Editor’s Update: The games at Kalamazoo Valley Community College have been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11. The games against Mid Michigan Community College have been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 18 at the Ford Fieldhouse.
The weather has been the biggest topic of conversation in Michigan this past week with treacherous amounts of snow and dangerous wind chills reaching record lows. Grand Rapids Community College announced Thursday at 3:31 p.m. that school would be closed on Friday, officially making it an entire week of the campus being shut down.
Classes aren’t the only thing being affected, however. The men’s and women’s basketball teams have each had three games cancelled in the last two weeks. Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Raiders were scheduled to travel to Plymouth, Indiana to take on the Ancilla Chargers. The game was postponed due to road conditions in Indiana being hazardous. Those games have since been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 with the women playing at 5 p.m. and the men playing at 7 p.m.
The other two games, at Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Mid Michigan College scheduled for tonight at the Ford Fieldhouse, have been cancelled and no make-up dates have been announced as of yet.
With travel around Grand Rapids not recommended, the basketball teams have not been able to get together as a team for practice. Women’s head coach Dave Glazier explained the school’s policies in inclement weather situations and how his team is trying to stay focused.
“We haven’t been on the floor since our game with Kellogg on January 25,” Glazier said. “When campus closes, the policy states that all activities are cancelled, that includes practice. To stay sharp, we have discussed watching the film each player has access to via Hudl. Beyond that, we are simply working with our leadership to find time to get back on the floor with the safety of our student athletes being our first priority.”
GRCC athletic director Bill Firn talked about the process of making cancellations and said that both school’s athletic directors do communicate, but ultimately, they follow the school’s lead.
“AD’s confer and make the decision to cancel or postpone,” Firn said. “If the college is closed, we follow their lead and would postpone all athletic activities for that day.”
For now, the next game scheduled for the Raiders is the aforementioned make-up game Monday night at Ancilla College. The Raiders will then play a set of rare back-to-back home games as the Jackson College Jets will visit Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks come to the Ford Fieldhouse Friday, Feb. 8.
The women’s team currently holds a 12-6 record overall with a 3-4 conference record while the men sit at 13-5 overall and a 6-1 conference record which is good enough for first place.
Stick with The Collegiate for updates on the men’s and women’s basketball games still to be rescheduled.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:25 a.m. to add in comments from GRCC athletic director Bill Firn and update the rescheduling of games against Kalamazoo Valley and Mid Michigan.