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Author: Travis Silvas

Loss to Eaton Rapids doesn’t diminish impact of CHS seniors

This one will hurt for a while. The Charlotte varsity football team had its rival on the ropes in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs … a chance to avenge an early season loss and a rabid fan base ready to continue the celebration started earlier in the day. Then the wheels came off in the second half. Eaton Rapids scored 28 third quarter points, turning a 14-7 halftime deficit into a 35-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Eaton Rapids eventually advanced to the district finals with a 49-21 win. The loss was especially devastating for a senior class that helped reignite a passion for football in Charlotte. This year’s team was filled with seniors at most positions — they filled 18 of the 21 starting spots on this year’s team and led the way back to the playoffs. “Any time a team plays it’s last game it is very difficult, especially for the seniors,” said first year head coach Jeff Finney. “As a coach it is difficult knowing that most of the seniors just played their last football game ever. I tried my best to give the senior class the thanks they deserve for what they have done for our program and me as a coach. I could not have asked for a better group of seniors as a first year coach.  They were a great...

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Charlotte girls accomplish goal of reaching state cross country finals

The 2012 season left a sour taste in the mouths of the Charlotte High School girls cross country team. The Orioles season ended with the girls coming up just short of reaching the Division 2 state finals. Since that moment, they made it their singular mission not to come up short this time around. “This is a bunch that was on a mission and they got it done,” said Charlotte cross country coach Jay Gowell. Charlotte finished third in their regional meet on Oct. 26 to qualify for the state finals, held this past Saturday at Michigan International Speedway...

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Bellevue football coach reflects on successful season

In sports, the ultimate measure of success or failure is wins and losses. But, winning isn’t the only measure of success, as Bellevue football coach Doug Blattner understands. His team’s season came to an end Friday, Nov. 1 with a 20-0 loss to Climax. But, more difficult for his team than the loss, is the end of a high school career for the several seniors that overcame some adversity to lead the team into the playoffs. “Any coach will tell it is hard to say good bye to a great group of seniors that you have been able to...

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Orioles look for redemption against Eaton Rapids in playoffs

Charlotte varsity football coach Jeff Finney couldn’t have been more pleased when the playoff pairings were announced last Sunday night. His Orioles drew the district’s top seed and get to host rival Eaton Rapids, which handed a depleted Charlotte team one of its two losses on the season. “Our team was extremely excited to draw Eaton Rapids in the first round,” Finney said. The team will look to avenge a 17-12 in Eaton Rapids from September. The Orioles played the game without several key players, who were out due to injury. Finney said his team is confident heading into the game and he is not worried about the team being too emotional. “Our kids have done a great job so far this week bottling their emotions,” Finney said. “They understand that when the time comes they need to amp it up.” The Orioles were scheduled to host Eaton Rapids on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Charlotte Public Schools planned a community pep rally and tailgate before the game, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Charlotte High School gym. “One of my main goals as a first year head coach was to get the community excited about coming to a game on Friday night,” Finney said. “Last week we had 70 students take a spectator bus to Adrian to help support us.  That was awesome.  It’s fun to win...

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First time KVA champs shift focus to playoffs

There was little time spent celebrating the school’s first Kalamazoo Valley Association football championship. The Olivet varsity football team has bigger goals ahead. That, however, doesn’t diminish what the team accomplished in the regular season. Olivet defeated Delton Friday, Oct. 25, wrapping up a share of the team’s first KVA championship. “It means a lot to our kids to have won a KVA championship,” said coach Gabe Priddy. “Our kids understand what a special season this has been, not just because of winning a league title, but because of the closeness that our seniors have with one another.  They...

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