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Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The spirit of the World Cup competition

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an inaugural address that, unbeknownst to him, would hold true for many generations to come.

“The world is very different now,” he said. “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Teammates get the call from the Tigers

If you were to ever pull a starting member of your local varsity baseball team off to the side and inquire as to why they are so invested in the game, don’t be surprised if you are met with a scoff and an eye roll.
The vision of the up and coming generation of high school and collegiate baseball players is an unwritten, universally shared goal. To them, it’s obvious.
They play to get the call.

West Michigan Whitecaps reliever Montreal Robertson warms up in the bullpen during a recent game at Fifth Third Ballpark. - Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: A longshot making good for the Whitecaps

West Michigan Whitecaps fans have a knack for smelling victory and this particular steamy evening in May was no exception. Starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford had just wrapped up six masterfully thrown innings and pitching coach Mike Henneman was looking for just one thing. Strikeouts.

Team Max of My Team Triumph crosses the finish line on Saturday at the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.

Professional Minnema wins Tri Greenville Triathlon

It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.

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SPORTS GALORE: Anything can happen in the postseason

The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.

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SPORTS GALORE: Donovan’s World Cup omission surprises many

For the first time since the 1998 World Cup, the United States will field a soccer team without superstar Landon Donovan. This comes as a surprise to many, not just diehard fans of soccer, but to casual fans, as well. I fall into the casual category and I use the term casual, loosely.

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SPORTS GALORE: Tigers on the run

There is no denying the Detroit Tigers are a vastly different team than they have been the past few seasons. Besides less beef in the lineup and less smoke in the locker room, the key indicator could be the team’s 35 stolen bases in 36 games. For comparison, the Tigers stole 35 bases all of last season.

The start of the 2014 Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday began in the Greenville Middle School parking lot and finished on the football field at Legacy Field.

580 people participate in Yellow Jacket Challenge

It was a little windy and a little chilly on Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop plenty of runners and walkers from taking part in the seventh annual Yellow Jacket Challenge. A total of 370 runners and more than 200 walkers/fun runners took part in the event, which serves a fundraiser for Education Foundation of Greenville. Proceeds are used exclusively for wellness, exercise and nutrition programs throughout Greenville Public Schools.

Alex Myers (984) takes the lead during the 2013 Yellow Jacket Challenge. Myers went on to win the event with a time of 17:31.3. This year’s event is April 27.

Yellow Jacket Challenge to finish on Legacy Field

Rain, snow and sunshine. Mother Nature has been busy this week in Michigan. With the craziness of the the recent weather, thoughts of running or walking in the seventh annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC) may have taken a back seat. With less than two weeks before this year’s event there is still time to get registered for either the 5K run, one mile walk or young Yellow Jacket fun runs.

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Verlander helps Whitecaps to home opener victory

The West Michigan Whitecaps were able to put Jan. 3 aside for one night and enjoy some baseball. The Whitecaps beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-2 Tuesday night in the home opener at Fifth Third Ballpark in front of 7,182 fans.