Mona Shores women basketball group shakes off two-month layoff with midnight practice
NORTON SHORES – Mona Shores’ women basketball team was not ready to lose even another second.
” Not at all, not,” Sailors coach Mike Phillips acknowledged.
Phillips and his excited Sailors held a midnight practice Saturday in the Sailor Center at Mona Shores High School.
It had been two months given that they might put together as a group. On Nov. 15, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended indoor winter sports after the Michigan Department of Health and Person Solutions issued an emergency situation order to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.
A lots players and three coaches required to the court with face coverings and took part in socially distanced drills during the 90-minute practice. The Sailors are preparing to hold their next practice at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Mona Shores’ football team hosts Traverse City Central in a Department 2 semifinal video game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sailor Stadium. Football teams remaining in the state playoffs resumed competitors last weekend.
Swimming and diving, and volley ball are finishing up their fall seasons this weekend with the state finals, and football is anticipated to conclude next weekend at Ford Field.
Phillips is like numerous Michigan high school basketball coaches who have been itching to get back in the gym with his group. It was a long time coming.
” We’ve got a fantastic group of kids returning, an excellent coaching personnel. When they initially began talking about (the winter season sports suspension) expiring at 11:59, it’s like, ‘Why do not we act the very first minute possible?'” Phillips stated.
” These kids are probably going to be up anyways, so attempt to maximize every minute this season, whatever we get. We know that absolutely nothing is guaranteed, so if we can get in the fitness center now, make the most of every second for sure.”
To say that the Sailors’ players were ready to return to practice is an understatement. They collected in the car park outside Sailor Center and pumped up the music, being teens, while they waited on the doors to open for them at midnight.
During the MHSAA’s season suspension, the Sailors have actually been fulfilling at the SportHouse Athletic Center in Norton Shores to work on their games and continue developing group chemistry.
They could not wait to get back in their home gymnasium.
” I don’t know, we just believed it would be enjoyable, just dancing (in the parking area) before our very first practice, just getting hype about it,” Mona Shores junior Olivia Sobczak stated.
Sobczak signs up with the senior trio of Brooke LeRoux, Riley Rosenthal and Bri Wade as group leaders for the Sailors, who finished 11-10 in 2019-20 however swindled five-straight wins near the end of the season, consisting of successive victories over gifted Muskegon and Jenison teams.
Non-contact practices for girls and young boys basketball could resume Saturday. Contact practices might begin Monday, Feb. 1 and the first contests can be played Thursday, Feb. 4.
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Phillips stated he is not sure precisely when Mona Shores will play its first video game, but the Sailors’ schedule on the MHSAA website notes a roadway contest vs. Muskegon at 7 p.m. Feb. 4. Two days later on, Mona Shores is scheduled to dip into Wyoming in a 10 a.m. Saturday game.
” Method to welcome the season – a 10 o’clock varsity video game on a Saturday– but that would just sort of be par for the course this year, wouldn’t it,” Phillips stated.
Mona Shores returns seven of its leading 8 gamers from last season.
The Sailors had the ability to get in just three days of tryouts and two days of practice before the two-month shutdown, so they were more than prepared come midnight Saturday.
” It’s definitely been rough because, I do not know, basketball’s my preferred sport and I love this group and it’s hard not understanding when the next time we’re going to have the ability to play together,” Sobczak stated. “I simply want to return on the court with them and just play whenever we can when it’s safe.”
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