Mio Looks to Reclaim Championship Legacy
MIO – The best way to have a winning season is to look back on the foundation that was built by teams before.
That’s exactly what the Mio Thunderbolts (6-1) are doing under first-year head coach Ty McGregor.
“My goal is to reinstall the culture, the championship traditions, and school and community pride that we had back in the day,” McGregor said.
Last Saturday during the team’s varsity/JV doubleheader against Fairview, the 1978 and 1989 teams were honored as part of an alumni/reunion night. The 1978 team reached the MHSAA Class D state semifinals while the 1989 team went 28-0 and won the Class D state championship with a 78-67 victory over Beal City. These two squads created a winning culture, which is what they want to get back to.
“These guys, these two teams, they laid the foundation, a big part of the foundation of what our Thunderbolt basketball program used to be,” McGregor said. “We used to be the brand in northern Michigan and that’s kind of what we want to get back to. so yeah it’s about these two teams, but more importantly it’s about our community being able to dream and know that it takes hard work and commitment by not just themselves but from a community, a school, everybody.”
The Thunderbolts hope to continue to honor former teams in the future.
Mio opens the 2019 portion of its schedule at home against Hillman (3-2).