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Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer, at left, lines up for a play for Ferris State University against Grand Valley State University in the second round of the Division II football playoffs at home on Nov. 28

Zimmer sets sights on NFL draft

Justin Zimmer has been called “Michigan’s hidden secret.” For those who have witnessed Zimmer on the football field at both Greenville High School (2011 graduate) and Ferris State University (will graduate this year), the secret has been out of the bag for some time. While in high school, Zimmer was an All-State performer and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 9-2 record as a senior. At Ferris State, Zimmer developed a resumé that includes being a three-time All-GLIAC first team selection, three-time Academic All-American, two-time consensus All-America selection and a two-time nominee for both the Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award and the Cliff Harris National Small College Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Greenville resident Ryan Lee competes in the Fatbike competition at the Meijer State Games of Michigan on Feb. 13. Lee won a gold medal in the Class C division. - Courtesy photo

Lee wins Meijer State Games of Michigan gold medal

In the past three years, Ryan Lee has made a transformation most people only talk about doing. With hard work and dedication, Lee has gone from an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle to a healthy, physically active life full of CrossFit, triathlons, fat bike riding and more. CrossFit is an extremely popular strength and conditioning program for fitness buffs across the world. The program is a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics and Olympic weightlifting.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: The best and worst of Super Bowl 50

So the old man goes out on top. Super Bowl 50 will likely go down as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s swan song, and he will be going out a winner — even if brother Eli wasn’t all that thrilled about big brother getting his second title. It will also go down as a defensive clinic by the Broncos, showing defense is still possible in a league that is outlawing defense little by little.

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SPORTS GALORE: Michigan paying Jim Harbaugh to win

For the past 13 months, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh has produced a steady stream of headlines. Some of them are by his own doing and some of them are strictly due to the 24/7 media cycle, which includes social media. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read an update about what Harbaugh ate for breakfast yet today. The latest stream of headlines, with signing day just five days away, has to do with the flow of Michigan graduate transfers, decommitting/committing recruits and the “evil” that is Jim Harbaugh.

Grand Rapids’ Jared Coreau makes a kick save during the first period of the Griffins’ game against Chicago on Sunday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Coreau to return to backup role after successful GR run

Jared Coreau had a pretty successful run as the starting goaltender for the Grand Rapids Griffins. The undrafted free agent from Northern Michigan University spent the past two-plus months as the top netminder, having to take the place of Tomas McCollum while he was recovering from an injury the Griffins wouldn’t disclose.

Lawrence High School lines up near the goal during the 2014 MHSAA 8-player state final at Legacy Field in Greenville. Lawrence defeated Cedarville 56-12. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Legacy Field to host two playoff games

Greenville Public School’s Legacy Field will be a busy place beginning tonight and continuing to Saturday afternoon. For the third consecutive season, Legacy Field will be hosting two Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoff games.

John Forton, left, works on a swing during a golf lesson last summer. Forton, a Greenville graduate, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf. When your job is also your passion, life is good. As is the case for Forton. Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.

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SPORTS GALORE: Lovable Losers add a year to misery

It’s now been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs, aka the Lovable Losers, have won a World Series championship. In 1908, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win their second World Series championship. No one then would’ve dreamed their beloved Cubbies would suffer such a drought since then.

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EMILY WALDON: A season of unfortunate events

Quarterback Dan Orlovsky would like to forget 2008 as much as anyone. Orlovsky was at the helm for the Detroit Lions as they fell 31-21 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that year. While any loss has the ability to leave a sting, this particular defeat marked a milestone that anyone would love to go without. A 10-point difference was all it took for the Lions to earn the title of becoming the first team to go winless throughout an entire 16-game season, since the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which finished their year at 0-14.

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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.