by Jon Gambee
Martin and Lawton battled down to the wire Friday with the Lawton Blue Devils coming home with a hard earned 14-12 victory.
“It was a dog fight,” said Lawton Coach Tony Karsen. “Martin is a very improved football team. They’re tough, they hit hard and they battle. They are going to win some football games this year.”
Zeeland West last year made it all the way to the state finals in the Division 3 football state finals and the Dux are regarded highly once again.
They made believers Friday night of visiting Wayland, which was caught in the buzzsaw and wound up on the short end of a 47-12 verdict. The Wildcats now are 0-3 on the season.
Barry Sanders, perhaps the greatest of all running backs, was said to have celebrated one of his thousand-yard seasons by buying all of the Detroit Lions offensive linemen Rolex watches in gratitude.
If it was legal, perhaps Wyatt Stegeman and the stable of successful Hopkins running backs would like to do the same for those Viking “hogs” after an impressive 39-16 thrashing of host Parchment Friday night.
“I report what I see and hear. And sometimes I comment on it.” — David T. Young
It was Thursday night at the Leighton Township Board meeting when State Rep. Kenneth Yonker stopped in to present his customary perky, positive report on what’s going in Lansing.
The Hopkins volleyball team opened its O-K Silver Conference season Thursday evening with a sweep over visiting Wyoming Lee.
The Vikings captured 25-8, 25-11 and 25-9 victories.
Kennedy VanDenBerg came up with 13 kills in the three contests and Allie DeBoer and Lexi Merren had five apiece.
Madison Kerber had four serving aces and Meri and Hannah DeRoovart added three each. Makayla Mickam had two blocks, Kerber dished out 24 assists and Karlee Gray and Kassie Jones had seven and five digs, respectively.
The Wayland High School varsity volleyball team defeated Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Thursday evening, winning three of the four games.
The Wildcats, who earlier this month bested Ottawa Hills, are now 2-0 in O-K Gold Conference play.
Coach Nikki Cardosa made special mention of the efforts of Sydney Ritz, Leigha Morse and Hannah Anderson.
Junior Ali Martus was the league individual medalist Thursday afternoon, but Wayland once again placed fourth among five teams competing at the second jamboree of the season.
The meet was hosted by Wayland at the Orchard Hills Golf Course, Wayland Township.
Martus fired a nine-hole score of 40, one stroke better than runner-up Nicole Hoekwater of Grand Rapids South Christian and two better than fellow Sailor Rachel Theule. But the Wildcat squad carded a score of 207 and edged fifth-place Middleville Thornapple Kellogg by just four strokes.
“Experts warn of a terrorist attack on our southern border.”
This headline sums up the story in a major news publication; Islamic terrorists will infiltrate the United States through Mexico with the objective of attacking and killing thousands of America. The scenario they painted could happen; however, it is unlikely.
The Wayland football team this week received some good news as Michael Westphal (21) has been cleared to play in Friday night's game against Zeeland West after an MRI (magnetic image resonator) examination. Westphal did not play in the Wildcats' 22-14 loss to Forest Hills Eastern because of worried he may have a concussion. This information was posted on Facebook by his grandmother, Sharilyn Westphal. He is shown here making a tackle on Hopkins running back Quincy Collings in the season-opening 27-8 loss to the Vikings. (Photo supplied)
Manufacturer Plasma-Tec, which moved into the industrial park in Leighton Township a year and a half ago already has asked for approval from the Planning Commission for an expansion.
Leighton Trustee John Hooker said the commission approved Plasma-Tec's request and noted the company is growing faster than what officials anticipated.
Hooker said, "I think they're really glad to be here."
Treasurer Char Troost added, "We're really glad to have them in our community."