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Michigan State Spartans’ Star Sophomore Guard, Gary Harris, Declares for the NBA Draft

April 14th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
By MacK Lester

On Tuesday, Gary Harris, a guard for the Michigan State men’s basketball team, announced that he will forego his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft this spring.

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Even though he has only played two seasons as a Spartan, Harris has more than left an impression through his character and exceptional play on the court. In his career at MSU, Harris appeared in 69 games, starting in 67 of them. He averaged 14.9 points per game, totaling 1,025 career points. He joins Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mike Robinson as the third Spartan to score more than 1000 in two seasons.

In his freshman year, Harris was named the Big Ten Freshman of the year, the first Spartan to win the recognition since 1986. He was a Second-team All-Big Ten selection, team MVP, and was one of eight finalists for the national Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award.

In 2014 Harris added to the recognition with his incredible play. He averaged 16.7 points per game, four rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. He was a 2014 First-Team All-Big Ten honoree, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team member, and was also named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. He was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as well as voted again as Team MVP by not only his teammates but the media as well.

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Eight-Year Old Michigan State Spartans Fan Lacey Holsworth Loses Battle with Cancer

April 9th, 2014 at 12:06 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

It is a very sad day for the Michigan State Spartans’ basketball program. A very special fan has passed away at an early age. Eight-year old Lacey Holsworth has lost her battle with cancer.

 

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Holsworth, also known as Princess Lacey, became famous for her friendship with Spartans power forward Adreian Payne. The two met when Payne made a visit to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, two years ago. Since then, Payne continued to make visits and even invited her to games. Some of their strong bond was chronicled on Twitter.

 

 

Payne had his cheerleader at some major events during his senior year. At Michigan State’s Senior Night, Payne had the eight-year old superfan escort him onto the court. Another memorable moment for the two was when Holsworth helped Payne cut down the net after the Spartans won this year’s Big Ten Championship. Holsworth and her family saw her hero in New York City compete in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight and participate in the Slam Dunk Contest in Arlington.

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Michigan State Spartans’ Baseball Falls to the Central Michigan Chippewa’s, 10-1

April 8th, 2014 at 8:48 PM
By MacK Lester

After sweeping the Siena Saints over the weekend, the Michigan State baseball team took on the Central Michigan Chippewas at home in East Lansing. After a rocky start on the mound, the Chippewa’s took the lead and then took advantage of multiple fielding errors to take the win, 10-1, and deliver the Spartans’ their first loss at home.

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Freshman Walter Borkovich took the mound for the Spartans to begin the game. He gave up the lead to Central Michigan in the first inning on a ground-out RBI. For the game Borkovich threw 67 pitches in 4.1 innings. He allowed three hits, walked two. He allowed four runs, earning three, and struck out one batter.

Five relievers could not stop the bleeding. Combined with the poor performance from the bullpen, the Spartan defense committed eight errors in total, allowing the lead to climb.

The sole Spartan score came from Jimmy Pickens. The right fielder notched a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Michigan State is currently posting a 17-12 overall record. They will host the Western Michigan Broncos tomorrow at home. The game is set to start at 3:05 pm. 

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Michigan State Spartans Take Both Games in Double Header Against the Siena Saints

April 6th, 2014 at 3:06 PM
By MacK Lester

The Michigan State baseball team took the first two wins in a three game home series against the Siena Saints on Saturday. Credit for both wins goes in large part to the splendid play of the Spartans’ starting pitchers.

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In the first of the two games junior Mick VanVossen started on the mound for the green and white. The Ada, Michigan native went the distance, throwing a complete-game shutout. He threw 118 pitches and allowed only three hits, no walks, and struck out 10.

VanVossen received some good support from the Spartan lineup. They were led by first baseman Blaise Salter, who hit 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. The Spartans finished the first game with a 4-0 win.

Sophomore Justin Alleman took the mound for game two. The Holt, Michigan native pitched 7.2 innings with 112 pitches. He allowed only three hits, one walk, and one earned run. He also struck out seven batters. Freshman Jake Lowery came in to relieve and finished out the game with 11 pitches, one strikeout, and no hits or walks.

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Michigan State Spartans’ Jake Chelios Signs with AHL’s Chicago Wolves

April 4th, 2014 at 9:11 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

The Michigan State Spartans hockey team will be seeing one of their players moving closer to the NHL. Jake Chelios has signed with the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues.

 

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His name will ring a bell even to those who do not follow college hockey. He is the son of hall of famer Chris Chelios, who actually played for the Wolves in the 2009-2010 season where he officially ended his hockey career before and after a very brief seven-game stint with the Atlanta Thrashers. This will make them the first father-son pair to play for the franchise.

During his four seasons with the Michigan State hockey team, Chelios played in 154 games, tallied 17 goals and 37 assists for a total of 54 points, and spent 195 minutes in the penalty box. The Spartans reached the NCAA tournament once in the four-year span in the 2011-2012 season where they eliminated in the first round.

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