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Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: The spirit of the World Cup competition

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.”

Kral signs her letter-of-intent with Cleary University to golf in college. With her is Cleary coach Bob Fillips. — Courtesy photo

Tri County’s Kral signs to golf at Cleary University

Tri County’s Taylir Kral will continue her golfing career at the next level. Kral recently signed her letter-of-intent to play golf in college for Cleary University in Howell.

Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Teammates get the call from the Tigers

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.

West Michigan Whitecaps reliever Montreal Robertson warms up in the bullpen during a recent game at Fifth Third Ballpark. - Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: A longshot making good for the Whitecaps

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.

Team Max of My Team Triumph crosses the finish line on Saturday at the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.

Professional Minnema wins Tri Greenville Triathlon

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.

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SPORTS GALORE: Anything can happen in the postseason

The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.

Greenville’s Landon Kemp and Carter Stephens were named Most Outstanding Male and Female athletes during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Stephens, Kemp win top honors at Daily News Track Classic

Greenville’s Carter Stephens and Landon Kemp are on the opposite end of the athletic spectrum. Stephens is wrapping up his high school career, while Kemp is one track meet shy of completing her freshman season. Both are exceptional athletes and were voted the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete awards by coaches at Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Emily Waldon

THE REPORT: West Michigan Whitecaps feature a talented squad

Let’s take a moment to clear up a giant misconception.

One popular viewpoint has embraced the belief that signing your name to the dotted line of a Major League Baseball contract is the recipe for a life of instant fame, fortune and countless organizations banging down your door with endorsement deals.

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SPORTS GALORE: Donovan’s World Cup omission surprises many

For the first time since the 1998 World Cup, the United States will field a soccer team without superstar Landon Donovan. This comes as a surprise to many, not just diehard fans of soccer, but to casual fans, as well. I fall into the casual category and I use the term casual, loosely.

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Wandel helps Lakeview golfers advance to regionals

The Lakeview Wildcats earned the opportunity on Thursday to continue its golf season. The Wildcats were one of six teams advancing from a Division 3 district tournament at Lakeside Links to the regional tournament.