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West Michigan Whitecap Javier Betancourt smiles during this year’s Midwest League All-Star game.

THE REVIEW: One team, one dream

When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.

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ROUNDUP: Prep results from Thursday, Aug. 28

CC-Crystal 47, Houghton Lake 6: The Eagles opened their season with a road win Thursday night. Dallas O’Green had three touchdowns, Tabor Erskin had two and Garrett Tabor and Shane Wiggins had one each…

The Belding Redskins won The Daily News Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated Tri County in three sets to win the championship for the second consecutive season. The team consists of, front row from left, Greta Wilker, Sam McNeal and Brooke Linebaugh; back row from left, Izzy Wood, coach Mikayla Linebaugh, Summer Eubank, Emily Byrne, Olivia Stephan, Jo McCully, Kimmie Thomas, Sarah Brownell and Madison Gregory. Missing from photo is Lexi Pilkington. - Courtesy photo

Belding makes it two in a row at DN Invite

Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.

Carson City-Crystal coach Devin Pringle, second from right, talks to his offense while his son Zach watches during practice Tuesday.

CC-Crystal goes indoors for football practice

The weather that pushed through the state Tuesday afternoon had an effect on football practice for Carson City-Crystal. The JV and varsity teams were forced inside Tuesday afternoon because of the storms that came through. So the Eagles ran some drills inside.

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THE REVIEW: Tri County’s Overbeek a true inspiration

When students of Tri County High School take to the halls this fall to begin the new school year, they are sure to cross paths with one individual in particular, who has solidified himself as a fixture in the growth of the school district both in the classroom and on the field. Oh, and did we also mention the basketball court?

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore poses with the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament championship trophy on Sunday.

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore wins Danish championship

Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss. To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.

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THE REVIEW: No experience like game day at the Big House

The concept of college football game day cannot be fully understood until you have experienced it for yourself. Take a moment to step away from the panning camera angles and the comfort of your recliner for just one Saturday

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JUST IN: Wie withdraws from LPGA Classic

  BELMONT – Michelle Wie had won the US Open and was riding some momentum going into the LPGA Classic. But after nine holes on Thursday, Wie withdrew from the tournament at Blythefield Country Club after injuring her right wrist. Wie was at plus-5 41 after nine holes when she came off the course. Wie [...]

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Tigers’ utility man embraces changing role

Since making his way into the Detroit Tigers organization, not once, but twice; Don Kelly has become a fixture who has seemingly mastered the secret of reinventing his role on a regular basis.

For the 34-year-old Pennsylvania native, transition has become a part of everyday life when he steps foot on the field. Currently standing as the only active player to have spent playing time at every position, Kelly has quickly and quietly become a “25thman” who embodies the skill level of nine men.

Detroit Tigers outfielder talks with media prior to Friday’s West Michigan Whitecaps game. Dirks is on a rehab assignment with the Whitecaps. - Courtesy photo/West Michigan Whitecaps

Dirks begins rehab, just wants to play baseball

Andy Dirks is back in a West Michigan Whitecaps uniform. The Detroit Tigers outfielder came back to the Whitecaps on Friday as the start of a rehabilitation assignment that will last the entire weekend and through Wednesday with the ‘Caps.