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Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

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.

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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.

Greenville's Milka Welder was the top female finisher (21:46.6) at the Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday.

Sunshine, warmth headline 9th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures made for an outstanding turnout for the ninth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC). With temperatures in the upper 70s, albeit a little warm for racing, nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and one-mile walk at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School on Sunday. Hundreds more turned out to support those who participated.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: The best and worst of Super Bowl 50

So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.

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SPORTS GALORE: Michigan paying Jim Harbaugh to win

For the past 13 months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has produced a steady stream of headlines. Some of them are by his own doing and some of them are strictly due to the 24/7 media cycle, which includes social media. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read an update about what Harbaugh ate for breakfast yet today. The latest stream of headlines, with signing day just five days away, has to do with the flow of Michigan graduate transfers, decommitting/committing recruits and the “evil” that is Jim Harbaugh.

Grand Rapids’ Jared Coreau makes a kick save during the first period of the Griffins’ game against Chicago on Sunday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Coreau to return to backup role after successful GR run

Jared Coreau had a pretty successful run as the starting goaltender for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The undrafted free agent from Northern Michigan University spent the past two-plus months as the top netminder, having to take the place of Tomas McCollum while he was recovering from an injury the Griffins wouldn’t disclose.

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SPORTS GALORE: Mike Ilitch is the man

As a longtime Detroit Tigers season ticker holder, it’s days like Monday that makes renewing my tickets each year an easy decision. Not that it’s ever a tough decision for a Tigers baseball fanatic like myself, but the excitement that raced through my veins hearing the news of Mike Ilitch’s latest investment turns me into a child on Christmas morning.