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Bulldog Men's Golf to compete in GLIAC Championships this weekend

The Ferris State University men's golf team will compete in the 2024 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships Friday thru Sunday (April 12-14).

The event will be held again this year in Augusta, Mich., with action at the Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort near Battle Creek.

The 2024 GLIAC Championships will continue the format established four years ago with each league school competing in 36 holes of stroke play with a single round per day on both Friday and Saturday. The low four of five scores will count towards the respective team score for each squad.

Following round two, the top four teams will advance to head-to-head medal play on Sunday with a bracket format similar to the current format utilized at the NCAA Championships. The two winning teams following semifinal-round play will advance to the finals in which a GLIAC Champion will be crowned.

Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort has become one of the largest golf resorts in the World, featuring six championship courses in one amazing destination. Golfers can play 18 holes a day for six days, without ever playing the same hole twice.

The men will tee off on Friday at the Stoatin Brae Golf Club course. The par 71 course measures at 6,742 yards.

Overall, the Bulldog men's golf squad has captured 21 GLIAC Men's Golf Championships in school history and won back-to-back medal match play league titles in 2019 and 2021 (no tournament was held in 2020) before earning runner-up honors in 2022. FSU reached the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year a season ago.

Live online scoring will be available throughout the tournament. Visit the link below to follow the action.

GLIAC Men's Golf Championships:

KCSO seized 3,200 grams of illegally grown marijuana

The Kent County Sheriff's Office has noticed a consistent trend where our youth has access to nicotine vape pens, marijuana, and marijuana-related products.

The Sheriff's Office received information regarding a business in Oakfield Township that is believed to have sold nicotine pens and marijuana to underage children. Last month, after a lengthy investigation, the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team seized 3,200 grams of marijuana and marijuana products, 4,100 vape pens, 2 handguns, and $39,500 from this business. This is still an ongoing investigation.

Kent County Sheriff's Office first received information from the community expressing concern that their children could purchase nicotine vape pens from Nature's Edge, formerly known as Greenville Hydroponics, in Oakfield Township.

Last May, a decoy was able to purchase a nicotine vape pen from this business, despite being under the legal age. The business was cited. 

Months later, an area school resource officer received information that Nature's Edge was selling marijuana and marijuana products to students. This information was also presented to our narcotics team which started an investigation, resulting in 3 search warrants last month.

Kent County Sheriff's Office wants to thank our community for its attentiveness, which keeps our community safer.

Local baseball and softball games postponed due to weather

Due to inclement weather in west central Michigan, the following baseball and softball games have been postponed in the area:



  • Reed City @ Big Rapids (Rescheduled Monday, May 13)
  • Morley Stanwood @ Chippewa Hills (Rescheduled TBD)
  • Onekama @ Pine River (Rescheduled TBD)


  • Cedar Springs @ Tri-County (Rescheduled Friday, May 17)


  • Reed City @ Big Rapids (Rescheduled Monday, May 13)
  • Onekama @ Pine River (Rescheduled TBD)


  • Cedar Springs @ Tri-County (Rescheduled Friday, May 17)

Proposed make-up dates for Pine River vs. Onekama and Morley Stanwood vs. Chippewa Hills will be announced by each school soon.

Mecosta County Sheriff's Office reported a scam alert to citizens

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is advising of a scam the has been going on for the past two days.

The Sheriff’s Office has received several calls from residents around the state of Michigan that have been contacted by phone by what sounds like a Deputy from our office advising them that they have missed court and need to pay a fine. 

This is a scam and the Sheriff’s Office does not call notifying anyone about court dates, fine, or warrants. If you receive one of these calls advise the caller that you know it’s a scam and hang up. If they call back, block their number.

Spring Dawg Days event on April 13 to capsulize Ferris State experience for prospective students

More than 200 high school students and guests are expected to attend Ferris State University’s springtime “Dawg Days” event on Saturday to learn more about how the university can provide a life-changing education.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the university’s David L. Eisler Center, 805 Campus Drive in Big Rapids.

Assistant Director of Orientation Emily Hicks said guests will be joined by hundreds of family members who also learn about the university’s programs, campus life and various Ferris resources from student ambassadors and a variety of faculty and staff members.

“We have been reaching out to prospective students through emails, messaging on a number of social media platforms and offering personal invitations from Admissions recruiters on school visits,” Hicks said. “Our Dawg Day program is a comfortable yet comprehensive view of the Ferris experience for an audience of high school sophomores and juniors, through interactions with college representatives and presentations from our financial aid experts.”

