Area shows ability to come together

Area shows ability to come together


Area shows ability to come together


Before Algonac and Richmond played the biggest game of either of their seasons this past Friday, they showed us all what high school sports are actually about.

The Muskrats – who had organized a bandana sale in support of Richmond co-coach John Kocher, who is undergoing cancer treatment – handed Kocher a $1,000 check prior to the game.

Algonac wasn’t the only Blue Water Area Conference team to show its support for Kocher throughout the season, as others not only had similar gestures but joined in with the #KocherStrong movement on social media.

As someone who spends more of his time than a sane person should monitoring social media – in fairness to me, it’s part of my job – it’s been incredible to see this support, and people genuinely caring for a man many have never met.

This area does a great job of that – pulling together in times of trouble. Part of it is because the kids in this area are pretty close to one another for being at different schools. Whether it be playing travel sports with one another, against one another or just having interacted online, the mutual respect is always good to see.

But more than anything, I think we simply have good people playing and coaching sports in this area, and the people who have raised those good people are also doing their part to chip in.

High school sports are all about communities, and while that certainly means the individual communities, it also means our larger, Blue Water Area community. Congratulations, everyone. You’re doing it right.

What we can still learn

Not a whole lot, really. With one week left in the regular season, just one area team can clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday, and that’s Marine City, which will play at Warren Cousino.

The area’s other playoff teams are already set: Algonac, Richmond, Sandusky, Croswell-Lexington, Marysville, Peck and Deckerville.

Those seven teams will be playing for positioning, especially Richmond, Cros-Lex and Marysville.

So the majority of the area’s teams will be playing for pride, which I don’t think you should underestimate in Week 9. For the seniors, most of which will be playing their final football game, going out with a win is a great way to end things. For the rest, it’s an opportunity to get a good feeling heading into the offseason.

A week ago Port Huron coach Ryan Mullins told me that simply playing football was motivation enough for people who love football. He’s 100 percent correct.

Paul’s Top 10

1. Richmond, 7-1

2. Algonac, 7-1

3. Sandusky, 8-0

4. Cros-Lex, 6-2

5. Marine City, 5-3

6. Marysville, 6-2

7. Port Huron, 2-6

8. Port Huron Northern, 4-4

9. Yale, 3-5

10. St. Clair, 3-5


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