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East Jackson has big chance to gain confidence with home date against Vandercook Lake

(File Photo Above from the 2015 Season) By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — The struggles of the past few years have been noted. For the East Jackson football program, it’s been a battle with numbers, injuries, forfeits and an abundance of losses on the gridiron.   As Thursday’s home date approaches, though, coach Tra Coolbaugh sees a monumental opportunity starring his guys in the face.   “This is a winnable game, and our guys know that,” Coolbaugh said. “To go out and actually find a way to do that would be huge, especially this early in the season.”   The Trojans went 1-8 a year ago, earning a win in the final week of the season.   Whether or not momentum carried over, or a youthful team has started to mature, Coolbaugh had very little to complain about after Week 1.   His guys battled to the end in what was an eventual 12-6 loss against Whitmore Lake.   “We drove right down the field with two minutes remaining,” Coolbaugh said. “And then we fumbled around the 15-yard line. That was tough. It was a game we had a chance to win.”   Asked if there was anything…

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Aspen One Hour Football Show Returns Thursday to JTV

JTV Sports presents a weekly High School Football highlight and preview show, sponsored by Aspen One Hour Heating & Cooling.  Hosted by JTV Sports personalities Joel Freehling and Josh Burgett, The Aspen One Hour Football Show features  highlights, interviews and a look at the upcoming weekend.  Join us for the Aspen One Hour Football Show, 7:30 and 10:30 pm Thursday Nights on JTV. Coming up on this week's show we'll have highlights from week 1 games: Grand Rapids West Catholic at Lumen Christi, Columbia Central at Napoleon and Coldwater at Jackson.  Joel and Josh will pick week 2 winners and break down the upcoming week.   Special thanks to all our sponsors:  Aspen One Hour, Jim Winter Auto Group, Jackson Community Federal Credit Union, Monster Motors, Vermeulen's Furniture, Jimmie's Towing, Performance Automotive Northwest, Tripp's Auto Shop and Alro Steel.

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Second half goal lifts #1 Spring Arbor over #16 Siena Heights in Top 25 showdown

ADRIAN, Mich. – The No. 1 ranked Spring Arbor University women’s soccer team remained unbeaten following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Siena Heights University in a Top 25 showdown on Tuesday night. Freshman Morgan Marshall tallied the game-winner in the 75th minute to hand the No. 16 Saints their first setback of the season.   Despite no shots finding the back of the net, the first half saw plenty of action. The Cougars placed four shots on frame while a shot from Aubrey Schierbeek bounced off the crossbar. The Saints also had some looks at the goal, but Ashley Timmons stopped all three attempts she faced, including two in the final minute.   The match remained scoreless until the 75th minute when freshman Kaley Buck played a through ball to Marshall, and she slipped a shot past the SHU netminder to the far post for her second goal of the season. Spring Arbor dominated the match statistically over the final 45 minutes, holding a 9-2 edge in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.   Timmons registered a career-high four saves to earn her second clean sheet of the season. Bethany Balcer, the reigning Crossroads League Offensive Player of…

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Facing 0-2 hole, Western faces near must-win in date with Pennfield

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Parma — This was a playoff team a year ago, and one, that despite an influx of youth, wants to be the same in 2016.   Thursday night may have a lot to say as to whether or not that hope becomes reality.   One week after dropping the season opener, the Western football team faces a sort-of must win as it welcomes in Battle Creek Pennfield.   Or, a loss will force the Panthers to win six of their final seven games to get back in the postseason.   “This is a huge game for us,” coach Dave Mifsud said. “”We have a team that’s confident, but being 0-2 would do a lot to invite some doubts. We have to go out, get this win, and start moving forward.”   Western fell to Grosse Ile 41-21 in the season opener, though Mifsud cautioned about any panic geared toward the defense.   “They had a punt return for a touchdown, a pick-6 and another interception that set up the third score,” he said. “So it wasn’t all on the defense.”   But some of it was.   Western allowed 280 yards rushing in the…

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Continuous Lane Closure on I-94 to Begin September 6

As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's $4.5 million project to repair nine bridges this year along I-94 between Airport Road and the Jackson/Calhoun county line, there will be a continuous single-lane closure on I-94 after Labor Day for work at Michigan Avenue over I-94 and I-94 over Parma Road and Concord Road. Beginning Tuesday, September 6, there will be an around-the-clock single-lane closure in each direction on I-94 between Concord Road and Parma Road. The single-lane closure will be in place until the end of the project in early November. For Michigan Avenue traffic, the bridge over I-94 will be closed and a detour posted using neighboring interchanges. For Parma Road and Concord Road, there will be one lane maintained with a flagger. A "stopped traffic advisory system" will be in place on I-94 in advance of the work zone to alert motorists of possible slowing traffic ahead. The system includes message boards displaying traffic warnings beginning 6 miles ahead of the work zone.

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Wednesday, August 31

Andy Solon, AT&T, with Denise Owens, Jackson Co. Fair Manager;  Tracy Smith-Jackson, Felician Children’s Center;  Louis Friedlander, President, Micigan Council of Square & Round Dance Clubs, with Martha Mast;  Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, Explains ‘Cupping’ Massage Techniques;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company

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