Hicks said their visitors receive a meal from Dining Services and are given a campus tour to visit the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, along with Ferris State residence halls and recreational facilities

“We will also have a summer Dawg Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, prior to Welcome Week for new and returning Ferris students,” Hicks said. “Students are encouraged to contact Admissions as there are visitation programs throughout the spring and summer to learn about campus on a more intimate basis.”

Ferris is approaching the 140th anniversary of its founding Sunday, Sept. 1, as the Big Rapids Industrial School was established in 1884 by Woodbridge N. Ferris and his wife Helen.

Ferris State football season tickets for 2024 season now on sale

Ferris State University has announced season tickets for the 2024 campaign are on sale now.

The Bulldogs enter the 2024 season aiming to make their 10th consecutive postseason playoff appearance as one of the country's top programs. Potential big crowds are expected for all six 2024 regular-season home contests.

This fall's home slate includes early season non-conference matchups against Lake Erie (Sept. 7) and Ashland (Sept. 14) along with league games versus conference newcomer Roosevelt on homecoming (Oct. 5) in addition to contests against Michigan Tech (Oct. 19), Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 9) and the regular-season finale versus Davenport (Nov. 16).

Fans can purchase season tickets thru FSU's digital ticketing platform in partnership with HomeTown Ticketing at

Bulldog fans can purchase a season ticket for admission to all six home games for only $100 plus applicable online fees, which represents a $20 discount over purchasing each game separately. Once season tickets are purchased, tickets will be emailed to the customer upon checkout and then scanned at the gate on gameday. Tickets can also be printed at home.

In addition to the season ticket package, fans can also purchase a standard season parking pass online this year for only $60 or an RV season parking pass for $180.

Single-game tickets for all 2024 home games will go on sale later this summer along with Gridiron Club memberships in the near future.

For additional information regarding ticket sales, please call the FSU Athletics Ticket office at (231) 591-2888.

The Bulldogs will begin their 115th season of varsity competition this coming fall with their sights set on making a 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bulldogs have made five national semifinal appearances along with three trips to the national championship game and back-to-back national titles in 2021 and 2022 during the stretch.

Over the past three seasons of action, the Bulldogs own a 36-4 overall record and FSU has reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs nine consecutive years and counting. Ferris State has also reached the NCAA Division II National Semifinals five times in the past seven seasons of action and ranks as the country's winningest program over the past nine full seasons in D2 Football. FSU is 63-6 over the last four seasons of on-field action, including back-to-back NCAA D2 National Championships in 2021 and 2022.

Ferris State also holds the GLIAC's best mark and the best overall record of all collegiate programs in Michigan at 123-20 (.860) overall since the arrival of Annese as head coach in 2012.

Evart Police Department's K9 Koda has received donation of body armor

Evart Police Department’s K9 Koda has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Koda’s vest was sponsored by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Toonces and Lloydee”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 5,514 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $985 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1800.00, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Kunse introduces plan to rename highway after fallen veteran

State Rep. Tom Kunse is spearheading an effort to rename a portion of US 131 near Big Rapids after Sergeant Matthew Webber, an army veteran. Webber passed away in 2006 after an accident in Iraq.

After the accident, Webber survived five and a half months in a U.S. Hospital, where staff began calling him “Miracle Matt” because of how long he was able to keep fighting despite injuries.

“Sgt. Webber is a true American hero who sacrificed everything for our country,” said Kunse. “I’m honored to play a small part in ensuring Matthew’s service will be remembered for generations.”

Webber, who was from Stanwood, enlisted in the Army National Guard during his junior year of high school. He rose to the rank of Sergeant and assumed the role of squad leader. He signed up for the United States Army in 2000 and served until he passed in 2006. His service was recognized with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star awards. He also was posthumously awarded a degree from Western Michigan University.

“Once we heard Matthew’s story, we did our best to step up and honor his legacy,” Kunse said. “My staff used their own time to help Matthew’s family raise the $6,000 it would’ve cost them to purchase and install the signage should my bill be signed into law. I’m proud to have a staff willing to go above and beyond on behalf of our community.”

When the Stanwood community learned of the effort to have the Muskegon River overpass on U.S. 131 named after him, they rallied together to raise all that was needed for Webber’s sign.

