Andy Dirks is back in a West Michigan Whitecaps uniform. The Detroit Tigers outfielder came back to the Whitecaps on Friday as the start of a rehabilitation assignment that will last the entire weekend and through Wednesday with the ‘Caps.
Mark Nichols has been Lakeview Middle School’s track coach for what he believes is 10 years. “I forget what year I started there,” he said.
Vern Smith is taking over in Lakeview. The JV baseball coach is moving up to the varsity position after Ryan Vellanti resigned.
Montabella’s softball team will have their third coach in four years next season. Whisper Dawson will take over for Chara Nisonger in 2015. She will be the third coach of the Mustangs in the last four years.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.