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Student-athletes face sporting events same day as Homecoming Dance

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Photo by Jessica Thompson
Tipping the ball just over the cross bar, goalie Nathan Thayer (11) makes a save at a boys water polo game.

This year, student-athletes in cross country and boys water polo had to navigate sporting events the same day as the homecoming dance.  

On top of going to the homecoming dance and his cross country meet in Brighton, Eden Lampi (12) is also on homecoming court. Despite the inconvenience of having a meet along with the dance, Lampi doesn’t seem to be too bothered. 

 “It’s going to be kind of annoying because there’s a parade and a football game the night before and standing in the stands isn’t a good idea before running a race in the morning,” Lampi said. “Other than that though, it should be okay. The race is early enough in the morning that it won’t affect my plans or anything.” 

Kate Chenault (10) was also a little annoyed by the scheduling.

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“I’m not super mad about it,” Chenault says. “It doesn’t directly conflict with the dance, but it definitely might just make me more rushed in getting ready and stuff.”

The boys water polo team had a tournament in Mason that Saturday as well.

As an attacker moves toward goal, Nick Fleming (10) presses him, preventing a pass to center. Photo by Jessica Thompson

“We have four games in the tournament, but at least it’s not like last year when our game was an hour and a half away in Zeeland,” Nick Fleming (10) said. 

Nathan Thayer (11) also seems grateful that the location of this year’s tournament is much closer to East Lansing.

“This year’s game isn’t cutting it as close as last year’s,” Thayer said. “Last year I tried to get out early, but it was kind of a close game at one point so our coaches wouldn’t let me.”

Despite the busyness of homecoming day, students said they’d be able to find balance.

“Overall, I’m excited about the day,” Lampi said. “I’ll have the opportunity to run fast, and it’s my senior homecoming. It’ll just be a fun day with my friends.”

 

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Olin Moyer is in the class of 2026 and is a staff writer for Portrait.  This is her first year on staff as a sophomore.  Olin's favorite thing about journalism is finding out people's stories.  When she's not in the newsroom, Olin plays water polo, soccer, and swims.
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