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Belding’s Brady Phelps, left, tries to break up a pass near the end zone to Tri County’s Ryne Dailey on Thursday at Rudness Field. The two teams competed against each other in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Belding, Tri County meet in 7-on-7 passing camp

The Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings are coming off dramatically different seasons in 2013. The Redskins are coming off a 7-4 season, which included it first playoff appearance since 2007. The Vikings went 1-8, a year ago, following two consecutive winless seasons.

Greenville’s Eric Plate leaps over the goal line to score for the Yellow Jackets during their 7-on-7 matchup against Ludington on Tuesday night at Legacy Field in Greenville.

Greenville continues football preparation

It definitely felt like football season. It’s just mid-July, but with temperatures in the mid-60s, a bout of rain and constant changing between overcast and sunny skies, it felt more like mid-September.

The Carson City-Crystal Eagles get ready defensively against the Evart Wildcats in the first round of the MHSAA playoffs last year.

Carson City-Crystal hosting football camps this month

There is really no offseason in football. Especially with a little more than four weeks before the start of the high school season. Carson City-Crystal is getting ready for the season with a series of camps this month. The Eagles will be hosting camp for any area, high school aged player, on Thursday and again on July 24. A three-day camp will also be held July 28-30. All camps take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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ED GILBERT: Fishing for carp on the holiday

There wasn’t a whole lot of company coming over on the recent holiday, so I decided to travel over to a nearby dam site and try to land a trout or two. Now, you know that I basically like to fly fish, but that day the water was not looking trout healthy, so I stopped at the local bait and liar shop and picked up a few night crawlers. We’d had a lot of rain and I figured that some of those large brown trout that hang out below a dam could see a crawler better than they could find a fly floating on muddy water.

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SPORTS GALORE: James ready to accept the challenge

It was just yesterday morning, I was mocking the continuous coverage by ESPN of LeBron James and his lack of a decision regarding a future playing home. I was tired of hearing about no news as if it was new news. As of Friday morning, there was no information from James on what his decision was going to be or even when that decision was coming.

Trey Conner from the Grand Rapids Drive gives a motivational speech to basketball campers on Thursday at Greenville High School as part of the Zach Ingles Basketball Skill camp.

Ingles hosts 8th annual basketball skills camp

Zach Ingles just wants to see area kids in the gym, more specifically, being active. For the eighth consecutive summer, the former Greenville Yellow Jacket basketball star, hosted his basketball skills camp at Greenville High School.

Team Sports Galore won the men’s upper division Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament at Alan G. Davis Park on Saturday night.

Wounded Soldier softball tourney a success

The first annual Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament in Greenville was a success. In all, 29 teams competed in three levels this past weekend with Sports Galore winning the men’s upper division, Rood Dog the men’s lower division and Morning — the coed tournament.

The Vestaburg girls softball team comes together for a team prayer prior to the semifinal matchup against Kalamazoo Christian on Friday at Michigan State University.

Vestaburg falls to defending state champions in semis

Vestaburg’s softball team has overcome defensive errors before. This time, however, they couldn’t. The Wolverines were beaten in the Division 4 state semifinals by defending champion Kalamazoo Christian 6-1 Friday at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium.

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Community supports Vestaburg’s outstanding softball season

Tears filled the eyes of the Vestaburg Wolverines softball team.

That’s what happens when seasons come to an end. That’s what happens when seniors have played their final games. That’s what happens when dreams fall short of expectations.

On Friday, the Vestaburg softball season came to an end in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state semifinals in East Lansing at Secchia Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

Belding starter Paige Ledin delivers a pitch in the first inning during Saturday’s Division 2 regional semifinal. - Bruce Bentley

Belding rally falls short in regional semifinal

Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.