While it has divided the student-athletes affected, there’s one element of the University of Michigan’s recent two-week shutdown striking families across the state as the Wolverines deal with COVID-19 complications.
After Wednesday's update from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the official start date for a handful of winter sports was pushed back yet again by two weeks.
Winter sports moving indoors will present the next challenge of the high school sports season, provided it even gets going.
The MHSAA announced plans for an updated winter schedule on Wednesday, with the vast majority of winter sports currently kept off the field by state health orders.
The state's individual wrestling finals came to a close on Saturday, and a pair of local athletes finished within the top three places of their weight classes during competition over the past two days.
Local athletes are competing in state championships this weekend, including individual wrestling finals at Ford Field in Detroit as well as bowling finals in Allen Park and Jackson. We'll have live updates to this story all day long, so check back for more information as the day continues:
Spring Lake junior Jack Parker won a regional title on Saturday as four area wrestlers finished in top-four positions necessary to advance to March’s individual finals.
Although the wrestling teams from Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport have all been eliminated from postseason action, there are a total of 14 individuals who still have a chance at becoming state finalists.
The Grand Haven wrestling team was at Rockford for team regionals on Wednesday. After beating Grandville in the regional semifinal the Bucs came up short against Rockford in the final by a score of 48-12.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven wrestling won their match Wednesday night in dominant fashion. They defeated conference rival Hudsonville 65-14 on their Bucs Pride night.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Grand Haven wrestling team hosted and won the Adam H. Provencal Invitational on Saturday. With 210.5 points the Bucs beat out Jackson Northwest for first place.
Five wrestlers represented the area at Ford Field over the weekend at the MHSAA individual state championship tournament, finishing with stellar results across the board.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Grand Haven's Cody Miller and Riley Rhone are a combined 79-4 this season on the wrestling mat, but it's a handful of losses last season that the two standout grapplers remember most as they prepare for a trip to this weekend's individual state finals meet at Ford Field.
The annual Grand March at Ford Field will feature plenty of local pride this year, as the Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport wrestling programs will be sending representatives to the individual state finals on March 1-2 in Detroit.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — After five consecutive seasons of hoisting the team district championship trophy, the Grand Haven wrestling team could only watch as O-K Red Conference rival Hudsonville celebrated on their home mat.
The prep sports calendar was put on ice last week, as an unprecedented streak of inclement weather produced by a polar vortex covered West Michigan with snow, ice and subzero temperatures.
FRUITPORT — The Fruitport wrestling program held its annual Legends Invitational on Saturday, as the Trojans embraced their past, present and future.
The Fruitport wrestling team finished 2-0 at the Grand Rapids Union quad on Wednesday with sizable wins over the host Red Hawks and Grand Rapids West Catholic.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — As the team scores were being read over the loudspeakers in the Grand Haven Fieldhouse gym, nine hours of hard work and intensity were beginning to culminate into jubilation for the Grand Haven wrestling team on Saturday.
As we all attempt to break out of our collective comatose state that is often brought on by extra helpings of holiday cheer, the majority of high school winter sports teams will also be jumping back into action after the holiday break.
GRAND HAVEN TWP. — With a lineup full of experience from returning stars and committed newcomers, Grand Haven wrestling hosted Spring Lake, Howell, Battle Creek Lakeview and Reeths-Puffer over the weekend, hoping to test their talented roster early in the season.
Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Fruitport wrestling all return some of their top talent from a year ago for another round this winter, making for exciting preseason vibes all around.
The Spring Lake and Fruitport wrestling teams met for a rivalry romp in their first time on the mat Wednesday, getting an intense first taste of what their rosters have in store for the season.
The Grand Haven wrestling team opened its season with an impressive sweep at Holland High School on Wednesday, defeating Forest Hills Northern (66-12) and Kelloggsville (65-9) in non-conference action.
FRUITPORT — Skilled athletes can rise to the occasion from time to time, but dedicated tacticians always find a way to get their hand raised.