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  Photos by Russ Tindall, Pro Photo Image

c 1862 finish waver.jpg (40546 bytes)  Braving snow, cold and wind, Frostbite
runners started the 5K and 10K races on
Saturday, Jan. 25 at Fremont High School.
The starting front row included (left to right)
Luke Boulter of Plainwell, Scott Evans of
Kalamazoo, Matthew Zerfas of Fremont,
Cole Hamilton of Hesperia, Andrew
Goodspeed of Fremont and Damien
Halverson of Hesperia.



Becki Mueller of Muskegon waved as she
neared the finish of the Frostbite 5K.
She finished in 32:36.26, the best
in the 50 to 54 age group.


Rugged runners race on

  By Colleen Hall

The annual Fremont Frostbite run definitely earned its name this year,  with a 20-miles-per-hour wind chill combining with the approximately 15-degree air temperature to make the conditions even more challenging than usual.

The Saturday, Jan. 25 run started at 10 a.m. at Fremont High School, with people running either a five-kilometer course or a 10-kilometer trek.

The Frostbite run started in 1979 and is the only part of the old Fremont Winterfest celebration that still continues. The winter race and the summer Chris Cook Memorial road race event both support FHS cross country programs.

The number of Frostbite runners was lower than in previous years, with a total of 75 finishers this year. One race worker noted that most of the pre-registered runners were there, but the number of race day entrants was a bit lower.

Fremont High school cross country coach Cliff Somers said that, considering the weather, the turnout was “pretty good.”

Luke Boulter of Plainwell won the 5K event in 18:54.44. Deanna Near of Montague won the women’s race in 23:26.21. Jeffrey Hiller of Kalkaska won the male Masters championship in 26:36.56. Laurel Dawson of Muskegon won the female Masters title in 25:17.71.

Michael Horstman of Fremont won the male Grand Master championship in 26:56.34. Carol Jones of Fremont won the female Grand Master title in 30:35.8.

“Everyone did well,” Somers said. “I was surprised at how fast the top runners were, but it was slower than usual.”

Scott Evans of Kalamazoo won the 10K race, finishing in 38:43.46. Jill Evers-Bowers of Kent City was the first female finisher at 52:00.86.

Hank Risley of  Rockford won the 10K male Masters award at 39:30.44. Julie Kraley of Fremont won the ladies Masters championship in 52:24.22.


Jim Lanciaux  of Fremont won top honors in the Grand Masters division, finishing in 40:48.70.






National event to cap weekend of ice fishing

  The North American Ice Fishing Circuit will again bring its traveling tournament to Newaygo County as an estimated 150 anglers compete for the $21,000 payout on Sunday, Feb. 9.

“This is a great opportunity to promote the Muskegon River Watershed and the year-round tourism Newaygo County has to offer,” said Laurie Supinski, Executive Director of the Newaygo County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which is sponsoring the event.

“This will be the second year that the NAIFC will be coming to this part of west Michigan and there will be no question that the ice will be plentiful this year,” Supinski said. “We encourage local teams to participate and have a chance at winning some significant prize money, and invite spectators to come experience a great couple of days in our winter paradise.”

The tournament is being held in conjunction with the River Country Chamber of Commerce’s WinterFest, which starts on the same weekend.

The NAIFC tournament is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, with the tournament weigh-in scheduled for 2 p.m. at the American Legion post in Croton.

The top 10 teams will automatically qualify for the 2014 NAIFC Championship tournament, scheduled for Dec. 19 through 21 at Mille Lacs, Minnesota. Other qualifying tournaments will be held at Lake Maxinkuckee in Indiana on Feb. 16, Lake Menomin in Wisconsin on Feb. 23, and at Mille Lacs Lake on March 9.

The tournament is just part of the ice fishing fun scheduled for the weekend.

On Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the organization will again host Cabela’s Kids Ice Camp, an instructional session geared toward promoting the sport among young folks. The classroom setting will be at Newaygo Middle School, where each participant will receive a free HT Enterprises Ice Rod and items for future ice fishing adventures. Ice safety, bait, equipment and jigging will be among the skills taught by NAIFC pro staff. This activity is free and open to all children.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m., the youngsters will take to the ice on Croton Pond, starting at the Croton Township Park Boat Launch.

Parents must accompany their children during the on-ice portion of the event. The children and parents will then be invited to fish with the NAIFC Pro Staff.  Equipment will be provided.

The organization will also hold a free seminar at the Driftwood Bar and Grill on Croton Pond on Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call Laurie Supinski at the Newaygo County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 652-9298 or e-mail

Information about the North American Ice Fishing Circuit is available online at








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  Photo by R.C. Wheater Sr.

Ready to Dance

 After a week of snow days and cancelled games, the Newaygo High School girls varsity basketball team was ready to celebrate with a dance performance on Saturday while they waited their turn to play. NHS hosted Ravenna freshman boys and Hesperia junior varsity and varsity girls and boys teams in a basketball bonanza. Basketball reports and photos are in this week’s TimesIndicator.











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