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Lakeview’s JaTrevion Williams, right, is chased by Belding’s Matt Ferman, left, during a scrimmage Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview, Belding, Montabella tune up for next week

It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.

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THE REVIEW: Sending off a legend

It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.

Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net during the Class B district final tournamet at Central Montcalm last year. - File photo

Belding volleyball returns experience

Expectations are high for the Belding Redskins volleyball team. That happens when you win district championships every year from 2009 to 2013. Last year, a young Redskins team lost in a five set district final thriller to Lakeview.

Belding cross country runners Lexy Syrjala, right, and Zac Brown compete during the Central Montcalm Hornet Run last year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding runners ready for 2015 XC season

One team is experienced and the other, not so much. That is the tale of the Belding Redskins cross country team for the upcoming 2015 season. The girls (3rd in the O-K Blue in 2014) are the experienced squad with seven returning runners who have broken the 22 minute mark. The boys, on the other hand, return just three runners from last year’s team, which placed 5th in the league.

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Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.

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THE REVIEW: Voelker’s talent not on radar

Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.

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SPORTS GALORE: The old saying ‘like a girl’ has a whole new meaning

You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.

Nagel, right, with her father/caddie John, discusses the distance to the green on hole No. 17 after a wayward drive at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Nagel shoots even par in front of family at Meijer LPGA Classic

With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.

The West Michigan Lady Titans consist of, back row from left, Maddy Watters (Rockford), Kaitlyn Geers (Kent City), Kyra Bussell (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Hallee Breimayer (Belding) and Shaniya Huggins (Grand Rapids Catholic Central); front row from left, Libby O’Brien (Grand Rapids West Catholic), Paige Hallock (Greenville), Zoe Anderson (Rockford) and Sophia Karasinski (Grand Rapids Catholic Central). - Courtesy photo

Breimayer, Hallock lead AAU team to semifinals

A West Michigan Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) girls basketball team showed itself to the rest of the country July 10-13. The West Michigan Lady Titans, coached by Jim Johnson of Belding, went to the semifinals of the Battle In The Boro national girls basketball tournament, amassing a 5-2 record in the tournament outside of Nashville, Tenn.