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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.