Pat Collins has been coaching the Montague football team to local and statewide success for 17 years. His son, senior quarterback Drew Collins, has been guiding the Wildcats to victories for the past three season.

But for as much winning as they do, they both say the ultimate goal is not championships, but the life lessons learned in the pursuit of trophies – including in big games that don’t always go the right way.

Montague’s father-son Collins combo is the cover story in the Nov. 23 edition of the LocalSportsJournal.com magazine, which is now available for free in retail stores throughout the area.

The magazine includes a story about how the state football playoffs have been put on hold due to COVID, and how the coaches of the area’s four remaining championship contenders view the situation.

There is a story of how the Hart girls cross country team, the Fremont boys team and Western Michigan Christian’s Abby VanderKooi ran away with repeat state championships.

There is also a profile of Spring Lake football coach Dan Start and his success in turning his program into a winner; the tale of how the Mona Shores boys soccer team overcame the loss of five starters during a COVID scare and rallied to win in regionals; and a report on how the Whitehall volleyball team pulled a stunning upset over state-ranked Montague in the district finals.

Pick up your copy of the LocalSportsJournal.com magazine today, enjoy, and don’t forget to patronize the many local businesses who advertise with us and make the magazine possible!


Fruitport: Harvey Street near the Lakes Mall; Airline rd. near US 196: 6370 Airline Rd
Muskegon: Henry and Summit — Old Grand Haven Road in Norton Shores
North Muskegon: 420 Whitehall Rd.
Spring Lake: 414 E Savidge St.
Grand Haven: 125 S Beacon Blvd

Norton Shores
Norton Mini Mart
Jack’s Corner Store – Old Grand Haven Rd.
Pic N Pac, 5187 Henry St, Norton Shores

Montague/Whitehall/N. Muskegon
Montague Foods
Advance Auto, 3274 E Colby St, Whitehall]
Napa Auto Parts, 120 N, Thompson St,, Whitehall
BP Gas Station, 3001 Whitehall Rd
Ace Hardware, 605 Whitehall Rd
Old Plumbs Market, 520 Whitehall Rd.
Roadside Express, 310 Ruddiman Dr, North Muskegon

Fruitport/Spring Lake
Orchard Markets 6530 Airline Hwy/17026 Lloyds Bayou Dr.