BEAVERTON – Finally, schools got permission last week to restart their preparation for the final weeks of the fall sports tournaments. Football teams got word on December 26 that they could begin outdoor, non-contact conditioning drills, wearing helmets and shoulder pads on Monday, December 28. The first round of rapid testing was to occur on the 30th. The testing process produces results in 15 minutes and those that tested negative were allowed to begin full-contact practices.
The next round of games in the football tournament is scheduled for Saturday, January 9. The 11-player tournament is in the Regional Finals round. The 8-player tournament has moved into the Semifinals. The 8-player Finals and 11-player Semifinals are scheduled for January 16 with the 11-player Finals will be contested over January 22-23 weekend.
Two teams, Stevensville Lakeshore and Oscoda, have opted out of the playoffs at this point giving their opponents byes. Oscoda defeated Beaverton 33-27 in the district semifinal round and Evart 38-35 in the district finals. The Owls were still undefeated when the decision was made. Ben Murphy of the Iosco News reported that the team was down to 13 players when practice resumed and couldn’t safely field a team. Lakeshore had opted out for safety reasons several weeks ago.
Volleyball and girls swimming teams were allowed to restart on January 4. They too, were required to take part in the rapid testing program before beginning practice. The volleyball tournament will pick up with the quarterfinals on January 12. The semifinals will be on January 14-15 with the finals being played on the 16th. The Semifinals and Finals will be back in Battle Creek at the Kellogg Arena.
Beaverton is still alive in the volleyball tournament and will take on Calumet at Houghton Lake High School on the 12th. The quarterfinals are a who’s-who of Division 3 volleyball. All four finalist from 2019 are still alive in the tournament including; Beaverton, Saginaw Valley Lutheran, Monroe St. Mary’s, and Schoolcraft. The other teams still in the hunt are Royal Oak Shrine, Grandville Calvin Christian and Bronson. St. Mary’s defeated Schoolcraft in last years final match.
The Girls Swimming and Diving finals will be held at three sites over the January 15-16 weekend. Division 1 will be at Hudsonville High School, Division 2 at Grand Rapids Northview High School and Division 3 at Lake Orion.
Spectators will not be allowed at any of the competitions.