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Lansing United to Play in 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

On May 13, Lansing United will play in the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Lansing United earned its spot in the cup and as one of 12 USPL teams in the competition by winning the Great Lakes Conference.

President and CEO of Lansing United, Jeremy Sampson said, “It’s an honor to represent Lansing and the NPSL in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. This tournament is an opportunity for teams like ours in the fourth division to compete against the best teams in the United States.” Read More…

Jason’s Journal: Fighting for Each Other

By now, most have heard or seen the selfless heroics of Joe Cox, painfully sacrificing his body to keep Penn State off the board during a critical stretch of the first period of the February 14 matchup. Most people even know the touching story of Mackenzie MacEachern, who scored a hat trick to give the Spartans the series sweep that evening, giving the game puck to Cox without hesitation.

What most people do not know, is how that entire sequence of events, from Cox’s shot blocking to MacEachern’s selfless attitude, is evidence of a changing culture that is just starting to come to the fore. Read More…

Coach Minkel’s Lasting Impact

In the middle of the arduous task that is the Big Ten wrestling schedule, it seems like a change of pace would be nice.

Not many people really understand exactly what Tom Minkel has done, or who the man is. Minkel is in his 24th season as head coach of the Michigan State wrestling team. During his time as head coach, Minkel has produced 37 All-Americans, 13 Big Ten Champions and two NCAA champions. Read More…

Detroit Lions’ Offseason Three-Step Plan

This past season was arguably the best season Lions fans have been a part of since the Barry Sanders days. The emergence of Golden Tate, the rock-solid coaching of newly hired Jim Caldwell and staff, the No. 1 defense in the entire league and the almost-complete domination of the NFC North to cap off the 2014 season. Read More…

Impact Sports Signing Day Feature: MSU Football

There is one thing that is constant about following college football recruiting, is that I keep getting older and they stay the same age.

As creepy as that may sound, Mark Dantonio and the MSU football program need to spend countless minutes, hours, days and nights on the road recruiting to be able to compete with the top teams in the nation. Read More…

Red Wings Making the Grade

After 48 games, the Detroit Red Wings are in a good position to make it to the playoffs for the 24th consecutive season. They currently sit in first place in the Atlantic Division at 28-11-9 (65 points) and are riding a six-game winning streak after their 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.

As was the case last year, the young guns in Detroit have led the way for a successful season so far. Let’s take a look at how the position groups have fared and how they project going into the stretch run for the playoffs. Read More…

The Pact – 1/19/15

On this episode of The Pact, the panel and Rico Beard, co-host of the Ryan & Rico Show on 105.1, discuss MSU senior football players who are heading to senior bowls.
Next, MSU men’s tennis head coach, Gene Orlando, breaks down the team’s three matches against Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T.

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The Pact – 1/12/15

MSU men’s basketball reporter, Andrew Hayes, recaps Sunday’s overtime win over Northwestern and discusses the retirement plans of Breslin Center PA Announcer, Terry Braverman.

MSU men’s and women’s soccer reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, and Michigan State men’s soccer head coach, Damon Rensing, talk about Fatai Alashe and Adam Montague, who are currently down in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the 2015 MLS Combine, and discuss where they may be drafted in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft on ThursdayRead More…

Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie MacEachern

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Mackenzie MacEachern. MacEachern is a sophomore forward on the men’s ice hockey team.

This season, MacEachern has recorded five goals and five assists, including a goal in the Spartans’ thrilling tie against Minnesota Dec. 6.

Behind the Mask co-host Brian Bobal sat down with MacEachern to talk about his time at MSU and some interesting facts about him. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Jarred Gambrell

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Jarred Gambrell, a senior jumper for Michigan State track & field.

Gambrell’s collegiate bests include 7.17m/23-6.25 in the long jump and 15.46m/50-8.75 in the triple jump.

Impact Sports journalist, Jordan Yagiela, sat down with Gambrell and learned more about the student-athlete.

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Men’s Soccer Advances to Second Straight Elite Eight

When the Michigan State Spartans and Washington Huskies met in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21 for a preseason match, both teams were figuring out their starting lineups as the Huskies won the game 1-0.

With both lineups set this time, these two teams would meet again in a match that would hold a little more significance, as the fate of both teams’ seasons would ride on this Sweet 16 match at DeMartin Stadium. Read More…

A Monumental Season for MSU Cross Country

Their season started in Eugene, Oregon, battling the Oregon Ducks in 90-degree heat and ended in Terre Haute, Indiana dominating a field of the country’s best runners. The Michigan State women’s cross country team ended a perfect, undefeated season as NCAA Cross Country Champions for the first time in program history.

The Spartans’ road to the championship has been impressive to say the least, while exhibiting nothing but perfect performances the whole season. As USTFCCA pointed out, the women won all six (and now seven) races, with their top squad dominating the runner-up team at each race by at least half the points. Read More…

The Determination of Aerial Powers

The first time I remember seeing Aerial Powers, I was in the 10th grade at Detroit Country Day.  It was Field Day.

At Country Day, one of the biggest Field Day events was the slam-dunk contest. One representative from each class would compete, and it would get LIVE. Read More…

Hot Spartans Demolish Ramblers in Home Opener

East Lansing was frigid on Friday night for the home opener, but nothing could cool down the Spartans. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers were victims of an offensive onslaught led by Marvin Clark, Jr. and Branden Dawson. MSU was firing on all cylinders and rolled to an easy 87-52 win.

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Athlete of the Week – Melissa Novak

This week’s Athlete of the Week is senior communication major, Melissa Novak. Melissa serves as the secretary on the executive board of Michigan State Pompon. To learn more about Melissa and the Michigan State Pompon club, check out the MSU Pompon episode of Secret Society!

Michigan State Pompon is a club sport that just recently placed third in the High Kick Championship after seven consecutive wins. Read More…

Munn Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

In 1950, ice hockey returned as a varsity sport to Michigan State University after a 19-year hiatus that started in 1931. That year, the team went 0-14 but it had a new home at Demonstration Hall. The Spartans would stay there for 24 seasons and one national championship before a new arena was built right across the street in Dem Hall’s backyard.

The new arena hosted its first Spartan hockey game on Oct. 25, 1974. People packed in to watch Michigan State take on Laurentian University. The Spartans would have to wait until the next day to register their first win in their new home, as they defeated the Voyageurs 4-1 to split the series. Read More…

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