Winterfest Energy At Climax-Scotts Yields 2 Victories Over St. Phil

Lady Panthers Hold On For 57-56 Win

By Bruce Rolfe

To say there was a little extra energy in the Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School gym Friday is an understatement.

Both the C-S girls and boys basketball teams came out with max energy levels against Battle Creek St. Philip, resulting in a 57-56 victory for the Panther girls and an 87-63 win for the boys. climax-scotts-sports.php

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department Continues To Investigate Death In Pavilion Township

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the death of a man in the 9000 block of South 36th Street in Pavilion Township just south of Scotts, but is not releasing much information about the incident.

Kalamazoo County Under Sheriff Paul Matyas said authorities were called to the 9000 block of South 36th Street Tuesday where one male was found dead..For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 17, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.

Panthers End 5-Game Losing Skid With Complete Game Effort

The Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team used a complete game effort to end a five-game losing skis Tuesday in a 78-52 SCAA win over Waldron on the road. climax-scotts-sports.php

Having Full Roster Bringing Positive Results For Rams

    After playing the majority of its games with players missing due to injuries or eligibility issues, the Galesburg-Augusta varsity boys basketball team finally has its full roster available and it’s bringing positive results.
   While the Rams suffered a 50-38 loss to Delton-Kellogg last Friday in the first game G-A Coach Cory Schug has had his entire roster intact since the start of the season, the Rams were competitive in the loss right to the end.
   Tuesday the Rams put it all together and came away with a 64-34 win over Lawrence at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Janae Langs Earns GLIAC North Division Player Of The Week Honors

BAY CITY, Mich.-- After posting her best two-game effort of the season in leading her team to a pair of weekend victories, Janae Langs had earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors, per a release from the conference office on Monday. It is the first GLIAC Player of the Week selection for the Lakers this season,  as well as the first time Langs has received the award in her career.  climax-scotts-sports.php

C-S graduate Janae Langs is pictured in action against Lake Superior State University last Saturday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
G-A Clicking At Offensive End In 49-36 Win Over Delton-Kellogg

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team had the entire package working at the offensive end Friday night, leading to a 49-36 SAC win over Delton-Kellogg at G-A High School on Snowcoming. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
   G-A's Natalie Hosmer drives to the basket during action Friday against Delton-Kellogg. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe- Property of the Climax Crescent)

G-A’s Samantha Verburg Proving Youth Can Have An Impact On A Team

G-A Sophomore Displaying High Basketball I.Q.

By Bruce Rolfe

When Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball coach Mark Stephenson or a player is asked about the strong play of sophomore point guard Samantha Verburg the response is often the same.

Phrases like, she hasn’t even hit her ceiling, or she has such a high basketball I.Q., are often mentioned when talking to her coach and teammates. For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right.


Close Games Will Leave Lady Rams Battle Tested For Postseason

By Bruce Rolfe

When the district tournament begins for the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team March 1, the team will be starting a journey it hopes will take them deep into the postseason.

If that scenario comes to fruition, there will likely be some close, tension packed games.

And the Lady Rams feel they will be battle tested.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right.

Focus Shifts To Getting Better Leading Up To Districts For G-A Boys

By Bruce Rolfe

Galesburg-Augusta varsity football coach Tony Smith labels the three-game stretch against SAC football powerhouse teams Gobles, Lawton and Schoolcraft (26-6 combined record last year) as the gauntlet portion of its schedule.

G-A boys varsity basketball coach Cory Schug had the same type of view for a recent three-game stretch his team completed against Kalamazoo Hackett, Kalamazoo Christian and Schoolcraft.


Climax Village Council Will Research Online Payment Option

By Bruce Rolfe

With more residents choosing to make payments online, the Climax Village Council expressed interest in adding a payment option to a future web site it hopes to have developed soon after listening to a presentation by a Horizon Bank representative at the regular meeting Tuesday.

The online payment option, which would occur through a secure Horizon Bank portal, would allow village residents to pay water bills and tax payments online.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link at the right.


Lady Panthers Get Back Into Win Column

By Bruce Rolfe

Losing was getting old for the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team.

The Lady Panthers ended a four-game losing skid with an impressive 56-32 non-league win over White Pigeon at Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School Monday in a battle of former SJV rivals. climax-scotts-sports.php


The Langs Influence Will Continue For Adam Schantz At Indiana Wesleyan University

C-S Senior Looks Forward To Having Jordan Langs As His College Football Head Coach

By Bruce Rolfe

For a student who didn’t have much interest in playing football as a child and had to be encouraged to go out for the sport, Climax-Scotts High School senior Adam Schantz certainly made an impact on the field at C-S.

