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Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The spirit of the World Cup competition

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an inaugural address that, unbeknownst to him, would hold true for many generations to come.

“The world is very different now,” he said. “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

Belding graduate Taylor Johnson drives the ball for Central Michigan University. Johnson finished her Chippewa career this spring. — Courtesy photo

Belding’s Johnson to play for Team USA

Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter.

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JUST IN: Belding’s Johnson to play for Team USA in Taiwan

BELDING – Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter. Those plans are temporarily on hold. See Wednesday’s Daily News for the complete story.

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Teammates get the call from the Tigers

If you were to ever pull a starting member of your local varsity baseball team off to the side and inquire as to why they are so invested in the game, don’t be surprised if you are met with a scoff and an eye roll.
The vision of the up and coming generation of high school and collegiate baseball players is an unwritten, universally shared goal. To them, it’s obvious.
They play to get the call.

Belding starter Paige Ledin delivers a pitch in the first inning during Saturday’s Division 2 regional semifinal. - Bruce Bentley

Belding rally falls short in regional semifinal

Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.

West Michigan Whitecaps reliever Montreal Robertson warms up in the bullpen during a recent game at Fifth Third Ballpark. - Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: A longshot making good for the Whitecaps

West Michigan Whitecaps fans have a knack for smelling victory and this particular steamy evening in May was no exception. Starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford had just wrapped up six masterfully thrown innings and pitching coach Mike Henneman was looking for just one thing. Strikeouts.

Belding senior Rachel Hunt connects on a pitch during a game this season. The Redskins won its sixth straight district title on Saturday at home.

Belding looking ahead to only Allendale

Belding’s softball team made it six straight Division 2 district titles on Saturday at their own field. Winning six straight district titles has not been lost on coach Mikayla Linebaugh, who has coached the Redskins for all six of those titles.

Team Max of My Team Triumph crosses the finish line on Saturday at the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.

Professional Minnema wins Tri Greenville Triathlon

It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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Belding wins 6th straight district title

The Belding Redskins softball team is returning to the regional tournament after winning its sixth straight Division 2 district title on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated the East Grand Rapids Pioneers in the semifinals 23-0 in three innings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, May 31

Kemp third, fourth at state: Greenville freshman Landon Kemp took a third and a fourth at the Division 1 state track finals Saturday. Kemp was third in the pole vault (12-0) and fourth in the long jump (17-9 ½). Kemp broke her own school pole vault record for the second time on Saturday. Her previous best was 11-8.