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SPORTS GALORE: Cabrera or Trout?

For the second consecutive year there is a healthy debate regarding the American League MVP race. For the second consecutive season the debate involves a Detroit Tiger. Last year, we debated whether a pitcher (Justin Verlander) was worthy of winning the honor, despite pitching every fifth game. In the end, voters realized just how valuable verlander was and voted him MVP.

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Punt, Pass and Kick competition Sunday

It’s football season and now area kids will have another opportunity to show off their various skills. The NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick (PPK) competition is coming to Greenville on Sunday. The event, open to area kids ages 6 to 15 will take place at Legacy Field at Greenville High School beginning at 2 p.m.

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SPORTS GALORE: Rooting for the Angels

Well, I will be rooting for the Los Angeles Angels beginning tonight. The AL Central leading Chicago White Sox will play their next three games against the Angels.

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S.H.E.: Decorating a shadow box photo frame

How to decorate a shadow box

The St. Louis Spirits captured the Gratiot County Baseball League championship with a 4-1 victory over the Sidney Knights on Sunday at Shepherd High School. The Spirits include, front row from left, Scott Horman, Adam Brown and Jonathan Tibaudo; middle row from left, Tyson Grzeskowiak, Kevin Schwedler, Mark Hammond II, Jake Bullard, Jake Hunt and Ben Kinder; back row from left, Ben Crosby, Craig McVicar, Justin Young, Kevin Dore, Joshua Patton, Jeffery Best and Danny Smith.

St. Louis wins Gratiot County Baseball League championship

The St. Louis Spirits are champions of the Gratiot County Baseball League. The end of season league playoffs took place this past weekend with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.

All American Communications won the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament with a 17-10 victory on Sunday. The team includes, Kenny Mitz, Bill Troxel, Jor Norton, Carl Keech, Kyle Merlington, Cody Mitz, A.J. Holbrook, Bill Smith, Josh Proctor, Billy Dillon, John Norton, Jeff Filkens and team sponsor Jeff Pierce.

All American Communication wins men’s Danish Festival softball tourney

The top two teams in the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament had to face each other three times to decide the outcome. In the end, All American Communications topped Ed Koehn Automotive Group two out of three times, including 17-10 in the championship game.

Michigan Fusion’s Chrissy Martin, left, puts a late tag on an unidentified Slow Bob’s player at home during the finals of the Danish Festival Womens’ Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday.

Slow Bob’s wins Danish Festival tourney again

For the second year in a row, Slow Bob’s won the women’s division of the Greenville Danish Festival Softball Tournament. Slow Bob’s, based out of Lake Odessa, beat Michigan Fusion 21-7 in the final game to claim their second straight crown.

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SPORTS GALORE: Going off on Lolo Jones

So finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles isn’t good enough? I pretty sure the actual runner I’m speaking of, Lolo Jones, would possibly say that. After all, she was the one working her tail off the past four years with the hope of winning Olympic gold.

Trinidad Chambliss, 9, of Grand Rapids, puts up a shot for his team “Down by One” as they compete against “Blacktop Ballers” on the Gus Macker Dream Court Saturday afternoon.

Gus Macker comes home for hot, successful weekend

Conditions were hot and dry this past weekend with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, but that didn’t stop more than 1,200 youths and adults from packing the streets of downtown Belding for this year’s annual Gus Macker tournament. With 326 teams participating in this year’s tournament, downtown Belding once again was transformed into “Mackerville, USA” as teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Runners take off from the start line at the Crystal Run The Lake event.

Hot conditions greet Crystal Run The Lake runners

The 16th edition of the Crystal Run The Lake was muggy despite starting in the morning on Saturday. That may have had an effect on the turnout, as just fewer than 90 runners took to either the five-mile or three-mile course.