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By Greg Chandler 07 Jan, 2022
A U.S. Marine from the Middleville area, left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Iraq nearly 15 years ago, has died. Cpl. Joshua Hoffman died Dec. 27 from complications relating to his wartime injuries. He was 39. Hoffman's injury occurred in combat. He was on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 6, 2007, when he spotted a man with a rocket-propelled grenade. The insurgent ran off, and Hoffman and his unit followed, eventually capturing the man. During that encounter, Hoffman was shot in the back of the neck, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. After 14 months in a Veterans Administration hospital, Hoffman returned home to a specially-built residence in Irving Township. Hoffman's sacrifice for his country was the focus when more than 200 people gathered on that day, Jan. 31, 2009, to mark the moment when he moved in. He lived in his fully adapted “Homes for Our Troops” house in Middleville with his faithful companions, Motley and Maggy, his family said. “Though Josh left the war in Iraq, his battle as a warrior never stopped,” his family wrote in his obituary. “He faced each new challenge head-on, never wavering in his inner strength, and always with a true warrior’s heart. “Josh's courage and strength was an inspiration to all who knew him.” Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Lauer Family Funeral Home's Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway, Hastings. The service will be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/lauerfhhastings. Inurnment will follow with military honors at Riverside Cemetery in Hastings. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m.
By Taylor Owens 07 Jan, 2022
Shoplifter steals from TSC An employee of Tractor Supply Company in Hastings said a man walked out the front door with a cart loaded with more than $1,000 worth of tools and other merchandise at 7:45 p.m. Nov. 9. The man set off the security detectors as he walked out to a waiting car, where the driver helped him load up the merchandise before they left. Although the employee got the license plate number of the vehicle, that plate was actually registered to a Kalamazoo County vehicle which was in a collision and had been sitting in a lot near an auto body shop for the last month. The case is closed. Suspects get away in high-speed chase Police responded to a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle at 3:43 a.m. Dec. 12 in the 1000 block of East Shore Drive in Barry Township. Two officers arrived at the scene, coming from opposite directions. When a vehicle drove past, an officer shined a flashlight onto the driver, and the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Police chased the vehicle south on Sprague Road, then south on M-43 at speeds of up to 115 mph. The suspect vehicle eventually passed into Kalamazoo County, where no local vehicles were available and the pursuit was terminated. Police returned to the residence where the chase began, where the victim, a 29-year-old woman, said she saw two men on her doorbell camera getting into her vehicle. Another vehicle on nearby Sprague Road also was ransacked, although nothing was taken. The case remains under investigation. Items removed from vehicle A 50-year-old woman called 911 at 6:62 p.m. Dec. 12 to report a stereo and equalizer, as well as a trail camera, were taken out of her vehicle while it sat at her residence in the 7000 block of Wolf Road in Assyria Township. The woman said she suspects her neighbor, an 18-year-old male. The case remains under investigation. Boyfriend doesn’t take breakup well, wrecks trailer A 28-year-old woman in the 11000 block of Erica Lane in Orangeville Township called 911 just before midnight Dec. 15 to report that her ex-boyfriend, 37, had destroyed the inside of the trailer they had been living and had stolen several items after she broke up with him. The woman said they had been in a relationship for about three years, and had broken up the day before. She came home from work to discover two handguns, two computers, the wi-fi box and power cords to many of their home electronics had been stolen. The ex-boyfriend also set a folded T-shirt on the nightstand in the bedroom with a Valentine’s Day card propped up, along with a picture of them ripped in half with a knife stabbed into it. The woman said they had argued the day before when he grabbed her phone and stabbed it with a knife, breaking the tip off into the phone. The case remains under investigation. Man to press charges against younger brother A 20-year-old Hastings man called police at 1 a.m. to report his 16-year-old brother had stolen his Jeep Grand Cherokee and was driving it around. Police tracked the brother and vehicle in Hastings, and he admitted he had taken it for a joyride. The man said he wanted to press charges. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney. Plastic bag hid license plate in getaway vehicle A 34-year-old woman called police to report her vehicle had been stolen from her residence in the 6000 block of Oakwood Drive in Hope Township at 10:03 p.m. The woman said she was watching television when she saw a white or silver SUV stop in front of the residence and the interior lights turn on, before the vehicle sped off, and her vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Highland was stolen. Her husband chased after the SUV and tried to get the license plate number, but it was covered by a plastic grocery bag. The case remains under investigation. Truck stolen by man in ski mask A 38-year-old man called police at to report his Chevrolet Silverado had been stolen from his residence in the 11000 block of Prairie Ridge Drive in Thornapple Township at 11:28 a.m. Dec. 10. The man said the vehicle had been broken into and the keys had been taken about three weeks before. A 32-year-old year old Yankee Springs Meadow Mobile Home Park had called police at 8 a.m. to report a strange vehicle in his driveway that matched the description of the stolen truck. By the time police arrived at the man’s residence, he said a red car with two men stopped next to it and a man in a ski mask got in the truck and drove away. The case remains under investigation. Food and toy drive ransacked A 59-year-old employee of Creekside Growers in Middleville called police at 3:20 p.m. Dec. 12 to report the glass front door of the business had been smashed and several items for a Christmas drive had been stolen from inside. The woman estimated between $500 and $1,000 in toys and non-perishable food items had been stolen. The case remains under investigation.
