Bruce Bentley

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.

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.