GLIAC Columnist

GLIAC Columnist

Jake Riepma graduated from Northwood in 2015 where he played football from 2011-2015. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he earned the GLIAC's Jack H. McAvoy Award in recognition of outstanding character, service, and leadership throughout his tenure at Northwood. 

In 2018, Riepma graduated with a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University specializing in Sports Media at the Medill School of Journalism. 

In addition to contributing to, Riepma currently works for Entercom Detroit as a Sports Update Anchor on 97.1 The Ticket and WWJ News Radio 950.

GLIAC Semifinal Review: Ferris State Season Ends in Heartbreak

The top-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday to No. 4 West Florida in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals at Top Taggart Field.

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Super Region Three Final Reaction

December 9th, 2019 5:00pm

For the third time in four years, the Ferris State Bulldogs are playing in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals. Ferris State topped third-seeded Northwest Missouri State 25-3 on Saturday at Top Taggart Field to earn a second consecutive Super Region Three title.

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GLIAC SR3 Final Preview

December 5th, 2019 11:00am

Eight teams remain in the NCAA DII football playoffs and for the fourth consecutive year, the Ferris State Bulldogs are among the final eight teams playing football. It’s one of countless accomplishments making up the laundry list of successes in the Tony Annese era at Ferris State that began in December of 2011.

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GLIAC Second Round Playoff Reaction

December 2nd, 2019 2:00pm

The remaining field in the NCAA DII Playoffs has dwindled down to eight teams after the action unfolded over the weekend. Among them, No.

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GLIAC Round 2 Playoff Preview

November 29th, 2019 1:30pm

After a two-week hiatus, the GLIAC champion and Super Region Three’s top-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs will be in action on Saturday at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids in the second round of the NCAA DII Playoffs. The Bulldogs welcome in the University of Central Missouri after the Mules knocked off the University of Indianapolis 37-27 in the opening round last weekend.

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GLIAC Regular Season Wrap

November 18th, 2019 5:00pm

Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.

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GLIAC Week 11 Preview

November 14th, 2019 8:00am

Four games on Saturday in the GLIAC to close out the regular season in week 11 – Grand Valley State hosting Wayne State headlines the weekend’s games as second place in the conference will be decided in Allendale, and Ashland can finish in a tie for second place with a win over Northern Michigan.

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GLIAC Week 10 Reaction

November 11th, 2019 1:00pm

10 weeks of GLIAC football are in the books, and we have our undisputed regular season champion – the Ferris State Bulldogs complete their second consecutive undefeated regular season to capture the GLIAC title outright for the second straight year.

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GLIAC Week Ten Preview

November 7th, 2019 9:00pm

Week 10 in the GLIAC is upon us meaning the highly anticipated “Anchor-Bone” classic is set to kick off this weekend in Big Rapids featuring No.

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GLIAC Week 9 Reaction

November 4th, 2019 1:00pm

Can you hear that? My friends, the sound you’re hearing are the sweet church bells from heaven ringing down the delightfully satisfying tunes of victory after a perfect 5-0 week of GLIAC ‘Pick’Em for me!

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GLIAC Week Nine Preview

October 31st, 2019 8:00am

Four conference games and a nonconference tilt for Grand Valley State makes up week nine in the GLIAC. As the standings start to sort out for the final stretch of the regular season, each game becomes imperative in terms of league title implications.

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GLIAC Week 8 Reaction

October 28th, 2019 11:00am

Four games over the weekend that all played out as chalk, and week eight in the GLIAC made for a relatively predictable day on the gridiron. Of the four GLIAC contests, not one of them was decided by one possession;

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GLIAC Week Eight Preview

October 24th, 2019 11:00am

The last weekend slate of games for the month of October presents three intriguing day games followed by a nightcap on the west side of the state. With teams starting to make the final push to close out the regular season strong, as crazy GLIAC football fans this is the time of year we live for.

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GLIAC Week 7 Reaction

October 21st, 2019 11:00am

Week 7 on the gridiron in the GLIAC brought us two of the more dramatic finishes we have seen all year as Ashland and Wayne State battled it out in a double overtime thriller, and Saginaw Valley State saw a victory evaporate in the final seconds compliments of a late Lindenwood touchdown. Aside from those two memorable finishes, the rest of the day was relatively snooze worthy –

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GLIAC Week 7 Preview

October 17th, 2019 7:00pm

The pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place as we sprint into week 7 of the Division II college football season, and this week’s matchups will continue to shape the GLIAC landscape. Four afternoon games followed up by an intriguing nightcap in Detroit featuring two teams with just one GLIAC loss in Ashland and Wayne State.

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GLIAC Review Week Six

October 14th, 2019 8:00am

Four games decided by one possession with two of those coming down to the final play highlight another captivating weekend on the gridiron in the GLIAC. Meanwhile, the No.2 ranked Ferris State Bulldogs routed Wayne State, meaning FSU hails as the lone unbeaten in the GLIAC.

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GLIAC Week 6 Preview

October 10th, 2019 10:30am

Four more GLIAC games and one nonconference game on tap for our Saturday viewing pleasures as week six on the gridiron is headlined by an unexpected battle for first place. Sure, we all expected Ferris State to be undefeated and the team to beat, but did anyone anticipate a week six matchup with Wayne State to have first place on the line?

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GLIAC Week 5 Review

October 7th, 2019 8:19am

Divine intervention struck in Allendale for the Ashland Eagles as a Hail Mary for the ages was answered on the final play of the game when Austin Brenner found junior wide receiver Logan Bolin for a game-winning 52-yard touchdown pass– a play that will live on forever.

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GLIAC Preview Week Five

October 3rd, 2019 3:25am

Another week, another matchup of high-powered conference foes as Grand Valley State and Ashland square off Saturday night at Lubbers Stadium, add in the classic “Axe Bowl” rivalry game, a West-Michigan showdown between two unbeatens in Davenport and Ferris State, and Wayne State eyeing a 2-0 start in conference play, and there’s your week 5 storylines.

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GLIAC Week Four Review

September 30th, 2019 12:30pm

And then there were three! That’s right, three remaining undefeated GLIAC teams four weeks into the season.

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