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Nate Thompson • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:04 PM

A strange thing happened to the Davenport women’s basketball team on Wednesday – they lost a game.

The Panthers opened their season with 17 straight victories, but were finally dealt a setback by Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference rival Concordia, 75-69.

Davenport rebounded nicely three days later, as it routed Indiana Tech, 92-65. Grand Haven graduate Alex Law matched her career high with 16 points in the win, thanks to a sparkling 5-for-5 showing from beyond the 3-point line.

Law has appeared in all 19 games for the Panthers and ranks fifth on the team in scoring at 7.8 points per game. The 5-foot-11 wing is shooting nearly 43 percent from beyond the 3-point line (43-of-101) and is also grabbing an average of two rebounds a game.

Davenport, which sits at No. 3 in the NAIA national rankings, looks to build another winning streak on Wednesday, as it travels to Detroit to face Marygrove.

Fellow Grand Haven graduate Alex Merz is also on Davenport’s roster and has appeared in three contests.


The win-loss record may not be pleasing for the Lake Erie women’s basketball team, but it continues to be a productive freshman season for Grand Haven’s Kaeding Skelton.

Skelton, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward, is averaging 6 points per game – third-best on Lake Erie – and is also pulling down 3.1 rebounds per contest.

She scored a career-best 17 points on Jan. 5 at Northern Michigan, but it wasn’t enough to halt the Storm’s nine-game losing streak. It finally came to an end on Saturday, as Lake Erie beat Walsh, 66-54.

Lake Erie currently stands at 3-9 overall and 1-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Although the Michigan State men’s swimming and diving team was on the losing end of its Big 10 Conference meet against Purdue on Friday in East Lansing, it was another strong showing by Grand Haven graduate Sam Schulze.

Schulze swam a leg on the Spartans’ 200-yard medley ‘A’ relay team that finished runner-up to Purdue. The squad trailed the Boilermakers by about a second, finishing in 1 minute, 32.38 seconds.

So far this season, Schulze ranks in the top 10 on MSU’s squad in four different events, including the top time in the 50 freestyle. Schulze swam to a 20.59 second finish at the USA swimming winter nationals on Nov. 29, 2012.

He also ranks eighth on the team in the 100 freestyle;  third in the 50 backstroke; and third in the 100 back.

MSU travels to Bowling Green on Saturday to face the Falcons and Buffalo University.


The winning ways have continued in 2013 for the Hope College men’s hockey team.

The Flying Dutchmen scored a 5-2 win at Grand Valley State on Friday, then blasted Kettering a day later, 7-0, to improve to 16-3 this season. Hope has the fifth most points among all Division 3 teams in the North Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Flying Dutch have outscored opponents by a commanding 108-35 margin.

Grand Haven graduate Will VerDuin, a freshman defenseman, has appeared in 15 games for Hope this season and has recorded a goal and two assists.


University of Michigan redshirt freshman Laura Addison placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run at Grand Valley State University’s Bob Eubanks Open on Friday in Allendale.

It was the season-opening indoor track event for Addison and the Wolverines.

The Wolverines placed 2-3-4-5 in the 3,000 meter run and had four other first-place finishes at the non-scoring meet.

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