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Month: March 2015

Ernst, Orioles put the ‘Doom’ back in Charlotte’s Dome

I had a familiar feeling Monday night, watching the Charlotte High School varsity boys basketball team scratch and claw their way to a regional semi-final win over Haslett. The intensity, the crowd, the atmosphere was a glimpse of what gave Charlotte’s gym its nickname in the first place. I fell in love with the game of basketball in that gym. I was in elementary school going through the lay-up lines during Saturday Morning Basketball when coach Jerry Ernst asked me my name. I was pumped. By that time, my dad had begun taking me to Charlotte High School varsity basketball games at the Dome of Doom, as it was aptly named in the mid-80s and early 90s. I remember I couldn’t wait to be out there on that court, in front of a standing-room only crowd just like Randy Grundstrom, Chuck Malcuit, Eric Menk, Steve St. John, Jason Bossard, Jeff Pepper … the list of my childhood heroes goes on. There was always excitement surrounding Charlotte basketball. The Orioles would play anyone, anywhere, anytime, and they would play them tough. The Dome was always packed and the student section was always rocking. I saw all of that again for the first time in a long time during the Orioles run through the MHSAA playoffs. First year head coach, Steve Ernst promised the community before the beginning of this season...

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Bellevue claims Class D District Title

The Bellevue High School varsity basketball team avenged two early season losses to Battle Creek St. Phillip on Friday, March 13. More importantly, the Broncos claimed another Class D District Championship. The 59-41 win gave the Broncos their third straight District title. “I expected a lot out of this team,” said coach Joe Costello, reflecting back on the season. “The guys put a lot of extra work that other teams haven’t done. My expectations were high for them.” The Broncos played the season without any true low post players, which Costello said was a struggle. In the end, though,...

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Orioles wild ride ends in Regional Championship game

It would be hard for first year head coach Steve Ernst to look back on his team’s season and think of it in any other fashion than a success. That’s tough though for a coach as competitive as Ernst, coming off a loss in the Class B Regional Finals to Godwin Heights, the state’s top Class B team. However, Ernst guided his team, made up of mostly underclassmen to 15 wins this season, a Class B District Championship and a trip to the Class B Regional Finals for the first time since 1996. Ernst, though, chooses to measure the...

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Alumni Association reaps rewards of Maple Valley Mayhem

In terms of raising funds, the Maple Valley Alumni Association has found its niche — pro wrestling. The Alumni Association teamed with the International Ring of Grapplers (IROG) Pro Wrestling Friday, March 6 to provide community members with an exciting evening of action inside the ring. The second installment of Maple Valley Mayhem, MVAA president Adam Gusey said the show was well attended and certainly enjoyed by fans of all ages. Guests were treated to eight action-packed matches, including bouts that put the IROG tag team and individual championship belts on the line. In the main event, “Serial Killer”...

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Technicians at Williams Farm Machinery attain stringent Gold Level certification

Badge Velasquez equated it to one of the most difficult things he’s ever done. Attaining STIHL Gold Level Certification is a process not all technicians pass. Velasquez, however, is one of two technicians at Williams’ Farm Machinery in Charlotte to be able to hang the plaque in his office. Velasquez was joined by tech Chris Taylor in attaining Gold Level Certification following three days of intense training and testing recently in Virginia Beach. Williams’ Farm Machinery techs, Jim Patterson and Chris Taylor also advanced in their level of expertise with Patterson attaining Bronze Level Certification and Taylor achieving Silver...

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