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February 2018

Corunna Varsity Boys Swim Team

More Boys Swimming Coverage on page 2. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Shepard)

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Seniors were honored during the Tuesday, February 6th swim meet. Front row, from left: Hunter Belous, Tyson Moore and Austin Schemenauer. Back row, from left: Kadin UlmanPlowman and Ryan Schwab. (Photos courtesy of Melissa Shepard) The Corunna Boys varsity swimming and diving team is coached by Camron Nellis and Amy Golombisky. The boys are off to an impressive start at 10-0. They placed 2nd at the Williamston Kick-off Classic and 14th at the Genesee County Championships. This year’s team has three stand out Captains- Tyson Moore, Hunter Belous and Ryan Schwab. Tyson Moore is the reigning MVP from last season and has looked just as impressive if not more so this season. Tyson has the fastest times in every event except the IM and breaststroke which makes him versatile. Ryan Schwab is our lone State qualifier returning this year. He has picked up from where he left off last season, continuing to work on harder dives and his hard work paid off by being the Genesee County Champion in diving, then breaking the 6-dive school record on January 30th and then breaking it again a week later. The team doesn’t just rely on a few, but every swimmer. This year is truly a team effort. The underclassmen are working hard in practice and they are seeing their times drop. Their improvement has opened up more flexibility in writing line-ups that can capitalize on the opponents’ weaknesses. Jack Belmer, a freshman, has become the backstroker, Jeremiah Davis another freshman, has solidified himself dropping time in every meet in the 200 and 500 freestyle just behind sophomore Eli Edwards who looks like he will be ready to take over Tyson´s spot in the distance events. Cameron Campbell has worked his way into being the best IM’er and breaststroker, but can hold his own if he is needed in the distance events. Xavier Staubs has worked his way into a starting spot in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle by clocking times that place him in the top 5 in each event. Fisher Morris, a sophomore, is a high-jumping diver that adds valuable points. Along with diving, he is the 3rd fastest 100 butterflyer and can also fill in the backstroke. Sam Brunger, a junior, has a permanent spot earning points in the 100 butterfly. Kadin Plowman, Calvin Cody, Zavier Brunger, Dominic Kolibosky, Mason Warner and Grant Warner have all been valuable contributors at different times this year. Corunna Swim and Dive has two more dual meets left before their championship meet at Saginaw Valley University. These two meets will prove to be the biggest test for the team. Corunna is the favorite to win the ISC championship on February 23 and 24. They hope to defend their championship at the Wave runner 2nd chance meet as well, which is held on February 27th. Corunna has won the meet 2 straight years. The depth that Corunna has spells a bright future for Corunna Swimming.

Coaches Amy Golombisky and Cameron Nellis.

Ryan Schwab – Corunna’s Record Breaking Diver

(Photo courtesy of the Corunna Athletic Club ) By Sam Vowell On December 21st, Corunna Senior Ryan Schwab won the 2018 Greater Genesee County Championship in Diving at Fenton High School! Ryan took first place with an eleven-dive score of 335.60 points. Ryan followed that up by not only breaking the six dive school record on January 22nd, but then breaking his own record again on February 6th with a score of 254.90. Congratulations Ryan!!! In addition to being what many consider the greatest diver in Corunna history, Ryan is one of Corunna’s strongest swimmers too, is a standout long distance runner for Corunna’s track team and has been a key part of the Corunna Cross Country team (including a state title) the past four years. His excellence carries over into the classroom and he’s been able to do all this while his father “Big” Pete Schwab waged a courageous battle with cancer. We regret to say that Pete passed away on February 7th, the day after Ryan broke the diving record. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle Schwab (who has contributed many great Corunna Connection articles in the past) and the entire Schwab family.


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2018 January Rotary Student of the Month Frederick Heidt is the January Rotary Student of the Month. Frederick is the son of Brian and Denise Heidt. He has a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.11 and his current class schedule consists of AP Psychology, AP Macroeconomics, Calculus at Lansing Community College, and American History at Lansing Community College. Frederick is part of the St. Phillip Lutheran Church Men’s group in which he helps provide house and yard work to elderly parishioners in need. He has helped tear down inner walls for remodeling, installed toilets, reroofed parts of a house, transplanted large bushes, trimmed trees, and cleared porches of snow. Frederick is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). CAP is the official auxiliary to the US Air Force providing emergency services, aerospace education, and youth development. Frederick has participated in providing glider presentations to school visitors at the Owosso Community Airport, provided glider rides for CAP members, and trained cadets to be search and rescue team members. Currently, Frederick is a Cadet Commander in the Civil Air Patrol. In the past, Frederick has been the Wing Cadet Advisory Council Recorder (2016-2017), Glider Operations Ground Crew Chief (2015-2017), MI Wing Search and Rescue (SAR) Academy Advanced Course Lead Instructor (July 2017) and Instructor (July 2016), and Encampment Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Course Cadre (July 2016). Frederick currently serves as Secretary for the Corunna chapter of the National Honor Society. He has received his Academic Awards and

