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Lakeview coach Sean Rinehart, left, talks to his offensive linemen before a drill during Wednesday’s practice. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview working toward season opener vs. Tri County

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s football team is getting ready for their first game with a mission. During practice Wednesday, the football team was reminded how they lost a perfect season in week one when they lost 14-13 to Tri County. So the Wildcats have been practicing with that in the back of their minds. All is [...]


Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.

Smith, far right, runs behind competitors at the Horizon League Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., last November. - Courtesy photo

Montabella’s Smith had to make adjustments to college running

Taylor Smith had an adjustment period in her first year of running cross country at the University of Detroit Mercy. The former Montabella standout had to go from doing high school cross country distance of 3.1 miles to going distances as long as 6K. But that wasn’t all Smith had to get used to.

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.


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.


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.