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Month: February 2014

District basketball pairings have local feel

The survivor of the MHSAA girls Class B District in Olivet will have certainly earned a championship. The loaded District features Kalamazoo Valley Association champion Olivet as well as the top three teams in the Capital Area Activities Conference Gold, Eaton Rapids, Jackson Northwest and Charlotte. The top four teams in the District have combined for more than 50 wins on the season. The Orioles get things underway on Monday, Feb. 24 as they tip off with Parma Western, a team the Orioles have defeated twice already this season. The winner advances to a semi-final game against Jackson Northwest on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The highlight of the District, however, may take place in the first round as Olivet, undefeated in the KVA, takes on Eaton Rapids on Feb. 24, following the Charlotte game. The winner advances to play Leslie in the semi-finals on Wednesday. The championship game will be held Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Olivet High School. In Class C action, Potterville will take on Maple Valley on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Springport High School. The winner moves on to face Dansville on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. Springport and Galesburg-Augusta are also in this District. The championship game will be held Friday, Feb. 28 at Springport High School. In Class D, Bellevue will play Marshall Academy on Monday, Feb. 24 at...

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Hooping For A Cure serves as community rally against cancer

Other than the actual Relay for Life of Charlotte, nothing brings people together to fight cancer quite like the annual Hooping For A Cure event at Charlotte High School. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the CHS dome. Hooping For A Cure pits Charlotte High School students against staff in a charity basketball game that draws thousands of spectators each year. Now in its seventh year, Hooping For A Cure has raised more than $60,000 in its history and is one of the major reasons the Charlotte High School Relay for Life team is one of the top fundraisers each year. Brent Crossman, creator and captain of the Charlotte High School Relay for Life team, started the event in 2007, marking the 25th anniversary of his mom’s successful fight against breast cancer. He never envisioned the kind of impact it would have on the community. “I didn’t think it would get this big,” Crossman said. “It’s a good thing and it’s a bad thing. The good thing is that we’re raising more money. The bad thing is reason it’s raising more — more and more people are being affected by this terrible disease. My wish is that I don’t have to do these anymore because we’ve come up with a cure. The bottom line is there isn’t a cure yet, and as long...

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Generation E to launch March 3 for Charlotte students

Following months of training and planning, the Generation E program is ready to launch in Charlotte. Driven by local volunteers, John Bailey, Laurie Newland and Rick Todd, the six-week course is designed to teach students the ins and outs of creating and running a business — from idea to market. At the end of the program, students will have created a business that they will showcase at the Generation E Regional Expo, scheduled for April 2014 in Lansing. The course is offered free of charge, though students would have to raise money to cover their start up costs. Todd said this opportunity gives local youth a chance to turn a hobby or personal interest into a business. Students would come up with their own ideas, which will be cultivated by the guidance of the GenEI curriculum. The program kicks off Monday, March 3 at Crosswalk Teen Center and will run each Monday through March from 3 to 5 p.m. The course is off during Spring Break, but resumes April 14. “The week of April 21 the kids will run their new business for one day at AL!VE,” said Newland. “Then, on April 30th, we will have them go to the Lansing Center to be part of the regional showcase to present their business in an expo style event.” Bailey, Newland and Todd completed training last fall to become certified...

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Series of conversations create connection between students, business community

For years, members of the Can Do! Youth Pillar have brainstormed ways to improve the connection between the youth in the community and those that work outside the school district. This winter, the Pillar took an important first step. Through the creation of the Coffee with the Community series, a partnership between Charlotte High School, the Can Do! Youth Pillar and Fay’s Evelyn Bay, students have the opportunity to spend the morning getting to know someone in the business community. The seven-part series introduces high school students to different business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders in Charlotte to share...

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Charlotte’s Challender, Wales head to State Finals

Capping off solid seasons, Charlotte High School varsity wrestlers, Chase Challender and Eric Wales have punched their ticket to the MHSAA Division 2 individual wrestling State Finals. The two will compete at the Palace of Auburn Hills beginning Thursday, Feb. 27. Challender, a senior at Charlotte High School finished third in the State Finals last season and has been ranked in the top 4 in the state at the 215-pound division all season. Challender has amassed more than 140 career victories as a varsity wrestler for Charlotte and is a three-time Capital Area Activities Conference champion. Charlotte varsity wrestling...

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