Category Archives: Schoolcraft

Common Bond Celebrates

Common Bond in Schoolcraft schools matches mentors with students who are challenged during its once-a-month activities. It kicks off each year with the X-Treme Kick-off party for high school and middle school students. Over 200 came together to celebrate the 20th year of hosting this party with pizza, an obstacle course and the mechanical bull ride.
The event is headed by Amy Green, who is assisted by many other teachers in the school. Students help each other and learn to appreciate their special abilities, Green says.

Homecoming in Schoolcraft

The Schoolcraft Homecoming Court is pictured below.


Linda Susan Ailes, Schoolcraft, passed away at her home October 21. She was born April 18, 1960 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Carl and Joanne (Engle) Wisner, and had been a lifelong area resident. On July 26, 1980, Linda married Ryan B. Ailes, who survives. Also surviving are her children, April Ailes, Jason (Nicole) Ailes and Stephen (Jamie) Ailes; grandchildren Dylan, Morgan, Jalynn, Liam, Davis, Esmae and Marley; parents Carl and Joanne Wisner, mother-in-law Marylou Ailes; sisters Karen (David) Booth, Teresa (Greg) Dragoo and Beth (Arthur) Agletingler; and several nieces and nephews. Donations may go to or in Linda’s name. Visit Linda’s page at

Cheryl Ann (Mandly) Barker, 75, Vicksburg, passed away October 12. Cheryl was born in Gary, Ind. on June 6, 1944, the daughter of Antone and Christina (Engle) Mandly-Berg. Cheryl’s father passed away when she was two years old. Her mother married Fredrick John Berg, who truly became her father. While in nursing school, Cheryl would meet the love of her life, William Charles Barker, on a blind date. They married August 20, 1966, then moved to Michigan, where they created their life together on Barton Lake. Cheryl received her degree in nursing from Illinois-Masonic Hospital, Chicago. She began her career as a registered nurse and worked in pediatrics at Cook County Hospital. Cheryl would continue her nursing career for over 50 years, which included working at Bronson Hospital and Heartland Healthcare Center. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary #261 Cedar Lake Indiana. Cheryl enjoyed cooking, gardening, antiquing, but most of all Cheryl loved being on the lake. She could be found enjoying the sunshine, boating, fishing, water skiing and entertaining. Her love for the lake taught her adored children, grandchildren, foster grandchildren, and great grandchildren to love the lake life as well. She was preceded in passing by her parents, her husband Bill, and one daughter, Sandra Barker. Surviving to cherish her loving memory are a son, William John Barker, daughter Cheryl Lou Moore, both of Vicksburg; sisters Luana (David) Klaas, Ruth(Randy) Deweese, Annette (Terry) DeVries, and Verna (Robert) Carr, a brother, John (Tana) Berg; grandchildren Courtney, Mitchell and Isaiah Moore, William and Anna Barker, Jessica Johnson, and Latorya Smith, nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Donations may go to American Legion Auxiliary #261. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

William Thomas “Bill” Bush, 79, died from complications of pancreatic and liver cancer October 4. Born and raised in Schoolcraft, the son of William Michael Bush and Ella Jane Wright, he was a long-time resident of Redding, Calif. Bill worked as a farmer and then as a mechanic on agricultural equipment. Bill basically loved anything with a motor and could fix anything. He leaves his wife of 35 years, Eileen Bush of Redding; children Tom Bush and wife Debra of Schoolcraft; Cheryl Crawford and husband Billy of Ashland, Ore.; and, AJ Gigliotti and wife Ali of Shasta Lake City, Calif.; grandchildren Brittany Hetrick of Schoolcraft, Jesse Gigliotti of Redding, Tucker Gigliotti of Shasta Lake City, and Cassidy Gigliotti of Shasta Lake City; great-grandchildren Tristan, Bryce, Jackson, Audrey, and Kennedy; and brothers, David Bush of Battle Creek and Richard Bush of Goshen, Ind. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alma and Judy, and a brother, Walter. Donations may go to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at