Letters over the course of the past three years. Frederick has also earned his varsity letter in Swim for the past three years. In 2015, he was the president of the Haslett Fencing Club. Frederick was the Haslett High School Fencing Club épée representative from 2014-2017. Other awards that Frederick has received include five achievement awards for outstanding service for the Civil Air Patrol, the Amelia Earhart Award in 2017, the Billy Mitchell Award in 2016, a Certificate of Appreciation in 2015, and the Wright Brothers Award in 2014. Frederick Heidt After high school, Frederick plans to study engineering and become an officer in the United States Air Force. When asked to make a short statement concerning the significance of community and school service, Frederick stated, “Service is what creates and sustains communities; it brings us together in time of need and keeps us together through good times. Without service, communities simply dissolve, that is why I train so hard to be of service to my community, state and nation.”

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boys march madness preview Cavaliers Follow Journey’s Lead: Don’t Stop Believin’ Analysis and Editorial by Jerod Fattal In early January, the Corunna Varsity Men’s basketball team traveled to Motown to watch the University of Detroit Titans take on the Oakland Grizzlies in college hoops action.1 Following the game, the group ventured to the Garden Bowl bowling alley where the team was approached by a couple of strangers who observed that the group of teenage boys were actually a part of a basketball team. “Are you guys good?” The players paused. The context of the question they understood, but the straightforwardness caught the Cavaliers by surprise. “Are you guys good?” The question seemed easy to answer; the team by no accounts questioned their own talent or work ethic. Yet, they paused before answering resoundingly “YES!” Could it have been a fear of cute girls that hushed the boys before answering?2 Or was it an un-assuredness in themselves? Once the alleged awkward encounter of the opposite gender subsided, the team would return to throwing gutterballs and eating mini tacos.3 But a perplexed Coach Buscemi would mull over why the players paused before answering in the affirmative. The Cavaliers have obvious talent, illustrated by team captain and starting junior point guard Logan Lepage. He leads the team with 10.6 points and 3.5 assists per game. Junior center Sage Walker, who averages 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest, is drawing interest from colleges in both the MAC and GLIAC conferences. And don’t forget the other team captain, sharp-shooter Mitchell Skym, who scored 25 points last year as a sophomore in a heroic district final performance.4 Not only are the Cavaliers talented, but they are also battle tested, 5 which was showcased in close games against three-time consecutive Class C state champion Flint Beecher, and a heartbreaking 2 point loss to 2,000 student, Class A Rockford at the Battle of Midway tournament.6 The Cavs also hold victories against a tough Parkway Christian team and 2017 regional champion Lake Fenton. 7 The Cavaliers also have the epitome of “bench depth”. The team truly runs 10 deep, as 10 different players have started throughout the season. Among those who lend support are defensive standouts Ethan Hollister and Carter “Butters” Lovejoy who lead the team with 1.7 and 1.5 steals per game. Freshman Cole Meiske8 and sophomore Peyton Norton have also contributed this season with great spot minutes despite their youth. Juniors Shaun Vogan and Brock Brewer have been mainstays for the Cavaliers, providing rebounding and relentless energy. Despite the Cavaliers’ obvious talent, battle tested schedule, and bench depth, they still paused when asked, “Are you guys good?” When inquired about what will be the determining factor between an early exit in the tournament and a trip to Breslin, Coach Buscemi simply stated “belief.” “We have all the tools to meet our goals, it’s just about believing,” he said. Since the encounter at the bowling alley, the term “BELIEVE” has not only become a mantra for the Cavaliers, but a way of life. The term has been implemented and stressed daily at practices for the young squad who have continued to work daily with the end goal in mind. Corunna’s quest for a potential trip to the Breslin begins with Ovid Elsie and 2017 Argus Press player of the year Carson Vincent, who has averaged an area high 17.2 points per game this season. The Cavaliers