The C-S senior, who set a single season school rushing record last fall with 1,688 yards on 130 carries, hopes to make an even larger impact at a higher level at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has earned a scholarship to play football.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 3, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 2, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of  this home page.

Rams Take Control Of SAC Valley Division

Defense, Key Contributions Down Stretch Lifts G-A Past Schoolcraft 42-32

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team used strong second half defense and key contributions from seniors and a sophomore starter to post a 42-32 SAC Valley Division win over Schoolcraft on the road Friday. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Panthers Struggle Offensively In 56-38 Loss To Pittsford

By Bruce Rolfe

With their leading scorer injured and sitting on the bench, the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team struggled offensively Tuesday in a 56-38 loss to Pittsford at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

C-S Expected To Begin Competing In 8-Man Football At Varsity Level In 2019

Shrinking Number Of Schools Still Playing 11-Man Football Creates Scheduling Complications

By Bruce Rolfe

A tradition that has been a part of Climax-Scotts football since 1953 is expected to come to an end following the 2018 season when the local high school will play its final 11-man football game at the varsity level before moving to 8-man football the following season. 

 For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 27, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 26, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of  this home page.


C-S’ Balanced Attack Too Much For St. Phil

Boomershine Pours In 24, Eshuis 23

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts used a balanced scoring attack, fueled by strong ball movement, to post an 87-63 SCAA boys basketball win over Battle Creek St. Philip Friday on Winterfest night at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

G-A Uses Balanced Effort To Top Lawrence

The Galesburg-Augusta varsity girls basketball team enjoyed contributions all over the floor to register a 49-33 SAC win over Lawrence Tuesday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
  G-A's Trevor Patterson drives to the basket during action Friday against Delton-Kellogg at G-A High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe- Property of the Climax Crescent)
Close, But Oh So Far For G-A Boys

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team came with plenty of energy and appeared to be on a path towards banking a much needed win Friday against Delton-Kellogg but the Rams came unglued in the fourth quarter and watched the Panthers outscore the home team 18-6 in the fourth quarter to register a 50-38 win over the Rams Friday on Snowcoming night. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Tutt Stepping Game Up To A New Level

C-S Senior Scores Varsity Career High 25 Points In Win Over White Pigeon

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball coach Josh Vick placed the nickname “Junkyard Dog” on to senior Brenna Tutt last year because he said she reminded him of Jerome Williams, a former Detroit Piston who was tough and relentless on the court. He felt Tutt’s fearless make up and motivation to do “garbage” work  like getting in position for a rebound, dive for loose balls or play strong defense, fit the nickname the former Piston went by.   For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper below.


Galesburg Troop #265 Overwhelmed With Support, Donations To Replace Stolen Equipment

Trailer Found But Equipment Is Missing

By Bruce Rolfe

When Galesburg Boy Scout Troop #265 Scoutmaster Ralph Guitar learned the local Boy Scout troop’s equipment trailer was stolen January 30, he was understandably quite upset.

Some of his disappointment diminished when the equipment trailer was located in Wakeshma Township February 2, however a level of frustration remained when he found out all of the equipment in the trailer was gone. For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link above this.

G-A Seniors Take Charge In Overtime

Standley, DeLeon Score All 12 Points In Extra Session Helping Rams To 53-49 Win Over K-Christian

Galesburg-Augusta seniors Madelyne Standley and Anna DeLeon scored all 12 of the Rams’ points in overtime, helping G-A to a 53-49 win over Kalamazoo Christian Tuesday on the road. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Kalamazoo Christian Tops G-A Boys 72-32

Kalamazoo Christian closed the second quarter with a flurry and went on to post a 72-32 win over the Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team Tuesday at G-A High School.

The Rams, now 2-10, trailed the Comets by an 18-15 margin with about three minutes left in the first half, but K-Christian finished the stanza with a 14-0 run to take a 32-15 lead at halftime.

The Comets led by a 53-27 margin after three quarters.

Austyn Dunn scored 10 points to lead G-A and Brendon Murry added eight points.

G-A will play at Schoolcraft Friday.

Pick up the February 3 Climax Crescent for a complete G-A boys basketball report.


