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West Michigan Whitecap Wynton Bernard takes a lead off first base. Bernard leads the team with 32 stolen bases.

Whitecap makes good with second chance

As the name of Wynton Bernard echoes through the concourse at Fifth Third Ballpark, his purposeful jog out to take his position in the outfield is something that is sure to not lose its significance to him or the fans any time soon. As the youngest of three sons to Walter and Janet Bernard, the Poway, Calif. native’s journey to pursue the game of baseball became a family affair from the beginning.

Detroit Pistons radio analyst Rick Mahorn, left, and former Piston Earl Cureton sign autographs for fans at the Grand Rapids Drive open house Thursday.

Pistons ‘Bad Boy’ Mahorn visits Grand Rapids to promote Drive

Rick Mahorn has seen a lot of NBA basketball in his time. First as a member of the Detroit Pistons, then as the Pistons’ radio analyst alongside Mark Champion, Mahorn has spent a long time in basketball.

West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Wynton Bernard gets ready for an at-bat during Wednesday’s game at home against the Peoria Chiefs. Bernard had one hit and scored twice. — Daily News/Emily Waldon

West Michigan Whitecaps keep clicking at Fifth Third Ballpark

COMSTOCK PARK — The West Michigan Whitecaps picked up right where they left off at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday night, continuing their stellar play at home with a 4-2 win over the Peoria Chiefs in front of an excited crowd of 7,249 to kick-off a six-game homestand. After nearly two weeks on the road, [...]

Greenville’s Eric Plate leaps over the goal line to score for the Yellow Jackets during their 7-on-7 matchup against Ludington on Tuesday night at Legacy Field in Greenville.

Greenville continues football preparation

It definitely felt like football season. It’s just mid-July, but with temperatures in the mid-60s, a bout of rain and constant changing between overcast and sunny skies, it felt more like mid-September.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: AHL trying to ruin hockey

Apparently there were too many NHL games that went into shootouts, and they wanted to do something about it. Enter the American Hockey League, which contains teams that are the No. 1 affiliate of the NHL teams.

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THE REVIEW: One-game exhibition turns into much more

As the city of Chicago gathered to plan out the 1933 centennial celebration of the birth of the city, they set out to feature an experience that the locals would not soon forget. The monumental occasion came in the form of the World’s Fair and was held on 427 acres of land stretching along the shore of Lake Michigan. The fair featured some of the most cutting edge exhibits including a visit from the German airship, the Graf Zeppelin.

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SPORTS GALORE: James ready to accept the challenge

It was just yesterday morning, I was mocking the continuous coverage by ESPN of LeBron James and his lack of a decision regarding a future playing home. I was tired of hearing about no news as if it was new news. As of Friday morning, there was no information from James on what his decision was going to be or even when that decision was coming.

Trey Conner from the Grand Rapids Drive gives a motivational speech to basketball campers on Thursday at Greenville High School as part of the Zach Ingles Basketball Skill camp.

Ingles hosts 8th annual basketball skills camp

Zach Ingles just wants to see area kids in the gym, more specifically, being active. For the eighth consecutive summer, the former Greenville Yellow Jacket basketball star, hosted his basketball skills camp at Greenville High School.

West Michigan Whitecaps third basemen Dominic Ficiciello gets ready in the on-deck circle during a game this season. He is batting .300 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 86 games.

THE REVIEW: Ficociello brings ‘California Swag’ to West Michigan

Step into the West Michigan Whitecaps clubhouse on Game Day and you’re certain to find a colorful variety of superstitious rituals and an occasional game of cards to help pass the time before taking the field. While every player finds his own way of dealing with the nerves, you’ll be hard pressed to witness any inclination of stress in the demeanor of 6-foot-4 third baseman, Dominic Ficociello. The calm, cool persona of the lanky infielder often settles in with something as simple as listening to Stevie Wonder classics, all the while displaying no sign of being effected by the pressure.

Greenville All-Stars’ Jon Rittersdorf swings at a pitch during the team’s game against the Rockford All-Stars on Monday.

Greenville All-Stars fall short vs. Rockford

The first game of the Little League Junior division All-Star tournament had fans from both Rockford and Greenville cheering loudly. The Rockford fans got the last cheer, as the Rockford All-Stars beat Greenville 12-11.