Arthur (Corky) Clayton Emrick Jr., 61, Florence Township, Constantine, died Aug. 19 of natural causes. He was born March 2, 1958, in Vicksburg, the son of Arthur Clayton and Ida Mae (Parsons) Emrick Sr. He had been a Constantine resident since 1995, coming from Vicksburg. He was employed for more than 20 years by the Sturgis Journal as a photographer, journalist and sports editor. He was a recipient of numerous Associated Press, Michigan Press Association and Gatehouse Media “Best of Gatehouse” awards. He was synonymous with prep sporting events in St. Joseph County, spending much of his time on the sidelines and interacting with coaches and student-athletes. He also embraced his role as a news reporter for the Journal, serving on the police, fire and courts beat. Prior to working at the Journal, he was a dispatcher and police cadet for Kalamazoo Township, involved with local fire departments, police and dive rescue. He was a fan and shareholder with the Green Bay Packers, enjoyed his dogs and cooking. On Dec. 16, 1995, he married Susan Kay Walters in Constantine. She survives, along with his parents, Arthur C. and Ida M. Emrick Sr.; his children, Arthur Clayton Emrick III, Tyler John Emrick and Emilee Brianne (Jeremy) Leech; stepchildren Amanda Walters, Nathan (Carolina) Walters, Matthew Walters and Mark (Kelly) Walters; two grandchildren and a step-grandchild. Donations may go to the athletic department of a school of the donor’s choice.

Penny Gail Esman, 67, Vicksburg, passed away October 15. Penny was born on February 14, 1952 in Indianapolis, Ind. She was the daughter of Preston Hubert and Edna (Sumerville) Lard. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School and attended classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. On January 24, 1981, she married the love of her life, Harm Esman, Sr. She was a CNA that worked at Friendship Village and various other places over the years. She is described by her family as awesome, sassy, loving, strong-willed, beautiful, silly and sometimes a little goofy. Her greatest gift besides for her love for her family was helping others. She was a very selfless person who brightened the lives of those she touched. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Esther Lard. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Harm Esman Sr; her children, Delbert “Bud” James (Aimee Labrec) Gunnett, of Athens; Jeremiah Lee (Shannon) Gunnett, of Kalamazoo; Jedediah Jack (Crystle) Gunnett Sr, of Grand Junction; Harm Esman Jr, of Kalamazoo; Jessica Ann (Michael) Lopez, of Vicksburg; and Jennifer (James) Boren, of Vicksburg. She is also survived by her 20 grandchildren, Tristen, Cammi, James, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Jeremiah Jr, Cherrish, Jedediah, Brittany, Harm III, Christian, Briana, Autumn, Cordell, Savannah, Justine, Zack, Audrey, Alexis, and Chelsea; great grandchildren Madalynn and Harper; a brother, Preston “Corky” Lard Jr, of Kalamazoo. Penny will be cremated and the family will have a Celebration of Life Service at a later date. Visit Penny’s page at

Thomas A. Krill, 67, Schoolcraft, passed away on the weekend of September 27. He was born September 22, 1952 in Kalamazoo to Frederick and Doris (Haas) Krill. Tom was a 1971 graduate of Loy Norrix High School and a resident of the Kalamazoo area all his life. He was the proud owner of the Krill’s Korner party store, located in the Edison neighborhood, for over 30 years. Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing, cooking, travelling, playing poker and was an avid coin collector. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who enjoyed spending time with close friends and family. Tom is survived by a son, Casey Krill; grandchildren Madison Krill and Oliver Krill; brothers Frederick (Cindy) Krill, Charles (Cindy) Krill, Phillip (Sue) Krill, Joseph (Robyn) Krill, James Krill; and sisters Janet (James) Carter and Joyce Jarmen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donald Krill. Per his wishes, cremation will take place and funeral and burial services will be determined at a later date. Visit Thomas’ webpage at

