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SPORTS GALORE: Agree to disagree

Sports fans are some of the most opinionated people I know. Yes, I am one of those people. We are not always correct, but we do have a passion for our favorite teams and the sports topic of the day.

Greenville’s Brian Zdanowski enjoys the view from San Francisco’s AT&T Park during a Giants game. Zdanowski has been to every current MLB stadium, plus many of the stadiums that have closed.

Sports fanatic visits every MLB stadium and more

Greenville High School athletic director Brian Zdanowski is a sports fanatic, more specifically a baseball fanatic. Currently, there are 30 Major League Baseball organizations, meaning 30 different professional ballparks.

Participants in Saturday’s fourth annual Clifford Lake Triathlon gather for a group photo.

Clifford Lake Triathlon has 165 participants

Saturday morning was the perfect time to take a swim, ride a bike or go for a run. Saturday morning was so nice, 165 individuals and/or teams of three all decided to swim, bike and run. They did so as part of the fourth annual Clifford Lake Triathlon in Stanton.

The RJ’s Sports Bar team poses with its Danish Festival championship trophy on Sunday. RJ’s Sports Bar went 5-1 during its tournament run.

RJ’s Sports Bar wins men’s Danish Festival Softball Tournament

They needed two games and extra innings, but in the end, RJ’s Sports Bar accomplished its goal and captured the prize. RJ’s Sports Bar outlasted defending tournament champion All-American Domination in a two-game final on Sunday to win the men’s Danish Festival Softball Tournament.

Frank Stankey, former physical education teacher and coach at Greenville High School, waves to the crowd last September after being inducted into the inaugural hall of fame class at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Longtime coach, mentor Frank Stankey dies

I never met Frank Stankey. I wish I had that opportunity. By all accounts, Stankey was a legend. The longtime Greenville High School physical education teacher, coach and mentor passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 71. His passing brought tears to many, an unbelievable outpour of condolences and rekindled fond memories in the community.

The Sports Galore softball team poses with the trophy after winning the Greenville Classic Saturday.

Sports Galore softball wins Greenville Classic again

For the second time in three years Sports Galore is a winner. Sports Galore knocked off Magnum Sports 14-6 in the finals of the Greenville Classic Softball Tournament Saturday.

Gus Macker takes over the streets of Belding on Aug. 3-4. More than 350 teams will take part in this year’s 40th anniversary tournament.

Gus Macker ready for 40th anniversary celebration

It all started with a group of friends who wanted to play basketball. It evolved into Gus Macker Basketball — the original 3-on-3 tournament. Now 40 years later, Gus Macker is a community event. It’s a weekend event where family and friends still get together to play basketball for the love of the game.

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Greenville Classic tourney partially on for weekend

The Greenville Classic softball tournament is still on — somewhat. According to Greenville Parks and Recreation Director Kris Berry, the co-ed tournament has been canceled due to lack of interest. The men’s tournament will continue.

Syracuse’s Jean-Phillipe Cote, left, hones in on Grand Rapids’ Mitch Callahan during the first period of Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals Wednesday night.

Griffins one win from first-ever Calder Cup

One more win and the Grand Rapids Griffins can claim their first championship. The Griffins used a pair of third-period goals to beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 Wednesday night at Van Andel Arena and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

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478 people sign up for Flat River Community Library’s summer reading

The school year may be done for students, young and old alike, but that’s no excuse to put down the books and kick reading to the curb — not with a local library just waiting to be explored. More than 475 parents, teens and children who attended the kick-off event for the Summer Reading program at the Flat River Community Library on Saturday walked away with a membership to the summer program, which encourages reading with rewards for doing so.