Men’s Sports

Spartan Playbook: Grip Throw – Mike Van Ermen

Captain of MSU dodgeball Mike Van Ermen teaches how to become an expert with the grip throw. He displays why curve and movement is the best in the game.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Track and Field Sees Progress over the Weekend

Michigan State track and field head coach Walt Drenth has said that the sport does come with many surprises; it is all about waiting for a breakthrough.

This weekend, MSU track and field saw some of the breakthroughs they have been waiting for (and needing) since the indoor season.

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Spartans Complete Senior Weekend Sweep

For the Michigan State men’s tennis team, winning at home has become a recurring theme this season. The Spartans defeated No. 59 Indiana, 6-1, en route to their fourth consecutive home win.

“I don’t know, maybe it’s the fans, we get it done at home,” junior Harry Jadun said.

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Last Leg: Remembering the Boston Marathon Bombing

Monday, April 21 will mark the first anniversary of the tragic events that plagued one of the oldest and most well-known running events in the world: the Boston Marathon.

In episode seven of Last Leg, host Alexa McCarthy talks to Chris Ford, a Northville High School teacher and five-time participant in the marathon. He reflects on last year’s events and the hours after the bombs went off as him and his wife searched for each other with little idea of what really happened at the finish line on Boylston Street.

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Men’s Golf Prepares for 2014 Boilermaker Invitational

With the Big Ten Championship just over two weeks away, the Michigan State men’s golf team will look to fine-tune its play in West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend at the Boilermaker Invitational.

The Spartans are coming off a tie for ninth at the Hawkeye Invitational last weekend, and have not placed in the top three in a tournament since early March when they finished third in the Colleton River Collegiate.

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Spartans Sink Boilermakers

Michigan State (10-13, 4-6) started off senior weekend with a bang, defeating No. 28 Purdue 5-2 at the outdoor tennis courts.

“It feels good to finally get one, especially for the seniors who were trying to give them a good sendoff,” said freshman Brett Forman, who won in both doubles and singles competition.

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Lacrosse Looks to Bounce Back against Minnesota

After a seven-game winning streak was snapped with a loss to No. 19 Davenport, No. 8 Michigan State will try to regroup as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday.

Minnesota (8-4, 4-1) plays in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference, where they are currently in second place.  They have won six of their last seven games, with the only loss coming to Minnesota-Duluth, whom MSU beat 9-5 earlier this season.

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Coxswain – #2 – 4/17/14

On the second episode of Coxswain, host Nathaniel Gaynor fittingly recaps the MSU women’s rowing double dual in Belleville, Mich.

Men’s crew club picked up a race on April 5 at the Cincinnati Regatta after their home race, the Lansing State Cup, was cancelled. They finally begin their originally scheduled season in Spring Lake, Mich. and Nathaniel has the recap of the event.

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Warning Track – #4 – 4/16/14

The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, and Spartan baseball is bringing the heat. After a weekend series win over Purdue, Brett and Zac give a recap of the past games and preview the upcoming contests.

Who has been struggling? Who has been hot? Who is moving around in the lineup?

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The Pact – #26 – 4/14/14

Gary Harris has decided to leave MSU and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, but was it the right decision? The Pact opens with a discussion and debate on the departure of Spartan basketball’s superstar.

The NHL playoffs are set to begin, and the Detroit Red Wings are preparing to faceoff against the President Trophy Winners, Boston Bruins. Can Detroit put the pieces together just in time to beat the NHL’s best regular season team? Austin and Fino say yes, but Lou is not so sure.

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Track and Field Finish up Their Split Weekend

Michigan State’s track and field team concluded their split weekend at the Tennessee Relays and the Don Kleinow Invite at Siena Heights University with progress on their minds.

Starting off the competition on Friday at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., redshirt freshman Vinny Gjokaj earned his first collegiate win in the discus with a PR of 53.46m.

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Michigan State Stumbles against Minnesota

The Michigan State men’s tennis team lost their last away game of the season 5-2 to Minnesota, bringing their road record to 1-11.

The Spartans (9-13, 3-6) split their weekend series against Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan State will close the regular season portion of their schedule this upcoming weekend.

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Lacrosse Falls to Division Foe Davenport in Overtime

The No. 8 Michigan State University men’s lacrosse team dropped a crucial division game to No. 19 Davenport by a score of 9-8 in overtime.

The game was decided with 2:50 left in overtime as Davenport midfielder Nate Adkins set up teammate Chapin White for the winning goal.

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Baseball Rebounds from Tough Loss to Win Series against Purdue

The Spartans looked to come back from a disappointing loss on Friday in extra innings. Michigan State took on Purdue in a doubleheader Saturday, looking to improve its Big Ten record to above .500.

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Spartans Grind out Victory

The Michigan State men’s tennis team defeated No. 74 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. on Friday, snapping their two-game losing streak.

Michigan State (9-12, 3-5) swept the doubles matches, which usually is a good sign for the Spartans. MSU has a 9-1 record when they win the doubles point.

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