Jesse E. Rochholz, Jr., 81, Schoolcraft, peacefully passed away at home October 18 after a battle with Lewy body dementia. He was the son of Jesse E. Rochholz, Sr. and Virginia (Burson) Rochholz. He moved from Mattawan to Schoolcraft in 1948 and graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1957. He was married to Sandra Rochholz for 60 years. He was an accountant in the agricultural business for 29 years. Both he and his wife retired on August 31, 2002. He enjoyed spending time with his family, making model cars, auto racing, and Tiger baseball. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Roccholz, sons Michael (Brenda) Rochholz, of Schoolcraft and Jesse E. Leroy “Roy” (Rosie) Rochholz III of Schoolcraft, daughters Paula (Robert) Beckman of Ohio and Dena (Stephen) Holman of Schoolcraft; grandchildren Stephen Rochholz, Sara Wright, Nicole Enzweiler, Jessica Wynne, Holly Smith, Michael Geesaman, and Brad Geesaman and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Janet Pratt and Judy Molenaar, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Paul Beckman. Visit Jesse’s page at Donations may go to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

William “Bill” Slater Jr., 84, Vicksburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by family October 25. Bill was born to William and Emma Slater on September 9, 1935. Bill is survived by his significant other, Joyce Beckner; his daughter, Sue Gonser (Mike Colasanti); grandchildren Steven Quada (Kayla Imler), Paul (Karen) Quada, Joshua Slater (Angel Nocis), Lindsey (Bret) Borock, and Brittany (Shaun) Rutgers; a daughter in law, Michele Slater, as well as several siblings. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ellen (Brooks) Slater; and son, Steve Slater. Visit Bill’s page at

Gordon Lou Sutton, of Schoolcraft, passed away September 21, at the age of 72. Gordon was born on September 11, 1947 in Kalamazoo. He was the son of Garlef and Beryl (Prosser) Sutton. Gordon graduated from Mattawan High School in June 1966. He then joined the Army in November, 1966 and served through November, 1969. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garlef and Beryl Sutton, and his brother, Lloyd Sutton. He was survived by his sons, Scott (Shawn) Sutton and Gary (LeAnne) Sutton. He is also survived by his sister, Sondra (James) Shilling. Visit Gordon’s page at

Gregory John Visel, 32, Schoolcraft, died October 10. Greg was born September 30, 1987 in Kalamazoo, the son of Barry and Nancy (Schneidt) Visel. Known as one who loved giving hugs, Greg made friends with everyone he met and was especially fond of and thankful for those he met through his Circle of Friends social group. He enjoyed the latest technology, calling or FaceTiming people regularly just to chat. He particularly loved competing in the Special Olympics in several sports including bowling, track, basketball, soccer, and others. Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy. Surviving are his father, Barry; brothers Ben (Trisha) Visel and Pete Visel; and nephews and nieces Jake, Joe, Addie, and Lexi. Cremation has taken place to be followed by private burial. Visit Greg’s page at Donations may go to Special Olympics Area 16.

Josephine “Jo” Weems, 76, Schoolcraft, died September 26. She was born on June 4, 1943 in New Jersey. In 1984, Jo and her husband, Connie, moved to Michigan, where they settled in Schoolcraft. She spent years working for Ernst and Young and Lane Bryant, which meant she had an amazing wardrobe. Jo only bought the clothes they sold, changing her wardrobe every time they came out with a new line since she told her husband this was required by the company! As a result, Jo had three full closets of clothes and endless boxes of shoes. In 2012, Jo was deeply saddened with the death of her beloved husband, but she did her best to not let it slow her down. She joined the Kalamazoo Area Newcomers Club and Sit and Stitch where she gained many new friendships. Jo’s family includes her two children, Scott Weems and Chris (Cheri) Weems; grandchildren Jake and Allison Weems, and a brother, Peter (Pat) LaPlaca. Visit Jo’s page at Donations may go to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

Frances Marie Weinberg, 96, of rural Three Rivers, died Oct. 1 following a brief illness. She was born in Plainwell on Nov. 17, 1922, the youngest of seven children born to Dwight and Edith (Eley) Marker. She was married to Rex Hamilton Weinberg on Aug. 16, 1941 in Kalamazoo. Together they operated a farm north of Mendon, owned a dry cleaning and laundry service in Kalamazoo’s Oakwood Plaza, and ran the John Deere dealership in Vicksburg. They were members of the Farm Bureau, working the St. Joseph County Fair booth and ushering for many years in the grandstand. They wintered in Florida every year beginning in 1962. She was an active member of the West Mendon Community Church for 70 years. Frances enjoyed yardwork and gardening, playing dominoes and bingo with friends, and especially loved time with her family. She was eager to share words of wisdom and advice with her family, and she took great pride in things being, neat, clean and well organized. Frances is survived by her son and daughter in law, Ron and Pat Weinberg of Mendon; grandchildren Troy (Sandra) Weinberg, Sheli (Mark) Daniels, Jeff (Elizabeth) Jergens, Robin (Mark) Parks, and Tim (Tonya) Jergens; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a son in law, Pat (Judy) Jergens. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex, in 2010; and her daughter, Carolyn Jergens, in 2006. Donations may go to the West Mendon Community Church. Visit her page at