have astonishingly defeated the Marauders in 37 straight basketball games dating back to 1986. 9 “The streak will be a big topic of conversation in the media10 leading up to the game, but it won’t affect us,” said Coach Buscemi when asked whether the streak will add any extra pressure on the Cavaliers. “We just know that if we are prepared11 and play to our potential, we will be fine.” The team has all of the tools to make a run deep into March, but in order to bring their dreams to fruition, they will have to continue to grow and mature. The Cavaliers are extremely young and inexperienced; Chase Ardelean is currently the only senior not sidelined due to injury, 12 and they will lean not only on his scoring ability, but his calm and steady leadership as well. 13 With that said, what is so inspiring for the town of Corunna, is that this team has all of the pieces to make a run come March. They just need to believe. “We would play either Perry, Chesaning, or Durand in the district final, then most likely Frankenmuth or Bridgeport in regionals. And then in the quarterfinals, we would probably see Freeland,” said Buscemi. The last question to be asked is now posed to the team:“Can you guys make a run to the Breslin?” Time will tell if they pause before answering. 1. The Grizzlies won the game 92-86 on Dick Vitale Court. People forget that Vitale coached at U of D. 
 2. This is the most likely scenario here, COOTIES! 
 3. My personal favorite bowling alley food is cheeseballs, but to each his own. 
 4. The second best district final performance by an underclassmen I’ve ever seen, second only to 
Mikhail Myles who scored 30 points as a freshman in 2012. 
 5. Much like the 2015 Michigan State team that struggled early vs. #4 Duke and #12 Kansas before 
making a run to the Final Four. 
 6. The Cavaliers did cover the +5 spread set by Vegas oddsmakers, which I smartly bet and made 
$10 on. Thanks again Fellas, knew I could count on you! 
 7. But the toughest competition was no doubt the Alumni team. Absolutely stacked. 
 8. Who made a huge three against Rockford that was essential in covering the spread against 
Rockford. Cole, I owe you one. 
 9. What happened in 1985? 
 10. The media = Jerome Murphy and the Argus Press and of course the Corunna Connection 
 11. I don’t think they will have to worry about being prepared, the Cavalier coaching staff has scouted 
Ovid Elsie on 7 different occasions. 
 12. Zach Sawyer currently has a cast on his hand, but it could be coming off on February 9th. Stay 
woke.. if healthy Zach could be HUGE in March. 
 13. Chase will be looked upon much like senior Quinn Cook of the 2015 Duke national championship 
basketball team. 



corunna educational foundation Information on the Annual 2018 Fundraiser and Memorial Scholarships Since its inception in 1984, the CPSEF has given 751 student scholarships totaling $951,220.00 and issued mini-grants to the staff of more than $100,000. In addition, the Foundation gives funding to provide for unique and supplemental education of individual students. The Foundation has assisted the school district in providing a state-of-the art technology program (They were also instrumental in upgrading our wifi a few years ago). At their January, 2018 meeting, the Corunna Educational Foundation awarded $4,825.78 in teacher mini-grants for our teaching staff. The Foundation’s annual fundraiser consists of a raffle to raise additional dollars to support these opportunities for students and staff. Ticket sales have already started to be sold and can be purchased from any trustee, administrator at Corunna or at the administrative office. Board of Trustee members include: Ginny Brooks, Kathy Brooks, Bill Brown, Joe Crego, Dale Espich, Madelyn Flagg (student), Sharon Ganssley, Bill Graham, Diane Harrod, Mark Hetfield, Joe Janca, Todd Janicek, Sally Labadie, Dave Moore, Mike Moore,Troy Napier, Ava Ringheisen (student), Chris Rowe, Ken Scott, Duane Veale, Frank Vyskocil and Joy Welty. Sara Beldyga is the school board representative to the trustee board. Raffle tickets cost $60, which includes a chicken dinner for two and a chance to win anywhere between $100 and $1,500! Extra dinner tickets are $10.00 each. The event will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Owosso. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Feel free to contact any of the trustees or the administrative office if you would like to purchase a raffle ticket.

Memorial Scholarships Other forms of donating to the foundation are by donations to create memorial scholarships in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Donors can designate a specific college and/or area of study and amount to be given to the student(s). The Corunna High School counselor recommends the eligible students to receive the scholarships in accordance to the guidelines set up by the donor, and the students are then approved by the trustees. Donations can also be made to a fund for student mini-grants that are for middle school students who wish to attend special camps or programs. For donating to or creating a specific memorial scholarship, or to the student mini-grants, call the administrative office at 743-6338.

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school news Wrestler Notches 100th Win On January 20th, Corunna senior Jack Thayer claimed first place at the Jim Mooney Williamston Classic. Jack wrestles in the 215 lb. weight class and was a state qualifier for Corunna last season. In addition to claiming the title and helping Corunna finish 15th, Jack notched his 100th career win for the Cavaliers. Congratulations Jack!

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girls march madness preview Talented Cavalier Squad Looks to Take Another Step Analysis and Editorial by Jerod Fattal The Lady Cavaliers won their first district title since 2012 last year, earning them a trip to the regionals, where they ultimately fell to Breslin-bound Freeland. This year’s squad had to replace four seniors (Baylee Balcom, Stephanie Scott, Ally Majzel, and Avery Lovejoy). For many programs, the lost seniors would warrant a rebuilding effort in the following season, but not here. The girls started the season “en fuego” and have already nearly matched their win total from last season as of presstime. This year’s squad has been dominant at times, highlighted by the team’s Burton Christmas Classic Tournament performance, where they dominated Dream Team style and took gold with an average win total of 30 points. The Lady Cavs are extremely well balanced, featuring four different players who in multiple different contests have led the Cavaliers in scoring. Contrary to one of Tony Bennett’s Virginia squads, Coach Ron Birchmeier admires the team’s ability to, “balance scoring and play at different tempos.” Team captain Miller Lantis, whose leadership and “Chef Curry” three point ability, have dazzled early in the season. Fellow seniors Ruth Crabtree and captain Chloe Dingens have also impressed Coach Birchmeier. “They are great at using their body and boxing out,” he said. The third team captain, Madison Birchmeier, has been applauded for her “unselfish” play this season which has drawn interest from GLIAC schools. Talented shooters Kate Feldpausch and Leah Clough have taken advantage of their fellow junior’s passing abilities, knocking down shots from all over the globe. Mariyah Duncan has also improved dramatically this year and continues to be a dominant force inside for Corunna. Lauren Cnudde’s post play and overall potential also excites the team. In order for Corunna to achieve success in March, Coach Birchmeier impresses upon his players that they must, “become more consistent on a nightly basis.” The Cavaliers are a talented group, but their up and down play could cause problems come March, he said, where nightly production is required for a long run. “We have played very well at times,” said Birchmeier, highlighting the team’s 5 point victory at Beecher earlier in the season. “But we have