While the Legislature must approve a highway naming, the cost of purchasing and installing the signage usually falls back on the family of the person being recognized.

BREAKING: Truck dragged by semi-truck in Montcalm County accident

On Wednesday, Apr. 10, a truck was travelling west on M-46 west of Northland Drive when it hit the back of a semi truck that was slowing down. The accident occurred on the section of M-46 in front of Burley Park in Montcalm County.

An observer of the incident reported the truck was travelling about 60 miles per hour and was not allowing a safe distance behind the semi. The truck was also reportedly dragged behind the semi for a half mile. 

No injuries were reported from the wreck. Lakeview state troopers were on the scene along with an ambulance for potential medical assistance. 

Evart Police: Weekly Blotter (4/1 - 4/7)

Monday, April 1

  • Fraud – Officers were dispatched for a counterfeit money complaint at a local business. The incident remains under investigation.
  • Fraud – Officers were dispatched for a fraud complaint involving the use of counterfeit money. The suspect was identified and a report will be sent to the Prosecutor for charges.

Tuesday, April 2

  • Fraud – Officers were dispatched to an online fraud complaint. The incident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, April 3

  • Runaway – Officers Assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with locating a subject that assaulted a person and fled the scene. The subject was turned over to Sheriff Deputies.

Thursday, April 4

  • Miscellaneous – Officers were dispatched to check the well being of children at a residence. The children were found to be okay.

  • Warrant Attempt – Officers assisted the Reed City Police Department on a warrant arrest.

  • Fraud – Officers were dispatched for a fraud complaint involving the use of counterfeit money. The suspect was identified and a report will be sent to the Prosecutor for charges.

Friday, April 5

  • No incidents reported.

Saturday, April 6

  • Domestic – Officers responded for a domestic assault that was not in progress. The suspect was arrested on three counts of domestic assault.

  • Attempt to Locate - Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff's Department with a warrant attempt. When approaching the subject, they took off on foot. The subject was caught and was placed into custody on multiple felony warrants and new charges.

  • Flee/Elude – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the departments K-9 to track the driver of a vehicle that fled from deputies and crashed a short distance later. 

Sunday, April 7

  • Criminal Sexual Assault – Officers and CPS investigated a CSC complaint involving an adult having inappropriate contact with a minor. It was determined he incident occurred in another county and the report was forwarded to the another law enforcement agency.

  • Warrant Arrest - Officers arrested a subject who had a misdemeanor warrant.

  • Juvenile – Officers responded for a check well being on juveniles.

Bulldog Soccer strives to build off past success with One Day for Dawgs fundraising efforts

The Ferris State University Women’s Soccer team made school history in the 2022 season by securing a NCAA Division II regional championship and competing in the national semifinal game.

Four months later, the Bulldogs shattered a second team record, working together to raise more than $10,000 in support of the soccer program during Ferris States’ 2023 One Day for Dawgs.

One Day for Dawgs is Ferris State University’s annual day of giving, empowering university groups to raise funds for the causes they care most about. Fundraising activities range from supporting scholarships and academic programs to funding new equipment that helps athletic teams compete with the best in the NCAA Division II.

Following its in-season success, the Bulldog Soccer team was motivated to keep improving throughout the offseason, including fundraising efforts.

“Fundraising for us is all about helping us bridge the gap to our competition,” said Allison McMahon, a senior midfielder from San Diego. “We worked to get updated cameras and practice equipment to help us evaluate film, be more consistent overall, and improve our practice planning.” 

In the 2023 season, the Bulldogs helped head coach Greg Hanson reach 150 career victories before falling in the GLIAC tournament semifinal game. Maintaining the motivation to keep working through the offseason, though, hasn’t been a problem for the Bulldogs. 

“Funnily enough, we didn’t even expect a trophy in 2022 for winning the regional championship,” McMahon said. “It surprised us because we were just so happy to keep playing together as a team and to move on in the tournament. Our program loves to compete, and that attitude will never change.”   

Lindsey Cole, a junior defender from Grand Rapids, said the team members are focused on getting back to the final four and pushing themselves to bring more championships to Big Rapids.

“We’re inspired by our community and all the support we see during the season and during events like One Day for Dawgs,” she said.  

Looking forward to this year’s One Day for Dawgs, set for April 10, the Bulldog Soccer team is pursuing an underestimated advantage that will help them in their quest for a championship – warmth.  

