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Author: Travis Silvas

Candlelight vigil honors victims and survivors of domestic violence

Shouts of “no means no” rang from the Courthouse Square lawn Thursday, Oct. 24 as advocates rallied against domestic violence. The show of support preceded a candlelight vigil, led by SIREN/Eaton Shelter that honored victims and survivors of domestic violence. The vigil is an annual aspect of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Eaton County. “International Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time for antiviolence advocates to connect with each other, remember victims and honor them and also to celebrate the survivors of domestic abuse,” said Kaitlyn Blanchard, a senior at Olivet College and former intern at SIREN/Eaton Shelter. SIREN/Eaton...

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Lifelong friendships made with unsuspecting teammate

The smile on Keith Orr’s face as he rode off the football field on the s   houlders of hi s te ammates only tells half the story. The emotion on the face of his teammates when they talk about their “best buddy” tells the rest. Orr is experiencing football for the first time this fall as a member of the Olivet eig hth grade football team. Small in stature, he has dealt with learning and behavioral disabilities most of his life and had never really shown an interest in football until his parents, Jim and Carrie Orr decided...

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Charlotte volleyball team rides wave of emotion past Mason

A stirring speech from assistant coach Rob Nevins foreshadowed the king of night to come for the Charlotte varsity volleyball team Thursday, Sept. 26. Nevins addressed the crowd about breast cancer awareness minutes before the team unveiled new pink uniforms in support. The team, backed by a raucous student section, proceeded to win an exciting five-set match against Mason — 25-22, 25-17, 13-25, 23-25, 15-11. The win moved the Orioles to 16-6-1 on the season and 4-1 in the CAAC Gold with Lumen Christi scheduled to finish out the first round of league play on Thursday, Oct. 3. “The...

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Bellevue puts it all together in dominating win over Jerome Adams

The Bellevue High School varsity football team showed what it is capable when it puts all the pieces together at the same time. The Broncos amassed more than 700 yards of total offense, earning their first road win of the season, in a 46-7 victory over North Adams Jerome on Friday, Sept. 27. Senior Tyler Lane set the tone early for the Broncos, scoring on an 80-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. Lane finished the game with 271 yards rushing and four touchdowns on just six carries. “We played one of our best games of the year,” said sixth year coach Doug Blattner. “It seemed like everybody did their job. North Adams, in the past, has played us very tough so we knew we had give everything on every play and had to jump on them early.” Blattner said the offensive line blocking and perimeter blocking was as good as the team has had this year. The line paved the way for 630 yards on the ground. Junior Darrin Sommers carried 15 times for 152 yards. Freshmen Dylan Lesh and Danny Pluff each picked up more than 50 yards rushing, finishing with 55 and 61 yards respectively. The Broncos also forced four turnovers, including two interceptions by from Sommers. Cole Madry and Noah Briggs led the way with seven tackles each. Lane, Cody Rauschenberger and Kyle...

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Orioles rally past Mason in thrilling 37-16 win

For two and a half quarters last Friday night, the Charlotte varsity football team did its best to hang in the game against undefeated Mason. Then the bell went off midway through the third quarter and Charlotte never looked back. The Orioles scored 37 unanswered points en route to a 37-16 win Friday. Sept. 27. “We moved the ball consistently all night, but we were unable to finish in the first half,” said Charlotte coach Jeff Finney. “Something clicked on in the third (quarter) and our offense came to life. Our defense, on the other hand, played a great...

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