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Schoolcraft teams hopeful they'll get a shot to continue postseason

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Schoolcraft football is in limbo as a three-week pause halts their 2020 season. (WWMT/Luke Edwards)

Like all the other teams still alive in the Michigan High School Athletic Association volleyball and football playoffs, Schoolcraft received the news their seasons have been put on hold due to new orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Schoolcraft had been through a similar situation when boys and girls basketball were suspended in the district and regional finals, respectively in March 2020. The Eagles volleyball team was preparing for a quarterfinal match against Calvin Christian. Head coach Erin Onken and her team were holding out hope that they would have a one-week season in December.

"My hope is that they do stay positive. I'll keep in contact with them every day just to say go do a work out or what are you doing? All we can do at this point is hope, hope that everybody does the right thing and in three weeks we're finishing a one-week season," Onken said.

The Eagles football team was also still alive in the regional round of the Division 7 playoffs, where they were slated to face Lumen Christi in a rematch of last year's regional final. Head football coach Nathan Ferency believed this team was one of the best they'd had in a long time and hoped they got a chance to finish what they started.

"In terms of football and kids pursuing that dream this is devastating. We're still hopeful that in three weeks we will still have an opportunity with what we feel is one of our best seasons in a long time. We just tell the kids control what you can control we've been through this already so we're going to remain positive and hold out some hope," Ferency said.

The MHSAA representative council planned to meet Wednesday, November 18, 2020, to formulate a schedule for the seasons that remained in limbo.