SPORTS GALORE: Daily fantasy sports is gambling

Every week, I’m one of a couple million people who plays daily fantasy sports via Fanduel, DraftKings or other companies. Fanduel and DraftKings are the most popular and handle a majority of the marketplace. These companies and their product have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years much like online poker gambling in the early 2000s.

Vestaburg’s Lauren Dove, left, tries to block the tip of Montabella’s Madi Cutler during the teams’ match Tuesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella volleyball makes quick work of Vestaburg

Two volleyball teams got together at Montabella High School on Tuesday night looking for their first win in the Mid-State Activities Conference. The host Mustangs got that win, beating arch rival Vestaburg 25-23, 25-14, 25-13.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Oct. 1

Belding 3-1: The Redskins defeated the three-time O-K Blue champion Coopersville Broncos on the road Thursday. After losing to the Broncos in five sets in early September, the Redskins rebounded with a 24-26, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22 win…


Montabella to forfeit Friday football game to CC-Crystal

Montabella’s football team will not be playing Carson City-Crystal Friday. The Mustangs decided to forfeit the game because they didn’t have enough healthy players to play the game. The announcement came in an email from Montabella athletic director John Helinski.


THE REVIEW: Divide and conquer

With the leaves changing and the Detroit Tigers one step closer to being put out of misery, focus has shifted to a delightful round of inner-state trash talk with everyone making it a point to reflect on their true feelings toward the Ohio State Buckeyes. To onlookers, it’s chaos. To the locals, it’s Big Ten football.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Sept. 22

Belding 3, Allendale 0: The Redskins swept the Falcons in an O-K Blue Conference match Tuesday night 25-20, 25-11, 25-14. Johanna McCully led with 12 kills, Brooke Linebaugh dished out 31 assists, Greta Wilker made 17 digs, and Wilker, Sam McNeal and Sarah Brownell had three aces each…


THE REVIEW: Cultivating the future

It’s a situation Andrew Graham has faced before. For the second consecutive year, the second-year manager for the West Michigan Whitecaps finds himself in the mix of the pressures of the postseason. But you won’t see any added perspiration on the face of the 33-year-old. Observing his mannerisms along the third base line during game time, you can spot the glint in his eye from any location, a glint displaying the drive and the fight for success within the former minor league catcher.

Central Montcalm’s Mackenzie Rutz, center, fires an attack past Shepherd’s Ashtyn Snyder (10) and Jordyn Emelander (6) during pool play of the Montabella Invitational Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at Montabella Invite

For the third straight tournament, Belding’s volleyball team came out on top. The Redskins won the Montabella Invitational Saturday, adding to their wins at The Daily News Invitational and the Carson City-Crystal Invitational earlier in the season.


SPORTS GALORE: Texas HS football players should never play again

Playing high school sports is a privilege and not a right. That is as true in Michigan as it is in Texas, even if the state of Texas takes its high school football a little more serious than the rest of the country. This past Friday, the lights shined on Texas football for all the wrong reasons.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 9

Central third, Tri County fourth: The Vikings took fourth at the Lady Warrior Invitational Wednesday, shooting a team score of 523. That was behind Big Rapids’ 419, Chippewa Hills’ 427 and Central Montcalm’s 457. Julia Bice was fourth overall with a 103, Cierra Rose added a 127 for a 15th-place finish, Anna Caldwell shot a 143 and Megan Owen had a 150 that was assisted by a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, using a pitching wedge…