MITCH ZAJAC... MY HERO

     We should all have kids like Holt's Mitch Zajac.  He's a 4.0 student.  He could have attended Ivy League schools next fall, but opted instead for a football scholarship at Western Michigan.  He's been a captain for three seasons, since his sophomore year, of the Holt Rams, who just finished a 9-0 regular season and are ranked number two in the Associated Press division one state polls.

     Zajac, on his own, got 24 teammates together last Sunday, with no coaches intervention and took off for Williamston to help Tornado victims.  He knocked on the door of Hornets' head coach Steve Kersten, who was away at the time.  But others found ways for the Rams' players to help clean up. 

     In August, the DeWitt players helped an elderly citizen clean up a yard that was violating city codes to keep her from being fined or even evicted.  Both Holt and DeWitt have 9-0 records.  Maybe the quality of the kids in the programs helps explain the success besides just the football talent on the field.

     MSU basketball fans can watch the men's Spartans for free at 4pm Sunday.  It's the annual green and white game.  You'll get to see the heralded three freshmen firing away.  Pictures and autographs on the floor afterward.  The first exhibition game is November 2nd at the Breslin Center against Grand Valley State.  There are some mini ticket plans for the season ahead now available at the MSU ticket office.

     Kathy Harbert is a teacher in Okemos who lives in Williamston.  Her family home was destroyed by the tornado last week.  The Okemos community is raising funds to help the family.  Donations may be taken to the Chippewa Middle School in Okemos and given to JoEllen Kazmierski in the guidance office.  The Harbert boy is a member of the Williamston junior varsity team.

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