I complain about the lameness of Facebook every bit as much as anybody else. I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into actually signing up for the service at the same time I started this on-line rag.
The Wayland boys’ cross-country team performs pretty well when it’s not competing in an O-K Gold Conference jamboree. That might say something about how tough the league is in the sport.
The Wildcat guys turned in another quality outing Saturday at the Cedar Springs Invitational, taking third place among the eight teams in the field. They scored 85 points, with the host school winning the meet with 45 and Grandville Calvin Christian was second with 51.
Nine local artists are among two dozen from Allegan County and more than 1,500 total who have entered the sixth annual Art Prize competition, which will begin Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Grand Rapids.
A total of 1,537 artist entries have been received from 51 countries and 42 U.S. states and territories. They will be on display at 175 venues, competing for public vote approval and juried awards totaling $560,000.
Continuing to pull out of a recent slump, the Wayland girls’ golf team finished sixth in the 10-team Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Invitational Friday at the Yankee Springs Golf Course.
The Wildcats, who in the past week could not break 200 as a team in nine holes of play, carded a much more reasonable 395 for 18 holes of play. Grand Rapids West Catholic won the tournament with a sizzling 340, North Pointe Christian was runner-up with a 346 and Forest Hills Eastern was third at 348.
The Wildcats were ahead of four teams that did not break 400 in the tourney.
It's been two steps forward, one step back for the Martin football team this fall.
The Clippers, who two weeks ago ended 56-game losing streak by drubbing Bellevue 34-14, were on the receiving end of the same kind of treatment Friday evening by a powerful host Watervliet squad, 59-0.
Martin, under new coach Travis Farris, had shown tremendous improvement while beating Bellevue and while giving Lawton a real battle in a 14-12 loss a week later, just were no match for Watervliet, which moved its season record to 3-1, its only loss by one point in overtime.
Greenville, a team that already had scored 63 points once this fall, came up with nearly that many in a 53-14 rout of Wayland Friday night, spoiling the Wildcats’ season home opener.
Quarterback Kyle O’Connor rushed for 138 yards in 13 attempts and a touchdown passed for 97 yards and one TD. Eric Plate added 113 yards in 13 carries and one touchdown for the Yellow Jackets.
The Wildcats scored on a three-yard run early in the second quarter and on on a five-yard run in the fourth peiod. Detail;s were not made available.
The loss dropped Wayland’s overall season record to 0-4.
Hopkins poured a huge bucket of ice water Friday on what has been billed all week as one of the hottest high school football teams in West Michigan.
The Viking hogs beat up on North Pointe Christian tackle to tackle in the first half and then had to overcome some unpleasant developments in the second half to finish with a convincing 37-20 victory that makes them the team to beat this fall in the O-K Silver Conference.
Wayland Board of Education Trustee Jeff Salisbury is proposing to change the way funds from the Gun Lake Casino are spent.
Salisbury, in a memo e-mailed Friday to board colleagues, administrators an employee groups, is suggesting the district use some of the estimated $1.5 million annually in casino revenue to shore up the budget fund balance, which has been declining over the past several years to about 7.5 percent.
The Wayland girls' golf team defeated Zeeland West 200-203 in a non-conference match Thursday afternoon.
Leading scorers for Wayland were Ali Martus with a 40, Mandy Kinney a 50, Emily Arendsen 52, and Courtney Johnson with a career-low 58.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The first question we need to ask is whether Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a real disorder or a refuge for cowards and shirkers, as believed by most until the latter half of the last century.
As most disorders of the mind, it cannot be seen under a microscope or grown in a petri dish; a diagnosis is made by a psychiatric expert and is a judgment call. History tells us that complaints of PTSD symptoms in some form have been around for many centuries.