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.

Greenville’s Nathan Larson, middle, takes part in on-field activities prior to the Detroit Lions game at Ford Field on Thursday. Larson was there for the #MiKidsCan Play Like a Lions Challenge. - Courtesy photo

Greenville kid takes to field prior to Lions win

The Detroit Lions took to the field to open its preseason football schedule at Ford Field on Thursday. Also taking the field, prior to the Lions 23-3 win over the Jets, was Greenville 7-year-old Nathan Larson.

Greenville’s Leah Somerfield, right, turns to the basket for a shot during a game last year for Oakland.  - Courtesy photo/Leah Somerfield

Somerfield loves Oakland, ready for sophomore year

Oakland University women’s basketball player Leah Somerfield made a big jump from high school girls basketball to Division 1 women’s college basketball. It was an interesting transition for the Greenville graduate.


THE REVIEW: Voelker’s talent not on radar

Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.

Randy Cairns of Gowen does a 536-pound deadlift at a competition in 2010. - Courtesy photo

Gowen powerlifter winning medals

Just eight years ago, Randy Cairns started doing powerlifting competitions. It’s taken him all over the world, where he has been very successful. Cairns, 49, of Gowen, has a mantle full of trophies from all over the world.

Greenville graduate Zane Weaver (65) looks to the sideline with the rest of the Northern Michigan offensive line for a play during a game at Ferris State University in 2013.

Greenville’s Weaver set to begin final season at Northern Michigan

Zane Weaver is ready to get back on the football field. It’s been nearly two years since the 2011 Greenville High School graduate was able to strap on a Northern Michigan University (NMU) football helmet outside of practice.


SPORTS GALORE: The old saying ‘like a girl’ has a whole new meaning

You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.

Nagel, right, with her father/caddie John, discusses the distance to the green on hole No. 17 after a wayward drive at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Nagel shoots even par in front of family at Meijer LPGA Classic

With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.


CHIP’S CLIPS: Why Pete Rose should never be reinstated

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a great showcase for Cincinnati and their beloved son, Pete Rose. Rose came out to thunderous applause by the Reds’ faithful before the All-Star Game, despite being banned from baseball for life for betting on the game.


Crystal Lake Run set for Aug. 1

The annual Crystal Lake Run is set for its 19th installment. The event, which consists of a 3-mile walk/run or 5-mile run, takes place on Aug. 1.