The Little Christmas Tree

The Little Christmas Tree

Matt, you wanted a small Christmas tree for your dorm room, right? Well, we found you one. :)

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Late yesterday afternoon the Chicago Water Grill in Jonesville, Michigan, caught fire and at least six fire departments battled to control the flames. It spread next door to May’s Furniture before finally being contained later that night. You can read the breaking news piece on the Hillsdale Collegian’s site here.

Update: Be sure to check out the news update and videos on the Collegian’s site and view some aftermath photos by my friend Chuck Grimmett.

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Part of a large crowd of spectators huddled across the street in front of the Saucy Dog, a restaurant which is also owned by Chicago Water Grill owner Wayne Babcock.

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

An excavator takes down the second of the two vents from the kitchen. The machine tore huge holes in the back of the restaurant to prevent the fire from spreading further.

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Chicago Water Grill Fire

Fire!

I ran out of the dining hall having not even finished dinner tonight to take photos of a massive fire at the Chicago Water Grill in Jonesville, MI. The Collegian site should have a piece up about it with some of my photos some time this evening, and I’ll be putting more photos up later tonight or tomorrow.

Chicago Water Grill fire

The Rematch: Hillsdale v. Grand Valley

Regretfully the rematch didn’t turn out well for us, but our guys played hard in the final game of their season. They have done a fantastic job this season and just getting to this game was a huge accomplishment. Go Chargers!

Playoff Game 2

Playoff Game Day

Saturday was an epic day indeed. As usual, click on the landscape images to view them larger.

We left the hotel Saturday morning for the short drive to the Minnesota State campus where players grabbed their gear bags and headed into the locker rooms.

Game Day

Players get wrapped for the game.

Pre-game defense meeting.

Players don their pads and jerseys.

Game Day

Game Day

After leaving the main locker room the team relocated to their half-time locker room – the gym across the street from the stadium which was closer than the main locker room a couple blocks away. It made me thankful for Hillsdale’s sports facilities. The players continued to prepare themselves mentally for the tough game ahead.

Game Day

Game Day

Game Day

A lot of Charger fans showed up to cheer their team on and made a tunnel for the players as they entered the stadium.

Minnesota State brought a tough running game, but the Charger defense worked hard to contain it.

Hillsdale brought it’s own running game, too.

The other media guy and my roommate for the trip, Andy Brown of WCSR (center window), announced the game from the media shack. “It’s like a WWII bunker up here.”

The Charger fans were awesome! Many of them rode a bus 12 hours there, cheered for their team, then left almost immediately for the 12 hour drive back. That’s dedication!

The real grass field forced players to continuously pick clots of dirt and grass out of their cleats.

Game Day

At half-time the Chargers retired to the gym to rest up and listen to the coaches.

Practicing the snap and hold on the sidelines turned out to be a wise decision.

Game Day

It was a very exciting game and it looked like the Chargers might hold onto their 24-17 lead, but Minnesota State was able to tie it up in the final minutes and the game went into over time. We won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. This next photo is of the tackle which caused the key turnover.

The Chargers moved the ball a little closer to the end zone and then Mark Petro kicked a field goal to win the game, 27-24! You can watch the game-winning field goal here with Andy announcing and added epic music. :)

Minnesota State head coach Todd Hoffner after shaking hands with Hillsdale head coach Keith Otterbein.

The Hillsdale Charger football team faces Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, next Saturday. I sure hope Hillsdale can pull off a second win against Grand Valley this season! Go Chargers!

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