Adam Schantz Breaks Single Season School Rushing Record

By Bruce Rolfe
Climax-Scotts High School senior Adam Schantz is the new owner of the single season rushing record at C-S.
Schantz, an All-State candidate, gained 109 yards on 15 carries in the 38-18 setback to Ottawa Lake-Whiteford, giving him 1,688 yards on 130 carries in 12 games for an eye-popping 12.98 yards per carry average this year.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our November 18, 2016 Climax Crescent available November 17, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  
  Noah Eshuis came up with an interception on this play Friday in the regional championship game. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
Panthers’ Magical Season Stopped By Ottawa Lake-Whiteford

C-S Finishes Campaign 11-1 After 38-18 Setback In Regional Finals

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Climax-Scotts football team saw its season stopped by Ottawa Lake-Whiteford 38-18 in the regional championship game Friday night at Ottawa Lake-Whiteford.
   C-S, which completes the season 11-1 and ranked No. 2 in the final division 8 Associated Press rankings, also saw its season cut short by the Bobcats last year in the regional final game at C-S.  climax-scotts-sports.php
Panthers’ Magical Season Stopped By Ottawa Lake-Whiteford

C-S Finishes Campaign 11-1 After 38-18 Setback In Regional Finals

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Climax-Scotts football team saw its season stopped by Ottawa Lake-Whiteford 38-18 in the regional championship game Friday night at Ottawa Lake-Whiteford.
   C-S, which completes the season 11-1 and ranked No. 2 in the final division 8 Associated Press rankings, also saw its season cut short by the Bobcats last year in the regional final game at C-S.
   The Panthers, who averaged over 400 yards rushing a game, were unable to find the big seams and holes that were prevalent most of the season, due mainly because of a large Bobcat defensive line that slowed the C-S running game to 187 yards.
   The Panthers couldn’t seem to click or execute regularly in areas they normally did in the previous 11 games.
   C-S fell short on four, fourth down situations in Bobcat territory, including stops on the Ottawa Lake-Whiteford 4-yard line in the second quarter, and the 14-yard line in the third quarter.
   The Panthers also fell short on all three two-point conversions, which would had pulled the Panthers to 30-24 with 8:00 left in the game instead of a 30-18 deficit.
    The C-S defense started the game very impressively, coming up with an interception by Noah Eshuis with 6:20 left in the opening frame.
   The Panthers made the home team pay for the miscue on the very next play when Adam Schantz broke around the right side and used his speed like he has on so many previous touchdown runs, streaking down the sideline to the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
    The Bobcats came right back, converting on a third and six that put the home team on the C-S seven-yard line and a short time later Conner Hoogendoorn scored on a short run from two inches out at the 1:48 mark of the first quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, sending the two teams into the second quarter knotted at 6-6.
    Probably the biggest fourth down stop for the Bobcats came early in the second quarter when C-S four-yard line. the Panthers couldn’t convert on a fourth and two play.
     C-S stalled Ottawa Lake-Whiteford’s momentum when Ethan Simmons came up with a fumble recovery with 5:17 left in the second quarter.
   The Bobcat defense immediately stepped up, stopping C-S on a fourth and one play at the Ottawa Lake-Whiteford 43-yard line.
    The Bobcats then captured the momentum heading into the locker room at halftime by by first enjoying a 24-yard pick up by fullback Logan Murphy that put the home team on the C-S two-yard line and then a Hoogendoorn finished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run with 1:03 left in the first half. Hoogendoorn ran in the two-point conversion, giving the Bobcats a 14-6 halftime lead.
   The momentum resumed quickly for the Bobcats in the second half when Jesse Kiefer found a big hole and motored 62 yards just 2:27 into the third quarter. Quarterback Thomas Eitniear scored on the two-point conversion on a quarterback keeper, bumping the lead to 22-6.
   A good kick return by C-S to midfield, left the visitors in good field position and the Panthers pulled back to within striking distance a short time later.
C-S did manage a key fourth down conversion when Schantz barreled ahead on a fourth and two play from the Bobcat five-yard line with a three-yard run and then Eshuis finished the drive on the next play with a two-yard burst with 5:37 left in the third quarter, pulling C-S to within 22-12. The two-point conversion failed however.
    The energy generated by Eshuis’ touchdown was sapped on the following kickoff when Eitniear took the kickoff and found a seam on the right side, scampering 78 yards for a touchdown at the 5:23 mark. Hoogendoorn ran in the two-point conversion, increasing Ottawa Lake-Whiteford’s advantage to 30-12.
    The determined Panthers came storming back when Alex Ridenour made a strong run to the Bobcat 31-yard line and the visitors eventually moved down to the Ottawa Lake-Whiteford nine-yard line.
    But following a five-yard penalty on C-S, the Panthers faced a fourth and five from the Bobcat 14-yard line and a pass attempt to Schantz near the left side of the end zone fell incomplete, ending another C-S drive.
    C-S found itself in a position to come back a short time later when Jake Lane intercepted a pass near the end of the third quarter that ended 30-12, giving C-S the ball on the Bobcat 36-yard line.
    C-S moved down to the Bobcat 14-yard line and once again faced a fourth down situation, but the Panthers converted when quarterback Dylan Butler found Ridenour alone for a 14-yard touchdown strike with 8:50 left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good but C-S pulled to within 30-18.
    C-S tried an onside kick, but the home team recovered on its own 47-yard line and put the game away a short time later.
     A 12-yard pick up by Hoogendoorn set up Myurphy’s touchdown, a 38-yard run with 8:02 left in the game, giving the home team a 36-18 lead. Eitniear ran in the two-point conversion for the final score.
     C-S attempted to close the gap but fell short on a fourth and two play with 6:20 left in the game and the Bobcats used ball control to run out the clock.
    Schantz, an All-State candidate, gained 109 yards on 15 carries, giving him 1,688 yards on 130 carries for an eye-popping 12.98 yard per carry average.
While the sting from Friday’s loss that ended their season will burn for some time, this team will not doubt take solace and look back at a season filled with accomplishments and good memories.
    C-S captured the league title, enjoyed a neutral site game in Petoskey, defeated Mendon in back to back games for the first time in the playoffs and the first time since 1976 and 1977, and the team won two consecutive district titles for the first time in school history.

