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Fall sports season starts Monday, August 8 statewide




Lakeland senior Olivia Krill is primed for a breakout season for the lady Eagles this fall (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

Lakeland senior Olivia Krill is primed for a breakout season for the lady Eagles this fall (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

High school athletes and coaches across the state of Michigan have circled Monday, August 8 on their calendars.

As of 12:01 a.m. fall practices will start, from Copper Harbor High School at the tip of the Upper Peninsula to Morenci High School just a few miles from the state line in the Lower Peninsula.

Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) sanctioned a total of nine fall sports to officially start the 2022-2023 season.

As an example, for boys in the Lower Peninsula, practice begins for football, soccer, cross country, and tennis; meanwhile, girls’ practices start for volleyball, cross country, swimming and diving and tennis in the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to the fall sports slate the MSHAA sanctions, sideline cheer, field hockey, boys’ water polo and boys’ and girls’ equestrian begin.

Coaches are excited to get to practice in anticipation of the start of the 2022-2023 Lakes Valley Conference season.

The Lakes Valley Conference (LVC) begins its sixth season of competition this fall with nine schools including Walled Lake Central, Walled Lake Western, Walled Lake Northern, Milford, Lakeland, South Lyon East, South Lyon, Waterford Mott and Waterford Kettering.

Milford senior running back Trey Hayes looks to lead the Mavericks ground attack as fall practice starts on August 8th (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

Milford senior running back Trey Hayes looks to lead the Mavericks ground attack as fall practice starts on August 8th (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

After a summer that saw their players participate in numerous offseason camps and intense training in the weight room, the girls’ golf and boys’ tennis seasons start on Monday, August 15.

On Wednesday, August 17, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ soccer, volleyball and swimming and diving seasons begin.

Football games on the gridiron kickoff across the state on Thursday, August 25.

How many teams and individuals from the LVC will compete in the MHSAA boys’ and girls’ cross country state finals on November 5 at the Michigan International Speedway?

In boys’ soccer, who will advance to the MHSAA finals on November 5?

How many girls’ golf teams and individuals from the LVC will head to the MHSAA finals that start on October 14 at various sites around the state?

WL Central senior Nick Negru is ready for a big year for the Vikings this fall (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

WL Central senior Nick Negru is ready for a big year for the Vikings this fall (Special to The Spinal Column Newsweekly/CHRIS WALL)

On the gridiron, what LVC football team has a chance to head to Ford Field on November 24 and 25 to compete for the MHSAA championship?

Will the LVC have teams compete for the MHSAA girls volleyball championship on November 19 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek?

Will the boys’ tennis MHSAA finals have teams from the LVC on October 13, 14 and 15?

Look for a group of outstanding swimmers and divers from the LVC to compete on November 18 and 19 in the MHSAA finals.

Buckle up and get ready for some spirited competition. Good luck to all the students and coaches!

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