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Three area teams meet at football passing camp

On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

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Crystal Lake Run set for Aug. 1

The annual Crystal Lake Run is set for its 19th installment. The event, which consists of a 3-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, takes place on Aug. 1.

Zach Ingles conducts his ninth annual basketball camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday for players from kindergarten through ninth grade. - Courtesy photos/Jamie McNinch

Ingles hoops camp wraps after 4 days

Nearly 80 youths participated in this week’s annual Zach Ingles Basketball Camp at Greenville High School. The camp ran Monday through Thursday and featured two sessions. The first session was for children entering kindergarten through fifth grades and the second session for those entering sixth through ninth grades.

Greenville graduate Britta Bernth just finished her sophomore season playing golf for Florida Southern College. She averaged 79 in 25 rounds of golf this season. - Courtesy photos/Florida Southern College

Greenville’s Bernth improves golf game at Florida Southern

Britta Bernth has spent the past two years soaking up rays in Florida. At least that’s what she gets to tell her family and friends back home in Michigan. Really though, when not in class, Bernth spends most of her time on the golf course as a member of the Florida Southern College women’s golf team in Lakeland.

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SPORTS GALORE: New HR Derby format is a hit

Even without the likes of Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout, the latest incarnation of the Home Run Derby was awesome. Featuring brackets, time limits and bonus time, the event included some of the best new talent (Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant) against some of the best veterans (Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder) in the game today.

Central Montcalm coach David Clay calls out a play for the Hornets offense during a 7-on-7 passing camp at Greenville High School on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm works to improve at passing camp

The goal of the summer football practice schedule is to get better each and every time out on the field. The Central Montcalm Hornets, under new coach David Clay, are showing that improvement from week-to-week. It also helps having a full squad to work with.

Greenville graduate Steve Eipper, middle, competes in the Michigan vs. Ohio Border Classic in June. The All-Star game, held at Wayne State University in Detroit, featured some of the best players from both states. Michigan won 24-7. - Courtesy photos

Greenville’s Eipper plays in All-Star game, transitions to CMU

Greenville graduate Steve Eipper had the opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the best football players in Michigan and Ohio. Eipper competed in the Border Classic, which pits players from Michigan against players from Ohio on June 13. Michigan, for the second consecutive summer, defeated Ohio 24-7. The game was played at Wayne State University in Detroit. A Central Michigan University recruit, Eipper enjoyed the four-day experienced.

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SPORTS GALORE: Decision for Tigers: Buy or sell

Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) is fast approaching. As opposed to the past four years, there is plenty talk of whether the Detroit Tigers should be sellers instead of the usual buyers, especially since the injury to Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has won the past four American League Central Division championships — with no World Series titles during that time — and each year they have made trades to help bolster its roster.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer on the field during a game last year for the Ferris State Bulldogs. - Courtesy photo/Ferris State University

Greenville’s Zimmer named preseason All-American for 2nd time

The hard work and dedication of Greenville High School graduate Justin Zimmer continues to draw the attention of football writers and experts across the country. For the second time this year, the Ferris State University senior defensive end has been named a preseason All-American. He was joined by eight of his Bulldogs’ teammates on the list. This latest honor comes from USA Football.

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou, at left, makes a catch and turns from a Lakeview defender on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville, Lakeview prep for football season

The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.