November 3, 2013

 Thoughts from the Seidlines…

  • Just so you know, there will be a thorough investigation of the activities that occurred on the Pep Bus as it returned from Hopkins High School Friday evening. Allegedly, Principal Rob Bobeda was seen leading the Olivet High School students in song – and probably dance – as they celebrated the football team’s 14-6 playoff victory over the Vikings. I am not sure what we will do with the findings, but let it be known that OHS possesses one of the most enthusiastic principals in Michigan.
  • During my coaching career, I traditionally scheduled my basketball teams’ banquets the Monday after the regional tournament – and I would always announce at the pre-season parent meetings that “I hope we have to postpone it because we’re still playing.” So when the Olivet football team not only won on Friday but also earned a home game against Parchment this week, it brought back some great memories. With that said, and with hopes that the volleyball squad will advance past Monday’s district game at Charlotte, we are definitely postponing the Fall Sports Banquet originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 5. Stay tuned for a make-up date during the week of November 18.
  • During a high school sports season, there is often an expectation from student-athletes, coaches and parents that the team (as well as the individual) will steadily improve. Well, at OHS this fall, those expectations are being met. Looking at the cross country runners whose times dropped considerably in October and the soccer squad which demonstrated its progress with a turn-around performance against Pennfield in the district tournament, one can see that the investments are paying off. It also should be noted that the volleyball team is on a roll, winning four of its last five matches heading into the post-season.
  • We have a lot of “firsts” going on recently. The football team secured its first KVA title on October 25 and the volleyball squad defeated Delton-Kellogg for the first time this past Saturday. In addition, the home playoff football game against Parchment on Friday, November 8 will be the first one in the new stadium.
  • Olivet varsity boys’ soccer coach Steve Peak is stepping down after 11 seasons. While I have only known Coach Peak for a few months, I view his departure as a big loss to our athletic department. Not only does Coach Peak possess a strong work effort, he also serves as a moral compass for Olivet student-athletes. The boys’ teams did not win as many games or championships as they would have liked, but you could normally count on them to play the game the right away and to demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship. Fortunately, Coach Peak will remain as our girls’ soccer coach in the spring.