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Shurlow sends a pass down field during Tuesday’s passing camp at Greenville.

Lakeview’s Shurlow ready for 2nd season under center

A year ago, Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow was a first-year starting quarterback. Actually, he was a first-year high school football player. Shurlow, an all-around talented athlete, was a member of the Wildcats soccer team the previous two fall seasons.

Greenville cornerback Eric Plate, right, checks a Lakeview receiver off the line during Tuesday’s passing camp at Legacy Field. The first official football practice in Aug. 11.

Lakeview competes vs. GHS at passing camp

What a difference a week makes. A week ago, the temperature was more reminiscent of late-September (mid-60s). On Tuesday, the temperature felt like summer again (upper 80s).

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.