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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.

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THE REVIEW: Keeping it in the family

You don’t have to look far within the Detroit Tigers to see that family runs deep within the organization. Prior to the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a mention of the name “Castellanos” instantly drew attention to third baseman Nick Castellanos, but as the cards laid themselves on the table, Nick will no longer be the only member of the family within the confines of the franchise.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaitlin Beyer reaches a corner during the 3,200-meter relay at Montabella this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

LeGrand goes out on top with CC-Crystal track

The 2015 season was the last for Carson City-Crystal track coach Marcus LeGrand, as he is leaving the position. LeGrand went out on top, winning the first conference championship for the Eagle boys since 1983.

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SPORTS GALORE: MLB All-Star game vote turning into a joke

Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.

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CC-Crystal completes 1st year with soccer program

Carson City-Crystal had a girls soccer program for the first time in 2015. The Eagles, who were not affiliated with any conference, were 2-9 in the inaugural season. Coach Ashley Seals said the first year was “phenomenal.”

West Michigan’s Michael Gerber prepares for a pitch during Sunday’s game against Cedar Rapids. - Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Whitecaps’ Michael Gerber taking success in stride

A key to survival in the world of minor league baseball is not allowing yourself to be defined by mistakes. A game established on a history of beauty and tradition has the ability to hand you the game-winning long ball and can make you hitless the very next night. Baseball, with all of its intricacies, does not play favorites.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, middle, signed his letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University with Eagles’ coaches Marcus LeGrand, left, and Michael Porter, right, on May 27. Coston competes in discus and shot put.  - Courtesy photo

State champion Josh Coston will attend Eastern Michigan

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston just had the week of a lifetime. Coston first signed a letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University on May 27. He followed that up with a Division 3 discus state championship on Saturday and then graduated high school on Sunday.

Greenville sophomore Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during the Division 1 state finals at Rockford High School on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal’s Coston wins discus state title, Kemp places in three

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) held its state championship track meets in four divisions on Saturday. With 34 area athletes competing across West Michigan, the day, despite the rain, turned out to be pretty good for many.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.

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34 area athletes qualify for track state finals

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field regional meets were good to area athletes on Friday and Saturday. In all, 34 athletes from area schools qualified in their respective divisions for the MHSAA state finals on May 30.