Run with the Wolfpack, sting like the Bees
Regardless of what sport you follow, you'll appreciate what the Laingsburg/Bath soccer team has done this fall.
Apart, these Class C schools would play in the Division 4 state tournament. Together as a co-op, they usually play in Division 3, and found themselves in the even-tougher Division 2 this fall.
Laingsburg/Bath usually has a solid record, but doesn't usually play mid-Michigan's top teams like East Lansing, Mason, Holt, etc. That makes it tough to gauge its ability.
Laingsburg/Bath didn't make the area top-10 rankings once this season, and without complaint. It was easy to look past the team at the start of the state tournament — even after it beat CAAC Group 2 runner-up St. Johns in the district final.
But few if any would've given Laingsburg/Bath a chance against formerly top-ranked Mason the other night in the regional semifinal. I tried to put it into football terms and the best I could come up with was a team like Portland beating Grand Ledge — both are solid teams and league champions, but Grand Ledge is nearly four times bigger and regularly plays the other bigger powers like Holt, East Lansing, etc. Portland, a smaller Class B, plays others a little bigger, but wouldn't be expected to match up well with the Comets.
There are only two games left this season. But no one will look past Laingsburg/Bath again — next week, and beyond.
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