Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sports

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High school junior commits to Spartans

Unlike most 17-year-old high school juniors, offensive tackle Kyle Cook is sure he knows where he’d like to attend college.The Dakota High student, from Macomb, Mich., verbally committed April 18 to play football for MSU in 2002.

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Terek breaks two school records

Paul Terek may have just broken two MSU records for track and field, but he wants more.“I think I can score higher points,” he said.Senior co-captain Terek set the records in the decathlon, scoring 7,441 points, and the pole vault, with a height of 17 feet, 7 inches, last weekend.

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Spartans beat Oakland in doubleheader

ROCHESTER - Strong pitching and timely hitting preserved a two-game sweep at Oakland for the MSU softball team.With junior pitchers Becky Gray and Keri DeJong posting complete games, the Spartans (20-34, 4-10 Big Ten) completed the sweep with 5-3 and 1-0 wins, respectively.

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Olympic champion to ice skate in charity event at Breslin this weekend

Psychology senior Mark Lindsey left the Okemos Meijer on Monday with a few things from his shopping list and one thing he wasn’t counting on - the autograph of an Olympic Champion.Tara Lipinski, the 1998 figure skating gold medalist, spent the afternoon signing autographs to promote the charity show she’s headlining at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Munn Ice Arena.

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Tennessee high school player forced to stay

Elgrace Wilborn’s hopes of playing basketball at MSU next season are over. The 6-foot-8 power forward from Springfield, Ohio, will not be released from his National Letter of Intent at Tennessee, said Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson. “We’ve talked with Elgrace,” he said.

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Lugnuts look for more home wins

LANSING - There doesn’t seem to be any home-field advantage for the Lansing Lugnuts so far this season. The Midwest League’s last-place Lugnuts (4-11) are now 1-7 at Oldsmobile Park after a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dayton Dragons last week. “It’s always good to see wins; obviously that’s what everyone strives for,” Lugnuts manager Julio Garcia said.

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Baseball team takes step toward Big Ten tourney

A two-hour rain delay didn’t put a damper on MSU’s chances for post-season action, as it defeated Northwestern 6-2 Sunday afternoon. Head coach Ted Mahan said the Spartans - who trailed 1-0 after two innings after a fielding error - were able to respond at the right time and overcome an early deficit.

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Three Spartans taken in NFL Draft

After two long days and six rounds of watching other players’ names run across their TV screens on the 2001 NFL Draft show on ESPN, three graduating MSU football players finally saw what they were waiting for Sunday.

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Gymnasts dont get their wish

With signs in their hands, an agenda on their minds and hope in their hearts, members of the MSU men’s gymnastics team went to the Board of Trustees meeting Friday in hopes of saving their now extinct program.

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Lugnuts look for big turnaround tonight

LANSING - The first few weeks of the season have not been kind to Julio Garcia. The Lansing Lugnuts’ manager has watched his team suffer through plagues of errors and impotent hitting and win only three of its first 12 games. Tonight, the Lugnuts will close their four-game series with the Dayton Dragons at Oldsmobile Park, still searching for some consistent play.

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Three top hockey juniors sign letters of intent

Tom Newton wasn’t exactly waiting next to the mailbox, but the three pieces of paper he had been anticipating for the past week finally arrived Wednesday.Seven days after the spring signing date, left wings Kevin Estrada and Mike Lalonde and center Ash Goldie, all of whom had already verbally committed to MSU, officially signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Spartans as freshmen next fall.The signings bring MSU’s recruiting class to seven.Newton, an MSU assistant coach, said the class will probably add some scoring punch to the Spartans’ defensively strong lineup.“These people have traditionally been able to score, but scoring at this level and scoring at the junior level are two different things,” Newton said.

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Federov needs to step up before Wings lose again

It all began my freshman year when I attended Ferris State.I worked for the sports information department, writing press releases, sending out mail and most importantly, doing statistics for sporting events.I was never much of a hockey fan before that year, and being exposed to every one of Ferris State’s hockey games, it suddenly dawned on me how rad this sport was.So the following year, I transferred to Spartan country to pursue a journalism degree while following our hockey team as much as the television would allow, and also keeping a close eye on the Red Wings.Sometimes I would even sit one foot from the cube and put headphones on so I wouldn’t disturb my roommate diligently doing his homework.

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New offensive line starter ready to make impact this season

As a first-year player on an offensive line plagued with injuries last year, Brain Ottney felt the growing pains of the Big Ten in more ways than one.Thrown into the starting center position after two games, while recovering from a torn ligament in his left leg, Ottney said contributing on the field was a challenge due to his limited athleticism.

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Softball loses despite late rally

A late rally by the MSU softball team fell short as the Spartans lost at home to Central Michigan on Wednesday. The 6-5 loss to the Chippewas (22-17) dropped MSU’s record to 17-30, 4-6 Big Ten. “Our motto is keep getting better,” MSU head coach Jacquie Joseph said.