Grannis getting ready for basketball


REED CITY — Eric Grannis earned all-state football honors last week but now has his mind on a different sport.

The Reed City senior is among several athletes going from the fall into the winter season.

The Coyotes are now in their third week of basketball practice under coach Dean McGuire. They open the season at home Dec. 10 at Cadillac and play Dec. 13 at Morley Stanwood to open the Central State Activities Association season.

“Basketball team is looking strong,” Grannis said. “We’re hoping for a really good season, probably a little better than last year. By the time the games start, we’ll be ready to go,”

This will be Grannis’ second year on varsity.

“Last year was a little different because I was a junior on varsity,” he said. “I was used to playing more than usual. Moving up to varsity, minutes were reduced a little bit. It was a different experience.”

He’s figuring on more minutes this season and providing production off the bench and some spark.

Grannis pointed to shooting as among his strengths.

“Threes are probably my strong suit,” he said.

All the basketball players also performed on the football team, but Grannis admitted a transition has been necessary.

“We’re still working into the basketball season,” Grannis said. “We’re looking forward to a good season.”

The basketball campaign starts for the Coyotes less than a month after the football season ended.

“We’ll be focused and ready to go,” Grannis said. “We’re looking forward to getting into the games.”