C-S 6th Grade Student Who Lost Pet Bunny In Fire Receives Pleasant Surprise

Galesburg Area Family Gives Chloee Harrington New Bunny

By Bruce Rolfe

A Climax-Scotts 6th grade student who lost her pet bunny in a house fire recently, received a pleasant surprise last Friday when a local family gave her a bunny from a litter born last July after they learned about the tragedy.

Chloee Harrington received a fuzzy, cuddly Holland Lop bunny last Friday after a series of very generous acts of kindness took place.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 27, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 26, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link below on the right side of  this home page.

C-S School District Follows Trend For Having No Ineffective Teacher Evaluation Performance Ratings

By Bruce Rolfe

A Michigan Capitol Confidential  report indicates less than one percent of the state’s public school teachers received an  ineffective evaluation performance rating, and the Climax-Scotts School District certainly is no different.

According to the cumulative reports filed by all the state’s public schools after the 2015-16 year, less than one percent of the state’s public school teachers and administrators received an ineffective performance rating a Michigan Capitol Confidential report notes and the Climax-Scotts School district certainly follows the trend.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 27, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 26, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link below on the right side of  this home page.


Lady Rams Enjoy Separation Over Hackett

G-A Holds On For 36-28 Win

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team not only maintained first place in the SAC Valley Division with Saturday’s 36-28 win over Kalamazoo Hackett at Kalamazoo Hackett High School, the team enjoys separation over the Irish in the Valley Division.  galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Rams Can’t Stay Up With Hackett

By Bruce Rolfe
   While the Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team are desperately searching for victories in the win column and fell short Saturday 70-48 to Kalamazoo Hackett, the Rams can at least feel good about their effort in the loss.  galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Tiger Den Not Kind To C-S


Lady Tigers Pull To Within 1 Game Of Panthers 

Turnovers, Cold Shooting Hurt C-S In 57-38 Setback

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team was hoping to leave Battle Creek St. Philip Friday night a step closer to the SCAA West Division crown and a commanding three-game lead over its rivals.

Instead, the Lady Panthers find themselves holding a slim one game lead over the Tigers and Bellevue after suffering a 57-38 loss to St. Philip. climax-scotts-sports.php

G-A Girls Continue To Surge

Lady Rams Move To 10-2 With 56-23 Win Over Bloomingdale; Can Enjoy Separation From Hackett With Win Saturday

The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team will enter a key SAC Valley Division contest at Kalamazoo Hackett Saturday with plenty of momentum after claiming a 56-23 win over Bloomingdale on the road Tuesday. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

A Buzzer Beater Win For 

C-S


Riley Boomershine Connects On 30-Footer As Time Expires For 64-63 Win Over Centreville


By Bruce Rolfe

   When the game is on the line, senior Riley Boomershine isn’t afraid to be the person taking the last shot.

   Boomershine calmly drained a 30-foot shot to lift C-S to a 64-63 non-league win over Centreville Tuesday in a battle of former SJV rivals at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Lady Rams Get Back In Win Column With Big 2nd Half

Hosmer Drops In 5 Triples In Second Half

It didn?t take the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team long to put a non-league loss to Plainwell Tuesday behind them.  galesburg-augusta-sports.php

G-A Girls Basketball Team Proving To Be Scrappy, Blue Collar Unit

By Bruce Rolfe

While there have been many key ingredients that have factored in the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball teams’ 8-2 start, one unglorified attribute has emerged. This team remains a blue collar, scrappy unit and it reached its peak last Friday in a 42-31 win over Gobles at G-A High School.

The Lady Rams were diving for loose balls, tieing up opponents to force a jump ball, deflecting passes through the lane, or giving that extra effort to get to a loose rebound. For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 20, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 19, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link below on the right side of  this home page.

Plainwell Slows Down G-A’s Momentum

Big Start Key In Ending 3-Game Winning Streak

The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome a big deficit and Plainwell’s long-range shooting in a 51-37 non-league loss to Trojans Tuesday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Lady Rams Turn Up The Defense In Second Half

Topple Gobles 42-31 To Move To 8-1

By Bruce Rolfe
   Facing just an eight point lead at halftime (23-15), the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team turned to one of their main qualities, strong defense, to make sure there was no comeback effort by Gobles in a 42-31 SAC win over the Tigers Friday at G-A High School on Hall of Fame Night. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department Still Investigating Death Of Child In Climax Township

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate the death of a child in the 14000 block of East RS Avenue in Climax Township Thursday shortly after 7 p.m.

