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Former Captain of the MSU Club Dodgeball Team, former NCDA Chief of Content.

Battle of the Valleys 2013

Grand Valley (9-0) defeats Saginaw Valley (5-3) 2-1 in Allendale for the 2013 Battle of the Valleys.

SV-JV also defeats GV-JV 2-1 for the 2013 Battle of the JV Valleys. [-zm]

Both varsity teams are next in action on Saturday for the RedHawk Invite, along with Kent State (6-2), Ohio State (2-0), Western Kentucky (0-0), James Madison (6-0), and Miami (0-3).

Three New Teams Set to Join

Three teams are prepared to join the NCDA this weekend, which is as many as joined last year total. It will also be the most in one weekend since the East Coast expansion happened, which added JMU, Towson, and Maryland. The teams that are set to join are Saint Ambrose from Iowa, Siena Heights from Southeastern Michigan, and Davenport in Grand Rapids. Continue reading

Many Storylines to Follow in GVSU Invite

This Sunday, the Grand Valley Dodgeball Club will host Central Michigan, Bowling Green State, Siena Heights, and Davenport in the first ever “GVSU Invite”.  While the teams in attendance vary from the defending national champions (GVSU) to a few teams (Siena Heights and Davenport) who are yet to play in their first NCDA match, each team competing in this event will have something to prove as it looks to be a very telling weekend of college dodgeball.  Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on:
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2013-2014 NCDA NCAA Divsion 1 Basketball Preview Part I

Yes. It’s time for the long (but not long enough!) haul of the NCAA Basketball season to soon start. The big story this year is insane amount of incredibly talented recruits, including already consensus #1 pick Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), the next great player out of Chicago in Jabari Parker (Duke), and Kentucky’s five top ten recruits, what is being hailed as the “best recruiting class ever” (take that Fab Five) by none other than Louisville coach Rick Pitino. The big name coaches occupy the top four spots in mostly everyone’s preseason picks, with Coach Calipari (UK), Pitino (Louisville), Izzo (MSU), and Krzyzewski (Duke), with others such as Roy Williams (UNC), Jim Boehiem (Syracuse), and Bill Self (KU) not far behind.

Arguably six NCDA schools could be preseason Top 25 this year depending on how you feel about Maryland, but almost certainly VCU will be in the high teens/lows twenties, OSU around #10, and MSU, Louisville, and UK will be top three.

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Saginaw Valley Hosts Rivals Grand Valley and Central Michigan

Sunday, October 13th, will feature a huge early season showdown in Saginaw, as the Cards will welcome the Lakers and Chippewas. One of the best venues in dodgeball will be the scene, as the Cardinal Gym will be filled with the SV faithful. The gym itself can be daunting, especially for less experienced players, but it can also be an exhilarating experience for those who like a challenge. The tournament will feature the three last National Champions, as well as some of the best players in the sport.

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BOTM: 2013 August

Wes Peters [CMU #27-C]

Wes has done a lot of things throughout his career at Central Michigan. He started off as a relative nobody his first season, a little overshadowed by the superstars that CMU had. Still, he won a NCDA National Championship that year at Nationals 2011. Central was the favorite heading into the 2011-2012 season, and despite not playing many games that year, teams started talking about CMU’s amazing catchers in Wes Peters and Brett Hadwin. The two were seemingly tied together with every discussion of great catchers in the league, but they both were proving to become top tier catchers. Wes tore his ACL in the spring of 2012, but not only played, but played well, on one leg at Nationals 2012.  Continue reading