Bruce Bentley

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THE REVIEW: Voelker’s talent not on radar

Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.

Greenville graduate Zane Weaver (65) looks to the sideline with the rest of the Northern Michigan offensive line for a play during a game at Ferris State University in 2013.

Greenville’s Weaver set to begin final season at Northern Michigan

Zane Weaver is ready to get back on the football field. It’s been nearly two years since the 2011 Greenville High School graduate was able to strap on a Northern Michigan University (NMU) football helmet outside of practice.

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SPORTS GALORE: The old saying ‘like a girl’ has a whole new meaning

You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.

Nagel, right, with her father/caddie John, discusses the distance to the green on hole No. 17 after a wayward drive at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Nagel shoots even par in front of family at Meijer LPGA Classic

With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.

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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.