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Detroit Tigers outfielder talks with media prior to Friday’s West Michigan Whitecaps game. Dirks is on a rehab assignment with the Whitecaps. - Courtesy photo/West Michigan Whitecaps

Dirks begins rehab, just wants to play baseball

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.

Lakeview’s Drake Booker competes in the long jump during The Daily News Track Classic in May. Boomer placed third at the Division 3 state meet in the long jump.

Nichols takes over Lakeview boys track

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, right, will take over as Lakeview varsity baseball coach. Smith is also an assistant football coach for the Wildcats.

Lakeview baseball names new coach

Vern Smith is taking over in Lakeview. The JV baseball coach is moving up to the varsity position after Ryan Vellanti resigned.

Montabella’s Hanna Stockwell makes a play at first base before Saranac’s Macaela Perry gets to the base during the first game of the teams’ doubleheader May 22.

Montabella has new softball coach

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.

Detroit Pistons radio analyst Rick Mahorn, left, and former Piston Earl Cureton sign autographs for fans at the Grand Rapids Drive open house Thursday.

Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Mahorn visits Grand Rapids to promote Drive

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.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

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.

Belding coach Joe Schwander, standing, speaks to football players in the camp he ran Monday. The camp runs until Thursday.

Belding gets ready for football

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 Oryan Wetherington gets ready to field a ground ball during a game last year. The Hornets finished the season 12-21-1 this year.

Central Montcalm baseball coach happy with season

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.”

Greenville All-Stars’ Jon Rittersdorf swings at a pitch during the team’s game against the Rockford All-Stars on Monday.

Greenville All-Stars fall short vs. Rockford

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.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tabor Erskin gets ready to pitch during a game against Montabella.

Carson City-Crystal baseball finishes with winning record

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.