Close Knit Band Of Brothers Vies For Regional Championship Friday

C-S Travels To Ottawa Lake-Whiteford

By Bruce Rolfe

Shortly before practice Tuesday, members of the Climax-Scotts varsity football team filtered into the lockerroom, yelling, “we’re still practicing together”.

A very simple saying, but when you hear C-S players talk about being happy the team is still practicing together for a chance to keep a magical season going, they are very sincere.  climax-scotts-sports.php

  Matt Middleton show cases the district championship trophy following Friday's 28-14 win over Mendon. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

2 Straight District Championships For C-S

Panthers Stop Mendon 28-14 In District Title Game

By Bruce Rolfe

One a night when new school records and firsts were established by the Climax-Scotts football team, the final score on the scoreboard was the most important number for the Panthers.

C-S claimed its second consecutive district championship with a 28-14 victory over Mendon Friday at C-S High School, ending the Hornets’ season for the second straight year. climax-scotts-sports.php

  Sara Gray goes up high to block a shot with Zenna Soule looking to help during district championship action at Athens Thursday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Errors Costly For Lady Panthers In District Championship Setback To Athens

C-S Falls In 3 Games

By Bruce Rolfe

While the Climax-Scotts volleyball team battled hard all three games, mistakes ultimately cost the team in a district championship setback to Athens in three games Thursday at Athens High School, 25-20, 25-17, 28-26.

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C-S Volleyball Team Moves Into District Championship Match
The Climax-Scotts varsity volleyball team advanced to the district championship match by handing Tekonsha a setback in three games in the district opener Wednesday at Athens High School, 25-20, 25-14, 25-17.
C-S will play the winner of the Athens-Marshall Academy match that was played after C-S’ match, Thursday at 7 p.m. at Athens.
C-S, now 17-17-4, will be looking for its third straight district championship trophy.
McKenzie Hennessy had 11 kills against Tekonsha, Zenna Soule had four aces, Peyton Nabozny had 21 assists and Soule had 10 digs.For rest of story and more local news pick up our November 4, 2016 Climax Crescent available November 3, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  

C-S Will Have Rematch With Mendon In District Championship Next Friday Here

Panthers Top Colon 52-7

By Bruce Rolfe

Last year’s pre-district win over Mendon remains a strong positive memory at Climax-Scotts High School, but the old SJV rivalry will heat up to another level next Friday when the Panthers host the Hornets in the district championship game at C-S High School at 7 p.m. climax-scotts-sports.php

  Tyler Warner (60), Jake Lane (4), Ethan Simmons (52) and two other Panthers stop this Colon ball carrier for a short gain during action Friday night at C-S High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
Panthers Enjoy Perfect Regular Season

C-S Takes Out New Buffalo, 54-6

By Bruce Rolfe
    The Climax-Scotts varsity football team posted its second straight perfect regular season finish Friday by pinning a 54-6 non-league win over New Buffalo at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php
   C-S' James Behlke pushes this New Buffalo player back as he heads up field during action Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
Wearing 2004 State Champion Replica Jerseys Offers C-S Football Team Chance To Appreciate The Past

2 Original State Finals Game Jerseys Worn By Chaib, Scholly

By Bruce Rolfe
Most of the current members of the Climax-Scotts varsity football team who wore replica jerseys from the state champion season in 2004 during throw back Friday last Friday at C-S High School, or in two cases, original jerseys that were worn in the 2004 State Champion football game, were barely old enough to start school when the Panthers walked off the Silverdome field as state champions.   For rest of story and more local news pick up our October 14, 2016 Climax Crescent available October 13, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  
Blocked Off Door At Scotts Country Store Entrance Turns Colorful

A white board that covers up the South entrance of the Scotts Country Store after a driver accidently drove a truck through the door, has taken on a colorful look.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our August 26, 2016 Climax Crescent available August 25, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 
It Could Have Been Much Worse

Scotts Store Owner, Employee Amazed Nobody Was Injured When Truck Came Crashing Through Door; Community Came Forward Immediately To Help With Cleanup Effort

By Bruce Rolfe
After Scotts Country Store owner Robert Beardsley took a few days to process what could have happened after the driver of a pickup truck accidently crashed through the Norscot entrance to his store July 20 with customers and employees inside, it leaves him amazed and very thankful no one got hurt.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our July 29, 2016 Climax Crescent available July 28, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent 
Holidays for Heroes is Back
Upton collecting greeting cards at his two district offices until December 2

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, invites residents of the Sixth Congressional District to share the spirit of the season – as well as holidays year-round such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day – with cards to our active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

Our Youtube video highlight segment from the dedication at the Scotts Country Store is below.