also played terrible at times as well,” while pointing out an “ugly” earlyseason victory at Mount Morris. “If we want to achieve the success we hope for, consistency will be key,” he continued. Birchmeier has urged his team to “become more aggressive on defense,” which is a staple for man-to-man reliant systems similar to the one Corunna relies on. Hannah Hollister’s athletic ability and Ila Tuller’s “pitbullesque” defense will be depended on come districts and beyond. With improved consistency and defense, the Cavaliers will place themselves in a tremendous position to take another step come the postseason, but Birchmeier also stressed the importance of shooting well. “All season we have continued to improve, and our goal is to be playing our best basketball at the right time,” he said. The talented group looks to not only repeat this year as district champions, but they also look to take another step for their program with an appearance in the regional finals, breaking a 5-year drought (2012). Accomplishing that task will not be easy, however, as the Cavaliers are not the only team that has seen major improvements this season. “All of the teams (Ovid Elsie, Durand, Chesaning, and Perry) in our district have improved since last year,” said Birchmeier. “It’s a tough district that could play out in a multitude of different ways.” The Cavaliers open up tournament play with a district final rematch vs. an Ovid-Elsie team thirsting for revenge. The Marauders feature talented Finlandia commit Kenzie Cunningham. Should the Cavaliers win that contest, Corunna would meet either Perry, Chesaning, or Durand in a the District final hosted at Durand with a potential trip to regionals (hosted at Goodrich) on the line.

art students paint for hospital Twelve students from Mrs. Dasen’s Art I class were invited to paint winter landscapes for Memorial Health Care’s Cancer Center. The paintings hang in the hallways of the center where patients and families can admire and enjoy them. The paintings will be up through March.

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january employee of the month Corunna Public Schools’ Employee of the Month - Laura Fugate Laura Fugate has been named the January Employee of the Month. Laura was honored during the January 15 Board of Education meeting held at Corunna High School. Laura is a paraprofessional, in the media center, at Corunna High School. She has been employed with the district since September 2017. She was a substitute in the district since March 2004. “I have enjoyed working for Corunna Public Schools each day. I have been a substitute for 14 years and during that time I have worked with many other dedicated co-workers who have taught me many valuable lessons,” said Laura. She and her husband, Frank, have one daughter, Brooke.

Laura is pictured with Board of Education Treasurer Mark Buckley. (Courtesy Photos)

FFA students moving on to regionals The Corunna FFA recently competed in district leadership contests on And the Greenhand conduct of meetings team consisting of memThursday, February 1st in Perry. The chapter took a total of six teams bers Faith Butcher, Austyn-Rain Warner, Brianna Mason, Kirstein Dowand individuals, and each group earned a gold rating. Members can land, Haylee Schneider, Amber Szakal and Lily Kadlec. participate in one of several different contests, and in each one they graded by three different judges. The top two in each contest area move on to regionals two weeks later. Of the six that competed, four teams and individuals will be moving on to compete at the regional contest on February 16th in New Lothrop. The maple syrup demonstration team consisting of Grant Janicek and Joseph Lloyd and the junior high conduct of meetings team consisting of members Vanessa Zettle, Jennifer Steffes, Abigail Colborn, Hailey Wilkerson, Naia Smith, Mia Richardson and Hailie Hall both competed at districts. Moving on to regionals are the following: The apple tree pruning demonstration team consisting of Avianna Jackson and Benjamin Butcher. Back row, from left: Haylee Schneider, Kirstein Dowland, AustynThe junior high public speaker Gabriella Holloway. Rain Warner and Faith Butcher. Front row, from left: Lily Kadlec, In job interview, Jessica Belen. Brianna Mason and Amber Szakal. (Courtesy Photo)

