Manistee Relying on Strength, Speed this Fall

MANISTEE – After securing its first-ever playoff win a year ago, Manistee is back on the field and hungry for more this fall.

The Chippewas have relied on their speed over the last several seasons, including in 2018 when they recorded a 9-0 regular season and Lake 8 Activities Conference championship.

Coach Troy Bytwork credits this year’s squad for committing to the weight room during the offseason. As a result, he says the Chippewas are no longer undersized and can rely on both their strength and speed.

“We’re a strong group, this is by far the strongest group I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Bytwork said. “We’ve really tried to push that over the last couple years, not couple years, ever since we arrived. That we had to be stronger, we had to be bigger. And we’re there.”


2021 Manistee Schedule
8/27 – at Mason County Central
9/2 – at Lutheran Westland
9/10 – vs. Ludington*
9/17 – vs. Muskegon Heights*
10/1 – vs. Wyoming Lee
10/8 – at Muskegon Catholic Central*
10/15 – at Hesperia
10/22 – vs. Tri County
* Lakes 8 Conference Game


“We started conditioning the first Monday,” added senior Connor Raschel. “We’ve been running sprints, distance, we’ve been doing core workouts. All of it trying to make sure our big men can run.”

Manistee opens its season on the road at Mason County Central on Friday, Aug. 27.

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