Chip Burch

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O-K hoops survey suggests change, but more study coming

GREENVILLE — An O-K Conference basketball survey has some interesting themes running through it. The survey, conducted during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season, overwhelmingly asks for girls basketball to be played first in Friday doubleheader situa-tions. The survey included a wide cross-section of viewpoints. According to the survey, par-ents of high school players made [...]

Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

CM alums help out at JV camp

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Liam Dailey, 9, left, is about to be taken down by Lucas Rowley, 9, during the “Schmidt Intense Camp” Monday night.

Greenville state placer holds first wrestling camp

GREENVILLE — Mike Schmidt has been wrestling for many years. Now he’s sharing some of the wrestling knowledge he’s gained over time. Schmidt, a 2013 graduate of Greenville, is holding the “ Schmidt Intense Camp” wrestling camp in the wrestling loft at Allinder Gym at Greenville High School. The camp ends today. Schmidt, who was [...]

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, in dark shirt, speaks to her team during a game against Coopersville on April 13, 2014.

Belding’s Linebaugh resigns as softball coach

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]

Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, far right, shows a technique to volleyball players attending the Belding volleyball camp Wednesday morning.

Belding volleyball camp teaches girls to improve their game

BELDING — Getting to work on their volleyball skills kept 60 young women busy this week. Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was the director of a volleyball camp at Belding Middle School. The camp had 60 players total attending the camp, from third grade through high school. There were three sessions, depending on the grade [...]

Lakeview’s Zach Hamlin, front, and an unidentified Newaygo player battle for the ball during the teams’ 7- on- 7 passing drills Tuesday night.

Lakeview, Newaygo work on football

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team got some more work in against a real opponent instead of their own teammates. The Wildcats had 7- on-7 passing drills with Newaygo Tuesday at the practice fields at Lakeview High School. In a 7- on- 7 passing drill, a team has only one offensive lineman — the center — [...]

Adam Rodenhouse of Rockford (40) and Donald Marsh of Gowen (555) go rear end to rear end during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday.

Howard City’s Kass survives Montcalm County 4-H Fair demo derby

Justin Kass has watched an uncle do demolition derbies before and decided he wanted to do one, too.

Kass, of Howard City, got his love of running into other cars to pay off for him.

Marcus Mast rides a bull during the rodeo at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Friday night.

Only two bull riders make it to eight seconds at 4-H Fair rodeo

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Marcus Mast broke out of what he admitted was a rough streak. And he did it in a big way. Mast was one of only two bull riders — out of 27 competitors — to stay on his bull for the entire eight seconds and won the Montcalm County 4- H Fair [...]

Tri County's Lena Thompson, middle, hits an attack over two Big Rapids players during the Central Montcalm Halloween Invitational October 31, 2015.

Former TC volleyball player Thompson making move to setter in college

Lena Thompson has been a hitter throughout her high school career in volleyball.
That all will change when she gets to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) this fall.

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Different coaches come in to help Tri County volleyball players at camp

Tri County varsity volleyball coach Kathy Thompson decided to try something different with her camp this week.