High School Sports in the Lansing Space: Good, Bad and Ugly

These days, high school sport is still king across America. The Mid-Michigan region is no exception.

Lansing Katholik and Pewamo Westfalen have just won the state championships in high school football. DeWitt got very close to him.

High school football got better, but other high school sports are struggling. The ups and downs in boy and girl sports in the Mid-Michigan area can be for many reasons. I sure don’t have the answers and it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon.

There are many barriers I see to high school sports in this area. Some of the most important ones are lack of interest from students and lack of money from parents. Also, the Lansing School District is in a transition phase with families moving in and out of the district.

For example, the Lansing School District boys baseball is no good. It has nothing to do with the coaches, it is a participatory situation. Boys don’t play baseball like they did when I was a kid.

Girls’ basketball isn’t really that strong either. There are a few schools in mid-Michigan, but it’s spotty at best. This is not a reflection on the high schools, coaches, administration, parents or children in schools. I don’t know what the problem is across the board.

I also don’t like when the COVID-19 pandemic is used as an excuse for poor performance, as many of these schools were like that before the pandemic started. It’s just like that, so I accept the situation as it is.

For whatever reason, it’s not like my high school 45 years ago. Can it get any better? Hopefully!

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