Football spring game, hoops championship celebration moved to April 20

Ferris State’s spring game has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. (Pioneer file photo)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — Ferris State University Athletics has announced the postponement of two major events this weekend due to potential severe winter weather conditions in Big Rapids.

The Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II National Championship celebration for the men’s basketball squad and the scheduled FSU spring football game have both been moved from Saturday to next Friday, April 20, on the FSU campus.

The spring football game will now take place on Friday at Top Taggart Field starting at 5 p.m. (ET) with the men’s basketball national championship celebration slated to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).

The changes were made due to the potential of strong winter weather conditions this weekend, including ice.

“With the weather forecast this weekend, it is not in the best interests of our student-athletes, FSU students, fans, alumni and friends to hold these events on Saturday,” said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. “Travel is not being recommended and we determined that safety should be the biggest priority.

“We’re hopeful that moving both events to next Friday will result in much better weather and also create larger crowds for both events,” he added.

The national championship celebration on Friday will begin with the doors to Jim Wink Arena opening at 7 p.m. (ET). Fans will be able to catch a replay of the CBS national championship game broadcast on a big screen with all team players and coaches introduced under the lights at 7:30 p.m. (ET). That will be followed by speeches from several individuals, including FSU head coach and National Coach of the Year Andy Bronkema.

Throughout the evening, the FSU Pro Shop located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex will be open for those wanting to purchase championship merchandise and the concession stand will also be open in the main concourse.

Along with the national championship trophy, the team’s other hardware earned this season including the GLIAC Championship, GLIAC Tournament title and the Midwest Regional crown will also be on display.

Admission to both the spring game on Friday and the national championship celebrate are FREE and open to the public.

Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information as it becomes available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Ferris State Football Lift-A-Thon scheduled for Friday evening and the coaches clinic taking place Friday night & Saturday morning will still go on scheduled.

Volleyball spring travel slate rescheduled
Weather has forced a change in the Ferris State University volleyball squad’s spring schedule for this weekend.

The Bulldogs were slated to play in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Showcase, but the event has been called off.

With the cancelation, Ferris State will now travel to the east side of the state and compete on Friday (April 13) evening at the Legacy Center in Brighton starting at 6 p.m. (ET).

On Saturday (April 14), FSU then will face a pair of NCAA Division I schools in the University of Michigan and Western Michigan on the Michigan campus in Ann Arbor beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) and 12 p.m. (ET).

Ferris State made its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament bid this past fall and has advanced to at least the regional semifinals each of the last seven years. FSU’s regional appearance this past year represented the program’s 22nd all-time NCAA bid.

In 2017, FSU closed the year with a 24-8 overall mark and also captured the program’s fourth-straight GLIAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. FSU became the first school to ever win four consecutive league tourney crowns this past fall.

This past year also marked the 16th time in 22 seasons under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm in which FSU had claimed at least 20 victories in a campaign. The Bulldogs also made their 20th consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance this past season.

Ferris hockey banquet postponed

Ferris State University has announced this Saturday’s (April 14) Bulldog Hockey banquet has been postponed due to expected winter weather conditions.

The banquet was slated to take place on Saturday afternoon in Big Rapids, but a change was made due to the potential of strong weather conditions, including ice, for the safety of those planning to attend.

A rescheduled date and time will be announced soon.

Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information as it becomes available.

Ferris softball games rescheduled
Ferris State University has announced this weekend’s scheduled home softball action has been cancelled due to the expected winter weather conditions.

The Bulldogs were slated to host Grand Valley State on Saturday (April 14) and Purdue Northwest on Sunday (April 15) at the FSU Softball Field, but both doubleheaders have been called off.

The changes were made due to the potential of strong winter weather conditions this weekend, including ice.

No rescheduled dates or times for either doubleheader have yet been set. Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information as it becomes available.

With the schedule changes, the Bulldogs are next slated to now return to action on Tuesday, April 17, at home against the Ashland Eagles starting at 2 p.m. (ET) for game one and 4 p.m. (ET) for game two at the FSU Softball Field.

Fans are encouraged to visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com and stay updated on all the latest changes.

Leave a Reply