Bruce Bentley

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

Lakeview’s Kirsten Johnson connects on a pitch during a game this season. Johnson was named Division 3 All-State honorable mention this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four Wildcats earn CSAA Silver honors

The Lakeview Wildcats softball struggled in the win department, but not because of a lack of effort. Lakeview was a young, but talented team. Close losses led to a disappointing 9-24 (5-15 in CSAA Silver) record, but the Wildcats play this year leaves plenty of optimism for 2016.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

Central Montcalm pitcher Scylar Blaisdell in action this season. Blaisdell earned CSAA Gold first team honors.

7 Hornets, 4 Vikings earn CSAA Gold softball honors

The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.

Gilmore prior to Greenville’s Intense Summer Training Program on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Gilmore finding success at Newberry College

A year away from wrestling gave Luke Gilmore a renewed appreciation for the sport he loves. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 2012, the three-time state wrestling placer stepped away from the sport to heal from a torn labrum and to reinvigorate his mind. Gilmore said it is a privilege to wrestle.

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SPORTS GALORE: MLB All-Star game vote turning into a joke

Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.

Greenville sophomore Jared Vinton delivers a pitch at home against Morley Stanwood this season. The Yellow Jackets finished the season 15-19 overall and were fourth in the O-K Bronze. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Rebuilding year stills nets 15 wins for Yellow Jackets

The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team expected some growing pains in 2015. With just three seniors and a roster full of freshman and sophomores, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull out 15 wins this year against 19 losses.

Greenville quarterback Logan MacMillen throws a pass downfield during an early season 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field on Thursday.

Greenville hosts Lakeview, Tri County in 7-on-7 passing camp

The Michigan High School football season is a little less than two months away. To be exact, the first official practice allowed is Aug. 10. On Thursday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. It was the first camp for both the Wildcats and Vikings, but second for Greenville as they were at Rockford on Tuesday. All three coaches seem pleased with their teams’ effort.

Greenville’s Layna Gunderson, 10, takes part in a shooting contest during the final day of Greenville’s Camp of Champs on Thursday.

Greenville’s Camp of Champs wraps after 4 days

Area youth girl basketball players spent the past four days working on developing skills that will only help in their basketball future. Girls grades fourth through eighth got together for the “Camp of Champs” hosted by the Greenville High School girls basketball program Monday through Thursday.

Tri County’s Austin Ching connects on a pitch at Central Montcalm this season. The Vikings finished the season 23-13 overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County baseball finishes strong despite district loss

Tri County’s slow start to the 2015 baseball season may have been a little deceiving. The Vikings began the season with six consecutive losses, but finished the season 23-13, which included their first-ever CSAA Gold Conference championship.