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1947 State Champ Football Team By Patrick Anderson Seventy years ago this year, the Corunna High football team claimed the Class “C” Mythical State Championship. This was a time before the Associated Press and the Detroit newspapers ranked high school football teams. It was a time before the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) sponsored the high school football playoffs. Claims were made by undefeated teams whose players had the swagger to feel that they were deserving. They were supported in their claim by their coach and the local townspeople. This is how Ron Pesch, sports historian for the MHSAA, describes would-be claimants. As part of his work as sports historian, Pesch collects the names of teams who claimed state titles prior to the rankings which started in the early fifties. The 1947 Corunna team was definitely deserving of the state title. Led by All-Conference picks Dean Bowman, Bud Fattal, Gordie Serr, and Bill Striggow, Corunna tore through their eight game schedule undefeated. Outscoring their opponents 307-37, the Cavaliers won the final three games of their season, 74-0, 52-0, and 53-0. The 74-0 victory against Durand is still the highest point total and margin of victory in CHS football history. In their final game of the season against the Owosso “B” team in which Corunna won 53-0, the Argus-Press sports writer said that for Corunna there was no effort to run up the score. Fans were impressed by the clean play shown throughout the game. The Cavaliers were coached by Earl Lancaster, also the school’s superintendent. Hired at Corunna in 1936, superintendent since 1937, Lancaster took over the football coaching duties in 1943 when the war made teacher/coach candidates difficult to find. He had played in college at Adrian and had assisted with Corunna football since his hire. He coached through the 1949 season and amassed a 45-7-4 record which included three undefeated seasons. The Cavaliers were cheered on to victory by cheerleaders Jean Coutts, Laurae Ellis, Dorothy McLane, Mary Alice Serr, and Barbara Sidney.

The thirty-two members of Corunna’s 1947 team included: Melvin Fishell-91, Roger Lecureaux-82, Lester Stewart-70, Rene Copes*-71, Max Vibbert*-60, Art Sebeneck?-80, Ted “Bud” Fattal*-72, Gene Brown*-81, Don Rumrill-92 (Gene Sanderson and Ronnie Linabury-managers) Max May?-33, Bob Kirn*-31, Charles Martin-51, Ken Hitchcock*-90, Bill Striggow*-41, Dean Bowman-53, Keith Ellis*-32, Kenneth Davis?-30, Gordon Serr-73, Gene Phillips*-40, and Coach Earl Lancaster Ed Hann-56, Bill VanMeer?-51, Henry Rasmussen?-59, Dick Kroske-58, Charles Holman-50, Ed Brady*-83, Bob Olmsted*-66, Dick Bouck-70, Melvin Puckett*-65, Seth Cummings-61, Jim VanMeer?-93, Harry Miller-60, Lamont Ames-63 If they have an * by their name that means they are alive, a ? means unknown and no mark means they are deceased. This list is taken from the 1948 yearbook and in the same identifying order as the picture with their jersey number. 1947 was a highlight year for Corunna football.

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the great outdoors With Garret Andrejack How many of you are ready for winter to be over? I am sure a lot of you have been ready! For some that love the outdoors and the late winter months, it means it is time to go small game or deer shed hunting. Others may enjoy ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. I personally enjoy all of these. But, what do you do if these activities do not interest you? The late winter months are a great time for getting things prepared for the coming year of outdoor activities. It could save you a lot of time and effort when your favorite outdoor season comes around. For deer hunters, this could mean going out and cutting new, or major shooting lanes that you wish you had this past season. This eliminates the hassle of trying to do all of it in the heat of the summer with bugs, leaves, undergrowth and even the dreaded poison ivy/oak making things more difficult. This is also a great time of year to follow trails and do as much scouting as possible, it is easier to follow deer trails to their bedding areas and you have less foliage to worry about. The deer trails may not be the exact same trails they follow during the coming season, but it can give you an idea of their tendencies, bedding areas, and travel routes. Scouting in the late winter months will prevent you from having to pressure deer as much as the season draws closer. One added benefit of doing this is these areas are a great place to stumble upon deer shed antlers, so keep your eyes open and you may find that trophy antler laying on the ground. For those who fish, this time of year can be used to research and study the structure and depths of their fishing locations. There are many great websites and apps to help with the research. This will give you a game plan for what to fish with and where to fish during the upcoming season. You may also look for some new lakes that you might want to target. Sure a lot of this can be done on the water, but this may allow you to target in on the best looking locations right off the bat, giving you more time to fish and hopefully catch more fish. For many other hunters, winter preparation for the coming hunting seasons involve eliminating some natural threats to the population of your target species. Predator hunting is a great way to do this and has become increasingly popular with hunters wanting to expand their hunting seasons. Coyotes will become more active during the late January - February breeding season. You can either hunt these predators by using bait stations, calling them with vocalizations or

