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Back to the boardwalk

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

With the second Battle on the Boardwalk volleyball showcase approaching, there's one thing coach Aaron Smaka said he learned from last year's event.

"Man, I hope the weather's nice," the Buccaneers' coach said with a laugh.

The weather is the one thing Smaka can't control.

Everything else fell neatly into place last August, in the inaugural year for the event.

Because of that, not much has changed for this year's event, which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Waterfront Stadium.

"I'm really, really excited," Smaka said. "We're doing a free volleyball camp in the morning, and the big thing I've stressed through it all is community. The community support has been incredible. It's such a unique event, one of a kind. The setting we have, to be able to tie in the waterfront, the beach volleyball community, the high school volleyball community.

"We just had the (30th anniversary) celebration of the boardwalk. To me, part of the beauty of Grand Haven is represented by the boardwalk, and I'm glad we can do something that highlights that."

Wednesday's event begins with the Grand Haven Middle School Camp, which will run from 9-10:30 a.m. for seventh-graders and 10:30-noon for eighth-graders. Those events are free.

Read the rest of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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