While football teams have garnered much of the attention over the past week, football isn’t the only fall sport to get started.
In fact, all fall sports teams have now opened practice, and may of those teams begin contests as early as next week.
In Spring Lake, the Lakers’ varsity soccer team — the defending Division 2 state runners-up — concluded their tryouts on Friday. Now it’s back to business for the Lakers, who are gunning for their third state championship game appearance in the past four years.
“We’re going to have a really talented squad, but what I’ve learned over the last couple years with the boys team three years ago going to the state finals, last year going to the state finals … soccer’s a crap shoot,” Thelen said. “It’s how lucky do you get at the right time. I really do think we have great pieces to our team, but are we going to mold together? Are we going to build together? Are we hungry?”
Girls golf and boys tennis teams are allowed to open their seasons this coming Wednesday, while on Friday, volleyball, cross country, girls swimming and boys soccer seasons open.
Football teams can hold their opening contests on Thursday, Aug. 28. On that night, Grand Haven will visit Fruitport, while on Friday, Aug. 29, Spring Lake plays at Coopersville.
Earlier that week, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, Grand Haven’s volleyball squad will hold the second Battle on the Boardwalk — an outdoor volleyball extravaganza to be held at Waterfront Stadium in downtown Grand Haven.