animal distress calls, or if you happen to see them strolling by you can harvest them at longer ranges. While coyotes are the main wild predators of the Whitetail Deer in our area, other critters such as raccoons, opossums, foxes, and even crows are major nest thieves. These other predators are responsible for killing over half of the eggs from the nests of wild turkeys, waterfowl, and upland birds before they hatch. If you do predator hunt, be sure to have the required licenses and also be aware of all applicable rules and regulations. These late winter months are also a great time to make changes in equipment. For firearm hunters, this could be changes in ammunition and scopes or maybe sighting in anything that you have not yet had a chance to do. This may also include cleaning and oiling guns that have gotten dirty this past season to prevent them from rusting and causing damage. For archery hunters, this may mean purchasing a new release or making any switches to your arrows/crossbow bolts and other archery accessories. Once summer gets here all you have to worry about is redialing it all in and getting practice. For those who love fishing, this may include putting new line on reels, buying new gear or new baits/lures for the season to come. Many people do not realize it, but fishing hooks will get dull after being used as well as weakened from being bent in odd directions by fish and/or pliers. This is a great time to either sharpen or replace these old or dull hooks to save you some time when you are ready to get out on the water. Whether it be the middle of summer or the dead period of winter, there will always be something to do for those that love the outdoors. I have shared some ideas and sometimes it may not be exactly what we would like to be doing, but it still needs to be done. By doing some of these “unexciting” tasks in the offseason, it can lead to more time in the woods, fields, streams and on the lakes. When that moment of success comes, it will be that much more rewarding knowing that the preparation you put in played an important part in having that success. Be safe and enjoy each moment you have in the Great Outdoors. Editors Note: Garret is a sophomore at Corunna High School, in addition to his love of the outdoors, he is on the varsity soccer team and is active with Corunna’s FFA.

community district library news The Friends of the Library have an abundance of music cd’s that they are wanting to clear out so they are offering them for free. Pictured are Friends of the Library members, Katie Baese and Mary Ziegler, with a sampling of the hundreds of music cd’s that the Friends of the Library Bookstore is offering for FREE! In an effort to make room for newer materials, cd’s will be given away free through the month of February. There are a wide range of cd’s available for all ages and interests. The Bookstore is housed inside the Corunna/Caledonia Branch of the Community District Library located at 210 E. Corunna Avenue. For more information phone 989-743-4800.


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ROSTER: (names in alphabetical order with grades) Cole Binger -7, Karesse Bunting - 7, Michael Costello - 8, Karson Cowdry - 8, Paige Dailey - 6, Makayla Davis - 8, Samirrah Dodge 7, Dante Dunkin - 8, Caden Earl - 7, Josh Edwards - 8, Jager Evans - 6, Charlize Gross - 6, Hannah Gwinn - 6, Hailie Hall - 8, Kailin Hall - 6, Kai Heck - 7, Nolan Heid - 6, Ayden Henry - 8, Skyler Holmes -8, Eli Jablonski -6, Connor Jacobs - 7, Jameson Kennedy - 7, Grant Kerry - 7, Maddie Kett - 8, Audrey Mitchell - 8, Camron Morris - 7, Jordan Nixon - 6, Landon Olsen -7, Kristen Peltier -8, Jackson Reid - 7, Lillia Reid - 6, Natalie Richards - 6, Katie Richardson - 8, Kaylin Robertson - 6, Jerzie Russell - 6, Kaylee Siddens - 7, Marriah Spencer - 6, Robin Stapel -8, Lyla Townsend - 8, Cora Tuller - 7, Amy Vovscko - 6 and John Walker - 8.

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Athletes of the Month Presented by Rivals Taphouse & Grille Hunter Belous

By Melissa Shepard

Hunter is one of three standout captains on the Varsity Swimming team this season. He has been on the swim team for four years, earning Runner-Up MVP last season. Along with swimming, he has also played Varsity football for two years and Varsity golf for four years, earning the “Cavalier Character” award for showing the best leadership. Outside of school, Hunter serves as the National Honor Society President and he likes to go fishing and hang out with his friends and family. Hunter carries a 3.95 GPA and is dual enrolled at Lansing Community College. He is the son of Robert and Kimberly Belous. He has one sister, Jillian, who is 22. After graduating, he plans on attending the University of Toledo and becoming a mechanical engineer. The Corunna Connection congratulates Hunter for his accomplishments. It’s great to be gold! (Courtesy Photo)

Brianna Eldridge

By Amy Golombisky

Brianna has spent the last 12 years developing her skills in bowling to get strikes every time she competes. Since the age of 6, Brianna has participated in competitive bowling. As a child she took part in the Capitol Bowl Saturday Youth League. Now she has advanced to the varsity team at Corunna High School and has earned 4 Varsity letters including her stellar performance this season. In the past four years she has competed at the state level, placing second in “ partners” (with her sister Hannah) and earning a state championship as part of the Corunna bowling team in 2015. In the 2016-17 school year she qualified for state competition, placing 16th overall. The team was also first-team all-conference that year. This season, with an average of 172, the team is in fourth place in their conference with a record of six wins and three losses, despite her recurring knee injury. Outside of school, she began working through the co-op program at CHS her sophomore year as a teacher’s aide at Louise Peacock Elementary and as an aide at Noah’s Ark Child Care in Owosso during the summer months. Brianna also particpates in the Shiawassee County Fiar, where she has showed pigs for two years for Andrew Foster. After graduation, she plans is to attend Ross Medical to become an RN specializing in dialysis. A decision she made at the age of 16, paying homage to her grandfather, “Papa”, and his health issues. She is the daughter of Brian and Tara. Currently employed at Ponderosa in Owosso, Brianna dreams of someday of visiting Greece but recognizes the more immediate necessity of college and a vehicle. The Corunna Connection congratulates Brianna for her accomplishments and recognizes her contributions to the qualities that make it great to be gold! (Courtesy Photo)


communtiy news My Birthday Wish: Give All I Can Give

Front row, left to right: Coach David Wibert, Matt Weiss, Cooper Smith, Gabe Serbus, Zac Carstien, Charles Simms and Coach Josh Perry. Middle row, left to right: Ty Anderson, Jacob Lloyd, Noah Simms, Dakota Richardson, Devon Hoffman, Joe Lloyd and Coach Matt Henry. Back row, left to right: Coach Dylan Wibert, Jack Thayer and Kail Stratton. (Courtesy Photo)

