Mid Michigan College student-athletes kicked off the Lakers Basketball 2021-2022 season Wednesday, November 3 at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant.
The women’s team fought hard and held a 6-point lead over their opponent at half time, but dropped their first game to Delta College, with a final score of 66-61.The Delta College Pioneers are the reigning MCCAA North Conference champions.
Mid was led by Alexys Carlstrom (Harrison) shooting 7-12 from the field and pieced together a 21-point performance as the reigning MCCAA Freshman of the Year. Returner Katelyn Mesyar (Ludington) put up 8-points along with 7 rebounds, while Olyvia Nederhood (McBain) chipped in with 9-points and 5 rebounds off the bench.
First year coach JT Cleveland will look to bounce back and earn his first collegiate victory as they prepare for their next contest against Alma College JV on November 11 in Alma.
The veteran-led men’s team, led by 10-year veteran Head Coach Kaleb House, saw strong individual performances, but couldn’t close the deal and dropped their first game to Delta College, with a final score of 77-71.
The team saw excellent contributions from their returners, Satchel Love (Detroit) and Tim Steward (Detroit). Love had a dynamite dunk in the first half to energize his teammates and fans at Morey Courts, and accumulated 13-points and 8 rebounds. Steward displayed his defensive talents and finished the night with 13-points, 9 rebounds, and a pair of assists. Leading the way for the Lakers was last season’s returning leading scorer, Noah Pruitt (Okemos), who put up 16-points and 3 assists.
Coach House and the Lakers will be looking to get their first win of the 2021-2022 season when they take on the Alma College JV Scots on November 11 in Alma.
“Each of our student-athletes played with grit and skill against Delta,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director. “I’m confident that we’ll see positive results that reflect their hard work as they continue their efforts this season.”
Mid Michigan College competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) against other community colleges for conference and State championships. The Lakers also compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for national tournaments. Mid currently fields six varsity teams in the following sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, baseball, and softball.