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Pink in the Rink Charity Hockey tourney benefits Gilda's Club

Pink in the Rink Charity Hockey tourney benefits Gilda's Club

The 5th annual Pink in the Rink tournament is February 5th and 6th at Griffs Ice House in Grand Rapids with proceeds benefiting Gilda's Club.  Tourney host is the combined hockey team of Comstock Park/Northview/Sparta who will play in Pink jerseys featuring names of cancer fighters chosen by each player.  Friday at 545pm, will feature a Pre-game family recognition ceremony for the Slot family.  Kim Slot was a teacher at Northview Schools who lost her battle with cancer in September of 2015. Kim Slot was also the widow of fallen Walker Police officer Trevor Slot.   Multiple fundraisers will take place over the weekend including 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions to help "Stick it to Cancer"!   Here is a list of games:  

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Varsity Football Game: Sparta vs West Catholic

Sparta High School & West Catholic Varsity football teams take to the field tonight - Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm.  

Sparta High School Football field located at 465 S. Union Street in Sparta, Michigan comes alive tonight with athletes, cheerleaders, band members and fans. Concessions are available on the grounds. Don’t miss the fun & excitement!

Visit www.spartachamber.com or www.westcatholicsports.com for more information. 

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

Committed to Influencing Today's Youth

By Marla Miller

This story originally ran in the Grand Rapids Urban Innovation Exchange

With the mission to restore and refocus at-risk youth, Grand C.I.T.Y.

Savanah McKellar to play Soccer for Aquinas in the Fall

Savanah McKellar to play Soccer for Aquinas in the Fall

Outstanding Senior athlete, Savanah McKellar, will be playing soccer for Aquinas College next fall, after graduating from Sparta High School.

Savanah is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a 4-year varsity starter on the soccer team. She has earned Honorable Mention all 4 years of playing soccer along with All District in her freshman and junior year.

Jared Bradford, Athlete of the Week

Jared Bradford, Athlete of the Week

Jared Bradford has been named Athlete of the Week at Sparta High School. He excels at tennis and golf, both all conference.

Jared also led in scoring in basketball along with leading in assists. He holds the title as team leader in free throw percentage and 3 – point field goals. Sparta was the District Champions in basketball for the second year in a row.

At this time, Jared has no immediate plans for college.

Freshman Madi Myers, a Leader in her field

Freshman Madi Myers, a Leader in her field

Sparta freshman, Madi Myers, and a Level 9 club gymnast, recorded some of the highest scores in Michigan for individual events and all-around competition. Her efforts and talent helped lead the Rockford-Sparta team to an undefeated dual-meet season so far this year.

Madi has brought a lot of consistency according to her coach, Allison Beach.  She is a phenomenal leader for being so young and a team player. She encourages other team members regardless of the level they are at.

Recent "Pink In The Rink" Raised Money For Cancer

Recent "Pink In The Rink" Raised Money For Cancer

The recent 2nd Annual Pink In the Rink Weekend Fun for Northview/ComstockPark/Sparta Hockey brought many players to the rink recently at Griffin Ice House. The team said they had a fabulous time raising money for a great cause and watching some stellar hockey games! Money was raised for the American Cancer Society through silent auctions, raffles and Pink in the Rink apparel. The items included a signed photo by hockey players Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux from the year they won the Stanley Cup 2007-2008. They also showed off some sports memorabilia, and commemorative shirts at the event. If you'd still like a t-shirt in pink or black from the event, they are available for $10.