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Detroit Pistons radio analyst Rick Mahorn, left, and former Piston Earl Cureton sign autographs for fans at the Grand Rapids Drive open house Thursday.

Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Mahorn visits Grand Rapids to promote Drive

Rick Mahorn has seen a lot of NBA basketball in his time. First as a member of the Detroit Pistons, then as the Pistons’ radio analyst alongside Mark Champion, Mahorn has spent a long time in basketball.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

Apparently there were too many NHL games that went into shootouts, and they wanted to do something about it. Enter the American Hockey League, which contains teams that are the No. 1 affiliate of the NHL teams.

Belding coach Joe Schwander, standing, speaks to football players in the camp he ran Monday. The camp runs until Thursday.

Belding gets ready for football

Even though baseball season is still underway in the major leagues, 38 Belding boys were thinking about football. Those boys were at the football camp being hosted by coach Joe Schwander, which takes place until Thursday (5 to 9 p.m. each day).

Central Montcalm’s Oryan Wetherington gets ready to field a ground ball during a game last year. The Hornets finished the season 12-21-1 this year.

Central Montcalm baseball coach happy with season

Central Montcalm’s baseball team was 12-21-1 this spring, but coach Bob Luginbuhl was still happy with the season. “I was pretty pleased with our level of play,” Luginbuhl said. “I thought we improved as the season went on, starting after the Lakeview loss. After the Lakeview loss in mid-May, we took off after that. We beat some teams with good records after that. That was a stepping stone, so to speak.”

Greenville All-Stars’ Jon Rittersdorf swings at a pitch during the team’s game against the Rockford All-Stars on Monday.

Greenville All-Stars fall short vs. Rockford

The first game of the Little League Junior division All-Star tournament had fans from both Rockford and Greenville cheering loudly. The Rockford fans got the last cheer, as the Rockford All-Stars beat Greenville 12-11.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

Carson City-Crystal baseball finishes with winning record

Once the season got started for Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team things started going better. The Eagles started out going to Indiana for three games, facing schools that were bigger in attendance than the Eagles. CC-Crystal went 1-2 in those games.

Saturday’s rain soaked the track, leaving mud all around the pit area, did not stop drivers from putting on a show during Saturday night’s demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair.

Rain doesn’t stop off-road cars at Montcalm County 4-H Fair

It took a bit of working around, but there was some off-road racing at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Saturday. After rain fell in the afternoon, making conditions muddy at both the grandstand and the back entrance, cars raced around a small oval set up on the field looking for a paycheck.

Belding graduate Taylor Johnson drives the ball for Central Michigan University. Johnson finished her Chippewa career this spring. — Courtesy photo

Belding’s Johnson to play for Team USA

Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter.

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Greenville girls soccer had ‘long season’

Greenville’s girls soccer team struggled mightily to find wins. They had only one in 18 tries, which came at the expense of Sparta.

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JUST IN: Belding’s Johnson to play for Team USA in Taiwan

BELDING – Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter. Those plans are temporarily on hold. See Wednesday’s Daily News for the complete story.