Column: Another very busy weekend

Published 3:49 am Friday, June 3, 2005

By Staff
Wow! Where should I begin? There is so much going on this weekend. You really don't want to miss any of the action.
This is going to be an exciting, stressful, nerve racking, tons of cheering and screaming weekend as Niles, Brandywine and Buchanan are all battling for a district championship.
The Vikings baseball and softball teams will go head-to-head with Lakeshore in the second semifinal game on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Niles' baseball team swept Lakeshore in the regular season, but the softball team may have a bit more trouble against the defending Division 2 state champions. If the Vikes can get their defense together, they may be able to hang with the team, as they did against Buchanan this week.
Brandywine's baseball team will face Berrien Spings in its first district game and the softball team will take on Bridgman, who they beat in regular season action.
Buchanan's baseball and softball teams will both take on River Valley with the softball team beginning at 10 a.m. and the baseball team at 11:30 a.m.
Track teams in the area are competing in the state finals this weekend.
Niles is sending 10 member of the boys' team to Grand Rapids on Saturday in hopes of bringing home a state title.
If the Vikes are successful, it will be the first time in over 40 years Niles has won any type of state championship.
On the other side of town, Brandywine's Michelle Smith was the only member of the girls' team to qualify for state in the pole vault.
It is an accomplishment itself to make it as far as these two track teams have.
Good luck to everyone this weekend!
If you're really not in the mood to sit through a nail biting games, try heading down to the Niles FOP Park where they will be holding their annual Ice Cream Social.
The Optimist Noon Club will also be holding a baseball/softball skills test in the morning followed by inter-team games,home run derbies and an exciting game between the Major/Minor League coaches and the Minor/Little Minor League coaches.
There will be other games as well like a penny scramble, watermelon seed spitting, contest and much more.
Do you need your car washed? If you so, skip the car washes this weekend and let the members of the Cheer America team do it for you.
The team is holding a fund raising car wash at Walgreens in Niles as one last fund raising event before their trip to China on June 14.
If you haven't had a chance to see these girls in action, you have missed out. They are awesome! And they love what they do.
There are five different levels of Cheer America and all are outstanding and a joy to watch.
So if you have some free time this weekend, go check out some district action, take a little drive up to Grand Rapids to watch the Niles track team in action. Then go over to Comstock Stadium and give a big root for Michelle Smith.
If you're hungry after that, drive back down to FOP Park and grab a chicken dinner. While you're at it, spit a few watermelon seeds or two.
Now, after all that driving I know your car will be dirty so go to Walgreens and get it washed by the Cheer America team!