Corunna Wrestling Team Districts

On February 7th, Corunna squared off with Chesaning for a Division 3 District Championship. The Cavs wrestled well, but came up short by a score of 44-33. Chesaning won the coin toss and in doing so, was able to avoid Jack Thayer in the 215lb weight class. Thayer is one of Corunna’s all-time greatest (see page 6 of this month’s Corunna Connection for more on Thayer) wrestlers and avoiding him allowed a weight class shuffle for the Chesaning that amounted to a (probable 6-12) point swing in the Indians favor. Coach Dave Wibert was also forced to do some unexpected weight class shuffling for Corunna’s young squad and were in not for the extenuating circumstances, the Cavs still may have prevailed due to a valiant effort from the boys. Ty Anderson (125 lbs), Devin Hoffman (140 lbs), Matt Weiss (pin at 145 lbs)

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and Noah Simms (pin at 171 lbs). Coach Wibert knew going into this season that he had a very young squad, but was impressed with the improvement the boys made from the start of the season to now. There are several faces in the accompanying team photo who weren’t part of the wrestling team when the season started and they helped provide depth (and often points) for the cavaliers as the season rolled on. In addition, the boys that were there at the beginning made huge strides in their wrestling skills and dedication to the team. have ended at four years, but there’s no doubt Coach Wibert’s young squad are setting themselves up as a force to reckoned with not only for next year, but the foreseeable future as the talented Corunna Middle School wrestlers move up.

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My name is Alana Rosser and I am a 6th grader at Corunna Middle School. This year, I was chosen to be a contestant in the “Spring Miss Midwest America Disney Pageant” in Coldwater, MI. The Pageant is sponsored by “Morgan’s Hugs,” a non-profit charity honoring Morgan’s dad. That charity helps Veterans and their families including: homeless veterans, disabled veterans, service dogs and animals and active military personnel. As a contestant, I am required to bring at least 10 items to donate to charity, I instantly decided I wanted to give way more than 10 items. Why? Because it makes me happy to help others. We are all in debt to our Veterans and active military personnel, so I want to “ GIVE ALL I CAN GIVE.” With my thirteenth birthday falling the day before the Pageant, I only have one birthday wish. That wish is to collect as many items as I can to give to “Morgan’s Hugs”, such as: new household items; personal hygiene items; food cards; new clothing; food not expired or open; and toiletries. I appreciate you helping to make my 13th Birthday the best ever by donating to this cause! -Alana Rosser, 2018 Editor’s Note: If you would like to donate and help Alana, please call (989) 494-9952.

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team fridgebot -corunna Robotics team By Sam Vowell “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto, Domo, Domo” was a memorable line from a song by the band Styx in the early eighties. Domo arigato translates to “thank you very much” in English. In this case, Mr. Roboto may not play a part in this, but I’m confident several students who have been involved with Team FridgeBot have told team mentor, Scott Stap something similar to that for starting the Corunna Robotics Team. Team FridgeBot started in 2013 when Scott’s youngest son saw a WJRT-ABC 12 promo about robotics. The Staps went to Kettering University, watched a competition and were hooked. Scott’s sons Jay & Nelson along with Nicholas Mars were the core of the inaugural team in 2014 which built their robot at Mars Farms with support from Russ Mars. More team members joined and Corunna’s FIRST Robotics team was up and running. The teams first robot was named FridgeBot, which is where the team earned thier nickname. The original FridgeBot is currently in their lab, “monitoring” the hard work the students put in during their build season. Last year, Team FridgeBot finished 29th at the FIM (First in Michigan) District Event #1 which was held at Kettering University. They followed that up with an 11th place finish at the FIM Districts held in Lansing. Team FridgeBot is hoping for even greater success (and to NOT have a bad motivator on its R2 unit) in 2018 for the “Power Up” Challenge, which has teams trapped in an “arcade game” and requires them to form alliances with other teams in an effort to escape the maze. Team FridgeBot is registered as FIM #5084 and will be kicking off the 2018 season at the FIM District Event #2 on March 8th at Kettering University. Their next competition after that is on April 5th at Lake Superior State University. I’m an electrician at General Motors and programmed robots while at the GM Grand Blanc and GM Lansing Delta Township facilities. I have

seen firsthand the shortage of robot programmers/repairmen that exists in the manufacturing industry today. I love that Corunna students have the opportunity to not only have fun, but learn a skill that could provide them with a future career. My hope is that more students will get involved with Team Fridgebot and the Corunna Robotics Club to see if it’s something they might enjoy.“It’s the only varsity sport where every participant can turn pro!” If you’d like to learn more about high school robotics in general, go to www.FirstInMichigan.org or if you’d like to learn about Team FridgeBot, search for “Corunna Schools Robotics Competition Team 5084” on Facebook and “Like” their page.