Milford “Mel” Weinberg, 84, Scotts, passed away September 30. Mel was born on April 6, 1935 at home in Brady Township to Harold A. and Mary K. (Waltz) Weinberg. He moved to his current home and farm in 1937 and grew up attending Pavilion #4 country school and enjoyed the many class reunions in his later years. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1953. He then attended Western Michigan University before entering the Army in 1958. He served for two years in Germany. On October 9, 1965, he married the love of his life, Joanna (Haefner) Weinberg. Together, they raised three children on that same farm which today is operated and managed by his son, Todd. Mel was a “people person” and had a natural love for farming, the farm community, his family and his church connections. He was a member of Lakeland Reformed Church for over 40 years and the Latecomers Farm Bureau Group of Kalamazoo County. His home farm was where he loved to be. Family vacations were usually short as he was always ready to get back home until daughter Molly and family moved to Hawaii where he didn’t mind a few extra days. In October of 2015, the three kids held a surprise 50th wedding anniversary that Mel and Jo very much appreciated. In later years, overcoming health issues began to take their toll, physically and mentally. But he always looked forward to the kids and grandkids coming home through the summer months. Mel leaves his wife of 54 years, Jo; children Molly (Weinberg) Schake, of Mililani, Hawaii; Todd H. Weinberg, of Scotts and Chad R. Weinberg, of Alexandria, Va., a son-in-law Mark Schake, and daughter-in-law Therra (Ebwe) Weinberg; grandchildren Emily Schake, Wendy (Schake), Daniel Lyons, Nathan Schake, Brooke Schake, Ryna Weinberg, Corban Weinberg, and Phoebe Weinberg. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ellie (Weinberg) Fitzgerald, and brother, Stanley Weinberg. Visit Mel’s page at

Superintendent Rusty Stitt Given Golden Apple Award

On the left is Dr. Brett Geier, president of the CEHD Society of Alumni and Friends. On the right is Dr. Ming Li, the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

By Travis Smola

Schoolcraft Superintendent Rusty Stitt was recently one of two persons selected to receive the Golden Apple award from Western Michigan University (WMU).

This award goes to graduates of WMU’s College of Education and Human Development who show great enthusiasm for education and have a distinguished service record, with a history of developing good relationships with students.

Stitt was nominated for the award by Teresa Belote, superintendent of St. Joseph County Intermediate School District, who was a principal in Sturgis with Stitt in 2006. She said Stitt also received letters of recommendation from other supporters, including former Sturgis Superintendent Rob Olsen, State Representative Aaron Miller and Von Washington, executive director of the Kalamazoo Promise.

Belote said it was easy to nominate Stitt after seeing the way he worked with students. “I was really just impressed with the way he built relationships with students,” Belote said. “He really knew how to support and scaffold for success. He understood the importance of knowing your students.”

“I remember him standing at the curb waving at families as they pulled in. I’ve seen him high-five,” Belote added. “Lots of fist bumps and chatting with students about what they did the evening before. He knew his kids.”

She has continued to work with Stitt through the Michigan Association of School Administrators where he served as president. Belote credited Stitt for his work there with the targeted intervention program called the Reading Now Network. He also helped to get a grant that has provided for school library improvements and money for instructional leaders across the region.

The news of the award came as a complete and overwhelming surprise to Stitt. “I certainly was blindsided when I got the call from the Golden Apple committee chair,” Stitt said. “I did not know someone put my name in for it.”

