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West Michigan Whitecap Javier Betancourt smiles during this year’s Midwest League All-Star game.

THE REVIEW: One team, one dream

When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.

Greenville senior Eric Plate rushes for an 82-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage Thursday evening against Belding at Legacy Field in Greenville. Plate rushed for a school single-game record  265 yards and totaled a single-game record of 373 all-purpose yards.

Greenville dominates rivalry game vs. Belding

It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.

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ROUNDUP: Prep results from Thursday, Aug. 28

CC-Crystal 47, Houghton Lake 6: The Eagles opened their season with a road win Thursday night. Dallas O’Green had three touchdowns, Tabor Erskin had two and Garrett Tabor and Shane Wiggins had one each…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Belding 3-0: The Redskins continued their great start to the season with three wins at Saranac on Wednesday. Belding first defeated Rivertown Christian 25-10, 25-14; then Holland Calvery 25-19, 25-16; and Saranac 11-25, 25-13, 15-2

Zachary Edgecomb, a naturally born right-hander, bats left-handed and also enjoys golfing in the back yard, which he also does left-handed. — Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: A chance to play baseball

My first interaction with 13-year-old Greenville resident Zachary Edgecomb encapsulated the true definition of an adolescent young man. Sprouting up like a weed, feet slightly too big for his thin frame, a sheepish grin at the sight of a woman and a passion for Wendy’s food.

The Belding Redskins won The Daily News Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated Tri County in three sets to win the championship for the second consecutive season. The team consists of, front row from left, Greta Wilker, Sam McNeal and Brooke Linebaugh; back row from left, Izzy Wood, coach Mikayla Linebaugh, Summer Eubank, Emily Byrne, Olivia Stephan, Jo McCully, Kimmie Thomas, Sarah Brownell and Madison Gregory. Missing from photo is Lexi Pilkington. - Courtesy photo

Belding makes it two in a row at DN Invite

Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.

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THE REVIEW: Tri County’s Overbeek a true inspiration

When students of Tri County High School take to the halls this fall to begin the new school year, they are sure to cross paths with one individual in particular, who has solidified himself as a fixture in the growth of the school district both in the classroom and on the field. Oh, and did we also mention the basketball court?

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore poses with the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament championship trophy on Sunday.

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore wins Danish championship

Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss. To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.

Greenville’s Conner Wyckoff slips by a defender during practice on Wednesday. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville looks toward start of football season

The Michigan high school football season begins just two weeks from today. On Aug. 28, the Greenville Yellow Jackets will host longtime rival Belding at Legacy Field. The Redskins snapped a five-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets with a 47-14 victory a year ago to open the season.

Greenville senior Steve Eipper after practice on Wednesday. The left tackle/nose guard will play at Central Michigan University next year. - Bruce Bentley

Greenville senior commits to Central Michigan

Steve Eipper will play college football for Central Michigan University next year. Eipper, a senior lineman for the Greenville Yellow Jackets, committed this summer to the Chippewas. It was a process that began and ended quickly.