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Local News Summary - September 23, 2020 Edition

Tigers pounce on and pummel Wolverines
The Hillman Tigers kicked off the shortened football season with a shortened game against the AuGres-Sims Wolverines on Sept. 18 after clawing their way to a substantial lead that left the Wolverines battling a running clock for most of the second half. The Wolverines looked to be a challenge with a successful onside kick to gain first possession and enough yardage for the first touchdown of the game, but they didn’t score, again, until the fourth quarter.

In the meantime, Hillman’s London Achatz and Owen Moulton chewed up yardage, and some valuable keepers for Sean Henigan eventually helped the Tigers climb out of reach of the Wolverines. It didn’t help the Wolverines that their center kept hiking the ball to the ground instead of Mason Van Sickle, the quarterback.

The Wolverines were smart to take that first possession with an onside kick, because the Tigers proceeded to score on every Hillman possession for the rest of the game. Two of those possessions were courtesy of Wolverine fumbles and one was courtesy of a pass interception by Jeff Klein.

Achatz ran in the first two Hillman TDs, and Henigan kept the ball for the next two. A toss to Dawson Ableidinger was good for a score that put the Tigers up 38-6 at the halftime break, and, after a Wolverine punt on fourth and 20 to go, Henigan went up the middle to leave AuGres-Sims trailing by 40.

The final fast-moving quarter began with another score for Hillman courtesy of Zachary Kazyaka, and the Wolverines resorted to a successful passing game that proved worth the risk when Van Sickle threw the ball to Evan Saunders for a final AuGres-Sims score. With the clock spinning down, Hillman’s Klein escaped for a long journey to the end zone, taking the game to the final score of 60-12, Tigers.

This year’s Tiger team features five seniors, including Ableidinger, Kazyaka, Patrick Cordes, Terry Haeger and Ricky Mills. The six juniors in line to lead next year’s team are Henigan, Moulton, Sebastian Greene, Landen Timm and Aden Sobeck. Only a sophomore, Achatz has the potential to power the team for the next couple years along with A.J. Jones, and freshmen Edwin Hardies and Vaughn Hunt are in the hands of good leadership.

The Tigers travel to Hale to take on the Eagles on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. They are off to Portland on Oct. 3 to tackle the St. Patrick Shamrocks at 1 p.m. The next home game for Hillman is the Homecoming game against the Posen Vikings on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

Spry denied bond on charges related to attempted murder
Joseph G. Spry, 26, Atlanta, was denied bond during a probable cause conference on Sept. 18. Spry is facing charges related to attempted murder after allegedly shooting William Lloyd Miller Jr. three times at approximately 11 p.m. on Sept. 10. Ronald Bayot, counsel for the defense, asked Judge Benjamin Bolser, 88th District Court, to reconsider his denial of bond.

“Due to the seriousness of the charges, I’m not going to reconsider that,” the Judge said.

According to a press release from the Montmorency County Sheriff Department, officers were called to the scene at a residential location after an argument between Spry and Miller resulted in the presentation of a firearm and shots fired. Miller was shot in the legs and is expected to recover. A preliminary examination in the matter is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

Spry faces charges of assault with intent to murder, which carries a sentence of life or any number of years, and felony firearm, which carries a sentence of two years to be served consecutively and prior to the felony or attempted felony conviction.

Still time to apply for home heating credit
Qualified homeowners or renters still have time to apply for Michigan’s Home Heating Credit. According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, the credit helps cover utility expenses, leaving more money available for other critical needs. It is designed to aid senior citizens as well as low income, deaf, disabled or blind persons and disabled veterans.

“If you’re eligible for the home heating credit and haven’t yet applied, please submit your application, today,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said in a press release. “This beneficial tax credit is a way for the State of Michigan to provide some financial assistance for heating expenses, especially as winter approaches.”

Eligible individuals typically file a home heating credit application when completing their individual income tax return. Applicants do not need to file a state income tax return to receive this assistance and may submit only the application.

All home heating credit applications must be received by Sept. 30. The application form can be obtained at The home heating credit will reopen during the 2021 income tax filing season.

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