By Greg Chandler 07 Jan, 2022
Two intersections have been upgraded to four-way stops by the Barry County Road Commission, including one intersection where rumble strips had been installed more than two years ago after two fatal crashes occurred there within several months of one another. New stop signs were installed Tuesday on Eckert Road at Wood School Road in Irving Township, and on Monday, stop signs were installed on Center Road at Charlton Park Road in Hastings Charter Township, Road Commission Engineering and Operations Director Jake Welch said. The decision to add the signage followed a review of traffic volumes and accident history at both intersections, Welch said. At the Eckert and Wood School intersection, the decision to make the intersection a four-way stop came more than two years after rumble strips were installed on the Wood School approach to Eckert to warn people of the approaching stop sign. The rumble strips, along with “stop ahead” signage, were installed following two fatal crashes – one in July 2019 that killed a 53-year-old Freeport woman and one in September 2019 that took the life of a 3-month-old. Seven accidents were reported at the Eckert/Wood School intersection between 2008 and 2019, with four of the crashes resulting from drivers failing to stop for the stop sign on Wood School, Welch said in a September 2019 interview. Since then, Welch said that while there had been no new accidents since the rumble strips were installed, there had been numerous complaints among nearby residents of vehicles still failing to stop for the stop sign on Wood School. At Center Road and Charlton Park Road, six accidents had been reported since 2014, with the most common cause being a vehicle stopping on Charlton Park Road, then pulling out into the path of a vehicle on Center Road that had the through movement, Welch said. Previous preventative measures at that intersection were installation of a “cross traffic does not stop” signage under the stop signs on Charlton Park and the painting of a wide white stripe at the intersection pavement to encourage vehicles to not encroach too far into the intersection, Welch said.
By Greg Chandler 07 Jan, 2022
Barry County commissioners Tuesday moved toward approving an update to a sewer agreement that serves the Thornapple Manor medical care facility. Acting as the committee of the whole, commissioners voted to recommend approving an amendment to the sewer agreement between the county, the city of Hastings and Hastings Charter Township. A final vote by the board is expected next Tuesday, County Administrator Michael Brown said. It’s the second amendment to a sewer agreement that dates back to 2006, in which the city of Hastings supplies sanitary sewer service to Thornapple Manor, Brown said. “It is a single-use line. There are no other individuals that are hooked up or allowed to hook up, in accordance with the agreement that was originally struck,” Brown said. The updated agreement will serve Thornapple Manor’s Harvest Pointe assisted living facility, which is under construction. The facility will have 50 assisted living units. The agreement boosts the daily capacity of the sewer line from 30,000 gallons to 40,000 gallons, Brown said. Currently, Thornapple Manor uses about 12,000 gallons per day. Brown told commissioners that even if Thornapple Manor follows through on a possible future plan to build a 100-unit independent living facility on its campus in addition to Harvest Pointe, the expanded capacity will be more than adequate to handle the need. The Hastings City Council previously approved the amendment, and the document will soon be presented to the township board for its approval, Brown said. In other business Tuesday, the commissioners' committee of the whole: • Recommended reappointing Dr. Joyce DeJong to be the county’s medical examiner for the next four years, and appointed Dr. Patrick Hansma and Dr. Jared Brooks as deputy medical examiners. All three are affiliated with Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker School of Medicine. Previous deputy examiners Dr. Theodore Brown and Dr. Brandy Shattuck have taken positions in other states, Brown said. • Recommended the board acceptance of two grants totaling $25,000 to the county animal shelter from Two Seven Oh Inc. The shelter is receiving $15,000 toward the purchase of office, kennel and cattery equipment, along with purchasing dog beds, a veterinarian scale, vacuum, cat enrichment equipment and dog water pails. Another $10,000 grant will be used for the county’s TNR [trap, neuter and return] program, in which