Chip Burch

Lakeview’s Jonathan Hansen, left, tries to keep the ball away from Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert during a game last September. - File photo

Lakeview to start season with new boys soccer coach

Longtime boys soccer coach Chris Smith will not be on the sidelines when the season begins Aug. 24. Smith was replaced by someone who helped start the soccer program he coached. Jeff Bennett has taken over.

Lakeview’s Sadie Massie serves during the Lakeview Invitational last September. - File photo

Lakeview’s new volleyball coach ready for season

Amber Fifelski Ingraham was one-and-done with the Lakeview volleyball program. And she went out on top. Ingraham, who married in the spring, resigned last March as varsity volleyball coach, leaving after taking the Wildcats to their first district title in years.

Randy Cairns of Gowen does a 536-pound deadlift at a competition in 2010. - Courtesy photo

Gowen powerlifter winning medals

Just eight years ago, Randy Cairns started doing powerlifting competitions. It’s taken him all over the world, where he has been very successful. Cairns, 49, of Gowen, has a mantle full of trophies from all over the world.

The West Michigan Lady Titans consist of, back row from left, Maddy Watters (Rockford), Kaitlyn Geers (Kent City), Kyra Bussell (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Hallee Breimayer (Belding) and Shaniya Huggins (Grand Rapids Catholic Central); front row from left, Libby O’Brien (Grand Rapids West Catholic), Paige Hallock (Greenville), Zoe Anderson (Rockford) and Sophia Karasinski (Grand Rapids Catholic Central). - Courtesy photo

Breimayer, Hallock lead AAU team to semifinals

A West Michigan Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) girls basketball team showed itself to the rest of the country July 10-13. The West Michigan Lady Titans, coached by Jim Johnson of Belding, went to the semifinals of the Battle In The Boro national girls basketball tournament, amassing a 5-2 record in the tournament outside of Nashville, Tenn.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Why Pete Rose should never be reinstated

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a great showcase for Cincinnati and their beloved son, Pete Rose. Rose came out to thunderous applause by the Reds’ faithful before the All-Star Game, despite being banned from baseball for life for betting on the game.

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Belding softball disappointed district streak ended

For the first time since 2009, Belding’s softball team didn’t win a district title. The loss to Central Montcalm left the Redskins with 12 wins against 11 losses overall.

Above, Orange Jackets’ Lexi Hansen, left, tries to dribble away from the Spikes’ Gracen Scott during the Greenville Gus Macker Saturday. At right, Cap City’s Courtney Lynch goes up for a shot. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Gus Macker invades Greenville

There was a lot of “ballin’” happening in Greenville over the weekend. The annual Gus Macker tournament took over the streets of downtown Greenville with a record number of teams at this year’s tournament. “We have 226 teams so you figure four players per team, plus they usually bring about eight spectators with them so it’s a lot of business for Greenville,” said Greenville Recreation Department director Kris Berry. “We’ve been trying to break the 200 mark for the past 13 years and this year we finally broke the number in a huge way.”

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Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.

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Tri County softball going in right direction

The Tri County Vikings softball program is moving in the right direction. The 16-22 record overall and the 5-7 record in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division may not show it, but coach Ryan Ganzevoort thinks so.

Carson City-Crystal’s Whitney LaVictor fires a pitch during a game against Montabella on April 28. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Expectations didn’t materialize for CC-Crystal softball

New Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann had some high expectations for his new team. However, those expectations didn’t come to fruition. The Eagles went 9-27 overall and 4-6 in the Mid-State Activities Conference.