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Rachel Sutherlin of Lakeview has taken a second chance in her life and worked to earn an associate degree at Montcalm Community College. The Lakeview High School graduate now plans to continue her education at Central Michigan University. (Daily News | Lori Hansen)

New MCC graduate taking full advantage of her second chance

Rachel Sutherlin isn’t your typical college student, and because of that, she is especially grateful to participate in Montcalm Community College’s graduation.

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THE REVIEW: A new chapter in Whitecaps baseball

For West Michigan Whitecaps head coach Andrew Graham, transition is an inevitable piece to the puzzle. The former minor league catcher wrapped up a strong showing in his first year as the face of the Detroit Tigers single-A organization, including guiding his team to a first-half Midwest League Division championship, qualifying for a visit to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and finishing 82-58 on the year.

The start of the eighth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday. Nearly 500 people participated in the 5K and one-mile walk. More participated in the youth fun runs. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Stowe, Ringleka win Yellow Jacket Challenge

Take away an occasional strong wind and the eighth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC) was perfect. On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with temperatures in the 60s, nearly 500 people participated in the annual 5K, one-mile walk and youth fun runs, which benefits Greenville Public Schools.

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THE REVIEW: The Miguel effect

Something is going right in the city of Detroit. Detroit, you say? The city where dreams of professional athletic grandeur have gone to die a slow and painful death for so many years?

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Yellow Jacket Challenge will take place Sunday

The eighth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge will take place in just seven days. The Yellow Jacket Challenge consists of a 5K-run, a one-mile walk and the young Yellow Jacket fun runs. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Greenville. Proceeds are used exclusively for wellness, exercise and nutrition programs throughout Greenville Public Schools.

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THE REVIEW: Lucky No. 7 for Izzo

As Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo ascended the ladder Sunday evening at the Carrier Dome, a genuine smile was spotted on the face of the veteran. With a pair of scissors, Izzo snipped the final piece of the remains of the net from the hoop, turned to face the crowd and exhibited not one, but a pair of fist pumps.

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THE REVIEW: Another day at the office

When the Detroit Red Wings made the decision to produce a fresh face for their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, they appear to have landed the golden ticket in the form of head coach Jeff Blashill. Since Blashill’s arrival in West Michigan, the Griffins franchise has seemingly discovered a way to win and do it with consistency. This season being no exception.

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THE REVIEW: Death by bracket

It’s here. Call it fortune, call it mystique, but at the end of the day, it discovers a way to routinely set the stage where some of the finest moments in collegiate basketball are stamped in history.

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THE REVIEW: Breaking up is hard to do

The winds of change are blowing once again in the Motor City. So, prepare those Taylor Swift ballads, kids, but remember, it’s not you, it’s him. Just as the Detroit Tigers have settled in to accepting the absence of Max Scherzer, they may now be in the perfect position of offering a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to their football neighbors — the Lions — across the street as they prepare to deal with a departure of their own.

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THE REVIEW: One culture, two worlds

Professional sports, in any walk of life, are a curious thing. Each embodies its own complexities, its own rituals and finds its own identity in the culture it creates.