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Greenville’s Justin Zimmer will begin rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Zimmer was signed by the Bills following the completion of the NFL draft on Saturday. - File photo collage by Cory Smith

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

Belding shortstop Lucas McNinch slides off second base to throw and complete a double play at first base during the fourth inning at Carson City-Crystal on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pitching, defense leads Belding by CC-Crystal

Four hits and four runs by the Belding Redskins baseball team broke open a pitcher’s duel against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Leading 1-0, the Redskins scored four times in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to defeat the host Eagles 6-1 in a non-conference game on Friday. Belding only had two hits and one unearned run through the first five innings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 26

Belding 2-0: The Redskins continued its fine start to the season with a pair of O-K Blue wins at Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won game one 5-1. Aaden Quinn earned the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out six and allowed four hits. Dylan McMaster had two hits, while Mitch Shepard and Logan Campbell had RBIs…

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Chip’s Clips: Where the Red Wings go from here

After another playoff disappointment, the Detroit Red Wings have some work to do to get back to being a contender for the Stanley Cup. Sure, the Wings have made the playoffs for 25 years. But in the past few years, it’s been a struggle to get there. In order to make it 26 straight and do some damage, the Wings will have to make a lot of changes.

Belding’s Dylan McMaster trots across home plate to score a run for the Redskins against Lakeview this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding off to a good start on the diamond

With nine wins in its first 12 games, the Belding Redskins are off to a good start this baseball season. Belding coach Michael Ostrander said pitching has been the key to its early season success. He also noted the schedule will toughen up quickly.

Greenville’s Kylee Krogman, at left, sends a shot down field in front of Belding’s Katie Wood during the first half of their teams’ game on Thursday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s long, high goals beat Greenville

Greenville girls soccer coach Jeremy Neve may wish he had a taller goalkeeper. Belding scored two goals over the head of Greenville goalkeeper Kenna Allen to beat the arch rival Yellow Jackets 2-1 on Thursday at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Belding coach Tom Griffioen noted they had to play without a few key players, including his daughter Tina, who watched from the sideline.

Belding’s Johanna McCully, right, races to the lead and then the win during the 100-meter dash against Allendale at home on Tuesday. Belding’s Hallee Breimayer, second from left, placed second in the event. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding girls continue winning streak in O-K Blue, boys fall

The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. Belding, which has not lost a league meet since the 2012 season, is 2-0 in the league this season including an 80-56 win over Allendale at home on Tuesday. The boys team hasn’t had that same success and struggled against Allendale in a 122-15 loss on Tuesday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 19

CC-Crystal wins a pair: The Eagles opened their MSAC season with a pair of wins over Coleman Tuesday, winning 10-1 and 8-4. Cam Saylor was the winning pitcher in the opener, scattering three hits. Zach Pringle had four hits, Lane Humphrey added three hits and Drew Stout and Shane Wiggins had two hits each…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, April 18

Muskegon Oakridge 13, Tri County 1 (five innings): The Vikings were mercied by the Eagles in a non-conference game Monday when Oakridge scored five times in the first inning, seven more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. Marcus Kimmel lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed five runs on three walks and a hit batter without a hit…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, April 16

Central Montcalm 1-1: The Hornets split a pair of games at the Bath tournament on Saturday. Game one was a 10-2 loss to Lansing Catholic. Andrew Jacoby took the loss. Noah Stauffer had a double, while Austin Williams and Bryant Ciganik had singles. The Hornets rebounded with an 11-3 win over Lansing Waverly…