TEN QUESTIONS: Small town super

Audio Article

Who are you? My name is Brandon Hubbard. I was born and raised in Alma. I am too old (46), and I am Vestaburg Community Schools’ superintendent. 

Vestaburg High School senior and her family persevere through medical challenges

Audio Article

Although her final year at Vestaburg High School began normally, a few months in, things seemingly started to fall apart for Rebecca Bornman and her family.

Her 10-year-old sister Jaelle, a member of the run club at Vestaburg Elementary School, began experiencing a racing heartbeat and a lack of energy.

Pitching success

Audio Article
Vestaburg senior Levi Halliwill leading Wolverines’ pitching revamp, offensive improvement

Levi Halliwill stands tall on the mound with his 6-foot-2 build. Long hair spilling out from under his Vestaburg baseball hat. He has a rather menacing look on the mound. 

He rocks to the side, kicks his right leg and fires a pitch to the plate. The ball slaps the glove of his catcher for the day, Hayden Palmer, the umpire behind Palmer screams out his call: “STRIKE THREE!” 

Swinging for the title

Audio Article
Greenville wins Lakeview softball invitational; young Lakeview, Vestaburg teams continue to progress

Farren Moore was feeling it on Saturday. 

The Greenville junior pitched well in the opener of the Jane Pierce Invitational at Lakeview against Comstock Park, and she put on another stellar performance against the host in the championship game. 

Vestaburg football’s Ryckman retires after 12 seasons

For the first time in more than a decade, Vestaburg is searching for a new football coach.

Dan Ryckman, longtime head coach of the Wolverines, announced his retirement on Monday. A 1988 graduate of Vestaburg High School, he has been with the Vestaburg football program for about the last 20 years.

Running it back

Vestaburg’s Allison Wichert excited to get back to work following state hurdles title

Mickiah Allbee runs her practice hurdles on the track at Vestaburg High. She clears the three hurdles she has set up and goes back to her starting spot. As she’s walking back, Allison Wichert is there chatting and doing a bit of coaching with the freshman.

Despite the age difference, the two are already close friends, beginning in earnest last school year while Allbee was an eighth-grader and Wichert a junior. They discuss almost anything from track, to classes or whatever happens to be happening that day. However, it wasn’t necessarily like that in the beginning.

Back in the saddle

Once fearing missing season, Vestaburg’s Hayden Palmer returns to court

Hayden Palmer waited 292 days for the moment. Finally, at Carson City-Crystal on Jan. 11 — Palmer was able to pull down his Vestaburg basketball jersey for the first time as a senior.

He looked over at his coaches as he put the jersey on and said, “This feels a little tighter than last year.”

CC-C boys 17th, Ionia boys 19th, Vestaburg girls 25th at cross country state finals

Three local cross country teams qualified for the state finals this year as a group with some leaving disappointed at their result and others happy for the experience.

Adding to the pack

Vestaburg to induct 11 athletes, five teams and a coach into 2021 Hall of Fame on Saturday

The Vestaburg Athletic Department will add 17 more names to its growing sports Hall of Fame on Saturday as the Wolverines induct the class of 2021.

Starting in 2019, the Vestaburg High School Hall of Fame has historically held its induction ceremonies at halftime of varsity basketball games in February. This year, the school announced it would honor the Hall of Fame inductees on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Vestaburg High School commons.

Wolverines lose heartbreaker

Late fumble costs Vestaburg football shot at massive win over Portland St. Patrick, Wolverines lose 21-20

Right before the kickoff of Saturday’s afternoon game against Portland St. Patrick, Vestaburg head coach Dan Ryckman had his team take a knee and told them the game was probably the biggest game at Keats R. Wood Athletic Field in eight years.