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Belding softball disappointed district streak ended

For the first time since 2009, Belding’s softball team didn’t win a district title. The loss to Central Montcalm left the Redskins with 12 wins against 11 losses overall.

Above, Orange Jackets’ Lexi Hansen, left, tries to dribble away from the Spikes’ Gracen Scott during the Greenville Gus Macker Saturday. At right, Cap City’s Courtney Lynch goes up for a shot. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Gus Macker invades Greenville

There was a lot of “ballin’” happening in Greenville over the weekend. The annual Gus Macker tournament took over the streets of downtown Greenville with a record number of teams at this year’s tournament. “We have 226 teams so you figure four players per team, plus they usually bring about eight spectators with them so it’s a lot of business for Greenville,” said Greenville Recreation Department director Kris Berry. “We’ve been trying to break the 200 mark for the past 13 years and this year we finally broke the number in a huge way.”

Junior Searles walked the bass line while Jerry Waldorf picks his guitar during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. At top left, Marie Wagner took her turn on the mic during the Christmas in July Jamboree at Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry on Friday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosts Christmas in July Jamboree

Boots were thumping, hands were clapping and barn walls were shaking over the weekend in Sheridan. Anyone looking for a good, old fashioned jamboree would not have been disappointed on Friday. Charlie’s Wag-N-Train Opry hosted its Christmas in July Jamboree at its secluded pine woods location in backwoods Sheridan.

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ED GILBERT: The ‘Lost Lake’ bonanza

Several weeks ago I wrote about an experience I had while fighting fires for the U.S Forest Service. Now, I’ll follow that up with another experience that followed a year later. One day during a noon break, I was looking over an old Lake County map at Forest Service headquarters when I discovered a small lake up in the northwest corner of the county. It was a very small lake, and it appeared that there were no roads leading to its location.

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Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.

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SPORTS GALORE: Decision for Tigers: Buy or sell

Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 31) is fast approaching. As opposed to the past four years, there is plenty talk of whether the Detroit Tigers should be sellers instead of the usual buyers, especially since the injury to Miguel Cabrera. Detroit has won the past four American League Central Division championships — with no World Series titles during that time — and each year they have made trades to help bolster its roster.

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer on the field during a game last year for the Ferris State Bulldogs. - Courtesy photo/Ferris State University

Greenville’s Zimmer named preseason All-American for 2nd time

The hard work and dedication of Greenville High School graduate Justin Zimmer continues to draw the attention of football writers and experts across the country. For the second time this year, the Ferris State University senior defensive end has been named a preseason All-American. He was joined by eight of his Bulldogs’ teammates on the list. This latest honor comes from USA Football.

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THE REVIEW: Getting to know Jeff Ferrell

To a minor league baseball player, the discussion of new placement for its players is as common as getting out of bed in the morning, so when Jeff Ferrell heard chatter of a possible relocation, he took it in stride. Less than a week prior to joining the Toledo Mud Hens, the converted closing pitcher was in an Erie Seawolves uniform, posting numbers that became impossible to ignore. Little did he know, a void in the continued struggles of a Detroit bullpen would provide yet another unexpected jolt that Ferrell would never forget.

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.

Two vehicles slid into a Kenworth semi-truck as a result of a man running a red light at M-57 and M-66 on Friday. — Courtesy photo

JUST IN: Truck runs red light, causes 3-car crash at M-57 and M-66

On Friday afternoon, a truck ran a red light at the intersection of M-57 and M-66, causing a three-car accident which sent one person to the hospital.