Bruce Bentley

Jack Kole is all smiles after picking up a hole-in-one at Candlestone May 7.

Kole hits first ace at Candlestone

Jack Kole finally hit the shot every golfer is waiting to do. On May 7, Kole hit his first hole-in-on at Candlestone Golf and Resort while playing in the Thursday Night Men’s league. Kole used an 8-iron on hole No. 12, a 144-yard, par 3. Kole hit second on the hole.

Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp dribbles by a defender during summer practice on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm begins prep for basketball season

The Michigan High School Athletic Association allows basketball programs 15 team practices in the month of June. There really isn’t much time to waste if improvement is the goal. That is especially true for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After a senior dominated Central Montcalm team went to the district final in March, the Hornets will be young and inexperienced at the varsity level this coming season.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, middle, signed his letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University with Eagles’ coaches Marcus LeGrand, left, and Michael Porter, right, on May 27. Coston competes in discus and shot put.  - Courtesy photo

State champion Josh Coston will attend Eastern Michigan

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston just had the week of a lifetime. Coston first signed a letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University on May 27. He followed that up with a Division 3 discus state championship on Saturday and then graduated high school on Sunday.

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Greenville’s Zimmer a preseason football All-America selection

The Ferris State Bulldogs are receiving plenty of football accolades prior to the beginning of the 2015 season in August. After an 11-1 mark in 2014, their best record in 19 years, and a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship for the first time in 15 years, the Bulldogs will not surprise many teams with their talent.

Central Montcalm senior Maddy Christensen takes a swing for a base hit during the Division 2 district final against Portland on Monday. Christensen went 2-for-4 with one run scored. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm falls in D2 softball district final

Even the long ball wasn’t enough for the Central Montcalm Hornets. The Hornets, facing the Portland Raiders in a Division 2 softball district final, hit three home runs, all solo shots, in a tough 12-6 loss at Alma on Monday. It was the second consecutive district title for Portland.

Greenville graduate Zach Ingles instructing players during his basketball camp at Greenville last year. Ingles was just named head boys basketball coach at Tri County. - File photo

Ingles takes over Tri County boys hoops

Zach Ingles knows a thing or two about the game of basketball. A self titled “gym rat,” Ingles grew up with a basketball in his hands. From high school to college, Ingles has been involved in every aspect of the game.

Greenville sophomore Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during the Division 1 state finals at Rockford High School on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal’s Coston wins discus state title, Kemp places in three

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) held its state championship track meets in four divisions on Saturday. With 34 area athletes competing across West Michigan, the day, despite the rain, turned out to be pretty good for many.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

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34 area athletes qualify for track state finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field regional meets were good to area athletes on Friday and Saturday. In all, 34 athletes from area schools qualified in their respective divisions for the MHSAA state finals on May 30.

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SPORTS GALORE: Time for Chris Webber to grow up

Chris Webber was the one who accepted the money. Chris Webber called the timeout. Chris Webber lied to a grand jury. Chris Webber also continues to carry a chip on his shoulder, which was evident during his interview on The Dan Patrick radio program Wednesday. Webber apparently has issues with his former Fab Five teammates and the University of Michigan.