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  • Another scholarship surprise: WMU walk-on Miller gets full ride

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan football has pulled another scholarship surprise stunt, this time for redshirt sophomore tight end Odell Miller. The Gull Lake High School grad was told by head coach P.J. Fleck that if he caught a punt during Tuesday’s practice at Waldo Stadium, the team would be spared from extra conditioning drills. Miller caught one and the conditioning was called off. However, when Fleck gave Miller a small scrap of paper to read to the team that the […]

  • Rockford football forfeits opener due to player illnesses

    ROCKFORD, Mich. — The Rockford varsity football team will forfeit its season-opening game against Saline scheduled for Friday due to an outbreak of illness among its players. According to an email sent to parents late this afternoon from Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, head coach Ralph Munger’s “position (is) that the game not be played due to the large percentage of athletes affected by the illness.” Shibler adds that “there are no indications that there is a problem […]

  • Grand Rapids Christian moves to OK Gold in 2016

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A fifth straight trip to the playoffs might be fine for most programs, but a 5-5 finish in 2015 isn’t what Grand Rapids Christian hopes for in a season. The win total was the program’s lowest since 2009. The Eagles move from the OK White to the OK Gold in 2016 as they look to bounce back.

  • Whitecaps’ Maddox closes in on team single-season hits record

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Will Maddox enters the final 15 games of the Midwest League regular season just eight hits shy of tying the West Michigan Whitecaps single-season record of 164, set by Wynton Bernard in 2014. Maddox’s 156 hits in 2016 are tops in the MWL, where he is second in the league with a .341 average, five points behind Luis Arraez of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Some highlights courtesy of Whitecaps Baseball

  • Young Zeeland East heads back to the OK Green

    ZEELAND, Mich. — After their most wins since 2012, Zeeland East loses 22 seniors and returns just five for the 2016 campaign — while also transitioning from the OK Black back to the OK Green after three seasons away.

  • Expectations hold for young Northpointe Christian squad

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Twelve wins a season ago, along with an OK Silver title, and back-to-back regional championships have set a standard for Northpointe Christian heading into 2016 — despite losing a lot of seniors that helped build the program to where it is.

  • Whitecaps rally late to sweep Dayton

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning on Sunday, the West Michigan Whitecaps scored six times in the frame to come back and beat the Dayton Dragons 8-7 at Fifth Third Ballpark, sweeping the three-game series. The Whitecaps had lost 11 of 13 entering the weekend. David Gonzalez tied the game with an RBI double and Jose Zambrano’s bloop single to center scored Gonzalez to put the Whitecaps up for good. Mark Ecker closed […]

  • Lowell looks to reload in 2016

    LOWELL, Mich. — 12 wins and a state finals appearance made 2015 a special season for Lowell — but the Red Arrows have a lot to replace for 2016. The expectation is that the program won’t miss a beat, having double-digit wins in nine of the last ten seasons.

  • Hamilton’s Carlson advances to U.S. Amateur semifinals

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan sophomore Nick Carlson advanced to the U.S. Amateur semifinals Friday in an unlikely hometown run at Oakland Hills. Carlson, from Hamilton, Michigan, beat Illinois junior Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Indiana, 3 and 1, taking the lead with a birdie chip-in on the par-4 14th that he celebrated with a running, double fight pump. Wearing a Wolverines outfit, the 19-year-old Carlson won the par-4 15th with a birdie and ended the match with a par […]

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