residents can trap feral and barn cats, and have them taken to the shelter to be spayed and neutered to control the cat population, shelter director Ken Kirsch Jr. said. • Recommended the full board approve reauthorizing funds of $41,500 toward a new truck for the emergency management department. The board had authorized the funding in the county’s capital budget last year but due to manufacturing delays, the department was not able to take delivery on the truck, Emergency Management Director Jim Yarger said. The Chevrolet Silverado will replace a 2008 Ford Expedition. The funding also includes outfitting the truck with mobile radio equipment and antennas, as well as a cargo box and cap. • Recommended approval of surveyor agreements with nine local companies for remonumentation work throughout the county. • Recommended approving the appointment of Steven Koerber, Michael Pratt, Cameron Lear, Randall Jonker, Rodney Bredeweg, Cynthia Koster and Ryan Miller to the Remonumentation Peer Review Board. Under a grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the county is required to have a peer review panel to review remonumentation work performed by surveyors that are not part of the board.
By Benjamin Simon 07 Jan, 2022
People who visit Family Fare on Martin Luther King Day may notice something different about the bags at the checkout line. The bags will be decorated with words and drawings from students at Central and Southeastern elementary schools. Inspired by Martin Luther King, art teacher Natasha Offerman asks her students to write out what the world needs to become a better place. Some people dream of giving food to everyone in the world. Others dream of ending the act of worrying. In the past couple of years, Offerman said she has seen students dreaming about the end of COVID-19. Offerman will drop off nearly 600 bags at Family Fare in Hastings on Monday, Jan. 17. For the rest of that day, customers will have the option of collecting their groceries in the student-made bags. She encourages community members to visit Family Fare on Martin Luther King Day and pick up a bag. “Stop in and support the kiddos,” she said. Offerman facilitates the project after the new year to allow students to think back on their life. “It's also a great time for them to reflect,” she said. “A lot of them come back and say ‘I didn't get this for Christmas and I didn't get that.’ But it's also like, ‘but you do have a lot in comparison to other kids around the world.’ And it's like, ‘Oh, yeah.’ “You know, it's kind of the reality check.” Offerman started the tradition nine years ago when she started working in the Hastings Area School System. Since then, she continues to do it every year. “I feel like it's important every year because [Martin Luther King] made the world a better place by speaking up and having his voice heard,” she said. “I feel like they have a chance that they can speak up and have their voice heard and maybe their dream can come true as well.”
By Benjamin Simon 07 Jan, 2022
The city of Hastings will start the process of appointing a new city council member after 1st ward representative Theresa Maupin-Moore announced her resignation in December. City Manager Sarah Moyer-Cale said the city will begin soliciting applications for the position this week. Those interested must apply by Jan. 21. Moyer-Cale said she expects to fill the vacancy sometime in February. The post comes with few requirements, although the applicant must be a resident of the 1st ward and a registered voter. Mayor David Tossava said he specifically wants someone who is committed to the Hastings community. “I'm going to look for somebody that really wants to do this,” he said. “I don't want somebody that just wants to be on the council as a notch in their belt. I want somebody that really wants to represent the people in their ward.” But Tossava expressed concern about how many will actually apply. He speaks from experience: He has spent the last few weeks trying to find people who are interested in serving as a new county commissioner for Hastings. Recent redistricting at the county level allows the city to elect its own commissioner to fill a new seat after sharing one with the township for the past 11 years. The mayor said he has found that most people he has spoken to are reluctant to run for the new commissioner position, and that makes him wary of the city’s ability to find residents who are interested in the council opening. He’d be surprised, Tossava added, if the city receives more than three applications. “I don't think we're going to see people coming out of the