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THE REVIEW: Expand and conquer

For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.

Central Montcalm senior Trenton Braman, left, works during a drill at practice on Tuesday. Braman rushed for 1,107 yards as a junior and is a three-year captain. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman’s main goal: Reaching playoffs

It only takes a quick visit to a Central Montcalm football practice to realize Trenton Braman is a special player. It only takes a quick conversation with him to also realize he is a special person. In an age with a me-first mentality, the senior and three-year varsity player is focused on one thing — getting the Hornets back to the playoffs.

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Central Montcalm struggles in second half, falls 54-21

Central Montcalm was halfway home to a successful start for the high school football season against Morley Stanwood on Thursday night when the inevitable, and totally unavoidable, occurred. The second half began. The Hornets looked impressive while building up a 21-14 lead over the first 24 minutes before being outscored 40-0 in the second half of a 54-21 season-opening loss to the Mohawks.

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Lessons not learned

The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.

Lakeview senior golfer Lauren Corwin chips onto the green on hole No. 8 at Holland Lake Golf Course on Wednesday. Corwin shot 93 to finish second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids wins CSAA jamboree at Holland Lake

The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.

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THE REVIEW: Sending off a legend

It was Sept. 6, 1974. The Montreal Expos were tied at the top of the second inning against the hosting Pittsburgh Pirates when a 20-year-old third baseman stepped to the plate for the Expos. In three at-bats that day, the right-hander may have only posted a single hit in his professional debut, but little did he know that his future in the game of baseball would surpass anything he was expecting.

Central Montcalm quarterback Caleb Johnson takes the snap to run a play during practice on Tuesday. Johnson is competing with Hunter VeltKamp for the starting quarterback position. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm continues transition under coach Clay

The high school football season begins in 15 days for the Central Montcalm Hornets. It will be the first game under head coach David Clay, who previously was head coach for the Montabella Mustangs. On Tuesday, the transition to Clay continued on the practice field.

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Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.