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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.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

Central Montcalm pitcher Scylar Blaisdell in action this season. Blaisdell earned CSAA Gold first team honors.

7 Hornets, 4 Vikings earn CSAA Gold softball honors

The Central Montcalm Hornets won the CSAA Gold softball championship this season, its first conference title since 1987. The Hornets went 12-0 in league play (29-8 overall) and had seven players earn conference honors. Tri County finished the season 16-22 overall and fifth in the CSAA Gold. Four Vikings earned conference honors this season.

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One jamboree costs Tri County golfers

Had it not been for one Central State Activities Association jamboree, Tri County’s golf team could have been in the conversation for top three in the conference. Instead, the Viking golfers finished last, and that jamboree was the reason, said coach Corey Renner.

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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.

Greenville quarterback Logan MacMillen throws a pass downfield during an early season 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field on Thursday.

Greenville hosts Lakeview, Tri County in 7-on-7 passing camp

The Michigan High School football season is a little less than two months away. To be exact, the first official practice allowed is Aug. 10. On Thursday, the Greenville Yellow Jackets hosted the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings in a 7-on-7 passing camp at Legacy Field. It was the first camp for both the Wildcats and Vikings, but second for Greenville as they were at Rockford on Tuesday. All three coaches seem pleased with their teams’ effort.

Tri County’s Lena Thompson, left, and Newaygo’s Madisen Giese battle for the ball during the Division 2 district semifinal at Belding May 28. Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Tri County soccer wins 19 games

Tri County’s girls soccer team had a season to remember, even if it didn’t end the way they wanted it to. The Vikings went 19-6 this season, punctuated by the fact that none of the six losses they suffered was in regulation. Tri County had their season end in a shootout in the Division 2 district semifinals, losing to Newaygo in an otherwise scoreless game.

West Michigan’s Michael Gerber prepares for a pitch during Sunday’s game against Cedar Rapids. - Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Whitecaps’ Michael Gerber taking success in stride

A key to survival in the world of minor league baseball is not allowing yourself to be defined by mistakes. A game established on a history of beauty and tradition has the ability to hand you the game-winning long ball and can make you hitless the very next night. Baseball, with all of its intricacies, does not play favorites.

New Tri County basketball coach Zach Ingles (in the white shirt) talks to his players before scrimmaging Charlotte Monday.

Tri County hoops takes part in summer scrimmage

Boys basketball season ended a mere three months ago. Tri County had its last day of high school Monday. Yet the high school gymnasium, along with the middle school gym, was abuzz with boys basketball, as the Vikings hosted five other teams in a spring scrimmage.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, June 1

Whitehall 1, Tri County 0: Tri County was eliminated in the Division 2 district tournament in Grant Monday in a battle of Vikings, losing in the ninth inning when Whitehall scored on a walk, sacrifice bunt and throwing error…