woodwork to run for it,” he said. “I think you're gonna find one or two people that are really interested to do it and then we'll have to pick between them.” Tossava said he believes the current political climate has discouraged some people from serving in public office. “I think with the way the environment is right now, people don't want to get involved in politics,” he said. There’s a difference at the city council level, though. City council members are nonpartisan – meaning they don’t have any party affiliation. Tossava said he’s looking for a “free thinker.” “I think, still, you hear these people out there that are Democrats and Republicans. They believe in one way, they've been indoctrinated that way, they're taught their whole life to believe this way. And I think that’s a lot of the problems we have,” he said. The council must fill Maupin-Moore’s position within 45 days of her resignation on Feb. 1. After receiving the applications, council will convene at its Jan. 24 meeting to discuss the next steps, which would likely include an interview process. The appointed person would hold the post until the general election in the fall of 2022 when they would have to run for office. “We're trying to find someone in a reasonable amount of time,” Moyer-Cale said. “But we're not set on getting someone in that position by Feb. 1. That might be biting off a bit more than we can chew. “We don’t want to rush it.” Many in City Hall were surprised by Maupin-Moore’s resignation. “I’m flabbergasted, to be honest with you,” Tossava said during the Dec. 28 meeting. Moyer-Cale said she first learned of the news when Maupin-Moore announced it to the city council. Maupin-Moore had spent six years in the role. She is the current Eden Coordinator at Thornapple-Manor. A Hastings resident for nearly two decades, she has previously held jobs with the Barry County Commission on Aging and Barry County Substance Abuse Services. “I've had a few phone calls with people come up and ask me why I was resigning,” Maupin-Moore said at last Tuesday’s meeting. “Still not ready to extremely talk about it out in public. However, it has nothing to do with my health, my new job and/or any new health issues with my family. So thank you to those people who have called and asked. But it is not family and/or work-related.” In other news, city council: – Approved a new contract with Mercy Ambulance. The decision brought tears to the eyes of Mercy Director/Treasurer Rodney Palmer as he took the stand to thank city council. “This doesn't happen without the city of Hastings,” he said of the contract in an interview with The Banner following the meeting. “BIRCH fire is a great district and they have a lot of runs, but the city of Hastings is the core that kind of keeps this together so that we have enough to do so we can keep our doors open.” The new five-year contract will come at no cost to the city of Hastings. – Awarded $94,993.00 to C&D Hughes to construct sidewalk and drive approaches along M-43 west of the city. – Accepted the audit of the city’s 2021 finances. The city received the highest possible rating. – Hired Prein&Newhof, a Grand Rapids-based civil engineering company, to produce the city’s Capital Improvement Plan for an amount not to exceed $25,740. “Project planning is one of the greatest needs that the City has as an organization,” Sarah Moyer-Cale wrote to city council. “The lack of comprehensive planning, especially in coordinating projects identified by existing plans in the Public Services department, can severely undercut the city's ability to operate and perform in a way that best meets public expectations. Lack of planning can and has led to substantial rate and fee increases as well as increased project costs.” Prein &Newhof's largest responsibility will include coordinating five- and 10-year capital improvement plans. Moyer-Cale noted a number of plans that have not been implemented, including ones regarding the results of “PASER rating, SAW study, Water Reliability Study, Water Asset Management Plan, Park & Recreation Master Plan.” “The primary objective of having an outside firm update our Capital Improvement Plan is to facilitate our strategy for getting these projects accomplished and to minimize emergency/unplanned spending,” Moyer-Cale wrote. “This will be accomplished in a manner that City staff can update on an annual basis without the need for outside assistance. “Frankly, we are so far behind in comprehensive planning that staff does not have the time to update it ourselves in an effective way prior to the upcoming budget and construction season.”
