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Mike Cloney Inducted Into Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame

By Sue Moore

Mike Cloney
Mike Cloney

Mike Cloney, a coach of middle school youngsters for 36 years received the ultimate honor of induction into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame in September, 2013.  He was a Vicksburg High School graduate in 1962 and while in school, had a part-time job at the Commercial-Express.

His coaching years were spent in Mattawan where he also taught world geography for 40 years after graduation from Western Michigan University.  Cloney was honored as one of the first coaches in the state who spent his entire career with seventh and eighth grade kids, including a stint at St. Monica’s in Kalamazoo where he had the good fortune of coaching both of his children.

While in Mattawan, Cloney coached football for 35 years, basketball for 28 years and added baseball for five.  This amounted to 68 seasons altogether, and over 700 games.  He had previously earned varsity letters in Vicksburg in all three of these sports.

Mike's father Ed Cloney.
Mike’s father Ed Cloney.

Along with the honor of being recognized by this prestigious fraternity of athletics, he and Ed Cloney, are among the very few father and son combinations to be selected.  “It meant a lot to me, knowing that my dad was inducted back in 1970.  I was proud to carry on the tradition.  The elder Cloney spent his coaching years at Owasso and 14 years at Portage Central while the family resided in the Vicksburg school district.

“The joy of teaching is when students come back and want to look you up and share their life stories,” Cloney said.  “I’m often told that they are grateful that I listened to them and took an interest while they were young teens.  You have to love middle school kids or you shouldn’t be there teaching.  We always had a lot of fun, but while still being fairly tough on them,” he concluded.

Outstanding Vicksburg Graduate Receives $17,000 in Scholarships from Central Michigan University

Screen shot 2013-11-10 at 10.00.54 AMCentral Michigan University freshman Claudia N. Ramsey, a 2013 graduate of Vicksburg High School, received one of only 10 Incoming Freshman Biology Department Scholarships.  This one-time $1,000 award was presented at the Department of Biology’s Reception for Scholars held in September.    The scholarship required two letters of recommendation from current or previous teachers, which she received from Kristina Porter and Kim Armitage, both of whom are in the Science Department at Vicksburg High School.

Additionally, Ms. Ramsey received the CMU Board of Trustees Outstanding High School Student scholarship worth $4,000 annually and awarded to students ranked first or second in their graduating class.  She is currently studying biomedical science, and hopes to attend medical school in southern California to become an orthopedic surgeon.  Additionally, Claudia is a member of the CMU cheerleading team.    Claudia is the daughter of Mari & Ken Smith of Vicksburg, and Ed Ramsey also of Vicksburg.