Mid Michigan College Basketball Teams Set to Tip Off Seasons

The long wait is over for the Mid Michigan College men’s and women’s basketball teams as the Lakers will finally tip off their season next week.

Both programs will play abbreviated 13-game conference-only schedules. The regular-season is slated to go from Feb. 23 through April 2.Mid 3

“These guys have shown it in practice the last few days how much enthusiasm they have to be back doing this thing,” Mid Michigan men’s basketball coach Kaleb House said.

Mid 2Without the ability to test as much as required by the state, Mid Michigan and other members of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association had to follow the same guidelines as high school athletics, which meant delaying the start to men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling seasons.

“While that created some more uncertainty than they do at CMU or in the GLIAC and other conferences, we definitely feel like we’re still going to have a great season and create a brand that will be a lot of fun to watch this year,” House said.

The Laker men are coming off a 2019-20 campaign that saw them go 19-10 overall.Mid 1

The women captured the MCCAA Western Division tournament championship and earned the 11th seed in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II that was canceled because of the pandemic.

Mid 5The Laker women have gone 53-8 over the last two seasons.

“I expect for success like last year,” Mid Michigan sophomore and Reed City graduate Kamryn Meyers said. “We’re a hard-working team so I think that’ll be helpful. We’re small but we’re quick and scrappy and I think that’ll help a lot.”

Both teams have high expectations this season.

“I think the kids are ecstatic to finally get to play they’ve been practicing on and off since October, and they’re ready to go,” Mid Michigan women’s basketball coach Matt Rodenbo said.

The women tip off their season first at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the men following at 7:30 p.m. Both teams will face Muskegon Community College.

While Mid Michigan will once again call Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant home, games are not open to the public because of COVID-19 protocols.