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Zeeland East vs. Hamilton

(WZZM)- The Zeeland East Chix hit the road to Hamilton to take on the Hawkeyes in an OK Green matchup Friday night.

The Chix were coming off a 69-0 win over Wyoming Godwin Heights in which they scored over 50 points in a game for just the second time in a decade.

The Hamilton Hawkeyes were coming off their own shut-out victory over Coloma.

Right out of the gate, the Chix's Brad Horling scored for a quick 7-0 lead.

Then the Chix scored again on defense with an interception by Josiah Brown who ran it back for a touchdown.

The Hawkeyes responded with a quick pass that picked up 62 yards and set up a four yard scoring play.

But Hamilton couldn't keep up, losing 42 to 14 to Zeeland East.

Holland vs. East Grand Rapids

(WZZM)- It was a battle of the Okay Black in East Grand Rapids Friday. The Pioneers hosting the Holland Dutch.

Holland came into the contest having struggled mightily on defense in their first two games. Combined they allowed 96 points in their back-to-back losses.

Meanwhile, East Grand Rapids has only lost seven games as a program in the last nine years.

The four-time defending state champions started strong from the first snap.  Off play action, Ryan Elble found Nick Mulhall in stride for an 80 yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Dutch were forced to punt on their first possession, but the Pioneers blocked the kick.  Cory Ditmar scooped it up and scored East's second touchdown just three minutes into the game.

The game belonged to East Grand Rapids, which rolled easily past Holland, 42 to 7.

 

Byron Center vs. Zeeland West

(WZZM)- Byron Center played host to Okay Green conference foe Zeeland West Friday night. Both teams came into the game undefeated, but only one would leave the field that way.

In the first quarter, Byron Center's Jake Tetrault connected with Corey Kuipers who made it all the way to the 1/2 yard line.  The Bull Dogs' Derek Sievers scored on the next play.

The Dux came back with a run by Joe Gaiser for the 13 yard score.  A missed conversion left the score 7-6.

Gaiser then scored again on another run up up the middle.  Add the two point conversion and Zeeland West pulled ahead 14-7.

Byron Center tried to answer, but turned the ball over at the five yard line. Then on a "who's got the ball" play, the Dux' Zach Voet raced 84 yards for a touchdown.

The Dux' 28-15 win over Byron Cener gave coach John Shilito his 200th career victory.

EGR football fans fight cancer tonight

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WZZM)  - The start of tonight's football game in East Grand Rapids will be unlike any other.  It's the annual Hearts of Gold game, a fundraiser for the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  The East community has been raising money throughout the year, and tonight those funds will be donated.  

A ninth grade student's struggle with cancer has galvanized those efforts.   That student, Champ McCahill, will walk onto Memorial Field, holding a game ball that will travel 40 miles today.  It promises to be among the most emotional moments in recent school history.  

Champ, an athletic 14 year old, is relearning how to walk and talk following a pair of surgeries after he was diagnosed in April with brain cancer.   He is the youngest child of Peaches and Raymond McCahill of East Grand Rapids.   Mr. McCahill died of colon cancer three years ago.

Holland man remembers escaping from World Trade Center on 9/11

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - West Michigan students are learning about September 11th from a man who survived the attacks.

Chad Creevy says it as a day he will never forget. On Friday, he told his story to a group of students at Vanderbilt Charter Academy, in Holland.

Back in 2001, Creevy was 22 years old, and had just landed a job with Morgan Stanley. He was sent to New York for training.

"I was stationed to be on the 61st floor of the south tower (of the World Trade Center) for three weeks," Creevy says.

It was his second day. As the morning was getting started, the first plane hit the north tower. The group was told that it was safe to stay in the south tower.

"It just didn't sit right with me, that we should stay put on 61," he says.

Listening to his gut, Creevy headed down the elevator. It stopped on the 44th floor. He got out and looked through a window.

Hope Students Give Back to Holland Community thru "Time to Serve"

HOLLAND - Some 375 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2014.  The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during "New Student Orientation," for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of six to 12 at more than three dozen sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries, to spreading wood chips at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

The "Time to Serve" program is designed to help new students learn about service while helping and getting to know their community and becoming better acquainted with one another.

Former Holland school to become Midtown Village apartments

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An old junior high school in downtown Holland will reopen as the city's newest apartment building.

The Dwelling Place took over the former E.E. Fell Junior High School.

The organization broke ground Thursday on a nearly $6 million renovation project for the building.

Once finished it will be called Midtown Village and provide apartments for people over the age of 55.

The building has been empty for the past five years. The Dwelling Place says this project will help renew the community.

"Having apartments in the building, with all the activity associated with those apartments and the people living here, will breathe new life into this block and into the neighborhood where the project is located," says Dennis Sturtevant of the Dwelling Place.

The apartments will cost from $580 to $605 a month for people who qualify.