At the awards ceremony, Stitt was quick to give credit to anyone but himself. Belote noted he handed the award off to his father during the ceremony. “He always recognizes the value of the team and I think his priority is building and maintaining relationships,” Belote said. “It comes across in his ‘It’s not me, it’s we’ attitude.”

At the October school board meeting, board President Jennifer Gottschalk took a moment to recognize the significance of the award. “Congratulations on your Golden Apple. That was a fantastic night for everybody and a great celebration for all your hard work,” Gottschalk said.

Finance Director Rita Broekema agreed with that sentiment. “It was fabulous. It was well-deserved and definitely just goes to show the power of education when done right because he’s a product of public education,” Broekema said.

Stitt credited the entire staff for the award at the meeting. “It’s a collective. So, while it says Rusty Stitt, it’s the work of the folks, great admin, great staff, great board,” Stitt said.

Schoolcraft Recognizes Staff for “Principals Month”

Modeling their new jackets are from left to right: Marc Fox, Brenda Lynn, Andrea Blodgett, Amie Goldschmeding, Amy Lawrence, James Weiss, Rita Brokema, Shelby Getsinger, Matt Webster, Dave Powers, Matt Dailey.

By Travis Smola

Superintendent Rusty Stitt and the Schoolcraft school board recognized the district’s principals and supervisors for Principals’ Month in October, surprising them with new jackets emblazoned with the Eagles logo.

“Principals and supervisors are among the hardest working, yet often least-recognized individuals in education,” Stitt said. “Principals and supervisors set the tone for the school and their departments. It’s their vision, dedication and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving success.”

Board President Jennifer Gottschalk took advantage of the moment to thank the superintendent for the job he has done, and they presented him with a small gift. “On behalf of the board, this is a token of our appreciation,” Gottschalk said.

The trustees approved the hiring of Amy Lawrence as an Innovation in Teaching and Learning instructional coach. This is Lawrence’s return to the district after a previous stint as a middle school teacher. Stitt said it was easy to recommend her based on her past performance in that job. “If you look back at her data, she was getting the job done,” Stitt said.

The board also saw a presentation from a representative from Yeo & Yeo on the results of a recent financial audit. The audit found no weaknesses or deficiencies at Schoolcraft schools. The audit did note a continuing downwards trend in enrollment from 1,155 students in 2010 to 1,059 in 2019. However, the district has also increased its general fund balance significantly. The balance was around $1.4 million during the 2011-12 school year and is at $1.9 million today.

The principals from all three schools also shared information from the student achievement data report at the meeting. The report goes into depth on scores in subjects such as reading and math. Elementary Principal Matt Webster noted that the data is available on the school’s website for the public to look at in depth. Overall, the data shows a trend upwards for all three schools.

“When I first came, we were the 16th ranked elementary school in the county,” Webster told the board. That has changed significantly, and it is now the sixth-ranked elementary school.

Overall, Schoolcraft, according to on-line ranking sites, now ranks number 40 in the state out of approximately 800 districts, which compares well to nearby Portage, Vicksburg and Three Rivers which rank 74, 147 and 292.

Schoolcraft Stages a Play to Which Students Can Relate

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“Fightline” left to right: Beth Pavlak (Junior), Ben Kessler (senior), Brynleigh MacInnes (sophomore), Nick Clapp (Senior), Maya Pearce (Junior).

By Sue Moore

Set in 1995 – which alone may be a comic treat for those who remember being teens in that decade – “She Kills Monsters” is the story of average Agnes Evans, coming to the Schoolcraft Performing Arts Center Nov. 21-24.

Agnes in the play tries to come to terms with the death of her nerdy younger sister Tilly by playing her way through Tilly’s favorite game, “Dungeons and Dragons”. The play swings between Agnes’s real-world challenges and the fantasy adventure she undertakes to better understand the “geeky” sister she often dismissed. Through laughter, painful lessons, dangerous combat, and hilarious side quests, Agnes starts to come to the realization that maybe in the real world, Tilly’s legacy of kindness and bravery can outlast even untimely death.

Performances will start at 7 p.m. November 21-23 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on the 23rd and 24th. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors.

