alumni the student-athletes grow and develop. and continued private-public partnerships. We will continue to keep relevance, stewardship and servYou and your wife can be seen participating in ice as our watchwords. numerous on-campus activities, what would you say are your favorites? Who would win in a one-on-one game of basketWe enjoy anything to support our students whether ball, you or Tim Selgo? in sport, academic or the arts. I appreciate our stu- Tim and I have a running conversation – when he What’s your favorite sport to play and why? dents and what they do, their dedication and the ef- saw me play basketball he asked, “Where’s the deI have always enjoyed playing pick-up basketball. forts of our coaches, faculty and staff. fense?” I reminded him that you must put points The competition and camaraderie make it enjoyon the board and keep the competition to just able. I also enjoy golf for the exercise, being out- What do you enjoy most about your job? below that, so the outcome of a one-on-one with doors and the company of a foursome. I enjoy our students. I find them to be respectful, the AD would be determined by the final score.
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Recipe of the Month - Tex Mex Dip Ingredie nt s: 3 medium avocados (ripened) 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 c sour cream 1/2 c mayo 1 pkg. taco mix 1 can refried beans 2-3 c shredded mexic an/taco cheese green onions, tomatoe s, olives, etc. (for top) Chips for dipping
Directions: 1. Peel and pit avocados. Mash with lemon juice and set aside. 2. Blend sour cream, mayo, and taco mix and set aside. 3. Spread beans on serving platter (use a pan about the size of a circular pizza pan). Spread avocado mix over beans. 4. Spread taco mix over avocado mix. Note: Be careful not to mix/blend the layers just spread gently. 5. Sprinkle top with cheese, tomatoes, green onions, olives, etc. 6. Serve with chips and enjoy!
About the Recipe This month’s recipe was provided by Jenny Jackson (Goldschmeding) who was a four-year starter for the Laker softball team from 2001-04. Jenny still ranks in the top-10 in career home runs, RBI, and doubles in the GVSU record books.
Submit your own ... If you would like to have your recipe featured in GVSPORTS Monthly Magazine, please email the ingredients and directions to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “recipe.”
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PLAYER PROFILES Matt Malloure Senior Golf Farmington Hills, Michigan Statistics 7 Years Old Happy Gilmore Hungry Howie’s Pizza Anything by DJ Tiesto Cavanaugh Lake, in Chelsea, MI Detroit Red Wings I was planning on attending GVSU after I visited my older sister Lisa and fell in love with the campus. I also thought I may have a chance to play golf here, but didn’t have anything set up until Don Underwood gave me a walk on position.
NAME YEAR SPORT HOMETOWN MAJOR AGE BEGAN SPORT FAVORITE...... MOVIE FOOD SONG PLACE TO VISIT SPORTS TEAM
Ashley Smith Senior Golf Plymouth, Michigan Business 10 Years Old Crash Seafood “Red Rag Top” by Tim McGraw Anywhere Up North Detroit Lions
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO BECOME A LAKER
The first time I stepped on the campus I could see myself here. I felt right at home.
My Grandpa Don, because he gave me my first golf club. WHO HAS HAD THE BIGGEST Most likely my oldest brother Jay because if it wasn’t for A Wilson sand wedge that I had cut down and started hitting IMPACT ON YOUR SPORTS him I would never have even started playing golf in the first CAREER? balls in my front yard. place. I will be done with graduate school at the University of Michi- WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR- That’s sort of up in the air. I would like to take golf to the next step and turn professional but we will just have to wait gan with a Master’s in Biostatistics, and hopefully employed SELF IN 5 YEARS? and see. by a major drug company in research and development.
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The Grid Darylann Trout
Women’s Tennis Player
Head Athletic Trainer
Fan Developent Manager
The Amazing Race
Wipe Out or Hole in the Wall
Watching the Lions lose
Eating a wonderful dinner prepared by my wife
Being with family and eating
Touch football after dinner
What does Black Friday mean to you?
The day after Thanksgiving and when people go crazy because everything is on sale
I get up at 4 am to get my kids Christmas gifts
I don’t know what that is about?
Who’s going to win the World Series?
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
If you had $100, what would you do with it?
Buy a date
Go shopping and then give to an animal shelter
Pay for a race
I’d like to be on the reality show ... Favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition?
Donate some, spend some on my family, buy a frozen coke
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