ALMA – Alma College Athletics is excited to host its first in-person competition of the 2020-21 academic year next week, with the start of the winter sports season. It will mark the first time in 320 days since the last in-person athletic event on Alma College's campus, due to restrictions brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first event on campus takes place at Art Smith Arena with the Scots' men's basketball team hosting Trine University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Alma opens the season on the road Tuesday against Calvin University. Head coach Ryan Clark is entering his second season at the helm after leading Alma to a 13-win season last year that included a berth into the MIAA Tournament.
The Scots' women's basketball team will start its season on the road at Trine on Wednesday and at Calvin on Saturday. The Scots play their home opener versus Albion College in a tip off set for 7:30 p.m. Sami Stormont will look to build off her first season as the head coach that featured 12 wins and a conference tournament appearance.
The Alma College wrestling team will be hosting the MIAA Team Championships on February 13 while the Scots' STUNT team is set to host multiple competitions throughout the season, starting with a matchup against Michigan State University on February 14.
The Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, and Bowling teams will also be competing on the road at various locations during the season. All program's schedules can be viewed on their respective team pages on almascots.com.
At this time, no spectators will be allowed to attend athletic events on Alma College's campus.
"We will miss seeing all of our amazing supporters, however, we continue to focus on the health and safety of our student-athletes and staff. As a department, we will continue to evaluate the situation with guidance given by the state of Michigan and local health officials," said Sarah Dehring, athletic director.
Though fans will not be able to be in the stands physically, Alma College will be offering livestreams on its YouTube channel, as well as updates all over its athletics social media channels.
The college is also offering fans the opportunity to purchase cutouts that will be seated at home athletic events. For more information, visit printedfans.com/en/team-cutouts/alma-college.
"We appreciate your continued support of Alma College athletics and look forward to a semester where our student-athletes are able to compete again," Dehring said. "Go Scots!"