According to a County Sheriff’s Department news release, deputies responded with medical first responders from the Climax and Pavilion Township Fire Departments to the scene for an unresponsive child. While on the scene, the child was pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted with the ongoing investigation. At this time the investigation remains open with the Criminal Investigation Division and the Sheriff’s Department is not offering any further details pending the outcome of the investigation.

  Zach Scholly (15) battles this Jackson Christian player for a rebound during first half action Thursday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Too Much Fire Power

Jackson Christian Nails 8 Triples Including 4 In 4th Quarter

By Bruce Rolfe

Jackson Christian broke open a close game with four three-point baskets in the fourth quarter on the way to a 69-55 win over the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team Thursday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

   C-S' Brittney Dixon battles two North Adams players for a rebound during first half action Tuesday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Lady Panthers Pull Away From North Adams In 2nd Half

After struggling in some areas in the first half, the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team regrouped with a strong second half to register a 49-33 win over North Adams-Jerome Tuesday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

   Jake Lane pulls down a rebound for C-S during first half action Monday against North Adams-Jerome. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Building Blocks Continue For C-S Boys Basketball Team

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts boys basketball team continues to make positive strides and another strong effort Monday pulled the team back to the .500 mark with a 58-39 home win over North Adams-Jerome. climax-scotts-sports.php

  Sara Gray goes up for a shot from in close during second half action against Tekonsha Friday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Lady Panthers Bust It Open In 3rd Quarter

57-33 Win Over Tekonsha Moves C-S’ Record To 4-3

By Bruce Rolfe

After watching Tekonsha hang around for most of the first half, the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team pulled away with a strong third quarter in a 57-33 SCAA win at C-S Jr./Sr. High School Friday. climax-scotts-sports.php


Climax Woman Retires From Galesburg Hardings After 46 Years Of Service

Sue Rogers Has Seen Many Changes In Grocery Industry

By Bruce Rolfe

A Climax woman who has worked at the Galesburg Hardings Market 46 years, retired January 5 from the local grocery store.

Sue Rogers, who developed many friendships and memories during her long career at the Galesburg Hardings Market, said she enjoyed going to work each day, but decided it was time to slow down. For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 6, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 5, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.

G-A Girls Basketball Team Admits Some Flaws Remain Present

Rams Play At Delton Tonight

By Bruce Rolfe

There have been many qualities that have helped the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team to a 5-1 start to the new season. But there have also been some flaws and after a few days off for the Christmas break, the Lady Rams attempted to address those issues in a handful of practices leading up to tonight’s game at Delton.

For the most part, the Rams have been strong defensively so far this year, allowing 37.3 points a game. Take away the 67 points the Rams gave up to a strong Olivet team and G-A is yielding a respectful 31.4 points a game. Through the first six games G-A has held opponents to single digits in 12 out of 24 quarters as well.   For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 6, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 5, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.

C-S-M Wrestling Team Enjoys 8 Placers At Jim Wade Family Invitational

Jordan Tutt Is Shawn Armstrong Award Recipient

Eight members of the Climax-Scotts-Martin co-op wrestling team earned top six places, including four weight class champions, at the Jim Wade Family Individual Tournament December 29 at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.

Jordan Tutt (130-pound weight class), Luke Mobley (152), Payton Hunt (160), and Noah Eshuis (171) all went undefeated for first place finishes.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 6, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 5, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.


G-A Basketball Team Takes Pride In Flourishing In The Classroom As Much As Succeeding On The Court

Team Has Been Academic All-State Honorable Mention The Last 2 Years

By Bruce Rolfe

Each member of the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team certainly enjoys winning on the basketball court. But they’re equally passionate about having success in the classroom.

The Lady Rams, who entered the Christmas break with a 5-1 record, are also enjoying academic achievement in the classroom, mirroring a pattern that has been a part of the G-A girls varsity basketball team recently. For rest of story and more local news pick up our December 30, 2016 Climax Crescent available December 29, 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.

Rams Suffer First Loss But Coach Pleased With Effort

By Bruce Rolfe

After suffering a 67-40 los to Olivet Tuesday that gives the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team its first loss of the season, initially, there was disappointment.

But outside of the first portion of the opening quarter when G-A fell behind quickly, Ram Coach Mark Stephenson was pleased with his teams’ effort .

Already facing a very talented squad with just one loss, the Rams simply had no answer to slow down Olivet’s three-point shooting.

