Published Weekly since 2017
The Lansing Christian volleyball teams seeks to move on further into the state playoffs than they ever have before Tuesday night at 6:30pm when Lansing Christian takes on Battle Creek St. Philip at Portage Northern for the right to get to the State Semi Finals. St. Philip is a perennial powerhouse with over 20 state titles, and for Lansing Christian, their Regional Championship this season is the furthest they’ve ever made in the state playoffs. In a season like none other the Pilgrim have had their ups and downs like everyone else.
“It’s been a process. We were on quite the roll at the end of the season and we’d beaten a number of class A, D1 schools and made our way through districts and regionals where we were short three of our starters because of covid protocol. We ser set to get everyone back then we were put on hold which has lasted seven weeks now.” Lansing Christian volleyball head coach Casey Hilts explained. “We are back in the gym, that first day back after being out for six weeks we didn’t look very good. Volleyball is a very skill based sport and not touching the ball for six weeks is a little different than in some other sports. The next practice was a little better and then this last week we’ve been concentrating on getting everyone a lot of touches on the ball…volleyball is a twelve week season and we are going on seven months!”
Victory is possible for the Pilgrims as they beat St. Philip earlier this season in a five game set. The key for the Pilgrims remains execution in their passing game, and to follow the power from D4 All State outside hitters Anna Rottman and Ashley Nordmann.
“We want to pass on a high level, and as long as we pass at a high level on service we can pretty much out hit anybody we play. We’ve got some players who can hit the ball really well and that’s good because we are a young team.” Hilts said.
Let’s find out if history will repeat itself and see if the Pilgrims advance once more. Watch the match live Tuesday night starting at 6:15, streaming exclusively on LansingHerald.com
-courtesy photo from LC Pilgrims on Twitter
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recently recognized outstanding area players for post season awards. Here are your honorees:
QB Joey Baker
DL Bronson Abbott
DB Jake Maloney
Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association recently named their All State Team. Here are Lansing's Honorees:
Hailey Bres - Lansing Catholic
Melissa Meachnau - Lansing Catholic
Ashley Nordmann - Lansing Christian
Annaliese Rottman - Lansing Christian
Congratulations to all!
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 13 – Three more Michigan High School Athletic Association non-contact Winter sports will be allowed to restart practice Saturday (Jan. 16) per the updated epidemic order announced today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), while four Winter contact sports may begin indoor practices Saturday with non-contact activities.
Girls gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming & diving, as “non-contact” sports, may also begin competition before the end of this month – swimming & diving Jan. 22 and gymnastics and bowling Jan. 25. Masks will be required of all participants except when they are actively participating in gymnastics and swimming & diving. Spectators will be capped at 100 persons in school gyms or 250 in stadiums and arenas, per MDHHS orders.
Basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling are considered “contact” sports and may begin non-contact practices Jan. 16, with their first competitions scheduled for Feb. 1. Because of the later start to competition schedules in those sports, the MHSAA will adjust its tournament dates for those four to conclude on later dates than what is currently scheduled – those dates will be announced later this week.Girls and boys skiing, as an outdoor non-contact sport, was allowed to begin in December.
“We are glad to have three more sports join skiing in returning to full activity, but we understand the disappointment and frustration on the part of our athletes and coaches whose sports are not yet able to restart completely,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion.
“We have shown with our remaining Fall sports this month that our schools can participate safely, and we’re confident teams will continue to take all the appropriate precautions as we jump back into indoor Winter activities.”
Additionally, spring sports teams and fall teams not participating in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program may begin four-player workouts and resume conditioning Jan. 16, but only with non-contact activities. Fall teams finishing their seasons in girls volleyball, Lower Peninsula girls swimming & diving and football have been able to do so by taking part in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program for COVID-19; volleyball and swimming & diving will conclude with Finals this weekend, while football will finish Jan. 22-23 with 11-Player Finals.
Equal pay for minorities and women. Earn while you learn and graduate debt free. Excellent wages, health care, and retirement benefits. And the job security of a career in a high-demand industry. What are you waiting for? Apply to become a union electrical apprentice today. Visit IBEWNECA665.org.