Reed City middle school volleyball closes season

REED CITY — Even during the offseason, Reed City varsity volleyball coach Don Patterson stays extremely busy with the sport.

The fall season ended a long time ago. But Patterson has been working with the middle school coaches during the winter season.

The program has been going for six weeks having started in mid-February. The season ended last Saturday.

Each week, the middle schoolers have practiced Monday through Friday and then two games each Saturday for five Saturdays.

“We lost one Saturday with a snowstorm,” Patterson said. “We moved it to a Wednesday.”

All the competition involved middle schools in the Central State Activities Association. The seventh and eighth grade teams play as separate squads.

“Where applicable when they can, they play on the same courts at the same time,” Patterson said. “For the two home games, seventh grade plays at the north court at the high school and the eighth grade plays on the south court.”

The conference, Patterson noted, chose to play middle school volleyball in February and March. Middle school basketball is still in the fall.

“Some conferences do it in the fall,” Patterson said. “More than anything it’s for gym availability. Basketball starts to wind down. More gyms become available.”

Practices have been in the middle school gym.

This winter, Reed City had 12 players at the seventh grade level and 17 at the eighth grade level.

“I feel we’ve gotten more accomplished this year with the amount of practice we’ve had,” he said.