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.

About Geoff Kimmerly

Geoff Kimmerly was the Prep Sports reporter at the Lansing State Journal until September 23, 2011. Read his thoughts and thanks for his 14 seasons with the Lansing State Journal. 1,000 Thanks
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2 Responses to Run with the Wolfpack, sting like the Bees

  1. Shawn says:

    Thanks for the kind words about our program.
    The boys were intentionally rather disappointed when they found that they had been moved to DII, but part of life is that things happen outside of your control and you can’t change that, but what you can control is your own reactions to life’s challenges. At least in this life challenge, these boys have taken control of this “opportunity to excel”
    We are extremely proud of these young men in our communities

  2. shawn says:

    Meant to say “initially rather disappointed” not “intentionaly” that would make no sense…

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