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Greenville junior Lexii Canterbury delivers a pitch during a game last season. She led the Yellow Jackets in strikeouts last year.

Yellow Jackets return young softball team

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls softball team will feature a young, but talented team in 2012. The Yellow Jackets have no seniors on their team, but does have five sophomores returning with a year of varsity experience behind them.

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Wildcats ready to improve on the baseball field

The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team went through some growing pains last season. A youthful team from last year will return this year for the Wildcats. Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti is hoping a year of experience will help this season.

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CC-C ready for final season in CMAC

The Carson City-Crystal baseball team will be playing its final season in The Central Michigan Athletic Conference this spring and will be doing so with seven returning starters. The Eagles will join the Mid-State Activities Conference in the fall, but will be looking to go out on a winning note in the CMAC.

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Fairplain Township roads to see improvements

Three main roads in Fairplain Township will get facelifts in the coming months. During Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, the Fairplain Township Board approved $71,072 worth of repairs to Derby, Nevins and Kroman roads, including three applications of chloride on local roads in the township.

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Funeral Notices for April 3, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lakeview High School student Ty Rasmussen, left, and Dominic Black trim out pieces for this semester’s mass production project in wood shop class. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

For Lakeview students, shop class is more than building gun racks

Say the words “shop class” and certain images come to mind, not all of them flattering — kids gluing inexpertly-cut bits of wood together to form end tables of questionable stability or uninspired students counting the minutes until the 3 p.m. bell. There’s an altogether different picture being painted in Dave Albert’s woodworking shop at Lakeview High School, however.

Ryan Hallengren, left, lays down a groove while younger brother Devin “The Hammer” Hallengren — who usually plays drums — keeps time on bass. They currently play together in the duet Noiz Boyz and the Top Shelf band, appearing this weekend at the Driftway Bar in Belding. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Cerebral palsy can’t keep Greenville guitarist from rocking (Video)

Some guitarists say the sound is in the hands, the magical interplay of fingertips on steel; others say it’s all about the equipment — the instrument, the amps, the microphones. For Ryan Hallengren, the music comes straight from the heart and nothing — not even cerebral palsy — is going to keep that music locked up inside him.

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Funeral Notices for April 2, 2012

Funeral Notices for Monday, April 2, 2012

Central Montcalm’s Micah Parr gets ready for the pitch during the regional semifinals at Lakeview High School. The Hornets have a new coach in Rocky Studley this year.

Studley takes over helm for Central Montcalm baseball

Central Montcalm has a new baseball coach and he’s got high expectations for his team. The Green Hornets are going to be led by Rocky Studley, who takes over for John Johnson this season.

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Greenville golfers looking for experience

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys golf team returns just two players with varsity experience. To say the least, the Yellow Jackets will be inexperienced and looking for growth from this year’s team.