“Our playoff season is mid-November into early December and many of the host schools are in the northern states,” Cole said. “Solid cold-weather equipment and preparation are underrated but super important to post-season success when we play on these open and exposed fields.”

The most important consideration for the team, though, is remembering what it means to wear the Bulldog on their jerseys.

“The outpouring of support from our fans and community supporters on One Day for Dawgs means so much,” McMahon said. “Your gifts and kind words are inspirational, empowering, and go a lot further than you might think. It really does mean the world to us. Thank you.” 

Big Rapids men's softball league holding captain's meeting this Thursday

A preseason captain's meeting will be held for all 2024 Big Rapids Men's & COED Softball teams on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at Big Rapids Middle School.

Anyone interested in fielding an adult softball team this summer should have at least one representative at the meeting. The men's and co-ed meeting will take place in the school library.

The cost to take part in the Big Rapids Men's Softball Association's (BRMSA) men's and co-ed leagues will be $550 per team this summer with games slated to begin in late May once league alignments and schedules are finalized.

In addition, the league will hold its annual Spring Fling Preseason Tourney on Saturday, May 4. Registration forms are due by April 27.

To stay up to date on all information, please visit the BRMSA website at

Cardinal baseball uses hot bats to beat Tri-county

Big Rapids' bats stayed hot on Tuesday afternoon, putting up 31 runs in a dominant outing at Tri-County.

The Cardinals strung together 13 runs in the top of the sixth inning to solidfy the win in game one. Big Rapids led game two 12-1 in the bottom part of the second inning until the game was postponed due to darkness. The game has been ruled incomplete and is slated to be finished later in the season.

"Defense struggled tonight," Head coach J.T. Scarpelli said. "We need to see improvement fast. We were without our All Region CF Vennix who is day to day, which hurt us a lot. Pitchers gave up too many free bases."

Jonathan Losinski led the Cardinals with four hits in 8 appearences, including 3 doubles, 4 runs and 3 RBIs. Nick Teceno added 3 hits and 3 RBIs while Ty Gielczyk and Philip Wilbur each added 4 RBIs in the night's action. Gielczyk took the win in game 1 on the mound with 3 2/3 innings pitched, seven strikeouts, and only 3 hits allowed. Cole Haist relieved the junior in 2 1/3 innings with 6 strikeouts and only 1 earned run. 

"Our offense got in rhythm & executed solid approaches to create a decent amount of runs," Scarpelli said. "Losinski, Zocco, Ososki, Teceno, Gielczyk, Wilber and McNeilly all were fantastic. Special thanks to head coach Shawn Nelson & Tri County for hosting us. That field is a very nice baseball surface to play on."

Big Rapids will be back in action on Friday at home against rival Reed City at 4:00 and 6:00 P.M.

Reed City Police: Weekly Blotter (4/1 - 4/7)

Monday, April 1

  • Officers investigated a suspicious situation, where several nails were left in a driveway. This case is open pending additional investigation.

  • While investigating an unrelated matter, an officer seized a large amount of suspected methamphetamine from a residence. This report has been submitted to the prosecutor’s office for charges.

  • An officer was dispatched to a single vehicle accident, where a driver had a medical issue, drove over a curb and into a building. No injuries were sustained in the accident.

Tuesday, April 2

  • No incidents. 

Wednesday, April 3

  • An officer investigated an incident concerning a juvenile acting incorrigible.

Thursday, April 4

  • An officer arrested a 31-year-old female on a felony warrant. The female was transported to the Osceola County jail without incident. Charges have been sought for resisting and obstructing on two subjects concerning this incident.

  • An officer took a report from a 37-year-old female regarding some lost property. After investigating, the property was found.

  • An officer responded to a call regarding two females yelling late at night. Both females were issued citations for disturbing the peace.

Friday, April 5

  • An officer served an abatement notice regarding an ordinance violation.

  • An officer investigated a threats complaint.

Saturday, April 6

  • While conducting foot patrol, an officer found a business door unlocked. The building was searched, the door was secured, and the business owner was contacted.

Sunday, April 7

  • No incidents.

Big Rapids baseball wins home openers

The Cardinals are off to a hot start on the diamond. Big Rapids opened the season with two wins over Cadillac at home last Friday.

Big Rapids won game one behind four runs in the fifth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie to that point. Sophomore Noah Sweppenheiser earned his first career varsity win after two strong innings of relief with four strikeouts. Senior Mason McNeilly reached in base in all three at bats with a single, two walks, and two runs scored. 

