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WHBL is going town to town to pay tribute to the great cities in our community. Each week we'll focus on a different city culminating with a live high school football broadcast.
Cedar Grove was originally settled along the shore of Lake Michigan by Dutch pioneers, and many of their descendants remain in the area today. The village relocated to its present site, about one mile inland, when the railroad came through. In a 2006 episode of the Fox series Prison Break, Cedar Grove was mentioned in the plot. An escaped inmate found himself in the village where he ended up in the home of a blind woman who mistook him for her son. The woman had a painting of the Netherlands on her wall (a reference to the town’s Dutch heritage), which the inmate stole because he thought it looked like a beautiful place to live. The series filmed in the Dallas area, so the Cedar Grove shown in the episode was a fictional representation.
The people of Belgium invite you to share a unique combination: old world charm and the natural scenic beauty of rolling terrain to the shore of Lake Michigan. The bright green hearts seen above the village’s welcome signs symbolize the community’s Luxembourg heritage. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is known as the “Green Heart of Europe” and the province of Luxembourg exits in the country of Belgium, Europe. While the first immigrants came from Luxembourg, neighboring settlers referred to this as “the Belgium area” because at that time much of Luxembourg was ruled by Belgium. The current residents still celebrate their heritage throughout the year.
WHBL’s Town to Town stops in Rocket Country for Friday night’s non-conference matchup between Cedar Grove-Belgium and the Kingsford Flivvers. The Rockets come in with an 0-1 record after a gut wrenching loss in their opener against Manitowoc Lutheran last Friday. Down 14-0 early the Rockets rallied to take a 15-14 lead going into the 4th, when Manty Lutheran scored the decisive blow with a 1 yard touchdown run. Senior Alex Giles, coming off of a 2,600 yard season as a junior, scored the Rockets only two touchdowns and their two point conversion.
Kingsford meanwhile is coming off of an opening night win over the Lakeland Thunderbirds (Minocqua, WI) 42-6. The outcome was never in doubt as the Flivvers jumped out to a 4 touchdown lead and never looked back. Kingsford is a high school from Michigan and is one of two Michigan opponents on the Rockets schedule this season. They will also travel to Escanaba on September 8 th. Due to the Central Lakeshore Conference scaling back to just 5 teams, all 5 have been forced to schedule more non- conference games against a variety of opponents from around the country. This will be the first ever matchup between Cedar Grove-Belgium and Kingsford. Kick off set for 7 pm on 1330 WHBL.