With Michigan High School Sports approaching a month into the winter season, Colin Jankowski breaks down how Meridian Township Schools are tackling the return to sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. Update: Jankowski learned after the filing of this story that the boys’ basketball team at Okemos High School has an outbreak of COVID-19. Critics of the return to sports in Michigan voiced concerns that social distancing procedures wouldn’t be followed, whereas supporters felt athletes and spectators could handle it. “I think we’ve done just about as good of a job as you can,” Okemos High School Athletic Director Brian Fuller said about Okemos’ handling of COVID-19 safety protocols. Monday marked three weeks since the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the state of Michigan gave the all-clear to resume high school sports in Michigan while the state continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OKEMOS — March in Okemos can be a month full of gifts. Traffic is heavy, bars can be crowded, floors are sticky from beer being wasted, all because of March Madness. March Madness is the month students, alums and townspeople alike represent their school with pride. This is the time for fans travel to their favorite bar, buy a cold beverage, alongside a nice light meal and cheer for their favorite college basketball team to win as many games possible. Owner of Buddies Pub and Grill Terry Lynn explained why March Madness is so important for the people of the community and her business.
HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.
Charnel Gloss, a 12th-grader at Everett High School in Lansing, said that the hardest part of being on the basketball team and being a student is keeping her grades up. “It’s hard to find time to eat, sleep, go to practice and keep your grades up,” Gloss said. “Everything is really busy and it’s worth it but it takes a lot of work.”
Every day, high school students try to balance their time between school, sports and other extracurricular activities. Young athletes deal with the constant challenges of doing well in school, doing well in sports and finding time for other commitments such as family and work. Gloss said that time management is also a big deal while being a student-athlete.
LANSING-Drink specials, ruined brackets, and bets. It must be March Madness. With Michigan State’s men’s basketball team now in the Final Four, Lansing residents debate whether to embrace the bar scene or stay in the comfort of their own home while cheering on the M Spartans. Lansing bars Tavern and Tap and Troppo will be selling their draft beer for $3 on game nights in hopes that basketball fans will come to experience the atmosphere they have to offer. “A lot of people definitely go to the bars to be a part of the excitement.
HOLT, Mich. — The Holt Rams boys basketball team experienced a medley of emotions Tuesday night. Lansing Everett guard Devon Hudson hit the game-winning layup as time expired, negating the Rams’ furious 28-point comeback in the second half. The final score was 75-73. A flurry of 3-pointers down the stretch for Holt was completed by Colin Jones’ shot from behind the arc with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Writer
Injuries are nothing new in the sports world. Athletes are no strangers to sprains, strains, contusions, concussions and broken bones. In recent years, injuries amongst female athletes have been going up, especially lower leg injuries. The three most dangerous sports when it comes to these lower leg injuries are soccer, volleyball and basketball. Examples of lower leg injuries are ankle sprains and strains, hip problems, foot problems, shin splints, pulled muscles, and the knee.
Nike celebrated the Spartans’ 3rd place standing in its March Madness Fuel Points Competition Friday night at the Breslin Center. The competition kept track of students’ activity through various Nike Fuel equipment. The students would then upload their activity to Nike’s website to gain Fuel Points for their own schools. Nike sent two trainers and a box full of goodies to East Lansing for their efforts. The trainers led a 40 minute workout session.
On a day featuring four NCAA Tournament games and three NBA games, Hope Middle School put together a crowd for an afternoon of basketball that impressed even the high school basketball players in attendance. Hope held its annual March madness event March 28, starting with a school-wide talent show and ending with a basketball tournament played before a packed house. The event is designed to build school spirit and foster a sense of community, Hope teacher Joe Cleary said, and is held on the final day before spring break every year. At 1:15 p.m., the entire student body gathered in the smaller of Hope’s two gyms for the talent show. The show featured 38 acts, with the talents including singing, dancing, tumbling and playing instruments.