Basketball Back In Session

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Girl’s basketball team poses with their new warm up shirts for their first game of the season!

Winter Sports are Back!
The smell of popcorn is in the air. The crowd is on their feet. Eyes are following the ball down the shiny wooden floors. The crowd holds their breath as the ball is traveling through the air. Is it going to go in? Are we headed to states?
Basketball is one of the most popular sports here at Wyoming High school. Unfortunately, all winter contact-sports have been postponed multiple times because of COVID this year. Basketball, for example, was scheduled to officially start on January 1st, but was postponed for a month and was set to start February 1st. Everyone, the players, the spectators, the parents, the coaches, were all devastated to hear this news. Everyone was desperate to get back in the gym, some finding gym time outside of school. The governor finally allowed contact-sports teams to begin practicing on January 16th.
On Saturday, January 30th, The states capitol building in Lansing was overcrowded with angry people. The capitol was overpowered with the message “Let Them Play”. Mlive reports that thousands of coaches, players, and parents attended this protest in hopes of getting their message across. This battle cry for winter sports to begin worked. Mlive reports that Governor Whitmer officially announced the return of winter sports on February 4th, in a press conference. Winter sports were set to resume Monday, February 8th. For some, this news was the best they had heard in a while. Mikayla Marzean, a player on the girls Varsity basketball team here at Wyoming, says “I’m excited to cheer on my team from the sidelines”, still recovering from an injury to her wrist. Masks and regular COVID precautions still must be followed, but all players want to do at this point is just play.
Good luck to all the winter sports teams here in Wyoming! Spectators are unfortunately still limited to attend events and games, but we can still show our support for our athletes! If you are interested in watching the games from home, they are being live streamed on youtube. You can also find the schedules on wyoming.bigteams.com. If you see an athlete in the halls on a game day, make sure to wish them good luck! Let’s show these athletes that even if we can’t be in the stands cheering them on, we are still cheering them on behind the scenes.