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LMC basketball seasons canceled, volleyball will continue

Lake Michigan College has canceled the 2021 seasons for both men’s and women’s basketball due to COVID-19. Volleyball is scheduled to continue as planned.  

The decision follows the new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) epidemic order released Jan. 13, which extends the previous ban on non-professional contact sports through Sunday, Jan. 31. The same order allows non-contact sports, including volleyball, to begin practices on Jan. 16. 

“We know this isn’t the news our student-athletes and our fans were hoping to hear, and we share that disappointment,” LMC Athletic Director Melissa Grau said. “Looking at a further shortened season and continued safety concerns, we had to decide what was best for our student-athletes going forward.” 

Grau said that LMC would honor all basketball scholarships for student-athletes whose seasons were canceled. Spring semester classes are scheduled to begin on Jan. 19. Student-athletes will be required to maintain academic performance standards. Student-athletes whose seasons were canceled will be eligible to play an additional year if they choose to. 

Lake Michigan College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). 

For more information about LMC Athletics, visit redhawks.lakemichigancollege.edu

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