Game two resulted in an even great win for the red and blue, as Big Rapids finished off the Vikings in three innings by a mercy rule 16-3. Sophomore Karsen Rehkopf earned his first win on the mound only giving up two hits. Senior Riley Vennix had a double, triple, three runs scored and four RBIs. Nick Teceno also reached base twice and scored three times.

"Our defense needs work but we've only been outside a few times with this weather so that will be remedied shortly,” Head coach J.T. Scarpelli said. “Our pitchers only walked 2 batters tonight and our hitters executed their approaches at the plate. Everyone got better tonight. Big thanks to Coach Franklin and Cadillac for traveling down here to play tonight. My guys are looking forward to Tuesday's conference opener at Tri County."

Big Rapids will return to action in their conference openers against Tri-County this afternoon at 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. For more scores and updates, visit

FSU Sports Communication program is set to host "Heart To Heart Hand to Hand" basketball game

Ferris State University (FSU) Sports Communication Program will be hosting “Heart to Heart Hand to Hand” basketball game to honor the Area 5 Special Olympics of Michigan organization. The FSU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams will unify with athletes from Area 5 to perform an exhibition game. The event will also be sponsored by Dean Transportation.

The basketball game will take place in the Wink Arena, located at the Ewigleben Sports Complex on the southwest side of campus on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

In attendance will be athletes from Area 5 Special Olympics of Michigan, Pat Rosales, Regional Manager of Special Olympics West Michigan and Director of Special Olympics Michigan Area 5, the FSU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams, and students from the FSU Sports Communication Program.

There will also be a "Lightning" contest between four Ferris athletics teams and a round of musical chairs featuring the Special Olympics College Club at halftime. The event will also contain a “Miracle Minute,” giving guests an opportunity to donate to Area 5 Special Olympics of Michigan. 

Ferris State sophomore wins 2024 Disc Golf Singles National Championship; Team places fourth continuing tradition of excellence

Sophomore sensation Benji Zorn further bolstered Ferris State University’s tradition of excellence in disc golf as he fired a three-under-par 28 in the final round to win a singles national championship in Rock Hill, South Carolina. 

The Grand Rapids native, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Professional Sales at Ferris State, stood tall atop a hotly contested leaderboard at Winthrop University. Only three singles competitors ended under par, and two others even. Facing tough competition, Zorn understood he had little room for error and elevated his play accordingly. 

“It was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I was feeling a ton of pressure,” Zorn said, thinking back to the year before when he earned All-American status but missed out on a national championship as a freshman. “I wanted to stay focused on doing the best I could for my team, Ferris and myself. 

Zorn did that, noting the extremely windy and wet playing conditions as he locked his focus during the final round. 

Ferris State professor emeritus and former associate provost Leonard Johnson, advisor for the Disc Golf team, couldn’t be prouder of the highly recruited Zorn, who first rose to prominence as a freshman in 2023 when he earned All-American honors at the Collegiate Disc Golf National Championship in North Carolina. 

“When Benji joined the team last year as a freshman, he made an immediate impact. He is one of those incredibly gifted athletes who comes along once in a blue moon,” said Johnson, who retired from Ferris State in 2022 but remains highly involved with a team and program that mean a lot to him. “His leadership guiding weekly team practices has been instrumental in helping to develop and hone the skills of players on both our men’s and women’s teams.”

Johnson admired Zorn, who elevated his play when it mattered most. 

“His hard work and dedication came together during the final nine holes of singles play when he came from three strokes behind to capture the 2024 men’s singles national collegiate disc golf championship,” Johnson said. “The last time a Ferris player won the men’s singles title was when Bryan Murphy crushed a field of over 100 competitors to win the title in 2014.” 

Zorn expressed his gratitude to Johnson. 

“Leonard sold me on coming to Ferris, and it started when he took me on a campus tour and showed me the course. That was when I really started to buy into Ferris, the disc golf team, and Leonard,” he said. I love this team and its commitment to success. I always want to go out there and do my best for my teammates.” 

Zorn added, “We’re so happy to have Leonard continue to be part of this program, given everything he has done to help get it to where it is now. He could be off somewhere, retired, but he is still with us and loves being part of this program. We love having him with us.” 

Johnson noted that the team battled to a fourth-place finish – ahead of 44 schools. The team finished at -23, behind the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of Cincinnati and North Carolina State University. 

