The high school volleyball season generally comes to an end in late November, making the handful of schools preparing for a return to play next week a unique quirk of the 2020-21 sports calendar.
The debate seemed to change every hour: Which high school sports would take place this fall? Which sports are safe to play? How can contact sports be played safely?
While it might take until 2021 to see an end to the state’s high school volleyball season – if we get one – there’s still time to honor standout players.
ROCKFORD — Grand Haven had played the Rockford Rams tight in two matches already in 2020, and were looking forward to a district semifinal rematch.
Half of the state’s cross country finals took place at Michigan International Speedway on Friday afternoon, with a handful of local runners taking part.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — There were nervy moments against a conference rival, but when it mattered, Grand Haven did more than enough to keep their streak alive.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven volleyball will head into Thursday’s district final against West Ottawa knowing at least one thing – that they’ll have to be prepared to start with plenty of energy.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Between injuries and contact-tracing quarantines, it’s been tough to get Grand Haven volleyball’s entire lineup on the court together at the same time.
Grand Haven volleyball lost a pair of matches on their travels Thursday night, dropping a five-set match to Jenison and losing in four sets against Hudsonville.
The Western Michigan Christian soccer program played a home game in a place that felt more comfortable than usual on Tuesday, opening its new Warrior Field with a 5-1 win over Ravenna.
A lighter weekend of prep sports saw just a handful of volleyball teams in action. With districts and regionals approaching in cross country and soccer, it’s getting into crunch time for the fall season.
Plenty of local teams were in action on Thursday, with wins on the soccer field and in the pool for a handful of area programs. Results and more from Thursday’s loaded slate of competition:
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — After two close matches to start their conference season, Grand Haven soccer got the win they were looking for on Thursday night in a 3-0 home win against Caledonia. Joey Fischer scored two first-half goals before Emarrean Banks finished things off a couple minutes after h…
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — It was missing the vendors and music, but there was still a Battle on the Boardwalk to be had in 2020. Moved indoors, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Fruitport and Mona Shores got together for their annual matches.
Thursday was as normal a night on the high school schedule as we’ve seen in months. Soccer, swimming and volleyball matches were all part of a busy night, along with the fall sports that had a full start to their seasons.
Thursday’s news on the remaining fall sports was definitely positive for players and coaches, but arrived just a little late to change plans for Thursday and Friday’s action.
Following a new executive order from Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday, the MHSAA has reinstated football into the fall sports calendar.
New guidance from the governor’s office on Thursday afternoon opened up indoor gyms and pools in the middle of next week, marking positive news for a handful of fall sports.
Monday marked the start of the O-K Blue season in boys tennis, with the Spring Lake and Fruitport tennis teams in action.
A meeting of the MHSAA’s Representative Council Friday yielded little change to current guidelines governing play for boys soccer, volleyball and girls swimming.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — While some people saw Thursday’s news from the MHSAA as a source of frustration, Grand Haven volleyball coach Aaron Smaka took a completely different approach.
Those awaiting good news on the fate of three fall high school sports – boys soccer, girls swim and dive, and volleyball – will have to wait a little longer to find out if they can face opponents this fall.
While the spring sports season for Michigan’s high-school athletes was taken away by the coronavirus pandemic, there is still plenty of hope that the fall will be able to go on.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — In her time at the University of Michigan, Abby (Cole) Hatch saw the full value of an athletic scholarship as a member of the Wolverines’ volleyball team.
HUDSONVILLE — Western Michigan Christian battled early in their state quarterfinal match against number one Schoolcraft, but was unable to put together sustained runs in their 3-0 loss.