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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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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.

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.

Central Montcalm’s Hunter VeltKamp dribbles by a defender during summer practice on Wednesday.

Central Montcalm begins prep for basketball season

The Michigan High School Athletic Association allows basketball programs 15 team practices in the month of June. There really isn’t much time to waste if improvement is the goal. That is especially true for the Central Montcalm Hornets boys basketball team. After a senior dominated Central Montcalm team went to the district final in March, the Hornets will be young and inexperienced at the varsity level this coming season.

Central Montcalm senior Maddy Christensen takes a swing for a base hit during the Division 2 district final against Portland on Monday. Christensen went 2-for-4 with one run scored. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm falls in D2 softball district final

Even the long ball wasn’t enough for the Central Montcalm Hornets. The Hornets, facing the Portland Raiders in a Division 2 softball district final, hit three home runs, all solo shots, in a tough 12-6 loss at Alma on Monday. It was the second consecutive district title for Portland.

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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…

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Central Montcalm ends Belding’s district softball title string

It took one bad inning for Belding’s streak of Division 2 district softball titles to end. The Central Montcalm Green Hornets broke open a close game with five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Redskins 7-4 in the Alma district semifinals Saturday.

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Central Montcalm baseball tops Belding to reach finals

Central Montcalm’s baseball team got the bats going at the right time. The Green Hornets pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of seven walks to beat Belding 11-5 in the semifinals of the Division 2 baseball district Saturday.

Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman delivers a pitch in game one of a doubleheader against Carson City-Crystal on Monday. The Hornets won the game 2-1 and went on to win game two 11-0. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm edges CC-Crystal in pitchers duel

Strong pitching and defense in baseball should be good enough for a team to win more times than not. On an extremely windy Monday afternoon, both the Central Montcalm Hornets and Carson City-Crystal Eagles displayed strong pitching and defense. One team, though, had to lose.