Greenville junior Keegan Cossou, at right, catches a pass during the first two-a-day football practice on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville’s Cossou a top high school football recruit

Central Michigan and Toledo have already extended scholarship offers. More are expected to come. It’s safe to say, Greenville junior Keegan Cossou is one of the best high school football prospects in the class of 2017.

Greenville runs a play during the first two-a-day practice at Legacy Field on Monday. The Yellow Jackets open the season at Belding on Aug. 27. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville begins season prep with first practice

With the start of two-a-days for football players around the state, the first game of the season in three weeks serves as the light at the end of the tunnel. On a warm, humid Monday afternoon, it was popsicles serving as that light for the Greenville Yellow Jackets after its first day of practice.


Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.


THE REVIEW: Voelker’s talent not on radar

Every organization has one. That inconspicuous talent who, for one reason or another seems to stay off the radar, despite their success. For Erie Seawolves closer Paul Voelker, it’s never been a desire for excessive attention. As with any incoming draftee, the goal has remained the same for Voelker; perform, win, advance, and repeat. The 10th round selection out of Dallas Baptist University in the 2014 Detroit Tigers draft class may not meet the visual criteria of a pitching blue print, but he’s discovered a way to bypass assumption and has entered this season setting a bar that only seems to rise on a game by game basis.

Randy Cairns of Gowen does a 536-pound deadlift at a competition in 2010. - Courtesy photo

Gowen powerlifter winning medals

Just eight years ago, Randy Cairns started doing powerlifting competitions. It’s taken him all over the world, where he has been very successful. Cairns, 49, of Gowen, has a mantle full of trophies from all over the world.

Greenville graduate Zane Weaver (65) looks to the sideline with the rest of the Northern Michigan offensive line for a play during a game at Ferris State University in 2013.

Greenville’s Weaver set to begin final season at Northern Michigan

Zane Weaver is ready to get back on the football field. It’s been nearly two years since the 2011 Greenville High School graduate was able to strap on a Northern Michigan University (NMU) football helmet outside of practice.


SPORTS GALORE: The old saying ‘like a girl’ has a whole new meaning

You throw like a girl. You run like a girl. Both are comments heard throughout the childhoods of boys and girls everywhere. It’s not meant to be a compliment, but rather, it’s an insult to girls and usually said amongst boys. The truth is, it means girls are inferior. It means girls are unable to do things well, at least, as well as boys do. It means they are no good at sports. They are weak and not strong.

Nagel, right, with her father/caddie John, discusses the distance to the green on hole No. 17 after a wayward drive at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Nagel shoots even par in front of family at Meijer LPGA Classic

With the sun shining bright, Liz Nagel smacked her first tee shot of the day in front of a large group of golf fans Thursday. Nagel joked most of the following probably was for Natalie Gulbis, an LPGA fan favorite, but in reality, the DeWitt native and Michigan State University alum’s family and friends comprised a sizable portion of the group during the first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythfield Country Club.

The West Michigan Lady Titans consist of, back row from left, Maddy Watters (Rockford), Kaitlyn Geers (Kent City), Kyra Bussell (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Hallee Breimayer (Belding) and Shaniya Huggins (Grand Rapids Catholic Central); front row from left, Libby O’Brien (Grand Rapids West Catholic), Paige Hallock (Greenville), Zoe Anderson (Rockford) and Sophia Karasinski (Grand Rapids Catholic Central). - Courtesy photo

Breimayer, Hallock lead AAU team to semifinals

A West Michigan Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) girls basketball team showed itself to the rest of the country July 10-13. The West Michigan Lady Titans, coached by Jim Johnson of Belding, went to the semifinals of the Battle In The Boro national girls basketball tournament, amassing a 5-2 record in the tournament outside of Nashville, Tenn.