Bruce Bentley

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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.

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel putts during the Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.

Wandel, Balhorn wrap up state golf finals

Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was. Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.

Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during a round last year as a freshman. Balhorn qualified as a sophomore for the Division 4 state finals.

Montabella’s Balhorn reaches state finals

Josh Balhorn is just a sophomore. Regardless of his age, the Montabella golfer has displayed enough skill this year to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state golf finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek today and Saturday.

Lakeview’s Jon Wandel hits a shot during his junior season last year. Wandel is competing Friday and Saturday in the Division 3 golf state finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.

Lakeview’s Wandel ready for golf state finals

Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.

Lakeview catcher Calvin Englund connects for a double against the Big Rapids Cardinals this season. Englund earned a CSAA honorable mention.

Lakeview has four earn CSAA honors

The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team struggled to find consistency in its season this year. Part of the inconsistency was due to the awful weather in April, which forced the cancelations of practices and many early season games.

Team Max of My Team Triumph crosses the finish line on Saturday at the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.

Professional Minnema wins Tri Greenville Triathlon

It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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SPORTS GALORE: Anything can happen in the postseason

The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.

Greenville pitcher Calvin Syrjala fires a pitch past Lakeview’s Jacob Ridgeway in the third inning of game one. Greenville beat Lakeview 5-2 in game one of Wednesday night’s doubleheader.

Greenville baseball sweeps Lakeview in district tuneup

Greenville’s Parker Syrjala hadn’t pitched since mid-April. On Wednesday, Syrjala took the mound against the Lakeview Wildcats and showed no signs of rust. Syrjala, on a strict pitch count, went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run for a 5-0 victory in the second of two games.

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Lakeview’s Wandel qualifies for state golf tourney

The Lakeview Wildcats competed in the Division 3 regional golf tournament on Wednesday. As a team, the Wildcats placed eighth. Just the top three teams advance.