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Concord Football Embracing Home Playoff Game, Seeking Revenge on Springport

By Mike Moore Staff Writer Concord — It wasn’t long ago this program was an afterthought, a Friday night chance for any opponent to take out some aggression and pick up an easy win. That was then, this now. A now with the Concord football program that includes back-to-back appearances in the state playoffs. A now that includes the first ever Big 8 Conference title. A now, that for the first time since 2001, features a home playoff game. Yes, playoffs at Concord. How far things have come. “I’ve always believed in this,” coach Max Clark said. “I coached when things were rough, but always felt that if we could get people in the community on board to what we were trying to do, and get the kids that are here to play football, we’d be all right. I think we’ve built this up the right way. We probably do things little different, but it shows you when you go about things with a positive approach, positive things can happen.” The drop off for the Yellowjackets was drastic. The 2001 team went 10-3 and reached a Division 7 state semifinal. The next year Concord went 5-5, losing in the opening…

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City and Firefighters Union Reach Agreement

In a special meeting tonight, Jackson City Council members voted to ratify a new, five-year contract between the city of Jackson and the Summit-Jackson Professional Firefighters Union Local 1306. The agreement highlights, among other provisions, wage increases for firefighters, health insurance changes and pension reforms which will help stabilize retiree costs associated with former city firefighters and the city’s Act 345 pension fund. “The union is very pleased with the way negotiations went over the past week,” union president Scott Stoker said. “The outcome was fair. Changes to our pension system were done in the best interest of our membership and the city.” In order to retire with pension benefits, the minimum years of service for firefighters was increased to 33 years for new hires, employees hired between 2004 and 2012 will work 28 years to see those same benefits, and employees hired between 2012 and 2016 will work 29 years. All employees hired under the new contract will not be eligible for city-paid health insurance in retirement, as was the policy. Full-time employees will participate in the retiree health savings plan and become vested in the plan after three years of service. Wage increases for firefighters were also agreed…

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Micah Raby Columbia Central Football

Confidence and swagger carry Golden Eagles into playoff opener

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Brooklyn — He stood in the end zone with his team, still beaming from the previous 10 minutes and what had transpired.   A roll of the dice had come up perfect for Josh Kubiak, as the Columbia Central football coach elected to go for two when trailing by one.   His decision gave way to a slow developing but drama-filled pass to the end zone.   And a 29-28 come-from-behind victory over Hillsdale.   So as he stood there, still a bit of welcome shock in the home crowd after a 7-2 regular season, and was asked how he and his team have to remove themselves from a win in Week 9 while preparing for a Week 10 battle in the playoffs.   “I don’t know if we want to forget it,” Kubiak said smiling. “I want to use this momentum going into next week.”   Well, next week has arrived, and speaking Thursday about this team’s Division 5 opener with Southfield Bradford, not much had changed in Kubiak’s approach.   “We’re hoping to carry the momentum from last week over into this one,” Kubiak said. “We have a real good vibe going…

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Grass Lake Manchester Football

Manchester 5-4 at Grass Lake 8-1 Game Notes

Manchester 5-4 at Grass Lake 8-1  This is Grass Lake’s 12th straight trip to the playoffs while Manchester is making its 9th consecutive appearance.  Last year, Grass Lake got in at 5-4 and Manchester had the 8-1 mark.  The two teams met in the pre-district in 2015 with the Flying Dutchmen coming out on top 43-40.   Manchester Flying Dutchmen 5-4, 5-2 in Cascades Enrollment:  378 Last year 9-2 lost to Lumen Christi 45-28 in D6 district final   2016 Game Results L Clinton 48-12 W Addison 21-8 W Hanover-Horton 42-28 L Grass Lake 26-0 W East Jackson 47-28 W Michigan Center 20-6 L Napoleon 35-17 W Vandercook Lake 49-14 L Homer 40-27   Offense Scoring 26.1 PPG Defense Allowing 25.8 PPG   Grass Lake Warriors 8-1, 6-1 in Cascades Enrollment:  363 Last year 5-5, lost in D6 pre-district to Manchester 43-40   2016 Game Results W Stockbridge 32-18 W Napoleon 36-18 W East Jackson 53-0 W Manchester 26-0 W Vandercook Lake 44-18 W Hanover-Horton 27-12 W Addison 50-6 L Michigan Center 24-22 W Springport 43-27   Offense Scoring 37 PPG Defense Allowing 13.6 PPG   The game will be played at Grass Lake High School Friday night at 7:00pm. …

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Lumen Christi Football

Lumen defense on alert as Watervliet brings its high-powered offense to town

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — Nearly 500 points in nine games.   An offense averaging more than 55 points per contest.   A team that put up 58 or more points five different times in 2016.   That begins to sum up what the Lumen Christi football team’s defense has heading to town Friday night in the opening round of the Division 6 playoffs.   “They run a high-risk, high-reward offense,” Lumen coach Herb Brogan said of Watervliet, the Titans’ opening-round opponent. “They’re going to be quicker than anyone we’ve seen. They get to the line and go. They don’t punt. They kick onside. You have to find ways to get them off the field and make plays.”   The Panthers closed the regular season 7-2, earning a spot on the postseason for the sixth year in a row and the seventh time in the past eight seasons.   And if you’re still trying to figure out Brogan’s comments, about the high-risk, high-reward attack the Panthers have, consider this, in the team’s two losses this year, they scored 30 and 58 points.   “Very impressed with what we’ve seen (on film),” Brogan said of the Panthers’ offense.…

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Thursday, October 27

Rev. Ron Brooks, Candidate for State Representative, 64th District;  Jim Francis, Jackson Community Federal Credit Union;  Encore, Bart Visits YMCA Storer Camp with Tom Brown and Equestrian Program;  Jeff Beagle, Jackson YMCA Turkey Trot;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Company; Heather Leszyczynski, Cascades Humane Society  

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