DETROIT (WOOD) — For the Grand Rapids Catholic Central football program, losing just hasn’t been a part of the recent past.
The Cougars haven’t lost a game since 2019, and when it comes to playing at Ford Field, the victories haven’t stopped piling up.
In the past five trips to a state championship game, Catholic Central has won four times. Three were in Division 4 and last season was Division 5, which the Cougars were looking to repeat on Saturday evening.
In their way? Marine City, another undefeated team like the Cougars who had beaten most of its opponents by double figures (the lone exception was 21-14 over Corunna).
In a game where the Mariners (13-1) gave Catholic Central (14-0) all they could handle, it was the Cougars finding a way to grind the game out late and finally start clicking to earn the 2021 Division 5 state crown, 31-7.
With the game staying tight nearing the fourth quarter, the Cougars explosive passing attack finally broke through on a John Passinault pass to Nolan Zeigler, as it has so many times this season.
The 59-yard bomb made it a two score game Marine City couldn’t recover from.
“We finally were able to start getting some passes to work downfield after having to chip away all game long at (Marine City),” Catholic Central head coach Todd Kolster said. “It was good to see our guys get it working and accomplish this.”
The Cougars got down the field on the opening drive but stalled out and had to settle for just three points.
The game would stay that way until a pair of penalties set up a Jack Rellinger rushing score from 2 yards out to make it 10-0.
The Mariners answered with assertive response, going down the field with ease and ending it on a Jeffery Heaslip to Charles Tigert score on an out route from 3 yards away, suddenly making it 10-7.
The game would hold there until late in the third quarter when Passinault and Zeigler’s connection began to work its magic for the back-to-back scores to put the game out of reach.
Notre Dame commit Zeigler said it’s a connection that he and Passinault have been crafting for quite some time now.
“It’s like playing backyard football,” Zeigler said. “(Passinault) is just tossing it up there and my teammates did a good job blocking down field, I’m glad we got that connection to work today.”
Right now the Cougars simply can’t be stopped and there are no signs of slowing down as this team will have plenty of returners in 2022.
One player who led the Cougars to a state title in 2020, Joey Silveri, was out all season with an injury.
The team still looked to him for leadership and believed they needed him and his presence to make it back to the title game this season.
“Joey had a personality that this team really took on all season with them,” Kolster said. “He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached, and his toughness was instilled in these guys.”
Passinault, who took over in Silveri’s absence this season, worked with the injured senior all season to help with his game at a position he was launched into.
“If you would have told me I’d be here in the state title game after Joey’s injury, I would’ve told you you were crazy,” Passinault said. “His leadership was with us the whole way and I’m lucky to have a group like we had to work with.”
The seniors on this roster will now leave a legacy of completing a three-peat of state titles, which is something Kolster wants them to really take in.
“It’s simply unbelievable what this group of seniors was able to do and it was great working with them every day,” Kolster said. “No one can take what they did here from them.”
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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.
Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.
Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.
“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.
He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.
“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.
The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.
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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals
HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.
The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.
The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.
“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.
The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.
“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.
Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand.
“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”
Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.
The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.
“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.
Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.
The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.
“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.
People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.
Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula
HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.
Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.
But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.
The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.
So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.
“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.
She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.
“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”
Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.
Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.
“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”
Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”
The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.
Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.
“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”
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