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Nash Aiken tries to catch the football during the second day of practice at the practice field Tuesday night.

CC-C continues practicing for first game of season

CARSON CITY — Learning the spread offense continued for Carson City-Crystal’s football team Tuesday. The Eagles practiced the spread offense on the practice field behind the baseball diamond for the second day in the heat of the afternoon. Coach Ben Brock was thankful for the opportunity to take over as coach from Devin Pringle. “It [...]

Buffalo’s Justin Zimmer rests during drills at a recent practice. Zimmer said things are quite the same between a pre-season practice at Ferris State and a training camp practice in the NFL.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer working to earn a spot on Bills’ team

The first part of Buffalo Bills training camp has gone well for Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer.

Zimmer, who was signed by the Bills as a undrafted free agent out of Ferris State shortly after the NFL Draft concluded in April, has been practicing with the Bills since then. The defensive tackle has been going through the first part of training camp at St. John Fisher College, the Bills’ training camp site.

Runners take off at the start of the 5-mile run during the 2012 Crystal Run The Lake race. — File photo

Crystal Run The Lake to celebrate 20th event Aug. 6

A run that circles Crystal Lake is set to have a special anniversary Saturday.

The Crystal Run The Lake will have its 20th run, which excites race organizer Janet Shy.

Ben Austin, 11, catches a pass during the Carson City-Crystal youth football camp Monday.

CC-C youth learn new offense at two-day football camp

New Carson City-Crystal varsity football coach Ben Brock is installing a spread offensive scheme at the high school level.

The spread offense is also being taught to those under high school age.

Belding’s Nolan Barker, left, knocks the ball away from Tri County’s Kyle Proctor.

Belding, Tri County continue summer football preparations

BELDING — As the first full team practices of football get closer, the preparations for those practices are winding down. Belding’s football team, for example, had their last 7-on-7 passing drill Wednesday, facing Tri County and Saranac at Rudness Field. Belding coach Joe Schwander said he liked what he saw in his team. “I thought [...]

Owen Christensen spikes the ball after an interception drill during the Belding Youth Football Camp Tuesday.

Belding youth football camp had 62 attendees learning the game

BELDING — There’s lots of interest in football among youth in the Belding Area Schools. Varsity football coach Joe Schwander said there were 62 attendees at the youth football camp the Redskins’ coach is hosting this week. The camp is teaching a number of things, Schwander said. “It’s about having fun playing the game of [...]

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O-K hoops survey suggests change, but more study coming

GREENVILLE — An O-K Conference basketball survey has some interesting themes running through it. The survey, conducted during the 2015-2016 high school basketball season, overwhelmingly asks for girls basketball to be played first in Friday doubleheader situa-tions. The survey included a wide cross-section of viewpoints. According to the survey, par-ents of high school players made [...]

Central Montcalm’s Shalie Shank bumps during a practice at the alumni-JV camp Tuesday.

CM alums help out at JV camp

STANTON — While the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball team was away at a camp this week, the JV team had a camp of their own at the high school. The camp had some very special teachers. The more than 20 campers were taught by former varsity volleyball coach Amy Tasker, and she brought in some [...]

Liam Dailey, 9, left, is about to be taken down by Lucas Rowley, 9, during the “Schmidt Intense Camp” Monday night.

Greenville state placer holds first wrestling camp

GREENVILLE — Mike Schmidt has been wrestling for many years. Now he’s sharing some of the wrestling knowledge he’s gained over time. Schmidt, a 2013 graduate of Greenville, is holding the “ Schmidt Intense Camp” wrestling camp in the wrestling loft at Allinder Gym at Greenville High School. The camp ends today. Schmidt, who was [...]

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, in dark shirt, speaks to her team during a game against Coopersville on April 13, 2014.

Belding’s Linebaugh resigns as softball coach

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]