Average Agnes is an uptight college grad who returns home when her family is killed in a car crash. She regrets never being closer with her younger sister Tilly, an adventurous but nerdy girl who was regarded as a weirdo. But when Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons module and begins a campaign, it’s as if she’s opened her sister’s diary: Playing the game reveals her sister’s friendships, conflicts at school, and thoughts on perfect Agnes herself.

“We’ve done some really fun shows in the last two years at Schoolcraft – from pirates to the duck yard to noir mystery with comic characters,” explained Director Leigh Fryling. “But once in a while, a show comes along that really delves into and deals with the issues that our students are facing in their real lives, both as high school students and as young adults getting ready to face a difficult world. They face a culture that changes faster and faster with every passing day; the pressure is to figure out who and what they are and want to be at a younger and younger age. These are questions about their personal identities that my generation didn’t encounter often until college.”

Fryling is now teaching in Schoolcraft and has been the theater director for two years. “When my students found out I was considering this play, they went out and bought the script on their own initiative. I was bombarded with requests to do this show. ‘This is me,’ one of my students said. ‘I feel like this is my story. These are my struggles every day. I want to put them on stage so maybe people will understand better how hard it is to be us.’ ‘I was laughing and crying at the same time,’ said another. ‘Stuff like The 39 Steps was fun, but this show is about how we really are now. We gotta do this!’”

To be clear, Frying pointed out, this is not a show for everyone. “There are themes which reflect the adult struggles our kids are starting to face, and real-world monsters that even as grownups we struggle to conquer. Students under 14 will need to be accompanied by a parent.” She added that is another reason that shows like She Kills Monsters are so important to bring to a community: “They open a door to dialogue between the generations and create a space for empathy and understanding that are hard to come by in our lightning paced world.”

“So, come adventure with us. Let’s defeat some evil. Let’s discover some magic. Let’s kill some monsters,” Fryling urged.

Kobe Clark One of Top 10 Football Players in the State

By Mark Blentlinger

Kobe Clark, senior running back for Schoolcraft High School’s championship football season, is being touted as one of the top 10 players in the state of Michigan by MLive.

Clark has set all kinds of Schoolcraft records and even a statewide record for the most touchdowns in a game. In the round one game for the District championship, Schoolcraft beat Hartford 57-6, with Clark touching the ball only five times for 198 yards rushing and four TD’s and a reception that went for 50 yards after the catch to the Hartford end-zone. He also plays two-ways as cornerback on defense.

The son of Benny Clark Jr., former Western Michigan University running back and Ravenna High School state champion, Kobe grew up hearing stories of his father’s football glory, including the time he set a state record with 49 carries in a championship game or how he was the first player in state history to eclipse 7,000 rushing yards in his career, according to MLive.

The Clark name has been heard for quite a few years over the loudspeakers at Roy Davis field, beginning with Benny (boom boom) Clark III, then two-time Kalamazoo player of the year Ricky Clark. Now, the youngest Clark, Kobe, is making his mark in the record books.

“I love what [my brothers] have done, so I have a high expectation for myself and want to achieve what they achieved. But some things they haven’t, because they worked to make me such a better football player,” Kobe said. “I became tougher, more elusive, faster because they were older than me, and they used to throw me around. But it got me better.” (From MLive)

In 2018, Clark put his name at the top of the state record books for touchdowns scored in a single game (9), against arch rival Constantine. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he is indeed quick and elusive. So far in 2019, Clark has 119 carries for 1,419 yards, with 35 touchdowns from his running back position. He is also a great receiver, with 22 receptions for 393 yards and 6 touchdowns. On defense, he has 37 tackles, 25 solo and 8 tackles for loss with 1 sack and 2 interceptions, with one returned for a 21-yard score.

In his second year as head coach, Nathan Ferency said, “Kobe is such a hard worker on the field and in the classroom.” He also was very complimentary of Clark’s character. “When it comes to the success Kobe is having, he is very humble about it. He believes it’s all about the team.” Clark showed his leadership when the Eagles lost in the last regular season game to Kalamazoo United, 35-27. Clark told his team in the post-game huddle, “We’re not losing again.”

After the game against Hartford, Coach Ferency told the team, “Great win team! Ok now it’s time to get to work and get ready for the next one.” When he finished, Clark said to his team, “Four more to go guys, lets finish it! Four more.”