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Zach grew up locally near Dorr in Allegan County and is proud to be a graduate of Hopkins High School. In fact, Zach helped the FOX 17 sports team for a two years during his high school days and became a freelance sports cameraman for the station at the age of 18. After high school, he attended the University of Toledo in Ohio graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communication. Zach has returned to FOX 17 after four years with the Buckeye Cable Sports Network in Toledo in which he was mainly a reporter and producer. In his free time, Zach enjoys time with family and friends, attending or watching sports, especially the Lions, Red Wings, Griffins, Tigers, Whitecaps and Pistons and also likes to spend time outdoors.

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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — As the six-seed in the NAIA National Invitational Tournament, Aquinas wasn’t expected to go very far, now they’re preparing for the National Championship. The Saints defeated three-seed Lawrence Tech on Wednesday to setup a showdown with two-seed Indiana Tech on Friday afternoon. Aquinas fell to the Warriors back on April 10th at home, 12-11 after holding a 9-4 lead earlier in the game. On Friday, it was different as the Saints pulled ahead in the second […]

  • Wayland softball coach Cheri Ritz notches 900th career win

    WAYLAND, Mich. — Wayland softball coach Cherri Ritz is already one of the winningest coaches in MHSAA history and on Saturday she picked up career win number 900. “I didn’t get overly excited or anything. It’s just another ball game,” Ritz said. “It’s not about me, it’s about the kids.” Ritz’s former and current players have so much respect for their head coach. “She puts in so much time for our program, our school, and our team,” freshman Grace Kinkaid […]

  • Defending Meijer Classic champion sees benefits of large donation to Simply Give

    ROCKFORD, Mich — We’re just over a month away from the LPGA Meijer Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Rockford. On Tuesday, representatives from the tournament and Meijer as well as defending champion So Yeon Ryu gathered at North Kent Connect in Rockford for media day ahead of the sixth annual classic here in West Michigan, in which expectations are so high. Ryu, who won $300,000 for her win last summer, donated $100,000 of that back to Simply Give.  Tuesday […]

  • Hallock and Majick lead Forest Hills Central to conference championship

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — Forest Hills Central met Rockford in lacrosse on Tuesday night, with the Rangers looking for a conference championship. Central jumped out to an early 5-0 lead to begin the game, thanks to seniors Tate Hallock and Luke Majick. The Rangers would enjoy a 10-3 lead at halftime before holding on in the second half for a 16-8 win. Hallock would score six goals, while Majick added four goals and three assists as the Rangers improved to 12-1 […]

  • Lions team president backs Matthew Stafford after subpar 2018 season

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — During a luncheon in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon, Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood was asked by a fan about the regression of Matthew Stafford in the 2018 season in which he threw just 21 touchdown passes, his lowest since the 2012 season. However, Wood stood by his quarterback and says expectations are high for this fall. “We didn’t have as much success last year, including Matthew, and I’m sure he’d tell you the same […]

  • Lions team president Rod Wood addresses fan frustration in Grand Rapids

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Detroit Lions great Lomas Brown, play-by-play voice Dan Miller and team president, Rod Wood were in Grand Rapids on Monday afternoon for a luncheon and panel discussion with local fans. During the open discussion with the crowd, one fan was straight-forward with the trio. “I’m 58, I’ve been a fan since i was eight-years old so that’s 50 years of pain,” the fan said sternly, “I’m just wondering why is it so hard to instill a […]

  • New head coach Jacob Henige talks expectation for Lowell football program

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