Sports

Greenville’s Steve Petsuch loves softball so much he even practices pitching during the winter, using as many as 84 softballs, working on his accuracy by pitching into an empty suitcase. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Greenville man of wonder playing softball at 70

Steve Petsuch’s pitching is usually spot-on. He has decent running speed and is an effective hitter in the softball leagues he plays in. But that’s not what separates this Greenville resident from the other players. When Petsuch was born, the world was coming out of its second world war, an event most of his fellow softball players in the Greenville recreation softball leagues have only read about in textbooks or seen on television. Petsuch’s display of exuberance and energy on the softball diamond, however, doesn’t reflect his age.

Greenville tight end Keegan Cossou, at left, makes a catch and turns from a Lakeview defender on Tuesday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville, Lakeview prep for football season

The Michigan high school football season begins in 51 days. That seems like a long time, but as Greenville coach Dave Moore said, “It’s really not that far away.” On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets along with the Lakeview Wildcats and Fulton Pirates got together to continue its preparation for the fast approaching season in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

Greenville’s Faith Thornton, left, and Jillian Fidler, middle, chase a runner from Cedar Springs during a home meet. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls had good track season

Greenville’s girls track team came close to winning the O-K Bronze Conference this season. The Yellow Jackets went 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-2 in the conference this season. That was good for coach Sharon Gianacakos.

Kathleen Courtright (USN1) backs into Todd Frandsen during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday - Daily News/Chip Burch

First-timer wins 4-H Fair Demo Derby

Kathleen Courtright of Howard City had never entered a demolition derby in her life. Courtright decided to enter the one at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday night. She won it.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

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THE REVIEW: Keeping it in the family

You don’t have to look far within the Detroit Tigers to see that family runs deep within the organization. Prior to the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a mention of the name “Castellanos” instantly drew attention to third baseman Nick Castellanos, but as the cards laid themselves on the table, Nick will no longer be the only member of the family within the confines of the franchise.

Greenville’s Brandon Loiselle nears the finish line of the 400-meter dash during The Daily News Track Classic in May. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Veteran runners helped pace Greenville boys

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys track team ended up with a pretty good record this season. The Yellow Jackets were 5-2 overall and 3-2 in dual meets, finishing second in the O-K Bronze Conference, according to coach Tim O’Brien.

Gilmore prior to Greenville’s Intense Summer Training Program on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Gilmore finding success at Newberry College

A year away from wrestling gave Luke Gilmore a renewed appreciation for the sport he loves. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 2012, the three-time state wrestling placer stepped away from the sport to heal from a torn labrum and to reinvigorate his mind. Gilmore said it is a privilege to wrestle.

Greenville's Tessa Tobey plays the ball during a game this season at Lakeview.

Greenville soccer improved throughout the season

Eventually, Greenville’s soccer team started winning. The Yellow Jackets ended up 4-15-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the O-K Bronze Conference. The only win was over Wyoming High.

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SPORTS GALORE: MLB All-Star game vote turning into a joke

Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.