THE C-S WAY BROUGHT THIS TEAM TOGETHER

TRANSFER STUDENTS WELCOMED INTO PROGRAM WITH OPEN ARMS

By Bruce Rolfe

    Immediately following Climax-Scotts’ 38-18 loss to Ottawa Lake-Whiteford last Friday night in the regional championship game, tears started emerging from players’ eyes and plenty of hugs could be observed.  climax-scotts-sports.php 


    T.J. Gibson (left) talked Adam Schantz (20) into going out for football when he was in the 6th grade after Schantz transferred to C-S. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

More Surveillance Camera Options Could Be Pursued By Climax Village Council

Council Approves Tractor Purchase For DPW

By Bruce Rolfe
The Climax Village Council approved the purchase of a new compact utility tractor to replace an older model that has required some costly repairs recently and discussed possible options to improve the performance of the surveillance camera system in the Village. For rest of story and more local news pick up our September 23, 2016 Climax Crescent available September 22, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  

9-11 Stair Climb Is Somber Event For Local Firefighters

Climax, Pavilion Township Firefighters Join Many Others From Area At Wings Stadium Event

By Bruce Rolfe
It has often been said time heals pain.
But for local firefighters who participated in the 9-11 Stair Climb At Wings Stadium last Sunday on the 15th anniversary of the terrible tragedy when terrorists slammed two airplanes into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon and another into a field in Pennsylvania, killing 2996 innocent people, including 343 firefighters, police and EMS first responders, the heart breaking events still bring a great deal of sadness. For rest of story and more local news pick up our September 16, 2016 Climax Crescent available September 15, 2016 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  

Galesburg Recycle Center Open 1st And 3rd Saturday

The Galesburg Recycle Center, located at the Department of Public Works garage (130 Division) will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month through September.

The recyling center will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The gate will be locked at all other times. 

This service is for City of Galesburg residents only and will be monitored by volunteers. Identification is needed.  

Volunteers are needed and can call Carl Newton at 269-217-3909 for more information about volunteering.

Growing Up Magic

By Crystal Rolfe

    Growing up in the small lake village of Colon, I recall the first time I ever saw a real magic trick. It was during the annual Magic Week in August and I was probably around 3 or 4 years old. My folks, my younger sister, baby brother and I lived in a trailer just across the field from the High School. My dad walked with me up town that day with me struggling to keep up with his wide gate.   local-news-calendar-of-events.php

Ray Smith Was Pillar Of Climax 

Former Publisher Of The Climax Crescent Was Dedicated To His Church, Community, Country

By Bruce Rolfe

If there ever was a person you could label as being the ideal citizen, most in Climax and the surrounding area would put Ray Smith in that category.

Ray passed away Tuesday at the age of 94 at the Sterling House Assisted Living Home in Battle Creek where he had been a resident for a brief period of time.

Smith was a pillar of Climax, having grown up in the village he called home for most of his 94 years on this earth.

Visitation for Ray will take place at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel Monday, November 18 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the Climax United Methodist Church with Rev. Glenn Litchfield officiating. Interment will take place Friday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Climax United Methodist Church or Climax Rotary Club. Memorial Envelopes will be available at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel.  To read rest of story purchase the November 15, 2013 Climax Crescent available November 14 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

 

An Incredible 2-Part Story About A Local Man's Courage And The Challenges His Family Has Faced After He Became Paralyzed From An Automobile Accident



 

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part 1

by Crystal Rolfe

   It’s funny how the older one gets, the more significant and sentimental your childhood years become. Growing up in a small town, under the safety net of family and neighborhood friends who looked out for you and whose lives became intertwined with yours may sound “pollyanna like”, but that feeling of security is what helped us move on when the unfortunate situations of life happened.  And as in most everyone’s life, just when you think you have life under control, life throws you a hardball, and bad, sad, tragic things can happen. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part II

 

By Crystal Rolfe

   While composing the second part of this article I am struck by how much easier it was to write the first.  Even though part one was about difficult physical and emotional realities of life, this second half is more about what can happen afterwards which can often be as traumatic. How do I tell you about what has happened without giving all of the details? That is the technical part which has had me frustrated.  But then again, frustration is where Mark & Deb have been living for the last year and a halflocal-news-calendar-of-events.php



 

. We've produced a picture gallary from Greater Galesburg Days. see http://www.theclimaxcrescent.com/picture-gallery.php

 Climax is the site of the First Rural Free Delivery. Pictured below is L. Clark and Willis Lawrence delivering mail.


 

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