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.
The first annual Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament in Greenville was a success. In all, 29 teams competed in three levels this past weekend with Sports Galore winning the men’s upper division, Rood Dog the men’s lower division and Morning — the coed tournament.
It took a bit of working around, but there was some off-road racing at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Saturday. After rain fell in the afternoon, making conditions muddy at both the grandstand and the back entrance, cars raced around a small oval set up on the field looking for a paycheck.
On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an inaugural address that, unbeknownst to him, would hold true for many generations to come.
“The world is very different now,” he said. “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”
If you were to ever pull a starting member of your local varsity baseball team off to the side and inquire as to why they are so invested in the game, don’t be surprised if you are met with a scoff and an eye roll.
The vision of the up and coming generation of high school and collegiate baseball players is an unwritten, universally shared goal. To them, it’s obvious.
They play to get the call.
Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was. Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.
Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.
The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team struggled to find consistency in its season this year. Part of the inconsistency was due to the awful weather in April, which forced the cancelations of practices and many early season games.
West Michigan Whitecaps fans have a knack for smelling victory and this particular steamy evening in May was no exception. Starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford had just wrapped up six masterfully thrown innings and pitching coach Mike Henneman was looking for just one thing. Strikeouts.
It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.