Pressure from parents can help, hurt student-athletes

When the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball in 2017, they also got Ball’s father

LaVar Ball has made headlines with a variety of controversial statements promoting the basketball talents of his three sons — Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo — and their Big Baller Brand apparel company. To some, LaVar Ball’s actions represent an example of what parents shouldn’t do. But for others, his passion is an example of how parents can be a driving force for the success of their children. It’s unfortunately too common to encounter parents like Ball, said former East Lansing High School boys basketball head coach Steve Finamore. He.

A Spartan flags hangs inside inside the MSU Swimming and Diving facility in IM West on April 4.

MSU’s Israeli swimming duo adjust to American life

Tal Hanini knew he was in for a big change the second he stepped outside and saw his first Michigan snowfall. He quickly went back inside and grabbed a couple more layers before braving the elements. Hanini attempted to walk to his class, but got lost — a common occurrence during his freshman year. Asking for directions? Not as easy as it might seem with broken English, not knowing anybody in a sea of nearly 50,000 students.

After enrollment decrease, Sexton wrestling rebuilds from the ground up

Chris Henderson is in his 20th year as head coach of the wrestling team and third year as Sexton’s athletic director. Henderson was a part of Sexton’s golden days winning three individual championships as a student in 1987-1989. He has been trying to get his team to the winning ways they once had ever since assuming the coaching role.

Declining enrollment compounded by school of choice play a big role in the declining participation of the program, Henderson said. A smaller school and community leads to a smaller student population which means fewer opportunities and less money. He said that kids also transfer to the bigger and better facilities and resources at other schools.