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By Brett Bremer 30 Dec, 2021
Belding, Lakewood, Portland and Ionia couldn't settle just who the best Ionia County varsity wrestling team is this December on Wednesday night. The real test will be who comes out on top in February. Belding, Portland and Lakewood at least will be back together for a MHSAA Division 3 Team District Tournament hosted by the Raiders – along with a fourth team Central Montcalm. The Lakewood Vikings learned they have a lot of work to do between now and then Wednesday as they were bested by the Black Knights 48-24 in the final dual of the night. Belding and Lakewood were both 2-1 at the meet. Lakewood took a 54-30 win over Ionia and a 40-33 win over Portland before the match-up with Belding. Belding fell 42-29 to Portland before rebounding for a 52-27 win over Ionia. The Bulldogs and Raiders decided to save their match-up for their Capital Area Activities Conference contest later this season. The Vikings' Zac Gibson and Nathaniel Graham were in a couple of the best battles of the meet against sate finalists from a year ago. Gibson only got in one match as both Ionia and Belding forfeited to the Vikings' returning state champion. Gibson did get to face Portland's Drew Miller in the middle match of the meet, and the Lakewood 135-pounder scored a 14-5 major decision. A year ago, Gibson was the MHSAA Division 3 State Champion at 125 pounds and Miller was a D3 state finalist at 130. Gibson built a 6-0 lead in the first period and led 10-0 early in the second before Miller scored his first points on a reversal. Gibson had to fight off his back momentarily before getting back on top himself. In the battle with Belding, Graham faced off against Jack Ward who was sixth at the D3 state finals at 189 pounds a year ago. Ward had a big of an edge in terms of strength on Graham, but after falling behind 6-1 in the second period as Ward scored two take downs Graham surged to get within 6-5 by the end of the match. Neither guy was able to finish off any of the throws they would have liked. Gibson, Jonathan Krebs at 125 pounds and 112-pound teammate Ashton Clark were the only Viking wrestlers to earn 3-0 records for the day. Krebs had a pair of pins and one forfeit victory. Clark pinned his Ionia foe and then earned forfeit wins against Portland and Belding. Kade Boucher, Brenden Straub and Graham had two wins each for the Vikings. Jonathan Krebs got the Vikings off to a good start in the dual with Portland with a first period pin. Caiden Pelc notched a pin for the Raiders at 130 to tie the dual. Gibson's major decision at 135 was the only other victory for the Vikings until the teams were up to 160. Portland built a 24-10 lead with a forfeit win at 140 and pins at 145 and 152. Brendan Straub righted the ship for the Vikings with a pin of John Dodson in the middle of their 160-pound bout. Gavin Vaughn at 171 pounds and Graham at 189 followed with pins for the Vikings to bump their team into the lead momentarily. Portland's Branson Goodman fought off some stomach issues and pinned the Vikings' Joel Simon in the 215-pound match to give the Raiders a 30-28 lead. That lead wasn't nearly enough for the Raiders however as they had voids in the line-up at each of their next three weight classes. Stank took the win at 285 for the Vikings, both teams voided out at 103 and Clark had his hand raised for the Vikings at 112 pounds to clinch the dual. Tied 6-6 after the first two weight classes, the Vikings had some line-up trouble in the dual with the Black Knights. Seth Cobb took the mat at 140 pounds when he was supposed to wrestle at 145. With the DQ at 140 and a void at 145, Belding moved in front 18-6. The Vikings didn't win a single match on the mat against the Black Knights, getting their last 18 points from forfeit wins by Clark at 112, Kade Boucher at 119 and Jonathan Krebs at 125.
By Brett Bremer 30 Dec, 2021
Hastings Community Diving Club attended the Dec. 18-19 Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics Christmas Invite to open its 2021-2022 season at Holland Aquatic Center. A trio of HCDC divers qualified already for the AAU Diving's Summer Nationals. That group includes Abigail Dumond, Aubrey Yarger and Quinn Stafford who all scored first place finishes in Holland. “I am so proud of these student athletes,” HCDC head coach Todd Bates said. “They have worked so hard. Abby and Aubrey have been working on new dives since the summer after both earning ‘All-American’ status in the finals at the AAU 2021 Summer Nationals and Quinn is just a natural. He’s a freshman and is only seven points away from the school record at Hastings High School having only competed in two meets and in his first club meet in three years he qualified for Summer Nationals. It’s the best gift any coach could hope to receive.” Dumond, Yarger and Bethany ButchBaker, the club's national team divers now train on the 3-meter board as well as the 1-meter board, and coach Bates said it was great to see how well they competed. In the Future Champions class on the 1-meter board, HCDC had Jasper Bussen place first in his level four competition, Claire Krebill first in her level four competition and Felicity Fanco place first in her level two competition. In the age group/junior olympic class, HCDC had Lydia Slagel place third, ButchBaker second and TJ Myers first one the 1-meter board. “The divers had a lot of fun,” Bates said “We had quite a few divers that competed in their first meet.” Hastings Community Diving Club has also been named, for the second time, as a recipient of the 2022 USA Diving Anthony Taylor scholarship grant which is a national competitive grant. “We are excited, being a small community club, to be able to continue offering scholarships for the 2022 season to those athletes who qualify,” Bates said.
