Chip Burch

Above, Orange Jackets’ Lexi Hansen, left, tries to dribble away from the Spikes’ Gracen Scott during the Greenville Gus Macker Saturday. At right, Cap City’s Courtney Lynch goes up for a shot. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Gus Macker invades Greenville

There was a lot of “ballin’” happening in Greenville over the weekend. The annual Gus Macker tournament took over the streets of downtown Greenville with a record number of teams at this year’s tournament. “We have 226 teams so you figure four players per team, plus they usually bring about eight spectators with them so it’s a lot of business for Greenville,” said Greenville Recreation Department director Kris Berry. “We’ve been trying to break the 200 mark for the past 13 years and this year we finally broke the number in a huge way.”


Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.


Tri County softball going in right direction

The Tri County Vikings softball program is moving in the right direction. The 16-22 record overall and the 5-7 record in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division may not show it, but coach Ryan Ganzevoort thinks so.

Carson City-Crystal’s Whitney LaVictor fires a pitch during a game against Montabella on April 28. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Expectations didn’t materialize for CC-Crystal softball

New Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann had some high expectations for his new team. However, those expectations didn’t come to fruition. The Eagles went 9-27 overall and 4-6 in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

Lakeview’s Vaughan Martens takes a swing at a pitch during a game at Greenville this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview softball expected better overall season

Looking at the overall record of the Lakeview softball team, the Wildcats didn’t win much. The Wildcats were 9-24 in 2015, with only five wins in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division.

Belding’s Aaden Quinn rounds third base during a game at home against Carson City-Crystal this season. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Belding baseball had up and down year

Belding’s baseball team was good and bad this season, according to coach Mike Ostrander. Calling the season “up and down,” Ostrander saw the Redskins get to a 13-19-2 record overall, but just 3-12 in the O-K Blue Conference.


Lakeview baseball struggles with youth

Lakeview’s varsity baseball team was young. At times that may have hurt the Wildcats. They finished the season 8-21-1 overall and 6-14 in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division. That was good for fourth in the conference.

Greenville’s Faith Thornton, left, and Jillian Fidler, middle, chase a runner from Cedar Springs during a home meet. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls had good track season

Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.

Carson City-Crystal pitcher Jeremy Bigford makes a throw to first baseman Lane Humphrey during a home game against Central Montcalm this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal baseball added to win total in 2015

Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team had a season that was one for the record books, somewhat. The Eagles went 22-17-1 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-State Activities Conference in 2015. That conference record was good enough for third place.

Kathleen Courtright (USN1) backs into Todd Frandsen during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday - Daily News/Chip Burch

First-timer wins 4-H Fair Demo Derby

Kathleen Courtright of Howard City had never entered a demolition derby in her life. Courtright decided to enter the one at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday night. She won it.