Minor league teams eager to welcome fans back to the ballpark

BASEBALL: Michigan’s minor league baseball teams are coming to bat for a season with pandemic-related restrictions, including a seating capacity cap and cashless food concessions. We hear about the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park, and the Lansing Lugnuts. For new sand sports sections. By Samuel Blatchford. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, GREENVILLE, HOLLAND LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

Novi High School junior’s basketball season cut short by contact tracing

Eva Khalil, starter on the Novi girls varsity basketball team, had  her season cut short due to contact tracing at Novi High School. 

Novi varsity Women’s Basketball instagramEva Khalil, #3 for Novii, playing basketball against Grand Blanc. Khalil has been playing basketball for nine years and is a power forward. Her junior season was quickly taken away from her after sitting next to a classmate who tested positive for COVID-19. 

“They called me down to the attendance office on March 18th, handed me some tissues, and basically said I have to quarantine from school and all activities for 10 days,” Khalil said. 

Khalil’s quarantine will be up on March 27, but that was not soon enough. Khalil missed a crossover game, and a  district playoff game March 24, as well as the district championship on March 26, which Farmington Hills Mercy won, 55-38. “Devastated is an understatement at this point,” Khalil said.

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Grand Ledge girls varsity basketball team playing “no matter what”

GRAND LEDGE – “No matter what” is this year’s theme for the Grand Ledge girls varsity basketball team. 

The team has gone through its ups and downs when awaiting the status of its season early on. Before the announcement made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Feb. 8 in regards to the return of winter sports, the team didn’t know if they were going to have a 2021 season. 

The initial season started on track with tryouts in early November. Not too long after the week of tryouts, on Nov. 18, there was an announcement of a partial pause of all high school sports until Dec.

Sports carry DeWitt High School students through pandemic

As the athletic trainer at DeWitt High School for 10 years, Steve Jenkins saw firsthand how an athletic program can do its part in helping student-athletes play safely and successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This commitment level to COVID-19 guidelines helped DeWitt’s football team win a Division 3 State Championship in 2020, the first in school history. In an effort to control the spread of the virus, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a series of pauses for partial shutdowns throughout the season. Throughout this time, many players remained locked in to what they needed to do to not only play well, but safely.

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Despite COVID-19, (some) games still went on

GRAND LEDGE – The continuing COVID-19 pandemic led to a season like no other for the Grand Ledge varsity football team. Grand Ledge Public School District classes have been held remotely since the start of the year in August. Sports, on the other hand, have been allowed to play with some accommodations. Although the Grand Ledge football season was delayed, the season still gave them enough time to play each game that was scheduled. 

Head coach Joe Brya had to make it work even with the virus. The restrictions that were set in place to keep the team safe included temperatures readings, social distancing, facial coverings for all, and sanitation for both the players and equipment. 

Brya said these precautions allowed the team to do well – the team finished 5-3, 2-2 in its conference – and avoid the coronavirus. 

The students did their due diligence by wearing masks and sanitizing before touching equipment and never got infected or had to get tested because of exposure.

Trenton hockey returns

The Trenton Trojans were two games away from a state championship when COVID-19 ended the season. After nearly a full calendar year, the Trojans are back on the ice to start the 2021 season.