Chip Burch


CHIP’S CLIPS: MLB finally gets it right

It took 13 years, but Major League Baseball finally got it right. When news of the new labor agreement with the players’ union broke Tuesday night, there was a key provision in the tentative agreement that will change baseball for the better when it comes to the playoffs. The All-Star game will no longer determine [...]

Central Montcalm's Libby Ledford, left, shoots while Lakeview's Amanda Larson goes up for a block during the teams' game Jan. 26.

Central Montcalm girls focused, ready for season

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team has one of the first games to start the season. The Green Hornets have a date with Carson City- Crystal on Tuesday, and practices have been going well for the two prior weeks, according to coach Rob Putnam. “They’ve been going very good,” Putnam said. “The girls come [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler bumps during The Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

4 named to MSAC VB teams

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) named four local players to all-conference teams Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Marissa Schmitt was the only area player named first-team all-conference, while sophomore teammate Megan Dailey was named to the second team. Montabella’s Madi Cutler was named second-team all-conference, as was Vestaburg junior Lauren Dove. Schmitt led [...]

Greenville’s Landon Kemp (13) looks to pass while guarded by Cedar Springs’ Aailyah Sargent (33) during the teams’ game Jan. 15.

Greenville girls hoopsters get ready for the coming season

GREENVILLE — Practice for high school girls basketball teams began two weeks ago, with Greenville joining teams around the state in getting ready for the 2016- 2017 season. The Yellow Jackets are coming off last season’s O- K Bronze Conference title and an appearance in the Class A regional semifinals. But there is no O-K [...]

Carol Klein of Greenville became the first woman to throw a perfect bowling game at Sheridan Lanes in the house’s history when she did it Monday night.

Greenville woman rolls first 300 game in Sheridan Lanes’ history

Carol Klein picked an interesting location to get her first career 300 game.

Klein, 52, became the first woman to ever throw a perfect game at Sheridan Lanes when she did it during her Monday Night Women’s League.

Carson City-Crystal’s Drew Stout (9) runs from some players during the Eagles’ game against Montabella on Sept. 9.

Local athletes Stout, Smith named AP all-state

Carson City-Crystal sophomore quarterback Drew Stout and Vestaburg senior defensive back Jeren Smith were named honorable mention by a panel of 10 Michigan AP sports editors.

arson City-Crystal’s Marissa Schmitt, right, tries to attack past the block of Vestaburg’s Kailee McGarvey during the Daily News Invitational on Aug. 20.

Young CC-Crystal players led to ‘learning season’

CARSON CITY — There was only one senior on the Carson City-Crystal volleyball team this season. Because of that, the season was “very much a learning experience,” Eagles coach Ashley Seals said. “Having only one senior in Marissa Schmitt meant that my younger players had to step out of their comfort zone a little bit [...]

White Cloud’s Olivia Sherman, left, gets ready to attack over Lakeview’s Hailee Cantu (7) and Ashton Cooper (9) during the Class C district semifinals Nov. 2.

Lakeview netters had up and down season

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s volleyball season had its share of highs and lows in 2016. The Wildcats had a high of winning their own volleyball tournament to the low of being swept by Morley Stanwood — a team they beat twice in the regular season — in the Class C district final. Still, second-year coach Ashley [...]

Montabella’s Madi Cutler, middle, bumps the ball between teammates Kayla McQueen, left, and Hanna Stockwell during the Daily News Invitational Aug. 20.

Montabella volleyball team reaches coach’s goal for the season

BLANCHARD — After suffering through a five-win season in 2015, the Montabella volleyball team had some work to do to get better in 2016. They got markedly better, finishing 15- 16- 1 overall and 6-6 in the Mid- State Activities Conference. That conference record was good for third out of eight teams overall. “Our season [...]

Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, center, fires an attack past the block of Grant’s Taylor Wegener, left, and Kylie Patton during a match Sept. 13.

CM netters had successful season despite change

STANTON — Central Montcalm’s volleyball season started out well enough. The Green Hornets won The Daily News Invitational Aug. 26 and looked like a team to beat. Shortly thereafter, coach John Johnson stepped down for what he said were personal reasons. Enter co-coaches Amy Tasker and Haley Dawe, who were working with the volleyball program [...]