BIG RAPIDS — On Wednesday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association updated its guidelines on the number of spectators permitted to attend sporting events.
Now, for the first time in over a calendar year, there will be more fans allowed to pass through the turnstiles at outdoor and indoor events in all regions across the state, effective Oct. 9.
Any school hosting an outdoor venue with fixed seating can increase its number of attendees to 30% of its maximum capacity. For instance, a school with a 3,333-person capacity venue can sell up to 1,000 total tickets.
Indoor athletic events can now fill 20% of a 500-person maximum capacity venue; schools in regions six and eight can fill 25%.
The new order eliminates any need for an official MHSAA definition of who is or is not considered a “participant,” since attendance isn’t attached to the total number of participants.
The announcement comes off the heels of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to amend Executive Order 183, which initially imposed the current safety restrictions that will soon expire.
EO 2020-183 was issued by Whitmer on Sept. 25.
Reed City girls
REED CITY – Reed City’s girls volleyball team was home on Tuesday against Central Montcalm after coming off a 1-2 performance on Saturday at the Shelby Invitational.
Reed City beat Muskegon 25-12, 25-19, lost to Shelby 25-18, 25-23 and swept Holton 25-14, 25-22.
For the Coyotes, Demi Lodholtz had 13 kills, six aces one assist and 20 digs; Makena Hill had six kills and eight digs; Madison Stellini had two aces, 17 assists and nine digs; Katelynn Holmes had 25 kills, nine aces and 44 digs; Madison Pollaski had one kill and two assists; Christina Malackanich had 12 kills, one ace, three blocks and seven digs; Rylie Olds had two aces, 36 assists and 21 digs; Elizabeth Cockrell had four aces and 20 digs; Racquel DuBreuil had 26 digs, and Heather Vansyckle had four kills, one ace, one lock one assists and eight digs.
Pine River 2-1
Pine River’s volleyball team traveled to Hart for a quad on Saturday and went 2-1. They beat Hart 20-25, 25-21, 15-7; and Onekama 25-22, 25-17 and lost to Ludington 25-17, 25-20.
Emma Whitley had 27 kills, 19 digs and seven aces; Avery Sumpter added 22 digs and five aces; Alivia Martin had 24 assists and 10 digs and Alayna Nichols had 22 assists and six digs.
“Today we had a pretty consistent day,” Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. “We played aggressive the majority of the time which is something we have not done in the past. I am super proud of the leadership Emma Whitley is showing on and off the court and very proud of the improvement the team is making. We just have to remember that it’s not about where we begin but about where we end.”
Pine River is home on Tuesday vs. McBain.
Tri County 7, Reed City 2
HOWARD CITY – Parker Benedict scored both goals for Reed City in Monday’s 7-2 CSAA Gold tournament first-round game loss.
It was 7-0 at halftime. Jordon Lofquist played goal for Reed City, which is at Lakeview on Wednesday.