Charlotte High School Varsity Competitive Cheer Team had their first competition of the year Friday February 12th at Portage Northern High School. Due to the pause in contact sports the girls learned round 3, the stunting round, on Monday night then competed an almost complete routine just four days later. Despite the setbacks of virtual practices, no contact, no stunting, and the uncertainty of if there would even be a season, CHS came out on top with a score of 633.82. Coach Kerry White and Assistant Coach Jade Bowhall were proud to see the girls’ hard work and dedication pay off.
Submitted by Charlotte High School Cheer Team
Olivet High School senior Cam Webb is thankful to announce his commitment to play football at Albion College. He appreciates all the coaching support as well as family and friends who have supported him in his football career. He is excited to start this new chapter in his life.
The Bellevue Boys Varsity Basketball Team opened the season with a resounding 57-24 win over the Waldron Spartans who entered the game having already played two games and owned a 2-0 record. The Broncos were led by senior guard Kenny Bartha who scored a team high 15 points, captured six rebounds, and handed out four assists. His running mate at the other guard, Braylon Robbins chipped in with 13 points and three assists. Senior forward Nick Hayward led the team in rebounds with ten, while David Payne and Dawson Wing each collected seven rebounds. All 11 players on the Broncos roster played and scored.
It was a nice win for the Broncos who had their season cut short last year the day before they were to have played in the district final championship game. If the Broncos had won the district game it would have been the ninth consecutive district championship for the Broncos. The Broncos finished last season with a 20-2 record, which was their fourth consecutive 20 win season.
The Broncos next play on Friday evening at 7:30pm, when they entertain Battle Creek St Phillip in an SCAA league game.
Submitted by Coach Joe Costello
Many in Charlotte remember the name “Terwilliger.” Willard Wayne “Twig” Terwilliger, age 95, was the son of Ivan and Doris Terwilliger of Charlotte, and passed away on February 3, 2021, in Weatherford, Texas, where he lived with his wife, Lin. He is survived by his children Marcie and Steve, and stepsons Mike and Kevin. His sister, Mary Lou Terwilliger Schneckenberger passed away in 2018.
Terwilliger was a star athlete at Charlotte High School, was a United States Marine radioman and machine gunner present at the Battle of Iwo Jima and at Saipan during World War II, was a Major League Baseball player, and was a major and minor league baseball coach for five decades, totaling 62 years in baseball.
“Nothing in my 62 years of baseball was more important than my two years in the military,” Terwilliger later said.
As his niece, Patti Wright, said, “He was such a downright all-American guy.”
Terwilliger played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1949 and 1960 for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, New York Giants, and Kansas City Athletics.
He had multiple brushes with baseball’s all-time greats, like Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.
“It was cool to have an uncle who was famous,” said Wright. “He was a great father figure to us kids growing up. When he wasn’t away doing stuff, he was with us.”
In 1926 his family moved from Clare, Michigan, to Charlotte. He played football at Charlotte High School and made all-conference as a quarterback. When he graduated in 1942, he attended what is now Western Michigan University. After flunking a class that made him ineligible to play baseball the next spring, Terwilliger decided to enlist in the Marines in 1943.
After his discharge from the military in 1945, Terwilliger hitchhiked the 200 miles home to Charlotte. In 1946 he married Mary Jane Locke, and they had two children. He returned to college at Western Michigan in 1946.
Terwilliger started his career in the minor leagues in 1948. He quickly rocketed to the majors. Terwilliger was a player, manager, and coach for about 30 teams from 1948 to 2005. He played, coached, and managed in more than 7,200 baseball games since 1948, and was still coaching at age 80.
Terwilliger married his second wife, Lin, in 1974 and returned to Charlotte.
His father had a bar which was located where the Eaton Pub is now, originally known as The Tavern, and was a gentlemen-only drinking establishment. When his father retired, Terwilliger took the bar over, renamed it “Twigs” and ran it when he was not playing ball. The walls of the bar were covered with baseball memorabilia. Lee Strickland managed the bar when he was playing or at spring training, Wright said.
Wright remembered Terwilliger being a mentor to children. “He was a substitute teacher for the Charlotte Schools for a while. When the children from the country schools played baseball, he came every Friday to umpire the games, and did a little coaching to help improve their baseball skills, along with teaching them the importance of teamwork,” Wright said.
In 2002 the Terwilligers moved to Texas to be near his wife’s father who was in poor health.
Terwilliger was inducted into the Lansing Sports Hall of Fame in 2020, one of nine individuals inducted. However, the ceremony was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more about Wayne Terwilliger, you can read his book, written in 2006, called “Terwilliger Bunts One.”