Olivet, now 5-1 overall, scored 33 of its points from the three point line where the team knocked down 11 three-point baskets, with five different Eagles connecting on three-point baskets. Olivet added 12 more points from the free throw line (12-19).For rest of story and more local news pick up our December 23, 2016 Climax Crescent available December 23, 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.

Lady Rams Win Key Showdown Battle With Schoolcraft

In First Place All Alone

By Bruce Rolfe
   With first place in the SAC Valley Division on the line, the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team came up with key free throws, one huge basket and good defense down the stretch to register a 33-29 win over Schoolcraft Friday at G-A High School in a battle of undefeated teams. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
   G-A's Samantha Verburg looks to dribble around this Schoolcraft player during action Friday at G-A High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Defense Paves The Way For G-A In 50-30 Win Over K-Christian

4-0 Lady Rams Host Schoolcraft Friday

By Bruce Rolfe

Galesburg-Augusta set the tone defensively right from the opening tip and never looked back in a 50-30 win over Kalamazoo Christian Tuesday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

  G-A senior Natalie Hosmer powers her way to the basket during action Tuesday against Kalamazoo Christian. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent). Purchase this photo with no water mark by calling 746-4331.

Lady Panthers Can’t Stay Up With Athens

By Bruce Rolfe

   A young and inexperienced Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team battled hard, but in the end fell short to a veteran laden Athens squad Monday, dropping a 53-36 decision at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

  Baylee Willis drives to the basket Monday during action against Athens. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
   G-A's Natalie Hosmer drives under the basket during action Friday against Kalamazoo Hackett at G-A High School. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)
G-A Takes Control In 4th Quarter, Downs Hackett

Standley Scores 10 points In Stanza

   Kalamazoo Hackett started the fourth quarter on a good note, but the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team took control the rest of the way in a 33-25 victory over the Irish Friday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
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 

Interior Defense Hurts C-S Boys; Boomershine Sits Second Half With Hand Injury

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team hit the half way point of the regular season on a down note in more ways than one Friday.

The Panthers fell to 5-5 after suffering a 65-54 loss to Battle Creek St. Philip, but even more vital is the team lost their leading scorer, Riley Boomershine, in the second half to a right hand injury. climax-scotts-sports.php

Bloomingdale Tops G-A, 60-43

A big second quarter helped Bloomingdale to a 60-43 win over the Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team Tuesday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Scotts Family Thankful For Community Support After Fire Destroyed Their Home

By Bruce Rolfe

Losing your house and all its contents from a fire can be overwhelming for most people.

But Andy Harrington, of Scotts, is taking an approach that not much can be done after he lost the home he has lived in for over 20 years last Saturday from a fire.

He’s most thankful he still has his daughter, Chloee who is in the 6th grade at the Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School, and his dog. For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 20, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 19, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link below on  this home page.

A Wild Week For Climax Township Fire Department

Local Fire Department Responds To 2 Structure Fires, 1 Vehicle Fire, Unresponsive Infant, Medical Call, 2 Others

By Bruce Rolfe

The majority of the calls the Climax Township Fire Department responds to are typically vehicle accidents, medical related calls and occasionally a structure fire.

However the variety of calls the local fire department responded to over a six day period last week was all over the board.

 For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 20, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 19, 2017 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  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link below on this home page.

Our G-A Athletic Hall Of Fame Weekend video segment is below.
Effort Present But G-A Boys Fall Short

By Bruce Rolfe
    The Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team gave a spirited effort, but once again the team was bitten by some costly turnovers, brief spells of cold shooting and missing shots from in close in a 52-45 loss to Gobles Friday at G-A High School on Hall of Fame Night. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
   C-S' Riley Boomershine scored 34 points in Friday's 79-65 loss to Bellevue. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Bellevue Pulls Away From C-S Boys In 4th Quarter

An outstanding job at there free throw line and the three-point ball in the fourth quarter helped Bellevue to a 79-65 win over the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Lady Panthers Can’t Catch Bellevue 

A big second quarter by Bellevue and an even bigger game by Bellevue’s Bailey Whitcomb helped the Broncos to a 57-41 win over Climax-Scotts at C-S Jr./Sr. High School Friday. climax-scotts-sports.php

  C-S' Brenna Tutt moves through the lane to the basket during action Friday against Bellevue. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Lady Panthers Enjoy Big Road Win Over Camden-Frontier

The Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team overcame foul trouble and pulled away with a key fourth quarter run to register a big 58-50 SCAA win over Camden-Frontier Tuesday. climax-scotts-sports.php

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

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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