Rising juniors Madison O’Neill and Samantha Siegel and rising sophomore Hannah Ackers have been selected to participate in the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC).
Junior Lea Foerster (Portage, Mich.) has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-American, as announced this afternoon.
Alex Troop is a finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award announced Wednesday by the College Baseball Foundation. Troop, a sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman is one of five finalists for the award. The Spartan is one of two players from the Big Ten Conference, joined by Nebraska’s Jake Meyers, along with two players from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Louisville’s Brendan McKay and Virginia’s Adam Haseley and one from the Big 12 Conference in West Virginia’s Braden Zarbnisky.
Michigan State’s recent tradition of opening its football season the Friday of Labor Day weekend is coming to an end. The Spartans will host Bowling Green to open the season at noon on Saturday, Sept. 2. MSU had opened the past six seasons with a Friday night game over Labor Day weekend, five of them at home and one at Western Michigan.
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Michigan State and Notre Dame will be kicking off under the lights.The Spartans and Irish are scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 23, to be broadcast on FOX, the network announced on Wednesday.
It’s been a busy day for Michigan State basketball schedule news. Along with the announcement of the PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational brackets and a first-round matchup with Georgetown, the Spartans also revealed two other non-conference dates. MSU will host Southern Utah on Dec. 9 and Long Beach State on Dec. 21. The Long Beach State game had been reported before by Spartan Tailgate and others, but the date being set is new information.
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The 2017 Michigan State men’s golf season saw a little bit of everything: success, disappointment, injuries and yet another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Despite it being a season of ups and downs, MSU found a way for the highs to prevail.
Michigan State’s path in the first-ever Phil Knight Invitational is set.And it won’t be easy. The Spartans will open play in the unique four-day, three-game, two-bracket event against Georgetown on Nov. 23 in Portland. The following day, Michigan State will face either Connecticut or Oregon. In the finale, MSU will play either North Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma or Portland. The full bracket can be viewed here.
The Spartans season ended earlier than they would have liked. It was also earlier than what most people (myself included) predicted during the preseason.A lot of analysts had them finishing somewhere around 4-6 in the conference. Unfortunately, MSU ended ninth in the B1G and did not get an invite to the conference tournament.
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Emmanuel Flowers was helping his older brother check in for youth football when a passing coach spotted him and offered some advice. “You’re a big kid, you should be playing football right now,” Flowers recalls being told as a third grader. Just like that, Flowers took the tip and started playing. Now the three-star cornerback is less than two weeks away from arriving at Michigan State as a member of the Spartans’ 2017 class.
Former Michigan State football All-Americans Dean Look and Andre Rison will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday. Look and Rison, who are members of the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, will officially join the statewide hall of fame on Sept. 15 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The 2017 class was selected by “a statewide, blue-ribbon group of veteran sports journalists, select college and professional sports administrators, MSHOF members, the MSHOF B
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Michigan State landed another quality walk-on Tuesday when Southfield (Mich.) Christian’s Brock Washington announced he had committed to the Spartans.A 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing, Washington held an offer from Buffalo and had heard interest from Colgate, Central Michigan, Oakland and Detroit Mercy. However, he turned down the scholarship offer to pay his own way at Michigan State.
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Last August, Thomas Kithier committed to Michigan State as a member of the class of 2018. The 6’8′ skilled forward is a hyper-competitive Michigan native, who grew up a diehard Spartans fan. With the hassle of recruiting in his rear view, the four-star Kithier has been able to focus on his physical and skill development, while his peers are distracted with endless texts from college coaches. This year, while teaming up with future college teammate Foster Loyer, they’ve led All-Ohio Red to a 13-3 record and a berth in the coveted Peach Jam Championship in July.
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Michael Dowell, a three-star recruit from Lakewood, Ohio, made his verbal commitment to the Spartans official, spurning a long list of other suitors. While Dowell’s commitment is noteworthy on its own due to his playmaking ability, it’s especially significant for MSU. Dowell is the younger brother of current Spartans Andrew, a junior linebacker, and David, a redshirt sophomore safety.
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The decision brings an end to a period of nearly four months during which Blackwell was suspended with pay by the school but had no final resolution on his status.
As the younger brother of two Michigan State football players, Michael Dowell knows the program in ways many recruits don’t. He knows the ins and outs of the team’s challenging weightlifting program already, and how team members are expected to watch film. He knows about how players are subjected to extra running if a teammate in their group hasn’t met expectations.
A backcourt with one of the most well-respected team captains in college basketball coming off of the bench (Nairn) to assist two budding players – one of the nation’s former top prospects (Langford) and the player who arguably has the best set of passing skills in college basketball (Winston) – doesn’t sound like a “problem” to most. But behind Nairn, there’s not much depth after that. McQuaid and Ahrens are the only players left on the roster that can get legitimate time in the rotation in the backcourt, and even Ahrens will see a lot of his minutes at small forward.
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Over the past decade, MSU coach Mark Dantonio has put Spartan football on the map as a perennial powerhouse. With so many fantastic moments, it can be difficult to remember every good memory. So if you think it would be handy to have a single list describing the top ten MSU football moments in the Dantonio era along with a video highlighting each of them, you’re in luck.
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Michigan State received a commitment from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward defensive back Michael Dowell on Monday. Dowell is the younger brother of current Spartan football players Andrew and David Dowell. Rated by Scout as a four-star safety, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound Dowell is set to try another position.“ Coach (Harlon) Barnett has said I’ll start out by playing cornerback,” Dowell said.
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