Welcome your K9 Roscoe. We can’t thank you enough for the overwhelming response. It was wonderful. Roscoe was submitted by multiple people and was liked by Deputy Studley as well. “Roscoe” is also a name of an Anderson Co. (SC) Sheriff K9 recently killed in the line of duty. So we felt it was fitting to honor their dog. Studley and Roscoe will start training in October and be on the road as a team soon. The dog and training are being paid for by grant funds. The team will be trained in explosives and tracking.
It’s no fun to be stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down vehicle in a snowstorm. Keeping your car on the road and running well is important all year, but especially in the middle of winter in our snowy state of Michigan. DuroTech Automotive in Potterville can help you make sure that doesn’t happen to you–but if it does, they are there to quickly get you back on the road.
DuroTech Automotive serves all of Eaton County and is conveniently located at 627 Lansing Road in Potterville. It replaced Northside Towing when it closed in 2015.
Jon McNett is the owner and manages the day-to-day operations of DuroTech Automotive. McNett lives in Potterville and has been in the area since 1986. His many years of experience in the automotive business and his friendly demeanor allow him to quickly answer many of your questions over the phone to determine what needs to be done to your vehicle or, if needed, to send out a tow truck.
DuroTech Automotive has three highly qualified mechanics on staff; Damon Krupa, Josh Prather, and the newest, Rachel Fulco, who studied mechanics at the Universal Technical Institute. Krupa is an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified Master Mechanic and has been a mechanic for over 30 years.
DuroTech provides full-service repair for cars and light trucks, as well as around-the-clock towing. They will also service your vehicle with a lube, oil change and filter, mufflers and exhaust, tune-ups, brakes, air conditioning and heating. They can check your steering and suspension, your vehicle’s transmission and battery, and can provide an electronic diagnosis to determine what the issue is. They can assist in restarting and unlocking your vehicle, and also provide flatbed towing service, which is one of the safest ways to transport your car.
Another service DuroTech Automotive is able to provide is storage. Your boat, recreational vehicle, car or truck can be stored inside or outside in a securely fenced in storage area.
If you’re mechanically inclined and prefer to do your own repair, DuroTech Automotive is your source for any parts that you need. They also offer a wide variety of automotive and truck accessories, including a complete line of WeatherTech products, such as mudflaps, cargo and trunk liners, and cup phone holders.
Despite the impact of COVID-19 on the world, McNett found that 2020 was actually their best year in business since they opened in 2015.
“We treat everyone as fair as we can, and as straight forward and honest as you can be,” explained McNett. “We want your return business, and for you to refer us to a friend.”
DuroTech Automotive’s attention to quality service has earned them an almost 5-star total rating on Google Reviews.
“Exceptional service. They quickly diagnosed a safety concern. It was fixed in 48 hours. I felt like family with every encounter we had with the staff,” wrote one reviewer.
Another wrote, “All in all, even if it takes some time, this mechanic is trustworthy, and will make the impossible happen when you need it the most.” Both reviews awarded DuroTech Automotive with five stars.
A large HO train track is set up in the DuroTech Automotive lobby. A winter hobby that his wife encouraged, McNett said, until it grew large enough to take over the dining room in their home. Now it takes up a good chunk of space in the lobby, but helps provide a nice distraction from fender-bender worries and car problems.
You’ll also find memorabilia from McNett’s car racing on the walls. McNett has won many championships in circle track racing since 1992 with his DuroTech Automotive car and has already scheduled races for 2021.
DuroTech Automotive is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Towing is available 24 hours every day. Call them at 517-645-4200.
A four-year-old Eaton Rapids girl who has fought and beat cancer twice in her young life is nothing short of a miracle and so it makes sense that she is Sparrow’s Miracle Child for 2021.
Delilah Steiner-Zehender will be the face of the Sparrow Children’s Center – the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital – for the next year, raising awareness about the miracles that happen everyday at Sparrow. Her story is a wonderful reflection of the life-saving work at the Children’s Center and the importance of continued community support for our youngest patients.
Delilah was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was four months old and underwent three rounds of chemotherapy. The disease was diagnosed again in January 2019. This time it was much more extensive, said her mother, Leni Steiner-Zehender, and she underwent surgery and five rounds of chemo to remove the tumor and her adrenal gland.
Leni Steiner-Zehender described the journey as “very humbling, stressful, joyful at times, devastating at times. A whole range of emotions went with it.”
Besides her mother, Delilah’s family includes father Todd and brother, Augustus, 12.
Her mother said the family is “honored and excited” by Delilah’s Miracle Child designation and has no doubt she deserves it. “She has fought and beaten neuroblastoma twice in four years and she’s done it with great tenacity.”
Delilah succeeds young Brenden Scott, the Mason-area boy who recovered at Sparrow from catastrophic injuries suffered when he was hit by a car. Brenden served as the Miracle Child for 2020.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.
To donate, go to SparrowFoundation.org.
Submitted by Sparrow Miracle Network