by Jeff Salisbury
A local moan: WHAT’S TO BECOME OF ALLEGAN COUNTY’S RICHEST SCHOOL DISTRICT?
You’ve seen headlines something like these on Town Broadcast….
➢ School spending decisions should raise a few eyebrows
➢ School board candidate numbers, troubling and embarrassing
➢ New school boards just ain't what they used to be
➢ Leighton Township (Moline) led population gains in Allegan County last year
➢ Stalemate on future of (vacant) Moline Elementary building continues
Allison Getty, all-state volleyball player for Wayland High School a year ago, is listed as a freshman outside hitter for the Northwood University volleyball team this fall.
Getty, the most decorated volleyball player in Wayland history besides her older sister Amber, who plays for Davenport, will begin her collegiate career at Lock Haven, Pa., where the Timberwolves will have their season debut.
Allison and Amber are daughters of Kim and Mike Getty of Wayland. Kim was their volleyball coach in high school.
PHOTO: Allison Getty
Wayland High School graduate Quentin Sweeney and Hopkins alum Nick Caywood now are teammates on the Kalamazoo College football team.
Meanwhile, another former Hopkins star, Bob Modreske, islisted as a red-shirted freshman on the Northwood University grid squad. Modreske was an all-state lineman for the regular season undefeated Viking squad of 2012 and he listed as being 6-8 and 310 pounds and an offensive lineman for the Timberwolves.
A trio of Wayland High School graduates are on the roster of the Davenport University volleyball team this fall.
Senior Amber Getty returns for her fourth year as a starter and joins former Wildcats junior Molly Lameyer and freshman Krissy Dill.
Getty, daughter of former Wayland High School volleyball coach Kim Getty, was selected to the all-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference team and was honorable mention all-region. She set a school record for assists in a single season with 1,572 and finished third on team with 352 digs and sixth with 145 kills.
Paul Alan Lodenstein, 66, of Hopkins, died, Saturday, Aug. 30, in Byron Center..
He was born Oct. 8, 1947, in Allegan, the son of Herman and Lilly (Tuinstra) Lodenstein. Paul was a faithful member of Hopkins Community Reformed Church. He was the current president of Foxfire Pullers Tractor Pulling Club. He was the owner and operator of L&L Excavating.
The Ritz-Merchant family has yet another coach in their ranks.
Brittini Merchant, a 2007 Wayland High School graduate, just recently accepted an offer to be volunteer assistant varsity softball coach at Northwestern University in Evanstin, Ill.
Merchant was Michigan's Player of the Year in softball in 2007, a year after her aunt, Cheri Ritz, guided the Wayland softball team to the state Class B championship. She then moved on to play for Central Michigan University.
I will be watching with great interest a couple of neighboring election contests on Nov. 4, even though I can’t vote in them.
I’ll be rooting for Democrat Bob Goodrich in his challenge to two-term Republican Justin Amash and I’ll be doing the same for Libertarian Lorence Wenke, who is seeking the State Senate in the 20th District, which was held by Tonya Schuitmaker until she had to move over to the 26th District because of redistricting. So Wenke’s chief opponent will be former State Rep. Margaret O’Brien.
The Wayland boys’ varsity soccer team dropped its third straight contest this season Thursday with a 4-3 loss to nonleague opponent Zeeland West.
The Wildcats were tied 2-2 at intermission.
Matt Luce recorded two goals and Mitchell Dykstra one and Zach Nyp was credited with one assist.
Mason Paspastoor was the goalie and he had three saves.
Subject using stolen credit card
The Allegan County Sheriff's Office is investigating fraud cases involving a suspect who used a stolen credit card in several retail stores in the Plainwell, Kalamazoo and Portage areas on Aug. 13.
by Jon Gambee
Hartford outscored Martin 36-0 in the first half and cruised to a 44-6 victory over the host Clippers in the season opener.
The defeat was the 56th consecutive for Martin dating back to the 2007 season.
But first year Clippers’ coach Travis Farris saw a lot to be encouraged about in the game.