Sweep: GRCC basketball teams top Lake Michigan College as regular season winds down

Grand Rapids Community College's men's basketball team.

Grand Rapids Community College’s men and women’s basketball team’s survived games on Monday to complete the season sweep over Lake Michigan College. The women won 47-42, and the men were 77-75 winners.

The greatest attribute of David Glazier’s women’s basketball team has been its defense, and team held Lake Michigan to just 20.6% from the field.

“I thought we followed up what might have been our worst half of basketball with our most inspired,” Glazier said.  “This group has an innate ability to find a way.  Proud of their fight and the way they finished.”

GRCC leads the 21-team Michigan Community College Athletic Association conference, holding opponents’ field goal percentage to just 31.3. 

GRCC started slowly, trailing 14-6 after the first quarter. But the team bounced back by out-scoring LMC 41-28 for the remainder of the game. 

Freshman point guard Marlene Bussler led all scorers with 14 points.  Grace Lodes had nine points and 12 rebounds. Allison Kellogg contributed with 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds off the bench.

GRCC improved to 17-9 overall and is in second place in the conference with a 13-3 record. The Red Hawks dropped to 18-8, and 12-5 in the conference.  The win also guaranteed the Raiders a first-round home game in next week’s District Tournament.

LMC’s men’s team jumped out to an eight-point lead, but the Raiders grabbed their first lead at 16-15 and wound up with a 45-34 advantage at the half.

Although the visitors didn’t regain the lead in the second half, they did make it a one-point game on six occasions. With the score tied at 75, sophomore Ryel Daye hit a tough layup with four seconds remaining. After an LMC timeout, the Raiders’ Brockton Kohler deflected the pass on the inbound to secure the win.

Daye finished with a game-high 21 points and team-high 14 rebounds.

Drew Moore, the team’s leading scorer, scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Kohler had a solid 17-point, eight-rebound performance.

“I am really pleased that we brought home a win on sophomore night,” Coach Joe Fox said. “Couldn’t script a better home finale for Ryel and Andrew after how much they’ve given the program. Our two leading scorers all year really brought it tonight, hitting big shot after big shot, including the game winner for Ryel. It’s been a season of ups and downs, and it was great to close out our last home game on a high note.”

The men’s team improved to 10-18 overall, 5-12 in the conference. LMC fell to 10-15 and 8-8.

Both teams will be on the road Feb. 23 at Ancilla College. It will likely be the final game of the season for the men’s team.  The women still have a chance to win the conference championship should they win their final two games and Jackson College loses on Wednesday. 

Tech Tip: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

GRCC Information Technology is pleased to offer a new security measure to protect your GRCC Google Account! Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds an additional layer of security in verifying your identity. It also helps to prevent attackers from logging into your account in the unfortunate event that an attacker obtains your password.

There are few ways to verify your identity while logging into your GRCC email account such as receiving a verification code via SMS to your established phone number or selecting Yes on your phone when prompted by Google.

Once you have successfully logged in using 2FA on a trusted computer/device that you designate, you should not be prompted with 2FA again. However, if you login via VMware, you will be prompted to verify your identity each new VMware session.

Turn on 2-Step Verification

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

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Sinfonietta Partner Gives Final Performances

2/21/22 Tacoma Weekly (Wash.)

In 2015, the Northwest Sinfonietta became one of the few orchestras in the world to move to an “artistic partner” model of operations, allowing the musicians of the ensemble to take a larger role in the artistic decisions and vision for the orchestra. David Lockington was one of three inaugural artistic partners that season and in 2018 was named principal artistic partner. Now Lockington and the Northwest Sinfonietta are marking the last of his tenure with “Violet Sunrise.” 

… Soloist Libor Ondras is a viola recitalist, conductor and educator. He began his studies with the famed violist Yuri Bashmet at the Moscow Conservatory as a recipient of a Slovak Ministry of Culture fellowship. Ondras continued his studies at the Academy of Music Arts in Prague and holds a doctorate from the University of Houston (Texas). He is currently associate professor, string specialist and director of orchestras at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Student Leadership Awards: Nominations due by Friday, February 25

Our college is filled with students who represent a variety of backgrounds and possess a broad range of strength, resilience, interests, and goals. Please send in your nominations for those students who contribute in their own unique ways to the depth and breadth of the experience here on our campus.

Their dedication could not be overstated and nominations will build student confidence and inspire them to persevere and to reach even higher. 

Nominations for a variety of student awards are open now until Friday, February 25 at 10 p.m. Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board have introduced 3 new awards they are seeking nominations for which include recognition of students from our Lakeshore and M-TEC campuses as well as a student athlete in tandem with this year’s theme “Above and Beyond”. 

Send in your nominations and save your spot today by logging in to Raider Connect with your GRCC credentials and clicking the ‘Forms’ tab.

Student Leadership Awards on Thursday, March 17 from 3-6 p.m.