By Brett Bremer 07 Oct, 2021
The Panthers were a tie-breaker away from third at the second Southwestern Athletic Conference jamboree of the season last Wednesday at the race hosted by Galesburg-Augusta. Second place was in sight. Kalamazoo Christian once again dominated a SAC varsity girls' cross country jamboree, finishing with 45 points. Saugatuck was second with 101 points, ahead of Lawton 117, Delton Kellogg 117, Schoolcraft 120, Fennville 131, Coloma 150, Martin 200, Parchment 201, Watervliet 260, Galesburg-Augusta 286 and Constantine 293. Delton Kellogg senior Aubrey Aukerman moved up eight spots from the first jamboree of the season earning her best varsity cross country finish ever. She placed fifth Wednesday with a time of 23 minutes 12.42 seconds. Lawton sophomore Kendra Koster won the race in 21:17.91 and Coloma senior Ava Genovese was the runner-up in 21:40.55. A pair of juniors were just ahead of Aukerman. Kalamazoo Christian's Aubrey Herder was third win 22:32.62 and Schoolcraft's Caley Kerwin fourth in 22:40.19. Kalamazoo Christian had for other girls finish in the top 16 overall. Delton Kellogg senior Halena Phillips trailed that front Comet pack by just a bit, placing 18th in 24:27.41. DK junior Joelle White and freshman Johannah Houtkooper were separated by just a few seconds in the end. White placed 27th in 25:47.71 and Houtkooper 28th in 25:50.33. DK's number five was freshman Lillie Steele who was 45th in 27:30.35. The Delton Kellogg varsity boys' team was led to a seventh-place finish by the trio of Micah Martin, Ethan Rimmer and Isaac Shepard. Martin, a junior placed 23rd in 20:41.86. The freshman Rimmer was 25th in 20:49.36. Shepard, a junior, was 27th in 21:08.89. Coloma won the boys' race by three points over the Kalamazoo Christian which took the first SAC jamboree of the season. The Coloma Comets finished with 66 points. The Christian Comets were second with 69 points. Saugatuck placed third with 72 points, ahead of Gobles 113, Constantine 124, Parchment 136, Delton Kellogg 145, Fennville 193, Schoolcraft 255 and Hackett Catholic Prep 266. Parchment brothers Garrett Winter and William Winter placed first and second in the boys' race. Garrett won it in 17:57.33 and William was second in 17:59.21. Kalamazoo Christian senior Isaac Bos was third in 18:29.27. Gobles senior Niles Devers placed fourth in 18:36.92 and Saugatuck senior Adam Martinson was fifth in 18:48.37. DK also had junior Brett Harsevoort 43rd in 22:17.14 and senior Eli Austin 50th in 22:32.88. The Delton Kellogg teams were back in action Saturday running in the Division 3 competition at the Otsego Bulldog Invitational where a number of Panthers turned in their best times ever. Shepard led the DK boys with a 15th-place time of 19:19.9 to set a new personal record. Austin set a new PR with his 24th-place time of 20:25.2. DK's boys' team also had Rimmer 21st in 20:08.8, senior Austin Blocker 21:00.9 and Harsevoort 32nd in 21:31.1. The DK boys' and girls' teams both placed fifth on the day. Bronson won the boys' race with 43 points, ahead of Kalamazoo Homeschool 45, Bloomingdale 73, Quincy 90 and Delton Kellogg 111. Bloomingdale sophomore Jaden Barnes ran his fastest race ever to win in 16:25.8 and Quincy junior Rhett Reif was the runner-up with a personal record time of 16:38.8. Senior Ashton Wells led Bronson to the win with a third-place time of 17:37.3. Fennville took the girls' championship with 59 points, ahead of Kalamazoo Homeschool 60, Lawton 67, Quincy 82, Delton Kellogg 103 and Bloomingdale 114. Aukerman ran her fastest race of the fall to place fourth overall in the front of the DK team. She hit the finish line in 21:13.9. Freshman Kylie Main and junior Lilyanna Sinclair also set new personal records among DK's top five finishers Saturday. Main was 28th in 24:50.2 and Sinclair was 34th in 25:47.5. White was the second finisher for DK with an 18th-place time of 24:02.0. Senior Melanie Monroe was 29th in 24:50.3. Koster, the Lawton sophomore who also won last week's SAC jamboree, was the champion at Otsego with a time of 20:23.8. Comstock junior Lydia Kruis was the runner-up in 20:40.0.
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