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.
Hopkins captured its third straight “Border Wars” gridiron victory over Wayland 27-8 Thursday evening in the season opener for both teams.
It wasn’t really a close game, but it wasn’t really a whuppin’ either.
Hopkins blew out the Wildcats two years ago 35-6, barely escaped with a 19-12 victory a year ago, but this time was in command most of the way. To be sure, Wayland had its moments, but failed to capitalize on opportunities.
Wayland and Hopkins both turned in good days of work at the Kelloggsville Rocket Cross-Country Invitational Thursday morning.
The Wayland boys were first for the second straight year with 39 points and Hopkins was second with 62. The Hopkins girls bounced back from a disappointing season opener a week ago and won with 39 points while Wayland was just five points back.
The United States conquered Iraq; we can argue from now into eternity the merits of going to war in the first place, but it does not relieve us from an obligation to protect the conquered people.
The aftermath of war is a breakdown of civilization, discipline, law and order, which are replaced with the most basic survival instincts among the conquered; old rivalries prevail and justice is whatever might makes right.
Though local authorities have declined to issue an Amber Alert, a 12-year-old girl from Wayland is being reported missing by Tracy Whaley and five other people on Facebook. Makayla Lafoutain was last seen at the Wayland McDonald's restaurant at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Whaley asks, "So if you see her please call 911! Lets bring her home safe."
The Wayland girls’ golf team was second among three teams in its own invitational Wednesday afternoon.
The Wildcats shot an 18-hole team round of 381, well behind the winner of the competition, North Pointe Christian, which carded a 357. Middleville Thornapple Kellogg had a team score of 452.
The Mustangs were led by Molly Antor, who shot an individual medalist round of 79.
Wayland was led by junior Ali Martus, who recorded a score of 82. Mandi Kinney had an 87 and Emily Anderson a 95, both career-best scores.