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Great Eight Classic provides stern early test

IRON RIVER—There are few prep sporting events that tax the stamina and test the concentration like day-long volleyball invitationals.
    Between the numerous matches, many right after the other, mixed in with a lunch break at some point and the normal ebbs and flows of most athletic contests, events like the Great Eight Classic held Sept. 7 at West Iron are a difficult ask for players and coaches alike.
    As can be expected, both the Wykons and the Forest Park Lady Trojans had their moments to shine and their moments of struggle. In the end of the eight-team tournament, West Iron finished fourth with an 8-6 record, while Forest Park placed seventh with a 6-8 mark.
    Kingsford claimed the championship with a 11-3 record with Florence edging Niagara in a tiebreaker (head-to-head) for second as both teams finished at 9-5. Tie breakers also separated Iron Mountain (fifth, 6-8), North Dickson (sixth) and the Lady Trojans. Norway wound up last at 1-13.
    Both West Iron head coach Brenda Grubbs and Forest Park assistant coach Bobbie Jo Anderson spoke about the challenges of an event which often lasts late into the afternoon – starting with the hopes of giving players who don’t often play in dual matches an opportunity for some game action.

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