Chip Burch

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Lakeview bounced by Kent City in districts

The ending of Lakeview’s softball season came down to a lack of run support. The Wildcats saw their season end in the Division 3 district with a 4-1 loss to the Kent City Eagles in the Eagles’ district tournament.

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Central Montcalm ends Belding’s district softball title string

It took one bad inning for Belding’s streak of Division 2 district softball titles to end. The Central Montcalm Green Hornets broke open a close game with five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Redskins 7-4 in the Alma district semifinals Saturday.

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Central Montcalm baseball tops Belding to reach finals

Central Montcalm’s baseball team got the bats going at the right time. The Green Hornets pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of seven walks to beat Belding 11-5 in the semifinals of the Division 2 baseball district Saturday.

Greenville’s Reece Burden delivers a pitch during the Belding Invitational against the Redskins Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Redskins 3-0. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins Belding baseball invitational

Greenville’s baseball team was almost perfect Saturday. The Yellow Jackets won both of their games at the Belding Invitational Saturday, winning without giving up a single run.

Lakeview’s Jordan Hart, right, kicks the ball away as Tri County’s Savannah Wilson closes in during the teams’ game Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County beats Lakeview in soccer

Both Lakeview’s and Tri County’s girls soccer coaches said the same thing after their teams played each other Friday. They both said it was a good game.

Belding’s softball team lines up for the National Anthem in their pink softball shirts for cancer awareness Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Coopersville beats Belding girls in 8th

Belding’s softball team had a short-lived comeback. The Redskins came from a 4-0 deficit against the Coopersville Broncos on Thursday, only to lose in extra innings 5-4. The comeback started in the bottom of the sixth inning with a Greta Wilker solo home run. It was completed in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-RBI double by Olivia Stephan.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Generalities cause Deflategate concern

By now everyone has seen the reports about the “Deflategate” report and the subsequent punishment doled out by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. I have a problem with the report — and the punishment. And the two go hand-in-hand.

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Carson City-Crystal wins own baseball invitational

Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team had a game to remember in the finals of their own baseball tournament Saturday. The Eagles beat Delton Kellogg 1-0 in the championship game to take the trophy, but more than the trophy was the way the game was played.

Belding’s Teresa Myles, left, and Monica Baylis, front right, start the 3,200-meter relay out front during Monday’s home meet against Sparta. - File photo

Belding girls win O-K Blue track title again

Belding’s girls track team is the O-K Blue Conference champions again. The Redskins beat the other five teams in the conference at the conference tournament Friday night, scoring 116.5 points to beat Coopersville (108) and Grand Rapids West Catholic (89.5).

Vestaburg’s Kaylee McGarvey slides under the tag of Ashley’s Bailey Belongia, left, during the first game of a doubleheader Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Vestaburg softball takes two from Ashley

Vestaburg’s softball team continued their dominance of Ashley. The Wolverines took two games from the Bears on Thursday for the second time this season, winning 6-2, plus winning a 16-0, three-inning mercy.