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Caledonia @ East Kentwood

KENTWOOD, MI (WZZM) - The Fighting Scots of Caledonia traveled to East Kentwood for a rematch of last year's shootout, won by Caledonia.

The Falcons scored first.  Austin Bennet broke loose for a 60 yard touchdown.

Caledonia couldn't answer.

In the second quarter, East Kentwood quarterback Jason Dickey let loose to Braydon Miller for what turned out to be a 62 yard score.

Caledonia finally scored in the second half with a TJ Jones run to score. Then Losson Lucket tied the score at 14 on a keeper.

The Fighting Scots took a brief lead before Caledonia regained the lead with a running touchdown by Brandon Vandentorn.

The final, East Kentwood 24, Caledonia 20.


Metro Cruise expected to bring thousands to Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Car lovers from across the country are on their way to West Michigan as the 28th Street Metro Cruise returns for a sixth year.

The event attracts more than 300,000 visitors and 15,000 vehicles to Grandville, Wyoming, Kentwood, Grand Rapids, and Cascade Township.

On Thursday, organizers stopped by our studios to showcase just a couple of the classic cars that will take part in this year's Metro Cruise.  They say the two day event is good for the local economy and fun for everyone.

"I just absolutely love people and just watching those cars come in and the excitement that everyone has," says Denise Hughes. "Everybody has a car that they had, their first car they fell in love with or a car they wish they always had everyone can be a part of this."

What's Happening: August 27-29

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - You can take in some art or you can celebrate polish heritage. There's several events going on this weekend.

Party in the Parking Lot to Strike Out Cancer is Friday at Park Lanes Bowling Alley in Wyoming. The event goes from 3 - 10 p.m.

Friday is the 27th Van Andel Institute Community for a Cure event. There will be a model car display, bowling, and a drive-in movie. Proceeds benefits cancer research.

The Polish Festival is Saturday at Rosa Parks Circle. Participants can enjoy authentic food, music and beer. The event it's free.

15,000 cars are expected to be at the 28th Street Metro Cruise. Just head over to Woodland Mall, Rogers Plaza and other host sites along 28th Street from Grandville to Cascade. The cruise is Saturday and Sunday.

Fourth straight year the two schools meet on the gridiron

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Caledonia and East Kentwood may play in different conferences, but that doesn't change the fierce football rivalry that has grown between these two schools.

The M-6 highway separates the Fighting Scots from the Falcons and this border war has everything; and then some.

The rivalry began in 2007, but since then the two schools have opened each of the last two seasons against each other.  East Kentwood leads the overall series against Caledonia with a 2-1 record, so the Fighting Scots will look to even things up Friday night.

The game kicks off at East Kentwood's stadium at 7 p.m.  We'll have highlights on "HighSchoolSports.net Presents 13 on Your Sidelines."  Be sure to watch WZZM 13 Friday night at 11pm to see all the highlights.

Kentwood company converts waste to energy

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Inside this city's only tax-free industrial renaissance zone,  is Heat Transfer International, a leader in identifying wastes that have the greatest potential for converting waste to energy.  

Governor Jennifer Granholm toured the company today; it's one of nine small Michigan companies to share in $20 million dollars in Clean Energy Advanced Manufacturing grants from the Obama administration. 

She says HTI's machines have successfully turned a variety of waste products into energy, a process known as biomass gasification.   Dave Prouty, the company's president, said  "We've taken latest and greatest new technology, married it with old technology and come up with a product we think will be pretty revoloutionary".

Garage fires plague southeast Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Residents in the apartment complex hit twice by arson say they "can't live like this."  They say fear they will get hit again keeps them from sleeping.

Firefighters battled yet another garage fire in southeast Grand Rapids overnight.

Crews were called to the 2600 block of Woodmeadow Drive S.E. at 2:30 a.m. Thursday.  This is the seventh fire in that general area in recent weeks.  This is the second fire in the Long Meadow Apartments. 

Resident Kristie Walton woke up to the fire and is angry that nobody's been caught. "When I saw the bright orange, I went to my kids' bedroom and told them to get out of there," she says.  "I'm sick of this.  I think the person who did this needs to be caught." 

All of the fires were started between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., between East Paris and Breton avenues.

Grand Rapids man calls arsons attempted murder

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A resident of a Grand Rapids duplex says the fire that destroyed his building's garage was not just arson, it was attempted murder.

"If I did not wake up when I did,  people would have died," says resident Kemal Hamulic.

The fire in Hamulic's duplex on Mulford Drive early Wednesday was the sixth in a series of seven suspected garage arsons in the past month.  All of the fires have taken place in his neighborhood near the Woodland Mall.

The fire at his home was especially serious because the flames were spreading from the garage to the duplex where five children and four adults were sleeping. Hamulic says he was awakened by the sound of vinyl siding melting from the heat.

"I could see the top of the garage was on fire so I yelled to my wife to get our child and get out, and I went to the neighbors and pounded on the door to tell them it was on fire," he says.