Chip Burch

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Verlander helps Whitecaps to home opener victory

The West Michigan Whitecaps were able to put Jan. 3 aside for one night and enjoy some baseball. The Whitecaps beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-2 Tuesday night in the home opener at Fifth Third Ballpark in front of 7,182 fans.

Carson City-Crystal’s Mackenzie Geister, far left, tags a Greenville runner during a game last season.

CC-Crystal softball coach says 2014 is not a rebuilding year

arson City-Crystal’s softball team lost seven seniors from last year’s team. But coach Samantha Jensen won’t call this a rebuilding year.

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow, middle, tries to force up a shot between two Montabella players during the Class C district game March 5. — File photo

CSAA names local boys hoops players to all-league tweam

The Central State Activities Association saw fit to name three local boys basketball players to the all-conference team. Lakeview’s dynamic duo of Shawn Lindsey and Nate Shurlow were honored by CSAA coaches, while Central Montcalm’s Lane Ledford also was honored. All three were first-team selections.

Montabella’s Cayden Nisonger (22) splits through two Lakeview defenders during a game this season. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella boys basketball team improved, but wanted more wins

Montabella’s boys basketball team made some strides this season, but it didn’t get the wins it wanted. “I would have loved to have won more games, but I thought it was a pretty positive season,” coach Gary Jankowsky said. “Our JV had a successful season and the varsity got better as a team so I thought it was pretty good.”

Lakeview freshman Nolan Saxton goes for a pin during the Lakeview Invitational this season. Saxton was one of two Wildcats to qualify for the individual state tournament this year.

Lakeview coach says wrestling team made progress

Lakeview’s wrestling team had a good season, according to coach Todd Barton. “I feel the 2013-2014 season went really well,” Barton said. “I feel we could have done better, but performed well with the amount of young wrestlers we have. The progress from last year to this year has been tremendous. A lot of second year wrestlers stepped up and fulfilled leadership roles. The kids seem excited to be in the room and they enjoy learning and excelling at the sport. When the kids enjoy what they are doing and they have faith in their leaders success will happen.”

Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to roll over Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the O-K Blue Conference championships Feb. 1.

Belding matmen ‘dealt with some adversity’

Even though the Belding wrestling team finished with a good record, it was a trying time for the Redskins. The team had to rearrange lineups constantly, noted coach Travis Meyer.

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Swan Valley ends Belding’s playoff run

Just like in volleyball, Saginaw Swan Valley ended Belding’s playoff run in Pinconning. The Vikings beat the Redskins in the Class B boys basketball regional on Monday 54-34, ending Belding’s season at 8-14.

Belding’s Kole Hart fades away for a shot during Friday’s district final win against Alma.

Belding wins district title in overtime

ELSIE — Belding’s boys basketball team may be under .500 for the season, but they are district champions. The Redskins outlasted the Alma Panthers in overtime Friday night, winning 59-58 on a Kole Hart jumper with 10 seconds left in the extra period. The title is the Redskins’ first since the 2009-2010 season. “In overtime [...]

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Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts

In the end Lakeview’s boys basketball team was just better. The Wildcats had no problems knocking off Montabella 58-45 in the semifinals of the Class B district tournament Wednesday night.

Lakeview’s Maddie Shurlow, far left, grabs a rebound in front of Montabella’s Taylor Smith (behind Shurlow) and Katherine Welk and Lakeview’s Lauren Jaquays during the teams’ Class C district game Monday night.

Lakeview sidelines Montabella in districts

Lakeview’s girls basketball team kept rolling on Monday night, though according to coach Dave King, it wasn’t pretty. The Wildcats won their 19th straight game Monday, beating Montabella 44-20 in the first round of the Class C district tournament hosted by the Mustangs.