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Girls District Basketball Tournament Begins

Brad Hamiliton

Brad Hamiliton

Grass Lake Community Schools Superintendent Brad Hamilton encouraged Warriors supporters to attend the first round of girls basketball district games at Grass Lake High School beginning Monday night.  Grass Lake will face Sand Creek in the first game.  The superintendent also updated viewers on Leader in Me and Energizing Education initiatives in the district.  Other guests:  Michael Bannasch, Willis & Jurasek, with Tax Talk;  Sheila Troxel and Barry Malek, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County;  Kyle Jansen and Larry McNeal, Catholic Charities, Dave DeBaker, movie reviews.

Science Cafe Returns

Monica Collett and Kristie Morris

Monica Collett and Kristie Morris

Monica Collett, organizer of the new Jackson Science Cafe and Kristie Morris, Jackson County ISD are hosting the return of Jackson Science Cafe Monday evening, March 1 at 6pm.  The series will be held at Grand River Brewery and is free and open to all.  The brewery will offer their full menu for purchase during the event.  Other guests:  TIm Rogers, President and CEO, Enterprise Group;  Jane Robinson, Executive Director, Reading Writing Connection;  Danielle Pequet and Diane Derby, Jackson County Department on Aging and Jackson County Friends of Seniors;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company.

Historic Prison Tours to Launch New Season

Judy Gail Krasnow with Bart

Judy Gail Krasnow with Bart

Historic Prison Tours founder Judy Gail Krasnow is set to launch a new season of tours at Jackson’s original prison.  More than 30 bus tours have been scheduled for the season that begins in April.  Two tours of varying length are offered and can be scheduled on their website.  Other guests:  Derek Dobies, Jackson city councilman and vice mayor;  Jenn Shumaker, Sylvan Learning Center;  Julianna Slager, Artistic Director, Ballet 5:8;  Amy DeShon and Genesis Terrell, Albion Chamber of Commerce and Famous at the Forks talent showcase.

Balanced Calendar Community Forums

Jeremy Patterson and Jeff Beal

Jeremy Patterson and Jeff Beal

All Jackson County school districts are hosting community forums on the balanced calendar concept being considered for the 2016-17 school year.  Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Beal will be hosting the next JPS forum on March 2 at 6pm at Sharp Park Academy.  Frost Elementary Principal Jeremy Patterson encouraged parents to attend as the districts are seeking community input.  Other guests:  Amy Reimann, Executive Director, Ella Sharp Museum;  National Engineers Week with Robert Uddin, Commonwealth Associates and Jonathan Wicks, GAI Consultants (Young Engineer of the Year);  Jessica Mitchell and Therese Hesslau, Jackson Kiwanis Club,  Teressa Delph Essay and Oratorical Contest organizers Alice Lewis and Jonathan Greene, City of Jackson Human Relations Commission.

Congressman Urges Action on Homeland Security Funding

Tim Walberg with Bart

Tim Walberg with Bart

Congressman Tim Walberg will be headed back to Washington tonight and will be urging Senate Democrats to begin debate on a funding bill. The House already passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Now, Senate Democrats are filibustering to block debate. The congressman also reported on the House passage of new “No Child Left Behind” legislation that provides states more freedom in education decisions.    Other guests:  64th District State Representative Earl Poleski;  Cindy Lyons and Kim Medlock, Jackson Area Career Center (Open House, February 26);  Jack Travioli, Cork N Cap;  Rod Malloy, Dahlem;  Steve Trosin, JSO Affinity Series.

Hockey Team Heads to State Championships

Polly's Country Market Bantam B Hockey Team

Polly’s Country Market Bantam B Hockey Team

The Polly’s Country Market Bantam B Hockey team will be competing in the state championships March 6-8 in Marquette.  On today’s show team captain Barry Kennedy and assistant captains Brock Fitzpatrick and Connor Girard, team members and coach Chad Kennedy talked about the season and their accomplishments.  The team won their district championship earlier this month in Muskegon.  The “Fightin’ Parrots have a season record of 31-4-0.  Other guests;  Andy Frounfelker, city councilman;  Dr. Brad Double, Double Chiropractic;  Phil Wrzesinski, The Toy House and Toys of the Month;  Oscar preview with Dave DeBaker;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group.

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Holland’s Kyle Bartholomew Signs with Spring Arbor Men’s Basketball

Bartholomew_signing5SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University men’s basketball program is pleased to announce the signing of senior center Kyle Bartholomew from Holland High School in Holland, MI. Bartholomew becomes the third member of the 2015 SAU recruiting class as he joins guard Tommy Hamilton (Thornapple-Kellogg) and wing Luke Barber (Inner-City Baptist).

The six-foot-eleven Bartholomew anchors the Holland Dutch defense that is limiting their opponents to just 48 points per game. Kyle is controlling the paint while pulling down 8 rebounds per contest to go along with 3.9 points and 2 blocks. Currently, the Dutch are 12-3 on the season.

“Kyle continues to work hard and improve on the basketball court. He anchors our defense by altering and blocking shots inside. His best days as a player are ahead of him,” commented Holland coach Paul Chapman.

Kyle is currently carrying a 3.92 grade point average and plans to pursue a degree in accounting from Spring Arbor University. He is the son of Chuck Bartholomew and Anne Bartholomew.

“Kyle has tremendous potential. With his size and skill sets he adds a dimension to our program that we haven’t had before,” said coach Cottingham. “Kyle is a high character young man that will make an impact on and off the court. He is a great fit for the Cougar Basketball Family.”

Kyle was also a member of the highly successful West Michigan Lakers AAU Basketball Team where he played under Kevin Tringali, the Director of Basketball Operations/Co-Head Coach and Founder of the Lakers program.  Tringali made the following comments, “Spring Arbor is getting a solid young man in Kyle, in the classroom, on the court, and as a person. From a basketball standpoint, Kyle has the size and work ethic to be a dominant player for the Cougars. His 6-11 frame and skill set around the rim will be something Spring Arbor fans should be very excited about.”

Lumen Christi standout Caleb Chesney signs with Spring Arbor Men’s Soccer

CalebChesney_signingSPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University men’s soccer head coach Nathan Miller is proud to announce the signing on local standout Caleb Chesney.

“Caleb is a top local talent that we are thrilled to add to our program,” said Miller. “We have seen him progress and develop over the past couple years, and we know he will work extremely hard and contribute to our team.”

Chesney helped lead Jackson Lumen Christi to a 17-4-1 record and a district title last season. He was a three-time All-Conference, All-District and All-Region midfielder for the Titans and garnered a Second Team All-State selection following his senior season.

“The versatility of our wingers is really important to our system, and he has the ability to impact the game with a change of pace,” Miller added. “Caleb is a tough kid and he will really add to our competitive culture that we have in training every day.”

“I have known about SAU for a very long time and the coaches and players were all so great to me on my first overnight visit,” said Chesney on why he chose Spring Arbor. “It felt like home when I was there! I’m very comfortable with everything.”

SAU Baseball signs two Homer High School Standouts

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Homer High School duo Nate Sitkiewicz and Steven Salow are the latest commitments to the Spring Arbor University baseball team announced Cougar head coach Sam Riggleman Monday (Feb. 16).

Sitkiewicz is a 6-foot-0 left-handed pitcher and outfielder, and Salow, son of SAU alum Tom Salow, is a 5-foot-10 catcher.

Sitkiewicz and Salow are about to begin their final season playing for the powerhouse Homer program, which is coached by Spring Arbor Athletics Hall of Famer Scott Salow. Last season, the Trojans posted an impressive 36-2 record on their way to winning the Big Eight Conference title.

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