Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There's No Spring Break for the Bulldogs....

Yes, it's Spring Break time at FSU, but there still a ton of good news flowing out of the Athletic vein. Former Bulldog assistant basketball coach and star player Gary Waters just led his Cleveland State Vikings to a spot in the NCAA Tournament by shocking Butler last night at storied Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (where the movie Hoosiers was filmed). Waters is a Bulldog Hall-of-Famer and is well on his way to another Hall-of-Fame career in NCAA Division I. This is the first time Cleveland State has advanced to the NCAA Tournament since the legendary "Magic Carpet Ride" squad of 1986 that lost to the Admiral, David Robinson, in the NCAA Sweet 16 after dumping Bob Knight's Indiana team in one of the more significant upsets in tourney history. Waters also led Kent State to the Big Dance during his coaching tenure for the MAC team and found success at Rutgers as an NIT Finalist before moving to Cleveland State, where he was named the Horizon Conference Coach of the Year in 1988.

Waters was most recently on the Ferris campus last fall when his former coaching partner Tom Ludwig joined him in the Bulldog Hall of Fame. Gary is a true Bulldog and a great person.


Spring Break will be in south Texas for a handful of track and field Bulldogs, but it won't be on South Padre Island....instead, GLIAC mile champion Mikinzie Stuart joins teammate Tina Muir and Matt Jozwiak of the men's team March 13-14 at the NCAA II Winter Nationals this weekend. Mikinzie, already an All-American for distance medley in 2006, broke the 5-minute barrier to win the GLIAC mile. Muir will run in the 1600 meters and Jozwiak will run the 800 meters.


Big Rapids' own Cody Chupp has joined luminaries Sonny Hill (Philadelphia 76ers), Rick Reilly (ESPN), Brittany Jones (St. Xavier U.) and Adam Taliaferro (Adam Taliaferro Foundation) in the run for the prestigious Giant Steps Award in recogntion of National STUDENT-Athlete Day.

The award recognizes the categories of Courageous Student-Athlete, Civic Leader, Athletics Administrator, Coach, Community or Academic Organization, and Parent, Teacher, or School. Winners will be announced April 6.

An Elementary Education major and Dean's Award winner, Cody gets involved locally in community activies spanning Make-A-Wish, Friends of Playscape, Big Rapids youth hockey, and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

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