L-R: Danny Brichan (Lead programmer /lead build), Chance Anderman (build), Albert Ellsworth (cad/programming), Becca Walton (marketing lead/ fundraising), Scott Stap (Lead mentor), Noah Dutcher (build/drive team) and Chloe Clark (cad/research/strategy). Not pictured: Devon Bates (programming/build) and Cassie Stone (welder, tig & aluminum/build. (Courtesy Photo)

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school news Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth Snowfest

Four Corunna art students competed in the high school snow sculpting competition held at Frankenmuth on January 25th & 26th. Senior Rebekah Steinacker (Team captain), senior Grace Jones, senior Cassie Stone and junior Evan Stehlik created “The Ride of a Lifetime”. When asked what the inspiration for their sculpture was, Corunna High Art Teacher Shannon Dasen had this to say, “The inspiration for our snow sculpture is the transition from childhood into adulthood. Three of our team members are seniors and have concerns that their childhood is ending. They now have to move onto and into, the adult world. The carousal symbolizes the “Sea” and depicts each senior’s childlike characters.” Students worked on the sculpture for 22 hours, and carving the 5 foot x 9 foot block of snow became quite challenging as the weather went from cold to warm.

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Connection of the month Connection of the Month – Francis R. “Bus” Spaniola

( Co u r te s y Photos) By Sam Vowell “The purpose of life… is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Our Connection of the Month has spent a lifetime living by that credo. Francis R. “Bus” Spaniola was born in Corunna on June 8, 1935. He attended Corunna Public Schools and graduated from Corunna High School in 1953. He spent the next four years as a student at Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts – Political Science degree in 1957. He followed that up as part of the MSU graduate program in History and Education, then the Robert A. Taft Institute of Government. While at MSU, he was a member of their U.S. Army ROTC program, commissioned 2nd Lt. U.S. Army reserve. He then served twelve years as active and active reserved duty in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with a rank of captain in 1969. In 1968 and 1969, he was commanding officer of 812 APU based out of Flint, Michigan. “Bus” was a businessman too, as owner of Anthony’s Dairy Delight in Owosso, he served up thousands of scoops of ice cream from 19621989. I remember going there as a kid and not only getting some cool ice cream, but a warm greeting from this great man. “Bus” used his education and experiences to teach Government, American History and World History from 1963-73. He taught at Durand High School, Gabriel’s High School, Corunna High School and East Lansing High School. Though “Bus” has always been politically active most of his life, he took his first paid political employment in 1973 as a staff assistant for the Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Education. Two years later, the lifelong Democrat ran and was elected to the 87th District Seat for the Michigan House of Representatives. He was elected to seven more terms in that capacity and served his 87th District constituents until 1991 (when a term limit law took effect). It was during his time as state representative that I first met “Bus”. He came into Corunna Public Schools annually and would use his experience to educate students on how our state government worked

and things we could do to make Corunna a great place to live. To be elected eight terms to represent our community says a lot about the kind of person he is, always doing what he thinks is best to help and serve others. The Shiawassee County Road Commission Complex was named in his honor in 1992. He has received The Patrick Henry Award for patriotic achievement (Military Order of World Wars); Michigan Education Association, Distinguished Service Awards for The Sons of Italy, The 9th District Council Veterans of Foreign Wars, Michigan County Road Associates and the Michigan National Guard. He’s had many other awards, commendations and special honors in his lifetime, but we’d have to cut a forest down to have enough paper to list them all. From 1992-2002,“Bus “was a member of the Corunna Public Schools Education Foundation. Though he’s now retired,“Bus” continues to be politically active and has served as a Shiawassee County Democratic Precinct Delegate and Michigan Democratic Party Delegate continuously since 1960. He has also been a member of the City of Corunna Downtown Development Authority since 1992. I’ve given you a lot of background and history on “Bus”, but have left out the piece of the puzzle that completes his picture, his family.“Bus” married Carol, the love of his life on November 28, 1957 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso. Together they have raised their children (all Corunna graduates) Anthony Spaniola II, Angela Spaniola Snell, Mary Spaniola Leitson and Joseph Spaniola. They have seven grandchildren; Anthony Spaniola III, Nicholas Spaniola, Matthew Snell, Peter Snell, Samantha Snell, Jordan Leitson and Rachel Leitson. They also have two great-grandchildren; Cooper and Joseph Snell. They have an extremely close family, filled with not only love for each other, but for everyone they know. Throughout Francis R. “Bus” Spaniola’s life, one recurring phrase keeps popping up, “To Serve!” Few people have served others as well and as often as our Corunna Connection of the Month. Thank you “Bus” for everything you and Carol have done and continue to do for Corunna and our surrounding communities.

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