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Spring Lake will face Belding at Thomas Grabinski Field in playoff-opener
Nich Wolak
Oct 28, 2013

It looks like senior night was a bit unnecessary for the Spring Lake football team.

The Lakers will have one more game at Thomas Grabinski Field this season, as they begin the playoffs at home Friday night against Belding.

It will be the first time Spring Lake has hosted a playoff game in more than a decade.

Spring Lake players and coaches gathered at the high school on Sunday to eat pizza, watch the Selection Sunday Show and learn their fate.

There was a lot of cheering when the Lakers found out they were going to kick off the postseason at home.

“We get to bring a home playoff game to Grabinski,” senior captain Zach Anderson said. “I was so excited to find out if we got to play at home, to play at our field one more time.  (After) going against Tri-County I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to play here again — but we were able to bring it home.”

“I think it is (an advantage),” coach Jerry Rabideau said. “When you go 8-1 you’re hoping to get one. This has just been a great season for the kids, and this is a great field and a great environment to play at. I’m just happy for the players — especially the seniors — to be able to play at Grabinski again.”

Coaches and players said they did not know much about this year’s Belding squad — yet.

Belding will come to Spring Lake with a 6-3 record, 3-2 in the O-K Blue Conference.

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Congrats Lakers. Now, since the coach is a fan of Grabinski Field, why are we bothering to build a new stadium?: "... this is a great field and a great environment to play at."

I think I'll stick with the grass field and wind coming off the river location over the new plastic field. Kind of like the Packers and Lambeau Field. Grabinski Field's good for me, thanks.

Tri-cities realist

Yep, Mr. Furton will probably have a talk with the coach, to get Rabideau back on board with the spending plan.

Laker Dad

It's been 12 years since SL has won a playoff game. I wish them all the best this year. Now, about that new field. You will never duplicate the beauty of Grabinski Field in the fall with a full moon rising.


Or was that with a full moon outside the fence at the end of the field?


Grabinski Field is a special place to play football. I spent many Friday nights on that field...kudos to Jerry Rabideau for speaking about the greatness of it and Mr. Furton...move on and away from SL...our community appreciates it's small town, comfortable life and doesn't need you or your 60 million dollar bond. Please take your extravagant nature and go elsewhere. Let's go Lakers!


Agreed. A vote No on the bond is a vote yes to save Grabinski Field's high school football tradition.

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