The Ferris State Disc Golf Men’s Team was previously crowned national champions in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Women’s Team won its first national title in 2021. 

Click Disc Golf Club at Ferris State for more information about the team and club sports.

*Image credited to Professional Disc Golf Association.

Mecosta County Sheriff's Office: Weekly Blotter (4/1 - 4/7)

Monday, April 1

Calls for Service: 22


Tuesday, April 2

Calls for Service: 14


Wednesday, April 3

Calls for Service: 28

Traffic Accidents: 1


Thursday, April 4

  • No incidents reported.

Friday, April 5

Calls for Service: 39

Traffic Accidents: 2


Saturday, April 6

  • At 2:05 P.M., deputies made a traffic stop in Deerfield TWP. The traffic stop resulted in the male driver and female passenger being arrested on warrants out of Newaygo County. Both were lodged in Newaygo County.

  • At 8:00 P.M., deputies made a warrant arrest at a residence in Aetna TWP. A male subject was arrested on a warrant. He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

  • At 9:35 P.M., deputies made a warrant arrest at a residence Sheridan TWP. A male subject had a warrant out of Osceola County. He was lodged in Osceola County.

Calls for Service: 15

Traffic Accidents: 1


Sunday, April 7

Calls for Service: 16

Ferris State Women's Basketball to celebrate historic season at postseason banquet

 The Ferris State University women's basketball squad will celebrate a historic season as the Bulldogs hold their annual postseason banquet on Sunday, April 14, at the David L. Eisler Center on the FSU campus.

The banquet will start at 6 pm. (ET) and include a dinner along with a celebration of this past season, which included FSU's first-ever NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship and appearance in the national semifinals.

The cost for the dinner is only $25 per ticket and please RSVP by April 8 if possible. Online registration and payment is preferred, but payments will be accepted at the door. 

For additional information, please contact Cedric Frierson at 231-679-9852 or via email at Please email Cedric Frierson directly to utilize in-person payment option.

Registration and payments can be made online at this link below:

Ferris State, which was guided by fourth-year head coach Kurt Westendorp, concluded the 2023-24 season with a school all-time best 26-6 overall record. FSU won the Midwest Regional Championship for the first time in program history and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time, eventually reaching the national semifinals.

This season, the Bulldogs beat three teams that were ranked number one in the nation at game time, including both GVSU (once) and Ashland (twice). Additionally, FSU's win over Grand Valley State in the Midwest Regional Championship game in Allendale came when the Lakers were ranked second in the country, giving Ferris State four wins this year over opponents ranked first or second nationally.

Ferris State Softball sweeps Purdue Northwest in GLIAC road doubleheader

The Ferris State University softball team opened its weekend road trip with a sweep on Saturday (April 6) as the Bulldogs captured a pair of wins over Purdue Northwest in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play in Hammond, Ind.

The Bulldogs recorded a 1-0 shutout in the opener and came away with a 4-2 win in the nightcap to take the league doubleheader.

In the opener, senior ace pitcher Aryn Gallacher allowed only three hits and no runs in a full seven innings of work to garner the victory. She struck out four and walked one in the performance.

Offensively, the Bulldogs totaled four hits and produced the game's only run in the fourth inning on an RBI from Maddie Gkekas, who notched a double in the win. Freshman Alexis Kozlowski also doubled while Ella McDonaldnotched a sacrifice hit for FSU. Shortstop Emma Gillard and designated player Abby Meyer also garnered hits.

The Bulldogs had another strong performance in game two. PNW struck first in the opening inning with a run, but FSU answered in the top of the second to tie the game back up. The Bulldogs scored in the fourth and the Pride in the fifth before the Bulldogs eventually got their final two runs in the sixth and held Purdue Northwest off the board in their final two at-bats. Both teams finished with six hits.

FSU's Ashley Webb earned the pitching win, giving up only two earned runs on five hits in six innings of work. She had three strikeouts. Izzy Regner pitched two-thirds of an inning and did not allow a hit or run before Gallacher came on to earn the save with a single hit allowed and one strikeout in one-third of an inning.

McDonald had two hits and an RBI at the plate while Meyer also produced two hits and drove in a run. FSU also got hits from designated player Emily Killion, who added an RBI, along with Gkekas in the victory.

The Bulldogs will visit Parkside on Sunday (April 7) for a league doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Kenosha, Wis.