Game became a rallying point

When it all comes down to it, basketball is just a game.
Apr 4, 2013


Try telling that to the thousands of Buccaneers’ basketball fans who poured into the Breslin Center in East Lansing to watch Grand Haven’s varsity girls basketball team win the Class A state championship.

Try telling that to all of the Buccaneers’ fans who watched the state title game on TV, listened to it on the radio or followed live updates online.

Try telling that to the area businesses who supported the Buccaneers by putting encouraging messages on their marquees.

Try telling that to those in the isles of Meijer, the back of the church, standing around the office water cooler or chatting online, who couldn’t stop talking about Grand Haven girls basketball.

This is more than just a game.

It’s a uniting force that pulls a community together.

Last year, we learned that winning the state championship brought a ray of sunshine into an otherwise bleak situation following the car crash that nearly claimed the lives of several GHHS students.

This year, with no tragedy to rally around, the community still came out and showed overwhelming support for this team. Basketball fanatics, casual sports fans and those who don’t know the difference between a free throw and a flagrant foul alike went crazy as the Bucs pulled out the overtime win.

And it wasn’t only people from Grand Haven. Neighbors to the north, south and east all rallied around this team, pulling for the Buccaneers to represent the west side of the state with a victory over Blue Devils of Grosse Pointe South.

True, basketball’s just a game, but once again, we’re reminded how a game can rise above its humble roots and become a rallying point for a small close-knit community.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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