High school seniors struggle with spring sports canceled

Lake Orion High School senior Lilly Snyder had waited until her senior year to start on the varsity softball team. She was called up as a freshman and sat back watching the upperclassmen take the field, and she did the same thing her sophomore year, and the same thing for her junior year. This was going to be her year until life threw a nasty curveball her way. Many high school athletes, including Lilly, were holding out hope that the Michigan High School Athletic Association wouldn’t cancel spring sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A few weeks after postponing all winter sports tournaments, it seemed inevitable that both winter and spring sports would be canceled and the MHSAA made it official on April 3.

Holt High remains hopeful after early season cancellations

By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer

One of the harshest Michigan winters on record is causing games to be canceled and forcing practices indoors as Holt High’s spring sport season begins. The Rams’ coaches and athletes can do nothing but wait for field conditions to improve. “We’re just being patient, waiting for the snow to melt,” said Holt Athletic Director Rick Schmidt. “All other schools in the area are going through the same difficulties.”

With Holt’s spring break scheduled for April 7-11, most teams should be preparing to play their first game this week. Instead, swamped fields and inclement weather have already forced cancellations.

Video: Lansing Everett defeats Holt on buzzer-beating layup

By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer

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.

Injuries among high school female athletes

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.

MHSAA tackles concussion issues with new protocol

By David Topham
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY—There isn’t anything quite like the brain. It is the most complex and vital organ in the human body. That is why protecting it has become a main priority of the Michigan High School Athletic Association in the past two years. Starting in 2010, the MHSAA launched a five-step protocol all high schools must follow during a contest in which an athlete is believed to have sustained a concussion. The protocol forces any athlete at risk of a concussion to come out of the game and be evaluated.