THE REVIEW: Expand and conquer

For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.


CC-Crystal opens season with 34-20 win

As they did last season, Carson City-Crystal’s football team opened the season with a win over Houghton Lake. The Eagles got by the Bobcats 34-20 Friday night in a game that was a stark contrast from the 47-6 win to open last season.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Aug. 27

CC-Crystal loses in finals: The Eagles went across M-57 to the Fulton Invitational on Thursday and made it to the finals. They started with a 25-20, 25-8 loss to eventual champion Ovid-Elsie, then beat Webberville 25-20, 25-17 and Breckenridge 25-19, 25-21. Then CC-C split with the host Pirates, losing the first 25-13 but winning the second 25-19…

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.


CHIP’S CLIPS: Lessons not learned

The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.


CC-Crystal’s O’Green ready to star on gridiron

Carson City-Crystal running back Dallas O’Green is back for his senior season with the Eagles, hoping to make an impact. O’Green has been a leader since he was a sophomore, coach Devin Pringle said. Now O’Green hopes to continue that role.

Carson City-Crystal coach Devin Pringle directs traffic during a special teams drill at Tuesday’s practice. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Senior-laden CC-Crystal Eagles prep for first game

Preparations for another football season have been underway at Carson City-Crystal. After spending three days at Lake Arrowhead Camp in West Branch to open practice last week, things are getting more intricate by the day for the Eagles.


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.


CC-Crystal runners looking to compete with Sacred Heart

Both the boys and girls Carson City-Crystal cross country teams placed second in the Mid-State Activities Conference a year ago. Both teams placed second behind Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. This year, The Eagles will again have to get past the Irish if they want to win the MSAC championship, which the girls team did in 2011.


CC-Crystal volleyball looking to compete in MSAC

The Carson City-Crystal volleyball team won 21 matches in 2014. This year’s team returns just five players along with coach Ashley Seals returning. Despite the youth, the Eagles are hoping to continue that success this season.