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EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association approved today an adjusted schedule to restart and conclude Fall Tournaments in football, girls volleyball and girls swimming & diving, and also to resume Winter sports after the three-week “pause” in activity ordered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) scheduled to end Dec. 9.
The MDHHS announced Nov. 15 a three-week pause to various activities including school sports, effective Nov. 18, in hopes of halting the state’s rising infections due to COVID-19.
The volleyball and swimming & diving tournaments have one week remaining, with MHSAA Finals for both previously scheduled for Nov. 21. The 11 and 8-Player Football Playoffs also are nearing their conclusions, with the 8-player postseason two games from completion and 11-player down to its final three rounds. Winter practices for all but boys basketball, bowling, skiing and wrestling had begun for high school teams.
If allowed by the MDHHS, practice would resume for all three Fall sports Dec. 9, with tournaments scheduled as follows:
Volleyball: Quarterfinals in all four divisions would be played Tuesday, Dec. 15, with Semifinals played Dec. 17-18 and Finals on Saturday, Dec. 19. Those final two rounds would be played at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena, as previously scheduled.
Swimming & Diving: All three Lower Peninsula Finals would be conducted Tuesday, Dec. 22 (diving) and Wednesday, Dec. 23 (swimming) with three high schools each hosting one meet. This allows for a two-week practice window for all participating swimmers who previously met and entered qualification times, and for divers who previously qualified at Regional meets.
Football: 11-Player Regional Finals and 8-Player Semifinals would be played Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Wednesday Dec. 16; 11-Player Semifinals and 8-Player Finals would be played Dec. 21-22, the 8-player championship games at Midland Community Stadium; 11-Player Finals will be played Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday Dec. 29 at Ford Field.
For Winter sports, the Council approved resuming practices on Dec. 9 if allowed by the MDHHS, with competition to begin Jan. 4.
“We understand where COVID numbers were trending, and that’s why we have been supportive of the order to pause,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “But these Fall sports deserve closure, and this strategy provides the best opportunities without further interruptions to a normal course of training and competition.
“A very small percentage of our teams remain active in our Fall tournaments, also limiting potential exposure to the virus across the state. Meanwhile, by waiting until January to begin Winter competition, the Council is allowing our teams to continue activity but also restricting the mixing of communities to further promote reducing COVID spread.”
The Council meets again Dec. 4 for its annual Fall Meeting, and at that time will consider possible tournament adjustments necessary due to the shortened Winter competition season.
The Representative Council is the 19-member legislative body of the MHSAA. All but five are elected by member schools. Four members are appointed by the Council to facilitate representation of females and minorities, and the 19th position is occupied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.
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A person’s passion will drive them to do things others would never even consider and for DeWitt high school student Lane Boshaw his passion is something many have considered, but few have braved – bull riding! Boshaw has earned his way to the upcoming world finals through an abnormal season that has seen him come out on top.
“This year has been a pretty good year. I qualified for nationals in bull riding… but I have a pretty good year and been at the top of my game and it’s been pretty nice compared to other years.” DeWitt senior Lane Boshaw commented on his bull riding season this year. “For some people it’s scary, but to me it kind of just became a love and a habit for me. Instead of just doing it for fun it became more than love and just a game it’s not just.”
This year’s the IMBA finals are December 7th - 12th, 2020 in Mesquite, TX at the Mesquite Rodeo Arena better known as "The Rodeo Capital of Texas." Boshaw is hopeful that his life long love of rodeo pays off with a goal he’s been chasing for four straight years.
“So I started off because of my Dad when he was younger, he was the first generation in the family to compete in rodeo and ride bulls at the age of 16 he started. He competed for quite a few years til I was two years old. I used to go to all these rodeos with my Mom and Dad.” Lane said. “One of the people who was my biggest inspiration, Jim Fuseee (who used to own the Wagon Wheel rodeo company) and he would put on a big show at the MSU Stampede every year. Til he passed away a couple of years ago (2011). He was my biggest inspiration and we would go all over the place to the rodeos he put on. After he passed away my main goal was to become a world champion and I was riding for him ever since he passed away.”
If you would like to help Lane on his goal of getting his world championship, you can support his journey by donating to his go fund me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/lane-boshaw-to-imba-world-finals