By Spencer Impellizzeri: "Current Sports" Beat Reporter
EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.
Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the entire second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on senior night.
Snow may be on the ground, but that doesn't stop the MSU football team from getting in the gym to prepare for another college football season. Mark Dantonio and his team held winter conditioning today at the indoor practice facility. Check out footage from the session here.
EAST LANSING - The 2014 Michigan State softball season was one to forget for Coach Jacquie Joseph.
The death of assistant coach Charles Fobbs in a pre-season car crash and injuries to their top two pitchers made for an emotional year, as the Spartans finished with a 12-37 record.
“Was it the worst year of my life? Yeah,” Joseph said. “It’s because, for a lot of reasons. I lost one of my very close friends who happened to be on my staff. It was incredibly difficult time, and on top of it we didn’t have a great season.”
EAST LANSING -- David Zoltowski, a Michigan State senior and varsity swimmer, was always sure of two things: he wanted to attend a Big Ten school and study the brain. While positive of what he wanted to do, Zoltowski’s path to MSU was a twisting one, influenced by his desire to swim collegiately.
By Spencer Impellizzeri: Current Sports Beat Reporter
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team had their first home dual met of the season Saturday, and came away with a pair of 7-0 victories over Toledo and Detroit Mercy at the MSU Tennis Center.
Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 boards for the Michigan State women's basketball team in a close loss to No. 22 Iowa Sunday.The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch. Suzy Merchant's team falls to 9-9, 1-6 in the Big Ten.
With three players earning double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team captured its first Big Ten win with a 63-56 win over Illinois Thursday at the Breslin Center. In the midst of such a rocky start to the conference season, the Spartan's are still staying positive. WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on how this team is planning a "U-Turn" as the season rolls on.
Led by four individual runners in the top-25, the Michigan State women's cross country team claimed the program's first ever NCAA Cross Country Championship. Running in front of a huge crowd of MSU fans, the Spartans finished 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State with a team score of 85 points, the lowest total at the NCAA Championships since 2008 (Washington, 79).
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Game highlights are featured here.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans fell, 71 to 63, to a top five team in the Fighting Irish, going toe to toe and competing throughout the game. The motivation behind the gritty outing? A moment of "disrespect" during pre-game warmups. Find out how the Spartans earned that respect in the report.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong. The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.
WKAR's Al Martin wraps-up MSU's Big Ten opening win over Nebraska at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans topped the Cornhuskers, 27 to 22. Following MSU's win to open the Big Ten season, the Spartans moved up to No. 8 in both The Associated Press Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. The No. 8/8 Spartans (4-1, 1-0) will now hit the road to take on Purdue (3-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on how the MSU football team was able to get back on track, topping EMU 73 to 14. The Spartans were coming off a bye week after a crushing road loss to Oregon. The sting of that defeat is now well behind them.
MSU topped Wisconsin on Saturday, moving on to the Big Ten Final! It's the first time in the 17 year history of the Big Ten Tournament that MSU and Michigan will meet in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon! WKAR's Al Martin reports from Indianapolis on just what this means to the Spartans and how this one could be a bit of payback for the team.
WKAR's Al Martin reports from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN as the Michigan State Men's Basketball team tops Northwestern, 67 to 51, moving on to play Wisconsin in the semifinals. Convincing victory for the Spartans to open up the post-season, but as Al reports, this is only step one of their "redemption song."
WKAR's Al Martin gives his postgame report after MSU falls to Michigan this past weekend, 80 to 75. You would think head coach Tom Izzo would be disappointed after losing to his rival, but his reaction afterward was quite the opposite.
WKAR's "Current Sports" reporter, Al Martin, wraps up things from Indy as the Michigan State Spartans defeat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship. They now get ready to head to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on January 1st at 5pm.