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Work Hard, Play Hard

Ferris athletes talk about putting the ‘student’ in student athlete

by Published: Apr 23, 2014

It may be easy to pick out Ferris stu­dent ath­letes in a crowd, but it’s not easy to know what they deal with on a daily basis.

Being a stu­dent ath­lete is not all it is cracked up to be; even some of our own Bulldogs will admit to just how hard it is to jug­gle classes and their sports. (more…)


Frozen Start

With the weather changing, Ferris is adjusting from a chilly start

by Published: Apr 9, 2014

The cold weather slowed the Bulldogs’ track and field squad prior to the rel­a­tive “heat wave”

The harsh win­ter caused slip­pery out­door run­ning con­di­tions for the team, which only makes them worry about poten­tial injuries.

“The biggest issue with run­ning in the cold is the ice and snow,” senior mid-distance run­ner Connor LaRowe said. “Trying to get hard days in are really dif­fi­cult when it snows all the time. It is really hard to get qual­ity runs in on the icy roads.” (more…)

Ferris softball celebrates in the 2013 season during which the weather lifted much earlier in the year. This season, the lady Bulldogs are still waiting to play their first outdoor game. 
Torch File Photo

Chilly Start

Ferris finally starts season, drops first two contests on the road in Ohio

by Published: Apr 2, 2014

Ferris soft­ball cel­e­brates in the 2013 sea­son dur­ing which the weather lifted much ear­lier in the year. This sea­son, the lady Bulldogs are still wait­ing to play their first out­door game.
Torch File Photo

Ferris State women’s soft­ball team has prac­ticed indoors for weeks due to inclement weather and has finally seen the field.

The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games on the road to Walsh to open up GLIAC play in 2–1 and 6–4 con­tests respec­tively. Ferris com­mit­ted four defen­sive errors between the two games,

The last time the Bulldogs had played on the field was March 14 in Winter Haven, Florida, at the Florida Rebel Spring Games. (more…)

The Ferris State women’s golf team recently attended the SMSU Spring Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla., marking thier first tournament of the spring season. The women’s team took first place, finishing 15 strokes ahead of the pack. 

Courtesy Photo By: Bill Bitzinger | FSU Photo Services

On the Green

Bulldogs head to Florida to open season

by Published: Mar 19, 2014

The Ferris State women’s golf team recently attended the SMSU Spring Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla., mark­ing thier first tour­na­ment of the spring sea­son. The women’s team took first place, fin­ish­ing 15 strokes ahead of the pack.
Courtesy Photo By: Bill Bitzinger | FSU Photo Services

The Ferris State women’s golf team trav­eled to Daytona Beach, Florida, to start off their spring sea­son at the SMSU Spring Invitational.

The Bulldogs went down south not know­ing what to expect since it was their first tour­na­ment of the year.

Head coach Michael Mignano picked six of his play­ers based on their fall sea­son scores for their first invi­ta­tional: seniors Ashley Swanson, Emily Rohdy, and Jacqueline Mulder, sopho­mores Elizabeth Bauernfeind and Libby Berens, and fresh­man Kelsey McKinley. (more…)


Sports Shorts

by Published: Mar 5, 2014

Bulldogs Say Goodbye to McAfee

Ferris State’s men’s bas­ket­ball team gave their senior a sea­son to remem­ber by going out with a bang.

Forward Raymoan McAfee was the only senior for the Bulldogs this year and led his team­mates to a sea­son record of 10–16 over­all. The Bulldogs defeated Saginaw Valley State in a 78–66 win in Big Rapids. (more…)

Ferris State Basketball

Heart of the Game

by Published: Feb 19, 2014

Ferris State women’s bas­ket­ball head coach Colleen Lamoreaux-Tate was wel­comed to the Bulldog fam­ily just last year (2012−13) after her exquis­ite coach­ing expe­ri­ence of 27 years.

Lamoreaux-Tate grew up in Grand Rapids, where she played bas­ket­ball at West Catholic High School and was granted a schol­ar­ship to play bas­ket­ball at Lake Superior State University.

“My coach that had recruited me for Lake Superior had trans­ferred, so I trans­ferred to Aquinas where I fin­ished my bas­ket­ball career,” Lamoreaux-Tate said. “I got my crim­i­nol­ogy degree and bachelor’s degree and became a cop. I then left being a cop because I was hired as East Grand Rapids var­sity girls’ coach.” (more…)

Ferris State Hockey Brutus

Being Brutus

by Published: Feb 12, 2014

Dog years fly by quickly, and for the human behind Ferris State’s beloved dog, they came to an emo­tional end at the Feb. 8 hockey game ver­sus Northern Michigan.

Zach Totten skated out onto cen­ter ice, lights went out, a spot­light shined and he shim­mied off his mask.

The crowd cheered with excite­ment when they real­ized that their favorite Ferris char­ac­ter was one of their fel­low Big Rapids res­i­dents.


Mixed Results

Hoops squad enters home stretch at bottom of the pack

by Published: Feb 5, 2014

Junior Heidi Highstreet shoots over a Lake Superior State defender in a win­ning game on Jan. 25. The women’s team now pre­pares to face Michigan Tech on Feb. 6.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Consistent incon­sis­tency sums up the Ferris Women’s Basketball sea­son as they reached their 15th game of the sea­son with eight games to play.

The Bulldogs’ sea­son started off patchy, but they have slowly started to make their come­back, game by game.

“Every week­end we have been going 1–1,” senior guard Sarah DeShone said. “We have recently been play­ing a lot bet­ter as a team. Everyone is work­ing hard and prac­tice is get­ting bet­ter.” (more…)

Freshman Kendra Enszer warms up before the 2nd half of the game against Lake Superior State, which Ferris won 74-71. Enszer is a Big Rapids native and has had her eyes set on playing basketball for Ferris for years.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Close to Home

A Big Rapids native on becoming a Bulldog

by Published: Jan 29, 2014

Freshman Kendra Enszer warms up before the 2nd half of the game against Lake Superior State, which Ferris won 74–71. Enszer is a Big Rapids native and has had her eyes set on play­ing bas­ket­ball for Ferris for years.
Photo By: Tori Thomas | Photographer

Big Rapids native and Ferris fresh­man for­ward Kendra Enszer gets the ben­e­fit of play­ing at home on Ferris State’s women’s bas­ket­ball team.

In her high school years, Enszer led Big Rapids to regional finals her junior year, scored her 1,000th career point as a senior, was the Big Rapids Pioneer Dream Team Player and was cho­sen as an all-state honoree.

“I always wanted to play col­lege bas­ket­ball some­where ever since I was young,” Enszer said. “Now that I am play­ing at Ferris, I feel it was a good choice and it is nice to be able to stay in my home­town and play for the com­mu­nity. They have always been there for me, and I am still in Big Rapids, so there is so much sup­port. It is just really awe­some.” (more…)



Women’s basketball makes up for overtime loss with thrilling victory

by Published: Jan 26, 2014

The Ferris State women’s bas­ket­ball was able to take out Lake Superior State on Saturday, Jan. 25, to improve their GLIAC record to 6–6.

The 74–71 affair gave them an over­all record of 6–8 for the begin­ning of the sea­son, which in turn dropped the Lakers GLIAC record back to 4–8 and set their over­all record to 4–14.

The Lakers held a lead for the first six min­utes of the game but could not seem to keep up with the Bulldogs as they started to pull away. (more…)